Please say hello to your new WebMD Moderator: Haylen!
Haylen will most likely be taking over the community on Monday. I'll still be around on WebMD, but I know I leave you in good hands and will miss each of you! You are a truly amazing and inspiring group of people who daily show exceptional courage and kindness.
Please welcome Haylen. She will be popping in to introduce herself soon!
Sending thoughts of health and happiness for 2011 and beyond!
Are you planning on any holiday travel abroad? In the U.S., the risk of contracting viral hepatitis has fallen sharply in recent years, but the risk is higher for Americans who travel abroad -- especially to regions where hepatitis is prevalent and sanitation is poor.
"Travelers who go to non-urban areas of developing countries are most likely to get infected," says Scott D. Holmberg, MD, chief of the epidemiology and surveillance branch of the division of viral hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. But it's possible to contract hepatitis even during a stay in a luxury hotel.
These questions I post on Thursdays have no right or wrong answers. Sometimes you may not be sure of the answer...because sometimes asking the right questions is the answer, right?
Give us a peek inside your thoughts and jump in on our regular Things About You Thursday questions to help everyone get to know each other better.
With the holidays now here, many memories of holidays past come to mind. I can remember huge family gatherings with aunts, uncles and tons of cousins while growing up. Our family is a tough crowd, meaning we don't miss a beat when it comes to fun & sarcastic remarks. So the hilarity (and the squabbles) that ensued were pretty entertaining. At the end of the night we were all hugging & loving on one another...and that's all that counts.
What is your happiest childhood holiday memory? What makes it so special?View Thread
It our wages, food, and all possessions were paid for with moments of happiness...
I suppose the one that would get rich would be the one that knew how to bring the most happiness or take away the most sadness.
So, paying it forward would be the best way to be rich in happiness, just as Tiff said.
Of course, even without us naming happiness as our national currency, the same holds true. We will always find more happiness, more joy, and more satisfaction in helping others than in helping ourselves. And when we do, it just brings someone around to do the same for us so we end up being double-dosed with the happy bug! (Law of attraction and gratitude)
Sometimes, on a medical forum like ours, it is easy to focus on the condition a community is facing and miss out on the real person behind the health issues.
These posts are to help all of us get to know our fellow community members better and remind us that we all have regular lives offline, too. Sure, we could talk about the weather or the latest sports game, but that's still making small talk...let's get to know you and who YOU are by making you think a little.
So, here's my thought provoking question for this week:
"If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?"
Things that make you go, hmmm....hmm? Can't wait to hear what kind of occupation you would all pick! Share with us below and don't forget to come back and see what others shared.
Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and for many, the start of the Holiday shopping season. I thought I'd share Thanksgiving recipes, tips, and related stories from all over WebMD.
Do you have a Best and/or Worst Thanksgiving story to share? Even if it didn't happen to you, almost everyone has one and they need to be aired! Follow the link to post it on the Food and Cooking Community.
Then take a look at Chef Domenica Catelli's Tasty.Easy.Healthy. blog. Her Thinking Outside the Can offers fresh cranberry sauce and a recipe for Brussels sprouts that aren't stinky. She also has ten tips for a Stress-Free and Delicious Thanksgiving to share. From brining your turkey to setting the table the night before, these are tips to check out.
Do you have some vegetarian friends coming over and you're not sure what to serve them? Try Elaine Magee's Pumpkin Cannelloni for a tasty offering even your non-vegetarian guests will enjoy.
Once Thanksgiving is just a yummy memory, The Healthy Recipe Doctor is ready to help you make sure those Thanksgiving Leftovers are Safe. Then you can make sure your guests don't take home bacteria with their leftovers!
Finally, check out Ron Moser's Family Webicine blog for a funny take on a man who hates shopping. His Black Fridays and Black Moods entry will have you smiling, no matter how early you got up to shop!
Ten years after celebrating the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims of Plymouth held the first progressive dinner party in the Americas. Each course of a five-course meal was served at a different colony home, one at Thrush Nook, by the couple living there; Hester and her husband hosted one of the courses.
From the carte below, can you chart the Pilgrims' Progress through the dinner: the dish served as each course, the full names (one husband was Oliver) of the couple who hosted the course, and the name of the house in which that part of the meal was enjoyed?
The five courses were served in traditional order: the salad of creamed endive was 1st, the maize bread was 2nd, the venison pate was 3rd, the main entree of roast pheasant was 4th, and the mincemeat pie served as dessert was 5th and last.
Priscilla, who isn't Mrs. Standish, complemented the hostess at Deer Lodge on the pine cone centerpiece she had made for the occasion.
Charles and his wife didn't serve the maize bread or the venison pate.
Mr. & Mrs. Standish enjoyed the course served at Oak House by their next-door neighbors.
Immediately after enjoying one course at the home of James and his wife, the dinner party proceeded to Deer Lodge for the next serving; immediately after leaving Deer Lodge, the diners went to the Aldens' for another course.
The progressive dinner party didn't start at Rose Cottage.
Thomas's wife asked him to transcribe the recipe for her dish to give to Anne, who had liked it so much.
The party left Philip and his wife's house and went to the Halls for the next dinner course.
The Bradfords admired the dinnerware used by the couple who hosted at Maple Manse.
The five couples in the first progressive dinner party in the Americas were the Cabots, Priscilla and her husband, the couple who lived in Rose Cottage, Charles and his wife, and the husband and wife who served mincemeat pie for dessert.
Neither Anne nor Mrs. Hall had ever prepared roast pheasant, so they were glad when another wife agreed to serve the main entree.
Elisabeth and her husband and the couple who lived at Oak House, who didn't serve the maize bread, originated the idea for the progressive dinner party.
Mrs. Alden, who didn't make the mincemeat pie, admired the rocking chair Mary's husband had fashioned for their parlor.
James and his wife weren't the party couple who hosted the course served at Rose Cottage.
Elisabeth, who wasn't Philip's spouse, didn't make the venison pate for the dinner.
Use your best logic to figure out this brainteaser and share your answers with us below! (It only boosts brainpower when you get those wheels turning, so no Googling the answers!!) View Thread
You shouldn't try to go through your detox alone. Your body has become accustomed to having this chemical reaction and breaking an addiction to painkillers can be more difficult than you think. Stopping cold turkey can have serious health side effects, as well. Just be safe.
Talk to your doctor, if you haven't already. And definitely find a support group to help you through.
I would encourage your to participate in our Substance Abuse community for even more support. I'm sure the community and expert have other resources they can share.
Stay strong, and let us know how things are going!