Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Gobble Gobble for Yard Safety! Happy Thanksgiving! Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man gives thanks! Thank you for giving!

Thanksgiving is a traditional North American holiday to give thanks at the conclusion of the harvest season. In keeping with the holiday theme of giving thanks, during the socializing or meal, people talk about what they are thankful for or tell about experiences during the past year which have caused them to feel grateful. Families and friends gather for a reunion, a day of thanks, and a festive meal.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man wants to express his gratitude for the many individuals and families who have expressed concern and support over the years. Thanks for giving! I am grateful for the many people who have reached out to me in support of the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man yard safety awareness advocacy. Indeed, there is considerable work required to make yard accidents extinct. I have noticed that people fall on the continuum of extremely selfish on one end and extremely generous on the other end. Rescue Rick believes that both extremes are not healthy and could lead to an increased yard accident. Once again, thank you to all of the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man fans and supporters all over the world. Also, thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my passion and artistic expression to heighten yard safety awareness. THANK YOU!

Invite the Lord to your Thanksgiving dinner and thank Him for all the bounty and blessings in your life. While you and your family are enjoying all that Thanksgiving offers, be sure and take a moment to think about everything that you are thankful for this Thanksgiving. Also, please remember to reach out to those individuals and families less fortunate.

Why not start a new tradition in your home of sharing your "thanks" around the dinner table before the BIG MEAL! Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man suggests introducing the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man Yard Safety Awareness Bib to your Thanksgiving dinner table. Be thankful for all children of God!

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man strives to glorify God by advancing and promoting yard safety awareness. Once again, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man gives thanks to those who give! Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man desires to give even as a peasant philanthropist! Thanks to those giving and receiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mulch Madness

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has coined the phrase Mulch Madness. College basketball has March Madness. Fall Yard Work has Mulch Madness. Mulch Madness affords yet another fun time to share the preventive yard safety message in another unique way. Mulch Madness kicks-off with the First Day of Fall and runs throughout all of Autumn.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man witnessed a leaf fall from a tree in his yard on the First Day of Fall. Now, there are several leaves on the ground in yards throughout the world. In the Fall, individuals often use their lawn mowers to mulch fallen leaves. The slippery leaves contribute to the increased risk of a lawn mower accident. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man cautions individuals to watch out for sticks and objects hidden by the leaves as well as slippery slopes. Furthermore, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man recommends that individuals wear personal protective equipment to improve yard safety.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man echoes the recommendations of many landscaping experts that it is good for your yard to mulch the leaves. In essence, it is nature's way to recycle. Your yard is simply an extension of the natural process. Trees around your property draw nutrients and minerals from the soil, converting those elements into new leaves and branches. The mulching mower grass clippings (benefits of grasscycle) quickly decompose and provide nutrients to keep the lawn healthy. Moreover, the mulching mower blades can easily shred whole leaves into small pieces. The mulching mower is a food processor for worms that loosen and enrich the soil. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man reminds everyone to mulch the leaves - not any body parts!

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is a renaissance yardman, utilizing various art forms to communicate his yard safety message. I want to educate and entertain everyone about the importance of yard safety. Lawn mower accidents happen in a split-second, often resulting in life-altering outcomes that sometimes include amputation. I learned this from first-hand experience when I amputated part of my left foot while cutting the grass. My life-changing lawn mower accident took place on the First Day of Fall 2003. I fell in the Fall that day. Nonetheless, I have become a leading yard safety advocate. I have made several major contributions to the Green Industry. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man strives to win the Nobel Prize!

Be yard safe! Think yard safety! Think before you cut. It hurts! Be a yard safety crusader!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Veterans Day

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man observes Veterans Day. I have never served in the military during wartime or peacetime.  However, I am proud to have had the opportunity to work on a few military projects as a civilian.  Today, I am trying to serve America and the world as a yard safety super hero.

Veterans Day is an American holiday for honoring living war veterans. It is both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states. The holiday has been observed annually on November 11 - first as Armistice Day, later as Veterans Day. The day has since evolved as a time for honoring living veterans who have served in the military during wartime or peacetime, partially to complement Memorial Day, which primarily honors the dead. There has been some discussion of whether a person's veteran status depends upon his/her retirement or discharge from any of the armed forces. However, the term applies to any that have honorably served their country or that have served in a war zone as directed by their superior officers or as directed by lawful orders given by their country.

