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Membership Meeting Announced Your Input Welcomed and Encouraged Our founder and first president, Becky Lindsey, has on several occasions called the Whole Life Network a shape shifter that over its twenty-one year history has continuously reinvented itself to remain a viable element in our community. And for the new year of 2010, the current Board of Directors has set in motion a plan to once again change course for the Whole Life Network. Our monthly publication, Connections, has become increasingly popular in past years due to the diligent input from our President, Roland Holzwarth. Our intent is to capitalize on the success of Connections to forge a partnership with all of the non-profits in our community. On behalf of the area’s non-profits, we will disseminate through our monthly newsletter information to the general public on relevant operations, meetings, events and activities.

Want to help with this effort of add your ideas to the new plan of action? Come to the annual membership meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening, January 21st, beginning at 6:00 pm. This year our meeting will be at the community room of the Region 10 office. It is suggested that you park on North 3rd. Street and use the side entrance. As we are all busy at this time of the year we will not have a Pot Luck dinner. We plan to review the changes made this year and plan our future as the networking leader for Montrose and the surrounding counties. You can contribute your input to this exciting process! A short business meeting will be conducted and we will elect the new Board members for 2010. Be a part of this important process and help us move the Whole Life Network into another decade of service to our community. Call Larry at 240-0234 for more information. The WLN Board of Directors


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LEISURE CALENDAR Blue Sky Music Presents Smuggler's every Tuesday at 7:00pm Camp Robber Cafe's every Wednesday at 6:00 pm Canyon Creek Bed and Breakfast every Thursday at 6:30 pm Remington's every Friday 5 Cazwella's every Friday at 5

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Leisure Second Sunday Cinema is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the community by showing artistic and independent films. When: The Second Sunday of Every Month Time: 1:00 PM Location: Fox Theater- Penthouse Capitalism: A Love Story, January 10 Filmmaker Michael Moore (Sicko, Fahrenheit 9/11) takes on capitalism's roots, the floundering U.S. economy, and 2008's global financial meltdown and subsequent bank bailout in this rousing documentary. Combining stories about those who suffer most from Corporate America's greed and insatiable thirst for profits and the people most responsible for myriad crises, Moore embarks on another shocking fact-finding rampage. Runtime: 127 minutes. Rated R for some language.

Red Barn every Friday at 8:30pm Belly every Saturday at 9:00 pm Smuggler‘s—Saturday See ya on the radio: 89.1, 90.9, or www.kvnf.org Mondays from Noon - 3

Special Events Friday January 15 Jamie Wilson & Jason Eady and The Wayward Apostles - Turn Of The Century Saloon

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Saturday January 16 Jonny Burke & The Band Of Heathens Turn Of The Century Saloon

*Study Group Organizing *

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ Saturday January 30 Donny Morales Blues Band & Kelley Hunt -

Western Slope Concert Series will presented at the Pavilion in 2010: The Polish Violin Virtuoso Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 7:30 pm

*What You Don’t Know About

Recycling* Irm Schubert, career January 7th, 2010 recycling expert, will speak about the history and future of recycling Cheryl Gibson, former Recycling Educational Coordinator for the City of Montrose and member of Altrusa Environmental Committee, will talk about local projects Thursday, January 7th 7:00 PM

*/from Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth./* by David C. Korten On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm A study group will be Organizing to read and discuss David C Korten's book Agenda for a New Economy at 627 N. 9th Street, Montrose, CO If you are interested please call

Stu at 249-3989 or Cynthia at 462-3112

& Romania Flair: Cello & Piano Passion Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Whole Life Network 2010 Potluck Social: January 17th, 2010, 5:00pm Pot Lock will be held at Stanlee Smith’s place. Please RSVP before January 13th. For information and directions call Stanlee at (970) 252-0460


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Conservation/Sustainability The Uncompahgre Valley Association is a community group of the Western Colorado Congress, an alliance for community action empowering people to protect and enhance their quality of life in western Colorado. Our goal is building a healthy and sustainable community based on social and economic justice and environmental stewardship. If you are interested in learning more about UVA please call our current co-presidents Stu Krebs at 249-8939 or Dale Reed at 252-1599.

