SINCE 1980 — VolUME 33 • NUMBER 6
THE AGE-OLD QUESTION: TUBBY OR NOT TUBBY?
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Are You Growing Complacent During Hurricane Season? DON’T DO IT! You can’t live in Florida without knowing that June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season each year – and nothing has changed. Once again, Floridians need to brace themselves for the possibility of a dangerous storm. As usual, the best approach is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. As the entire state holds its breath all summer long, you’ll want to be proactive in securing some dry goods, bottled water and hardware supplies in advance. Now is the time to make your personal hurricane plan and prepare your disaster supply kit. If you’ve become well versed in what you need to do but
have never actually done it, it’s time to act instead of ponder. And, in addition to preparing for a stakeout at home, make sure you know where to seek shelter if you are evacuated or your home becomes to damaged or dangerous to stay in. One of the best resources for creating a plan is the Web site www.floridadisaster.org, which is published by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Senior Voice America has recommended using this site in years past. The site gets better each year, and the section for kids is a good resource for sharing information with grandchildren in a non-threatening manner.
Below are some tips and reminders for preparing your house and your family – including your pets – for the hurricane season this year. There are many resources online for further reference. Don’t Play Weatherman So, there you are, monitoring the hurricane tracking chart online or on television. You try to play weatherman and guess where the storm might really land, then you think of going shopping for a few emergency essentials. Here’s a news flash: it’s probably too late. Leaving the house as the storm approaches is dangerous. Stores See HURRICANES, Page 22
Summer Foot Care Tips Keep your feet and toes looking and feeling great during this season of flip flops, sandals and bare feet. If you have lost a toenail over the winter or developed thick, discolored or ugly nails, we have a solution just in time for this open toe footwear season. You can have pretty nails in one day. You can wear your sandals the next day and have beautiful nails for everyone to see. We use the healthy part of your nail to build a custom prosthetic nail. The prosthetic nail is water proof and can be shaped and painted just like a normal nail. So, you can show off your toes without embarrassment. Remember, footwear is here to protect your feet from the environment and other hazards like broken glass, sandspurs and even an errant piece of metal. Please wear supportive flip flops and sandals that are approved by the American Podiatric See FOOTCARE, Page 27
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WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF PULMONARY HYPERTENTION?
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Don’t be Shy with Your Doctor About Gastrointestinal Symptoms For millions of adults in the United States, daily activities like going to work or school may also be accompanied by bothersome gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain and constipation. People may not talk to their doctor about these symptoms because they’re embarrassed and find the conversation a difficult one to have. They suffer in silence. Recurring abdominal pain and constipation, including hard stools and infrequent and incomplete bowel movements, may indicate a chronic gastrointestinal (GI) condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) or, without the presence of abdominal pain, chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). There is no cure for these condi tions, but there are ways to help manage the symptoms, starting with a candid conversation with a doctor, sparing none of the nittygritty details. Dr. Steven Lamm, internist and author of “No Guts, No Glory” says patients don’t always communicate all their symptoms to a doctor even when
those symptoms may have a negative impact on their lives. “Patients must have candid discussions with their physician to find treatments that work best for them. No one should feel embarrassed to talk about symptoms such as abdominal pain and constipation.”
meals more often may also help. Some people with IBS may have intolerances to certain sugars such as fructose or lactose. Limiting intake of foods containing these sugars may also be helpful. • Drink plenty of water: About six Here are some tips from Dr. Lamm: to eight glasses of water daily are important to stay hydrated. • Over-the-counter (OTC) pro- • More exercise, less stress: In ducts: Laxatives and stool creased exercise and stress softeners are approved to treat reduction have been shown to occasional constipation. These help relieve symptoms. Relaxation techniques may help products are not intended for long-term use without supervi- in stressful situations, and increasing exercise like walking sion of a physician and are not FDA approved for IBS-C and yoga may also help. Check with your doctor before starting treatment. • Talk to your doctor: Tell your an exercise program. doctor all of your symptoms, as • Change your diet: Fiber may help create softer stools that are well as treatments that have or have not worked for you. Your easier to pass. High-fiber foods include fruits, vegetables, beans, doctor may prescribe a medica- tion approved by the Food and and bran flakes. For IBS-C Drug Administration (FDA) that sufferers, fatty foods, alcohol, targets your symptoms associa- and caffeinated drinks may ted with IBS-C or CIC. worsen symptoms. Having smaller portions or smaller
Learning about and improving your GI health should be a part of your daily life. Take charge by speaking to your doctor and telling it like it is, sparing none of the nitty-gritty details.
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Overlooked Heroes We so often view police officers, military and firefighters as our heroes. And many of those are definitely people youngsters should look up to. However, I notice a group of individuals who are often overlooked, and they are our everyday heroes. There are so many men and fathers that go to work day in and day out. They put in a hard day’s work. Many of those days, they have to deal with surly customers, demanding bosses and difficult jobs. Then, when they arrive home, they might have to coach the baseball team, football team or drive someone to dance class. They do this day in and day out. Then, on the weekends it is time to mow the lawn or fix something around the house. Instead of opting to flirt with the new secretary or try out a new lifestyle, they work out what difficulties married life and parenthood might bring and they love the woman they are with. And if their marriage didn’t work out, they are still there for the kids. They set an example for their children every day and when they have to swallow their pride to keep their job so they can feed their family or send the kids to college, they do it. They don’t even think twice since they know what they have to do and they know what they SHOULD do. And they don’t whine about it. I would argue these are some of the most important individuals in a child’s life. The fathers that did what they had to do and what they should do. Those that did what needed to be done and who didn’t worry about being their child’s “best friend.” They realized that being a parent was paramount to anything else. To our everyday heroes -- America’s fathers -- we wish you all a Happy Father’s Day.
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The Emptiness of Success At various points in your day to day life, I hope you experience a feeling of success – from an accomplishment, creating happiness for others or finding personal fulfillment. I love feeling successful. Sometimes, I purposely seek out opportunities to feel good about what I’m doing. Lately, though, I am finding more satisfaction mentally, physically and spiritually from being relatively poor at something. That’s right. I am regularly subjecting myself to an activity where I am mediocre, at best. And it feels great! Why? Because it’s both humbling and challenging, and it comes with tiny improvements that build over time. And when one small mountain is conquered, you get to the top, do a happy dance, and then realize you’ve only reached the top of the first foothill in a massive mountain range. This thing – this sweaty, torturous, glorious thing I do – is yoga. Hot yoga, to be exact. I find it rather addictive from beginning to end, from the smell of the heated studio when I walk in right through to the fabulous shower I treat myself to when I come home. At the beginning of class, most instructors ask participants to leave their stresses and worries on the mat and focus on something they want to acquire during class, such as strength, flexibility or balance. These things can be taken as physical traits or character and lifestyle traits. Depending on the day, I toggle between what I seek and how I view these gifts. Now, I would not claim to be good at yoga. I have hip and knee issues that plague my practice and prevent me from getting the full benefit from some poses. I’m not very flexible or strong either. But, I keep trying, and I can say that I have improved in many respects over the nearly two years I’ve been practicing yoga. In the yoga realm, two years is not a very long. It takes time to physically adjust and change, and mastery of one pose merely opens the door to the next stage of the same pose. And that’s what I love. There is a constant challenge staring me down, and I must once again push myself through attempts and failures until at last, I can hit and hold a pose for quick few seconds. Now I know I can do it … and I must continue to try until it becomes easier and better with time. Sometimes it’s just a little focused introspection about how I am positioning myself that makes the difference and makes me stronger, more balanced and flexible. I also like that yoga is referred to as a practice. It’s a good perspective to consider in the studio, as well as in life. If we practice something and try hard to improve, isn’t it just the best feeling when you feel you have made a difference? I hope you have a “yoga” in your life to give you challenges, failures and successes. Otherwise, it might get boring and lonely sitting on top of a single mountain all by yourself. Press on – there’s an entire mountain range to conquer.
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The Age-Old Question: TUBBY OR NOT TUBBY? By Jean Mlincek The sign on my refrigerator states it so poignantly: “Life is a struggle between good and evil and chocolate.” So far, chocolate is winning -- to the point that my “body fat index” is screaming “Obese! Obese!” I never thought I would have this problem; I never thought I would be pondering the age-old question: “Tubby or not tubby?” Trust me, I am not making light of what has become endemic in America: super-sized humans. It’s just that, for me, the label “obese” is hard to own. As a kid in the mid-1950s, I was trim -- trim despite soda pop, cookies, jelly beans and gum drops (from my Mom’s hidden stash) and penny packets of colored sugar that I and my five siblings poured down our throats (I swear at least three pounds among us daily). My Dad, who was rail thin, hated excess weight on others. He called it “blubber.” My mother had it, and it caused major problems between her and my “lean machine” father. We children picked up his disdain for fat, albeit with a large allowance for our mom. Back then, the term “obese” was virtually unspoken. If you were overweight, you were ... “Big.” Jackie Gleason was big; so was Kate Smith, the opera singer. What puzzled me as a child is the fact that my Dad didn’t seem bothered by Jackie Gleason’s size. Quite frankly, I struggled with this bulk of a man sitting at the kitchen table, seemingly immobilized by his own body weight except for cocking his head or rolling his eyes at his wife, Alice. His thin wife. Despite the “obese” indictment against me today, I do not see myself in league with Jackie Gleason or Kate Smith, or even my mother, who probably never tipped the scales at my current weight. I don’t like the term “obese” and God forbid that I ever reach the next stage: morbidly obese. That label conjures up a horrifying image for me: a massive pile of human flab--sort of like Jabba the Hutt in the Star Wars movie. So what’s the cause behind my battle of the bulge? I wish I could say I’m pound foolish because of needing “comfort foods,” that I eat bec ause I’m lonely, depressed, stressed to the max. Wish I c o u l d blame it on unresolved child hood issues. Not so.
