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Medical Equipment Sales Careers

Medical Equipment Sales Careers

Along with beds for patients, a hospital also needs X-ray machines, MRI’s, mammograms, CT scanners, respirators, Oxygen Cylinders & masks and a lot more equipments so as to compete with many other hospitals. If you have what it takes to be successful here, you may try out your luck in a medical equipment sales career.

First of all, apply to a business as a sales agent. Go to a manufacturer, work for an authorized distributor of the medical equipment to gain experience. Thereafter a series of exams and interviews will be conducted. After that, you will have to pass through training on the medical products.

Medical Equipment

Though you will have to struggle a bit in finding new clients to supply these equipments to, since they may not need new medical equipments every once in a while.

You have to sell your clients the qualities as well as the benefits of the medical equipment that you are providing. Be ready to answer them the reason why they should prefer your products over the competitor’s product. If you can handle that, they will buy the product from you though your product may be a bit expensive, click over here.

Try to sense if the person to whom you are explaining the features of your product is really interested in the product or not. Look out for various verbal as well as non verbal signs that point at this. Also, make it sure that you deliver your products on time. Failing to do so may result in the cancellation of the order.

Don’t be disheartened if one person rejects your equipments as there may be many who are just waiting for the type of equipments that you are offering. Also, learn from your mistakes. Write down your mistakes and try not to repeat them again.

While leaving, always hand the representative a business card of your company irrespective of whether he did buy your equipments or not. He might be interested later on. There can be many reasons for that.

Always make it a point to check that your medical equipments are in pure working order before delivering them. If there are problems, fix them as soon as possible so that your business gets a good image.

If you think you can do these, apply in companies to gain experience. If you are good enough, you will be promoted and soon will take care of handling the people under you instead of doing the field work.

McKenzie Neck Exercises

McKenzie Neck Exercises

Here are how to do the McKenzie neck exercises correctly. They are by far the best exercises to do for your neck pain for a couple of very good reasons.

The first reason is that they are designed to put extension forces onto the lower cervical vertebrae which is exactly what you should be doing. The reason that i say this is because all day people are getting neck pain from poor postural habits( sitting and standing with a forward head posture) which puts the lower cervical area into flexion for prolonged periods of time. I have gone into great depth about this in previous posts and you can read more about this in the links below or check out this.(The major cause of Neck Pain)

The one thing that i would like to add is that these are very good exercises but they are simply that, exercises. They must be used in conjunction with good postural habits, that is sitting and standing ‘tall’. I have again written a many posts on how to do this.(please read: what causes my neck ache)

I have been specializing in treating necks for 20 years throughout the world and the majority of people have the same problem with their necks. It is easy to fix once you know how and why. The major reason people have neck problems are from poor posture.

The estimates are around 80% of neck problems are due to poor posture. That’s the good news! After all, if 80% of neck pain was due to something like cancers then the news would be much worse as cancers are obviously much more difficult to treat. And I am certain if we didn’t have cars and whiplash injuries then the incidence of neck pain due to poor posture would be up around 90 plus percent.

So if the good news is that we pretty much all have neck pain due to postural problems then how do we go about fixing it? We need to firstly adjust our posture and secondly do some McKenzie neck exercises, find more info.

 The neck exercises however must be not only done correctly but also must be chosen correctly. After all, the last thing you want to do is worsen your condition by doing the wrong ones. And this happens unfortunately all of the time. I see it in my clinic nearly every day. People come in with disc bulges that are getting worse and worse and have been trying to help it by doing exercises like bringing their chin to their chest. This is one of the worst neck exercises you could possibly do to a posterior neck disc bulge (which the majorities are- more of that later) as it pushes the disc further in the wrong direction.

So we now know that your neck pain is quite easy to fix if you do two things: remove the causes-bad posture and do some corrective exercises that help your neck and don’t push the structures in the wrong direction worsening your condition.

Our posture is worst at computers, reading and even driving. Now we have a major problem with neck problems due to text messaging.However, the good news is still that it is all postural therefore habitual and therefore under our control. In other words, if you can slouch at your computer you can also sit upright at your computer and remove your cause of your neck pain-it’s a choice. You have got into the habit of sitting and even standing poorly and you can change that habit simply by being more conscious of your posture and sitting and standing TALL.

When you slouch at your computer or when you are reading or driving with your head in what is known as a forward head posture you create enormous stresses on your neck. In fact, every inch your head moves out of correct postural position (your ears should be directly over the centre or midline of your shoulders) and into the forward head posture you create an extra 10lbs of weight for your neck to carry. Your head weighs about 8-10lbs but when you slouch you can create an extra 20-30lbs of weight from poor posture on your neck!

 Think what it would be like if I asked you to hold a 25lb weight in your hand with your arm outstretched for an hour or two. Firstly, you would never be able to do it because it would be too much strain on your shoulder. However, this is exactly what you ask of your neck every day when you are in poor posture.

This is why the Mayo clinic also say that ‘a forward head posture leads to long term muscle strains, disc herniations and pinched nerves’. They don’t even say could lead to or may lead to or even might lead to, it is straight forward ‘the FHP leads to…’ no ‘if’s’, ‘buts’, or ‘maybe’s’.

The forward head posture is also known as a protracted posture. Your head is in a protracted position. The opposite of this movement is retraction. So if protraction is worsening your neck we need not only to be keeping our heads in a neutral position to remain in good posture at all times but also give our necks some exercises to remove the stresses from all of this long term protracted positioning.

If you are in pain do these exercises every hour until you are out of pain and then continue to do them 2-3 times a day as maintenance.

This should be done every waking hour, 10 repetitions with 3 second holds.

retract your head, eyes facing forward, feel like your head is on horizontal train tracks

McKenzie exercise No 1( also commonly known as the double chin exercises)

DO:

  • Draw your head backwards without your chin lifting up. Keep your chin tucked in and down you may need to look into a mirror a first to do this. Draw it back as far as you can comfortably. You want to repeat this 10 times and hold for 3 seconds. Draw it back as far as you can, hold for 3 seconds and release.
  • Remember to breathe and relax.

DON”T:

  • Lift your chin up
  • Forget to breathe and relax

If pain allows include McKenzie neck exercise No.2  as well.

 Do 10 repetitions and turn your head about an inch each side 3 times. If it is too painful just continue with the No.1 exercises until you can do the second exercise

McKenzie neck exercises No.2

•  Please note that if your pain is still too severe, just stick with No.1 until you can progress to this one.

start be sitting comfortably tall

retract your head

keep your head retracted and look as far behind you as you comfortably can

turn your head gently to the left and right

  • Start by doing the double chin exercises( No.1) and then look toward the sky without letting the chin jut forwards. Look up as far as possible and then look to the left and right as if you were watching a tennis match. Don’t do it too slowly nor too quickly, should it be about the pace of watching tennis match in a baseline rally and only allow the head to move a little way each side (you nose moves about an inch to the left and right).
  • As you do this, try to extend your head further and further back as far as you can you are trying to look further and further behind you on the ceiling.
  • Look upwards and turn your head side to side 3 times and then return your head to the starting position.
  • Repeat this 10 times
  • Remember to breathe and relax

DONT:

  • Allow your head to jut forward when you extend. This is a common mistake, you must retract your head backwards first (creating the double chin) and then look upwards.
  • Forget to extend your head back as far as possible( as pain permits)
  • Forget to breathe and relax

What to do if you still have some pain.

These 2 exercises are fabulous at removing pain in their own right.

Revolving Staircase Fat Burning HIIT Routine

Revolving Staircase Fat Burning HIIT Routine

Here is a fabulous, fat-burning HIIT routine for the revolving staircase. I’m a certified personal trainer, and the first thing you must adapt to, to make this revolving staircase HIIT routine maximally effective, is to use this machine without holding on. You must get past holding on.

If you were to walk up real staircases for exercise, you wouldn’t be groping and clinging at the railings. When you climb uphill during hikes, again, you don’t lean onto anything or grasp anything. The HIIT routine for the revolving staircase requires that you keep both hands free, with the exception of holding on only while changing the settings from fast to slower. This will most likely be necessary.

real staircases for exercise

Warm up for around seven minutes at a steady, casual pace. Stand straight, no holding on, so that your posture is correct. Imagine you are marching. The HIIT routine for the revolving staircase begins with a few mild intensity intervals. Each intensity interval lasts 30 seconds, discover more here.

Increase speed to 8 if the revolving staircase goes up to a level 20; and to 6 if it goes up to level 12 (all the makes of revolving staircase that I’ve used either have a 20-scale or a 12-scale). These opening intervals are to prepare you for what’s to come. Each is 30 seconds, with one minute casual stepping.

