Thursday, August 28, 2008
RESULTS...SOURCE OF STRESS POLL
Pregnant...Don't Drink Alcohol
IF YOU ARE PREGNANT DON'T DRINK ANYTHING WITH ALCOHOL IN IT !
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?
I will pass on your information to the Public Health Administrator, Mr. Patrick McNulty.
HOSPITALS VIE FOR OLYMPICS
I contend that if people can afford to travel thousands of miles, spend thousands of dollars when they get here to have a good time they can afford to buy travel insurance to pay for their medical bills if they incur any on their trip to the U.S. Now we are supposed to pay the tab for the world's travelers so that the mayor and the state can then raise our taxes to subsidize hospitals who may loose millions of dollars. We really are stupid at times...seems lately most of the time. The state does not even pay the medical bills it owes to take care of its citizens. Just look at the job the politicians are doing in Springfield led by Governor Rod. Before these folks (foreign travelers) are allowed in the country they should have to show proof of health insurance. No foreign country has ever paid my medical bills when I visited them. In fact some health facilities won't even see you until they see cash or a travel insurance policy. When are we going to get some common sense?
Sunday, August 24, 2008
HELPFUL HINT IF STUNG BY BEE
- Use structural barriers such as window screens and netting.
- Avoid wooded, brushy, grassy areas.
- Don't wear scented soaps, perfumes.
- Use caution eating outside and drinking; don't leave drinks and garbage cans uncovered.
- Don't wear bright colors, which attract bees.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants when possible.
- Tuck pant legs into socks or shoes.
- Wear a hat for extra protection.
- Get rid of containers with standing water that give mosquitoes a breeding ground.
- Use insect repellent if non chemical methods are ineffective and you spend time in tall grass and wooded areas.
- Treat camping gear, clothes, and shoes with permethrin, which repels and kills ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects. Clothing that is pre-treated with permethrin is also available commercially.
- Good luck this summer and be careful out there.
Friday, August 22, 2008
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE DISABILITY ACT (PEDA)
RESULTS OF FEEL SAFE POLL
DID YOU KNOW ABOUT "RETALIATORY DISCHARGE"?
If you believe you have been discriminated against or discharged in retaliation for exercising your rights under workers' compensation laws you may have a claim against your employer. In a retaliatory discharge suit, you must convince a judge or jury that you were terminated because you exercised your rights under workmans' compensation laws.
Retaliation can also take more subtle types of discrimination: demotion, salary reduction.
So be careful out there....your employer and their legal council and insurance companies do not always look out for your best interests...only you can do that.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW!
For further more detailed information go to:
Thought you should know!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
The history of public health in this country dates back to 1798 when Congress passed a law for the relief of sick and disabled seamen with the creation of the Marine Hospital Service and hospitals in many American port cities (sites of entry of many diseases from around the world). Gradually over many years the Marine Hospital Service evolved into what we know today as the U.S. Public Health Service.
The McHenry County Department of Health carries on the traditions and essential services that were developed over the last two centuries. These ESSENTIAL SERVICES are:
- To monitor community health status
- To diagnose and investigate health problems
- To inform and educate people about health
- To mobilize community partnerships
- To develop and enforce health and safety protection
- To link people to needed personal health services
- To assure a competent health workforce
- To foster health-enhancing public policies
- To evaluate the quality and effectiveness of services
- To research for new insights and innovations
The entire McHenry County Department of Health is out there every day to make sure that this county is a healthy place for you and your family.
Get more information at:
Then click on Departments and H (for Health Dept)
The best of health to you!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
STRESS KILLING YOU?
The causes of stress are manifold but one important one is working for someone who is super critical. No matter how hard you try to please or win over that person you never will. It usually results with you coming down hard on yourself and with a feeling of anger; anger not necessarily directed at any one in particular but a feeling deep in your gut that sits there like a lump of undigested food. In order to avoid this set up an invisible internal boundary line and don't allow the critical person within that line.
The super critical person will probably continue to behave (misbehave) for the rest of their working and non-working life and there is little you can do to change them. What you can do however with practice and internal discipline is to not let that person cross over your invisible internal boundary line. Be honest with yourself and if your internal appraisal is more accurate than theirs believe it and disagree internally. Trying to "get along" by talking things over will usually not work with a person who is predisposed to be super critical and totally self opinionated. You can try using an internal company grievance policy if it has one but it usually will not work.
Very ofter these super critical persons will self-destruct. By that I mean that they will cause so much disruption and lack of loyalty in the work place that the people or person who hired them will see the fact that they are a not a positive factor which is improving the company or department and their contract will not be renewed or they will be discharged. It may take a few years to get to this point of realization but most companies or departments will get there; after all no one wants to admit they may have made a mistake in hiring the individual in the first place.
