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House Calls: There are ways to lower risk of having a stroke

Editor’s note: House Calls runs every other Thursday. Today’s column is written by Beverly Sutter, physical therapy supervisor at Sutter Coast Hospital.

The term “stroke” is often used to describe a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) — a sudden, crippling, sometimes fatal occurrence.

Although young people, even children, occasionally suffer strokes, they most typically affect older people. When a stroke occurs, the blood flow through one or more blood vessels of the brain is disrupted. If the disruption is severe and prolonged enough to deprive brain tissue of blood and oxygen, the involved tissue will cease to function and die.

The warning signs of a CVA or stroke include dizziness; unsteadiness; sudden falls; temporary dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye; temporary loss of speech or trouble in speaking or understanding speech; or sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm and leg on one side of the body.


"Kneebockers": More than a nickname

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The look that inspired the nickname.
I would like to share some material from my book, “Kneebockers,” which I completed and put on the market in January 2008.

Kneebockers: How does a young boy keep this name within his heart for over 50 years before he finally shares this with family and friends? On a fateful day in the spring of 1946, I’m sure that the good Lord gave me an opportunity to travel a new road in life.

My mom Laura was raising my older brother Bill, my younger brother Wes Jr., and I in Yonkers, N.Y., while my father, Wes Sr., was traveling during the war on important welding jobs.


House Calls: Babies really do come with instructions

Editor’s note: House Calls runs every other Thursday. Today’s column is written by Christina Seed, a doctor of osteopathic medicine at Sutter Coast Community Clinic.

“Congratulations and good luck!” said the nurse at Sutter Coast Hospital as we snapped our newborn’s car seat into its place and buckled ourselves in for the short drive home.

As we were leaving the parking lot, we hit the first speed bump, and reality hit as well.

Although I had crossed this particular speed bump dozens of times before, it suddenly seemed much bigger.  “Go slowly!” I advised my husband, frightened that our son would be catapulted out of the car.


Memories of the 1964 flood


Editor’s note: Chuck Blackburn’s column appears on the third Thursday of every month.

Rural America is who we are and where we live. It is so beautiful but sometimes very harsh. We seem to thrive on our ability to adapt from the good times to those times that are tragic.

Recent community challenges bring back the memories of events that occurred in 1964. The Good Friday tsunami of that year really tested this community in its ability to recover.  Bill Stamps, Mr. KPOD Radio, set the tone with “Comeback Town U.S.A.” Every day he drove home his message to us all from his perch in good old KPOD.

I’m sure that none of us were thinking about the upcoming rainy season of 1964–65. The late fall started with cool, rainy weather in late November and early December. Snow at the higher levels was real common and quite deep. We hade a series of storms in the middle of December and the temperatures started to warm.


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