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Mind Your Ps and Qs

By Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

There is a debate about the origin of “mind your Ps and Qs.”  Some believe it started with a 17th century play by Thomas Dekker titled The Untrussing of the Humorous Poet. Others believe it was used in British pubs to tally consumption of drinks where the P is for pints and Q is for quarts. It could have been advice to typesetters to make sure that lower case Ps and Qs did not get mixed up. The expression means to be on your best behavior or to mind your manners. The British sometimes use it to remind children to say please and thank you.  

Ohio at-home COVID test distribution changing

Library distribution paused; schools and universities prioritized

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced on January 12 that the distribution of free at-home COVID tests through public libraries will be paused and priority given to supporting school and university testing. 

Since March 2021, the Ada Public Library has distributed some 4,600 tests to the public and has been awaiting the delivery of additional tests.

As of the afternoon of January 13, the Ada Schools had not received specific details regarding the ODH change, according to Superintendent Robin VanBuskirk.

Silver and gold

Mixed message of hope and fear relating to COVID-19 treatments

By Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

Remember Silver and Gold sung by Burl Ives in the 1964 movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, a Christmas classic widely known by many different generations? In 2005, Silver and Gold was included on the Disney Princess Christmas Album. Many may be familiar with Dolly Parton’s Silver and Gold released in 1991 with the lyric “And time can’t be brought back with silver and gold.” This line is particularly poetic during the pandemic. Grammy-award winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin released a song titled Silver and Gold in 1993. His lyrics included the line, “I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold.” 

Rheumatology Specialists of Northwest Ohio Welcomes Kai Quin, MD

Blanchard Valley Health System has announced that Kai Quin, MD, a physician specializing in rheumatology, has joined the health system's team at Rheumatology Specialists of Northwest Ohio. 

Dr. Quin earned a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan). He pursued a medical degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine (Columbus, Ohio), where he also completed his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship. Dr. Quin is board certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology.

Out of Africa

By Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

In 1985, the successful film Out of Africa was released even though it was not well received by critics. The film was loosely based on the 1937 autobiography of Isak Dinesen, which was the pseudonym of Danish writer Karen Blixen. The film starred Meryl Streep and Robert Redford and was directed by Sydney Pollack. The movie won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. The Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture for a Drama was awarded to Out of Africa in 1986. Meryl Streep was nominated for both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Actress but did not win either award in 1986. Robert Redford was not nominated for either award for Out of Africa. 

COVID testing and booster guidance

Blanchard Valley Health System, including Bluffton Hospital, has issued the following COVID testing and vaccine guidance with the goal of keeping patients and associates safe.

It answers the questions 1) When is it best to test? and 2) Why are booster shots important?