Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review: What Nurses Know . . . Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

by Lorraine Steefel,

There is a glossary in the back, so checkout that out if some of the acronyms aren't working for you.

This book is from a layman's perspective.  Lorraine is a nurse, but more importantly she is the mother of a daughter who suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
After reading the first few chapters I was discouraged that there wasn't much information for an individual suffering from the problem, and how individually we can support ourselves.  Chapter nine addresses advocacy.  It gives some insight in approaching others about your own problems.  It also talks about advocacy in school.  If you have a child with any kind of issue that affects there learning you should know about the IDEA, and IEP's.  Most educators won't tell you about them, because it costs them money. 

I'm looking forward to reading more books from this line "What Nurse Know . . . "

Melinda Miller

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle via

T-shirt Yarn!
First off reduce has been pretty easy to do for the last several months since I lost my job.  My husband is still working, but we certainly have to consider every purchase we make.  I'm a crafty person so I find the reuse and recycle part just part of my nature.  Packing lunches for my husband has changed.  It used to be a lot of disposable plastic bags but after considering the environment I've switched to using re-useable containers.  My favorite part of recycling has been repurposing clothes.  I turn t-shirts into t-shirt yarn, and make book bags, rugs, and stuff from it.  I save old jeans too, they work good as patches for jeans we are still wearing.

We live in a community that recycles as well.  We have one spot recycling where any recyclable material can be put in a bin, and the garbage service sorts it out at their facility.

I’m an historic preservation student at Savannah College of Art & Design, so I’m learning a lot about sustainability of historical buildings.  That would be the ultimate in reduce, reuse, recycle.