Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Holidays for August 21st 2013

Good Roads Day

Road warriors and devotees of the open road celebrate Good Roads Day on (or around) August 21st each year. By this point in the summer, warm-weather highway construction is usually in full swing. Lane closures abound.

Why not put a positive spin on the perennial traffic jams at this late midsummer junction? Pass the potholes, and point for the smoothest, recently resurfaced roads on the map?

Poet's Day

Poetry is celebrated on August 21st each year. This literary holiday recognizes wordsmiths who create ballads, free verse, haikus, limericks, odes, senryus, sonnets and more. Even lyricists are honored on August 21st.

Who is your favorite poet? What is your most treasured poem?

On August 21st, libraries and bookstores feature volumes of verse. Writers' associations hold poetry readings and poetry slams. And poets pick up feather quills and pens (or tap on computer keyboards) to create their own unique turns of phrase.

After all, today is Poet's Day, so have a grand old rhyme.

Senior Citizens Day

On August 19, 1988, 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed American Presidential Proclamation #5847, declaring August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day.

On this annual occasion honoring the aged among us, folks are encouraged to display affection and appreciation for the elderly among us. In many communities, local civic organizations and philanthropies hold special events to recognize and benefit senior citizens and to recruit volunteers to visit and serve in senior centers and programs.

What senior citizen might you stop in to see on Senior Citizens Day, August 21st?

National Spumoni Day

Italians and Italian food enthusiasts scoop up their celebrations on August 21st, which happens to be Spumoni Day.

Spumoni is a molded frozen dessert, much like ice cream, that is usually served in multi-flavored layers. Often, candied fruits and nuts are added to spumoni as well.

In Canada, Spumoni Day may be celebrated on November 13th, rather than August 21st. However, true spumoni aficionados may mark both dates on their calendars for extra helpings.

National Medical Dosimetrist's Day

What is a Medical Dosimetrist? The Medical Dosimetrist is a member of the radiation oncology team who has knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology treatment machines and equipment, is cognizant of procedures commonly used in brachytherapy and has the education and expertise necessary to generate radiation dose distributions and dose calculations in collaboration with the medical physicist and radiation oncologist.

The medical dosimetrist designs a treatment plan by means of computer and/or manual computation to determine a treatment field technique that will deliver the prescribed radiation dose while taking into consideration the dose-limiting structures. The medical dosimetrist maintains a delicate balance between delivering the prescription that the physician has written while ensuring the patient will not lose important healthy organ function.

Using imaging modalities such as CT scans, alone or in combination with MRI or PET scans, planning is completed with 3-D computers that enable us to give higher doses of radiation to a tumor while lowering the doses to the sensitive structures around it. In some environments we play a part in cutting edge clinical research for the development and implementation of new techniques in cancer treatment. It is an exciting and amazing profession to work in. We are members of a team that contributes toward cancer survivorship on a daily basis.

The medical dosimetrist performs calculations for the accurate delivery of the Radiation Oncologist's prescribed dose, documents pertinent information in the patient record, and verifies the mathematical accuracy of all calculations using a system established by the Medical Physicist. We perform, or assist in, the application of specific methods of radiation measurement as directed by the Medical Physicist. We may provide technical and physics support to the Medical Physicist; this support could be in radiation protection, qualitative machine calibrations, and quality assurance of the radiation oncology equipment. Also, we often take on the role of educator in facilities that have radiation oncology residents, radiation therapy students or medical dosimetry students.