|| 18 January 2018
Dry Air Nosebleeds
Scary and messy, but keep calm. You can stop nosebleeds.
In extreme cold weather household heating can reduce indoor humidity to desert levels and assault your sinuses and nasal passages. Dry air can make your nose bleed.
In the past, my combination household humidifying and saline nasal spray was sufficient protection. But a few days ago, busy writing the new book, I forgot the nasal spray all day. And I was sitting near a space heater for warmth. The result was about 10 PM getting ready for bed, my nose began to bleed. Copiously.
The cold compress on the back of my neck that I had learned in a first aid course 40 years ago did not work. My bathroom began to look like the scene of a minor axe murder. I googled for more information and found 10 Ways to Stop a Bloody Nose on the University of Michigan health website. Actually 10 steps, not ways.
Since I did not have on hand any “decongestant nose spray, such as Afrin” the article recommended, I had to make do with the nose pinch and ice pack on cheeks and nose. It worked. But Item #10 on the how-to list made me laugh. Avoid exertion. It can take up to two full weeks to heal after a nosebleed. Do not lift anything heavy, such as groceries, or perform physical activities or household chores. Do not pick up young children and babies. (Or maybe a 12-pound tomcat?)
Living alone I do not have the luxury of “not performing household chores for two weeks” as the nosebleed article directs. I have had to accept that I am going to have relapses, and it will take a while to heal. But I am keeping ice packs ready so I can immediately begin treatment if a nosebleed starts.
For those of you who must deal with your own nosebleed or those of others, folded paper towels are more absorbent than facial tissues. For getting out the inevitable drips on clothing, soak in cold water into which some table salt has been dissolved, then apply stain remover.
But prevention. Try to prevent dry air nosebleeds. They are scary — especially if you are home alone. And messy.
be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone
|| 14 January 2018
Sexual Harassment in France: an update
Recently, in response to a reader question, I commented on sexual harassment in France. Since then a new event in France in response to the American-originated #MeToo movement has generated much commentary on both sides of the Atlantic.
A group of 100 notable French women, the best-known among them, Catherine Deneuve, signed a letter published in the newspaper Le Monde, that expressed their concerns about the French feminist embrace of the #MeToo movement. Almost every major media source in the USA published an op-ed piece commenting on the letter. You may have read one or more of them.
For readers of the Chic & Slim books, probably the two most useful articles for explaining what prompted the letter — and the backlash to it — were both written by Agnès Poirier. The French-born journalist has lived and worked in London since the mid-1990s. In these articles she explains how some of the French attitudes I wrote about in the first two Chic & Slim books have changed over the past two decades. Best to read first her op-ed published in The New York Times titled Catherine Deneuve and the French Feminist Difference.
Published the next day in The Guardian was After the #MeToo backlash, an insider’s guide to French feminism. Subtitled: Catherine Deneuve joined 99 other prominent French women in a letter last week accusing the Hollywood anti-abuse campaign of censorship and intolerance.
In this Guardian op-ed Agnès Poirier explains how the debate is viewed in Paris and elaborates on points made in the NY Times piece.
Le Monde does not allow non-subscribers to read the letter the women signed. But you can read an English translation on World Crunch.
I agree with Agnès Poirier that the clumsy terminology in the letter was responsible for some of the backlash furor. The letter demonstrates limitations of something written by committee. Some of the concerns about the #MeToo movement in the letter were also expressed to me by several Chic & Slim readers. Another concern of the letter signatories was that French women were beginning to see themselves as potential victims who could not take care of themselves. Most of us in the 60+ category have been dealing successfully with sexual harassment most of our lives. Those who emailed seemed to believe that we could continue to do so.
You can read the Agnès Poirier op-eds at the links below.
After the #MeToo backlash, an insider’s guide to French feminism in The Guardian
English Translation of the Letter on Worldcrunch
be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone