December 2014 posts
Diarrhea occurs when the food and fluids you ingest pass too quickly through your colon. Diarrhea can be classified into acute or chronic and its symptoms can be classified as uncomplicated and complicated. Uncomplicated symptoms of diarrhea are abdominal cramping/bloating, thin loose watery stools, and the sense of urgency to have a bowel movements. Symptoms of complicated diarrhea include blood or undigested food in the stool, weight loss and fever. If you have symptoms of complicated diarrhea you need to notify your primary care provider for further evaluation.
Click on the link below to watch footage of the Multiple Sclerosis Center’s Music, Movement and Meditation class with instructor, Gayle Cloud. This upbeat class is a blend of music and song combined with lighthearted activities. Bring your dancing shoes or wheels—Gayle will have you doing gentle movements to the beat. Music is offered to all patients with MS, Parkinson’s, stroke, or similar disease. Family members, caregivers, and friends are welcome to attend as well. No music experience required; wheelchairs are welcome.
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) published research that shows how music can help:
With the winter months upon us, my patients and families are concerned how to maintain activity levels when it’s cold, rainy, and gets dark outside too early. Even in the warmest months, there may be reasons a child might be inside more than out – including safety concerns. Fortunately, there are many fun ways children CAN stay active indoors when playgrounds are cold, ball fields are icy, yards are soggy, or the sun goes down too early.
Here are some ways kids can play inside while also working on strength, balance, flexibility, or coordination:
Breed: Australian Cattle Dog
Favorite toy: Hedgehog Baby
Unique fact: Katie has three legs
What makes your pet special?
I am her focus. She is my shadow. We have been together for over 10 years. We went across country on an antique wheelchair trying to raise money and awareness for MS. We started the nonprofit, "The Spirit of Hope Foundation." The U.S. government asked Katie and I to attend one of their events in Washington D.C. It was a ...
I recently participated in a live chat with Swedish to answer questions that women had on urine leakage, bladder control treatments, pelvic floor disorders, and other pelvic health topics.
Click here to read through the archive of the chat. I also wanted to answer a few other questions I get asked, but didn't come up in the chat: