The temperatures are falling, and it’s only a matter of time before those howling winds also bring blowing snow. And where there is snow, there are homeowners eager to dig out… and it doesn’t often come easily.
In 2012, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission says there were more than 34,200 visits to emergency rooms, doctors’ offices and other medical settings from people who were injured while shoveling snow. There were another 8,000 visits for injuries from snow blowers. Many of those injuries could have been prevented with good mechanics.
Shoveling is hard work, especially when the snow is wet and heavy. And if you don’t tackle this task correctly, you could injure your back, pull muscles, get frostbite and even suffer a heart attack. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons warns that the improper use of snow blowers and improper shoveling of snow can wreak havoc on the shoulders, wrists and backs. Here are a few tips on staying safe in the snow: [click to continue…]
At Methodist Health System, “The Meaning of Care” is more than a tag line or motto. Every employee, from doctors and nurses to account specialists and food technicians, embodies a special kind of spirit that truly exemplifies these simple words. It’s in the friendly smiles, warm touches and cheerful embraces of each new day.
Our special blog series “Christmas is for Caring” hopes to inspire and illustrate how this spirit comes to life in what can seem like the most unlikely of ways.
Methodist secretary Mary Arnold’s knitted hats help friends and co-workers battling cancer know that someone cares. Mary says, “I just do it because I can.”
“It’s just something I can do.”
Mary Arnold is a truly humble woman. And she has talent to match.
A knitter who has passionately embraced her craft for more than 40 years, Mary is an artist and a teacher. She also has just about every knitting needle you could ever imagine. She admits it’s an extensive collection.
But it’s not Mary’s extraordinary skill that makes her so noteworthy. It’s what she does with it.
“I’ve been doing cancer patient hats for probably the last six or seven years,” said Mary, a secretary in the Methodist Health System Corporate Offices. “I hear about a lot of people just through the virtue and fortune of people knowing I knit. I’ve been known to walk up to total strangers in the grocery store.”
Yes, Mary knits hats for friends, family members, and co-workers who are going through chemotherapy treatments. All of her hats are custom-made for the woman (or man) who wears them. She likes to reflect the wearer’s personality in every design. [click to continue…]