Sitting for four hours in a chair, undergoing hemodialysis, is pretty uncomfortable. It is also boring. I started the treatments eight months ago, and I have learned how to keep myself occupied and warm! These tips should help new patients to tolerate the hours better.
During my 38 years of Medical Laboratory Science (Lab Tech), I gradually became a specialist in Blood Banking. I worked mainly for hospital laboratories. I explored other careers during my free time, while moving around the country. Lab Tech always paid the bills, though.
What did I want to be when I grew up? I answer this question in parts one through 4. I wanted to be many things. My story continues through the post graduate years as I explore even more tempting careers!
In this autobiographical article, I cover the years between 20 and 30 years of age. This is the result of those years of searching, learning, and trying to decide on a lifelong career. It was a long, perilous journey. I learned so many things!
In the first two parts of this multipart series, I went from childhood, then through my teenage years in My Career Search Part Two, and now on to my early adulthood when I finally started getting some clues about a serious career choice.
Around the age of eight, I had decided to become a homicide detective. Regrettably, things changed drastically from the age of nine, to the age of sixteen. These were very dark years for me, and I entered adulthood rather swiftly.
As we go through life, we often wonder what will become of us in the future. Will we end up with our dream home and career? I began to wonder about what profession I would end up in at the tender age of eight.
Once upon a time, I was born in Houston, Texas. Then I was raised in Texas, then I got out of this state as soon as I could! I moved to Maui, met and married, couldn't afford to buy a home there, so we asked ourselves, "Where in the USA would be the best place to live?"
Everything you always wanted to ask about Blood Transfusions, Conditions Needing Blood Transfusions, and What a Medical Laboratory Scientist does with all that Blood.
When feelings matter, a vampire can help.
Strange Things Happening at School Dances There are numerous strange things that happen at our schools, and this is one of them. There is no explanation for what happened at West Eisenhower High.
I am frequently asked about rare blood types. The most common questions are about the Rh Negative blood type. The next most common questions are about rare blood types being special in some way. This article will be helpful in answering questions and superstitions in "golden" or "special" blood.
A good book is a powerful influence for your mind. The pen is mightier than the sword, but this is only true of the great writers of history and life. Your life will be changed by these unusual books written by renowned authors.
Escaping from a serial killer isn't always the easiest thing to do. Especially when it involves rugged mountainous terrain and a girl without survival skills. But danger is only a state of mind. #MeToo
Goats make good pets on a small farm, ranch, or homestead. These friendly, funny creatures eat weeds and play tricks!
I just had cataract surgery, I asked my doctor, "What is the most frequently asked question about cataract surgery?" He said, "Will I go blind"? Cataract surgery is commonly done to remove cataracts.
Jinx Schwartz has written a series of surprisingly funny, yet serious novels about a character named Hetta Coffey. Hetta lives on a yacht in the Sea of Cortez. She has great friends and dead bodies!
Some people get very angry when a hub author deletes a comment. They often think of the deletion as a personal attack. There are several good reasons for a hub author to delete a comment from a hub.
The U.S. Bill of Rights is a document that attempts to spell out our basic human freedoms as citizens. There is so much disagreement over these simple 10 rules that I wonder if we will ever get it right!
Food trucks are springing up everywhere these days. Some city planners are even making food truck parks. They have tables, umbrellas, trash removal. It looks like a clever picnic area. Great food!
Go to Las Vegas to have fun! Here are a few things you can do to minimize gambling losses and maximize your enjoyment. Gambling is only part of the thrill of this adult wonderland!
From the mind of Stan Lee and Marvel Comics comes the X-Men. Mutant super heroes (or villains) that have special abilities. The best known of which is Wolverine portrayed by Hugh Jackman with claws.
People love their pets. Dogs and cats are the most popular pets, but parrots may be a close third choice. Parrots usually bond with one member of the family, but still accept others that flock around.
Death is the cessation of biological functions that sustain life as we know it. We start as biological entities when our chemicals and energy coalesce to become independent bio forms, then we die.
