Dating is hard enough on its own without complicating things by dealing with a chronic illness.  If you suffer from chronic illness, you know that in many ways, your life is designed around it, and anyone you bring into your life will have to respect and deal with that, too.  Here are some strategies for meeting the unique challenges of dating while managing a chronic illness.

Dating with a Chronic Illness

Dating while managing a chronic illness has its own unique set of complications, but these strategies can help.

#1: Come to Terms With Your Chronic Illness

If you’re not OK with your own condition, you’re more likely to be defensive or to play the martyr.  Accepting your condition as part of your life and learning to love your life with that condition is the first step toward creating a healthy relationship with someone else.

#2: Be Upfront About Your Chronic Illness

While you don’t necessarily have to lead with the fact that you have a chronic illness, it shouldn’t be something you hide either.  When you choose to reveal your challenge is ultimately up to you, but generally it’s better to know sooner rather than later if the person you’re interested in can’t deal with it.

#3: Don’t Make Your Relationship All About Your Illness

While your chronic illness is obviously a large part of your day-to-day experience, it doesn’t have to be the main focus of your life — or your relationship.  Be honest about what you deal with, but don’t use your potential partner only as a place to unload every single dirty detail that you’re dealing with.  A romantic partner is not a substitute for a therapist.

#4: Take Care of Yourself

It’s easy to let your relationships take precedence in your life, but you’ll be happier in the long run — and a better partner — if you keep your health at the top of your priority list.  This is another place where you need to be honest about what you need to do to take care of yourself.

Feel Better with IV Therapy at Infusion Express

IV therapy can promise better health and improved quality of life for those with chronic illnesses, but at Infusion Express we take it a step further.  We want you to enjoy the time you spend receiving your IV infusion.

At Infusion Express, you’ll experience zero wait time and a private room for your treatment, which you can schedule at your convenience, including evenings and weekends.  While you receive your infusion, you can watch HDTV, play games on our iPads, read a book on our eReaders, or simply relax (or even nap) in one of our comfortable reclining seats.

If you’re ready to start feeling better ASAP, give us a call at our Lee’s Summit location at 816-272-0174 or our Overland Park office at 913-948-2020, and be sure to check us out on facebook or twitter!

We don’t really look for excuses to indulge on Thanksgiving, but if you’re in need of one, we’ve got a few!  Read on to find out how your favorite Thanksgiving foods help prime your body for optimal health.

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Get your vitamin fix at Thanksgiving Dinner!

Turkey

Turkey is a great source important minerals like iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus, all of which help your cells do their jobs.   You also get B-vitamins, which help regulate chemical reactions in your body.  Turkey is also a fantastic source of protein, which your body uses to build new cells and carry out basic functions.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a wonderful way to get a healthy dose of Vitamin A, which helps your eyesight, boosts your immune system, and keeps your skin healthy.  Pumpkin also has carotenoids, a powerful form of antioxidants, which help fight cancer.  They’re also a great source of fiber, potassium and Vitamin C, so feel free to go back for that second slice of pumpkin pie!

Cranberries

Cranberries also give you a nice dose of Vitamin C (a.k.a. the body’s building block), and they are second only to blueberries when it comes to cancer-fighting antioxidants.  They’re also a great source of fiber, which gives you the perfect excuse to go back for seconds of cranberry sauce.

Potatoes

We’re from the school of thought that you can never have too many potatoes at Thanksgiving.  Whether you like them mashed, smashed, scalloped or twice-baked, these humble tubers contain a bevy of vitamins and minerals like Vitamins C, B, potassium, magnesium and iron.  They’re especially rich in Vitamin B6, which aids cellular renewal, keeps your nervous system healthy, and keeps your mood balanced — especially helpful if you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year!

Potatoes also contain unique blood-pressure-lowering molecules called kukoamines, and potato skin houses heart-protective flavonoids.  Just the excuse we needed to have a helping or two of each type of potato this Thanksgiving!

