HOTFLASHES | July 2020

Sunscreen Specifics

Summertime means more time spent outdoors – and more sunscreen that should be used. If you’re like us, all of the information out there about sunscreen can be confusing. What’s the right SPF? Spray or lotion? Too much or too little? We’ve done the research for you, and some of our findings might surprise you.

When it comes to the amount of sunscreen – you probably aren’t wearing enough. Products that contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide tend to be thicker, which can trick you into thinking you’re covered. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends one ounce (think shot glass) of sunscreen applied every two hours.

Avoid sunscreen that contains oxybenzone, known to disrupt hormone balance, or vitamin A, which does not interact well with sunlight and may even trigger cancer-producing cells when exposed to the sun.

Don’t be misled by extreme SPF claims. The FDA says they “do not have adequate data demonstrating that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide additional protection.” Most experts agree – stick with an SPF between 30-50.

Spray-on sunscreens might be more efficient, but you run the risk of an uneven application resulting in sunburn. Plus, the airborne chemicals pose an inhalation risk to children and adults.

Don’t get burned by water-resistant claims. It’s best to reapply sunscreen after every swim!

And finally, it’s a misconception that sunscreen alone will prevent skin cancer. Wear a floppy hat to cover your face and buy a cute beach umbrella to sit under. You’ll thank yourself later!

 

 

What’s in Your Beach Bag?

Now that you’re clear on the sunscreen basics, it’s time to think about beach bag essentials for your family vacation. Try including these items in your bag for an easier, breezier day at the beach.

Baby Powder – Don’t let sand irritate you or your crew. Rub baby powder over sand-covered skin and watch it fall right off!

Rash Guard items – If you have ocean-swimmers, this is a must! Look for rash guard apparel and topical application sticks that reduce friction.

Resealable sandwich bags – Not only can these plastic bags be used to collect shells, but they serve as a smartphone protector. Simply seal your phone in the bag – it will protect it from sand, water, and sunscreen – and will still be functional through the clear plastic!

Wet wipes – A day at the beach can be messy. Use wet wipes to clean sticky faces and hands.

Lip Balm Sunscreen – Don’t forget to protect your lips from damaging sun rays. Reapply often throughout the day.
 

Taking the OUCH out of shots

Our moms said it to us when we were children, and chances are, we’ve said it to our kids too, – “This won’t hurt a bit.” Immunizations are a vital part of a child’s health, but the reality is that, for kids, needles can be scary. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to help ease the pain of shots.

Provide a distraction such as playing with a new toy, singing a song, reciting ABCs, or blowing bubbles.

One study has shown that coughing once before and once during vaccination can reduce painful reactions. Tell your child to blow out imaginary candles on a birthday cake or take a colorful pinwheel for your child to blow on during the injection.

For babies, make sure you bring a pacifier. Studies have shown that pain is reduced when infants suck on a pacifier before, during, and after a shot.

The most important thing a parent can do to help ease the pain and stress of a shot is to stay calm. Long “pep- talks” meant to prep your child for their immunization is futile and will only lead to more stress as your child pleads his case with growing intensity. It’s best to team up with your pediatrician to keep the child calm and accomplish the task at hand.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing

The Veranda now has the capability to perform in-house COVID-19 Antibody Testing.

Limited Time Walk-Up Antibody Testing at The Veranda
June 8 -11th from 1PM – 4PM
No Appointment Required | Veranda Patients Only


A COVID-19 Antibody test looks for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, which are proteins made in response to a COVID-19 infection. Antibodies are detected in the blood of people who are tested after an infection; they show an immune response to the infection.

The Veranda has chosen to use the FDA-approved Beckman Coulter’s Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) COVID-19 Antibody test. This test will be performed in our own high-complexity CLIA certified lab by our own trained certified lab technicians. In the studies for the Beckman Coulter’s COVID-19 IgG antibody test, the test showed 99.1% clinical sensitivity at day 14 and 100% at day 18. In other words, this is a very accurate test with rare false positives and false negatives with results in 24 hours or less.

For your convenience, there is no appointment needed for the antibody testing and your labs will be drawn in our outdoor clinic area (the covered pavilion on the right of the building) and you will not need to come inside The Veranda.

