We speak her name, Barbara Dawson

Barbara Dawson, age 57 of Bristol, Florida, died on December 21, 2015 after being wrongfully discharged from Calhoun Liberty Hospital. She had been seen and treated in the hospital, then discharged. However, Dawson was having trouble breathing. Instead of the emergency department re-evaluating her, they called the police to have her forcibly removed from the premises. According to the hospital spokeswoman "While we can't discuss her situation … [Read more...]

Today Was All About Self Care

Today was a self care day. It was ALL about me. All day today, I took care of me. I took a day off from work. The 1st thing I did was take time to consult with a blog coach, Mrs. Brandi Riley from Mama Knows It ALL, and strategically plan for 2016. I'm actually really excited about the direction this blog will take in 2016. You'll be seeing and hearing a lot more from me. Woot! After I was done with Brandi, I headed off to the spa. I turned 40 … [Read more...]

What the heck is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

Childhood arthritis disrupts the lives of approximately 300,000 kids and their families in the U.S. In this post, you will learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatments for this debilitating disease. The medical term for a common form of children's arthritis is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis or JIA. Children suffering with JIA may experience pain and stiffness, swollen joints, and more limited mobility than their other kids their age. … [Read more...]

#GetCoveredMD Maryland Health Connection Open Enrollment

Get covered with an affordable health insurance plan before the January 31, 2016 deadline. Watch my interview with a health navigator and read more about how to #getcoveredmd in this sponsored post. The Maryland Health Connection is the State of Maryland's official marketplace where residents can shop for and enroll in a health insurance plan. The plans offered through Maryland Health Connection meet the requirements of the Affordable Care … [Read more...]

Against All Odds: Black Women in Medicine

Crystal Emery's newest project showcases Black women doctors and shines a light on the need for more of us in that field. Read more about why I loved being in the room for this book signing in this sponsored post. Crystal Emery has boldly taken on the responsibility of celebrating Black Women in medicine, as well as highlighting the low numbers of Black women in the field. In her new book Against All Odds: Black Women in Medicine, … [Read more...]

How to setup your iPhone “In Case of Emergency”

Here's a quick video tutorial to show you exactly how to set up the Medical ID feature on your iPhone in case of emergency. Super handy is you suffer from a chronic illness or if you are involved in an accident. Set it up now, thank me later. Then share this post with your family and friends...basically anyone you know with an iPhone, mm-kay? :-) … [Read more...]

Take a Pass on the Truffle Butter

Where do I start? Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil' Wayne have a popular song out called "Truffle Butter." For the sake of transparency, I have been bobbing my head to this tune for at least 3 weeks. I didn't even know the name of the song, but the beat is catchy and I hear it on the radio no less then 3-4 times while I'm in the car commuting back and forth to work and running errands. I've seen/heard a few mentions of truffle butter on … [Read more...]

What Nobody Tells You About ACA

The open enrollment period for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act closed on February 15. Thanks to this legislation, 8.8 Million people now have health insurance. That’s a good thing, right? Indeed it is. What you probably don't know is what’s expected of you now. Nobody is really talking about. However, there are big plans for you. Beyond the goal of requiring health care coverage, another goal of the ACA is to improve our … [Read more...]

Cholesterol Counts

February is heart health awareness month. One of the important risk factors for heart disease and heart attack is high cholesterol. It's important to understand that all cholesterol is not created equal. Therefore, it is broken down into good and bad cholesterol. You can be proactive by visiting your primary care doctor and having your cholesterol checked. It is a simple battery of blood tests that typically include what's known as a lipid … [Read more...]

Hangout with HHS Secretary Burwell

Blogalicious Google Hangout with HHS Secretary Burwell On February 9, 2015, I sat down with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell and get answers to your questions about the Affordable Care Act. It was an extreme pleasure to do so. Not only was it highly informative, but she was appreciative for the opportunity, as well. The folks at HHS were warm and welcoming. They want to engage with the citizens … [Read more...]