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Prevent ER Visits this Winter
With the arrival of cold and flu season comes a rush of people into area Emergency Rooms. Most ERs are busy, hectic places during the winter months - not a place that you want to be if you don't have to be. Here are some things you need to know that could help you and your family stay out of the ER this winter.
First, understand that most people in the ER are there because of preventable mistakes. Many children get injured when they don't follow simple safety rules - bouncing on a trampoline with too many people; riding a bike without a helmet; playing sports with unsafe equipment or no safety equipment at all. Many illnesses that land people in the ER are preventable as well. Flu shots work - they prevent many illnesses every year and many people who end up hospitalized with the flu would have benefitted from one. Also - lung cancer and other respiratory diseases can often be traced back to smoking or being around second hand smoke. Quit smoking and you can prevent many illnesses!
Often, the person who ends up in the ER is the one who is usually caring for everyone else. Caregivers often ignore their own needs and are slow to recognize the signs of illness and even slower to seek treatment. If you are a caregiver, take care of yourself first! It's like the flight attendants say on the plane - take care of yourself first, so that you can then take care of those around you who are depending on you. Schedule regular check ups with your doctor and when you are sick, seek treatment before you are in such bad shape that you need emergency care. And when you are healthy - stay healthy! Eat a well balanced diet, try to exercise (at least take a walk) every day, and manage your stress.
Visit Your Doctor:
One of the most important things you can do for your health is schedule regular check ups with your physicians. Get the appropriate screenings for your age and family history. Make sure your children have their well child check up regularly. Visit the dentist twice yearly. When something doesn't feel right, have it checked out. Be your own healthcare advocate. Taking action now can help to prevent healthcare emergencies that will land you in the ER.
If you or a loved one do find yourself in need of emergency care, know that Dignity Health wants to make the process a little easier for you. Now, Dignity Health is offering residents throughout the Sacramento region InQuicker™ and it's reinventing the way patients access emergency and urgent care services. With the newly implemented service, a patient can check-in for a projected treatment time at one of Dignity Health's five Sacramento area hospitals - Mercy General Hospital; Mercy San Juan Medical Center; Methodist Hospital of Sacramento; Mercy Hospital of Folsom; and Woodland Memorial Hospital. The patient simply logs onto to their hospital's website and selects a treatment time and then waits at home rather than sitting in the waiting room. When the patient arrives at their designated time, it is the hospital's commitment to make sure that the patient is seen within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.
It is important to note that InQuicker™ is intended only for individuals with non-life-threatening or debilitating medical conditions. It's a simple and convenient way for people with busy lives and families to conveniently access care.
If you're in doubt about the severity of your condition, you should always seek immediate care by calling 9-1-1 or by going to the nearest emergency room.
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The unseasonably warm fall in our area meant that many of us kept our winter clothes tucked away a little longer than usual this year. But, once the calendar says December, it's time to embrace winter whether the thermometer says so or not!
If you are still transitioning your wardrobe from fall to winter, or if you are looking to do a little winter wardrobe shopping, there are a few staples that our friends at Macy's say every woman needs this year. Here are their suggestions:
- A winter must-have is a warm coat, like the Calvin Klein packable coat. Its perfect to bring on a winter ski trip, but also a great coat for wearing around town on a cold rainy day!
- Sunglasses aren't just for the summer months! Perfect for a day on the slopes, or a mid-winter vacation, a great pair of shades is a necessity at any time of year!
- During the winter months, boots are a must-have for staying warm while looking your best. We have a variety of boots, from casual to dressy, so customers can pick the perfect pair to suit their style!
- Handbags are a great accessory to turn transform an outfit for the holidays. Adding a red bag is a perfect way to add a pop of color to your wardrobe!
- Vintage inspired jewelry is hot this season. At Macy's, we love necklaces, earrings, and other accessories in the Downton Abbey Collection that are both timeless and trendy!
If shopping isn't your idea of a relaxing activity, why not ask for a little help? Annette O'Donnell, Macy's By Appointment personal shopper at Macy's in Westfield Galleria at Roseville, is happy to help you find these winter fashion staples or solve any fashion conundrum you may have. While having a personal shopper may sound like a luxury enjoyed only by the rich and famous, Annette's services are available to anyone at no cost! "Macy's By Appointment and our personal shopping services are simply a service provided by Macy's - free of charge and we don't earn a commission so you won't feel pressured to buy," Annette explains.
While appointments are encouraged (the office is typically open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.), shoppers can also drop by the Macy's By Appointment office, located on Macy's first floor, to ask for some shopping assistance, use the private dressing rooms, or just get some fashion advice. Macy's By Appointment also has a men's personal shopper. Annette hopes more shoppers will seek out her assistance. "I'm here to help, so stop by and make use of this wonderful service!"
So if you'd like a little help getting your winter wardrobe up to speed, go see Annette! Or, grab a few girlfriends and hit the racks together. Either way, make fashion fun this winter and always.
To learn more about the shopping services available at Macy's By Appointment, visit their website.
Get into the holiday spirit by visiting Santa at one of our local shopping centers!
Westfield Galleria at Roseville: This year Santa loses the "wait"! Why wait in line when you can pay online with Santa's FastPass? Visit santasfastpass.com to select a date to visit Santa, pick from many great photo package options, receive a free Shutterfly Card with your package, and of course visit Westfield Galleria at Roseville to see Santa sooner with your FastPass.
Sunrise Mall: Take a holiday photo or picture with Santa in 10 minutes or less? Absolutely! Never wait in a long line again with Sunrise Mall's Virtual Santa Line! Visit sunrisemall.com and click on the "Santa Link" then stop by the Santa Set at Sunrise Mall and give the host your cell phone number or text toll-free 516-537-XMAS (9627).
Arden Fair Mall: Everyone say "Cheese!" and save on family portraits! Grab the family and save 35% on the Rudolph Package, which includes (2) 5x7 portraits with Santa; (1) 5x7 family portrait; (3) 4x6 portraits, (4) 3 1/2 x5 portraits and (12) wallet-size portraits along with a digital download and a $20 online credit to MyAlbumPics.com.
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