Thank you to all those veterans who have served America in the military. Please be a Yard Safety Crusader!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick  the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Dad

My dad died on November 13, 1995. I want to take a moment and reflect and pay tribute to my dad, Robert N. Mudrinich (December 22, 1930 - November 13, 1995). My dad was the greatest man that I have ever known. He was Christ-like in many ways, and he was very resourceful and patient. He reached out to those less fortunate as well as those more fortunate. He was self-taught on many levels. He was an innovative and inventive genius. My dad really was a super hero. Therefore, it is no wonder that I want to save the world from yard accidents. My dad would have been the biggest fan and ingenious supporter of the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man yard safety advocacy. Now, my dad lives with Jesus; his body rests in Morefield Cemetery located in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. My dad was a saint. He would have worn a Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man T-Shirt around town with pride until it was threads. In many ways, I do not think that my dad would be surprised by my passion to reach out to other people. He would embrace Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man, while some others think I am just an idiot. I wish that he still lived on Earth; I can feel that he lives in Heaven. He was a great and wonderful dad!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Halloween XIV

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man will be dressing-up as himself again this Halloween. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is a “caped crusader” working tirelessly to promote yard safety awareness and to rescue individuals from getting hurt.

Halloween affords yet another fun time to share the preventive yard safety message in another unique way.  As a show of support for yard safety awareness and a tribute to all those people who have gotten hurt, including severe amputations, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man encourages both children and adults to dress-up as yard safety super heroes - a Halloween costume with a social purpose. In essence, I want to blast my yard safety message to create awareness so that people do not get hurt. Halloween is a great way for everyone to play yard safety super hero for a day.

Furthermore, the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man merchandise provides a year-round reminder of yard safety awareness.

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn

The First Day of Autumn (Fall) 2017 is Friday, September 22nd. It is Yard Safety Awareness Day (YSAD). YSAD? I am sad because I am thinking about all of the people who have had yard accidents and got hurt or died. I celebrate because I want to create awareness so that other people can be rescued from yard accidents and live safe lives. Please take a moment and learn more about yard safety.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man now lives to promote yard safety awareness, products, and services to rescue individuals, families, and institutions from the dreaded experience of outdoor power equipment accidents. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is here today so that yard accidents go away.Think yard safety! Celebrate yard safety!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man Birthday

Birth of Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (Limerick)
By Richard Mudrinich

There once was a man
Who was a grass-cutting fan.
He cut off his big toe
Screaming oh no!
And hence was born Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man.

The birthday celebration of Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man took place yesterday. On September 21, 2003, I had a serious lawn mower accident, resulting in the partial amputation of my left foot. My life changed on that day. I have been inspired to promote yard safety awareness.

I have created awareness regarding the frequency and severity of lawn mower accidents. I am the first yard safety super hero in the history of the world. Furthermore, I have been compelled to present some lawn mower safety measures with hopes to significantly minimize the occurrences and magnitudes of these costly, life-altering, mutilating, and painful events. I strive to find a cure for yard accidents.

Each year, there are over 100,000 lawn mower accidents. Furthermore, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that hospitals emergency rooms treat more than 400,000 outdoor garden-tool-related accidents each year. Estimates from past statistics indicate that yard work accidents fatally injure more than 3,000 people. In addition, the estimated medical, legal, insurance and disability costs and other expenses of these injuries are over a billion dollars each year. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man presents preventive measures to rescue (hence, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) - a real-life caped crusader for yard safety) individuals and families from going through the dreaded experience associated with lawn mower accidents. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man and the Yard Safety Crusaders promote the safe use of the entire spectrum of outdoor power equipment. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has provided similar outreach to other individuals impacted by a yard accident.