Don’t get me wrong; I definitely subscribe to the emotionally-triggered aspect of weight gain, the “What’s-eating-you?” theory. But the truth is, NOTHING is eating me! I’m happy. I have friends. I love life. I also love food. I love its taste, its texture, its eye-appeal, its aromas, the way it sits in my stomach and leads me to the Lazy Boy. My Mom was always dieting. I can still see her plate of cooked spinach topped with a soft-boiled egg. I can see her daily intake of 74 celery stalks. I just can’t go that route. Food should be a joy. Oh, I know the dangers of sodium and high fructose corn syrup. I know the artery-clogging aspect of red meat. I know a deli sub could be the death of me with all its processed cold cuts. But like the forbidden fruit in the Garden, these very ingredients are presented in forms appealing to the eye, satisfying to the palette. And let’s not even talk about chocolate, red licorice, or jelly beans (the only kind of “bean” I can eat without gagging). My dilemma would be resolved if lima beans tasted like chocolate, or if broccoli was as pleasant a chew as licorice. Or if a can of water-packed tuna could stand beside a filet mignon. I’m not a Kristie Alley-Marie Osmond-Valerie Bertinelli-Jennifer Hudson wannabe. I just wanna eat . . . because I ENJOY eating! That’s what works for me. Oh, every now and then, I get on the exercise kick, the diet plan, the portion control, the bathroom scale -- all of which give me indigestion. Perhaps if someone can come up with a way, not to shrink the stomach, but to genetically alter one’s taste buds, I might lick this weight problem instead of my chops. But until then, life is a struggle between good and evil and chocolate. Jean Mlincek is a freelance writer who resides in St. Petersburg, Fla. with her thesaurus and computer.
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Aging in a State of Exuberance and Happiness By Donald B. Ardell The Nature of Happiness Every adult, happy or otherwise, is something of an expert on the topic of happiness, at least to the point of knowing if happiness ensues from one thing or another. My eight decades of observations about it, boosted by reading books and studies on the topic, led to a series of hypotheses. How many of these statements sound true, more or less, from the perspective of your own life? • An elevated state of happiness does not last very long. Before you know it, another fix is needed. • Happiness can be addictive. Fortunately, happiness fixes are not illegal, expensive or controlled by government regulators, gangs or black markets. • Happiness is a choice. It is more likely to be experienced if it’s a conscious desire. • Over time, most of us develop a happiness set-point. This can be reset, though perhaps not by much. Happiness gurus advise that we maintain possession of the keys to our own happiness, that we not give control of these keys to others. Alas, many people do just that by inadvertently rewarding rude behavior, slights or other grievances real or imagined by allowing bad actors to affect their emotions. You might be thinking, Who would do that? That would be quite foolish! Alas, most of us do so. Recall what can happen if someone cuts you off when driving, takes a parking space for which you were waiting, pollutes your breathing space with second-hand smoke or otherwise acts rude or inconsiderate. Too often, the
automatic response is vexation, angry protestation or silent but fuming resentment. This causes your mood to darken. Become more aware of that. You might want to coach yourself in advance so when such things happen, you remember that the offender is not worthy -- that bad behavior by others does not justify adverse mood changes for you. Rehearsing artful ways to deal with external stressors with equanimity and style in serene ways is good for your happiness level.
A Little Experiment Consider performing a 48-hour makeyourself-happy experiment. Create a list of little ways you can gain seconds, minutes or longer periods of happiness. As the hours go by, keep adding to the list. After two days, your written record will be loaded with happiness extending ideas. Individually none might be a big deal but when totaled, you may have a happiness extending gold mine. Another experiment could be looking for opportunities to be gracious and grateful in a single day, again noting all the discoveries made and carried out. The effect of this focus is the same as the other little happiness building traits. I’ll mention one more. This approach is rarer and more complicated but rewarding in a happiness-boosting sense. Grant forgiveness for offenses real and imagined. Many studies have been cited by happiness experts (including Martin Seligman, Daniel Gilbert, Ariel Gore, Leo Bormans, Gretchen Rubin and Alan Gettis) to support the idea that nursing grievances, grudges or get-even fantasies adversely affects physical and mental health. This can’t be good for your happiness! Think of some worthless piece of doodoo you can forgive -- and just do it. For your sake -- not for the benefit of that worthless excrescence who offended you
in some manner beyond question egregious and execrable. What the miscreant did surely was, save for your gracious wonderfulness, unforgivable. But, forgive anyway, for your happiness. No need to tell the worthless offal about your pardon. You could, but that’s optional, as long as you feel liberated by the act of forgiving. What sweeter revenge is there than an outcome where you’re happier while he continues to struggle with shame and guilt? (Ooops, I’m violating my own advice here with this revenge talk. Please disregard this last, out-of- character aside.)
Summing Up Be aware that not everyone has equal opportunities for happiness, that being happy somehow immunizes against misfortune, that happiness substitutes for exercise (or other good health practices), that happiness can be summoned by affirmations or that happiness endures. In an excellent critique of books on the emergent field of positive psychology a few years ago, Amy Bloom observed that happiness is like beauty: part of its glory lies in its transience. A memorable remark in her essay, The Rap on Happiness, seems worth citing as good advice: To hold happiness is to hold the understanding that the world passes away from us, that the petals fall and the beloved dies. No amount of mockery, no amount of fashionable scowling will keep any of us from knowing and savoring the pleasure of the sun on our faces or save us from the adult understanding that it cannot last forever. (Source: Amy Bloom, New York Times,
January 29, 2010.) Ms. Bloom ended her piece with five fundamentally sound, sure-fire components of happiness that warrant mention: 1. Be in possession of the basics -- food, shelter, good health, safety. 2. Get enough sleep. 3. Have relationships that matter to you. 4. Take compassionate care of others and of yourself. 5. Have work or an interest that engages you. All good, in my humble opinion. Be well and look on the bright side. Donald B. Ardell is the Well Infidel. He wrote “High Level Wellness” in 1976 (Rodale Press) and many other books since, including “Die Healthy,” “14 Days to Wellness” and most recently, “Aging Beyond Belief and REAL Wellness.” Since 1984, Don has produced 680 editions of the Ardell Wellness Report. Don’s website at SeekWellness. com/wellness is the largest repository of wellness essays. Don has won many national and four world championships in triathlon and duathlon, his most recent world titles coming in 2009 in the Gold Coast of Australia and 2010 in Budapest, Hungary. A free subscription to Don’s wellness report is available on request -- write Don at email@example.com
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What I Learned on my Summer Vacation By Julie Heidelberg, Editor Last year at this time, I was hitting the panic button. In fact, I think I broke it! We were leaving for Europe on a four week trip, and there were still travel details to finalize, shopping to do, and packing to figure out. But June 11 arrived, regardless, and my husband and I took our two children, ages 4 and 9, on a whirlwind European tour, staying just a few days in most places. Our itinerary included London, Paris, Normandy, Sorrento, Rome, Cortona, Florence, Verona, Venice, Zurich, Lucerne, Heidelberg, and then back home through London. Five countries in about 30 days. I called it the “sampler” tour. It has taken almost a year to process the enormity of the trip. When people would ask me how my trip was, I’d say “Which part?” Then they’d ask what my favorite part was, and I’d say, “Which place?” It’s just too much to narrow down. I had never traveled abroad before, and none of us had ever been to Europe. While I hope to share some details about each place in the future, let’s start with a short overview of things I would (and would not) do again as I prepared for this adventure – before I ever left the U.S.
just waiting to be let into our apartment. No rapid check-in. Next, there was no concierge or tourist info in most cases, so aside from the five minute overview our landlord might provide, we were on our own to navigate the neighborhood, restaurants, transportation and general attractions. Nevertheless, we valued the extra space, extra beds, washer/dryer and refrigerators more than cushy services. Plus – and this is really important – the price differential between the cramped hotels vs. the spacious apartments was astounding, and we spent far less of our limited funds on lodging by staying in apartments.
Travel Agent We set our ideal itinerary and purchased our round trip plane tickets from Tampa to London. Then we consulted with a travel agent (AAA) who was full of resources. In the end, we booked our own lodging and additional air travel, and she booked our rental car. We used her recommended source to book our own tours as well. But, where the agent was incredibly helpful was in figuring out the rail passes. There are several different categories of rail travel abroad, and she helped us purchase our tickets in advance where we could, and advised us on where to go and what to do in order to obtain regional tickets that could not be purchased in advance.
Lodging Reservations After some overwhelming Internet research on our own, we asked our travel agent to recommend hotels for our 4-person family. It was very frustrating. The hotels were expensive, and there were very few places that could accommodate all four of us in one room comfortably – plus there were additional charges for the extra bed that my two kids would have to share. Not good. Fortunately, we discovered a couple of “vacation rental by owner” web sites where people rent out their flats and apartments. What a difference. We started to get really excited, and we ended up staying in some remarkable apartments with beds for everyone, a fully stocked kitchen, a washer and dryer, and multiple bathrooms. They also had wi-fi and great security, and the locations were superb. The downside of apartments vs. hotels for firsttime visitors included a couple of things. First, in each new country we had to track down the landlord and several times we burned about two hours
Traveling with minimal luggage was crucial to our style of transportation — walking!
Packing This was pretty tricky. I used an average annual temperature guide to estimate the weather in each location, and then we tried to get the two-week forecast for each city right before we left the U.S. We were going to be all over the map, and so was the temperature. Here’s what we end up with in actuality:
London – 50s/low 60s with lots of rain Paris/Normandy – 50s/ low 60s, mostly and partly cloudy, some rain Sorrento – mid 80s, sunny & pleasant Rome, Cortona, Florence, Verona & Venice – high 80s/low 90s, hot and humid Zurich/Lucerne – 70s, cloudy Heidelberg – low 80s, sunny
How do you pack for that? We froze in London and Paris and rejoiced for the warmth in Sorrento. We sweltered throughout the rest of Italy (especially since air-conditioning is rare and poorly functioning), and felt refreshed by the cooler temperatures in Zurich. Heidelberg, Germany was perfect! We bought three new suitcases that could double as backpacks or rollers. My youngest daughter had a large camera bag/backpack for her luggage (yes, we made the four-year-old carry her own bag). We See TRAVEL, Page 23
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Accelerating The Cure For Brain And Spine Cancer: A Focus On Minimally Invasive Procedures At Moffitt Cancer Center, patients with brain and spine cancers are benefiting from a trend in medicine toward less invasive procedures that reduce trauma to the tissues, incur less blood loss and allow patients to recover faster. Neuroendoscopy For The Brain And Spine Neuroendoscopy uses a slender tube with a high-resolution video camera to allow surgeons to access the body through tiny incisions. “Neuroendoscopy allows us to achieve the same success rate as with traditional surgery but with minimal tissue disruption – critical for the delicate structure of the brain and spinal cord,” says Kamran Aghayev, M.D., neurosurgeon in Moffitt’s NeuroOncology Program. Kamran Aghayev, MD This advantage gives surgeons the ability to remove deep-seated skull base tumors in what are called “eloquent” areas of the brain. These are the vital areas that control vision, eye movement, swallowing and sense of smell. In the past, tumors in these areas often were considered inoperable, but now neuroendoscopy allows them to be removed with less risk to surrounding healthy brain tissue. Moffitt is also taking neuroendoscopy to the next level by pioneering the use of endoscopy for the spine, which requires specialized endoscopes and surgical tools, as well as additional technical expertise. “We are at the forefront of this new trend,” says Dr. Aghayev. Stereotactic Brain Surgery – A High-Tech Navigation System Stereotactic surgery, also called image-guided neurosurgery, is helping Moffitt neurosurgeons navigate the brain more precisely and accurately while sparing healthy tissue from harm. The highly precise localization of tumors through stereotactic techniques allows for minimally invasive brain surgery. “Stereotactic techniques help surgeons visualize and target areas of the brain the same way a satellite navigates in space or a GPS map points on earth and provides localization,” says Moffitt neurosurgeon Arnold Etame, M.D., Ph.D. Using high-resolution MRI, the surgeon can identify and assign coordinates to each area
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This navigation screen picture shows a model (top left) generated from a high resolution MRI. It displays the tumor and associated pathway fibers and other MRI images in 3 key projections. When the surgeon navigates with a probe on the patient, it is possible to see that location in realtime on all 4 images on the navigation screen.
within the patient’s brain. That information is used to precisely target tumors during surgery or radiosurgery, in which high doses of radiation bombard the tumor site with extreme accuracy. Diffusion Tractography Identifies Brain Fiber Tracts Diffusion tractography, another minimally invasive advance is an MRI-based imaging technique that allows surgeons to identify important fiber tracts or pathways in the brain that control essential functions like speech, vision, movement and cognitive thinking. These functions can also be tested during awake-brain surgeries for tumors in critical areas. “By incorporating fiber tract or pathway data onto the surgery navigation system, I can visualize in real-time where I am relative to the tumor as well as critical fiber tracks in the brain,” says Dr. Etame. “Having this information allows us to target a tumor in a way that avoids injury to those important pathways. Based on the location of critical pathways, we can then plan surgical trajectories that avoid or minimize collateral damage.” There are instances where brain tumor surgery can be performed while patients remain awake throughout the operation. “For example,” says Dr. Etame, “if the tumor is next to the area that controls speech, we will perform the surgery while the patient is awake so speech can be assessed and mapped before and sometimes during removal of tumor.” Conscious sedation, a type of anesthesia that blocks pain but allows patients to be relaxed and awake during part of the procedure, is used. Dr. Etame routinely performs awake-brain tumor surgeries for selected patients. Combining both stereotactic neuronavigation to precisely target the tumor location and diffusion tractography to identify fiber tracts allows Moffitt neurosurgeons to safely remove tumors from critical areas of the brain with minimal or no damage to healthy structures. To find out more, call 1-888-MOFFITT.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: The people of the state of Florida have won a victory in the Red Light Camera legislation which was introduced by state Senator Jeff Brandes and passed into law during the 2013 legislative session. The bill cured many of the defects that existed in the previous Red Light Camera law. Among many of the positive changes in the legislation is the ability of drivers to challenge a red light camera violation using an administrative proceeding. Previously, citizens had no right to due process unless a Uniform Traffic Citation was issued with a higher fine rate of $264. All drivers who receive this violation now have a reasonable process to follow and local hearing officers are used to conduct the hearings. The hearing officers are restricted from imposing excessive fines, which are now capped at $250. Under the new system, a person receiving a Red Light Camera Notice of Violation can pay the violation at the rate of $158, furnish an affidavit, or request a hearing within 60 days to avoid receiving a traffic citation. The Notice of Violation contains information that directs citizens to a website which provides information on their right to request a hearing as well as a standardized form to fill out and submit. Registered owners of vehicles can file an affidavit which names the person who had care, custody and control of the car at the time of the violation. That person is then duly noticed and they may either pay the violation or request a hearing. Rental car companies would file such affidavits and the person renting the car who received the violation would have ample opportunity to pay at the $158 rate or request a hearing. Senator Brandes’ fix to the Red Light Camera law will avoid the frustration experienced by citizens who attempted to take care of Red Light Camera violations and were faced with impediments. Clerks of court were put in the precarious situation of having to provide answers to citizens when there were no satisfactory answers. Now, citizens have a streamlined process outside of the complexities of the court system to take care of these matters directly with the cities. It provides a mechanism for rental car drivers to be afforded due process of law and be given the opportunity to pay at the reduced rate. The tremendous benefit from this legislative fix in the law will be realized by citizens, cities, courts and clerks of court. Now citizens can rest assured that the process has been fixed and that Red Light Camera violations can be handled in a fair and equitable manner. Sincerely, Ken Burke Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Pinellas County
My Dad By Nina Marie Crutchfield, Sarasota My Dad — I thought he was gone forever, but he told me he used to watch from across the street to see if I received the Christmas presents from him — I never knew... I was five years old when my father, a musician, taught me piano. He left suddenly. I never saw him again until... one day, when I was twenty-nine years old, I put an ad in the Sunday paper. All it said was... “Looking for my dad” and my phone number. That evening, I received a call... from my dad. He came to see me and for a year we got to know each other. Four short years later, he passed away suddenly, with only my baby picture in his wallet. My message to all: Life really is short... no matter what... learn to forgive... love unconditionally... when God gives you a second chance. Make it count. Miss you dad.
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What did you get for Mother’s Day? By Mark Alkire, MD
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even worse, do you have ulcers? All the above could have started while you were pregnant. Many women first develop varicose veins or find they get worse during pregnancy. As the uterus grows, it puts pressure on the large vein on the right side of your body which, in turn, increases the pressure in the leg veins. While there are other risk factors such as genetics, occupations where you sit or stand in one place for long periods, obesity and injury; pregnancy is a leading cause of varicose veins in women. And the more children, the higher the risks. There are conservative therapies that can minimize the symptoms of swelling, achiness, itching and burning such as:
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What Your NOSE Knows Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars on deodorants, mouthwashes, breath mints, perfumes, aftershave lotions -- anything to make them smell less human. Animals, by comparison, use their sense of smell for survival purposes such as detecting an enemy, marking their territory, sexual stimulation and finding members of their own species. Dogs can detect fear, hate and friendship in human beings by how they smell. Two days before arriving home, it is rumored that Napoleon sent his mistress Josephine a note that read: “Don’t wash, I’m on my way home.” Queen Isabella of Castile bragged that she only had two baths in her life. When Queen Victoria ascended to the throne, there wasn’t a single bathtub in Buckingham Palace. Early Puritans in America regarded bathing as injurious to both health and morals. Laws in Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania limited the number of baths a person was permitted each year. According to the famous anthropologist Louis Leaky, “Humans survived because nature endowed them with an unpleasant taste and un-
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pleasant smell.” While how people smelled in the past may have served a useful survival purpose, today it heads the list in the world of cosmetics, which associates the very word “smell” with dirt. Day and night, television commercials caution us to avoid leaving home without the proper underarm protection or with bad breath. Dermatologist Dr. Mary T. Hunsicker calls this business of “smelling clean” a 21st century obsession. Smell is capable of evoking memories of things, people and places from the past. Decades later, a passing scent may summon a memory of a first-grade teacher. Every time we enter a new environment, a mind-smell connection is made. While blindfolded, most of us would know if we were in a hospital or a chocolate factory because
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of certain characteristic odors. Diagnostic and therapeutic tests do not assign enough importance to how patients smell. In The Smell Book, by Ruth Winter, the following diseases are detected by the odor they exude; e.g., yellow fever smells like a butcher shop, typhoid fever like freshly baked bread, diphtheria like a sweet odor, and you can also detect the fruity breath of a diabetic. Certain antibiotics, statins, and blood pressure drugs can also increase or decrease a patient’s sense of smell. We never experience an odor the same way twice because the sensitivity of our nose changes from hour to hour, from day to day. So, the next time someone asks, “What is that smell?” render it the respect it has too long been denied.
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Local Nonprofit “Fulfill your Destiny” Changes Lives
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By Julie Heidelberg, Editor Sometimes you meet someone who continues to surprise you, no matter how long you’ve known them. That’s how I feel about Karen Mertes, a soft-spoken woman I met in a networking group three years ago. She was just starting to build upon an idea she had when I met her, and shortly thereafter, she started a nonprofit called Fulfill Your Destiny. I didn’t get it, at first, because I had not heard her backstory and I did not know what was driving her generosity and commitment in matching every dollar she raised with her own personal funds. What could be so compelling? The next thing I knew, she was on TV and the radio locally and nationally, and then she ended up on the cover of a book dedicated to strong women. She’s been honored by multiple organizations, and received a Community Hero award from the Tampa Bay Lightning (with an accompanying award of $50,000 for charity).
Here’s her story... On Feb. 7, 2007, Karen Mertes, a decorated Lieutenant Colonel in our United States Air Force, was driving the speed limit on the interstate when she was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph. He had a blood alcohol level of .221, nearly three times the legal limit. Both vehicles were totaled. Her axle snapped in half, with brakes and steering inoperative. Karen made a futile attempt to regain control of her vehicle as her car slid sideways down the interstate, with cars in the remaining lanes traveling by her at highway speeds. During these split seconds, as her life hung in the balance, Karen made a bargain with God. She promised God that if she were blessed to live, she would spend the rest of her life helping others. This was the genesis for what has become Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc.
