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.

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.

My Junior’s Problems


I named my eldest, David Jr., because I wanted so leave something in this world with my name, and my wife thought that it was funny. We also call him Junior. My eldest kid used to hate his name when he was younger because people always sees him as my mini-me version. As he got older, he became more proud that we have the same names, as he looked up to me as his role model growing up and eventually, he also became a public servant like me.

David Jr. grew up like any other typical kid. He played ball with his friends every week at the nearby park. We taught him how to do household chores like cleaning his own room and arranging his own wardrobe. When he was in middle school, he started to get more concerned with his self-image, but unfortunately, heredity had something to say about it because he got the acne breakouts from my side of the family. I was lucky enough that I did not experience a lot of it and my dad told me that my children would have them and he was right.

David Jr. woke up one day and he did not want to go to school because he had acne on his face. I told him that it is normal on my side of the family. He was even luckier because when I was his age, I had big nodular acne on my forehead and nose. My classmates used to call me Rudolph and I am glad that it did not stick. I told my son to ask his Audrey, her mom, about what to do with his acne as I am off to work. I also told him to tell his mom to update me about his problem.

Junior found her mom outside the backyard tending to our small garden. She was surprised that he had a breakout. She asked him if he wanted a consult with a dermatologist and he told her mom that he was desperate. He shared that he also has a classmate who had a breakout a few weeks ago and he became the target of teasing and bullying.

Audrey understood where our son was coming from so she told him to get ready in an hour and they would go to the clinic. Junior was excited, but at the same time, he was terrified about the treatment. They went off to the clinic and they met the kind doctor outside her office. She told them that her assistant was on a sick leave, so she has also been doing her own scheduling for now. The doctor invited them inside the clinic and asked Junior what brought him to her clinic. He told her about his concerns and the doctor made a treatment plan specially made for my son. The doctor told my son that he could undergo a treatment called salicylic acid peel wherein she would put a layer of salicylic on his face for peeling. It would take him a few days for his face to peel completely, but it would be worth it. Audrey called me about the plan and I told them to get another treatment because our son could not afford to be absent from school for more days. The doctor understood and she told them that they could try another kind of treatment.

Nasty Sunburns


My wife is really enjoying the time of her life gardening. It is already summer so I asked her if she is putting on a sunscreen lotion to protect her skin from the harsh ultraviolet rays that the summer sun is giving off to be safe. She said that I do not have to worry about her because her skin is used to these kinds of conditions. I joked that it would be funny seeing her aching from pain again because I remember that she used to have a very bad sunburn when we used to frequent beaches when we were younger. She do not have a clue about what happened back then, so she made me refresh her memory.

We were vacationing at Miami, Florida back then and we would always lie on the sand to get our tan on. We spent lots of time under the sun so we always put on a sunscreen as protection. My wife just loves swimming under the sun and sometimes, jet skiing, while me on the other hand, enjoys tanning my whole body while reading a good book and drinking beer. We just love the sound of the waves going to the shore.

One time, my wife forgot to put on some sunscreen and she got a sunburn on her arms and back. We did not have any antibiotic ointments that time, so we resorted to using vinegar for sunburn, which I learned from the experts at http://www.harmfulrays.net. We were lucky enough because we just got it for free on the restaurant inside the hotel that we were staying. It was a bit funny when I look back because she really smelled bad, but at the same time, she told me that it was soothing her skin really good. The problem was that she could not get out of our hotel room because she reeks of vinegar. I told her that I would try to ask around if there are shops where I could get a remedy for her sunburn.

I felt so bad for her so I planned to go to the nearest pharmacy to get her some ointments. I came down to the hotel’s lobby and I asked the hotel staff where I could get an antibiotic cream for my wife. Fortunately enough, they were nice to give me one for free. They told me that there have been many incidents like what happened to my wife that is why they have stocked up on burn ointments for their customers. I thanked the staff and I went back to our room to tell my wife about the good news. My wife was so thankful to me and to the staff that gave me the medicine. She told me that she would never go out on the sun again without her sunscreen on.

My wife finally remembered what happened back then and she thanked me that I made her remember what happened back then. I reminded her to put on the sunscreen an hour before she goes out and she agreed.

