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A Safe Toy is a Clean Toy – Simple Tips and Tricks

December 17, 2014 | Community

toy safety awarenessWhether you are a parent, or just have little ones on your holiday shopping list, you are probably aware that December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. LeBauer HealthCare celebrates this initiative and works hard to promote mindful giving all year long. Considering your child’s age and abilities when buying toys can greatly decrease their chances of injury, preventing dreaded ER trips during the holiday season. In our last blog post, we highlighted several points to consider while shopping, and today we’ll expand on that by discussing the importance of keeping toys clean. With flu season in full swing, you’ll want to take note of these simple tricks.

Make Good Use of Your Household Appliances

Cleaning each toy by hand can take a big chunk of time. Many people forget that your appliances can be utilized for cleaning more than laundry and dishes. For plush toys, doll clothes and other soft items, read the label to determine if machine washing is recommended. Toss appropriate items in a mesh laundry bag and let the machine do the work. For plastic items and other hard toys, use the dishwasher to keep germs at bay. Remember to turn the heat dry setting off.

Clean With Care

When wiping down toys, always use several cloths or different areas of one large cloth. If you are wiping toy after toy with the same cleaning surface, your work may be counterproductive. Additionally, it is important to avoid harsh cleaning solutions, as toys always end up in the mouths of little ones. Here is a great recipe for a non-toxic cleaning solution:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2-3 drops of lemon juice or essential oil

This recipe is great to keep on hand, but heavy-duty sanitizing may require properly diluted bleach or another sanitizing product. Just be sure to check labels for solutions considered non-toxic.

Don’t Neglect Electronics

With the digital age, many popular toys are electronic or battery powered. Though it may be a bit more challenging, is equally important to clean these items. Before cleaning an electronic toy, remove any batteries or parts that may be damaged or corroded. Next, wipe every surface with a solution of dish soap and water. If desired, electronics can be sanitized with a household disinfectant, but remember to remove any excess solution before handing the toy back over to little ones.

We hope these tips will help prevent colds and flu in your household. If you have other tips for keeping toys clean and safe, please share them in our comments section!

Happy cleaning and happy holidays from the LeBauer HealthCare team!

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Caring for Families Over the Holidays and Throughout the Year

December 10, 2014 | Community

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The LeBauer Primary Care Managers’ collection of toys was dropped off at the Toys for Tots donation site with Todd from New Country 104.1. More than 40 toys were collected by the LeBauer managers for this amazing community effort to care for families in the Triad.

LeBauer HealthCare offers compassionate care to Greensboro and surrounding communities all year long, but we like to do a little extra around the holidays. The opportunity to help local children always makes our season bright. That’s why we continue to honor our managers’ tradition of collecting toys throughout the month of December for Toys for Tots. It is an initiative that everyone looks forward to, and a great way to wrap up the year.

As you can see, the managers had a blast while collecting gifts. They participate in an activity where each manager draws the name of another manager, and is asked to purchase a toy that reminds him or her of that person. The managers then exchange gifts with each other before donating them to Toys for Tots. This year, the group had a great time and was able to give back to many children in need.

Untitled4The toys were delivered on December 5 at Ward Black Law during the annual drop-off event. Todd from New Country 104.1 was on hand at the event and shared in LeBauer’s excitement of caring for families in the community!

 

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Shop Safe This Holiday Season

December 3, 2014 | Community

toy safety awarenessBy now, most children already have their wish lists prepared and gifts are being purchased for the holidays. While every parent wants to give their family the perfect presents, it is important to consider safety when shopping. Many toys that children ask for are actually not age appropriate and can create a variety of health risks. As you can imagine, emergency rooms see thousands of children on and around the holidays – treating choking incidents, cuts, burns, poisoning from toxic products and more. December has been named “Safe Toys and Gifts Month” to raise awareness of these risks. In attempt to keep the season merry and injury-free, Melissa O’Sullivan, FNP, and other LeBauer Primary Care providers have some tips for healthy holiday giving.

