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Talking today amongst ourselves, we will share some important safety tips around the home. (TRANSCRIPT BELOW) Most home safety tips talk about the importance of preventing fires, preparing against extreme weather and protecting the home from potential burglars. If you are a homeowner and have not taken precautions in any of these areas, the time to act is now. Yet even though it’s important to prepare for large dangers, most household dangers are more subtle and require smaller fixes. For example, did you know that a carbon monoxide detector is one of the most important tools in protecting against hidden dangers? It alerts homeowners to the presence of a deadly odorless and colorless gas. Without it, residents would never know to evacuate. Luckily, complete home safety is easy to achieve with a few simple steps. There are many ways to protect yourself, your family and your home from common risks and dangers. PodcastDx-S8E6-Household Safety Lita T 00:10 Hello, and welcome to another episode of podcast dx, the show that brings you interviews with people just like you, whose lives were forever changed by a medical diagnosis. I'm Lita Ron 00:21 And I'm Ron Jean 00:22 and I'm ready for some figgy pudding. Lita T 00:24 I don't know what it is, Jean 00:26 How about sticky toffee pudding. Lita T 00:27 OK, that's Jean Marie. Collectively, we're the hosts of podcast dx and today's show, we are talking about household safety Jean 00:36 And when I think of household safety, I tend to think about very young people, or you know, babies and actually baby proofing something I've heard of that. Ron 00:45 (slight snicker) Jean 00:45 And then in one's home, as well as older adults, and well not really like adult proofing or senior proofing. But, you know, you get the idea. Ron 00:56 Well, no matter what the age range happens to be in your household, there are always things that we can do to make our homes a safer place to live. And nowadays, work and learn as well. Universal, inclusive designs can make our home safer and more functional for everyone. We're today we're going to talk about a few modifications, which may actually make your home safer. And here's a tip, you may even be able to get assistance and or funding for your home safety upgrades and improvements through some of your local social and senior programs, nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, or the International Red Cross and Crescent, maybe your local police and fire department or even your utility companies and such. Lita T 01:46 Alright, I'm wondering if not the Red Cross Salvation Army, I wonder if they do anything. Jean 01:53 But I know our local gas company will come out in and inspect your dryer and furnace and actually, there's programs here in Illinois, they will actually supply insulation, Lita T 02:04 well we'll probably talk about that in the future Jean 02:05 OK. Lita T 02:07 Let's talk about let's start from the entrance of the home. Jean 02:10 OK, Lita T 02:11 we'll look like picture the home or the apartment or whatever. And we'll start at the entrance Jean 02:16 OK Lita T 02:16 so your entryway should be well lit at night. Jean 02:20 mhhmm Lita T 02:21 clear of debris. If your entry has stairs, you should take extra caution stairs can be a trip and fall hazard for anyone and are especially dangerous for older adults. The slightest variation is in a riser, which is the steps height or the tread depth, which is how far your foot we'll go into the step can greatly increase fall risks. Now, let me stop right there. If you have really big feet, Ron 02:51 I thought we're stopping. (laughter) Lita T 02:53 (laughter) OK. Ron 02:54 Sorry, sorry, Lita T 02:55 If you have a really large feet, Jean 02:58 OK, Lita T 02:58 then the tread depth. You know, there's a standard tread depth Jean 03:03 There is a standard tread depth Lita T 03:04 but it may not work for really large Ron 03:07 right Lita T 03:07 footed people, Jean 03:08 but you're accustomed to a specific there are specific standards, Lita T 03:13 right. So if you're kind of used to the specific standard, and then you come across a stair that's not to standard, it may cause you to fall Jean 03:22 it. well, yeah Lita T 03:23 There have been studies like the one by Mona Afifi, Belinda Park, and Mohamed Al-Hussein, titled "Integrated Approach for Older Adult Friendly Home Staircase Design", we'll have to put a link for that on our website, Ron 03:39 yeah right Lita T 03:39 which goes into great detail on how stairway design can affect safety. Jean 03:45 And as this particular research article is often incorrectly cited by others online, we will, like you said include a direct link to it. And it's a compendium of specifics for stairways, because even like a 16th of an inch can cause someone to trip. Lita T 04:03 Of course, I'm saying that but I'm not making a mark on it. So I'm not going to read my notes. Jean 04:07 I have the article here to remind us. Lita T 04:09 OK, good. Thank you. Ron 04:11 One other thing that I'd like to add, though about the steps is It'd be great if you had a handrail because depending again, you mentioned like the size of your foot or what have you. But if you can securely grab a handrail that's going to help secure you more, Lita T 04:28 Right, right. Ron 04:30 So in general, Lita T 04:30 I think there's a law, at least architecturally for if you have three or more stairs, you have to have a hand rail? Jean 04:37 And yeah so but your local laws and codes vary, Lita T 04:40 right Jean 04:41 but it does behoove you to have one Lita T 04:43 even with two stairs. Ron 04:45 Right Lita T 04:45 Even with two Jean 04:46 even actually flat walkways in areas that can be icy or snowy , Lita T 04:50 Right, we've got one, right. So yes, Ron go ahead. Sorry. (laughter) Ron 04:57 Again, it's just having a handrail is it's a safety precaution. You don't have to be older, whatever you just come over, you know, come off a surgery or something or whatever. It's just another safety feature that's all Lita T 05:11 Yep Jean 05:12 And you want to make sure that it's strong, secure and within hands reach. Lita T 05:16 Right. Ron 05:16 Yeah good point Lita T 05:16 It should be in the right place. Yep. Yeah, you don't want it down like by your ankles. Jean 05:21 I was thinking, Lita T 05:22 (laughter) Jean 05:22 if you have a very wide staircase. Lita T 05:24 (laughter continues) OK, Jean 05:25 you want to have a center rail as well? Lita T 05:27 Oh, yes, that makes sense. Kim could have used that when she fell down the stairs Jean 05:32 Well, Lita T 05:32 at that theater. Jean 05:33 She fell down the stairs at the theater because they were triangular steps. And those are the most likely to cause trips and falls. Lita T 05:39 Oh, OK. Ron 05:40 Yes it did! Jean 05:40 and spiral staircases, yes it did. Lita T 05:42 Yeah. Jean 05:42 And she was trying to make sure that I was safe, which was extremely heartbreaking that, yeah Lita T 05:47 well, alright, get back on the script. Ron 05:49 (snickering laugh) Lita T 05:49 If you happen to live in an area that has cold winter, like we do, you'll also want to make sure that your entry and walkways are free of ice and snow. Ron 06:00 Right, right. And also, if you or someone in your household uses a wheelchair, you may want to have it professionally, a ramp professionally installed or a lift installed. But make sure that they do it by code. Jean 06:16 Right, right. Lita T 06:16 Good point. Yes. You don't just adlib on that. Because you're... Ron 06:19 right Lita T 06:20 …putting somebody is life in your hands. Whenever possible. Forget about scow, throw rugs, scow rugs? Ron 06:26 (snicker) Lita T 06:26 forget about throw rugs, Ron 06:28 throw those rug away Lita T 06:28 Throw those throw rugs away. Ron 06:31 (laughter) Lita T 06:31 The old dogs can be a tripping hazard and they should be avoided. And a throw rug is like a small little Ron 06:38 area rug Jean 06:30 area rug Lita T 06:30 right? I call it a throw rug. Everybody calls it something different. Ron 06:42 We're we're kind of near the same age range. Lita T 06:45 Oh, I see. Yeah, some people call it area. If you do have a runner at your entrance, make sure that it's secure. And it will not shift when you walk in. And keep in mind that the slightest change in the level of flooring under foot may pose a tripping hazard Jean 07:02 on to the kitchen. Lita T 07:04 OK, and we're going to delete Ron 07:05 the kitchen. That's a place that I'm not very familiar with. I'm getting though. But seriously in the kitchen, what we really mainly want to prevent are cuts and burns and fires and again slips and falls. Jean 07:20 And actually also I guess I should have added poisoning. Lita T 07:23 Oh, good point. OK, well to prevent cuts, make sure that your knives are sharp. Now this may sound counterintuitive, Ron 07:31 (laughter) Lita T 07:31 but Jean was Jean took professional cooking classes at le Cordon Bleu. And a doll knife may cause you to lose fingers because you're using more force when cutting and the blade may slip rather than cut whatever you're cutting, and then it'll slide right into your hand. Also use the right tool for the job. Don't use a knife as a can opener. Ron... (laughter) Ron 07:59 (laughter) Have you been spying on me Lita T 08:00 uhuhh. Use a can opener to open a can when using knives or other cutting implements, scissors Robo coups mandolins use a good cutting technique and form another safety tip don't throw sharp knives or other sharp objects into soapy depths of a dish pan or thow axes at a wall. Ron 08:23 That's not.. Lita T 08:23 I've seen that that's Ron 08:24 not on here. Lita T 08:25 No, I know, I know but .. Jean 08:26 keep axes out of the kitchen. Lita T 08:28 (laughter) Ron 08:29 Actually, can I mention one thing about knives, and this is something my forks and spoons and butter knives out like the butter knife. I'll put straight up when I do like a Jean 08:31 yeah Lita T 08:31 yes you mean in a like in a dishwasher? Ron 08:41 Well