National Public Health Week

The APHA (American Public Health Association) launched their “Healthiest Nation in One Generation” campaign this week (National Public Health Week) by introducing this video.

I found this video to be very moving, and it does a FAR better job of explaining why I’ve dedicated my life to this field than I ever could. And it makes me VERY proud to be a member of the APHA.

Want to know more? Watch the Healthiest Nation in One Generation viral video today. 

Share the video with your friends and family and encourage them to get involved.

America can make this the healthiest nation in one generation. We all have to do our part. What will you do?


Help Delaware (not the state)

As most of you know, my good friend Mish volunteers (and is now officially a board member) at Full Moon Farm, a sanctuary for wolfdogs.

Recently, one of the beauties was taken in for emergency surgency. I don't think Mish will mind my plagiarisation of the article.

"Dr. Beverly Hargus operated on Delaware, with Dr. Herb Justus assisting. Delaware's case was unusual, in that his stomach did not torsion (twist) like most bloat cases. His stomach was filled with so much gas that, when Dr. Hargus made the initial incision, it popped out! His internal organs were compressed by the pressure from the expanded stomach. As Dr. Hargus deflated the stomach, organ color and function returned to normal. After deflation, he was "tubed," with a tube inserted directly into his stomach. Cattle bloat medicine was passed through this tube so it could line his stomach."

The tests and surgery cost $790. Donations to the vet fund can be made:

Online at this website: http://www.fullmoonfarm.org/donations.php
By mail: Full Moon Farm; P.O. Box 1548; Black Mountain, NC 28711-1548

Any donations received in excess of his bill will be put into our Emergency Vet Fund.

Some random shit

My schedule as of this week:

Monday: 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - Work
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. - Therapy (every other Monday)
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - Work
4:10 p.m.-6:00 p.m. - Pre-Calculus
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. - Work
8:40 a.m.-9:30 a.m. - Pre-Calculus recitation
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Work
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. - Weight Watchers
Thursday: 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - Work
4:10 p.m.-6:00 p.m. - Pre-Calculus
Friday: 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - Work
Saturday 9:00 a.m.-Noon - Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS


Seriously??? Sanjay Gupta as surgeon general???
I love it when my politicians live down to my expectations before they even take office. I waited awhile to post this, because I was sure someone was going to tell me I was being Punk'd by Ashton.


I can NOT possibly begin to express how much I love my new place. It's like heaven.

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You Are "alt"

Some people might find you to be strange, mysterious, and even a bit off putting.

You tend to be drawn to and influenced by alternative lifestyles. You're definitely not normal.

Once people get to know you, they realize you're interesting, intriguing, and very intelligent.

You have a lot of knowledge stored in that big brain of yours. Most of it is useless knowledge, but some of it is very useful.


My day today

My job today was to fix some "entry errors" that the PA DOH thinks we should finish by the end of this month. Fine.

Here's how it went (don't worry about what NHSN stands for):

NHSN says if we don't have a patient's SSN, to leave the field blank.

But PA DOH won't accept blank SSNs for records.

And if we entered the SSN incorrectly, if NHSN changed the online form since we entered the original record, we can't edit it. We can only print it out, delete it, and then re-enter the entire thing.

Also... I was trained on 25 Sept on how to add things to NHSN. I was told that if don't have the patient's SSN, to enter it as all zeros.

Turns out, PA DOH sent out a thing on 18 August saying not to enter all zeros.

So now the ones that are all zeros have to be changed, but I don't know to what since they don't want blank SSNs, either.

So I am THRILLED right now with my job.
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I've been thinking for a couple of months now about getting away from LJ and starting a blog somewhere else.

So... for those of you who read my blog here but have blogs elsewhere (Jean, Ria, Mish, etc., I'm talking to you), please tell me where your blog and the pros/cons of those sites.

How easy was it to set up? Do you have to pay anything?

Any other thoughts you have on your hosting site?

Thanks :)
Pig Peeking O'er Fence

A somber end to the holiday vacation

We went to my grandma's house last night for one last visit before I left town. When we got there, there was a marked police vehicle and a Crime Scene Unit van at the house next door. And about five cars parked on the street. I would hope it is needless to say that this is unusual activity.

Grandma knew what happened because a police office had already been to their house to talk to her and John (her partner). The 16-year-old boy that lives next door to them shot and killed himself sometime yesterday afternoon. The parents were out of the house at the time. When we pulled up, the parents were standing across the street, in the cold, waiting for the scene to be cleared so they could be let back in the house.

John said he could totally understand why the kid would do this. The parents always went out but never took the kids. The kids all slept in an unfinished basement. These people have lived next door to Grandma and John for a bit over a decade, and they watched the kids grow up - from friendly, outgoing children to withdrawn, sullen teenagers.

I pray for that family, and they were my first thought when I woke up this morning.