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Fun-in-the-Sun season is here and a good time to talk about the most serious kind of sun damage, sun blisters. Sun blisters are a sign of a serious sunburn and are linked to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  MedStar Health dermatologists offer the following facts and recommendations about sun blisters. >> Sun Blister Facts:

  • Blisters contain a liquid called serum that comes from surrounding tissues 
  • Sun blisters can happen on any exposed area of skin 
  • Often blisters on the lips after sun exposure are a reactivation of the herpes simplex virus, which is very common. 
  • The deeper the blister, the more serious the damage and can last days or even weeks, depending on the severity.  
  • Discoloration from a sun blister can last for weeks or even months. 

>> Sun Blister First Aid Tips:

  • Don’t pop or open a blister.  The top skin is a good natural bandage and can prevent infection 
  • Apply cool compresses or cool water/bath
  • Do not apply ice directly which can irritate the skin
  • Topical anesthetic medications can be more irritating than helpful
  • Apply fragrance-free cream to blisters for relief
  • Topical steroids do NOT help sun blisters
  • Oral anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen can be helpful if determined to be safe by your doctor

>> When to call the doctor for sun blisters:

  • If infection is a concern. Pus or expanding redness can indicate a serious infection.
  • If blisters are widespread 
  • Fevers
  • Chills
  • Passing out or feeling lightheaded

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in partnership with the City of Roanoke invites residents and travelers to provide input on a transportation study to address safety, bicycle, pedestrian and transit needs along the section of Williamson Road (Route 11) between Orange Avenue (Route 460) and Hershberger Road (Route 101) in Roanoke.
The study will analyze the operational and safety issues. Public comments on the study will be accepted through an online survey June 6 – 20, 2022. Information about the study and the online survey can be found on the VAProjectPipeline.org website or by using the direct link at https://metroquestsurvey.com/fb6j6q.

AARP Virginia Fraud Alert for June 3: Medicare Fraud

Medicare fraud continues to ravage the program to the tune of billions of dollars a year. And while the cost to the program increases costs for beneficiaries in the form of higher premiums, much more is at stake. Your healthcare history can be affected if someone steals your number and uses it to get treatment that ends up in your file. Also, receiving “Medicare-covered” equipment or tests unknowingly from a scammer can make you ineligible for those services down the road.

The two most important things you can do to help fight Medicare fraud is to never give your Medicare number out to anyone but your trusted health care providers and always review your Medicare statement carefully and report any unauthorized charges.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

Report scams to local law enforcement.

With summer right around the corner, MedStar Health celebrates the second annual National Safe Sun Week (May 23-29). The goal of National Safe Sun Week is to empower everyone with the knowledge to go outside this summer and enjoy themselves, while staying safe and healthy.  MedStar Health conducted a survey of residents in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area to learn more about sun safety knowledge and summer plans. Please find an overview of the results below:  

>> What is your favorite summer activity?

Going to the beach: 49% 

>> How many times do you plan on visiting the beach this summer?

The majority plan on visiting the beach 4 or more times this summer. 

 >> When is the most important time to reapply sunscreen?

Every 2 hours: 51% [only 1 in 2 people knows the correct time frame to reapply] 

 >> Which items do you pack for a day at the beach?

Snacks: 78%

Sunscreen: 73%

Water: 60% 

>> Why do you wear sunscreen?

To prevent sunburns: 80% 

To prevent skin cancer: 65%  

One surprising note is that women scored better than men when it came to their overall safe sun practices and awareness. 

>> Is it safe to let your children stay in the pool all day if they wear a t-shirt after a couple hours and reapply sunscreen to their faces, arms, and legs?

Women: 65% know it’s not safe 

Men: 52% know it’s not safe 

DMV Introduces New Mileage Choice Program
Innovative mileage-based fee could save drivers money starting July 1

RICHMOND – Beginning July 1, 2022, Virginians who own a fuel-efficient vehicle may be able to save money on their highway use fee by enrolling in the new Mileage Choice Program.

The Mileage Choice Program is a voluntary option for drivers of electric, hybrid or fuel-efficient vehicles who pay the Commonwealth’s highway use fee. The fee is assessed based on the number of miles the average Virginian drives in a year—11,600 miles. Instead of paying the fee up-front at registration, customers who participate in the Mileage Choice Program will only pay for the actual number of miles they drive throughout the year. Customers who drive less than 11,600 miles will save money. For those who drive more, they’ll never pay more than their highway use fee. Customers may enroll in the Mileage Choice Program when it is time to renew their vehicle registration and must sign up prior to renewing.

To learn more about the program, visit dmvNOW.com/VAMileageChoice.

BRASCA

Blue Ridge Association for Sickle Cell Anemia serves the communities Roanoke, Franklin and Henry Counties.

BRASCA is dedicated to supporting initiatives regarding sickle cell disease through education, screening and assisting individuals and families affected by sickle cell disease. Our active role in community outreach includes academic scholarships, blood drives, fund raising, health fairs and some financial assistance to sickle cell families in need.

