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PAGE 4A OPINION THE KALONA NEWS, AUGUST 29, 2013 Lists and memories are partners of a special kind LISTS: Our lives are ruled by lists whether or not we want to acknowledge them and/or admit to hav- ing them. They may be printed Hi Neighbor on paper or Lois Eckhardt pinned in our minds, but they do exist, because we are human and we must have lists. We worry if we don't remember something without having some kind of record to remind us; we object to others making fun of us for needing a list; we wonder if something is wrong with us that we have to have a list; we fret to the point we, sometimes, decide we will not make lists any more, only to find ourselves needing the lists; we misplace them, (that's the worst) and even find our- selves making a list of the lists, in case we forget what the lists were about. Once, I found someone's list on the floor in the grocery store; not sure if it might belong to someone still in the store and needing it, I picked it up and (of course) read it. It said, simply: "Get grocer- ies. Sweep floor." I tossed it back down, assuming no one would want to admit it was theirs, but I worried if they would, indeed, re- member to sweep the floor when they got home--or was it someone else's floor--or... My lists usually go into detail. When I first started making then, years ago, they were very much itemized and still are. If it said: "Get:" it meant get everything sub-listed because I probably won't be back in town for a few days. Country people often thought that way out of necessity, espe- cially if they lived on gravel (or worse yet) mud roads. It was a big deal when I, as a five-year old, and my parents would go to Lone Tree, eight miles away, on Satur- day night. I got to wear my good dress with the ruffles and my shiny black buckled shoes; I would get to stand on the street corner with morn and dad and listen to the band playing in the park; but best of all, I would get an ice cream cone at the drug- store up the street (It never drib- bled on my dress because mom always use her thumb to punch the ice cream down in the ,cone.) And, on the way home I would have a small paper bag of jelly beans clutched in my fist--until I fell asleep, happy with life. The unhappy times were when, as we stepped out of the house, on a Sat- urday night, ready to go to town, dad would hear thunder in the dis- tance. It usually meant we would not be going anywhere and a snif- fley little girl would need to head back in the house. Teen years were not so con- stricting. By then we'd moved to a rural location with better road, closer to town, and we could go more often. Lists were not a major concern in my world at that time. It was mom's job and she was ex- tremely good at reminding me of things, every thing(s). Later, in married years, at yet another location, I succumb to the idea I was still good enough at remembering things I didn't need a list hanging over me like a noose to strangle my ability. That didn't last long. It was about that time I learned there are two kinds of memory: long-term memory, the kind that can allow a person to recall happenings of many years past, up until about ten minutes ago; and the other: short-term memory, owning a life limit of up to ten seconds ago, more or less. I still have both. It's been proven we all have similar versions of this two-memory abil- ity. I suspect there is at least one more version and that would be: selective memory: the ability to remember only what and when a person wants to remember. Men seem to have an excellent appreci- ation of how that one works. But, in the back of my mind hovers yet another version that pops in and out of existence at will, closely re- lated to both the long term mem- ory and the short term memory and that is the elusive memory, the one we often need, but can't 'put our finger on' until we no lon- ger need it. It's the one that come back to haunt us, quite often, dur- ing a long sleepless night. This is when the need for lists comes into obvious good stead. The only problem being with our need to remember where the list is and if, when we finally find it, what it was we were going to write on it. Never mind expecting our supposedly, born-with-it, men- tal listing ability coming to our assistance, it's hiding out with the elusive-memory gene, just for laughs. From page 1A * BRIEFS pendently. District 5 is north and east of Washington. Picnic for veterans Sept. 14 The Sons of the American Le- gion Post 427, Wellman, will be hosting a picnic for veterans and their families at the Mary Marr Lodge at Marr Park on Saturday, Sept 14. Gathering will start at 4 pm. with dinner to be served at 5 p.m. The Sons will provide meat, cof- fee, tea and lemonade. Veterans and their families are welcome to bring a dish to pass. Table service will not be provided. For further information, con- tact Michael Sypherd at 319-863- 3893. Praise Band Festival Sharon Center United Method- ist Church will be hosting a Praise Band Festival on Sunday Sept. 8th starting at noon. Lunch is pro- vided. Ice Cream Social to start at 2 p.m. Bring a chair and a friend. Freewill offering. The church is located at 2804 520th St. SW in Kalona. All are welcome. Duggar Family to appear Labor Day The Duggar Family, known around the world for their famous reality TV show, TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, will be speaking and performing at the 12th An- nual Turning Hearts Celebration on Labor Day, September 2nd, 2013. This free event is hosted by the Bontrager Family of Kalona and is open to the public. (address of event: Bontrager Farm, 1881 Johnson Washington Rd, Kalona, IA) For a full list of the day's ac- tivities & the Duggar's speaking & performing schedule times, please visit www.bontragerfamilysing- & click on the "events" tab to find & download the flyer. Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace concert Nashville, TN-based artist Mat- thew Smith and his band will bring their concert of centuries- old Christian hymn lyrics with new melodies to Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church on Sun- day, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. at 1408 540th St SW Kalona. A love offering will be received at the concert. Spouses have a significant benefit Mark Owens Social Security District Manager in Coralville Social Security can be an important financial asset for married couples when the time comes to apply for retirement benefits. In many cases, one spouse may have earned significantly more than the other, or have worked for a longer span of years. Or it could be that one spouse stayed home to do the work of raising the children or caring for elderly family members while the other focused on a career. Regardless of your situation, Social Security will look at all pos- sibilities to make sure both spouses receive the maximum benefit possible. Even if you have not paid Social Security taxes, it's likely you'll be eligible to receive benefits on your spouse's record. If you did work and pay into Social Security, we will check eligibility based on your work record and your spouse's to see which amount is higher. You can apply for spouses benefits the same way that you apply for benefits on your own record. You can apply for reduced benefits as early as age 62, or for 100 percent of your full retirement benefits at your "full retirement age. " You can find your full retirement age, based on your birth year, at increase.htm. The benefit amount you can receive as a spouse, if you have reached your full retirement age, can be as much as one half of your spouse's full benefit. If you opt for early retirement, your ben- efit may be as little as a third of your spouse's full benefit amount. If your spouse has already reached full retirement age but con- tinues to work, your spouse can apply for retirement benefits and request to have the payments suspended until as late as age 70. This would allow the worker to earn delayed retirement credits that will mean higher payments later, but would allow you to receive your spouse's benefit. You can also apply for spouse benefits based on the earnings re- cord of an ex-spouse or deceased spouse if you were married for at least 10 years. Spouses can consider a number of options and variables. We make it easier to navigate them. A good place to start is by visiting our benefits planner at ners. Take note of the "Benefits As A Spouse" section. If you are ready to apply for benefits, the fastest, easiest, and most convenient way is to apply online! You can do so at Whether you receive benefits on a spouse's record or your own, rest assured we will make sure you get the highest benefit we can pay you. Learn more at From page 1A * tYME could not close his eyelids and had to sleep with his eyes covered. He admits to being very scared. "I cried. I wanted my face ii-back," he recalled. "It feels like " being trapped In your own body. I felt like .a jerk because I couldn't smile back at people, I could only nod my head." Then the blood tests came back - he had Lyme disease. Cain said the neurologist still believed he also had Guillain Barre Syn- drome, which can be triggered by infections. Lyme disease is spread through the bite of deer ticks. Cain said doctors think he was infected in the spring, though he has no recol- lection of being anywhere where there would be deer. During the first 30 days, some people experi- ence fatigue, chills, fever head- aches, muscle and joint aches and swollen lymph nodes. A rash like a bullseye can also occur around the tick bite. According to the CDC, 'pproxi- mately 60 percent of patients with untreated infection may begin to have intermittent bouts of ar- thritis, with severe joint pain and swelling. Large joints are most often affected, particularly the knees. Arthritis caused by Lyme disease manifests differently than other causes of arthritis and must be distinguished from arthralgias (pain, but not swelling, in joints). "Up to 5 percent of untreated patients may develop chronic neurological complaints months to years after infection. These in- clude shooting pains, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, and problems with short-term memory." It remains difficult for Cain to eat. "I get tired of eating. I can only open my jaw so far before I get cramped." He has gone from 208 to 186 pounds. Because Lyme disease is a bac- teria, it can be treated with anti- biotics. The doctors began him on an oral antibiotic, which cures the majority of cases. He was not part of the majority. He said he didn't begin feeling better until they began a regimen of intravenous antibiotics. Cain said the symptoms are now slowly fading. He can now move his eyebrows and feels twitches at the sides of his mouth when he tries to smile. His speech is also becoming clearer. Doctors expect him to make a recovery, though the CDC reports, 'pproximately 10 to 20 percent of patients treated for Lyme disease with a recommended 2-4 week course of antibiotics will have lingering symptoms of fatigue, pain, or joint and muscle aches. In some cases, these can last for more than 6 months. Although often called "chronic Lyme dis- ease," this condition is properly known as "Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome" (PTLDS). "The exact cause of PTLDS is not yet known. Most medical ex- perts believe that the lingering symptoms are the result of re- sidual damage to tissues and the immune system that occurred during the infection. Similar com- plications and "auto-immune" responses are known to occur fol- lowing other infections, including Campylobacter (Guillain-Barre syndrome), Chlamydia (Reiter's syndrome), and Strep throat (rheumatic heart disease). In con- trast, some health care providers tell patients that these symptoms reflect persistent infection with Borrelia burgdorferi. Recent animal studies have given rise to questions that require further research, and clinical studies to determine the cause of PTLDS in humans are ongoing." For now Cain is just taking it one day at a time and waits for when he not only has something to smile about, but also can smile. Letter-to-the-editor policy The ultimate goal of The Kalona News Opinion page is to stimulate dis- cussion and action on topics of interest to the community. All letters must be under 500 words in length. All letters are subject to editing on the basis of size, grammar, libel and good taste. When referring to a specific article, column or editorial, please include the date it ran. All letters must include name, phone number and either signature if mailed or e-mail address if sent electronically- for verification purposes only. 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