Happy Hour Club

    Happy Hour Club met Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the Dodge City Senior Center with 21 members and one guest present.  Beulah Jones and Jean Lantis were hostesses.




Stitch N Chatter

    On June 11, the Stitch N Chatter Club met at 6:30 p.m. at Natures Corner.


Happy Hour Club
    Happy Hour Club met Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the Dodge City Senior Center with 21 members and one guest present.  Beulah Jones and Jean Lantis were hostesses.
    Amy Dunn, the director of Therapy Services at Western Plains Medical Complex for the past 11 months, was the speaker.  Amy holds a doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Creighton University of Omaha, Nebraska.  She has been a therapist at Sandhill Orthopedics in Garden City and at PT Works in Dodge City..
    Western Plains offers physical therapy for orthopedic patients, including knee, ankle and hip replacements, and neurological patients who have suffered brain injuries and strokes, wound care, care for diabetic peripheral vascular problems, women's health (non-surgical), aquatic therapy, and weight-bearing problems.  Sports medicine patients include those with general orthopedic problems.  Parents and caregivers of pediatric cerebral palsy patients are taught how to work with the children between therapy sessions.  Therapists travel to the Trinity and Good Samaritan nursing homes twice a week and staff the PT department at Excel one day a week, and assistants go there an additional three days a week.
    Whether patients are 8 or 80 years old, their conditions can change from hour to hour and day to day.  It is important to know the patient as an individual in order to help them gain strength and function and to be a communicator between the doctor and the patient.  Some patients don't try, but most do.
    In Kansas, a doctor has to sign off on patient evaluation.  Insurance drives the care.  Therapists can read X-rays and MRIs but these must be ordered by an M.D., dentist or chiropractor.. 
    A doctor can recommend a therapist but cannot insist that a patient go to a particular one.
    Western Plains has two physical therapists and three assistants and three part-time speech therapists.  Amy is interviewing potential occupational therapists.  Western Plains also offers "Prep Talks," informational meetings for persons considering knee and hip replacements.
    The May minutes were read and approved and the treasurer's report was given.  The service project was discussed.
    The next meeting will be a breakfast meeting at Althea White's home on July 14.  Althea, Marj Smith and Betty Wasson will be hostesses.

Stitch N Chatter
    On June 11, the Stitch N Chatter Club met at 6:30 p.m. at Natures Corner.  Dee Smoll gave a lesson on photography and  how to take good pictures.  Then we practiced what we learned by going around the nursery taking pictures of the flowers and other things that caught our eyes.
    After taking a few pictures, we caravanned out to Beth Vogel's home where we were served brownies and ice cream by co-hostess Karen Hawley.  There were nine members and one guest answering roll call.  We voted to put up a window display the first week of July and then move it to a booth at the fair.
    Dee finished her lesson on photography by showing us some slides and we discussed them and learned what was good and what was not right and how to make them better.  We are hoping we can do better at the fair with our knowledge.
    Next month we will meet on July 9, 2009 at the Round Barn at Mullinville.