Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Healthy Geezer: What is shock?

Friday, April 19, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’ve heard the term “shock” a million times, but I realized that I don’t really know what it means. What is shock?

Shock is a condition in which blood pressure is too low and not enough oxygenated blood can sustain your body.

The medical disorder of shock is not the “shock” that people feel from a sudden traumatic event. In the United States, hospital emergency departments report more than one million cases of shock each year.

There are different kinds of shock. They include:

Anaphylactic shock: from an allergic reaction,

Heart valve replacement at St. Luke’s similar to procedure for Mick Jagger

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Elinor LaDue doesn’t sing rock ‘n’ roll but does have at least one thing in common with Mick Jagger, frontman for the Rolling Stones.

She and Jagger both had a non-surgical heart procedure to implant an artificial aortic valve, replacing their original “native” valves.

On Feb. 5, LaDue, an 80-year-old Allentown mother, became the 500th patient to undergo a TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) procedure at St. Luke’s Hospital - Bethlehem.

TAVR is a non-surgical alternative for patients with advanced aortic stenosis or narrowing of the aortic valve opening.

a monotone drip

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Endless flood of gray

fuzzy whispers.

Insomnious nights - handcuffed

in a colorless cage.

depression is a blizzard of black


a dark, cinder block maze of

clay spikes.

The pulse of

a monotone drip

floods the calm birdcage

that now hangs by a thread

Jocelynn Zeruth

Age 13, Grade 7

Northampton Area Middle School

Northampton Area School District

The Press 14th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 14th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages on the Press websites for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems are published on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 15 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on WDIY, 88.1,, Lehigh Valley Public Radio and NPR affiliate.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit

Wednesday, April 17: Onion Romano soup, fried chicken patty on a bun w / lettuce, tomato, mayo, pasta salad, citrus breeze.

Thursday, April 18 - Easter meal: Baked smoked ham, praline sweet potatoes, asparagus, home baked roll w / margarine, coconut custard pie.

Friday, April 19: Closed for Good Friday.

Monday, April 22: Chili con carne over bread bowl w / cheddar cheese garnish, pepper slaw, fruit cocktail.


Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The monster in your chest is unruly,

He claws, and he roars,

And he traipses around

And he acts like he

owns your body.

You feel like you’re running and spinning,

But you’re not,

You’re just simply sitting.

Whether lies, fears, rumors,

will soon become tumors

that plant in your stomach and


Like a vine that is creeping

to your soul it is seeping

the anxiety now becomes a part.

Soon it controls you

and that monster does own you

and to fix it …

You don’t know where to start.

A Place To Rest

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Sometimes when my brother

Takes toys away from me

I hide behind the couch.

I build a pillow house

My pillow house is yellow

I use rest pillows as roof pads

And a chair inside, also doors.

I sleep in it for a while

When I wake up

I punch the doors open

I also sleep on the pillows

After getting something to eat

When I am hungry.

Robinson Mogambi

Age 9, Grade 4

Freemansburg Elementary School

Bethlehem Area School District

I’m Sorry

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

I’m sorry that I missed you, but the train

came at 12 o’clock, and you know, of late,

how I never trust the ethereal rain

to extinguish the fires in my crate.

It was hard at first, thinking of leaving,

but o’er time I found solace in the fear

of having to spend so much time grieving

for she who would never cease to appear.

The future holds no guarantees for me,

And so that is why, when the train does come,

I command the irregularities

of an hour to become a life’s sum.

After all, time goes on, with or without,

mother beauty

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

i want to go

where the roof is the ceiling

and the wind is the fan

i want to go

where the sun shines down

through the rustling green leaves

i want to go

where the cold envelopes me

in a shivery embrace

i want to go

where the water reflects

the scenery around the edge

i want to go

where the smell of wood and forest life

warms my soul with a potent taste

i want to go

where the worries of the world fall behind

and my mind clears up all the doubt

the nature beckons towards me,