Revisiting My Pet Issues


My wife’s friend Nancy gave us a cat as she was having trouble taking care of her new kitty litters.  She graciously accepted them without knowing that I don’t really like cats. It was a male American Shorthair cat, other people call them ASH. He was constantly purring as I watched him. He was so small and cute. He’s a tricolor of white, black and cream. He seems playful and active as he kept pushing the ball that I gave him. He likes getting near me and then licking my feet as it tickles me.

I asked Nancy if they already dewormed and had him vaccinated and she told me that the veterinarian had his clinic closed when she was going to get them treated. I asked my wife if there are other veterinarians near our area and told me that there is one besides the burger joint where my kids and I go frequently. I planned in going tomorrow since it’s already late.

First thing in the morning, I hurried eating breakfast so my son, George can drop me off the veterinarian. As I enter the clinic, I was glad that there were no queues for the checkup. I asked the receptionist if I can already have my kitten checked but she told me that the doctor is still on the way. He got a flat tire and he’s out for another 30 to 45 minutes. George opted to wait with me as he still had time to waste. I had my name listed as the first person that the doctor will see. As we were waiting, George and I talked about my kitten as he knows some things about it like how to take care of them, the things that they eat, and the diseases primarily pancreatitis in cats. Her girlfriend, Katie also has a cat that he sometimes also tends to.

roundworms in catsAfter almost an hour of waiting, George left me as he was going to be late for his work.   I asked the receptionist if the doctor was still coming. She told me that he’s almost here. After a few seconds, a white van pulled up and parked besides the clinic. I thought that it must be the veterinarian and I was right. He apologized for being late and mentioned that a nail busted his left rear wheel. It was fortunate that he didn’t get hurt. He let me and my kitten in and checked his condition. He injected him a deworming agent and prescribed him a powdered form of medicine to be mixed with his milk for roundworms in cats to be consumed for the next two days.

It was a while now that we had pets in the house. It was maybe because we were all busy with work. Now that I’m usually home alone I’d like to think that the kitten and I will be good buddies thanks to Nancy.

 

How to Prepare for an Emergency During Vacation


Everyone needs a break every now and then from the stress of everyday life; thus people have vacations. However, there is a real problem with vacations: disasters.

Whether you’re up in the Alps on a ski trip, or in the tropics of the Philippines, there is a realistic danger of unexpected disasters from striking at any moment. In the former example, avalanches take dozens of lives every year. In the latter, tropical storms and earthquakes can destroy millions of dollars worth of property, and cost far greater in terms of human life. That’s not all as well; every year, people get lost in the deserts of Africa, fall off cliffs while rock climbing in Kentucky, and so on and so forth. Travel guides and tourism agencies try to minimize such damages by telling tourists to prepare for the worst. The question therefore, becomes: how exactly do you accomplish this?

The first step to becoming prepared for emergencies is to become familiar with the risks in the area. Many different emergency scenarios require different approaches, and depending on where you intend to spend your vacation, the risk of which emergencies you face will vary. Mountainous regions are prone to avalanches and landslides. Areas close to fault lines are prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity. There are also less natural emergencies such as car or airplane crashes.

Once familiar with what emergencies you might face during your vacation, the next step is to create a contingency plan based on the risks. For instance, it is wise to think of a rendezvous point in the event of a disaster, or become familiar of emergency services in the area. Warning systems must also be considered in the plan.

The next step is to secure an emergency pack. A well-prepared pack might include non-perishable food rations, water, clothing, a flashlight with spare batteries, at least two means of contacting outside help, a basic first-aid kit, and a sleeping bag. All these can easily fit into an average backpack, and some survivors will even find space to pack a lockbox to contain important documents or items. Situational items must also be taken into consideration; spelunkers will include climbing gear in their packs, and canoeists will most likely have a spare safety vest. Some areas may demand a sidearm to protect against looters, bandits, or other similar threats.

It is advisable that your emergency pack is separate from the rest of your luggage, but always in a place where you can easily get to it. This is especially important in the event of disasters that do not allow sufficient time to make it to a car or hotel before damage is dealt.

Once the plan and pack are prepared, it is a good idea to practice the emergency protocol before going on the trip. The more familiar a person is with his/her emergency plan, the greater the odds of survival.

Finally, the best way to protect against disaster is to avoid it entirely. This means not traveling to a tropical island when you know very well that it’s typhoon season, or not travelling to open plains during tornado season. Paying attention to high-risk areas also minimizes the chances of injury; such is the case when cross-country skiing, or trekking through rough terrain. While you may be well-prepared to survive should things go wrong, the odds are you would rather not have to use that emergency pack. Play safe to avoid disaster; but give yourself enough length on your leash to enjoy your vacation.

