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5 Things You Should Know – Part 162

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. Not only did Prop. 64 make pot legal in California, it also has a pathway to re-sentence past convictions.

Here is the analysis of the bill SOURCE @ http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov:

Individuals Previously Convicted of Marijuana Crimes. Under the measure, individuals serving sentences for activities that are made legal or are subject to lesser penalties under the measure would be eligible for resentencing. For example, an offender serving a jail or prison term for growing or selling marijuana could have their sentence reduced. (A court would not be required to resentence someone if it determined that the person was likely to commit certain severe crimes.) Qualifying individuals would be resentenced to whatever punishment they would have received under the measure. Resentenced individuals currently in jail or prison would be subject to community supervision (such as probation) for up to one year following their release unless a court removes that requirement. In addition, individuals who have completed sentences for crimes that are reduced by the measure could apply to the courts to have their criminal records changed.

2. If you or a loved one has an ICD (Internal Cardiac Defibrillator) you should consider disabling it before the end of life care.

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Here is an article with more information on the topic.

3. There is a medical ID on iPhones.

Having a medical ID is very important to have and filling one out on your phone will take only a few minutes. If you’re ever in an emergency situation or are having any other medical problems, a medical ID can give healthcare workers or EMS responders helpful and important information about you quickly. Go to your contacts and select your name (should be at the very top) and scroll down and select medical ID. From there you can put in all of your medical information such as a photo ID, allergies, medications, birthday, etc. Once finished it can be easily accessed without even unlocking your phone by selecting emergency and then medical ID.

4. smallpdf.com is an online tool that lets you convert, compress, merge and split PDFs with ease.


5. With widespread flu activity in 46 states, the single-most effective way to prevent getting the flu is to wash your hands.

Your next best defenses are to avoid touching your face and to receive a flu shot.

It is not too late to get your flu shot, the flu primarily enters through the nose, mouth, and eyes: While it may seem like common sense, you may not wash your hands as much as you think or realize you touch your face so much. With the average person touching their face around 2000-3000 times a day, this creates a perfect portal of entry for the influenza virus. Just go about your day and look at how often people touch their face. Whether its to scratch that itch or rub your nose, it can still get you sick.

The predominant flu strain this year is H3N2, a form of influenza A. Some Australian Medical Journals are reporting that this year’s flu vaccine only has a 10% effectiveness at stopping this strain of the virus. Due to this, the importance of proper hand washing and the avoidance of touching your face cannot be stressed enough. The full effectiveness of the vaccine cannot be determined until after the flu season. The vaccine can be effective against other strains of the flu too so it IS smart to get the vaccine.

How do I know if I have the flu? You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms: – fever* – a cough – a sore throat – runny or stuffy nose – body aches – headache – chills – fatigue – sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. *It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

What to do if you get the flu: In most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high-risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.). See here for high-risk groups

Do not go to the emergency room unless you are very sick: You should not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill.

What are the emergency warning signs of flu sickness? In children: – Fast breathing or trouble breathing – Bluish skin color – Not drinking enough fluids – Not waking up or not interacting – Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held – Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough – Fever with a rash. In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs: – Being unable to eat – Has trouble breathing – Has no tears when crying – Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

In adults: – Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath – Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen – Sudden dizziness – Confusion – Severe or persistent vomiting – Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

SOURCES: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm



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