Here are a few bullet points to update you on family goings on. OurRumpus has been in semi-hibernatiion this winter and with the arrival of a few warm days expect renewed cluttering of your in-boxes.
Moone Athy Farm News
The 2010 Farm Report has been completed and can be accessed here …
4969 Pershing Update
The 2010 Report on 4969 Pershing Place has been completed and can be accessed here …
Family Member Update
We want to alert the family to the fact that three family members have been ill this winter. Aunt Alicia is recovering from a stroke that occurred about three weeks ago and is reported by Eleanor Withers to be recovering nicely. She has just returned home but is not yet able to have visitors. Also Mildred Schmidt, Kim Pentland’s mom, has been ill and undergoing chemotherapy. Kim reports that Mildred has responded well to date and is now at home being cared for by Kim and David. Finally, Cal Gatch Jr experienced and fortunately has recovered from a serious pulmonary illness recently and is now doing well. We will keep Mildred, Aunt Alicia, and Uncle Cal in our prayers.
This has been a particularly long hard winter, with lots of snow across the country, continuing right up to the present. Here is a farm photo taken from our first snowfall last fall, before we knew what was in store for us. Now that daylight savings is back and the days are perceptibly longer, you might even be able to enjoy it – you can click/drag/zoom around it a bit if so inclined.
Elizabeth Judd, MSN, RN, CPNP has been deeply involved in autism care and clinical research at Cardinal Gennon Hospital here in St Louis. Here is a synopsis of her activities:
“So, I work at the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at Cardinal Glennon Hospital. We are one of the three Missouri Autism Centers of Excellence. I have just been promoted to director of the clinic and I also function clinically as a pediatric nurse practitioner. We see children of all ages, with a variety of developmental disabilities. We see children for initial diagnosis and for continued follow up care. I am involved in a research project with one of my colleagues, Dr. Roland Maxim. We are looking at early detection of autism spectrum disorders beginning at 6 months of age. We are studying children at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months of age who fail a screening that she and I came up with. We are doing this in collaboration with Parents as Teachers and some local pediatricians. So far, the data that we have collected looks very promising and is showing that there are a couple of symptoms of autism as early as 5 months and many more symptoms at 12 months. This research will continue for a while until we have enough data that is worth publishing. So far, Dr. Maxim and I have presented our data at conferences in California, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, the National Parents as Teachers Conference in St. Louis, and will soon be going to present in Toronto. It’s pretty exciting!”
It most certainly is Elizabeth! Congratulations on your important and impressive work.
BTW the clan is still awaiting pictures from Armenia! And the newest clan member photos???
Alarmed about comments like “My, you’re looking prosperous!”? You are not alone! New data have appeared about the perils of portliness – this report from American Sports Data:
“The recent IHRSA/ASD Obesity/Weight Control Report publishes â€œrealâ€ research statistics on Americaâ€™s growing obesity epidemic. These alarming statistics reveal a dangerously overweight U.S. population.
Obesity is proliferating in the United States: 3.8 million people are over 300 pounds, over 400,000 people (mostly males) carry over 400 pounds and the average adult female weighs an unprecedented 163 pounds!”
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