Women reaching the age of menopause

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 11:26 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 11:26 AM

Each day, about 6,000 women in the U.S. reach menopause, reports The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Have you recently reached menopause?

We would like to hear from you. If you would like to share your experiences and advice for other women, please contact staff writer Jacqui Boyle at 937-225-2122 or Jacqueline.Boyle@coxinc.com.

Texas food truck raises eyebrows and anger with name Poke Me Long Time

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:23 PM

The Missionary Bowl at Poke Me Long Time. (Credit: Facebook.com/pokemelongtime)
The Missionary Bowl at Poke Me Long Time. (Credit: Facebook.com/pokemelongtime)

Kevin Randolph and wife Sherilyn Milch named their food truck Poke Me Long Time with the hopes of turning people’s heads. Fishin’ accomplished.

The food truck at 1606 E. Sixth St. has received some negative reviews online for its name, which some see as juvenile and crass at best and racist at worst, playing off the demeaning depiction of Vietnamese sex workers in “Full Metal Jacket.” But Randolph takes exception with at least part of that interpretation.

Randolph said the name is an intentional sexual innuendo but that he and his wife, whose grandmother was born in Vietnam, are not racist.

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“My wife’s Asian. She owns this place, too. It’s not a racial thing. It’s more of a sexual thing, really,” Randolph said.

How did they come up with the name?

“Oh, man,” Randolph said with a laugh. “Honestly, we just got really stoned one night. I’m not gonna lie to you.”

The 13-year resident of Austin said he opened the food truck with his wife as a healthy alternative to the bar business he’s worked in for almost a decade. It’s the first food operation for Randolph, a nine-year veteran of Sixth Street bars, who manages the Handle Bar and served as a promo guy for the Yassine brothers for a few years. Randolph opened the trailer 11 weeks ago after doing several pop-ups at bars and start-up companies.

“We wanted to help our community,” Randolph said.

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And, while he’s heard the criticism, Randolph said those angry about the name have the wrong idea.

“Those are just closed-minded people,” Randolph said. “I’m not mad. But have an open mind; don’t have a close mind. If you ever met us or talked to us on the phone, you’d know that’s a complete (BS) story. People want to take it there; don’t take it there.”

Groom breaks down at the sight of his bride walking down the aisle: ‘I knew life couldn’t get better than this’

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 4:44 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 4:42 PM

An elated groom’s emotional response to seeing his soon-to-be wife on their wedding day caused many of the couple’s friends and family to wipe away tears of their own, and stunning photographs of his reaction have gone viral on social media.

Quintin Reed tried his best to hold back his tears when he looked up from the altar to see his bride, Ashleigh Reed, during their wedding ceremony on October 7. As he watched his bride walk down the aisle alongside her uncle, Quintin says he felt like the luckiest man in the world.

I was just blown away by the woman I saw in front of me,” Quintin, 27, a kickbox trainer in Fenton, Missouri, tells PEOPLE. “In the next few seconds, my heart started racing more and more and my heart was overwhelmed with happiness and the passion I have for her.”

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In viral pictures captured by Mindy Miles Photography, Quintin is seen cupping his hands around his face in a last-ditch attempt to compose himself, but the love-struck groom almost fell to his knees as the joy washed over him.

“I bent over and looked up to the sky, thankful for my wife who was walking towards me, it was a great moment,” he recalls.

Ashleigh says she was excited to reveal her gown to Quintin, but felt calm most of the day—until she finally heard the entrance music. Then, when she saw her sweetheart’s tearful response, she couldn’t hold back her emotions either.

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“I thought he would be a little emotional but I never would have imagined he would have fallen to his knees like he did,” Ashleigh, 26, a preschool teacher, tells PEOPLE. “As soon as I saw him sigh and look up to the sky, I lost my breath. It was the most romantic moment I had ever and probably will ever experience.”

In front of their almost 80 guests at Cottleville Wine Cellar, Ashleigh shed her own tears with Quintin, and she couldn’t have been happier.

