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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Knock, Knock...

Knock, Knock.

Who's there? 



Sorry, I can't tell you that. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Better Living Corner - Dad Has a Hard Time Getting Out of Bed

"My dad has a hard time getting out of bed by himself."

Helping loved ones to help themselves and maintain independence is very important. Here are several products that we recommend:

Bed Caddy Pull Up Ladder ST2085  $25.93
3 Hand grips w/ladder-like design makes sitting up easy. Attaches easily to any bed frame, adjustable from 48”-84”. Rubber handles with nylon straps. 300lb weight capacity.

Bed Cane
ST2040-1  $89.92
Easily to install, height adjusts from 19”-22”, folds down for easy storage and securely attaches to any bed with included safety strap. Includes 4 pocket organizer. 350lb weight capacity.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Make Christmas More Affordable!

We American’s are consumers. With our economy on shaky ground, why not ask your loved ones to forgo gift-giving and make a new tradition of not spending money. It will ease stress on your pocketbook, and chances are, others will be relieved to cut back on spending too!

Ask any parent or grandparent if you can come over for a visit and chances are, they will delight in your request. Instead of standing in long lines, plan a few dates of quality time with your loved ones.

With crafty sites such as Pinterest, there is no shortage of fun creativity to be found. If you are not one to do crafts, make a batch of goodies. Or, plan an evening and cook dinner for someone who otherwise cooks for one.

There are an abundant number of charities that need help, especially around the holidays. In lieu of gift-giving, round up your loved ones for a day spent together at a local charity, food bank or soup kitchen. Chances are, the feeling of volunteering with trump opening presents!

Healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand. Find a way to provide healthier foods through assistance with grocery shopping or providing a well rounded meal on a regular basis. Or, simply going for a regular walk, hike or bike ride together can inspire healthier habits.

Who doesn’t remember stringing popcorn or making paper chains as a child? Giving these fun and festive decorations can lift the spirit of even the grouchiest scrooge.
Bonus: Popcorn strings can be hung in trees for birds.

Everyone loves a bit of game-time fun! Break out a board game or some playing cards and have game time. Or, come up with a bunch of questions, put them in a jar and take turns drawing and answering random questions!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The White Elephant Gift Exchange

The White Elephant Gift Exchange goes by several other names such as Yankee Swap, Black Santa, Naughty Santa, Thieving Secret Santa, etc., but the basic concept is always the same.

This gift exchange is a popular holiday party game found primarily in North America and generally, you need six or more participants to play. The larger the group, the better. The term “white elephant” refers to a gift whose maintenance costs exceed its usefulness. Basically, the gifts are often gifts the participants have received outside of the game, but no longer want, or they can simply be gag gifts. The whole idea is for the gifts to be fun, but not garbage.

The history of the White Elephant comes from the mid-1800’s Asia that was home to actual white elephants. Although it was a revered creature, it was considered a hassle to its owner because of the extensive attention and upkeep the elephant required. There is also a tale that “the King of Siam would award a disagreeable courtier a white elephant, the upkeep of which would ruin the courtier.” And so, a white elephant gift is one that is supposed to be more of a burden (or in many cases, a joke) to it’s recipient, than a desirable gift.

How to organize a White Elephant Gift Exchange:
1. Set the rules for the group by determining if gifts have to be re-gifted, or set a limit on how much they can spend.

2. Find the perfect White Elephant gift and wrap it anonymously.

3. Each person draws a number and beginning with #1, choose and open a gift.

4. #2 now has a choice to either open another gift or “steal” an already opened gift. If they steal a gift, the person whose gift was stolen has the option of stealing from someone else, or opening a new gift. Typically, a gift can only be stolen 2 times. You cannot steal the gift that was just stolen from you.

5. Go to the next drawn number and repeat. The exchange continues until every gift has been opened and the last person opens their gift. It should be noted that #1 should have the final choice to keep their gift or make one final steal.

