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February 22, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and Levine Children’s Hospital: Heart to Heart: Two Families Journey Together to Transplant

CSP Team Note: February is National Heart Month, and we’ve teamed up with our partners at Levine Children’s Hospital to bring you a patient story that will definitely leave a lasting impact on you. Meet Ayden and Travis, two little boys whose paths crossed while waiting for new hearts – read on to see how their journey has affected both families…for the better. Take a minute to watch the awesome videos – they will give you chills! Note – this post was originally published on the Carolinas Healthcare System’s blog.

By the time Aydan and Travis were admitted to the hospital – just weeks apart – the two little boys had what doctors determined to be days to live before their hearts gave out.

Aydan was 3, and Travis was a mere 3 months. Both had serious heart failure that put them in danger of losing their lives.

The pediatric cardiology and heart surgery team at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital suddenly had two young patients in need of heart transplants. Their job: to keep both boys alive until transplant, with no way of knowing how long it would take for a heart to become available for either of them.

Doctors recommended an interim solution called a mechanical heart, which would essentially pump their blood and keep all their organs functioning until a new heart was available.

“I’ll never forget when the doctor told me that the only way that Aydan would live is if we did a surgery to get him on a mechanical heart,” says Miriam, Aydan’s mom. “But he also told me that there was another mom, Allyson, just a few rooms down, whose little baby was just put on that same mechanical heart, and that I should meet her.”

A Bond Forms

Miriam and Allyson — Travis’ mother — met, and the two moms struck up a friendship that soon developed into what Allyson calls a sisterhood.

At first, they’d check in when they saw each other in the hallways. Then, they started sitting in each other’s rooms. As time went on, they’d look in on each other’s son even when the other wasn’t there. Read More →

February 21, 2017

Smarty Alert: RSVP now for Hunstad Kortesis’ After Hours Event

Hunstad Korstesis Plastic Surgery + MedSpa (HK) will host their After Hours Mommy Makeover event next Tuesday, February 28.HK_AfterHours_FB-ads_FEB-1

This RSVP-only Mommy Makeover event includes wine, appetizers, mingling with actual patients and an opportunity to meet their board certified plastic surgeons, renown for their leadership within the cosmetic plastic surgery field. Feel free to event other moms who could use some pampering!

HK surgeons will be there to discuss breast augmentations and tummy tucks. Consult with leaders within the global breast augmentation specialty to discover choices that are meant for you and learn more about their industry-leading experience in removing excess or loose skin for a more confident you.

Check out this great video of patients talking about their surgeries – including one mom of three who feels like her old self again after surgery!

There’s no fee to attend but space is limited. You must RSVP online attend. Complimentary valet parking at Del Friscos is available.

Event Details

HK After Hours: Mommy MakeoverHK_combo logo_cmyk_print
Tuesday, February 28 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST
Del Frisco’s in Piedmont Town Center (SouthPark)
4725 Piedmont Row Drive
Suite 170
Charlotte, NC 28210
RSVP here

Call 704-659-9000 or email for questions.

February 13, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and Signature Pediatrics: Is My Child Too Sick for School/Daycare?

By our Smarty friends at Signature Pediatrics

It’s Sunday afternoon, or perhaps Tuesday evening, and your 7-year-old is acting crabby. You touch his forehead and yep, it’s warm. Oral temperature of 100.9 Now what? You’ve got one really important work meeting tomorrow, and 5 items on your to-do list. You never really thought you’d do all 5, but had hoped accomplishing 2-3 was a reality. His fever is under 101 so you wonder “can I just give him some ibuprofen and send him to school tomorrow anyway?”Signature Pediatrics

Having an unexpectedly sick child can really throw a monkey wrench into the week’s plans. And determining when your child must stay home from school or daycare for illness isn’t always easy. But there are some straightforward rules on the matter.

First the bad news. We know that most acute illnesses affecting kids are viral and contagious. We also know that while a child has fever he/she is especially contagious. And, of course, children with fever are not going to be able to concentrate and follow along in the classroom or participate in daycare. So children with fevers should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the help of ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Officially a fever is 100.4oF (38 oC) so our 7-year-old in the above vignette is staying home. Read More →

January 30, 2017

Smarty Review of CleanKidz

We’ve all been there. “Mom, I don’t feel good…” and then it happens, they get sick…in the car seat. I don’t know about you, but each and every time my kids have gotten sick, it’s been in the car seat. The one place that has the most nooks and crannies to hold the beloved lunch from an hour before. I despise car seats when it comes to uninstalling, disassembling, cleaning, reassembling, reinstalling. It is the worst.

Recently, I learned about CleanKidz. A local company that cleans car seats, along with other kids’ gear like strollers, pack-n-plays, high chairs, etc. I recently used them to clean an infant carrier and base and the results were amazing. My infant carrier was in the attic for more than one year. It was covered in dust and even had a mold spot. I thought about gifting it to a friend and asked if they would be able to give it the deep cleaning needed to revive it. Deep cleaning is an understatement. The carrier came back as good as new! Additionally, the staff notified me of a recall on the carrier and informed me about the expiration date (yes, car seats have expiration dates!) I was amazed with not only the final product, but the extra information and service that came with my appointment.