UVA monthly member meeting: Monday January 25th, 2010 6:30 pm. Old City Council Chambers of Centennial Plaza "The Centennial Room"

“The Uncompahgre River is one of Montrose’s great, but hidden assets. It flows through the City in a broad, meandering pattern, lined with tall cottonwood trees, and a variety of other riparian vegetation. Resident wildlife, including deer, smaller mammals, raptors and other birds, and aquatic species all use the river for habitat and a movement corridor...” —2008 Comprehensive Plan How will future generations in Montrose see its parks, trails, and riverway corridor? Will they find them useful, healthy, and well protected? Will they be indicators of a healthy community, contented residents, and a vibrant business environment? These things are all possible if we act now to protect them.

The working group’s recommendations provide a complicated system of determining the width of the buffer. With a variety of credits and averaging, their plan would sometimes allow a buffer as small as 40 feet. Many of us in UVA believe the 100 feet should be maintained except in extreme circumstances, at least until the river master plan is developed. Our reasons are: 1. Because this would be an interim regulation, the ordinance should be more rather than less stringent. A river master plan is now funded, but will probably take at least a year to complete. Good regulations resulting in a well protected riverway provide benefits to the public, and also to land owners and developers. River protection,

2. The Comprehensive Plan requires a 100 foot buffer.

3. The EPA generally recommends 100 feet,

in the form of a buffer that provides pleasant scenic vistas, space for wildlife and protection from “a 100-foot buffer should be maintained be- runoff can enhance the value of all properties in the river corridor. Unfortunately, many propertween the river and any pavement or constructed structures;” (2008 Comprehensive ties currently fall far short of their potential.

4. Anything less than 100 feet is not based on

Plan, p. 9-5) [A buffer is defined as open space from river’s edge to any pavement or structures.]

The city council and administration are well aware of the opportunities to enhance this wonderful asset, and have worked to direct new development and redevelopment of private lands to achieve this goal. The value of the river is recognized in the Comprehensive Plan updated in March 2008. Numerous public meetings have been held since and citizens clearly support protecting and enhancing the river.

5. The proposal to allow a smaller buffer is cal-

When proposed regulations became controversial, the city appointed several citizen volunteers to a Montrose River Corridor Work Group to come up with a plan to help implement the Comprehensive Plan as related to the river. The Comprehensive Plan recommends a 100 foot buffer until a river master plan can be developed. Council asked the work group to recommend policies that would protect the 100 foot buffer as an interim measure.

We believe the requirements of the Comprehensive Plan should be upheld, particularly for an interim position. If you agree that the river needs more than a 40 foot buffer, please make your views known to City Council. Future Montrose citizens will be glad you did.

sometimes more.

scientific analysis, nor is it adequate to provide meaningful river protection.

culated through a complicated process which is hard to comprehend and would be difficult to administer fairly.

6. If a 100 foot buffer makes it too difficult to develop certain properties, the city’s existing variance procedure is available for remedy.

This article was provided by the Uncompahgre Valley Association

Let the Montrose City Council know what your opinion is about the 100’ buffer Here are the contact addresses for your local city officials: Erica Lewis Kennedy, council member: Email: elewiskennedy@ci.montrose.co.us, Phone:249-6364 Kathy Ellis, council member, Email : kellis@ci.montrose.co.us, Phone: 240-3881 Jose Abeyta, mayor, Email : jabeta@ci.montrose.co.us, Phone: 249-8909 Gail Marvel, council member, Email : gmarvel@ci.montrose.co.us, Phone: 249-4443 Ed Ulibarri, council member, Email: eulibarri@ci.montrose.co.us, Phone: 240-8057 Marry Watt, city manager, Email: mwatt@ci.montrose.co.us, Phone: 240-1420


