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Ruby Necklace

One year, AdventureMan bought me a ruby necklace. Yeh, it sounds glamorous, but it wasn’t one of those sparkly ruby necklaces you wear to the ball, it was a rough cut ruby necklace, the kind I like. I was thrilled when I found it in the tip of my Christmas stocking.

I put it on to wear to dinner that night, and as soon as I put it on, my neck started burning, and AdventureMan said “Your skin is all red!” I wore it anyway; I really loved the necklace.

The rash took about a week to fully go away. I figured they must have used some compound to polish it that I was allergic to. I didn’t wear it for a year, and then got around to washing it. And washing it. Nine times, I washed it:

The rubies in these necklaces are not the high quality kind, just rubies, rough cut. I guess they must have thought I wouldn’t like it unless it were really bright ruby red . . . it took nine washes before it stopped bleeding red. I am hoping it was the dye I was allergic to – I’m still afraid to put the necklace on, afraid I will get big red welts again.

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January 25, 2010 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Christmas, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Experiment, Kuwait, Living Conditions | 2 Comments

Gulf Women Twice as Likely as Men to Die of Heart Attack

Women face greater risk of heart attack deaths: study
You can read this entire article in today’s Gulf Times by clicking on this blue type

Women throughout the Gulf are almost twice as likely to die in hospital after a heart attack, as male patients, a new regional study published by the American Journal of Cardiology has revealed.

The research involved looking at the death rate of 8,166 males and females hospitalised in 2009 for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) – which includes heart attack and unstable angina.

It was found that female patients who suffered ACS were 1.75 times more likely to die while in hospital than males with the same condition.

Delayed diagnosis of ACS in women, and failure to prescribe the correct cardiovascular medications, and not carrying out the necessary interventions after the event, were behind the increase in the death rate.

The research project was called the Gulf Registry for Acute Coronary Events (Gulf RACE) and the study was titled Comparison of Men and Women with Acute Coronary Syndrome in Six Middle Eastern Countries, 2009.

January 25, 2010 Posted by | Doha, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Living Conditions, Middle East, Social Issues, Statistics, Women's Issues | 3 Comments