The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 81, No. 37, Ed. 1, Friday, January 29, 1993 Page: 3 of 8
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'By Sereno Goh
Feet shuffle up and down the corridor
as brisk tones carry specific instructions.
An occasional giggle plays over the con
stant shrieking of the telephone as a man in
'plaid follows another wearing a white labo-
;ratory coat down the hall.
A brunette sits in an office amid potted
iivy ring binders magazines shelves full of
Ibooks ... and biscuit tins. A whole shelf of
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a lock of her hair.
A final 'uh-hum' ends the call.
Her hand absently shifts from the lock of
hair to a pen and starts to doodle on a note
Jeannic calls to mind an image of the
passionate Scarlett O'Hara as she discusses
her convictions as the woman behind the
bank's continual blood drives.
"A lot of people feel secure in having
medical insurance and money" she shrugs
. eyes aflame. "They don't understand that if
V you need blood it's got to be available.
Somebody's got to give it."
"Your blood drive is only as good as
your chairperson" she explained her grin
lighting up her face as she boasts of Kaye.
"She has done a great job of getting things
Jeannic also is constantly looking for
new ways to improve the community's
awareness of the need for an abundant sup-
ply of blood.
She intends to reach out to two groups of
people in particular elementary school
students and retirees.
"I want to try to reach out to elementary
school students and educate them so they
can educate their parents. Older people are
also healthier and living longer now than
they ever have before. They're a group of
people who can give blood but aren't."
At this point she adds that college stu-
dents make especially good donors because
of their health and availability.
"College students should be encouraged
to be more aware of their role and to think
about blood donation."
lie flame mellows into a twinkle
however as she reminisces about
how she began her 16-year involve
ment with blood donation.
She chuckles as she recalls how she was
donating blood one day and said she would
love to work as a technician.
"The director overheard me and said
'You would? Fill out an application'; ...
then he put mc straight to work."
She started as a technician drawing blood
after two weeks' training and is now donor
recruiter of the bank.
"When I first came to the blood bank the
demand for blood was not as great as it is
now. We only needed 350 units a month
and when our supply got low we just
called five or six donors in."
Phone rings again; this time the caller is
the chairwoman of her blood drive Kaye
She is less businesslike with her and
girlish giggles highlight the lively conver-
i ut donor recruiting comes with
occupational hazards. Three years
'ago Jeannie came down with
mononucleosis due to the strain of her job.
The bout caused complications that
stopped her from being a blood donor her-
self. "When you work very hard at setting up
blood drives and the donors are down it
can be very depressing and stressful." she
said a wan smile dimming the twinkle in
her eye. "But I do have very supportive"
"They tell me to look at what I've done
and they tell me that I'm doing a good job."
She is quick to qualify though that her job
does have its joys and rewards. ''A positive
attitude helps. I really enjoy my job."
"Plus I love people" she quips her
smile back in full radiance. "I get to meet
all kinds of interesting people and I thor-
oughly enjoy it. I have made a lot of
Her genuine interest in what she docs
attracts people to her. The cheery "Hi
Jeannie's" that greet her as she scuttles
around her workplace attest to her doubt-
less ability to make people feel at ease.
Her excited chatter is proof that she
esteems blood donors highly.
"Blood donors are probably the nicest
people; you would never have an encounter
with a blood donor that was negative. They
are very pleasant people she says.
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lthough her job is time consuming
she still manages time for hobbies
ike walking reading water-skiing
outdoor sports tennis and collecting biscuit
"Oh those! I just started that. I inherited
them when my mom passed away in March
last year she had them stuck somewhere. I
didn't want to get rid of them so I took a
few of them and popped them up there"
She is herself a mother ... and grand-
mother. "I have six grandchildren four
boys and two girls. I also have three chil-
dren two boys and one girl."
All of whom she has convinced to donate
"Although my youngest son went out and
got a playboy bunny tattoo" she sighed
her eyes rolling upward. "Which means he
can't donate blood for a whole year."
Whatever time she has left in her waking
hours is spent in active involvement in vol-
unteer work with organizations' such as the
Kiwanis Club the heart society and the
"I love being busy" she said twirling her
pen. "If anybody asks mc to do anything
I'm usually there doing it."
That giggle made its presence known
again. "It's very rewarding doing volunteer
work" she says.
She strays to talking about the new
President oftheUnitetl States. ' l
Her boss Sandy Miller is in
Washington D.C. watching the inaugura-
tion. "I haven't seen it yet but I have it on
tape" she immediately reassures.
She blushes and giggles some more.
"I think he's the cutest thing!" she winks.
"I just hope he has what it takes to keep his
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O Now York Times News Servico 1993
To Catch a Cold. No it's not
the title of an enticing movie
but Americans play out this
scene 500 million times a year.
fp And despite a plethora of preven-
tive advice and an ever-expanding
array of commercial remedies no
basis exists for believing that colds
arc becoming less common less
bothersome or more curable.
Colds remain the most common
' medical reason for lost days from
school and from work and more
than $1 billion a year is spent on
over-the-counter nostrums in a usu-
ally futile effort to find relief from
their annoying disruptive symp-
rSf Even more frustrating are the
attempts most people make to pre
Part of the problem is that some
of the most prevalent beliefs about
preventing colds have no founda-
tion in fact
A better understanding of how
colds are spread and how they arc
not can help people adopt more
effective ways to fend them off.
Colds arc not caused or encour-
aged by quick changes in weather
sitting in a draft getting a chill
going out in winter without a hat or
with a wet head working too hard
or staying up too late.
And people rarely catch colds
because they kissed someone who
had a cold or because a cold suffer-
er nearby was coughing or sneez-
ing. At least 200 viruses are known to
cause colds about 30 percent of
them in one family of rhmoviruses.
This is why developing a conven-
tional vaccine against cold viruses
is not possible.
One approach the use of interfer-
on which fights respiratory viruses
received a lot of publicity several
years ago but proved to cause more
side effects than it was worth.
As you recover from a cold you
develop an immunity to the virus
that caused it but this docs not pro-
tect you from all the other cold cul-
prits. Nor does it mean that you will
remain immune indefinitely to a
virus that infected you decades ear-
lier. Although you may blame the
invading virus for your symptoms
most of the discomforts associated
with colds stem from your body's
efforts to eliminate the submicro-
scopic parasites that cause them.
Cold viruses attack through the
upper passages of the nose entering
the body either directly through the
nose or through the eyes by way of
the tear ducts that empty into the
The virus typically begins its
attack on cells in the throat making
a scratchy throat the first sign of an
The viruses multiply rapidly
within throat cells then invade cells
in the nose.
The injured cells set off a coun-
terattack releasing chemicals that
cause inflammation and swelling of
the infected tissues and creating that
typical stuffed-up feeling a cold
Within a day other defenses kick
in; they can cause chills and achi-
ness and a hallmark symptom the
runny nose which in turn can trig-
ger a cough.
Happily within several days to a
week the body's defenses win the
cold war the inflammation sub-
sides mucus production abates and
the cold wanes.
Unlike flu which spreads easily
by virus-infected droplets in the air
cold viruses which live in the upper
nasal passages are far less likely to
be transmitted by coughs and
sneezes or even by kisses since the
mouth is not hospitable to cold
Rather cold viruses are nearly
always spread from nose to hand of
the infected person then from hand
to nose of a healthy but vulnerable
victim of the infected.
There sometimes can be a go
between like a telephone receiver;
doorknob or computer keyboard
that was used by both individuals
To reduce the risk of viral trans;
mission after blowing one's nose;
(preferably into a disposable tissue
that is then disposed of) handj
should be washed or failing that;
cleansed with a wipc-and-dry tow;
You also might consider not c6vf
ering your mouth with your hand
when you cough or sneeze and
instead turning your head away and
toward the floor. j
Those who are around people
with colds would be wise to wash
hands often and to keep their hands'
off their faces.
Love and stress merge in college student's life
By Bob Levey
Tho Washington Post
Drinks and hors d'oeuvres had
just been served when the
couple was asked to relive
f(WThe Moment. So the stuffed mush-
rooms got cold and the iced tea got
warm while Kim Schindel and
Steve Bralne took turns as narrators.
