physical therapy and rehabilitation July 2019
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A YEAR WI TH MY FAMI LY Celebrating Each Moment
door and pick him up to say goodbye, he makes a fuss when I put him back down. He doesn’t want me to leave, which feels pretty good as a dad. We’ve also reached the point where Levi wants to get into everything, especially snacks. If my wife has ice cream, he wants some. No matter what I eat, Levi wants it too. I’d like to think he inherited his love of food fromme. Levi is also a big fan of playing. Since he’s just turning one, playing is really his favorite thing to do. I work a lot, but when I’m home, I am glad to have time available to watch him play and to play with him. It’s a great thing. I’m amazed by howmuch Levi looks like his older brother. At first, Jerome wasn’t too happy about having a baby around. He was used to being an only child and getting all of his mom’s attention. Jerome still wants attention, like any kid, but at times he lets Levi be the focus. They’re both still so young, but they get along really well. I can already see Jerome as a great big brother. I don’t have any brothers, just three sister, so I’m excited to watch how they’ll grow up and interact as siblings. This past Easter, my wife and I were able to get family photos with both the boys. Levi didn’t smile, but he let us take pictures of him with his brother and didn’t start crying. It was really nice to be able to capture the memories of what our family is like today. The last year went by so quickly. Our boys are small now, but it’s only a matter of time before they’re going to school or getting ready for their first dates! Being a parent is a balancing act of planning for the future while also living in the moment. You want to be ready for what comes next, but you also don’t want to miss out on what’s happening today. Right now, I’m really happy to live in the moment for each day. I’ve always wanted to be a dad, and I’m so blessed to have my wife and our two sons in my life. I am happy to celebrate Levi’s first birthday and every birthday with my sons as they grow.
Levi hanging on the couch
This month, I’m excited to celebrate my son’s first birthday. Levi was born on July 12, 2018, and the last year has been really great.
Levi has reached the point where he’s really aware of people around him. When I come home after work, he’s always looking for attention fromme. He wants to play and sit on my lap. He also knows when I’m about to leave for the day. When I’m heading to the
-Dr. Jerome Adams
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3 Tips for Swimming in OpenWater SUMMER SWIMMING SAFETY There’s nothing like taking a dip in a nearby pond, lake, or even the ocean. For many, it’s a summertime tradition. However, swimming in open bodies of water brings certain safety risks, as these environments are not nearly as controlled as public, club, or backyard pools. Everyone should follow these tips to have a fun and safe time cooling off under the summer sun. NEVER SWIMALONE. When you swim in virtually any body of water, having someone there to keep an eye on you can be a lifesaver: the more people, the better. Stick to bodies of water with a professional lifeguard on duty when possible, though that’s not always an option. When swimming in open bodies of water, have a “designated spotter” to keep an eye on the swimmers. This way, you’re prepared if anything bad happens. It’s also a great idea to keep flotation devices nearby, such as life jackets, life rings, foam boards, etc.
unfamiliar with a body of water, don’t jump or dive in without knowing how deep it is. If you cannot confirmwhat is under the surface (and the spot is not a known diving location), don’t risk it. It may be okay to swim or wade, but jumping is out of the question. Along these same lines, be VERY careful around bodies of slow- moving or standing water. These can house dangerous microbes and other contaminants that can make you ill and potentially be deadly. WATCH FOR RIP CURRENTS. These can occur at any beach without warning. They pull swimmers away from shore and are strong enough that even excellent swimmers struggle to get through them. In fact, rip currents are behind nearly 80% of beach rescues. Keep an eye on the foam at the surface of the water. If it seems to suddenly pull away from the beach, there’s a good chance a rip current is lurking beneath. If you find yourself in a rip current, it’s crucial to remain calm and avoid expending energy by swimming directly back to shore. Instead, try swimming parallel to the shore until you’re out of the current.
KNOWWHAT YOU’RE GETTING INTO. Sometimes, it’s next to impossible to see what’s under the surface of the water. If you are
A Pain-Free Tomorrow OUR PAT I ENTS SAY I T BEST
“The time I spent was rewarding, but I had to work hard. Dr. Adams was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed working with him, and I would recommend him to others.”
“I really loved everyone. I am in no pain when I walk barefoot or after a long day. I would like to say thank you, all. I love my results. I will return if ever needed.”
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans have diabetes. This condition affects nearly 10% of the population, and almost everyone knows somebody with diabetes. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, which has no known cause, means the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to control its blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes, the most common type, is the result of the body not using insulin effectively; it’s typically the result of excessive weight and physical inactivity. Diabetes is not contagious, and inmost cases, diabetics are able to manage for decades. However, if left unmanaged, diabetes can quickly become life-threatening. Here are some facts according to the ADA. • Two out of three people with diabetes die from a stroke or heart disease. • Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness among adults. • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. • Around 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that result in pain, as well as slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction, and other nerve problems. How to Live Healthy With Diabetes
• People with diabetes are 10 times more likely to undergo an amputation than those without diabetes.
A healthy diet, appropriate use of insulin, and regular exercise are necessary in order to live a long, healthy life with diabetes. A healthy lifestyle can also help prevent most cases of this disease. Patients who want to better manage their diabetes often turn to their physical therapist for help. Nerve damage and the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can make working out dangerous for diabetics. Physical therapists are trained to create safe routines that meet their patients’ needs. For diabetics, this means developing a program that enables their bodies to become more sensitive to insulin and remove extra glucose from their bloodstream. With a safe, progressive exercise program, diabetics can enjoy the life-changing benefits of working out, including a stronger heart and muscles, lower cholesterol levels, weight loss, and a reduced risk for heart disease or stroke. Stop letting diabetes control you and learn how to successfully manage your diabetes by calling Horizon PT at 810-620-8042. You can live a happy, healthy life with diabetes.
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Juicy Lucy Sliders
2 lbs. ground chuck beef, 20% lean 8 slices melting cheese (like American, Swiss, Muenster, or cheddar)
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16 small potato rolls, toasted Salt and pepper, to taste
Inspired by Bon Appétit Magazine
Your favorite burger accompaniments
1. Divide beef into 16 evenly sized balls. 2. Rip cheese into roughly equal pieces, creating 16 equal portions. 3. Using your index finger, create a small indentation in each ball. 4. Fill indention with cheese and pinch meat around to seal. Then gently form balls into 3/4-inch-thick patties. Season patties. 5. Meanwhile, heat a cast-iron skillet to medium-high. 6. Lightly coat skillet with oil and cook patties in batches. Brown one side undisturbed, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until desired doneness, about 3 minutes for medium. 7. Serve on toasted potato rolls with your favorite accompaniments.
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Happy Birthday, Levi!
3 Things Everyone Needs to Know Before Swimming in Open Water
Our Patients Say It Best
Is Diabetes Controlling Your Life?
Juicy Lucy Sliders
Did You Hear About the Dog Food Burglar?
GONE TO THE DOGS
There’s nothing that shakes our faith in the justice system quite like injustice being served. When Dickson’s story first gained notoriety in 2001, thanks to an email circulated by the now- defunct Stella Awards newsletter, which highlighted “outrageous lawsuits,” people were rightfully enraged. There was just one problem: Terrence Dickson never existed. In 2002, a reporter from Pennsylvania contacted the Bucks County prothonotary’s office, where all records for civil cases in the county are kept. He discovered there was no record of any cases involving such a burglar. It’s worth noting the original email where this story first appeared ended with a call for tort reform from a made-up law firm in Ohio. Likely, this hoax was an attempt to manipulate the public perception of the justice system. Despite being debunked 17 years ago, this tall tale still makes the rounds and often appears on lists of “outrageous lawsuits,” many of which are featured on the websites of legitimate law firms! There are plenty of wacky legal cases, but when a story is too ridiculous, there’s a good chance a few important details are being left out or the readers are being lied to. Don’t believe everything you read online!
Have you heard the story of Terrence Dickson? Even if you don’t know the name, you might have heard his strange tale. Dickson was a burglar in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. One day, after breaking into a house and helping himself to some valuables, Dickson decided to leave through the garage. After discovering the automatic garage door was stuck closed, Dickson turned around and was horrified to realize he’d locked himself inside. To make matters worse, the family he was stealing from had just left for an extended vacation, so Dickson lived off of soda and dried dog food for eight days. When the family returned and found the unlucky burglar, a lawsuit was filed — by Dickson! He sued for mental anguish, and the jury awarded him $500,000.
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