Since the birth date of Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man on September 21, 2003, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has achieved several accomplishments: yard safety awareness initiatives, products, programs, services, etc. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has reached millions of individuals, families, and institutions all over the world. Furthermore, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has made a positive impact on several individuals and industries related to yard safety - including some life-changing actions and events. I have inspired the entire green industry to rethink safety resulting in several new safety initiatives. However, I have learned first-hand that "no good deed goes unpunished." Nonetheless, I am very committed to yard safety! My life goal is to achieve zero yard accidents and to befriend other people who have experienced yard accidents. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is here today so that yard accidents go away!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HAPPY YARD SAFETY!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Back to School

It is Back to School time for millions of people.  I want to make sure that each child learns about yard safety awareness. Actually, I continue to promote Yard Safety Awareness since often times children cut grass to make some money or satisfy family chores. Furthermore, children are involved in about 25% of all yard accidents.

Yard Safety Awareness applies to everyone.  Therefore, I encourage communities and schools to offer Yard Safety Awareness educational programs as part of their education programs. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is available to make special appearances to add some entertainment value to the educational experience.

I wish everyone a great and safe school year.  Think before you cut. It hurts. (tm)  

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Safety

The First Day of Summer 2017 is Wednesday, June 21st. It is another Yard Safety Awareness Day (YSAD). YSAD? I am sad because I am thinking about all of the people who had yard accidents and got hurt or died. I celebrate because I want to create awareness so that other people can be rescued from yard accidents and live safe lives. Actually, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man celebrates Yard Safety Awareness the first day of each season. Yard safety awareness exists everyday all year long across all different seasons throughout the world. Please take a moment and learn more about yard safety. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is here today so that yard accidents go away. Think before you cut. It hurts! Be yard safe!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2017 is Monday, May 29th.

Memorial Day is an American holiday dedicated to the memory of all war dead. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) is grateful for all of the men and women who have served in the U. S. military to protect and defend their country and to promote freedom, so that I can dress as a yard safety super hero and promote yard safety awareness.  I recognize that freedom is not free.  Often times, American citizens extend the concept of honoring war dead to all dead. I want to take a moment of silence to remember family members, friends, and fellow Americans who have passed away. (SILENCE)

Also, I must remember the individuals who have died while grass cutting - killed by outdoor power equipment. (SILENCE) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there have been over 3,000 fatalities during the past 30 years. In recent years, there are still about 150 lawn mower fatalities each year. This is one reason that the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) campaign exists. It is unfortunate that war sometimes results in loss of life while fighting for your country as a true patriot. Again, I want to thank all of the American soldiers who have served and are currently serving their country. Furthermore, it is really unfortunate to die from a fatal outdoor power equipment accident. Wake-up America! Indeed, you can die from cutting grass. Think before you cut. It can kill you. BE SAFE! (tm) I hope that you enjoy this Memorial Day Weekend because the WAR DEAD and the LAWN MOWER DEAD WILL NOT. Again, I am very grateful for the FALLEN WAR HEROES, and I recognize the LAWN MOWER DEAD.  I remember DECEASED FAMILY and FRIENDS.  I respect and honor all the lives of the DEAD.  THANK YOU! (SILENCE)

21 Lawn Mower Salute! (SILENCE)

Thank you for serving our country. Thank you for the memories! (CELEBRATE LIFE)

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

I am grateful for my mom. My mom has influenced Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man. She has a long history of reaching out to help other people. She seems to always put other people before herself in a Christ-like fashion. Also, my mom has really cared for Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man. She really helped me immediately after my lawn mower accident. It was a very difficult and challenging time for several reasons. My mom took care of me. Likewise, I have inherited a will to rescue people from having a yard accident. If not for my mom, the many yard safety innovations that Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has introduced to the world would have never happened.

Also, I want to suggest to all mothers the importance of adding yard safety to the skills and tools that you give and teach your children. Each year, children represent about 20% of all people who get hurt from outdoor power equipment related accidents. Furthermore, I encourage all mothers to give their children the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man yard safety tips, to become better prepared and more knowledgeable about using outdoor power equipment. I recognize that motherhood introduces considerable responsibility. Please visit the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man website http://www.rescuerick.com/ to learn more about yard safety. I do not want your baby to get hurt.

Happy Mother's Day!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com/

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Cinco de Mayo

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man celebrates Cinco de Mayo. I continue to create the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man piñata of yard safety awareness.

