Blood vessels in the brain can be affected. This can involve small blood vessels so that there are small areas of damage. The damage adds up over time. Therefore, it may affect a variety of brain functions depending upon the area that is involved. It can also involve larger blood vessels. The result can be signs of a stroke that come and go. These are called transient ischemic attacks (TIA). TIAs suggest that the patient may have a full stroke at a later time. They should be taken seriously. Blood pressure should be checked. If it is high it should be treated. In some cases the pressure on the blood vessels in the brain is so high that they may burst. This causes a brain hemorrhage. The result is a stroke that may kill the person. It might be the first sign of high blood pressure. Hypertension can also affect the blood vessels in the kidneys. This can cause kidney function to slowly deteriorate over time if the blood pressure is not treated. When the heart has to pump against very high pressures, it interferes with the heart's ability to keep that up for long periods of time. Once the heart can no longer do that, it fails. The result is congestive heart failure. This is another reason to treat high blood pressure. Of course, many people think that if they take blood pressure medicine for a while, it will make their blood pressure better forever. Then they can stop the medicine. That is also not true. Blood pressure medicine works similar to pain relievers. When the medicine wears off, the pain comes back. When you stop blood pressure medicine, the pressure usually goes up. That is true even if the pressure has been normal for years on medicine. It may not happen right away. It may take a few days or a few weeks, but it will likely happen again. That means that the medicine is usually a long-term requirement. Every time it is stopped and the blood pressure goes up, the damage from the blood pressure on the parts of the body begins again. There is a good reason for high blood pressure being called the silent killer. Make sure you get yours checked regularly by someone trained to do it. Do not rely on inaccurate machines in your local department store. Do not become one of the victims that will help it continue its name as the silent killer.
Kids' Bicycle Race
Seaford Bike Race Weekend Kids' Bike Race, Saturday, April 8, 12:30 p.m., West Seaford Elementary School. Free, but all participants must register (registration opens at 10:30 a.m.). Age groups: 3-6; 7-10. All who participate will be eligible to win bicycle door prizes. Sponsored by Shore Velocity Bike Club and Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club. Phone Ron MacArthur at 629-9788 for more information.
Laurel Powder-Puff Football
Tickets are on sale for the annual Powder-Puff Football Game. Saturday, April 8, at noon, at Robert Ruston Field at Laurel Middle School. In addition to the sophomore, junior, and senior classes participating, the Laurel Lioness will also take part. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the gate and benefit the participating classes and can be purchased at Laurel High School as well as the other Laurel schools.
Girl Power Leadership
Dr. Jackie Owens Wilson will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Girl Power Delaware Leadership Center Celebration Luncheon, Saturday, April 8, at Delaware Technical & Community College Student Services Center Dining Room. Cost $13 per person. Send check or money order by April 5 to: Rhonda H. Tuman, 25344 David St., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Seaford Easter Egg Hunt
Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Gov. Ross Mansion, Seaford, Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m., toddlers to 9 year olds. Bring a basket. Contests for the wackiest decorated Easter bonnet (in age groups). Sponsored by the Seaford Department of Parks and Recreation.
Post 19 Easter Egg Hunt
Laurel Post 19 American Legion annual Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday, April 9, 1 to 3 p.m. at Laurel Middle School playground; for children 12 years of age and under. For more information call Carlton Pepper at 875-2024.
Chamber Legislative Breakfast
Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast, Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 a.m., Methodist Manor House. Candidates for the 39th District seat will be invited to answer questions. Cost of the buffet breakfast is $7. RSVP to the chamber (629-9690) no later than April 5.
NHS Basket Bingo
Employee Activity Committee of Nanticoke Health Services Longaberger basket bingo, Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m., Seaford Moose, U.S. 13A, Seaford; 20 games. Advance tickets are $20 per person, $25 at the door. Advance ticket includes a chance to win one of several door prizes. Refreshments will be available. For ticket information contact the EAC at 629-6611, ext. 2420.
Laurel Lions Club Show
Laurel Lions Variety Show, April 20-22, Laurel High School. The dinner theater is Thursday, April 20; combination tickets are $18. Call Brad Spicer at 875-7419. Dinner theater tickets are not sold at the door.
Elks Easter Egg Hunt
Seaford Elks Lodge Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m. Elk Road, north of Seaford. Age-group prizes (1-12 year olds) and lunch will be served. Bring your own container. Raindate is Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m. Phone 875-3810.
