The pictures from Southwest Florida, which I consider my home away from home, is unbelievable. My parents have a place in Marco Island, which fortunately appears to have escaped serious damage, but the disruption to areas like Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach seems insurmountable.
When i say the word "inconceivable" in my head, I always see the image of the character, Vizzini, from the movie "Princess Bride," one of my all time favorite movies.
It was also one of of the first major roles for Robin Wright, who went on to play in Forrest Gump and more recently in the show "House of Cards."
This show is based on a corrupt political couple (the Underwoods) who rise to the Presidency after Francis Underwood served as a Congressperson from Gaffney, South Carolina.
I managed to watch both the movie and some episodes of the House of Cards this weekend, while taking breaks from hurricane coverage and cleanup.
I would certainly hope that House of Cards is not based on actual events, but given the news coverage of politics these days, I am left to wonder!
While compared to Florida and Pawley's Island, Charlestonians dodged a bullet with the storm, but it was still nasty. As we continue with the clean up, it is important to note that most accidents from hurricanes occur during the aftermath and the clean up.
Many injuries fall within scope of wound care and hence, plastic surgery. The wounds people incur during the clean up, which can be nasty in and of themselves, are often complicated by serious infections due to contaminated waste and water.
So be careful, seek medical attention if needed, and don't forget to stay up to date on your Tetanus shots!
Given the extent of the destruction in Florida, I felt compelled to look into volunteering to help. I reached out to Samaritan's Purse, and was interested in positions for medical volunteers.
is not providing medical services for this disaster, and you may remember that they set up a MASH like medical tent in Central Park during Covid, I view this as a good sign, meaning that local hospitals are able to meet the needs of their residents.
I have also heard that Tampa hospitals are absorbing the medical needs of South Florida as well. However, Samaritan's Purse does have plenty of opportunities for volunteers willing to help on the construction front.
Unfortunately, I do not feel that my skill set lends itself to putting tarps on roofs, etc. I manage to get banged up and bruised with the simplest of household projects! Just ask my staff on any Monday morning!
At the same time that the wrath of Ian was unleashing its destruction, I also heard a news story (yes, I watched a lot of news coverage over the last 5 days!) of another study that touts the benefits of hugs for heart damage through the release of oxytocin.
I have long known of the positive effects of hugs to improve Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by emotional stress. Through my dear friend, Liz Tyson, I have become familiar with an organization called The Comfort Cub, which was founded by a woman named Marcella Johnson.
Marcella tragically lost a son shortly after birth, causing profound grief with physical effects; amazingly, the weight of sadness and her physical symptoms lifted when her father handed her a heavy plant, and hence the story of the weighted "cub" began.
These weighted cubs, when hugged, have afforded relief to countless individuals who have suffered from loss. The cubs were delivered to Uvalde last spring. Those suffering from Ian and who lost everything would likely benefit from a Comfort Cub! But they at least need hugs! Here is a link the the Comfort Cub: https://www.thecomfortcub.org/
For my song of the week, I am circling back to Princess Bride and to Mark Knopfler, who sang the theme song for the movie. But instead of the movie theme song, I want to highlight another Dire Straight's hit from 1985, "Brother's in Arms."
We are living in scary times. North Korea launched a missile over Japan this morning, war rages on in Ukraine, and south Florida looks like a war zone. But at the end of the day, we are 'One," the title of another great song by U2.
So for this week, we are donating 10% of all sales to the Ian relief effort. Now is a great time to get on a skin care regimen to correct the damage caused by the strong summer rays!
To lighten the mood after last week's stress, we have decided to start celebrating Halloween a little early. Or maybe call is our "Oktoberfest"! Each week this month we will be offering a special, good for that week only.
We are starting with the following specials: 50% off of Coolsculpt and 30% off of Laser Hair Removal packages. And we are all facing higher prices at the pump and at the grocery store.
Just a little friendly reminder that if you are interested in some filler, and either want a more minimal correction or are worried about the impact on the wallet, Allergan does sell 1/2 size syringes.
Stay posted for specials on our social media sites as well as promotions from Allergan. If you don't have an Alle account with Allergan, now is a great time to sign up to maximize those rewards. Call us anytime if you have any questions!
I hope everyone has a great week and can return to normalcy after the storm. I've started working on the next podcast. Feel free to send us feedback or suggestions on plastic surgery topics for upcoming episodes!
Til' next time,
Heidi Williams, MD
BROTHERS IN ARMS (LYRICS)
These mist covered mountains Are a home now for me But my home is the lowlands And always will be Someday you'll return to Your valleys and your farms And you'll no longer burn to be Brothers in arms
Through these fields of destruction Baptisms of fire I've witnessed your suffering As the battle raged high And though they did hurt me so bad In the fear and alarm You did not desert me My brothers in arms
There's so many different worlds So many different suns And we have just one world But we live in different ones
Now the sun's gone to hell and The moon's riding high Let me bid you farewell Every man has to die But it's written in the starlight And every line in your palm We're fools to make war On our brothers in arms