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How Much Are You Worth?
The Importance of a Well-Child Exam
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Your Mickle’s Worth Oh boy, I’ve done it again. I’ve underestimated my children’s ability to cope with difficult situations. Recently, the last remaining fish in the Mickle house went to the big aquarium in the sky. It was Matt’s beta fish and I just knew he would be devastated by the loss. Of course I noticed the fish floating in the tank the night before Karen and Kate left for a weekend baton competition. I struggled with what to do. Should I try to stop by the pet store and pick up another one? I could switch them out when Matt was playing with friends. He might never know and then he wouldn’t be upset by the loss. That’s the easy way out. I pride myself on always being honest with the kids, while simply replacing the fish would have been easiest, it wasn’t honest. So, I did what any self-respecting dad would do. I left the fish carcass floating in the water until Karen got back with Kate from the baton competition. If I was going to deal with it... so was she! Of course, there’s been more fish drama in our house than there was in Finding Nemo. When Kyle was about 6, his fish began floating on its side, we knew the end was near. We tried to prepare Kyle and he was heartbroken. Of course, it couldn’t happen quickly. Kyle’s fish took a full 14 hours to die. Kyle stood over the tank, gently petting it and sobbing. I think I’m still suffering post traumatic stress from that fish tale, hence why I was more concerned this time. Karen and Kate arrived back in town late the following evening. We went out to dinner with friends and Karen says, “So, I see you haven’t done anything with the dead fish!” “Shhhhh. I haven’t told him yet.” Kate was sitting next to me. Matt was at the other end of the table. “Kate, don’t tell your brother.” “Uh, dad. He already knows” “What?????” “He is the one that showed me.” “And he was okay with it?” “Yep. He looked at it and said, oh look Kate. My fish died.” “That was it?” “Yep.”
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“Then what did he do?” “He went out to play with friends.” So, I spent 48 hours trying to hide a floating fish. My son had already seen it, dealt with it and moved on with life. Ugh. That’s my Matthew. Later that evening, we told Matt it was time to send his fish down the drain. “Do you want to say anything to your fish before he goes away?” Matt came running in. “Goodbye little buddy. Have fun in heaven.” With that and one flush, the fish was gone and I was left with a sense of pride. My youngest son is gaining an understanding of what it means to say goodbye. He didn’t ignore the loss. He just accepted it. I think he taught me something. I have to give him a chance to grow. I can’t protect him forever. That’s a tough lesson for this dad to learn, but I’ll try a little harder. Hope you have a great July. We’ll see you at some of the fun family events. Be sure to stop by the Bix Street Fest in downtown Davenport. You’ll find us hanging out somewhere between the funnel cake stand and the inflatable fun sponsored by QC Jumps! Take care, Mike
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Maggie Gehlsen Miss Scott County’s Outstanding Teen his summer we are trying to find ways to stay active (especially with all of this rain)! What better way than the 2011 Bix 7 Road races? There’s a different race for everyone, making it perfect for getting the entire family involved! You can pick from the Jr. Bix, 2 mile Quick Bix, or the original 7 mile Bix. No matter what, there’s something for every member of your family! Speaking of getting the entire family involved, I am just filled with ideas for you! The 2011 Live Healthy Iowa Burst Your Thirst Program is going on right now also, and it’s not too late to sign up either! The Burst Your Thirst Program is designed as a tool to help Iowans drink more water throughout the summer, and to help us stay physically active, as well. The program is a great way to get prepped for the next one: The Step 2 It Challenge. This program starts September 12, 2011 & ends October 31, 2011. This “challenge” is designed to help Iowans incorporate walking even more into our daily lives. To check out these awesome programs, information can be found at: www.livehealthyiowa.org. Now, with family cookouts becoming more and more frequent, you’re probably asking yourself how to make these
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Ingredients • 2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt • 2 cups plain nonfat or reduced-fat Greek yogurt • 1/2 cup superfine sugar • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup • Fresh fruit or other toppings, for garnish Directions Whisk both yogurts, the sugar and corn syrup in a bowl until combined. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For a soft consistency, serve right out of the ice cream maker. For a firmer texture, transfer the frozen yogurt to a covered container and freeze for up to 2 hours. Serve with assorted toppings. Courtesy of: Food Network (www.foodnetwork.com)
Also, a big thank you for those who supported me during my Miss Iowa experience! I had the wonderful privilege of competing with 17 other intelligent and beautiful young women from across the state of Iowa. It was great representing Scott County! I received 4th runner up, which needless to say, was an incredible accomplishment considering the talent that was shown by girls all under the age of 18! Enjoy your summer, enjoy the weather, & get moving!