Pies are all the rage today. Everybody has a favorite pie. Pies and pie crusts from seasoned pie makers are always in demand. Here are 10 top pie recipes and how to make awesom pie crusts you'll love
Physical health depends a great deal on how you feel all over. Muscle aches and pains, joint aches and pains and circulation problems are all related to our health. Water therapy can help with pain.
Have you ever wanted to be an American? As an American, can you pass the citizenship quiz? Maybe you don't know all of the civics answers, but can you pass the every day test for Americans?
From testicular cancer to becoming one of the best athletes in the world, Lance Armstrong used performance enhancing secrets to attain his seven victories in the Tour de France bicycling championships.
What are ancient petroglyphs? What are they trying to tell us in the modern world? Rock carving, cave painting and more is the way ancient civilizations use to communicate with the future. Will our electronic stories last as long?
Teenage drivers must learn to drive well. Car safety is all about learning the basics and practicing until close perfection is attained. Driver's Education classes are not enough. Learn to drive by listening to professional drivers.
Set goals to beat depression. Get professional treatment, follow expert advice, get rid of stress and depressing things in your life, count your life benefits (blessings). These five goals will help you beat depression for good.
What is good and right about religion? What are the benefits of religions? What makes a religion fun and attractive?
Buy one regular meal and get a second entree of equal or greater value free! Get free appetizers, desserts or birthday specials too. Join these top 10 restaurant 'e-clubs' and get great free deals in your email!
Having fair skin has its disadvantages. One of them is skin cancer and melanoma cancer of the skin. Sun worshipers will never understand the difficulty and amount of work it takes to stay out of the sun. We have to give up all sorts of activities and beach time.
Buying a used car can be fun or a hopeless quagmire of red tape and negotiations. Follow these tips to buy a great used car. Learn what to look for, how to deal with dealers, and how to know if you're buying a mechanically sound used car.
Landscaping and related services have really gone up in price! Well, did you expect the costs of brush removal and tree trimming to go down? Fuel for mowers keep going up, labor costs are outrageous and power tools are still expensive. If you have land to clear, do it now while prices are still...
Poison ivy is the dreaded allergic dermatitis caused by urushiol which causes eruptive allergic contact dermatitis. Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac all produce the same urushiol, and it is one of the most potent allergens in the entire world. Home remedies are very effective treatments for...
Anemia affects both children and adults. Anemia due to low red blood cell counts is different from leukemia which is a low white blood cell count. Anemia affects the ability of the red cells to carry oxygen to all body organs. Leukemia affects the ability of white cells to fight infections.
You just lost everything in a disaster. Your home is totally destroyed. It could have been due to a fire, a hurricane, a flood, or even a meteorite. You will need a home inventory to prove loss to an insurance company.
What driving laws have you broken lately? Did you get a moving violation, a parking ticket or a warning from a traffic officer? Let's explore the top ten most commonly broken driving laws.
Besides the obvious, you can use quesadilla makers to make pancakes, crepes, and burgers. Cutting calories? Use a non-stick spray that tastes like butter to add a punch of flavor to whatever you make!
The Mayan Apocalypse of 2012 is not an end to the world, but a new beginning of enlightenment. The Earth eclipses the galactic plane of the Milky Way Galaxy on December 21, 2012. The Mayans, who were probably the most awesome astronomers ever, predicted the dates in which this eclipse occurs. The...
What's good to make for a family meal that pleases children as well as adults? Have you ever met a kid that doesn't like hot dogs? They even like the word, weenie. It makes them laugh. When you combine that with healthy beans, you've got Beanie Weenies! Adults love this recipe for beans and hot...
It is no harder to make healthy dog treats than it is to make healthy food for yourself. So spend a little time on your pets and make them some dog biscuits using this recipe!
Are you having trouble getting around these days? Do you hate to walk around a busy flea market, farmer's market or fair and just get too tired to walk back to your car? Not to mention how thirsty this makes a person. Well now, you can scooter around with your very own ice cooler on wheels! Carry a...
