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Healthy Living: Swimmer’s Ear

Updated 3 years ago

By- Dr. Joan Marie Pellegrini It is that time of year and the lakes are warming up. As the temperatures rise, we will be spending more time in the water. Because of this, a few of us will get Swimmer’s Ear. This is an infection of the external ear canal that causes pain, itching, a wet and full feeling in ear, pain with jaw movement, drainage from the ear canal, and sometimes neck soreness (from swollen nodes). The CDC estimates that more than half the cases in this country are in adults. So this is not just a problem for children. The most important risk for swimmer’s ear is the duration of exposure of the canal to water that is contaminated. The water from lakes, oceans, and pools all carry risk. I would have thought that a chlorinated pool would be safer. However, this is not true. The chlorine in a pool causes irritation in the canal by accelerating keratin degradation (keratin is found in the protective layer of cells lining the canal) and actually increases the risk of swimmer’s ear (Medscape). So, what can you do to prevent this? First, I should mention some things that you should not do. Don’t try to clear the ear canal before swimming. The ear canal has a natural mechanism of moving wax and dead cells from the inside to the outside. Attempted cleaning can irritate the canal and make infection more likely. Never insert anything into the ear canal. Lots of swimming can wash away the protective wax coating in the canal. In order to protect the skin in the canal, you may use a mixture of vinegar and isopropyl alcohol. Place 2-3 drops in ear canal before and after swimming. If you are particularly prone to this type of infection you may try using ear plugs when swimming. Specialized petroleum coated plugs are available. However, you must avoid getting an accumulation of petroleum in the canal which could block the water that gets in from draining back out. When you get out of the water, try emptying any water in the canal by tilting the head to each side. Pulling on the ear lobe can help empty the water. Also you may use a hair dryer on the lowest setting. Once you have the infection, there are drops that can be prescribed to treat the infection. By no means should you try to clean out the ear canal with anything (including cotton-tipped swabs). If you are on vacation and will need to fly home, you should strongly consider seeking medical attention promptly so that the infection can be optimally treated. This is because the pressure changes in the plane can cause severe pain and some complications. An infection that is left untreated can cause the infection to spread to the inner ear or bone.A useful website:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001647/

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Do you think this summer is going to be a wash out?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 37% (93 votes) No 63% (156 votes)


Do you agree with President Obama’s troop withdrawal plans?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 58% (143 votes) No 42% (104 votes)


16-inch Whoopie Pie

Updated 1 year ago

Requires 2 batches http://www.eastmill.com/cook/cakes%20bars%20squares/WhoopeePiesMax.htm 2 3/4 Cup Flour 2 Tbl Buttermilk Powder * 1 Tsp Baking Powder 1 Tsp Salt 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder 1 1/2 Cups Sugar 1 Tsp Baking Soda 1 Cup Hot Water 1/2 Cup Milk 1/2 Cup Shortening (same as 8 Tbl) (not Hi Ratio) 2 Eggs 1 tsp Vanilla * For real Buttermilk, leave off buttermilk powder and 1/2 cup hot water, use 1/2 cup Buttermilk. If not using buttermilk, sub 1/2 cup milk with 1 tsp vinegar mixed for buttermilk powder and 1/2 cup liquid. Blend Flour and Buttermilk powder before starting. Mix all dry. Then add rest and beat well for four minutes. Should be like pancake batter. Add water as needed. Pour on parchment paper on metal sheet or 16 inch pizza pan, make mound of about 15 inch diameter at less than an inch thick. The max is because most home ovens can not handle a pizza pan over 16 inch size. Bake at 350, cooking time varies by thickness of batter, thick may be done in 8 minutes, thin may take 30 or more. For more of a dome, chill batter for ten minutes before cooking. The max is because most home ovens can not handle a pizza pan over 16 inch size. Watch the baking, when toothpick check is clean, pull and move to a wire rack, the edge can burn if left too long. remove paper for soft cookie, leave on until cool for crunch layer. Then make another batch for the other cookie. After outsides are cool, spoon filling between the two above cookies Whoopee Pie Filling 2 TBL Egg White Powder *** 3/4 Cups Hi Ratio Shortening (same as 12 Tbl) ** 3 Cups Powdered Sugar1/8 Tsp Salt 1/2 Tsp Vanilla 2+ TBL Milk Double the above or make second batch with peanut butter for 16 inch recipe. Mix on high for 15 minutes until smooth, DO NOT SHORT TIME THIS!!! Add milk to reach your choice of filling preference. Give about 5 minutes for the filling to start to fluff up . After cookies are cold, spoon filling between the two cookies. ** Hi Ratio shortening is used by bakers and is fluffier and reduces grease taste.** Sub peanut butter or unsalted butter for 1/2 cup of shortening, if desired*** The use of raw egg whites may be a concern, so use Wilton egg white powder. The original filling had 2 egg whites instead of powder, or you can omit and have less volume. Also, the eggs in the dough was just yokes, saving the whites for filling.

