The Red Cross Bloodmobile was in Kimball Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 7, at St. Anne’s Church. We can not thank our donors and volunteers enough for coming out that cold, cold day. The Red Cross had called that morning to check on how many donors were scheduled and to determine whether the bloodmobile should go forward. We decided to keep our appointments.
A goal of 52 was set for Kimball.
Meeker Memorial Hospital will implement visitor restrictions Tuesday, Jan. 21. Because of the prevalence of influenza (FLU) already this season and to further protect patients, staff and the community from its spread, it has been decided to implement visitor restrictions at MMH; the following are in effect until further notice:
• It is recommended that no children visit hospital patients.
• Birth Center: No one under 18 is allowed to visit at this time, with the exception of siblings.
• For anyone with symptoms like scratchy throat, fever, cough, body aches, etc., a mask is required to visit patients.
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Kimball 1-7 p.m. Jan. 7, at St. Anne’s Church.
If you are able to donate and have not been contacted to schedule an appointment, you may call Joann at (320) 398-2691. If you are unsure of your time schedule, you may come in any time and we will get you in as soon as possible. All donors should bring in a photo ID or your blood donation card.
The importance of a diverse blood supply
While many people share similar blood types, there are some with more rare types. It’s important for donors to reflect the ethnic diversity of the population in order to help meet the needs of as many patients as possible.
• Some blood types are unique to ethnic groups, making it essential that the donor’s and patient’s types are a match beyond their ABO blood type for some health conditions.
• Certain blood types are more common in some ethnic groups than others. For instance, about 70 percent of African Americans have type O or B blood, the types that are typically the first to run out during a shortage.
Monthly workshop helps friends and family create an intervention plan
Does a loved one suffer from alcohol or drug addiction? Come to a free intervention workshop facilitated by trained specialists. Workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of each month at Recovery Plus,
713 Anderson Ave., St. Cloud.
Learn to use “care-frontation,” avoid enabling, and learn how to develop and implement an intervention plan. The next sessions will be Jan. 4, and
Feb. 1. No registration required. For more information, visit www.centracare.com, call (320)
229-3760, or (800) 742-4357.
In October, I invited readers to pen their own column for publishing here. The first reply came from Virginia Mariani, who reads this column in the Grand Island (NY) Dispatch. I edited her piece for space and clarity. Here is what she wrote:
“Do you remember the old Tim Conway (comedy) skits where he did everything in slow motion? That’s how I feel my life is, but it’s not so funny now. I have myotonic muscular dystrophy. It takes me two hours every morning to shower, dress and coif. I mentioned that to a friend with arthritis who walks slowly, and she said that at least in slow motion we had time to stop and smell the roses, unlike some people who move so fast life passes them by. I think that is a great way of looking at life.
“I was diagnosed with myotonic muscular dystrophy in my fifties. The diagnosis stunned me. I was ashamed to tell anyone outside my immediate family and I feared the future. Eventually, I had to give up singing in the choir. My husband and I could no longer take long walks, care for a garden, or go to the zoo with grandchildren. My diagnosis was my husband’s diagnosis, too. It changed his life almost as much as mine. I use a walker or a scooter now and need help getting in and out of a car.