Exercise is good for you / A Dropping Pin / Fun Video...

Well - Hi there pal ...

Hi Folks,

I opened my eyes this morning to a voice which seemed to be bubbling over with excitement - no it wasn't Rob it was the radio and he was already listening intently to the voice saying 'exercise is good for you' ... I was about to turn over and go back to sleep when I heard this wee voice talking about how it had changed the lifestyle of many people who suffer from mental conditions. The voice belonged to a lady in her sixties who had suffered from mental illness since she was four years of age and she was talking about how much her life had changed since taking the advice of a new consultant at her medical practice.

Along with medication her consultant had encouraged her to try exercise and what was amazing to her was that she started to laugh and wondered what was causing this behaviour which was so alien to her that she couldn't believe the feeling that she was experiencing. She felt what she described as being a bubbling and light feeling in her chest and she wondered if there was something wrong because she had never had this feeling before - apparently it was ' happiness ' ..... The funny thing was that through the radio you could hear the gurgle of happiness coming from her which is amazing to hear from someone who has had to contend with depressive illness for most of her life.

Her doctor explained that he believed in the benefit of taking control of your life and trying to encourage mental patients to enter clubs which use exercise as well as take their prescribed medication. He explained that to take an interest in and do physical exercises in combination with drugs helps to encourage a better all-over healthy attitude. The physical activities included walking and hiking in the open air and swimming.

Patients are also encouraged to meet with others and walk dogs - which are well known to give patients with ' high blood pressure' a more settled and relaxed lifestyle and because of this their blood pressure was greatly reduced. During these activities they are helped by staff and volunteers who give these patients plenty of encouragement to do and try - which gives them something else to think about rather than them becoming very inward looking.

I must admit that listening to the patients who had taken on the message of combining exercise with their medication gave out a picture of excitement and enjoyment of life. The lady who had been suffering mental problems since she had been only four years old sounded especially 'UP' and her family, friends and neighbours had noticed an amazing change in her attitude. Since combining the exercising in her regime she had lost 3 stones in weight - but more importantly she had become as she said ' to feel like a normal person who knew how happiness felt' .

What an incredible difference from years ago when most patients with mental problems were kept locked up and hidden away.... It must have been awful to suffer as an outcast, now hopefully we live in a more enlightened age...... I hope !

Now for something completely different...

This next article was received in an email from my BIL ... I thought it was apt - I have been in France and heard comments somewhat like this.

You could have heard a pin drop...
There was a conference in
France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?'
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly ...' Our carriers have three hospitals on board which can treat several hundred people, they are nuclear powered and can supply An emergency electrical power to shore facilities, they have three cafeteria with the capacity to feed
3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.

We have eleven such ships How many does France have ??

You could have heard a pin drop ...

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. Britain Canada Australia and French Navy s. At a cocktail reception he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of these countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages Americans learn only English. He then asked "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?"

Without hesitating the American Admiral replied "Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German!"

You could have heard a pin drop !!

And this story fits right in with the above ...
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on bag. 'You have been to France before, monsieur?' the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

'Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.'

The American said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it. 'Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France !'

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, 'Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.'

You could have heard a pin drop ......

Cheers from the land of the Tartan, Love Kate xxx.