Posted by: Patricia Hysong | July 8, 2016

Going Higher Tech~Tractor Technology

Recently we’ve all seen the adds for self-driving technology in the new automobiles coming out, but some farmers have been using similar technology for several years now. Although the self-driving technology is less widely used than the GPS technology used by many for more than 15 years now, it is becoming more and more common.

Self Driving Tractor Technology

It can make farming more efficient and yields more profitable, but it also has its drawbacks. Read more about it here.

Information and pictures sourced from CNET.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

 

 

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | July 2, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

4th of July

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 22, 2016

Love Wyoming!

I  have been lucky enough to spend a bit of time outdoors in beautiful Wyoming over the past couple of weeks. I hope you have been able to get out and enjoy where you live!

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Sunset on the Laramie River

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Boreal Chorus Frog

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Boreal Chorus Frog

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Boreal Chorus Frog

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Interesting plants

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More wetland vegitation

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Love the variety!

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Northern Leopard Frog egg mass with likely a Predaceous Diving Beetle

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Moose tracks everywhere

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Mourning Cloak Butterfly

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Lincoln Monument, Wyoming

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Vedauwoo, Wyoming

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Wild Oregon Grape Flower

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Pasqueflower, sometimes called Prairie Crocus.

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Calypso Bulbosa, commonly called Fairy Slipper

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 13, 2016

Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day is June 19, 2016

 

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A day that commemorates fatherhood and appreciates
all fathers and father-figures.

History of Father’s Day

The History of Father’s Day 2016 dates back to 1910 in Spokane, Washington, where 27-year-old Sonora Dodd proposed it as a way to honor a civil war veteran, William Jackson Smart, who raised her and her five siblings alone after her mom died in childbirth. Dodd was at a church thinking about how grateful she was for her father when she had the idea for Father’s Day, which would mirror Mother’s Day but be celebrated in June, her dad’s birthday month.

It is said that she was inspired after hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, and she therefore told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. A bill to nationally recognize the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, with the fear that it would just another commercialized holiday. The movement grew for years but only became popular national in 1924 under former President Calvin Coolidge.

The holiday gained population during World War II, with most men leaving their families to fight in the war. In 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be celebrated by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.

Two attempts to formally recognize the holiday had earlier been rejection by Congress. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Information obtained from Calendar-365.com.

 This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.
Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 6, 2016

June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

Myasthenia Gravis

What is Myasthenia Gravis (MG)?

Treatment:
Treatment decisions and goals are individualized according to each patient, but may include:
Thymectomy
Plasmapheresis
Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 3, 2016

Celebrate Survival

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The first Sunday in June is National Cancer Survivors Day. Celebrate life with those loved ones in your life that have beaten cancer and are still here.

For more information, visit National Cancer Survivors Day.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | May 28, 2016

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed every year on the last Monday in May.

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Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives while in the military service. It is traditional to fly the American flag at half mast. Many people visit national cemeteries where volunteers will place the American flag on each grave. Memorial Day originated after the American Civil War to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. The holiday was extended by the 20th century to include all American soldiers. Memorial Day is formally known as Decoration Day. This day is not to be confused with Veteran’s Day which celebrates the service of all United States military veterans.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | May 22, 2016

Shorts-Healthcare Visits

Going to the doctor or other health care professional can be a chore, whether you have chronic health problems or go once a year.  You wait in the waiting room, you wait in the exam room, visit with the nurse for a minute and then you wait some more. The doctor\hcp comes in and it seems as though you’re halfway though your questions and they are halfway out the door. Average visits last about 20 minutes, hardly enough time to discuss minimal health care concerns let a lone important ones. With such brief encounters, it is important to have a comfortable relationship with your doctor and to plan ahead so you are prepared and feel like the time spent there isn’t a waste.

Tips for productive, understandable and quality time with your doctor or health care professional:

  • Do a little research prior to your visit. Try to have knowledge or ideas regarding any specific condition you have and other medical conditions or concerns that you have.
  • Share how you are feeling. Let the doctor know what is going on in your life and with your body so they can help you.
  • Write down questions and prioritize talking points. You are less likely to forget questions and get answers or other information you need if you have a list that you can follow.
  • Practice asking your questions. It helps build confidence so you can speak up during the visit.
  • Have someone accompany you. Having someone there that knows your health concerns gives you two sets of ears to listen more carefully and ask they can questions that you may not think about.
  • Listen carefully to responses, write them down or bring a tape recorder. Once you are home, you can refer to these notes to better understand instructions and information that you were given.
  • Know your meds and share that information with the doctor. Either bring a list or all the medicines and supplements you are taking with you so that the doctor knows what you are taking, how long you’ve been taking it and why.
  • Make sure the doctor knows you and your medical history. Share your personal medical history and summarize your family’s medical history so they know if there are diseases that tend to run in families that should be looked at. Include your lifestyle when discussing YOU with the doctor: exercise, diet, smoking, drinking, stress levels and general well-being.
  • Confirm follow-up visits or test that may be ordered and find out how to contact the doctor when you get home and have more questions. Knowing their communication preferences will save you time and frustration if you do need to contact them to clarify something after you’ve left the office.
  • Know how you feel about your doctor. How do you feel about them and how they treated you? Do you feel respected and valued as a patient? Make a good faith effort to discuss these feeling with your doctor if you do not. If nothing changes, find a new health care professional. You are not obligated to stay where you don’t feel comfortable so look for somewhere that you do. It may help you get well faster, reduce stress levels, follow advice more closely, and take better care of yourself in general.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | May 11, 2016

Stacy Gupton-Artist

Stacy Gupton, a local Laramie, Wyoming artist was commissioned to Wyoming AgrAbility to do information posters highlighting the abilities those with disabilities still have.

Stacy is an artist, college graduate, sister, friend, and stroke survivor.

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If you would like a copy of this poster, contact me through this blog.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | May 3, 2016

Laramie Stroke Support Group

This is a guest post by Mona Gupton. She has personal, firsthand experience dealing with the aftermath of stroke; caring for and being a supporter of a stroke survivor.

By Mona Gupton

Stroke can best be described as a brain attack. One of the myths about stroke is that it is an old person’s health issue. That could not be further from the truth. It can happen to anyone at any time. My daughter suffered a massive stroke at the age of 21! Stroke occurs every 40 seconds and impacts nearly 800,000 Americans each year. It is the leading cause of adult disability in our country. When a person suffers a stroke, their entire family can be affected. Recovery is a life-long process and can often isolate the survivor (as well as their caregiver) from previously enjoyed activities, friends, and employment. Emotional support for the survivor and their caregiver(s) is a critical part of recovery.

There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the United States. Laramie is fortunate to have a local support group for stroke survivors and caregivers. The group, led by Lynda Coyle, Speech Clinic Director of the University of Wyoming Speech and Hearing Clinic, meets once a month. Activities and informational/educational sessions, based on the needs of the group, are planned for each meeting. The group has picnics, goes bowling, watches videos/webinars, and sometimes schedules special activities. One such activity was a group painting project led by Stacy Gupton, local artist and stroke survivor. Each survivor and caregiver created a work of art focusing on their own personal experience with stroke. The result was a powerful visual demonstration of stroke’s devastating impact but also revealed the perseverance of the survivors. The individual pieces have been combined for permanent art display in the UW College of Health Sciences. An unveiling will take place Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Health Sciences Building (near Pharmacy).

Educate yourself on the symptoms of stroke. Doing so could literally save a life – your own or the life of someone close to you. The symptoms/warning signs of stroke are:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

An easy reminder to apply is to act FAST and call 9-1-1 immediately.

F    Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A   Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S    Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is speech slurred or strange?

T    Time: It is essential to seek immediate medical attention if you observe any of these symptoms. Call 9-1-1.

For more information about stroke, visit the National Stroke Association at www.stroke.org

Thank you to our guest writer, Mona Gupton. Mona and Stacy wrote a book, A Piece of Her Mind: A Mother-Daughter Journey Through Stroke and Recovery, that was published in 2009.

Courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

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