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5 Easy Steps to Keep Meds Straight

5 Easy Steps to Keep Meds Straight

Consumer Reports study findings of 2000 seniors over 65 take on average 5-10 prescription medications per day. In addition, seasonal and temporary prescriptions are added. These number to do not include the over-the-counter medications. Missed and mixed-up medications are a serious and expensive issue in healthcare today.

What can you do to be safe, keep medications in order and receive the benefits that each medication is meant to give?

  1. Write them down. Keeping a good log of ALL your medications, prescriptions and over-the -counter can be life-saving. All medications do not mix. Update with each new over-the-counter or prescription.
  2. Determine brand or generic.  These may not look alikeand be labeled differently. Understanding and recognition are vital to safe medicinal care.
  3. Bring List to Pharmacist. Bring a list of everything you take. Ask the pharmacist to review and see what medications may be cross indicated, which should be taken or not taken  at certain times or alone. Write the answers down. Most of us are seeing multiple physicians. Each ordering medications. A pharmacist will pick up on any redundancies or contraindications.
  4. Take a photo. When you get your list done put a pill, as an example on the paper and take a picture.
  5. Tap Pillbox Power.  Many pills look very similar. When you are loading your meds into divided, daily, morning, midday and night medications you can easily refer to you photo.

Follow all these strategies for better and safer self-care.

Patient Navigation

Patient Navigation

Here is a great YouTube link on Patient Navigation.

Please take an opportunity when you have time to review.

It is chock -full of great insight into the complexities of getting the most out of your service provider

https://youtu.be/Bi8STW7AM1s
Med Cabinet Reboot

Med Cabinet Reboot

How does your medicine cabinet look?  Bet you have more medications and supplements at the end of 2020, than ever before, right.

Start the year right! Make a list of EVERYTHING, including all supplements, take it to a pharmacist and ask them to do a forensic review. You may have received many prescriptions, from different providers over the year. Plus, this year you have been taking more over-the-counter meds and supplements, right. A pharmacist will be able to check for contraindications, regulate timing, avoid one medication, or supplement canceling out the efficacy of another. # 7 will amaze you.

1. Check the expiration date. Almost everything you store in your medicine cabinet—from prescription medications to over-the-counter products and natural remedies, even Hydrogen Peroxide —has an expiration date.  Replace all expired products. See*

2. Keep only what is currently prescribed.  Many supplements half-life the efficacy of prescription med. Again, a pharmacist will be able to help. See*

3. Choose the right place. All medication should be stored out of the reach of children and animals, kept in a cool, dry place, protected from extreme cold, excessive heat, humidity, and direct light.

4. Don’t mix different products. Don’t mix different suppliers or dosages in the same container.

5. Check your medication carefully. Discard all medication that seems altered, whether by taste or smell or if they care changing color or seem to crumble. See*.

6. Check you have your basics. Necessities include acetaminophen, ibuprofen for pain, Benadryl for allergic reactions, a triple antibiotic topical cream for small wounds, decongestant, (like Mucinex), antacids, cough syrup, and baby aspirin in event of symptoms of a heart attack.  A well-stocked medicine cabinet also has hydrogen peroxide, a Neti Pot and Band-Aids, and an ace bandage.

7.Most important is to discard medications properly.  Any police station will take expired medications.  DO NOT throw in the trash or flush down the toilet, as you will contaminate our landfills, our water supply, and the fish cannot use them! If you must throw away mix with kitty litter and package for safe disposal. For more information go to www.uspharmacist.com). 


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COVID & YOUR HEART

COVID & YOUR HEART

Living in the world of COVID brings stress and uncertainty and that put strain on your heart. Here are some suggestions to stay healthy in the coming months. All of these suggestions help support your immune system, so it will be there to support you when you need it in tip top shape.

  1. Don’t smoke, as it clogs up our lung filtering system.
  2. Keep blood pressure under control by managing your weight, exercise, eat a healthy diet and take, if needed, all medications under a doctor’s care.
  3. Get active. Sedentary lifestyle can be a real killer. Find something you love to do and move for 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week.
  4. Sleep Well. Getting 6 hours of sleep helps support cardiac function, allowing the cardiac system to be at rest. Chose a routine, timing, dark room, don’t eat 3 hours before retiring, eliminate caffeine and alcohol during the evening hours. Remember, alcohol inhibits immunity and accelerates the inflammatory immune responses within our bodies.
  5. Watch your weight. Excess wight is a common denominator in putting too much pressure on our immune and specifically cardiac system. Smaller portions, keep moving, bake versus fry, read the labels and avoid foods with high sugar and fats.  Increase vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts, as all are loaded with nutrients essential for our immune system.
  6. CONTROL STRESS. Stress causes the release of adrenaline which raises cortisol levels, blood pressure and speeds up the heart rate. Try yoga, meditation, listening to relaxing music or books on tape, stay socially engaged and remember consciously to do slow deep breathing FREQUENTLY throughout the day.

