It’s 3 a.m., and Jody Karam has a thought. The father of professional racecar driver Sage Karam, Jody is already planning the next step in his son’s never-ending fitness regimen.
“He’ll wake up from a deep sleep and write down programs and ideas for me,” says Sage, a 21-year-old from Nazareth who is in the starting field for Sunday’s 100th running of the famed Indianapolis 500 INDYCAR race. “I show up to train, and he’s all excited about new exercises he wants me to try. I don’t know how he thinks of these things.”
A dedication to personal training helps Karam to rocket toward the front of the pack in racing. Last summer he visited LVHN Fitness–One City Center in downtown Allentown and shared how his commitment to wellness has helped him enjoy life in the fast lane.
You may know that diabetes is a condition related to blood sugar, but did you know it also can cause nerve and blood vessel damage? When this occurs, it can lead to something called neuropathy. More than half of all people with diabetes will experience some form of neuropathy in their lifetime.
It can cause many common symptoms to develop in your feet such as numbness, tingling, burning and extremely dry skin, which can lead to ulcers, infection and deformity. Also, ordinary things like fungal nails and calluses can become dangerous due to abnormal feeling sensation from neuropathy. It’s why, if you have diabetes and you’re heading to the beach, you need to be wary of going barefoot.
A tear came to the eye of Wilmer McNabb, the last surviving founder of Cetronia Ambulance Corps, as he spoke Tuesday morning (May 24) at the dedication of the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Founders Way, a special garden area created by LVHN to recognize Cetronia’s history.
“I’m amazed to see what Cetronia has become,” says McNabb, who joined 19 other volunteer residents in 1955 answering emergency calls with a single Buick station wagon. Today, Cetronia has 140 full- and part-time career associates and 25 active volunteers answering calls every day using a fleet of 41 vehicles. “It’s very moving to know I was part of its creation,” McNabb says.
Happy 100th Birthday, Violet!
When she turned 75, Violet Feden decided she belonged in the hospital. Not because she was sick. The Allentown resident wanted a new adventure, and hospital volunteering seemed like the perfect choice. Remarkably, a quarter century has passed, and Feden is still helping patients and staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street.
“Helping others is extremely rewarding,” she says. “I especially like helping out in a community hospital.” Feden delivers cards and flowers to patients and performs various clerical tasks in the volunteer office. “I also really enjoy the time I spend with my fellow volunteers,” she says.
The feeling is mutual. The 5-foot-2 inch dynamo inspires her volunteer peers with boundless optimism and an impish giggle that never quits. “Violet’s a real role model who leads by example,” says volunteer coordinator Lynn Schaeffer.
You’ll find it in sandwiches, soups, stews, and even bacon and hot dogs. And of course, it’s been a Thanksgiving staple for years. But if you think we’ve run out of new ways to use turkey, don’t expect the robotic surgery team at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) to agree.
Due to its expertise and high patient volume (more than 6,000 robotics cases), LVHN was one of 14 institutions across the United States and Europe selected to participate in a research study to evaluate robotic surgery training methods. Current methods include a variety of virtual reality simulators as well as synthetic tissue substitutes such as rubber, latex and foam. The study sought to determine if one method is clearly superior and a worthy industry standard. The study team’s biggest challenge was objectively measuring baseline surgical skill – without using an existing training material. The solution? Turkey legs.