not well in a dishwasher after I wash them to dry. Lita T 08:44 Yeah, Ron 08:45 the butter knife I'll go straight up. But if I'm doing like a steak knife, I put the point down because sometimes you put your arm over it or you scrape by it and again you're not gonna really hurt yourself with a butter knife Lita T 08:55 Oh yeah, I always put I always put Ron 08:57 right Lita T 08:57 sharp points down Ron 08:59 right Lita T 08:59 just like my mother used to say when you're walking with scissors point down, same thing Ron 09:03 right. Lita T 09:04 I like to set my knives to the side of the sink and wash them one at a time. Ron 09:09 OK. Lita T 09:10 You'll want to store your knives safely Jean 09:12 right that's what Ron was saying Lita T 09:13 right? If you need to store them, like away from children or elderly that maybe may have Alzheimer's or have some type of another impairment or anything like that. You may want to store them in a locked drawer or cupboard to keep our cutting board from sliding around. We'd like to place a damp towel Ron 09:32 Ohh! Lita T 09:32 between the countertop and the cutting board Ron 09:34 I like that. Lita T 09:35 to keep it from shifting when cutting. Also, you may want to swap out your glassware or use silicone sleeves and your glassware to prevent broken glass in the home Ron 09:47 that go around the outside so the cracks or breaks it doesn't shatter all over? Jean 09:52 Right they actually make them too for insulin bottles. Ron 09:54 Yeah, Jean 09:55 because insulin is so expensive so they make silicone sleeves for it you can put in your insulin bottles. Ron 09:59 OK Jean 09:59 Yeah And now to help prevent fires, keep cooktops then hoods and ovens free of grease. You might hear about restaurant fires, that's often the culprit. And yeah, the grease can catch fire. Lita T 10:11 We actually don't put paper nerdier stove. Jean 10:14 Well I thought that was like a given... Lita T 10:16 Well, you know, you know... Jean 10:16 ...or drapery OK. OK. We like to toss the metal mesh filters for our cooktop vent into soapy water at least once a month. Because it's amazing how quickly grease can collect and those things in it. It's, Ron 10:29 I never thought about that. Jean 10:30 Oh, yeah, we bought when we were in North Carolina renting a house, the first thing I did was, you know, have the whole house cleaned. And I we looked up at the vent, and it was caked Lita T 10:39 Coated, coated! With all this. I mean, you couldn't even... no. It wasn't even usable. Jean 10:44 Yeah, it's good to check Lita T 10:44 We threw those away. Yeah, (laughter) we got new ones Jean 10:46 we got new ones. Lita T 10:47 Yeah. Jean 10:48 We also have small kitchen fire extinguisher. And if you do have fire in a pot or pan on the cooktop, you can usually smother the flame with the pot lid, or the pan lid rather than spraying it with a fire extinguisher that could actually spread the fire. Never leave anything cooking unattended never, Lita T 11:06 never Jean 11:06 never. And nowadays, there are actually devices that link your cooktop and your smoke alarm. So when the smoke alarm goes off, the electric or gas to your cooktop or range shuts off automatically. And there are also microwave ovens with preset time limits. Ours will only go up to six minutes. And this way, you don't accidentally turn on your microwave for let's say 90 minutes instead of 90 seconds like someone we know. And when it comes to smoke alarms in the kitchen, you may want to install a model that has a quick remote or Wi Fi reset. Ron 11:38 Hmm. It sounds like some of the stuff you're talking about. It's art imitating life. Lita T 11:44 Yes. Jean 11:46 Well, it's anecdotal. We've actually had Ron 11:48 Yeah, Lita T 11:48 She's pointing at me. Ron 11:49 (laughter) Jean 11:49 Oh, well, she wasn't the one but yeah, Ron 11:51 (laughter) OK. Jean 11:51 We actually, you know, we've had house fires in our immediate family and they're they're very scary. Ron 12:00 Yeah, yeah, absolutely. Thanks, Jean. Now let's talk about burns. It's generally best to keep the kitchen clear. pets, children, and even adults should keep the area around the oven, stove or cooktop and the path and path to the sink. Keep it clear. You don't want to burn anyone while removing a pot of pasta or anything from the cooktop to drain in the sink. And if possible, lock electric cooktops or secure the knobs for a gas cooktop and households were only certain members of the family can safely use it on their own. I just had an incident where a person with Alzheimer's turned the gas on Jean 12:44 yep Ron 12:44 and went back to bed. Lita T 12:45 Right, right. Jean 12:46 Yep, Lita T 12:46 we take the knobs off. Jean 12:48 Yeah. And now we just lock our Ron 12:50 right Jean 12:50 cooktop. Ron 12:51 Make sure that you're cooking large volumes of food in small batches. That way it'll be easy to lift and will cook quicker. And if you're storing them for later, which also reduces the risk of food poisoning. Please use potholders as needed. OK. Practice picking up and moving cold dishes, pots and pans to get the feel. Lita T 13:15 Oh, that's a good idea Ron 13:16 well, rather than just sticking your hand on there and saying, Oh, that's hot. Jean 13:19 Yeah yeah Lita T 13:20 (laughter) Ron 13:20 done that before. Jean 13:21 Oh, Ron 13:22 Unfortunately, I actually left a metal spoon in a pot. Lita T 13:26 Ohhhhh, Jean 13:27 yeah. Ron 13:28 So I learned Jean 13:30 note to self get Ron wooden spoons. Ron 13:32 (laughter) This was a while ago Lita T 13:32 (laughter) OK Ron 13:34 and I've learned my lesson I like yes indeed. Lita T 13:36 OK Ron 13:38 And this next one may sound like an odd tip but here it goes. Jean 13:43 OK, Ron 13:44 the bent lip on a baking rack in the oven is a safety feature and should be at the back of the oven. What that does is it helps to prevent someone from pulling the oven rack all the way out accidentally. When you remove something from the oven, it's best to locate where you intend to place the hat item. Using potholders and making sure the area around the oven is clear. slowly pull out the oven rack, remove the item and place it on a trivet or Jean 14:14 trivet yep Ron 14:15 or heat proof surface they didn't think I knew that word. Lita T 14:18 mmhmm good! Ron 14:19 Then slide the rack back in reaching into the oven to remove the item. I'm sorry, reaching into the oven to remove items can actually lead to forearms and other burns. Lita T 14:29 I've seen that before. Jean 14:30 mhhmmm Ron 14:31 Yeah. And if you do get a burn treat it immediately and consult a health care professional if needed. Lita T 14:38 Good point. Things can get messy in the kitchen at least my kitchen. Jean 14:42 (snicker) Lita T 14:43 Take the time to clean up spills anything that you dropped on the floor especially to avoid crush injuries in the kitchen. Have your appliances secured with appliance straps to a wall stud. Pull down roll out or a pop up kitchen shelving can help everyone reach needed items without standing on a ladder or bending over kitchen faucets with a lever handle and a color. A clear color coded temperature indicator can help you from burning yourself. Right? Jean 15:15 Sure yep Lita T 15:15 setting it to the wrong temperature. Jean 15:17 And I think "Little Chef Cade" has taught us all that everyone can help in the kitchen. It's a matter of finding the right task for every individual. And it's a it's great to have everyone safely pitch in with meal prep, even if they do occasionally eat all of the butter On to the bathroom! Lita T 15:33 OK, well, I'm sure we've all heard that the bathroom is the most dangerous room of the house. Ron 15:39 Uhhhh Yep, Lita T 15:40 well, let's see if we can lower our odds for getting hurt in the bathroom. Ron 15:45 OK, since there's water in the bathtub and a shower area, you should check to make sure that these areas have adequate drainage. You want to avoid water pooling and becoming a slip and fall hazard. Have grab bars, safety rails and poles professionally installed like we talked about with the railings. Especially where extra stability is needed and a lot of times has happened with older adults or people with disabilities etc, etc. Jean 16:11 Yes Ron 16:12 Having professionally installed a sink basin a towel rack, a shower door handle or toilet paper holder is not a substitute for grab bar. The grab bars need to be properly mounted and be able to bear one weight. A shower chair or seat can be helpful and improve bedtime safety when used properly. You may want to have a seat both in the shower and one just outside the shower. This way you can wash and dry yourself while still being seated. If you care for someone who needs help bathing, you need to stay with them. Never leave an infant or young child or anyone who requires assistance while bathing Do not leave them alone in the bath. Back and foot scrubbers a handheld long hose showerhead shower caddy to keep items within reach a handheld long hose showerhead. Jean 17:06 Apparently that's very important. (laughter) Lita T 17:08 (laughter) Ron 17:11 I forgot to mention a tub spout cushion temperature gauges keep bath water between 98 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit that is and other bath tools can also be helpful and potentially improve bath safety. They can help reach hard to reach spots as well. Another thing make sure that the bath Tubs and Showers have a non slip surface. That's, I think probably huge Jean 17:38 mmhhmm Ron 17:38 for people out there. There are a number of products in the market to can improve traction to reduce the risk of falls in the bath or shower. And based on what I've read I'd like to make a controversial suggestion. please skip the water toys. In addition to potentially harboring bacteria, mold, viruses, fungus etc etc. Bat toys can also be a tripping hazard for people Jean 18:04 Sure. Ron 18:05 As with elsewhere in the home, the bathroom should be well lit floor should be kept dry and clear of clutter debris and anything that's potentially dangerous. Like