Approximately 2.7 million Americans have Hepatitis C (or “hep C virus” or “HCV”), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate is so high among baby boomers that doctors urge that anyone born between 1945 and 1965 be tested.
If you test positive for Hepatitis C, you learn your genotype (genetic strain), which affects your ability to clear Hepatitis C without drugs and the effectiveness of the drugs.
About one-third of Hepatitis C victims will naturally rid themselves of the virus within six months without treatment. The remainder develop chronic Hepatitis C. Untreated, it can lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.
Hep C is more likely to become chronic if you have HIV or Hep B, are male, drink alcohol or are Native American or African-American.
People get Hep C from infected blood, so injection-drug users who share needles are at high risk.
You are also at risk if you received a tattoo by an artist who didn’t use clean needles or dipped into ink he used for a previous customer.
You’re not likely to get hep C by having sex with someone who has it. However, you can get a trace of contaminated blood from a shared toothbrush, manicure scissors or a razor.
One of the easiest ways to catch hep C is to frequent hospitals and clinics, where the virus can linger on equipment for weeks. “That’s why people on dialysis have higher rates; they have an increased exposure,” said Dr. Kris Kowdley, hep C researcher and hepatologist at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.
If you received a blood transfusion before 1992, it may have infected you with hep C. That’s when blood banks started screening for it. “It was also when we went from paid blood donors — more likely to be young people in high-risk lifestyles — to volunteer donors,” said Dr. Stuart Ray, a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Most people with hep C have no symptoms present. However, some people will experience fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and yellowing of the eyes and skin. It’s best to be tested to find out if you’ve been exposed to it, so you can be treated appropriately.
Beware of the dangers of contracting Hepatitis C
Yes, only 15 minutes to a less cluttered bedroom!
Wouldn’t you agree that your bedroom should be a haven for peace and tranquility? Hopefully, yours is! If not, keep reading!! We know you want a less cluttered bedroom.
If you are sick and tired of a cluttered bedroom, you can actually spend only 15 minutes a day to get it well on its way to being organized and functional.
While you may only use the bedroom for a few hours of sleep each day, nothing feels more restful and relaxing than going to bed at night in a clean and clutter-free bedroom.
If you have time in the morning to spend on decluttering, great! If that time of day doesn’t work for you, when you get home from work or are done running errands for the day may work better. Be creative, you can squeeze in 15 minutes sometime during your busy day!
Start by making the bed…this must be done every morning…without fail! If you can change the sheets in less than 5 minutes, then go ahead. Otherwise, pull up the sheets and comforter or bedspread, fluff up those pillows and it is done!
Now it’s time to address the clothes situation. Are they tossed all over the place? If so, put the dirty ones into the hamper. Hopefully, the hamper is in the bedroom, make sure it has a lid. If the hamper is in the closet, a lid is nice but not necessary. If you have clothes that aren’t dirty but need repair, designate an area in your closet for these items. A basket to put them in would work fine, that way they are easy to distinguish from your other clothes. For clothes that don’t go in the closet (such as undergarments) and are clean, give them a quick fold and put them in a dresser drawer or attractive storage unit.
It is now time to remove or straighten up all the miscellaneous items. Remember the daily rule – if you don’t use it daily then it needs to be put away. So, put those items away. Just a note here: this ISN’T the time to clean out the nightstand drawers. It is a natural tendency to put something away in a drawer to get it out of sight with the intention of finding a home for it later. Then, when you open the drawer and see the mess, you are inclined to clean it. That is a task for another day when that is your main focus.
Just think – only 15 minutes and you made great strides to your goal of having a peaceful and tranquil bedroom. Another day and another 15 minutes…do this over and over until you reach your goal!
Hurray! Enjoy Your Less Cluttered Bedroom!
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