In her own words... At the time of the collision, I was a Lieutenant Colonel in our United States Air Force, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and two master’s degrees in Business Administration and Cost Estimating & Analysis. With Top Secret clearances, my work required every bit of the advanced education and 18 years of experience I had accumulated. Following rehabilitation, I was released to return to work. It became apparent to me I could no longer perform the complex memory-driven cognitive tasks I could before the collision. I was diagnosed as suffering from a permanent traumatic brain injury (TBI), which affected certain parts of my brain. Unfortunately, the parts affected were the same parts I had built my advanced education and career around. At that time, I knew I would have to start over and build a future around my strengths which remained. Through therapy and interface with a number of organizations in Tampa Bay, I learned that this “hidden injury” had stolen the careers and lives of significant numbers of people, many of whom were military who suffered TBI’s in our
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Today... Karen’s nonprofit is in full swing today, and she is actively helping others who have extreme needs or circumstances to live better lives. For example, Fulfill Your Destiny provided the remaining initial dollars needed for a local woman to get a kidney transplant from her brother who donated one of his kidneys to his sister. He relocated his family to Florida. Both he and his wife gave up their careers as a result of this relocation and he lost 100 lbs to be a suitable donor for his sister. He also worked to raise the $10,000 needed to pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance associated with the transplantation. After months of fundraising, including hosting a major event that brought in thousands of dollars, this sister and brother team were short of the necessary $10K required before the transplant could occur. Fulfill Your Destiny got them to their goal, which allowed the sister to have the transplant in a timely manner. This brother is clearly a H.E.R.O. where his “Hands Eagerly Reach Out” to help his sister. For more amazing stories, or to learn more about Fulfill Your Destiny, visit www.fulfillyourdestiny.org.
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Insect Bite Relief By Lourdes M. Sáenz, Creative Director The official start of summer is the 28 of this month, and with the warmer temperatures there is an increase in outdoor activities -- more yard work, mowing or remodeling the landscape, lengthy walks by the beach or nature trails – no doubt, the time outdoors is definitely greater. But whether enjoying yard work activities or just relaxing with a fishing excursion by the shore of a lake, the peace and tranquility is bound to be interrupted by pesky insects. Unfortunately, due to the abundant water sources and high humidity that are part of our state’s natural characteristics, there is also an abundant and varied range of insects willing to turn any outing into an itchy, irritating nightmare. Also, with the warmer temperatures, shorter sleeves and shorts are more the norm during outdoor activities, thus there is more exposure to those uninvited guests that attack us with no mercy. Insect bites cause initial pain and then, as the skin reacts to the bite, the itching, redness and swelling are always a discomfort; sometimes bites can turn into more severe allergic reaction and, in extreme cases, an actual life threatening health risk. To protect ourselves in the event of prolonged exposure to insects, or when visiting areas known to be a higher concentration of such, there are chemical repellents that will effectively keep most of the insects away. But if chemicals are not desired and you are looking to prevent the attacks or battle the reaction, there are several natural remedies, already in the home, that will take care of what is causing the most discomfort. Treatment needs to attend to two basic needs, the reduction of swelling and elimination of itching and skin irritation. Here is a list of natural remedies that act directly on the reduction of swelling or analgesics to treat pain and itch:
GENERAL INSECT BITES • Ice: one of the easiest and most at hand in any kitchen; use a bag of ice to numb the itch and to start working immediately on reduction of swelling. • Aloe Vera: a small piece of the leaf of this medicinal plant, if sliced and placed with juicy pulp directly on the affected area, is a wonderful and natural antiseptic which will work to reduce swelling and also take away the itching and redness. • Onion: place a piece of a slice of onion or the juice of the vegetable right on the insect bite to reduce itching and prevent infection, as the onion has
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natural antibiotic properties. • Banana peel: place the inside of the banana peel (wet and meaty side) on the insect bite; change often to keep the moisture from the peel always on the affected area. • Aspirin: a paste of aspirin and water can be applied to any bite to reduce itching and swelling. • Cinnamon and Honey: mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and a teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of warm water to form a paste. Spread over any bite to sooth pain and reduce swelling. • Mud: if away from the home and in need of a quick solution, mix some mud from clay with water (or your own saliva) and spread over the affected area. This is the most effective and quickest relief for the bite discomfort when nothing else is at hand.
BEE OR WASP STINGS One important fact to consider with these kinds of stings is that some people could have severe allergic reactions that need immediate medical attention. The following remedies are for those who are not drastically sensitive, but need relief from the pain and irritation. • Baking Soda: there are two ways to treat with baking soda: the first is to rub the dry product over the sting; the other is to make a paste by mixing with small amount of water and spread directly on the sting to have an immediate relief from the pain. If baking soda is not available, toothpaste is also effective. • Deodorant: rub any antiperspirant (aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants) to neutralize the venom that is part of the bee/wasp sting, thus reducing the pain and the more severe reactions. • Lemon Juice or Vinegar: due to the alkaline components of the bee/ wasp venom, any treatment that has acid components will neutralize the effects of the sting. Wet a piece of cotton with lemon juice or vinegar and place over affected area as needed. • Tobacco: a mixture of the tobacco from a cigarette and your own saliva creates a paste that is very effective in reducing the swelling and pain of a sting.
SPIDERS • Saffron and Olive Oil: mix the spice and oil to create a thick paste and spread over the bite to absorb and eliminate the toxins which in turn will stop the pain, itching and redness. • Corn flour: another paste made up of this type of flour and warm water will help extract the toxins left in the wound of a spider bite to prevent further irritation. • Garlic: rub a clove of garlic cut in half over the affected area to eliminate the stinging and itching. To avoid becoming a victim of excessive insect bites or stings, just remember during these summer months to follow some simple recommendations. Avoid being outdoors during the peak insect activity, which tends to be around sunset. Whenever possible, avoid wearing white or brightly colored clothing which is attractive to insects due to its luminosity. Also avoid wearing excessive colognes or perfumes, especially the sweet smelling kind. It is hard to avoid insects all together, but following some of these tips and natural remedies, we can treat the many symptoms of discomfort and can concentrate on enjoying a wonderful Florida summer.
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Common Household Problem Solutions Household pests plague us throughout the year, especially in the summer months. Steven Kutcher, an entomologist with more than 35 years of experience, says that during the warm weather season, more than 180,0001 bugs could pass through your yard and several could make it inside your home through openings you may not even notice. Wear and tear allows easy access for insects through openings such as windows, doors and cracks. The good news is if you are worried about an infestation there are a few tips that you can try before using a pesticide. To help keep unwanted bugs out of the home Kutcher suggests these simple tips: •
of common household pests. • Prepare for Pests – To help protect your home and family from bug infestation, prepare in advance by having pest products on hand. Raid® offers a trusted and effective line of products for killing and clearing homes of a variety of unwanted pests including ants. For example, Raid® Ant Gel allows homeowners to quickly and easily eliminate ants by applying the clear gel to problem areas. The ants then carry the gel back to share the bait with their colony, killing these pests. • Tackle Your Do-It-Yourself Projects – Bugs enter the home for food, water, protection from the weather and simply Know Your Bug – If you have a by accident. Be sure to tackle pesky bug you cannot control, your outdoor and indoor DIY catch it and do your research. projects to repair any Put the bug in a glass contai- damage including wea- ner and further examine it ther stripping windows while doing online research in and doors and filling in any order to find suggestions to cracks in the wall or flooring. keep them out of the house. The more prepared your Visit Bug University at www. home is for peak bug RaidKillsBugs.com for pictures season, the less likely insects
and other pests can get in. • Don’t Bring Bugs Home – Shopping at a local flea mar- ket or garage sale is a fun way to spend summer days, but beware as bugs may be near. Be sure to check the purchases you make at each location for signs of insects including actual bugs. It’s easy to get an infestation if you bring unwanted bugs into your home. Learning how to tackle common household problems can help you and your family save money and keep everyone happy and healthy. And by ensuring you have the know-how and tools on hand, you can maintain and enjoy your home for years to come. To learn more about how to keep bugs out of your home, visit www.RaidKillsBugs.com.
Number of bugs passing through the yard are attributed to an experiment conducted by Entomologist Steven Kutcher over the summer months.
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Tampa Elks Lodge 708 June 4, 11, 18 and 25 No more excuses to be holding a wall or sitting out on a dance. Do you feel embarrassed when people ask you to dance and you don’t know how? Then this is a great opportunity to learn Salsa on 2 — this class is for people with little or no dance experience. We teach with great patience and we try to make sure you understand what you are doing — bringing out your potential. Each class covers basic steps/shines, then turn pattern. Friendly people — lots of fun! 7:30 p.m. The Tampa Elks Lodge 708 is located at 3616 Gandy Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33611. TOPS —- TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY
Brandon June 4 (Repeats every Tuesday) Looking for support on your weight loss journey? Learn about what TOPS has to offer you. TOPS is a nonprofit international family of all ages, sizes, and shapes from all walks of life. Dedicated to helping each other Take Off and Keep Off Pounds Sensibly. Weighin 6:00 p.m. Meeting 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Meeting location: 1219 Millennium Parkway, Brandon, FL 33511. For more information call Elizabeth White at (813) 924-1512. Tampa Bay Dancing
Zendah Grotto Hall June 7 (every Friday night) Sponsored by Bachelors & Belles. Everyone welcome — singles & couples. Dress Code: Dressy Casual. Large Wooden Dance Floor. Drinks, snacks and set-ups available. General admission: $9.00. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The Zendah Grotto Hall is located at 4450 West Ohio Ave. Tampa 33614. For more information, call (813) 504-2158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sea of Wines Dinner Cruises
Yacht StarShip June 6, 7 and 9 (repeat on Thur., Fri. and Sun.) Yacht StarShip Cruises into Spring with our Sea of Wines Dinner Cruises! Complimentary Captain’s wine tasting reception of up to six fine wines on the promenade deck with entertainment ($40 Value!). Afterward, sit back and enjoy our signature 2.5 hour dinner cruise, with 3-course seated menu complete (wine pairings available for purchase.) Enjoy a reserved table, DJ, dancing, and spectacular views of Tampa Bay. 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Price: Adult: $54.95, Child: $29.95,
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Albert Tawil, M.D. is a board certified geriatrician, voted 2005 Florida Physician of the Year by the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and on staff at Memorial Hospital of Tampa will present this topic of interest. 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free with lunch included. Memorial Hospital Auditorium is located at 2901 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL. RSVP for seminar and lunch (813) 342-1313.
All AKC-Recognized Breeds. All judging will be indoors. All puppy classes divided. Specialty Shows and Supported Entries. Show entries $15 to $29. General admission is through Gate 1 - $5 per person, children are free. Gate will open at 7:30 a.m. each day. Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4800 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610. For more information contact Patrick Mattie (863) 853-8086 or www.stpetersburgdogfanciers.com.