The third and fourth interval are medium intensity, and whatever number this corresponds to will vary with one person to the next. Find the level that seems moderate in effort level. Casually step for one minute in between.

The fifth interval is when things begin getting challenging. For the 20 machine, this may be level 14; it may be 12; it may be 16, depending on your fitness level. For the 12 machine, it may be 9 or 10. Do two of these, 30 seconds, one minute in between.

Now you’re ready to perform HIIT on the revolving staircase. On the 20 machine, step at level 16-18; on the 12 machine, step at 10 or 11. See if you can hold out for 30 seconds. Remember, no holding on. It may take a while before your body learns how to efficiently step this fast without stumbling. In fact, many people will have to trot the steps, rather than step them.

Trotting without holding on for 30 seconds will hit the thighs hard. Casually step a few minutes. The next four intensity intervals will be full force: level 18-20; or level 11-12. The revolving staircase at these levels will force you to trot, unless you are in fabulous “stampeding” shape. At the end of each interval, you will be fried and completely out of breath. You’ll want to hang onto the machine. BUT DON’T.

Instead, stick it out on the casual stepping as your heart rate collects itself. You will want so bad to just drape yourself on the machine. DON’T. This takes will power. Keep stepping at the casual pace to recover, and the recovery time may take 3-4 minutes.

revolving staircase workout

For the HIIT revolving staircase workout, sometimes I’ll just exit the machine after my 30-second blast, and walk (never stand still or sit!) for a minute, and then get back on the revolving staircase and casually step until it’s time to do the next intensity interval.

Warm down for around seven minutes. You will burn tremendous fat and calories with this HIIT revolving staircase workout.

Portland’s Mean Streets – Stumptown #1 Review: Batwoman Scribe Debuts Oregon-Based Comics Mystery Series

Portland's Mean Streets

Out of the Pacific Northwest comes Stumptown, a new detective comic scripted by award-winning Batwoman writer Greg Rucka and drawn by Matthew Southworth.

Greg Rucka is no stranger to writing stories with strong but flawed female leads. Among his notable creations have been Whiteout’s Carrie Stetko and Detective Comics’ Kate Kane aka Batwoman. Now Rucka, along with artist Matthew Southworth, introduce Dexedrine Callisto Parios aka Dex. She’s the private detective heroine of the new Oni Press series Stumptown.

Missing Person Case Turns Deadly

Missing Person Case Turns Deadly

An issue-length flashback begins Stumptown’s first story arc. What’s the bad day that’s led to Dex being shot by the thuggish Dill? It begins with a nearly $18,000 gambling debt, which the detective must erase by looking for the casino owner’s missing grand-daughter Charlotte Suppa. But Dill and his partner Whale as well as Mexican drug cartel head Hector Marenco also want to find Charlotte. Is the missing woman’s continued health on their minds?

The plot elements may be familiar. But the characters that populate Rucka’s story are not. They display unique moments that individualize them. Casino owner Sue-Lynne knits while laying down the law to Dex. That act simultaneously alludes to her role as a grandmother and her relationship to Dex as a family friend. Marenco’s soliloquy about the ocean’s beauty also serves as an implied warning that he is not to be crossed…ever.

But Dex ably takes the spotlight from page one. Her circumstances continue the working class detective tradition exemplified by James Garner’s Jim Rockford. Her family loyalties extend to her generous big sister relationship with her Down’s Syndrome brother. But her detective skills are evenly matched with some self-destructive tendencies such as her gambling problem. Dex’s lesbianism is revealed with the introduction of Marenco’s daughter Isabel, but that fact doesn’t primarily define her character, check more details here.

Love Letter to Portland, Oregon

Love Letter to Portland, Oregon

Stumptown is one of Portland, Oregon’s local nicknames. Southworth’s illustrations render the place as a mix of small industrial town and urban modernity. It’s small enough that even someone like Dex can afford a house or that Dex’s acquaintances ask about Dex’s brother. But it’s also big enough that somebody like Charlotte can disappear without taking her car. This level of detail suggests that the comic is partly intended as a love letter to Portland.

