Sunday, 14 September 2008


I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read.

Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction).

Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack ... you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.

'I had a heart attack at about 10 :30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might've brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening with my feet propped up. A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion,when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the oesophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.
After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasming), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone,where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR). This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws.
'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening -- we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack! I lowered the footrest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else ... but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in moment. I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialled the Paramedics ... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to unbolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.
I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the Cardiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stents to hold open my right coronary artery.
'I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the Paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was all ready to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents.
'Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.'

1.Be aware that something very different is happening in your body - not the usual men's symptoms, but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up ... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!

2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can, take an asprin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!
Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others on the road. Do NOT have your panicked husband speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.
Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr.will be notified later.

3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there.
Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive. A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.

**Please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends (male & female) you care about!

Thursday, 28 August 2008

A Funeral with a Difference ....

I apologise for my tardiness in posting on this Blog, my excuse being that I recently started ANOTHER BLOG, tied into my new "career" in Network Marketing, called "Boost Your Free Traffic with Val Flint", which you can visit at .

However, this article, which came through my mailbox this morning, deserved to be posted here - it's a thought-provoking read !

One day all the employees reached the office and they saw a big sign on the door on which was written:Yesterday, the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym. In the beginning, they all got sad for the death of one oftheir colleagues, but after a while they started getting curious to know who was that man who hindered the growth of his colleagues and the company itself.The excitement in the gym was such that security agents were ordered to control the crowd within the room. The more people reached the coffin, the more the excitement heated up.Everyone thought: 'Who is this guy who was hindering my progress? Well, at least he died!One by one the thrilled employees got closer to the coffin, and when they looked inside it, they suddenly became speechless.They stood nearby the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul. There was a mirror inside the coffin; everyone who looked inside it could see himself. There was also a sign next to the mirror thatsaid: There is only one person who is capable of setting limits to your growth: IT IS YOU!!!!!Your life does not change when your boss changes, when your friends change, when your parents change, when your husband or wife change, when your company change, when your church changes, when your location change, when your money change, when your status change.Your life changes when YOU change, when you go beyond your limiting beliefs.Examine yourself, watch yourself. Don't be afraid of difficulties, impossibilities and losses. Be a winner, build yourself and your reality. It's the way you face Life that makes the difference.
~Author Unknown~

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Thursday, 24 July 2008

Something to be wary about !!!

Cruise Control Safety!

I wonder how many people know about this?

A 36-year-old female had an accident several weeks ago and totalled her car. A resident of Wollongong, NSW, she was travelling between Wollongong & Sydney. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydroplane and literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the policeman what had happened, he told her something that every driver should know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON.

She had thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain. But the policeman told her that if the cruise control is on and your car begins to hydroplane -- when your tyres lose contact with the road, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed and you take off like an airplane. She told the policeman that was exactly what had occurred. The policeman estimated her car was actually travelling
through the air at 10 to 15 kms per hour faster than the speed set on the cruise control.

The policeman said this warning should be listed, on the driver's seat sun-visor - NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE ROAD IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive at a safe speed - but we don't tell them to use the control only when the road is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the policeman), was a man who had had a similar accident, totalled his car and sustained severe injuries.

*** If you send this to 15 people and only one of them doesn't know about this, then it was all worth it. You might have saved a life!!

Sunday, 6 July 2008

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Sunday, 25 May 2008

10 MISCONCEPTIONS of a Newbie Internet Marketer (from personal experience)

Are you considering entering the world of ONLINE MARKETING any time soon? I've been exploring this option for the past 6 months & in that time have learnt some valuable lessons that may speed up the process for YOU:

1. Please DON'T believe all the Hype that will come through your mailbox - there are many SCAMS out there, people who are NOT genuine & only want your money to provide an income for THEMSELVES!

2. Don't think it's easy or that it requires little effort - if you have no marketing experience, there are MANY skills to learn, many more than I ever imagined, if you are to become successful (only 5% of all entrepreneurs ARE successful!).

