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Winter Weather in Oklahoma: Urgent Care in Slippery Situations

Urgent Care: Avoiding Slippery Situations in Oklahoma

Chances are, you’ve used a snow shovel this past and or previous week, or you know someone who has had to. Oklahoma, like most of the country, braced itself for a winter chill and we’re just now recovering from the effects of it! Hopefully you stayed safe and didn’t experience any physical harmlike slips or falls, or any damage to personal property. You can never be too prepared and these past couple weeks have “re-proven” that to us here in Oklahoma. If another winter storm comes our way, we want you to be prepared.

First, make sure your home is winter-weather-proof. Check your pipes. Check your roof and ceiling for leaks, etc. You may want to have your home inspected before the next storm hits.

When snow does come, the time to break out the snow shovel and shovel the side-walk and driveway is while it’s snowing and not after. Clearing the sidewalk during the snow-fall will stop the melting and freezing into ice process that causes a thin, scary layer of ice under the snow. Once you have the path cleared of snow, sprinkle it with ice-melt granules such as sand or salt. This will help keep ice from forming.

Most importantly, be overly cautious when out and about. The likelihood of falling on a sidewalk or driveway increases proportionally with the amount of freezing rain and ice. Oklahoma got a lot of this. If you did take a fall, it is very important that you do not wait to be seen by a doctor. The pain of the fall may go away, but the damage may still be there. We are open and our offices are warm, so stop in any day of the week if you think you have an injury.

For future snow storms, wear snow boots as they provide better traction that most other shoes, or shoes with very good traction. Take shorter steps in the snow and ice and try to plant your whole foot gently down while walking. If you do fall on the ice and know immediately that you’ve hurt your back or such, you should very slowly try to get up. If there is something to hold onto nearby, do so and walk slowly.

Lastly, as was stated earlier, make sure to come in to see a doctor as soon as possible if you think you have injured yourself. Do not wait until it is too late; it’s always better safe than sorry! At First Med Urgent Care, we want to get you well. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am to 7:30pm. No appointment is needed, just walk in to any of our locations and you will be greeted by a warm environment and smiling faces. We look forward to caring for you.

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December 6th: We are open today.
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December 5th: All of our locations have closed early due to the weather. Friday hours are TBD. Please check back tomorrow.

Please be safe and warm.

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Thanksgiving in Oklahoma: Eating, Shopping, and Events in OKC

First Med Urgent Care: Thanksgiving!!!!!!

At First Med Urgent Care, we love being involved in our OKC communities, and we want to spread our love of Oklahoma to you by sharing some helpful Thanksgiving info! So here are few things we’ve complied on Thanksgiving events and tips if you live in Oklahoma!

Thanksgiving is about many things… family and friends, football, a little shopping, big dinners, counting your blessings and being thankful for what you have.

(First Med Urgent Care Clinics will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but we will re-open the next day with normal business hours.)

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If the Thanksgiving dinner is something you can’t or don’t want to cook this year, check out this list of restaurants, featured on about.com, that are offering Thanksgiving Dinners! These are a couple of the well-known restaurants actively promoting their Thanksgiving Dinner options.

Cracker Barrel – They’re known for great homemade food anyway, but they do Thanksgiving like you like it. Eat in the restaurant or get your meal to go. Either way, you can enjoy turkey or ham and some fantastic made-from-scratch pies. They’re open from 6-10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

700 Cornell Pkwy
(405) 948-1151

Ingrid’s Kitchen – A popular spot in OKC for German cuisine since the late 1970’s, Ingrid’s also offers a Thanksgiving Day Buffet. With seating times of 10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., the buffet includes all the traditional favorites as well as house specialties, and cost is $17.95 for adults, $9.95 for the kids 6 to 12 years old, and $6.95 for children under 6. Reservations are recommended.

3701 North Youngs
(405) 946-8444

Mimi’s Cafe – This chain is well-known for having holiday meals at their many locations across several states. Get all the traditional favorites like turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie as well as a few great specialties such as their whipped sweet potatoes with brown sugar and spice. Mimi’s is open until 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

3015 W. Memorial Rd.
(405) 302-3830

University of Oklahoma’s Faculty House – This restaurant and banquet center will be providing prepared Thanksgiving meals, enough to serve about 10 people, for under $90. Included with 18 to 20 pounds of turkey are potatoes, stuffing, green beans and dinner rolls. You can also get additional items such as cobbler and casserole at an additional cost but must order by November 18th.

