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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 26 - July 2, 1998 - 37 Don&apos;t accept pain in joints as 'just arthritis' People who live long enough are bound to get arthritis. Thoughts like that lead nearly 6 million Americans to the conclu- sion that they have arthritis, with- out getting a doctor's diagnosis or treatment. Many people with arthritis have self-diagnosed and possibly self- treated themselves. They may have done so for a variety of rea- sons, including the inability to get or pay for a doctor's care. Others, though, may have misunderstood what arthritis is. The word "arthritis" means joint inflammation and actually is a symptom and not a diagnosis. "Writing off your arthritis puts you. at risk in a couple of ways," said Mel Anderson, program di- rector of the Arthritis Foundation. "You may end up enduring more pain and loss of function than you have to, because doctors have at their disposal a number of helpful tactics, including medica- tion, physical therapy and surgery, as well as advice on how to practice joint protection, when to apply heat or cold and when to rest and exercise. More important- ly, an undiagnosed and untreated or improperly treated condition may progress, possibly bringing on greater loss of quality of life, joint or organ damage and, in ex- treme cases, death," Anderson continued. Emotional wellness matters: learning to listen important for mental health Listening is the other half of communication. Our first thought, when we think about communica- tion, may be to consider the speaker's ability to convey ideas more effectively. What we often forget is that without a listener the speaker may as well be talking to the wind. Just as effectual speaking is an ac- quired skill, so is good listening. Some do it better than 0thers. BUt all of us can learn to enrich our own listening skills. Think about what might happen when you hear someone talk. You may attune to the person's appear- ance, to activity in the back- ground, to what you did earlier in the day, to a conversation you had with someone else, or to your counter argument and how you will present it. Your mind flits from topic to topic to topic. You may comprehend only a fragment of what the other person says. It may seem a wonder that people can communicate as well as they do. The speaker may convey only a portion of the real meaning of an intended idea - and the listen- er may pick up on only a fraction of the information that is transmit- ted. We may think that we know what the speaker is trying to say, but often we are absolutely wrong. Have you ever played the "ru- mor game" in a large circle? The first person whispers a message to the next person in line, and this message goes from person to per- son until it gets to the end of the circle. Something like "two kit- tens were playing with a ball of string" can easily mutate into "the lion sleeps tonight" as the mes- sage is relayed around the circle. Listening is itself a form of communication. Listening to an- other person conveys the message that andthat you are tru- ly interested in the other person's ideas. Without the ability to listen effectively, one must question whether true intimacy and mutual respect between partners, two of the hallmarks of a successful rela- tionship, are even possible. When you fail to listen to your partner, you may impart the message that he or she doesn't count, that you are the one with all the knowl- edge, and that you lack respect for your partner. These are hardly the qualities of a thriving and mutually beneficial relationship. Listening means you want to learn from, enjoy, care about, trust, understand and nur- ture your partner. A good listener sends the message that he or she is interested in the world and open to new ideas and life experiences. To listen well is one way to show that you love well. Real listening is a skill that takes practice and an honest look into how you deal with the world. Advance Chiropractic Henlopen Chiropractic Center Acupuncture 467 Highway One Massage Therapy Lewes. DE 19958 Dr. Debra Hobbs (302) 644-1420 Volunteers honored during EMS Week Beebe Medical Center's Emergency Department thanks all who helped celebrate Emergency Medical Services Week, designated by Gov. Tom Carper as the week of May 17, to recognize outstanding ef- forts and commitment to the people of Sussex County by emergency medical services hospital personnel. Sussex County emergency medical services (EMS) members include 23 Sussex County volunteer ambulance companies, Sussex County paramedics and Delaware State Police South Aviation Unit, also known as Trooper 2. The celebration began with the annual banquet sponsored by the Sus- sex County Volunteer Ambulance Association, held this year at Roxana Fire Hall. Beebe Medical Center continued the celebration by serving lunch to EMS providers each day throughout the week. Those who contributed lunches were the Grand Slam, Lewes; Road- sters, Lewes; Lemon Tree, Lewes; AI Casapulla's, Millville; Touch of Italy Bake Shop, Millville; Beebe Medical Center's dietary department and Beebe's emergency staff and volunteers. Heaven in a Hand Basket of Rehoboth Beach provided a special cake, decorated with "EMS Providers: A Commitment to Life." On May 21, Beebe held a breakfast for Lewes Fire Department Inc. in recognition and appreciation of its years of transport service between the Beebe helipad and the main emergency department. If you tend to take a distrust- ful or combat- ive stance to- ward other people most of the time, it may be hard to en- gage in healthy and open lis- tening. VANINI Editor's note: Joel Vaninl, L.S.C.W., has a private practice in Georgetown. You can reach her at Bridge Counseling Cen- ter, Georgetown or e-mail <bridge @ ce. net>. While there is no cure for most forms of arthritis, there is always hope for pain relief, slowing the disease is progression or even re- mission. Because treatments vary for each type of arthritis, it's impor- tant to get an exact diagnosis. When patients see their doctors for the first time, they should ex- pect at least three things to hap- pen: their doctors will ask ques- tions about their symptoms, ex- amine them, and possibly take some tests or x-rays. Patients can help their doctors by writing down information about their symptoms before the appointment. "There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so it may take several visits to your doctor to obtain an accurate diagnosis," Anderson said. "Many 9f the types of arthri- tis reveal themselves slowly, and only alerting your doctor to new or changed symptoms will give your doctor enough pieces to put the puzzle together. Every clue can help, so it's important not to write your pain off as just arthri- tis," he added. For more informa- tion about arthritis or to receive a free brochure, "Managing Your Health Care," contact the Arthritis Foundation at 302-764-8254. Would You Like to K/SS An Ashtray? Smoking wimac####t#re FREE Health Seminar from Beebe Medical Center "I Can't Sleep. I Can't Stay Awake." The problems of insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness TUESDAY, JULY 7, 1998 SPEAKER: Dr. Michael Salvatore Board Certified Pulmonologist Beebe Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center LOCATION: Lewes Public Library Lewes TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. B Beebe Medical Center This is a free seminar. Please call 645-3332 to register. 424 Savannah Rd., Lewes, DE