2013-04-04 / Lifestyles

Senior Center

Ouch! Talk about a scare. I received a telephone call at 2:30 a.m. this past Thursday, whereas I found out my youngest daughter, Stephanie was at Marquette General. She is a soon to be mommy, which will happen the middle of May. First diagnose was a blood clot on her lung. Picture me and my husband having a two and half hour drive after receiving the call. After a few days in the hospital, watching our daughter in extreme pain, it was diagnosed that she had pneumonia and pleurisy. Although that isn’t good news, it sure beat the first thoughts. I guess you never quit worrying about your children. She is now home and we are waiting for the next phone call to let us know we are going to be grandparents.

Mark your calendars! The Senior Center will be partnering with the Life Line Screening for an upcoming event on Saturday, May 18. The following screenings will be offered in a community-based setting as they are non-invasive and easy to do in a non-hospital setting. Screenings test for:

• Carotid Artery Blockage, which can constrict or stop blood flow to the brain and lead to stroke. The stroke screening visualizes fatty plaque buildup and measures the velocity of blood flow to the brain.

• Peripheral Artery Disease, or hardening of the arteries. The Ankle Brachial Index screening checks for PAD, a condition in which the arteries that carry blood to the arms or legs become narrow3ed or clogged, slowing or stopping the flow of blood. PAD is closely linked to coronary artery disease. Identifying individuals with Pad can help prevent heart attack and stroke.

• High Blood pressure (hypertension) which is when the pressure in your arteries is too high and puts stress on them and on your heart.

• Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, which can lead to a ruptured abdominal aorta that generally causes death. This screening scans for enlargements or weak areas in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

• Osteoporosis, a bone weakening disease that afflicts both women and men and often leads to broken bones and disability. The screening is performed with a quantitive ultrasound bone densitometer, using the heel as a measurement site. This test compares the participant’s bone density to World Health Organization guidelines.

• Blood testing: Life Line Screening offers blood testing to screen Americans for risk factors associated with coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The laboratory accurate lipid panel, which can include total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides; blood glucose; and high sensitivity C-reactive protein, is available in most states.

• Atrial Fibrillation, which is an abnormal heart, beat (arrhythmia) that affects the atria – the upper chambers of the heart – and is the most common form of sustained arrhythmia. 2.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, and the condition is more common in adults over the age of 60.

• Biometrics such as height, weight, waist circumference and body-mass index.

Screenings require little or no preparation. Check below to see if there’s anything you need to do before your screening.

Carotid artery screening (stroke): Wear a shirt that is open at the collar and short-sleeved. Do not wear a turtleneck.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit consisting of loose clothing. Fast for four hours prior to your screening. Make sure the meal you eat four hours prior to your screening is a light one (less than 1/2 of what you normally eat of non-gassy food).

If you are thirsty during your fasting period, you may have 1/2 cup of coffee or tea and a moderate amount of water. If you take medication, take it as prescribed. If you are a diabetic and are not comfortable fasting for four hours, please limit yourself to a “diabetic meal” (piece of toast, 1 cup of any kind of juice and 1/2 cup coffee or tea.) If you are in doubt, please follow your diabetic care plan.

Atrial fibrillation (stroke): Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit consisting of loose clothing. Do not wear pantyhose. Do not wear a watch. Keep your cell phone turned off. Do not wear lotion or oil.

Ankle-brachial index (peripheral arterial disease): Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit consisting of loose clothing. Wear a shortsleeved shirt or blouse. Don not wear pantyhose.

HS-CRP (elevated C-reactive protein): There is nothing you need to do in advance for this screening.

Complete lipid panel (total cholesterol, LDL and HDL) + Glucose (type 2 diabetes): Fast for eight hours prior to your screening.

Bone mineral density (osteoporosis test): Do not wear pantyhose.

Elevated liver enzymes (ALT/ AST): There is nothing you need to do in advance for this screening.

Six for Life package: Fast for eight hours prior to your screening for accurate results. Wear a shortsleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that are easy to roll up for the blood pressure cuffs.

For the month of April the potluck will be replaced with a Pancake Supper. The date will be Thursday, April 18. Entertainment will be provided by Mike Johnson, along with the possibility of Tom Hoholik. Breakfast will be cooked by our male chefs, which include Dan and Cliff Barber, Perry Wise and Ray Nelson.

For a $5 donation you will sit down to hot scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, Dan’s famous sticky buns and orange juice and coffee, which will be served approximately 5 p.m. We ask that you sign up as soon as possible, allowing us to purchase enough groceries. Why not join us for a nice evening of seeing old friends and making new.

Jean Flodin donated two bracelets to be used as raffle items. Dick and Eileen Martin dropped by with a pop donation.

Maintenance and Support Donations Mary Ann Skierski, Jeanine Zellner, and Doris Alexander.

BRIDGE Mar. 25: 1st-Larry Savoie, 2nd-Helen Barton, 3rd-Ann Willcock, 4th-Carol Leny, CFCPatsy Calhoun. Hostess, Lois Hoholik.

PINOCHLE Mar. 27: 1st-Peggy Beckman, 2nd-Char Turek, 3rd- Don’a Nelson, Should’a Stayed Home-Char Kendall.

Birthdays this week: April 5-Joel Krause, April 6-Rosalie Miller andPerry Wise, April 7-Patsy Wise, Guerda Frenette, Dolores Hokenson, and Bill Keener, April 8-Mabel Patz, April 9-Mike Vernocke, April 10-Betty Heible and Leo Lloyd Walter. Happy birthday wishes to all.

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