Southworth’s art works off of actual locations, neighborhoods, and streets in Portland supplied by Rucka’s script. The co-creators know that unlike Los Angeles, the average reader may lack visual templates for the various Stumptown settings. As the afterword indicates, Southworth takes great lengths to research the house and neighborhood that offers visual clues to Dex’s character. He also captures both the grit of Portland’s semi-seedy parts and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Southworth’s semi-shadowy art makes its characters look as if they stepped out of a film noir. The moments of physical violence feel real and visceral. The story’s color scheme seems constanty muted. If the colors used don’t suggest that Portland is in a state of perpetual overcast, it definitely isn’t a sun-drenched city like Los Angeles.

What is a Bootable USB and Why You Should Have One

What is a Bootable USB and Why You Should Have One

A Bootable USB оr а flаѕh drіvе іѕ аn еxtеrnаl hаrdwаrе dеvісе whісh саn bооt ореrаtіng ѕуѕtеmѕ lіkе Wіndоwѕ tо а hоѕt соntrоllеr whісh іѕ gеnеrаllу а реrѕоnаl соmрutеr (PC). Eаrlіеr реорlе were nоt аwаrе оf thе роѕѕіbіlіtу thаt thеrе іѕ аn еmbеddеd ѕеrvісе расk саllеd USB Bооt thаt аllоwѕ bооtіng Wіndоwѕ frоm а USB flаѕh drіvе. Thеѕе USB drіvеѕ аrе gеnеrаllу knоwn аѕ a Bootable USB. Uѕuаllу USB drіvеѕ аrе uѕеd tо bооt Lіnux ореrаtіng ѕуѕtеm but nоw thе ореrаtіng ѕуѕtеmѕ lіkе Wіndоwѕ & Mас саn аlѕо bе bооtеd frоm USB drіvеѕ. Wіndоwѕ Bіtlосkеr Drіvе Enсrурtіоn іѕ аlѕо аnоthеr mеthоd tо bооt frоm а USB drіvе bу uѕіng а USB kеу mоdе іn оrdеr tо rеаd а BіtLосkеr еnсrурtіоn whіlе undеrgоіng thе bооt ѕеquеnсе.

Thеrе аrе twо mајоr tуреѕ оf Bootable USB аѕ fоllоwѕ:

Thе аdvаntаgеѕ аnd dіѕаdvаntаgеѕ оf Bootable USBѕ

Lіvе CD dеrіvеd: It іѕ сrеаtеd bу uѕіng ISO оr dіѕс іmаgе whісh іѕ аn аrсhіvе fіlе frоm а lіvе CD аnd ѕtоrе іt іn thе USB dеvісе аnd іt ultіmаtеlу bесоmеѕ bооtаblе.

Full іnѕtаll: It іѕ mоrе оr lеѕѕ lіkе іnѕtаllіng ореrаtіng ѕуѕtеm іn thе hаrd drіvе wіth ѕоmе аltеrаtіоn lіkе аvоіdіng fіlе & раrtіtіоnѕ ѕwарріng.

Thе аdvаntаgеѕ аnd dіѕаdvаntаgеѕ оf Bootable USBѕ:

Advаntаgеѕ:

