Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Monday, February 1, 2016
Welcome to Dexter!
This morning at 8:00--not a bad morning as first days of Februaries go--we opened our doors in Dexter. It's been a hectic couple of months. We found a perfect spot for our offices in the Bluewater Building last fall; we spent weeks with their wonderful architect and fabulous building manager getting the plans done; we had an all-hands-on-deck move-in last weekend with every doctor, nurse, business manager and receptionist in the practice. And now here we are! Up on the hill, right on the edge of town, at 7444 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road.
This practice is centrally located in our patient community, easy to get to, and brand new. We have a big well-lit welcome area, 4 beautiful exam rooms, and even a small gym where we'll encourage patient fitness. Shelly Schwartz, who painted the exam rooms in Chelsea, is busy finishing murals on our clean blue walls: so far, we love the dinosaur ones best.
Because this office is bigger than the others in Chelsea or Ann Arbor, and because we have expanded hours--we're open from 8:00-6:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 10:00-5:00 on Wednesday--we should be able to accommodate everybody. Thank all of you so much for being part of our patient family. We hope you like our new home.
The Chamber of Commerce has arranged a ribbon cutting at our front doors at noon on Wednesday. Stop by if you get a chance. We can't wait.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Flu Clinic Time Again
It's that time of year! Turke & Thomashow will hold its first flu clinic in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, October 11, from 8:45-11:00 a.m. As usual, you can sign up in the office or call to make an appointment.
Because flu viruses start circulating in the fall, it's best to get a shot soon after the vaccines become available in October. Flu season usually peaks around January or February, but it takes about 2 weeks for the shot to have an effect, and immunity should last through spring.
All 2014-2015 influenza vaccines protect against these 3 strains:
an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
an A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2)-like virus
a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.
Starting this season, the CDC recommends using the nasal spray vaccine (LAIV) for healthy children 2 through 8. Others do just as well with a shot. Vaccination risks are too high for children under 6 months, so it's especially important for the people they live with to get vaccinated themselves.
If you can't make this clinic, call anytime to schedule a visit in Ann Arbor or Chelsea.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Ticks are Up
The bad news: Michigan's tick population is booming. Black-legged ticks--the bad ones, the ones that carry Lyme disease--are showing up on the Lower Peninsula's West Coast, from Berrien County toward the south to Traverse City County to the north. Others are closer to us: ticks have been found recently as far east as Ingham and Genesee.
To keep black-legged ticks away from your kids, you might:
- Avoid their habitats--they like game trails and bushy spots
- Do a thorough check after you get back from a hike--look under the arms, behind the knees and between the legs, in and around the ears, and especially in the hair
- Check clothes, shoes, packs and pets--some of which can be washed and tumble dried
- Shower your kids, and yourself, within two hours of being outdoors
- IF YOU DO FIND A TICK, there's a right way to remove it. Put tweezers near its head, and gently pull it off.
Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever and fatigue, headache, heart palpitations, pain or swelling in large joints, loss of muscle tone (Bell's palsy) in the face, and erythema migrans--or "bull's-eye" rash, with concentric rings of redness around the target bite. Most of those symptoms show up in the first few days or weeks; untreated, the infection can spread to the nervous system and heart.
The good news: Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a short course of antibiotics.