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Bye Bye Boredom
By Kim Fein RIA Federal Credit Union
he long hot days of summer have finally arrived so it’s time to turn off the TV and enjoy the oudoors. Keep the kids entertained with these fun games and activities. Send them on a scavenger hunt. Your child can do this activity alone, with a friend or in teams. Give them a list of items to find in nature, such as a rock, dandelion, leaf or a flower. Have the kids draw pictures of what they find and finish the hunt by tallying up how many things they found off the list. Chalk it up to fun. An inexpensive box of colored chalk can keep the kids busy for hours. Have younger children draw pictures on the sidewalk or driveway. For the older children, try a game of Tic Tac Toe or hopscotch: draw a hopscotch pattern with eight squares. Players toss a marker (try a stone or button) into a square and then hop over it on one foot. Knock ’em over with backyard bowling. Find household items that will tumble over easily, such as empty cereal boxes, empty soda cans and small stuffed toys and align them in a row like bowling pins. Then, using a smaller ball for older kids and a bigger ball for the young ones, have the children roll the ball. They score a point for each object they knock down. Play Kick the Can. A variation on Hide and Seek, this game works best with at least three kids. One person is designated “it” and will guard the “can” (an empty coffee can or ball) which is set in an open space. While the other players hide, the “it” counts to 20 (or higher) and then tries to find and tag the other players. If captured, players must go to “jail”. Any player who hasn’t been caught can run in and kick the can, setting all of the captured players free. If the “it” finds everyone, he wins the game. Create an outdoor canvas. Hang an old sheet on a clothesline or tape paper to a fence for your budding artist to paint on. Encourage them to try painting with different kinds of brushes. Try dipping grass into paint and swishing it on paper, then try painting with a leaf or a twig. The kids can also try painting rocks and creating little people or bugs with them. Host a mini-Olympics. Get the kids competing in running and wheelbarrow races, obstacle courses, water balloon tosses and jumping competitions. Finish off the fun with a mini-Olympic awards ceremony to honor all of the athletes. Buy medals at the local dollar store or make your own with construction paper, colored pencils and string. RIA Federal Credit Union wishes everyone a safe, fun-filled summer. 8
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Mobile Playground ………. Moving To A Park Near You! The Mobile Playground is moving to a park near you as it travels the community bringing fun and games to neighborhood parks throughout Davenport! It is a decommissioned fire truck that is stocked with games, crafts, and activities to add enriched recreational opportunities to your neighborhood park. Davenport Parks and Recreation provides two highly qualified staff that supervise and facilitate the activities.
Summer 2011 Schedule Monday: Cork Hill Park 10:00am – 12:00pm Garfield Park 12:30pm - 3:00pm Tuesday: Whalen Park 10:00am – 1:00pm (Lunch Site) Freight House Farmer’s Market 3:00pm – 6:00pm Wednesday: Roosevelt Community Center 10:00am – 1:00pm (Lunch Site) Monroe Park 1:30pm – 3:30pm Thursday: Slattery Park 10:00am – 11:30pm Goose Creek Park 12:00pm – 3:00pm (Lunch Site) Friday: Van Buren Park 10:00am – 12:00pm (Lunch Site) Centennial Park 12:30pm – 3:00pm
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Dog Etiquette Julie Sisk, WQAD News Anchor/ Quad City Mom
I want to start by saying I am a dog person. We always had at least one dog as a child and our family even raised litters of puppies. My children could not be more opposite of each other when it comes to dogs. My daughter loves them and, in my opinion, is not reserved enough when it comes to meeting new dogs (I could write another article about how we are working on this). As for our son, at about his first birthday, his love for dogs switched to complete terror. At first I thought it was a toddler thing and that he was just scared. We tried to warm him up to his grandparent’s wonderful golden retriever. At this point, it does not seem to be working. I don’t plan to push the issue with him, in time hopefully he will out grow what seems to be his only fear. That said, I am lucky that our sitter will often take our children to area parks, but recently another visitor felt the need to repeatedly encourage his black toy poodle to go towards my 1 1/2 year old. My sitter said it was very clear the toddler was extremely frightened, but the guy kept at it. I know most responsible dog owners would not be amused by frightening a child. Whatever his intentions, I believe his behavior and actions were very much out of line. Many children are exposed to “stranger dogs” while at the park. It is a shared space and ultimately it is up to parents to protect children, but there is also so called “dog etiquette” which should be common practice. Here is some of what I found at Animal Humane Society.org: As pet owners, we have a responsibility to manage our pets and ensure good behavior in public. Cultivating appropriate behavior in our dogs paves the way for pleasant relations and peaceful coexistence among dog owners and non-owners alike. Be aware of other peoples’ space. Keep your leashed dog close to you and stay alert to others using the path/park/sidewalk, etc. Your leash should be slack but short enough to prevent Fido from contacting or jumping on passers-by. Even if people say, “It’s okay,” your dog needs to learn to behave appropriately in public. Some people dislike dogs, others are frightened of them, still others may simply prefer well-mannered dogs! A well-trained dog and a considerate handler
set a great example of responsible ownership to their communities, and ensure that dogs will continue to be welcome there. Be aware of other peoples’ feelings. If your dog does something that upsets someone else (jumping up, running after them, barking at them, etc.), apologize to that person and take measures to prevent the situation from re-occurring. Do this even if your dog’s behavior appeared benign in nature. Shrugging it off as an over reaction or a personal slight will not improve your dog’s behavior and may negatively impact your reputation in the community. Summer is a time for people and pets to enjoy being outdoors. It is great for both to get fresh air and exercise, but remember your beloved pet is just that... YOUR beloved pet... not everyone else’s.