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Do you have a gun in your home for protection?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 60% (160 votes) No 40% (107 votes)


Healthy Living: Certified Child Life Specialists

Updated 3 years ago

By- Dr. Amy MoviusMedical care is always changing – and not just scientifically. There is a growing appreciation for the “ripple effect” of illness and hospitalization as we understand more about mind and body connection as well as the havoc being sick can wreak on ones life. Perhaps this is most obvious when children are the patients.Providing medical care requires a medical team. Amid the focus on treatment and procedures that surround a child’s illness, the single most important team member to the child, is often the Child Life Specialist (CLS). Most hospitals that provide pediatric care now have a Child Life Program. In the words of the certified CLS I work with daily, her job is to “do everything I can to make (the child) happy and feel better”. This involves more than “getting along with kids” or “liking kids”. Make no mistake, child life specialists are not fancy playmates: they are consummate professionals who have undergone rigorous study and training. This training focuses on the psychosocial needs of children of all ages. They often use therapeutic play to help them cope with and even conquer some of the challenges of being sick or receiving medical treatment that might otherwise be overwhelming. Children process information and experiences differently than adults and so have different needs to help manage difficult circumstances. Even the adults who love these children the most and have only good intentions may not understand or perceive how separate their child’s experience and needs are from their own: much less, how to explain what is happening while coping with their own stress surrounding their child’s condition. The services a CLS provides are many: a few examples of areas of expertise are below:1. Ease a child’s fear and anxiety with play.2. Foster an child friendly environment. 3. Provide medical preparation and support for children.4. Advocate family involvement/presence.5. Consider needs of siblings or other children affected by the illness.6 Support family with grief/bereavement.Feedback surveys leave no doubt as to the high value patients place on Child Life Services. However, it is not only the right thing to do, it is also good medicine. Research suggests that using child life services helps to contain medical costs by reducing hospital length of stay for children and decreasing the need for pain medicine. Lastly, the healthy coping skills developed during such an experience can be built upon for a lifetime.Reference:1. Child Life Services. American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement. Child Life Council Committee on Hospital Care, 20062. Child Life Council, Inc. www.childlife.org

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Do you have a pool?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 17% (45 votes) No 83% (226 votes)


Wedding Budgets

Updated 1 year ago

The wedding is a ceremony at which you and your future spouse make a lifetime commitment of love. Those who witness the ceremony pledge to support you both during the struggles and victories of your many wonderful years together. The average wedding costs more than $20,000 with some articles I researched saying as high as nearly $30,000. Poppycock, that’s what I say about that! That’s a lot of money for most families and I think it would be wiser to spend less and make progress towards your future together… A wedding isn’t the day you are crowned king or queen. Try to balance the importance of the ceremony with the party to which you are looking forward.Who’s paying?- Some families can pay for all of your dreams, and it might be the bride or groom’s family. In some cases certain special elements of the wedding, such as the wedding dress or the honeymoon, are paid by grandparents or aunts or uncles. It is important to be clear about their budget and grateful for their kindness. Of course, if you are paying for everything, you can do what you’d like. Budget even less – On one site, Brilliant Wedding Pages, I read a very practical and helpful budget tip: cut your budget back so that unanticipated expenses will not crush you and cause your happy day to be stress-filled. Hidden expenses- what are some of the expenses you may not think of? Dress alterations, gift for your future spouse, stamps, favors, marriage licenses, and more add up. Recognize they exist and prepare. Suggested amount to save for that ‘rainy day’ is 5% of the budget, some suggested as high as 20%. Cheaper alternatives?- Put on your thinking cap and see if you can figure out creative ways to save, without losing your mind. You will be busier and busier as the wedding approaches. You need to balance out saving and additional tasks organized – or done – by you, with being relaxed enough and awake enough to enjoy the ceremony and the reception. Some tips: used gowns, unusual favors, picking a time of day or day of the week out of the norm, rings from estates, online or on lay-away. Use your very clever noggin and be realistic. Sometimes you realize that certain aspects of the wedding are crucial to you. Try to figure out where you can cut back but what is really important to you. Keep the REAL focus- Ultimately, this is a ceremony of your commitment and love with the people whom you most love. It’s not about the dress. If you faced a terrible tragedy you might be better able to put this day in perspective. It’s not about money or outdoing others. Keep the focus. Citations:Suggested percentages- Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Vote Norumbega Financial for Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm at Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., Norumbega Financial and all other entities listed herein are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Do you think the addition of charter schools will help or hinder Maine students?