“In that moment I felt extremely grateful that the love of my life was standing right in front of me,” she says, “and that in a short time I would officially be his wife!”

The moment was four years in the making, starting when they met by a swing as students at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. They started dating soon after, and the two knew something was different about their relationship compared to any other they experienced.

“The second I left him that night I called my mom to let her know I had met my future husband,” Ashleigh says. “He was then, and still is now, the most amazing human being I have ever met!”

Quintin says he, too, knew he had found someone special early on.

“She brings the best out of me in every aspect, and I knew that life couldn’t get better than this,” he says. “There’s really no other option that I would choose. I knew where I wanted to be for the rest of my life.”

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The newlyweds say they are enjoying the married life. Because they paid for their own wedding, they decided to spend time at home after the special day for a “homeymoon” consisting of a few days off spending time with their dog and binging Netflix.

A big trip somewhere can wait, they say, because all they need is each other.

“My favorite part of him is his soul,” says Ashleigh. “He’s a genuinely good, kind-hearted person and I feel blessed to be around him every second that I am.”

Mom uses infant daughter’s death to warn new parents of this simple sleep-related mistake

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:15 PM

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AKRON, Ohio — All it took was a blanket.

Before Meagen Gries returned back to her first day of work from maternity leave on May 4, 2015, she dropped off her toddler son, Owen, and 2-month-old daughter, Molly, at a baby sitter’s house. Of all things, it was an object of comfort that has prevented her from ever picking her little daughter back up again.

While Molly was napping in her Pack ’N Play that day, she suffocated on a blanket and died in her sleep.

The grief and guilt still follow Gries and her husband, Jeff, to this day. But instead of immersing themselves in grief, the Hudson couple has immersed themselves in activism.

The Grieses started the Molly Ann Gries Foundation last year to raise awareness about and distribute resources surrounding infant sleep safety.

The foundation’s newest partnership is with Akron Children’s Hospital. Beginning in January, every baby who visits one of the hospital’s 28 pediatric offices for their initial well-check will receive a copy of Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug, a small board book about safe sleep practices, along with a card of questions to ask potential childcare providers.

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“She should still be here,” Meagen Gries said. “That’s all we can do is share our story.”

Molly’s story

Meagen Gries was on her lunch break at Echo Hills Elementary School in Stow where she teaches first grade when she got the call from the baby sitter that Molly wasn’t breathing.

She hurried to Akron Children’s Hospital to meet Molly in the ambulance, but was greeted instead by a social worker and teary doctor.

“The worst part was leaving her there,” Meagen Gries said. “As a mom, it goes against every fiber of your being to hand over your baby and walk out the door.”

Meagan Gries talks about losing a daughter from positional asphyxiation in 2015, during an interview at Akron Children's Hospital on October 13, 2017, in Akron, Ohio. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)(PHIL MASTURZO/TNS)

In the days following Molly’s death, Meagen Gries wasn’t thinking about sharing her story. She didn’t even want to be part of the story.

But that changed when the Grieses learned Molly’s cause of death. The family initially thought she died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), an unpreventable death, until the medical examiner called Meagen Gries in August and told her Molly died of positional asphyxiation.

The first thing Meagen Gries did was call the baby sitter to let her know what happened — and let her know that she was just as guilty of making the same simple sleeping mistakes with Molly every day.

“It absolutely could’ve been me,” Meagen Gries said.

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The second thing she did was write a post on Facebook about Molly’s death. Despite the tragic news, Meagen Gries couldn’t help but think of all the other new moms making the same vital mistakes as she and her baby sitter had.

“If I didn’t say that, somebody could have potentially walked upstairs and put their baby in the same situation,” Meagen Gries said.

Prevention

The Grieses have since had another daughter named Emma, who is now 1, but Molly is still ever-present. Her name lives on through the foundation, its logo covering stickers, shirts and even the back of Meagen Gries’ sedan.

Sleep-related infant deaths are an issue Meagen Gries has made her personal mission to alleviate — and one that still needs attention.