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Put Your Reading Into Overdrive! Download Audiobooks and eBooks Anytime, Anywhere By Lisa A. Lockheart Publicity and Outreach Liaison, Rock Island Library
With the OverDrive ebook and audio service from the Rock Island Library, library patrons can enjoy popular titles from the comfort of home! Our membership in the Online Media of Northern Illinois ebook consortium (Omni Libraries) makes best-selling and classic audiobooks and eBooks available 24/7. All you need is an Internet connection and a Rock Island Library card to browse the collection, check out ebooks or audio and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. You’ll need some free software to get started. Instructions and a getting started guide are on Rock Island Library website at ‘Download This.’ You can enjoy titles immediately or transfer them
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to a variety of devices, including the Barnes & Noble NOOK™, iPod®, iPad® Sony® Reader™, smartphones, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD. Titles return automatically, so there are no late fees. With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection is guaranteed to put your reading into overdrive. This new service is free with your library card. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more, click the OverDrive icon at www.rockislandlibrary.org. In other new services, the Rock Island Library has also added the Mango Languages online-learning system. Mango offers a fast and convenient solution for learning a new language, whether you’re just looking for how to ask street directions or seeking a more indepth knowledge of a language and culture. Each lesson combines real life situations, actual conversation and audio from native speakers. Mango is free for all Rock Island Library patrons. All you need is an Internet connection and a Rock Island Library card. To get started, find the Mango link at www. rockislandlibrary.org.
Just For Kids!
• Final entries accepted through the mail must be postmarked by July 22. Entries will be accepted at the Thursday and Friday packet pick-up sessions at the RiverCenter. • ENTRY FEE $12.00-until July 22nd, 2011 Train Festival 2011 • July 21th-24th • LATE ENTRY FEE $15.00 Be sure to join us for the Bix Train Festival 2011 is a four-day rail themed festival Streetfest in downtown Davenport. July 29th and 30th. featuring steam and diesel engine train rides, model Lots of music, great food vendors and once again, all railroads, food vendors, and entertainment for all ages! the inflatable fun will be provided by QC JUMPS AND Prices vary, please visit www.trainfestival2011.com for more MORE! Bring the kids down to enjoy the combination 18 information and ticket purchasing. foot slide/obstacle course, the inflatable bounce houses Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM and the 30 foot long obstacle course. Tickets $1 each, 6 Schwiebert Riverfront Park, 100 17th Street, Rock Island, for $5 or an all day pass for $10! IL Call 309-732-7275 for more information. Mississippi Valley Fair • August 2nd-7th The annual Scott County Fair with six days of spectacular entertainment. Also featuring many free stages including the Diamonds, Gym Bob’s Jamboree, The Caboodle Stoppers, Dallas the Fire Guy, a Diving Show, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Kachunga’s Alligator show, the National Belgian horse show and a Tiger Show. Fun cards are $40 through July 6, $45 thereafter. General gate admission is $10 for adults, $3 kids 4-12, 3 and JR. BIX • July 29th under are free. Evans United Carnival offers $20 6:00 pm • LOCATION: • Quad-City Times, 500 East 3rd wristbands for unlimited rides between 11 am and 5 pm Street, Davenport • This children’s event is for kids 12 and on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Come taste under. There will be various distances for the kids depending many of our one of a kind foods, enjoy the animals and on their age. Last year’s 13th Jr. Bix was more successful exhibits! Time: 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM • Mississippi Valley than ever. There will be a limit of 3,500 children this year. Fairgrounds, 2815 West Locust Street, Davenport, IA You must sign up early to ensure a spot in this year’s race. Call 563-326-5338 for more information. Children’s Art in Garden Activity Day • July 24th Nature inspired art day for children. Enjoy many fun innovative art activities. Cost: Children 3-12 years -$5.00 Adults - general admission. Please RSVP to Megan at edu@ qcgardens.com or call 309-794-0991 x 25 Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL
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Just For Kids! Let’s head to Modern Woodman Park! QC Family Focus Magaine and the River Bandits are giving away a family four pack of tickets to an upcoming Bandits game. For your chance to win, go to the QC Family Focus Facebook page and “like” us! After that, post a message telling us why you want to win. We’ll choose a winner on July 18th. Good luck everyone!
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Couponing Phyllis Zalenski Family Resource Management Specialist, Iowa State University Extension
“Couponing” is becoming a hugely popular and increasingly common strategy to cut costs. Research shows that the smart use of coupons can be a savings. Coupons typically are found in magazines, newspapers or distributed by store owners who print their own coupons. A newer trend is printing coupons from the Internet and obtaining them digitally from online coupon aggregators. However, University of Maine Cooperative Extension encourages consumers to also consider the balance between the savings versus the costs involved in couponing. Couponing could include time to research and collect coupons, money spent joining coupon sites, or time spent reviewing store policies to redeem them. There is also concern about the quality of items such as the nutritional or health value. Increase consumer savings with coupons by following these tips: • Don’t buy something just because you have a coupon. Use your shopping list as a strategy to stay on budget. • For a new product, use the coupon when the item is on sale. That could be a double savings as well as a chance for your family to try out a new item. • Trade coupons with friends and family, and even involve your children. • Compare prices. Another brand may be cheaper than the item with the coupon. Check unit pricing for the best deals. • Check coupons for expiration dates, product 16
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sizes and amounts you can buy. If it doesn’t fit your needs, save your money. Some stores will accept expired coupons…it never hurts to ask. After checking out, check your receipt to be sure your coupons were properly credited. Consumers getting free coupons online should consider how much personal information to give up in order to get them. Be mindful of who you are sharing this information with or know how it will be used. You might start receiving unsolicited phone calls. Some coupon websites require consumers to download software and agree to individual licensing agreements. Read the details. Many times shoppers don’t realize they can use store coupons with manufacturers’ coupons. Look for unadvertised specials and clearance prices. Pair them up with coupons and you may find yourself with free or inexpensive items. Look for coupons for other items and services — restaurants, haircuts, department stores, kids’ activities, entertainment, auto care and more.
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How Much Are You Worth?
By Curtis Ford Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP
Finally, subtract your debts from your assets, and you have your net worth. Now that you have that number, what do you do with it? Knowing your net worth is an important number to know for many reasons: • It helps you plan major expenses in the future • It gives you a road map to your future financial prosperity or misfortune • It helps you understand the type of planning you need to do to keep your financial future secure Knowing your net worth is also important in determining your estate plan. Estates valued over $1 million may face estate taxes which could be reduced with careful planning. By discovering your net worth and discussing it with a qualified estate planning attorney, you can better plan your financial future and protect your family and your legacy. And, just like building memories with your family is not a once and done activity, calculating your net worth is not a once and done event. Financial planners recommend you re-visit these calculations on an annual basis to keep you focused on your financial roadmap.
our family values you for many things: your wisdom, your heritage, your sense of humor or maybe even your ability to throw a great spiral pass. But, wouldn’t it be great to know they can also value you for the financial security you provide? You know how much your paycheck brings in monthly and you understand the cost of maintaining your home and family activities. But, outside of your monthly income and expenses, do you have any idea how much you are worth financially? It is not difficult to calculate your net worth. With a few financial statements, such as bank records, loan payments and real estate values; a sheet of paper and a calculator, you can calculate the number in less than an hour. First, add up all your assets: real estate, such as your Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP are members of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorhome or other property; cash accounts such as checking ac- neys and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. To receive a copy of our most recent newsletter “Your counts, savings or money market accounts, brokerage ac- Estate Matters” or for a free consultation on Estate or Long Term Care planning, call 309-944-2188, 309-7629368 or 1-800-644-5345. You may also contact our firm by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website counts and retirement accounts; personal property such as at www.nashbeanford.com The firm devotes its practice primarily in the areas of estate, business and tax planning and major artwork, jewelry or collections. related areas of the law as well as elder law and trust administration and probate. We offer guidance and advice Second, list all your debts, including mortgage(s), to our clients in every area of estate planning. This column is designed for general information purposes only, and is not intended, nor should be july 2011 1 4/28/11 AM orPage 1 as legal advice. Please consult your attorney if specific legal information is desired. student loans,family auto focus loans, 7.375x4.75:Layout credit cards or other unsecured7:54construed relied upon, loans.
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The Importance of a Well-Child Exam
By Kari Elmer, MA Scott County Health Department, Care for Kids Program
ost people have a doctor for their children and will schedule a sick-child visit when they are ill. However, many people do not see the need for preventive medical care that is provided at a well-child exam or a check-up. A well-child exam is a visit to the doctor when your child is not sick. Well-child exams help keep kids healthy. What happens at a well-child exam depends on the age of your child, and may include: checking your child’s height, weight, and head circumference to make sure that your child’s growth is on track. It may also include: checking your child’s hearing and vision; talking about or receiving shots; looking at your child’s teeth; lab tests, including blood lead testing; screenings to make sure your child is on track in all areas of development; and answering questions about your child’s health. At these check-ups, the doctor monitors your child’s health closely as your child learns and grows. If the doctor sees a possible health or developmental problem, he/she is able to address the issue as soon as possible and make necessary referrals to other providers or specialists. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, well-child exams during the first two years of life are recommended at: 2-3 days, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months and
24 months. After two years they are recommended at: 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, 6 years, 8 years, 10 years, 12 years, 14 years, 16 years, 18 years and 20 years. There are a few things you can do to make the most of your child’s well-child exam. Please remember to: • bring your child’s insurance card(s) • bring a copy of your child's immunization record • bring a list of medications your child is taking •write down any questions or concerns you have before the appointment • bring another adult with you to help you remember what the doctor says • take notes and ask questions • follow-up on any advice that the doctor gives for your child • call the doctor’s office the day before the appointment if you need to cancel • talk to your child about the exam and answer any questions your child may have If you need help finding a doctor or making an appointment for a well-child exam, please call the Scott County Care for Kids Program at 563-328-4114 or check out our website at www.scottcountyiowa.com/health..
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Computer Screens and Visual Fatigue Syndrome (VFS)
he increased use of computers and laptops in the workplace and at home has created greater demand on your vision. A study done by Essilor USA, a lens manufacturer, in 2004 found that 1,000 respondents 25 years and older averaged between 6 and 7 hours per day at a computer. 71% of these respondents wore corrective lenses and still had symptoms of Visual Fatigue Syndrome (VFS): headaches, tired eyes, eyestrain, and neck and shoulder pain. 25% suffer from VFS symptoms every day. I’m sure it’s more today with the popularity of smart phones, iPods, and video games. This type of “work” puts greater stress on near and intermediate vision. The following are common questions and answers about computers and VFS: 1. Can working at a computer all day cause eye problems? Answer: There is no conclusive evidence that computer displays cause any visual problems, but it can aggravate existing ones, even minor ones that do not affect other seeing tasks such as normal reading or driving. Visual discomfort is experienced when the demands of the visual task exceed the individual’s visual ability. 2. Can computer screens be associated with eye strain? Answer: Yes. A variety of symptoms including eye irritation, dry eyes, eye fatigue and difficulty focusing may be noted. Headaches, backaches, or muscle spasms may also occur. Fortunately, these complaints often result from conditions that can be remedied by either changing elements in the work station design or providing proper glasses for the user. Although eyestrain is an annoying symptom, there is typically no permanent damage. 3. How can eye strain be prevented? Computer users prefer a viewing distance a little further away than they would normally use for reading a book or magazine. The top of the screen is most comfortably placed at or slightly below eye level. Any reference material should be as close as possible to the screen as practical to minimize large head or eye movements and focusing changes. Lighting should be arranged so reflections and glare are minimized. Sometimes standard office lighting is too bright for comfortable use. If modification of the office lighting is not practical, hoods, glare screens, or filters can be used. Periodic rest breaks are important. Using a computer requires a fairly unchanging body, head and eye position which can be fatiguing. Frequent blinking will lubricate the eyes and prevent them from drying out. Occasional use of artificial tears may also be useful. Fi-
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Reasons to consider Acupuncture
Dr. Amanda Friemel Nelson Chiropractic
cupuncture is an ancient therhelps individuals to understand the theory behind acuapy, estimated to be about puncture. If you are listening to a station while traveling 5000 years old, used to treat out of town, the station will eventually lose its signal or both pain and dysfunction come in unclear. The radio in your car isn’t broken, nor in the body. An invisible life force is the radio station putting out the signal or frequency. called qi (pronounced chee) travels The “static” or distance from your car to the radio tower up and down the body in 12 primary is the issue, not the separate parts. Bodies behave in a pathways, called meridians. These similar way. As the meridians become full of “static”, meridians can be measured electrinothing in your body is essentially “broken”, but rather cally and evaluated for the conditions clouded or blocked causing a set of symptoms to arise presented by the patient. A treatment protocol can be or be noticed more frequently or intensely. Acupuncture designed around the imbalances identified. fine tunes your own radio station to allow for a clearer Acupuncturists believe that illness and pain are signal. due to blockages and imbalances of the qi. Qi works in Most conditions require a treatment protocol harmony with the all of the body’s systems including, or several sessions to notice a lasting effect. The usual but not limited to the circulatory, nervous, muscular, di- number of treatments is between 10 – 12 visits with the gestive, and lymph systems. By inserting thin sterile treatment frequency being 2 – 4 times per week. Ocneedles into the body at precise points, these blockages casionally a patient will