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L- -I ! .-- Thursday, December 17, 2009 Kimb l, MN Santa rests up for his big day 6 Larson, DVM Homer came to us after he ment in several days. I was imme- became literally unable to eat any diately concerned that he had a food without it coming imme- gastric dilatation volvulus, wherea diately back up. He would try dog's stomach can fill with air and his best, even making repeated twist, cutting off the passage of attempts to eat what came back up food into and out of the stomach, until some of the mush eventually and more critically, cutting off the remained in his stomach. Despite blood supply to the stomach itself. his best efforts to nourish him- In many cases, it's fatal. At first self, his body could not disguise glance, the radiographs seemed to the evidence of weakness, muscle confirm the suspicion ... a stom- wasting, and overall depression, ach fully distended with gas in an On physical exam, it was as if abnormal position. But upon fur- his insides were completely filled ther study, the entire gastrointesti- with air. He was bloated, and he naltractfromtheesophagustothe was almost involuntarily expel- colon was full of gas as well, seem- ling air from both ends. Homer ing to be paralyzed, unable to con- may not have had a bowel move- tract and move ingested food from Chamber donates to 4-H contest Santa needed a bit of a rest after Kimball's Santa Day last Saturday, He'll need to be well rested for all his duties coming up next week! Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. At right: Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce president Leo Wirth (right) presented a check for $200 to Jenna Maus (left) and Shelby Schiefel- bein (center) for the Kimball Kruisers 4-H Holiday decorating contest. See next week's Tri-County News for results of the judging. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the winner; it will then "travel" to next year's winner. This is the first year of the contest, and it is among Kimball area business- es who entered. The Kruisers also decorated Wil- low Creek Park this year with lights and garland. Submitted photo. $ Prizes Simply use your State Bank of Kimball Check Card to make 10 or more qualifying purchases, posting to your account from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31,t, 2009 to be automatically entered for a chance to win one of three cash prizes totaling $1000.00. the mouth all the way through the digestive tract. Reading up on this fairly uncommon condition known as myasthenia gravis, all of Homer's symptoms could be attributed to the disease, where there is a dys- function of the neuromuscular junctions along the gas- trointestinal tract. With a leap of faith, knowing that the cure for the twisted stomach condition was emer- gency surgery while the cure for myasthenia gravis was a medication, we decided to begin medical treatment for myasthenia gravis. The next day, Homer's owners called and said they had given a couple doses of the medication, but he wasn't looking very good. In one conversation, his owner said she thought he looked like he might not live long enough to make it back into the vet clinic. Disappointed and hoping I had not made the wrong diagnosis, I decided we should try to increase Homer's dose in one last effort to reverse the paralysis of his digestive system. I hadn't heard anything about Homer for a week or so, and I suspected the worst. That was until one fine day, when his owners called to see if I could call in a refill of his medication! He was apparently doing much better, keeping his food down, and even having normal bowel movements! Homer was in for a recheck this week, he has already gained some of his weight back, and everything is on the up-and-up. I never thought I would find myself becoming overjoyed upon hearing about a dog having a bowel movement! It's the simple things in life, I guess. Use your card more frequently and you'll be eligible for a larger prize! If you use your card for you'll be entered for a chance to win I0 to 20 qualifying purchases $200 in Cash 21 to 30 qualifying purchases $300 in Cash 31 and over quaJifying purchases $500 in Cash If you do not currently have a State Bank of Kimball Check Card, soon so you can participate in the program. A complete list of sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements is available at the State Bank of Kimball and the St. Augusta Office. Tidbits As we leave November behind, according to the weather man last night, this is only the second Novem- ber, since record-keeping began, that Minnesota didn't have snow. At least not enough snow to register. Did that bother me? Not at all. The fact that temperatures being warmer than October's was appreciated too. There was a small turnout of volunteers for the annual volunteer training. Volunteering is a vital part of the Senior Dining pro- gram. To answer some questions which I am often asked; no, volunteers do not get paid; no, they do not get free meals and yes, I am the only paid staff, with the exception of the food transporter who delivers the food from Maple Lake. I deeply appreciate each of the volunteers. Some vol- unteer several days each week and some a few times a month. Thank you, volunteers! * ATM withdrawals and cash advances are not considered qualifying entries. All entries, whether submitted automatically by using a State Bank of Kimball Check Card or by alternate form, have an equal chance of winning. Eligibility is to all legal residents of the United States, 18 years of age or older, except employees of the State Bank of Kimball and their immediate family (spouse, parents, children and siblings and their respective spouses). Business debit cards are not eligible. To enter the sweepstakes without using a State Bank of Kimball Check Card, print your name, complete mailing address and daytime phone number on a 3" x 4" piece of paper and deposit it between 12-1-09 and 12-31-09 in the designated receptacle located in any State Bank of Kimball office. Each piece of paper will count as one qualifying purchase. No purchase necessary to win. Winners will be seleted in a random drawing on 1-8-10 and the prize will be granted to the first named person/ business on the checking account to which qualifying purchases are posted. * with Thomes Insurance Group and State Bank of Kimball STATE OF KIMBALL P.o. BOX 70 KIMBALL, MINNESOTA 55353 (320) 398-3500 One of the site's goals has been to develop an on-call list of peo- ple on whom I could call on short notice if needed. There are sev- eral in the community who help out. Yet, there is a need for more. If you're willing to help out in any way, please contact me at (320) 398-2211. Two ladies volunteered to make some calls inviting seniors to the Thanksgiving meal. We had three first-time diners. They expressed how impressed they were with the meal and atmosphere, Once again, the Kimball Kruisers 4-H Club provided the decorations. Diners have wondered where they get the great ideas. Fifty-six congregated and Meals on Wheels diners were served. November is National Family Caregivers Month. We all know some family caregivers. It would be nice if you took the time to thank them. The Central MN Council onAging encourages care- givers to take four steps every day to empower themselves and their loved ones. The four steps: Believe in yourself; Reward yourself- they didn't give tips as to how; Reach out for help - through talking with other caregivers and my own experience, this is the hardest thing to do; Speak up for your rights. There are two exciting events coming up in December for Senior Diners besides Christmas Dinner on Dec. 16. Pecan pie is "pie of the month," being served on Dec. 2. A brunch will be served about 10:40 a.m. Dec. 24. Remember to live a good, hon- orable life so when you're older and you think back, you'll enjoy it a second time. 'Till next time, Rosalea Hoeft Satellite Site Coordinator