Friday, February 4, 2011

It's Heart Month!

Good Morning!

And it is a good morning. I'm sure you've had those mornings, too, when you're actually really thankful to wake up from a crazy, seemingly 'real life' dream. It usually takes a few moments to adjust to what is actually real, and remove yourself from the circumstances that you thought you were just in.....or am I the only one?

Anyway, I was happy to wake up to realize we were in actuality NOT preparing both Nate and Brady for surgery in an unknown hospital!

So, it's Heart Month! Yes, February is the month of love and valentines, cupids and chocolates, love notes and romantic dates (ha ha, maybe for some of you :)), but it's also the month that we devote to Hearts....and to the world of Congenital Heart Defects. Through out the month, I'll share some info about CHD, and hopefully some tips on Healthy Heart Living.

For example, did you know:

  • One to three of every 100 Canadian children are born with one or more types of CHD's.
  • More than 50% of all children born with congenital heart defect will require at least one invasive surgery in their lifetime.
  • There are more than 40 different types of congenital heart defects. Little is known about the cause of most of them. There is no known prevention or cure for any of them.
  • In the United States, twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined.


Kristy said...

Carole yes I have had dreams like that. They seem so real. And it does take some time to snap out of them when you wake up. Especially when I have dreams about Nolan getting hurt or worse. I guess he is the busiest of our kids that's why it is always about him. And sometimes I might wake up mad at someone because they were in my dream, and they did something to make me mad in my dream. Thanks for sharing info about heart diseases.


Anonymous said...

hahaha, this past night I dreamed that Dale and Lori came to our house to surprise everyone else (maryann and henry)that they were back in Canada. All family was over, the Schmidt family and the Derksen family! i was stressed about the bed situation and only feeding everyone peanut butter funny.
Looking forward to all the heart info posts this month. I wonder if all the heart stat patients had armies of people praying for them? I wonder how those stats would look comparing to the rest.:)
Hugs to you sis,