This summer we have wholeheartedly welcomed the warm days of summer, and we’re ready to get out there! In our haste to enjoy vacations, trips to the beach, and just being outside in the parks and backyard, don’t forget about your summer health and safety guide to protect you and your family.
Protein fuels our energy and carries oxygen throughout our body in our blood. Even more importantly in today’s world with COVID 19, it helps to create immunity via antibodies to fight off infections and illnesses while keeping our cells healthy enough to create new ones. With all that in mind, how much protein do you need to maximize your health?
Those with diabetes are quite familiar about how it affects their blood sugar, their kidneys, and their eyes and heart. Unfortunately, many are not aware of how diabetes can affect their joints until they are faced with an orthopedic problem.
It is a lesser known consequence of diabetes, and at that point many begin to ask: how can diabetes affect my bone and joint health?
Regardless of our age, we should all see a doctor on a regular basis for preventative care and a way to develop a baseline for our health. Sometimes there are glaring signs you should see a doctor in addition to those regular visits. Here are 6 of those signs.
We now have available for DFM patients a Rapid Covid PCR test in addition to our current Rapid Covid Antigen test. The Cepheid Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2/Flu/RSV results are available in 25 minutes. So now there is no need to go to any other testing facility or to navigate hospital or pharmacy websites. Both of our Covid tests are FDA authorized. The PCR is 100% accurate in assessing Covid positivity when compared to Quest (CVS) or Labcorp with no waiting for results. Ideal for travelers, students, or return to work. Just call us at (704) 892-5454 to schedule.
Everyone knows to see their primary care doctor if they have fever and a sore throat. That’s an easy call. How often you should visit your primary care physician is another matter. There is no set answer, nor timetable for everyone, but there are some guidelines.
Davidson Family Medicine is pleased to offer accurate and convenient RAPID Covid-19 testing for our established patients. Results within 15 minutes.
This is a simple and painless front-of-the-nose test performed by our staff at our office. There is no need to wait in line at a CVS Minute Clinic, Urgent Care, or Emergency Room.
Examples of when to get tested:
- Development of symptoms of Covid-19 (within 5 days of symptom onset): fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, change in ability to taste and smell
- Exposure to a person later known to have Covid-19
- Asymptomatic testing needed for employer or travel
This test is highly accurate. It is one of only 2 antigen tests authorized by the FDA for emergency use for detection of Covid-19 antigen particles.
Simply call our office to schedule. We may require a brief virtual visit with one of our clinicians to ensure appropriateness of testing.
(We will collect any copays and otherwise will file insurance for you. This testing is covered by most insurance plans.)
Flu shots are here!
In addition to the regular flu vaccine, we also have the extra protective flu vaccine recommended for those 65 and over.
Davidson Family Medicine will file your insurance.
To get your flu vaccine administered by trained medical staff that you know and trust, call in at 704-892-5454.
Stay healthy this flu season and get your flu vaccine.
An annual well woman exam is important at any stage of womanhood. Women who are twenty-somethings and women who are post menopausal plus everyone in between can benefit from a well woman exam. It’s a great way to know that you are healthy, you are preventing any issues, plus it is covered by most insurance.
No, we do not have the vaccine yet, but… we are pleased that Davidson Family Medicine has been approved as a vaccine site by NCDHHS.
We do not know when we are getting the vaccine or which vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna, both equally effective). If you are getting this email, we will notify you through this email address when we receive the vaccine and what the next steps would be as far as which groups would be vaccinated. We will also update our website and Facebook. Please do not call with general questions about the vaccine, but feel free to email email@example.com.
As you probably know, in our state of North Carolina, Groups 1 and 2 (Healthcare workers, etc. and persons 65+) are now eligible for the vaccine. There is very limited supply locally. As we are waiting for the vaccine to eventually arrive at our office, we do encourage eligible patients who are interested to attempt to obtain the vaccine in one of 3 ways:
1) If you have an active Novant My Chart or My Atrium account, you may have received an email about signing up for a vaccine. Reports are that these appointments are months in the future.
2) If you do not have an active Novant My Chart, you can create one to request the vaccine: https://www.novantmychart.org/mychart/signup Or call Novant scheduling line at (855)-648-2248. Appointments are made on a week-to-week basis.
If you do not have an active My Atrium account, you can create one to request the vaccine: https://my.atriumhealth.org/MyAtriumHealth/publicforms.asp?mode=showform&formname=SignUpOne&_ga=2.185168553.1297599094.1611012112-2091031579.1582736708 Or call Atrium scheduling line at (704)-468-8888, option 1, then option 2.
3) Through a county health department. You do not need to be a resident of the county administering the vaccine.
For Mecklenburg: Eligible individuals ages 75 and older https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/83g1hcpv/ or call 980-314-9400 Option 3 to schedule an appointment for your first dose. Reports are that January appointments are filled and MCHD has not yet begun scheduling 65-74 year-olds.
For Iredell: There will be drive up clinics only for 1a Healthcare workers and persons 75+ on Friday, Jan. 20 in Mooresville and Sat., Jan. 21 in Statesville. Anticipate lengthy waits! Details here: https://www.co.iredell.nc.us/DocumentCenter/View/16175/CVMS-Registration-form—Generic
For Lincoln: Vaccinating only 1a healthcare workers and 75+ at their health department. Advised to call (704)479-2202.
For Cabarrus: https://www.cabarrushealth.org/605/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information (Latest check, these appointments are filled).
Groups 3 (Frontline workers), 4 (Adults at high risk for exposure and increase risk of severe illness), and 5 (everyone else that wants a safe vaccine) should await further instructions.
Please rest assured that Davidson Family Medicine has been attempting to obtain the vaccine since late November with the earliest announcement of vaccine availability. We feel it is important to receive vaccines from medical staff you know and trust. However, given the current limited supply and overwhelming demand, we encourage getting the vaccine as soon as practical.
We are excited to provide this service as soon as possible. In the interim, please feel free to reach out with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. And if the need arises for testing or treatment of any medical condition (including Covid-19) please reach out to our office.
We are here to help, and there is light at the end of the tunnel!
Davidson Family Medicine
If you are feeling sad, you are not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a common condition with a specific seasonal pattern. With less sunshine in fall and winter, many succumb and find themselves depressed. Thankfully, there are some effective ways to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.