Updated 3 years ago

Help 66% (214 votes) Hinder 34% (112 votes)


Where do you think Rob Lydick is from?

Updated 3 years ago

Blairsville, PA 45% (90 votes) Santa Monica, CA 11% (22 votes) Lynn, MA 25% (50 votes) Waterloo, IA 19% (40 votes)


Do you think enough is being done to protect victims of domestic violence?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 14% (41 votes) No 86% (257 votes)


Will the Bruins win game 7?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 73% (177 votes) No 27% (65 votes)


Healthy Living: Exercise is Medicine

Updated 3 years ago

By- Dr. Jonathan woodWhat does that mean? “Exercise is medicine”…?We think of medicine as something that:• You take to makes you feel better when you are ill (e.g. pharmaceuticals, etc)• You get when pills don’t work to cures illness (e.g. surgery, angioplasty, etc)• You get to prevent or detect illness or disease (e.g. immunizations, mammograms, etc)What if there was something that was repeatedly shown to do all three? Wouldn’t we call it “medicine”?Improving our fitness has been repeatedly shown to do all three! So – – exercise is medicine. This concept is the focus of a recent initiative by the American College of Sports Medicine appropriately called “Exercise is Medicine”. Their goal is to raise awareness of the facts and emphasize the proven benefits of improved fitness on overall health and specifically on the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases. The World Health Organization’s most recent Global Health Risks data (2004) rates physical inactivity at the 4th leading cause of death globally behind high blood pressure, tobacco use, and high blood glucose. Many feel we are in the midst of an “inactivity epidemic”, but few in the USA are truly aware of this.Some facts that you might not know:• Older adolescents and adults spend almost 8 hours/day in sedentary behaviors• 36% of adults engage in no leisure-time activity at all• Low levels of fitness pose a bigger risk of death than mild-to-moderate obesity• Active people in their 80’s have a lower risk of death than inactive people in their 60’s• Low levels of physical activity expose patients to greater risk of dying than smoking, obesity, hypertension, or high cholesterol• Regular physical activity has been shown in several studies to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases by alarming amounts:o Colon cancer – over 60% reductiono Stroke – 27% reductiono Heart disease and high blood pressure – almost 40% reductiono Type II diabetes – 58% reductiono Alzheimer’s disease – almost 40% reductiono and there is much more…Additionally, regular physical activity in adolescents has been shown to lead to higher SAT scores and for younger children, it results in improved classroom behavior and less discipline issues in elementary schools.So, again, not only is exercise medicine, it seems to be better than what most of us traditionally think of as “medicine.” Use the medicine! It may not always be easy, but it sure seems to be worth it!For more info and some specific suggestions, please visit the Exercise is Medicine® website: http://exerciseismedicine.org

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Jobs for Kids

Updated 1 year ago

Kids and summer can be a great time for jobs. But what can they do and how much supervision do they need? Here are some ideas that may work at your house.Passion- What do they like? Though we know as grown-up we sometimes have to do jobs we don’t like, that’s not what out goal is for our lifetime work. So, why not try to plug your cutie into something they might really DO because they not only like the extra money but they also like the work?Working for others- Ideas- Pet care (while neighbors are on vacation or for the summer.) babysitting. Red cross offers babysitting training courses through the Bangor Y that would make your little pumpkin well equipped. The kids could do direct sales with a firm you like. Computer skills put to work and tutoring other kids.Working for the family- Are there jobs where your baby could do work above and beyond the usual? Might there be extensive gardening or building projects for which you could hire a kid? Maybe cousins could work a few hours and then send them off for fun? I always found a little work mixed in a summer day gave just enough ‘shape’ to the day, just enough needed focus, that the rest of the day proceeded with very few squabbles. Always an answer to every parent’s prayer… Citations:Red Cross- Bangor Y – http://www.bangory.org/content/4016/Enrichment/Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Vote Norumbega Financial for Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm at Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., Norumbega Financial and all other entities listed herein are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Should civics and government be a mandatory class for High School Graduation?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 74% (276 votes) No 26% (98 votes)


Do you think the weather this year is more severe/violent than it has been in your lifetime?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 21% (219 votes) No 79% (824 votes)


Should people convicted of welfare fraud be made to repay the state?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 97% (370 votes) No 3% (11 votes)


Which do you use more for purchases?