One variation is to not place a limit on the times a gift can be stolen, but instead limit the number of times a person can be stolen from. Or, another version is to leave all of the gifts unwrapped until the end, and then allow each person one steal once the presents are opened. In another variation, all gifts must conform to a theme such as gardening or cooking. A more drastic variation involves gifts that are neither purchased or desirable, such as an “ugliest gift” or “most useless” gift.

Some groups have even found ways to have parties online via email, video chat and social sites, and some even have them tied to online gift shopping! Happy gifting!


Friday, November 30, 2012

The top 10 weirdest things in nurses’ pockets!

Scrubs pockets can be a nurse’s best friend—since you’ve only got two hands, you’ve gotta put everything somewhere! But we also know those pockets can lead to a few “oops” moments once you get home and empty them! We asked our Facebook fans for the strangest thing they’ve ever found in their pocket post-shift—check out their hilarious, slightly gross and even occasionally bawdy answers (and don’t forget to check your pockets before leaving work tonight)!

The top 10 weirdest things in nurses’ pockets!

1. A patient’s set of false teeth! Wrapped in a glove! Crazy but true!!!  - Teressa B.

2. I was on a 16-hour shift and had a patient with two necrotic toes. Near the end of the second half of the shift, I changed the patient’s foot dressing. As I took the old dressing off, off came a toe! I wrapped it in a 4×4 and called the supervisor. Long story short, I got home and emptied my pockets, and what did I pull out? You guessed it…THE TOE!  - Lisa O.

3. A tooth! Never did figure out how it got there…- Cheryl S.

4. A dried-up umbilical cord that a mother wanted to keep, but left it on the table. I called her and she came all the way back to pick it up! - Susan W.

5. A very small fake penis—we had to practice putting a new kind of condom cath on it. My grandson was the one who pulled it out of my pocket…I had some explaining to do, needless to say!  - Wanda R.

6. I was helping the doctor perform a thoracentesis, and the patient started coughing when his lung expanded. We all ducked from the bits of tumor that came flying, and thought we had found all the pieces…until the end of my shift, when I reached into my breast pocket. Ugh.  - Kristi P.

7. I kept hearing a crinkling, crackling noise and couldn’t figure out where it was coming from…until I was changing out of my scrubs. I had a wrapped baby bottle nipple stuck in the middle of my bra! (I’m a maternity nurse.) LOL!  - Cyndi P.

8. A specimen cup with a stool sample in it. I was working in ED and it was very busy. I saw the order on the computer and so did another nurse. We both ended up getting a sample from the same patient, only she sent hers down to lab first. I saved mine just in case and forgot it was in my pocket when I got home. YUCK!!!  - Sheryl A.

9. Wrist restraints…you should have seen my husband’s face when I pulled THOSE out!  - Poppy H.

10. A penis implant…loooonngg story!  - Shelly Z.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever found in your pocket at the end of a long shift?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Stair Lift In The House!

We are happy to announce that we now carry a NEW brand of stair lift!

What exactly IS a stair lift, you ask?  A stair lift is a chair that you sit on and it glides along a rail, taking you up or down a flight of stairs.  People who find stairs difficult, or simply are immobile can still live in a home with stairs if they have a stair lift.  And stair lifts are far cheaper than remodeling or buying a new home, especially in THIS economy. 

The BROOKS LINCOLN is the new stair lift that we carry!  Pricing starts at just $2833.33 and installation is also available in our local area (Denver Metro, Colorado).  We say pricing starts at $2833.33 because not all stair cases are the same and thus the variable in pricing.

Here are a few features:

Padded seat and backrest

Easy to use controls

Secure safety belt

Folding arms, footrest and seat allow easy access to the stairway when the chair is not in use

Swivel seat - no need for twisting the body to get on and off the lift

Lockable on/off switch

Diagnostic digital display provides status of the lift

Five safety sensors stop the lift automatically if any obstruction is encountered

DC power packs recharge automatically and function even during power outage

Call 303-455-1300 or 800-873-7121 for more information today!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

"You can tell you had too much for Thanksgiving when have to let your bathrobe out." 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Wrong First Impression

by Sean Dent • October 17, 2012,

“When I saw you walk into my room, I thought to myself…’Ooh, God, I’m in trouble.’”