 

Important things for you to know:

  1. This test is conducted via blood draw.
  2. Masks are required at the outdoor clinic and inside The Veranda at all times.
  3. No appointment is necessary.
  4. Results in 24 hours or less. Patients can access results via NEW patient portal account with Priva. If you do not have a portal, you can request a be put on the call list but this may delay you getting your results.
  5. This test can be filed with your insurance company.
  6. During walk-in lab testing, we will ONLY be doing the COVID-19 Antibody test and you will NOT be seen by a provider.
  7. This test is not meant to be used to screen for a current, active COVID-19 infection. If you think you currently have COVID-19, you should contact your doctor for assessment and potential nasal swab testing.

Who Qualifies for the COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test? Click Here

Interpreting The Results: What do they mean? Click Here


Purpose of the COVID-19 Antibody Test
At this time, the full use of the results of this test is unknown. It is in our opinion that, until a vaccine or cure for COVID-19 is available, this is one of the few tools available to us in the reopening of our communities and businesses, as we do not currently know when this pandemic will end. Results of this test should be used in addition to the recommended safety precautions. We do not know if the antibodies that result from COVID-19 will provide someone with protection (immunity) from getting the infection again. If antibodies do provide immunity, we don’t know how much antibody is protective or how long protection might last. Scientists are currently conducting studies to answer these questions. Antibody tests are important for detecting previous infections in people who had few or no symptoms.

 

HOTFLASHES | June 2020

Sleep Health

When it comes to your health, getting a good night’s rest is just as important as diet and exercise. Sleep affects everything from hormones to brain function and can directly affect your weight. You don’t have to be an expert to realize that quality sleep has declined in recent years for a variety of reasons thanks to our modern age – but there are things we can do to take back control of our sleep.

Open the windows and allow natural light to shine during the day. Our bodies were designed with an internal clock called the circadian rhythm, which helps you stay awake and know when it’s time to go to sleep. Natural bright light keeps your circadian rhythm healthy, which will increase daytime energy and help bring about better sleep at night.

While blue light during the day can be helpful, exposure at night can wreck your sleep by reducing the brain’s production of natural melatonin – the hormone that helps you fall asleep. Televisions, laptops, and smartphones are the electronic culprits that increase our nighttime exposure to blue light. Consider wearing blue light blocking glasses at night – or even better – avoid these things at least two hours before bedtime.

Caffeine has several health benefits, but for those who suffer from lack of sleep, the cut off for caffeine intake must be 6-8 hours before bedtime. That’s how long caffeine can remain in your bloodstream. If you must have a cup of coffee before bed, make it decaf!

Of course, when you’ve tried everything and failed – it’s time to see a doctor. You might have sleep apnea – a disorder which causes inconsistent and interrupted breathing during sleep. This condition commonly affects both men and women. Call your physician to discuss your next steps toward better sleep!

 

 

Packing Your Hospital Bag – Don’t forget DAD!

For weeks you’ve been packing the infamous hospital bag – gowns for mom, lotions and self-care items, baby products, and that cute coming home outfit for your newborn. But there’s one person you might be overlooking – Dad! While you’ve been busy growing a human, he’s been right by your side and will play an important role in the hospital. It will mean a lot to him to have a few of his favorite things in the hospital too. Here are a few ideas:

Cash and coins. There may be a lot of waiting time for dad while you’re in labor. Make sure he has enough money on hand to visit the cafeteria or nearest snack machine in a pinch.

Favorite snacks. You might not know it until the big day, but dad might tend to stress-eat. Pack his bag with protein bars, fruit, or other favorite healthy snacks.

New dads need showers too! Make sure his shampoo, body wash, toothbrush, and toothpaste are packed alongside yours.

Books or magazines. There can be a lot of downtime in the hospital as you hurry up and wait. Make sure he has something to occupy his mind, so the nerves don’t take over.

New fathers – especially first-time dads – are nervous. These little acts of kindness will show your appreciation and will let him know you think he’s going to be an awesome dad!

 

 

Summer Peach Sorbet

Nothing says summer in the south like a good batch of fresh, ripe Georgia peaches! Whether you are making an after-dinner treat for your family or bringing along dessert for your neighbor’s back yard barbeque, peach sorbet is a no brainer! A plus? It’s dairy-free and only has four ingredients!

