Monday, January 15, 2007

Admin Stuff

When an administrator posts and order, they can put a lable on the post designating the city of origin for the orders. That way if you only want to pull up orders or posts related to your city, you can click on the lable "Iowa City" or "Roanoke" or whatever and only posts with that lable will pop up.

For example, this post has the lable "Admin" so that if you only want to see posts designated as "rule" type things or announcements relating to everyone using the blog, you can do that.

I put a list of lable links on the side bar, which should make concentrating on things that interest you and avoiding things that don't a lot easier. If you're an Administrator and you create a new lable link, go ahead and add it in the lable links section of the template.

If you're not comfortable editing html, let me know what the lable link is and I'll add it for ya.

If there is interest, I'll go back and add lables to old posts, I've only gone back to October so far, but it isn't any trouble other than the time it takes to add the lables to old posts.

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Blogger anonymous said...

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1/15/2007 12:10 PM  
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1/15/2007 1:10 PM

1/15/2007 12:11 PM  
Blogger Jake Gontero said...

This makes me uncomfortable.

1/15/2007 7:06 PM  
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1/16/2007 6:54 PM  
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1/16/2007 6:56 PM  
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1/16/2007 6:56 PM  
Blogger Shelton! said...

So, is this the Google Blogger now? It looks exactly the same.

p.s. Who the hell is this jackass?

1/19/2007 7:47 AM  
Blogger Todd said...

"p.s. Who the hell is this jackass?"

If by "this jackass" you mean "the guy who fixed your lame ass blog and got it reasonably functional again", then I guess that'd be me, Todd Ristau! PLEASE-TA-MEETCHA!

1/19/2007 12:25 PM  
Blogger Michael Dhar said...

Thank goodness things are back to normal! I feel a little slighted, though. I think my post somehow got deleted, and I don't know that its intended reader ever got the info. I found for them re: their medical condition. No harm no foul, I guess, I understand that there are some kinks in the system or something. I'm just glad I have a place to post this important medical information for my No Shame friend. Cheers.

SO YOU THINK YOU HAVE ENCEPHALITIS
Encephalitis literally means an inflammation of the brain, but it usually refers to brain inflammation caused by a virus. It's a rare disease that only occurs in approximately 0.5 per 100,000 individuals - most commonly in children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems (i.e., those with HIV/AIDS or cancer).

Although several thousand cases of encephalitis (also called acute viral encephalitis or aseptic encephalitis) are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) every year, experts suspect that many more may go unreported because the symptoms are so mild.
Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms in milder cases of encephalitis usually include:

* fever
* headache
* poor appetite
* loss of energy
* just a general sick feeling

In more severe cases of encephalitis, a person is more likely to experience high fever and any of a number of symptoms that relate to the central nervous system including:

* severe headache
* nausea and vomiting
* stiff neck
* confusion
* disorientation
* personality changes
* convulsions (seizures)
* problems with speech or hearing
* hallucinations
* memory loss
* drowsiness
* coma

It's harder to detect some of these symptoms in infants, but there are still some important signs to look for including:

* vomiting
* a full or bulging soft spot (fontanel)
* crying that doesn't stop or that seems worse when an infant is picked up or handled in some way
* body stiffness

Because encephalitis can follow or accompany common viral illnesses, there are sometimes characteristic signs and symptoms of these illnesses beforehand. But often, the encephalitis appears without warning.
Causes

Because encephalitis can be caused by many types of germs, the infection can be spread in several different ways.

Of the many different kinds of viruses that can cause encephalitis, one of the most dangerous and the most common cause of encephalitis is the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV is the same virus that causes cold sores around the mouth, but when it attacks the brain it may be fatal in as many as half of newborns who become infected and up to 28% of individuals after the newborn period. Fortunately, HSV encephalitis is very rare.

Encephalitis can be a complication of Lyme disease transmitted by ticks, or of rabies spread by rabid animals.

Mosquitoes can also transmit the viruses for several types of encephalitis, including West Nile encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and Western Equine encephalitis. Over the last several years in the United States, there's been concern about the spread of West Nile virus, which is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that pick up the virus by biting infected birds.

Milder forms of encephalitis can follow or accompany common childhood illnesses, including measles, mumps, chickenpox, rubella (German measles), and mononucleosis. Viruses like chickenpox spread mostly via the fluids of the nose and throat, usually during a cough or sneeze.