Get Your Vitamins and Minerals Year-Round at Infusion Express

While we take great pleasure in indulging in a large Thanksgiving meal (or two) every November, our waistlines wouldn’t appreciate eating so much food — even with its health benefits — all the time.  Luckily, we can get our vitamins and minerals with fewer calories all throughout the year.

Whether you’re dealing with a chronic illness, searching for more energy, or looking to boost your immune system with a Myers’ Cocktail, we’re thankful we’ve found  a way to make IV therapy a convenient and enjoyable experience for our patients.  You can reach our Lee’s Summit office at 816-272-0174 or our Overland Park office at 913-948-2020.  We look forward to helping you live a healthier, more satisfying life!

It may be cold and flu season, but you don’t have to give in without a fight.  Here are a few tips to keep you and your family healthy this winter.

healthy winter family, photo courtesy of D Sharon Pruitt

These tips can help keep you and your family healthy this winter.

#1: Make Hand Washing a Habit

Your No. 1 defense against illness any time of the year is washing your hands.  For maximum effectiveness, you need to work up a lather and wash for at least 30 seconds with hot (but not scalding) water.  Teach your kiddos to wash underneath their fingernails and in between their fingers, too.  Make it a family habit to wash hands before eating meals, and emphasize the importance of washing hands after using the restroom, too.

#2: Bundle Up and Get Outside

Even if you don’t suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, you and your kids can still benefit from getting off the couch and getting outside.  If it’s cold, just bundle up in coats, scarves, hats and gloves.  The Vitamin D is great for your health, and the sunlight is a perfect boost for your mood.

#3: Stay Hydrated

Your body needs water, plain and simple.  Your cells need H20 to carry out basic functions and rid themselves of toxins.  Dehydration weakens your immune system, so make it a priority to drink plenty of water throughout the day.  A good rule of thumb is half your weight in ounces; though the old adage of 8 cups of water a day is a good place to start.

#4: Get Your Vitamins

Giving your body the tools it needs to fight off the viruses and bacteria swarming schools and offices is key to avoiding illness. We’ve talked about the benefits of Vitamin C, the B Vitamins and Calcium, but other vitamins like Zinc and Vitamin D can play a huge role in keeping you healthy during the winter.  The best way to get your daily vitamins is through a healthy diet of leafy greens, colorful fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins, but you might also consider taking a high-quality, all-natural multi-vitamin.

Vitamin Infusion at Infusion Express

If you’re immune system has taken a hit, it may be time to consider a Myer’s Cocktail.  This intravenous cocktail of hydration and vitamins can get your body back on track, and the best place to get it is at Infusion Express.

We offer IV infusion therapy services for both health conditions and wellness in a setting that makes receiving IV therapy pleasant.  Relax in a private room and enjoy our HDTVs, eReaders and iPads.  And because we offer scheduled appointments — including evenings and weekends — you won’t spend your valuable time waiting for treatment.  If you’re ready to experience a different kind of IV therapy, give us a call at 816-272-0174, or visit us on facebook or twitter!

Learning to live with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be a huge challenge, especially when symptoms are erratic.  You may feel great one day and be barely able to move the next day.  But these tips can help you learn to manage your symptoms and take advantage of the energy you do have.

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Using these strategies can help you cope with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Strategy #1: Keep a Diary

Keep a diary of your daily activities and your fatigue.  Take note of any correlations between drops in energy and activities that may be triggering them.  If possible, avoid those activities or try to schedule them at less inconvenient times.

Strategy #2: Prioritize

We all have a tendency to take on way too much, but if you’re suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it’s even more important for you to define your priorities.  Think about the activities and tasks that take up most of your energy and whether or not you enjoy or benefit from them.  Work toward eliminating the ones you don’t love from your life.

