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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hodge Podge Wednesday

Best Place we have been was mostly likely when we had a family meal at

What's something you should say yes to today? Or this week? Or even this year?

I said yes to a day a bit slower today on my day off, this week I need to say yes to a bit of O.T at work and this year I hope to say yes to a few trips to get away

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form? If so tell us how. In Western cultures the color green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'green'?

we love St. Patricks day who wouldn't a time to wear green, have a bit of fun, a bit of green goodness why would we want to miss that??

 What's a product or service you love so much you'd happily be their spokesperson? Tell us what makes you such a fan.

The answer to this most likely would be neosporin. We use it all the time and for so many different things I am not sure where we would be without it

Random Thoughts today have been around getting away for a much needed weekend. Simply can not wait

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Turkey Vulture

Turkey vultures are medium in size when compared to other vultures. Colors are primarily black with a red featherless head and upper neck. This type of bird often holds its wings in a shallow V in flight. Turkey vultures depend on a sense of smell to find food. 

Turkey vultures can be found in the United States. Winters are often spent in the southwest and eastern U.S. Environment of choice include deciduous forests and woodlands. They are often found flying over farmlands. 

Dining of choice is primarily dead animals. They can easily scent decay that has recently began. If they can not find food of choice they will select decaying vegetables, live insects or fish.

Turkey vultures have a peculiar way of depending on who to nest with . On the ground several birds will gather in circle and begin to hop in a ritualized manner. These birds will hold their wings partly spread. In the air, another bird will begin to follow another the birds will then begin to flap their wings and dive. These vultures will build nest inside hollow trees or logs, in crevices in cliffs, under rocks, in caves, inside dense thickets or in old buildings. The nest is a loose interpretation of that as the eggs are often simply laid on debris or on flat bottom nest site.

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MS awareness

The many years I have worked as a NA I have seen many good and bad times. One of the saddest cases and one that I wish I could have changed was a lady who had Multiple sclerosis. It was in late stages by the time I started to take care of her and the pain was astounding. MS is a potentially in the case I speak it was definitely a disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (CNS-- central nervous system) 

MS turns the immune system against the individual in that the immune system will attack the protective covering of the nerve fibers. This in turn will cause communication problems between your brain and body. The disease will cause the nerves to deteriorate in the long run. 

MS diagnosis depends on the amount of nerve damage and where the nerves are affected. Individuals will often loose the ability to walk. At times there are moments of remission as well. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis but there is treatment. Treatment will help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms. 
Signs and symptoms of MS include:
  • numbness or weakness in one or more limbs that typically occurs on one side of your body at a time, or the legs and trunk 
  • Partial or complete loss of vision, usually in one eye at a time, often with pain during eye movement 
  • Prolonged double vision
  • Tingling or pain in parts of your body 
  • Electric-shock sensations that occur with certain neck movements, especially bending the neck forward 
  • Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait 
  • Slurred speech 
  • Fatigue 
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with bowel and bladder function
If you experience any of the above with unexplained reasons you need to see a dr. 

Bleeding disorders

A bleeding disorder is a condition that affects the way your blood normally clots. Coagulation is the name of the clotting process that changes blood from a liquid to a solid. You may have noticed that when your injured your blood normally begins to clot to prevent a massive loss of blood. When ones blood does not clot properly bleeding may be heavy and prolonged. 
When there are issues with abnormal bleeding outside and / or inside the body it is primarily due to a bleeding disorder. Bleeding disorders can increase the amount of blood leaving your body, bleeding to occur under the skin or in organs such as the brain. 
Blood clotting depends on blood proteins called clotting factors and blood cells called platelets. Platelets will normally clump together to form a plug at the site of a damaged or injured blood vessel A fibrin clot happens when the clotting factors mix. The platelets will then stay in place and prevent blood from flowing out of the blood vessel. If a bleeding disorder is present the clotting factors or platelets will not work properly or be in short supply.  If the blood does not clot, excessive or prolonged bleeding occurs. This in turn can lead to sudden bleeding in muscles, joints or other body parts. 

Many bleeding disorders can be inherited from a parent and passed to a child. Medical conditions may also cause bleeding disorders to occur. Other reasons for bleeding disorders occur because of low red blood cell count, vitamin K deficiency, and / or side effects of medications. These medications are known as anticoagulants. 
Signs of bleeding disorder may vary depending on the type but signs may include:
  • unexplained and easy bruising
  • heavy menstrual bleeding 
  • frequent nose bleeds 
  • excessive bleeding from small cuts or an injury
One or more of these symptoms should be reason enough to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor can diagnose your condition and help prevent complications of blood disorders

When you contact your doctor the first thing they may do is inquire about your symptoms and medical history. Often a physical exam will be done. Be sure to let the doctor know when the bleeding occurs and how long it lasts. Medications and vitamins that you take and when the bleeding began should help your doctor with a diagnosis as well. Blood test may be ran. These test often include:
  • CBC that measures red and white blood cells in your body
  • platelet aggregation test 
  • test to see how long it takes your blood to clot 

Consider Giving The Gift of Sight

There is so much beauty in this world that we have been blessed with. sadly there are those that will never get to see the world as we do. Those individuals have either been born without sight or lost it somehow. Would it not be wonderful if there was a way to transplant eyes into someone and let them see the world as we do??  Sadly, there is no such thing as a whole eye transplant and if there was it would not work without the transfer of the optic nerve as well. 

It is the optic nerve that goes directly to the brain. For many that are blind have a damaged optic nerve. There are some cases that the eye itself has no issues at all but the optic nerve has been damaged. However , there are transplants of the eye. These transplants deal with the cornea of the eye. The cornea is the clear part of the eye that you see through. 

Eyes are taken from individuals directly after death. Just like a blood bank there is an eye bank for cornea tissue. The corneas collected is matched to those needing eyes. Cornea transplants help many and some may and are children. Individuals injured while playing sports or doing a hazardous job. Most individuals who are blind will not benefit from cornea transplants. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Our Menu and a List of Kitchen Chores Kids Can Do

Looking at the schedule this will be a busy week Great time for a menu that will help us get through it with ease. So what will we have for dinner??

Salisbury steak, beans, dump cake 

meatball subs, homemade chips

busy night so we will be having chili dogs, mac n cheese and cookies

this is kids night to cook, not sure what I will help them make. If you ever wonder what stage of cooking your child may be at check here

meatloaf, twice baked potato, pudding

family night out

we either go somewhere or we will serve leftovers

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