  1. When shopping, carefully examine the age restrictions on each toy’s box. These are in place to protect the safety of young children.
  2. Consider each child’s younger siblings. If there are multiple small children in a household, a toy with small parts may not be wise for anyone. To protect the entire family, small parts should be stored in sealed containers to prevent choking hazards.
  3. Toys purchased at yard sales, thrift stores or those handed down from sibling to sibling should be examined for safety. Toys are frequently subject to safety recalls, so it would be wise to check safekids.org before gifting a used toy.
  4. Inspect all toys that your children receive at school parties or family gatherings. Review the age recommendations and examine for small parts, sharp edges or other hazards like cords and ropes.
  5. If there is a child with special needs on your list, consider their unique skills and hindrances. Suggestions can be found at ableplay.org.

While we all want to give our children everything on their lists, remember that simple is often better! Melissa O’Sullivan, FNP, recalls her toddler enjoying boxes and tissue paper amidst a sea of toys one Christmas morning.

We hope these tips will help you be a mindful shopper over the coming weeks. And remember, if you do have an injury this holiday season, do not hesitate to seek prompt medical attention.

Happy Holidays from the LeBauer HealthCare team!

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

November 24, 2014 | Community

flu preventionTrying to stay warm during the winter months is a familiar sentiment. As we step outside in the morning, the brisk air is a blatant reminder to bundle up. But while focusing on staying warm is important, it is equally essential to focus on staying well. As you are out and about completing holiday shopping and attending family gatherings, remember that the risks for illness or injury increase greatly at this time of year. LeBauer Primary Care wants to help you winterize in anticipation of an exceptionally chilly season. This blog post will continue an educational series, helping you with flu prevention, cold survival, accident avoidance and general tips for family wellness. And if you do fall under the weather, remember that timely treatment is paramount.

In previous LeBauer posts, several tips for avoiding the flu were shared. Click here to learn how to avoid the flu and colds this season. The advice is practical and easy to follow, and includes making your appointment for a flu shot at one of the LeBauer Primary Care flu clinics.  Visit our website for information on extended hours and to find an office location near you.

Stay Warm, Stay Well

The safety of your environment often plays a role in your overall health. Even if you live or work in a high-risk setting, simple steps can be taken to prevent your chances of falling ill. These include wiping down high-touch surfaces with virus fighting wipes and washing your hands frequently. Protecting your environment also entails preparing for harsh winter weather. The CDC has some valuable recommendations which include:

1)  Equipping your home with flashlights

2)  Preparing your car with tools and snacks, should you get stuck

3)  Heating your home in a safe way

4)  Creating or purchasing a first aid kit to keep on hand

5)  Ensuring your water source before a big storm

Our Doctors are here to help!

With icy roads and walkways, there is also an increase in accidents and injuries at this time of year. A heightened awareness can lessen your chances; however, if you do get hurt, Dr. Zach Smith is here to help you recuperate quickly. Dr. Smith’s family medicine background coupled with experience treating a wide range of physical conditions allows him to address each patient using a holistic approach.  As a primary care sports medicine doctor, patients do not need a referral to see Dr. Smith. For more information on preventing injuries or for treatment of new or existing injuries, call us today to make an appointment.

 

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Santa Doesn’t Take Sick Days: Keeping Yourself Flu-Free During The Holidays

November 17, 2014 | Community

What Exactly Is the Flu?

Home-MainImage11According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 5-20 percent of Americans get the flu each year. Most active from October to March, the flu, also known as influenza, is caused by viruses that affect the nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, sore throat, severe body aches and fatigue. Unfortunately, the holiday season is often when victims become ill.

If you’re worried about the flu getting in the way of upcoming festivities, read on to learn simple methods for protecting yourself and your family.

How to Stay Ahead of the Flu

You may be asking, “What is the best way for me to avoid this virus?” This is a commonly asked question during flu season. There are many theories, but we at LeBauer HealthCare think that the following are some of the most effective.

  • Rinse and Repeat

Some of the best advice for staying flu-free is to keep your hands clean and away from your face. There are more than 5,000 germs on your hands at any given time, so when you are out shopping this holiday season, be sure to wash them thoroughly with soap and water throughout the day.