6 large ripe Georgia peaches

¾ cup sugar

1 tsp. of fresh lemon juice

A pinch of salt

Peel and slice peaches. Freeze until they are firm. Add to a food blender along with sugar, water, lemon juice, and salt. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately or freeze for up to three days.

New Phone System Changes

Changes to Help Us Help You!

We have made several changes in the past few days in how we are managing incoming calls. Our goal is to decrease your on-hold wait time and get your needs met faster. The changes have decreased the average wait time significantly.

What you need to know:

There is now a menu of options. From appointments to refills, you can select the reason for your call and get routed to the correct person faster.

In the case of prescription refills, you will be connected to a voicemail with instructions to leave your information and details. Make sure you don’t wait until your medicine is completely out before calling for a refill. This will ensure there is no lapse in your prescription needs.

Our old system was very frustrating. But we are committed to making this process easier for our patients. We want every part of your visit to have the same attention to detail you expect when you meet with your provider. The phone system is no different!

HOTFLASHES | May 2020

Summer Safety for Kids

Even with the uncertain times, summer weather is still quickly approaching. Before you set foot on some summer fun, it’s important to make sure the kiddos stay safe. Let’s go over the top three areas of summer that have the potential to be hazardous and the steps you can take to ensure safety.

Water Safety. While swimming and other water activities are great ways for kids to stay active during the summer, precautions are necessary to keep them safe.

• If possible, take your children to swimming lessons.

• Make sure there is always an adult to supervise water fun.

• When boating, always make sure your child is wearing a life jacket.

Sun Safety. It only takes a few serious sunburns to produce skin cancer later in life. Adults must step in to make sure kids are protected from the damage of UV rays when outdoors.

• Stay in the shade as much as possible.

• When possible, dress your child in long sleeve shirts and pants.

• Hats and sunglasses are not only cool, but they go a long way to protect!

• Use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 every time your child goes outside. Apply 30 minutes before exposure and reapply as needed based on activity.

Home Safety. Injuries among kids are common in the summer months, and with a little precaution, some of them can be prevented.

• Train your child on age-appropriate tasks such as using a stove, kitchen utensils, and other appliances.

• Make sure everyone in the family knows how to prevent house fires and how to respond should one occur.

• Take a look at your outside playground and repair or replace battered playsets.

 

The Incredible Edible Egg

In the 1970s, our healthcare system began to put great focus on the role of cholesterol in heart disease. It was said that eggs, which are high in cholesterol, should be very limited in one’s diet. It seemed logical that a food high in cholesterol could cause an increase of cholesterol – but new research shows this simply isn’t true. One study found that people who ate more than seven eggs per week saw an increase in HDL cholesterol, which has protective properties against bad cholesterol (LDL). There is evidence that suggests eating two eggs per day can actually be beneficial in lowering risk factors for heart disease and type-2 diabetes.

The egg, which is the most affordable and available food on Earth, is also one of the most nutritious! It contains Vitamin A, folate, Vitamins B5, B12 and B2, Phosphorous, Selenium, Vitamin D, and choline. It sounds to us that the egg is everything it’s cracked up to be!

 

Happy Mother’s Day – It’s all about YOU!

Women all across the globe are busy with careers, relationships, home, and children – but most are putting themselves on the back burner. In order to keep all those plates spinning, it’s crucial that you put yourself first! When it comes to women’s health, there are a few common issues that tend to be ignored but shouldn’t.

  1. Your annual physical is the most important appointment you’ll keep all year. This time spent with your physician is vital to ensure your body is functioning properly, from blood pressure to hormone levels.
  2. It may seem like that shortness of breath is related to inactivity on your part, but with heart disease being the number one killer among women, don’t chance it. If you’ve noticed shortness of breath, back or jaw pain, nausea, chest pain, or cold sweats, seek medical attention immediately!
  3. Pelvic issues such as heavy, painful periods, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or painful intercourse are not issues that should be tolerated. These conditions can be treated, and more testing needs to be done to make sure there isn’t a more serious underlying problem.
  4. Skin changes should never be ignored. A mole or freckle that has changed color or shape needs to be seen by a physician. Checking your skin should be as routine as checking your breasts.
  5. Speaking of breast checks – performing a breast self-exam is one of the easiest things you should be doing on a regular basis. Take the time during your morning shower to check for lumps, changes in size, shape, or skin. Notify your doctor of anything unusual and, most importantly – keep your annual mammogram appointment!

Welcome Dr. Donna Graf

Welcome to The Veranda Dr. Graf!

We are excited to announce Donna Graf, MD, MBA, FACOG will be joining our Obstetrical and Gynecological team at The Veranda.

A part of the Albany community for more than 22 years, Dr. Graf has extensive experience in serving women and their families. From starting a family to managing women’s health at any age, Dr. Graf is a understanding physician dedicated to the health and well-being of her patients.She is an amazing addition to our OB-GYN team and we welcome her and her patients to The Veranda.

Dr. Graf will begin seeing patients on May 26th at The Veranda. We are currently taking appointments for her schedule. Please contact us at 229-883-7010.

Veranda friends help us welcome her to our family.

We Are Members of Privia Medical Group

As of April 21, 2020, we are proud members of Privia Medical Group!

Introducing Judy Y. Yeh, MD

Judy Y. Yeh, MD- Albany’s Only Urogynecologist

Judy Y. Yeh, MD focuses on treatment of pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, overactive bladder, and recurrent urinary tract infections.

 

3D Mammography

The Veranda is excited to introduce new 3D Mammography for breast cancer screening! With the most advanced mammography technology in Southwest Georgia, The Veranda is proud to offer patients the latest and most accurate in imaging technology.

Because doctors are able to see breast tissue in greater detail with 3D Mammograms, there is more than a 40% higher rate of detecting cancer in earlier, treatable stages. And, with improved accuracy of detecting or ruling out breast cancer, you’ll have fewer false alarms and less chance of having to come back for repeat exams. Plus, the 3D offers patients a more comfortable screening process.

Don’t delay! You don’t need a referral from another doctor. You can schedule your appointment with The Veranda today and experience the difference for yourself.

Remembering Our Friend & Colleague

William A. Aultman, M.D., FACOG

It is with a very sad heart we say goodbye to a part of The Veranda family. For more than 16 years, Dr. William “Will” Aultman served as an OB-GYN here at The Veranda. He was dedicated to improving the lives of his each of patients.

Six years ago, Dr. Aultman was diagnosed with neurological disease. Despite the challenges, the disease never tarnished his perfection of manners and grace as a true southern gentleman.

A dedicated father and husband, our hearts and prayers are with his family. Dr. Aultman will be laid to rest this Friday in Albany. In lieu of flowers, his family has chosen St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Albany Humane Society and the Chattanooga Animal Center for those wishing to make a donation.

Arrangements and Donations:
https://www.kimbrellstern.com/obituaries/William-Aultman-3/

The Veranda Introduces New OBGYN Dr. Brandon Seagle, MD

The Veranda Reignites Obstetric Practice

The Veranda is excited to announce the addition of its newest physician, Brandon Seagle, M.D. Originally from Leesburg, GA. Dr. Seagle received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Chicago. He then went on to receive his medical doctorate from Stanford University School of Medicine and later a Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern University. Dr. Seagle has chosen Albany to open his practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology and he joins The Veranda.

“I truly believe that Obstetrics and Gynecology is the best specialty in medicine, at least for me. I like the variety of surgery and the routine good outcomes, as well as the physiology of pregnancy. Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life, and I enjoy being a part of it,” says Dr. Seagle.

This will be a re-entry into Obstetrics for The Veranda as the practice made a shift 3 years back to concentrate on women’s health rather than labor and delivery in their Gynecology practice. “The Veranda is thrilled to be able to offer obstetric services to our patients again. Being with families as they add new members, is something we have enjoyed in the past and are excited about continuing into the future,” says The Veranda President John Inman, III, M.D., FACOG.

As well, Judy Yeh, M.D., Dr. Seagle’s wife, is completing her fellowship at Yale School of Medicine in Urogynecology, and will be joining The Veranda in the Summer of 2019. The two new physicians will lead up the obstetrics practice at The Veranda.

