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50 Shades of Me PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brooke Pankonin   

November is a time to truly give thanks

November. The month we give thanks. The month my firstborn entered the world. The month we raise awareness for the terrible monster that almost took that firstborn away from us. Epilepsy.

Austin, who will be 11 this month, began having seizures at the age of 3. The first one I saw was a tonic-clonic, aka a grand mal, aka the scariest moment of my life.

After seeing several doctors and neurologists and undergoing oodles of tests, it was discovered he was having at least five different types of seizures, and there was seizure activity happening in his brain even when he wasn’t having a seizure.

One neurologist told us to expect mental retardation. Our fun, loving, outgoing boy was fading fast.

The meds didn’t work, and we tried several. He was having anywhere from 50-100 seizures a day and wore a helmet at all times to protect his head from the constant falls.

After failing another med and being terrified of the side effects of the one they wanted to try next, I began to research other options and found our lifesaver at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. I emailed Dr. Eric Kossoff Austin’s story on a Sunday, and he responded within an hour.

We were flying to Baltimore two weeks later.

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Holyoke Enterprise November 20, 2014

 
Tall tales and yield totals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcia Gorrell, guest columnist   

(Reprinted with permission from the November 2014 edition of Missouri Farms, published by the Marshall Democrat-News in Marshall, Mo.)

My mother-in-law had a saying: “The first liar doesn’t have a chance.” She was usually referring to harvest time when there are many rumors about the different “yields” each farmer is getting with their crops.

For those of you who don’t know, the “yield” is the amount of bushels a farmer gets from each acre he grows. While there are industry and county averages, the actual yields vary widely from year to year and field to field.

But they are important, because farmers don’t set their prices. We can’t control the weather, the markets, breakdowns or bad luck. But if we get a higher yield per acre, we can make more money per acre, no matter what the price. Just a little more corn per acre can make a big difference between a profit and a loss.

And of course, just like fishermen who always describe the big fish they catch (and the ones who get away), there are always a few who seem to quote phenomenal yields, some of which are true and others of which may be exaggerated.

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Holyoke Enterprise November 20, 2014

 
Extension Corner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tracy Trumper, CSU Extension agent   

CSU wants you to Live! Eat! Play!

Colorado State University Extension, the Kendell Anderson Nutrition Center and the department of food science and human nutrition on the CSU campus in Fort Collins teamed up to create a new website designed to help Coloradans live a healthier lifestyle.

The partners have been working together on their “Live, Eat, Play” format since 2011.

The focus is on “living and eating healthy for those who participate in an active Colorado lifestyle” and to “become better informed and more motivated to achieve optimal health at every stage of your life.”

Research-based, current information on nutrition and health is provided through three main links on the home webpage at www.liveeatplay.colostate.edu.

The “Live” tab is to help you achieve a balance between work and life. Within this part of the website, you will find resources on goal setting under “Plan Ahead.” Tips on relieving stress at work can be found under the “Be Productive” icon. “Rejuvenate” is about getting a better night’s sleep and on how to reduce stress at home.

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Holyoke Enterprise November 20, 2014