To completely rid yourself of viruses on your skin, you must scrub hard for 20 seconds or more. Consider singing “Happy Birthday” or the “A-B-C” song twice while scrubbing the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails. The common “hot vs. cold water” debate doesn’t apply, as the very act of scrubbing is enough to rid yourself of germs.

  • An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

One of the easiest ways to prevent coming down with the flu is getting a flu shot. LeBauer HealthCare has years of experience in this area and our staff is available to provide consultations if you have questions about the vaccination. We also have a free flu clinic and extended hours so that you can get your vaccination without hassle in a safe, professional and friendly environment.

  • Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize

Germs tend to live longer on cold surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, and handles. To effectively kill harmful germs during flu season, use sanitizing wipes that contain antiviral disinfectants rather than commonly-applied antibacterial solutions.

Not a fan of chemical disinfectants? No problem. Try this recipe for a homemade germ-killer instead! Mix 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20-30 drops of tea tree oil. If you’re out-and-about and worried about what germs may be lurking in plain sight, use a washcloth that’s been soaked in a weak solution of bleach and water to wipe down door handles and shopping carts. These handy wipes can be prepared in advance and stored in sandwich bags for those frequent errands that the holiday season requires.

  • An Apple a Day…

…Keeps the flu away! Perhaps it’s not a sure bet, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle is paramount in keeping illness away. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep, taking your vitamins and eating a balanced diet daily. You are far more likely to get sick when you are tired, regardless of the season.

  • Keep Your Guard Up

Avoid getting close to people who are sick. Studies show that 80% of germs are passed through human-to-human contact. For example, shaking hands or spending time in enclosed spaces with people who may be sick increases your chances of catching the virus. If public transportation is a non-negotiable part of your day, consider bringing some tissues to hold over your nose and mouth should anyone around you start sneezing or coughing. This will help block out some of the airborne germs.

  • If All Else Fails…

All of these methods boil down to one principle – being aware of yourself and your surroundings. Sneeze into your elbow. Hydrate! Avoid shaking hands with others, if possible. If you prepare and remain cautious throughout the winter months, you will have better chances of remaining healthy this flu season.

 

About LeBauer HealthCare

One of the largest multi-specialty practices in the Southeast, LeBauer HealthCare’s goal has always been to offer the best possible medical care to the community. With our team of highly trained, family-oriented physicians, we are able to effectively meet your health needs with a smile. Please feel free to contact us for more information about the services we offer and our flu clinic. Call us today at (336) 547-1700. We are always happy to hear from you!

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Zombie Smokeout: Mobile Game to Stop Smoking

October 30, 2014 | Awareness (Week/Month), Community

Respiratory illnesses and diseases of the chest cavity are particularly serious because of their impact on the body’s ability to breathe. Many pulmonary diseases are also chronic, necessitating long-term, sometimes acute, care. From allergies to asthma to emphysema and more, LeBauer pulmonologists have the experience necessary to treat these complicated conditions. Breathe easier knowing that LeBauer’s pulmonary physicians and staff are caring for your respiratory health.

Learn more about prevention and treatment from the doctor’s at LeBauer Pulmonary.  They will provide information and education in November on the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout day.  One resource includes playing this iPhone, iPad and Android mobile game, Zombie Smokeout.  

Find out more about this game, here

 

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Support in Unexpected Times and Places: A Survivor’s Journal Entry

October 22, 2014 | Awareness (Week/Month), Community

As I sat in the bookstore coffee shop, enjoying a cup of Joe on National Coffee Day with my friend, we talked about the importance of early detection, recurrence stats, various types of breast cancer and our personal experiences. The heartfelt connection was mutual and the goal was evident – though we hadn’t chosen this path, we would continue walking it together and providing support for others. The salted caramel mocha was not nearly as enriching as our conversation. We talked excitedly about raising awareness, providing education, creating support groups and defining healthstyles.