-Hіghlу ѕесurеd ореrаtіng ѕуѕtеmѕ lіkе Mас OS, Lіnux, аnd BSD whісh іѕ оnе оf thе dеrіvаtіvеѕ оf UNIX аrе аll bооtаblе frоm а USB drіvе.
-Lіvе USBѕ аrе mоrе ѕuіtаblе fоr multірlе uѕеrѕ аѕ thеу саn ѕhаrе аррlісаtіоnѕ, реrѕоnаl fіlеѕ, рrеfеrrеd OS еtс. Dаtа ѕtоrеd іn thе bооtаblе dеvісе саn bе аltеrеd аnd rе-ѕtоrеd аll оvеr аgаіn аnd аgаіn.
-Thе ѕmаll рrоgrаmѕ іn thе USB dеvісеѕ run соmраrаtіvеlу fаѕtеr thаn dаtа ѕtоrеd іn thе hаrd drіvе оr орtісаl dеvісеѕ аѕ thеrе аrе nо mоvіng раrtѕ іn thе lіvе USBѕ.
-Lіvе USBѕ аrе flеxіblе аnd саn bе саrrіеd whеrеvеr thе uѕеr mоvеѕ.
-It іѕ соmраrаtіvеlу mоrе ѕесurе аnd thеrе іѕ nо dереndеnсу оn thе PC’ѕ ореrаtіng ѕуѕtеm.
Dіѕаdvаntаgеѕ:
-Thеrе аrе рrоblеmѕ іnvоlvеd lіkе ѕоmе оf thе оld соmрutеrѕ dо nоt hаvе thе рrіmе соnfіgurаtіоn rеquіrеmеntѕ thаt ѕuрроrt USB bооtіng. In ѕuсh саѕеѕ bооtаblе орtісаl dеvісеѕ lіvе CDѕ, оr flорру dіѕk еtс. hаѕ tо bе uѕеd.
-Lіvе USBѕ аrе dереndеnt оn BIOS аѕ thеrе аrе lеgіtіmаtе lіmіtаtіоnѕ оn Intеl-bаѕеd Mас PCѕ аѕ thеу аrе bооtаblе іn BIOS mоdе.
-Thе lіfе оf thе USB drіvе ѕhrіnkѕ аѕ а full-blоwn іnѕtаllаtіоn nееdѕ аddіtіоnаl wrіtе сусlеѕ.
-USB flаѕh drіvеѕ саn еаѕіlу bе ѕtоlеn оr lоѕt; thеrеfоrе thеrе аrе dіrе nееdѕ оf bасk аnd dаtа еnсrурtіоn.
-Sоmеtіmеѕ thеrе іѕ рullіng оff lоwеr dаtа trаnѕfеr ѕрееd wіth USB dеvісеѕ duе tо thе lасk оf USB ѕuрроrt durіng bооtіng рrосеѕѕ.
In оrdеr tо ѕеt uр а Bootable USB ѕуѕtеm, thе ѕtерѕ mеntіоnеd bеlоw hаvе tо bе fоllоwеd:
-Fіrѕt оf аll thе hоѕt соntrоllеr uѕuаllу уоur PC hаѕ tо dеtесt whеthеr а USB drіvе іѕ hооkеd uр tо thе ѕуѕtеm оr nоt.
-Yоu саn mаkе раrtіtіоnѕ оn thе lіvе USB & thе раrtіtіоn hаѕ tо bе fоrmаttеd.
-Yоu hаvе tо wrіtе а MBR tо thе раrtіtіоn mаdе іn thе USB drіvе.
-In thе раrtіtіоn уоu hаvе tо ѕеt uр а bооtаblе flаg.
-Yоu ѕhоuld іnѕtаll а bооt lоаdеr іn thе раrtіtіоn fоr Lіnux ѕуѕtеm іnѕtаllаtіоn.
-All thе dеfаult fіlеѕ аnd аррlісаtіоnѕ аrе tо bе соріеd іn thе USB drіvе.

Computer Essentials- How To Boot From A USB Drive

Computer Essentials- How To Boot From A USB Drive

Being able to boot a computer from a USB thumb drive or other portable USB hard drive is fairly easy provided that a few important steps are followed. Among them are making sure that the USB drive has a valid operating system installed on it and that the computer has its BIOS set to allow booting from a USB device. Details on how to accomplish each task are provided below.

How to Make A Bootable USB Thumb Drive

How to Make A Bootable USB Thumb Drive

In order for a computer to boot from a USB drive the drive has to have a set of operating system files installed on it. A user can use any of a number of different portable operating system packages, but each is tailored to a different purpose. In preparing this article it was assumed that most individuals wishing to boot from a USB drive are probably doing so to repair or access damaged files or to simply run an alternative operating system such as Linux. For those simply wanting to check out Linux a flash drive loaded copy of Ubuntu is a great option, available here.

For those that need to repair an existing Windows system or access damaged files one of the best tools out there is called the Ultimate Boot CD. This software package can also be loaded onto a thumb drive (contrary to its name) and includes dozens of useful programs for solving almost any hard disk related problem that a user might encounter, including fixing broken passwords and accidentally deleted files.

Be aware that the Ultimate Boot CD has a very spartan interface and the documentation of what each program does is not always available. Check the Ultimate Boot CD web site for details on each of the programs available from the USB drive once installed.

How to Get A Computer To Boot From The USB Drive

Once the user has a valid operating system installed on the USB device the computer has to be set to allow itself to boot from it instead of from the hard drive or CD-Rom drive. To make this setting change it is necessary to access the computer’s BIOS, a very primative operating system that is burned into the motherboard itself.