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Colona Paonia

Crawford

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Cedaredge Olathe

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Celia Robert’s Gracias Calendars Celia Roberts is a nature photographer who resides in Paonia, CO. She was commissioned by Colorado Migrant Health in 1992 to photograph farmworkers and their families in Colorado for an exhibit to be held at the National Migrant Health Conference in Denver in May of 1993. The response to her photographs at that exhibit was very positive. Viewers remarked that the photos captured the essence and strength of spirit of the farmworkers, rather than focusing on their plight. The photos also reflected the awe and inspiration Celia felt about the migrant workers. She kept photographing them as she traveled around the country selling her nature photographs. In 2000 she published the first of the Gracias series of calendars which included “Gracias por los Ninos” (children), “Gracias por los Familias” (families) and “Gracias por los Mujeres” (women). The 2010 calendar is “Gracias por la Vida” (life). Following is Celia’s introduction to this beautiful calendar. Calendars can be ordered by calling Celia at 970-527-4457 or from her website at www.celiaroberts.com Calendars can be purchased in Paonia at Expressions Bookstore, Paonia Farm and Home and at the The Old River Road Trading Post. If you would like to sell the calendars at your office/ store in Delta or Montrose, please call Celia.

Gracias por la Vida Life can seem so all-encompassing at times that to express one’s gratitude for it may seem like a daunting task. This is how it felt to me when I chose the theme of “Gracias por la Vida” for 2010. How could I know how famrworkers express gratitude for their lives? I could only guess. The only life I could really speak for was my own. OK, so how would I express thanks for my own life? More specifically, how would I express gratitude for my life after spending some 18 years being with and photographing our nation’s farmworkers? How has my life transformed as a result of the many experiences I’ve had with them? The answers started to reveal themselves as I reviewed the hundreds of rolls of photographs taken during this time period. And those answers are now found in the images that were chosen. The first thing, and perhaps the most important is the opening of my rusty heart, a heart that began to close as a shy, sensitive child who was told she couldn’t change what looked to her like an unfair world, which she heard as there’s nothing she could do about the way things were. So this was the first step, followed by many others, towards closing down my heart. Uhtil that summer in 1992 when I found out about the people picking our food who didn’t have enough to eat themselves, right in my own back yard. I knew then that maybe I could use my photographs to change the way things are, and this inspired an opening for my heart. In what other ways have these workers inspired me? (My favorite definition of ‘inspire’, by the way, is to motivate by divine influence, according to Webster’s Dictionary.) So in what other ways have farmworkers divinely influenced my life? Their simple ways of living have inspired me. Their close-knit families, opening up so easily to include others, have inspired me. Their capacity and willingness to work hard to provide for their families, in spite of sometimes massive discomfort, have inspired me. Their devotion to their religion, their culture and the honoring of their ancestors have inspired me. Their resolve to create a better life for their children has inspired me. Their trust in me, a stranger, photographing them because I care, has inspired me, has broken my heart wide open. This, therefore, is why I have continued along this path of publishing calendars that say ‘thank you.’ Thank you for my life, you dear people who put food on my table. Thank you for enriching my life beyond measure. Knowing, from my own experience and through the teachings of great religions that gratitude transforms, I’ve had a vision for some time about expressing thanks. Other than air and water, what we all have in common to be grateful for, that sustains us, is food. What if, just what if, we all, in our own way, expressed gratitude to those who plant and harvest our food. My ‘knowingness’ tells me that we, as a collective body, would transform. We would witness the results of this transformation in the caring that begins to manifest about what is most important in our lives and the lives of those we love, that our circles of ‘loved ones’ would continue to widen until they form a seamless circle all over the world, universally inclusive. —Peace, Celia

Three samples out of Celia's Calendar

Contact Celia at www.celiaroberts.com


January 2010 PERSONAL AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH CALENDAR Community for Spiritual Awareness Events

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Personal and Spiritual Growth What Price Happiness

Sundays, 9:30 am, Adult Spiritual Discussion Group, Lions Park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada, Montrose, you are welcome to join at any time. 252-0908 for more information.

Sundays, 10:45 am, Interfaith Celebration Services, Lions Park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada, Montrose, all faiths are welcome. Youth Education classes are held at the same time. Rev. Arlyn Macdonald, 252-0908.

Wednesdays, Coffee Talks, 10:00 am at Maui Wowi in Oxbow Crossing, an informal discussion on all things spiritual. Free coffee provided by Maui Wowi, everyone is welcome. For more information, call 252-0908.

Sunday, January 3, 10:45 am, Hawaiian Ho'oponopono Service of Forgiveness and Burning Bowl Ceremony, Lions Park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada, Montrose. A special service of forgiveness to start the new year. 252-0908 for more information.

