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Best podcasts about state health department

Latest podcast episodes about state health department

Papa Bear Hikes
Mycology

Papa Bear Hikes

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 37:23


Papa Bear speaks with Basheer Bergus on the topic of mycology. Basheer has successfully completed an in-depth mushroom identification and safety program conducted for the authorized State Health Department or Department of Agriculture approved certifying agency Mushroom Mountain, LLC, a mushroom cultivation and research facility located in Easley, South Carolina. Netflix documentary 'Fantastic Fungi' explores the many magical properties of mushrooms (sfgate.com)

The Dale Jackson Show
Dale discusses how AL House Democrats think they know better than parents when it comes to vaccinating kids. The State Health Department changed its decision now requiring parental permission. "You're Welcome - Dale" - 9-13-21

The Dale Jackson Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 11:02


Montana Public Radio News
Montana Officials Divvy Up $74M In Federal Aid For State Health Department

Montana Public Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 1:48


A special state committee is sending Montana's governor a $74 million spending plan for federal aid to health care programs. The money is targeted to boost low-income energy assistance, services for the elderly and Montana's child care industry.

WTAQ News on Demand
5am News on Demand - Police looking for missing child

WTAQ News on Demand

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 3:24


The State Health Department reports 116 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Arizona's Morning News
Dr. Cara Christ, Director of Arizona's State Health Department

Arizona's Morning News

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 6:50


Dr. Cara Christ joins us to discuss vaccination rates, requiring shots for schools and the future of facemasks.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief
April 30, 2021 | Daily News Brief | Knife Pulled on Sheriff. No Masks in AACo. High School Graduation Schedules

Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 10:12


Give us about ten minutes a day and we will give you all the local news, local sports, local weather, and local events you can handle.   SPONSORS: Many thanks to our sponsors... Solar Energy Services because solar should be in your future! The Kristi Neidhardt Team. If you are looking to buy or sell your home, give Kristi a call at 888-860-7369! Today...A Hanover man pulled a knife on Deputy Sheriff and now facing attempted murder charges, Pittman and Buckley go along with Hogan and lift the outdoor masking restriction. State Health Department makes some familiar appointments. We have the high school graduation schedule. And a bunch of events including the Annapolis Symphony, Eisenhower Golf Course, May Day, and First Sunday Arts Festival! And of course, George from DCMDVA Weather is here with your local weather forecast! Please download their APP so you can keep on top of the local weather scene! The Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief is produced every Monday through Friday at 6:00 am and available wherever you get your podcasts and also on our social media platforms--All Annapolis and Eye On Annapolis (FB) and @eyeonannapolis (TW) NOTE: For hearing impaired subscribers, a full transcript is available on Eye On Annapolis

Arizona's Morning News
Dr. Cara Christ, Director of Arizona's State Health Department

Arizona's Morning News

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 6:38


Dr. Cara Christ joins us to discuss masks, vaccines and all the latest on coronavirus. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Montana Public Radio News
State Health Department Again Recommending Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Montana Public Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 1:28


Montana’s state health department is recommending that providers in the state resume administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Federal health officials Friday lifted the pause on the shot . Health officials say the benefits outweigh the risks of very rare blood clots potentially linked to the vaccine.

Arizona's Morning News
Dr. Cara Christ, Director of Arizona's State Health Department

Arizona's Morning News

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 7:09


Dr. Cara Christ joins us to discuss a new walk-in vaccination site at Westworld in Scottsdale, plus an update on the latest on coronavirus in our state. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Arizona's Morning News
Dr. Cara Christ, Director of Arizona's State Health Department

Arizona's Morning News

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 6:57


Dr. Cara Christ joins us with the latest on coronavirus and the vaccination effort in Arizona.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Arizona's Morning News
Dr. Cara Christ, Director of Arizona's State Health Department

Arizona's Morning News

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 4:59


Dr. Cara Christ joins us with the latest on coronavirus vaccines in Arizona and what new vaccination sites will look like.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Montana Public Radio News
Montana Senate Confirms Adam Meier To Lead State Health Department

Montana Public Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 1:39


The Montana Senate Thursday confirmed Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte’s nominee to lead the state health department. Adam Meier will be the next director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. DPHHS is the state’s largest agency, nearly half of the state’s general fund goes toward paying for it and its programs.

Idaho Matters
Idaho State Health Department Director On Vaccination Effort: "We Are In A Race"

Idaho Matters

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 24:25


Idaho is approaching the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the state. The state has been vaccinating eligible residents since December, and according to the Kaiser Family Foundation , Idaho is in the top 10 states when it comes to distributing and administering vaccines.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
Utility Bill Increases, Second Emergency Declaration, Tulsa and OK County Health Departments and More

This Week in Oklahoma Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 24:29


This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about state officials calming fears of skyrocketing utility bills after last week's winter weather, President Biden approving a second emergency declaration on clean up from the storms and a bill to give the State Health Department more control of the Oklahoma and Tulsa County Health Departments. The trio also discusses a measure by Republican lawmakers to declare any President Biden executive actions as unconstitutional and the Cherokee Supreme Court striking the words 'in blood" from the tribes constitution and laws. Support this podcast

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
School Quarantine Protocol, State Capitol Security, Oklahoma Lawmaker Vaccines & More

This Week in Oklahoma Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 28:01


This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about a new policy from Governor Stitt allowing students exposed to COVID-19 to not be quarantined if they were wearing a mask and social distancing, officials at the State Capitol stepping up security ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration and some Tulsa black leaders asking for Senator James Lankford to be removed from the 1921 Race Massacre Commission. The trio also discusses the State Health Department making COVID-19 vaccines available to state lawmakers and Pardon and Parole Board Chair Robert Gilliland resigning his position over health issues. Support this podcast

Montana Politics
Lawmakers At Odds Over Preliminary State Health Department Budget

Montana Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2021 1:15


Montana lawmakers have set the first rough outline for state health department spending at about a billion dollars less than the agency’s current budget. A party line vote Friday set the initial base spending for budget negotiations.

Montana Public Radio News
Lawmakers At Odds Over Preliminary State Health Department Budget

Montana Public Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2021 1:15


Montana lawmakers have set the first rough outline for state health department spending at about a billion dollars less than the agency’s current budget. A party line vote Friday set the initial base spending for budget negotiations.

ABQ Connect
Dwain Kindelberger

ABQ Connect

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2020 26:02


Dwain Kindelberger is a businessman working through the effects of the State Health Department and Executive order shut down. Dwain is a personal trainer, nutritionist, lifestyle coach, and motivational speaker. He and his wife Doris own Designer Bodies World-Class Gym. They are now open for... The post Dwain Kindelberger appeared first on ABQ Connect.

Jeff Caplan's Afternoon News
The state health department lays out its vaccine distribution plans

Jeff Caplan's Afternoon News

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2020 12:20


See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross
Friday Media Roundtable; WJCT's Mister Rogers Sweater Drive

First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2020 52:56


On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, like: According to the State Health Department, COVID-19 numbers in Florida reached 863,619 this morning, with 33 of those new cases in Northeast Florida. The cumulative number of Florida resident deaths caused by COVID-19 reached 17,372. Jaguars owner Shad Khan continues to develop plans for Lot J and Metropolitan Park despite pushback from groups like OurJax . Our guests were: David Bauerlein of The Florida Times-Union ; Mike Mendenhall of the Jax Daily Record ; WJCT News contributor Fred Matthews ; Writer Claire Goforth WJCT's Mister Rogers Sweater Drive WJCT’s 18th annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive is in full swing. Through Nov. 30, cool-weather clothing and blankets can be dropped off at WJCT, at 100 Festival Park Ave., as well as any Suddath, VyStar Credit Union or Tom Bush dealerships around Northeast Florida. David McGowan , WJCT’s CEO, joined us with the details.

Hawaii News Now
This is Now (August 13, 2020)

Hawaii News Now

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2020 24:26


The state reported a jaw-dropping 355 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, a new record high that underscores just how quickly COVID-19 is spreading on Oahu. Meanwhile, the state’s death toll rose by two ― to 40. It’s the third consecutive day that Hawaii has reported two new COVID-19 fatalities. In August alone, Hawaii has lost 14 people to the virus. The latest fatalities were both Oahu men older than 60. The new cases Thursday shatter the previous one-day record for cases ― 231 set on Aug. 8. State Health Department officials also reported that: Of the 355 new cases, 343 are on Oahu. There were also seven reported on Maui, four on the Big Island and one on Kauai. Some 86 of the new confirmed cases are part of an alarming cluster at the Oahu Community Correctional Center. There is also a growing cluster at a homeless shelter in Iwilei, with 20 cases under investigation. So far in August, Hawaii has reported 2,206 new coronavirus cases. The new infections push the COVID-19 case total on Oahu since the pandemic began to 3,900. Statewide, there have been 4,312 confirmed cases.

From the Newsroom: Gatehouse Media
COVID's impact on education, employment and health

From the Newsroom: Gatehouse Media

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2020 7:27


Norman schools to have online start. OESC calls on longtime government attorney for help managing staff. State Health Department names epidemiology consultant after interim's contract ends.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

From the Newsroom: The Oklahoman Podcast
COVID's impact on education, employment and health

From the Newsroom: The Oklahoman Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2020 7:27


Norman schools to have online start. OESC calls on longtime government attorney for help managing staff. State Health Department names epidemiology consultant after interim's contract ends.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Midday
Baltimore's COVID-19 Cases Rising: An Update From City Health Commissioner Dzirasa

Midday

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2020 16:21


(Tom opens the show today with a salute to the legendary concert pianist Leon Fleisher, who died Sunday at the age of 92.) Today, on Midday with Tish the Commish, an update from Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa on the troubling rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 in Baltimore, throughout Maryland, and the country. Yesterday, Dr. Deborah Birx, who is coordinating the federal response to COVID-19, painted a somewhat dire picture of the state of virus containment. She told CNN that what we are seeing today is different from March and April. She said that the virus is extraordinarily widespread, and that it is affecting both rural and metropolitan areas throughout the country. The number of cases of COVID 19 in MD has climbed steadily in the past several weeks. Since the middle of July, the State Health Department has reported more than 500 new cases every day. Over the past week, there have been an average of 933 cases per day -- 175 in Baltimore City alone -- an increase of 31 percent from the average two weeks earlier. Friday was one of four days last week in which MD saw more than 1,000 new cases. At least 9 new coronavirus deaths and 910 new cases were reported in Maryland on Aug. 2. As of Monday morning, there have been at least 90,835 cases and 3,515 deaths in Maryland since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a New York Times database. The statewide positivity rate hovers at around 5%. Yesterday, the rate stood at 4.36%. That’s the number that Governor Larry Hogan is keeping a particularly keen eye on as he makes decisions about restrictions and he adjusts the state’s re-opening schedule. But it’s higher in the City of Baltimore, and in some neighborhoods, it’s a lot higher. Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa joins Tom, via Zoom, with the latest on the city’s effort to mitigate the virus.

Top Stories from NCPR
State health department study: Asymptomatic staff likely brought virus into nursing homes

Top Stories from NCPR

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2020 3:00


(Jul 7, 2020) New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a report Monday on the likely cause of deaths from COVID-19 in New York’s nursing homes that he said shows the virus came in through infected staff, not through hospital readmissions.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
Governor Activates Guard, Medicaid Expansion Support, Medical Marijuana Sales & More

This Week in Oklahoma Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2020 23:25


This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the governor activating the National Guard in response to the protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the State Health Department reverses its course on limiting certain data on COVID-19 and a petition to create an independent redistricting commission gets approval from the state supreme court, but its future remains uncertain. The trio also discusses how supporters of Medicaid Expansion have started an ad blitz and touring Oklahoma towns to get people to vote yes on State Question 802. Support this podcast

Financial Survival Network
The Emperor Has No Cortex - Triple Lutz Report #483

Financial Survival Network

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2020 27:18


Sleepy Creepy Corrupt Joe Biden is on his way out. I've been telling you this for 6 months. But he just won't go. They tried Me Tooing him. They tried exposing his corruption and that of his son. They even showed he was heavily involved in Obamagate and yet he just won't leave. How are they going to make him understand that he needs to leave?  In New York State the truth has now come out. At least 1700+ of New York State’s most vulnerable citizens have died as a direct result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State Health Department’s edict that "[nursing homes] are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission." He's the link to the original article. Lots more here. This is must listen to material. 

Financial Survival Network
The Emperor Has No Cortex - Triple Lutz Report #483

Financial Survival Network

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2020 27:18


Sleepy Creepy Corrupt Joe Biden is on his way out. I've been telling you this for 6 months. But he just won't go. They tried Me Tooing him. They tried exposing his corruption and that of his son. They even showed he was heavily involved in Obamagate and yet he just won't leave. How are they going to make him understand that he needs to leave?  In New York State the truth has now come out. At least 1700+ of New York State’s most vulnerable citizens have died as a direct result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State Health Department’s edict that "[nursing homes] are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission." He's the link to the original article. Lots more here. This is must listen to material. 

HHPodcast: Newscast, rants from Northwest Georgia.
C-130 flyover is Thursday. Jandy's closes. 34th Bartow virus victim; nearly 1,500 in Ga. Rant: Last toppings on the Jandy' s story.

HHPodcast: Newscast, rants from Northwest Georgia.

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2020 10:00


Hometown's top headlines: please click here Thursday evening flyover to include Floyd, Redmond, Cartersville hospitals. Jandy's Frozen Yogurt won't be back. 'We don’t see how we can safely re-open because we are a self-serve business.' 34th Bartow resident dies, 64th in NW Georgia. State toll rises to 1,494. Kemp to tour Floyd modular hospital this morning. Kemp: Summer day camps OK; no overnight camps. A bit more 'room' for restaurant guests. Shelter-in-place continues for those 65 and older. State Health Department to deploy 'over 1,000 contact tracers within weeks to strengthen its contact tracing efforts' of coronavirus, patients testing positive. Business: April home sales down, from 1.1% in Floyd County to 10% in Gordon and 31.2% in Bartow. Average sales prices climb in two of three counties. Rant of the Day: Tuesday evening, after shutting down for the day, a good friend started texting about the day's headlines, specifically the loss of Jandy's Frozen Yogurt. He wasn't surprised, especially because of the self-service nature of the business, and he predicted more were to come. Earlier in the day, we saw where a chain of restaurants -- Sweet Tomatoes -- was closing for similar reasons. It was known for soups, salads and such, and was among one of our niece's favorite spots in her high school years in the Mableton area. In these days of extra precautions at restaurants and other establishments, where the fewer -- no, make that the fewest - hands are better, much of the self-service thing is gone. Drink machines, salad bars and such are endangered at best. And add to that Jandy's and that crazy toppings bar. It was more than a dessert stop; it was the source of some great memories of our kids growing up -- and our grown-ups being kids again. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-druckenmiller/support

Daily News - The Sentinel
Afternoon News - 16 April, 2020

Daily News - The Sentinel

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2020 6:38


1. Ensure compliance of 2.0 Lockdown norms: MHA to States and UTs - The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday communicated to all States and Union Territories to ensure compliance of the new lockdown measures and direct the authorities concerned for their strict implementation to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In the written communication from Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla to the Chief Secretaries of all the States and the UT administrations, it was clarified that “these guidelines are communicated to all the field agencies and wide publicity is given for the benefit of the public and that stricter measures should be imposed as per the requirement of the local areas”. 2. Release of almost all corona patients by April 20: Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma - Releasing two of the three recovered corona, positive patients, from the District Hospital at Sonapur on Wednesday, the State Health Department has expressed hopes of releasing almost all the Coronavirus positive patients of the State by April 20. This is the first such release of cured corona patients in the State. Addressing the media here on Wednesday, a beaming State Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We've released two corona patients – Jonab Ali and Nuruddin Ali— from the District Hospital at Sonapur. We hope to release three such patients tomorrow from the hospital in Goalpara. We had 31 patients with us. With the release of two, we're le… 3. Coronavirus lockdown: All Assam Students' Union flays Education department - The nationwide corona lockdown has left the future of the students in Assam, especially of colleges and universities, hanging in the air. The college and university students in the State are not sure if their respective academic years will remain intact. All Assam Students' Union president Dipanko Kumar Nath, holds the State Education department largely responsible for such uncertainty. 4. Union Health Ministry tagged 5 Assam districts as Coronavirus hotspots - The Union Health Ministry has identified five districts in Assam as Coronavirus hotspot districts with clusters. Golaghat, Morigaon, Nalbari, Goalpara, Dhubri are the districts in Assam which have been put under hotspot districts with cluster. 5. Businessman, media persons offer Phulam Bihuwan to police personnel - In recognition of the humble and dedicated service of all the police personnel and to honour them on the very first day of Assamese New Year, Nimai Saha, a prominent businessman of the district based at Kharupetia, came forward with a unique idea to greet each and every policeman on duty with a phulam Bihuwan as a token of love and honour in the traditional way. Media person Hemanta Kumar Barua and Shrawan Kumar Jha also extended a helping hand to Nimai Saha and greeted the ‘Men in Khaki' at Kharupetia, Dhula and Mangaldai Police Station area. 6. Relief materials distributed by All Bongaigaon district Karmachari Parishad - The All Bongaigaon district Karmachari Parishad distributed relief materials among 200 families of Bongaigaon on Wednesday. “We did it as per appeal of State Finance and Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma,” said Satyanarayan Ray, president of Bongaigaon district Karmachari Parishad. Several noted persons, including Pankaj Sarma and Sankar Sarkar were present on the occasion. 7. Coronavirus Outbreak: Low-key Rongali Bihu celebration Across Assam - Coronavirus pandemic dampened Bihu celebration throughout the State this year. On April 13, which was Garu Bihu, people washed their cows. On April 14 was Manuh Bihu. This year people could not wear new clothes but they sought the blessings of their elders and ate delicious delicacies.

Daily News - The Sentinel
Afternoon News - 30 March, 2020

Daily News - The Sentinel

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2020 4:24


Follow lockdown, says PM Narendra Modi during his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday during his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat' appealed to people not to violate nationwide lockdown imposed to fight against coronavirus pandemic and follow the norms even as he apologised for taking harsh steps to contain the spread of the virus and stressed upon “increasing social distancing but reducing emotional distancing.” No coronavirus positive case in Assam so far: State Health and Family Welfare Department - There is no coronavirus positive case in Assam so far, said sources in the State Health and Family Welfare Department. NRL to produce more LPG by 8% to prevent any crisis during an ongoing nationwide lockdown - The Numaligarh Refinery Ltd has decided to increase its LPG production by around 8% with an aim to prevent any crisis of the commodity during the ongoing nationwide lockdown. Masks made from gamosa distributed among children in Lakhimpur - In order to prevent from possible infection of coronavirus, Sulekha Hazarika of Ghilamora under Dhakuakhana subdivision of Lakhimpur district has been making masks from gamosa day and night. 20 arrested for breaking lockdown guidelines in Barpeta District - Barpeta district police administration has till now arrested 20 persons for venturing out during the time of lockdown. The police also registered case individually against those law breakers under Indian Penal Code and Disaster Management Act. Tinsukia district administration cancelled Permision to Hindustan Unilever Limited - The stand-off between Doomdooma based Hindustan Unilever Limited and the workers' union has been finally resolved after Tinsukia district administration cancelled the permission accorded to Hindustan Unilever Limited permitting the company to manufacture essential commodities amid countrywide lockdown. GMC along with Fire & Emergency Services continues sanitization drive to prevent coronavirus - The Guwahati Municipal Corporation along with the teams of Fire and Emergency Services continued the sanitization drive to tackle the corona outbreak in the state, on Friday. Three teams of the GMC are carrying out the sanitization process. Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna reviews coronavirus management - The daily meeting of State Level Task Force to review the status and action for management of coronavirus was held under the chairmanship of Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna, on Sunday at Janata Bhawan, Dispur. Assam College Teacher Association donates one-day salary to fight against coronavirus - The Assam College Teacher Association has decided to offer a one-day salary of its members as a contribution to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Target people for isolation who has come to State from a foreign country: Ganesh Saikia - Who are the target people the entire force of the State Health Department wants to isolate for their and others' safety in the State? To be specific, this target group comprises anyone who has come to the State from a foreign country, the people who have mingled with them knowingly or unknowingly, anyone to have come to the State from other States of the country. This has been revealed in a conversation on coronavirus which this reporter had with Joint Director of Health, Kamrup metro district, Ganesh Saikia.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
Governor Executive Order, Unemployment Numbers, Distance Learning & More

This Week in Oklahoma Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2020 23:48


This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Stitt's "Safer at Home" policy to curb the outbreak of COVID-19, a US Department of Labor email asking local employment agencies to limit the amount of information released to the public and the State Health Department is withholding much needed medical supplies pending an audit. The trio also discusses state schools closing their buildings while moving to distance learning and the capitol closes for this week as lawmakers and staff get ready to work remotely. Support this podcast

Medicare Nation
Where Do I Go To Get Tested For The Corona Virus?

