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Enjoy the Benefits of Gardening

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 in Gardening, Happy, Health by MDSBlogger |

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While you take the time this spring to clean up your garden and plant new vegetables and flowers, there are some safety tips to keep in mind. From avoiding falls to steering clear of injuries by gardening tools, the Medical Department Store is bringing you ideas to safely enjoy the benefits of gardening. Besides health benefits from gardening, there are also many social benefits as well.

Safely enjoy the benefits of gardening:

Dress for protection. When you are outdoors, you are more likely to be sun burned, so it is best to wear a hat and long sleeve clothing for extra protection. Not only is it important to dress for protection while gardening, always have at least a 15 SPF on your face and other uncovered portions of your body. You will save yourself from a severe burn and you will likely be able to enjoy being outdoors for a longer period of time.

Put safety first. Always be aware of possible hazards when you are outdoors, but especially when you are gardening. Be aware of the area you are in so you don’t risk a fall or tripping on sticks or bumps in the yard. Remember where you are placing your gardening tools so you don’t step on them and wear proper footwear while gardening. The more you pay attention to safety risks, the better your gardening experience will be.

Stay hydrated. As the weather continues to warm up, you will need more water to keep your body hydrated. Avoid beverages or alcohol because they have higher sugar content and can dehydrate you. Drink water while you are gardening and you can enjoy a different beverage at the end of your day.

The Medical Department Store wishes you well this gardening season, but always remember to stay safe while outdoors for any reason. Contact us today to learn more about our wound care items to keep you safe this summer.


Detection and Protection against Skin Cancer

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 in Skin cancer by MDSBlogger |

Living in Florida means we get to experience the sunshine all year round. Although catching rays feels great, we also need to be aware of our risk for skin cancer. The Medical Department Store is bringing you information for your skin health just in time for the summer season. Now is the time to prevent and detect your skin cancer risk. Today, we are going to give you facts about skin cancer and how to detect all forms of this cancer.



Detecting skin cancer:

Stand in front of a full length mirror in a well-lit room to check your skin at least once a month. Check all areas of the skin and use a smaller, handheld mirror to check your back and hard to see areas. If you notice any changes in your skin, contact your doctor.

Preventing skin cancer:

  1. Always use sunscreen. This may seem like a given, but whenever you are outdoors, it is best to have a layer of sunscreen to protect your skin. Use at least a 15 SPF sunscreen and reapply every few hours. Reapplying is the key to saving your skin from frequent sun damage. Wearing sunscreen regularly can reduce your risk for melanoma by up to 50% according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
  2. Avoid sun burns at all cost. When you get 5 or more burns per year, your skin cancer risk increases greatly. Living in Florida means we have an increased risk for sunburn, so always apply sunscreen and wear clothing to protect parts of your body from burns.
  3. Avoiding tanning beds and UV beds. Time spent in tanning beds will increase the risk for melanoma and other forms of skin cancer by as much as 75%. It is important to stay out of tanning beds to avoid increasing the risk of skin cancer. Tanning beds can also cause irreversible aging affects.

Skin cancer is becoming more relevant in the United States, but it is also treatable if caught in time. The Medical Department Store is your area medical equipment provider. Contact us to learn more about our products and services.


Spring Has Sprung: Avoiding injury when spring enters your step!

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 in Safety by MDSBlogger |

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With spring in swing, many of your friends and family are out pushing their bodies to the limit either exercising outside or doing heavy yard work to clean up what winter has left in the garden.  As medical professionals, we know pushing yourself too hard after a long immobile winter is a bad idea.  We know you’re excited to get outside and get active again, but please proceed with caution.

Here are some tips to keep you healthy in spring swing:

The most important tip is to take your time.  Many individuals want to clean their garden quickly or want to get their body back in shape quickly so they pick up where they left off in the fall work load.  Your muscles are not ready and need to be eased back in to action over the course of a few weeks.

Another important tip for gardening specifically is to use the necessary tools and stretch.  Before you head out to the garden, stretch out your arms and legs properly and make sure your body is ready.  Don’t try to do everything by hand, but use your gardening utensils to help you.  This will prevent you from over using your back or pulling muscles in your hands and arms from too much labor.  Finally, lift with your legs, not your back.

For those of you getting your physique beach-ready, do not exceed a 10 percent increase in effort on workout days.  Your lungs may be telling you to keep going, but your muscles and joints can’t handle it.  This is because your cardio tends to bounce back quicker than your muscles and joints.  Take it easy and take it slow, your muscles will catch up.

Of course, if you do push yourself too hard and are in need of home medical supplies, give the Medical Department Store a call!

Causes and Risk Factors of Urinary Incontinence

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 in Incontinence by MDSBlogger |

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Urinary incontinence can be caused by temporary problems, such as urinary tract infection, vaginal infection or irritation, constipation, obesity, smoking, frequent, high-impact aerobics or effects of medicine. Incontinence can also be caused by other permanent conditions, such as:

  • Aging (bladder holds less and urine stream may be weaker)
  • Weakness of muscles that hold the bladder in place
  • Weakness of bladder itself
  • Weakness of the urethral sphincter muscles
  • Weakness of the pelvic muscles due to pregnancy, followed by a long, difficult vaginal birth
  • Overactive bladder muscles
  • Blocked urethra (caused by prostate enlargement in men)
  • Hormone imbalance in women
  • Neurological disorders
  • Prolapsed uterus
  • Structural abnormalities in the urethra
  • Immobility
  • Diabetes
  • High calcium levels in the blood

Women are far more prone to the urinary incontinence problems than men for several reasons. For one thing, childbirth exerts a heavy toll on the bladder and the sphincter muscle that controls the urethra (the canal that carries urine from the bladder out of your body). Additionally, the loss of female hormones after menopause leads to a thinning and weakening of the urethral lining that is supposed to keep the bladder closed except during urination.

Diagnosis of Urinary Incontinence

The doctor will talk to you about your medical history as well as your urinary habits. A vaginal and rectal examination will also be performed. The vaginal exam can reveal anatomic causes, such as a dropped bladder (cystocele), a prolapsed uterus or structural abnormalities in the urethra. A rectal exam is necessary to assess the sphincter tone and possible fecal backup.

A battery of laboratory and diagnostic tests will also be performed. The laboratory tests include blood and urine samples. The diagnostic tests may include a cystoscopic examination, post-void residual (PVR) measurement, stress test and urodynamic testing.

The cystoscopic examination is a procedure in which a small tube with a telescope attached, is inserted into the bladder so the doctor can look for any abnormalities in the bladder and lower urinary tract. PVR measurement measures how much urine is left in the bladder after urinating by placing a small soft tube into the bladder. A stress test looks for urine loss when stress is put on the bladder muscles. Urodynamic testing involves inserting a small tube into the bladder and examining the bladder and urethral sphincter function.

If you do have urinary incontinence, the Medical Department Store can get you incontinence supplies in a timely and confidential manner.

Products to Make Living with Multiple Sclerosis Easier

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 in Multiple Sclerosis by MDSBlogger |

nurse helping a patient to walk away from his wheelchair

There are more than 2.5 million cases of multiple sclerosis worldwide and nearly 400,000 Americans are affected, according to Healthline. MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system and it can leave those suffering from the disease paralyzed. It is irreversible, but there are medications and treatments that can make the side effects lessen. The Medical Department Store understands the severity of multiple sclerosis and we specialize in products to help make your life with MS easier.

Today we are going to showcase a few products at Valley Home Medical Supply that can help you live well with MS.

Memory Foam Contour Pillow– You deserve the utmost comfort while you sleep, so why not memory foam? This is a heavy weight memory foam pillow that is made of dense material and your comfort is guaranteed.

EZ-ACCESS Modular Ramp– as MS progresses, a wheelchair may be necessary if you are experiencing limited mobility and movement. An EZ-ACCESS ramp is easy to install and you won’t have to worry about rusting due to weather changes.

Inflatable Bathtub– Whether you are a caregiver of a loved one who lives with MS or you have MS yourself, an inflatable bathtub is helpful. Whoever washes your hair or body will be able to easily get around you and won’t leave any residue behind. You will feel more relaxed while getting your hair and body washed.

Hospital Bed– a hospital bed can provide the comfort and ease of use you need while lying down. MS is hard on the body, so each day when you go to bed, you want to have the ultimate comfort. There are many different options for the Medical Department Store when it comes to hospital beds.

