News & Views
Did you know that we are also an IUD Clinic?
Great news! Banded Peak School, Sandstone Pharmacy, Yoga in the Heart and 33 families and individuals have signed up to help us fight kid's cancer. The goal so far is to bike over 7000 km in the month of June and $2415 has already been raised. Please join the 'Care in the Creek Medical Centre' team by signing up or sponsoring. All fitness levels, all ages, anywhere and anytime in June. See greatcyclechallenge.ca for further details.
People can get Lyme when they get bitten by a tick carrying the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi. A tick is a little spider-like animal that attaches to the skin. It needs to be attached to the skin for at least 36 hours to be able to pass on the infection.
Anxiety around Lyme disease is high. The chance of getting Lyme is very low though. In 2016, 2781 ticks were investigated by the submit-a-tick program and only 35 of them carried the bacteria. Between 1991 and 2016, 87 cases of Lyme disease were reported in Alberta, all of those acquired the disease outside of our province.
A rash can show up within days to weeks after infection. It’s called a bull’s eye rash, because it starts as a red spot, which grows and clears up in the centre. Patients can also develop a flu like illness with fatigue, sore muscles and joints, headache and fever. Later on they can develop neurological symptoms and heart problems. Arthritis can occur up until a few years after infection. You should see your doctor as soon as you notice a rash or symptoms.
Blood tests are not always necessary to diagnose Lyme disease. Initially blood tests can be negative and even after effective treatment blood tests can stay positive for several years. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics.
The best way to prevent disease is to protect yourself from ticks. When you are going to be in wooded and grassy areas cover up as much skin as possible, wear a hat and use bug repellent. Check your skin afterwards and remove a tick as soon as possible. Grab it with a tweezer as close as possible to your skin and gently pull it straight out. Wash your skin with water and soap and disinfect it. Save the tick(s) in a clean, empty container or ziploc bag and add a small piece of lightly moistened tissue or cotton ball to prevent it from drying out. You can bring the tick to the clinic so we can send it away for investigation.
If you have any questions or concerns about possible Lyme disease ask your doctor. Care in the Creek Medical Centre is accepting new patients and we have evening and weekend appointments available. You can book your appointment at 403 949 2457.
Cochrane and Area Victim Services presents:
Grief and Loss: A conversation with Nadine Gariepy-Fisk about grief in our families and community.
Where & when: Wednesday, May 30th, 7 - 8:30pm, at the Cochrane RancheHouse – Hall of Visions.
To reserve your spot & receive a free gift bag, call Cochrane and Area Victim Service at 403-851-8055, or visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/grief-in-our-family-grief-in-our-community-tickets-45489399017
This is a FREE event. Pre-registration is not required.
Wouldn’t it be great to stimulate your health and at the same time help to fight kid’s cancer? Care in the Creek Medical Centre thinks so. This June you will get an opportunity by joining the Great Cycle Challenge Team. They support the SickKids Foundation and donations will help fund research, clinical advances and compassionate care at The Hospital for Sick Children.
How does it work?
Spread the word and motivate others to join the challenge or become a sponsor. Doctor Noordman will sponsor every participant who joins the Care in the Creek Medical Centre Team for $10 up to a maximum of 500 cad for the group.
Get on your bike, indoors or outdoors in June and track your kilometres. See greatcyclechallenge.ca for further details.
Updates and progress will get posted on facebook.com/careinthecreek and careinthecreek.com regularly.
Care in the Creek Medical Centre is accepting new patients. Evening and weekend appointments available. Contact us at 403 949 2457.