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Honor Dad with two great options to celebrate on his day! Choose from a barbecue buffet lunch cruise on the beautiful Tampa bay waters on our luxury dining yacht — a great experience for the whole family! (Buy 3 tickets, and Dad is free for the first 50 Dads! (limited time offer) Lunch Cruise boards at 12:00 p.m.; duration from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Prices: Adults: $44.95, Children: $29.95. Second choice for this day of celebration is a Father’s Day Prime Rib Dinner Cruise. Give him the king cut while cruising the open waters of Tampa Bay — the perfect outing for the whole family! (Buy 3 tickets, and Dad is free for the first 50 Military Collectors Show Dads! (limited time offer) Dinner Cruise Boards: 5:00 p.m.; duration from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fantasy of Flight Prices: Adults: $54.95, Children: $29.95. June 8 Yacht StarShip is located at 603 Channelside Drive, The Military Collectors Show will take place at the Tampa, FL 33602. For more information call (813) Orlampa Conference Center on Saturday, June 8 from 223-7999 or www.yachtstarship.com. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Collectibles from the Civil War to the Vietnam War will be available including uniGrief Support Group forms, medals, insignia and war relics, among other St. Joseph’s John Knox Tampa Bay memorabilia. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cost: $8.00. June 18 Fantasy of Flight is located at 1400 Broadway Join us the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 2:00 Blvd. S.E., Polk City, Fl. 33868. For more information p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for a time to come together and share call (863) 984-3500 or www.fantasyofflight.com. experiences regarding loss, gain support and learn WWE Returns about the grief process. St. Joseph’s John Knox is located at 4100 E. FletchThe Lakeland Center er Ave., Tampa, FL 33613. For more information June 8 See all your favorite WWE Superstars from RAW & please call Briana at (813) 632-2443 or Linda at (813) SMACKDOWN including: WWE Champion John Cena, 632-2396. Members and Associate Members: $5 per person. Please bring food in a covered dish to share. Plant City Social Dance Club welcomes singles, married couples and dating couples. Groups for birthday parties and/or other social events are welcome, (call ahead for authorization and registration.) Fridays: Dance 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (doors open 7:00 p.m.) Sundays: Covered dish dinner 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (doors open 1:30 p.m.) Dance 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Stardust Dance Ctr. is located at 1405 S. Collins St., Plant City, FL 33566. For more information call (863) 409-7714 or www.stardustdancecenter.com
The Celtic Warrior Sheamus, The Unstoppable Ryback, Migraine Seminar The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry, Kofi Kingston, RMemorial Hospital Auditorium Truth, The Divas and many more!!! 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. June 19 The Lakeland Center is located at 701 W. Lime St., Don’t live a Maybe Life—What you need to know Lakeland, FL 33815. For more information and pricing about Migraines. call (863) 834-8111 or www.thelakelandcenter.com. Dr. Sherley Valdez, a board certified neurologist Father’s Day Weekend with Tampa Neurology Associates and on staff at Memorial Hospital of Tampa will present this seminar. The Florida Aquarium 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free with lunch included. June 15, 16 Memorial Hospital Auditorium is located at 2901 This year, give dad a different kind of gift. SomeW. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL. RSVP for seminar and thing exciting and truly unforgettable. On Father’s Day lunch (813) 342-1313. weekend, dads get in FREE to The Florida Aquarium with the purchase of a full paid admission. Bring the It’s BUNCO time! whole family and encounter over 20,000 amazing creaDelaney Creek Lodge tures and make some lasting memories. Times: 9:30 June 20 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Join us for an awesome time of fun, food and reThe Florida Aquarium is located at 701 Channel-
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Senior Happenings freshments. Enjoy a game of BUNCO. All the proceeds St. Joseph’s John Knox is located at 4100 E. Fletcher from the night go to The American Cancer Society. Join Ave., Tampa, FL 33613. For more information please us in supporting this cause. 7:00 p.m. Cost $15. call Briana at (813) 632-2443 or Linda at Delaney Creek Lodge is located at 320 S. Lakewood (813) 632-2396. Dr., Brandon, FL 33511. For more information call Independence Day at MOSI (813) 655-8858. Tampa Bay Summer Rv Show
Florida State Fairgrounds June 20 - 23 Tampa Bay Summer Rv Show is an international trade event meant to promote, lead, protect and educate the national RV industry. Show concentrates on all kinds of outdoor activities and adventures. It presents the new RV products and services including gas & diesel motor homes, 5th wheels, RV technology, streamline designs, parts and accessories, travel trailers, toy haulers, park models and many more. $4. The Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4800 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610. For more information call (813) 741-0488. Dollhouse & Miniatures Show & Sale
Hilton Garden Inn June 21 - 23 Enjoy a weekend of fun with miniatures! The Lakeland Miniature Guild presents its 28th Annual Dollhouse & Miniatures Show & Sale. Many exhibits of fantasy and real life in miniature – workshops for adults on Friday and Saturday, and a free workshop for children 6-12 on Sunday. We offer a special sales table for children to purchase dollhouse miniatures. Silent auction and shop the huge selection of miniatures offered by vendors from across the Southeast. A day of fun for the whole family. Show preview on Saturday, June 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $15.00, includes early buying privileges, and two day admission. Sunday: $6.00 Adults, $1.00 Children 6 - 12. Free parking 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 3839 Don Emerson Dr., Lakeland, FL 33811. For more information call (863) 646-1354 or www.lakelandminiatureguild.com. Caregiver Support Group
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MOSI July 3 - 5 The Independence Day Weekend Event at MOSI starting Friday July 3rd until Sunday July 5th. MOSI will celebrate Independence Day by offering FREE admission with a purchase of a general admission ticket. On July 4th spend the day with the whole family by experiencing over 450 hands-on exhibits, an IMAX Dome Theatre film, and Kids in Charge! - The Children’s Science Center. Tickets must be of equal or lesser value and cannot be combined with any other offers. This excludes special engagement IMAX films and exhibitions. Parking is free. MOSI is located at 4801 E. Fowler Avenue Tampa, FL. For more information call (813) 987-6000 or www.mosi.org. July 4th Celebration
Historic Waterfront Arts District July 4 Celebrate this 4th of July with activities that include the Kid’s Fishing Derby, a Family Sand Sculpture Contest and a variety of kid friendly activities! Also, from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Beach Blvd. S. you can view a stunning variety of locally handcrafted items. The community parade will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. making its way (southbound) down Beach Boulevard to the Gulfport Casino, where it will head west on Shore Boulevard to 58th Street South. 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Historic Waterfront Arts District is located at 3129 Beach Blvd. S. Gulfport, FL 33707. For more information call (727) 322-5217.
Brandon Blast If you are caring for a spouse, close friend or sibling, please join us each last Wednesday of the month from Westfield Mall 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for a support group to help cope July 4 - 5 with the stress and receive support from other caregivers. On July 4th starting at 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 St. Joseph’s John Knox is located at 4100 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL 33613. For more information please p.m. is a day-long celebration of live music, call Briana at (813) 632-2443 or Linda at professional and amateur ribs competition, and inflatable fun for the kids. There is also (813) 632-2396. a Punt & Pass competition for the kids as Summer Movie Series well as the Kids Fitness Zone for them to Memorial Hospital Auditorium run around in. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. June 28 This event continues on Come enjoy breakfast and socializing at this Morn- through Sunday, July 5th. ing Movies At Memorial event. Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. The two-day Brandon Movie at 10:00 a.m. Free. Blast event also honors Memorial Hospital Auditorium is located at 2901 those who have served or W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL. RSVP for seminar and are serving in the Armed lunch (813) 342-1313. Forces. Parking is free. Parkinson’s Support Group Westfield Mall is located at 459 Brandon Town St. Joseph’s John Knox Tampa Bay July 3 Center Mall Brandon, FL. Join us on the 1st Wednesday of each month from For more information call 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for educational, emotional and (813) 651-5100 or http:// social support for those living with Parkinson’s. Fami- westfield.com/brandon. ly, friends & caregivers are welcome.
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Spread the Word By Nurse Ruth, RN, LHRM The ability to clearly communicate is important in all aspects of life. When we communicate clearly with others we are more satisfied, stress is reduced and everyone feels better. When caring for others, it is important to continually improve our communication skills so that we can effectively deal with the challenges of their needs and their care. How we interact as caregivers has a significant effect on whether the person we’re helping will feel comfortable discussing their needs and their concerns. Sometimes we keep people from being open by unknowingly discouraging openness and a two way dialog. These “blocking” behaviors are common, especially when conversations touch on unpleasant or uncomfortable subjects.
Things to avoid: • Interrupting or finishing sentences before the person is finished ex- pressing their concerns. • Talking more than the other person (maybe they are quiet because they want us to be quiet.) • Deliberately changing the subject because it is uncomfortable.
• Failing to clarify a person’s request, question or concern in order to make sure we really understand them. • Offering premature or inappro priate reasons or answers. • Overtly avoiding an issue, which conveys a lack of care and concern. • Disregarding comments with con- descending remarks such as “I have taken care of that” (instead of listening and making sure that we have truly taken care of the thing they are concerned about.) • Making promises to do tasks and not being able to follow through.
Evan and Deb were invited to board the S.S. American Victory ship with Captain John Arens, Channelside, Tampa — May 11, 2013
So really look at your communications with others and ask yourself, “Am I a “blocker?” Strive to avoid blocking behaviors so that communication with those you care about and care for will be effective and clear. If you have a concern, viewpoint, or comment with regard to this article, Let’s Talk!
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently honored the “Health, Wealth & Wisdom” radio program with a 2013 MORE award for outstanding coverage on “Hip Fractures.” Congratulations to show hosts Evan Gold and Deb for some well-deserved recognition.
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Summer Reading: but why Summer? By Susan Heath Ryan Reading is enjoyed by many every month of the year. It is, however, incumbent upon summer to be the only season designated for this glorious, solitary past time. But why summer? Is it the excess of hot, lazy daylight? Vacation venues that invite us to recline? A season for escapism? These reasons and others aside, I am a devoted advocate of pleasure reading and all the delightful settings to enjoy it. “Summer Reading” evokes images of sunny days reading Best Sellers on screened porches or paperback Agatha Christies in shady yard hammocks or on sandy beach chairs. In the mood for a Jane Austen? Picture settling into a romantic window seat or a pristine white
gazebo surrounded by cool green foliage to enjoy a summer romance. Going on a trip? Imagine relaxing beside a serene mountain lake with Anne Tyler or under a poolside umbrella with Ernest Hemingway. Traveling, or at home, I like to have coffee with poets. T.S. Eliot and Emily Dickinson accompany me to a coffee shop or sidewalk café. Other times, an inviting bench along a garden path is the perfect spot. Reading often demands a special, quiet nook for an imaginative escape. Memories of your book are often enhanced by the memory of your chosen setting. Whatever, or wherever, you choose to read this summer, a modern novel or a beloved classic, one thing is assured. You will be in such good company!