Cinco de Mayo ("The Fifth of May" in Spanish) is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

It commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. However, the Mexican victory at Puebla only delayed the French invasion of Mexico City, and a year later, the French occupied Mexico. The French occupying forces placed Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico on the throne of Mexico; Maximillian and the French were eventually defeated and expelled in 1867, five years after the Battle of Puebla (Source: Wikipedia).

The reference to the Battle of Puebla is seen as a symbolic cultural link to those who had to overcome insurmountable odds while facing adversity. In neighborhoods such as East Los Angeles, the Mission District of San Francisco, East San Jose and elsewhere throughout the Southwest, Cinco de Mayo is most accurately characterized as a day of celebration to honor a culture that fuses Mexican heritage and American life experience (Source: Wikipedia).

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man recognizes the important contributions of many people of Mexican decent who work in the green industry. I want to prevent any Mexicans (anyone) from getting hurt. No mulched and shredded Mexicans!  I do not want anyone to die or get hurt!

Be yard safe! Think yard safety! Think before you cut. It hurts! Be a yard safety crusader!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Earth Day

Earth Day took place this year on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is a Green Hero.

"May there only be peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life." -- United Nations Secretary-General U Thant, March 21, 1971

Responding to wide spread environmental degradation, United States Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin called for an Environmental Teach-in or Earth Day to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated and it is now observed each year by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries.

Earth Day proved extremely popular in the United States and around the world. The first Earth Day, in 1970, had participants and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States. More importantly, it "brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform."

Now observed in 175 countries, and coordinated by the non-profit Earth Day Network, http://www.earthday.org/, Earth Day is the largest secular modern-day holiday in the world. (Note: Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man wishes to acknowledge Wikipedia for providing the information in italics on Earth Day.)


Likewise, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man hopes that history will repeat itself with regards to yard safety awareness. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has given birth to Yard Safety Awareness Day. It is a celebration of yard safety advocacy, awareness, conscience, discovery, enlightenment, environment, implementation, innovation, practice, protection, solution, and zero yard accidents. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is a green hero who has a green brain and green balls. Be green!

Mother Nature is a personification of nature. Mother Nature wants to be healthy. She does not want to feel uncomfortable. Do not make Mother Nature mad. Happy Earth Day!

Yard Safety Awareness Day is the first day of each season of the year.

Be yard safe! Think yard safety! Think before you cut. It hurts!

Happy Earth Day!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com/

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

He is Risen! Happy Easter!

Easter is the most important religious holiday of the Christian liturgical year, observed between late March and late April to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe occurred after his death by crucifixion. Christ is Risen!

I want to live in Heaven with Jesus when I die. In the meantime, I do not want to sin, and I want to promote yard safety awareness.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man BELIEVES! Thank you Jesus!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Thursday, April 06, 2017

National Lawn Care Month

In recognition of Spring, the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) has designated April as National Lawn Care Month.
 
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man celebrates yard safety awareness everyday of every year. Spring is in the air. Keep yard safety near. Be yard safe!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring

The First Day of Spring this year (2017) is Monday, March 20th. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man proclaims once again that the first day of each season is Yard Safety Awareness Day. Spring is in the air, and yard safety is near. Actually, safety never takes a day off. Everyday is yard safety day. Nonetheless, I want to have a celebration periodically to promote a community effort. Therefore, I strive to create yard safety awareness. I do not want anybody to get hurt or die. Think before you cut. It hurts. (tm)

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man pays tribute to Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick provides great inspiration toward my yard safety awareness campaign. Indeed, grass is green. The green in the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man color scheme (red, yellow, and green) represents my appreciation for nature and my faith in advancing yard safety awareness on behalf of God. I appreciate the many efforts and contributions of Saint Patrick. I share below a few excerpts about Saint Patrick - a great man who delivered divine works on behalf of God (Source: Wikipedia).