Dr. Seagle is now accepting new patients for Obstetrics and Gynecology

Hospital Privileges Change

Dear Parents;

As you may have heard, Andrew Carlson, M.D. has relinquished his pediatric inpatient care privileges at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital except for newborn care as of October 1, 2017. Dr. Carlson joins the majority of local pediatricians with this change in his inpatient care status. The change in pediatric privileges is in response to the new structure of the pediatric hospitalist program at Phoebe. All but two local pediatricians have opted to relinquish privileges at the hospital for patients age 3 and over. Dr. Carlson will continue to provide inpatient care to his newborn patients while hospitalized at Phoebe. Pediatric patients requiring inpatient hospital care will continue to be managed by the hospitalist at Phoebe. Dr. Carlson will be able to continue to follow all of his patients should they be admitted to the pediatric service at Phoebe. Subspecialty care would continue to be provided at pediatric hospitals such as Navicent in Macon and Eggleston in Atlanta.

At the present time, Newborn care has not been affected by the change in the pediatric hospitalist program.

We know you may have questions. And, we are here to answer each one. We encourage you to speak to our staff at your child’s next appointment.

Sincerely,

John S. Inman, III, M.D., FACOG
Chief Executive Officer
The Veranda

Andrew C. Carlson, M.D., F.A.A.P
Pediatrics
The Veranda

The Veranda Continues to Receive Ultrasound Accreditation

Congratulations to the Ultrasonography Department at The Veranda. In early February the Veranda received official notification from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine of their accreditation renewal for the next three years.

The Veranda takes great pride in the work of each of the ancillary diagnostic departments in achieving the highest level of standards established by the various accreditation agencies. Accreditation comes with hard work and attention to detail. The Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council congratulates the Veranda staff.

Dr. Inman, Jr. is Recognized for Years of Dedication

Hospital Authority Drafts Resolution in Honor of Inman’s Service

(ALBANY, Ga.)- Dr. John Inman, Jr. was recently recognized by the Hospital Authority of Albany and Dougherty County for his outstanding work during his medical career, and his work on its board as assistant secretary. They drafted and framed a resolution that included a list of his medical accomplishments including the staggering number of babies he has delivered, the many boards he has served on, and awards he has won including his most recent from Emory University in 2008.

Dr. Inman is very proud of his achievements and so is The Veranda. They are extremely honored to have him has the founder of OBGYN Associates and the legacy of excellence he has endowed to the practice.

The Veranda Elects New CEO

Dr. John Inman, III has been elected leader of multispecialty medical practice

The Veranda is proud to announce that John S. Inman, III, MD has been elected CEO of the multispecialty medical practice. Dr. Inman has been with OB-GYN Associates at The Veranda for 24 years. His father, John Inman, Jr. founded the practice in 1952. Additionally, William M. Sewell, MD is now Secretary/Treasurer for the corporation.

“I am honored to have been selected for this role,” stated Dr. Inman. “The healthcare industry is at a turning point. The Veranda is poised to meet these challenges and will continue to deliver the highest quality of medical services, which has been our hallmark for six decades.”

Dr. Inman received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in 1979. He then went on to earn his medical degree and completed his residency through Emory University’s School of Medicine in 1983 and 1987, respectively. Upon completion of his residency, he returned home where he has since practiced gynecology and obstetrics. Dr. Inman has earned numerous honors throughout his career. He and his wife Vicki have two children.

Dr. Sewell joined OB-GYN Associates at The Veranda in 1996. He completed his undergraduate studies at Christian Brother’s University in Memphis in 1983. Dr. Sewell then earned his medical degree at The University of Tennessee where he also completed his residency training. He too is active in several medical organizations and has earned numerous honors. Dr. Sewell and his wife Leah have two children and reside in Albany.

The Center for Medical Weight Loss at The Veranda

The Center for Medical Weight Loss at The Veranda Offers Comprehensive Plans Tailored Just For You

The Center for Medical Weight Loss at The Veranda offers non-surgical, one-on-one physician-directed programs with customized strategies not available through commercial weight loss programs. Only a medical doctor can customize a plan based on your unique metabolism, hormonal disorders, medication and other physical weight loss issues. Find out why thousands are turning to The Center for Medical Weight Loss for fast, safe, affordable weight loss. Call us at 903-1586 to schedule your appointment.