"It was Dec. 31 New Year's Eve.
He had planned the entire evening"
said Kim. "We had gone out for a
really nice dinner. We were boh
"We were on a third-floor ter-
race" said Steve. "It was pretty
nice but a little cold."
"He sat me down on the stairs
and we were talking about what we
want out of life our values stuff
like that" said Kim.
"I Was really nervous-" said
"I had no Idea what was coming"
said Kim. "He stood up knelt down
on one knee and asked me to marry
When Steve produced a diamond
engagement ring "I cried for a
long time" said Kim.
How did she say yes? "She kind
of spit it out between gasps" said
Steve as both he and Kim burst out
laughing at the memory.
At a time when most college
seniors are agonizing about what's
next Kim and Steve have answered
a major piece of that question for
each other. They will graduate from
Virginia Tech in May and marry
either at Christmas or shortly after-
ward. Beyond that everything is up for
grabs careers further education
where they will live when they will
have children. "But" said Kim as
she grasped Steve's left bleep "at
least we'll have each ofter."
I'm at my 24th column in a series
of columns about Kim Schindcl's
life as a college student. Thanks to
her gracious cooperation and the
blessing of her parents I have
reported on Kim's progress since
she chose to attend Virginia Tech
during her senior year at Robinson
Secondary School in Fairfax
County. I plan to continue the series
until Kim graduates. My aim is to
provide a detailed
look from the student's point of
view at how a young person from
the Washington area handles mod-
ern college life.
Kim's engagement has brought
her letters from family phone calls
from friends and a candle-lighting
celebration with her sorority sisters.
But it hasn't Kept two classic colle-
giate problems from her door: a
senior slump and a severe money
The slump shows up as restless-
ness. Although Kim attends classes
faithfully she tends to drum her fin-
gers and stare into space. "I wish I
could just get out and experience
my field of child care manage-
ment" she said. "I'm beyond
papers and exams."
Meanwhile for the first time
since she came to the Blacksburg
Va. campus Kim is struggling to
meet expenses. Her parents contin-
ue to shoulder the largest load
tuition and to help where they
can with everything else. But Kim
has had to dip heavily into her sav-
ings and the cookie jar gets emptier
by the day.
The reason is summer school. In
post years Kim held full-time sum-
mer jobs and banked near $6000
for three months of work. Last sum-
mer however she stayed in
Blacksburg took a full class load
and earned virtually nothing.
So when she bought gas for her
Subaru on Thursday morning "I
barely had enough to pay for it"
she confided. As for the phone bill
that's been sitting on her desk for
several days "I don't know what
I'm going to do." But most dismay-
ing to Kim is that a post-graduation
trip to Hawaii that she had sched-
uled with two female friends has
been shelved perhaps permanently
In past years Kim literally could
run away from disappointment and
But she quit the women's track
team last year under the pressures
of her studies and her duties as
president of Delta Gamma sorority.
Kim jogs with Steve "when I can"
but she confesses that that isn't
often "I feel sludgy" she says with
a sharp grimace
Also a bit besieged. When she
discovered ice on her car window
Thursday morning she had to dis-
lodge it with the edge of a plastic
tape cassette container because she
hadn't had time to buy a scraper.
When a car cut dangerously in front
of her near Cassell Coliseum she
snarled and pronounced the drivers
"dodo" When one of her professors
noted that anxiety in teen-agers pro-
duces stress Kim grinned wryly as
if to say "in post-adolescents too."
Yet Kim has two rocks in her life
one who sits beside her and
passes the rolls without being
asked the other on the fourth finger
of her left hand.
Dinner done Kim suggests a visit
to the jewelry store at the other end
of the shopping mall where Steve
bought the ring. '
The staff Knows her for she has
had this chore performed several
A jeweler takes the ring from
Kim disappears into a workroom
for a few minutes then returns with
a freshly cleaned piece of jewelry
Ktm slips it back on.
"See?" She says. "Sec how it
sparkles?" As she says it her deep
brown eyes do too.
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