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Keep Calm and Holiday On!

Posted on Monday, December 09, 2013, by Elizabeth Kahn

By Dr. Kathryne Buege

Welcome to December:  Shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, parties, family and friends.  It's the most wonderful time of the year, right?

Most of us will agree the holidays can present with a dizzying array of demands.  Having just watched "Christmas Vacation" with my family, I thought I'd dedicate this next blog to all the multi-tasking, over-worked and under appreciated holiday helpers (and Clark Griswolds) out there.  

Consider these top holiday stressors from a 2004 survey by the American Psychological Association (APA):

  • Lack of money (61%)
  • Pressures of gift-giving (42%)
  • Lack of time (34%)
  • Credit card debt (23%)

While this survey was conducted nine years ago and there have been economic changes since then, something else has changed:  our expectations.  Keeping that in mind, remember to do the best you can. 

There are steps to take to help with the stress. Here are a few healthy reminders from your friends at MASH Urgent Care: 

-  Give unto others :  Volunteer! Take the focus off yourself and put the spotlight on someone else. Try a homeless shelter; organize clothes, shoes and boots and donate them to charity.  Take the focus off yourself and put the spotlight on someone else. 

-  Eat, drink and be merry - within reason:  The holidays are meant for celebration, not overindulgence. 

-  Stress happens.  Life happens.  A self-centered, controlling relative … critical family members …. We've all been there!  Try to view normal life events as, well --  "normal."  This will enable your body to "come down" from stressful situations more quickly.  Remember, you can't change people but you can change your response! 

-  Take time for yourself:  Exercise, go for a long walk, read a book. 

-  Rein in the spending:  Stick to a budget - don't try to buy happiness with a sleigh full of gifts. 

-  Acknowledge your feelings:  If someone close to you died or you can't be with loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief.  It's OK to take time to cry or express your feelings.  You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.

-  Be realistic
:  The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year.  As families grow and change, traditions and rituals often change, as well.  Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones.

-  Seek professional help if you need it!  Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad, anxious, irritable or unable to sleep.  If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or mental health professional. If you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays, you may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.  
Happy Holidays from MASH Urgent Care!

Slicing Up A Happy Holiday

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013, by The PCA Group

Welcome to Volume 1, Number 1 of the MASH Urgent Care Blog!

My name is Dr. Kathryne Buege and my colleagues at MASH and I will be blogging regularly to keep our patients and followers up to date on all sorts of interesting health-care topics. At MASH Urgent Care, we care about your health and well-being, so if we can help when you have an injury or illness – even by educating you through this blog – then we are doing our jobs!

This time of year, it’s impossible to discuss health care without mentioning the holidays. And, believe it or not, Thanksgiving is one of our busiest days of the year.  Between people running the Turkey Trot without training and others slicing a turkey without training – well, you can imagine why it’s busy! 

For the not-so-expert chefs out there, we thought we would help with some wound care.  Obviously, lacerations can – and do – happen anytime, so even if you’re not the turkey chef this year – read on. 

When you have an accident with a knife or other sharp object, follow these tips: 

  • Wash the wound with warm water and gentle soap
  • Apply pressure for 10- 15 minutes
  • If the wound continues to bleed, is over half an inch deep, or is gaping, seek medical attention immediately
  • Cuts that require stitches should be treated within 6 hours of the time of the injury
  • If the bleeding is closed and the wound stays closed when pulled together, a butterfly bandage is appropriate
  • Some cuts require antibiotic ointment, sterile gauze and a bandage
  • When in doubt, seek guidance from one of the seven locations of MASH Urgent Care

All MASH Urgent Care locations open 7 days a week, 8:30 am - 9:00 pm, including holidays! Click here for the one nearest you.