Make a Disaster Preparedness Plan


Disaster can strike at any given moment. It doesn’t matter whether you are in the confines of your home, or on vacation in the most peaceful paradise you can find; the threat of Mother Nature’s wrath is very real, and people often have to face the full force of earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and typhoons, wildfires, avalanches, and any number of dangers. Even in places safe from most of these threats, people have to face equally dangerous scenarios such as transportation accidents, armed conflict, and terrorist attacks.

Thankfully, humankind is gifted with an ability called foresight; this is the ability to think ahead of the present, and anticipate future events. In the case of emergency scenarios, this means mankind has the ability to plan and minimize the dangers posed by disasters.

A good disaster preparedness plan is tailor-made to suit the situation, and/or the place where it is needed. For example, people deal with fires differently based on whether it is on a vehicle, at home, or in the wilderness. People also have different methods of dealing with a fire emergency and an earthquake emergency (though similarities arise between the two). However, all disaster plans have one thing in common: they allow survivors to get out alive.

The first part of any disaster preparedness plan familiarizes the individual with all escape routes. Almost every household, transport hub, hotel, and restaurant is designed to take into consideration that there are at least two ways to leave any room in the event of an emergency. By keeping an eye out for these escape routes, the odds of becoming trapped in a room are minimized, no matter what the danger. Knowing escape routes doesn’t just mean the building too. It is imperative to know where to go once outside for emergency services such as medicine in case of physical injury, shelter in case of continuous danger, or fire-supported “green zones” in the event of armed conflict.

It is also imperative to follow safety procedures during evacuation. Fire demands keeping low to avoid toxic smoke. Earthquakes require individuals to keep under the most solid structures such as tables and desks. Most facilities have safety manuals distributed, so it is advisable to try and find one upon entering in case an emergency occurs. Good contingency plans clearly disseminate information about likely scenarios and the proper course of action during these events.

Most disaster preparedness plans also require that those involved run drills on how to deal with emergency scenarios. For example, schools and other academic institutions hold fire and earthquake drills every semester to make sure that the system still works, and that the personnel and students are informed and ready should disaster strike.

Another problem that a disaster contingency plan must address is communication; this means calling for help, sending out messages about what happened, and receiving instruction on how to deal with the crisis. Emergency lines are readily available in most public and private buildings, and even a cell phone can be used to contact appropriate authorities to avert the danger.

Finally, when it comes to disaster preparedness, regular maintenance of the system is required to keep as many people safe as possible. Any structure that looks as though it wouldn’t hold up to an emergency – stairs, elevators, doorways, walls – must be repaired as soon as damage is found. Even individuals not involved with the maintenance of the building can help by reporting any flaws they notice.

Keeping people safe is no joke. Survival is a serious business that demands vigilance and effort. By coming up with working disaster preparedness plans, the job is made easier and more effective, allowing individuals to break odds and stay alive in the face of danger.

Marital Problems


Public servants like me are prone to stress, as we often absorb problems of other people. Sometimes, we even accidentally bring our work problems at home and we could not help it at times. I have been married to Audrey for more than thirty years and we both know our quirks and the signs that we are not in the mood, so we did not have problems dealing with that. I just love that we always try to compromise and understand each other.

Unfortunately, that was not the case with my friend, Richard. He is an emergency service technician like me. The difference between her wife and mine is that my wife knows how to adjust because she knows that my work is stressful enough, and she don’t want to add up. Richard’s wife often nags her about everything, even after he just came home from work. He was really irritated and annoyed with her wife. It even came to a point that he asked me a favor if he could stay at my place for a few days because he was tired of hearing the constant nagging from her wife. I told him that it is okay, but I still needed to tell my wife about it. I’m really lucky with my wife, as she understood what my friend is going through. I told Richard about it and he was glad that he could take a short vacation from his wife’s mouth.

Richard and I had a good time because we get to bond more. We let him stay with us for a few days in our guest room. During his last night with us, my wife and I decided to talk to him because we wanted to help him solve his marital problems. Richard told us that her wife was not like that when they met. He added that she used to be understanding, generous and caring. It started about a year ago when they could not conceive a child. She became so unreasonable about everything.

supplements for anxietyWe were surprised to know that he has had a relationship anxiety for months. He really needed to take time and step back to assess what is going on with them. He added that he almost took supplements for anxiety because he thought that he was going crazy. Audrey advised him to talk to his wife about their problems and from there, they could decide about what to do about their marriage. We asked him about his plans and he does not know it yet. What he only knew was that he misses her wife for a few days that he spent here in our home and I think that it is a good sign.