respond quicker and the praccan be released, therefore, relieving symptoms associ- titioner may elect to discontinue treatment or space out ated with conditions ranging from headaches and mi- the visits in order to maintain the desired effect. Many graines to anxiety, arthritis, gastrointestinal complaints, patients reaching their desired outcome may be able to and infertility. Several of the acupuncture points corre- be treated or maintained at a minimum of 3 – 4 times per spond to nerve bundles and muscle trigger points. Acu- year. puncture works in part by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals, but I Want a Healthy Spine.... to relieve my chronic back pain. also stimulates blood flow and tissue repair at needle Diagnosing and treating chronic back and neck pain can be challenging and sites by producing an immune response. costly. Talk to your chiropractic physician about how chiropractic care may Acupuncture is most provide you with relief from chronic pain. commonly delivered by usPut Chiropractic Care Into Your Health Routine. ing needles, but stimulating the acupoint is more imporFor your evaluation, contact your tant than the method used Iowa chiropractic provider today: to affect the point. Many Logo practitioners use needles, although electronic stimulation, laser, and/or acupresLocal Info: sure are all effective. The goal of acupuncture is to restore the body’s own natural energy field to create balance throughout all the body’s systems thus reducing inflammation and disease. The analogy of fine tuning your car radio operatwww.IWantAHealthySpine.com Insert name here ing at a particular frequency
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Retired and Wired:
Seniors Stay Fit, Sharp and Connected. also an avid game player on the computer. “I love to play games like solitaire, poker, and a word game called ‘WHOMP.’ I enjoy it. It keeps me alert, my mind active, and is a great distraction from worries. It’s better than sitting around watching TV.” Although many seniors are still wary of the complexity of computers, more are adapting to the technology. Says Carolyn, “A lot of seniors think they can’t do it. It isn’t hard once you learn how. You just keep doing it every day, and I think it’s great.” As seniors embrace technology, Senior Star is keeping pace, offering Skype, Wii Fitness Mary George of Davenport, Iowa, logs onto Facebook every day from her home at programs, and unique computer Senior Star at Elmore Place. She keeps touch with friends and family members online. programs such as Dakim Seniors Using Social Media For retired senior Mary George, BrainFitness. Dakim is a program You can count Mary in the 71, Davenport, the computer is that challenges long- and shorther connection to the world. “I’m growing number of social media term memory as well as other users. “I have seven brothers probably on the computer every critical thinking and language and sisters and we are all on day, logging on to Facebook, skills with activities such as Facebook,” she says. “I also text, “Name that Song,” or “Keep playing games, and most too. My daughter checks in all the Your Eye’s Open.” The cultural importantly, keeping in touch time, and I love getting pictures with family across the country,” references are from the 1930’s of the grandkids.” she says. and 1940’s so seniors can also Technology not only helps Mary is not alone. connect with personal memories seniors stay connected but also Computer use among and experiences. can help fight depression and Americans 65 and older has “We want seniors to maintain as dementia. Numerous studies doubled in the past 10 years, much independence as possible,” have found that people who while Internet usage among that says Cathy Hughes, executive age group has more than tripled, frequently participate in braindirector, Senior Star at Elmore stimulating activities had, in according to the Pew Internet Place. “Seniors who consistently some cases, a 63 percent lower Project. participate in mentally stimulating risk of dementia than others who leisure activities are keeping their And, while social media use participated less frequently. has grown dramatically across minds sharp.” Meanwhile, researchers from all age groups, Pew also reports “Most of my grandchildren Semel Institute for Neuroscience live in the northwest in Seattle older users have been especially and Human Behavior at the enthusiastic over the past year and Vancouver,” says 84-year old about embracing new networking University of California-Los Betty Noll, Davenport. “I love Angeles found that surfing the tools. Social networking use getting their news. I even got an among Internet users ages 50 and Web for only a week stimulated email with a picture from my areas of the brain. older nearly doubled to 42% in grandson who caught a 30-pound Carolyn McCann, 70, is a May 2010. salmon!” neighbor of Mary’s at Senior Star at Elmore Place, and is QC Family Focus - july 2011
New Hope for Chronic Pain:
Q-C Woman Receives the World’s Smallest Neurostimulator
Tammy Hausch of Wheatland, IA, shows off an Eon MiniTM neurostimulator. The device, which is about the same size as a silver dollar, helps block pain signals from making their way to a patient’s brain.
or 47-year old Tammy Hausch, a career transcriptionist and mother, chronic back pain was severely limiting her life. “It got so bad I couldn’t sit, drive or work. I had to crawl to the bathroom,” she recalls. With her children gone and moved away, she eventually had to sell her house and move in with her parents. “My life was a wreck and no doctor at the time could help me.” Chronic pain is a serious public health issue that remains largely under-treated and misunderstood. The American Pain Foundation estimates 76.5 million Americans are affected by chronic pain. The National Institutes
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of Health also estimates chronic pain costs the U.S. economy $100 billion a year in lost work time and medical expenses. Tammy suffered from a disease that causes cysts on her sacrum. While a Kansas City back surgeon removed most of the cysts, the resulting back surgery did not alleviate her back pain. She sought advice from doctors at Johns Hopkins in Maryland to the Laser Institute in Arizona, but found no relief. “I tried pain medication, physical therapy, everything that is, until I received my spinal implant at the Mississippi Valley Pain Clinic in Davenport.” Dr. John Dooley, a pain specialist at the Pain Clinic, remembers Tammy. “She felt hopeless about her situation. And she is not alone. I see many patients who live with undiagnosed chronic pain in their backs, legs or arms, including many who have undergone surgery but still feel pain is limiting their lives. Tammy was a perfect candidate for spinal implantation, which is like a pacemaker for pain.”