cleaning chemicals, OK, keep them out of sight of children out of sight of everybody so that you know you use them when you need them. But they're not they're cluttering up the place. Any outlets, they should be GFCI or linked to a GFCI outlet. Toilet safety framed with grab bars and raise seats or overall toilet height may be good for some. When bearing down on the toilet. Some people may get dizzy or even pass out and If this is a concern, you may want to talk about improved safety when toileting with your healthcare provider. Also, maintaining proper ventilation in the bathroom also plays an important role in safety because moisture can facilitate mold and mildew growth. And that can be slippery Jean 19:06 and gross Ron 19:07 and gross is right. Use a contrasting color that can also help so that you know people can see where there's changes. Bright contrast and colors can also improve bathroom safety for those with visual impairments or dementia. rinse the shower pan and bathtub every time after bathing that can help reduce soap residue and biofilm built up which again can be slippery and dangerous Jean 19:34 and gross. Ron 19:35 Skip the bath oils and other products that can make the flooring slick. And if financially feasible and recommended by a health or safety advisor. You may want to think about installing a walk in bathtub or shower with little if any threshold. Yeah, that'd be great if you can. Jean 19:54 Mhhmmm Ron 19:54 And finally you may want to remove sliding doors for bathtubs and showers. The raised lip the track where the doors slide back and forth. Jean 20:07 mhhmm mhhmm Ron 20:07 The raised lip on the top of the shower pan may pose a tripping hazard for people. Jean 20:11 In a more general note, there are many steps you can take to prevent household fires and improve your chances of surviving a household fire. Every home should have a working smoke detector, ideally hardwired with a battery backup, and if not, are any ways to replace the battery twice a year and store nine volt batteries in a separate container nine volt batteries stored in a junk drawer may actually ignite and cause fire. Ron 20:35 Oh I never heard that. Oh wow Jean 20:36 Oh yeah, no nine volts in the junk drawer. Test detectors on a regular basis, we'd like to test them twice a year. And occasionally, (distant barking) we have a chihuahua barking in the background. I'm very sorry about that. And make sure you have correctly placed and added in an adequate number of detectors. There's generally it's on the ceiling or on the wall. But make sure you check with your local code. And you want to have the adequate number for the size of your home. If you are unaware as to where to place the detectors or how many detectors you should have, contact your local fire department. And we've heard this many many many times before, especially from our you know friends in the fire department. If at all possible skip the candles. They're an unneeded hazard, and keep pathways and stairways clear at all times. If a fire breaks out, you'll want to be able to exit your home quickly and safely. And if you are a family member sleeps above or below the first floor or ground level, make sure that they have a means of egress. And a safe means by which to get to the ground level and practice that as well. bedrooms should have a window which is large enough for a firefighter wearing full gear to climb through. And you can check with your local fire department and building code for actual deep details as to what those measurements are, they might say that there's a standardized height and width that you have to meet. But it's not always the case that that's if you have one with a standard height and a standard width the that's large enough. I don't know if that makes sense, but check with them. And make sure everyone in your household knows how and when to use a fire extinguisher fire extinguishers should be properly located and inspected yearly. And primarily at exit doors you don't want to have to actually walk back into a fire to grab a fire extinguisher. And you can contact your local fire department to learn if they offer fire extinguisher training, as well as fire prevention classes and additional fire safety and prevention tips. If you've never used a fire extinguisher, it can be intimidating The first time you use it. So it's nice to actually know what that feels like. Make sure your electrical wiring wiring is up to code as well. If possible upgrade to ground fault circuit interrupters, and arc fault circuit interrupter outlets, as Ron was talking about they're very important with and it might help prevent electrical fires. Also, try not to overload your circuits and keep Transformers which are the little black boxes you'll see on a power cord for things like your laptop printer and other devices. Those should be kept cool. Ron 21:28 mmhhmmm Lita T 23:04 And the laptop should be kept cool. Jean 23:07 And the laptop kept cool. Lita T 23:09 And that's how Kim's fire started. Jean 23:11 It was a transformer. Lita T 23:12 Oh, Jean 23:12 it was Transformers used to be in the laptop Lita T 23:15 oh Jean 23:15 in the printer underneath Lita T 23:17 ok ok Jean 23:17 so they didn't have enough ventilation to stay cool. Lita T 23:20 sorry Take it back. Jean 23:21 No, I would still say keep your laptop cool. And don't leave it on a bedspread Lita T 23:24 Right Jean 23:25 or a blanket or sofa. Lita T 23:26 Right? Jean 23:26 It doesn't allow for proper ventilation. Lita T 23:28 A lot of kids do that. Jean 23:29 I know it's dangerous. Ron 23:30 Right Jean 23:31 Yeah. And never cover up that transformer box it needs to Lita T 23:37 breathe. Jean 23:38 Well it doesn't Lita T 23:39 pretend it needs to breathe. Jean 23:40 OK, as I say it doesn't physically breathe. Lita T 23:42 (laughter) Jean 23:42 kind of creepy. Once electronic start breathing... Lita T 23:45 (laughter) Jean 23:46 ...we're all in trouble Just saying. Lita T 23:48 (laughter) OK, Jean 23:53 here's one more fire prevention tip register all new electronic devices. So if there's ever a recall, you will hopefully be notified. And if you are purchasing used electronic devices, check online and see if there has been a recall. Ron 24:06 Let me let me add one more thing. We're talking about the fires. And in all of this, I think one key thing too, is for the family Jean 24:14 mhhmm Ron 24:14 to have a fire evacuation plan. Lita T 24:16 Oh my gosh, absolutely! Jean 24:16 Sure Ron 24:17 So make sure that everybody... Jean 24:19 knows where... Ron 24:19 gets out of the house Jean 24:20 right and knows where to meet. Lita T 24:22 Absolutely Ron 24:22 Exactly. Jean 24:22 Yeah And actually we umm, we have trained Are we there was we had an unfortunate family incident where someone's pets did not make it out. But luckily all the people did Lita T 24:32 but you can't train a cat. Jean 24:34 I don't know if you can train a cat but Lita T 24:35 you can't train a cat to come to eat. Jean 24:37 OK. Lita T 24:37 Oh, yeah, maybe Jean 24:38 OK, well, we've trained our dogs, and if they hear a smoke alarm go off, be it in our house or on TV, Lita T 24:46 (snicker) Jean 24:47 they will immediately go Lita T 24:48 run to the door. Jean 24:49 to the door Ron 24:49 Gotcha Jean 24:49 So then we open the door and then we let him out Ron 24:51 right Jean 24:51 and we practice that as well. Ron 24:52 Right. And that's the thing, not only to have one but to practice it Jean 24:55 right. And also there's important things like being, crawling out, Ron 24:58 right Jean 24:58 you know, crawling Touching doors with the back of your hand, not the front of your hand, Ron 25:02 right Lita T 25:02 right Jean 25:02 things of that nature. You want to practice and often fire departments will have a practice and setup that you can walk through. Ron 25:09 right Lita T 25:09 I know that Kim mentioned when her basement would caught fire, that she felt the heat Jean 25:14 on her feet. yeah Lita T 25:15 on her feet. As she was Ron 25:16 oh wow Lita T 25:16 walking across Ron 25:17 right Lita T 25:17 the kitchen floor. Ron 25:17 wow Lita T 25:17 From the basement Jean 25:18 And that's another example of smoke detectors. There was one working smoke detector, the rest were still in the package waiting to be installed because she had just moved in Ron 25:25 gotcha, so this in the new house? Lita 25:27 No, this was... ...years ago Jean 25:28 No years ago, when the kids were when the kids were little Ron 25:31 gotcha Lita T 25:32 so onto the laundry room? Jean 25:33 onto the laundry room. Ron 25:34 It was kind of digging what we were just talking about but yes, let's go on to the laundry room. Lita T 25:38 (laughter) Ron 25:39 Well, as with other areas in the home, where water and electricity may come together, make sure your outlet in the laundry room are also the GFCI and the fancy name escapes me right now. But Jean 25:53 ground fault circuit interrupter Ron 25:55 that one, check your lint trap and dryer exhaust system vent on a regular basis. And here's a tip too, because a lot of times people will pull out the lint trap and get the lint out of there. Jean 26:08 mhhmm Ron 26:09 But it's very narrow and it's hard to get Lita T 26:13 it might be somewhere in the pipe. Right? Ron 26:15 Yes. Well, yeah, first, Jean 26:16 right. Ron 26:17 So I mean, if you don't have the tool, try to get one or get with somebody who can come because cleaning the lint trap is very important. But there's still stuff that gathers underneath that Jean 26:27 right Ron 26:27 and that can also Lita T 26:28 and birds make nests. Jean 26:29 Yes. OK. Lita T 26:30 on the outside Jean 26:30 guys would read the script. Lita T 26:32 OK, I'm sorry. (laughter) Jean 26:32 Ummm Lita T 26:34 (laughter) Jean 26:34 we're gonna talk about that in a second. Ron 26:36 I can talk about birds? Lita T 26:37 Yeah. Jean 26:38 But also there are professional services that will come out Ron 26:41 right Jean 26:41 and thoroughly clean it. And you could have that done twice here. Lita T 26:43 Oh, I see. read the script. Ron 26:45 Oh, yeah, right here. I've actually seen birds nesting in a dryer vent on the side of someone's house. wasn't mine. But I saw it. Lita T 26:51 It was Kim's Kim has has a lot of problems with stuff Jean 26:54 well, also in North Carolina. Lita T 26:56 Oh, yeah. Yeah. Jean 26:57 And what we first noticed was that our clothes weren't getting dry. And we were like, why aren't they getting dry. And then we looked on the outside of the house, and there was actually lint just falling out of the exterior vent. And then we looked across the street and they had a huge bird nest in theirs. Ron 27:14 So I know we're kind of making a little light of this. But I mean, in all seriousness, we want everybody to be aware of this. And also just like all the other rooms. Please keep the laundry floor areas dry and clear of debris so that people don't fall Jean 27:31 in onto the bedroom. Lita T 27:32 OK, Jean 27:32 as with all the other rooms in the bed in the home that the bedroom floor should be free of clear of clutter and debris. a nightlight under bed light or under nightstand lighting, or lights with motion sensors can make walking to the bathroom or other areas safer at night. Dressers nightstands, bookcases, televisions, etc. Should be anchored to a stud in the wall. And cords from window coverings should always be secured and out of the reach of children. Keep toys and other items within reach or locked away. You don't want to have them up on a high shelf or somebody is going to be reaching for them. beds, bed frames, and mattresses, and box springs all come in a dizzying array of options. If you've ever walked into a mattress store, it's amazing. When sitting on the edge of the bed, Your feet should be able to be squarely or squarely placed them on the floor and you're you're legs, your quads should your calves are not your calves. I don't know what I'm saying your thighs, your thighs. Ron 27:47 (laughter) Jean 27:55 Thank you, should be 90 degrees. Lita T 28:26 So that bed that I got rid of Jean 28:28 right Lita T 28:28 that I had to take a running leap to get in Jean 28:30 that was always funny, Yeah, but it was funny to watch. Ron 28:32 did you have a little little like, trampoline? Lita T 28:34 no, I just kind of ran and jumped up. Jean 28:36 OK, so And yeah, so if a bed is too high or too low, it may pose a greater risk of falls, foam bumpers, concave mattresses and similar devices may be recommended for individuals who roll out or fall out of bed, check with your health care provider to find the safest option for you or your household, or members of your household. And for those who need to make frequent trips to the bathroom a portable commode may be the best option if you place it in the bedroom. So they don't have to walk as far Lita T 29:03 right. Jean 29:04 And there are other safety concerns. But we're gonna kind of gloss over this. Lita T 29:08 Well, we could go on and on. Jean 29:10 Right in although we can go on and on about household safety. I think we should call it a day Lita T 29:14 It's a day, Jean 29:15 if you any chemicals are kept out of the reach of those who may ingest them. Because poisoning is another Lita T 29:21 Oh no, we talked about poisoning already. Jean 29:22 I know. But I just want to say that that's another important thing. All right. Ron 29:25 I want to thank everybody for listening and I hope to god they're still listening. Lita T 29:30 Well, we kind of ran over the mill there. Ron 29:33 But again, all kidding aside, I think you know we wanted to get pretty in depth about this because it is very serious. Lita T 29:41 Right Ron 29:41 But again, thank you to everybody for listening. If you have a question or comment related to today's show, please contact us at podcast firstname.lastname@example.org through our website, podcast dx.com and Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. Jean 29:57 As always, please keep in mind that this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment before undertaking a new healthcare regime and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking if it is something you've heard of this podcast Lita T 30:14 Ohhhh! Till next week
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Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect movement and muscle tone or posture. It's caused by damage that occurs to the immature brain as it develops, most often before birth. Our guest today is Zain Bando, a Chicago area, 21-year-old college student and is studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a junior. He hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting after graduation and currently resides in Downers Grove, IL with his family. TRANSCRIPT: S8E2 Cerebral palsy Lita T 00:08 Hello, and welcome to another episode of podcast dx, the show that brings you interviews with people just like you, whose lives were forever changed by a medical diagnosis. I'm Lita Ron 00:20 And I'm Ron. Jean 00:21 And I'm Jean Marie. Lita T 00:22 Collectively, we're the host of podcast dx. On today's show. We're speaking with Zain about cerebral palsy. Good morning, Zain. And could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Zain 00:32 Sure. So, um, good morning. My name is Zain Bando And I am a 21 year old college student who's currently studying journalism at the University of Illinois in Champaign. And after graduation, um I hope to pursue a career in, in broadcasting or as a writer for a sports team. I don't know, I don't know what sports team that would be at. But it's something that I've always been interested in. And it's just a passion that I've always had, and I'm very glad to be pursuing it. So thank you again, for having me on today. I really appreciate it. And sorry, my, my pronunciation is actually "Zain", I know, I know that there's I in my name, but it actually isn't for now, literally. So if you think of the word "van", that's how my name is pronounced. Lita T 01:18 We will take that that I out, thank you very much. Ron 01:22 Yeah I don't know. We appreciate that. Zain. Can you send us out by actually telling us and our listeners what actually is? cerebral palsy? Zain 01:33 Sure, so that's a great question. So according to the Mayo Clinic, cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect muscle control, movement, muscle tone, or posture, by injury or malformation, which occurs to the brain as it develops more often before birth during the birthing process, or just after birth. There are two main forms of CP, continental and acquired. Lita T 01:58 Right, right that I've got also in the Center for Disease Control here in the United States. That the risk factors for cerebral palsy, and I'm going to abbreviate it as CP is that it's important to know the risk factors. Some of the risk factors for congenital CP are a low birth weight. So children who weigh less than five and a half pounds at birth, or that's 2500 grams, and especially those who weigh less than three pounds at birth, so that's about 1500 grams, they have a greater chance of having CP, a child that is prematurely born. And that's children that are born before the 37th week of pregnancy, and especially if they're born before the 32nd week of pregnancy, they have a higher chance of having CP intensive care for premature infants has improved a lot over the past several decades. And babies that are born very early are more likely to live now. But many have medical problems that can put them at risk for CP. Another risk factor is multiple births, twins, triplets, and other multiple births have a higher risk for CP, especially if a baby's twin or triplet dies before birth, or shortly after birth. I don't know why that would be but that's what they're saying. some but not all of this increased risk is due to the fact that children born from multiple pregnancies are often born early or with low birth weight, or both children that are conceived with artificial reproductive technology, abbreviated as ART in fertility treatments. Those pregnancies that result have a higher risk of CP. Most of the increased risk is explained by preterm delivery or multiple births or both. And both preterm delivery and multiple births are increased with children conceived with ART infertility treatments. Another risk would be infections that the mother might get during pregnancy infections can lead to increased certain proteins called Cytokines and that circulates in the brain and the blood of the baby during pregnancy. Cytokines cause inflammation, which can lead to brain damage in the baby. A fever in the mother during pregnancy or delivery can also cause this problem. Some types of infections that have been linked to CP include viruses such as chicken pox, rubella, German, which is also German measles, and also Sue-to Jean 04:50 Cytomegalovirus Lita T 04:52 Oh cytomegalovirus Thank you, Jean. And bacterial infections such as infections of the placenta or fetal membranes, And maternal pelvic infec, infections can cause it. jaundice or Jean? Jean 05:09 Nope, I don't know this one. Lita T 05:10 Okay, Ron, Ron 05:12 What are you looking at me for? Jean 05:15 Zain, Lita T 05:16 (laughter) Zain? Karen neck care neck and neck terrorists? Okay, Zain 05:21 I would see. I would say it's um Kernic Esrest, but I'm not sure Jean 05:26 That sounds good. Lita T 05:27 That sounds good. Ron 05:28 That's what we're going with today Lita T 05:29 We're going to go with that KernicTetris is the yellow color scene in the skin of many newborns. jaundice happens when a chemical called bilirubin builds in the baby's blood. When too much of this bilirubin builds up in the baby's blood the skin in the whites of the eyes might look yellow. This yellow coloring is called jaundice. And when severe jaundice goes untreated for too long, it can cause their condition that Zain pronounced properly and it can cause CP and other conditions. By the way, that condition is spelled k e r n i c. t e r us, Kernest.. Ron 06:07 I'm going to go with Kerner, Nick terus Lita T 06:10 Kernicterus, Jean 06:11 We're going to have a link on our... Lita T 06:13 Website Jean 06:13 Yes, yeah, Lita T 06:14 That's the best way to go sometimes Kernicterus results from Abo and Rh blood type differences between the mother and the baby. This causes the red blood cells in the baby to break down too fast resulting in severe jaundice. medical conditions of the mother, such as mothers with thyroid problems, intellectual disability, or seizures have a slightly higher risk of having a child with CP, and other birth complications such as detachment of the placenta, a uterine rupture, or problems with the umbilical cord during birth, can disrupt oxygen supply to the baby, and result in CP. Zain 06:55 Well, while that's all true, a small percentage of CP is caused by brain damage that occurs more than 28 days after birth. This is called the acquired CP and usually associated with infection, such as meningitis and head injury, or a problem with blood flow to the brain. cerebral vascular accidents for example, stroke or or bleeding in the brain associated with the blood clotting problem, blood vessels that didn't form properly, or heart defect that was present at birth or sickle cell disease, Jean 07:28 Zain, what are some of the symptoms for cerebral palsy? Zain 07:33 Sure, so because this condition begins to show signs and symptoms at a very early age, and individuals, parents or health care providers typically notice the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy. The symptoms and effects of cerebral palsy vary depending on the location and extent of the injury to the brain, your child might normal intelligence or have learning difficulties or learning difficulties, your child might have mild difficulties with movement or be unable to control their limbs, despite the variations in symptoms of certain effects are common among people with cerebral palsy. Ron 08:07 Wouldn't you say that it's kind of like a spectrum from mild to severe? Right? Zain 08:12 Absolutely. 100 100%. Right. There's definitely there's definitely a spectrum. Ron 08:18 Yeah, the CD says I'm sorry, the CDC says that in many cases, the cause or causes of congenital CP aren't fully known, which means that currently little can be done to prevent it. CP related to genetics is not preventable. But can acquired CP be prevented? And Zain 08:41 It's a very good, it's a very good question. While there are actions people can take before and during pregnancy, as well as after birth, that might, excuse me, that might help reduce the risk of develop, of developmental problems, including CP, taking steps to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and to help prevent development. developmental problems, including CP acquired CP is often related to infection, or injury, and some of those cases can be prevented, but again, as as it stated, some of those cases just simply are impossible Ron 09:21 Right Zain 09:21 And cannot and cannot be prevented, so Ron 09:24 Right, right. Jean 09:26 Thank you. before pregnancy, it's a good idea to be as healthy as possible. I think that's what a lot of people strive for. And make sure that any infections that you might have are treated in any healthcare conditions that you might have like diabetes are under control. And ideally, they should be under control before you. You will conceive if if assistive reproductive technology or ART infertility treatments are being used to get pregnant, consider ways to reduce the chance of multiple pregnancies, twins, triplets, or more. I think some people think Up to like 1213 children at a time, such as transferring only one embryo at a time. And then having multiple pregnancies. It's also important to get vaccinated for certain diseases as Lita had mentioned, such as the chicken pox or rubella. And that could, those if you should contract those illnesses while pregnant, that could be harmful to the developing baby. It's also important to have many of these vaccinations before you become pregnant. And as we've learned Also, before you have an organ transplant, or any of those things as well, for undertaking any major life changes, Lita T 10:38 Right. And during pregnancy, you should have early and regular prenatal care, both for your health and for the end of your developing baby. You should wash your hands often with soap and water to help reduce the risk of infections that might cause harm to your developing baby. Contact your health care provider if you get sick, have a fever or have other signs of infection during pregnancy. a flu shot is your best protection in our in our opinion, against serious illness from the flu, or flu shot can protect pregnant women and their unborn babies, both before and after birth. flu shots have not been shown to cause harm to pregnant women or their babies. If there is a difference in the blood type, or the Rh in compatibility between the mother and the baby, like we said it can cause jaundice and Kernicterus. I'm not going to get that one Ron 11:32 (laughter) Jean 11:32 Nope We'll hear about that later. Lita T 11:34 Yep, women should know their blood type and talk to their doctor about ways to prevent problems. And also you should talk to your doctor about ways to prevent problems if you are at risk for preterm delivery, such as if you have multiple embryos. Research has shown that taking magnesium sulfate before anticipated early preterm birth reduces the risk of CP among surviving infants. Zain 12:00 And in addition to that, it also leaves reducing risks after the baby's born, because any baby can get jaun jaundice severe jaundice that is not treated, can cause brain damage. Just like the mom before pregnancy makes sure your child has vaccines against infections that can cause meningitis. And with it, we'll see if I can get this one, um encephalitis Buckling their child in the car. Buckling their child in the car using an infant or child car seat, booster seat or seat belt according to the child's height, weight and age. Again, this is just our opinion of recommendations that should be done. Make living area safe. Make living areas safer for children by using window guards. Keep young children from falling from falling out of open windows and using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs. Make sure make sure the surface of your child's playground is made of a shock absorbing material such as hardwood mulch or sand, carefully watching children at the time. At all times are in bathtubs swimming or wading pools, and natural bodies of water that should that should just go for any young child in general disability or not. Adults watching kids in the water should avoid distracting activities like using a computer or a mobile device reading or taking or talking on the phone. Talking on the phone might be the most dangerous one, in my opinion. Jean 12:24 Yep right on Yeah, Zain 12:52 Make sure your child wears a helmet. For activities like riding a bike. That's an obvious one. And of course, never hit, throw, shake or hurt a child. I know the sound like common sense things, but some young mothers may not know how dangerous life is for a very young child. That's right. Great advice Zain. As a matter of fact, I just heard on the news that they they are trying to reach out to very young mothers mothers that really don't have perhaps a mentor. They might be on their own. They don't have the the background and those type of mothers. They just might not have all of these tools at their disposal. So hopefully this episode will help them Jean 14:14 Yeah, not everyone's been you know babysitting. Yeah, Lita T 14:17 Yeah. Great. Zain. What treatments are available for somebody that's been diagnosed with CP ? Zain 14:24 For sure, um, There are medications that can help with the muscle spasticity. In July of this year, the FDA has approved an expanded use of Dysport to treat upper and lower limbs spasticity which I actually did not know about, including that caused by CP for patients as young as two years and older. Overtime, CP might cause problems with muscles, bones and joints in your child might need surgery to address these issues or concerns. Ron 14:54 Right Right, Zain. What tips do you have for someone whose child has recently been diagnosed with CP Zain 15:01 um while there's still an ongoing education process to be have to be had just from my own personal experience, I would not recommend panicking. If you can find the right resources available to parents out there today. them from when I was born 21 years ago that I think that's key just because the world is evolved so much in that time. I see having a trustworthy doctor and focusing on the things that the child can do is a key to begin a positive outlook on life. For sure. Ron 15:32 Right. Lita T 15:33 That's great advice. And what would you What have you found to be the most common misconception about CP? Zain 15:42 I've noticed that a lot of people think that the people were born with CP are born exactly the same way. So I would say every person is born with it. So I would say the biggest misconception that people have is every person born with it as the same journey of life. While in actuality, people want to live with the condition and focus on the things they can control. Ron 16:05 I like this kid. Lita T 16:07 He's got a good he's got a good future ahead of him Ron 16:10 Got a good outlook. Yeah, I mean, that's exactly we focus on what we can do not what is difficult or what we can't do. Lita T 16:16 Right. Ron 16:16 So I love the way you view that. Your outlook, Zain, um, how about your friends and family? What kind of role have they played in your life? And do you have any other support systems that you found to be helpful? Zain 16:30 Yes, um thankfully, I have a good support system, both from friends and family. They've been extremely supportive in all my endeavors. Anything for me, scuba diving over a decade ago to participating in athletics as a social media manager in high school, or for the football and basketball teams, they've always been there. I also think that surrounding yourself with positive people will only make life more fun. And I've also recognized that focusing on your inner self motivation, working out meditation, any of those things, is also a good way to reset and focus on your whole self too. Because at the end of the day, what's inside you, in my opinion is most important. So Jean 17:13 That's, that's fantastic. And I have a question. You're a Downers Grove North grad. Is that correct? Zain 17:19 I sure I sure am absolutely. Jean 17:22 We have three my my Lita's three grandsons all went to Downers Grove north too so you guys are all in good company. all, Alumns. Yes, all Alumns, I have a question. So what first interested you in journalism? And then what drew you specifically to sports journalism? Because I hear we actually read some of your some of your articles for Downers Grove North? And I'm just curious what first inspired that? Do you have like a favorite journalist? Zain 17:49 Sure. So um, I mean, when I was in high school, I knew I wanted to do something. um in sports. Because um in middle school, I had been a public address announcer for the middle school basketball teams. And I knew I wanted to do something similar in high school, because of course, I can't physically play organized athletics. And when I was a junior in high school, I took a intro to journalism class. And thankfully, the teacher who's actually the current head softball coach, there was really big into sports and kind of drew me into the entire industry, Jean 18:26 Okay, Zain 18:27 And I took in all and I took in all the knowledge, and I just knew that's the path I wanted to pursue myself on. And, you know, thankfully, I was able to be given all these wonderful opportunities, and I owe a lot to him and, and of course, I owe a lot to, to my head coaches, that I was able to help out as a manager for varsity football, varsity basketball my final two years there, and you know that North's a place that's always going to be it's always going to be with me for a very long time. And I'm always going to consider Downers Grove home. So it's been a it's been a wonderful experience and a very, very good question. Lita T 19:05 That's great. Yeah, I have another follow up. I'm sorry. Ron 19:09 And I have a follow up your follow up. Jean 19:10 (laughter) Lita T 19:10 Ok alright Ron 19:11 (laughter) Jean 19:11 And then I have a follow up Lita T 19:12 Alright Zain, You got us going here. Do you have a podcast yet? Zain 19:17 Um, I did a very long time ago. At the moment. I have one right now. It's called Sports. Talk From A to Z. It's a podcast with me and my college roommate. Um, you can find it on YouTube by searching Sports Talk From A to Z, we talk about everything from sports, to social justice issues to things that we don't like with commissioners. It's pretty it's pretty interesting. Ron 19:42 (Laughter) Sorry to laugh. Zain 19:45 Yeah, we have. There's a lot there's a lot packed into it. We have about like 17 episodes or so. Lita T 19:51 That's great. Zain 19:52 We took a break for we took a break from it for a little bit. We're hoping it start it up again in the next couple weeks. Because of we really like doing it. And then I'm also a freelance writer for Insider.com I cover Illini-athletics and mixed martial arts. So if anything from the UFC Bellator and numerous other MMA organizations, I write about them as well. So I'm around, kind of in a couple of different media spaces, and I'm pretty easy to reach to. And we'll get to that near the end of the episode. Lita T 20:24 Right, right, right, I just, you're just the way you're carrying the way you're carrying us through this episode. I wish you were running our pockets. (laughter) Ron 20:33 I told you I like this kid. Lita T 20:34 Ohhhh Ron 20:35 So, you know what, I'm gonna probably show some of my ignorance over here. You're from Downers Grove. And we are basically in the Chicago region. I'm not a huge follower of follower of the White Sox. But I do know that the Chicago White Sox baseball team has an announcer that has CP I don't recall the gentleman's name, but have you ever reached out to him for any advice? Zain 21:01 It's a very good question, as his name is Jason Benetti. He's a wonderful announcer. Unfortunately, I've tried reaching out to him multiple times. But um, you guys may not know this. He's a very, very busy person. Not only does he do White Sox baseball, he does college football and during his, big time college basketball games, through the winter months. I've tried a couple of times, things just haven't worked out. But I'm very hopeful that we can cross paths. And some day because he does have the same disability. I do. And he does tremendous work. And he's just somebody that I think a lot of people in the sports industry should continue to work up to, because he's going to be either the next generation of people that are going to be coming through the pipeline. So thank you again, for for mentioning that. Yes. I'm very well aware of who Jason Benetti is. Ron 21:53 Okay. Cool. Cool. Cool. Cool. Jean 21:54 And then I have another question. He had several questions. I try to limit it. Sorry. Ron 21:58 (laughter) Um, he's like, are these people done yet? Jean 22:01 Um, so Zain, what is it been like, at the university with COVID? And everything? And how is learning changed? Zain 22:09 Um, I mean, it's been interesting. I actually decided to stay home for the semester because of COVID. But I think overall, the university has done a tremendous job with the revolutionary saliva test, they've been able to make it through the entire semester. And I'm looking forward to going back in the spring and just seeing what a COVID semester is going to be like, because I think we're going to be with this virus for a little bit. And, yeah, I think, I think it's just one of those things that where we kind of all have to get through it and stay positive and again, like, kind of the theme of this episode has been, we need to control what we can control at this point. And yeah, absolutely. Ron 22:48 Okay. Speaking of control, I'm going to take control the mics right now I'm gonna cut off Jean and Lita, we're gonna wrap this up. And we do appreciate your time. But one thing I did want to talk about, I think somebody earlier mentioned something about water, or Dive or Dive Heart. But I know, you've been with an organization called Dive Heart that does scuba diving for children, adults and veterans with disabilities. But is it more than just jumping in the water or breathing underwater, does it? How much more does that affect you doing that sport? Zain 23:31 Well, I mean, that's a great, that's a great question. First off, they've always been in tremendous organization. They, they, they gave me You know, they give people opportunities where they don't feel like they have kind of an avenue to go through. And that's one of the things that I felt when I was younger when I did it. So the freedom of movement underwater is one of the most satisfying things you could ever have. I think scuba is less about the act of getting underwater, and feeling relaxed, and more about all the prep stuff, the teamwork, the communication associated with being able to work with a group of experienced divers being able to learn all the different equipment and kind of what the kind of what the rules and regulations are and just being with people who are going to be there that are going to be able to support you as you kind of feel the freedom underneath underneath the water. And for some it's an exhilarating feeling because when they're out of the water they don't they either they either don't feel that movement or sensation or it's very difficult for them. So that's something that's something that I've noticed, just simply doing the sport and being a part of it for for as long as I was. Ron 24:50 That's great. That's absolutely great. Thank you. Thanks so much for that. Jean 24:54 And Zain. How can our listeners learn more about you, um, you were talking about how you have a you know, there's a Spots Talk From A to Z on YouTube. Do you have any other social media accounts? Zain 25:06 Oh yeah, you can find me everywhere on all the major social media platforms from our Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, or my handle was @ZainBando99 that's Z A I N B A N D O nine, nine. You can follow me on all of those. My DMS are always open. If anyone would like to talk, I'm always active via all those all the time. I'm actually a huge social media junkie so you can find me uhh you can find me anywhere. Jean 25:36 So I want to put them in charge of the podcast. (laughter) Yeah. And, and our social media. Yes. Ron 25:41 And my archery website. Lita T 25:42 Right, right. Right, we're gonna get you going, Jean 25:44 You're gonna be busier than, than Jason, Lita T 25:47 Thank you. Thank you so much for joining us today's Zain we really appreciate it. Zain 25:52 Oh, you're welcome. Thank you guys for having me on. Again. I was really happy that we were able to do this. And you go, I think you guys will continue. And you are continuing to do a good job of giving another platform for people to listen to before they can go out and make their own make their own decisions on what's best for them medically. So kudos to you guys for that and thank you again, you guys did a tremendous job and kept me entertained the whole time so thank you Lita T 26:20 (laughter) Ron 26:20 We're nothing if not entertaining. Lita T 26:21 Oh yeah. We don't charge extra. If you have any questions or comments related to today's show, you could drop us a line at podcast email@example.com through our website, podcast dx.com and Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. Ron 26:38 And if you have a moment to spare, please give us a five star review wherever you get your podcast. As always, please keep in mind that this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment, and before undertaking a new health care regime, and never disregard professional medical advice, or delaine. Taking it because of something you've heard on this podcast Jean 27:09 Till next week.