601 N.E. 14th
(405) 235-8212

Rococo at Northpark Mall – The newest location of this excellent OKC eatery will have a Thanksgiving Day Dinner from 11-4 p.m. The “Bountiful Buffet” is $24.95 and includes items such as hand-carved turkey with giblet gravy, smoked salmon, sweet potatoes, baked acorn squash, desserts and more.

12252 N. May Ave.
(405) 212-4577

Western Sizzlin’ – This popular chain will have a first-come, first-serve turkey buffet with all the great Thanksgiving favorites on Thanksgiving Day. In past years, prices were as follows: Adults are $8.99, Seniors are $7.99 and children under 11 are $5.99. The little ones (under 4) are just $2.99.

1201 S. Meridian
(405) 946-4060

Also, here is another list of restaurants in Oklahoma that will be open on Thanksgiving if you just want to go out to eat.

Chequers
1009 S. Air Depot (Midwest City)
Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(405) 736-6944

Deep Fork Grill
5418 N. Western Avenue
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(405) 848-7678

Grand House Asian Bistro
2701 N. Classen Boulevard
Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(405) 524-7333

Ingrid’s Kitchen
3701 North Youngs
Buffet Seating Times: 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
(405) 946-8444

Legend’s Restaurant
1313 W. Lindsey (Norman)
(405) 329-8888

Lottinvilles
801 Signal Ridge Drive (Edmond)
Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(405) 341-2244

Mackie MacNear’s
Multiple Metro Locations
Open 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mimi’s Cafe
3015 W. Memorial Rd.
Open until 8 p.m.
(405) 302-3830

O’Connell’s
769 Asp Ave. (Norman)
Open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
(405) 217-8454

Park Avenue Grill
1 Park Ave. (Skirvin Hotel)
(405) 702-8444

Rococo Northpark
12252 Northpark Mall
Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(405) 212-4577

Vast
333 W. Sheridan
Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(405) 702-7262

Shopping in Oklahoma
For many in Oklahoma, Thanksgiving Day is also a time to plan for Black Friday Shopping… If you are one of those brave souls this year, here are a list of malls where you can shop til you drop:

Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall, Crossroads Mall or Sooner Mall.

Want to take family out of the house for some fun this Thanksgiving season? Below are some events throughout Oklahoma City.

Thanksgiving Events and Attractions

Here’s some ways to get out of the house with the family and experience all the season as to offer in Oklahoma City.

The Turkey Trot Classic takes place the day after Thanksgiving.
The Downtown in December festivities typically begin at Thanksgiving.
Watch the Holiday River Parade of boats on the Oklahoma river just after Thanksgiving.
Check the November Event Calendar at about.com for other metro activities.
Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving! Happy, safe travels if you will be on the road. Remember, First Med Urgent Care’s clinic locations will be closed on Thanksgiving day. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Friday the 29th and resume normal hours throughout the weekend. ​From our First Med family to your household, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Enjoy your time with friends and family and voice what you are thankful for each and every day!

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Vote for First Med as Family Favorite and Be Entered to Win a Holiday Getaway!

First Med Urgent Care: Family favorite?

We are one of the urgent cares nominated for best Urgent Care in OKC in the Metro Family Magazine “Family Favorites” poll! For us at First Med, this is such an honor; if we win, we will be given the title of “the most family-friendly businesses in Oklahoma City”!! Please vote for us today!

We owe being entered in this contest to our amazing team at each First Med location, but especially to YOU our valued clients! Thank you for chosing First Med as your urgent care home and for making us feel at home in Oklahoma. We strive to give the best care and nothing less to each and every person who walks through our doors. It’s truly a joy to operate in Oklahoma, and as we continue to grow and become more involved in our communities, it’s encouraging to be recognized for our efforts and loved in return! Taking home the title of the most family-friendly businesses in Oklahoma City would mean a lot to the First Med teams who serve in your communities.

The purpose of Family Favorites is to allow you to tell fellow parents which businesses do an outstanding job serving local families. So we’d like to ask you to take a few minutes out of your day and support us by clicking here and voting First Med as a family-friendly businesses in Oklahoma City.

Plus, for voting for your favorite businesses, you will automatically be entered to win a holiday family getaway to the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas!

The getaway includes two-night accommodations for up to four people, plus the complete Christmassy Dreamworks Experience—including admission to ICE!, Dreamworks character meet-and-greets and more. The getaway package is good from November 14, 2013 through January 4, 2014 and is valued at $900!

How To Vote

Please note:

  • Voting will take place from November 1-22, 2013. The voting will end at 10pm on November 22, 2013.
  • One vote per subcategory per registered email address.
  • The winners will announced in our February 2014 issue.
  • To submit your votes, click here, and then click on Register/Login to create an account or sign in with an existing account.