Sunday, January 3, 12:45 pm, the Open Heart Drum Circle meets at Lions Park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada, Montrose. All levels of drummers welcome to this drum circle. We have extra instruments if you don't have a drum. All ages welcome. 252-0908 for more information.

Sunday, January 10 "The Cosmic Events of 2012", 12:45 pm, Lions Park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada, Montrose, special presentation. For more information call 252-0908.

Sunday, January 17 - new class in financial prosperity begins at Lions Park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada, Montrose, a committed and doable plan to build a new world of financial prosperity. Call 252-0908 for more information.

Sunday, January 31- 12:45 pm, Special Spiritual Cinema showing of the life of Wayne Dyer, "The Shift" starring Wayne Dyer at Lions Park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada, Montrose . Love offering.

The Asanga Center 13027 6080 Road, Montrose.

Sundays: Sunday Morning Meditation, 9:00 am,

For more information call: 970-249-1488 Our website: www.asangainstitute.com

our self may be the hardest thing we’ve ever done. For it will feel like a huge price to pay, and even scary, to finally give up all those old, long-held beliefs about our self, (beliefs that have, in their own way kept us protected and safe, although not very happy) and start to see our self anew.

For those of us in the Christian tradition, we’ve just come through the season of Advent, the time of waiting with expectancy for love to come again in our lives. It’s a season of high anticipation and hope, for we’ve had a taste of love and we know what it feels like, and now we want more! It’s as if we can’t get enough of it. As a child, living in that Advent season before Christmas was all but tortuous, for I knew I would be getting signs of my parents love for me. And that their love would come wrapped in the form of certain gifts, Christmas presents, and I could hardly wait! When I received those gifts, I was happy, very happy! Happy not only for the gifts themselves, but more importantly for the love of my parents that they represented. While it’s true that things can’t make us happy, love surely can. And it was their love that filled me with such joy and happiness. One of the aspects of Advent, as we wait on more love to come which will surely increase our happiness, is that it also gives us a chance to be made aware of how often we block the love that is already there, and thus deprive ourselves of more happiness. A teaching in A Course in Miracles says that it’s not a matter of getting more love, but rather of removing the blocks to the abundance of love which is always there, just waiting on us to claim it. And therein lies the rub! For the blocks I’ve put up to love usually involve some belief I have about myself, you, or the world in general. For example, I may have decided at a very early age, that I’m

not worthy of having lots of love in my life. Maybe I’ve decided and believe that I’m not smart enough, handsome enough, wealthy enough, funny enough, or witty enough for you or anybody to really love me very much. Such a belief has to do both with how I see myself and how I see you. I see myself as not deserving love, and I see you as not being capable of loving me, especially as I see myself and assume you see me, too. That’s a huge block to love. For under those conditions, no matter how diligently you tried to show love for me, I wouldn’t be able to truly feel or receive it. Of if I did, I wouldn’t trust it and would probably decide you’re just trying to manipulate me or even hurt me as I drop my guard and let you in. Or I may think you’re just too stupid (or perhaps desperate) not to realize that I’m not very lovable! So, what’s the answer? Well, simply put, I have to be willing to pay the price of doing the hard work of getting honest about the part I play in not recognizing and receiving the love I so desperately want. I have to be willing to look again at myself and do the sometimes very painful and challenging work of acknowledging and changing my self-perceptions so that I can first begin to love myself. And loving

For until I do, I’ll never let love in, or at least not enough of it to finally be happy. It’s as simple, and as costly as that. Simple, just not easy! As we begin a new year together, perhaps we could set this intention. Perhaps we could agree that not only do we want more love in this new year, and therefore more happiness in our lives, but that also we’re ready to pay the price to have it. We’re ready to look at how we see ourselves and those others in our lives, especially those who are trying so hard to love us despite our blocks to it. And to decide that we’re ready to do the challenging and painful work (and it will surely be work!) of acknowledging and removing all the blocks we’ve carefully put into place that have worked so effectively at keeping love out. I, for one, think it’s time, and that it’s well worth the price. How about you? The Reverend Doctor Jerry D. Overton Copyright 2010 Jerry is a Master Certified Coach, and can be reached at 970-252-9311. He welcomes your call and will delight in helping you to claim your love and happiness!