Life-Changing Awareness

We agreed that awareness of breast cancer has grown over the years with awareness month, community walks and the iconic pink ribbon. In my opinion, raising awareness of the medical advancements and technology available may be the next step. For example, three very important advancements to be familiar with include:

  1. 3-D Mammograms
  2. Genetic Testing
  3. Hormone Receptor Testing

Life-changing information can be gained from each of these tests. Understanding the research on each stage of breast cancer, while also understanding that every case is unique allows practitioners to make a treatment plan centered on the patient.

Worthy Connections

The breast cancer journey is personal, but connecting with others for support can make a huge difference in our overall health and wellbeing. After taking a second bite of her maple walnut scone and another sip of coffee, my friend proceeded to tell me stories of when she would go to her appointments, inevitably meeting a spouse or a family member of another patient and striking up a conversation. She said almost all of the “new ones” would ask if everyone waiting had cancer.  She would answer, “Yes, either they have cancer or are like you, waiting for someone in an appointment.”  She said she would add, “And just think, this is only one waiting room and a snapshot of one moment in their lives.”  She is a sign language interpreter by trade and said that in that instance she could see their demeanor and body language change from apprehensive to compassionate. My interpretation from her experience was that they realized they were not alone and were comforted.

There are several support groups and other activities that provide encouragement and education for healthy lifestyles. I became involved in exercise and nutrition classes, as suggested by my primary care doctor. I also joined a women’s group where we talked about our different experiences and could just relax and relate.  And, as I have said before, the medical staff was a huge support system. We met routinely and went through it together. It is obvious that they value patient relationships and treat each person with highly individualized care.

Moments of Impact

In wrapping up our time together, my friend put down her cup of coffee and emotionally shared one last experience before we left the coffee shop.  Apparently, during the pre-surgery visit as she was giving her medical history, the medical assistant gave her a hug and some reassurance. The medical assistant shared that she was in her early twenties and had some serious health issues of her own. She had chosen a vocation to help others in medical crises.  This medical assistant showed amazing compassion while facing her own challenges and took a leap of faith to work in healthcare. This is the spirit of care and compassion that makes a difference in our journey.

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What My Friends Said About Breast Cancer: A Survivor’s Journal Entry

October 15, 2014 | Awareness (Week/Month), Community

Learning that my friend had also gone through breast cancer treatments was a surprise. I thought surely I would have known, but she seemed healthy so I never considered it. As a matter of fact, more than one friend or family member shared their stories and encouraged me, and we now walk the journey together to live healthier and take care of ourselves.

I was confused.  Women talk about everything.  We even go in groups to the restroom, to talk. So, why had none of these ladies talked about this before?  It was one of my primary care physicians who started the conversation about self-breast exams and having mammograms at my appointment.  But before then, I had hardly ever mentioned it to anyone…other than during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Any other time, it seemed that acknowledging it or talking about it in public or with friends was taboo.

Breaking the Silence

But, once emerged into the breast cancer arena, it was all I thought about and talked about because there was so much information about my health that came forward and there were important decisions to make.  My friends sharing their stories encouraged me and my healthcare team was great to take time to answer all my questions and share their personal experiences and stories of women on the other side of breast cancer living out healthy lives….so inspirational and compassionate.  I distinctly recall one of my doctors who fondly recalled an aunt who faced cancer and was courageous and strong, and a nurse using a metaphor of how we go to the dentist for procedures and check-ups routinely and women’s health should be the same.  She said, “We need to take care of ourselves and visit our doctor on a routine basis, not just when we are sick or something doesn’t feel right, and just like when we find out we have a cavity, take care of whatever needs to be repaired and schedule your next visit.”

Making Strides Together

She was right, and since my experience overcoming breast cancer, I have been to my doctor for scheduled visits like timework to monitor and manage my “health style” (as described in my previous blog), and I wish I’d had started sooner because I now feel more knowledgeable and comfortable about my health and making decisions. During my routine physical and routine follow-ups, my doctor goes over my medications and my labs, and we talk about what’s working and the plans for me to continue to take care of myself. I know I have a whole team on my side who care and support me.