A patient I took care of recently spoke these words to me in apology. Apparently, when I entered the patient’s room at the beginning of my shift, they took one look at me and expected the worst. They had already decided they got the short end of the stick when I was assigned to their care.

At the end of my shift, they wanted to let me know how wrong they were. They thought I was the most kind and caring nurse, and they were lucky to have met me.


I didn’t ask why their first impression of me was so dreadful. Maybe I should have. Was it how I looked? How I sounded? How I acted? Maybe I smelled funny? Did I stomp my feet when I walked?

First impressions are interesting to me, since we all make them. We decide how a person “is” at a glance. We decide how nice they may or may not be. We decide if they are a “good” or “bad” person in that brief moment. We do it time and time again, because for the most part, our first impression instinct is fairly accurate and correct.

But, every once in a while, you make a wrong first impression.

I’d like to argue that it’s these “once in a while” occurrences that should spark us to not make hasty judgments about anyone until we interact and speak with them. Judge them by their actions, their personality and their genuine ability to care.

I, for one, make this mistake way too often as a nurse when I see my patient assignments from afar. I’ll get a quick glance at the patient and decide how my day or shift will go. It’s horrible, I know. And I’m willing to bet I’m not the only nurse who does it.

That particular patient gave me one of the greatest gifts that day. Thanks to their humble confession, my future patients won’t have to worry about me having a wrong first impression of them. I plan on making a conscious effort to give everyone the benefit of creating their own first impression.

For more Career Advice for Nurses pick up the latest issue of Scrubs magazine, available at our Laurel Uniforms & Apparel retail store located at 5376 Sheridan Blvd., Arvada, Colorado!

Friday, November 9, 2012

The top 10 weirdest things you've ever eaten for lunch on the job!

Everyone knows a nurse’s lunch break goes something like this: You take your lunch exactly at noon and relax for a full hour in peace and quiet while you eat a wholesome and delicious homemade meal. Right?

Wrong! Unfortunately, most nurses barely get the chance to scarf down some Doritos on their lunch break—if they get one at all! We were curious about the weird lunch combinations nurses are forced to put together, so we asked our Facebook fans for the strangest lunch they’ve ever eaten at work. Can you top these?

The top 10 weirdest things you’ve ever eaten for lunch on the job!

1. Pickles and chocolate. It goes well with coffee, LOL. I was STARVING!  —Conni

2. A pack of mint M&Ms, BBQ beef jerky, a pack of my son’s Scooby-Doo fruit snacks and milk! LOL. I work in the ICU, which means sometimes you eat whatever is in your purse that day, IF you get to eat at all!  —Jennifer

3. Pork chops cooked via coffee pot.  —Tameka

4. Leftover corn tortilla with mustard and sauerkraut. COLD!  —Sharma

5. Coffee from a sterile urine specimen cup ’cause there were no cups to be had.  —Susan

6. Oatmeal with strawberry Pop Rocks.  —Robert

7. Ice cream float…made with strawberry Ensure…very interesting.  —Brittany

8. Crab bites that fell on the floor…three-second rule! I was that hungry!  —Melanie

9. A bottle of bacon bits.  —Kristen

10. I swallowed my chewing gum….  —Susie K.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten for lunch on the job?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Do I Have to Work Holiday Shifts?

Whether you have to work on a holiday depends on who you work for, whether you are covered by a union contract, and company policy regarding holidays.

If you work for the Federal Government, you'll get nine paid holidays each year including New Year's Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day (4th of July), Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Many private employers follow the same holiday schedule and also provide holiday days off or holiday pay for working on a holiday.