Updated 3 years ago

Credit Card 11% (30 votes) Debit Card 62% (173 votes) Cash 27% (76 votes)


Take This Job & Love It: Housekeeping at The Harborside

Updated 3 years ago

If you have an idea for our next Take This Job & Love It, email Chelsey at canderson@wabi.tv————————A little over a week ago tourism season kicked off in Maine with the arrival of Memorial Day. Hotels, motels and B&B’s were busy throughout the state. Chelsey Anderson checked into a hotel in Bar Harbor. Not to stay, but to work. She’s here to let us know how that worked out. Chelsey?Chelsey: “Jim and Carolyn, The Harborside had a full house for the holiday weekend, and I did my part to get the hotel in ship shape.”————————-“Welcome to The Harborside. How can I help you?”Before you check in there’s a lot that goes on to get your room ready.(knock, knock, knock) Nardia: “Housekeeping.” (card clicks and door opens)Nardia and I had a lot to do.Nardia: “Clear the bed off, because this is a check out room.”I want you to notice how fast Nardia is at stripping her bed. Done in moments. And me….(Nardia laughs) Chelsey: “I’m not as fast as you!” Nardia: “That’s okay.” Chelsey: “Where’s it tucked in? Oh there it is.”Nardia helped me finish taking the linens off and bagging them for cleaning.Nardia: “I’m going to put on the pillow cases over here.”Nardia: “So you set it like this. Make sure the tag is down or the zipper. Okay.” Chelsey: “I can’t even open the pillow case.” Nardia: “Fix. Okay and tuck.” Chelsey: “You make it look easy. So I’m going to give it a try.”Chelsey: “I’m going to fold it down.” Nardia: “No, in.” Chelsey: “I’m going to fold it in. (laughter) I don’t think this is how yours looked. Like that?” Nardia: “Yes. “Chelsey: “I’m on my first pillow. That’s a little better.”I was obviously slowing Nardia down. Nardia: “You have to be fast because sometimes you have a lot of checkouts.”Her supervisor, Erica, dropped in to help me make my bed. And I was doing okay until we had to tuck the foot of the bed in.Nardia: “You’re going to lift everything up. Then you’re going to lift and sweep.”Sounded easy enough, right? Well, I couldn’t get this one… Time after time…Chelsey: “Is that right? Not quite.”Erica helped me finish the bed as Nardia added her final touches.Nardia: “We’re going to dust now.”I took care of the desk while Nardia… Well, took care of the rest of the room.After stocking the coffee and tea tray it was time to take on the bathroom.Nardia: “Glass clean. Garbage out.”We wiped everything down and replaced all the used bathroom essentials.Nardia: “We’re going to the shower.” Chelsey: “Okay.” Nardia: “That’s the hard part.” Chelsey: “Great.”Nardia: “What happens is I scrub my standing shower for soap scum.”Chelsey: “It’s so much more stressful when you’re doing somebody else’s shower. You know!?” (laughter)Chelsey: “Okay.. Now we rinse it off.” Nardia: “Yes.”We scrub for mold, rinse and dry everything.Chelsey: “Oh, your favorite part, right?” Nardia: “My favorite part. It’s the last spot.”Chelsey: (splash) “Oops! Oh geez, watch out. This is dangerous.” (flush) Nardia: “Right, right around. Ok.”Then the floor gets a scrub down, new towels are hung and the bathroom’s done!A quick check under the beds and we vacuum out of the room.Erica comes back in to inspect our work.Chelsey: “Oh. Now she’s calling me out.”So with all the rushing around and slowing Nardia down I definitely needed more work, but would I be hired?Erica: “Sure.” Chelsey: “Really?! Thank you so much.” Erica: “You’re welcome.”—————Chelsey: “It normally takes Nardia up to 20 minutes to clean a room, and that’s when they are really bad. It took us… An hour and a half. Thank you for your patience Nardia and Erica.”

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Should Mainers be allowed to register to vote on election day?

Updated 3 years ago

Yes 37% (190 votes) No 63% (325 votes)


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