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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Aug Ripken's streak isn't only one at Oriole Pa BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The Baltimore Orioles have more than one Iron Man in their midst. While Cal Ripken Jr. recently passed the 2,500 mark for consecutive games, another member of the organi- zation just marked 3,000 in a row. Ernie Tyler started his streak in 1960 as an umpire attendant, and has worked every home game since. Tyler's career with the baseball club actually started in 1954 during the Orioles' first season. He worked part time for several years, moving into a full-time usher slot in 1958. Even battles with serious health concerns haven't kept him from his work. Over the last decade, he has endured two surgeries -- both during the off-season. The years have certainly not tarnished Tyler's enthu- siasm for the game. His only challenge, he said, "is Still being able to move fast enough at the tender age of 74." With his proximity to the batter's box, the chance of getting hit by a wayward ball is high. "It's important to stay alert at all times," he told The Catholic Review, newspaper of the Baltimore Archdio- cese. Although he has been beaned by a ball four or five times, he has never taken a serious hit. "I've never really gotten a full smack," he said. "I can get my hands up pretty quickly." Tyler has found another protection over the years -- both on and off the field As he prepared to enter the service at age 17, his mother presented him with a Miraculous Medal, which he still wears to this day. Tyler admits a longtime passion for sports. A gradu- ate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, he played in the same football backfield as former Oriole and recently retired New York Mets general manager Frank Cashen. Over the years, he has played baseball, softball, bas- ketball and football. He coached Little League teams for some of his children, and still finds time to play baseball with his grandchildren. For many years now, the Tyler family has maintained a real relationship within the Orioles organization. Seven of his children, as well as his wife of 52 years, Juliane, have worked for the club at one time or anoth- er, in jobs ranging from bat boy to ticket-office atten- dant. His son Jim currentlv serves as Orioles manager and another son, Fred, is visiting manager. Neither has ever missed a game while ing for the Orioles. Retired from the state's Department of .... Mental Hygiene in 1988, Tyler currently finds in demand as a speaker on the subject of longevit') nursing homes and schools. As an umpire attendant, he takes care uniforms, equipment and guest tickets (each ge! per game). He covers the new balls with mud Delaware River  a silky, sand-free variety shipped in barrels to every Major League Baseball "The new balls are smooth and shiny. They're hard to control. Five minutes before the game he his position in what has been described as the in the house p a stool located on the backstop. "There's nothing I don't Ilk e about my job. I've! in six World Series and nine playoff series, I walk out onto the field it's a great memory. '; Standardization: A powerful tool in Natural Family i: The Creighton Model of the Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning is the first stan- dardized method of Natural Family Planning available. It takes its name from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb. There, scientific research validating this method News and Commentary By SOOZI SCHELLER Contributing Writer has been done and support in developing educational tools like The Picture Dictionary of the Ovulation Method has been given. Special care has been taken since 1968 by the devel- opers of the Creighton Model, Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers, his wife Susan Hilgers, Ann M. Prebil, Diane Daly and others, to offer standardization in two impor- tant areas: in the description of the mucus patterns and in the instruction of the method. The basis of the Creighton Model of the Ovulation Method [CrM OM} is the observation of the mucus sign as an indicator of fertility. Various scientists have documented this cervical mucus and described its rela- tionship to human fertility since the mid-1800s. However, a sys- tematic approach in using the mucus sign as a means for fam- ily planning did not begin until the 1950s. In 1953, Dr. John Billings, a neurologist in Aus- tralia, began questioning a small group of women about the mucus sign as an indicator of ovulation. The worked pro- gressed, especially when his wife, Dr. Lyn Billings, became his collaborator. Some basic features of the standardization include: stan- dardized training of medical consultants and practitioners, standardized tools for teaching NFP like The Picture Dictionary or the Follow-Up Form, and standardized terminology used to describe the mucus sign and other biological markers in the woman's menstrualcycle. The standardized terminology allows the NFP Practitioner to assist the NFP client to make accurate observations that are meaningful to health profes- sionals. The practitioner uses standardized tools like The Pic- ture Dictionary to confirm the client's observations. The Fol- low-Up Form, another stan- dardized tool, acts as a checklist for thorough delivery of the ser- vice and as an inventory of learning progress. The stan- dardized terminology, tools and training, help the people teach- ing NFP and the people deliv- ering themedical services com- municate together about the education of clients or the care of patients. Dr. Peter Sultana, a Family Advantages of standardization Standardized terminology used to describe the biological markers Standardized teaching tools like picture dictionary showing range of observations Standardized training of practitioners and medical consultants Highly accurate observations Improved communication (allied health network) Contributes to the high effectiveness of the method Allows for confirmation of observations Medical application increasing i iml , H i J Practice NFP medical consultant in Missouri, describes how the standardized terminology gives him an advantage when he dis- cusses a particular case with other medical consultants over the phone. "When I talk about Cooperative Hormone Replace- ment Therapy for patients over the phone with another doctor, we know what we mean by a Peak Da Because we know pre- cisely how different phases in the menstrual cycle are defined, we can save a lot of time in dis- cussing the patient's situation and focus on treatment aspects for the patient more efficiently. Sharon Wagner, NFP practi- tioner intern at Memorial Hos- pital and Healthcare Center in Jasper, comments on her appre- ciation of the Creighton Model standardization, "Standardiza- tion is excellent because NFP teachers and medical consul- tants can discuss certain situa- tions and events of the menstru- al cycle in a common language. It facilitates effective communi- cation, which benefits NFP users because they get better medical care. Whether NFP users need special medical care or not, they have security in knowing that the same resources, terminology and teaching methods are avail- able in many parts of the coun- try and abroad." Shawn Bender, NFP practi- tioner at St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville, adds, "With the Creighton Model standard- ization, clients calling with questions can easily relate their observations to me over the >hone which saves time and Sharon Wagner, NFP practitioner intern, celebrate,' tion of the first phase of her training with Dr. Thomas developer of the standardized Creighton Model of the tion Method. unnecessary office visits." Both the NFP Professionals. and the clients or patients who see them feel very positive about the many advantages they receive through the stan- dardization of the Ovulation Method. Standardized training, tools and terminology enhance the quality of service provided by those trained in the Creighton Model. This stan- dardization has made many new advances medical applications This column has some of those advancestn vious articles; in the treatment of infertility. Future columns will the treatment of ovariat and polycystic ovaries. "e'""'n ST. M A medical news from a Catholic perspective is Health Care a courtesy of Services i=,, i i, i , i i i i