Helmets: Fit Your Lid!

January 13, 2018 | Health Advice | By: Nicki Waggoner

Thanks to Miss Shiloh Kuhn, our helmet model!

Did you know that the majority of wheeled recreational vehicle (bikes, scooters and skateboard) injuries happen close to home? The standard use of safety helmets by children ages 4 to 15 would prevent up to 45,000 head injuries annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Bike riding is a great way to have family time in the great outdoors and we want you to be safe while you have fun!

Here are some tips on how to get the right fit for your bicycle helmet:

EYES:  Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
EARS:  Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
MOUTH:  Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.

Wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle offers much needed protection in case of a crash or fall.  The best way to ensure bicycle safety is to get the entire family involved.  Set a good example for your children by following the rules of the road as well.  Bicycle helmets help save lives!

You can find more great information at Safe Kids Worldwide.

 

Post Rock Family Medicine Welcomes New Students Isaac and Andrew Talbert

January 9, 2018 | Students | By: Jodie Ostmeyer

Isaac and Andrew Talbert are identical twin brothers (you are not seeing double) and are both attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City.  They are both in their 4th year of school and are completing their Family Medicine rotation.  Andrew (left side of photo) will be shadowing Dr. Jen Brull and Isaac (right side of photo) will be shadowing Dr. Lynn Fisher.

Where are you from?
Their family currently lives in Olathe Kansas, but the twins grew up in Lyons, KS and Nepal.

Why did you come to Plainville?
Isaac: 
I originally heard about the Plainville hospital from my grandparents who live in Stockton. I was looking for a location to do my family rotation that would provide a hands-on experience. I heard great things about the hospital in Plainville from both my grandparents and students. It was the perfect opportunity for a good family medicine experience and to see my family.

Andrew:
My grandparents live in Stockton and I thought living with them for a month before going off to residency would be fun. Plainville is a popular location with student at KU Med because of the hands-on learning and broad scope of education.

What do you hope to be when you’re out of school? Why?
Isaac: 
I will be going to Sacramento California for an intern year in surgery. I enjoy being in the OR and want to be in a field where I am working with my hands.

Andrew:
I am going into an Emergency Medicine residency at Saint Louis University Hospital next year and after that will be serving in the Air Force as a flight doctor.

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Are the holiday blues getting you down?

December 30, 2017 | Health Advice | By: Nicki Waggoner

christmas, christmas ball, decoration

If you struggle with feeling sad during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Post Rock would like to offer some suggestions to help you.  If your blues become severe or persist into January, please come see your health care provider to talk!

Do you live far from family?  Stay connected with friends.  Plan small encounters, even if it’s just enjoying a cup of coffee together. Volunteering at local organizations can help to combat loneliness as well.  Doing good can make you feel good!

Help others beat the holiday blues by doing random acts of kindness.  Sometimes a kind word or gesture is all it takes to make someone’s day brighter.

The holidays can be stressful and hectic.  Take time to care for yourself.  Make sure to get plenty of sleep and stay active.  Taking time for yourself will help your overall sense of well-being.

Enjoy the season.  Take a few moments to observe the holiday decorations and light displays surrounding you.  Enjoy the warm smells of the season and reminisce on what this time of year means to you.

Moderation is key.  There are so many wonderful treats and food at Christmas and New Years that it is easy to overindulge.  Be mindful of, and keep to meal times.

Always be grateful.  Take time to reflect daily on things that you are thankful for, big and small.  This has vast benefits on the immune and health system.

From our family to yours, we wish you warm thoughts, good health and best wishes this holiday season!