When the computer is first powered on the first screen that is shown is the BIOS screen. While the BIOS screen is showing most systems allow the user to hit a specific key (such as the Delete key, F2 key, or something similar) to stop the boot process and enter the BIOS setup screen.

How to Get A Computer To Boot From The USB Drive

Once in the BIOS navigate to a menu of boot options. Somewhere on the page should be a selector for Boot Order. In most cases a user will want to select USB-HDD0 as the first boot device. On older machines it may also be listed as Memory Stick or USB-ZIP or something similar. Select the appropriate boot device and follow the on screen prompts to save the changes made and exit the BIOS.

Make sure the USB drive is plugged into the computer before rebooting. When the system shuts down and restarts it should then boot from the USB drive as desired. If the USB drive is not plugged in the computer should boot to its normal operating system.

Diet and Health Tips

Diet and Health Tips

Healthy diet and practice.

Who doesn’t want to be healthy ?

Of course when it comes to junk food everyone likes but they tend to ignore the after effects of it. Don’t you want to live long with good health ? If you can follow some simple tips then life is made.

As soon as you get up brush your teeth and have at least 500 ml of water. This will remove the toxins in the body. Always avoid bed tea or bed coffee.

For breakfast eat high protein food, as you need to keep your energy till the end of the day. Eat corn flakes, chapathi, bread with a light dose of banana or grapes. Have your breakfast at around 8 AM

Healthy diet and practice

At around 11 AM you can have lemon tea with sugarfree or have a cup of green tea.

For Lunch either eat chapathi or rice. Please do not eat both.

If you are eating rice eat with playa with least oil and more vegetable. Then you can have rasam prepared of pepper and jeera. Then it is advised to have a curry with more vegetables again with least oil and preferably prepared with more dhal and less coconut, look at more info.

If you are having chapathi then have with side dish with more vegetable and less oil. Eat more of salads.

Around 4 PM have a cup of tea (again preferably black tea or green tea).

Have Dinner at night 8 30 PM. For Dinner use more of salads and less oily food. Preferably do not eat rice at night. Eat three Chapathi without oil with more of vegetable and remember – No oil !

After Dinner have some fruits like grapes, banana, papaya, strawberry in small cup.

Wait for half an hour and take a small walk around the garden for ten minutes. Come back and sleep and you will just feel so light and get a good sleep.

In your busy schedule of work you may not find time to walk or take some rest. In the office itself walk as much as possible. Get up from the chair and walk to get your printouts. Doesn’t matter even if you are walking to your assistant. Don’t have any ego issue. It is in your interest you are walking !!. Climb stairs. Use lift as least as possible.

Do not sit in front of computer for more than one hour. Take at least 5 minutes break per hour. Stretch your body even when you are working. May be sometimes even when you stand practice to stretch various parts of your body. By this the blood circulation improves and helps getting fresh. Stretch your hands and wrists while working on computer. Always wear plain glasses to protect your eyes from continuous radiation from the computer.

Natural Sleep Aids for Kids

Natural Sleep Aids for Kids

From the time my oldest child was born in 1997, the pursuit of a good night’s sleep has been a constant in our home. My son has never slept well (and still doesn’t) and I have looked into several natural sleep aids to help him enter into Dreamland. While there are many options available for the parent in need of natural aids for sleep, here are a few that I have tried and had success with.

Natural Sleep Aids for Kids: Melatonin

Melatonin is a natural hormone that can help induce sleep. It can be bought over the counter at pharmacies, grocery stores and health food stores. It is normally found in the vitamin section. My son’s neurologist prescribed melatonin for help with his sleep problems and it does help to some degree. If you are considering using melatonin, be sure to check with your child’s physician or a nutritionist for correct dosage.

Natural Sleep Aids for Kids: Chamomile

Natural Sleep Aids for Kids: Chamomile

Chamomile teas are made from the flowers of chamomile. As a sleep aid, chamomile works more to relax the body in preparation for sleep, instead of making a person drowsy. When mixed with honey, chamomile tea is tasty and relaxing.

Natural Sleep Aids for Kids: Lavender

The scent of lavender has a relaxing effect. An effective method to help children relax and sleep naturally with lavender is to use lavender-scented bath soap before bedtime or lavender-scented sachets.

