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You’ve probably heard that you’re supposed to drink at least 8 cups of water a day. But if you’re like most people, you might not be great at keeping track. It’s easy to get dehydrated quick, so read on to discover the signs and symptoms so you can stay healthy.

Dehydration Symptoms #1: Thirst

The first sign of dehydration, conveniently, is thirst. So if you’re feeling thirsty, don’t ignore it. Get up and drink a tall glass of water to ward off further symptoms.

#2: Fatigue

Feeling sleepy or sluggish? You might be dehydrated. Your body and brain need water to operate efficiently, and you’ll find your body trying to conserve energy if you’re not drinking enough.

#3: Headache

Have a headache you just can’t shake? Dehydration actually causes your brain to shrink, which is what’s triggering that headache. Dehydration also reduces the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.

#4: Concentrated Urine

The main ingredient in urine is water. So if you’re not drinking enough, you’ll notice your urine is more yellow in color. The darker the color, the more dehydrated you might be.

#5: Muscle Cramps

Ever had a charlie horse? You might be experiencing dehydration. Dehydration isn’t just about water; it’s also about electrolytes. The combination can cause your muscles to spasm painfully.

How to Rehydrate

If you think you’re suffering from mild dehydration, the most important thing you need to do is rehydrate. Take small drinks of water or electrolyte-containing drinks or even ice chips.

If you’re overheated, remove extra clothing, and get to a temperature-controlled area if possible. Consider taking a luke-warm, but not cold, shower.

Take it slow, and know that your body needs some time to reabsorb water and rehydrate.

The best strategy is to avoid dehydration to begin with, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Make Your Health a Priority with Infusion Express

If IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express.  Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices.  So, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!  It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.

Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, click here to learn how to move your infusion to Infusion Express.

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2019 is just hours away! Send off the old year and ring in the new year with our end of year link round-up.

Happy New Year from Infusion Express! (Graphic © Nevit Dilmen, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Goal Setting in the New Year

Looking to set some new year’s resolutions? Start with a review of the past year. Then use that information to create effective goals for 2019.

Focus on Health in the New Year

Looking for ways to focus on your health in the 2019? Consider the following:

More Ideas for Resolutions for People with Chronic Illness

Check out these links for even more stories of how people with chronic illness are setting new year’s resolutions in ways that work for them.

Focus on Family in 2019

Family is a big priority in most people’s lives. Here are some of our previous articles on family and chronic illness.

Happy New Year from Infusion Express

If IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express.  Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices.  So, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!  It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.

Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, click here to learn how to move your infusion to Infusion Express.

We’re so grateful to be able to do what we love — help people with chronic illness get the best care possible on their own schedules. Thanks for letting us be a part of your lives in 2018, 2019 and the years to come! Happy New Year!

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The days leading up to Christmas can be go, go, go despite our best intentions to relax and enjoy the season. If your last couple of weeks have taken their toll, you’re not alone. Use our tips to recover.

#1: Get Back On Track with Your Health

If you’ve slipped on your chronic illness health plan, there’s no time like the present to get back on track. Getting back on your medication routine and scheduling an infusion if you’re late for one is the first step toward recovering. If you’ve suffered a flare-up, then making time to recover is even more important.

#2: Get Some Exercise

It can be hard to fit in a workout during the holidays. Re-prioritize your workouts by scheduling them on your calendar. Commit to attending a yoga class, schedule in a jog, or even take in the neighborhood lights with an evening walk.

#3: Leave the Clean-Up

Cleaning up all the chaos immediately after prepping for the holidays won’t help you recover more quickly. The mess isn’t going anywhere, so give yourself a break. If you can assign some tasks to other folks, then do so! If not, then take the cleaning slow. No need to overwhelm yourself while trying to recover.

#4: Get a Good Night’s Sleep to Recover

If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, then make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Sleep helps your brain and body recover, so it’s vital to get to bed at a decent hour.