3. Don't think you'll make a fortune overnight. You'll discover there are many people earning 6 &7 figure incomes, but they are not newbie marketers, & they have probably been mentored by an experienced entrepreneur, which can be costly, but is an excellent way to start (ie find someone successful & follow his/her plan).

4. Don't even think you'll start earning immediately, so whatever you do, DON'T give up your regular job at this point in time!

5 Don't think it'll be a straightforward journey - you'll probably join a program or two which doesn't meet your expectations for one reason or another. Don't let that phase you - it happens to most online marketers. Just drop that progam & move on.

6. Don't think you'll only have to spend an hour or two a day (at least initially), unless you have a large marketing budget & you can afford to outsource some aspects of your campaigns. Even then it will take time for you to discover the most proficient, yet economical options.

7. Don't think it'll be obvious which programs will provide the best income for YOU- short-term/long-term. Some exploration will be necessary.

8. Don't think you won't become confused & overwhelmed, because you WILL at some stage - frustrated too & want to give up the whole idea of Internet Marketing. However, by then, you may have invested too much money & time for that to be a wise proposition.

9. Don't think you'll easily handle all the emails you'll receive, especially if you're using Safelists. Unsubscribe from as many as you can or you'll have about 100 coming into your mailbox every day & you'll find that all you'll be doing is clicking on emails. You'll never have time to do enough advertising & it is essential to keep your product, whatever it is, before the eyes of the public. I have found emails to be one of my greatest hassles.
NB: If you join a Safelist, upgrade immediately if you can afford it, to partly avoid this problem.

10. Don't think you won't spend too much money- everybody does when they first start out, unless they follow a mentor's advice, which will usually cost you anyway, though recently (I guess with the advent of Web2) I have noticed some free courses from reputable marketers. You'll receive many offers of various kinds daily, so be very selective about what you take up. Don't worry if you can't afford the latest "great" program - something better will be devised before you know it - that's the way of the Internet!!

So, what has been MY biggest mistake? I'll save that for my next post.

But I do suggest that you print out these 10 Online Marketing Misconceptions, pin them up near your computer & read through them often to help to keep you on track. And if you have any questions about setting yourself up as an Internet Marketer or about programs you are considering joining, just drop me an email at (yes, I'm an Aussie - but we're not ALL convicts, thieves & rascals!) & I'll get back to you.

I'll review a couple of programs which I consider genuine & worthwhile financially in future posts - they'll get you off to a good start!

Thursday, 1 May 2008


I received this today from friends of ours & thought it well-worth sharing:


I grew up in the 40's/50's/60's with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a Name for it... A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So... While we have it.. it's best we love it... And care for it.... And fix it when it's broken..... And heal it when it's sick.

This is true... For marriage.... And old cars.... And children with bad report cards..... Dogs and cats with bad hips.... And aging parents.... And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.... And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper', so I've sent it to the people I think of in the same way.. Now it's your turn to send this to those people that are 'keepers' in your life. Good friends are like stars.... You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Keep them close

Author unknown

Music: 'May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You' - Jim Reeves

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Experiences of a Newbie Online Marketer

Don't believe all the HYPE around Online Marketing - it's phenomenal!!

"You HAVE to hear this!" "This is the answer to all your financial problems!" "Here's an awesome offer!" "Hurry! Only a few positions left..." "don't miss out!"

These are the kinds of emails which arrive daily in every Internet marketer's mailbox - dozens of them! And to a newbie marketer they sound mighty tempting. You start to believe that online marketing must be a cinch - there are so many "gurus" who are making thousands, if not millions! You could make a fortune in no time. But I'm telling you, it's a lot of hard work!!

Talk about "leaving your 9-5 JOB & having time to yourself"! What a joke - it may be so for those gurus who've done the hard yards, who've automated their whole system & who've already MADE millions, but so far, I've been at the computer for many MORE hours/day than I've ever worked elsewhere, & for far fewer dollars! Whatever you do, don't leave your regular job until you've really sorted out the "good" programs from the scams, & that could take you months!

You know from my last post that that's exactly what I've been endeavouring to do & I believe the confusion is finally beginning to clear, but you've really got to "hang in there" ............. it's been 4 months!

There are:

* some programs it would be unwise to leave - just yet anyway.

* some I'm cutting back on "extras".

* free programs, that I can advertise when I have time, which I may as well keep.

* others which charge monthly fees, but are too useful as advertising resources to give up,
even though they are not directly producing income.

* some which charge no fees & will advertise for you ... IF ... you buy an advertising pack
from them.

* and still others which charge a one-time fee ONLY, & I will, of course, retain those whose fees I have already paid.

Yes, I have been burned - yes, I have spent too much money, more than I could really afford,
but I have learnt a lot, the chaff is gradually being blown away & I'm concentrating now on what seem to be more solid options.

If you are interested in knowing what some of those options are, contact me at my email address:

or post a comment following this post. If I can help you in ANY way, I'll be more than happy to do so.

Sunday, 27 January 2008


Well, my blogging has certainly taken a back seat, as I've become involved in Network Marketing. But I guess that's the way it goes - life takes all sorts of twists & turns as we're faced with different situations.

Actually, I've been so busy that there's scarcely been time to shower, shop, sleep & even eat, which means that my life has taken on a life of its own & is totally out-of-balance!

Hence, I've had to make a DECISION to take myself in hand & do some prioritising. And that's a lesson in itself - a lesson we all must learn at some stage if we are to become healthy in mind, body & spirit, whilst remaining productive in some way.

It's Affiliate Marketing I've decided upon, because that seems at the moment the easiest for me to slot into at my age. Let's face it, I can't afford to take YEARS to learn new skills - that would defeat the purpose of the exercise!

Whether I WILL reach my goal of earning enough extra money. via this means, to fund better accommodation for my husband, also having extra for the needy, as well as a little for my own use, is improbable at this stage - I'm still paying out far more than I'm bringing in! However, I HAVE cut back SOME of the programs I'd joined & I'm becoming more focussed on those which interest me more for either ethical or financial reasons. But it's not easy - then again, anything that's worthwhile rarely IS!

I'm determined not to give up without making a concerted effort, but my problem has perhaps always been TRYING TOO HARD - answering that childhood message, " Do your best!" The trouble IS - What is "your best" - when DOES one stop? Even when we were out fishing in our boat, I always wanted to stay "another few minutes", because I might just catch another one!

And, of course, for ME, there was ever that hope that if I did that little bit better, I might be acceptable enough to be loved! And even though I've dealt with all that as completely as I'm able, I know there will always be a residue lurking in the background, of which I need to be aware .......... but more of that later!

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Choices, choices .......!!

WOW! Have I been busy!!

I've been checking out Home-Business opportunities & once I started, my email-box was absolutely flooded with offers - I had no idea the online marketing community was so extensive! And growing at an ever-increasing rate, so it seems - the way of the future I'm told .........!!

But now I find that I've joined TOO many sites to ever have a HOPE of doing them all justice - so many offers sounded so promising! Thus I have the task of sifting through the maze & selecting only those which are proving to be productive - it is time-consuming, but I guess I'm learning a lot along the way - a new journey & an interest for me now that I'm on my own.

My MAJOR reason for starting this quest was the fact that my husband & I are pensioners, he is in full-time care in a Hostel & I would like to be able to provide for him a better style of accommodation.

Added to that is my desire to be able to financially assist many more who are in real need across the world.

But my reasons are not TOTALLY altruistic. I believe that at this time in my life I deserve a little comfort & ease. And with my 2 children living overseas (one in London, the other in NY), I would like to be able to afford to visit them more often.

So there you have it! I am NOT sitting back & stagnating - instead I'm endeavouring to be productive, while not needing to leave home ( I can stay in my PJs all day long if I so wish!) - I just hope I finally make the right choices!!

If there's anyone out there who can HONESTLY set me on the right track, I'd really appreciate it - there's so much hype, I don't know what to believe & what not to believe ..................