Medicare Nation

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2020 31:05


Hey Medicare Nation! We're smack in the middle of a Corona Virus Pandemic! The Medicare Nation I wanted to give you an episode that is full of USEFULL information. I know you've been hammered by the news, internet and newspapers about the Corona Virus. Let's start with a very important fact: Human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s. The 1960's people! the coronavirus gets its name from a distinctive corona or in a scientists world…a “Crown of Sugary Proteins,” that projects from the surface of the virus. There are four main types of Human Corona Viruses Alphacoronavirus,  Betacoronavirus,  Gammacoronavirus, and  Deltacoronavirus. The first two only infect mammals, including bats, pigs, cats, and humans.   Gammacoronavirus mostly infects birds such as poultry (chickens) and Deltacoronavirus can infect both birds and mammals. Do you recognize the Virus named SARS? Severe acute respiratory syndrome abbreviated as …. (SARS-CoV) SARS-CoV (the beta coronavirus.  Guess what it causes?  It causes severe… acute…..respiratory syndrome, SARS was first recognized as a distinct strain of coronavirus in 2002. The source of the virus has never been clear, though the first human infections can be traced back to the Chinese province of Guangdong in November of 2002. The virus then became a pandemic, causing more than 8,000 infections of an influenza-like disease in 26 countries with close to 800 deaths. In the United States, only eight persons were laboratory-confirmed as SARS cases. There were NO  SARS-related deaths in the United States. All of the eight persons with laboratory-confirmed SARS had traveled to areas where SARS-CoV transmission was occurring. By July of 2003….. the World Health Organization declared the outbreak over. On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is….SARS-COV-2 aka coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19.  ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. The Medicare Nation COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) “coronavirus” or strain of “Corona Virus” that has not previously been seen in humans. What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?  The CDC (Centers of Disease Control) have listed these as the most common symptoms of COVID-19: Fever Cough Shortness of breath Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms….like a dry cough…. to severe illness, with high fever and shortness of breath, requiring hospitalization and there have been deaths reported for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.   Currently……according to the WHO… as of March 13th….there are over 132, 758 reported cases of    COVID-19 …. Worldwide. Of those cases….. there are 4,955 Deaths worldwide. Over 80% of the reported cases are recovering. In the U.S…… there are currently 1,629 reported cases…… in 47 of the 50 States. No reported cases yet….in Idaho, Alabama and West Virginia. There have been 41 Deaths reported in the U.S. ….. with 37 Deaths coming from the State of Washington. The deaths mainly being reported from a nursing facility, with those being elderly and having underlying medical conditions prior to contracting the CoronaVirus. What do we mean by Underlying medical conditions????  If you have a blood disorder.... like sickle cell disease... or ... you have chronic kidney disease.... you're currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation. You may have congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease. You may have chronic asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or you may need oxygen at home. All of these conditions..... as well as many more..... may raise your risk of contracting COVID-19. You may NOT contract the virus. Just be more cognizant of your surroundings and who you are in contact with. What do you do if you believe you have symptoms of the COVID-19? NUMBER 1…. Call your Primary Doctor. Speak with the Nurse or Physician’s Assistant. Tell them your symptoms and they will advise you of what to do.  IF You CANT get Through to your Doctor……. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan…… the Plan most likely has a 24 hr. Nurse’s Line.  CALL THEM!!  Tell the nurse  your symptoms. They will advise you. Call your STATE Health Department for Advise. Each State has an information line dedicated to the COVID-19 Crisis and will be able to assist you with answering question. If you have any severe symptoms….. as in Difficulty Breathing, fluid in your lungs, High fever of over 104 degrees…. CALL 911!   If you do have symptoms, and your doctor wants you to have the test to confirm COVID-19…. Where do you go?? According to the FDA….. here is the current list of laboratories across the U.S. that will be offering testing for the COVID-19 very soon  Advent Health Laboratories  Lab Corp Quest Laboratories As well as many other public health, university and private labs will be available on the FDA list of laboratories to test for the COVID-19. Medicare IS Covering the Test for COVID-19 as a Preventative Diagnostic Test….and therefore ….. you will have NO COPAY when you take the test. There are currently  TWO Testing Codes for the COVID-19 Test Is for having the Test at a Public Health Lab ( your local community Health Department) which is U0001 The 2nd is for having the test at a commercial or private lab (like Lab Corp) which is U0002.   If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, self-quarantine yourself in your home, away from your family members and pets, until you have tested negative. We ALL need to SELF-Police ourselves and HELP STOP the Spread of COVID-19….. so we can curtail the spread and help stop the pandemic.  Remember to Drink lots of fluids….. eat plenty of chicken soup and crackers ….. and get lots of REST!! The Medicare Nation You can go to the Center for Disease Control website for daily updates on the Corona Virus 19 situation ….. go to….. www.CDC.gov   You can also go to the World Health Organization website…. Go to …. www.who.int   AND…. PLEASE go to your STATE”S Health Department website for local information by “Googling” your State.  That’s all for today Nation. Call your Parents….. Make sure they’re ok and help them subscribe to Medicare Nation…. So they can hear this episode as well as over 100 other episodes about Medicare and it’s Resources. Thank you for listening to Medicare Nation! If you are part of my “Sandwich Generation,” Share this show with your parents and/or grandparents. They have many questions about Medicare and this show will answer them! Buy them a “Smart Phone,” and introduce them to Medicare Nation! If you are a Baby Boomer, share Medicare Nation with other “Baby Boomers.” I want to educate as many of you as I can about Medicare! I certainly can use  your help in putting the word out! If you have any questions, send them to Support@TheMedicareNation.com If I can answer it in one email - I will personally answer you! If your question requires research or additional contact with you, I do offer consulting if you would like me to assist you in that manner. Want to hear a topic on Medicare Nation? A special guest? Let me know and I'll do my best to get them on the show! Thanks again for listening!      

The New Mid Podcast with Michelle Newman
Coronavirus: COVID19: What We Need to Know!