So, as a survivor and a friend, I say, “Take care of yourself.”  Find out how to get started today with a LeBauer Primary Care doctor below.

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Should Breast Cancer Be The Focus? A Survivor’s Journal Entry

October 8, 2014 | Awareness (Week/Month), Community

Journaling a few years later, I can see how many “healthstyle” changes I’ve made since my doctor first talked with me about getting a mammogram. Without her guidance, my life may have looked very different. Although, the focus is breast cancer and should be, I became aware of how my overall health and well-being impacts the people I care about: my family, friends and co-workers.

My initial reaction to those words, “You have breast cancer,” was similar to the song, “Live Like You Were Dying.”  Imagine my doctor’s surprise when she got the call the next day that I had broken my ankle roller-skating with my ten-year-old son.  Thankfully, my doctor talked me through it and helped me regain focus on a better approach to coping. The next steps would be:

  1. Understanding my diagnosis (Not believing what I read on the Internet or comparing my breast cancer to anyone else’s case)
  2. Talking to the team of physicians about treatment options and my care
  3. Taking each day one day at a time, which is really all any of us can do on any given day. Note to self:  Bull-riding for 8 seconds or roller-skating is not the best response, unless you already do those activities on a routine basis.
Finding My Healthstyle

Through the experience though, I learned of health and lifestyle behaviors, which I like to call my “healthstyle,” that contribute to my overall health and can be risk factors or can be managed for prevention of things like diabetes, heart disease, strokes and cancer.  I took a hard and very personal look at my responsibility with diet and exercise and joined activities and groups to start making small changes, and to support me when I have setbacks or need to refocus.

An Ally for Healing

My motivation has been faith, family, friends and co-workers.  They would do small things to help me along on days when they knew I needed it and for that, I will be forever grateful.  The nursing and office staff held my hand and talked with me about my concerns and one physician got a wheelchair for me and insisted on rolling me in himself when he noticed me hobbling in the office with a broken ankle.  But, I guess my biggest motivator was when I told my kids about it and we discussed the importance of making changes in our “healthstyle.”  I explained that I had made similar changes to be my healthiest when I was pregnant with them and one of my children boldly asked, “Will you do that for us now?”  Wow! I was speechless.  What a profound request.  I can assure you it echoes in my thoughts each time I get frustrated with exercise and diet, and continues to motivate me over and over again.

And before I go without mentioning, I could not have done any of this without a great doctor’s office.  I am thankful for the resources they have in staff and the physicians at LeBauer. I always recommend LeBauer to friends and family when we talk about how to start defining a “healthstyle.”  They are so very caring and knowledgeable and are with you every step of the way.

If you’d like to talk to a LeBauer doctor near you or would like more info about the many services at LeBauer, please visit us at www.lebauer. com

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – From the Heart of a Survivor

October 8, 2014 | Awareness (Week/Month), Community

Cancer - LeBauerNow that October is here, most people are talking excitedly about the crisp fall weather, pumpkin carving and what they are wearing for Halloween, but for some it is a month of celebration. For many, it is a time took look back on one of the greatest challenges they have ever faced and to celebrate that they are a survivor. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a yearly celebration of those who have overcome and a time to cheer on those who continue the fight.

A Month of Celebration

At LeBauer HealthCare we are dedicated to providing not only exceptional patient care but also ground breaking research focused on finding a cure. As October begins, LeBauer HealthCare is highlighting survivor stories to encourage and inspire throughout the month of October. Each week, we will post a journal entry written by a cancer survivor sharing their story and struggles as they reflect on their lives.

Each week, we invite you to follow and share these stories, whether it is with family, friends or someone who is battling cancer. We hope these inspire those continuing the fight and speak to those celebrating this month. Regardless, these stories are directly from the hearts of those who have faced their battle with determination and come out on top. We trust you will be as inspired as we have been by these incredible survivors.

Learn More Today

Interested in learning more about LeBauer HealthCare and the cancer center? We welcome the opportunity to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. Call 336-832-0819 or complete our contact form, here.  We look forward to hearing from you and being a part of your story.

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