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anonymous asked:

What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?

as most of you probably don’t know I was born with a heart condition. But 3 years ago my heart got infected (EndoCarditis) and it was spreading to my lungs and this all started from having teeth removed so I could have braces and the doctor didn’t give me antibiotics and I got really ill 10 days after the procedure and I was ill for 4 months. My local hospital thought I had a chest infection so they gave me antibiotics and it kept coming back. I lost 2 and a half stone, lost appetite, couldn’t lay down in bed because I lost my breathe, I was shaky, fever, lethargic and sick. I went to another hospital they said to me I needed open heart surgery straight away and they told me something that isn’t always nice to hear, is that not many people survive after 2 months!! I know the person that wrote this wasn’t expecting that but this scary moment will always be mine

Nature's Variety Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall Of Instinct® Raw Chicken Formula Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

ST. LOUIS, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of their Instinct® Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.  Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.  If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has the symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The affected products are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms:

  • UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16

The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The affected product was distributed through retail stores in the United States and limited distribution in Canada.  No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.

No illnesses have been reported to date.  Even though no illnesses have been reported, consumers should follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Nature’s Variety package when disposing of the affected product. 

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that a routine surveillance sample of seven pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella.

Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns. Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Consumers with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 from 8 am to 7 pm Central time, 7 days a week during the recall.  Or, consumers can email Nature’s Variety directly via cservice@naturesvariety.com.

Reed Howlett, Chief Executive Officer of Nature’s Variety, stated, “At Nature’s Variety we take quality and safety very seriously. We believe that under all circumstances, health and safety comes first, and we are committed to providing the best possible nutrition for pets.”

Joe Bonwich, The Vandiver Group
314-469-1777 | jbonwich@vandivergroup.com

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Tattoos and piercings - can you get them?

There are things for you to consider when you have a single ventricle heart condition if you’re thinking about piercings and tattoos. 

All tattoos and piercings carry some risk and most cardiologists and health professionals recommend you avoid tattoos and piercing altogether. 

Any procedure which breaks the skin carries a risk of introducing bugs into the blood stream. These bugs can settle on the heart causing endocarditis.

However, the decision to get a piercing or tattoo is yours, and if you choose to proceed, this list will help you make the procedure as safe as possible:

1. Visit a reputable place that follows rigorous hygiene guidelines.
2. Good hygiene is vital. Keep the area clean with a skin disinfectant containing alcohol or chlorhexidine before and after the procedure, until the wound is healed.
3. Make sure pre-packed sterilised needles are used only once and then thrown away.
4. Ensure left over ink is thrown away.
5. If the piercing becomes red and sore, you should remove the ring/stud and seek medical attention.
6. If you need to remove the ring/stud because of infection, you should not replace it until the infection is completely cleared.

Make sure to discuss any piercing or tattoo plans with your cardiologist (and your parents) first. It’s illegal to tattoo someone under the age of 18 . There are no legal age restrictions on most body piercings, but some local authorities and piercing businesses may have their own regulations concerning age limits and consent.

Some extra information
Piercing which involves the nose, lip, tongue, genitalia or navel (belly button) carries more risk than piercing of ears, eyebrows or nipples.


The above information was sourced from The Somerville Foundation

anonymous asked:

Sorry :( I'm just curious about your scar

it’s ok :) I was born with a heart condition called Truncus Arterious and I have had 5 open heart surgeries so far. My recent heart op was 3 years ago when I had Endocarditis 3 years ago. Plus I was born with a cleft lip and palate too

Osamu Corporation Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Tuna Products From Distributors Due to Potential Health Risk

GARDENA, CA–(Marketwired - July 21, 2015) - Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA is recalling all of its frozen tuna (loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms) sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia because the Minnesota Department of Health Investigators found samples of this product from one retail location in Minnesota to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Persons developing these symptoms should seek medical attention. There have been two reports of illness associated with a single distributor in Minnesota.

The frozen tuna was sold in bulk packaging to distributors who further sold it to sushi restaurants, and grocery stores who packaged sushi rolls made available for consumers to purchase and take home, throughout the U.S. from 05/09/14 to 07/09/15 containing all sequential four digit Purchase Order Numbers (PO#) of 8563 through 8599.

The bulk frozen tuna products can be identified from the Purchase Order Number (PO#) printed on each product carton box end panel; see embedded image.

Consumers concerned about whether the sushi they purchased may contain the recalled tuna product should check with the restaurant or store where they purchased the sushi. That store will be able to determine if it used the recalled product to prepare the sushi. At this time Osamu does not believe that the recalled product or sushi made with the recalled product is available for purchase by consumers.

Customers who have purchased the frozen tuna products from their distributors are urged to return it to the distributor for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-310-849-8881, Mondays through Fridays, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (PDT).

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Osamu Corporation Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Yellow Fin Tuna Chunk Meat Due to Possible Health Risk

GARDENA, CA–(Marketwired - July 21, 2015) - Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA is recalling Frozen Yellow Fin Tuna Chunk Meat (Lot #68568) sold to AFC Corporation of Rancho Dominquez, CA sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia because the Minnesota Department of Health Investigators found samples of this product from one retail location in Minnesota to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

There have been two reports of illness to date associated with exposure to AFC sushi in Minnesota.

The Frozen Tuna Yellow Fin Chunk Meat (Lot #68568) was shipped to AFC from 05/20/15 to 05/26/15. AFC has removed the product from the marketplace and is destroying any remaining product it has.

AFC has sushi franchises nationwide in many different grocery stores and it is sold from sushi counters.

Consumers concerned about whether the sushi they purchased may contain the recalled tuna product should check with the store where they purchased the sushi. That store will be able to determine if it used the recalled product to prepare the sushi. At this time Osamu does not believe that the recalled product or sushi made with the recalled product is available for purchase by consumers.

An example of an AFC Sushi label used to seal rectangular plastic trays with clear lids is embedded to the right of this release.

Customers who have purchased the Frozen Tuna Yellow Fin Chunk Meat (Lot #68568) are urged to return it to the distributor for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-310-849-8881, Mondays through Fridays, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (PDT).

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