Less commonly, encephalitis can result from a bacterial infection, such as bacterial meningitis, or it may be a complication of other infectious diseases like syphilis. Certain parasites, like toxoplasmosis, can also cause encephalitis in people with weakened immune systems.
Contagiousness

Brain inflammation itself is not contagious, but any of the various viruses that cause encephalitis can be. Of course, just because a child gets a certain virus does not mean that he or she will develop encephalitis. Still, to be safe, children should avoid contact with anyone who has encephalitis.
Prevention

Encephalitis cannot be prevented except to try to prevent the illnesses that may lead to it. Encephalitis that may be seen with common childhood illnesses like measles, mumps, and chickenpox can be largely prevented through proper immunization. Have your child immunized according to the immunization schedule recommended by your child's doctor. Children should also avoid contact with anyone who already has encephalitis.

In areas where encephalitis can be transmitted by insect bites, especially mosquitoes, children should:

* Avoid being outside at dawn and dusk (when mosquitoes are most active).
* Wear protective clothing like long sleeves and long pants.
* Use insect repellent.

Also, all standing water around your home should be drained, including buckets, birdbaths, and flowerpots, because these are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Some things you can do to avoid tick bites:

* Limit your child's contact with soil, leaves, and vegetation.
* Have your child wear long-sleeved, light-colored shirts and long pants.
* Check your child and your pets frequently for ticks.

Duration

For most forms of encephalitis, the acute phase of the illness (when symptoms are the most severe) usually lasts up to a week. Full recovery can take much longer, often several weeks or months.
Diagnosis

Doctors use several tests to diagnose encephalitis, including:

* imaging tests, such as computed tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to check the brain for swelling, bleeding, or other abnormalities
* electroencephalogram (EEG), which records the electrical signals in the brain, to check for abnormal brain waves
* blood tests to confirm the presence of bacteria or viruses in the blood, and whether a person is producing antibodies (specific proteins that fight infection) in response to a germ
* lumbar puncture, also known as a spinal tap, in which cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord) is checked for signs of infection

Treatment

Some children with very mild encephalitis can be monitored at home, but most will need care in a hospital, usually in an intensive care unit. Doctors will carefully monitor their blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing, as well as their body fluids, to prevent further swelling of the brain.

Because antibiotics aren't effective against viruses, they aren't used to treat encephalitis. However, antiviral drugs can be used to treat some forms of encephalitis, especially the type caused by the herpes simplex virus. Corticosteroids may also be used in some cases to reduce brain swelling. If a child is having seizures, anticonvulsants may also be given.

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications, like acetaminophen, can be used to treat fever and headaches.

Most people with encephalitis make a full recovery. In a small percentage of cases, swelling of the brain can lead to permanent brain damage and lasting complications like learning disabilities, speech problems, memory loss, or lack of muscle control. Speech, physical, or occupational therapy may be necessary in these cases.

Rarely, if the brain damage is severe, encephalitis can lead to death. Infants younger than 1 year and adults older than 55 are at greatest risk of death from encephalitis.
When to Call Your Child's Doctor

Call your child's doctor if your child has a high fever, especially if he or she also has a childhood illness (measles, mumps, chickenpox) or is recovering from one.

Seek immediate medical attention if your child has any of the following symptoms:

* severe headache
* convulsions (seizures)
* stiff neck
* inability to look at bright lights
* double vision
* difficulty walking
* problems with speech or hearing
* difficulty moving an arm or leg
* loss of sensation anywhere in the body
* sudden personality changes
* problems with memory
* extreme drowsiness or lethargy
* loss of consciousness

If your infant has any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical care:

* high fever or any fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) in infants younger than 3 months of age
* fullness or bulging in the soft spot
* any stiffness
* floppiness or decreased tone
* lethargy
* poor appetite or reduced feeding
* vomiting
* crying that won't stop

For more information, go to "www.google.com" and type in "encephalitis" next to the "search" button. Then click "search", and it will take you to various websites that offer valuable information. Good luck.

1/19/2007 1:17 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

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1/19/2007 4:23 PM  
Blogger Really Eli said...

Oh god. Not again... tsk tsk tsk. Can we delete posts?

1/19/2007 4:25 PM  

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