Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Health Care

It's that time of year when I get to pondering the luxurious awesomeness of hot water flowing from my faucets.

I remember how much our backs were hurting by the end of the cold-&-quick shower month. We have so much pain relief (that usually goes unappreciated) just from hot showers.

I found fleas on the cat a week ago. I put the Frontline Plus on her. And I wondered a bit as to why we don't get fleas from the cats. For one thing, we usually discover what's going on before the fleas get bad. But if we didn't? Ah, but we take showers each day, and that would wash those little buggers down the drain. (For some reason, kitties don't want to immerse themselves in water daily...)

And think of all the germies that are washed down the drain when we shower daily, and when we wash our hands multiple times daily. Ooooooh -- running water is a lovely thing to have!

There are so many little things we have that preserve our health, things we don't even notice. Fruits and veggies for nutrition, instead of living on potatoes or cornbread. A D.O. or chiropractor who can straighten a back to alleviate pain. Aspirin to counteract inflammation after an injury. Glasses and hearing aids that keep us connected to the rest of the world when age begins to rob us of sight and sound. Enzymes and probiotics (in capsule form) to help counteract the effects of all the over-processing of the food we eat.

It used to be that 60-yr-olds were old. It's not that way so much anymore. I think a lot of it has to do with these little benefits that we take for granted.


  1. You know, I was just thinking about the hot water when I was in the shower yesterday. Or having clean running water at all. The other stuff is good to remember, too.

  2. Do you guys get flea bites? My dog got fleas once, and I had over 40 flea bites on my feet, legs, and ankles, but Alex and Audrey didn't get bit at all. Ridding your home of fleas can be very laborious. I wish you luck! Although, if you don't get bit by them, maybe they're not as noticeable.

  3. The only time we had a problem with fleas was when Gary brought them home to the cats. When the cats get fleas, they tend to take care of themselves before it becomes a problem. When it's been bad, a little vacuuming and some Frontline resolves the problem. We haven't been bitten.

    What was sad was when Gary got fleas on his clothes when he was visiting some members (in a very dirty house) and unknowingly brought the buggers home, and they took up residence on the cat. Cats aren't supposed to get fleas from their masters...