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Accidents Happen

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Accidents Happen

*Trigger Warning* This post contains details of a car accident and medical trauma.

Helloooo everyone! Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know that yours truly was in a car accident this past month that had me in the hospital. (And, for those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook, make sure you get on it at: Sarah Mushenheim!) It was a really scary, painful experience and I wanted to give you all the 411 on what happened because I have been so blown away by all of the well wishes and all of you deserve to know. So, let’s get to it.

It was a Sunday afternoon circa one PM when my boyfriend and I were driving to pick some things up from his house and then we were going to have a date day. I had just returned from vacation the night before so we hadn’t seen each other for a week and were eager to hang out. Unfortunately, that got cut short, because as we were at an intersection on a twenty-five MPH street, we got hit head on by a driver going at least forty-five.

How did this person end up in the complete wrong lane and effect not just us but SIX cars in total? I’m really not sure, because it happened so quickly. But, I am fairly sure he was trying to get around a person turning left and, in the process, swiped another car and ended up going head first into ours. This left the car that got swiped, our car, and the car of the guy who hit us totaled. And, I’m assuming the other three cars ended up in fender benders or the like from all of the commotion going on on the road.

The heavy blow to our car caused the air bags to go off and, oh my god, the pain was indescribable. Before the accident, I had my feet on the dashboard and when I saw the car coming I instinctively went into fetal position. This caused my skater’s legs to go wham, bam, thank you ma’am right into my chest. I felt like I couldn’t breathe and I just remember screaming bloody murder.

Thankfully, the first responders came quickly and, while we were waiting for them, I had to shimmy my way out of the driver’s side door because the accident prevented my side from opening. I can recall yelling “let me out, let me out” and that was also super scary because I already felt like I couldn’t breathe and then I felt trapped on top of it.

Once the police and ambulances came, everything was a whirlwind. The EMTs began to check me and my boyfriend and we ended up being transported to a local hospital. We were both experiencing pain in our chests and had seat belt burns and various bumps and bruises. I also had a horrible pain in the bottom left corner of my stomach.

When we got to the hospital, we were put in separate rooms and I was asked to give a urine sample. I hobbled my sorry ass into the bathroom and got my shorts and undies down to see that there was blood in them as well as blood in my urine. Once this discovery was made, I had to get a CAT scan done and a pelvic exam which hurt so incredibly badly.

According to the scan, there was an air bubble in my bladder. And, as the day went on, there was still blood in my urine and it was becoming increasingly difficult to pee. So, the decision was made to have me transferred to the ER in Cleveland with a trauma team to try and find out what was going on with my bladder.

By the time I arrived in Cleveland, it was already eight thirty at night and I was exhausted. I was in unbearable pain and, at this point, I couldn’t pass urine at all and was experiencing all the discomfort of an insanely full bladder. Another CAT scan was done as well as a bladder scan and a catheter was put in so that I could finally go to the bathroom. I also had to get an X-ray of my shoulder to make sure I didn’t have any fractures there.

When this was all said and done, it was around two in the morning and I was told that I was going to be admitted to the hospital. A room finally opened up around five AM and all I wanted was to sleep but the constant questions, poking, and prodding made that damn near impossible.

I spent the following day at the hospital being monitored and having different tests done and was able to go home around eight in the evening with my catheter still in. And, lucky for me, I got to have it taken out two days later because it was very uncomfortable and quite painful. Everything looked okay according to the urologist and I just had to keep an eye on the slight bleeding that was still happening.

Thankfully, nothing was majorly wrong other than the pain and the same goes for my boyfriend, as well. We both had to take the week off of work and were happy to return the following Monday. There were a lot of things to be grateful for in this situation. No one involved in the accident got severely hurt. The insurance company of the person responsible took care of everything. And, most importantly, we were in my boyfriend’s big station wagon. Had we been in the Little Red Love Machine (a tiny hatchback), this would have been an entirely different story.

I am so appreciative to my family, boyfriend, the first responders, and the staff at both hospitals for taking such good care of me. It was a horrible situation to be in, but it could have been a lot worse and I am so thankful that all is well for both me and my boyfriend now. And, thank you to all of you for the concern and get well soons. It didn’t go unnoticed and I love you all! ❤

What are you thankful for? Has anyone had a situation similar to mine? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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This Is How To Keep Your Feet Sweet!

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This Is How To Keep Your Feet Sweet!