The Medical Department Store wants to help you with all of your home medical needs, so contact us today for more information.


Healthy Spring Power Snack Options

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 in Health by MDSBlogger |

The spring season is finally here, the sun is peaking out (when it’s not raining) and the temperature is slowly rising. The spring season is the perfect season to get you out of the winter blues. The Medical Department Store is springing forward and taking the initiative to get healthy. Spring means summer is right around the corner and you want to be at your best, so we want to share some health spring power snack ideas with you. ??????????????????????????

Health Spring Power Snack Options:

  1. Yogurt covered blueberries- seems simple, right? These little pops of joy are simple to make, yet incredible to enjoy. Take one container of fresh blueberries and a container of blueberry flavored yogurt, or whichever flavor you choose. Rinse the berries, use a toothpick to dip them in the yogurt, lay them flat on a sheet of wax paper and freeze for about an hour.
  2. Banana wrapped in peanut butter- bananas and peanut butter will always be a classic combination. Try spreading peanut butter on a wheat tortilla, place a whole banana in it, and then wrap it up. After wrapping, cut into bite sized pieces for a delicious and energy boosting snack.
  3. Avocado toast- you may be looking for a snack that will give you the salty fix you’ve been craving. Avocado toast is easy: toast a piece of whole grain bread, mash your avocado, add any spices to it, pepper is a good choice, and then spread it on the toast. Simple, yet delicious and healthy.
  4. Toasted pumpkin seeds- although spring is not the prime time for fresh pumpkins, many stores carry packaged pumpkin seeds. Toss the pumpkin seeds in a bowl, add salt, garlic powder, olive oil and bake for about 15 minutes. An easy and delicious snack you can have for days.

The Medical Department Store wishes you well with your spring health kick! Contact us today for your home medical equipment needs.


Grapefruit Month- A Sweet Side to a Sour Fruit

Posted on: February 4th, 2015 in Food, Grapefruit Month by MDSBlogger |

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The Medical Department Store is lucky to be located in the sunshine state of Florida, where the weather is warm year round. We are also pleased that Florida produces around 75% of the grapefruit crop, so we get the best and juiciest of them all. Considered one of the world’s healthiest foods, grapefruits are packed with vitamin C and other important vitamins and minerals. Today we are going to talk about some great ways to eat grapefruits and how you can add them to your favorite foods.

Broil your grapefruit– As if your morning fruit of choice wasn’t already flavorful, there is a way to make it even more phenomenal.  Broiling grapefruit brings out the natural flavors and makes it a warm dish for a colder day. Directions: Cut the grapefruit in half and make slits throughout the fruit on its natural segments, then sprinkle cinnamon on top. Broil the halves for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. You’d be surprised at how delicious this is.

Grilled grapefruit– Living in the sunshine state means we can grill all year round! First cut the grapefruit in half then glaze each half with honey. Preheat the grill to hot, and place the fruit face down on the hot surface. Let it grill until there are grill marks, be sure to watch it so it doesn’t burn.

Add grapefruit to your favorite salad– Grapefruit can add a sweet yet sour twist to any healthy salad. Grapefruit is great paired with spinach, nuts, and lean protein. Top it off with vinaigrette and you are set to eat a delicious and filling meal.

The Medical Department Store wants you to share your favorite way to eat grapefruit with us. For all of your home medical needs, please contact us so we can help you improve your quality of life today.


You May Want to Sit Down- Easy Seated Workouts

Posted on: February 4th, 2015 in Seated Exercise by MDSBlogger |

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When you think of working out, you may think of a vigorous exercise routine at the gym. This doesn’t have to be the case because let’s face it, not everyone is able to get to the gym for various reasons. As age increases, physical activity can be hard to achieve each day. The Medical Department Store is bringing you easy seated workouts that you can complete in the comfort of your own home. Whether you have diabetes, your age is increasing, or you simply cannot do vigorous activity, these exercises are for you.

Easy Seated Workouts:

*Remember to only complete exercises that you are physically able to do, never overexert yourself to the point of injury.