Thank you OKLAHOMA! We look forward to growing our company and serving you many years to come!

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Cold vs Flu in Oklahoma and Walk In Clinic Locations

First Med Urgent Care: What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

The flu and the common cold are caused by different viruses but are both respiratory illnesses. These two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. With the flu, symptoms such as: fever, body aches, ​extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense.

Colds are milder than the flu usually. If you have the flu, you’re more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as bacterial infections, pneumonia, or hospitalizations. At First Med Urgent Care, we provide you with the flexibility of a Walk In Clinic with five Oklahoma City and Edmond locations. Sometimes, the symptoms alone cannot provide you with a distinction between the cold and flu.

How do youCVS_Flu_Infographic_FINAL-662x1024-400x619 tell the difference between a cold and the flu?

Colds and flu share many of the same symptoms, and so it can be difficult (or sometimes impossible) to only look at the symptoms and know the difference, but it is a start. Special tests can be conducted soon within the illness to know if a person has the flu. If you think you or your child has the flu, please visit one of our five Walk-In Clinics in the OKC Metro or Edmond. We are an Urgent Care Clinic, and no appointment is needed.

What are common flu symptoms?

In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Symptoms such as a fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense with a flu than with a cold.

WebMD states this about flu symptoms:

Most flu symptoms gradually improve over two to five days, but it’s not uncommon to feel run down for a week or more. A common complication of the flu is pneumonia, particularly in the young, elderly, or people with lung or heart problems. If you notice shortness of breath, let your doctor know. Another common sign of pneumonia is fever that comes back after having been gone for a day or two.

Just like cold viruses, flu viruses enter your body through the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, or mouth. Every time you touch your hand to one of these areas, you could be infecting yourself with a virus, which makes it very important to keep hands germ-free with frequent washing to prevent both flu and cold symptoms.

If you don’t have flu symptoms yet, you are a prime candidate for the flu vaccine. Once you get the vaccine, it takes two week to take affect, so please visit one of our Urgent Care Clinics in OKC or Edmond today. We offer flu vaccines all day, seven days a week, from 8am to 7:30pm. The below graph give us insight on flu trend in Oklahoma. Oklahoma has not hit the seasonal flu peek yet, but First Med was recieving cases of the flu as early as September this year! Help us prevent the spread of the flu in Oklahoma, starting with your household.

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What are common cold symptoms?

Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. They do not usually result in serious health problems, such as bacterial infections, pneumonia, or hospitalizations. A cold usually begin with a sore throat, which disappears after a day or two. What follows the sore throat is nasal symptoms, congestion, and a runny nose. By the fourth and fifth days, people usually develop a cough. Fever with a common cold is uncommon in adults, but a small fever is possible. Children are more likely to develop a fever with a cold.

How long do cold symptoms last?
Usually, cold symptoms last for about a week. You are contagious during the first three days that you have cold symptoms, which means you can pass the cold to others. So stay home and get the rest you need.

Can I prevent flu or cold symptoms?
Healthy living can help prevent the cold or flu. The most important prevention measure is frequent hand washing.

In addition to washing your hands properly, you can also get a flu vaccine to prevent seasonal influenza. In the United States, the peek of flu season is generally between late December and early March. This year, the flu season started early in September, but hasn’t hit it’s peek yet. Remember, once you get a vaccine for the flu, it takes antibodies two weeks to develop in the body and provide protection against flu.

Click here for First Med Urgent Care locations throughout the OKC Metro. We are open 7 days a week.

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Google Maps out Flu Trends for Oklahoma and Nation

First Med Urgent Care: Reporting flu trends

Google has a powerful “mind” and you may have contributed to it’s nationwide Flu tracking ability. Have you searched for Flu information using the search engine recently?

Below is the explanation from Google on how they can track trends in the flu season with the searches they receive and traditional flu surveillance systems:

Each week, millions of users around the world search for health information online. As you might expect, there are more flu-related searches during flu season.

We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for “flu” is actually sick, but a pattern emerges when all the flu-related search queries are added together. We compared our query counts with traditional flu surveillance systems and found that many search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening. By counting how often we see these search queries, we can estimate how much flu is circulating in different countries and regions around the world.

Pretty cool, huh? We thought so.

Compare it to past years…Does the pattern look like last year’s? Do you think this flu season will be intense like it was in January? What was the most intense flu year? From research, we can learn that the flu season hasn’t hit it’s peek yet, but it is gearing up. Now is the time to get your flu vaccinations. It takes two weeks for the flu shot to fully take effect, so get in to one of our urgent care clinics soon before the peek hits Oklahoma in the months of December through February.

Check out this video explaining how Google makes this work.