35 minutes | a month ago
Cosmetic Medicine is the practice of non-surgical and minor surgical procedures that are designed to change the appearance of individuals by their effects on superficial tissues, thereby reversing the signs of ageing. Cosmetic Medicine is commonly associated with treatments such as botulinum toxin and dermal filler injections. Other treatments such as laser therapy and sclerotherapy are also extremely popular and are additional therapies that a cosmetic practitioner can offer. Skin Med Spa is a premier medical spa in Downers Grove, Illinois. The practice boasts licensed medical staff who are trained in aesthetics and have decades of experience. It’s a true medical spa, offering real products and quality anti-aging results. Skin Med Spa staff use the Lumenis® M22™ laser system, including IPL, Q-Switched nd:YAG, and ResurFX™, to treat all types of skin conditions. They offer all-encompassing treatments to help patients achieve healthier, younger-looking skin without downtime. The practice combines natural products with advanced technologies to maximize aesthetic results. The Skin Med Spa team treats acne, rosacea, spider veins, fine lines, sun spots, stretch marks, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. They use DefenAge skincare, which uses stem cells to stimulate new skin cell production. Skin Med Spa specialists also offer Nutrafol® hair vitamin supplements for hair restoration and vFit+, a women’s wellness device that rejuvenates intimate areas. Patients seeking Botox®, Jeuveau®, dermal fillers, facials, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair restoration, laser skin resurfacing, PDO threads, or laser hair removal can turn to the Skin Med Spa team for premium anti-aging results. Skin Med Spa staff offer same-day appointments. They look forward to helping you achieve your health, wellness, and beauty goals. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today. Our Guests Barbara Kowalczyk, FNP-BC Barbara has one of the most loyal followings in facial aesthetics in the Chicagoland area due to her impressive work. A practitioner who's goal is to listen to the patient's desires and artistically deliver amazing results for her patient. Her specialty includes botox fillers and PDO threads as well as laser treatments to achieve the most amazing natural look. Barbara's training was extensive and comprehensive making her one of the most knowledgeable injector practitioners that you will find in this realm of medicine and beauty. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ Michael Fressola, ACNP-BC An aesthetic practitioner and graduate of Rush University. Michael has been involved with cosmetic treatments and surgery for 20 years. Michael was a partner at Galileo surgery center and advanced cosmetic lasers, one of the first laser centers in Chicago. Michael brings his years of aesthetic experience to Skin Med Spa specializing skin rejuvenation, men's aesthetics as well as testosterone optimization and anti-aging treatments.
23 minutes | a month ago
Our guest this week is Arushi Lohiya, from Jaipur, Rajasthan -India. She is a marketing & branding strategist, an amateur poet, animal lover, and a Fibromyalgia warrior. She graduated top of her class from Iowa State University, USA in marketing. At one time she was also a national level sports player and managed to combine both of her passions with a dream job in sports marketing. She was accelerating up the corporate ladder with brands like Coca Cola, ESPN, and Kingfisher Beer, basically living her dream when in 2012 at the age of 22 she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Since then she has not spent a single day without pain. Due to excruciating pain she can’t sit, or stand for more than 15 minutes and is forced to spend her days lying down prone confined to her bed. To support my weak muscles, she ties about 10-15 crepe/ace bandages all over her body. She hasn't sat for over eight years now. Fibromyalgia left her disabled both physically and emotionally. While Fibromyalgia turned her life upside down, she has somehow made peace with her current situation through remotely working from home as a freelance marketing, branding and social media strategist for the past 8 years. She has embarked on a quest to spread awareness about fibromyalgia. She states: "Surprisingly Fibromyalgia has given me a huge gift - discovering the poetry in me. I have been using poetry to spread awareness about fibromyalgia as well as my journey through this fight in order to inform people what goes behind the scenes and making sure to be very vocal about it in order to remove the social stigma and fight the isolation that comes with a chronic disease." A very positive attitude for sure!!
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Savanna is a health policy and patient advocate from Houston, Texas. She meets with senators and representative at the federal level to advocate for patients to have better access to treatments and for the protection of the ACA, as well as creating awareness & education through social media and consulting with companies about the patient experience. Savanna has several chronic illnesses including Psoriatic Arthritis, Severe Asthma, and a form of Corneal Dystrophy, which is what she is here to talk about today.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Matt is a preschool teacher turned computer programmer and disability advocate. He developed Epilepsy while in college and is here today to discuss this often misunderstood disease. Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. Anyone can develop epilepsy. Epilepsy affects both males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages. Seizure symptoms can vary widely. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs. Having a single seizure doesn't mean you have epilepsy. At least two unprovoked seizures are generally required for an epilepsy diagnosis. Treatment with medications or sometimes surgery can control seizures for the majority of people with epilepsy. Some people require lifelong treatment to control seizures, but for others, the seizures eventually go away. Some children with epilepsy may outgrow the condition with age. Epilepsy care at Mayo Clinic
43 minutes | 2 months ago
Gastroparesis and J-Tubes
Ambre is a gastroparesis patient. She was diagnosed in 2016, after suffering with GI symptoms for nearly 2 years. Her disease has progressed to where she is now completely dependent on enteral nutrition. In the last two years she has become a vocal advocate for the gastroparesis community. She has also, in the last year become a vocal advocate for feeding tubes and body positivity. By participating in several photoshoots to help with body positivity and awareness for medical devices, she hopes to encourage others. She writes a blog about her journey with chronic illness. She uses her platform for awareness, education, and positivity. She strives to encourage and empower others living with chronic illness.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
Britt Clark is a patient advocate and the founder of Lupus Lyfe, a blog about living with lupus. She is also a lupus patient leader for WEGO Health and actively participates in discussions and panels advocating for chronic illness warriors. She has battled lupus, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia and recently stage 1 kidney cancer. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and 2 sons and traveling. Blog: Lupus Lyfe www.lupuslyfe.com IG: @lupuslyfe FB: @lupuslyfe
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Crohns During Motherhood
Myisha is the ceo of @gameofcrohnsandchronicillness Facebook group and Instagram. Myisha is a 2019 WEGO Health Awards finalist and WEGO Health top 10 rookie of the year 2020 this year. Myisha have been nominated for 10 WEGO Health awards. Myisha started her Facebook group gameofcrohnsandchronicillness to help others feel less alone. When Myisha was first diagnosed 11 years ago she knew absolutely nothing about her chronic illness or what she would be dealing with for the rest of her life. Myisha is a passionate dedicated advocate she’s received proclamations from states for recognition of her advocacy and IBD awareness
13 minutes | 3 months ago
Halloween During COVID
In this episode we will discuss Halloween Safety during COVID Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who at one time could dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety. Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and some ideas to replace typical parties during these uncommonly scary times.