The New Mid Podcast with Michelle Newman

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2020 34:03


There's so much news out there about the Coronavirus but what does it all mean? We keep hearing about death rates and how contagious it is but what does that mean for the average American? In today's episode I spoke with medical specialists to discuss what exactly is COVID19 or SARS 2. How can we protect ourselves and how dangerous is this virus? I'm joined by Katherine Scott and Koya Davis from Frederick Health Infection Prevention Department. The Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. The COVID19 or SARS 2 origins was found in a food market in Wuhan Province, China.  We're discovering new things about the virus everyday. The passengers from the Diamond Princess were quarantined.  Symptoms you need to worry about: 1) Where you in Main Land China 2) Fever 3) Cough 4) Shortness of breath  If you have any of the above symptoms contact your physician or go see a doctor. Don't diagnosis yourself or use Dr. Google. Don't ignore symptoms. The biggest Red Flag currently if you're feeling sick is if you've been to China or have come in contact with someone who traveled to China. And more specifically if you have come in contact with someone from China who is ill with COVID19. If you've been exposed to COVID19 symptoms can show up as soon as 2 days after the exposure up to 14 days. That's the current statistics. Emergency Departments do drills and have internal protocols for Emergency situations. The disease is transmitted through droplets, cough and sneezes. The test to see if you have COVID 19 or SARS 2 is by a cotton swab.  If you are going to be tested the hospital will first contact the State Health Department. Then the State Health Department will contact the Federal Health Department before a person is tested. The tests are not taken at your local.  The most IMPORTANT way to protect yourself is vigilant HAND WASHING and using alcohol based hand sanitizers.  Best place to get up to date information is through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Center for Disease Control World Health Organization

