Monday, October 29, 2012

Cyclist, Marathoner, Speaks on Diabetes and Exercise

John Anderson completed the most grueling cycling race in the country -- not once, but twice. The Race Across America begins in Oceanside, California and ends 3,000 miles and just over seven days later in Annapolis, Maryland. It is impressive for anyone to complete it, but John Anderson is a diabetic.

Anderson spoke at Fauquier Hospital last year about the challenges he has faced, and was so inspiring that he has been invited back. His story and down-to-earth healthy advice are useful to anyone, not just diabetics. The public is invited to attend the event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 in Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room.

Anderson has dedicated himself to educating others about living well with the disease. He does so by walking the talk. He has learned to successfully manage diabetes by leading an exceptionally active, healthy lifestyle.

His message isn’t about becoming a marathon cyclist; it is about helping people lead a healthier life by making manageable lifestyle changes. Anderson understands the denial that comes with diabetes; he lived in denial for many years. But when a medical emergency forced him to confront his illness, he made a promise to himself and his family to change his life.

Since then, Anderson has kept his promise, not only by maintaining control of his health, but by putting his athleticism to work raising money for those in similar situations. In 2007 and 2008, he ran in the Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for Diabetes Action Team, a nonprofit company committed to research. And in 2009, he was happy to start cycling with Team Type 2.

Calendar of Events for November

Thursday, November 1
Car Control Clinic for New Drivers
Where: Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room

When: 7 p.m.

(Behind-the-wheel session Saturday or Sunday, November 3 or 4 -- choose one)

Cost: $179

Register: 800-862-3277 or

Friday, November 2

Medicare Information Session

Where: The Villa at Suffield Meadows

When: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, October 29

Your Childbirth Experience

Where: Fauquier Hospital’s Family Birthing Center

When: 7 to 9 p.m.

Details: 4 sessions – October 29, November 5, 12, 19

Cost: $120

Register: 540-316-3588

Wednesday, November 7

Financial Planning for Seniors

Where: Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

When: 6 p. m.

Register: 540-316-5500

Thursday, November 8

Balancing Diabetes and Fitness

Where: Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room

When: 7 p.m.

Details: With John Anderson, cyclist and exercise expert

Register: 540-316-2640

Saturday, November 10

Safe Sitter Babysitter Training

Where: Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room

When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $60

Register: 540-316-3588

First Aid/CPR/AED (Adult/ Infant and Child)

American Heart Association

Where: Fauquier Health Medical Office Building

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $85

Tuesday, November 13

Type O Blood Drive

Where: Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room

When: 1 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, November 15

Baby Care Essentials

Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $25

Register: 540-316-3588

Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17

Your Childbirth Experience

Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center

When: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Details: Weekend class

Cost: $120

Register: 540-316-3588

Friday, November 30

Reflexology for Couples

Where: Fauquier Health Wellness Center

When: 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost: $55

Registration: 540-216-2640

Saturday, December 8

First Aid/CPR/AED (Adult/ Infant and Child)

American Heart Association

Where: Fauquier Health Medical Office Building

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $85

Register: 540-316-3588

Friday, December 21

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Where: Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Free Flu Shots Available on November 5

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District has 400 doses of FREE flu vaccine to use in an exercise testing our ability to provide mass vaccinations. 

We will be offering this vaccine on a first-come, first-serve basis at two locations on Monday, November 5. There will be a clinic at Eastern View High School from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and a second clinic at Madison High School from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Two flyers advertising these clinics (one in English and one in Spanish) are here. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What You Can Do for a Friend with Breast Cancer

On The New York Times Well blog, we found this list of things that can help make suffering through breast cancer just a little more tolerable. It was compiled by a woman who had a mastectomy because of a genetic mutation putting her at high risk for breast cancer.

She suggests well-wishers include these things in care packages for women about to undergo breast surgery:
  • Comfy button-front pajamas: The softer the fabric, the better.
  • Soft, fuzzy socks: Hospitals get mighty cold.
  • Dry shampoo: When patients can't shower for days after surgery, dry shampoo and a friend to touch up their hair can be a real spirit-lifter.
  • Baby wipes: Nicole says they're "an important item for the bedside table of any woman stuck in a hospital bed."
  • Lip balm and moisturizer: Hospitals also tend to breed dry lips.
  • Mineral water spray: It's refreshing.
  • Mints: When you can't get up to brush your teeth, you can at least pop a mint in when a visitor drops by.
  • A battery-powered toothbrush: Nicole says even brushing teeth is painful: You can't move your arms, so you need something that can do the work for you.
  • A soft blanket: Anything soft is good. No position you get in after that kind of surgery is comfortable. You can't move, you can't sleep, so anything that can be the least bit comforting is wonderful.
  • Entertainment: An iPod or MP3 player with music, magazines or books. A laptop can be diverting, but sometimes patients feel terrible and mentally foggy from all the drugs.
  • Waxing: A pre-surgery gift certificate for an underarm wax treatment is nice, since it's so hard to shave after surgery.
Even a card once a week or so after the patient returns home from the hospital is a welcome surprise. Days get long and lonely. That walk out to the mailbox for a kind note that says "I care" can bring sunshine to a dismal day.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Moments from Fauquier Hospital's Family Wellness Fair and Diabetes Expo, held September 29.
Taliah White discusses healthy eating with a Fauquier Health nutrition expert.

Linda Fitzsimmons has her blood pressure taken.

Heidi Allen, massage therapist at the Fauquier Health Wellness Center,
gave free massages to visitors to the Wellness Fair.

Dorothy Smith has her blood glucose checked.

Retired Fauquier Health Employee Saves Woman from Alligator

How's this for a dramatic story? Delmas "Del" Zickefoose, a former employee of Fauquier Health, saved an elderly Leesburg (Florida) woman from an alligator and cradled her in his arms until paramedics arrived. The woman, who had her arm bitten off by the alligator, survived and is recovering.

Fauquier Health retiree Mr. Zickefoose, in typical hero fashion, was modest about his heroism.

Click here for the story, as reported in The Daily Commercial in Leesburg, Florida: