A heartfelt Thank You
We would like to thank the Oakwood paramedics for their very fast response to our 911 call on February 4th. Our 21-year-old daughter Laura had passed out after suffering shortness of breath from what a doctor had thought was bronchitis. The paramedics worked tirelessly and valiantly for more than one-half hour to try to revive Laura. The Oakwood dispatcher, officers, and supervisors who responded to our call were Laurie Heisey, Mike Russell, Fred Wilson, Susie Green, Scott Cavin, Leslie Zengel, Keith Benson, Randy Baldridge, and Alex Bebris. We thank them for the concern and compassion they showed towards us at this difficult time. We would also like to thank our wonderful neighbors on Acorn Drive who provided food and support.
Because our daughter died unexpectedly, an autopsy was performed to determine the cause of death. We found out that Laura died from bilateral pulmonary thromboemboli, or blood clots in both lungs. We have since learned more about the symptoms and risk factors for blood clots, and we would like to share this information. Lung clots affect more than 500,000 Americans each year, and nearly one-third of these cases are fatal.
Often a clot begins after long periods of inactivity such as during travel or following surgery. A clot may occur in one leg and cause pain, tenderness, and perhaps a reddish or bluish skin discoloration. The clot can then travel to the lungs, causing shortness of breath, chest pain, and/or coughing. These symptoms may be mistaken for other illnesses, especially in young people. About five percent of Caucasians have a DNA mutation called factor V Leiden that causes the blood to clot more easily. Other risk factors include obesity, smoking, pregnancy, hormone therapy, and the use of oral contraceptives.
If anyone with these risk factors experiences leg pain, we encourage them to ask their physician to check the leg with ultra sound, which will reveal clots. For more information about blood clots or to make a contribution to help raise awareness, please visit www.stoptheclot.org.
Dave and Angie Seltzer
549 Acorn Drive
Dog Park issue raised
The recent spell of Spring-like weather found me looking ahead to sunny days, swimming pools, and socializing in the park with friends and neighbors. It also recalled to my mind the discussion which took place last year over the possibility of creating a dog park for Oakwood pet owners. I am curious as to the current status of the dog park proposal and would like to lend my voice of support to the idea. A dog park is a great, inexpensive addition to the multitude of services already offered by the city and will further promote a sense of community by offering yet another venue for citizens to gather and share. Currently, the nearest dog park is a nearly 30 minute commute to a neighboring city. In a family-friendly community like Oakwood, where it seems there is a dog in almost every home, it is a shame to have to rely on another community to supply our pets with recreational facilities. Let’s provide these valued members of our families a place to run free and play with their owners and other canine friends. It seems a small price to pay for a chance to give back to our pets for everything they do to enrich our lives.
Scouts picking up dog shelter supplies Feb. 21
This past Saturday, Feb. 14, Scouts and other volunteers went door-to-door handing out flyers (and bags) asking for donations for my Eagle Scout project. I am running a supply drive in the Oakwood area to benefit the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. I hope to collect a six-month supply of various consumables to donate to the Humane Society, including paper towels, bleach bottles, pet toys, and pet treats.
This coming Saturday, Feb. 21, Scouts will again travel to Oakwood to collect these donations. I need as much help as possible from the citizens of Oakwood if I am to succeed at my goal of a six-months supply. Any size donation is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at my home phone, 294-8779.
Thank you in advance,
Piqued over pork barrel spending
President Obama likes to compare himself to President Lincoln. But he can never compare himself to George Washington who never told a lie. He was truthful for the first two weeks of his presidency. However, at the time of his first press conference he told a whopper which means a big, big, lie. Referring to the stimulus bill (Rush Limbaugh calls it a “porkulus bill”) he claimed that there were no earmarks (pork) in it. Obama made the big mistake of turning the bill over to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to write.
They added tons of pork to it. The Senate and House met to form a compromise bill. It contained approximately 1500 pages. Thus, most congressmen don’t know what’s in it. – in fact haven’t read it. The administration seems to be saying “Trust us.” Nancy Pelosi is miffed that some of her favorite pork was eliminated in the conference bill. You may recall that she wanted to spend taxpayers’ money in connection with birth control (can’t we just keep the government out of our bedrooms?).One item of pork was the so-called Frisbee golf course. From radio and TV we find that there are hundreds of other extravagances that we can’t afford. Human Events magazine’s recent cover read “The Obama Presidency: Here Comes Socialism.” Whenever a politician says he is going to give you something, hang onto your wallet. Truly, Obama wants to fulfill his promise to Joe the Plumber to “spread the wealth.”