Strategy #3: Listen to Your Body

When your symptoms are beginning to flare up, don’t continue pushing your body.  Adjusting your schedule and activities to allow your body to rest actually helps you recover energy more quickly and become less symptomatic.  This can be difficult when your body starts telling you to rest when your mind is set on getting things done, but employing Strategies #1 & #2 can help.

Strategy #4: Consider Alternative Treatments

Talk to your doctor about adding alternative treatments to your regimen.  Many CFS sufferers have found some relief by adding yoga, acupuncture and IV nutrient therapy to their CFS management plan.

Strategy #5: Join a Support Group

It may seem counterintuitive to add an activity to your schedule when you’re dealing with chronic fatigue.  But meeting with others who share the same problems you do can help you feel like you’re not alone — and you may be able to share coping techniques that will ultimately help you feel better.

IV Therapy for Chronic Conditions at Infusion Express

At Infusion Express, we understand that, if you’re suffering from a chronic condition, you probably don’t feel great anyway.  We don’t want to add to stress with long wait times and hours spent in a stuffy, crowded room — not to mention the hassle of using your vacation and sick time just to go get your infusion.

That’s why we do things differently.  We offer our IV infusion therapy services in a pleasant setting so you can actually enjoy the time spent during your treatment.  Relax in a private room and enjoy our HDTVs, eReaders and iPads.  And because we offer scheduled appointments — including evenings and weekends — you won’t spend your valuable time waiting for treatment.  If you’re ready to experience a different kind of IV therapy, give us a call at our Lee’s Summit location at 816-272-0174 or our Overland Park office at 913-948-2020, or visit us on facebook or twitter!

Fall is one of our favorite seasons here at Infusion Express, and one of our favorite things about the season is Oktoberfest celebrations!  Here are some of the seasonal beers we’ve been enjoying this year.

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Here are our favorite fall beers at Infusion Express

Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest – Boulevard Brewing Company

As a fellow Kansas City business, we have to start off with a local fave — Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest.  It’s Boulevard’s fall seasonal beer, and it’s a Munich-style lager.  Perfect for relaxing on a crisp October evening.

Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest – Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

We’re big fans of Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss all year round, but this is a nice switch for the fall season.  Its’ easy to drink and has a sweet finish, which makes it a good choice for folks who don’t typically take to beer.

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale – Coors Brewing Company

Nothing gets us in the mood for fall festivities quite like a pumpkin ale, so we’re always happy to see Harvest Moon hit the shelves.  We love this beer for Halloween- and Oktoberfest-themed parties — though we’ve been known to sneak one on weeknights, too!

The Myers’ Cocktail — Good All Year Round

While it’s not a beer, our Myers’ Cocktail is sure to help you feel your best at any time of the year.  Whether you’ve been to too many Oktoberfest celebrations in a row or just need an immune system boost, a Myers’ Cocktail from Infusion Express is just what you need to get you on the road to recovery.

Infusion Express on Both Sides of the State Line

Now with two convenient locations in both Overland Park and Lee’s Summit, Infusion Express is here to meet your IV therapy needs.

We offer our IV infusion therapy services in a pleasant setting so you can actually enjoy the time spent during your treatment.  Relax in a private room and enjoy our HDTVs, eReaders and iPads.  And because we offer scheduled appointments — including evenings and weekends — you won’t spend your valuable time waiting for treatment.  If you’re ready to experience a different kind of IV therapy, give us a call at our Lee’s Summit location at 816-272-0174 or our Overland Park office at 913-948-2020, or visit us on facebook or twitter!

With the onset of fall comes a lot of lovely things — colorful leaves, crackling fireplaces and hot cider.  But with fall also comes flu season, which will last all the way ’til spring.  Read on to find out how to protect yourself this season.

Fight the Flu at Infusion Express

IV therapy at Infusion Express can help you boost your immune system to fight off the flu.

Consider a Flu Shot

The Centers for Disease Control recommend the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.  The flu vaccine, which is available in both a weakened live virus nasal mist and standard inactivated virus shot, protects against the three main flu strains of the season.  Getting the flu shot early will protect you through the entirety of the season.  Talk with your health care provider about whether the flu shot is right for you.

