What’s Happening in March

March 14th, 2012

Well since I can’t seem to keep up with a ‘routine’ posting, we’ll see if I can’t keep these updated monthly for you. For those of you who visit regularly, you’ll notice on the bulletin boards in our office we have now put up a “What’s Happening” this month. It will have anything from local festivals to the meaning behind a popular holiday. And since not everyone makes it in on a regular basis I’ll do my best to post it here for you as well. Here’s “March Happenings“. Enjoy, and hope to see you all soon!

Dinner Rush!

January 26th, 2012

So we’ve all been there. Some of us LIVE there! The scramble of what to fix for dinner on a busy weeknight can be overwhelming sometimes. We’ve attached a recipe that was shared with us by a wonderful patient. Of course, we tweak it each time we make depending on what’s in the pantry or what left over veggies/meat is in the fridge but either way, we can always count on “Old Faithful in 1 Pot” to help us in a pinch. Enjoy!

This SUCKS!

December 9th, 2011

But that IS the whole point! I’m talking about the NoseFrida. I’ve had to pull it out for the first time this season to use on my 5 month old. I truly forgot how efficient this thing is! There is a reason why I always give this as a shower gift. I promise that the look on the mom-to-be’s face is always one of awkward intrigue with a hint of disgust. And then I have to tell them, “Trust me, you’ll thank me the first time you’re up all night with a stuffy headed baby that can’t nurse because they can’t breathe. You’ll scramble through until you find this thing and then you’ll LOVE me for giving you such a wonderful device!” So far so good – nobody has been disappointed.

A few helpful hints when baby is stuffy: with EVERY diaper change (and in between when needed), lay baby down and put a few drops of saline solution or breast milk in each nostril. Massage the sinuses, then proceed with the changing process. After baby is clean, dry and happy THEN go ahead and suck their nose. This allows the liquid to sit in there for just a few minutes and breaks everything up, making it much more efficient. Be prepared for your infant to open their eyes wider than you ever imagined they could and not be too thrilled while you’re actually “sucking”, but my experience has always been that baby immediately smiles when you stop because they can FINALLY breathe!

Of course for your convenience, we do have these in stock (Tis the Season!) and ready for you this time of year. I hope this helps!

Scrambled with Kids Please!

October 27th, 2011

That seems to be what I get every morning for the past 17 weeks – whether I order it or not. Frankly, I think my server or the management should be disciplined for this gross disregard of my order every day. Is it too much to ask for a little “peace and quiet” or some “smooth sailing” before the sun is up while I’m trying to get out the door? Obviously, the answer is yes.

There is no doubt, having a baby is a life changing experience. It’s full of excitement, joy, and love all mixed in with sleepless nights, waning memory and a little chaos. But, just for fun, add a baby to the mix of an existing household with a toddler (or any other number of children I imagine) and watch the fun begin! I can’t say I wasn’t warned. I even thought I was prepared for the coming storm of truly unbelievable situations. Alas – you soon discover there is no such thing as being “prepared” again. Ever.

Multitasking is something that most of us just do. We don’t even think about it until we’re actually challenged to the point that something gives (gasp – yes, SOMETHING will give!). I remember “hearing” Dr. Hedgepeth tell several expecting moms that very same thing – but I just didn’t get it. Until now. You’re used to doing everything at 100%, all the time. But be (here’s that word again!) prepared. You’re not going to be able to do it all at 100% anymore. Something will get “less than”, at least for a little while. That might be your spouse, your house or in many cases – your appearance. That might also vary depending on the week or the circumstances, but at no time in the foreseeable future will you have all your “ducks in a row” again. One will always be lagging behind, roaming off in a different direction, or even found still sleeping back in the nest.

All of that being said, I’ve found that it’s best to control what you can and let the rest of the pieces fall where they may. And hopefully you can laugh about it when the day has finally ended. Slow down, because so many wonderful things happen each and every day. Seeing a sibling relationship develop right in front of you is magical – and comical all at the same time. Still make sure you get a chance to “do” for yourself, whether that’s 15 minutes in the evening with a book, 5 minutes for coffee in the morning, a quick stroll around the block in the afternoon, or for me – and adjustment always does the trick.  There’s just something about being able to lie down for just a few moments and have someone else tend to you.  Either way, somehow you’ve got to take care of you and recharge. Easier said than done?  Absolutely.

So this morning, as I was putting on my makeup in the bathroom at the office munching on dry frosted mini wheat, I giggled and thought, “Hey, tomorrow I’ll order something special”.  Maybe I’ll be lucky and get slow roasted and mild with and extra “shot” of smiles and all the sweetness I can handle!

 

Topic of the Week……

August 16th, 2011

Well it seems the topic of the week in my office has been bowel movements. There I said it, yes bowel movements. Not your average office water cooler discussion material, but then again I don’t have an average office.
So I am taking that as a sign to deliver a public announcement reminder that GI health is important and if you are of a certain age, please have your annual checkup and don’t be too embarrassed to mention it. Sometimes simple additions to your diet such as adding in good fats, like olive oil can be of help, so open the communication lines and get tips from your doctors.
Also, for those of you with young children then you will understand clearly how this topic becomes an everyday subject and one that your emotions and sanity can hinge on until a situation is resolved and things are moving smoothly if you will. That was certainly the case for 3 different sets of parents this week as they brought in their young ones worried about the lack of progress being made with other methods to get things moving. They were wanting so much to help their little ones feel better as anyone is cranky when they haven’t had a BM in 3, 5 and even 7 days like in in the cases I saw this week! Well I am pleased to report that I had a great relaxing effect on those 3 kids if you know what I mean!
So for all you parents out there know that I can be of help for your young ones. It is a matter of checking the alignment in their sacral and lower back areas along with some of the muscle groups attached to those areas.
And for all of us older ones, let’s vow to not be afraid of this topic, but to embrace the fact that it is important no matter your age.

