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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETH8RIDGE HERALD Tutsday, Dvcembtr 10, 1974 'Members felt they'd never be accepted in society9 Ostomy group provides rehabilitation By KATHIE MacLEAN Herald Staff Writer A person who has decid- ed to have an ostomy has chosen to begin leading a relatively normal life instead of suffering through lengthy periods of severe illness or possible death. An ostomy is an opera- tion which involves the creating of an opening in the body for the expulsion of wastes. Ostomies are often the result of cancer of the bowel, injury, removal of the rectum or ulcer inflammation of the colon. However, in each case, the person loses voluntary control of waste expulsion and must wear an appliance to collect the ostomy effluent. For many ostomates, complete rehabilitation seems nearly impossible. It's a traumatic experience and both physical and emotional adjustments have to be made. To help ostomates back on the road again, the new- ly formed Lethbridge Ostomy Group encourages all new ostomates to resume normal activity as soon as it is physically feasible, thereby helping them regain confidence and self-esteem. Connie Pike, president of the group, says the purpose of the club is to share ideas as group therapy and dis- cuss problems and appliances. A concerned young woman, Mrs. Pike says nearly all of the ostomates felt they would never be accepted in society but through the get-togethers they have gained back their confidence. Through her efforts the club officially got un- derway in September, 1973, but she says it wasn't an easy task. "I really had to hunt for these people because they won't come right out and say 'hey, I'm an But now, there are around 18 active members in the club which meets the second Thursday of each month in St. Michael's Of- fice Building. Although she is the only member of the club who has not gone through an os- tomy, Mrs. Pike says she "enjoys helping someone that nobody else can be bothered with." A major function of the club is to make visits to os- tomy patients pre- and post-opera lively. "The club is contacted through hospitals, doctors, members or through the contact number registered at Information Lethbridge. With the doctor's permis- Ostomy patient resumes active life in community Life after an ostomy is like being reborn. So says a member of the Lethbridge Ostomy Group who thinks of her operation in terms of gratitude and readjustment. The member who wished to remain anonymous, will be referred to in this ac- count as Alma. "Some ostonates have a hard and dif- ficult time accepting what has happened. Acceptance is vital to she says. Alma is an ostomate who associates with the group as an alcoholic to Alcoholics Anonymous and has been a member since it started. "Each ostomate is different with different problems. The meetings help in- dividuals air their problems and exchange ideas on new appliances and new ways of doing things." Interested in community activities and cultural pursuits, Alma is a bubbly, vivacious person filled with a love of life. Before she chose to have an ostomy, she suffered lengthy periods of severe illness. Now. "gratitude is the first thing that comes to my mind." Alma appreciates the way the club has helped her cope with her physical and emotional problems. She says "there are many ostomates in the city who won't come to the sessions because they don't want anyone to know." The club has helped her help someone else. sion the club chooses a jij visitor with the same type of ostomy and, if possible, the same age and sex, "she says. This endeavor is to build morale in the patients by S showing that others can S lead normal lives. 3 Mrs. Pike's only disap- pointment is that Blue Cross refuses to cover the costs of appliances. "Although an appliance is an essential part of the os- tomate's body, Blue Cross officials say the premiums jijl paid now do not cover this Si type of equipment." Ostomates over the age of 65 are a little better off because the health care program has been extend- ed to cover all their re- quired ostomy supplies. V The main project of the club this year was to com- plete a brochure entitled, Today is the Beginning of S the Rest of Your Life, which outlines the club's history, values, purposes, ;i; goals and roles in v rehabilitation. Mrs. Pike says the club's x motto, 'Live, care, share.' :j "goes hand in hand with x the sole purpose of the club S to aid in the emotional and physical rehabilitation of jij the ostomy patient." France's infant mortality rate still high PARIS (CP) France's in- fant mortality rate is still high compared with that in other European countries. The present rate is 21 in 000 births, about twice as high as in the Scandinavian countries and The Netherlands. Nevertheless, remarkable progress has been achieved since 1950 when 52 of in- fants died within a year, not including the stillborn. The infant mortality rate fell to 28.2 per thousand births in 1965 and to 24 in 1970. Early this year the national health department initiated an infant health care program that should permit France to catch up with other European countries. The program concentrates on improvements to public and private maternity centres, training of medical and non-medical personnel and increased vigil in cases of risky pregnancies. The program is intended to eliminate the shortcomings in the care of pregnant women and newly-born children that were revealed in 1972 in a na- tional study by the National Health and Medical Research Institute. Researchers determined that the following factors affected infant mortality, premature birth and hypotrophy: age of mother, family economic and social status, education, living con- ditions, working conditions of the mother and immigration. They found that infant mor- tality rises with the age of the mother. The rate is 42 in births if the mother is over 40, 13.3 if she is between 30 to 39 and 6.8 if under 20 years of age. The rate is higher than aver- age among immigrant women and among uneducated moth- ers. The incidence of prematrre births was highest among mothers under 20 and over 40, immigrant women and ers. Hypotrophy was linked to habitual smokers. About 10 -The Herald Family per cent of women who smok- ed regularly gave birth to un- derweight children. The study also revealed that many women whom medical specialists consider risky cases do not visit a doctor dur- ing pregnancy. These visits often permit diagnosis of any danger to the pregnancy. In Sweden, where the infant mortality rate is the lowest in Europe, prospective mothers must make 14 visits to the doctor during pregnancy. In France only four visits are compulsory but the situation is complicated because there is a shortage of medical facilities in several regions. Singer's sewing machine now with built-in elastic stretch stitch. 