        3 W’s   Wash Hand   Wear Mask   Watch Distance Stay Safe Stay Healthy

BEWARE: COVID SCHEMES

BEWARE: COVID SCHEMES

Our population is a target for phony treatments and fake contact tracing.
Here are some recommendations, from HealthShare,  to stay safe.


1. Both the FDA and Federal Trade commission have issued warning for countless false ads for essential oils, homeopathic products, ozone, and high dose vitamin therapies, even a “silver solution” that would “cure” COVID. Always check with your personal physician.

2.Fincancial and identity scams have exploded. By August 2020 the FTC had received over 80,00 confirmed reports of fraud related to COVID, stimulus payments, N95 masks resulting in $ 97 million in fraud loss. These “phishing sites” are built to trick thousands of people,  out of both money and personal data. Many are offering free antibody testing to extract  Insurance/Medicare data. Beware of calls, text and emails that ask for your social security number driver’s license number or credit card information. Do NOT Click to open the link. DELETE and dump trash.

3.Fake contact tracers are making random phishing calls saying you have been named as a contact for person testing COVID positive.  REAL contact tracers will ask via text or phone, if you have been in a certain location or have been interacting with a specific person, whose name they must have on file.

3 W’s  Wear Mask     Wash Hands      Watch Distance

A Healthy Mnemonic for BRAIN FOOD

A Healthy Mnemonic for BRAIN FOOD

A Healthy Mnemonic for BRAIN FOOD

Be sure to include everything for the healthiest shopping list!

* Extra important in our COVID 19 Fight.

BRAIN FOODS

B is for berries for added fiber.

R is for rainbow of colors in fruits and veggies.

A is for antioxidants to support immune system*.

I is for Include lean proteins for brain focus. *

N is for nuts (unsalted/ raw) a great source of nutrients.

F is for fermented foods to feed our good gut bacteria. *

O is for oils like olive helps as anti-inflammatory and supports immune system. *

O is Omega-3 fatty acid enriched foods.

D is for dairy as gut bacteria support.

S is for spices to support brain health. *

*** Extra important for our Coronavirus Fight.

Dietary Reference Protein Intake = is 0.36 grams per pound.

  • 56 grams per day for the average man.
  • 46 grams per day for the average woman.
Harnessing Stress

Harnessing Stress

Today we are no stranger to stress. The key isn’t to deny stress, but to recognize and acknowledge it. Realize, people can learn to be in a more stress-hardy mindset, the best stress response is often tempered by the challenge response.

One modification to the stress response is called “tend-and-befriend”. It explains why, after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, people felt the need to reach out to friends and relatives in the community—to assure themselves that loved ones were alright, to comfort the distressed or bereaved, and to shore up social networks

A stress response, affects our cardiovascular system, immune system and general sense of well-being.  When your body repeatedly encounters a set of physiological changes dubbed your learned response becomes key. Stress may contribute to or exacerbate various health problems. However, stress can also help you identify your stress warning signs and teach you how to better manage stressful situations on a daily basis.

Learning to connect in a new way will actually help reduce stress. That’s because” tend-and-befriend approach, involves a different balance of hormones. It makes the brain’s reward centers more responsive to support our resilience. Now, more than ever before we need to adapt within the new “social distancing” guidelines. Staying close without contact. A common effect of stress can be strength, growth, and resilience.”

Whatever you’re doing, don’t pretend that stress doesn’t exist. People who deny it tend to isolate themselves and reinforce their fears. Fear is often described as False Expectations Appearing Real. Instead, can you recognize the how and why of the level of stress and look for any positive aspects and engage those. Are you learning something from it? Are you gaining strength? Are you connecting with people on a different level?

Be aware of all you CAN DO? When, you notice a racing heart, that a spate of fear causes, pause and realize that your body is trying to give you more energy and see if you can capitalize on that. Always question “What is within my control”?  Am I able to maintain socially distant behavior, while keeping my sense of stress under control? When you are feeling nervous, pause to consider what is happening, ask yourself if it’s because you’re being self- protective or protective of those you care for and how can you do the same under the new constraints of different behavior. Is it reinforcing your values and gives meaning to your life today?