Laurel Legion Poker Night
Poker only night at Laurel American Legion Home on Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Laurel Post 19 Legion Home, on Laurel Road (Rt. 24) east of Rt. 13. Entrance $3 a person. There will be light refreshments and sodas. Call Fred Dykes 875-3583 for more information. Laurel Chamber Breakfast
Laurel Chamber of Commerce Adminstrative Professionals Day Appreciation Breakfast, Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., Centenary U.M. Church, Laurel. The speaker will be Carol Lynch of Seaford who will take about "You Are A V.I.P." The cost of the buffet breakfast is $8; the deadline to register is April 19. Phone 875-9319 or contact by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get In Gear Family Bike Rally
Third annual Get in Gear Family Bike Rally, Trap Pond State Park, Saturday, May 6 (raindate is May 7), registration at 8:30 a.m. Adults, $12; youth under 16, $6. T-shirts and free entertainment by Tony Windsor. Raffles and concessions. Dedication of new bike trail at 9:30 a.m. Contact Barbara or Charles Wise, 875-5537.
Sight & Sound April 5
Nanticoke Senior Center trip to Sight & Sound Theatre's production of "Behold The Lamb," Wednesday, April 5, departing from the center at 8:45 a.m. The trip includes charter bus service, box lunch, show and dinner and all gratuities. Cost: $90 for members; $95 non-members. Call 629-4939 for more information and to register.
Atlantic City Trip
Nanticoke Senior Center trip to Atlantic City on April 10 and 11. Trip includes: charter bus, one night lodging at the Resorts Hotel, one voucher for breakfast, lunch or dinner, one voucher for any of the hotel restaurants, $15 play money, the Price is Right Live Stage Show at the Palace Theater, admission to the "Catch A Rising Star" comedy show at the Resorts hotel. Cost: $185 per person/double occupancy. Call 629-4939.
Day Trip to Philadelphia
Methodist Manor House in Seaford day trip to Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 18. Cost of $70 includes motor coach transportation, lunch, tours and all gratuities. Lunch will be at The City Tavern and the tour will be the new Benjamin Franklin exhibit at the National Constitution Center. For more information or to register, call Dixie Carlisle, 628-5631 by March 1.
Trip To West Virginia
AARP chapter 1084 trip to West Virginia May 3-5 including sternwheeler ride to Blennerhassett Island, mansion tour, Fenton Glass and Middleton Doll factory tours, Smoot Theater. Cost of $335 a person includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts and two dinners. A $35 deposit required at sign-up. Contact Margaret Wootten at 629-7419.
Trip to Myrtle Beach
Widowed Persons Service trip to Myrtle Beach, May 8-12. Trip includes tour of historic Georgetown, S.C., Brookgreen Gardens, three shows, backstage tour of Alabama Theatre, Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach. Cost $499 (double occupancy), also includes four nights lodging at the Landmark Hotel, four breakfasts, four dinners and all gratuities. Trip insurance available. For more information call Frances Horner, 629-4416.
Trip To Inner Harbor
The Seaford Department of Parks and Recreation trip to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Saturday, May 13, leaving the back parking lot of the high school at 8:30 a.m. and leaving Baltimore at 4 p.m. The cost is $18 a person; there are 46 seats available. Call 629-6809.
Orioles Vs. Yankees
The Seaford Department of Parks and Recreation Orioles vs. Yankees trip, Friday, June 2, to Camden Yards. The cost is $44 for each ticket and the bus. Tickets are in section 86 by the bullpen. The bus leaves the rear parking lot of the high school at 4 p.m.
Trip to Cape Cod
Laurel Senior Center trip to Cape Cod and the islands, June 19-23. Cost: $599 per person which includes round trip motor coach, four nights at Heritage House Hotel, four buffet breakfasts, four full dinners, guided tours to Martha's Vineyard, Hyannis and Nantucket Island, harbor cruise, taxes and tips, baggage handling. For more information call 875-2536.
Stay and Play For Kids
Parents and children from birth through age three can play together and network with other families. Free. Seaford Parks and Recreation, 320 Virginia Ave., Seaford. Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, birth to 24 months; Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon , 25 months to 48 months to May 22. Closed on school holidays.
Yu-Gi-Oh matches, Greenwood Public Library, Mill and Market streets, Friday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. Call 349-5309.