JAYHAWK PHARMACY BLOG

4 Benefits of a Nasal Pillow

Posted on: June 28th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

Your CPAP mask is perhaps the most important piece of equipment you have as it relates to your therapy. It has to fit properly, be comfortable enough for you to sleep, keep a good seal against your skin and give you an overall good feeling. However, full face masks can feel big, bulky and restricting. Even nasal masks can give you a sense of claustrophobia. There is a different kind of nasal mask that promotes a less confining experience while still delivering your CPAP therapy efficiently: the nasal pillow mask.

 

While full face and nasal masks are larger and seal directly to your face, a nasal pillow mask has minimal surface contact, sealing only to your nostrils and held in place by headgear. There are several benefits to this design:

 

  1. Eliminates the risk of developing pressure sores like those you get from using a full face or nasal mask
  2. Allows for a clearer line of sight
  3. Achieves an easier seal because there is less surface area to seal to
  4. Allows for easier movement during sleep without the mask coming off or losing its seal

 

In short, a nasal pillow mask provides you with more freedom in your CPAP therapy. As we’ve discussed in the past, CPAP therapy can be a hard thing to become accustomed to, so anything that can make it easier is worth a shot.

 

We have a variety of nasal pillow mask models to help you adapt to your therapy. Manufactured by reputable companies like ResMed and Phillips Respironics, these masks could be just what you need to find comfort in your therapy. Check out our online catalog today and find relief with a nasal pillow mask.

 

5 Ways to Reduce Your Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

It’s estimated that 5.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, and that 1 in 10 adults over the age of 65 will develop this condition. While there is no known cure, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce your chances of developing it. Since June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Jayhawk Pharmacy would like to offer you the following tips:

Stay educated! Formal education at any stage of life can help keep your brain mentally fit. Consider taking a class at a local community college in a subject you have always wanted to learn more about or check out what seasonal classes are being offered in your community center.

Take care of your heart! We understand that high blood pressure and diabetes can directly affect our hearts, but they can also affect our brains. If you keep your heart healthy, then you are also keeping your brain healthy.

Catch some ZZZ’s! If you are not getting enough sleep at night, you may be suffering from insomnia or sleep apnea. Feeling tired and not getting enough sleep can result in reduced memory function and thinking. If you think you have a sleep-related condition such as sleep apnea, consult your physician. Treatments such as CPAP machines are available to ensure you get a good night’s sleep!

Buddy Up! Spending time socializing and engaging with friends can help keep you mentally sharp. In fact, staying social with not only your friends, but also within the community can keep your brain active and happy.

Get Stumped! Regularly challenge yourself with a variety of mind puzzles, such as crosswords or Sudoku. These days, you can find just about any game in the form of an app for your mobile device, so take advantage of downtime by playing some challenging mental games.

As always, maintaining a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are also very beneficial when preventing cognitive disorders. Jayhawk Pharmacy hopes these tips give your brain a boost and feel free to visit us today!

 

3 Things to Consider Before Ramp Installation

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

At Jayhawk Pharmacy, we’ve had the great privilege of being able to install countless ramps, stairlifts and ceiling tracks. If you’re planning on a ramp installation in the near future, we’d like to offer you these tips to prepare for our arrival in advance:

  1. What kind of a ramp do you need?

Do you have a high threshold, such as the kind that you find in sliding glass doors? We can install a threshold ramp for you. Do you just have a few steps that you need to get over? A portable ramp may be able to take care of that. If you have an entire new level that you need to get to, we can install a modular ramp system for you.

  1. Pick a start and end point for the ramp.

For those who need a modular ramp system, decide where you want the access point to be. We can also offer suggestions for the smoothest transitions. It’s usually best to connect it to existing steps or a porch instead of a threshold, as a threshold connection can be unsafe for those trying to maneuver in and out of a door.

  1. Where do you want the ramp’s path to be?

The rise of the land around your home’s entrance and exit can impact what kind of path your ramp will take. If you can, consider installing the ramp on the southern part of the house, as this can help dry the ramp after a storm. Identify the different obstacles that might get in the way of your ramp installation, or that may be hazardous in the future. For example, do you have a large tree that will hang over the ramp? Leaves and falling tree branches could be a problem.

Let Jayhawk Pharmacy be your partner in your journey for independence. We’re just a phone call away if you need to discuss your ramp needs further.

4 Ways To Observe Men’s Health Month

Posted on: June 7th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

June is Men’s Health Month and Jayhawk Pharmacy is bringing you pertinent information about men’s health and what you can do to improve your health during this month. Get moving this month to work towards a healthier lifestyle.

Get moving during Men’s Health Month –

  1. Schedule a Doctor’s Appt– As age increases, so does your risk for different chronic diseases. A yearly checkup is important to lowering your risk for health problems.
  2. Limit Stress– Stress can heighten your risk for many health issues, so if you can find a way to tame the stress, your health will be better off. Find ways to cope with your stress, whether it’s through exercise or meditation, taming your stress can keep you healthy.
  3. Sleep Better– What’s better than a good night’s sleep? Getting enough sleep is important to your overall health because it provides energy for the next day. Insufficient amount of sleep is directly correlated with a number of chronic diseases, including some cancers. If you have trouble sleeping, it could be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you suspect you have this condition. We carry a number of sleep apnea therapy products, including CPAP machines.
  4. Exercise More– Performing exercises on a daily basis doesn’t have to happen at the gym. Any physical activity is good to getting your blood pumping and metabolism moving. Jog around the neighborhood, play fetch with your canine friend or do some yard work for physical activity. Aim to get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. If you can get to the gym for exercise, great. If not, plan physical activity into your daily routines to keep your health moving.

Jayhawk Pharmacy wishes you a happy Men’s Health Month and we encourage you to find motivation to become a better you! Contact us today for more information or assistance on healthier and safer living.

 

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

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

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

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.