If you are doing it of your own choice, speak with your employer first. They just might be so impressed with your decision that they will pay for it themselves. And who knows; maybe you’ll be promoted for taking the initiative. And we could all use a little pay increase, couldn’t we?

Eating right and exercise are not just goals for me, but necessities. Getting up and dressed for the day is now an accomplishment that I am proud of. My husband and I can again enjoy each other’s company. The children can again play in the yard without me hanging over them like a dark cloud just waiting for their little scrapes and scratches.

So we’re left to trust the big conglomerate corporations like Pepsico (that owns restaurants like Taco Bell) to have our health and best interests at heart. Yeah, right. Even the word “conglomerate” sounds dirty, like something you’d order at Denny’s at 2:00 in the morning after an all night bender.I’ll take the conglomerate, Over Easy.

Believe it or not, this has been known to occur in rare instances. When it does, the attorney representing you may be able to prove it. If your lawyer is able to prove that your doctor altered your records, the doctor could suffer significant penalties and could lose his license to practice medicine. The fact that he may or may not alter your records should not prevent you from investigating and/or pursuing an action on your behalf. There are usually other ways to determine what treatment was rendered, and often such action by a doctor can help your case by showing the extent to which the doctor tried to cover up the wrongdoing.

Ultraviolet light is becoming popular because it’s effective in quickly killing all microorganisms. The ultraviolet light destroys their DNA which prevents them from reproducing. Early models were expensive and didn’t work with a wide variety of water containers, but that’s all changing. The “SteriPEN Adventurer” weighs 3.6 ounces and ships with two CR123 batteries. Rechargeable batteries are also available. Nickel metal hydride batteries are recommended for cold weather use. This style or lithium disposable batteries will give you about 200 treatments. The Adventurer can purify a quart of water in 48 seconds. The cost is 9.95.

But let’s admit it, the health department in most counties probably consists of a guy driving around in a bald-tired truck with a beat up clipboard. How many restaurants can that one guy cover?

Plan ahead: Don’t let your mind remain idle. Develop interests that don’t involve alcohol like a new hobby or sports. Avoid people, places, and occasions that will obviously serve alcohol and may trigger your drinking. Learn to say “no, thanks” when you’re offered an alcoholic drink. And should the inevitable happen, always have an intervention plan on what you will do if you have an urge to drink.

Thinking back to all those Elvis movies I watched as a kid, I chose the theme from my favorite of all time, Blue Hawaii. After choosing the theme, I worked out the menu. I went ahead and ordered two large pineapple baked hams, a few roasted chickens and a half a dozen pineapples. This was a good start to our feast.