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Mercy Women's Care at St. Anne
3404 W. Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623
419-407-1616

Mercy Women's Care at St. Charles
Navarre Medical Plaza
2702 Navarre Avenue
Suite 101
Oregon, OH 43616
696-7900

Mercy Women's Care at St. V's
2213 Cherry Street
Toledo, OH 43608
419-251-4340

General

separator Need for Organ Donation
According to the Organ Network for Organ Sharing, in the 1990s the number of people waiting for an organ transplant rose more than five times as fast as the number of transplants performed. In 1999, 6,125 people died while on the waiting list for an organ.

The difficulty of organ donation is that grieving families often don’t know whether their deceased loved one intended to be an organ donor. They’re reluctant to allow organs to be harvested. And healthcare professionals are often uncomfortable about bringing the subject up when families are distraught.

If you want to be an organ donor, you can make things easy for everybody if you indicate your preference when you renew your driver’s license. All it takes is checking a box.

Source: United Network for Organ Sharing

Avoid Ingrown Toenails
You can get an ingrown toenail when the corners or sides of your toenail dig into the soft tissue of your nail groove. If your toenail is irritated, red, painful and/or swollen, your doctor should take a look at it. Before you get to the doctor’s office, you may want to try soaking your foot in saltwater or soapy water, applying an antiseptic and then a bandage to the area.

You can decrease your chances of getting an ingrown toenail by

  • Using toenail clippers and cutting the nail straight across
  • Avoiding shoes that crowd your toes

If you have diabetes or other circulatory disorders, be sure to see your doctor immediately if you think you have an ingrown toenail.

Source: American Podiatric Medical Association

Preventing Toenail Fungus
To prevent the highly common problem of toenail fungus, follow these recommendations:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Use powder that contains talcum, not cornstarch.
  • Wear shower shoes in public places.
  • Change socks and hosiery every day.
  • Never wear shoes that are too tight.
  • Clip toenails straight across. The nail shouldn’t extend beyond the tip of the toe.

Source: American Podiatric Medical Association

Treat Bunions Early
You can get a bunion if your balance is such that you put abnormal pressure on the joints and tendons of your foot. Bone or tissue at the base of the big toe moves out of place. The joint enlarges and causes the big toe to slant towards the other toes. It creates a lump of bone on the outside of the foot, and it’s often quite painful.

Bunions tend to run in families because parents tend to pass their own foot structure along to their children. But people who wear tight shoes that cause the toes to squeeze together are also prone to developing bunions. Foot injuries, deformities and occupations that place extra stress on the foot also increase the risk.

If you have a bunion, take care of it so that it doesn’t get worse. Visit your doctor to find out what you should do for your bunion now to avoid surgery later. Recommendations are likely to include:

  • Don’t wear high heels, or any shoes that hurt your feet or push your toes together.
  • Consider wearing pads around the bunion.
  • Apply ice packs if your bunion becomes swollen and painful.

Source: American Podiatric Medical Association

If You Suspect Child Abuse
Physical child abuse is injury that’s the result of punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning or shaking. Sometimes the parent or other caregiver didn’t intend to hurt the child, but lost control in an attempt to provide discipline. There’s also child neglect, which is a failure to provide for a child’s basic needs, such as healthcare, adequate supervision, etc. And there’s emotional abuse, which includes things like severe and strange punishments, blaming children for things they did not do, making fun of them, etc.

Sometimes people feel almost certain that a child they know is being abused, but they’re afraid to “get involved.” But if you believe you’re seeing evidence of abuse, notifying the proper agencies is the right thing to do.

If you suspect a child is being abused, call Childhelp at 800-422-4453 (800-4-A-Child), or call your local Child Protective Services agency listed in the yellow pages.

Source: National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information

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