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June 9th, 2010
The Economic Merry Go Round




Adam - 2014-11-23
I became a denatl hygienist in my early 20’s. I loved it.Being a denatl hygienist enabled my husband to finish his education at a university. When we had children it was a perfect profession because I worked part-time enabling me to spend most of my time raising my four children. When they were teenagers I went back to school and obtained my Bachelors degree and at 45 I received my Master’s degree in Dental Hygiene at Old Dominion University. My dream was to teach. An opportunity came for me to work at a Veteran’s Affairs Medical Hospital and the challenge working with medically compromised patients in a hospital setting was appealing. This would also satisfy my desire to teach, since there were multiple opportunities to teach within the VA system. I had the privilege working with denatl hygiene students as clinical rotations, teaching diabetic classes other related health concerns to our veterans. I worked with paralyzed veterans both in the clinic and bedside, and on occasion infection control and smoking cessation classes. One of my great pleasures was working with the professional standard board reviewing credentials directly involved with standard of denatl hygienists within the Veteran’s Affairs system. Ten months ago I was diagnosed with amylodosis. This abruptly changed my life and my career. Amyodosis is a rare blood disease that results in the extra cellular deposits and misfolding of insoluble fiber proteins. There are several kinds of amyloidosis mine is a bone marrow plasma cell disorder, or a lymphoproliferative disease. The amyloid is an abnormal antibody protein light change produced in the bone marrow by a plasma cell. These light chains proteins often occur in multiple organs in a very short period of time. The most common organs involved in AL (primary) Amyloidosis are the heart, kidneys, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. Without treatment the survival rate is only a few months, Currently, there is no cure however the most common treatment is chemotherapy and /or Stem Cell Transplant.My amyloidosis attacked my heart and within months I was in Cardiac Intensive Care waiting for a heart transplant. I received a heart within five months of my diagnosis and will start my stem cell transplant next week, five months after my heart transplant.Ten years prior to my diagnosis I rode several charity century bike rides including leukemia, diabetes, cancer and multiple sclerosis, never dreaming one day I would be riding for my own needs. My goal is to on again ride a 20 K in the transplant Olympic Games in 2012, maybe even a triathlon. I will be on immune suppressed medicines the rest of my life and my resistance will always be compromised therefore my clinic love for denatl hygiene must stop. Once stronger I hope to lecture in both my profession and else ware as an organ recipient and the awareness of amyloisosis. Being a denatl hygienist enabled me to have the medical background to understand my disease and the strength and determination to overcome. I had a wonderful professor at ODU who constantly pushed me to my limits. I have never finished reaching. http://vgdvaevtsv.com [url=http://zocckvqp.com]zocckvqp[/url] [link=http://zmkboddrtro.com]zmkboddrtro[/link]
by Adam

Damodar - 2014-11-21
Typically we start seeing them at 3 for their first cnlenaig/exam ( m a dental hygienist). Unless they have some sort of cavity, that is the average age for their first dental apppointment.The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children have a dental home by 1 and an exam. But to be honest, I have never seen a patient younger than 3 in the office and that is usually not the norm.
by Damodar

Jess - 2014-11-16
This is a common state of airaffs for our profession in Canada as well. We have taken this into our own hands in many provinces. I am living the dream of being the proud owner operator of my dental hygiene practice, and it is a very hard fight! These last three years have been extremely challenging, but more professionally rewarding than any other way I have practiced. I encourage every dental hygienist to open their minds to the possibility of a new model of delivery of our services,integrating our profession with other regulated health care professions,expanding their vision, volunteering and becoming a member of their respective national, state, or provincial associations, and becoming part of the movement that propels our profession forward. Many hygienists tend to ask what their associations are doing for them in these hard times. I propose that we all dig deep, and work together to become united and strong! Dont think Statewide, or even just Nationally-think Internationally! As Ann said, no matter where we choose to practice, we need to work together as a unified profession.
by Jess

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