Summer Reading Jenny reading in sandals and straw hat one summer day, turns pages and words leap like lizards into the fragrant air to taste like lemons, watermelon, ripe blueberries cling like wisteria vines on a garden trellis slam like old screen doors buzz like mosquitoes swell like a full moon in a hot, sultry sky melt like ice cream made of sweet peaches creak like porch swings holding pretty girls in Capri pants and halter tops as they gaze at their young lovers through dark glasses on a sun-struck afternoon until sudden storms chase them all back onto the pages of her book just in time for summer reading
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Cody & Nick: Not Just a Revolution, But an Evolution Finding common ground for conversation is the hardest part of getting to know someone, especially when that someone is 54 years younger than you. But for Nick Fritch and his Little Brother Cody Leavitt, it all began with the invitation to play a friendly video game of Nascar. Big Brother Nick entered Cody’s life when he was only seven years old. Coming from a single-parent home, Cody’s mother sought out the mentoring services of Big Brothers Big Sisters in hopes of providing her son with a male role model. Developing a friendship was the ultimate expectation, but after eleven years of being matched, they are more like family. “It’s easy to be nervous of the unknown. Before being matched I wondered; what’s this going to be like? What will Cody be like?” Nick commented, anticipating their introduction. Nick’s questions slowly became answered after their first meeting turned into their third and eventually their one year anniversary struck. Throughout Cody’s younger years, the match built their relationship on outings like visits to the batting cage, Celebration Station, Monster Jam and racing go carts. Movies were once a significant part of their relationship as well, until Cody reached the dating age. “Girls are way more fun to go to the movies with than Bigs,” Nick laughed looking into Cody’s gleaming smile. Now age 17 and a senior in high school, Cody is face to face with the most difficult time to make good decisions in a child’s life. When Cody started to become more independent, dividing his time amongst friends and Big Brother Nick became challenging. “When I was with Nick I felt secure and could be myself all the time, making sure I made good choices. But when I was with my girlfriend I would be out and not really care,” Cody shared. “He really [taught] me right from wrong.” Overcoming this milestone in their match relationship marked the beginning of what could be forever. Nick believed that if Cody was still willing to make the time for him, despite having a social life and girlfriend, that their friendship wasn’t just a revolution; it would be an infinite evolution. Their similar interests continue to
fuel their relationship. As time goes on, Cody becomes more and more influenced by Nick’s philanthropic spirit. Two years ago, Cody participated in the YMCA summer program, Counselors in Training, where he volunteered 500 hours shadowing an autistic child. Nick saw a bit of himself in Cody as he watched him walk across the certification stage. With high school graduation vastly approaching, Cody is thinking about the future. He aspires to be in the Marine Corps, somewhat following in Nick’s footsteps, having spent 30 years in the Army Reserve. Today, their meetings typically consist of enjoying breakfast together. Starting their day with a face-to-face conversation, catching each other up to speed on recent updates or dramas, coexisting over a meal like they’ve known each other for centuries; it just comes naturally to them. “If I could share a message with other children interested in Big Brothers Big Sisters, I would tell them this can really give you a chance in life. Just knowing that I can hang out with someone every weekend, even if he has something to do he finds time for me,” Cody expressed about his experience. “Right when I was old enough to think for myself, I knew that I could count on him to always be there.” Cody isn’t the only one benefiting from their match relationship. Nick has developed a true love for Cody,
he’s learned to be a better coach, he’s learned the value of listening in a relationship, and he’s gotten to know himself more throughout the process. There’s no telling what the future holds for this match, but from where we’re standing we see it as the start of something BIG.
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Understanding Pulmonary Hypertension By Robert Dewhurst, M.D., F.A.C.C. The symptoms for all types of pulmonary hypertension (PH) may be similar, and symptoms are usually more severe as the disease progresses.
Symptoms of PH may include: • Breathlessness • Chest pain (also called angina pectoris) • Dizziness • Fainting (also called syncope) • Loss of energy • Swelling of the arms, legs, ankles or abdomen (also called edema) • Dry cough • Raynaud’s phenomenon (chalky white or dusky blue fingers that may be painful and can sometimes be provoked by the cold) In advanced stages of pulmonary hypertension, minimal activity may produce some or all of these symptoms. Patients in advanced stages may experience irregular heartbeat, a racing pulse, passing out and difficulty breathing at rest. Sometimes these symptoms mean you have another condition, but sometimes, these symptoms mean you have pulmonary hypertension.
Who gets pulmonary hypertension?
People of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds are diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Even though anyone can be diagnosed with PH, certain risk factors make some people more likely to get the disease: • Family history. If two or more members of your family have PH or if a family member in your lineage is known to have a PH-causing gene mutation, the risk of getting PH is more likely. Genetic counseling is available to discuss these issues. • Obesity and obstructive sleep apnea. In isolation, obesity is not a risk factor. However, if obesity is combined with ob structive sleep apnea (meaning that oxygen levels fall while a person is sleeping), mild PH may occur. • Gender. Idiopathic PAH and heritable PAH (also known as familial PAH) are at least two-and-a-half times more common in women than in men. Females of childbearing age are also more susceptible. • Pregnancy. Pregnancy is a possible risk factor suggested by registries and expert opinion. Women who already have PH and become preg- nant have a much higher risk of mortality. • Altitude. Living at a high altitude for years can make you more predisposed to PH.
When travelling to high altitudes, your PH symptoms can be aggravated by the altitude. • Other diseases. Other diseases, including congenital heart disease, lung disease, liver disease and connective tissue disorders like scleroderma and lupus, can lead to the de velopment of pulmonary hypertension. • Drugs and toxins. Certain drugs, such as methamphetamines and the diet drug “fen phen,” are known to cause pulmonary hypertension.
How is pulmonary hypertension diagnosed? Pulmonary hypertension (PH) can be difficult to diagnose in a routine medical exam because the most common symptoms of PH, such as breathlessness, fatigue and dizziness, are also associated with many other conditions. If your doctor suspects that you have PH, he or she will want to review your medical and family history, perform a physical exam and perform one or more diagnostic tests. • Blood Tests. Blood tests check the oxygen levels in the blood, they observe liver and kidney function, and they identify whether the patient has collagen vascular disease, thyroid problems, signs of infection or HIV antibodies. One test, the brain natriuretic- peptide, helps to assess the strain on the heart and may also be used to monitor response to treatment. • Chest X-Rays. Chest X-rays can reveal an enlarged right ventricle or pulmonary arteries. Chest X-rays can also show signs of emphysema or scarring (interstitial fibrosis) of the lungs. • Electrocardiogram (ECG). An electrocar- diogram checks the electrical impulses of the heart. Electrodes are attached to the patient’s skin, and a recording of these im pulses is made. However, an ECG alone is not enough to indicate a PH diagnosis. If your doctor performs an ECG, he or she will also perform one or more additional procedures to identify PH. • Echocardiogram. In this procedure, electrodes are placed on the patient’s skin, and a sonogram of the heart is taken. This painless procedure is often used to make a preliminary diagnosis by estimating the pressures in the right heart and assessing how well the heart is functioning. Other heart conditions that produce symptoms similar to PH may be diagnosed with an echocardiogram. In addition, an echocar- diogram may be used to monitor a patient’s condition. • Pulmonary Function Tests. These tests measure how much air your lungs can hold, how much air moves in and out of them and the lungs’ ability to exchange oxygen. • Exercise Tolerance Test (Six-Minute Walk Test). During this test, a patient will be asked to perform an exercise, most commonly a six-minute walk. The purpose is to identity the patient’s exercise tolerance level. • Nuclear Scan (Ventilation/Perfusion Scan or V/Q Scan). This diagnostic tool tests for
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JUNE 2013 blood clots in the lungs by producing a picture of air and blood flow to the lungs. A small dose of radioactive material is breathed in and another small dose is injected via a blood vessel into the lungs. The doctor will review the images that are produced to evaluate the health of the lungs. • Right-Heart Catheterization. If the results of initial tests point to PH, your doctor will schedule a right-heart catheterization (commonly referred to as a “right heart cath”). Right-heart cathete- rization is one of the most accurate and useful tests to get a definitive diagnosis for pulmonary hypertension. This is the only test that directly measures the pressure inside the pulmonary arteries, and it should be done in all patients at least once to confirm a patient’s diagnosis of PH. During the test, doctors insert a catheter (a thin rubber tube) through a large vein in the patient’s groin or neck. They then pass the catheter up into the patient’s heart to measure the blood pressure in the right side of the heart and lungs. • Vasodilator Study (Acute Vasodilator Challenge). This test is used for patients who have already been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension to determine how much their pulmonary blood vessels can relax over a brief period of time. Its main purpose is to screen for patients who might respond favorably to calcium channel blockers, a form of medication. The test can also help determine the patient’s prognosis. With a right heart catheter in place, the patient is given drugs that relax the pulmonary arteries. The test drug is given to the patient in higher and higher doses, pausing at each dose to see how the patient reacts. Once a significant response occurs or the side effects become intolerable, the test is consi- dered complete.
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What are the treatment options for pulmonary hypertension? Although there is currently no cure for pulmonary hypertension, there are treatment options available and more are on the horizon. Treatments include conventional medical therapies and oral, inhaled, intravenous (into the vein) and subcutaneous (into the skin) options. Depending on the severity of PH, heart or lung transplant may also be an option. Remember that each patient is different. It is essential that you talk to your own doctor about what treatment options are best for you.
What kind of doctors treat PH? Doctors who treat pulmonary hypertension are PH specialists, and they have focused their practices on the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension. PH specialists are typically cardiologists, pulmonologists or rheumatologists who have a special interest in pulmonary hypertension. Nurses, pharmacists and internists can also have special training in pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension is an uncommon but serious disease, and most generalists have little training or experience in PH treatment. Therefore, patients are encouraged to see a PH specialist. These doctors have had extensive training and will provide you with the best care possible.