#5: Make Time for Memories

The holidays shouldn’t be all about completing a task list anymore than the days following the holidays should be. Take some time to take stock of the year you’ve had, the things you’ve enjoyed, and the goals you’ve accomplished.

Make Your Health a Priority with Infusion Express

If IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express.  Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices.  So, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!  It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.

Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, click here to learn how to move your infusion to Infusion Express.

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Holiday to-do lists can be intimidating for anyone, especially if you deal with a chronic illness. In today’s post, you’ll find strategies to help you create a plan to check off your holiday to-dos.

#1: Be Realistic

This is good advice whether or not you have a chronic illness. There can be a lot of pressure to do anything and everything around the holidays. Between holiday outings, baking, shopping, gift wrapping and decorating, it’s easy to lose momentum.

Spend some time focusing on which parts of the holiday really mean something to you. Then build your to do list around those parts, and forget about the rest.

#2: Enlist Holiday Help

Whether you hire out household chores or enlist a friend to help with wrapping, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Putting every single agenda item on your shoulders is just asking for failure, or worse, a flare-up. Ask family members to commit to tasks, call in favors to friends, or hire services to help you get things done.

#3: It’s OK to Say No

The holiday season is full of parties and get-togethers. While it can be a joyous time seeing friends, you don’t have to say yes to every single invitation. Make sure you save your energy and time for the people and events that matter most.

#4: Take Shortcuts

There’s no shame in taking the easy road from time to time. Whether that means net lights on your bushes instead of string lights or all gift bags instead of wrapping presents, use the tools you have at your disposal!

#5: Take Time For Yourself

Self-care is a vital part of life, but it’s one we often neglect. Make sure you include time for rest and relaxation on your to do list. Need some ideas?

  • Order pizza for a holiday movie night.
  • Schedule yoga on your calendar.
  • Make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep.
  • Take your medications.
  • Eat healthy, wholesome foods.

Self-care needs to be a top priority.

Make Your Health a Priority with Infusion Express

If IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express.  Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices.  So, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!  It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.

Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, click here to learn how to move your infusion to Infusion Express.

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Black Friday is practically a holiday in and of itself anymore. If you’re wanting to join the crowds in getting some early holiday shopping done, use our strategies below to avoid overdoing it.

No need to shop ’til you drop! Use our Black Friday shopping strategies to get what you need without causing a flareup! (Photo by Eric.Ray [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

#1: Make a Black Friday List

Whether or not you check it twice, go with a list. Check out Black Friday sales ahead of time so you know what you need to get. This way you can spend energy getting what you need instead of rushing aimlessly from deal to deal.

#2: Stick to a Schedule

It can be tempting to start early, go all day, and finish late, but be honest with yourself about what your body can handle.  If stores are doing sales between certain hours, prioritize the ones with items on your list. Planning to be out all day? Make sure to schedule breaks for rest, fuel and anything else you might need (bathrooms, medications, etc.).

#3: Be Prepared

Keep your flareup triggers in mind while you’re out shopping. Take any medications you might need with you. Stay hydrated. If you’re sensitive to cold, make sure you’ve got proper attire. Wear comfortable shoes made for walking, and don’t be afraid to use a scooter if you need one. In short, take care of yourself!

#4: Wait for Cyber Monday

If the thought of fighting Black Friday crowds stresses you out, just wait until Monday! Many online stores have great Cyber Monday sales the week after Thanksgiving. On top of that, plenty of stores offer Black Friday deals online as well as in store. Do your research, and feel free stay home, enjoy leftovers, and shop the web instead!

Make Your Health a Priority with Infusion Express

If IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express.  Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices.  So, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!  It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.

Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.

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A chronic illness diagnosis can be a scary experience — but for your children, it can be even more frightening. If your kids are having trouble understanding what you’re going through, these tips can help.

Want to make chronic illness less scary for your kids? Read on.

#1: Be Honest About Scary Symptoms

Your children will likely see you go through some tough times. Whether it’s flare-ups or medication side effects, you’ll want to explain what’s going on. The key is to talk to your kids in an age-appropriate way. Young kids don’t need to hear every scientific detail, but some teens may take comfort in knowing more about what’s happening.

#2: Tell Them What You Need

Getting kids to listen and do what you ask can be a challenge any time, but it’s important that you tell them what you need, especially when your illness is flaring. Kids understand more than we give them credit for sometimes. Letting them know you need help with household tasks or quiet while you rest isn’t too much to ask. And you might be surprised just how much your kids listen when you’re honest with them about why.

#3: Schedule One-on-One Time

One of the frustrating things about dealing with a chronic illness is finding time to fit everything in. You need to keep up with your normal life. You need to fit in treatments. And you need to find time to rest and recover. During the adjustment-to-diagnosis phase, your kids may begin to feel left out. So make sure your new normal includes one-on-one time. During these times, they can ask questions and share about their lives too.

Family-Friendly Treatments at Infusion Express

If IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express.  Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices.  Get your treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs or digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline, and you can even bring your kids!  It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.

We want you to live your best life, so we offer day, evening and Saturday appointments at all of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.

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When a flare-up happens, it can throw a wrench in your plans. That being said, a flare-up can be just the reminder you need to prioritize your health. Let’s look at the best ways to cope with a chronic illness flare-up.

Take Inventory on Your Health

If you’ve been lax on making sure you’re taking care of yourself, now’s the time to get back on track. Take a look back at your food, medication and symptom diaries. Can you pinpoint any triggers? Make sure to record anything you think might have led to your current flare-up. Then plan to recommit to sticking to your journals and your healthcare plan.

Take It Easy

While it can be tempting to push through your flare-up, your body needs rest. That show you’ve been hearing great things about? Now’s a great time to binge-watch it. The stack of books or comics you’ve been meaning to read? Make a dent! Audiobooks or podcasts you’ve wanted to listen to? Get on it! The point is, you have to give your chance a body to recuperate, and that means taking a break from your to-do list.

Spend Quality Time with Friends and Family

If you’re feeling well enough for company, take the opportunity to invite friends over or to have a low-key family night. You can take your time with conversations, play a game, or enjoy a favorite movie. Flare-ups are no fun, but they are a good reminder to take stock of your priorities and spend time with loved ones.

Make Your Health a Priority at Infusion Express

If IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express.  Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices.  So, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!  It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.

Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.

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After the long, hot slog of summer, it’s finally fall! Now is the perfect time to enjoy the season with some chronic-illness-friendly fall activities. Read on to discover our favorite ideas for your fall bucket list.

Looking for some chronic-illness-fall activities to round out your autumn bucket list? Check out our list! (Photo by Momiji [紅葉するヤマモミジ] via Wikimedia Commons.)

Movie Nights

Spooky movies are fun to watch during the fall, but it’s also a great time for other genres too. A movie night is a perfect way to enjoy the season in a low-key way with friends and family. Choose  a classic horror film, a family-friendly Halloween movie, or an autumn-themed romantic comedy, warm up some cider, and enjoy!

Trunk or Treat Events

If your mobility is limited, but you still want to enjoy trick-or-treating with your family, try a trunk or treat event! Many churches and other organizations sponsor these events leading up to Halloween. You can even bring a lawn chair, so you can sit and watch your kids have a blast.

Fall Leaves Tours

Whether you visit an arboretum or take a scenic drive, chances are there’s a location nearby with excellent fall leaf viewing. Look for spots within a comfortable driving distance. Then pack a hot drink and a picnic, and make an afternoon of it!

Get Creative with Pumpkins

Nothing shouts Halloween like a carved jack o’ lantern, but if your hands aren’t up for it, you’ve got options. Glow in the dark paint can make for a spooky scene, and Pinterest is full of inspiration for fall-themed vignettes. If you’ve got a willing partner-in-crime, you can design a jack o’ lantern and leave the carving to someone else!

