Vol 1 • Issue 6 • MAY 21, 2020

Free Fallin'

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, 
I fall. For those of you who know me well, you know this about me. It’s not that I feel I’m particularly clumsy; it’s just that I move at Mach 10, 125 miles per hour at most times. I don’t saunter, I don’t meander, I don’t roam aimlessly. You never want to go to an amusement park or mall with me – unless you can keep up. I am a purpose-driven mover; therefore, I fall – a lot.

It really didn’t matter so much when I was younger, but now that I’m turned 29 years-old 25 times, the struggle is real, because now when I fall, I break. It’s extremely annoying, mostly because it’s usually my ankle, which slows me down. Yes, it’s been ribs, but mostly, it’s ankles. And for the record, when you “fracture” your ankle, your shoe choices – for your good foot – become extremely limited, and by limited, I mean ugly.

We Are All in the Same Boat – Just Different Storms

By Teresa Cox Reading, RN 

While we are all in the same boat, we are NOT all in the same storm. This is an analogy that was on Facebook that I found so true to form that I thought I would expound on it, especially during May – Mental Health Awareness Month – and our unprecedented times with COVID-19.

Some have a light rain, perhaps even a sprinkle. It may even slow one down from the day to day exhaustion that many experience. Some may even enjoy the slower pace, to spend time with their families, have less things to attend and even contribute to. They are not experiencing hardship financially and may even flourish at home during this time. Things may be inconvenient, but it is manageable, they have enough to sustain themselves and no one in their family has the virus.

The Impactful Change on Dentistry As We Know It

By Samuel E. Cress, DDS 
As of May 1st, 2020, dentists have been offered the opportunity to resume practicing dentistry following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Guidelines for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response. Based on these guidelines, your routine dental visit will look a little different. There are new rules and guidelines in place not only to protect the dental patient but the dental healthcare professional (DHCP) as well. The new experience will look something like this:

Farmers' Market at Imperial

The Farmers' Market at Imperial will re-open on Saturday, May 23rd after offering curbside service only for the last several weeks. Customers are now invited to come and shop and support their favorite local vendors. The market is a great place to experience an impressive array of artisan crafts, freshly prepared meals by local chefs and a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

An Emergency Is Still an
Emergency — Even During
the Coronavirus Pandemic

Right now, we’re all staying home as much as possible. But, emergencies are still emergencies — even during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you’re experiencing concerning symptoms that require immediate medical attention, don’t let your fear of catching COVID-19 keep you from heading to the emergency room. Hospitals are safe and ready to care for you.

“During a pandemic, it’s easy to let fear and anxiety take over to the point that you push the rest of your health to the side,” said Scott Rivenes, M.D., medical director of the Houston Methodist Emergency Department at Sugar Land. “Just as it’s important to take COVID-19 seriously, it’s also important to continue to take acute illnesses seriously.”

Unemployment in Fort Bend

While many industries are slowly getting back to work,  unfortunately, some individuals are still not able to work. The Texas Workforce Commission released a dashboard to compare unemployment claims around the state. Fort Bend County ranks number 8 in the state for claims in Texas.

Fort Bend ISD Recognized 83 Student Athletes During Spring National Signing Day

Fort Bend ISD’s Athletic Department hosted its spring National Signing Day virtually this year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Eighty-three students from all 11 high schools (Austin, Bush, Clements, Dulles, Elkins, Hightower, Kempner, Marshall, Ridge Point, Travis and Willowridge) signed their national letters of intent to further their education and continue their athletic career.

Congratulations to these student athletes on their success, and good luck as they head to the college or university of their choice to play at the next level! 

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