14 minutes | 3 months ago
Our guest today is once again Lita Tomas, one of our co-hosts. Lita has suffered with GERD for most of her adult life (as you learned in S6E19) This year's upper endoscopy showed damage to the esophagus from the chronic acid backflow. She now has a new diagnosis of Barrett's Esophagus. Barrett's esophagus is a potentially serious complication of GERD, which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. In Barrett's esophagus, normal tissue lining the esophagus -- the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach -- changes to tissue that resembles the lining of the intestine. About 10% of people with chronic symptoms of GERD develop Barrett's esophagus. Barrett's esophagus does not have any specific symptoms, although patients with Barrett's esophagus may have symptoms related to GERD. It does, though, increase the risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma, which is a serious, potentially fatal cancer of the esophagus. (WebMD)
21 minutes | 3 months ago
Rotator Cuff Repair
Our guest today is Lita again, she has recently had her torn rotator cuff repaired. I would like to refer to the Mayo Clinic to explain this complex group of muscles and ligaments: The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. A rotator cuff injury can cause a dull ache in the shoulder, which often worsens with use of the arm away from the body. Rotator cuff injuries are common and increase with age. These may occur earlier in people who have jobs that require repeatedly performing overhead motions. Examples include painters and carpenters. Many people with rotator cuff disease can manage their symptoms and return to activities with physical therapy exercises that improve flexibility and strength of the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. Sometimes, rotator cuff tears may occur as a result of a single injury. In those circumstances, medical evaluation should be provided as soon as possible to discuss the role of surgery. Extensive rotator cuff tears may not be fixable, and transfer of alternative tendons or joint replacement may be possible. (for more info)
12 minutes | 4 months ago
Injectable Neurotoxins for Migraines
Two Co-Hosts discuss injectable neurotoxins as a medical treatment, especially for migraines. Neurotoxins are injected around pain fibers that are involved in headaches. It enters the nerve endings around where it is injected and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. This prevents activation of pain networks in the brain. It prevents migraine headaches before they start
19 minutes | 4 months ago
Volunteering, Good For Your Mental Health
Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even feel happier and healthier. With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness. Benefits of volunteering: 4 ways to feel healthier and happier Volunteering connects you to others Volunteering is good for your mind and body Volunteering can advance your career Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life Our guest this week is Scott Alm. Scott was born and raised in the Chicago area. He is a real estate appraiser by trade, but his real passion is adaptive sports. Adaptive sports favorites include Diveheart Advanced Adaptive Dive Buddy specializing in quadriplegics with full face masks, Adaptive Adventures Lead Ski Instructor specializing in tethering sit skiers with fixed out riggers, and Blind Ski Guide with American Blind Skiing foundation. Other sports include adaptive snowboard instructor, adaptive water skiing fitter/catcher/jumper, adaptive bike fitter and mechanic, tandem bike pilot, adaptive kayak fitter and guide, and adaptive rock climbing helper monkey.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Hyperacusis is defined as a collapsed tolerance to normal environmental sounds. Ears also lose most of their dynamic range. Dynamic range is the ability of the ear to deal with quick shifts in sound loudness. Suddenly everyday noises sound unbearably or painfully loud. The disorder is often chronic and usually accompanied by tinnitus (ringing in the ears), but can occur in patients who have little or no measurable hearing loss. Hi, My name is Jemma, I’m 16 years old and have a rare disorder called hyperacusis, which causes me to experience pain from normal noise. There is very little research done on hyperacusis, and no laws or policies to provide accommodations to those living with hyperacusis. My goal is to help raise awareness about hyperacusis and other rare disorders/chronic pain conditions, put in place laws to accommodate those with hyperacusis, and push for more research to be done on hyperacusis. I have started a website, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube called a Hyperacusis Awareness.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Camaraderie in a Pandemic
Even though we often feel Physicians are 'super-heroes" during times of extreme stress even these heroes need support! Dr. Jackson is here today to talk with us about the care and support that physicians can give one another. The current pandemic is such a stressful time for all of us, have you considered how hard it is on the front line workers? Dr. Kimberly Funches Jackson is a board-certified physician and founder of Physicians Working Together. Dr. J is also the founder of National Physicians Week, a national celebration, (March 25-31) that recognizes the dedication, sacrifice, and triumph of physicians across-the-board. Dr. Jackson graduated from William Carey University before receiving her Doctor of Medicine from The University of Mississippi School of Medicine. She's the co-owner and Medical Director of Jackson Point of Light Family Medicine & Pediatrics located in Phenix City, Alabama. With more than 11 years of experience in medicine, Dr. Kimberly Jackson has a proven track record of going above and beyond to provide quality healthcare. In addition to her medical practice, Dr. Kimberly Jackson has been a strong advocate for improving the healthcare system. She’s also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. J serves on the board of community-based organizations and she is a dedicated member of several physician groups. Dr. Jackson founded Physicians Working Together (PWT) in 2015 to create an exciting social movement that focuses on connecting, collaborating and caring for physicians, medical students, and the communities served. The non-profit organization is an important cornerstone of physician advocacy, positive public relations, and educational empowerment. PWT provides a platform where doctors can combine efforts that will strengthen healthy physician relationships through collaboration and genuine camaraderie. "By fostering supportive relationships, we will strengthen our ability to provide quality patient care overall." Within the first two years of organizing PWT, Dr. Jackson arranged healthcare town halls to call for positive change in healthcare. The altruistic leader opened the dialogue between legislators about the importance of physicians' leadership in practice, professional development, and the overall well-being of both physicians and the community. PWT also features a Medical Student Mentorship Program that educates and inspires future healthcare professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they will need to overcome today’s challenges and embrace tomorrow’s trends. Dr. Kimberly Jackson was recognized by Medelita's H.I.P. (Honoring Inspiring Professionals) Ambassador Program. The program honors medical professionals at every level who stand out in their specialty and/or community.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease. It can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. In the United States, rabies is mostly found in wild animals like bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. However, in many other countries dogs still carry rabies, and most rabies deaths in people around the world are caused by dog bites. Animals most likely to transmit rabies in the United States include bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons and skunks. In developing countries of Africa and Southeast Asia, stray dogs are the most likely to spread rabies to people. Once a person begins showing signs and symptoms of rabies, the disease nearly always causes death. For this reason, anyone who may have a risk of contracting rabies should receive rabies vaccinations for protection. The first symptoms of rabies may be very similar to those of the flu and may last for days. Later signs and symptoms may include: Fever Headache Nausea Vomiting Agitation Anxiety Confusion Hyperactivity Difficulty swallowing Excessive salivation Fear brought on by attempts to drink fluids because of difficulty swallowing water Hallucinations Insomnia Partial paralysis When to see a doctor Seek immediate medical care if you're bitten by any animal, or exposed to an animal suspected of having rabies. Based on your injuries and the situation in which the exposure occurred, you and your doctor can decide whether you should receive treatment to prevent rabies. Even if you aren't sure whether you've been bitten, seek medical attention. For instance, a bat that flies into your room while you're sleeping may bite you without waking you. If you awake to find a bat in your room, assume you've been bitten. Also, if you find a bat near a person who can't report a bite, such as a small child or a person with a disability, assume that person has been bitten. Rabies infection is caused by the rabies virus. The virus is spread through the saliva of infected animals. Infected animals can spread the virus by biting another animal or a person. In rare cases, rabies can be spread when infected saliva gets into an open wound or the mucous membranes, such as the mouth or eyes. This could occur if an infected animal were to lick an open cut on your skin. Animals that can transmit the rabies virus Any mammal (an animal that suckles its young) can transmit the rabies virus. The animals most likely to transmit the rabies virus to people include: Pets and farm animals Cats Cows Dogs Ferrets Goats Horses Wild animals Bats Beavers Coyotes Foxes Monkeys Raccoons Skunks Woodchucks In rare cases, the virus has been transmitted to tissue and organ transplant recipients from an infected organ. Risk factors Factors that can increase your risk of rabies include: Traveling or living in developing countries where rabies is more common, including countries in Africa and Southeast Asia Activities that are likely to put you in contact with wild animals that may have rabies, such as exploring caves where bats live or camping without taking precautions to keep wild animals away from your campsite Working in a laboratory with the rabies virus Wounds to the head or neck, which may help the rabies virus travel to your brain more quickly Prevention To reduce your risk of coming in contact with rabid animals: Vaccinate your pets. Cats, dogs and ferrets can be vaccinated against rabies. Ask your veterinarian how often your pets should be vaccinated. Keep your pets confined. Keep your pets inside and supervise them when outside. This will help keep your pets from coming in contact with wild animals. Protect small pets from predators. Keep rabbits and other small pets, such as guinea pigs, inside or in protected cages so that they are safe from wild animals. These small pets can't be vaccinated against rabies. Report stray animals to local authorities. Call your local animal control officials or other local law enforcement to report stray dogs and cats. Don't approach wild animals. Wild animals with rabies may seem unafraid of people. It's not normal for a wild animal to be friendly with people, so stay away from any animal that seems unafraid. Keep bats out of your home. Seal any cracks and gaps where bats can enter your home. If you know you have bats in your home, work with a local expert to find ways to keep bats out. Consider the rabies vaccine if you're traveling. If you're traveling to a country where rabies is common and you'll be there for an extended period of time, ask your doctor whether you should receive the rabies vaccine. This includes traveling to remote areas where medical care is difficult to find. (Data from Mayo Clinic)
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