So keep your "cool". Don't get suckered into playing their game and remember your patience will reward you in the long run.
ARE OR WERE YOU A VICTIM OF...HARASSMENT?
Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, sex, national origin, disability, and/or age. Harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive. Anti-discrimination laws also prohibit harassment against individuals in retaliation for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or lawsuit under these laws; or opposing employment practices that they reasonably believe discriminate against individuals, in violation of these laws.
Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not rise to the level of illegality. To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.
Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance. Harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to, the following:
- The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, an agent of the employer, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
- The victim does not have to be the person harassed, but can be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
- Unlawful harassment may occur without economic injury to, or discharge of, the victim.
Employees are encouraged to inform the harasser directly that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop.
EMPLOYER LIABILITY FOR HARASSMENT
The employer is automatically liable for harassment by a supervisor that results in a negative employment action such a termination, failure to promote or hire, and loss of wages.
In Fiscal Year 2006 the EEOC recovered almost $60 million in monetary benefits for charging parties and other aggrieved individuals; this does NOT include monetary benefits obtained through litigation.
Monday, August 18, 2008
SEMANTICS AND CIVILIZATION
Science tells us that statistically it is much more scientific to believe in a designed cosmos with life in it than for it to have just happened by chance. There are not enough pieces of paper in all the earth filled with a decimal point followed by zeros to tell us the chance that this was not a designed undertaking. We must understand this and act in a manner which understands that we and the cosmos are here for a purpose and that purpose someday will be fulfilled and then we hopefully all can say "Oh now I understand". If mankind fully understood the entire purpose of his/her being and that of the cosmos where would be the fun in continuing this journey of mankind in understanding himself and the universe around him?
ARE OR WERE YOU A VICTIM OF..RETALIATION?
An adverse action is an action taken to try to keep someone from opposing a discriminatory practice, or from participating in an employment discrimination proceeding. Examples of adverse actions include:
- employment actions such as termination, refusal to hire,and denial of promotion,
- other actions affecting employment such as threats, unjustified negative evaluations, unjustified negative references, or increased surveillance, and
- any other action such as an assault or unfounded civil or criminal charges that are likely to deter reasonable people from pursuing their rights.
Adverse actions do not include petty slights and annoyances, such as stray negative comments in an otherwise positive or neutral evaluation, "snubbing" a colleague, or negative comments that are justified by an employee's poor work performance history.
Even if the prior protected activity alleged wrongdoing by a different employer, retaliatory adverse actions are unlawful. For example, it is unlawful for a worker's current employer to retaliate against him for pursuing an EEO charge against a former employer.
Of course, employees are not excused from continuing to perform their jobs or follow their company's legitimate workplace rules just because they have filed a complaint with the EEOC or opposed discrimination.
For more information about adverse actions, see EEOC's Compliance Manual Section 8, Chapter II, Part D.
Covered individuals are people who have opposed unlawful practices, participated in proceedings, or requested accomodations related to employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Individuals who have a close association with someone who has engaged in such protected activity also are covered individuals.
Protected activity includes:
Opposition to a practice believed to be unlawful discrimination
Opposition is informing an employer that you believe that he/she is engaging in prohibited
discrimination. Opposition is protected from retaliation as long as it is based on a
reasonable, good-faith belief that the complaint of practice violates anti-discrimination law:
and the manner of the opposition is reasonable.
Examples of protected opposition include:
- Complaining to anyone about alleged discrimination against oneself or others;
- Threatening to file a charge of discrimination; or
- Picketing in opposition to discrimination; or
- Refusing to obey an order reasonably believed to be discriminatory.
Participation in an employment discrimination proceeding.
Participation means taking part in an employment discrimination proceeding. Participation is
protected activity even if the proceeding involved claims that ultimately were found to be invalid.
Examples of participation include:
- Filing a charge of employment discrimination;
- Cooperating with an internal investigation of alleged discriminatory practices; or
- Serving as a witness in an EEO investigation or litigation.
For more information about Protected Activities, see EEOC's Compliance Manual, Section 8,
Chapter II, Part B - Opposition and Part C - Participation.
In 2004 more that $90 million in monetary benefits were received by charging parties and other aggrieved individuals....this does not include menetary benefits obtained through litigation.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
ARE OR WERE YOU A VICTIM OF ...RETALIATION?
