David has had diabetes and high blood pressure for a number of years and through much of this time, he did not have good control of either of these health conditions. However, he was not overly concerned as he felt fine. When RDPCN staff was looking for suitable candidates from his doctor’s clinic for the Home Health Monitoring program, they asked if he would participate. Although it is unusual for him to volunteer for anything he did
agree to this.
David had a visit with the nurse to get all the base data and learn about the program. He soon received a call back to say that his heart rhythm was very slow. He ended up seeing a cardiologist and being diagnosed with heart flutter. He is under observation to decide on future treatment as he makes lifestyle changes. He may not have learned about this issue if he had not volunteered.
Being part of the 3-month monitoring project has helped David to improve how he looks after himself. He has lost 40 pounds. He has significantly decreased his snacking and improved his eating. His medications have decreased. His blood glucose has gone from very high to well within the normal range. His blood pressure is significantly improved. He walks more than 100 minutes almost every day and thoroughly enjoys that. He says the walking is key to keeping him on track.
His three months on the program ended near the end of December but he has continued all of the monitoring himself as he says “It keeps me honest. The program has helped me realize the importance of looking after myself. ”
He is very thankful that the RDPCN nurse approached him to be part of the Home Health Monitoring program and that he took the risk of volunteering. He is way healthier now!
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Local artist records original song for Remembrance Day with video showcasing Red Deer’s military history
Editor’s note: This article was published in 2020. It was extremely popular in the Central Alberta region so we wanted to circulate it again this year, now even more poignant with the war in Ukraine. The video uses many images that are familiar to Central Albertans and pays tribute to Central Alberta soldiers who have deployed internationally over the years.
This spring, a singer and songwriter friend of mine from Red Deer, Shelly Dion, came to me with a song idea that had, in her words, been “knocking around in my head for the past 30 years”. She said that she really wanted to pay her respects to the people who sacrificed their lives and livelihoods to go to war.
The song is called “Lay Me Down”, and it’s a very fitting song for this time of year. We decided to get together and record a simple version of the song. Then I sent her off to see musical wizard, Red Deer’s Heath West of Medodius Design. Heath came up with some excellent improvements and we recorded it in his studio this fall.
As Honorary Colonel of 41 Signal Regiment in Alberta, I’m always looking for opportunities to promote the military, our Regiment’s members, and of course at this time of year, to acknowledge the sacrifice made by the men and women who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. “Lay Me Down” hit all the right notes.
With some help from Counsellor Michael Dawe, long-time archivist for the City of Red Deer, I gained access to some wonderful historic photos that helped me to tell some of the stories of Red Deer’s military history. At the same time, I wanted to help the members of our Regiment honour the many local members who have volunteered to put their lives and careers on hold to deploy internationally to places like Afghanistan, Golan Heights, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and more recently Ukraine and Latvia. This project allowed me to both profiles some local history and recognize our more modern history. Thanks to WO Drew Adkins of 41 Signal Regiment for his help in coordinating photos from our wall of fame inside Cormack Armoury.
The above video is the result. Take some time to learn about our local military history. Do you know who Cormack Armoury is named after? You’ll also learn about local members of 41 Signal Regiment (2 Sqn), many of whom actively serve in the Armed Forces today. You may even know some of them as neighbours, friends, and co-workers. Please take a moment to acknowledge their service, and on November 11th, attend a service, and at the very least, take a moment at 11 AM to be silent and consider how lucky we are to be at peace in our country.
“Lay Me Down” is written and performed by Shelly Dion and produced and engineered by Heath West. Musicians: Bagpipes Glenn MacLeod, acoustic guitar Heath West, electric guitars Lloyd Lewis, drums Phil Liska, Bass Doug Gagnon.
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Test of Halloween candy at Rocky Mountain House reveals Fentanyl
From Rocky Mountain House RCMP News Releases
While examining Halloween candy this week, a parent in Rocky Mountain House discovered an open package with three pieces of a dark substance that looked suspicious.
Concerned, the parent turned over the package to Rocky Mountain House RCMP. Early tests from the Alberta RCMP Forensic Identification Section have identified the presence of Fentanyl.
The substance has been sent to the RCMP Lab for further tests. While Rocky RCMP try to discover the source of the package, they’re reminding parents to take extra precaution in examining their children’s Halloween candy. Remember that any unsealed candy should be thrown away immediately.
If you find anything suspicious in your candy, contact your local Police.
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