Advanced Nerve & Laser MAY 2018

3 THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE TRIP TRAVELING WITH THE GRANDKIDS?

Pack Necessary Documents You need to have some form of ID for your grandkids. Older kids can use a driver’s license, but if you’re traveling with little ones, find a copy of their birth certificates. You also need copies of insurance and prescription cards and a notarized letter from the parents granting you permission to authorize medical care in case of an emergency. It’s also a good idea to have a letter of permission for your grandkids to travel with you. Make sure the letter is signed by all legal guardians, especially if your grandchild’s parents are divorced. You don’t want to accidentally cause a custody dispute. Plan a Trip You’ll Both Love When planning your itinerary, ask yourself if your grandkids will have fun, too. You might be excited to visit an art museum, but a younger child might not appreciate it as much. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit museums or historical sites! In fact, most of these places offer kid-centric activities, like scavenger hunts, that can help a younger audience engage with the environment. Just be sure to think of your grandchild first when planning. There’s nothing like the adventure of travel to bring generations closer together and create lasting memories. These tips will help you ensure those memories are good ones. Happy travels!

We could all use a vacation, and if you’re looking to bond with your grandkids, a trip might be the perfect answer. It’s fun for you, and getting away from Mom and Dad for a while is thrilling for any kid. But before you board a plane to Italy

with your granddaughter or rent an RV for a trip to Yellowstone with your grandsons, there are a few things you need to check off your to-do list. Don’t Let the Parents Worry Letting their kids go on a trip without them can be nerve-wracking for parents. Don’t view parental worries as an implication that you are an irresponsible grandparent. Instead, think about how you felt when your own children were young, and take steps to alleviate the parents’ concerns. If your daughter asks you not to be on your phone while in crowded public places because she’s concerned you might lose sight of her child, promise to keep the phone in your pocket. If your son-in-law wants regular updates, make time before bed for your grandchild to call home and tell her father about all the fun she’s having. A little compromise can lead to less stress and more fun for everyone.

How 10 Doctors Got It Wrong

“When I was 26 years old, I needed to have surgery. Though the surgery was technically a success, I ended up developing nerve pain that was so terrible it made my physically sick. I was in pain 24 hours a day, only slept for two hours at night, and got a walker to move around. “I went to 10 different doctors asking for help, and they all told me there was nothing they could do. They said there was an 80 percent chance I would never have feeling back in my legs and I would spend the rest of my life taking medicine for my pain. My life would never be the same, so I just needed to get used to it. “Then I met Dr. Bao Thai, and my life changed for the better. Dr. Thai actually tried to help me, instead of just saying there was nothing that could be done. Today, I am so much better. I’m off my walker, able to walk by myself again, and I no longer have to take pain medicine. “Everyone told me my life was going to be so different and I would just have to accept it. Dr. Thai gave me hope, and he has improved my life so much. I want everyone who is suffering to know that even if you are told by 10 different doctors that nothing will change, don’t give up. There is someone who is willing to try and help you get better.

“I absolutely love Dr. Thai and his staff at Advanced Nerve and Laser Center and appreciate them all so much for helping me through this ongoing journey!”

–Hillary Richardson

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