Audrey thought of something good. She has a friend who is a marriage counselor who has put up a new office downtown. She suggested that Richard and her wife go to her and seek treatment. I added that they should exhaust all ways first to fix their marriage before ending up with divorce and my wife agreed. Richard thanked us for our generosity and advices. He told us to wish him luck.

 

Knowledge is Power


Tommy, my grandson is enjoying his summer vacation with me. Whenever we weren’t out playing at the park, the beach or running errands, he’s either reading books or watching educational shows like National Geographic or Discovery Channel and having a good and interesting talk with me. It was really rare when I see him watch cartoons. One time, he stumbled upon her grandma’s old book. It is a red, dusty, old medical diseases book that her grandma used back in her college days. Her grandma took some minor in Anatomy way back. He asked me if he can clean and read it. I told him it’s okay but it’s better if I clean it for him. I cleaned it real good and gave it to him. He was so happy as he read it for hours without flinching. I asked him if he’s okay and told me that it’s a different book from what he usually reads but he’s enjoying it. I gave him a juice box and cookies for him to snack on.

what do kidney stones feel like

It was dinner time and we were having grilled, succulent pork chops, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy and Tommy asked us a question that made us grin. He asked us if we know anything about what do kidney stones feel like and I humored him that I only know home remedies for kidney stones. He grinned as he talked about what he read earlier. Her grandma was so amazed on what he can learn on a short span of time. I kidded that Tommy learned from the best while pointing my fingers at me. Tommy offered to help us with the dishes but I told him we can handle it and he just need to brush his teeth and change clothes for sleeping. He also asked me if I can tuck him in later. It struck me that even though he’s so smart, he’s still a child and I’m happy for that. I’m planning to get him some comic books tomorrow to get him more engaged with his kid side.

I asked Tommy if he already has plans on what to do when he gets older. He said that he wants to be an educator because he feels that everyone needs to be taught. He’s a really bright, young child indeed. Before going to sleep, my wife and I discussed that Tommy is really great not that we’re just saying that because, after all, we are his grandparents, but also he really is an amazing kid. We thought of giving him a trust fund for his studies in college. I’m pretty sure that his dad is going to be happy and excited about that. We really feel that we should invest in his studies because he has lots of potential on whatever he wants to do with his life. We also know that we’re getting older every minute and we can’t stay as long in this world as we want to. We just want to have something in this world, like a legacy.

Lifestyle Check


pain in right arm

My wife and I are just resting on our comfortable sofa while watching TV and we saw a new advertisement about stroke prevention. I was surprised that it is Stroke Awareness month. My wife told me that it is one of the leading diseases that kills Americans and we should try to eat healthier and exercise so we could prevent it. We also learned to watch out for signs and symptoms like pain in right arm and numbness in left arm that would tell us about a stroke, so we should call 911 immediately when that happens just to be on the safe side.

Since we watched the TV commercial advertisement, I noticed that my wife has been cooking healthier foods for the both of us. She used to cook more of meat and now, she made us both a salad. I thought that it was not that filling, but I was wrong. She told me that she used to eat it when she was younger and it gives her excellent bowel movement. We both agreed that we should at least try to change our lifestyle if we want to live longer and to spend more time with our sons and their families. I told her that we could exercise every morning and just jog or walk around our neighborhood. I am glad that she liked my idea, but she told me that she does not have a running shoe. I told her that I could buy her one at the mall if she promises to exercise with me every morning and she did.

We went to the mall and I accompanied her to buy her new running shoes. She was quite overwhelmed with the wide array of selections and colors. I suggested her to ask the sales clerk at the shop because I know that there are types of shoes for different kinds of feet. She asked the sales clerk about high arched feet and he recommended her a number of selections. Finally, she got one, which perfectly fits her foot type. I also got one for myself because my running shoes are somewhat old. We are both so excited to use them, so we planned to jog first thing in the morning.

It was five in the morning and we got up. We just had a couple of bananas and some milk before we go out to exercise. We are both surprised that some of our friends also jog in the morning. We really had fun as we exercise and bond with them. They told us that exercising gives them plenty of energy that they will need for the day. They also added that exercising gives off endorphins, which give them better mood. I told them what we just saw on a TV advertisement about stroke and that led my wife and me to try to regain our old, fit and healthy form.

Our friends told us that we could always join them early in the morning because they have been doing it for the past couple of weeks and it has been giving them great results. I told them that we would join them tomorrow if we could wake up again early.