Don’t deny the stress, but redirect your energy away from it. Doing some small act of kindness for someone and note the mental reward you reap. Be the one aware and learn ways of being in touch, without physical contact.

Smiles are free and everyone needs those, these days.  Nurture, even expand your social networks remotely. Caring for self and others creates resilience. Remember the saying “put the oxygen mask on yourself first then your loved ones”. In today’ stressful times try to focus on the larger purpose of whatever you’re doing and you will find that taking care of yourself is the best start for caring for others. So, recognize the stress you are under. Address it in the most proactive way you are able. See if you get enough rewards to spread around!!

Be Prepared!

Be Prepared!

Seriously, be prepared!  Maintenance of a personal updated health history is one of the most important steps to improve your quality of healthcare. A good medical history can literally be a life saver. During the pandemic, having current information completed crucial. Having documented your health information becomes more important, if a family member or HCPOA, needs to step in at a time of crisis.

You really do not want to have to come up with all this information, if you start feeling sick! Your providers’ time is limited, the more efficient you can make your visit, the better outcome you will receive. You should arrive prepared with the following information:

  • Name, age, height, weight and chief complaint or complaints specific to that healthcare provider.
  • Explain your chief complaint or complaints. In particular specify anything that has changed from previous visit.
  • Give specific numbers for things: like how long had the symptoms or how much pain, on a scale of 0 to 10. Document any of information you have; daily b/p, daily weight or change in medication administration.                 
  • Give any associated symptoms, as they often the key to making a correct    diagnosis. Have you had similar symptoms previously? Bring copies of past medical test, lab work, EKG’s, scans.
  • Make sure to review symptoms. This is when reading from your healthcare notebook is helpful. You should always have the following information documented:
  • Allergies and drug reactions
  • Current medications, including over-the-counter drugs, any CBD use.
  • Current and past medical or psychiatric illnesses or conditions
  • Past hospitalizations
  • Immunization status
  • Give truthful use of tobacco, alcohol, CBD or recreational drugs
  • Family status, including whether the patient is married, who the patient lives with and other relationships. Include questions about the patient’s current sexual activity and history.

 So, Get TO IT! Be Prepared.

COVID Clarity

COVID Clarity

This virus is not a living organism. It is a protein molecule (RNA or DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid(fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular (eyes), nasal (nose) or buccal mucosa (mouth), changes their genetic code (mutates) and converts into aggressor and multiplier cells.

Since the virus is not a living organism, but is a protein molecule, it cannot be killed. It has to decay. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

 * The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat and that is the reason why soap or detergent is the best weapon. The foam CUTS THE FAT (that is why you have to scrub for 20 seconds or more, to create lots of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein disperses and the molecule breaks down.

 * HEAT melts fat; this is why it is necessary to use water above 77 degrees for hand washing, laundry and cleaning surfaces. In addition, hot water makes more foam, making it more effective.

 * Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ALL FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

 * Any solution with 1-part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the inside.

* Oxygenated water increases the effectiveness of soap, alcohol and chlorine, dissolves the virus protein. However, because you have to use it in its pure form, it can damage your skin.

 * NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC WILL WORK because the virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.

  * The virus molecules remain very stable at colder temperatures, including air conditioning in houses and cars. They also need moisture and darkness to stay stable. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will  help to degrade the virus faster.

* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain the virus breaks down the protein. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.

* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

* NO SPIRITS, like VODKA, work. The strongest vodka is only 40% alcohol, and you need a minimum of 65%. 

 * The more confined the space, the higher the concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

 * You have to wash your hands before and after touching any commonly used surfaces such as: mucosa (mouth area), food, locks, knobs, switches, remotes, cell phones, watches, computers, desks etc. and don’t forget when you use the bathroom.

 * You have to MOISTURIZE YOUR HANDS due to frequent washing. Dry hands have cracks and the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.

 * Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

HealthShare hopes this information from Johns Hopkins, WHO & NIH sheds some clarity to our current COVID issue. Please share with friends and loved ones.

2020 HEALTHCARE NOTEBOOK IS HERE

2020 HEALTHCARE NOTEBOOK IS HERE

This Notebook will be your guide in creating and developing all the information necessary and become, your best advocacy tool.

Once completed you HealthCare Notebook will improve your communication and care across all medial services .

When your documentation is completed in advance of any MD appointment, therapy, or hospital stay you will receive better outcome, guaranteed.

click here to see online version http://www.scclhs.com/resources

free hard copies are available email scclhsrn@gmail.com for details