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born, probably in Roman Britain, about AD 385, and was originally called Maewyn. At the age of 16, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. Having been a pagan before, he became closer to Christianity during his captivity. He escaped from slavery after six years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of twelve years. During his training he became aware that his calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity. He wished to return to Ireland and to convert the native pagans to Christianity, but his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. However, two years later Palladius transferred to Scotland. Patrick, having adopted that Christian name earlier, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland. Patrick was quite successful at winning converts which upset the Celtic Druids. Patrick was arrested several times, but escaped each time. He traveled throughout Ireland, establishing monasteries across the country. He also set up schools and churches which would aid him in his conversion of the Irish country to Christianity. His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day ever since.

Much Irish folklore surrounds St. Patrick's Day. Some of this lore includes the belief that Patrick raised people from the dead. He also is said to have given a sermon from a hilltop that drove all the snakes from Ireland, although paleontologists have pointed out that no snakes were ever native to Ireland. (In response, some scholars say the snake story was a metaphor for the conversion of the pagans.) Though originally a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday.

One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. This stems from a more bona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day.

The St. Patrick's Day custom came to America in 1737, the first year St. Patrick's Day was publicly celebrated, in Boston, Massachusetts. Today, people celebrate the day with parades, wearing green, and drinking beer.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man emphasizes that if you drink alcohol beyond the legal driving limit, then do not drive drunk. Also, if you are not driving, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man recommends that if you drink alcohol, then drink in moderation. Also, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man suggests that you be good to your body temple and do not pollute the environment of other people around you. Keep St. Patrick's Day green - not red!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March Madness

It is March Madness season. March comes in like a lion. I am bringing the March Madness to you. GROWL. I think that Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is like a Mad Scientist. GROWL. He should be mad because there is too much apathy toward yard safety. GROWL. I think Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man should attend several NCAA March Madness games to draw some attention to yard safety. GROWL. He could even push his toy lawnmower around and around (a 360) on the basketball court. GROWL. Basketball dribble. GROWL. Slam dunk for yard safety. GROWL. I think MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) should support Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man. GROWL. He advocates against the use of alcohol while operating power equipment in the yard. GROWL. I am really getting mad now. GROWL. GROWL. GROWL. Now, I am sad. GROWL. YSAD. GROWL. YARD SAFETY AWARENESS DAY. GROWL. Be mad and be sad. GROWL. March goes out like a lamb. GROWL. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man wants to keep the little lamb white and alive. GROWL. Red lamb is no good. GROWL. White lamb is real good. GROWL. Baa Baa White Sheep!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man promotes colorectal cancer awareness. I had a colonoscopy two years ago.

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal (colon cancer) is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in men and women. But what many people don't know is that it's largely preventable. You can significantly reduce your risk with regular screening, and by watching your weight and being physically active. (Source: American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org)

Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in either the colon or the rectum. Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man promotes colon health and colorectal cancer awareness. I have pasted several excerpts from the American Cancer Society website on Colorectal Cancer. Please visit the American Cancer Society website (http://www.cancer.org) for more detailed information.