5 Kyngdoms Radio
Stories of Hope in Hard Times, Alan Smith: Finding Perspective After Losing A Child

5 Kyngdoms Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2019 58:07


In this episode of Stories of Hope in Hard Times, Tamara K. Anderson interviews Alan Smith. Alan shares how he was able to take health struggles and the death of a child, and find happiness even after extreme pain.How Alan Found Perspective and Peace After His Son’s Death.Alan’s BioAlan was born and raised in Utah. He is something of a Renaissance man with his love to read, write, paint, sing, and ballroom dance. He’s a realtor by profession, and has been married for 25 years to Susan who rolls her eyes at his dad jokes, but he’s sure she’s laughing on the inside. As a writer, Alan goes by the name A.D. Sherman.Alan’s Writing CareerAlan goes by A.D. Sherman because he says he’s still a little shy about his writing, and the name Alan Smith isn’t that exciting. Alan decided to write under a pseudonym. A high school nickname inspired the last name of Sherman, the A is from his name Alan, and the D stands for death, dismemberment, dragons, Dracula and all of those fun, creepy things.Alan is currently working on a book. It is called the Undertaker’s Apprentice and it’s about a 16 year old boy who on his first awkward day as an undertaker’s apprentice, accidentally becomes a sorcerer.Alan’s Childhood and PastAlan is the oldest of four kids, but was very small for his age and got bullied in the neighborhood. He had one close friend but didn’t have lots of other friends. Alan’s mom also had some complications with pregnancy and postpartum, which left Alan to do a lot of the work around the house like laundry and cooking. Alan didn’t really have a traditional childhood because he was busy taking care of things for his siblings. He tried to have a sense of humor and fun, but overall his childhood was busy and full of work.A Stroke At Age 18At the age of 18, Alan had something shocking happen to him. He had a significant stroke, which is highly unusual in someone so young. He didn’t expect it at all. Alan and his family didn’t realize what had happened right away. He was working in a book warehouse, and suddenly began feeling really sick. He felt dizzy and nauseous and he couldn’t stand or see. Alan worked at the warehouse with his mom, and she was busy working. So, Alan went up to the bathroom and spent a half hour throwing up and feeling miserable. He finally dragged himself to the break room couch where slept the rest of the day. Within a couple of days he felt enough better that he could go back to work, and he thought nothing else of it.A little while later Alan went in for a physical. They tested his peripheral vision by holding up fingers, and on one side Alan couldn’t see any fingers at all. This lead to a lot of tests, a misdiagnosis of a heart valve issue, and more tests.The Cause of the StrokesFourteen years later, Alan was having stroke symptoms. He decided to go in and see a doctor who told him he had an opening between the chambers of his heart. This opening allows blood clots to happen, so he was having little strokes. The doctor went in with a catheter to close the opening, which is a relatively successful surgery. It didn’t work for Alan though. He had another surgery 10 months later which fixed the problem.Alan says that spending so much of his life wondering why he felt tired and sick made him depressed and was extremely hard to deal with. But 14 years later when he finally understood that he’d been having strokes, it made a huge difference in his ability to start moving forward with his life.Stroke SymptomsAlan says that when he was young MRI’s were relatively new and unreliable. So it was hard for him to get correctly diagnosed. He says that you can watch to find stroke symptoms like drooping in a face, tingling in a face or fingertips, and other things that can help indicate a stroke.A Shocking Infant DeathAlan met his wife after his first stroke at 18, and has been married for 25 years. But marriage and parenthood didn’t start out smoothly for Alan and his wife Susan. On May 6th, 1996, Alan’s first son Bryse was born. But just a few months later on August 14th, Bryse died. He was at his daycare center, and passed away from SIDS. Alan says that being at work and having the police show up to tell him about his son was absolutely awful.Alan says he and Susan grieved their son’s death very differently. He felt it was his job was to be the protector and to take care of his family. He grieved by trying to control things, trying to make sure everything was done right. Alan felt he had screwed up and hadn’t done his job. Susan felt an emptiness and guilt that she had been at work.Alan says that they dealt with lots of “what-if” situations. What if they had gone to pick up their son early? What if they hadn’t taken him to daycare that day? There are a hundred things they thought about and wondered if they should have done differently.They also thought about all the things they wouldn’t get to see. They wouldn’t see their son go to school or get married. Alan said they had to start to recreate the way their life would look now that their son was gone.Support GroupAlan says they had to spend time grieving the life they wouldn’t have. Alan says to cope they threw themselves into helping others. A woman named Jolene came to their house the first day after their son had passed. The police officers had given Alan a hotline number to call, and Jolene showed up out of the blue. She was a peer counselor, someone who had been through this same thing. Jolene held their hands and helped them walk through their grief. She suggested things that they maybe wouldn’t think of to do before the funeral. For example, they had a plaster cast of their son’s hand and foot made for their home.Alan and Susan would call Jolene when they needed to talk or cry, and she was there. They went to support group meetings to talk with other families who had gone through a similar situation. After a little while, the Utah SIDS Alliance asked if Alan and Susan would be willing to help other people. Susan and Alan became the co-presidents of that organization and were able to run the support meetings, work with the State Health Department, and create the Back To Sleep campaign to remind parents to put babies on their backs to sleep.Alan is grateful for the work they were able to do, and all the Utah families they were able to help. Alan found a closeness to this community of people and the support they gave each other was indescribable.Conversations With GodAlan’s conversations with God at that time involved a lot of questions, mostly asking “why?” Alan says he eventually learned that he needed to be in a place where he could benefit others. He says he wasn’t happy to hear that. But he learned what he was supposed to do and how he was supposed to be there for others.  “I need to be there to help take care of them. I’ve been there, done that and don’t want to ever do it again,” he says.More ChildrenAlan’s next daughter Haylee was born a few years later. He says that when Susan was pregnant, she was a train wreck and was so worried about everything. Alan felt calm, and at peace that it would be fine. Once Haylee was born, Alan and Susan switched places. Susan became calm and comfortable, and Alan became a train wreck.He would go into the kid’s rooms every night to put his hand on them to make sure they were breathing. He jokes that it was great as teenagers because they were too afraid to sneak out, knowing their Dad would come check on them in the night.Alan says that his feelings of a protector came back out when his children were born, and he wanted to control everything he could. He says now that his children are grown he feels less pressure, and can know that he’s done his best and it’s up to them now.Lessons Alan Has Learned1. Empathy and Serving OthersWhen Alan and his wife were able to serve and help others who had children die unexpectedly, they felt unity, support and healing. Serving others also brought them happiness and joy.2. Learn Lessons Amid HardshipAsk God, “What do I need to learn this situation?” Often learning the lesson will benefit your life moving forward.3. Good Things Can Come from TragedyFigure out how to see the positives in any situation. You can’t let the crazy stuff that happens in your life beat you down. For example, Alan says some of his greatest friendships and best points of his life are connected to Bryse dying.4. Awfulizing: Life isn’t as bad as we thinkAlan says that a psychologist worked with him and taught him about awfulizing. For example, you get a hang nail and then you feel like you’re going to have to get your thumb amputated. You’ve created a horrible thing out of something small, and it’s a negative cycle. To break the cycle you have to put everything on a scale of 1 to 10. 10 is the worst, most horrible thing ever. For Alan, his son dying was the 10. Nothing else in his life can compare to how awful that was.Alan says sometimes something will happen, like the kids put crayons in the dryer and shirts are ruined. We tend to grow that into an 8. But if you really look at it, it’s just a 2 or a 3. Comparing it to the worst thing ever helps you put it into perspective. You can have control over your reactions when you think about your life in this way.5. There is Power in ForgivenessAlan remembers one bully from his childhood taking particular care to make his life miserable. At least, that was Alan’s perception. Alan later was in a religious ceremony, and this person from his childhood was there. Alan decided in that moment to let go of his childhood hurt with this person. And 30 years later, he hasn’t harbored any ill-will toward him. He believes that Jesus Christ and God helped him let go of that hurt and anger.Thirteen years after Alan decided to forgive this person, he got a phone call saying they had died of a heart attack at a young age. Alan says he felt so blessed that he had let go of his anger and could go to the funeral without any upset feelings.Alan says often the people in our lives that have hurt us probably don’t know that they’ve done something so bad to us. The anger we feel is hurting us more than it’s hurting them. As long as we’re willing to give God our struggles, He can help us overcome the feelings and take them away.6. The Ability to Choose How to ReactAlan says sometimes he’s been put on a path he didn’t want to walk, but learned to figure out what positives he could take from each situation. He says he would never have wanted to be on a path that included having a child pass away. But everyone has things happen to them that they don’t want. And we don’t get to choose them. But we do choose how to deal with the consequences. “The only thing we get to choose really is how we react to any given situation,” Alan concludes.7. Embrace Your New NormalAlan has the chance to meet with families and groups and help them get over hardships. He talks about embracing a new normal (one of Tamara’s favorite things as well.)Alan says, “The day before my son died, I was a dad. The day after my son died, I was still a dad, but I didn’t have my son. Normal had changed for me, normal was never going to be the same as it was before. And so I have to learn how to adapt and how to work within the range of what normal is.”Alan likens it to going on a vacation to Italy that you’ve planned thoroughly and you’re so excited for. You get to the airport, and they tell you to go to sleep and they will wake you up when you arrive. Now imagine you go to sleep, and you wake up on the ground and they say “Welcome to Holland!” You’d probably think, “Wait a minute, I was planning to go to Italy.” But you’re in Holland and there are great things to do in Holland like windmills and wooden shoes. But it’s not Italy. Being in a different place can be wonderful and great, it’s just not what you were expecting. Finding the good in your new normal. (The original credit for the “Welcome to Holland” story goes to Emily Perl Kingsley).Advice on How to Support OthersAlan also talks about being on the other side of the table when someone you know is going through a new normal. Other people may not understand what you’re going through, because your new normal doesn’t impact their daily life. At the beginning of a loss people crowd around and try to support and help, but that slowly fades away as they get back to their life.How to Help a Grieving FriendPart of what you can do is create a place where you remember that somebody is in a new normal space and finding ways to still support them in that place. This doesn’t have to be crazy hard. It doesn’t have to be a lot of work, it can be sending them a text that you’re thinking about them. Just so that they know that somebody is aware of them. You can put flowers on their loved one’s grave.Alan says you can also remember significant dates (like the birth or death day or a loved one) and show that you’re there for your friend on those important dates. Being aware of the needs of others is an important key. All it takes is setting a recurring annual reminder on your phone and you can remember and comfort your friend on these critical anniversaries. Doing this means a lot.Sleepless In Seattle AdviceAlan has some thoughts about this popular movie. In the movie, Tom Hanks is being interviewed on the radio on Christmas Eve. The therapist on the radio asks Tom Hanks how he got through his wife dying. Tom Hanks says “I just remind myself to breathe and hopefully someday I won’t have to remind myself to breathe.” Alan says that this advice is key. You can live moment-to-moment. And pretty soon you’ll be able to take two breaths and be able to manage two breaths.Alan says it’s important to remember that nobody expects you to be perfect. You can be in a bad place, and that’s OK. It’s just one breath at a time. Inhale, exhale. That’s all it takes.How God HelpedAlan says God put amazing people in his life as part of this whole experience. They were earthly angels to Alan and Susan and their family. Creating lifelong connections has been such a gift.God also gave Alan the ability to have perspective and to stop awfulizing things so much. He gave Alan the knowledge that we can choose the opportunities before us, and that we don’t have to let life happen to us. Most of all, Alan says he learned that God won’t leave us alone. There are always people who can help us and support us. And we can always be there for other people by asking them to dinner, to go for a walk, to serve them, send flowers, or more. God has helped Alan take his pain, and turn that into great ways to help others.Recommended ResourcesAlan loves the following resources:Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson. Alan says this book helps us realize that things change and we don’t always get a choice in what happens, but that’s ok.Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute. This book talks about putting up walls, our thought processes, and our perspective.Contacting AlanYou can contact Alan at ADShermanauthor@gmail.com.

