The numb feeling somehow catapulted from no feelings to extreme over emotion. Every emotion humanly possible ran through my veins like lightening. When I was happy, I was overjoyed to the extent of hysterical laughter. A simple scrape or bump on my children would instill a fear in me so deep it is unimaginable. I recall a night when my youngest son was sick. I lay in his bed with my hand touching his chest to comfort myself. I knew he was alright, but it scared me so fiercely that I literally shook. I wondered if this feeling was only in my head until my son asked me to stop moving the bed. It was making sleep difficult.
Affordability. Not everyone is able to come up with even a 5% down payment. It takes cash to buy a house. Saving up isn’t easy, or even possible for many people. And if your credit rating is poor, chances aren’t great that the bank will be willing to lend you a whole lot.
Water-borne pathogens are disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and protozoa you can get from impure water. Protozoa are hard-shelled, single-cell parasites, or cysts, that range from 2 to 15 microns in size. The giardia lamblia cyst is one of the most common water-borne parasites in the United States. Cryptosporidium is also a protozoa, and cryptosporidiosis exhibits symptoms similar to giardiasis, including diarrhea, fatigue, fever, weight loss, nausea, and vomiting. Bacteria are smaller than protozoa, and range in size from .2 to 10 microns. They include E. coli and salmonella. Viruses are even smaller at .004 to .1 microns, and carry diseases like hepatitis.
The first step is to read over your local CCR report. It will be posted on the website of your local government and is usually in the local newspaper. Your city may mail a copy to you. Before you buy your kitchen water filter it is recommended that you analyze your water. To find the state-certified testing labs in your state, you can call the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) or the local health department may have free testing kits or economical kits.
Boiling is the oldest and most basic way to purify water. A rolling boil will destroy any pathogens. You can kill microorganisms at sustained heat that is less than a boil, but it’s difficult to measure in the field. Make sure the water is actually boiling. A rolling boil is big bubbles that shake the pan, not a few tiny bubbles on the bottom of the pan. To be safe, bring the water to a rolling boil for 3 to 5 minutes. As a general rule, add one minute of boiling time for each 1,000 feet of elevation above sea level. If you’re using the water for cooking, there’s no extra time, fuel weight, or cost involved. But boiling water for drinking is slow and tedious, and adds to the weight of the fuel in your pack. The real weight of boiling water is the weight of the extra fuel you need to carry.
You should avoid going to the ER if you think you have been exposed or are symptomatic. ER’s south of here are becoming overwhelmed – and I mean that – already. It is coming in waves, but the waves are getting bigger.
Some studies have shown that given very young children a sugar solution (or a sucker from the doctor’s drawer) before, not after, the shot reduces the child’s crying.