A collapse—your legs suddenly give way and you fall to the ground—is called by many names: fainting, passing out, losing consciousness. The medical term for fainting is syncope (SINK-a-pee). Before you actually faint, you are likely to experience one or more signs that it’s about to happen: sweating, lightheadedness, or a sense that your surroundings are going dark are some of the signs that precede loss of consciousness. Fortunately, most episodes of fainting are over quickly and are no … [Read more...] about Is It An Emergency If Someone Collapses?
Mardi Gras is a celebration with a long history. It’s been celebrated globally for hundreds of years. The traditions migrated to the United states in 1872. In 1875, the Governor of Louisiana declared “Fat Tuesday” a legal holiday. Mardi Gras refers to events of the Carnival celebration, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and concluding on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", reflecting the practice of the last night of … [Read more...] about Mardi Gras Safety Tips
It won’t be long now... Summer is right around the corner. School will be out and the call of the outdoors will ring loud in everyone’s ears. But, summertime in Texas also means heat...a lot of heat. That’s why it’s important to both take precautions to avoid the dangerous effects of the sun and to understand when you’ve pushed it too far and a trip to the emergency room may be in order. I too am looking forward to some time in the pool or hanging out at the beach with friends and family, … [Read more...] about Summer Heat Safety Tips