Dr. Robert Dewhurst is a member of Bay Area Cardiology Associates, P.A. and can be reached at www.BayAreaCardiology.net or at one of their four offices throughout Hillsborough County.
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From HURRICANES Page 1 will close, and those remaining open will probably be out of emergency supplies anyhow. Get your supplies early, develop a family plan (that includes pets and elderly relatives) and share your plans with all involved.
ing a storm if you are not able to keep your pet with you. Pet Shelters: what to bring*
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Secure your family • Develop a family emergency plan that includes pets and all depen- dents, including elderly relatives. Make sure that every one in the family is aware of this plan. • Assemble and maintain a disaster supply kit. • Know your evacuation level at home. Check your local govern- ment Web site or call the Emer- gency Management Department for your county or city to find your evacuation level. • Map out your family’s evacua- tion route and final destination in advance. Make sure to use the evacuation routes that are designated by authorities. • Instead of going to a shelter, try to make evacuation plans in advance with a family or relative who lives in a near-by area. • If a storm is threatening your area, but you are not in an eva- cuation zone, allocate a window- less room in your home with no external doors to safely wait it out.
• Collar with an identification tag/
• Pet carrier
• Pet food and food/water bowl
• Pet medications
• Contact information for the pet’s
veterinarian * Pet shelters operate on a first-come, • Installing impact-resistant shu- tters over windows and glass doors can greatly decrease the damage inflicted onto your home. • Assess the landscaping surround- ing your home. Trim any large bushes, and clear out any dead trees or loose branches. In stead of using rocks and gravel to decorate outside your home, try using soil or sand. • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. • Secure all patio furniture and loose objects, preferably moving them into the garage.
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Secure your belongings
If you have family members or neighbors who have special needs, preparing now is even more important. Having a safe place to go and the resources to get there are the first things to think about. If your plan includes evacuation, you’ll want to know the exact location of the shelter. If someone in your house has special needs, such as medical or mobility issues, you need to preregister with local emergency management. If you plan to go farther inland and stay with friends or family, or in a hotel, be sure they have the resources to help with any special needs. Also, you will want to have your hurricane supplies packed and ready to load in your vehicle. If you are going to travel, you should get on the road as soon as you can — before the bad weather arrives. Once you know where you will stay during a storm (your home, a shelter or out of the area), you’ll need to know what supplies to have on hand and create a plan for communicating.
• Review your insurance coverage today. Now is the time to make changes. Once a storm is threa tening, you will have little success securing or changing home or flood policies. • Important papers such as medical records, birth, marriage, and death certificates, pet vacci- nation records, all banking and credit records, insurance documents, passports and current photos of family and friends should be kept in a secure, waterproof box or safe. • During hurricane season, it is important to always have your car’s gas tank at half full or higher. Gas pumps will not work if the electricity goes out, and many times gas stations will run out of gas as a hurricane threatens the area.
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• Vaccination papers for Kennel
Disaster kits According to the American Red Cross, there are six main items you should include in your hurricane disaster kit:
• Make sure your home meets the 1. Food — a three-day supply of building code standards for high non-perishable items winds. 2. Water — store at least 1 gallon
first-serve basis; you should call in ad of water/per person/per day vance to confirm availability. 3. First-aid supplies 4. Clothing and bedding — plenty of blankets and one change of clothing and shoes per person 5. Tools/Supplies — flashlight, batteries, cooler, portable radio, non-electric can opener, fire extinguisher and cash 6. Medications — make sure to have extra prescription medi- cines on hand (should be at least Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch a two-week supply) – Hurricane/tropical storm conditions When a storm threatens are possible in the specified area usually within 36 hours. Tune to local • Make sure your disaster kit is in TV or radio for information. your designated “safe room,” and
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that it is fully stocked. • Any loose items outside of the home such as lawn furniture, trash cans and grills should be brought inside. • If you are located on the first floor of an apartment or condo, or your home is prone to flooding, make sure to move important items as high as possible. • Unplug unnecessary electrical items, and turn the thermostat on refrigerators and freezers as high as possible. Tips for a safe evacuation • Lock your home. • Bring your disaster kit, contact numbers, and the water-proof box of important paperwork with you. • Bring your pet and the necessary paperwork and tags. • Turn off gas or propane; also shut off the water main. • Get in touch with an out-of-town contact to inform them of your evacuation plans and location. What about my pets? Be sure to remember your pet in your plans. Having a pet plan in advance will help to ensure its safety dur-
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warning – Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are expected in the specified area usually within 24 hours. Tropical Depression – An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulations and maximum sustained winds of 38 MPH or less. Tropical Storm – An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 MPH. Hurricane – An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulations and maximum sustained winds of 74 MPH or higher. Storm Surge – A dome of water pushed on shore by hurricane and tropical storm winds. Storm surges can reach 25 feet high and be 50-1000 miles wide.
Hurricane Categories Cat. 1 — winds 74-95 mph Cat. 2 — winds 96-110 mph Cat. 3 — winds 111-130 mph Cat. 4 — winds 131-155 mph Cat. 5 — winds 156 mph & up
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How to Find the Right Doctor for Your Cosmetic Procedure Everyone has heard about a cosmetic procedure that left a patient dissatisfied or worse. But don’t let those anecdotes scare you. There are plenty of qualified, talented doctors available for every procedure. Whether you’re investigating a tummy tuck or laser fat removal, don’t rush to the first doctor in the phone book. For better results, do your research: • • •
Ask your friends for referrals, particularly if you like their results. While cost may be a factor, remember, less is not always more. This is your body, so opt with the best choice. Many doctors offer their patients financing choices that can help make procedures more affordable. Read reviews online. What kind of reputa- tion does the doctor have?
Begin your research process at a site that offers patients an easy way to directly connect to multiple doctors in a matter of minutes, and offers valuable resources on various procedures. For example, www.LocateaDoc.com, a top online physician directory of 150,000 doctors, connects patients with cosmetic and plastic surgeons, hair restoration specialists, and ear, nose and throat doctors. Prospective patients can search by body part to find a specialist, by procedure or treatment name, location or doctor’s last name.
also bought new, ultrathin laptops to carry, and one shoulder bag. I did not bring my normal purse and instead used an over-the-shoulder little drawstring bag to carry around a small wallet, my camera, a small umbrella and a water bottle with me when we went out touring. We were gone for a month, and all we brought for each person was the following: • 2 pairs of long pants • 2 pairs of shorts or skirts • 4 shirts/tops (two long sleeve two short) • 1 dress/1 dress shirt • 2 pairs of shoes (one for walking, one for casual dress up) • 6 pairs of underwear • 4 pairs of socks • Toiletries • 1 mid-weight coat • 1 bathing suit (no towels) From TRAVEL Page 7
During the trip, I realized this was somehow too much, and there was no room at all for souvenirs aside from postcards. We could have gotten by with a little less, because the bags were still heavy and cumbersome to move around as much as we did on planes, trains, subways and lots and lots of walking. We only
• Schedule a consultation with several doctors so you can get a sense for how knowledgeable they seem and how comfortable you feel with them, their staffs and offices. Develop a list of questions in advance and take notes so you can remember the specifics about each doctor and experience. • A picture is worth a thousand words, so compare doctors’ work visually. For instance, you can review over 60,000 before and after cosmetic surgery pictures at LocateaDoc.com. The searchable gallery in- cludes botox pictures and images of other procedures done by doctors listed in the system. Filter results by procedure, gender, age, height and weight to see the results of patients similar to you. • Investigate multiple procedures that deliver similar results to determine which is right for you.
By doing appropriate leg work in advance, you can walk into your procedure with confidence that you’ve made a good decision.
took two cab rides the entire trip. We used the rail and subway systems to get around in the cities, and rail and air to move from place to place. We had cars in parts of Italy and Germany, but for the most part we walked with our stuff down many a crowded street and through jam-packed subway stations, up and down countless flights of stairs. It was hard, and next time, I’m going to find a way to pack even less.
Back in America We were very busy when we returned to Tampa, barely home long enough to flip our bags and head down to Captiva Island for some R&R on the beach before some friends came to visit us for a week at the end of July. When they arrived, their mini-van and car-top carrier were packed full for their two-week road trip. A large duffle bag held their shoes. Three or four canvas bags were dedicated to snacks – an entire grocery story aisle of every chip and crunch available came piling into my house. Their dirty laundry after a hot week in Orlando was about five loads worth. They had three or four souvenir bags loaded with gifts and keepsakes. Then there were the props and dolls and toys and gadgets required for their two girls to role play and have meaningful adventures with my two girls. They
Layered clothing allowed for radical temperature shifts as we traveled. This was our Swiss Alps attire. brought their bathing suits, beach towels, swim masks and even their own pool noodles. Any comfort they thought they might need was crammed into their van with barely any room for feet or elbows on the long drive to and from Toledo, Ohio to Florida. I was in shock, really, and marveled at how this American family – just like us – prepared for their summer vacation. I thought of my little suitcase and my minimal makeup and my one dress I took to Europe, and I knew I would never look at going on a big trip the same again.
