Sunday, July 27, 2014

Do you need antibiotics for that cold?

You have probably heard about antibiotics being prescribed or overprescribed when not needed.  The experts recognize that germs mutant and become resistant to antibiotics.  Then when we need antibiotics, the drugs are not effective.  These bacteria have been named to designate this issue, such as methicillin-resistant staph aureus. 

What should we be doing about antibiotic resistance?  Use them appropriately and don’t push your healthcare provider to give you an antibiotic prescription unless he recommends it. 

A recent study reported that patients ask for an antibiotic prescription 23% of the time.  The main reasons people request antibiotics were that the patient thinks an antibiotic will cure the illness and help them feel better faster. 

How do you know when you need an antibiotic for an upper respiratory infection?  The Get Smart website for CDC provides information at



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Family time 2014

Please excuse me.  I missed posting this past Sunday because we were enjoying family time. 
Our two granddaughters came to visit for a week.  Then we had hubby’s side of the family at our home for the weekend.  Brother-in-law brought 300 fish filets and fried them Friday night.  We enjoyed the video/old picture presentation another brother-in-law shared with us.  Saturday morning we drove-in-convoy around town, visiting graves of parents and grandparents while recognizing the value of our family roots.  
When I listen to people talk, I recognize that family can be a complicated issue for some folks.
We are blessed; we enjoy our family members and feel fortunate that they travel many miles to gather and spend a weekend together.  We’ve all returned safely home and look forward to our next family time weekend. 
Yes, the kids spent hours on this slip and slide this year.  It was a huge hit. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Take care of Yourself This Summer: 7 Simple Tips from the Positivity Blog

The summer is almost half over.  How is it going for you?  Are you ‘chillin (relaxing)?  Are you finding yourself too busy?  Are you working all day and racing from ball field to ball field as you chauffeur your kids/grandkids to their ball games and activities?
If you find yourself wishing for more relaxing summer days, check out the Positivity Blog as Henrik tells us all how to “take care of yourself this summer:  7 simple tips”  He gives some great suggestions for relaxing and taking care of you. 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Those Dreaded Ticks

Do you like these flowers from my gardens?  I bet you don’t immediately think of ticks when you see these pretty flowers.  However, ticks are what I want to talk about on this blog post. 

Ticks live outdoors so we are at risk for being tick-food whenever we are outside. Ticks can carry viruses, germs and parasites which cause ten different diseases (including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever). 

Recognize how to protect yourself and your loved ones from tick bites: 
Ticks live in moist, humid places so grassy places and woods are their habitat.  However, remember that deer and animals can carry ticks into your yard.  Last year I found a tick behind my ear after I spent time working in my flower beds.  We treat our yard routinely to discourage ticks so where did that tick come from?  Probably off the deer who often walk through our yard at night. 

According to the CDC website, we can protect ourselves by using DEET repellent on our skin and permethrin products which kill ticks on our boots, clothing and camping gear.  (Don’t use permethrin on skin).  For details on how to properly use these products, check out

Tick Check
My husband and I joke about doing a tick check on each other, but it’s a good practice.  As you come in, check your clothing for ticks.  Shower as soon as you can.  A shower within 2 hours is recommended as one way to find and wash away any unattached ticks.  Physically look and check for ticks.  If you are doing this tick check on yourself, use a mirror to examine hard-to-see areas.  Body areas that you should check include:  under the arms, in and around ears, between legs, in and around your hair, inside belly button, at the waist and backs of knees. 

What if you find a tick? 
If you find a tick attached, the CDC recommends, “grasping with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible, and pulling it straight out.”

Other preventive actions
Treat your yard to create “tick-safe zones”.   More information about this topic can be found at

Discourage deer (My personal opinion is good luck on this one.  When our subdivision was built on what was original farm land that deer wandered through, that’s probably not going to change.) The suggested actions involve removing plants that deer like to feed on and constructing physical barriers to keep deer out. 

Protect your family pets (which also protects your family)

If you do get tick bit, watch the wound carefully and seek medical help if a fever or rash develops.  More information can be found at