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Archive for December, 2013

Ice. By Our December Student Pharmacist, Marie Corbo, Who Now Feels Very Cold.

The first day of winter was officially December 21st. This has been a particularly icy December, so I thought it would be a good idea to talk about de-icing. This is an important concept for people interested in preventing falls and emergency room visits.

Falls on icy days can be prevented by proper footwear, de-icing pathways, walking very slowly, and drying shoes well enough to prevent accidents.

Proper footwear can prevent slipping. On the bottom of winter boots, there should be a non-slip surface to reduce the amount of friction. It is also wise to avoid shoes with a heel.

De-icing pathways will help clear the footpath, but remember to be careful! Pushing a snow blower, shoveling, salting, and cold temperatures can put extra work on your heart and increase your blood pressure. It would be a good idea to warm up your muscles before starting, shovel many light loads instead of fewer heavy ones, take breaks, and always stay hydrated.

If you think you are experiencing any sign of a heart attack, stop and call 911 or your local emergency number.

Signs of a heart attack include but are not limited to:

1. A squeezing pain in the chest

2. Shortness of breath

3. Pain that radiates up to the left shoulder and down the left arm

4. Cold sweats

5. Jaw pain

6. Lower back pain

7. Unexplained fatigue or nausea

8. Anxiety

If you have a prescription for sublingual nitroglycerin, it is always a good idea to check to make sure it has not expired. Make sure that when you are shoveling, you have someone standing by in case there is an accident.

It is also always a good idea to take it slow when it’s icy. Take small and slow steps. Limit the things you may have to carry, which can alter your ability to balance. If you are on medications termed “blood thinners” like warfarin or coumadin, you should be extra careful to prevent a fall on the ice. Once you start bleeding, it is hard to stop when your blood is thin from the medication. If you know someone on these medications make sure to warn them about taking extra precautions to avoid falling.

Once you’ve made your way back inside, take a few seconds to wipe the snow off your shoes. Puddles in the house increase fall risks. Any salt stuck on your shoe may damage the floors, as well.

Lastly, as marvelous as dangling icicles appear, they can be extremely dangerous.  Do not attempt to knock them down without the proper equipment and precaution. The ice is heavy and sharp!

Merry Christmas To All!

We want to wish everyone a very, very happy Christmas. We hope you will have many blessings in 2014. 

We also want to thank you for your continued support over the past year. We could not do what we do within the community without the support of all our customers, friends, family, and the other local businesses in Plain City.

We will be closing early on Christmas Eve at 1 pm. We will be closed Christmas Day, but will re-open on Thursday, December 26, at 9 am. If you need anything while we are closed, please call the after hours number: 614-240-8421.

Have a peaceful and blessed Christmas. 

Christmas Music. By Our Student Pharmacist and Guitarist, Marie Corbo.

It is the middle of December and since I have started my rotation here at Plain City Druggist, we have been celebrating this season with Christmas Music. Our radio dial has been tuned to Sunny 95’s continuous Christmas music.

It is amazing that any single holiday season has a musical catalog extensive enough to be continuously played with few repeats. This is because Christmas is timeless. The hymns of Silent Night, O Holy Night, and Joy to the World have been sung since the 19th century. White Christmas, which is the best-selling single of all time, was written in the 1940’s and still gets an enormous amount of airplay today. Listening to these classic holiday sounds can put you in a good mood, take you down memory lane, and give strength to your Christmas Spirit.

Growing up in Cleveland, my family and I listened to the beautiful sounds of Luciano Pavarotti’s album O Holy Night every Christmas morning. This record is a collection of recordings from some of his best performances in the 70’s. As one fan puts it, these are some of Pavarotti’s greatest expressions of religious feeling. If you enjoy classical, opera, choir, and orchestra, I think you’ll enjoy this collection.

This is an exciting time of year and I hope you enjoy all the unique sensations of this season!

What are MTMs? By Our Student Pharmacist for December, Marie Corbo.

It’s almost the end of the year! Let’s get your medications organized for the New Year with an MTM (Medication Therapy Management)!

At Plain City Druggist, we take pride in knowing all of our patients to ensure that they are getting the best medicines. Every prescription is checked by a trained pharmacist to make sure it has the correct dose, indication, and place in therapy. After the patient receives the medication, we would still like to make sure the patient is taking the medications at the right time of the day, with the right foods or liquids, and with the right administration method. Studies show that 50% of patients are considered to be non-adherent to their medications and very few patients take their mediations correctly. This is why some patients may benefit from a more comprehensive patient/pharmacist session called a MTM or Medication Therapy Management.

A “MTM” is a patient scheduled meeting with a pharmacist. Patients can bring in all of their medicine bottles, over-the-counter products, vitamins/herbal medications, and any questions they may have about their drugs.

Common questions:

What is this medication for?

Is there a cheaper medication than this one?

Do I still need to be on this medication?

Am I taking this medication correctly?

The pharmacist can go over the answers with you and help your understanding of the medications or have a conversation with your primary heath care provider to make things right for you.

I, a pharmacy student at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy, would like to invite you to come and speak with me to review your medications with you one by one!  I am only here until December 31, however!  To meet with me, you can call Plain City Druggist and make an appointment that fits both our schedules. This is one additional way Plain City Druggist takes time to care for you.

Live Theater Comes to Plain City with “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” on December 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 pm.

We are happy to be selling tickets for only $10 to the production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, which will be held on December 12, 13, and 14 in the former Elementary School on West Main Street. Below you will find the official press release about the theatrical presentation with more details. This production features amateur and professional actors from the Plain City community and is directed by Joshua McClymont. Come out and support your friends and neighbors!

Official Press Release:

Family-Friendly Stage Adaptation of Classic American Film Celebrates the Spirit of the Holiday:

This December’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play marks Plain City’s first holiday theatrical production in recent history, with theatre patrons becoming the studio audience as just eight actors perform the dozens of beloved Bedford Falls characters, all in the style of a live 1940’s radio broadcast. Complete with amusing jingles and classic sound effects produced right on stage, this production has become an annual favorite in cities across America. The classic story about the power of community features local actors, both professional and amateur, and is helmed by artistic director Joshua McClymont. Performances run December 12-14th in the historic auditorium of the former Plain City Elementary School.

“Similar to the popular radio program A Prairie Home Companion and, of course, radio plays from the early 20th century, audiences will be delighted by the on-stage sound effects and amazed at the ability of the actors to switch between so many characters,” said McClymont.

Making his Plain City stage debut with It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, McClymont has directed and acted in numerous productions across the country. Plain City residents Allison McClymont, James Sintz, and Joshua Streit join Ann Walter of Unionville Center and Christa Wolf of Mechanicsburg to complete the ensemble cast. Sound artists Joel Kendall and Steve Wieringa, both of Plain City, perform the live sound effects using historically accurate props and common household items.

Tickets ($10) are now available for purchase online via Ticket Leap or in person at Plain City Druggist. There will also be a limited number of seats available at the door. Please note that for all performances of It’s a Wonderful Life, no children under five years old are permitted.

Performance Dates: December 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 pm.

Venue: Old Plain City Elementary Building at 340 W. Main Street, Plain City 43064

BUY TICKETS ONLINE: itsawonderfullifeplaincity.ticketleap.com

BUY TICKETS IN PERSON: Plain City Druggist

For more information, call: 614-873-7456 or go HERE.