5 Kyngdoms Radio
Alan Smith: Finding Perspective After Losing A Child

5 Kyngdoms Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2019 58:07


In this episode of Stories of Hope in Hard Times podcast, Tamara K. Anderson interviews Alan Smith. Alan shares how he was able to take health struggles and the death of a child, and find happiness even after extreme pain.How Alan Found Perspective and Peace After His Son’s Death.Alan’s BioAlan was born and raised in Utah. He is something of a Renaissance man with his love to read, write, paint, sing, and ballroom dance. He’s a realtor by profession, and has been married for 25 years to Susan who rolls her eyes at his dad jokes, but he’s sure she’s laughing on the inside. As a writer, Alan goes by the name A.D. Sherman.Alan’s Writing CareerAlan goes by A.D. Sherman because he says he’s still a little shy about his writing, and the name Alan Smith isn’t that exciting. Alan decided to write under a pseudonym. A high school nickname inspired the last name of Sherman, the A is from his name Alan, and the D stands for death, dismemberment, dragons, Dracula and all of those fun, creepy things.Alan is currently working on a book. It is called the Undertaker’s Apprentice and it’s about a 16 year old boy who on his first awkward day as an undertaker’s apprentice, accidentally becomes a sorcerer.Alan’s Childhood and PastAlan is the oldest of four kids, but was very small for his age and got bullied in the neighborhood. He had one close friend but didn’t have lots of other friends. Alan’s mom also had some complications with pregnancy and postpartum, which left Alan to do a lot of the work around the house like laundry and cooking. Alan didn’t really have a traditional childhood because he was busy taking care of things for his siblings. He tried to have a sense of humor and fun, but overall his childhood was busy and full of work.A Stroke At Age 18At the age of 18, Alan had something shocking happen to him. He had a significant stroke, which is highly unusual in someone so young. He didn’t expect it at all. Alan and his family didn’t realize what had happened right away. He was working in a book warehouse, and suddenly began feeling really sick. He felt dizzy and nauseous and he couldn’t stand or see. Alan worked at the warehouse with his mom, and she was busy working. So, Alan went up to the bathroom and spent a half hour throwing up and feeling miserable. He finally dragged himself to the break room couch where slept the rest of the day. Within a couple of days he felt enough better that he could go back to work, and he thought nothing else of it.A little while later Alan went in for a physical. They tested his peripheral vision by holding up fingers, and on one side Alan couldn’t see any fingers at all. This lead to a lot of tests, a misdiagnosis of a heart valve issue, and more tests.The Cause of the StrokesFourteen years later, Alan was having stroke symptoms. He decided to go in and see a doctor who told him he had an opening between the chambers of his heart. This opening allows blood clots to happen, so he was having little strokes. The doctor went in with a catheter to close the opening, which is a relatively successful surgery. It didn’t work for Alan though. He had another surgery 10 months later which fixed the problem.Alan says that spending so much of his life wondering why he felt tired and sick made him depressed and was extremely hard to deal with. But 14 years later when he finally understood that he’d been having strokes, it made a huge difference in his ability to start moving forward with his life.Stroke SymptomsAlan says that when he was young MRI’s were relatively new and unreliable. So it was hard for him to get correctly diagnosed. He says that you can watch to find stroke symptoms like drooping in a face, tingling in a face or fingertips, and other things that can help indicate a stroke.A Shocking Infant DeathAlan met his wife after his first stroke at 18, and has been married for 25 years. But marriage and parenthood didn’t start out smoothly for Alan and his wife Susan. On May 6th, 1996, Alan’s first son Bryse was born. But just a few months later on August 14th, Bryse died. He was at his daycare center, and passed away from SIDS. Alan says that being at work and having the police show up to tell him about his son was absolutely awful.Alan says he and Susan grieved their son’s death very differently. He felt it was his job was to be the protector and to take care of his family. He grieved by trying to control things, trying to make sure everything was done right. Alan felt he had screwed up and hadn’t done his job. Susan felt an emptiness and guilt that she had been at work.Alan says that they dealt with lots of “what-if” situations. What if they had gone to pick up their son early? What if they hadn’t taken him to daycare that day? There are a hundred things they thought about and wondered if they should have done differently.They also thought about all the things they wouldn’t get to see. They wouldn’t see their son go to school or get married. Alan said they had to start to recreate the way their life would look now that their son was gone.Support GroupAlan says they had to spend time grieving the life they wouldn’t have. Alan says to cope they threw themselves into helping others. A woman named Jolene came to their house the first day after their son had passed. The police officers had given Alan a hotline number to call, and Jolene showed up out of the blue. She was a peer counselor, someone who had been through this same thing. Jolene held their hands and helped them walk through their grief. She suggested things that they maybe wouldn’t think of to do before the funeral. For example, they had a plaster cast of their son’s hand and foot made for their home.Alan and Susan would call Jolene when they needed to talk or cry, and she was there. They went to support group meetings to talk with other families who had gone through a similar situation. After a little while, the Utah SIDS Alliance asked if Alan and Susan would be willing to help other people. Susan and Alan became the co-presidents of that organization and were able to run the support meetings, work with the State Health Department, and create the Back To Sleep campaign to remind parents to put babies on their backs to sleep.Alan is grateful for the work they were able to do, and all the Utah families they were able to help. Alan found a closeness to this community of people and the support they gave each other was indescribable.Conversations With GodAlan’s conversations with God at that time involved a lot of questions, mostly asking “why?” Alan says he eventually learned that he needed to be in a place where he could benefit others. He says he wasn’t happy to hear that. But he learned what he was supposed to do and how he was supposed to be there for others.  “I need to be there to help take care of them. I’ve been there, done that and don’t want to ever do it again,” he says.More ChildrenAlan’s next daughter Haylee was born a few years later. He says that when Susan was pregnant, she was a train wreck and was so worried about everything. Alan felt calm, and at peace that it would be fine. Once Haylee was born, Alan and Susan switched places. Susan became calm and comfortable, and Alan became a train wreck.He would go into the kid’s rooms every night to put his hand on them to make sure they were breathing. He jokes that it was great as teenagers because they were too afraid to sneak out, knowing their Dad would come check on them in the night.Alan says that his feelings of a protector came back out when his children were born, and he wanted to control everything he could. He says now that his children are grown he feels less pressure, and can know that he’s done his best and it’s up to them now.Lessons Alan Has Learned1. Empathy and Serving OthersWhen Alan and his wife were able to serve and help others who had children die unexpectedly, they felt unity, support and healing. Serving others also brought them happiness and joy.2. Learn Lessons Amid HardshipAsk God, “What do I need to learn this situation?” Often learning the lesson will benefit your life moving forward.3. Good Things Can Come from TragedyFigure out how to see the positives in any situation. You can’t let the crazy stuff that happens in your life beat you down. For example, Alan says some of his greatest friendships and best points of his life are connected to Bryse dying.4. Awfulizing: Life isn’t as bad as we thinkAlan says that a psychologist worked with him and taught him about awfulizing. For example, you get a hang nail and then you feel like you’re going to have to get your thumb amputated. You’ve created a horrible thing out of something small, and it’s a negative cycle. To break the cycle you have to put everything on a scale of 1 to 10. 10 is the worst, most horrible thing ever. For Alan, his son dying was the 10. Nothing else in his life can compare to how awful that was.Alan says sometimes something will happen, like the kids put crayons in the dryer and shirts are ruined. We tend to grow that into an 8. But if you really look at it, it’s just a 2 or a 3. Comparing it to the worst thing ever helps you put it into perspective. You can have control over your reactions when you think about your life in this way.5. There is Power in ForgivenessAlan remembers one bully from his childhood taking particular care to make his life miserable. At least, that was Alan’s perception. Alan later was in a religious ceremony, and this person from his childhood was there. Alan decided in that moment to let go of his childhood hurt with this person. And 30 years later, he hasn’t harbored any ill-will toward him. He believes that Jesus Christ and God helped him let go of that hurt and anger.Thirteen years after Alan decided to forgive this person, he got a phone call saying they had died of a heart attack at a young age. Alan says he felt so blessed that he had let go of his anger and could go to the funeral without any upset feelings.Alan says often the people in our lives that have hurt us probably don’t know that they’ve done something so bad to us. The anger we feel is hurting us more than it’s hurting them. As long as we’re willing to give God our struggles, He can help us overcome the feelings and take them away.6. The Ability to Choose How to ReactAlan says sometimes he’s been put on a path he didn’t want to walk, but learned to figure out what positives he could take from each situation. He says he would never have wanted to be on a path that included having a child pass away. But everyone has things happen to them that they don’t want. And we don’t get to choose them. But we do choose how to deal with the consequences. “The only thing we get to choose really is how we react to any given situation,” Alan concludes.7. Embrace Your New NormalAlan has the chance to meet with families and groups and help them get over hardships. He talks about embracing a new normal (one of Tamara’s favorite things as well.)Alan says, “The day before my son died, I was a dad. The day after my son died, I was still a dad, but I didn’t have my son. Normal had changed for me, normal was never going to be the same as it was before. And so I have to learn how to adapt and how to work within the range of what normal is.”Alan likens it to going on a vacation to Italy that you’ve planned thoroughly and you’re so excited for. You get to the airport, and they tell you to go to sleep and they will wake you up when you arrive. Now imagine you go to sleep, and you wake up on the ground and they say “Welcome to Holland!” You’d probably think, “Wait a minute, I was planning to go to Italy.” But you’re in Holland and there are great things to do in Holland like windmills and wooden shoes. But it’s not Italy. Being in a different place can be wonderful and great, it’s just not what you were expecting. Finding the good in your new normal. (The original credit for the “Welcome to Holland” story goes to Emily Perl Kingsley).Advice on How to Support OthersAlan also talks about being on the other side of the table when someone you know is going through a new normal. Other people may not understand what you’re going through, because your new normal doesn’t impact their daily life. At the beginning of a loss people crowd around and try to support and help, but that slowly fades away as they get back to their life.How to Help a Grieving FriendPart of what you can do is create a place where you remember that somebody is in a new normal space and finding ways to still support them in that place. This doesn’t have to be crazy hard. It doesn’t have to be a lot of work, it can be sending them a text that you’re thinking about them. Just so that they know that somebody is aware of them. You can put flowers on their loved one’s grave.Alan says you can also remember significant dates (like the birth or death day or a loved one) and show that you’re there for your friend on those important dates. Being aware of the needs of others is an important key. All it takes is setting a recurring annual reminder on your phone and you can remember and comfort your friend on these critical anniversaries. Doing this means a lot.Sleepless In Seattle AdviceAlan has some thoughts about this popular movie. In the movie, Tom Hanks is being interviewed on the radio on Christmas Eve. The therapist on the radio asks Tom Hanks how he got through his wife dying. Tom Hanks says “I just remind myself to breathe and hopefully someday I won’t have to remind myself to breathe.” Alan says that this advice is key. You can live moment-to-moment. And pretty soon you’ll be able to take two breaths and be able to manage two breaths.Alan says it’s important to remember that nobody expects you to be perfect. You can be in a bad place, and that’s OK. It’s just one breath at a time. Inhale, exhale. That’s all it takes.How God HelpedAlan says God put amazing people in his life as part of this whole experience. They were earthly angels to Alan and Susan and their family. Creating lifelong connections has been such a gift.God also gave Alan the ability to have perspective and to stop awfulizing things so much. He gave Alan the knowledge that we can choose the opportunities before us, and that we don’t have to let life happen to us. Most of all, Alan says he learned that God won’t leave us alone. There are always people who can help us and support us. And we can always be there for other people by asking them to dinner, to go for a walk, to serve them, send flowers, or more. God has helped Alan take his pain, and turn that into great ways to help others.Recommended ResourcesAlan loves the following resources:Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson. Alan says this book helps us realize that things change and we don’t always get a choice in what happens, but that’s ok.Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute. This book talks about putting up walls, our thought processes, and our perspective.Contacting AlanYou can contact Alan at ADShermanauthor@gmail.com.

