JAYHAWK PHARMACY BLOG

Why Do I Need a Full Night’s Sleep Anyway?

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger No Comments

When you’ve got too much going on, it’s tempting to reach for the energy drink, coffee or other stimulant to keep going. However, not getting enough sleep means you’re robbing your body of some amazing benefits! Studies show that adults who get a solid 8 hours of sleep or more per night can result in the following health dividends:

  • Reduce inflammation – Inflammation is linked to stroke, heart disease, and arthritis. In recent studies, adults who receive less than 6 hours of sleep per night are at an increased risk of having a heart attack. Simply going to bed earlier can reduce inflammation, ultimately improving your overall heart health.

 

  • Experience less pain – If you suffer from chronic pain or acute pain caused by an injury, getting enough sleep can actually make you hurt less.

 

  • Mood improvement – Feel less stressed, anxious, and depressed by simply getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect your emotional regulation, causing you to negatively react to situations that wouldn’t normally bother you.

 

  • Lose weight – Obesity in adults has been linked to sleep deprivation. The hormone known as leptin can make you feel full, causing you to eat less. When you do not get enough sleep, your leptin levels will decrease, making you think you’re hungry which in turn causes you to overeat.

 

  • Stronger immunity – Not only does getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night make you feel better, it can also boost your immune system, making you less susceptible to cold and flu viruses.

 

 

If you aren’t getting enough sleep to sleep apnea, Jayhawk Pharmacy has a large selection of high-quality CPAP supplies available to help you increase your hours of sleep per night. Our respiratory therapists can also help you pick the right CPAP mask and sleep apnea machine to suit your needs.

5 Tips to Dealing With Arthritis

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger No Comments

While arthritis can strike at any age, the condition by and large occurs in our twilight years. Besides being incredibly painful, it adds the additional frustration of limiting one’s ability to enjoy normal day-to-day activities. However, some relief is available. Jayhawk Pharmacy would like to offer these tips, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation:

 

  • Understand all of your treatment options: Exercise, arthritis pain medication or joint surgery for severe arthritic cases can reduce or eliminate your pain caused by arthritis.

 

  • Eat the right foods: Following an anti-inflammatory diet full of fish and vegetables could potentially reduce arthritic flare-ups. Eating healthy can also result in weight loss, which can reduce pressure on your joints, easing your arthritic pain.

 

  • Find the right exercise plan for you: If you are in pain caused by arthritis, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. Activities such as water aerobics and swimming can give you the exercise you need without increasing your joint pain brought on by arthritis.

 

  • Take frequent breaks: Whether you’re in the middle of an arthritis flare-up or you want to avoid another flare-up, it’s important for you to give yourself a break. Taking short naps, going to bed early to get a full 8 hours of sleep, and resting when you feel tired can help reduce the pain caused by arthritis.

 

  • Utilize arthritis mobility products: Give your joints a rest and reduce your recovery time after an arthritic flare-up by using mobility products specially designed for those who suffer from pain caused by arthritis.

 

At Jayhawk Pharmacy, we offer a wide variety of mobility aids that can help you get around easier. From walkers and rollators to canes and crutches, Jayhawk Pharmacy can help you find the best mobility device for your specific needs.

We’re not in Kansas anymore: how to stay safe in summer storm season

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

The sirens go off. You round up the kids and hustle them to the basement, along with flashlights, snacks and anything else you may need to ride out the impending storm. Everyone is down there except for grandma—who sits in her lift chair and insists that it’s nothing.

Sound familiar?

The truth is, when it comes to bad storms, older Americans are the ones who are most likely to be harmed. There are a variety of reasons why, but attitude is one reason. They’ve seen a lot of storms in their lifetime that ended up being nothing.

Another is a lack of mobility within the home. Some elderly people are unable to get to the basement fast enough, or they have trouble navigating the stairs. Today we’re going to cover some of the things you can do to keep yourself and your relatives safe during summer storm season:

  • Make sure the safe space is easily accessible

 

This means making sure the entrance to the basement or bathroom is clear of all toys, magazines, and anything else that may be a tripping hazard. If you have a parent or grandparent who is aging in-home, make sure they have accessibility products installed that can help them get around easily. This includes items such as stair lifts, bath safety grab bars, walkers, rollators and chair lifts.

 

  • Pack a Bug-Out Bag

 

This is a bag with all the essentials in case you have to take shelter for a while. Items within it can include extra medication, bottles of water, a flashlight, a portable battery charger for your cell phone, weather radio, a change of clothes and blankets.

 

  • Communicate with others

 

Be sure to tell your family and loved ones where you hide during stormy weather. If the worst happens, emergency workers will have an easier time finding you. When the storm is over, make sure you call or visit your elderly relatives to make sure they got through it okay.

 

We care very deeply about the health and safety of our customers. Remember, if there is anything you need to help mom, dad, grandma or grandpa navigate the home more easily, we have a wide variety of mobility equipment in our online catalog.

FAST: Signs of a Stroke

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

Each year, 130,000 Americans die as a result of a stroke, and many more become permanently disabled because of it. These devastating effects can be mitigated or even prevented if immediate action is taken soon as symptoms of a stroke start to appear. Some of those include:

  • Trouble speaking or understanding things
  • Weakness or numbness on only one side of the body
  • Difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes
  • A migraine or severe headache that occurs without reason
  • Dizziness or loss of balance

 

If you see any of these, it’s important that you call 911 right away. Your intervention just might save a life! However, we know that it can be hard to remember all these signs, which is why someone came up with the following acronym: F.A.S.T.:

  • FACE – One of the first warning signs of a stroke is a drooping face
  • ARMS – If one arm drifts downward when both arms are raised, this may be a good indicator of a stroke
  • SPEECH – If speech is slurred or sounds strange, a stroke may be occurring
  • TIME – Acting FAST is extremely important – If you notice any of the signs listed above, call 911 immediately

 

If you or a loved one have already had a stroke, Jayhawk Pharmacy offers a variety of home medical equipment and oxygen supplies to assist you assist you in getting back to life and living independently after a stroke.

 

Signs That Your Baby is Full

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

When adults are done eating, we put down the fork and walk away from the table. Breastfeeding babies aren’t so straightforward, however. Often, babies will continue to latch on even after they’re satisfied, usually suckling for comfort. Jayhawk Pharmacy is here to help. Today we will offer a good method to tell when your baby is full.

Start by looking at your baby’s throat. If your baby is making the suckling motion but isn’t swallowing any milk, that’s a sure sign that they’re using your breast as a pacifier. To break the suction, wet your finger in cold water and insert your finger between your nipple and the baby’s mouth. Then burp the baby and place him or her back on your breast. If they start to swallow again, that’s a sign that your baby is not done eating.

However, if you place your baby back at your breast, and they act disinterested—maybe looking in another direction or not quite latching on—that’s a sign that your baby is full. The baby may become fussy 20 minutes or so after you take them away from the breast, but they’re probably tired, as opposed to hungry again.

To establish a good feeding pattern during your infant’s early months, try feeding him or her once every two or three hours. By sticking to this, you can establish a consistent nursing schedule that will help your breasts be stimulated at the right time each day.

If you plan on returning to work after giving birth, you don’t have to give up that schedule either. By purchasing a portable breast pump, you can continue to both express milk at the same time each day, as well as ensure that your baby continues to receive proper nutrition.

Jayhawk Pharmacy is here for you. We carry a wide range of breast pumps in our online catalog, and help you pick out the perfect one!

8 Tips to Using a CPAP During Allergy Season

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

For most people, the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” means that it’s time for fun outdoor activities with friends and family. But for those who suffer from both seasonal allergies and sleep apnea, the first sign of spring can mean restless nights, nasal congestion, and near-impossible CPAP therapy.

Thankfully, Jayhawk Pharmacy has come up with a few tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your CPAP during the changing seasons.

 

  1. Keep your CPAP equipment clean at all times.

 

It’s extremely important to regularly clean and sanitize your CPAP supplies to limit bacterial growth that can occur from even the smallest pockets of moisture.

 

  1. Switch to hypoallergenic filters.

 

Prevent the smallest particles from entering your airways and causing an increase in your seasonal allergy symptoms by using disposable hypoallergenic filters.

 

  1. Use a full-face CPAP mask during allergy season.

 

When your nose is clogged, your mouth will do most of the breathing. Because of that, a nasal CPAP mask is not the most optimal option during this time. Try switching to a full-faced mask to receive the complete benefits of using a CPAP machine.

 

  1. Wash your pillowcases regularly.

 

Invisible dust particles and other allergens that land on your pillowcases can increase your seasonal allergy symptoms. Regularly wash your pillowcases and consider purchasing hypoallergenic pillowcases to decrease your allergy symptoms.

 

  1. Transfer your plants outdoors.

 

Remove plants from your sleeping area as they often harbor mildew which can make your allergies worse at night.

 

  1. Quit smoking.

 

Sleep apnea, seasonal allergies, and smoking is a very dangerous combination. Dramatically improve your overall health and get the restful sleep you deserve by putting down the pipe or cigarette.

 

  1. Close your windows and doors.

 

With warmer weather comes increased pollen counts. To keep pollen out of your home while reducing seasonal allergy symptoms, keep your windows and doors closed at all times.

 

  1. Consult with your physician about using decongestants.

If you have followed all of the suggestions above but are still struggling with nasal congestion

caused by seasonal allergies, talk to your doctor about using over-the-counter decongestants or prescribed allergy medications to help manage your symptoms.

 

The above recommendations are just a few suggestions that Jayhawk Pharmacy has to offer. If you’re still struggling with the effects of seasonal allergies this spring, contact us for more information on how to best use your CPAP during allergy season.

Walk This Way! Proper Cane Use

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

While a cane may seem like a simple and straightforward device to use, many people struggle with it at first. Some even decide to just move around less, rather than having to undergo the hassle of learning to use one.

Jayhawk Pharmacy is here to help. Today, we would like to offer you the basics of how to walk with a cane:

  • Use the cane on the sound side of your body.

 

Many people start off using the cane on the weaker leg, but this is actually the opposite of how it should be used. Instead, use the cane on the stronger leg, pulling the weaker leg behind you.

 

  • Your elbow should be at the 5:00 position.

 

A cane that is too high or too low can cause discomfort and hinder your ability to use it properly. You don’t want it so low that your hand is pointing directly down, but you don’t want it so high that your hand is pointing in front of you. If you think of your body like a clock, you would want your upper arm tilted as if it’s at the 12 position, and your lower arm tilted as if it’s at the 5 position. That height is just right to hold a cane.

 

  • Point at yourself with your thumb.

 

The most efficient way to hold your cane is to have your thumb pointing towards your body, and the back of your hand facing away from it. This hand position will allow you to maintain the best balance.

 

  • Use stairs with handrails, if you can.

 

When using the stairs, make sure you place one hand on the rails (if they have them). Start by placing your sound leg on the first step, then put your cane on the same step next to your leg. Then, leaning on both the rail and the cane, pull your weak leg up the step.

 

It will take you some time to learn how to use a cane, but it’s a skill anyone can master. Hopefully, these tips have helped you take the right steps towards greater mobility. If you’re ready to start using a cane, see Jayhawk Pharmacy today!

Picking Out the Right Portable Wheelchair Ramp

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

Whether you’re a wheelchair user planning a trip or a warehouse worker needing to move supplies, portable wheelchair ramps have a variety of uses. Making sure you pick out the right one can have significant impact on the health and safety of the user. Before you purchase a portable wheelchair ramp, make sure you ask the following questions:

 

  • Is it made of slip-resistant material?

 

This is especially important if the ramp will be exposed to the elements, where it will get wet in the rain or the snow.  Having the proper traction can ensure that the wheelchair has enough grip to safely transport the user to the next level, no matter what the weather does.

 

  • What is height threshold?

Different surfaces will need different height thresholds, and this is important to consider when picking out your portable ramp. If it’s too high or too low, you will put the user’s safety at risk. Some examples of different surfaces include steps that lead into the home, doors with raised lids, vehicle entrances and the steps between a garage and house.

 

  • How much space am I working with?

 

Ideally, your portable wheelchair ramp will leave enough room for the user to get on, off, reverse and turn. Measure the width of the wheels and the width of the opening to calculate the space you will need.

 

  • What is the weight capacity?

 

Before you move that dolly full of heavy goods over the portable wheelchair ramp, make sure it’s rated to handle that weight capacity. The same is true if a bariatric patient plans to use the ramp. Too much weight can wear down the ramp over time and cause serious safety issues.

 

No matter what your mobility needs are, Jayhawk Pharmacy is here for you. We carry a wide variety of ramps and other home medical equipment in our online catalog. Stop by or call us today with any questions.

Breastfeeding and Teething: What You Should Know

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful time of bonding between you and your baby, but if you have trouble with latching, it can quickly turn painful and frustrating. This can be amplified once your baby starts to teethe. Some children see their first tooth as young as three months old, and given that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed their babies for at least a year, it’s very likely that you will experience teeth on your nipple at some point.

Jayhawk Pharmacy is here to help. We would like to offer these tips to breastfeeding after teething has started:

Treat their gums beforehand.

Prior to nursing, give your child something cold they can chew on. This can include a cold teething ring or even a washcloth that’s been run under cold water. Your baby will be in some pain from the teeth coming in, so the cold will soothe them. You can also try gently massaging your child’s gums. Another alternative is using an over-the-counter gum numbing ointment, although we suggest consulting with your pediatrician first.

Be vigilant with the latch.

As we noted before, not having a proper latch can be painful for you, and can become even more so after baby starts teething. Make sure your baby opens their mouth wide before you attempt a latch, as their teeth can easily scrape up against your areola. You also want to ensure that their tongue is moved out of the way, as it’s easy for them to accidentally bite it. Different nursing positions can also help if your baby has trouble latching on.

 Treat your nipple afterwards.

Even if you do have a good latch, a teething baby can still leave sore nipples. The teething process usually causes them to make more saliva, which can cause skin irritation. Rinse your nipples off with cold water after you are done nursing, and apply lanolin.

 

If you are still experiencing trouble, talk to a lactation consultant or contact your local La Leche League. For some mothers, directly breastfeeding their child can be so stressful that they opt to use a breast pump instead. We’re here for you if that’s the case. Our online catalog and store shelves both contain a large selection of name-brand breast pumps and other maternity products.

3 Ways You Can Make Your Home Safer for Older Relatives

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

More and more Americans are opting to age in-home. For many seniors, this means living out their retirement years in the house where they raised their family. Others, however, opt to move in with their grown children, especially if their health is not the best.

If you have an older relative coming to stay with you, Jayhawk Pharmacy is here to help. We’d like to offer three solutions to making your home safer for your elderly loved ones:

  • Install a stair lift.

 

If you have a ranch-style house, you may immediately think that this doesn’t apply to you. However, did you know that you can also install stair lifts outside of the house? If you have a significant amount of steps going up to your house, they could pose a hazard to your older relative, especially if their mobility is impaired. Imagine them trying to carry groceries up those steps—it could lead to a fall.

 

  • Use ramps

Stair lifts aren’t the only solution for those with limited mobility. We also offer modular ramps that can be easily installed outside of your home. If your older relative uses a rollator or a wheelchair, this could make getting in and out of your home much safer and easier for them. We also carry smaller threshold ramps that can be placed at entrances.

  • Equip your bathroom with safety products.

 

Bathrooms are one of the most common places where people experience injuries, especially elderly individuals. It’s very easy to slip on water or a loose rug and experience a fall. To prevent this from happening, install grab bars around and in the tub. It will give your elderly relative something to grasp onto if they start to fall, or something to steady themselves as they get in and out of the tub. People tend to grab onto towel racks for this purpose, but they weren’t designed to hold an adult’s weight, and can easily break if used improperly.

Jayhawk Pharmacy values your health and the health and well-being of your loved ones. We know how life can sometimes take unexpected turns, which is why we’re here for you. Browse our online catalog for all our accessibility products, or see us today for more suggestions on how to make your home safer.