Connections WLN Connections P.O. Box 85, Montrose, CO 81402 Or email: connections@wholelifenet.org Please submit camera-ready ads (gif or jpeg) by email to connections@wholelifenet.org by the 20th of the month preceding publication. Ad copy for ads we build must be submitted by the 15th of the month preceding publication. A $15 set-up fee is charged; additional charges may be added depending upon complexity. Discounts are available for multiple purchases and for business members. Call Regina 970.249.4265 for details. Opinions expressed in Connections do not necessarily reflect the views of The Whole Life Network, Inc.


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Whole Life Directory Network Directory

Business Members of The Whole Life Network Business and Non Profit Members of The Whole Life Network

These leading representatives of our holistic community are happy to talk to you about what they do and why!

Business & Professional Services

TRAGER APPROACH "LET YOUR BODY TALK" MINDY S. HERMAN LMT CERTIFIED TRAGER PRACTITIONER (970) 318 0386 or 970 626 9877

Regina Sowell, 970.249.4265 Advertising Representative regsowell@montrose.net

Colorado Clean Energy Systems LLC. Solar heating, radiant floor, and high efficiency boilers (970) 901-8757 ccenergy@montrose.net - www.ccenrg.com

Southwest Hearing Services, Inc

Organizations

816 South Fifth St., Montrose, CO Dr. Karen Mercer, 970-249-3971

Delta County Tobacco Coalition

Counseling & Growth

Don Bailey REMAX / Alpine View (970) 249-6658 www.DonBaileyRealEstate.com

CHF Coaching and Consulting

Karen O’Brien,970-874-2517 kobrien@deltacounty.com

Carol Harris-Fike (970) 249-4162, www.chfcoaching.com Ontological Coach, Reiki & Emotional Freedom Tech.

Uncompahgre Valley Association

701 Chipeta Dr. Ridgway, CO 970-626-5253, dana@solarwork.com

Pam Schofield, M.A.

Stu Krebs at 249-8939 or Dale Reed at 252-1599.

Import Auto Clinic, Inc. www.importautoclinic.org

schofieldpam@gmail.com

Great Solar Works

Life Transitions: Coaching and Counseling 543 S.2nd Street, Montrose, CO 970.252.0911

Retreats and Destinations

Family Practice

Stone Forest Retreat – Cedaredge

Paula H. Marlatt United Country, 970-626-3555,

Real Estate Specialist paula@sneffelsrealty.com

David & Betsy Koos (970) 856-9656 Ongoing retreats and educational experiences

DR. Paul Glanville, MD Rocky Mountain Integrative Medicine (970) 626-9877 South Amelia, Ridgway

Mediation & Group Facilitation Tricia Winslow – free consultation 970.323.5585 or tricia@westelk.com

Spiritual Practices Community for Spiritual Awareness

Healing & Bodywork

MontroseHealthDirectory.com

Rev. Arlyn Macdonald (970) 252-0908

Caring-Hope Wellness

Roland Holzwarth (970) 249-0397 Local Health Community online

Sherry Olree R.N., H.N.- B.C., C.H.T.P. (970) 240-9023 Healing Touch, Acupressure, Tuning Forks

Colorado Retirement Services Montrose Marilynn Huseby, 970-252-1040

The Center of Personal and Spiritual Growth, Inc.

Full Circle Integrative Therapies

Dr. Jerry Overton (970) 252-9311

Elizabeth Roscoe, B.A., C.M.T. Mind/Body Coach, Movement, Bodywork (970) 249-0397 www.elizabethroscoe.com

Uncompahgre Yoga Circle Lynda Alfred (970) 275-0109 Certified Iyengar Yoga

Health and Wellness DENVER –Instead of quitting

The Web site highlights the Colorado

see immediate health benefits. Within 20

smoking cold turkey on Jan. 1, you should

QuitLine, a free telephone coaching service

minutes after quitting, a smoker’s heart rate

put together a plan to quit, experts recom-

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and blood pressure drop. With 12 hours, the

mend. Research shows that setting a “quit

smokers who use resources such as QuitLine

carbon monoxide levels in their blood have

date” as part of a plan to quit smoking that is

and tobacco cessation medications such as

decreased. And as soon as two weeks after

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ter success rate with the perennially popular