Corporate School Dropout: Inspiring Stories of Ditching the 9 to 5
EP 031 - From State Health Department to Business Strategist - Sheng Herr

Corporate School Dropout: Inspiring Stories of Ditching the 9 to 5

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2019 41:27


Episode 031 - Sheng Herr is a business strategist who started her career with the State Health Department. She wanted to make an impact on her local and state community, but after four years, she found herself working on the same projects and saw no movement on the policy. Sheng has three reasons for leaping to entrepreneurship, and she details those goals during this episode. Sheng's story crosses cultural barriers, multiple business ventures, and reveals her family's money journey to get out of debt. There's so much useful insight in this episode; it's a must-listen. Join the waitlist for Crash Course to Dropout! Rate and Review on Apple Podcast Show notes Visit the Website Join the Corporate School Dropout Facebook Group   Corporate School Dropout podcast is brought to you by Lauren Allen of Right Hand Business Coach.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
Governor Signs Agency Bills, Medical Marijuana "Unity Bill" Passes & Texas Teacher Pay Raises

This Week in Oklahoma Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2019 25:29


This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Stitt signing legislation restructuring the boards and commissions of five state agencies and giving him power to hire and fire the agency heads, the "Unity Bill" on medical marijuana passes the legislature and heads to the governor's desk and Governor Stitt calls on the State Auditor to investigate the Oklahoma Health Care Authority in regard to Medicaid. The trio also discusses a lawsuit by more than 150 former and current employees of the State Health Department released after a fiscal situation in 2017 and a teacher pay raise in Texas could impact educators in Oklahoma. Support this podcast

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
Edible Medical Marijuana, Stitt's New Office & Senate Bills

This Week in Oklahoma Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2018 20:06


This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the State Health Department passing rules for edible medical marijuana, Governor-elect Kevin Stitt might have to wait a while before moving into his new offices because of construction at the State Capitol and a southeast Oklahoma Democratic State Representative defects to the Republican Party. The trio also discusses a couple of new Senate bills: One bans all vaping at educational facilities with minors as well as all schools sponsored or sanctioned activities while another makes rib eye the state's official steak. Support this podcast