By Irene Thompson Wiseman, Kelowna President
Here I sit watching the rain falling softly outside my window. It feels like fall is just around the corner, of course the best part of this time of year is all the wonderful colours of the foliage on the trees. Mother Nature sure has been busy painting all these lovely colours for us to enjoy. We are still enjoying all the fruits of Clarence’s labours all summer in the garden. The only item that did not come from the garden for last night’s supper was the Salmon.
I want to tell you a bit about the conference that Kamloops put on. They did a great job of getting very interesting speakers that were down to earth and spoke on issues that were important to all that attended. The first speaker Dr. Justine Dowd, PhD talks about successful Strategies for Living Gluten Free. Dr. Dowd suggested behaviour changes:
- Self monitor
- Set goals
- Develop coping strategies
- Create an action plan
- Follow up
She also said that you need to set goals that follow S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Action oriented, Realistic, and Time Frame. If you decide you want to exercise more or lose weight you need to set goals that will help you achieve these goals.
Dr. Kraig Montalbetti Family Physician gave us some insight into just what a family physician goes through in a day as a family physician. This was a real eye opener for most of us I am sure. They spend long hours starting with hospital rounds early in the morning and then it is off to the office to deal with many issues while trying to balance work and family responsibility. Dr. Kraig made the talk fun and very interesting.
Dr. Richard Lewis Dermatologist gave a presentation about D. H. and shingles and how they both present. He also stressed the important of getting the shingles vaccination. He also talked about cold sores and the fact that these are all related. It surprised me to hear that you can get cold sores in many places including on your bum. (Who would have guessed?)
Dr. Ali Kohansal Gastroenterologist talked about celiac disease from that point of view.
Jin Motokado, Pharmacist, gave a very interesting and informative presentation from the point of view of filling prescriptions. He stressed that it is always best to make sure you give the pharmacist lots of time to fill your needs and if you have any questions time to research the answers. One tip was to make sure that the tray that they use to measure out the pills has been cleaned each time. The other thing is if you see starch on the ingredient list ask what the starch is as it could be wheat. Very interesting talk.
Selina De. Vries Registered Dietician talked about the importance of eating out and making sure all your food is safe. Always read labels as well when shopping for gluten-free items.
Sarina Bruno a young member of the Kamloops Chapter gave a great presentation about growing up celiac since the age of two. It was interesting to hear just how hard it can be for a younger celiac.
I know that you are all going to enjoy the Christmas pot luck. I will not be there in person but will be there in spirit I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2016.