Dear Church Family,
As I am writing this, it appears that we are moving ever closer to what normal used to be! It will be very good not to have to wear a mask when it is 95 degrees out. My guess is there would be a higher risk of asphyxiation from wearing a mask at this point than catching COVID from not wearing one.
Maybe it’s just me, but have you noticed how people have forgotten how to drive? Just driving to work has become risky business. I had someone run a red light on 5&20, then not 1 but 2 people pulled out in front of me on Washington St. (no directional signals in use to indicate they were pulling away from the curb). I did make it to the church in one piece, but my guardian angel is going to start charging overtime if this keeps up! Be very cautious when out driving around. There seem to be a lot of close calls I’ve noticed lately.
With COVID hopefully on its way out and summer on its way in, let’s review some of our summer safety rules. First, don’t forget to use sunblock, even on hazy days. Check your skin for new or changing lumps and bumps. Skin cancer in its early stages is very curable. Don’t ignore color or size changes in moles that have been there for a while. Be sure to check your ears in the mirror. I’ve had a number of people who had cancer hiding on the top of their ears!
A host of ER visits could be avoided each summer if people would stay hydrated. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water when it’s hot out. Heat Exhaustion and/or Heat Stroke can occur if you become overheated. It is generally because people have become dehydrated and their body temperature begins to rise significantly. Babies and people over 65 are more at risk. However, I had a friend in high school that ended up hospitalized with Heat Stroke. No one is immune to this and it can happen quickly.
Be prepared for bee stings, ticks, mosquitos, and spiders. Wear bug repellent, white socks, and boots or good hiking shoes if hiking in tall grass. Check your skin regularly for ticks. They start out as a small dot (that has tiny legs if you look closely). They grow as they feed off of your blood (doesn’t that just sound so disgusting?!!!) You want to remove a tick ASAP. What I have read is that it takes 36 to 48 hours for a tick to pass the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease to you. To remove a tick, use tweezers and pull straight back hard. Other methods seldom work (burning it, Vaseline) and generally result in the tick dying inside you. I can tell you that is not a fun time.
As I am running out of room I will end with recommending that you be sure you are up to date on your tetanus shot. Summer is usually when we run into the hidden rusty nail on a picnic table or old rusty metal fence hidden in weeds on the hiking trail.
Enjoy your summer! Be safe and healthy! Call me with questions or concerns 315-759-9039.
God Bless! Beth