Saturday, January 15, 2011

New Astroligal Zodiac Signs 2011

13 Signs Under New Zodiac Chart for 2011

Astrology followers are in an uproar after one man threw a wrench into the entire zodiac chart. Professor Parke Kunkle of the Minnesota Planetarium Society suggested that the chart was wrong and outdated. He went on to claim that because the orbit of the earth has changed, the zodiac signs were not entirely accurate.
Kunkle went on to reintroduce a 13th zodiac sign to fill the gap he claims was created due to the changing orbit between the sun and the earth.

Ophiuchus is the 13th sign that has been around for several years, but has never made a big burst onto the popular zodiac chart, until this week. The constellation depicts a man holding a serpent.
The astrological community has cried “foul” on the new chart and assures followers they are still the sign they were born under.

Most Westerners are not affected by this chart because they tend to follow the tropical zodiac chart which is based on the seasons.

Experts report this particular rumor has circulated before and quickly faded away without any major changes to the traditional zodiac chart.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Do Nurses get the Recognition We Deserve?

I was asked about this, my first thought was “of course not.” We don’t get respect from physicians.  We don’t get respect from administration.  And worst of all, we don’t get respect from each other. Somehow this is true.
When it comes to patients and families it is hit or miss.  Some go out of their way to show appreciation for all the hard work and compassion we exhibit.  While others give praise and thanks to their physician that they only saw for a handful of minutes during their stay, while we were at the bedside the entire time.

I really feel that the recognition needs to come from within.  We need to celebrate each others accomplishments.  When a fellow nurse does something above and beyond, take the time to tell them that they did a great job.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dealing with the Trauma after the Calamity

The damage brought by tropical storm Ondoy (international code name Ketsana) ruined the lives and homes of thousands of Filipinos in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces. At least 246 victims died in the storm, while 38 are missing. Most of those who survived the ensuing floods after the storm hit hardest on September 26 are now at over 207 evacuation centers.

This is a delicate time for many typhoon victims who may have been traumatized by the experience of losing loved ones, losing their homes and valued possessions, and having to rebuild their lives. This time, we're dealing with trauma based on a calamity or disaster. So it's very disheartening to know the extent of the damage, not only environmentally but with regard to people's lives


There are different kinds of trauma based on different emotional incidents in a person's life.

A number of survivors and they have exhibited different types of emotions.

Though they have bravely stepped up to help others during the typhoon, disaster response teams or volunteer rescuers also need help themselves.

they were the heroes that also need our help. Because some of them may be acting out of their own fears. We call this counter-phobic helping. Just to confront their fears, they start helping people, but deep inside they have anxieties and fears.

Common reactions experienced by disaster victims are the following:

SHOCK over the suddenness of the disaster, being unprepared for it, and feeling bewildered. Dellosa said there is also a tendency for victims to deny that things were happening to them, even if they were confronted with flood waters and scenes of death and destruction.

ANGER that can be directed towards the disaster, God, others, or themselves. Victims question why disasters happened to them and if they had done anything wrong. They can also feel regret for choosing to live at a certain place, especially when there is great loss.

DEPRESSION after losing property or loved ones. Dellosa said it is natural for victiims to cry profusely, even if they don't know the reason, or to feel an overwhelming sense of sadness. which the part of the grief of losing so many things.

SURVIVAL GUILT or wondering why they survived and others did not. Victims may feel that others were more worthy of living, or that they did not do enought to help others. This is sometimes accompanied by the feeling that they should have died along with their loved ones.

Further, people surrounding a typhoon victim or survivor are also at risk for developing psychiatric disorders because the experience of dealing with others' losses can be traumatic or make them feel vulnerable.

Telltale signs

Victims can develop anxiety disorders like a panic disorder. Throughout a person's day, they can experience periodic symptoms like shortness of breath, palpitations, gastric disturbances, and tenseness of the body.

The victims can also experience anticipatory anxiety, or the fear that something traumatic will happen again. This can happen, for example, if a typhoon victim gets nervous at the first sight of rain.

Depression can manifest in sudden changes in appetite, energy level, or sleeping patterns.

Victims have difficulty focusing or concentrating, and can even have suicidal tendencies or thoughts - just to escape pain or even to reunite themselves with their loved ones.

Sometimes they are stoic and do not show emotions. But they are delaying the manifestation of their anxiety. Everyone can experience this, from old to young. In addition, the children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to emotional stress.

What to do

He warned those who have relatives of friends who exhibit overwhelming anxiety or depression to seek professional help immediately, or to offer a sympathetic ear so that victims can unload their feelings.

In counseling, this is called a "defusion stage" where victims release pent-up emotions and tell their stories so that healing takes place.

Were you have to lower the level of anxiety and terror that they feel. This takes place in the first few hours after the disaster and before they sleep. Allow them to vent and share their stories.

People should also avoid showing graphic images of calamities to victims because it reinforces their negative feelings. It would also be a good time to mobilize the victim's support system (friends, family, church) to remove feelings of helplesness or lonliness.

Counseling services

Some volunteer organizations like Operation Blessing and the 700 Club Prayer Counseling, a 24-hour telephone ministry, are reportedly offering counseling services to typhoon victims.

Members of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), now deployed at various evacuation centers, offer psychological counseling to typhoon victims as standard procedure to assess victims' needs.

It is called psychological first aid. It means guiding the victims, letting them talk about their experience and, of course, give guidance. Let them release whatever it is they feel.

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