On behalf of Zomnir Family Medicine, I want to send our love and support for our GLBT family and friends on this sad day.
Summer is almost here! Here are a few reminders to stay safe and healthy this summer!
1) Drink plenty of water when you're working and playing outside. Avoid the hottest parts of the day between 10 and 4.
2) Wear your sunscreen! Go for 30spf or higher, and reapply every hour if you're sweating or swimming.
3) When swimming with small children, keep them an arms length away. It's easy for a drowning to happen, At a busy pool party, assign an adult as the official lifeguard. Check out my "Drowning is Silent" post.
4) Eat lots of fruit and vegetables - it's easy in the summer!
5) Be extra careful when working on your summer projects - fractures and skin lacerations go way up in the summertime! Rest when you're tired, and wear proper safety gear.
Today we had a special guest at Zomnir Family Medicine: Flat Stanley! Stanley had a great time. He is healthy and ready for his next adventure. Happy travels Flat Stanley!
TCU student diagnosed with RUBELLA
Thursday AUGUST 27, 2015. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A Texas Christian University student has been diagnosed with the communicable virus rubella, also called German measles. Tarrant County Public Health officials confirmed the case late Thursday afternoon. The student doesn't live on campus.
The student with rubella had recently traveled through a region known to have measles cases, health officials said.
The virus is dangerous for non-immune pregnant women because it can cause serious birth defects or end the pregnancy, according to a statement issued by Tarrant County officials.
The virus is spread by contact through coughing or sneezing. Half of people who have the virus do not have symptoms.
Rubella causes a low fever and a rash in children that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Older children and adults may have cold symptoms and swollen glands before a rash appears. Aching joints may occur, especially in young women. Symptoms last 2 or 3 days.
A person is contagious 10 days before the onset of the rash until 1 to 2 weeks after the rash is gone.
Rubella complications. While the disease is often mild in people who are not pregnant, it can be very serious for pregnant women. Up to 90% of babies whose mothers had rubella during the first 3 months of pregnancy can develop congenital rubella syndrome, which can come with these problems (Source: Mayo Clinic):
• Growth issues
• Mental issues
• Congenital heart defects, and defects in other organs
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, please have your rubella titer checked to be sure you have immunity.
I want to take a moment and say thank you to God, my family, friends, and patients for making our practice a success. I'm eternally grateful, and I feel blessed every day.
As a doctor, I've often seen death. I've seen things I can't unsee. When you ask a doctor, "What's the worst thing you've ever seen?" chances are, they will not tell you. They will give you a funny little story that turned out well for the patient. The first time I saw death, something surprised me. There were no flashing lights, intense music, people rushing around - all those things you see on television. What struck me was how "undramatic" it was. One moment the patient was here, and the next they were gone. I remember little things about the patients I've lost over the years. I remember the longjohns one man was wearing; I imagined he never thought today would be his last when he put those on under his coveralls. I remember a surgical scar on a man's abdomen, thinking his body will never have a chance to heal again. The grass on the bottom of a women's tennis shoes - she was working the yard when she had a heart attack. The scrape on my dad's knuckle that never got a chance to heal. I'll never forget.
As many of you know, I recently attended Dr. Pamela Wible's Live Your Dream conference at the gorgeous Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon. I gave a talk on the nuts and bolts of opening a medical practice. I was there to teach, but I learned so much! Thank you to all the wonderful doctors, naturopaths, and nurse practioners who shared your stories and your knowledge. And thank you to all my fantastic patients! I find myself thinking about your stories and all the things you have taught me along the way. I look forward to our journey together in knowledge and health :-)
Drowning does not look like it does in the movies. A drowning adult or child does not raise up their hands and shout for help. Drowning is silent. The victim may appear to be tilting their head back or climbing an invisible ladder in the water. They are too panicked to raise their arms out of the water. As summer approaches, and the weather warms up, please take precautions to keep your loved ones safe. Practice "touch supervision" for children. This means that a supervising adult should be within arm's length of the child with full attention focused on the child at all times when she is in or near water. Here's some more information on drowning prevention and emergency care in case of drowning: Prevent Drowning
Dr. Zomnir is a family doctor who has chosen to step out of the fray and care for patients with love and compassion.