Mary Williams, 52, was perpetually tired, even though she thought she was getting a good night’s rest.
“Apparently I was snoring, although I didn’t believe I was,” Mary said. “I had no idea of the quality or lack of quality of sleep, because I never woke up gasping for air. I was sure it was a thyroid issue.”
She never suspected sleep apnea, but her daily routine suggested otherwise: Read the rest of this entry »
Phil McCarty, 38, was finishing 30 pull-ups in a friendly competition among friends at the Triple Threat gym in Jacksonville when he lost consciousness and fell 10 feet to the floor, landing on his back and bouncing his head twice on the concrete floor.
“I immediately sat up and was conscious,” Phil said. “I didn’t want to go to the hospital. I told everyone ‘if I can walk to the car, I’m going home.’”
This was exactly the wrong response, and Phil knew better. He was not only a paramedic of 20 years, but he had taught EMS for 10 years and worked as the Emergency Management coordinator for Morgan County and the city of Jacksonville. Read the rest of this entry »
Smoking, alcohol, drugs, sex. To parents of teenagers, they’re like the four horsemen of the apocalypse. We worry about any of these temptations causing challenges in the lives of our kids.
Children are experimenting with these temptations sooner than ever, typically in their early teen years as they enter junior high, said Nicole Florence, MD, an internal medicine physician and pediatrician with Memorial Physician Services-Koke Mill, part of Memorial Health System. Read the rest of this entry »
During National Diabetes Awareness Month in November, take a moment to learn if you are at risk. Nearly 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, a serious disease where blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are above normal. Prevention, early diagnosis and treatment are key to avoiding serious problems caused by high blood glucose such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease and nerve damage. Read the rest of this entry »
The traditional star or angel just doesn’t cut it anymore. Trees are now being topped with bows, ribbons, sprays and picks. Get in the holiday spirit with our video about how to create a tree topper featuring Jason Wood and Steve Dunker, Festival of Trees designers since 2013.
Here are some additional tips from Jason and Steve to get you started! Read the rest of this entry »