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Fun, Good Health and Safety tips Meet Up in Bremerton Next Week

Don’t miss it! For early detection COPD, free Spirometry tests are offered at the upcoming 2nd annual Health and Safety Exposition next week in Bremerton.
The public packed information and freebie event runs 18th – 19 August 2010 at the Kitsap Conference Center and extending exhibits along the Harborside boardwalk.
The City of Bremerton and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Intermediate Maintenance Facility), teamed with others to educate the public on the latest in health and safety…concerns that matter to most of us living in our earthquake fault prone area.

Here is a list of exhibitors…some I want to visit just to know what they do…intriguing names.

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is the 4th leading cause of death in the US, 5th in the world. A disease that takes usually twenty years before the patient has symptoms enough to mention to their doctor. By then about 50% of their lungs are permanently destroyed.

The hope and reality is that early detection can make the difference in a long slow smother or not. The Spirometry test can change life forever in the battle against COPD. Early detection can stop it in its slow lung-destroying mode.

Find the COPD Foundation exhibit on the boardwalk and sign up for the free Spirometry test. Please.

Harrison Hospital Sleep Disorder is another ‘got to see’ exhibit stop. The value of their work cannot be understated; I sleep with a bi-pap that keeps my airway open, thanks to such a sleep study done years ago. Before my bi-pap I once fell asleep in my eye doctors waiting room full of people and awakened to loud snoring …mine…and a few stares and kind smiles

I have to ask them about desaturating while asleep and if the blood/oxygen numbers mean anything when taken while the patient is asleep.

Kitsap Physical Therapy & Sports Clinic is another ‘don’t miss’…especially if you like cycling. They not only do a great rehab job with good people, Anna Marx actually rode her recumbent bike in the recent Seattle to Portland ride. Ask how she did if you see her.

West Sound Cycling Club will be there…a super group of riders in a local club holding rides for cyclists at different levels and ages. They might have a recumbent trike or two there to show seniors and physically challenged people that cycling fun isn’t over…it is only the beginning to a fit and active life again….in my opinion.

Following is a list of exhibitors…our lifeline to good health and safety at work and in our environment … all FREE.

2010 WSSHE Vendors
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Kitsap County Chiropractic PSNS Shop 11 – Gas Free
Acupuncture & Wellness Center, P.S. Kitsap County Domestic Violence Task Force Puget Sound Blood Center
ADT Security Services Kitsap County Emerg Mgmt Agency Puget Sound Clean Air
Advanced Wellness & Rehab Kitsap Family YMCA Puget Sound Naval Shipyard – SERT
Alpine Chiropractic Kitsap Physical Therapy & Sports Clinics REPCON NW/Skillers Workwear and Impacto Protective Products
American Red Cross Kitsap Safety Skookum
Bayside Chiropractic Kitsap Suicide Prevention Task Force The Personal Touch
Conner Hearing Aid Clinic Life Force Chiropractic Thermal Body Scan NW
COPD Foundation MADD Tingley Rubber Corporation
Crime Victim Assistance Center Majestic Glove TriWest Healthcare Alliance
Department of Ecology Martha & Mary Health & Rehabilitation TSI Inc.
Dept of Veterans Affairs Massage Network Solutions Washington Dept. of Labor & Industries
Emergency Medical Training Associates Miracle Alley Training & Development Washington Prescription Drug Program Discount Card
Equipois Inc. MOLDEX, INC Washington State Department of Ecology & Kitsap Ccounty Moderate Hazardous Waste Fac (SHARING 8′ TABLE PLS)
Everest College MSA (Mine Safety Appliances Co. Washington State Department of Ecology Air Quality Program
Explorer Search and Rescue National Center for Missing & Exploited Children West Sound Cycling Club
Fleet & Family Support Services Naval Hospital Health Promotion Island Health & Rehab
G. Baldwin Marketing Naval Hospital Health Promotion and USS John C. Stennis PT Kitsap Credit Union in addition to $500 also providing bags $1800
Grainger Navy Region NW Motorcycle Safety Sound Health Care Center
Green Team & Fresh Local Nikken Independent Wellness Consultant KPS Health Plans
Harrison Hospital, Sleep Disorder Center North Coast Electric Assistant Production Superintendent APS Assoc
Home Instead North Kitsap Chapter ABATE of Washington Union Table – BMTC
Honeywell Old Dominion University Costco
Kid Zone – 4-H Olympus & Associates Kitsap County Health District
Kid Zone – Master Gardners WSU Extension Pelican Products, Inc.
PSNS Women in Trades Committee Kid Zone PSNS C/106.22 Hearing/Ergonomics