Sleep-related deaths have been trending downward in the state in recent years thanks to intensive state and local initiatives, the Ohio Department of Health found in a recent report, but babies are still dying in preventable situations. Suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related deaths for babies before their first birthdays.

Dr. Susan Nofziger, a pediatric hospitalist and chair member of the Akron Children’s Hospital Safe Sleep Committee, said there are six to 10 infants under the age of 1 who die in Summit County every year from sleep-related deaths. A large part of that is due to lack of education, along with changes in safe-sleep guidelines in recent years.

“Most people just feel like it’s something that would never happen to them,” Nofziger said.

The hospital is undergoing several initiatives to alleviate the problem as well. Sherry Blair, the Akron Children’s Hospital Cribs for Kids coordinator, and Nofziger said the goal is to educate every parent in the system with a child under the age of 1 about safe practices and get them to develop a safe sleep routine.

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“We just want to make it standardized, like a car seat,” Blair said.

The books donated by the Gries foundation could help accomplish that mission. They were written by Dr. John Hutton, a Cincinnati-based pediatrician who also lost a child to a sleep-related death.

The book is an illustrated board book, much like one that would be read to a child at bedtime, and it covers the do’s and don’ts of safe sleep.

The Grieses purchased 8,500 of them with money a friend raised for them on GoFundMe, and they’ll be given to new parents. The Gries plan to donate the same amount to the hospital each year.

In addition, the foundation also distributes movement monitors and breathable crib mattresses to families of infants at risk for SIDS, and it gives away two additional movement monitors every month.

“I have a love/hate relationship with the foundation. The only reason I’m here right now is because she’s not here right now,” Meagen Gries said. “But the thought that there are babies alive today because of Molly is really powerful. The idea that even though she’s not here, other babies are — it helps.”

Infant-safe sleeping practices

— Remember your ABCs: Put babies to sleep Alone on their Backs in an empty Crib with a firm mattress and fitted sheet.

— A baby should wear a T-shirt or onesie and a sleeper or sleep sack if needed.

— Nothing else should be in the crib — not even a blanket.

— Ask caregivers to see where they’re putting your kids to sleep.

— Sleep in the same room, not the same bed.

Owner tells shelter to euthanize young dog with six-pound tumor; staff saves his life instead

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 3:35 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

His former owner may not have believed in Clyde, but the good folks at Gallatin County Animal Shelter and County Animal Hospital in Mason, Ohio, knew he deserved a chance to live.

The 1-year-old dog suffering from a 6-lb. tumor was dropped off at the shelter with instructions to euthanize him, reports WLWT5 News. Luckily, staff at Gallatin County did no such thing.

Doctors think the poor pup’s tumor may have been growing for at least six months — half the dog’s lifetime. On Tuesday, he was brought to the animal hospital for surgery to remove the tumor and is currently resting and recuperating.

“He’s only a year … way too young for a death sentence,” Shari Wyenandt, of HART Animal Rescue, told WLWT5. “I mean he was in pain, dragging [the tumor]. It was already rupturing from being drug on the ground.”

Wyenandt said she can’t fathom leaving a pet in such bad condition for so long, but then again, this same neglectful owner wanted to have Clyde put down, and just walked away. Fortunately for Clyde, he now has a second chance at life with a new, loving forever family.

“The next step that we have for him is getting a biopsy done. Basically, the biopsy will tell us a little bit better about the mass, what we’re dealing with,” Dr. Fidan Kaptan, Clyde’s vet, said. Depending on whether or not the tumor is cancerous, the dog’s road to recovery may be long and might include chemotherapy.

Still, the vet said he stands a chance, something this furry survivor wasn’t certain of just a few days prior. And considering his sweet disposition, staff think he’ll have no trouble finding a home and will eventually be up for adoption.

In the meantime, the rescue is looking for donations to help cover Clyde’s medical costs. Click here if you’re able to help or would like more information about Hart of Cincinnati Animal Rescue.