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Overcoming a Parent’s Worst Nightmare: Loss of a Child PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 14:23

Perhaps the worst thing that can happen to a parent is experiencing the loss of a child. However, as one mother shares, it’s possible to turn one’s devastation into spiritual enlightenment and to weave the tragedy into the fabric of your life and your family.

“I don’t think any parent ever gets over the loss of a child,” says Caroline Flohr, whose memoir “Heaven’s Child,” (www.heavenschild.com), recounts the transformative death of her 16-year-old twin daughter, Sarah.

“Through the web of pain, I have been amazed by the power of family, love and faith in healing. I have learned that death defines not the end of the journey, but a beginning.”

Flohr reviews some of the milestones in her journey to inner peace:

• Deeper meaning: Through the death of someone so important, you will be changed. The question is how you will be changed. Will you grow, or become diminished? Flohr grew with the realization that death – so often viewed as an end – is just the beginning of another phase of existence. “One of my favorite quotes is from poet Rabindranath Tagore: “Death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.”

• Celebrate life: When the bereaved are able to look at the life of a person who has passed and see more beauty than pain, they should rejoice. The reality of a person’s absence will always have an element of sadness, but the joy of  wonderful memories is even more powerful. When loved ones leave this Earth, graces are given to those relationships left behind. These are gifts. When we can acknowledge them, our lives can expand in the present.

• Ready for anything: Once you’ve experienced the worst and pulled through, you know you will be able to weather just about any adversity. Maya Angelou wrote, ‘“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Have faith in that inner strength we all harbor, Flohr says.

• Appreciate what you have: Life as we know it will come to an end. This includes everyone we know, love and care about; it’s a fact that we often forget, and it’s as startling to remember as it is true. Come good or bad, we do not know what the future will bring, which means we should take every opportunity to fully embrace the present, and our loved ones.

About Caroline Flohr

Caroline Flohr was a busy wife and mother to five children when her 16-year-old twin daughter, Sarah, was killed in an accident. She was forced to dig into the deeper meaning of existence and came away with profound edification. Flohr lives with her husband and children on Bainbridge Island, a suburb of Seattle.

 
Biggest Loser Health Initiative PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Friday, 02 November 2012 13:44

 
Red Cross urges blood donations as Hurricane Sandy forces blood drive cancellations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Corey   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:00

Hurricane Sandy continues to bear down on the East Coast of the United States and has now forced the cancellation of approximately 300 Red Cross blood drives resulting in a shortfall of nearly 9,000 units of blood and platelets. That number is expected to grow as Sandy is causing power outages and flooding in many areas along the East Coast.

The Red Cross shipped blood products into the affected areas ahead of the storm and now urges eligible donors in unaffected areas, like ours, to roll up their sleeves and give blood to replenish supplies. Just as Red Cross disaster workers from across the country have mobilized to help, blood donated through the Red Cross can help patients locally as well as patients in areas affected by Sandy.

Attached is a news release with more information about the need for blood and platelets as well as how people can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Please let me know if you have any questions, would like to schedule an interview, or need additional information.

Thank you,

Ben Corey
Communications Program Manager
American Red Cross

Mid-America Blood Services Division
405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave.
Peoria, IL 61605
o. 309-636-4284 | c. 309-634-1385

 

Upcoming Blood Drives

Carroll County
Oct. 31 from 8:30 am- 2:30 pm, West Carroll High School, 500 Cragmoor Drive in Savanna, Ill.

Nov. 15 from 1-6 p.m. at Milledgeville First Brethren Church, 521 N. Main Ave. in Milledgeville,
Ill.

Clinton County
Nov. 8 from 12-6 p.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Academy, 312 S. Fourth St. in Clinton, Iowa

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™

Henry County
Nov. 1 from 12-6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church South Campus Building, 302 N. State
St. in Geneseo, Ill.

Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodhull Alwood High School, 301 E. Fifth in Woodhull, Ill.

Nov. 8 from 2-6 p.m. at St. John's Vianney Church, 313 S. West St. in Cambridge, Ill.

Nov. 14 from 2-6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St. in Kewanee, Ill.

Mercer County
Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sherrard High School, 4701 176th in Sherrard, Ill.

Whiteside County
Oct. 30 from 10 am- 2 pm, Halo Branded Solutions, 1980 Industrial Drive in Sterling, Ill.

Oct. 31 from 2 pm- 6 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St.
in Rock Falls

Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fulton High School, 1207 12th St. in Fulton, Ill.

