I seen this quote in the full article, And Was SO PISSED (Takes Me OVER 3.5 MONTHS to see someone. not to mention when I called about a chronic condition I have, then ased another question, the Nurse said (I am sure not knowing, but corrected herself very fast) said the Dr gets points for each time they see someone, not a wonder why I only get less than 10 minutes a visit with the Doctor, and at least 25 with the Dr's Nurse But I digress, and continue….
""McDonald insisted there has been improvement. According to VA statistics, 97 percent of all VA health care appointments are scheduled within 30 days. Specialty care wait-time averages six days, mental health appointments are three days.""
WTF, are you KIDDING ME, WHERE THE HELL is he getting his information from, the National Enquirer ??? When I call for a VA appointment, I have to wait 3 1/2 months to get a spot. that's 14 FULL WEEKS Mr McDonald. 14 Weeks,
Honestly, Screw the points system they have in place (aka a visit a point for the Dr) go back to real medicine and TREAT PEOPLE AGAIN, Like REAL Doctors do in the REAL World, not dome dammed fantasy someone is blowing up the directors nose each month saying its perfect. Veterans are NOT being served correctly, NOT being taken care of as WE SHOULD BE, We have Served our Country with Pride, and Honor, the least we can expect from our Government is to TAKE CARE OF US AFTER WE HAVE SERVED. that is not asking much. But apparently the VA has its own agenda for things, which is CRAP pure and simple.
As anyone who spends a significant amount of time outdoors, particularly in wooded areas, already knows, tick season has arrived in
northcentral Ohio, slightly ahead of schedule.
“Last year the unusually mild winter weather caused ticks to appear earlier and in greater numbers than we’ve seen in recent years, and this year we are again getting early reports of ticks,” said Matthew Work, environmental health director for the Mansfield/Ontario/Richland County Health Department.
“Hunters need to be particularly cautious and check for ticks on themselves or their clothing when returning from the field. People who have cats and dogs that go outside need to check their pets when they return inside the house.”
Ticks are no longer just a nasty seasonal nuisance, as new varieties of the tiny insect have arrived in Ohio bearing serious diseases.
The American dog tick, brown dog tick and Lone Star tick are the most common varieties of the insect found in the Buckeye State, although black-legged, or deer, ticks have become increasingly common here and are the most dangerous, both to humans and the animals they keep.
The American dog tick can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, while the Lone Star tick may carry ehrlichiosis. Deer ticks are the most worrisome, as they are carriers of Lyme disease, a non-fatal condition that can lead to a plethora of neurological disorders if left untreated.
American dog ticks, the most common in Ohio, are also the largest, and tend to be found in areas of high grass or brush.
Lone Star ticks are primarily found in southern Ohio, but have been moving northward, aided by warmer winters, and are dispersed by migratory birds. They prefer wooded or shrubby habitats.
Deer ticks are the new tick in town here. Their first established population in Ohio was discovered just three years ago, in Coshocton County.
“Black-legged deer ticks have been found in 56 Ohio counties and are now likely established in 26 of those counties, mostly east of I-71 where we have deciduous forests,” said Glen Needham, an entomologist and tick expert with Ohio State University Extension.
Deer ticks are believed to be established in Richland and Knox counties, according to the Ohio Health Department. They are present and may be established in Ashland and Morrow counties.
Deer ticks are very tiny, about the size of a poppy seed.
“This makes it harder to identify and to know you may have been exposed to the disease,” Needham said.
The state health department recorded 67 cases of Lyme disease last year, up from 50 in 2011 and 43 in 2010.
All the tick-borne diseases found in Ohio, which have flu-like symptoms, can be treated successfully with antibiotics if diagnosed early, and ticks need to feed for several hours before transmitting the bacteria.
That’s why it’s important to shower and inspect yourself shortly after coming inside from an extended period outdoors. Preventive measures include using an insect repellant that contains at least 20 percent of the chemical compound DEET, and if walking in the woods, tucking pants into boots and shirts into pants.
Once indoors, ticks can spend days searching for a suitable meal, so keeping your pets free of ticks also is vital.
“There are lots of good spot-on options applied behind the shoulder blades, like Frontline, Advantix and Certifect, and they work for fleas also,” Dr. Jobe Hittinger at the Appleseed Veterinary Hospital, 2690 Lexington Ave., Mansfield, said.
“They’re safe for dogs, but not cats. Cats don’t do well with the chemicals that are used. They can have seizures and neurological problems. Frontline will work for cats, but most over-the-counter products don’t,” he said.
“Tick collars are OK for them. We typically don’t see problems with the collars, safety-wise. There’s an odor, which may cause irritation, but nothing in the way of a reaction.”
Ticks are considered a threat through September, although their numbers can drop earlier if the summer is dry, which is usually when flea populations begin to spike.
“Fleas typically start a little later. There’s not a ton of diseases associated with them since we eradicated the plague. But there’s the nuisance factor,” Hittinger said.
The state health department’s Zoonotic Disease Program, which tracks the spread of tick-borne diseases as well as mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus, will lose its funding July 1 because of state budget cuts.
“Without this resource, we won’t know where black-legged deer ticks are in the state, which will make the work on prevention of Lyme much more challenging,” Needham said.
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