When Should You Go to the Emergency Room?

Recently I bought a sharper kitchen knife.  It’s great for cutting watermelon, chicken… and fingers!  Oh my gosh how I was bleeding….  I texted a plastic surgeon friend who said it really should be stitched within 8 hours so my daughter, who wants to be an ER doc, drove me to the ER What a fun learning experience it would be!  But as we were driving there with masks in hand I remembered… COVID.  I bet they won’t let her in even though I am on staff at that hospital.  I went to the  front to ask: Only patients are allowed in.  The expected time there was 2-4 hours.  And I thought… What would be the wait/service if I was not a doctor there?  I ended up returning home, using 8 sheets of “blood stop”  and wrapping my fingertip in gauze, paper towel and a rubber glove and leaving my finger to be dealt with in the morning.   I quickly thought:  what are my patients doing?  Who is skipping out on urgently needed health care because of COVID?  What is happening with evaluation for injuries?  T

Body Signs You Overdid Your Work Out

  I have upped my workout intensity lately and it has been a thrill.  A hard workout is confidence building and stress relieving.  A good sweat feels body cleansing, and an intense repetitive escape is meditative.  I grew up working out hard as an athlete and when I do so now it takes me back to my youth… But, my body is not so youthful.  My hip flexor has been sore and tight, my back gets cranky at the end of the day, my knee gets sore, and the extreme delayed onset muscle soreness I have right now from pushing my pace in a breast Cancer 5K 3 days ago is beyond belief.  But I know myself and my old injuries, and I have all the magical tools and pills to feel better.  But what should YOU do?  How can you tell the good body signs from the bad?  Here’s a helpful guide: Muscle pain :  Muscle pain from over doing it feels sore, stiff, can feel weak, and is tender to massage.  This soreness should not bother you at rest, is more noticeable with motion, but can improve as you move through it

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