Tired of buffalo wings? Try these delicious and easy-to-cook garlic Parmesan-crusted, baked chicken wings. This recipe is easy and fast and healthier than the fried version.
Searching for the best electric lawn mower for the money is a chore. You can make your search a lot easier by reading this review on push mowers for the home.
The Aztec Calendar is often confused with the Mayan calendar. The two are quite similar. The truth is that the Aztecs borrowed the Mayan calendar which was in common use at the time. The Aztec Sun Stone is also called the Aztec Calendar stone, but it is not a true calendar. It is an illustration of...
Street photography is designed to tell a story of real life. It sets a mood or a feeling with photographs of everyday life and everyday occurrences. Street photography can be color or black and white, moody or upbeat, happy or sad. This type of photography should have some sort of theme. What are...
Sugar affects your health in several ways. Sugar supplies energy to every cell in your body. Everything you eat turns to sugar a form that the body uses for energy. It is the excess of sugar or lack of sugar that causes problems. Diabetes is called hypergylcemia because there is usually too much...
Blood banks are not actually banks as we know them; they are used for the storage and distribution of blood and blood products.
What causes Leprosy? What are the symptoms? What do the lesions look like? How is Hansen's Disease treated? Is it a communicable disease? These and other questions are answered in this hub. Also, the link between armadillos of the south and transmission of Mycobacterium leprae are discussed.
The pros and cons of donating your body to science are complex. This is a personal decision of the donor. Frequently, the family disagrees with the donor's decision to donate their body, tissue or organs to medical schools or other programs. The body donation directions can be made ahead of time in...
Discover the methods and meanings behind criminal prison tattoos: An in-depth article exploring the various designs and their significance, with photos.
The Mayans planned their days according to a period of time somewhat equal to two of our weeks. Their work week was twice as long as ours. The days cycled through a combination of 13 and 20 day names to constitute a Tzolkin* or a 20 day "two week" period.
Three secret tips for using close up photography. Selling your items on eBay with these tips will bring in more sales!
What the heck is it? Photo quizzes by L.A. Cargill Extreme close ups of objects to guess at and exercise your brain.
We all know that some day the humans on earth may become extinct or very nearly so. There is a disaster looming for this incredible population and the planet will someday soon be unable to support us. Someone or some group has noticed this and taken steps to prepare and repair the world for any...
Desserts for a summer picnic. We always include banana pudding. This can be made diabetic friendly by using sugar free pudding. You could also use sugar free cookies instead of vanilla wafers.
Early studies of Extra Sensory Perception- Duke University is credited with the first ESP study based on scientific principle. The study was performed in 1927. In 1934, Dr. J.B. Rhines published his summary report of experiments he did during those years. The monograph was titled, “Extra-Sensory...
How to save millions by painting your own pictures, art, canvas and custom wall art. How to custom make your own decorative art. Learn to paint and draw. Take an art class!
Some say that handkerchief painting originated in Texas prisons. Many Mexicans were incarcerated in Texas jails during the 1940's. Most of them were Catholic and male. It is entirely possible that San Antonio had the largest share of Mexican prisoners in the world. Southern California being a close...
Stuffed in the pocket of a dead man's clothes were two strange notes that not even the best of the best cryptanalysts can decipher. Although there is no reward for help in solving the murder case, or "cold case", the satisfaction of breaking the code is usually enough for amateur sleuths.
Top 10 best Texas food recipes. Chili, cornbread, beans, home fries, Chicken Fried Steak, spare ribs, brisket, Frito pie, enchiladas and pecan pie.
Ixchel (pronounced Ish-Chel) is a well known Goddess of the Maya people. She is considered a woman's God and represents birth and medicine. She has been associated with the moon, particularly the waning moon as in an aging woman. Representations of lunar forces seem to be quite common among god...
