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Incidents and Accidents in the Home and Outside

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It seems to me that the possibility of an accident is always present, waiting sometimes literally to trip you up. The home, ideally a place of comfort and relaxation is a minefield of traps for the unwary and where most accidents happen.

The danger of standing on a low stool is one that should not be underestimated. Not much can happen to you standing a few feet off the ground, right? In fact, overreaching and overconfidence can be your undoing, leading to a twisted ankle or worse. Best to invest in a reliable non slip stool and watch your step!


The stairs of course are a potential pitfall. Losing your balance at the top can have disastrous results. I have managed to fall upstairs rather than down! Feeling unsteady, I projected myself forwards, hitting my head on the wall, resulting in an impressive black eye.

It was difficult to explain the circumstances, to those kind or curious enough to ask. I had made a split-second decision that it was better to fall forwards rather than backwards. Fortunately, no lasting harm was done to my vision from this experience.

Scalding is a serious matter, as I discovered as a child when I tipped boiling water from the stove, onto my toes. Years later, pouring boiling water into the sink, I failed to remove a soaked t shirt from my skin, quickly enough to prevent scalding.  The result was blisters again, the treatment of which, I was this time responsible. Foolishly I rubbed them, resulting not surprisingly, in several bleeding wounds on my stomach.

Feeling the need for outside assistance, I displayed these injuries to a pharmacist and inadvertently to some customers in a queue, to whom I apologised and accepted sympathy. The pharmacist did her best to look for suitable products for treatment, but in the end, I gave up and went to the Minor Injuries Unit.

A measurement was taken of the worst area, which although not huge, qualified as a serious scald, and required precautionary antibiotics, due to the location.  Happily, after several trips to the Unit for dressings, all was well and in time the scars faded.

The common factor in these incidents was that I was in a hurry. I would suggest that Hurry is a prerequisite for many accidents, inside and outside the home. The speed of life is such that we have little time to stand and stare, or even to take care.
 
Outside of the home, I managed to fall and break my arm, by tripping over a kerb, while speeding across the road. With both arms outstretched, clutching two carrier bags, I was briefly flying over the pavement, knowing that this was not going to end well. I was not surprised that I couldn’t stand up unaided. I was helped to my feet by two cab drivers, outside of whose office I had been hurrying. I was then kindly given a free ride to Accident and Emergency, by the cab company.
 
It turned out that the treatment for this type of fracture was not to set the arm in plaster, but to let it hang loosely secured, but freely by the side and on no account to rest it on a chair arm or table, or anything!  I opted for the conservative treatment of physiotherapy, rather than surgery, and in due course, this restored my arm to more or less its previous state, if somewhat weaker.
 
I share these experiences in the hope that readers will take their time while going about their daily business. Please do not hurry, watch out for other people who are in a hurry riding on the roads or footpaths, take care and above all Stay Safe!

In the nineteen sixties I worked in London stores. Worked as an Insurance Clerk in the City of London during the nineteen seventies. Divorced in the nineteen nineties. Now I am a retired Civil Servant, managing home and garden and escaping onto social media whenever possible.

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Robotic cats used in a retirement home in England

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A nursing home with dementia patients in Essex has used robotic cats to keep its residents calm and content. The result was so positive that an additional 200 robotic cats and 100 robotic dogs were purchased to provide support for people with dementia.

Battery-powered robotic cats purr, meow, and move when stroked and hugged. Dementia patients often become agitated, anxious and angry, and a pet usually helps them calm down. But I am not always able to manage a soul in flesh and blood.

Research has shown that an effective, drug-free way to soothe a patient with dementia is to give them a soft toy they can interact with. During this Covid-19 emergency, when people were unable to visit their relatives, robotic cats helped the 100 residents of the nursing home.

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Health : Going Bananas about Bananas!

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I’m going bananas about bananas! The use of idioms would be perplexing to students of the English language, who could not deduce from the words used that I am very excited, or at least enthusiastic about bananas as a food. Who would not be when they realise that wrapped within a protective skin that mainly keeps out pesticides, even if not grown organically, there is both a perfect health and convenience food? 
While some people may not like their taste or texture, the banana is among the world’s most popular fruit.  It can satisfy a sweet tooth, while at the same time being low in calories. One medium sized banana has a hundred and five calories, containing fibre, minerals and antioxidants that are good for the digestion, kidney and heart function. 
 
 I remember a neighbour, whose daily regime after a coronary bypass operation, consisted of a long walk plus  – you’ve guessed it a banana!  The reason for this was that bananas are a great dietary source of potassium. One medium-sized banana (118 grams) contains 9% of the RDI.
A diet containing adequate levels of potassium can help lower blood pressure.  Bananas also contain magnesium, which is also important for heart health.
A single medium sized banana also contains Vitamin B6 33% of the RDI, Vitamin C 11% of the RDI, Copper 10% of the RDI and Manganese 14% of the RDI. Think how much these supplements are going to cost in the health shop and you will see what a good deal you are getting with a natural fruit! There are only 0.4 grams of fat in a banana, so it can also be considered a weight loss food.
 
Bananas should not cause major spikes in blood sugar levels as they contain pectin. However, people with type 2 diabetes should probably avoid eating a lot of very ripe bananas, as they monitor their sugar levels.  As in all circumstances people should take medical advice if concerned about their diet. 

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Rosemary oil and memory; does it really help?

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Traditionally rosemary is said to be good for boosting memory, so many recommend smelling rosemary when studying.

In recent years the news has been circulating on the internet that even rosemary increases memory by 75% but can we really believe it?

Essential oils and plants have some benefits in many cases and when used judiciously but we should not blindly believe in all the potential miracle cures. For example, essential oils can be helpful and many use them to relieve the symptoms of chemotherapy, but we will never advise anyone to use essential oils or herbs to treat a malignant tumor or heart problem.

Let’s go back to memory… recently the snopes.com site, a site that has been trying to understand for years whether certain news is true or false, has tried to dispel the myth of rosemary and memory. The article is long  but in a nutshell it tells us that the news came from the newspaper The Daily Mail, not particularly famous for the accuracy of the scientific news it publishes.

The original article was about a study that proved that rosemary increases memory by 75%. The study was really done but it tried to prove if a particular chemical component of rosemary oil increased memory.

In any case, there is no evidence that it is rosemary oil, a chemical component of it or simply the fact that the aromas can remind us of things related to the smell itself. In short, we have no conclusive evidence that rosemary oil does not improve memory but certainly there is no evidence that it improves it and we can certainly discard the hypothesis that it increases it by 75%.

If you think that smelling rosemary oil helps you to study, go ahead and do it, but don’t take everything you read on the internet at face value. Often it isn’t true.

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