Happy Birthday Donald Duck!

Jun 9th

Good Morning and Happy Sunday Morning!  I managed to sleep in a little – sort of.  Ok, well, I managed to get BACK to sleep after the dog needed to go out at 5:15, which was nice.  Today we’re light on topics, but that just leaves us more time for other activities!

Happy Birthday, Donald!  – Hard to believe that Donald is over 70 years old, since he doesn’t act a day over 20!  Donald Duck is one of Disney’s most famous and popular characters.  He made his debut in “The Wise Hen” on June 9, 1934.  Did you know that Donald has a middle name?  Yep, he does! I had no clue and I’m betting many of you don’t either, but just in case this ever comes up for a trivia question . . . Donald F. Duck’s middle name is “Fauntleroy”.  Maybe you can celebrate today by watching a Donald Duck cartoon, along with all of his Disney family and friends.

World APS Day –  APS stands for Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS).   I’ve read over the description several times, and can’t find a way to simplify it enough and still keep the original intent from the APS information website I was reading, so I’ve copied and pasted their description for you:  “APS is associated with recurrent clotting events (thrombosis) including premature stroke, repeated miscarriages, phlebitis, venous thrombosis (clot in the vein) and pulmonary thromboembolism (blockage of an artery found in the lung due to a clot that has traveled from a vein). It is also associated with low platelet or blood elements that prevent bleeding. Recently, however, even more disease states have been linked with APS including premature heart attack, migraine headaches, various cardiac valvular abnormalities, skin lesions, abnormal movement/chorea, diseases that mimic multiple sclerosis, vascular diseases of the eye that can lead to visual loss and blindness.”  That’s pretty scary stuff!  APS is an autoimmune disorder in which the body sees certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and it starts producing antibodies against them to fight them out of the system.  There are two known forms of APS.  It may happen in people with systemic lupus erythematosus, other autoimmune disease, or in people who are otherwise healthy.  Sadly, when most people hear about APS and it being referred to as an autoimmune disease, they incorrectly confuse the terms autoimmune with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), or they think that it is a form of cancer.  Women are more likely than men to be affected by APS. Some estimates say that 75% to 90% of those affected are women.  It has also been estimated by some doctors that 1/3 of all of the young strokes (young defines as under the age of 50), ar due to APS. In obstetrics it is estimated by some doctors that up to 25% of all women with 2 or more spontaneous miscarriages have APS. Some doctors believe that 1 in 5 of all Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Pulmonary Embolism (PE), and even worse, amputations are due to APS. And it is believed that 40-50% of patients with Lupus also have APS. Still, with these statistics, APS rarely is discussed as a women’s health issue and is misdiagnosed often, therefore the total number of people affected and true statistics are unknown really. 

Food Celebration of the Day –

 

National Strawberry Rhubarb Day – Strawberry and rhubarb are some of the first fruit harbingers of spring. It’s a tasty coincidence that they complement each other so well!  There’s just something lovely about the tartness of the rhubarb blended with the sweet, delicious strawberries that is so satisfying.  Here are a few yummy choices from www.food.com to get you started on this delightful celebration today!

Well, now I’m hungry for pie!  Have a blessed Lord’s Day!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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In order to eradicate Domestic Violence—Abuse against women and children we must understand what the symptoms of victims being abused are.
Domestic violence is defined as abuse committed against members of the same family, a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, a person with whom the offender has had a child, or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship regardless of sexual orientation or between children and elderly parents.

1.3 Million women are victims of physical assualt; 3.3 Million reports of child abuse yearly
1.3 Million women are victims of physical assualt; 3.3 Million reports of child abuse yearly
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Domestic violence may begin with angry words, a shove, or a slap, and may escalate into a pattern of assaultive controlling behaviors including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks against the victim, children, property, and/or pets.
Criminal domestic violence behaviors include hitting, choking, kicking, assault with a weapon, shoving, scratching, biting, rape, unwanted sexual touching, forcing sex with a third party, or violation of a valid Restraining Order. Degrading comments, interrogating family members, suicide threats/attempts, controlling victim’s time and activities, although not criminal, are also considered domestic violence behaviors.
Some acts of domestic violence even include sexual assault. A sexual assault may be by a stranger or a person known to the victim, including a husband, boyfriend, ex-husband, or ex-boyfriend. Sexual assault is a crime. Victims should notify the police immediately.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ reveals that this pattern of control and abuse increases in frequency and severity over time. It is estimated that one-fourth of all homicides in this country occurs within the family and one-half of these are husband-wife killings. Studies have shown that arrest, jail, probation, and Restraining Orders deter many abusers from physically abusing their partners.
Disturbing facts: Did you know…….

  • A woman is beaten every 15 seconds.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between ages 15 and 44 in the United States.
  • Battered women are more likely to suffer miscarriages and to give birth to babies with low birth weights.
  • Sixty-three percent of the young men between the ages of 11 and 20 who are serving time for homicide have killed their mother’s abuser.

 

 

 

 


World APS Day – What is Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS)? APS is associated with recurrent clotting events (thrombosis) including premature stroke, repeated miscarriages, phlebitis, venous thrombosis (clot in the vein) and pulmonary thromboembolism (blockage of an artery found in the lung due to a clot that has traveled from a vein). It is also associated with low platelet or blood elements that prevent bleeding. Recently, however, even more disease states have been linked with APL including premature heart attack, migraine headaches, various cardiac valvular abnormalities, skin lesions, abnormal movement/chorea, diseases that mimic multiple sclerosis, vascular diseases of the eye that can lead to visual loss and blindness.

APS is an autoimmune disorder in which the body recognizes certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and produces antibodies against them. There are two known forms of APS. APS may occur in people with systemic lupus erythematosus, other autoimmune disease, or in otherwise healthy individuals. Sadly, when most people hear about APS and it being referred to as autoimmune disease, they incorrectly confuse the terms autoimmune with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); or they think this is a form of cancer.

Women are more likely than men to be affected by APS. Some estimates say that 75% to 90% of those affected are women. For example, it has been estimated by some doctors that one third of all of young strokes (defined as under the age of 50) are due to APS.

In obstetrics it is estimated by some doctors that up to 25% of all women with 2 or more spontaneous miscarriages have APS. Some doctors believe that 1 in 5 of all Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Pulmonary Embolism (PE), and even worse, amputations are due to APS. And it is believed that 40-50% of patients with Lupus also have APS. Still, with these statistics, APS rarely is discussed as a women’s health issue and is misdiagnosed often. Therefore the total number of people affected and true statistics are unknown really.

Food Celebration of the Day –

National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day – Strawberry and rhubarb are some of the first fruit harbingers of spring. It’s a tasty coincidence that they complement each other so well!

 

 

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