The proposal for Alien Life Ambassador has been prompted by the recent discovery of hundreds of planets orbiting other stars, which are thought to make the discovery of extraterrestrial life more probable than ever before. Carl Sagan may have been right! Source: Unoosa
Jehovah’s Witnesses have an inordinate amount of faith in the bible regarding the use of blood and blood products. The use of blood products is deemed to be against God’s will and will condemn the recipient to "defellowship" and ostracism. Somewhere in the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and...
What is death? First off, nothing is ever really dead. Not even a table or a rock. If you have ever worked in a hospital, you know how hard it is to determine death. Are you dead when the brain dies but your heart keeps on pumping? Are you dead when your heart stops beating on its own but can be...
Celebrating the end of a year and the beginning of a New Year is a common theme for New Year’s Eve parties. In the United States of North America, the parties are diverse and interesting. Using fire to send these aspirations into the “spirit world” is a fun and relaxing way to celebrate a New Year...
Atheists are not satanists. They are actually pretty good people with a questioning mind.
Wearing a dead person's ash diamond is but one of the really cool new ways to dispose of your remains. Did you know that you can have your ashes pressed into a vinyl record that plays your favorite music or your final message to humanity? Did you know that the army can take your body and use it for...
How to make the best pancakes with your quesadilla maker! Faster and fluffier than a regular griddle. Cinnamon spice and Gingerbread pancake recipes. Also banana foster french toast!
Over my many years in the medical field, I've witnessed many deaths. Some people see death as a tragedy. Some see it as a release from pain and suffering. One thing is certain: death is inevitable. Here's how to know when someone is close to passing.
Learn to control your fears. The good news is that phobias are easy to cure! The treatment is amazing. Learning to keep yourself calm in the face of your irrational fears is so empowering. Self-relaxation is helpful in so many other ways too.
How to make a hand crafted dream catcher. Dream catchers are said to protect us from bad dreams. The web catches the bad dreams and the daylight hits the dream catcher and lifts it away. Dream catchers make excellent baby shower, or wedding gifts, easily customized.
What are the signs of a suicide bomber? Jack Reacher knows them all, yet he makes a terrible mistake trying to save someone who appears to be one. Would you know a terrorist if you see one? Book reviews by Lee Child. Coming soon to TV! Tom Cruise replaced!
The physicists have nearly got it. The universe is composed of mostly empty space (infinite) and a large amount of matter (infinite) being held together by some sort of energy or attraction. It’s kind of like electricity or magnetism or gravitational pull. But it’s not mythical, magical, or...
Top ten very effective uses for distilled white vinegar. Get rid of ringworm, treat athlete's foot, soothe insect bites, relieve yeast infections, and more.
There are so many herbal and natural supplements for diabetics that it is hard to decide which ones are the best and therefore worthy of your hard earned dollar. I've put together a list of the top diabetic herbal remedies here. These supplements are known to aid diabetes and have few if any side...
At some point, Aztec priests began using herbs to help their victims relax before cutting still-beating hearts from their chests. After all, a willing sacrificial victim was a lot easier to deal with than a rebellious one. These herbs were also used in cooking.
Gary Daniels of Lost Worlds has written a research paper on the Georgia petroglyph. The research included comparing Mayan written records to those recorded in stone in Georgia.
As you know, Alice's Restaurant isn't about the song anymore than Turkey is about Thanksgiving. The movie is about the peace movement and the socio-political climate of the 60's and the Vietnam war and government intrusion and anarchy. Those of us that lived during that time in our country's...
Want to donate blood during a disaster, or just in general? Where can you donate blood? At your local blood donor center, of course! Read on for instructions.
The 5 W's of the journalistic style of writing - or everything I learned in Journalism school on one condensed page. Common grammar and spelling mistakes. How to write better. How to write compelling stories. News versus Fake News. Write like a professional. Updated 10/17/2018.
Well everyone that goes to Maui goes up to Haleakala Crater. Mostly for the sunrise ritual. And really, this may be the most incredible thing to do on Maui. Just remember... There's More! Sunrise is cold so bring many blankets from your hotel to wrap up in. Just don't forget to take them back....