An employer may not fire, demote, harass or otherwise "retaliate" against an individual for filing a charge of discrimination, participating in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise opposing discrimination. The same laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, and disabilty, as well as wage differences between men and women performing substantially equal work, also prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose unlawful discrimination or participate in an employment discrimination proceeding.
In addition to the protections against retaliation that are included in all the laws that are enforced by EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) also protects individuals from coercion, intimidation, threat, harassment, or interference in their exercise of their own rights or their encouragement of someone else's exercise of right granted by the ADA.
There are three main terms that are used to describe retaliation. Retaliation occurs when an employer, employment agency, or labor organization takes an adverse action against a covered individual because he or she engaged in a protected activity. We will explain and discuss these three terms tomorrow and how they may apply to you and where you can file a charge with the EEOC.
See you tomorrow.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Coffee with Chief Lowen...an expensive blend!
I hope the tax payers of Woodstock Illinois are keeping track of how many hundreds of thousands of dollars each ounce in that cup of coffee with chief is costing them. I am surprised that not one of them has asked yet.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Hints for when you go to the Doctor's office
- Set up a schedule depending on your age, health and your doctor's recommendation as to at what intervals he/she wants to see you; even if you are feeling well, there may be reasons for the regular visits.
- Write down (preferably typed) on a blank white sheet of paper all the medications you take both prescription and over the counter and the dosage and how much per day you take. Date the sheet of paper with the date of the appointment.
- Stay focused on the one or two things that are giving you the most trouble and are the reason for the visit and have them written down along with any symptoms and a little history of when you first noted them and how they have developed. Nothing turns off a doctor as quickly as a patient who is unorganized, does not know what medications he/she is on and has no idea of exactly why they are there and start to enumerate 15 or 20 different conditions in the hope that the doctor will be able to solve them all in one 20 to 30 minute office visit. Trust me when I say that this approach in the long run and short run will not save you any money. If you have memory problems have someone you trust accompany you and assist you with the visit and the doctors recommendations for treatment.
- Take the medications as prescribed and for as long as prescribed. Do report any side effect that may develop while on the medications.
- Make sure you keep the follow up appointment with the doctor.
- Don't ever play lets trade medications with another person in the hope that their medication will work on you better....it may kill you.
- Do all things in moderation.
- Good health to you!
Monday, August 11, 2008
VALLEY HI NURSING HOME.....BEWARE!!
Researchers from Harvard University took a look at changes in payer mix, staffing ratios, occupancy rates, and a spectrum of quality control indicators. What they found was nursing homes that tended to deviate from the "non-profit" side of the spectrum towards to "for profit' side generally provided lower quality care.
According to Charlene Harrington, professor of sociology and nursing in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). "Literature has confirmed that nonprofit institutions are much better in general," she said. "They have higher staffing, higher wages, and lower turnover of employees. Those factors are important in ensuring that patients receive better quality care."
I hope that the Board of Directors of Valley Hi, its current administrator and the McHenry County Board keep a close eye not only on the bottom line but also the quality indicators for the sake of the health and care of the residents of Valley Hi....I am sure they will.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE
When I renewed my Illinois drivers' license I also signed onto the States new First-Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry. Even in death you can give life to another individual; I can't think of a more precious gift.
Almost 5,000 people are waiting for organ transplants to give them a second chance at life. Sadly many will die because of the lack of donors.
If you want to give the greatest gift you will ever give to another human being call toll free:
Friday, August 8, 2008
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE DISABILITY ACT...PEDA & WOODSTOCK ILLINOIS
Sec; 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Public Employee Disability Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Stritch School of Medicine..REUNION 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
CHILDREN'S HEALTH & SAFETY FAIR
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2008
MCHENRY COUNTY COLLEGE
9am - 4pm
- Interactive Health & Safety Fair
- Door Prizes & Intertainment
- School Physicals - By Appointment Only
- Reduced Cost Immunizations
- Dental Exams
If your child is receiving Immunizations,
you must bring as updated shot record.
Request this early.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL:
To schedule an appointment for a physical
Please call 815-334-8987
BE THERE FOR YOUR CHILD'S SAKE!!!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Strange Things are Happening
We went through the usual process of signing in and filling out all sorts of forms and finally the hospital making a copy of your driver's license and insurance card. We finally got back to where we were staying about 4 hours later after some tests and x-rays and treatment was done.
I just recently received the bill (about 5 days ago) and it was about what I had expected it to be, but here is the interesting part; the call I received from a very polite gentleman said they were running a special for the next ten days and if I could pay the bill in that period of time they would discount it by 50%........50%. Wow...I never had an offer like that in my lifetime. Financial times must be tough down there in Florida. Oh and by the way....the check IS in the mail.