This week is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. According to the CDC , 40,000 children are born each year with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). On average, 25% of these children will require surgical treatment during their infancy.
Pain, like the other vital signs, tells a story. Unfortunately, many Americans live their daily lives in pain.
Menopause, AKA the Change of Life, is the typical progression of women as we age. It is triggered by the decrease in female hormones, signaling the end of child bearing age. The resulting changes and adjusting of hormones can cause a variety of symptoms such as irregularity and eventual cessation of menstrual periods, hot flashes, irritability, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, and weight gain.
Some women, for various reasons, are looking forward to menopause. They ask, when can I expect menopause? Now for me, menopause does not bring high hopes, as my grandmother suffered terribly for 40 years with menopause. On the flip side, I have had several nurse friends that have been suffering with debilitating menstrual cycles and other hormonal issues and undergone multiple, unsuccessful procedures, that make them see menopause as the Holy Grail! For them, menopause, with all of its symptoms, is seen as a welcomed relief.