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Trick or Treating in Oklahoma – Halloween Safety Tips

First Med Urgent Care: Talking about Halloween

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Many Oklahoma homes are very receptive to trick or treaters and encourage it with their many decorations celebrating the holiday and the fall season. But no matter how peaceful you think a neighborhood to be, you should always take precautions and be on your guard when going up to a stranger’s house, or letting your children go. Children 12 and under should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adult when trick or treating.

To help ensure your children have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization dedicated to the health of all children.

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– Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
– Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
– Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
– When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
– If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
– Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
– Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
– Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.

CARVING A NICHE:

– Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
– Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
– Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.

HOME SAFE HOME:

– To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
– Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
– Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
– Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:

– A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
– If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
– Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
– Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters.
– Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
– Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
– Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
– Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
– If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
– Never cut across yards or use alleys.
– Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
– Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
– Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

HEALTHY HALLOWEEN:

– A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
– Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
– Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
– Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

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Coping with Stress and Preventing Sickness during the Holidays in Oklahoma

First Med Urgent Care: Holiday season

The holiday seasons are upon us and you can’t afford to get sick.  You’re preparing Halloween costumes for yourself or your kids and you’re driving the kids to Halloween events.  You’re routing for your favorite team at football games, and you’re hosting watch parties, Halloween parties, Christmas parties…and don’t forget about ALL that food that needs to be bought and prepared.  Plus the Christmas shopping.

Or that trip to the relative’s house you’ve planned. You CAN’T get sick. Sometimes it feels like getting sick around this time of year is inevitable though. But there are certain reasons why people tend to get sicker quicker and more often this time of year, and if we let you in on those, you’ll have a better chance of staying well for all your events.

Number one, we are simply more busy and simply have more on our plate and simply feel like we are going crazy. Who hasn’t felt crazy last minute Christmas shopping in the mall? It happens. But the stress that comes along with all that can, in a round about way, weaken you emotionally and also physically.

That stress plays a part in weakening our immune systems. When you are weak, you’re more susceptible to germs.

Secondly, sometimes you loose sleep this time of year because there is just not enough time in the day to cram everything in. Lack of sleep can also render you more susceptible to germs because your body has not had proper rest, something that is essential for growth and recovery.

Below are ways to cope with stress and the hormones that cause immune system problems. Click here for more on this topic.

Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. It can trigger hormones that can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel. When the excessive fuel in the blood isn’t used for physical activities, the chronic anxiety and outpouring of stress hormones can have serious physical consequences, including suppression of the immune system.

It isn’t the stress that makes you ill. Rather, it’s the effect responses such as excessive worrying and anxiety have on various interacting systems (immune system, your heart and blood vessels, certain glands, hormones that are secreted) that can bring on the physical illness. There are things you can do, though, including lifestyle changes, to alter the way you respond.

What Lifestyle Changes Might Help Excessive Worriers?

Although excessive worrying and high anxiety can cause an imbalance in your body, there are many options you have that can re-establish harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Here are a few options that you can consider:

  • Talk to your doctor. Start by talking with your primary care physician. Get a thorough physical exam to make sure other health problems are not fueling your feelings of anxiety.
  • Exercise daily. With your doctor’s approval, begin a regular exercise program.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Stress and worrying provoke some people to eat too little, others too much, or to eat unhealthy foods. Keep your health in mind when worrying nudges you toward the fridge.
  • Drink caffeine in moderation. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which can trigger adrenaline and make you feel nervous and jittery.
  • Be conscious of your worries. Do not dwell on them. Set aside 15 minutes each day where you allow yourself to focus on problems and fears — and then vow to let them go after the 15 minutes is up.
  • Learn to relax. Relaxation techniques can trigger the relaxation response — a physiological state characterized by a feeling of warmth and quiet mental alertness. 
  • Have a strong social network. Loneliness may be as much a risk factor for disease as having high cholesterol or smoking cigarettes. Be a friend to make a friend.
  • Talk to a professional therapist. Psychological counseling can help you develop appropriate coping strategies to deal with issues that trigger excessive worrying. The therapist can help you by suggesting ways that may help you change. But you have to be the one to make the changes. Therapy is only successful if you work on getting better. – Click here for a more extensive version.

Getting a flu shot early in the season is also very important.

Along with these lifestyle changes, stopping the spread of the flu in your house before it starts will make for a much less stressful holiday season. No one wants to get sick, especially when they can’t afford to. First Med offers flu shots every day at our 5 locations throughout the OKC metro. We are open from 8am to 7:30pm seven days a week. Come in before the flu affects your house and let us help you prevent sickness and lower stress! Also, check out this free download with more information about Flu Season 2013.