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Entertainment Hat Trick Theatre — Neville’s Island
The Straz Ctr. Shimberg Playhouse June 7 - 23 NBC’s “The Office” meets the Lord of the Flies. Neville, Gordon, Angus, and Roy, a middle management group on a wilderness team building exercise, find themselves in a slapstick nightmare when their team boat hits the rocks and leaves them stranded on an uninhabited island…in the middle of a lake - the first people ever to be shipwrecked inland. Their attempts at teamwork create one humorous situation after another as they backfire completely, and tensions between them slowly rise to the breaking point. Can these four completely inept men work together to find a way to survive? No, they cannot. WARNING: CONTAINS ADULT MATERIAL - Language, Violence & Brief Nudity Show times: preview performance on June 6. June 7-23, Thurs. - Sat. 8:00 p.m. and Sun. 4 p.m. Tickets $18. Kings of the Mic Tour
Mahaffey Theater June 6 Two-time Grammy-winning recording artist LL COOL J, featuring DJ ZTrip, will headline the Kings Of the Mic Tour, this summer’s ultimate HipHop music experience. Joined by legendary artists Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul, the 26-city tour comes to St. Petersburg. Ice Cube has been a premier cultural watchdog, astutely commenting on, examining and detailing the breadth of the American experience in uncompromising terms. Public Enemy has never stopped urging to fight the power as their artistry meets with unwavering critical acclaim and legions of worldwide fans. Limited LL Cool J “Kings of the Mic” Tour VIP Packages including Meet & Greet with LL Cool J, premium ticket locations, exclusive merchandise & more available. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49.50 - $69.50. Dave Koz Summer Horns
Ruth Eckerd Hall June 7 Eight-time GRAMMY nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz joins an all-star line-up of saxophonists: Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot to present the Dave Koz
and Friends Summer Horns Tour 2013. The saxophonists, who are touring together as a foursome for the first time, will be previewing songs from their upcoming album, entitled Summer Horns. The collection is a tribute to the great horn section bands in modern music (Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Tower Of Power, Blood, Sweat & Tears, James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone). 8:00 p.m. Tickets $35 - $65. Fleetwood Mac Live 2013
Tampa Bay Times Forum June 7 Fleetwood Mac, one of rock’s most enduring, beloved and successful bands, embarked on a major 34-city tour around the U.S. on April 4. The Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 area tour includes stops in Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Hollywood and our own Tampa venue. Multi Grammy-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Fleetwood Mac last toured in 2009 with the sold-out Unleashed tour. The new tour also marks the 35th anniversary of the release of their classic Rumours album (1977), one of the most successful albums in recorded history with sales exceeding 40 million copies. Rumours planted itself at the top of the pop charts for over 31 weeks and had four top ten singles. The current Fleetwood Mac lineup includes Mick Fleetwood and John McVie – both original members since 1967, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks who joined the band in 1975. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $53.45 - $166.50. Rascal Flatts and the Band Perry
Florida State Fairgrounds June 7 They are country music’s hit making trio known for their up-tempo and soulful harmonies, hectic touring schedule, and not to mention that they are the biggest selling country group of the 2000’s. The guys are currently on tour promoting their most recent release, “Nothing Like This.” For The Band Perry, country music is a family affair. The group, fronted by big sister Kimberly and supported by younger brothers Reid and Neil, became country music’s breakout act in 2010. The massive success of their single “If I Die Young”, was followed by accolades and Platinum plaques. 7:00 p.m. Tickets $35 - $183.
Earth Wind and Fire
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Fun for the entire family, the Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries are filled with wacky new characters, fantastic songs and outrageous antics! Jeepers! A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theater and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby-Doo are on their way in the Mystery Machine to solve the mystery. See if this time the gang is in over their heads! VIP Package, $68 Ticket includes: premium seat, pre-show meet & greet (Meet & greet includes a photo with Scooby so remember to bring their cameras!) and goodie bag. Premium Package, $48 Ticket includes: premium seat and goodie bag. 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets $16 - $68.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multi-Grammy winners Earth, Wind and Fire return to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Since the 1970’s, this band’s music has delighted multitudes. The group’s multi-platinum greatest hits set The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I included a cover of The Beatles’ “Got To Get You Into My Life” that went to #1 R&B and #9 pop in summer 1978. The group performed the song in the 1978 Bee Gees/Peter Frampton movie Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The multi-platinum album “I am” hit #3 on the pop charts in the summer of 1979 on the strength of the million-selling single “Boogie Wonderland” and the phenomenal ballad “After The Love Has Gone.” In 2000, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Founding members Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson continue to tour with the legendary band performing at sold-out shows around the world. 8:00 p.m. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet prior to the performance for only $20 per person (includes tax). Doors open two hours prior to the performance. Due to limited seating, we suggest advance purchase. Concert tickets $60 - $126.
Menopause The Musical
The Straz Center June 19 - 23 COME JOIN OUR SISTERHOOD! Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! It’s the hilarious celebration of women and the change! Show times: Wed. 7:30 p.m., Thurs. 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Sat. 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. Tickets $48.50 - $68.50. Classic Albums Live — stevie ray vaughan
The Lakeland Center June 20 Classic Albums series celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original debut of ‘Texas Flood.’ Vaughan’s Stratocaster playing on ‘Texas Flood’ drew comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Albert King and made him an instant guitar hero. It reached No. 38 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for two Grammy Awards. To date, it has sold more than 2 million copies. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $20 - $25.
Kool & the Gang and The Ohio Players
Mahaffey Theater June 21 Let’s groove with Kool & The Gang and The Ohio Players at the hottest live music event celebrating summer: Rhythm and Grooves 2013! It’s party time with a unique blend of rhythm and blues, soul and funk with two groups that between them has sold more than 75 million records. Kool & The Gang’s signature instrumental sound and fierce horn arrangements mean “boogie” to thousands. Their monster, international infectious “Celebration” is a song for good times. Street funk and underground R&B pioneers, The Ohio Players still perform all of their original, danceable music without computers and sound enhancers. “Get Down on It,” “Ladies Night,” “Fire” and “Rollercoaster” are hits to remember. Are you ready to PARTAY? Start your evening with a delicious dinner buffet in the Bayview Room of
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Entertainment The Mahaffey Theater, on the water’s edge overlooking Tampa Bay. The buffet will be available from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Due to limited seating, advance purchase is suggested. Buffet $29.95. Concert starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $39 - $75. After the show, the party continues! Join us in the Atrium for The Mahaffey After Party with DJ Fresh, dance music and cocktails! West Side Story
Ruth Eckerd Hall June 21 - 23 West Side Story forever changed musical theater and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. From the first note to the last breath, this Tony Award-winning Best Musical soars as one of the greatest love stories of all time. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is one of Broadway’s finest, featuring such classics as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” Performance times: June 21 - 8:00 p.m., June 22 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and June 23 - 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet prior to the performance for only $20 per person (includes tax). Doors open two hours prior to the performance. Due to limited seating, we suggest advance purchase. Show tickets $50 - $60. Brad Paisley and Chris Young
Florida State Fairgrounds June 22 Brad Paisley announced the first leg of his highly anticipated 2013 tour, Beat This Summer Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The tour kicked off in St. Louis, Mo. on May 9 and will hit over 29 cities in the United States and Canada during the summer months. Special guests will be Chris Young and Lee Brice. Chris Young, the country crooner who won Nashville Star in 2006 proved that he has the right kind of twang to hit the top of the charts. After releasing two successful albums, the reality show alum joins this national tour to support his latest album.
7:00 p.m. Tickets $37 - $266. LaserSpectacular: Music of Pink Floyd
Mahaffey Theater June 22 Come enjoy Paramount’s LaserSpectacular, the smash hit multi-media laser and light show featuring the music of Pink Floyd. The excitement of
a live concert, a giant video screen presentation, special effects lighting and state-of-the-art laser technology continue to delight and entertain audiences worldwide. LaserSpectacular has toured for 25 years presenting the music of Pink Floyd as never seen before. In honor of the show’s 25th anniversary, new songs have been added to the show list. The audience, surrounded by 10,000 watts of concert quality sound, is carried away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting edge effects during the two-hour show. This year’s Pink Floyd LaserSpectacular features The Dark Side of the Moon. The second half of the show features The Best of Pink Floyd including “The Wall.” 8:00 p.m. Tickets $22 - $29. Central Florida Gospel Explosion
The Lakeland Center June 29 The Central Florida Gospel Explosion featuring Shirley Caesar and The Canton Spirituals is coming to The Lakeland Center to raise the roof with an evening of inspirational music. Known as the First Lady of Gospel Music, Pastor Shirley is a singer, songwriter and recording artist with more than 11 Grammy awards, 19 Dove awards and a long list of accolades that makes her one of the top gospel performers of all time. The Canton Spirituals are one of the most sought after and successful touring gospel groups in the industry. 7:00 p.m. Tickets $30 - $100. Alabama
Ruth Eckerd Hall July 6 It’s been 40 years since the band Alabama first rocked the Bowery in Mytrle Beach, South Carolina. Now, dozens of awards and 43 number one hits later, the group headed back to where it all began and played a concert on April 5, kicking off a summer run that marks the band’s first major tour schedule since 2002. Come be part of history at this 40th anniversary celebration and reunion of this classic country group. The Closer You Get VIP Package: $499. Includes: one reserved ticket in the first row, meet and greet with photo opportunity with Alabama, one signed guitar by the members of Alabama, access to the Bowery pre-show party with complimentary food and cash bar, one limited edition Alabama screen print poster signed by the band, one Alabama tour t-shirt, limited edi-
tion Alabama merchandise gifts, one VIP laminate, on site event host. Tennessee River VIP Package: $299. Includes: one reserved ticket in first five rows, meet and greet with photo opportunity with Alabama, access to the Bowery pre-show party with complimentary food and cash bar, one limited edition Alabama screen print poster signed by the band, one Alabama tour t-shirt, limited edition Alabama merchandise gifts, one VIP laminate, on site event host. Feels So Right VIP Package: $199. Includes: one reserved ticket in first ten rows, access to the Bowery preshow party with complimentary food and cash bar, one limited edition Alabama screen print poster signed by the band, one Alabama tour t-shirt, limited edition Alabama merchandise gifts, one VIP laminate, on site event host. Alabama VIP Ticket Package brought to you by CID Entertainment VIP Ticket Package purchasers will receive an email from CID Entertainment at least two weeks prior to the event with instructions on how to redeem all elements of your Alabama VIP Ticket Package. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $69 - $499.
VENUE ADDRESSES AND CONTACT INFORMATION The American Stage Theater — 163 3rd Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 823-7529. www.americanstage.org The Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center — 709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236. Telephone: 1(866) 508-0611. The Historic Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street Clearwater, FL 33755 Telephone: (727) 791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com The Lakeland Center — 701 W. Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815. Telephone: (863) 834-8100 www.thelakelandcenter.com The Mahaffey Theater — 400 1st. St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 892-5798. www.themahaffey.com Ruth Eckerd Hall — 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33759. Telephone: (727) 791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com The Players Theatre 838 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236 Telephone: (941) 365-2494 www.theplayers.org The Straz Center — 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 229-7827. www.strazcenter.org The Tampa Bay Times Forum — 401 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 301-6500. www.tampabaytimesforum.com The Tarpon Springs Performing Art Center — 324 Pine Street Tarpon Springs, FL. 34688 Telephone: (727) 942-5605. www.tarponarts.org Van Wezel Hall — 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. FL 34236. Telephone: (941) 955-7676. www.vanwezel.org
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