In addition, companies are not required to give you holidays off from work. Many employers, especially in retail, hospitality and healthcare, are open on holidays and conducting business as usuals. Workers are expected to work holidays and are typically paid their normal pay rate.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Price Reduction on Automatic Pill Dispenser

Was $83.64
NOW $76.36!

This fully automatic pill dispenser is SIMPLE to use with easy setup!

Features a long duration buzzer that sounds continuously until the pills are removed.

Capacity holds one weeks supply of pills taken up to four times per day, which equals 28 total compartments that can hold several pills (up to 18 aspirin sized pills).

Tray is lockable with key.

Battery operated with low battery alarm (batteries included). 

The compartment size on this dispenser is 20% larger than other automatic pill dispensers.

The Med-E-Lert is supplied with clearly printed discs. The discs identify the day of the week, and the appropriate number of doses per day (1,2, 3, or 4 doses per day). The appropriate disc for the medication regime is then placed on the tray; folding tabs down to secure in pill compartment, prior to filling it, and used as a guide as to where to place the pills.

MED-E-LERT has 3 different alarm tones and also silence with Blinking Light to accommodate different hearing levels.

Comes with extra key and 4 tray labels.

Click HERE to purchase online!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Employers and Obamacare: What it Means for You

Adapted from ObamaCare Survival Guide by Nick J. Tate

As the Affordable Health Care Act rolls out over the next year and beyond, we are finally learning the details of what ObamaCare means to working Americans.

First and foremost, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the government agency that will oversee our new healthcare mandates. Employers are required to report to the IRS about each of their employees, and individuals will have to report to the IRS regarding health care insurance status.

Senior Citizens
It’s no secret that ObamaCare will be significantly funded by money cut from Medicare. The original projected cuts totaled $455 billion over the next decade. Since then, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has twice updated that figure. In 2011, the CBO’s estimated cuts were re-estimated to be $507 billion between 2012 and 2021. Then, in July 2012, the CBO projected Medicare outlays would be cut by about $716 billion between 2013 and 2022. That is $209 billion more in cuts than originally projected. However, ObamaCare does expand Medicare’s prescription drug coverage, and certain preventive care services. It also caps what insurers can charge older Americans.

Large Businesses - 25 or More Employees
From a cost perspective, ObamaCare has not been good for large companies as new mandates imposed on their health insurance providers have increased business operating costs. Many Americans are worried that ObamaCare will force their employer to drop their insurance since it may cost less for some businesses to simply pay the $2,000 fine per worker for not providing insurance. Some businesses need to offer benefits to attract workers, and some don't. If you work for a company that easily attracts workers, may be in greater danger of losing your coverage.
Also, large businesses will have to wait to be able to participate in health insurance exchanges, assuming it is granted to them at all. Each state will have to decide itself whether or not to let large businesses purchase insurance through its exchanges.

Small Businesses - 25 or Less Employees
These companies have suffered from rising healthcare costs in the past, but will benefit more from ObamaCare, especially in the short term. They will receive significant tax breaks and in 2014 they will have immediate access to health insurance through exchanges, unlike large businesses. However, if a small business exceeds 25 employees, they will receive no tax credits, and possibly no access to exchanges. For employees who work for small businesses with no insurance, ObamaCare is great news if their employer decides to take the generous tax credit. If small businesses do not participate, workers may be required to purchase insurance through a government-subsidized exchange, or face a fine.
Approximately 6% of businesses with employee payrolls are considered large businesses in America, yet over 175 million Americans work for a large business. Approximately 37 million Americans have no health insurance.

It is also interesting to note that fear of an acute doctor shortage, which existed prior to ObamaCare, may be exacerbated by the new law. With lower expected incomes and student loan debts that are the highest in the world, there could be far fewer doctors to provide health care.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Funny Signs from Around the World

I came across a group of funny signs and just had to share them on this fine Monday.  I hope you get a few smiles and laughs too!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Nurse Humor

Have a Great Weekend!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Prepare to SCARE Breast Cancer!

We have fun new Breast Cancer Awareness and Halloween tops for October!

