Prairie Doc® Perspectives - The Secrets of Circulation

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The medical history books reveal secrets of circulation and blood pressure that rival the best novels of intrigue. Years ago, before people had figured out how blood circulates, second century Greek scientist Galen, had the idea that blood moved from the right side of the heart to the left through unseen pores. That idea was not questioned for more than 1,000 years until a series of people in the mid-1500s finally broke with the old idea. 
After great debate among leading thinkers of the time, English scientist and physician, William Harvey, and several anatomists and scientists finally convinced local medical leaders, and later those of the world, that blood pulses through the body on a great circular journey. It was fear of change that made the acceptance of this discovery so difficult.
Harvey, and other scientists, proved that venous blood is almost “sucked in” as it returns from the outer reaches of the body through gradually larger veins and eventually flows into the right ventricle of the heart. From the right ventricle (right lower part of the heart), blood is pumped into the lungs where hemoglobin gathers oxygen and releases carbon. From the lungs, oxygen rich blood flows to the left atrium (left upper part of the heart), to the left ventricle and is pumped out into arteries to feed almost all the cells of the body with oxygen. 
From each tiny cell the blood picks up carbon waste, and the blood is drawn back to the right heart and lungs once again. Continuous circulation happens because the heart pump squeezes and relaxes, repeating the process some 80 times a minute from birth to death. 
In my mind, the marvelous truth about the circle of blood flow is pure evidence of the beauty of both evolution and intelligent design. Circulation, like the rhythm of life, is a regular and recurring pulsing; a succession of surges over time like the flow of seawater and fish meeting the shore on an estuarial tide, the birth of lambs and calves, bursting forth on an early springtime prairie pasture or even the seventy to ninety-year life-cycle of humans, moving with joy, sorrow and grace from birth to natural death.
This essay, written by the late Richard P. Holm, MD, is an excerpt from his book “Life’s Final Season, A Guide for Aging and Dying with Grace” available on Amazon. Dr. Holm was founder of The Prairie Doc® and his legacy lives on through his Prairie Doc® organization. For free and easy access to the entire Prairie Doc® library, visit www.prairiedoc.org.

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Finding a New Balance

Life is about balance. We balance our time, our budgets, our work, and our family. If you concentrate too much in one area, you will soon be wanting in another. Additionally, our bodies are constantly working to keep our blood pressure, blood sugar, and temperature in balance.... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Finding a New Balance

One summer during my college years, another premed student and I got a job at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, as nurses’ aides. At that time, the guys were called orderlies, but we were part of the nursing department. We were taught how to clean patients’ private... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Control Is Our Asthma Goal

Growing up in the 60s and 70s, we all knew kids and adults who were held back by their asthma. They sat out gym classes and sporting events, missed school or work over and over again, were up in the wee hours of the night fighting to breath, or seemed to make their own chest... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - A Redheaded Woman Experiences Life with Color

Mrs. R was a character. Her natural red hair had changed to gray years earlier, but thanks to the magic of her hairdresser, her hair was again flashy red, and she had a personality to match. She was a feisty, fun and full-blooded woman full of zest and pizzazz. She made me smile... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - That's Love

When my mom called me and said that my dad found four N95 masks in the garage and she wanted to send them all to me since I’m a doctor – That’s love. When I reassured her that we had enough in clinic for now and that she should keep them, or at least keep two... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Trust the Scientific Process

It is the year 2020, and we find ourselves in the midst of a rapidly changing, worldwide pandemic of a novel Coronavirus. This virus and public knowledge of it has spread and changed with greater speed than our scientific method can accommodate. Science, and the progression of... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - The Message Is Staring You in the Face

In a recent national survey, 26.9 million American adults age 18 and older reported experiencing vision loss. Of course, vision loss means blindness or the inability to see at all, but the definition also includes those having trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Aging is a Mixed Picture

During my lifelong practice of geriatrics, I observed many people reaching the end of their lives. Truth is, what I’ve seen is a mixed picture. The two patient stories I describe here are really a blend of hundreds of experiences. Ms. A is in her late 80s, walks two miles... [More]

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COURT

Wallace County District Court Proceedings

Rene Trevino appeared in Wallace County District Court on October 2, 2019 for sentencing in case number 2019 CR 12.  Trevino had been charged with 1 Count Domestic Battery, a Class B, Person Misdemeanor on September 7, 2019.  He appeared in court with court-appointed... [More]

Traffic Court for January and February

Catherine Elizabeth Capra, Pleasant Hill, Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, court costs $108. Justin Blake Meyer, St. Francis, Kans, liquor purchased by minor, nolo contendre, fined $200, court costs $239. Transporting an open container, guilty plea, fined $200.... [More]

Traffic Court September-December

Forman, David Scott, Miami Fla, driving 78 mph in a 50 mph zone. Fines $177 Court Cost $108. Hagan, Audrey Ann, Columbia Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone. Deferred. Court Cost $108. Pfeffer, Samuel Tyler, Sharon Springs, Reckless Driving.  Bench Trial – Not... [More]

Traffic Court up to September 2019

Turner, Philip Russell II, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Patton, Amanda, driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Ramey, Tyler Ray, failure to stop or obey railroad crossing signal, fines $195, court... [More]

Wallace County District Court Sentencings

On May 15th, Vance Diamond Halsey appeared in the Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney, Christopher Rohr, Colby for sentencing in the matter of case 2019-CR-03.  Halsey was charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer on March 12, 2019, ... [More]

Traffic Court for May-June 2019

May Traffic Report Thomas, Dyami R, Bellingham, Wash, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Araujo Pompa, Almedio, Coral Gables, Fla, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Lennon, Jake Owen, Pittsburg, Penn, driving 93 mph... [More]

Traffic Court for April 2019

James Manuel Phillips, Gardner, Colo, driving 77 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $57 and court costs $108. Kenzie Marie Spreier, Colby, Kans, diving 80 in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and court costs $108. Erick Edward Jarosz, Canon City, Colo, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

Brandon and Fugate Sentenced

Jonathan Brandon appeared in Wallace County District Court on April 10th, 2019, with his court appointed attorney, Steve Cott, Garden City, for sentencing in cases 17 CR 51 and 17 CR 58. Each case charged Brandon with Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school,... [More]

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NEWS

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Pool Opens For County Residents

The Wallace County Swimming Pool opened for the 2020 season Monday.  Hours: Monday - Saturday 1-5pm, Sunday 2-6pm Prices: Ages 5-12 $1.50 and 13+ $2.00 Water Aerobics: Will be offered daily begining June 8 with hour-long sessions begining at 12:00 and 5:00.  Aerobics... [More]

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Greeley County Health Services Partners with HaysMed for New Outreach Surgery

Greeley County Health Services has partnered with the University of Kansas Health System HaysMed Specialty Care to bring a new general surgery practice to Southwest Kansas.  Dr. Jerod Grove and Dr. Charles Schultz from HaysMed will begin traveling to Tribune to provide general... [More]

How does your garden grow? - Protect Your Vegetables From Heat Stress

During the summer, it can get too hot even for heat loving plants like tomatoes and peppers. There are a few things you can do to heat proof your garden. Watering enough is essential, but watering correctly is even more important. Water early in the morning before temperatures... [More]

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Best Wishes to Mrs. Hale

Congratulations!  After 32 years in education, Mrs. Julie Hale retired from teaching at Weskan Schools on Monday, June 1st. She taught in Weskan for 30 years. Best wishes to Mrs. Hale!

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State FFA Degrees Awarded To Local Members

Local FFA members Blakely Aldridge and Hannah Young have officially received their State FFA Degree.  The State FFA Degree is the third highest degree a member may receive, and the highest that any state association may bestow on its members. The golden charm of the State... [More]

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The Rec Roundup - June 4, 2020

Wallace County Recreation is happy to move forth with our summer ball program, though it will look a little different than normal we are just excited to let these kids play ball! There is one softball team with 19 players from ages 6-12, one baseball team with 13 players also... [More]

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Haylee Hennick Awarded Janet L. Cowles Van Allen Memorial Scholarship

Haylee Hennick, daughter of Staci and Jason Hennick, has been awarded the Janet L. Cowles Van Allen Memorial Scholarship.   The recipient must be a graduate of one of the Wallace County Kansas High Schools enrolling in the curriculum of their choice at Kansas State University.... [More]

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Western Kansas Valley Introduces New Manager

We take great pride in announcing Judd McCurdy as the new manager at Western Kansas Valley in Sharon Springs. Western Kansas Valley is confident in Judd’s ability to help local farmers with their future irrigation needs in the Northwest Kansas and Eastern Colorado area.... [More]

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - Jun 4, 2020

Our good news to share is that the Fort Wallace Museum has now re-opened to the public! Our main changes in operation will be more frequent wiping down of door handles and in sign-in procedures. Our staff will not be giving tours for the moment, as we try to minimize contact... [More]

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Bugle Notes - May 28, 2020

Although it was a very different year, the Wallace Community still managed to honor the sacrifices of our military on Memorial Day 2020.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions that are still in place, a “Do-It-Yourself” observance was held in the morning at the cemetery,... [More]

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Bugle Notes - May 7, 2020

The Museum has been missing its visitors, but things are still happening on the grounds! A long-time need has been addressed by some of our hard-working volunteers, combined with the generosity of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation through the Wallace County Foundation. Over the past... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Apr 2, 2020

The Fort Wallace Museum continues to be closed to visitors until April 6th, when the Board will re-evaluate opening hours once more. We do have staff putting in hours at the Museum on most days, so do feel free to give us a call at 785.891.3564 to ask a question or leave a message. ... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 19, 2020

This past weekend, the Guardians of Fort Wallace Museum’s Fundraiser Banquet was compelled to greatly scale back their planned events, due to weather. as well as health concerns. The “Harvesting the Plains” History Symposium went on with a very limited audience.... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 12, 2020

The Museum will host a Nex-Gen high school or college intern (age 16 and up) for the summer of 2020! The application process for this internship is open through March 15! We would love to have you on our team and help develop Museum interpretation, while making a good wage and... [More]

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Bugle Notes - History Symposium on March 14

The Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum are gearing up for a wonderful day of events on Saturday, March 14!  The day opens with a history symposium, with speakers from Arizona, Texas, and Kansas, and ends with a gala fundraiser banquet in honor of Capt. Myles Keogh of the... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Upcoming Events

Wallace, Kansas….The Fort Wallace Museum continues its great tradition of exploring history with a twist of fun with a full day of activities on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The public is invited to enjoy the day’s historical Symposium and the evening’s fundraiser... [More]

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