Family Bonding


I am very proud of my sons, as they also became a public servant like their grandparents and me. David Jr. is a cop whose love for dogs made himself transfer to K9 unit just recently, while my other son George is a firefighter. Both of them are really good about what they do. My wife and I are very happy that our sons still make time to visit us from time to time. It is just nice that we still have a feel of a family even though they are already grown-ups and have families of their own.

Every month, we have a thing that our sons come over with their families to have dinner with us. My wife and I always look forward to it because we just miss having them around. We also feel that we need to enjoy them as long as we are still strong and healthy. My wife told me one time that she wants us to bond more with our son and their families, so I suggested that we see each other twice a month instead of once. My wife is so happy with my idea and she plans to ask our sons about it when they come over later for dinner.

My wife made their favorite casserole and baked a chocolate cake for our only grandson Tommy, while I just put a dry rubbed, succulent, T Bone steak in the oven. After a few minutes, our sons came in our house and my wife told me that she wants them to live in our house instead, but I told her that it would not happen because they already have their own houses. I reminded my wife that they are already grown-ups. I added that they already have their own lives and she should understand that.

http://www.dogcareguidelines.netWe were having dinner and our cute grandson Tommy is still curious as ever. He just heard that his uncle David Jr., is on a K9 unit of the Police department, so he asked his uncle if can dogs eat bananas because he tried feeding his dogs at home and they just ignored them. Junior laughed at his nephew’s question and he answered it. He told his nephew that he has done it twice, but it is not protocol for the Police department. He added that they feed them hypoallergenic dog food. His nephew was going to ask him about what it is and he already started explaining that it is a type of dog food that does not have allergens on them, so the dogs would not be prone with types of allergies like hives.

Tommy is so fascinated with the things that he learned from his uncle. His uncle even invited him to come to their police department to see their dogs. He is so happy and excited with the invitation that his dad cannot resist saying yes to his son. George told his brother that they would try to come down to his station next week.

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.

 

Doctors, Specialists and Failed Marriages


Our community just had a free seminar about medical conditions, signs and symptoms, treatments, preventions and first aid medications. Many professionals and specialists were invited to conduct a talk. I was also honoured and privileged to be invited to belong on such celebrated guests. I was assigned to talk about first aid treatments. Doctors talked about many common diseases like common colds, fever, flu, and coughing to the complicated ones like diabetes mellitus and insipidus, all types of cancer, pneumonia, hypertension and other heart related diseases. They also mentioned weird and bizarre ones that totally exist like metal taste in mouth, sweet taste in mouth, human werewolf syndrome and fish odour syndrome. I was the last one who stood the seminar participants and they all looked tired listening to the past speakers so I thought to myself to try a different approach. Instead of going on like textbook, I tried to engage with the participants. I asked a few of them to join me on stage to make re-enactments for accidents and how do we treat them accordingly. Fortunately, it worked on them. I even got a standing ovation. It took all of us to consume more than 7 hours and we were all so weary and exhausted but at the same time, happy and fulfilled as we shared our knowledge for the common good.

My wife and I were heading down to the parking lot as an old friend of mine a few years back tapped me from behind. He is Dr. Kaplan and he specializes in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. He told me that I gave a very nice and lively talk. I asked him why didn’t he gave a talk since he has more to share but he told me that he thought that he wasn’t going to make it so he cancelled. He was having marital problems as of late as her wife was divorcing him. It was really sad to learn about it. My wife and I felt bad for him so we invited him to go with us in our house but he politely said no. We exchanged numbers and drove away.

My wife and I decided to stop by a nearby restaurant instead of cooking at home because we’re too lazy to do so. As I entered the room, I saw Dr. Kaplan meeting up with a man with a black briefcase. He looked like an authority figure as he was tall and muscular and was wearing designer suit and tie. The doctor also saw me as we passed by his table. He shook my hand and whispered that it was his divorce lawyer and they were planning to make a case to counter his wife’s affidavit. I nodded and smiled as my wife and I went to our table.

As my wife and I ate a scrumptious meal, we felt sad with what happened to Dr. Kaplan’s marriage as they used to go out with us frequently a few years ago. I just hope the dust settles down and they remember the most important thing in their marriage, their kids.

Couldn’t Ask For More


My wife and I had prior arrangements before having children that if I name our first kid then she’ll have to name the second one, in essence, we just take turns. I named my first born child, David Jr. as I’ve always wanted to have a junior. When he was younger, he used to be shy around people. I remember whenever we had family dinners back then, he was just quiet and observing people. I’m glad that he overcame that shyness now as he has lots of friends always coming over at home. Our other son is George which was named by my wife after his grandfather. When he was young, he was so active and playful. He didn’t had any problems making friends.

Both of our sons are public servants because during their younger years, I’d like to think that I’ve influenced them a lot. I let them ride in the ambulance from time to time to have them experience what I do every day. I also used to tell them good, old stories about my work that really fascinated them and in turn, made my eldest David Jr. strive to a cop and George as a firefighter. Both of them take pride on what they do like I did.

It’s just a weird thing now that they were both injured at the same time but on different places. David Jr., a cop, was undergoing further training for a promotion. He had a sprained foot when he tried sprinting across the field while George, the fire fighter, had an ankle injury when he was rescuing a child and his cat out of a building. He now has symptoms of tingling feet related to it.

It is bittersweet that they were both injured but now, I will have more time to spend with them, the way we used to. I told them that I was planning to make barbeque on the backyard. Surprisingly, my two sons were excited as they haven’t tasted my cooking for a while. I told them that they can marinade the meat and I’ll just take a quick shopping to get a few more charcoals and lighter fluid. I like it better cooking them them because it tastes so much better than using propane tanks. George also asked me to get corn and potatoes as he wants to make a side dish of it.

As I was shopping, I was surprised that I bumped into my wife. She was with her friend Nancy, her co-partner in her business. I told my wife what I was doing with the kids and told me that she would also come along since they were already finished for the day’s work. My wife also got some burgers, buns, pickles, mustard and mayonnaise since she thought that our steaks at home might not last since both of our boys love their steaks.

My wife and I got home and started cooking. I sat for a while as I was staring at wife and my two boys doing the cooking. It made me realize how fortunate I am with them having them as my family. I couldn’t ask for more.

Business Relationships


My wife, Audrey and her friend Nancy just arrived at our home looking so tired and exhausted. I asked them what happened. They told me that they had attended Myer-Briggs Type Indicator Seminar. It was free and they were told that they might find it useful on hiring people for their blooming business. They added that infj relationships and infp relationships type of people might not be the best choice for their business. I wasn’t interested discussing it so I just agreed and nodded.

Instead, I asked them if they already received an email regarding an application letter of my friend’s son, Devin. He majored in Business Administration and I think that they can make good use of him in their company He just graduated college with flying colors and was looking for work in the neighbourhood because he doesn’t want to leave his parents alone in the house. He had offers working in New York but he ignored them. His father also told me that his girlfriend didn’t want him to go.

My wife told me that he was too busy with other things and maybe Nancy can do it since she is in charge with interviewing and hiring people for the company. Nancy was intrigued with the kid that he opted to stay in our little town for his parents and his girlfriend. She was also surprised that there were a number of applications sent to their company email. She didn’t think anyone would respond to their classified ad a month ago in the local newspaper. After the day they launched their ad, every day for a week, she checked their email but no one sent any applications. Normally, she hires people through referral of friends. Nancy and my wife were so happy hearing that there are more people interested to work for them.

Nancy and Audrey printed out the curriculum vitae of the applicants and carefully checked the information and the references for hours. They meticulously checked if the information they sent were correct. They made three stacks which were composed of the candidates to be interviewed, the second one, the pending candidates and lastly, the rejected applicants. Nancy was already making template emails for the rejected ones as Audrey was making personalized draft letters for applicants who will be interviewed. They still have to see if the applicants to be interviewed are really good or they’re just good in paper.

I asked Audrey where did they put Devin’s application but she said that it was a secret as Nancy winked at me laughing. Audrey told me that he’s going to be called for an interview but it’s still not a sure shot. He still has to impress them in person. I know that Devin is going places and it’s going to be a waste if they didn’t get him. I’m sure that he can help them with their business as they can help him have experience in his field as they all simultaneously prosper.

