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A Team Approach to Your Health

A few weeks ago, one of our friends had a revelation.  For over 50 years she has struggled through the challenges of being a diabetic, countless insulin injections, many stays in the hospital, and now, her most dreaded fear, dialysis.  Yet recently, during this difficult time of dialysis, she had her greatest revelation.  She said for all those years she always relied on the expertise of doctors to treat each issue as it arose, but never considered how SHE was supposed to be part of that equation too! She didn’t fully understand HER part in treating her condition.  For the first time, it fully resonated with her that doctors can only do so much. Without her cooperation and active participation in her health, their efforts would never lead to full healing.  It was a wake up call! With this new understanding, she has made significant changes in her food choices, exercise habits and more.  Now her only regret is not realizing all of this sooner, when it could have made an even bigger difference in her quality of life for a greater number of years.

This story resonated with us because too often we see a disconnect between patients and the variety of medical professionals who are helping them.  We feel it is not only important, but absolutely critical to approach prosthetic and orthotic care with a TEAM APPROACH.  A collaboration involving doctors, patients, physical therapists, care takers, and prosthetic/orthotic clinicians.  We strive to have open lines of communication.  This commitment is one of the reasons EastPoint is one of the only providers to offer mobile services.  Not only is it convenient for the patients, but, for example, when we can actually join the patient while they are with their physical therapist we are able to better understand their needs and address issues right away.  When mobile services are not available, we are still committed to being open and available to talk with the other key parts of the healthcare team and work together to create the most productive outcomes possible.

We realize, however, our role is only one part of the equation. If you have not already, we challenge you, like our friend I mentioned before, to consider how vital your own part is in managing your healthy outcome.  What can you do or change to improve your situation, and how can others involved in your healthcare help? Please contact us any time if you have concerns or questions.  We want to help you become the best and healthiest version of yourself that you can be.

 

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Oh no! I see a flat spot on my baby’s head!!

So many parents face this situation and suddenly begin to panic, but rest assured this is a common problem and can often be resolved without extreme measures.

The frequency of this concern for parents began to increase in 1992 when the “Back to Sleep” campaign suggested lying an infant on their back in their crib instead of on their tummy in effort to decrease the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  While the American Academy of Pediatrics does feel the campaign has led to decreased instances of SIDS (1),other research indicates a correlation in the rise of plagiocephaly (flat spots) (2) due to the campaign. Nevertheless, some feel this is a small price to pay for keeping infants alive.

It would be shortsighted to place all the blame on the “Back to Sleep” campaign though.  Numerous other factors can be at play such as a restrictive uterine environment, torticollis (muscle stiffness in the neck), infant carriers, bouncy seats and swings (3) to name a few.  While some of these factors may be avoided, others are entirely out of a parent’s control.

The article below from kidshealth.org has great information on positional plagiocephaly, along with some excellent tips for repositioning techniques that may solve the problem without medical intervention.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/sleep/positional_plagiocephaly.html#

At EastPoint Prosthetics and Orthotics, we offer advanced scanning technology for cranial shaping helmets.  Unlike some other methods that can be uncomfortable or scary for your child, our kinderBAND™ scanner can be used while your child is sitting on your lap!  If you have any concerns, talk with your child’s doctor for a prescription to get a scan. We have an excellent track record of successful outcomes.  Most parents of our patients feel the sacrifice of time spent in the cranial helmet far outweighs the future benefits for their child.  While there are some who may dispute the need or effectiveness of this process, we have seen the proof in our own patients.  Here is an additional resource explaining effectiveness of the cranial reshaping process. http://www.oandp.com/articles/2014-08_04.asp

For more information about our Raleigh area cranial helmet provider, you can call (919) 844-7897. 

For our Eastern NC cranial helmet provider, call (252) 522-3278. 

 

Cited Sources:

1. http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/Profile-of-SIDS-Risk-Shifts-After-Launch-of-Back-to-Sleep-Campaign.aspx

2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9086896

3.http://www.cranialtech.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72:plagiocephaly-causes&catid=37:what-is-plagiocephaly&Itemid=79

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Guatemala Prosthetic Clinic

In 2006, God opened a door of opportunity for Brent, from our Raleigh office, to provide a free, weeklong prosthetic clinic at Hospital Shalom in San Benito, Guatemala.  With donated limbs, components and materials, he pieced together 12 prosthetic limbs, which offered new life and opportunities for his first set of patients in this region.  Over the years, a lot of improvements have been made including the development of a fully equipped lab, adding a professional technician to the team (Frank Hodges) and changing over to the use of new (not used) components.   Brent, with the help of many others including Paul Sugg, the owner of EastPoint, has offered seven clinics since 2006 and over 150 patients have been given a new opportunity for an active life.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 NLT

Even more exciting news is that Hospital Shalom, and specifically the area used for the prosthetic ministry, has expanded.  This year, the hospital acquired an additional nearby compound, which means there are new and larger areas for the prosthetic clinic, including a private patient room, a gait (walking) area, a separate patient check-in/waiting space, an expanded lab for fabrication AND much needed storage space! During the next clinic there are also plans to equip the gait area with stairs, ramps and parallel bars.  They are so excited about these changes and Brent, Frank, their wives and a team of helpers are eagerly awaiting their next trip early this November, 2014.  As patient numbers have increased, they have become aware of even more needs and have organized a variety of fundraising efforts to cover the costs.  If you are interested in partnering with them on this journey, below are several options you can choose from to help.  

Tax-deductible financial donations can be made through www.newcovenantworldmissions.org.  Please select the Hospital Shalom section. As you go through the donation process, be sure to click on the link to “Make A Special Note” and designate the money towards the PROSTHETICS PROGRAM – If you prefer to write a check: Make it payable to New Covenant World Missions (memo – Prosthetics at Hospital Shalom) and mail to: New Covenant World Missions  P.O. Box 35968  Canton, OH 44735

A Flapjack Fundraiser is being held in Raleigh on Saturday, Sept. 27th from 7:00am – 10:00am at Applebee’s (7831 Target Circle Raleigh, NC 27616).  Tickets are $8/per person and must be purchased in ADVANCE.  Please contact Meredith Wright for tickets or more information: (919)610-2364

“A Piece of Our Heart” is a jigsaw puzzle campaign.  They would like to have your help completing a Guatemala jigsaw puzzle.  Each piece is $10 and they will write your name on the back.  Once the puzzle is finished, it will be framed and displayed to remember those who have come alongside to help.  Contact Meredith Wright for donations or more information (919) 610-2364

Financial Donations will be used to cover:

– Spanish coloring books and crayons for pediatric patients and other children such as siblings who visit the clinic.  Each book also shares the message of Jesus’ love.

–  Shoes for patients; Most patients come in with no shoes (in a wheelchair) or with only one very worn out shoe on their non-amputated leg.  We need to provide a set of shoes in order for them to use their new prosthetic leg(s).

–  Travel expenses

–  Purchase of materials such as plastic, plaster of paris, casting tape, etc.

–  Purchase of materials for gait area: stairs, parallel bars, and ramps

–  The purchase of miscellaneous parts and components such as pylons, feet, knees etc.

 

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Inspirational quotes: Oct. 7 – Oct. 11, 2013

Did you miss any of our recent inspirational quotes? Whether you did or are just looking for an extra dose of motivation, check out the five quotes we loved the week of Oct. 7!

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

“Every day is an opportunity to change things for the better.” – Michael Pivec

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

“Remove failure as an option and your chances for success become infinitely better.” – Joan Lunden
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Inspirational quotes: Aug. 12 – Aug. 16, 2013

Did you miss any of our inspirational quotes from last week? Whether you did or are just looking for an extra dose of motivation, check out the five quotes we loved the week of Aug. 12!

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

“A human being can alter their life by altering their attitude.” – William James

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens
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