After the Hurricaine

These natural disasters remind us to have an emergency plan.
Batteries, first aid, water, non perishables and blankets..The shelves at the local Safeway were bare. I hope everyone survived this safely and without any untoward effects. Our office was closed yesterday; but, we are open again.

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Pre-Holiday

Social and cultural expectations of the up coming holiday season puts an increase stress on all of us. Some deal with this better than others. Stress is all about tomorrow and yesterday..rarely about today. So the trick is to get in the present moment and stay here.
Three well documented methods of stress reduction are: tai chi, yoga and meditation. Tai chi and yoga work because they force the practitioner in the present moment. If you start day dreaming while practicing tai chi or yoga, you loose the position and the flow of movements. Meditation has as its purpose a focus on the present moment.

Find a mentor or class to learn tai chi and yoga. Join a beginners group for meditation. If you are already learned in these practices, start up again now – before the holiday stress begins.

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Medication Disposal

Check your medicine cabinet or closet for expired drugs.
Before throwing out any prescription bottles or boxes, be sure and scratch out all identifying information including the prescription renewal number.

Some drugs give specific instructions on disposal including flushing down the toilet. Especially narcotic drugs should be flushed to prevent harming others. Some people are concerned about flushing because of reports of trace drugs found in water systems. However, the main way medications enter the water system is by first passing through a human. Most drugs are not completely absorbed or metabolized and enter the environment through human waste.

Some drugs will describe exactly how to dispose of them. You can take the drugs out of the original containers and mix them with water and coffee grounds or water and bleach before throwing away.

If you have any concerns, contact the FDA.

Annandale Women and Family Center
2839 Duke Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 751-4702
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Flu Season

In the DC metro area the flu season last through mid March. We give the immunizations at the end of October to provide longer coverage.

The flu is an airborn virus – spreading from droplets from a cough or sneeze. Adults can spread the disease from day one before any symptoms appear through day five. Children can pass along the virus for more than seven days.

To prevent the flu from spreading, you should stay home when you are sick, get plenty of rest and wash your hands often. Do not come into the office with the flu..there is little we can do for you.

Some research shows that Elderberry juice will decrease the length and the severity of the flu if taken within the first 72 hrs of symptoms.

Annandale Women and Family Center
2839 Duke Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 751-4702
https://plus.google.com/+AnnandaleWomenFamilyCenterAlexandria

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