Kayla Holmes

Hurricane Preparedness: Safety Tips

Last month, we shared some hurricane preparedness tips like shelf-stable foods and some helpful tips for preparation. Now, we want to talk about all things safety. Storms can be unpredictable, changing speed, size, and direction on a dime. They can also cause a great deal of damage, fast. Let’s discuss ways you can prepare to stay safe when a storm hits.  Prepare a First Aid Kit Have an Emergency Plan Know Your Area Stock Safety …

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Fun in the Sun: Florida Summer Safety

Summer has arrived! Summer in Florida comes with relaxation and a plethora of fun activities and events. However, it also comes with many risks to be aware of and proactive in avoiding. Listed below are 6 summer safety tips. “How often do you water your plants? It can be complicated. You have to ask a few questions:  Under watering plants can be just as dangerous as over watering them as well. The same goes for …

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Kidney Korner: Dialysis FAQ Part 1

Starting dialysis is a huge lifestyle change that can come with a lot of loaded questions. Let’s explore some frequently asked questions with answers from our wonderful team at DialySuites Bartram Park! Q: What are my treatment options?A: Patients needing renal replacement therapy have 4 options: in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and transplantation. Each option has its pros, cons, requirements, and limitations. Take time to discuss your options with your nephrologist and dialysis care team.  Q: What are some …

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Meal Management: Meal Prepping and Cooking Gadgets

Preparing meals and snacks ahead of time not only saves time, but can save money and lead to healthier choices and habits. The beauty of meal prepping is that it is completely customizable to your specific dietary needs and preferences and can be designed to fit into your schedule. Listed below are some helpful tips and tricks to setting yourself up for successful meal prepping. Meal Prepping Cooking Gadgets There are a plethora of devices …

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2024 Hurricane Season Preparedness

June 1st marks the start of hurricane season and preparing is vital for Floridians. Preparations when the storm is upon us can include filling sandbags, boarding up windows, checking insurance coverage, refilling medications, and the oh-so-stressful grocery store run. But did you know that there are things you can do to prepare at the start of the season? Creating a stock of shelf-stable foods and emergency supplies can help to reduce the stress around storm …

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White Coat Syndrome: Is it Real?

Is White Coat Syndrome real? Yes! Let’s set the scene: You are at your appointment and the Medical Assistant calls you back. They take your vitals and your blood pressure comes back high. The first thought you may have is “Oh no! My readings at home are normally lower than this. Do I have high blood pressure now?” Not necessarily. This is a prime example of what White Coat Syndrome looks like! Let’s investigate this …

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Is Chronic Kidney Disease Preventable?

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the gradual decline of kidney function over time. This decline can be accelerated by other chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart conditions. Is it possible that this can be prevented? Once we hit our 40s, our kidney function naturally begins to decline, even without us having done something to cause it. However, there are things we can do to help prevent or slow this decline. This includes: In …

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Kidney Korner: The Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the gradual decline of kidney function over time. Once we hit our 40s, our kidney function naturally begins to decline, even without us having done something to cause it. This decline can be accelerated by other chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart conditions. It is important to understand how CKD is assessed, what the different stages are, and what they mean. ​How it is MeasuredThere are two important …

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