• De-stress this Holiday Season

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    Read this fact sheet from the National Stroke Association to learn how stroke affects patients and what rehabilitative therapy involves.

    Find out why it is vital to keep children seated securely in shopping carts in this alert from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    The National Safety Council provides a detailed list of tips for safely decorating, serving food, and driving during the holiday season.

    Learn various positive ways to cope with stress on this page from the American Heart Association.

    Visit the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance online to learn how mood disorder support groups work and what you can expect during meetings.

    Good Samaritan Hospital’s behavioral health services can help you work toward emotional wellness in times of intense stress . Schedule an appointment by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Tips for Staying Accident-Free This Holiday Season

    The busy rush of the winter holidays can be exhilarating, but it can also increase the risk of injuries and illnesses. In order to promote the health and safety of your family, take the following precautions during your holiday preparations:

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    Check Lights for Damage

    Although houses and trees can look magical when bedecked in lights, these long strings of wires can pose a fire hazard if they are not properly maintained and set up. Examine each strand for fraying, and discard any sets of lights that have loose connections or lack fuses.

    Be Cautious When Climbing Ladders

    Putting up lights can be a risky process, so minimize the dangers by using a ladder and following all safety instructions. Avoid reaching out to the side of the ladder or standing above the highest recommended rung. If possible, hire a professional to hang your exterior lights.

    Position Candles Securely

    When using chanukiahs and other types of candles, make sure they are firmly situated and that curtains, plants, and decorations are well away from the flames. Remember to remain in the room as long as candles are burning, so that any mishaps can be quickly corrected.

    Use Holiday Plants Carefully

    Certain popular holiday plants can be poisonous, and should be kept well out of the reach of children and pets. These include holly, mistletoe, Jerusalem Cherry, and bittersweet. If you do keep these plants in your house, watch for dropped leaves and berries that could be picked up and swallowed by a curious toddler or animal.

    Practice Shopping Cart Safety

    When shopping with small children, ensure that they are seated securely in a stroller or the cart’s seat, and discourage leaning over the edge, as it can cause an infant or toddler to lose his or her balance and fall.

    If, despite your cautiousness, an injury does occur, visit Good Samaritan Hospital’s emergency department for quality care. With the help of our iTriage app, you can research symptoms, view emergency room wait times, and check in before you arrive! Call (408) 559-2011 for more holiday safety tips.

  • Get Knowledgeable About Stroke

    Although a stroke is a medical emergency, a full recovery is possible thanks to modern medications and treatments. Watch this video for an explanation of some common signs of stroke as well as personal anecdotes about how the condition occurs in real life.

    If you notice a sudden change in sensation or strength, particularly a numbness or drooping that only affects one side of the body or face, seek medical attention immediately. Other symptoms of stroke include mental confusion, an inability to talk, an abrupt loss of coordination, and dizziness or severe headache with a rapid onset and no identifiable cause.

    The Stroke Center at Good Samaritan Hospital is dedicated to providing rapid care for stroke patients 24 hours a day. For non-emergency information and physician referrals, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Why It Is Important to Seek Support for Depression and Bipolar Disorder

    Having a mood disorder can be an isolating experience, because the symptoms of the condition may cause you to turn away from loved ones and because you may not wish to share the details of your illness. However, patients often benefit from opening up to others in their situation within the safe environment of a peer-led support group . Here are some of the ways that seeking out support can help you achieve and maintain mental wellness:

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    Enhance the Effects of Treatment

    Feelings of isolation and loneliness can worsen depression and make it difficult to stay motivated in treatment. By joining a support group for patients with mood disorders, you can meet people with similar struggles and share your challenges and goals with others who care about your success.

    Help Loved Ones Understand Your Condition

    It can be difficult for close friends and family members to understand why you are acting a certain way, and they may respond with frustration or emotional distance. Attending a support group with your loved ones can help them acknowledge the difficulties you experience and find companionship with others in their position.

    Share Coping Strategies

    There are a number of different ways to treat depression and bipolar disorder, and individual patients may require different combinations of therapy to enjoy an optimal outcome. At support group meetings, you can discuss which approaches work for you and others and learn about various forms of treatment that are available to you.

    Good Samaritan Hospital offers behavioral health services that incorporate a variety of practitioners to effectively help each client. We also host free monthly meetings of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, which are open to mental health patients and their supportive family members. Learn more by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 today.

  • More Information About Diabetes And Holiday Health

    Whether you are interested in improving your nutritional intake, staying safe during the holidays, or handling emotional distress, making positive health changes is a gradual yet constant process. Find more information on these topics by visiting the following links or calling Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011:

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    For the answers to some often-asked questions about the role of nutrition in the lives of diabetics, visit FamilyDoctor.org.

    Learn why unsaturated fats are good for your health and which food items contain them on this page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Patients recently diagnosed with diabetes may be unsure how to adapt their diet to improve their health. These tips from the American Diabetes Association can help provide basic guidance.

    The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse provides detailed instructions for creating a diabetic eating plan with the help of your physician.

    For some guidelines on eating to control diabetes, including an explanation of how calories and metabolism interact to affect changes in weight, see this handout from the National Institutes of Health.

  • Are the Holidays a Source of Stress for You? Use These Strategies to Cope

    The stress caused by holiday expenses and family tensions can trigger unhealthy coping mechanisms such as smoking , drinking, and overeating. Acute stress can also exacerbate medical conditions, putting strain on the heart and affecting the immune system. When you are tempted to break your personal resolutions due to a difficult situation, consider trying the following activities first:



    Enjoy Alone Time

    Having extended family crowded into one house can be overwhelming, particularly if you are hosting. Delegate responsibilities to others, and take an hour or two by yourself to do your favorite calming activity, whether it is watching a movie, taking a bath, or listening to music. Be clear about your desire to avoid interruption—turn your phone off and inform others that your room is off-limits for the time being.

    Get Some Exercise

    Although your normal routine may be thrown off by shopping and party planning, it is important to squeeze in time to exercise. Heading to the gym can be a welcome break from stressful situations, but even a walk or jog around the neighborhood can restore your sense of well-being. If you are feeling guilty about missing out on family time, call everyone outdoors for a game of catch or tag—the kids will enjoy seeing the adults being playful, and everyone will benefit from such a lighthearted bonding experience!

    Be Creative

    Trying out a new hobby or rediscovering an old interest can help you reflect on positive things, refreshing your mind. Consider documenting your feelings and experiences in a journal or using a photo editing program to create artistic versions of family pictures. You can also do a holiday craft with the family, or break out musical instruments and hold a sing-along!

    Good Samaritan Hospital’s behavioral health services can help you work toward emotional wellness in times of intense stress . Schedule an appointment by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • How to Stay Healthy Before Having Another Baby

    If you have a small child, you know that maintaining your health and energy is vital—especially if you plan to become pregnant again in the future. In order to preserve your wellbeing and help your child thrive, wait at least 18 months before trying to conceive again. Eating healthfully and exercising regularly can help you maintain high energy levels and stay at your best. For more ways to foster good health, watch this video.

    Good Samaritan Hospital offers a variety of classes for new mothers, covering material such as childbirth, breastfeeding , and infant care. To learn more or to register for an upcoming workshop, visit us online or call (408) 559-2011.