Happy holiday 🇳🇴

My very best wishes to Norway today since it is national holiday. I saw Norwegian flags in Stockholm this evening, and I put my flag on the table in honor of Norway. Norway will always have a special place in my heart. When I was in Norway I did a lot of exercise and I still go training, even more now. So, yesterday I thought of Norway since it was there I started to run (løpetur) more actively. I remember that I trained for “Midnattsloppet”, and that it was very tough in the beginning. To run three kilometers without stopping and losing my breath. Now when the light and not the least, the temperature is rising I will do more running. Yesterday was very nice.

My writing inspiration is slowly returning and I feel happy for that. Maybe it depends on the weather, I don’t know. I always think of piano music this time of the year. More than usual. Last weekend I learnt about Yann Tiersen, a French musician and composer. The piano will always be a big part of my life, and I share this part of music with you. Comptine d`un autre ete – l`apres-midi. Very beautiful.

On diplomacy

Relations are difficult and complicated. When I was 13 years old I had a pen-pal. I don’t know how he found me, but he wrote to my high school. He studied at a private school and searched for friends in other schools to write letters to. I didn’t mind, so we exchanged some writing. At that time I had no idea of what I wanted to do or study in life. He wrote that he wanted to become a diplomat. Since I didn’t know what a diplomat was, I remember I asked my best friends mother to explain. She told me that it is a huge subject and a delicate profession, and it is a lot about words. How you formulate what you want to express in a way so you don’t step on anybodies toes. I understood that it was complicated, and I was surprised that it is a profession. I understood that I would understand the meaning of diplomacy better later in life. I am happy that I got to know this family when I grew up. It is so nice to share memories. I don’t know where my pen-pale is today, but I hope he became a diplomat.

To deal with my mothers passing away, I have made a lot of dinners and baking. That is my strongest memory of my mother. I have searched for various recipes and I have cooked. This has also reminded me of a time period in life when I was really doing a lot of “kitchening”. I have so many cooking books. My favourite magazine was “Allt om mat”. If you are interested you can try this recipe, it is very spring inspired (https://alltommat.se/recept/entrecote-med-salsa-verde/). With fresh potatoes.

Today is a beautiful day in Stockholm. I have a day off, and I am looking forward to running in the beginning of June. And to cheer me up, I share this, my favourite, from Fawlty Towers with John Cleese (Basil) and Connie Booth (Polly).

To look forward – 2020

Time passes and I focus a lot on training right now. I feel that it is good for me to have this course to look forward to. Now it actually is a lot of light in the mornings as well as in the evenings. Perfect for running. Usually, I turn on the tv and listen to CNN after training. That made me think of the presidential election next year. It is some time since I heard anything political from the USA, but there has been a lot written about the Mueller report (Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election).

Swedish newspapers are preparing for the presidential election in the USA 2020. I found this headline, and they already conclude that it will be a dirty election. Even worse than 2016. But no Russian interference.

Mad dog

I like dogs a lot. They are cute, adorable, fun, faithful etc. No stop of words. One day, I will have a dog of my own that I will go training with. Currently, I have to borrow a dog for walks, but that is ok since it is impossible to have a dog at home. And I cannot bring a dog to work due to allergy exposure.

Recently, I decided to join a running course, “blodomloppet”. It was a long time ago I participated in something similar. It is within a month, and I had to find a new watch since my old one doesn’t work anymore. I will start to measure my pulse again. This watch also has a GPS, and that is good so I don’t get lost. Tomorrow I will start more actively with my exercise.

I also focus a lot on cooking and I try to find new recipes every week. My favourite hobby. Spring has arrived and soon I will pick stinging nettles to make a soup, and rhubarbs to make a dessert. Yammy, don’t you agree?

Asthma and WHO’s role

Today is world asthma day, the 7th of May. When diplomats met to form the United Nations (UN) in 1945, one of the things they discussed was setting up a global health organization: World Health Organization (WHO). WHO’s Constitution came into force on 7th April 1948 – a date celebrated every year as World Health Day. Understanding the history of health, especially during the last 60 years, helps the global public health community to respond to the challenges of today to shape a healthier future for everyone.

WHO recognizes that asthma is of major public health importance. According to WHO estimates, 235 million people suffer from asthma globally. Although asthma cannot be cured, appropriate management can control the disorder. The fundamental causes of asthma are not completely understood. The strongest risk factors for developing asthma are a combination of genetic predisposition with environmental exposure.

Asthma is a chronic breathing disorder characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing. An asthma attack can be triggered by various inhaled agents including:

  • indoor allergens (for example house dust mites in bedding, carpets and stuffed furniture, pollution and pet dander);
  • outdoor allergens (such as pollens and moulds);
  • tobacco smoke; and
  • chemical irritants in the workplace

Other triggers can include cold air, extreme emotional arousal such as anger or fear, and physical exercise.

Management of asthma. Although asthma cannot be cured, appropriate management can control the disease and enable people to enjoy good quality of life. Daily pharmacologic treatment includes the use of inhaled corticosteroids, long-acting bronchodilators (beta-agonists and anticholinergics), theophylline and leukotriene modifiers. It should be noted that a strong, healthy body is one of your best defenses against disease.

Interestingly, exercice can induce asthma (bronchoconstriction) with symptoms such as coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath. However, a proper warm up before exercise, and also to take medicine before prevents exercise-induced asthma.

To summerize, asthma is common and can be controlled by pharmacological treatment and also to learn what triggers astma attacks. I hope you have learnt some about astma on this day of recognition. Sharing a picture I found on WHO´s website. I will write more about allergy later since it really is a lot of pollen in the air right now.

Running

Since it takes time to return to my ordinary life, I do a lot of exercise. I miss my mother and I cannot help that. It is only time that can heal, and also training. Maybe it is only me feeling this way, but these are my feelings facing a loss of a family member. To continue life I focus on exercise. I have started to run a little but my time per kilometer is lousy. So, to raise my motivation I decided to participate in “blodomloppet” in about a month from now. My favourite is Hässelbyloppet but that is usually in October. I know I get a lot of energy from these kind of events, so please join!