Health Notes for Nov. 2

Surviving the holidays

A free presentation, “Get Me Through the Holidays: 10 strategies for coping with loss on days that hold special meaning,” will be offered Nov. 2 by Providence Hospice of the Gorge, 10-11:30 a.m. at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital conference room. Call 541-387-6449 to register.

Those who are grieving will learn practical and meaningful ways to cope during the holidays or other meaningful dates such as birthdays or anniversaries.

Support for breastfeeding mothers

A breastfeeding support group meets Nov. 6 and 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at Riverside Church, Fourth and State streets in HR.

Facilitated by a certified lactation consultant, the group provides an opportunity to share breastfeeding info and personal experiences, mutually support and learn from each other, increase ability and confidence in breastfeeding and discuss successful strategies for returning to work while breastfeeding.

For more information call Jennifer McCauley at 541-387-6344 or Ellen Mallon at 541-387-7131.

The Arc holds ‘Community Connect’

Opportunity Connections and The Arc of the Mid-Columbia invite the community to Community Connect, a free social gathering for people with intellectual disabilities and their friends and family, every third Saturday of the month from 2-4 p.m.

Activities alternate between movies and dancing. Please bring your care provider if you have special needs.

The next gathering will take place Nov. 16 at the Opportunity Connections Heights office, 1102 12th St., Hood River.

For more information call 541-386-3520, ext 7003.

Learn more about Lyme disease

The Mid-Columbia Lyme Disease Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, at 5:30 p.m.

Each meeting will have a time for planned informational exchanges, with an occasional guest speaker.

For more information contact Pam Ritzenthaler at 541-386-5658 or pritz@gorge.net, or Elaine Walker at 541-490-4019.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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