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Sewing Baskets-the great organ- izers Singer has baskets in every size, shape and colour Baskets to suit every sewer, and every shopper's budg-et 79V21' 98 The'Syskrette'- accordion-type wooden sowing box on leg's with 5 storage sections >I95 Sewing Chest. Made of see-through plastic, our new sewing chest is port- able, sturdy, lightweight and has 2 removable trays Scissors. In addition to complete line of scissors, we have 3 scissor sets for practical gifts Set 2 pairs of scissors in a g-ift box, Set 3 pairs in leather case, Set, 4 pairs in leather case. Dritz" electric scissors make sew- IIIR faster and easier Single speed. a-Speoci Singer Holiday Fashion Fabrics 4O" mat velvet. Rich, luxurious tex- ture on a fine rayon back Very soft draping-, crease and yd. watermark-resistant 36" famous 'De Ball' velvet. A top quality velvet with luan, plush pile. Fine cotton on a sturdy cotton back. Beautiful for fashion, excel- lent for home decorating m yd. ForChnstmas, from Singer Gift Wrapping. Homo DHivciy itrul .Sewing- Instruction AT NO EXTHA CHARGE At Singer, you gel what you pay for. .and a little bit more. COLLEGE MALL PHONF: 327-2243 Credit terms available At home with Fanne Fox Stripper Annabella Batistella, better known as "Fanne is pictured here with her daughter, Mary, in their Arlington, Va., apartment. Mrs. Batistella has in- sisted that she never had a physical relationship with Rep. Wilbur Mills and blamed gossip-hungry reporters and power-hungry politicians for distorting their friend- ship into a scandal that has left Mr. Mills hospitalized and stripped of his power. Community calendar Southminster UCW units will meet as follows: Susan Galbraith, lunch at the El Rancho at 1 p.m. Wednesday; Grace Marshall, lunch at the home of Mrs. W. R. Haig, 720 llth St. S. Wednesday; Alma Buchanan, lunch in the church lounge at 1 p.m. on Wednesday; Ellen Dennon, lunch at Ericksen's at p.m. Wednesday. Kappa Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, will hold a Christmas Progressive Dinner Party at 7 tonight starting at the home of Barb and Ernie Dawson, carrying on to Sandy and Bob Ackerman's, Shirley and Herb Christie's and ending at Faye and Murrav Coleman's. The Women's Auxiliary to the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and Gait School of Nursing will hold the regular meeting at 9 a.m. Friday in the lounge of the nurses' residence. A work party will follow to make Christmas tray favors for patients. Please note change of time. Members urged to attend. A Christian Science prayer and testimony meeting will be held at p.m. Wednesday in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. All are welcome. Southland Nursing Home Auxiliary is holding a workshop, potluck lunch and meeting, beginning at 11 Crib deaths may be due to spasms of larynx Thursday. A good attendance is requested The regular monthly meeting of the Sir Alexander Gait Chapter, IODE, will be held Thursday at the home of Mrs. E. C. Miller, 523 13th St. S. The regular monthly meeting of the Wilson White Community Club will be held at p.m. Thursday at the home of Mrs. E M. Showden. Mrs. George Wilmot will pre- sent a program of Christmas music. Xi Iota will hold a Christ- mas supper meeting at 7 tonight at the home of June Crighton, 2626 21st Ave S. Members on leave are invited. VANCOUVER (CP) The heretofore inexplicable phe- nomenon of crib death may be caused by involuntary spasms in the baby's larnyx, a medical seminar here was told. Crib death occurs during sleep without warning in seemingly healthy babies. Dr. L. J. Goldberg of the school of dentistry at Univer- sity of California's Centre for Health Sciences in Los Angeles said the worse thing parents can do is keep the in- fant awake when sleep is needed. He said research conducted at University of California on very young kittens indicates that a spasm of the larnyx can be started by sleep depriva- tion or a mild infection. Dr. A. T. Storey of Universi- ty of Toronto said research conducted at the Nuffield Medical Research Institute at Oxford, England, indicates li- quid on the larynx may cause crib death. When water was placed on the larnyx of a lamb it would stop breathing, he said. Dr. Storey said acid in a baby's regurgitation might, in certain circumstances, have the same effect. love is knowing what she's going to say before she says it. 'M Of Q US Pol Off -AU norm'ftPi-fd 1974 by 101 Angtlti HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 32I-2MO FOR PICK-UP SERVICE or LEAVE AT 412 AVE. S. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION POPPY CAMPAIGN DRAW WINNER The 26" Color TV was won by Mrs. Mae Hanson, Hardieville Ticket No. 1231 Pro- Christmas CLEANING SPECIAL by Shining Knight Living Room Rugs Bedroom Rugs Hallway Rugs 2 Piece Chesterfield CQR Suites.......... 10" Scotch- coo Guarding U 9x12' inoo Rugs IU Dining Room Rugs treatment at no SATISFACTION GUARANTEED ALL WORK INSURED Our Quality Cleaning Warranty II your rugs become excessively dirty within three months ol cleaning, we will re-clean your rugs at no extra charge Frira Spotting for yttrl up Service liter Accident Get together with your friends and have all your cleaning done ogether, for extra savings If your total bill is or more, you qualify for a 20% deduction. PHONE SHINING KNIGHT 328-8408 EXPIRES DEC. IS. 1974 ;