  1. Sit and Reach- Put your knees together while holding your back tall and reach one arm up to the ceiling. Hold for about 10 seconds and then do the other arm. For best results, make sure to do this at least twice on each side. This exercise will greatly improve your flexibility.
  2. Seated Tap Dance- If you love to dance, this is the move for you! Hold onto the chair and plant both feet on the ground, slowly raise your heel and then put it back down in a tapping motion. You can also kick your legs out a little further for more of a workout. This exercise will help to improve leg muscles.
  3. Kick and Clap- You may want to listen to your favorite tune while doing this exercise to make it more fun. While sitting in the chair, kick one leg up at a time while clapping your hands. Do 10 kicks total and rest as needed, then repeat. Your thigh muscles are the main area of concentration for this exercise.

Now that you have a few seated workouts, stay right where you are and get moving. The Medical Department Store has the perfect shoes for your workout. Check out our online catalog which is filled with footwear.


Jumpstart January: Habits to Start Now!

Posted on: January 25th, 2015 in Happy, Health by MDSBlogger |

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Mornings can be a constant struggle. It doesn’t seem that there is enough time to get up and ready, let alone have some time to eat breakfast or scroll through your Facebook feed. The energy you have throughout the day is determined by your morning routine, so we are giving you tips to jumpstart your January mornings. Even if you have a hard time getting up in the morning, these tips from the Medical Department Store can help you be more productive and energized all day long.

Don’t drink coffee right away: Don’t freak out, you can still drink coffee later in the morning. Coffee is the solution to a rough morning for many people. But studies have shown that caffeine has a better effect on you after you have been awake a couple hours. Instead, start your day with a glass of water to wake you up and kick start your metabolism. Don’t worry; you can have that cup of coffee mid-morning while you are at work or enjoying some time at home.

Eat a hearty and nutritious breakfast: When you hear the phrase, “you are what you eat” this is especially true in the morning. The first meal you eat each day determines your energy levels throughout the day. Even if you don’t have a huge appetite, fill your body with protein to help wake it up. Eat foods such as oatmeal, fresh fruit, or drink a protein shake if you don’t feel like eating.

Exercise when you get up: Starting your day with activity will increase your energy and speed up your metabolism all day. If you can’t muster the energy to complete a full work out, simple stretching or yoga poses can improve your day. Stretching wakes up your mind and body, improving your energy levels. Although it may see terrible to get up an hour earlier for an early morning workout, it will be worth it later on.

If you snooze, you lose: Resist the urge to snooze for a few more minutes. When your alarm goes off, adrenaline kicks in and your body is ready to get up. Hitting the snooze button throws off your internal clock and can mess up your entire day. Those extra few minutes are not worth confusing your mind and body.

Establishing a morning routine can help your mornings run more smoothly and start your day on the right foot. When your body gets used to waking up and completing certain tasks, you will stay energized throughout the rest of the day. The Medical Department Store wants you to live a lifestyle that is as active and healthy as possible. Browse through our online catalog to see if any of our products can help you do that!





Get Up, Get Going, and Get Organized

Posted on: January 10th, 2015 in Organization, Safety by MDSBlogger |

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It’s a New Year and that means it is time to get organized for the year ahead. Many people choose to get organized as a New Year’s resolution, but many of those same people fall through with the commitments of organization. The Medical Department Store is bringing you easy tips for getting organized in 2015, so you can live stress free. Every room of your house can benefit from these organizational tips.

Get organized in the New Year with these tips:

  • Clean out the kitchen. Over the last year, your pantry surely collected dust on canned goods and boxed foods. Decide what your family will really eat, and donate the rest to the local food pantry. After you purge the items you will not use, wipe the shelves so there is no dust left behind.
  • Tackle organizing the garage. Cleaning out your garage may take more than a few hours, so enlist the family in this organization project. You may find items you forgot about and you will feel accomplished when you’re finally able to fit two cars in there again.
  • Recycle papers you don’t need. We all keep documents that become unnecessary over the years, so now is a good time to shred and toss. Look for local community shred days at banks and city centers. Your items will be safely disposed of.
  • Go through your closet. Let’s face it; we all have a few too many clothing items that other people could benefit from. After going through your closet, hang your closes with the hanger facing the opposite way and as you wear clothing, put the hanger back the right way. At the end of the season, all the clothes still facing the opposite way can be donated if you haven’t worn them.

The Medical Department Store wants to hear your organization tips! Contact us today if you have questions about our products and services.



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