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HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2005 PAGE 7-A 100d Donation asics Each year, millions of people give the gift of life by donating their blood at blood drives. Some do it without a second thought. But others may have not donated because the thought of giving up blood makes them queasy. If you are in the latter group, it may put you at easeifyou understand the blood-donation process. Here's a rundown of what will occur, according to the American Red Cross• BEFORE YOU DONATE ' First, you'll be asked for a form of identification and to provide your name, birth- day (you must be at least 17 to donate) and Social Security number• Then, you'll get your temperature, pulse and blood pressure taken. A drop of blood will be taken to make sure you have enough blood cells to donate safely• You will then be asked questions about your past and present health and lifestyle, and you can ask any questions you may have. Be sure to tell the inter- viewer if you aren't feeling well, have a fever or have traveled to Mexico or taken a Caribbean cruise in the past 12 months. You may 'not be permitted to donate tem- porarily or permanently depending on your answers. Some reasons you may not give blood include if you're under 110 pounds, have got- ten a tattoo within the last 12 months, you have had malaria in the past 3 years, you have had hepatitis on or after age 11, you have AIDS or an AIDS symptom, you have been raped in the last 12 months, you have snort- ed drugs through your nose in the last 12 months and var- ious other reasons. Then, you'll be given a form to privately let offi- cials test if your blood is safe to donate. Some reasons your blood may be unsafe include you've tested posi- tive for any AIDS virus, you've taken illegal or non- prescription drugs by nee- dle, you've taken clotting factor concentrates for a bleeding disorder and some other reasons. WHEN YOU DONATE Before you donate, the arm that you are donating blood with will be cleaned (all supplies including the  iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiii;iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii needle are sterile and used only once). You will give about a pint of blood in total. Most people feel okay after donating blood• Some peo- ple experience an upset stomach or feel faint or dizzy afterwards. You may also experience a black and blue mark, redness, or pain at the needle entrance site. When you are finished, you will be given a form with donation instructions and a number to call if you decide after you leave that your blood may be unsafe to donate. Your blood will be tested for syphilis, Hiv, hep- atitis and other diseases• You will be notified if your tests are irregular. Hidden Home Toxins: Is Your Child in Danger? Your home should be a safe haven for your child. Yet you could inadvertently be putting your son or daughter's health at risk with the com- mon products you use around your home. Blood Institute, asthma ranks among the most common chronic conditions for all peo- ple in the United States. As a responsible parent, you can educate yourself about the toxins present in your home and how to mini- mize your child's exposure to these substances. Here are some common ones children should avoid. • Pressure-treated wood - You probably already know that lead, radon and asbestos are harmful sub- stances that could be lurking in your home, but are you aware that vinyl, carpeting and some wood items could be just osgrous? Many wood products, such as ...... + ,: ::, .... decks, children's swing sets, picnic tables and the like are made of pressure-treated wood. This wood contains a chemical composed of arsenic that preserves the wood against weathering. Arsenic is a dangerous metal that can cause cancer or even death if high levels are pres- ent. Although arsenic-treated wood was banned in the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency as of January 2004, it Due to theirsmaller size, children are much more vul- nerable to the effects of tox- ins, many of which would cause little or no ill effects in adults. In addition, children spend most of their time play- ing on the floor, where dirt, fumes and dust can accumu- late. This can lead to develop- mental disorders, cancer and asthma outbreaks in children. In fact, according to the National Heart, Lung and is probable that you still may own a product that contains the substance. Safety solutions: Consult your local home improvement center for a wood sealant that Dr. Deronda Per0000n isl i .... ing the healthca ! To schedule an 8 Dr. Deronda Person, MD and serv- i County. call 553-9050. 18 & 85 Intersection Main Street :ii!iii!i Woodbury, GA 553-9050 I will prevent the arsenic from leaking out of the wood. In addition, encourage your children to wash their hands after playing on a pressure- treated wood surface. When dining outdoors on a wood table, cover the benches and table with a tablecloth. If your budget permits, replace any dangerous wood 'structures with safer ones. • Pesticides - Common weed and bug killers used on the lawn or around the house contain harmful chemical compounds that are danger- ous both to children who've already been born and those still in utero. According to the Pesticide Information Center in San Francisco, many pes- ticides have been linked to neurological disorders and childhood cancer. Safety solutions: Minimize your child's expo- sure to insect pesticides by spraying only occasionally. Use non-pesticide products like bug traps, good old soap and water and the like to drive bugs away. In addition, seal up cracks in your home's foun- dation and around windows and doors, dry out moist areas that bugs love to reside in (e.g., use a dehumidifier in a damp basement), and fix any drainage products. Keep your pets clean and flea-free to avoid -any infestation: Outdoors, choose native plants that will be less sus- ceptible to insects and weeds, and organic lawn products if you can. If you need to use a chemical spray, keep kids away from the area while you use it. • Synthetic home materi- als - Carpeting and vinyl floor- ing may seem safe, but they actually contain substances that can be hazardous. Do you recognize that "new-carpet smell"? That's actually vapors of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or formaldehyde that are released during carpet installation. Exposure to these substances can cause respi- ratory problems, dizziness and irritation of the nose and throat. The glue used to install carpeting also contains chem- icals. Vinyl, also known as Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is a synthetic material that also gives off fumes• PVC is found in vinyl flooring, shower cur- tains and some plastic toys. When these items are damp, the chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, and when new products are installed, the fumes can be inhaled. Safety solutions: Avoid products that include PVC vinyl. Safer alternatives are now available, especially in children's toys and teethers, like silicone or rubber. Regarding vinyl flooring, cover an area with a rug or mat while your child is play- ing. In the bathroom, use a fabric shower curtain instead , of a vinyl one, or !O!£:.for onq I that is PVCfree. Have:carpe . installed with low-VOC-emis- sion glues, and air out the room after it's installed. Or consider hardwood flooring. In addition, take off your shoes at the door prior to walk- ing on any carpeting. Hazardous pesticides, chem- icals and dirt accumulate on shoes that are worn outdoors and can be deposited on car- pet fibers and contracted by your children who play on the carpeted floor. • Cleaning products- Some kitchen and bath disinfec- tants, furniture polishes and other cleaners may also con- tain VOCs which, as afore- mentioned, are potentially harmful. Safer alternatives: Use all-natural cleaning products like vinegar and water, lemon, and baking soda to clean many surfaces. Also look to special- ty manufacturers who pro- duce all-natural, pleasant- smelling cleaning items Annual Office Visits • Pap Smears :.:::: ...... Ra Obstetrics T!F! ED "ntment call: South Lewis , C.N;M :ili!i!i!iiiiili!ii!iiiilililiiii! ii!iii!i!iiiii!i!i!ili!iii!iiiiiiiiiiiii! :::.::,:: GA