 LUCH84769B - Heal With Love Tee - $15.99

LUKO115PR - Skull N' Bones - $24.99

 LUKO147PR - Full Moon - $26.99

LUCH2988C - Ribbons & Bows - $26.49

LUCH6627C - Count Beagle - $27.49

 LUCH6767C - Did I Scare You? - $27.49

LUCH84724C - A Lesson To Cure - $18.99

To shop all of our scrubs, click HERE!

Monday, October 1, 2012

7 Little Known Social Security Benefits

Adapted from 7 Little-known Social Security Benefits by Jennie L. Phipps,

In the first season of “Friends”, Rachel Green looks at her first paycheck as a waitress and asks, “Who’s this FICA guy, and why is he getting all my money?”

That’s one hard lesson about Social Security. Another is that when it’s time to claim, you can’t depend on the Social Security Administration to be your personal advisor. So that means you are on your own to make the most important financial decision of a lifetime. You have to read the rules and do the research yourself.

Here are 7 benefits to brush up on that are not commonly known:

One. There are many ways a married couple can decide to take their Social Security benefits. It’s hard to beat waiting until you’re 70 to begin benefits because the monthly payment is 76 percent higher than it would be if you had started to take benefits at 62, and 32% higher than it would be if you claimed at age 66.

Two. On the other hand, some people advocate drawing at the first opportunity because there is a possibility of losing the bet and getting nothing. If a person waits until 70 to claim and lives to at least age 90, he’ll accumulate almost $162,000 more in benefits than he would if he had claimed at 62. Retired law professor and Social Security expert Merton Bernstein says the longevity bet odds are bad, so claim early.

Three. If you were married for at least ten years, you can stake a claim on up to half of your ex-spouse’s earnings and collect Social Security benefits based on their earnings, if theirs were higher.

Four. If you haven’t remarried, once an ex-spouse passes away, you’ll be treated just like a widow or widower. If you are at least 60, you’ll be able to collect your late-spouses benefit and allow your own benefit to grow unclaimed until you reach age 70, when you can switch if your own is higher.

Five. There is a difference between widow/widower benefits and spousal benefits. As a widow/widower, for example, a widow can begin drawing a survivor benefit on her late husbands Social Security as young as 60, but only at a reduced rate. She will leave her own benefit alone, allowing it to grow and then switch over to her own at full retirement age so she collects more. You can’t do that with spousal benefits.

Six. When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, they don't tell you that your first step ought to be to hire a lawyer or other expert adviser. An applicant can have representation from the very beginning of the application process, which is not something that SSDI makes clear.

Seven. 35 years is the magic number. Your Social Security payment is figured using a complex calculation based on a 35-year average of your covered wages. Each year’s wages are adjusted for inflation before being averaged. If you worked longer than 35 years, the government will use the highest 35 years. If you worked for less than 35 years, they’ll average in zeros for the years you are lacking. You don't have to be a math wizard to figure out the impact of that - it drags down your average. If you can avoid zeros by working a couple of years longer, you’ll increase your Social Security payment.

To find a simpler explanation of how your benefits are calculated, visit My Retirement

For more information on Social Security, visit

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Nurses Reveal Their Favorite Patient Lines!

I like when patients ask for their nausea medicine while eating a cheeseburger and fries and requesting a second tray from food service.  —Heather Burton

“I’m allergic to 25 mg Demerol, but I can take 50.”  —Rebekah Hudgins

When patients with severe acid reflux ask, “What do you mean I can’t have pizza? What else am I supposed to eat?”  —Liz Johnston

On their 100th visit for treatment: “How long is this going to take?”  —Leslie S. Peguero

“I’m not obese—my clothes are shrinking!” —Ginny Riddle

I love when the elderly patients use their call bell for something and say, “I’m sorry if I woke you up….” —Keri Greenier George

“Can I borrow $300? I promise to pay you back. You’re a nurse, you look like you make good money.” (Awkward!) —Victoria Quinn

“I have end-stage fibromyalgia and need refills on my two narcotics.” —Kimra M Griffith

“I get redneck syndrome from that antibiotic.”  —Heather Mercier

What are some of your favorite “lines” from patients?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Are You a Football Widow, too?

