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Rotary Member of the Week
Diane Meissner
Diane Meissner joined Marshfield Rotary in October, 2006. She has lived in the Marshfield area since 1961 and graduated from Marshfield High School. She is the owner/manager of High Street Salon & Travel. Diane and her husband Jerry, who co-owns and operates Norm-E-Lane Farm, have 4 children and 8 grandchildren, five of whom live in town. Diane enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, sports, and volunteering with Rotary and many organizations in the Marshfield area.
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Post Polio Syndrome
Terry Arnold, a member of the Stevens Point Rotary Club, is a retired diplomat and is a senior officer in the foreign service. He and two other Point Rotarians have been working on the problem of Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS) for the last several years. His club is the recognized international starting point for the Rotary focus on PPS. Rotary International has not yet decided to commit to this cause. His team met with the General Secretary of Rotary International several months ago and it was agreed that what they would do was lead an effort to develop Rotary positions on the subject and RI would pick up the ball and take it from there. Terry believes that PPS will soon become a health issue world-wide. More and more people, perhaps 50% of people who survived polio 30 or 40 years previously, begin to suffer from severe muscular and bone problems which do not respond to traditional therapies. What’s happening right now in the U.S. is a precursor. As the first nation to systematically vaccinate for polio, the U.S. is also the first to see the development of PPS. There are probably 20,000 victims of PPS in Wisconsin alone. Slowly but surely, the rest of the world will experience its own onslaught of PPS.

No country including ours yet has a straight-forward program for dealing with PPS. How do we deal with it? The collective conclusion is that what needs to happen is that medical organizations accept as a special category of concern the diagnosis and treatment of PPS. PPS has a whole set of diagnostic conditions. These may include muscular atrophy, weakness, pain and fatigue in limbs, problems breathing or swallowing, sleep-related breathing disorders, and decreased tolerance for cold temperatures. Fatigue is often the most disabling symptom; even slight exertion often produces disabling fatigue and can also intensify other symptoms. Complicating diagnosis is that any one of them could be the result of other health issues. However, PPS symptoms typically do not respond to the therapeutic treatments of these other conditions.

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