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functions improve. Long-term ex-smokers

New Year’s resolution. "People who want to quit using tobacco don't have to go it alone,” said Deb Osborne,

MyQuitPath.com also has an innovative online text messaging quitting tool, an interactive “laboratory” to evaluate the health

can look forward to longer life spans and decreased risk of chronic diseases. The State Tobacco Education and Pre-

cessation director for the State Tobacco Edu- effects of smoking and proven strategies for

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cation and Prevention Partnership. “They can creating personal quit plans.

hensive program that uses effective and

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proven strategies to prevent and reduce to-

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cause of premature, preventable deaths in

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Colorado and is the single greatest driver of

Colorado QuitLine, operated by National

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health care costs. More than 4,000 Colorad-

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getting ready to quit and those who are ready

nesses. Smoking also leads to severe health

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Karen O'Brien Health Education Coordinator Delta County Health Department 255 West 6th St., Delta, CO 81416 970-874-2517 www.deltacounty.com

Whole Life Network Potluck Social: January 17th, 2010, 5:00pm Pot Lock will be held at Stanlee Smith’s place. Please RSVP before January 13th. For information and directions call Stanlee at (970) 252-0460


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The Whole Life Network is pleased to partner with One Community to provide this page on a monthly basis with news and up dates about community integration efforts in Montrose and Delta counties. One Community is an immigrant integration project whose mission is to provide opportunities for cultural awareness and understanding amongst the diverse ethnic groups who live in our valley. With a spirit of welcome for the contributions they make to our communities, One Community assists foreign born newcomers to find the resources they need to adjust to life in this country. The Connections is a great format to support these efforts and extend the Whole Life Network to people from around the world right here at home. For information about One Community call 970– 249-6473 or 970-901-3439 or visit OCMD website: onecommunitymd.org

Introducción Cuando las temperaturas bajan considerablemente todos tratamos de protegernos lo mejor posible del frío. Lamentablemente el problema es mucho más complicado que ponerse un buen abrigo. Hay muchos riesgos no sólo en la calle, sino también dentro de nuestros hogares. Los niños y los ancianos son los que están en un mayor riesgo. Los procedimientos de emergencia incluidos aquí no se comparan con un entrenamiento en primeros auxilios pero sí le ayudarán a determinar el momento en el que debe buscar atención médica y lo que deberá hacer mientras llega la ayuda. Esté Preparado Siempre es mejor estar preparado antes de que el frío extremo afecte nuestras vidas. Los principales problemas que pueden surgir se relacionan con la falta de alimentos y de calefacción. Entre las cosas que debe tener a la mano y listas para usar en su hogar están:

Un calentador eléctrico o una fuente alternativa de calefacción en caso de que se interrumpa el suministro de energía eléctrica. • Una lámpara de pilas (y pilas nuevas.) Procure no usar velas porque son un riesgo de incendio. Si tiene que usar velas no las deje encendidas cuando no esté cerca de ellas pues pueden caer o encender algo cercano a ellas. • Comida en lata y en general que no requiera refrigeración (pan, galletas, cereal, comida en lata y fruta seca, y si tiene bebés, comida en frasco y fórmula.) Tenga cuidado con los niveles de monóxido de carbono al encender una chimenea o un calentador de nafta (kerosene.) La mejor forma de saber si hay peligro es con un detector de monóxido de carbono. También debe tener preparado su auto para una emergencia. Necesitará:

Cobertores para protegerse del frío y una manta de color brillante para llamar la atención en caso de que el auto se quede atorado. • Cables para pasar corriente eléctrica • Mapas • Lámpara de pilas • Algunos alimentos en lata (además de un abrelatas) y agua potable en recipientes limpios. No ingiera bebidas alcohólicas pues ello hace que el cuerpo pierda calor más rápidamente. Es muy importante vigilar la temperatura en los cuartos con bebés y ancianos. Los bebés pierden calor más rápido que los adultos. Los ancianos pierden la capacidad de sentir cambios bruscos de temperatura, por lo que se recomienda que si usted o alguien en su familia tiene más de 65 años, instale un termómetro en un lugar visible para vigilar constantemente la temperatura del cuarto.