I know, Eli. I know. 

Definition:  Football Widow (foot-bawl wid-oh);  noun

1. For at least 26 weeks, starting in August, and ending in February, a person is completely occupied with the game of football, on TV, thus causing their significant others to become temporarily a person without a significant other. 

First there was Fantasy Football which takes time to set players, check injured reserve lists, and all that garbage.

Then, there was the expansion of games on TV going from Sunday plus a Monday night game to some games on Thursday, college football all day Saturday, professional games allllll day Sunday and then a Monday night game, I swear, we get maybe two or three days a week that are football free. 

I mean, the kids dont raise themselves and the house doesnt magically get clean. 

Somebody is going to snap one of these days. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Uni-Solve Wipe Price Reductions!

We have not one, but two price reductions on the UniSolve Wipes:

Skin Prep Wipes
Were $11.04, NOW $8.71 per box!

Adhesive Remover Wipes
Were $12.16, NOW $10.11 per box!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Prepare to SCARE! Or, just really look fabulous

Holy cow its already the second week of September!  WHERE did the summer go? 

We are excited, though, because we are getting new HOLIDAY and fall-type scrubs in! 

Check these out:

A Scary BETTY BOOP! Have fun and show some sass with Tooniforms Did I Scare You? print.
LUCH6767C-BEDI - $27.49-$29.49

Snoopy makes this mock wrap FUN!  Count Beagle is a fun print on a classic style.
LUCH6627C-PNBG - $27.49-$29.49
This Kathryn top in Snow Sparkle has great colors for fall, yet a pattern you can wear all winter!
LUKO115PR-SNS - $24.99
A sweet Bella top in Cappuccino has great versatility!
LUKO149PR-CAP - $30.99

Click HERE to shop all of our Holiday Scrubs today!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Beautiful Fall Drives!

In your quest to find the most beautiful fall drive, don't forget to get out of the car too! Look for “scenic viewpoints” and trailheads so you can smell the pines, listen to the wind and water, and hear the crackling of leaves beneath your feet!

Try Oak Creek Canyon and Red Rock Crossing near Sedona.

Try Highway 41 from Menominee on Lake Michigan to the Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior.

Try State Hwy 7 from Lead Hill to Hot Springs through Ozark National Forest and secluded Ouachita Range.

Just about any highway through the Rockies will put on a show. Try West Elk Loop, a 6-8 hour, 205 mile drive through historic wild west towns.

Try either the 68-mile Peter Norbeck (Custer, SD) or the 20-mile Spearfish Canyon (Deadwood, SD) that trek you on either side of Mt. Rushmore.

Try Route 100 which runs north-south along the spine of the Green Mountains. Or try Highway 89 that cuts through the Green Mountains.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Price Reduction on Pulse Oximeters!

Price reductions don't happen very often so we were excited when it happened on our pulse oximeters! 

What is a pulse oximeter, you ask?  It is a little device that you place on the tip of one of your fingers that easily measures your pulse rate.  Its easier than putting two fingers on your wrist, shushing everyone nearby to be quiet, counting the beats within a certain period of time and then doing the MATH to calculate your actual heart rate. 

And now you can get pulse oximeters for LESS!

The OPE1 Oxi-Go Elite was $52.29, NOW $46.14

The OPP1 Oxi-Go Premier was $46.14, NOW $38.31

We have a handy accessories for your pulse oximeter as well:

Oximeter Belt Case in various colors

Oximeter Protective Skin in clear

For more information or to order Pulse Oximeters and accessories, visit our website today!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Medical Professional Students - We Have Back To School Supplies for You!

Medical Professional students are heading to school with a supply list that is a little bit different than the typical supply list - stethoscopes, penlights, protective eyewear, medical shears, the list goes on!