The American Cancer Society and several other medical organizations recommend earlier testing for people with increased colorectal cancer risk. These recommendations differ from those for people at average risk. Even though medical professionals do not know the exact cause of most colorectal cancers, it is possible to prevent many colorectal cancers. For more information, talk with your doctor.
Colorectal Screening
Regular colorectal cancer screening or testing is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Screening is the process of looking for cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease.
Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy are screening exams for colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as "colon cancer"). But false information and a misplaced sense of modesty have scared some people away from these lifesaving tests. Since Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man had a colonoscopy, I will focus on the the colonoscopy screening exam. Once again, please refer to the American Cancer Society website (http://www.cancer.org) for comprehensive cancer information.
A colonoscopy is an exam that allows a doctor to closely look at the inside of the entire colon. The doctor is looking for polyps or signs of cancer. Polyps are small growths that over time can become cancer. The doctor uses a thin (about the thickness of a finger), flexible, hollow, lighted tube that has a tiny video camera. This tube is called a colonoscope. The colonoscope is gently eased inside the colon and sends pictures to a TV screen. Small amounts of air are puffed into the colon to keep it open and allow the doctor to see clearly.
The exam itself takes about 30 minutes. Patients are usually given medicine to help them relax and sleep during the procedure. 
Your doctor decides how often you need this test, usually once every 10 years, depending on your personal risk for colon cancer. It's important for people to talk with their doctor to understand their risk for colon cancer, the guidelines they should follow for testing, and whether they need to start being tested at age 50 or earlier. 
For the most part, patients are given medicine to sleep through the colonoscopy, so they won't feel anything. Air is pumped into the cleaned-out colon to keep it open so that doctors can get the best pictures. While it may cause slight discomfort, it should not hurt. 
A colonoscopy is almost always done by a doctor, usually a gastroenterologist (a doctor whose specialty is the digestive tract) or a surgeon. 
Colonoscopy is done in a private area; it may be a hospital outpatient department, a clinic, an ambulatory surgery center, or a doctor's office. The patient's privacy is a top concern. 
The preparation for the colonoscopy makes you to go the bathroom a lot! The doctor will give you instructions. Read these carefully a few days ahead of time, since you may need to shop for special supplies and get laxatives from a pharmacy. If you are not sure about any of the instructions, call the doctor's office and go over them step by step with the nurse. Many people consider the bowel preparation (often called the "bowel prep") the most unpleasant part of the test. You follow a special diet the day before the exam and take very strong laxatives before the procedure. You may also need enemas to clean out the colon. The key to getting good pictures is to have the colon cleaned out. 
Because colonoscopy is usually done with drugs that make you sleepy, people usually will miss a day of work. You'll need to stay close to a bathroom. You might want to schedule the exam for a Monday, so you can be at home the day before without taking that day off work.
Most people feel OK after a colonoscopy. They may feel a bit woozy from the drugs (anesthesia). They'll be watched and given fluids as they wake up. They may have some gas, which could cause mild discomfort. Because of the medicines given for the test, most facilities require that you bring someone to take you home.
If a small polyp is found, your doctor will probably remove it. Over time some polyps could become cancer. If your doctor sees a large polyp, a tumor, or anything else abnormal, a biopsy will be done. For the biopsy, a small piece of tissue is taken out through the colonoscope or sigmoidoscope. It is sent to a lab to be checked under a microscope for cancer or pre-cancer cells.
Colorectal cancer screening helps people stay well and save lives.Regular colorectal cancer testing is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Removing polyps prevents colorectal cancer from ever starting. And cancers found in an early stage are more easily treated. Nine out of 10 people whose colon cancer is discovered early will be alive 5 years later. And many will live a normal life span. 
But too often people don't get these tests. Then the cancer can grow and spread without being noticed, like a silent invader. In many cases, by the time people have any symptoms the cancer is very advanced and very hard to treat. 
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is grateful for the talents of the medical professionals who performed his colonoscopy.  Thank you!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Monday, March 06, 2017

Spring Training

It is Spring Training and another Major League Baseball season is around the corner. Major League Baseball players are now preparing for another season. Soon, fans will flock to ballparks across the nation. At most ballparks, ground crews will present some of the finest natural turfs in America. The grass will grow and need cut. Likewise, millions of baseball fans will grass cut their yards. Each season, baseball fans will have yard accidents at their homes and beyond. It is important to prepare for Spring yard work. It is now time for Spring Training and to advance yard safety awareness.  Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) wants to pitch a perfect game this season - ZERO ACCIDENTS.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) wants to visit each Major League Baseball ballpark this season and throw-out the first pitch for yard safety awareness.

Yard Safety Awareness - Catch It!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the third Monday in January each year. Dr. King was a promoter of non-violent social change. Like Dr. King, I believe in servant leadership; I have a dream also. In particular, I want to rescue people from experiencing yard accidents. Yard accidents do not discriminate. They happen to all people regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, or national origin. Each year, there are 100,000 lawn mower accidents and 400,000 outdoor garden-tool-related accidents. It is time for some more behavioral and social change. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) wants to make a contribution toward the elimination of yard accidents. It seems like people really do not care much about yard safety awareness until it is too late. Nonetheless, I have a dream too. I cannot wait to give my Nobel Prize acceptance speech to validate my yard safety message. Think before you cut. It hurts. Be yard safe. (tm)

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  I predict that Year 2017 will be the Year of the Amputee and Yard Safety Awareness!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man
http://www.rescuerick.com