We will try to bring you personal wellness tips to help reduce your stress and risk of injury or illness. This month we focus on the holidays: Shopping, wrapping, baking, planning, spending, hosting, cleaning, Elf-on-the Shelf-ing, decorating, donating……giving. With all of this outgoing energy, we need to manage the “fuel”. What we can miss is that no one enjoys it if it is at the sacrifice of mom’s (or dad’s) joy. All year we give of ourselves and we get to the end of the year and it seems we have one final epic push that leaves us feeling exhausted and unappreciated.
Every drop of kindness has a ripple effect.
You never know how far reaching each ripple might be.
In his years as a surgeon, Dr. Gayken has had to make difficult split second decisions that save limbs and lives of the patients in his care. He is very talented but that’s only part of his magical powers. He has the kindest heart as well. Dr. Gayken is a humble family man who experienced skin grafting himself as a patient nearly 20 years ago. He knows the pain all too well. He knows the emotional toll. We are so thankful for his partnership.
People come in and out of our lives but some will forever change how we think, feel, respond, act and care. Alison is one of those people!
For the last few years, Alison has been the liaison between the Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Unit and Firefighters for Healing (FFFH). She had the opportunity to be on the inside, working directly with patients and was able to identify patient needs and communicate those needs to FFFH. FFFH is growing every year as a foundation and is able to help more and more patients. Working with FFFH has made working on the Burn Unit much more rewarding. Whether it is finding kids who are candidates for burn camp, making the holidays a little brighter by surprising patients with a holiday gift or treat...FFFH helps assure patients that they are not alone.
Thank you Alison for your partnership! We wish you luck on your next adventure!!