Our poor old feet! They are so often overlooked when it comes to health and maintenance. In fact, many of us just forget all about them until summer comes around and we want to wear strappy shoes. Of course, our feet are actually a pretty important part of the body to look after! Fortunately doing this isn’t such a dirty job. In fact, by reading the post below, you can do plenty to keep your feet sweet!

Keep ’em clean!

First of all, if you are going to keep your feet sweet, you will need to make sure they are as clean as possible. Otherwise, you could be dealing with some rather unpleasant smells! For most of us, that means a quick wash while in the shower, followed by some clean socks.

However, sometimes, no matter how much effort we put into keeping them clean, there can still be an odor. Happily, this is not something that you or those that you live with need to put up with.

There are a lot of tactics you can use to eliminate the smell, including steering clear of plastic or manmade shoes. The reason being that these encourage sweat, which the odor-causing bacteria feed off. Also, using a deodorizing powder can help, and if all else fails isopropyl alcohol applied to the shoe can element any nasty bacteria, and will keep your feet smelling as sweet as possible.

Nail care!

Toenail care isn’t just about choosing the right shade of polish to compliment your outfit. (Although that is fun!). The trimming of our nails properly is important, as well. The reason for this is that if you don’t trim them correctly, they can turn into ingrown toenails which are very painful to walk on. If they are really bad, they can also become infected, and that can be a real risk to your overall health and well being.

If you do find that your nails are ingrown, you can get help to cure them. All you need to do is search for terms like: ‘Where is the top podiatrist in my area?‘ and you will be able to find a healthcare professional that will help you out. Something that will undoubtedly come as a major relief if you are suffering from feet that are less than sweet.

Choose the right shoes!

Picking the right type of footwear goes beyond just avoiding the smell. If you want to keep your feet healthy and free of pain, you must invest in good quality shoes. Now, for the most part, flats are the best option because they put a lot less pressure on the bones and muscles in the feet and will do less permanent damage.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can never wear heels (thank goodness). If you pick the ones that are supportive and have a platform like the ones you will find here, you should get a lot less trouble with your feet and be able to keep them sweet!

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Keep your feet perfectly sweet with the above tips and, if problems persist, be sure to seek help from your doctor!

3 Health Checks That Everybody Needs To Take Regularly

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3 Health Checks That Everybody Needs To Take Regularly

The best way to treat most health problems is early intervention. But a lot of health issues don’t display symptoms until they are more developed, so you might have a serious health problem that goes unnoticed for a long time. That’s why health checks are so important, especially as you get older. There are certain checks that can pick up the signs of a serious health problem so you can start treatment before it causes you any serious issues. These are some of the health checks that you should have on a regular basis:

Blood Pressure Tests:

Changes in your blood pressure can be a sign of all sorts of health problems and if you have high blood pressure, it can be a cause of serious issues like heart disease and strokes. Most of the time, you won’t see any symptoms from high blood pressure but around a third of people suffer from it. You can get a blood pressure test from your primary care doctor, so book an appointment and get it checked out on a regular basis. If you are found to have high blood pressure, you will be asked to come in for further tests. If the readings are consistently high, you will be given advice on changing your diet to lower your blood pressure and you may be given medication to manage it as well.

Hearing And Eye Tests:

As you get older, your eyesight and your hearing are likely to suffer. But a lot of people just accept it as a part of aging and don’t do anything about it. The thing is, if you catch it early and treat it, you can preserve your hearing and your eyesight. If you want to preserve your auditory health and maintain good eyesight, you need to have regular checks. If you have a problem, you can get hearing aids and glasses early on, and you can slow down the progress of these conditions. Losing your hearing and eyesight can have a big impact on your lifestyle so anything that you can do to preserve them is very important.

Cholesterol Tests:

High cholesterol is very common, especially if you don’t eat a good diet. Having high levels of cholesterol has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, so it’s important that you manage it properly. A lot of people don’t realize that they have a problem and they continue with the same unhealthy lifestyle choices, and that puts their health at risk. That’s why you need to get a test with your doctor and they will be able to tell you whether you have healthy levels of cholesterol or not. If you don’t, they can give you advice on how to change your diet to reduce your cholesterol. They may also offer you medication to help bring the levels down.

Taking these three tests on a regular basis will help you to stay in good health and avoid any serious problems so schedule an appointment with your doctor today!

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How To Find The Cause Of Your Health Concerns

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How To Find The Cause Of Your Health Concerns

Dealing with any health issue can be easier when you know the reason for it, for example, if you know that your health problem has been caused by your genetic make-up, you know that your parent suffers from something and you know there’s a chance you will suffer from it too. Or it could be lifestyle behaviors, like smoking or exposure to toxic substances such as asbestos where you can see a clear cause and reason for your struggles.

If it’s not obvious, then while there might be a sticking plaster you can put on the problem for a while, you won’t know the cause of the issue. Just because you are treating your symptoms doesn’t mean you’re healthy as your doctor really needs to address the underlying imbalances that perpetuate illness. It’s important when you speak to your doctor to tell them about all of your symptoms because they are the clues to deeper imbalances and once you find and correct them, the symptoms go will away.

If you have multiple health problems, one illness or its treatment could have lead to another. The reason for a disease might become clear after a long period of uncertainty or after going through a large number of tests or being referred to many different health professionals.

Keep it in mind that nutrition is a very powerful thing that can have a huge impact on creating or curing illness. If you are feeling depressed or anxious, remember that it could be related to a number of different causes such as vitamin deficiencies, essential fat deficiencies, or too much sugar or stimulants in your diet. Try different things such as acupuncture, which takes a holistic approach to your health and takes into consideration your whole body. Practitioners will look to treat your whole self, not just symptoms, to find the cause of your health concerns.

You could try a detox diet that gets you on whole food and off of caffeine, sugar, alcohol, processed foods, gluten, and dairy — and see how many of your health issues go away. Start taking a good multivitamin, fish oil, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D as the right amounts of these nutrients can take care of many problems. If this doesn’t work, then get help and remember that you might need someone who can look a little more closely into what’s going on. Look for a specialist in what it is that you’re going through.

Seeing different health professionals, especially an expert, could help find a more definite cause as they can often see what was going on where others had not. Sometimes people never know why they have one or more illnesses. If a medical reason cannot be found, then many people form their own ideas and might just put their illness down to “bad luck” – don’t let this be you, get to the bottom of it so that you can treat it better and prevent it from happening again.

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What’s The Purpose Of A Routine Physical?

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What’s The Purpose Of A Routine Physical?

Every year, millions of people show up to the doctor’s office, even though they’re not suffering from any symptoms. They’re not in any pain, don’t have any unsightly rashes, or bulges emanating from parts of their body where they shouldn’t. In short, they appear to be in good health. Instead of turning them away and telling them to come back when they are sick, the physician embraces them with open arms and begins taking a bunch of measurements. What the heck is going on?

Routine physicals have been a part of medical treatment for at least the last one hundred years, ever since doctors have been able to probe the body’s chemistry. The purpose of these physicals is to find out whether the body is healthy according to those markers, not just the patient’s report about how they feel. A routine exam, therefore, is all about finding unseen problems and getting on top of them early, before they start causing real damage.

Routine physicals by a family medicine doctor include the following:

Visual Exam:

Doctors like to perform a visual examination of the body. The purpose of this isn’t to make you feel awkward, but to find problems you may overlook. Doctors will peer into your eyes, ears, chest, joints, and abdomen, looking for potential problems.

Vital Signs:

A healthy pulse is essential. But, it’s precisely the sort of thing that is difficult for the patient to detect. Can you honestly say that you know the precise rhythm of your heart? The likely answer is no. During a routine physical, your physician will hook you up to specialized medical equipment that shows whether your pulse is as it should be. Problems with your pulse readings could indicate heart issues – something that needs urgent attention.

Lab Tests:

The third big pillar of the routine physical is lab tests. You go along to your checkup, your doctor removes some of your blood with a syringe and then sends it off to the lab for analysis. Your blood contains important markers indicative of your overall state of health. Doctors look out for things that might indicate that you’re at a higher risk of heart disease or diabetes. For instance, your cholesterol might be above 220 mg/dL putting you at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Again, you can’t tell whether you have high cholesterol. There’s no pain associated with the condition. So it’s sensible to go to the doctor every few months to get it checked. Regular checkups also mean that you can track your cholesterol over time. You can see if diet and lifestyle measures are improving your metabolic status or not.

Screening:

The fourth pillar is screening. The type of testing you receive at a routine checkup very much depends on your gender. For women, screening mostly involves pap smears, mammograms, and pelvic exams for risk of STI transmission. For men, the focus is on the colon and lungs because of cancer.

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If you haven’t had a physical in a while, schedule with your GP ASAP to make sure that all is well with your health.

