Yin Yang Weather

Winter weather in Central Texas can be tricky. One day it’s in the ‘80s and the next, here comes a Norther with freezing temperatures. That back and forth temperature change can be a nightmare for the immune system but don’t worry, we’re here to help.

The trick is to keep an eye on the weather forecast and prepare yourself and those in your care for yet another quick cold spell when the temperatures dip. One reliable online weather source is NOAA, which supplies all other sources with their forecasts. Here’s the direct link to our local forecast on NOAA.

NOAA.gov is a reliable online weather source

Some folks take extra Vitamin C during the winter months. As our pharmacist, Albert Pearson says, “Well, it won’t hurt… and it just might help.” Albert also recommends that everyone have a flu shot. “The more people who get their flu shots, the fewer incidents of flu in our community.”

Wearing our warmest clothes during cold spells and dressing lighter when the weather heats up just makes good sense. Our bodies are our own, individual and highly portable heaters. Normal human body temperature, also known as normothermia or euthermia, is the typical temperature range found in humans. The normal human body temperature range is typically stated as 97.7–99.5 °F. What we’re doing is actually “capturing” our own body heat. Dressing in layers allows you to adjust to the changing temperatures throughout the day. T-shirt, outside shirt of flannel or wool topped by a sweater or vest and a nice warm jacket allows you to layer on or layer off as the day warms up. Consider putting clean tissues in one jacket pocket, reserving the opposite pocket for used tissue. That keeps the germs corralled and queued up, ready for proper disposal.

Silly hats can keep you warm in winter and keep clean tissues handy.

Remember to pay close attention to keeping feet and hands warm when it’s cold outside. Top your layers off with a warm cap or hat, especially when it’s cold and windy. Don’t worry if it’s one of those silly, funny looking hats. That’s half the fun of winter wear.

On those cold nights, flannel sheets can make a huge difference in comfort, and… never underestimate the power of a cuddly cat on your winter bed.

Flannel sheets and a kitty to snuggle help make it a cozy winter.

 


 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of the year again, Thanksgiving, heralding in the winter holidays. Here in the Hill Country of Central Texas, signs of the season are all around us, like an abundance of handsome wild turkeys.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that’s all about being with friends and family and enjoying one of the most delicious of traditional meals: Turkey and the trimmings. Fall and winter holidays are the only time we can find fresh turkey in our local grocery stores.

Turkey and the trimmings, but try not to overdo.

Did you know that a roast turkey breast has the most nutrition of any other part of the bird and that turkey has fewer calories than most all other meats?  Turkey meat is very good for you, especially when it’s slow roasted in the oven or over one of our area’s traditional mesquite pits. A deep fried turkey, on the other hand, can be delicious but it definitely loses some health points.

There are numerous things you can do with leftover turkey meat. One of the easiest and most tasty reminder of the whole meal is a sandwich simply made from wholesome whole wheat bread, mayo, slices of turkey meat topped with cranberry sauce and fresh green leaf lettuce.

The easiest and most delicious way to enjoy leftovers is with a traditional turkey sandwich.

From all of us here at City Drug, we’re especially thankful for your continued business and good friendship. May your Thanksgiving be full of hugs and well-wishes from friends and family. Have a safe and happy holiday!


 

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Strains & Sprains

Once in awhile you might wake up hurting really badly and you don’t know why! It’s often because you did something that stressed your muscles, tendons or ligaments even days before, although you didn’t experience pain at the time. Ankles are often the victim.

When that happens, take it easy. Lie back, with the offending limb elevated. Add a cold pack and watch some screen or read a book. Then bind the poor ankle in a good old elastic bandage when you need to be mobile. R.I.C.E. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Repeat throughout the first day and until any swelling subsides.

Don’t do more than you can do because the odds of re-injury are very high. If needed, use crutches for a few days until you’re stable and able. If it’s a serious sprain and more than just a strain, you should see your doctor. For more details on self-diagnosing: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sprains-and-strains/basics/definition/con-20020958

Therapy cats or dogs can help enormously.

It’s smart to keep crutches handy… and a therapy cat on call.

 


 

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