We have great products at wonderful prices and all at one place - including SCRUBS!  Check us out!

We carry a wide range of stethoscopes and otoscopes that work for any speciality!  Prices start at just $15.44 for stethoscopes and $9.92 for otoscopes.


Need a Aneroid Sphygmomanometer?  We have several to choose from and prices start at just $25.49.

Scissors and shears come in every shape and size.  Check out our inventory, starting at just $3.75.

Need medical scrubs?  Our Laurel Uniforms & Apparel site has a full line of the latests fashions, basic solid scrubs and everything in between.  Prices start at just $11.99!

Have more on your list?  Check out Mountain View Medical Supply and Laurel Uniforms & Apparel for all of your supply list needs today!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Nurse's 18 Lessons In Stress Management, by Nurse Rene

How many nurses feel like they must carry the weight of the world on their shoulders?

We have all been guilty of this, but the key is knowing when to let go. I love the following story for that reason:

A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while explaining stress management to an audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask *that* question:

“Half empty or half full?”

She fooled them all. ”How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.
As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden–holding stress longer and better each time practiced.”

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night…pick them up again tomorrow.

These 18 life lessons are some of my favorite reminders to de-stress:

1.Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue!

2.Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3.Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4.Drive carefully…it’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

5.If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6.If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7.It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8.Never buy a car you can’t push.

9.Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10.Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11.Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12.The second mouse gets the cheese.

13.When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14.Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15.We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

16.A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

17.Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.

18.AND MOST IMPORTANTLY — Save the earth…it’s the only planet with chocolate!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Should Nurses Be Required to Wear Color-Coded Scrubs?

What do YOU think? 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Are You a Diabetic on Medicare?

Are you a diabetic on Medicare?  If so, here is something you might want to keep an eye on!

CMS Sharpens Price-Cutting Tool
By Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor, HME News, August 2012

CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) isn’t stopping at competitive bidding to slash payments for diabetes supplies.

CMS announced June 22 that it would hold a public meeting July 23 to discuss using inherent reasonableness (IR) to adjust prices for non-mail order supplies.

“There is significant spending in that area and they believe that, based on the mail order competitive bid pricing, that this is something they need to take a closer look at”, said Walk Gorski, Vice President of Government Affairs for AAHomecare.

Through IR, CMS may adjust fee schedule amounts up to 15% per year to create what it believes to be more equitable pricing. Round 1 of competitive bidding has already reduced reimbursement for mail order supplies by an average of 56%, and Round 2 is expected to produce similar results. Non-mail order supplies obtained at retail locations were not included in bidding.

“Think about it”, said Denise Fletcher, and attorney with Brown & Fortunato. “Why would CMS pay more for somebody to have the convenience of going and picking up their stuff?”

If CMS tries to bring pricing for non-mail order supplies in line with mail order supplies in bid areas, which are lower than average wholesale costs, it’s going to be much harder for beneficiaries to obtain name brand products, stakeholders say.

“Retail stores are going to have to get better prices from manufacturers, sell product at a loss to Medicare beneficiaries, or stop carrying major brands,” said Seth Lundy, a partner with King & Spalding. “That’s a problem for Medicare because, in Round 1, they’ve redirected beneficiaries from mail order back into retail when they are unable to obtain their preferred products.”

To avoid that in Round 2, CMS required providers to base their bids on products that have at least 50% of the market and will prohibit contract providers from switching beneficiaries to lower priced products. IR offers no such protection, stakeholders point out.

“It will make access to certain supplies not possible, including the most frequently used ones that physicians are comfortable with and integrated into their practice,” said Tom Milam, and industry consultant. “I could see providers just looking at it and saying, ‘It’s not even worth it to carry diabetes supplies.’”

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back to School!

With school starting back this week, parents and their students are crazy busy getting supplies, new clothes and any other items on the requisite "Supply List".  As a little repreve, here are a few funny's to lighten your day!