Time Slowly Creeping Upon Us

The old adage that growing old is a lot like wine, wherein a person really gets better with age, is relatively true to some degree. But there inevitably comes a point, when growing old stops making one better instead it becomes the signal of the start of the bodies decline. The unwelcomed drying of the skin, the onset of arthritis, creaky bones, or worse dementia, are some of the classic sickness associated with advanced age, and we all will eventually go through some, if not all it, sometime in the future.

Even if you lived a particularly healthy life, performed exercise religiously and managed to be stress free most of the time, it will eventually not matter when the time comes, as whatever it is that we try to do to prolong our lives, barring any major break-through with regards to prolonging life expectancy, we all will suffer from the ravages of time.

If it is not because of one sickness, there will definitely be other ones that will be the cause of our problems. All of this is because of the fact that our bodies are finite things, although really marvelous in design and very unique in all aspects, it does eventually degrade and die at some point. We do everything we can to prolong its existence, but all of it is futile. The best we can do is to enjoy it in any way possible while we are still alive.

I am waxing pathetically poetic over here as I am already sort of feeling the pangs of age. I was instructed by our family physician to dutifully follow the guidelines of proper anterior hip precautions and such, because he said that if I don’t, surgery would probably be in my future.

All of this started when I kind of tripped during one of my morning jogs. I am an avid jogger and I seldom, if ever, miss jogging every day since I was young. I follow the same route at almost the same time every day, probably a little bit obsessive compulsive about it but hey it works for me this long so why change it.

I also would not be in this position if not for that dog that seemed to have escaped his owners leash somehow. The mutt crossed my path and I didn’t really see him because I was thinking about something else that time, up until the time I tripped on him. I fell awkwardly on my side and at first I felt no pain, but come the time I was already near home, I can hardly move my left leg at all.

The doctor said the pain that I am feeling is practically akin to hip flexor pain. Hip flexor pain tends to be caused by the shortening of the said muscle from too much sitting, over stretching and also trauma to the said area. I was advised to perform several hip strengthening exercises and also told to refrain from jogging for now, also of not sitting for a particularly long time, and to try to keep my body flexible, whatever that means.

Although I am still pretty much not old yet, this might be a warning sign of things yet to come. I got to get my act straight from now on as I still have many things yet to do with my life. Age will not catch up to me just yet.

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Several Skin Conditions Discussed

Our weekly meetings with mothers always are very informative times. With various ideas ranging from the mundane to the almost thought provoking ones regularly being discussed, this in turn helps each and every one of us in all sorts of ways. It is a very helpful process, that if one mother seems to have a problem in one particular area, chances are other mothers already have an experience with it and can therefore advise those who are not very versed in that particular item or problem. What it makes is a meeting full of knowledge and advice sharing wherein everyone would surely be always learning something most, if not all of the time.

One such problem that a mother brought out during one of these meetings was about her supposed pimples under the skin and the difficulty she had with it just suddenly appearing on her back, seemingly from out of nowhere and with no warnings to speak of. She said that at first she thought it was some form of cyst or something that developed from a wound or a sore, but when its number increased and the frequency of their appearance also increased, she became worried of it. She then proceeded to show us her back and all agreed that it was really just pimples that are under the skin and nothing more serious.

The mothers in attendance began to suggest of ways on how to go about treating these pimples and most of the suggestions really has valid points, as they were formed from previous experiences of these same mothers who at one time or another, also experienced it. But the general consensus among the mothers about the problem was to just leave the pimples be and let it take its natural course, and that they also said that it will just disappear on its own given time. Another helpful comment suggests of putting a warm towel over the area where the pimples are, which they say hastens the pimples maturing process, thereby shortening the time you have to suffer for it. I was glad I had the chance to listen to them as I do not have any idea of whatever it is that I will do if ever it happened to me.

The discussion then naturally went to other common skin problems, with the elder mothers complaining about the prevalence of skin tears particularly to them who are already of an advanced age. They say that it just appears when they least expect it and is even caused by such simple things like bumping into a cabinet or even just by scratching on an area of skin. They were naturally afraid of it and is seeking for other answers on how to at least be protected against it.

A doctor in the group advised on the use of moisturizing agents for the skin and also of wearing protective clothing on the areas generally susceptible to it like the upper and lower extremities, particularly on the arms. He added that the skin naturally loses its elasticity with age and is more prone to breaking, so utmost care should be observed when dealing with it.

I am very glad to be part of this group as I always increase my knowledge about various things every time we meet. There are other things I want to share with you about our meetings, and I will try my best to write about it and hopefully you can learn from it too. Follow me as there is truly much more to come.

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Keeping Hedgehogs as pets in Hedgehog cages

I live in Iowa and many people in my town have expressed interest in keeping hedgehogs as pets but since they do not know much about the animals, they cannot be sure whether it would be a good choice or not. Since we have a couple of hedgehogs as pets, many of my friends have asked me how I have been getting along with the little devils and whether or not it is too much work. For one thing, my 12-year-old daughter and my 9-year-old son love these hedgehogs so much that they have taken up all of the responsibility of taking care of the adorable little pets. Since hedgehogs are spiky, initially I had to make sure that I was around when my children were handling the hedgehogs, but with a little practice they have now become experts and can play with them whenever they want.

For someone who is considering keeping hedgehogs as pets, the most important thing is to make sure that he or she has the right cage. There are many kinds of hedgehog cages available in the market, but the best ones without a doubt are the wire-frame cages since they allow for a lot of ventilation. Another thing is that wire-frame hedgehog cages are easy to clean and you can see what the little pets are up to and if they are in any sort of problem you can fix it immediately.

Another thing you have to keep in mind when look for hedgehog cages is that they should have containers for water and food and these have to be fixed so that they don’t topple over and make a huge mess. Once you get the perfect cage that you want, make sure that you keep it clean and dry at all times so that it is comfortable for the hedgehogs.

One of the best things about having hedgehogs as pets is that they don’t make a lot of noise and are quite gentle in nature. So for someone who lives in an apartment, keeping a hedgehog as a pet might be the best option as cats, dogs and birds can be quite noisy and can result in you getting complaints from your neighbours.

My children love having hedgehogs as pets and these don’t even require a lot of time and effort. You can keep them in any room you want or, like my household, move them from one room to the other one, whenever the mood strikes.

Hedgehogs can often get sick if they are not given proper food and ventilation or if kept in a wet or moist area. So if you observe any changes in the behaviour of your hedgehog, such as lack of activity and lethargy, make an appointment with the vet as soon as possible. Get the hedgehog checked out and get it proper treatment so that it can get back to health. However, if you take good care of its nutrition and living conditions, a hedgehog will seldom have any health problem.

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