Pacemaker for the Spine In April 2010, Dr. Dooley temporarily implanted the device in Tammy for a weeklong trial. The neurostimulator, called the Eon Mini™ is slightly larger than a U.S. silver dollar and was developed by St. Jude Medical. “It’s similar in function and appearance to a cardiac pacemaker,” explains Dr. Dooley. “The neurostimulator delivers mild electrical pulses to the spinal cord, which interrupt or mask the pain signals’ transmission to the brain.” “The technique is a amazing,” says Tammy. “I was in the procedure room just over an hour. He put it in just the right place, and I began to feel relief.” The positive results were enough to convince her to undergo surgery for permanent implantation. A year later, Tammy is walking, driving and hopes to return to work. “I am a different person. People who see me now ask what’s changed, and I tell them about my spinal implant. It definitely takes some getting used to. I can feel the vibrations in my right hip when the stimulator is working. I can control it with a remote I carry, depending on my different Signals from the levels of neurostimulator pain. I can deliver mild electrical pulses sit, walk and have so to the spinal cord which interrupt much more or mask pain signals’ transmissions to the brain. energy! The thin, small design increases patient comfort. “I believe with every day I will get stronger. I’ve talked to other patients who have the device, and one told me she was playing tennis five years after her implantation. I have hope now, and it’s what keeps me going.”
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Beth Saranglao, Moline, total hip replacement Forty-six year old hip-replacement patient Beth Saranglao runs every day. Two years ago she could barely walk. Beth suffered from worn cartilage in her painful right hip. Then she met fellowship trained surgeon John Hoffman, M.D., Orthopaedic Specialists. Dr. Hoffman performed a minimally invasive total hip replacement at the Mississippi Valley Surgery Center and Beth was recovering at home 17 hours later. No pain and no loss of movement. Recovery in days, not weeks. Beth now keeps up with her 13-year old son and credits Dr. Hoffman with putting her life back on track. If you are considering total joint replacement, contact us at painfreeqc.com or call 563-344-9292. We’ll have you up and running in no time. We’re sure Beth would agree.
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Beth Saranglao of Moline, Illinois, is back on the road thanks to a total hip replacement. Beth’s surgery was performed on an outpatient basis which reduced costs and recovery time following the procedure.
Beth Saranglao doesn’t stay in any one place for very long. The 46 year-old elementary school computer lab manager and summertime pool manager doesn’t even have a telephone line in her house any more. “Just my cell phone. You know how it is these days,” she explains, detailing a life of recreational running, bicycling, swimming, tennis, inline skating – all in addition to the usual time commitments of a family, including a son on a traveling baseball team. Yet after running 4 to 5 miles every morning for 20 years or so, Saranglao started feeling a sharp pain in her hip joint. That was two years ago, and keeping the pain in check required 18 ibuprofens every day. Fellowship trained surgeon, John Hoffman, M.D., Orthopaedic Specialists, saw that the damage to her hip’s cartilage was serious. Saranglao had hoped that re-surfacing her hip joint would work, but Dr. Hoffman’s examinations revealed that re-surfacing wasn’t an option. Instead, Saranglao had a total hip replacement in December 2007. “I’d love to set off an airport metal detector with all the
John Hoffman, M. D. Orthopaedic Specialists, PC, Davenport
metal in my hip,” Saranglao jokes, “but with my son in baseball, I never get to travel anywhere fun.” Saranglao’s surgery was at 4:00 p.m., and she was home 17 hours later, at 9:00 in the morning. “I loved it,” Saranglao says of the having the procedure done on an outpatient basis. “I didn’t have to check in. I was up and walking and glad to be home.” Saranglao’s surgery was performed at Mississippi Valley Surgery Center in Davenport. Most major insurers cover this procedure in the outpatient setting. MVSC is the only Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in Iowa that performs total joint replacements in an outpatient setting.
