Recovery & Self Care During COVID-19

Recovery & Self Care During COVID-19

Across the nation, our hospital systems anticipate being overwhelmed with the most critical patients during this COVID-19 pandemic. Hospital systems and provider offices are asking people to stay at home during mild to moderate illness and visit offices or the emergency room only when necessary. So, what should you do to care for yourself while home?

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COVID-19 Questions Answered

COVID-19 Questions Answered

Coronavirus. COVID-19. However you refer to this virus, it’s taking over everyone’s life in some way or another. This virus has upended not only our towns, states, and country, but also our world. Schools are closed. People are working from home. Sports seasons are canceled. While we have the internet at our fingertips, sometimes the amount of information can be overwhelming. Let’s break it down a bit…

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New Diagnosis? Five Questions to Ask Your Provider

New Diagnosis? Five Questions to Ask Your Provider

Hearing a new diagnosis for the first time can catch you off guard. Taking the time to ask questions, gather information, and formulate a treatment plan are important steps to understanding how this new diagnosis will affect you. Here are five questions you should ask to help start your journey back to your optimal health.

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Tylenol vs. Advil – What’s the difference?

Tylenol vs. Advil – What’s the difference?

Tylenol and Advil.  These two popular brand names of medication also have the generic names of acetaminophen and ibuprofen.  These two very common over-the-counter (OTC) medications can be confusing.  Let’s cut right to the chase and answer the questions these two medications seem to bring up time and time again for patients. 

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Three Tips to Improve Your Mental Health

Three Tips to Improve Your Mental Health

Mental health is our overall psychological and emotional well-being. It’s much more than just a diagnosis.  It involves the way you feel about yourself and others. It includes your ability to manage your feelings and deal with every day conflicts. 

At times taking care of your mental health can mean seeking professional support and treatment.  It can also include taking personal steps towards improving your own emotional health on a daily basis.  Making small changes can improve all areas of your life including your mood, attitude, and overall outlook on life.  

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5 Important Medication Tips Everyone Should Know

5 Important Medication Tips Everyone Should Know

In the 1920s there were a few hundred drugs available. Now, almost 100 years later, the numbers are well into the tens of thousands of medications available. Knowing what you take, when and why is important when talking to any of your providers. Following these handy tips can help you become an expert with your own medications.

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How to Navigate a Hospital Admission

How to Navigate a Hospital Admission

The odds are that one day you’ll find yourself as a patient in the hospital.  Things happen. Illness. Accident. Injury. Chances are “hospital admission” isn’t penciled into your daily planner, either.  If you find yourself unexpectedly admitted to the hospital, the likelihood is that you’ll start as a patient in the emergency department. So what should you expect when you’re admitted to the hospital?

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The Different Roles of Hospital and Medical Office Staff

The Different Roles of Hospital and Medical Office Staff

Today, office visits and hospital stays can be overwhelming.  The list of providers you can encounter during your care is astounding. Medical Assistants.  Hospitalists. Nurse Practitioners. Physician Assistants. Specialists. CNAs. PCTs. Interns.  Students. Different colored scrubs. Lab coats. And not a familiar face in any uniform. Who do you reach out to? Where do you start?  Who is in charge of your care? 

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