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A Deeper Understanding Of Eating Disorders: What You Should Know

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A Deeper Understanding Of Eating Disorders: What You Should Know

*This post contains a trigger warning for eating disorders*

Despite the prevalence of eating disorders in today’s society, the public is still struggling to understand what these are. Because of this, it becomes easy to believe the many misconceptions surrounding this family of conditions. To protect and educate ourselves with regard to this matter, it’s important that the truth is set apart from lies or misinformation. One good way to do that is to present all of the facts, like the following list of things to give you a better understanding about eating disorders:

Eating Disorders Are Medically Recognized Illnesses:

Eating disorders fall under mental illnesses. They are serious disorders which can be life-threatening if not treated immediately. This means that any eating disorder, be it anorexia or bulimia nervosa has clear diagnostic criteria for them to fall under this category. And, albeit alarming, the fact is that eating disorders have a higher mortality rate than any psychiatric disorder.

Eating Disorders Go Way Beyond Food:

While these conditions are related to someone’s eating habits, frequently, one’s view on food is not where this is rooted. In reality, there are various aspects that can influence its development. Among those factors include the biological, psychological, and sociocultural background of the patient. This means that trying to offer support with simple phrases like “eat more,” “have less”, and “be healthier” simply wouldn’t work, since the cause of the condition is rooted in issues that are often completely unrelated to food and material possessions.

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Recovery Is Possible for This Condition:

As serious as they may sound, getting over eating disorders is possible. You’ll find tons of treatment options for bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders in your area. Recovery, however, takes a lot of work and the patient needs to be willing to comply with it. Along with that, they need a strong support system to help them overcome this condition. This would only be deemed effective with the guidance of a psychiatrist, because recovery goes way beyond the patient’s physical health and impacts their mental well-being. For that, it’s necessary to have a doctor guide them throughout their healing process.

Anyone Can Suffer from Eating Disorders:

One of the things people fail to understand about eating disorders, is the fact that it can happen to anyone. No matter what gender or how old a person is, there’s a risk of developing this condition. Statistics have shown that the frequency of kids experiencing this has been on the rise. It only means that this illness can easily affect anyone. What’s even more challenging is that it can be difficult to tell whether a person is suffering or not. Contrary to what most people believe, that part requires proper diagnosis and an expert’s help. This is so they can assess which particular disorder the patient has.

Whether you are the patient or part of the patient’s support group, try your best to maintain a healthy and positive outlook. This will make the arduous process of healing a little easier for those involved.

Taking Care Of Yourself When You Have A Chronic Condition

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Taking Care Of Yourself When You Have A Chronic Condition

A chronic condition is one that is likely to stay with you over the long term, sometimes even for life. So, managing it is much different than getting sick with something like the flu and then recovering after a short time and getting back to your normal life. Take a look at how to deal with a chronic health condition along with some specific examples and suggestions in the post below:

General advice:

First of all, it needs to be stated that each chronic condition and the individuals that suffer from them will require different treatments that are customized to their needs. What works for one person may not work for another. That’s why we go to the doctors’ for their advice. However, there are some more general principles that can help if you find yourself in this situation.

The first is learning self-compassion. In fact, it’s vital that you can not only forgive yourself when you can’t do what everyone else around you can because of your chronic illness. Otherwise, your mental health can really suffer, as well.

Secondly, patience is crucial when you have a chronic condition because you are likely to experience times when you are in remission and times when things become worse. Of course, patience can really help you to get through the difficult times without spending all of your energy and motivation on worry and frustration.

Diabetes:

One chronic condition that is very common in the Western world is diabetes, both type 1 and type 2. What few people realize is that some doctors recommend treating type 2 diabetes with diet and lifestyle changes.

Type 1, however, is something that you are born with or develop in early life, and that means you need to get used to monitoring your own condition including regularly testing your blood with a meter that you can get from a diabetic medical supplies specialist. If your blood sugars are too high, you will need to take insulin, and if they are too low, then you may need to fuel your body with a sugary drink or snack. It’s crucial that you adhere to the advice that the practitioner in charge of your care has given you.

Depression:

Another common chronic condition is depression. In fact, it can seem as if this is a plague as so many people suffer from it. Once again, each different type of depression will need a separate type of treatment. However, there are some factors that can commonly help if you do find yourself suffering from this issue.

The first, is to take regular aerobic exercise, something that has been shown to be at least as effective as antidepressants in studies. Additionally, making changes to your diet, as well as seeking out therapy that focuses on how you relate and act on your more negative thoughts (namely CBT) can help too, especially over the long term. Something that can make depression, although a chronic condition, much more easy to manage.

Treatment will be different for everyone but use the advice above to help you take the first steps in monitoring your chronic condition.