March 2020 Newsletter

 

With the uncertainty caused by the global pandemic of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), here are some tips you can put into action now to help you stay healthy. With the spread of any respiratory illness, including this novel coronavirus, it’s important to take these everyday precautions to protect your health:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • When you can’t wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to sanitize in public spaces, like grocery cart handles or door handles.
  • Know the virus’ symptoms, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and tell your doctor if you are feeling sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Avoid travel to high risk locations. 
  • If you live in a residential facility, community housing, or assisted living center, avoid communal rooms and sanitize often.

In addition, make sure to check your medications and reorder any that are low. Write down all of your medication names and dosages, along with a list of all of your doctors. Also, make sure to know your community response plan, which you can find at https://www.floridadisaster.org/.

As a mobile physician, I have strict sanitation practices in place to help maintain a clean and healthy living environment for my patients. For all patient visits, I thoroughly wash my hands before and after the visit with soap and water or use hand sanitizer (if soap and water are unavailable). I clean and disinfect all equipment between visits with the appropriate cleaning products. If I arrive for a visit and suspect that my patient may be sick, I use a mask and gloves. If you have symptoms of illness and have a scheduled visit with me, please call the Be Mobile Neurology office to determine if a televisit is appropriate.

Please make sure to check the Be Mobile Neurology website for more information on COVID-19 and our Facebook page for community updates. If you have any questions about the steps you should take to stay as healthy as possible, contact me at (813) 981-4403 or drboland@bemobileneurology.com. Thank you!

– Dr. Deborah Boland

Telemedicine During A Pandemic

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunications software, such as video conferencing, to help doctors diagnose and manage your medical care, without leaving your place of residence. It enables healthcare providers like me to treat isolated or at-risk patients, helping to further prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus.

Between now and April 30, 2020, I am expanding my telemedicine services to help high-risk people who need neurological care and are in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Be Mobile Neurology is accepting all patients with neurologic conditions who wish to be seen by a neurologist via telemedicine while they are unable to visit their regular specialists.

Appointments for televisits are available in one hour, 30-minute, and 20-minute increments, beginning on March 20, 2020. Patients only need access to a tablet or computer with Internet connection to be seen.

If you are interested in scheduling a telemedicine visit during this time, please contact my office at (813) 981-4403.

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The Benefits of Deep Brain Stimulation
to Treat Essential Tremor

If you have been diagnosed with essential tremor (ET), everyday activities that you used to take for granted may now seem impossible. Once simple tasks like getting dressed in the morning or pouring a cup of coffee can be difficult to accomplish, leaving you feeling defeated and frustrated.

ET is a progressive neurological disorder, characterized by involuntary shaking – or tremors – of the hands or other body parts. The tremors most often occur when the affected muscles are in use. The signs and symptoms of ET begin gradually over time and usually are more prominent on one side of the body.

While ET is not life-threatening, it is not a normal part of aging and it can dramatically impact your quality of life. The good news is that there are several options for treatment, including medications, therapy, and surgical intervention. 

The most effective treatment for ET, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, using a neurostimulation device — similar to a heart pacemaker — to deliver electrical pulses to the specific place in the brain that coordinates and controls muscle activity. Often resulting in an 80 percent decrease in tremor, improvements caused by DBS can last for several years.

Read more about DBS and how it’s used to treat ET >>

Did you know that you can make simple lifestyle changes to better manage the symptoms of Essential Tremor (ET)? Use a smartphone with voice recognition to make lists, instead of writing. Buy heavier, larger utensils for eating. Use a lidded mug or cup for drinking. Wear no-button clothes and slip-on shoes to make dressing easier.
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Partner Spotlight: Transitions Rehabilitation

I started my medical career as a Physical Therapist, and I am a strong advocate for regular exercise and appropriate therapies as part of my patients’ care plans. I’m excited to introduce you to Transitions Rehabilitation as one of Be Mobile Neurology’s referral partners.

Transitions Rehabilitation provides a full complement of speech, occupational, and physical therapy services through outpatient clinics in Brandon and Bradenton. Massage therapy and aquatics is also available at their Bradenton location, and a new clinic in New Port Richey is opening soon.

In addition, Transitions Rehabilitation is planning to start a program this spring for Parkinson’s patients called Prospering with Parkinson’s. Partnering with a variety of community resources, this new program will offer Rock Steady Boxing, Pedaling for Parkinson’s, support groups, and additional exercise classes for you. All Prospering with Parkinson’s classes will be led by skilled physical, occupational, and speech therapists, and screenings will be conducted prior to determine ability levels for Rock Steady.

For the safety of the community, Prospering with Parkinson’s classes will be postponed until April 15th (as of this publication). Please contact Transitions Rehabilitation directly for anticipated class times or to schedule an initial screening assessment.

Be Mobile Neurology and Transitions Rehabilitation share a passion for providing individualized care to those living with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. We are excited to be working together to better serve you.

Learn more about Transitions Rehabilitation >>





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