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Virtual Vs. Visit: Which Type Of House Call To Use

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Jan 20, 2016

If you’re tired of having to wait in urgent care waiting rooms for hours, surrounded by people with potentially contagious diseases — or if you just don’t want to inflict whatever you might have on other people — the return of the housecall should be a welcome event. But even then, a doctor’s visit can be difficult due to entirely practical reasons. One option is a virtual house call, where no one actually visits you. These have raised some concerns but have proven to be popular for basic issues. Which one you choose depends on what you want to get out of the appointment. Chronic Problems Sometimes you know the symptoms you’re experiencing well because they signal the return of a chronic problem, and all you need is a prescription refill. That’s something that your doctor’s office might be able to handle over the phone, but if the problem occurs over the weekend, you might not want to wait. Rather than sitting for several hours in urgent care, or paying a lot to have a doctor come out, a telemedicine session where you chat via video with a doctor could be more convenient. However, a video chat may be inappropriate if the symptoms seem particularly severe, if the symptoms signal that something worse may be lurking, or if the treatment would require antibiotics. For example, if you’ve had a bladder infection before and are experiencing the exact same symptoms now, a virtual chat would not be the right way...

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Helping Or Enabling? 4 Tips To Break Free Of Dysfunctional Helping Relationships

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Jan 4, 2016

Dysfunctional helping relationships are relationships where one person is typically designated in the helping role, while the other person is enabled by the helper. Sometimes these relationships are described as codependent and it can be difficult to identify the problem and break free of their cyclic nature. Take A Hard Look At Yourself It is easy to be critical of the other person involved and label them as enabled. However, you need to spend time reflecting on the underlying reasons you have allowed dysfunctional relationships to start or continue. Be honest and acknowledge the relationship is self-serving in some way. Dysfunctional helping relationships can have a twisted way of giving your life purpose and helping combat loneliness. You may look over previous relationships and determine the only way you seem to become close to others is when you assume the helping role. Differentiate Between Need And Want One of the hallmarks of dysfunctional helping relationships is the desire to be needed. You may inadvertently seek out relationships where you feel needed, as opposed to wanted. The people you seek out are often troubled in some way and you may feel like you can “fix” them or their situation. This only continues the vicious cycle of finding yourself stuck in the helping role. Learning the difference between a person needing or wanting you in their life can help you determine which relationships are built on meaningful connections. Ask yourself, if you were not selflessly dutiful, would this relationship even exist?...

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Successfully Living With Macular Degeneration

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Dec 17, 2015

If you have recently been diagnosed with macular degeneration, then it is important for you to understand that there are many things you can do to improve your day-to-day life. While living with decreased sight comes with many challenges, you can successfully overcome many of them using the following suggestions: Use Technology Glasses with Your Electronics Reading glasses or bifocals are nice for reading books and newspapers because they are designed for use at the distance that most people hold their reading materials away from their face. Since computers and other technology products are generally used at a farther distance away, you should ask your eye doctor for a prescription for a pair of specialized technology glasses that you can use with your PC, laptop, or, tablet. Technology glasses will reduce the strain on your eyes caused by looking at electronic screens for extended periods of time. Opting for coating the lenses of your technology glasses with an anti-glare coating will help you see the back-lit screens better as well. Use the Right Technology Settings All electronic products on the market today include specialized settings within their software for those people who are living with vision or hearing losses. If you have a hard time reading the small print on your electronic devices, then you should adjust them so that the print is large and the contrast is easy for your eyes to focus on. One way to do this is to avoid using color schemes that utilize bright colors....

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3 Ways To Straighten Your Teeth Without Everyone Noticing

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Dec 3, 2015

Having straight teeth can make your smile appear more attractive. However, not everyone is born with perfectly aligned teeth. If your teeth are crooked, there are multiple alignment options that can help. Still, you may want to straighten your teeth discreetly. Here are three ways to straighten your teeth without everyone noticing: Lingual Braces With lingual braces, the brackets are applied to the side of your teeth that lies next to your tongue. The braces are still made of metal. However, they are not visible when you speak or eat. Since the lingual braces are not attached to the surface of your teeth that lies next to your lips, these braces may also be a better alternative for people who play sports or blow a wind instrument. The cost of lingual braces is generally less than $10,000, and as with other braces, your orthodontist may offer an affordable payment plan. Invisalign Invisalign straightens your teeth using plastic aligning trays. The trays, which are clear, are difficult to discern on your teeth. In addition, they are removable, so you can take them out to clean or eat. However, to straighten your teeth in a timely manner, it is best to wear your Invisalign aligners at least 20 to 22 hours each day. Each set of aligners is only worn about two weeks before being replaced by the next set of aligners in your treatment progression schedule. Invisalign is usually priced between $4,000 and $7,000. Clear Braces Clear braces are worn...

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3 Things To Look For When Walking Into A Vet’s Office For The First Time

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Nov 16, 2015

Doing your research ahead of time and calling around to find a good vet is important, but there are still some first impressions that you should look for when you walk through the door for the first time. These are a few things that you should look for when walking into a vet’s office; if you don’t notice these things, it might be a good idea to find another healthcare provider for your pet. 1. Pleasant Smell You might assume that a veterinarian’s office is going to smell less than fresh because of all of the animals that are brought in and out of the place throughout the average day. However, there is no excuse for a veterinarian’s office to smell unpleasant. A veterinary office that takes cleaning and sanitation seriously will take efforts to clean regularly throughout the day, so you should not notice the smell of urine, feces, or “dog” when you walk in. 2. Overall Cleanliness Along with looking for a pleasant smell, you should also look around for overall cleanliness. A veterinary office that has a lot of clutter cannot possibly be kept as clean as it should be, which is a bad thing when there are sick, contagious animals in the vicinity. Also, a veterinary clinic that has a dirty reception area — such as if you notice dust in the corners — probably isn’t taking proper steps to clean the rest of the office, either. This means that you should proceed with caution....

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Skin Cancer Mole Screenings: 4 Tips For Self Checkups

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Oct 29, 2015

Moles are areas of hyperpigmentation on the body. The problem with moles is well known – they can develop into cancerous growths. Just about everyone has freckles or moles, and not all moles are a cause for concern. The following guide can help you keep a watchful eye on any moles you may have so that you know when it is time to visit your doctor for a more thorough checkup. Tip #1: Set a Regular Schedule Regular checks are the best way to catch any problems early. How often you check is up to you. Generally, if you aren’t at high risk for skin cancer, checking every few months is sufficient. Those at high risk should check more often, perhaps once a month or at intervals recommended by your doctor. High risk factors include a previous history of skin cancer, cancer, or precancerous growth, or a family history of skin cancer. Tip #2: Perform All Over Inspections The moles and freckles you see every day are by far the easiest to inspect on your own. Those on your back and neck are obviously the most difficult. You can arrange mirrors to view these areas better, or you can enlist a buddy to help you inspect hard to see areas. Don’t skip your back just because you don’t think you have any moles there – you need to still include it in case any new moles, freckles, or growths appear. Tip #3: Create a Record Sometimes you may not...

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Chair Ramps

If the only access to a building is stairs, that building is completely closed off to those in wheelchairs. Ramps can also help those with bad knees.

Lift Chairs

A more high-tech version, lift chairs are perfect for installation in a home or other building that needs to be wheelchair accessible but can't be completely remodeled to fit requirements.

Other Technology

Recent advances in technology and the computer world have helped make great leaps in the land of wheelchair accessibility, such as special controls or motors.