Keep Your Environment Healthy

Simply staying away from sick people and engaging in standard hygienic behaviors can go a long way to preventing the flu.  Wash your hands with hot, soapy water throughout the day, and avoid being near others who are suffering from the flu or a cold.  On the flip side, if you do get sick, do your friends and coworkers a favor and stay home and rest — you’ll recover faster and keep others from getting sick.

Boost Your Immune System

One of the most effective ways to boost your immune system is to eat a balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients.  Giving your body the tools it needs to defend itself is key to preventing the flu.

If you feel like your immune system could use a bigger boost, you could even consider a Myers’ Cocktail or hydration therapy at Infusion Express.  These treatments offer the building blocks your body needs to build a healthy immune system in the quickest way possible — directly to the bloodstream where your body can put them to work.

IV Therapy at Infusion Express

IV therapy can promise better health and improved quality of life, but at Infusion Express we take it a step further.  We want you to enjoy the time you spend receiving your IV infusion.

At Infusion Express, you’ll experience zero wait time and a private room for your treatment.  While you receive it, you can watch HDTV, play games on our iPads, read a book on our eReaders, or simply relax (or even nap) in one of our comfortable reclining seats.

If you’re ready to start feeling better ASAP, give us a call at our Lee’s Summit location at 816-272-0174 or our Overland Park office at 913-948-2020, and be sure to check us out on facebook or twitter!

At Infusion Express, we believe that taking control of your health should be top priority.

But that doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice time and comfort to feel your best — at least not at Infusion Express.

Take Control of Your Health at Infusion Express

Take Control of Your Health at Infusion Express

IV Therapy at Infusion Express Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Intravenous therapy is often prescribed to help treat many chronic conditions as well as boost wellness, and it can often do so more effectively than conventional therapy.  In the past, incorporating IV therapy into your health regimen meant dealing with scarce appointment times, long waits, and crowded rooms.

But not anymore.

Get IV Therapy on Your Own Schedule

At Infusion Express, we believe you should be able to make IV therapy a pleasant part of your life and even something to look forward to in the midst of your busy life.  We offer appointments during the day, evening and on weekends to accommodate any schedule so you don’t have to miss out on things that are important to you.  You get your own private room with an HDTV, eReader or iPad and a comfortable recliner to relax in while you receive your treatment.  Even more importantly, you get focused attention from our infusion specialists so you know you’re getting the safest, most effective treatment available.

Infusion Express Makes IV Therapy Something to Look Forward To

It’s our goal to make receiving IV therapy a part of your schedule you like rather than another chore you have to endure to feel better.  You don’t have to miss work or waste time waiting around for your appointment.  You walk in, get settled into one of our serene rooms with a movie, TV show, bestselling book or fun new game, and let our nurses get you on your way to feeling your best.  You can even bring along a friend or family member to keep you company while you receive your treatment.

Infusion Express Now Offers IV Therapy in Kansas and Missouri

And now, Infusion Express has two convenient locations to serve you on either side of the Kansas City metro area.  Visit us at our new Overland Park IVX location at 13340 Metcalf or stop by our Lee’s Summit location at 3483 NE Ralph Powell Road. You’ll receive the same great service in a spa-like atmosphere at both locations, and you’ll leave feeling better than ever after your IV treatment.

Learn More About Infusion Express

You can learn more about IV therapy and how we do it differently at Infusion Express by visiting our website or checking us out on facebook or twitter.  If you’d like to come in and experience the difference for yourself, give one of our locations a call and set up an appointment. Whether you’re dealing with a chronic illness, searching for more energy, or looking to boost your immune system, we would love to show you how you can make IV therapy a convenient and enjoyable part of your life.  You can reach our Lee’s Summit office at 816-272-0174 or our Overland Park office at 913-948-2020.  We look forward to helping you live a healthier, more satisfying life!

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