Si no puede mantener los cuartos a una temperatura tolerable, procure buscar refugio en otro lado. En casos de extrema emergencia, puede proteger al bebé si usted lo cubre con su cuerpo, pero si tiene que dormir, tenga cuidado de no sofocar al pequeño. Precauciones al aire libre Si baja mucho la temperatura y especialmente si hay mucho viento, procure quedarse en un lugar bajo techo. Si tiene que salir, hágalo en forma muy breve y recuerde que deberá protegerse con sombrero, bufanda para cubrirse la cara y la boca, guantes, un buen abrigo y si es posible, varias capas de ropa no apretada. Trate de mantenerse seco pues la humedad enfría el cuerpo rápidamente. Cuando el cuerpo empieza a temblar, es un buen indicio de que es hora de regresar a un lugar con calefacción. El corazón trabaja más cuando tiene que proteger al cuerpo del frío, así de que si tiene que hacer un trabajo agotador, hágalo con calma y protéjase bien con la ropa adecuada. También evite caminar sobre hielo. Un elevado porcentaje de lesiones relacionadas con el frío tiene que ver con caídas en banquetas, escalones y caminos congelados. Si su auto se atora, coloque una manta de color brillante en la antena de radio para atraer la atención de los socorristas, cubra todo su cuerpo (incluyendo la cabeza) con una cobija, toalla o inclusive periódicos si no tiene telas. Manténgase despierto. Encienda el motor y la calefacción por unos 10 minutos cada hora y baje la ventana unos cuantos milímetros para que entre aire puro mientras está el auto andando. Vea que la nieve no esté tapando el escape de humo para reducir el riesgo de envenenamiento por monóxido de carbono. Generalmente es mejor quedarse dentro del vehículo si hay poca visibilidad o si las carreteras están cubiertas de hielo. Enfermedades relacionadas con el frío La hipotermia y la congelación son los dos principales problemas asociados con una exposición prolongada al frío intenso. Hipotermia: Ocurre cuando el cuerpo comienza a perder más calor que el que tiene la capacidad de producir. Después de un tiempo se agota la energía almacenada y empieza a bajar la temperatura del cuerpo. Una temperatura muy baja puede afectar el cerebro, esto le impide a la persona moverse o pensar adecuadamente. Así pues, la persona podría no darse cuenta del peligro y por lo tanto no haría nada para salvar su vida. Si nota que está agotado, confundido, tiene dificultad para

hablar o está mareado, o si su bebé tiene la piel muy fría y roja y no tiene energía, trate de recibir atención médica lo antes posible, especialmente si su temperatura cae por debajo de los 35 grados centígrados (95 F.) Si no puede, entonces trate de calentar el cuerpo poco a poco. Primero vaya a un cuarto con calefacción, quítese cualquier ropa mojada, caliente primero la parte media del cuerpo (pecho, cuello, cabeza y pelvis) y trate de tomar algo caliente (nunca trate de darle algo de beber a una persona inconsciente.) Congelación: Esta lesión al cuerpo provoca una perdida de sensibilidad y color en las áreas afectadas. Más comúnmente afecta la nariz, las orejas, los cachetes, la barba y los dedos de los pies. La congelación puede causar daños permanentes al cuerpo y hasta una amputación. Si siente dolor o si su piel se ve blanquezca o está adormecida, busque refugio inmediatamente y trate de recibir atención médica. Si no puede recibir atención médica, busque un lugar con calefacción y evite al máximo caminar si sus pies están congelados o dar masaje a la parte afectada pues agravaría el daño. Sumerja el área afectada en agua tibia (no caliente) o caliéntela con otra parte de su cuerpo (por ejemplo, coloque su mano bajo la axila.) No use la estufa, la chimenea o un radiador para calentar la parte dañada porque ésta no tiene sensibilidad y podría complicar el problema si se quema. Ninguna de estas recomendaciones debe remplazar la asistencia médica. La hipotermia es una emergencia médica y la congelación debe ser analizada por un especialista. Esta es simplemente una guía que le ayudará mientras consigue ayuda profesional. Y recuerde que la mejor forma de evitar complicaciones, es estar bien preparado. Si usted tiene su casa y su auto listos para enfrentar una emergencia relacionada con las bajas temperaturas, reducirá considerablemente los riesgos de sufrir un grave problema de salud.


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