Nov. 3 from 6:30-11:30 a.m. at CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road in Sterling, Ill.

Nov. 6 from 8-11 a.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

Nov. 7 from 2-6 p.m. at Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

Nov. 8 from 3-8 p.m. at Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Ave. in Tampico, Ill.

Nov. 12 from 1-6 p.m. at Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD No. 3, 79 Grove St. in
Prophetstown, Ill.

Nov. 13 from 1-5:15 p.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. in Rock
Falls, Ill.

How to Help
The Red Cross has mobilized disaster volunteers and is providing safe shelter from Hurricane
Sandy to thousands of people in the storm’s path. The Red Cross is working closely with federal,
state and local government officials, as well as community partners to coordinate response
efforts.

To help people affected by disasters like this, as well as countless crises at home and around the
world, make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the
Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in
response to disasters. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS
to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to a local American Red Cross
chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Red Cross Apps

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™

The free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices provides real-time hurricane safety
information such as weather alerts and where Red Cross shelters are located. The app also
features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and the one-touch “I’m Safe” button
lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay. The Hurricane
App is available in Spanish. Users just need to make sure the language setting on their smart
phone is set to Spanish before downloading. The First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday
emergencies in someone’s hand. The apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google
Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters;
supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides
international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red
Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the
American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join
our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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FREE Tdap Vaccine to be held in Scott County Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott County Health Department   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 12:50
The Scott County Health Department has partnered with the Iowa Department of Public Health to hold Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) vaccine clinics in area schools for students 6th through 12th grade, regardless of insurance status. This vaccine is designed to protect adolescents and adults from Pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus (lock jaw) and diphtheria (thick covering in the back of the throat that can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, or death). The Health Department plans to hold the FREE clinics at the schools beginning in December 2012 through March 2013.

Parents are asked to return consent forms with their children to the schools, no later than November 1, 2012.

For more information on Pertussis or the Tdap vaccine, visit the Scott County Health Department’s Web site at www.scottcountyiowa.com/health.

 
The Period of PURPLE Crying: A New Way to Understand Your Baby’s Crying PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Anaya, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta   
Monday, 29 October 2012 14:30

Sometimes healthy babies can cry for hours at a time and can’t be soothed. It’s called the Period of PURPLE Crying and it’s common in the first five months of life. The good news is it will end. No matter how long a baby cries, never use shaking to stop crying. This can cause serious and permanent injury. The characteristics of this time of increased crying can be explained by the acronym PURPLE, described below.

 

The Letters in PURPLE stand for:

P- Peak of crying- Your baby may cry more each week, but most in month 2, then less in months 3-5.

U- Unexpected- Crying can come and go and you don't know why

R- Resists Soothing- Your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try

P- Pain-Like Face- A crying baby may look like they are in pain, even when they are not

L- Long Lasting- Crying can last a much as 5 hours a day, or more

E- Evening- Your baby may cry more in the late afternoon and evening

 

The word Period means that they crying has a beginning and an end.

 

Soothing is a way to calm your baby, and soothing techniques should be used even when your baby is not crying. This list is not an all-inclusive list, as there are many other things you can try to calm your baby's crying. While many of these techniques will work most of the time, nothing works all the time and that is okay. This does not mean there is anything wrong with you or your baby.

 

Tips to Soothe Your Crying Infant

 

1. Check to see if your baby is hungry, tired, or needs changing. Hunger is the main reason a baby will cry.

2. Burp your baby. Babies do not have a natural ability to get rid of air built up in their stomach.

3. Give your baby a lukewarm bath.

4. Massage your baby, or hold him close with skin-to-skin contact.

5. Make eye contact with your baby, smile, and kiss your baby.

6. Sing softly, or hum in a low tone against your baby’s head.

7. Take your baby on a walk or for a ride in the car.

 

When the crying becomes frustrating and you’ve tried everything to soothe your baby, it’s important to take a break. If a trusted caregiver is not available to help with the baby for a while, put your baby in a safe place and walk away. Take a few minutes to calm yourself down, then go back and check on the baby. When you take a break, do things that will relax you, such as listening to music, reading a book, taking a bubble bath, or having a cup of tea.

 

Be sure to share this information with all caregivers of your baby.

For more information on the Period of PURPLE Crying, visit www.PURPLEcrying.info.

For more information on PURPLE in Georgia, visit www.choa.org/dontshake.

Credit: The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, www.dontshake.org

 
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