Based on Iowa Hospital Association data, charges at local Quad City hospitals for total knee replacement surgeries range from $26,000 to $38,000. The average charge for knee replacement surgery at Mississippi Valley Surgery Center is $17,500 Experience Counts Davenport-based Orthopaedic Specialist Dr. John Hoffman, a fellowship-trained 20-year veteran who performs approximately 600 minimally-invasive total joint operations a year, says revolutionary improvements in surgical techniques, anesthesia, and joint technology are saving patients money and allowing them to return to their active lives much faster. It’s also a procedure expected to grow as the population ages. “Joint replacements five years ago required a major incision (8-12 inches vs. 4 inches today), longacting anesthetic and extended convalescence. Medical innovation now allows doctors to perform them safely and effectively so that patients recover at home and get back to life quicker,” explains Dr. Hoffman. Better techniques lead to faster recovery and less need for hospitalization. “We employ new surgical techniques that spare patients’ muscle tissue,” explains Dr. Hoffman. “We have also fine-tuned regional anesthetic and pain management protocols. These factors allow most patients to be walking within hours of the procedure and home for recovery,” he adds. Dr. Hoffman has fined tuned his technique under the guidance of Richard Berger, M.D., a pioneer of minimally invasive hip and knee replacements practicing at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Back to Life and Back on the Road Saranglao has returned to a life every bit as active as the one before surgery. “I shouldn’t have waited so long,” she says. She bicycles every morning (during bad weather it’s indoors, on a trainer), and she’s back to running most days on the treadmill. “I’d do it again. I’m still flexible – I can do cheerleader splits!” QC Family Focus - july 2011
A Look In The Mirror Part V
By Diana Spranger RN, Administrator eems as though I just sat down to do June’s article and here it is time to prepare for July. Absolutely amazing how time does fly! I trust you all enjoyed your spring, and now that summer is here, things are heating up. As we continue our head to toe assessment, we will take a look at the lower abdomen and groin area. Reproductive organs as well as our elimination system are located in this area of our body. One of the first things I want to encourage is that you drink plenty of water, especially during the hot summer days. Our body is made up of a huge amount of water and it takes water to make it operate properly. For the body, water is like gas to a car. No gas, car does not run. No water, body does not function. You need water to keep the body well hydrated and parts working properly. Our elimination system does not work properly if we fail to give the body plenty of water. Dehydration could become a problem when the body is low on water; which brings confusion, dry mouth, dry skin, and concentrated urine, as well as many other issues. For women, the first line in prevention is frequent and consistent check- ups. You need to visit your physi-
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cian yearly, at least, for a good check-up. As a woman reaches that certain age, usually late 40’s or early 50’s, you will find changes happening that may need a physician’s attention. For you men, you are not exempt from these needed routine checks. The prostate is an area of the body which men cannot ignore. Men need that yearly check-up as much as women, don’t put it off. Female and male alike have potential for issues that we need to stay abreast of and not ignore. Staying healthy must be your responsibility, first of all. You know your body better than anyone else. You know and sense when things aren’t working properly. You may not know what the problem is but you know there is something that needs attention. Don’t put that doctor’s visit off. Take care of yourself, or no one else will. We live in an age of information and we truly have no excuse to be ignorant about our bodies or potential health issues. Be informed, whether it’s by reading an article, attending a seminar, or just talking to someone in the healthcare field. Consulting your physician is never a mistake. Don’t be afraid to take your health into your own hands. Ask the hard questions. Be informed. Until next month enjoy your summer and “have a drink of ‘water’ on me”.
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Love is patient, love is kind. By David W. Deuth, President of Weerts Funeral Home
hese familiar words from I Corinthians often become the scriptural centerpiece of weddings. And while these words make a pleasing backdrop to the joyous ceremony of marriage, most married couples would agree that it’s far harder to live by those words than to merely hear them recited at the altar. As Linda and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this month, I’m well aware that we, too, selected this scripture passage scripture for our wedding day. Even today, it couldn’t be a more fitting or relevant passage. We were young pups when we married, to be sure, and quite certain that we were “old enough” to get married at the tender ages of 20 and 19. We’re now convinced – as parents of a 20 year old and an 18 year old – we were entirely too young. But…love is patient. Love is kind. And, we learned, it takes a good deal of commitment and hard work. Our married life began on the 5th of July, 1986 in a country church at Woodstock, Minnesota. Not everyone can say that were married at Woodstock, mind you…but we can! Still in college at the time, a honeymoon trip was not in the cards for us. And we were fine with that. Although we worked hard during those college years to make ends meet,
we had a blast, made good friends and created some great memories along the way. The passage continues... “[Love] does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs... Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” It is only fair for me to admit that I informed Linda of my decision to become a funeral director after she agreed to marry me. The truth is, neither of us had any idea what I was getting us into; but I can say that I was certain she really loved me when she agreed to live in a funeral home for five years. To say that she has been “patient and kind” toward me and my career choice would be a colossal understatement. She’s been remarkably patient and undeservedly kind. “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” We really didn’t how we would pay the rent when we got married. And although we knew we were in for an uphill climb, we trusted each other, worked hard and always persevered because we knew that what we had was special... and well worth the effort. Twenty five years and plenty of gray hairs later, we’re looking back at our wedding photos and reminiscing a little bit. Yes, we were young. We won’t deny that. But we were madly in love. And still are. Happy Anniversary, Linda. I love you more. Remember Well. David W. Deuth, CFSP, is the owner of Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport. He can be reached at 563.355.4433 or by email at Dave@WeertsFH.com.
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