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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Disturbing News

We interrupt this post to bring you some disturbing news. This past Saturday, BigAl, aka Rob, had an accident after attending a local Sportsmen's Banquet at a nearby church. I'll let Big AL fill you in on all of the details.

Last Saturday started out as a great day. I had told my wife I would knock off some of my items on the ol' "Honey-Do" list, so I got real busy. I was able to get several items checked off, which made us both feel really good. There's nothing like making your wife feel really good by accomplishing check marks on your list.

Around 2:15 pm I left for a Sportsmen's Banquet at one of our local churches. The seminars started at 3:00 and I really enjoyed them. One was given by Frank Dooley who is from the PA Game Commission. His topic was "Is Your Home Safe". It was an excellent seminar. The other seminar was about leasing hunting lands, and it too was a good seminar, but just not what I'm interested in doing since I own my own land in Susquehanna County.

Around 5:00 pm we all gathered in the gym for a wonderful venison dinner. We had venison steak, corn, potatoes, rolls, chili, cabbage salad, hot and cold drinks, and assorted pies for dessert. It was fabulous. 

I was beginning to feel a little stuffed when it was time to attend the main seminar. 

Frank Dooley was the speaker for the main seminar as well and he did an outstanding job. He talked about how short life really is and the fact that we never know when God is going to call us home. He related a touching story about another PGC officer, David Grove, who was gunned down by a poacher when he made a late night stop. We really never know for sure when our days will end do we? 

After the seminar we had a great time as they drew names for the door prizes that had been donated by a number of vendors and other people. There were fishing poles, hats, T-shirts, knives, scopes, gun cases, pictures, mugs, flashlights, among many other items. The final drawing was for an in-line muzzleloader. Could you believe that my name was drawn... and I won a deck of playing cards. Hey, it gives me something to do in my deer blind when I'm bored. After it was all over we got to visit with the vendors and check out the display booths. All in all it was a fantastic night. Then it was time to head home. 

I don't really remember what time it happened, but what I do know is that I got hit sometime after the banquet. I couldn't believe it. I spun around so many times I didn't know which end was up. I felt terrible and wasn't sure if up was down or down was up. As I came to my senses I saw who it was. It was Stu. Stu Mack. I hadn't seen him in quite a few years. 

Now what you need to know about Stu is that he loves to travel. Stu has been all over the place and met many, many, people. I just couldn't believe that he was here right now. And what's worse is that he didn't stop. He kept hitting me over and over again. And to make matters worse he was driving the new 2013 Virus. It's a pretty bad car, and it's fast and furious in all directions. I looked up and I remember him saying "cough it up", and I said "cough up what?" "Everything" was his response. 

So I did; I coughed it all up. About then was when my wife walked past me and said "honey, since you have been hit by the stumach virus I'll be sleeping downstairs in the living room; I don't want to get hit by what just hit you." So off she went. I finally made it back to the bedroom and spent the next two days re-cooperating. On Tuesday I went back to work thinking I was better. I then ate a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. BIG mistake. I ended up in the bathroom all over again. 

Now that I've got your attention I want to give you some simple suggestions for staying healthy and making sure Stu doesn't come hit you with his virus. 

This virus that is going around right now is pretty bad. So be sure you follow my advice below.

*Wash your hands often, especially while at work
*Don't use your clean hands to turn off the faucet in a public bathroom. Use a clean paper towel to do it and to open the door
*Use hand sanitizer
*Try not to use handrails if at all possible 
*If you think you're coming down with an illness stay away from other people
*Tell people you'd rather not shake their hand if you were recently sick
*If someone at the lunch table starts coughing find somewhere else to sit
And the list goes on

The signs and symptoms of the Norovirus that is going around right now (not what I had) are: 
abdominal pain
abdominal cramping
low grade fever

All of which can cause dehydration and land you in the hospital. Make sure to hydrate yourself each and every day with plenty of water or other liquids (not alcohol). Get plenty of sleep and rest. Yes, there is a difference between these two. 

Here is some more information on the Norovirus. I hope you all stay happy and healthy and have a great week. As for me, I'm going back to bed. 


Kevin Bloodhounded said...

Hahahaha, Stu Mack! That is hilarious! Well, really it's not. That flu that is going around is nasty. I wont feel bad if I don't see him ever again! Thanks for the fun and good advise big guy and I hope you get well soon.

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Oh boy, are you right about that noravirus. As many will know I've just spent 8 days in hospital during which time I caught it. Please take note of BigAl's advice this bug is terrible.

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