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Shortage of Medical Staff

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The aging population not only is creating more demand for medical services, it’s also accelerating the shortage of doctors and nurses as they approach retirement age.

As the 65-and-over population grows by almost 50 percent over the next decade, almost the same percentage of doctors will join that phalanx during the same period.

We expect to be almost 140,000 physician short of what we need by 2033, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, reports Bottom Line.

To protect yourself, you can look for a younger doctor to care for you should your current physician retire. You also can seek a primary care physician affiliated with a group practice so there will be a medical doctor there to serve you should your current doctor leave.

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February 4, 2022 at 3:00 am

Pandemic Packing

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There are so many of rules and regulations affecting travel these days, you have to make sure you don’t get quarantined during your journey. There’s more to be concerned about than the COVID -19 coronavirus.

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Diseases that have been conquered here still run free in many other parts of the world.

Travelers can protect themselves by taking some extra care when packing medications for their trip.

Malaria still is a threat because it’s transmitted by mosquitoes. Travelers should pack mosquito repellant and avoid areas where the insects thrive. Mosquitos also spread yellow fever and some countries require proof of vaccination before allowing travelers entry.

There is no known protection against West Nile virus, Dengue fever and a few other similar possibly-fatal disorders spread by mosquitos so the only protection is to avoid areas where these creatures breed.

Hepatitis A & B still are perils that you can be shielded from by three immunizations. A vaccination can protect you from meningitis and a booster shot can ward off polio if you’ve been immunized earlier.

Before leaving on any trip, have a chat with your primary care physician to protect yourself on your travels.

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February 2, 2022 at 3:00 am

The End of a Saga

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It girdled two years: from January 2020 to the other day.

The plot was pegged to an Air Canada Phoenix – Toronto round-trip business-class ticket.

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After receiving flight confirmation that January and looking forward to what I deemed would be a final fare-thee-well visit to family, relatives and friends around my brother’s July birthday, Air Canada began suspending flights in March and things still haven’t returned to normal for cross-border travel.

The airlines’ first response was to offer ticket holders vouchers valid for two years. I filed a claim like everyone else but had little hope I would get to use it. Then, after Air Canada applied for financial assistance from the Canadian government, the assistance was provided with a condition the Air Canada give its stranded ticket holders refunds if they wished instead of vouchers. I filed for a refund.

A simple phone call was all it took to recoup my travel insurance charge.

Early last year, I received an email with a case number telling me how much Air Canada was going to deposit in the account of the credit card I used to purchase my ticket. I was instructed to check on the status of my case/claim at an online address that I couldn’t get into and called Air Canada reservations a couple of times before being told during a phone call last summer that I was still in the system but there was no information on when my claim would be dealt with.

Suddenly last Wednesday an email popped up telling me my refund had been processed and would be sitting in my credit card account sometime within the next two months.  If it didn’t show up on my credit card statement within that time, I was to call the credit-card company and give them the purchase date and ticket number to check and make good on the refund.

I was set to sit out another series of emails and phone calls when MAGICALLY is showed up Sunday on my credit card account, which I check regularly on line.

It set up a feeling that maybe I should look at resurrecting plans for that trip to celebrate my brother’s birthday and attend the relatives’ annual picnic in a nearby city but coronavirus rules and regulations are still in place. When I did a cursory check, I discovered that settling for a voucher would not have been a good idea because the lowest price for that same ticket is almost $600 more.

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February 1, 2022 at 3:00 am

Followed an Old Piece of Advice . . .

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. . . and just watched the final few minutes of Sunday’s football games, each with fabulous finishes. Underdogs won — Cincy beat Kan City 27-24 and Rams beat 49ers 20 – 17.

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These two winners weren’t supposed to get through the first round of their play off runs but they’ll face each other in the Super Bowl in two weeks.

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January 31, 2022 at 3:00 am

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Just Read a Piece . . .

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. . . son Michael sent me about the origins of February.

Way down deep is the statement that we no longer pronounce the first “r”, making it Febuary — “much like we do with ‘suh – prise’ and ‘guv – uh – nor’.” Well, I pronounce the “r”s and say February, surprise and governor.

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But where the hell did impor – d – ant come from???

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January 30, 2022 at 3:00 am

Had To Turn Down . . .

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. . . an offer for a ride the other day by a neighbor with failing eyesight. He said he had no trouble making the turn onto the street.

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“Just tell me when,” he said.

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January 29, 2022 at 3:00 am

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There’s a Gentleman . . .

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. . . living here who does all his own cooking and doesn’t eat in the dining room.

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Since the only things I can cook are toast, bacon and eggs, and corned-beef hash, I asked him how to do some pork ribs I’d picked up the day before to assuage my hunger for these delicacies. I cut the slab into three packages of five ribs each and stored two bundles in the freezer.

He told me he doesn’t like to do dishes and, after I lauded his foresight, he said use a sheet of alum foil to cover any sort of baking pan and set in a 300 degree oven for a couple of hours. Since I like ’em dry, I rubbed some salt, pepper, oregano and garlic salt on them while the oven heated, tossed them in and it all worked out. The kitchen gave me a cup of potato salad and I poured a glassful of Gatorade/cranberry juice and life was good. Next time I’ll pour a Stella Artois.

Am I now a chef? No. But I can add baked ribs to my list of can-do. And no dishes to do.

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January 27, 2022 at 3:00 am

During Flashbacks . . .

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. . . a memories-recall session I honcho a couple of times a week, we touched on what our favorite topic or quote was.

It occurred to me I really don’t have one, but I do have a prime mantra/rule-of-thumb:

“When In Doubt, Pray .”

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That doesn’t mean kneeling down and reciting catechismal writings. It just means saying “I need help” or “thanks” or “what do You what me to do” when you hit those critical corners of daily living.

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January 24, 2022 at 3:00 am

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