Scheduling Made Easy at Infusion Express

Infusion Express is here to help make sure you’ve got enough time for your favorite fall activities. If IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at with us.  Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices.  So, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!  It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.

Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.

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September is National Preparedness Month, which means there’s no time like the present to talk about emergency preparedness in relation to managing your chronic illness.  With wildfires still blazing, hurricane season ramping up, the potential for winter blizzards around the corner, followed by severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in the spring, it’s always wise to be prepared.

September is National Preparedness Month. Read on to find out how to be prepared for an emergency while managing your chronic illness, and find out more at www.ready.gov/september

#1: Stay stocked up on medications.

If you take daily medications or supplements, keep at least a couple weeks’ worth on hand at all times. If you know a potential disaster is on its way, don’t wait! Call your doctor and request an emergency refill as soon as possible.

#2: Find a back-up power or cooling supply.

If you need electricity for treatment, make sure you have a battery back-up or alternative method of powering your device. Similarly, if your medications require refrigeration, have a cooler and plenty of instant ice packs on hand.

#3: Have pertinent information handy.

You should ideally have all important information printed off and in a waterproof bag. Think copies of prescriptions, insurance cards, medication logs, details about your chronic illness, and your healthcare provider’s contact information. Store this in your emergency or grab-and-go kit.

#4: Have an emergency kit ready to go.

If you don’t have one already, prepare your emergency kit ASAP. Check out www.ready.gov for recommendations on what you should have on hand in case of an emergency. Gear your emergency kit for the most likely disasters in your area. Consider whether your kit should help you shelter in place or enable you to get out of danger fast.

#5: Talk to your family about your emergency plan.

Talk to your family and loved ones about what you’ll do in an emergency. Think about how you’ll communicate, where you’ll meet up if you’re separated, and what you’ll do to stay safe. If evacuation is a possibility, make plans for where you’ll go and when you’ll leave.

Make Your Health a Priority at Infusion Express

If you want to be prepared in an emergency, start by making your everyday health a priority. So, if IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express.  Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices.  So, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!  It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.

Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.

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When you’re managing a chronic illness, it might seem like that’s all you’re doing some days. Between taking medications, scheduling appointments, and dealing with symptoms and flare-ups, it can be hard to feel productive. So today we’re going to give you some strategies to get work done, despite everything you’re already dealing with.

Need to get work done despite your chronic illness? Read on for our strategies. (Illustration by David Abián, via Wikimedia Commons)

Define What Work Needs to Be Done

First things first, define what you actually need to get done. When you’re overwhelmed, sitting down and making a list of your necessary tasks can help. When you’re trying to keep it all in your head, it’s easy to get stressed out or forget something important. Getting it down on paper (or in a phone app, if you prefer) is the first step toward feeling more productive.

Outsource What You Can

Next, identify items that you can outsource to friends, family or hired help versus ones that require your individual attention. For instance, cleaning your gutters might be on your fall to-do list, but that’s something you can hire out. (Look for coupons on Groupon or LivingSocial). By focusing on low-hanging fruit that you can assign to someone else, you can free up your time and energy to focus on the things only you can do.

Prioritize Your Work and Estimate Time Needed

Are there items on your list that are time-sensitive? What are the absolute must-dos for the time you have? Are there tasks that can wait a while? Assign priority levels to your various tasks. And while you’re at it, see if you can estimate the time it will take to complete those tasks. That way you can work tasks in by the window of time you have.

Know Your Limits and Work With Them

If you’re not already familiar, Spoon Theory is great way to think about the work you need to get done and the energy it will take. In short, you only have so many spoons a day, and different tasks require a different number of spoons. Planning based on your spoons can help you be realistic about what you can get done without sacrificing your health.

Make Your Health a Priority at Infusion Express

Part of staying productive is making sure you’re keeping on top of your health. So, if IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express.  Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices.  So, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!  It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.

Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.

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