Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Memory Boxes And Their Significance

By Oliver Jackson Carter

Death is a part of life. We all know this, yet we all get very emotional and upset should we lose someone close to our hearts. And rightly so, if we've lost someone who we have spent a great deal of time with over the years, of course we should feel this way, we miss them and we want to remember them.

Regardless of what relationship you had with the deceased person, if you were close then you will most likely want to remember them as well as possible, and a "memory box" is the perfect way to achieve this.

Memory boxes are most commonly used for the in the heartbreaking situation of a Mother having a stillbirth or a miscarriage. They are simply boxes that contain representations of how the deceased child was or would have been.

Typically, most memory boxes will contain the following items; fingerprints on paper & ink, finger and hand moulds in clay, a lock of hair, clothes that were going to or did belong to the child and the child's birth details, among other things.

Although that is the most, common, it is not the only time that memory boxes get used. Recently it is becoming quite common for people who know that their time is near to make one for themselves to give to their friends and family.

If a parent knows that they are on the way towards death, but they still have fairly young children, or if someone simply has many close relatives or friends and wants to be remembered, then a memory box would be a great thing to leave behind.

Items normally included in a memory box are things like photographs of the deceased with the recipients of the memory box, any trademark items, eg. if someone always wore the same watch, that would be included, and also fragrances are a good stimulant for the memory.

The boxes are always personalised with the persons name on the outside (well, not always, but usually). They make a perfect keepsake for anyone who has lost someone dear to them until the day comes when they make their own memory box.

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