From River streams to a Fish Tank


When I was younger, my dad and I always go fishing with his friends at river streams nearby our town on weekends. I was always excited because I love the thrill of waiting and catching fishes. My dad and his friends were drinking beer and I was having my root beer, while we were waiting for the fishes to take our baits. We loved catching catfishes because they are very challenging to hook. We used a wide variety of catfish baits like chicken liver, hotdogs, colored wax and even the normal ones like bread balls, shrimps, night crawlers and corn, more information about the different types can be found at http://www.hookacatfish.org.

I caught my biggest catch when I was younger, with just using a large chunk of chicken liver when I was 12 years old. It weighed about 25lbs. My dad and his friends were surprised that I have caught it myself. I love how my dad looked at me that time, as he was so proud about what I did and I really was. Since then, I have been fishing with them every week until I went to college.

A few months ago, I invited my two sons to fish with me and I am happy that they indulged their old man’s wishes. We went to the river streams early with a tackle box filled with baits and a few rods. We rented a big boat that could accommodate the three of us. I asked my wife Audrey to join us, but she told me that she would rather do household chores. Instead, she just gave us a basket full of treats and a cooler packed with ice and beer. My kids and I were so excited to catch some big ones. I tried to fish, but my body was not strong enough to reel in bigger fishes, so I just sat back and drink beer. I felt bad that I was not capable of fishing anymore, but at the same time, happy that I get to experience fishing with my kids too, like my dad and I used to do. My two sons caught a variety of big fishes that my wife would love to cook later. I told my sons to take it easy, as we were not going to run out of fishes to catch. I gave them an ice-cold beer and we took some time to talk with each other about our lives. My sons told me that we should do it often and it made me feel glad that they were enjoying themselves.

Life is just pretty ironic. I used to go out and get the biggest catfishes that I could, but now, I am stuck with a small fish tank with a cory catfish. I told my wife Audrey and she laughed at me. I joked that we could fish first thing in the morning and we both giggled. She told me that we already had our time, so we should just let the younger people do their thing and I agreed about with what she said.

Gardening Problems


My wife is really enjoying her gardening every day. All what she can talk about is about her ornamental plants and flower bushes. Her garden really looks great as she always calls it her masterpiece. There are rose shrubs, different kinds of orchids, sunflowers and hydrangeas. She even put up her own garden of herbs and spices with basil, rosemary, cinnamon and ginger. She told me that next week, she plans to plant garlic, onion and red peppers. I applauded her efforts and I added that she should really be proud about her garden because it really shows about her meticulous, hard work.

Last week, she told me that she might have scalp folliculitis, more information can be found at www.scalpsolutions.net, because she has been wearing a big hat all day long when gardening out in the heat of the sun. She added that it has really been itchy so she is always tempted to scratch them and it resulted her to have scabs on scalp. I told her that she should get herself checked up as soon as possible. I asked her if she would like me to accompany her and she nodded. She told me that she would try to ask her friends about who is the best dermatologist to consult about her condition. She contacted her best friend Beth and she was told that Dr. Princeton is her best bet for her scalp problems.

My wife told me about Dr. Princeton and she already booked an appointment tomorrow with the doctor’s secretary. She added that it is not going to take too long and it is okay if I do not come along. I smiled at my wife and told her that I would always make time for her. We went to the doctor the next day and we are surprised about how many people are there availing for the doctor’s services. At the back of our minds, he must be really great about what she does.

My wife’s name is called and we entered the doctor’s premises. The doctor introduced herself and she asked my wife what brought her in her clinic. My wife told the doctor about that happened. The doctor assessed my wife’s scalp carefully and she told her that she has folliculitis. The doctor explained that such diseases occur when bacteria pool over my wife’s scalp for a long period of time. My wife told the doctor that she really enjoys gardening that much and she even loses track of time and I agreed with what she said. The doctor advised my wife to wipe her sweat off from time to time because bacteria thrive on them. She also prescribed my wife with a week’s worth of antibiotics to heal her. She also reminded her not to scratch them because it would just lead to further infections, which may be harder to treat. In the meantime, she asked my wife to not to spend so much time on her garden when the heat of the sun is at its fullest.

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.