Linda Fulton
Office Assist/Cartegraph-Tech
City of Bremerton, PW&U
Bremerton, WA

Hope to see you there!

More later… Sharon O’Hara

Stand Up and Scream, Sharon

I found the following on the Internet this morning. What I didn’t say to her is that I was born and raised here, all military. Puget Sound Shipyard where my dad worked 36 years, Bangor, Keyport, Indian Island, Ft. Lewis…we’re full of military folks. Sailors or soldiers…active and retired and I’ve written about finding her article right here on COPD and Other Stuff.
No one cared enough to comment.

I’ve got the most wonderful 59 minute interview by a submarine sailor shore duty stationed at Bangor, soon to join another submarine, Sea Wolf…. caught on tape but I can’t use it until it is on my computer.

This submariner was sent over there for 10 months…unaware he and his buddies were inhaling poisons that could affect his breathing for the rest of his life. Even now knowing, his concern and attitude was not about himself but about future service people, unwarned, untrained…future victims of currant ignorance and apathy.

BTW: The general was over there and my interviewee saw him no more protected than anyone else.

Who can I pay tol type out this interview for me or take it and run?

Kitsap Sun…this is a local story, an important story. This is a good interview. I’ll give it to you. Call me.
Please, help save lives…

More later…Sharon O’Hara


Stand up and scream, Sharon
by Carole Bartoo

I got a call today from a lady named Sharon O’Hara in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. She writes a blog called “COPD and other stuff” basically chatting up what news she finds on the internet about emphysema, which she has.

She found my article about Dr. Robert Miller’s work to define a mysterious lung condition suffered by soldiers who had served in Iraq, (article here ) and called me up.

Before I even got out the word “hello” she launched in: “Do you know what your article has done? It has blown up my world! I don’t know why people aren’t standing up and screaming about this.”

After a second I caught up as asked her if she meant the article on the soldiers. “These are our servicemen and women!” Sharon said sounding pretty outraged. ‘Preaching to the choir, I told her. I too couldn’t believe the media hadn’t taken the story on.

Sharon is 56 and has had a good life. (Diagnosed at 56)
She was especially fired up about Dr. Sylvia Waters, an army doctor, former marathon runner and mother of 7-year-old twin girls.

Dr. Sylvia Waters in Iraq
This was a soldier and doctor with her whole life ahead of her, who now has a form of obstructive lung disease that will forever keep her from being fully active.

Sharon left a comment on the web version of the story… and a lot of other people did too. They said this was important to them, important to their loved ones. They wanted to hear more.

Only, that’s the problem. No one is hearing more because the media has been singularly unimpressed with the story. In the four years since tiny mentions of Dr. Miller’s findings about these soldiers and the respiratory issues they suffer first hit the web, the only calls that have come into Vanderbilt have been from soldiers and their loved ones. No media.

After talking to a few reporters we finally got one media person out to report on the story. Not to slight that (to-remain-unnamed-until-the-story-comes-out) reporter, but – Come ON.

Anymore it is frustrating and sad to watch/read the news and see story upon story about the entertainment industry: who fell over on “So you think you can dance” and which Idol star came out of the closet. Who cares when there are genuine concerns out there that affect people’s actual lives?

Again, Come on. I guess I have to be grateful that through the power of the internet, not all the decisions about dissemination of news belong in the hands of people who are fascinated by TV shows about singing and dancing.

Go Sharon.

Go to www.burnpits.org for personal stories of these soldiers
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