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When I made my big move from Lincoln, NE to Kansas City, on my list of things to get set up were cable, Internet, electricity, and a new Endocrinologist and Gastroenterologist. When you live with a chronic health condition, leaving the comfort of your specialist can be a bit overwhelming, and frankly, it can be pretty stressful.
If you've been online in the last few weeks, odds are you have heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This terrific awareness campaign has gone viral online, inspiring people from all over to help raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association. The gist is that if someone challenges you, you have 24 hours to either make an ice bucket video yourself or donate $100 to the ALS Association. From July 29 to August 20, 2014, the ALS Association received $31.5 million dollars in donations, compared with $1.9 million over the same time last year! What a difference social media makes!
Those of you who follow the Lauren's Hope blog regularly (and who doesn't?) may recall that I shared a personal story earlier this summer when my 9-year-old son, Will, was diagnosed with Severe Feeding Aversion (that's him, at left, in the hospital) and underwent surgery to place a Microvasive G-Tube. This feeding tube works by way of a port on his abdomen, allowing us to give him all the nutrition he needs while he undergoes long-term feeding aversion therapy, a form of occupational therapy that addresses the behavioral, sensory (texture, smell, temperature, etc.), social, cognitive, and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) issues surrounding feeding.
As the fall semester approaches, it’s easy to look straight forward to purchasing textbooks, moving into and furnishing your new dorm or apartment, and the fun times you will have with new friends. But for those of us with health issues that impact our daily lives, there are a few extra things that should be put on our new semester checklists before we get to all that other fun stuff.
When people think of reasons a person would wear medical ID jewelry, they typically list things like diabetes, food allergies, drug allergies, epilepsy, heart conditions, and Alzheimer's. And while all of these conditions are important reasons to wear medical alert jewelry, there is one group of conditions that is largely overlooked: mental health disorders.
Blood thinners are a very commonly prescribed medication in the US. If you have a type of heart or blood vessel disease or if you have inadequate blood flow to the brain, your doctor has probably prescribed some variety of blood thinner to help treat your symptoms. Blood thinners work to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing the formation of blood clots in your arteries and veins.
There’s a pain rating scale called the McGill Pain Index. This scale starts at zero (no pain) and goes up to 50. A bone fracture is around a 15. Natural childbirth without preparation ranks just below amputation of a finger or toe, and both rank below a 40. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), however, tops the list at a 42. And unlike childbirth or a broken bone, things with set beginnings and ends, CRPS never goes away.
What’s better than a Friday in summer? A FREE STUFF FRIDAY in summer! And better than that, today’s FREE STUFF FRIDAY brings TWO great prizes for one lucky winner! Read on!
Talking about health care surrogates, power of attorney representatives, medical proxies, and advance directives is something most people avoid. It’s natural to think we have time to deal with these issues or say, “Oh, I really need to look into that someday.” The truth is, “someday” often gets pushed off again and again until it’s really too late.
It's July, and for most of the country, that means we are not remotely done with swimming weather. By this time of the year, the standard social media articles have made the rounds, reminding us all to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and take breaks from the heat. Some other great tips have surfaced recently, though, so today, we're lising our Top 5 Summer Tips of 2014.
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