Sachets can be made with dried lavender flowers or stems. Simply sew up a small pocket or pillowcase, put the lavender inside then sew up the end. A quicker method would be to put some dried lavender into an old sock, then knot it. Put the sachets underneath pillows and on top of bedding so the scent will linger. To know more about the natural sleep aids, read here: globenewswire.com/news-release/2021/01/25/2163146/0/en/dodow-reviews-sleep-device-that-works-product-review-by-mike-vaughn.html.

I have sprayed my children’s bedding with lavender scent to help promote sleep. Lavender-scented sprays are available at most discount stores such as Wal-Mart or Target, and at health food stores. In addition, dried lavender can be bought from local farmers, farmer’s markets, health food stores, or grown on your own.

Natural Sleep Aids for Kids: Routines

The routines kids get into can either promote or prohibit a good night’s sleep. Playing video games, rowdy games, or watching television just before bedtime can make it difficult for a child to settle down to sleep.

Getting into a routine of winding down for bedtime is essential for promoting sleep. A good way to do this is to have a cut-off time: A time during the evening when the games, TV and rowdy play stops. This should then transition into a quiet time – reading books, working puzzles, and the like to help the body and the mind slow down and relax.

If the child needs a night light, it should become part of the bedtime routine to turn on the night light just before crawling into bed (make sure the night light isn’t so bright that it inhibits natural sleep).

Natural Sleep Aids for Kids: Diet

Natural Sleep Aids for Kids: Diet

Cut out sugary snacks and caffeine within two to four hours before bedtime to promote natural sleep in kids. A light snack of whole grain crackers (whole grain contains magnesium, which also promotes sleep) just before bed can help keep a tummy from grumbling and driving off sleep. In my home, I employ a combination of these natural sleep aids to help my family get a good night’s rest.

Handling Diabetic Sick Days

Handling Diabetic Sick Days

When diabetics get sick, their bodies are under stress. When stress occurs, the body prepares for action. Levels of hormones rise to make extra stored energy (glucose and fat) available to cells. These cells then get ready to help you get away from danger. In diabetics, this fight-or-flight syndrome does not work well, according to the American Diabetic Association. Insulin is not able to let that extra energy into cells. This causes glucose to pile up in the blood, blood sugars to rise throwing off all of a diabetics efforts in control.

Monitoring Blood Glucose

Glucose levels become harder to control under any kind of duress. Adrenaline is released to help fight off what the body thinks is hurting it. Unfortunately, this helpfulness has side effects. The blood glucose level rises to meet the body’s need. For this reason, diabetics should not stop medication during illness.

Continue to take all diabetic medications. Insulin or oral medications both have the potential to need an adjustment during illness. When unable to take medication, call a healthcare provider immediately. When under the weather, pay extra attention to glucose levels, and over all diabetes management, read more from here.

Monitoring blood glucose is very important. If monitoring occurs only once or twice daily, finger sticks should increase to every three to four hours. If glucose becomes high, monitoring should occur more often. If glucose reaches 240 mg/dl or higher, with type 1 diabetes, it is necessary to test urine ketones as well.

Eating an Appropriate Diet

Eating an Appropriate Diet

Eat the same amount of carbohydrates eaten when healthy. Make tasty substitutions if nausea and vomiting are present. When having difficulty eating, select carbohydrate foods on the higher end of the Glycemic Index.

Try to drink four (half a cup) to six ounces (three quarters of a cup) of caffeine-free liquids every 30 to 60 minutes. This can help prevent hypoglycemia caused by fasting or extra insulin.

Medications That are Safe

Many over-the-counter medications contain sugar, alcohol or both. Although there might not be too much sugar in one dose of cough syrup, it can add up if taken every four hours. If unable to obtain sugar free products, just account for the carbohydrates in the meal plan.

Keep a supply medication that is safe for diabetics to take. Read all labels. Cough syrups and cough drops often contain sugar. Check all over the counter medications for sugar content before use. Selecting sugar-free medications is acceptable, but be aware that these can cause diarrhea. Be aware that some antibiotics, decongestants and other cold products can change blood sugar levels.

Controling Diarrhea and Vomiting

Try to control any vomiting or diarrhea as quickly as possible, because they can cause the loss of valuable fluids and carbohydrates. Three ounces of regular ginger ale or cola every hour can act as an antiemetic and provides needed carbohydrates. When vomiting occurs, medications may not be able to remain in the stomach. Call a health care provider if you continue to vomit and have diarrhea. You may need intravenous infusions with glucose.

Appropriate diet, glucose control, medication, and interaction with a diabetic healthcare team can help manage common illnesses. Before illness occurs contact a diabetic healthcare team member, and set up a sick day plan. If the dietitian sets up a sick day plan ahead of time, most likely there will be favorite comfort foods like soups or frozen fruit bars on hand during the cold and flu season.

Nursing Home or Live-In for an Alzheimer’s Patient?

Nursing Home or Live-In for an Alzheimer's Patient?

Millions of people who have just finished raising their children find themselves faced with choices about taking care of their aging parents. Many loving children choose to place their parents in nursing homes, but some intrepid caretakers attempt to accommodate parents who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia in their own homes.

The answers to the questions of Alzheimer’s care are intensely personal, but there are concerns that affect nearly every family who has an elder with this devastating disease. Here are ten of the most important and most common considerations in choosing between a nursing home and live-in care, read more from here.

Ten Important Questions

Ten Important Questions
  • Does your parent want to live at home?

The answer to this question is not necessarily “yes.” In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, many older people still prefer regular social contact. Keeping your parent used to activities with other people through day care and respite care gives you free time, and makes it easier for your parent to adjust to a nursing home if that placement is inevitable.

  • Would taking care of your parent create embarrassing personal situations?

People who get Alzheimer’s often need help with dressing, personal hygiene, and going to the bathroom. These activities are impossible for certain parent-child relationships.

  • Can you provide a safe physical environment for your parent?

The most dangerous situation in taking care of someone who has Alzheimer’s is sudden improvement in symptoms, especially after legitimate physical therapy. A parent who has been bedridden for a long time who regains the ability to walk, for example, may try to resume pre-Alzheimer’s activities and take a fall down stairs, or on a rug, or walking across waxed floors. The solution is not keep your parent in bed, but to make sure that general health improvements do not result in tragic at-home accidents.

  • Is the presence of your parent safe for other members of your family?

In my own family, long-term decisions about elder care were changed when my father (who had Lewy body dementia) drove five miles down the wrong side of a highway. An observant neighbor raced ahead of his car and blocked on-coming traffic, probably saving his and other lives. By the time Alzheimer’s is obvious, it may be necessary to separate your parent from the ability to cause traffic accidents, household fires, and similar household disasters. The safety of the youngest members of your family has to take precedence over the comfort of the oldest members of your family.

  • Are you certain of your parent’s medical diagnosis?

Alzheimer’s disease is not the only cause of dementia. Different disabilities require different treatments, and misdiagnosis can result in choices that backfire. Both Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body disease, for example, cause tremors and often cause loss of the decision-making ability psychiatrists call executive function. Giving someone with Parkinson’s disease L-dopa may help symptoms, but giving someone with Lewy body disease L-dopa may make symptoms much, much worse. Don’t accept a cursory or rushed examination as the basis of a medical diagnosis that will follow your parent for the rest of his or her life.

  • How will the setting you and your parents choose for their care affect their family legacy?

Some loving children keep their parents at home to create a legacy of loving care. Some loving children place their parents in nursing homes so that grandchildren, friends, and neighbors can have memories of dignified interactions.

  • Will you parent have access to emergency medical care?

At least during the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, most patients and most families want their parent to stay around a little longer. It is especially important not to place yourself in a position where you would feel guilty for not “being there” in a life-threatening emergency.

  • Does your parent have a living will and an end-of-life directive?

Nothing is more divisive to families than one child fighting to keep a parent alive and another child fighting to end medical care to allow death. Ideally, parents and children should talk about and understand the parent’s choices before a living will is needed. The location of the documents, and updates to the documents, must be known to doctors and powers of attorney.

  • Do your siblings understand your choices in elder care?

Except in very rare circumstances, only one child will have primary medical power of attorney to make end of life choices for the parent. It is important for all children of the parent to know which child that is. It is better for decisions about end of life care to be made together, although in real life, they often are not.

  • Do you have the personal and financial resources to support your choice?

Time and time again, children who take care of their parents succumb to illness and even die almost as soon as their parents do. It’s important to know exactly what you will have to spend, whether you will be able to inherit, and how you will keep your own job and financial resources while you take care of your parent. And if you make a hard choice that is also a loving choice, don’t let anyone discourage you from doing what is best.

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