*Posted by Heather for Dr. Hedgepeth

Baking in this heat…..

June 15th, 2011

It’s been SO HOT the past few weeks (thank goodness for the break over the past few days of ONLY the upper 80′s!) that it’s almost like we’re in August already!  Despite the increasing mercury and humidity, I’m actually NOT referring to ‘us’ baking but to having some yummy ‘no bake’ treats on hand for these busy summer days!

I have attached a recipe for one of our favorite snacks, Peanut Butter Protein Balls, that are not only good and healthy but kids seem to love them as well!

Stay cool if you can and enjoy!

Spoiled Rotten!

June 10th, 2011

Truly, I do feel that way!  Some may think it’s because I’m biased (perhaps just a little), but I can honestly say from first hand experience that I do NOT know how women go through their entire pregnancy WITHOUT being adjusted!  Maybe it’s because this is baby number 2 and my body is not where it was to start with the 1st time around, or maybe it’s because I’m 3 years older and chasing a toddler – who knows.  But this time has been much more challenging and generally ‘uncomfortable’.  From pubic symphsis pain to low back and sacral discomfort it’s all been magnified this time.  Whatever the reason, I know that working here has allowed me to be spoiled rotten!

My “ah-ha” moment (and I WORK here!) was about 2 months ago.  I had been getting adjusted on an ‘as needed’ basis.  Sometimes that was once every couple of weeks, sometimes that was a couple of times a week depending on how many times I had been on the floor playing with Hotwheels and Thomas the Train.  My midwives noticed that my blood pressure was a little high and I mentioned it as well as the extreme discomfort I was having sleeping on either side.  I remember having femoral head pain (the extreme, sharp pain in your hip/top of your leg when you’re sleeping on your side) with my 1st, but not that bad and certainly not that soon.  Dr. Hedgepeth says, “Oh, why didn’t you say so”.  Good question.  Needless to say, since she had been working on the regular ‘pregnancy’ issues already she added in the femoral heads as well as working with my Atlas (upper neck) and not only have I been able to sleep better, but my blood pressure has been much more stable as well.  NICE!

I don’t know why I would even act surprised at any of this – it’s what we do here and what she specializes in.  I’ve been through it before, and I talk to people everyday about it, but when you have a chance to truly ‘experience’ it yourself – WOW! So for all you expectant Mom’s out there that think you have to be uncomfortable – THINK AGAIN – there’s a lot that can be done to make your pregnancy much more comfortable and that’s a wonderful thing! – Heather

More and Less…..

May 20th, 2011

Well this is an interesting post and title, but it will all come together in the end I promise.  For those of you that haven’t physically been into the office recently there have been some ‘ah-hem’ changes in the appearance of our staff!

Let’s start with”Less” – Dr. Hedgepeth was tired – literally – of being tired and feeling run  down at the end of every day. Our office was offered a test run on a weight loss program to see what we thought.  She went for it and now – OVER 40 POUNDS lighter – (and looking fabulous I must say!!) – Keystone Chiropractic is an official center for the Ideal Protein weight loss program.  Our patients have not only noticed, but several have begun the program and have had wonderful success so far!  Feel free to call if you have any questions or would like to know more.

Now let’s get to “More” – Well, one look at me when you come in the front door will explain this one!  I am expecting baby number 2 in mid June, so there’s OBVIOUSLY ‘more’ of me to see!!  This also means that we have ‘more’ staff on hand as we have been cross-training Mallory for the past few months to take over in my absence during the summer months.  Don’t worry, we will update everyone upon the arrival of the new baby on our Facebook page!

In summary, it’s been a busy few months with a lot of changes, but we’re looking forward to seeing your faces again between your road trips and vacations in the near future!

 

Diaper Drive!

November 8th, 2010

I couldn’t help it – I’ve volunteered us for yet ANOTHER function (good thing Dr. Hedgepeth likes me!).  Seriously, I was on my way into work one morning last week when I heard WQDR (yes, I DO listen to country music!) saying that they are teaming up with Sir Walter Chevrolet for a Diaper Drive.  Of course being a Mommy it tugged at my heartstrings that 1 in 3 families in the U.S. can not afford to diaper their children!  I knew there had to be a way we could help, so I called the radio station as soon as I got to the office, and sure enough, WE CAN HELP!

Now, we need YOUR help:

Please bring new, unopened packages/boxes of diapers (any size, any brand) to our office ALL WEEK LONG!  We will be delivering them to Sir Walter Chevrolet THIS Friday at 9:00AM, November 12th!

Please read more about the bigger picture and the overall goals here.

We are looking for your support and hope to see you sometime this week!

Award Received Well!

August 2nd, 2010

Yesterday we attended a festival at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro kicking off the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week.  We were there supporting the many business and non-profits that are working hard to be the voices for breastfeeding in North Carolina.  It was nice to have the chance to catch up and chat with several of the familiar faces we have come to know in our community through the common bond we share – breastfeeding! Not only were we able to reconnect, but even more important, we were honored to be recognized ourselves as a “Breastfeeding Friendly Employer” and a “Breastfeeding Friendly Business“!  While there, Dr. Hedgepeth had the opportunity to speak with The News and Observer and her input can be seen in today’s paper by clicking here.