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Issue No. 3, 2017
We are not alone as we volunteer our time and donations helping each other through our programs, Polio Post News and website.  If we have been of any encouragement or help to you, and if you would like to write about whatever changes you've made, please share it with us. You may write about it, or if you'd like to share it before one of our programs, just let me know. You may help another survivor to realize they are not alone.

I was saddened to receive the phone call from Esther Pierce that her grandson Allen Adam died on July 4, 2017.  Allen was the son of Fred Adam and grandson of Esther Pierce. Allen and his dad attended many of our programs. Allen also volunteered to write up several of our summaries, plus typing articles for our Polio Post News newsletter.  Allen just 28 years old left many happy memories, a legacy of love for his family. We will miss you, Allen.

Although vacations are over, it is time to get ready for the 2017 Hurricane Season. It officially began on June 1st and continues through November 30th.  It's been 25 years since Hurricane Andrew! Remember Andrew and how it destroyed Homestead, Florida? Now the latest is Hurricane Harvey.  Are you prepared for the next big one? Twenty-five years after Andrew and now it is time to remind you to "GET A PLAN". It is time to be prepared for Florida storms.  Florida's Governor, Rick Scott, reminds us that every Floridian must take seriously our responsibility to be prepared in natural disasters or other emergency events. A reminder: Check your insurance coverage, take a tour of your property and take note of any chairs, bird feeders, etc. that may be wind hazards during a storm. Now is the time to trim shrubbery and tree limbs over your roof. Get rid of loose materials in your yard. Don't forget to put together an emergency kit. Stock up on bottled water and nonperishable food items. Don't forget flash lights, batteries, and at least one radio. Don't forget to sign up for the SPECIAL NEEDS program in the county you live in and keep your auto gas tank full always during the season. Remember.. the season will not be over until the last day of November! Get Prepared Now!
It is also a good idea that you check now and make sure your electronic medical records are accurate!   ..Especially now, since they are now electronic and shared among many doctors. They should contain all your basic vital information such as age, height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, the medications and supplements you take, past and present reactions to medications and your concerns and even objections you may have to medications. It is wise to ask for an electronic copy or printout of your EMR after every doctor appointment or hospital stay. Review the information and if you find an error or something you do not understand, ask about it and correct it.  Do not delay. If there is not enough time, ask for an additional appointment to be set up. Remember it is your body you are talking about!

By the way, it is very important to tell all our doctors what medications, over the counter meds and vitamins we're on with each visit. Use only one pharmacist for all your prescriptions so he or she will have a complete list of your medications. We should always have that list with us each time we visit our doctors, be admitted to a hospital, or in the emergency room. Be sure to have on hand a list of drug or food allergies too. Always be prepared!!
April, 2017, was designated Polio Awareness month and National Infant Immunization week was April 22-29, 2017. The World Health Organization says an estimated 19.4 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines. It is time all of you grandma's and grandpa's get out there and encourage young parents to vaccinate their children.

The CDC recommends that your family be up-to-date not only on polio but all other recommended vaccinations and that you protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne viruses by using insect repellents (with deet).

We would like to thank Giuseppe Lombardo, certified Pedorthist and owner of the Lombardo Center on state road 200 for posting the announcement on his signage so all who passed the center could see it not only for the month of April but through the month of May.

A few tips and suggestions for you:
If you are planning elective surgery, it is suggested that you send a letter to the anesthesia department prior to your surgery. You might ask such questions as the following: "Can you please see that the anesthesiologist assigned to my case gets these documents in time to read and digest the material?  It is important that he knows my weaknesses so he can plan accordingly" or "My surgery is at (time) and (date) at (hospital name and location Thank you, sign your name)" I also suggest that you include Dr. Selma Calmes article on Anesthesia as well as your complete allergy list.

Keep your brain active by playing games such as word puzzles, explore a hobby learn new skills that you never had time for. Join a book club and read new books or schedule get-togethers with family and friends. Write down those things that make you feel thankful in a journal. Practice positive talk with your friends and family. Try gardening and bird watching. Let me know if some of these ideas help and make you feel better.

Volunteering can renew your sense of purpose and help prevent social isolation that is a recognized health hazards in our later years. I think the Post-Polio Support group is an excellent place to help to begin exploring in your journey. Who knows, it may delay the effects of aging and extend your years of a healthy life. Think about it!

We are always reminded , a high-sugar diet boosts blood sugar, which in turn plays havoc with your heart by increasing levels of LDL, cholesterol while lowering heart-friendly HDL, cholesterol and tripling your risk for fatal cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar a day and men no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams) a day.

We have excellent programs planned for you for the rest of 2017 that you do not want to miss!
1.    September 10th: "Physical Therapy Diagnosis of Low Back Pain"
              Our speaker: Jim Simpson, PT with over 35 years of experience in physical therapy.
2.    October 8th: "Sleep-Understanding Your Equipment for Sleep Apnea"
Speaker: Calvin Cook, President Florida Sleep Solutions, Inc.
3.    November 12th: "Poliomyelitis, Post-Polio Syndrome and the Effects on the Foot"
Speaker: Bruce D. Wolosky, DPM, PA, Medical & Surgical Treatment of the Foot, Ankle & Leg.
4.    December 9th Luncheon, 12 noon at the Oasis Café. Please read the insert in this Polio Post News newsletter and call in your reservation. You may bring a stuffed bear or other animal to be donated to the Fire Department for the children's Christmas party.

We have added quite a number of new survivors of polio who made contact with me over the summer. We look forward to meeting each one of you and hope you will attend each program. It is important for you to gain all the knowledge you can by attending our programs. It will help you and your family to better understand and become friends with other members in the group.

With heartfelt appreciation for helping put this Polio Post News newsletter together Steve McMahan, Ruth Gensman, Carolyn Raville, Peggy Howell, Jane Heady, Pip Printing of Ocala, as well as your very generous and important donations that are the key to helping our work continue.

A very happy Thanksgiving and a Very Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us!

Your President,

Vacations are over and September 10th we will begin to welcome our friends from the north and our regular members back to our monthly programs.  It is my hope that no matter where you vacationed you had a restful summer in spite of the extreme and unmentionable heat we experienced.  Summer will be over on September 23rd and as we move into the months of fall perhaps it will be a bit cooler.  The leaves will begin to turn to beautiful shades of brown, yellow and all the carrot-tone colors.  We will see pumpkins for sale and hear plans of fall festivals and the beginning of a long holiday season!  Our regular monthly program will begin on Sunday September 10th (more on that in a moment).

The North Central Florida Post-Polio Support Group celebrated our 27 years in presenting programs, conferences, hosting a website by Steve McMahan, and sending out newsletters to survivors of polio worldwide and the medical field.  During these years we have made every effort to offer information, education, encouragement and most of all the realization that you are anything but alone now that you are in the fourth stage of polio, known as post-polio syndrome.
Remember that our programs, the Polio Post News newsletter and our website are educational only and any personal treatment must be determined by a knowledgeable healthcare professional who is knowledgeable of the after effects of polio, known as post-polio syndrome.  Don't be surprised if you may need to see more than one specialist to find one you will feel confident in. Be patient, it will be worth your time and energy.