Contact information:

P. O. Box 1211 Rocky Mount, Va 24151

fanniewarren99@gmail.com

540-243-1175 or 540-420-5489

DMV Expands Mobile Service Offerings to Include Vital Records

DMV will offer birth, death, marriage and divorce certificate transactions at convenient mobile visits across the Commonwealth

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has added another convenient service option to its extensive list of choices for customers: vital records through DMV Connect – the Department’s 14 mobile service centers. Customers can now apply for Virginia birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates at any DMV Connect mobile visit. 

DMV Connect is DMV’s portable “office in a suitcase,” offering the full range of DMV service during visits to government centers, private businesses, libraries, and other convenient locations throughout the Commonwealth. 

To obtain a vital record through DMV, customers complete an application, submit the required documentation, and pay a $14 fee. DMV is able to print vital records on the spot at CSCs. With DMV Connect, the certificates are mailed to customers by VDH.

DMV Connect’s 14 mobile teams are positioned regionally to provide service throughout the state. To find a DMV Connect visit near you, view the full DMV Connect calendar and book an appointment, please visit https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/general/#csc/mcscalendar.asp. Walk-ins are available at some visits as noted on the calendar. 

To learn more about how to apply for a Virginia vital record at DMV, including acceptable identification, visit https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/general/#vital.asp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Senior Residents:

FARM MARKET FRESH FOR SENIORS (also known as the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program) is available through Southern Area Agency on Aging.  Eligible seniors’ may receive $45 worth of coupons that can be used to purchase locally-grown fresh fruits, vegetables and cut herbs at participating Farmer’s Markets.   The number of people who can participate is limited. BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6TH, 2022 SAAA will take applications over the phone.  SAAA will also continue to take applications throughout the following week(s) while the supply of coupons lasts. You may qualify to participate if: 

  • Individuals and couples who wish to apply for coupons must contact Southern Area Agency on Aging at 276-632-6442 or toll-free at 1-800-468-4571.   Beginning April 6, 2022 and continuing as long as the supply of coupons lasts. Applicants must be prepared to provide total gross household income information when applying over the phone or in person. 

Spring is here! Although warmer temperatures are welcome, a new study suggests allergy season will start sooner and be more intense this year. This means you may wake up with a cough or runny nose and ask yourself: is it COVID-19 or allergies?  >> The difference between COVID-19 and allergies While the coronavirus is transmitted from one person to another or by contacting infected surfaces, allergies are not contagious. Allergies are caused by your immune system reacting to an external trigger, such as food, dust or pollen.  >> COVID-19 and allergy symptomsCOVID-19 symptoms typically last two to fourteen days, however allergy symptoms can last much longer than COVID if left untreated. Although COVID-19 and allergy symptoms may overlap, having a fever is not one of them. COVID-19 often causes patients to have a fever, while seasonal allergies do not. Common COVID-19 symptoms include: 

  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea or nausea
  • Loss of taste or smell

 Allergy symptoms generally tend to be milder than COVID symptoms, and include: 

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Post-nasal drip

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

THIS IS A SUBJECT NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART.  PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING WITH CARILION FRANKLIN HOSPICE.  VOLUNTEERS ARE THE HEART OF HOSPICE. FAMILIES IN THE HOSPICE PROGRAM NEED VOLUNTEEERS TO SIT WITH THEIR LOVED ONES, RUN ERRANDS, OR CALL IN AND CHECK ON THEM REGULARLY.  A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER CAN DO ALL OF THESE THINGS, VOLUNTEERING ANYWHERE FROM A FEW HOURS TO MANY HOURS PER MONTH, DEPENDING ON THEIR AVAILABILITY AND DESIRE. THOROUGH TRAINING IS PROVIDED DURING A VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION CLASSES.  THIS COURSE WILL COVER EVERYTHING YOU MIGHT NEED TO KNOW TO FEE CONFIDENT IN ENGAGING WITH THE PATIENTS.  WHILE OUR VOLUNTEERS ALL REPORT FEELING ENRICHED BY THEIR EXPERIENCES, VOLUNTEERING CAN BE A REWARDING EXPERIENCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY HOSPICE THEMSELVES.                                                                                                                                                                                              IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VOLUNTEER, PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL AT 540-209-3830.  WE WOULD BE HONORED TO HAVE YOU AS A PART OF OUR TEAM OF WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS!

DMV ANNOUNCEMENTS

DMV Expands Walk-in Availability as Part of New Hybrid Service Plan
Walk-in service now offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 

Appointment availability remains Monday and Friday

RICHMOND – Beginning Wednesday, December 15, 2021, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customers may choose to walk in for service on Wednesdays, in addition to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (in offices with Saturday hours), at all 75 customer service centers (CSCs).  Service options other than a CSC include:

Online: More than 50 services are available at dmvNOW.com
Mail: Popular services such as driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals may be completed by mail
Drop-off: Customers needing a title after purchasing a vehicle from an individual (not a dealer) may drop off their applications and supporting documents at a CSC
DMV Select: Vehicle-related services are offered through our partner offices
DMV Connect: Appointments can be scheduled for nearly every DMV service with the agency’s mobile teams

Customers who have scheduled an appointment and instead decide to walk in for service should cancel that appointment to make it available for other customers. Customers with Wednesday appointments December 15 or later will be automatically rescheduled for a new date near the original appointment.