I had the opportunity to meet Lee Phillips, owner of CleanKidz, to get a behind-the-scenes tour of their facility and learn more about what they have to offer. Read More →

January 27, 2017

Fitness Friday: Pure Barre New Client Special

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TODAY IS A NEW DAY. Join Pure Barre in committing to a better life. “Sometimes you have to let life turn you upside down, so you can learn how to live right side up”. Pure Barre can help you do that!

The ladies over at Pure Barre have a deal sweet enough to keep you motivated beyond the New Year’s Rez 2-week obligatory commitment. Pure Barre wants you to commit to your wellness, heal from the inside out, and develop life-long friendships in the studio and community so that we hold each other accountable.

Here’s the deal, broken down by studio location (we’re so lucky, we have 3 right here in Charlotte!)… Read More →

January 24, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Know Your Doctors

By our Smarty friends at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. has nearly 100 healthcare providers with different jobs and titles. What do these titles mean and what care does everyone offer? This is the first in a series explaining who our providers are and what they do to keep you and your family healthy.

What is an Otolaryngologist?

An Otolaryngologist, also known as an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor or ENT, is a physician trained to treat diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, sinuses, larynx, and mouth, as well as neck and facial structures. Otolaryngologists are trained in both medicine and surgery, and can therefore offer the most appropriate care to their patients without needing to refer them to other doctors.

Photo courtesy of CEENTA

Photo courtesy of CEENTA

How does someone become an Otolaryngologist?

Like with other medical doctors, an Otolaryngologist must receive undergraduate and medical degrees, and then complete an internship and residency. ENTs also have the option of completing a fellowship in one of eight subspecialties of their choice. Those areas are allergy, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, the head and neck, laryngology, otology/neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, rhinology, and sleep disorders. Read More →

January 20, 2017

Fitness Friday: Our Smarty favorite workout gear to keep us motivated in 2017!

Happy Fitness Friday! We’re three weeks into our New Year’s rez’s and we thought it would be a good time to think about some retail therapy. Ya know, to keep us Smarty gals fully motivated and looking our best while kicking our workout regime into high gear.

Think beyond boring ‘ole lululemon and athleta that everyone will be wearing in your next carpool line. We want you to be creative, be original, be YOU in your workout duds because there is nothing more motivating than feeling good in what you’re wearing!

Feast your eyes on the most fabulous workout gear ever listed in no particular order below!

Splits 59 – Wearable styles that you don’t see often around town.


Beyond Yoga High Waisted Leggings – They had us at high waisted – perfect coverage for your belly and holds everything in. These also happen to be the most comfortable leggings we’ve ever stepped into. Soft like cocoa butter!

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December 19, 2016

From the Smarty Health Corner and Signature Pediatrics: Replace Wait Time with Play Time

By our Smarty friends at Signature Pediatrics

How many times have you gotten a call from school to pick up your sick child and thought, “How am I going to be able to get into the pediatrician today?”. Or how about those times you are about to travel and one of your kids is sick? Your first question is probably, “How am I going to get to the doctor before OUR flight?” With Signature Pediatrics, the answers to those questions are – with ease! The doctors at Signature Healthcare heard these concerns from their patients and created Signature Pediatrics to solve the problem. Signature Pediatrics, the first and only pediatric concierge medical practice in the Carolinas opened in June 2016 and offers the same service that Signature Healthcare has been providing for over a decade. That includes those critical last minute appointments that kids always seem to need!

The goal at Signature Pediatrics is to provide a true medical home, with ultimate accessibility and convenience while delivering the highest quality comprehensive, compassionate pediatric care. Parents find that their membership investment provides significant benefits in wellness and convenience for the entire family, and thus, peace of mind. Read More →

December 15, 2016

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Holiday savings at CEENTA

CSP Note: For its final blog of 2016, CEENTA wants to share with you a few ways you can use the money in your medical insurance’s Flexible Spending Account.

As 2016 winds down, you’re probably starting to come up with resolutions for the New Year. But one thing you should resolve to do before January 1 is spend any money you may still have if your health insurance includes a Flexible Spending Account. CEENTA is here to help you with that, with three great ways you can use your FSA dollars.women-purchasing-glasses-at-an-optical-shop

New glasses: Seeing your friends and family this holiday season should be easy. Also, getting a new pair of glasses and being able to see the world around you every day is a great way to start 2017 on the right foot. This month you can come to any of CEENTA’s 12 optical shops and get 25 percent off a new set of prescription glasses. And before you get new glasses, our eye doctors are available for exams to make sure your prescription is up to date and your eyes are healthy.

New hearing aids: There’s so much to hear during the holidays, and you don’t want to miss any of it. The holidays are also the perfect time to talk to your older relatives about getting hearing aids, since hearing loss can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life. A resolution to start the New Year with restored hearing is a great way for you and your loved ones to maintain your health and emotional happiness. Our physicians and audiologists will work to address your hearing loss and fit you with hearing aids that best suit your communication needs. This December, if you come to any of the 18 CEENTA offices that offer audiology services, you can get 10 percent off hearing aids. Read More →

December 2, 2016

Fitness Friday: Gift FLY. Get Credits for YOU!

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Flywheel Charlotte is offering a Gift Card Promotion: Give and receive! Purchase a 5-, 10-, or 20–class gift card now through 12/31 and you’ll get 1, 2, or 4 complimentary credits, respectively. Click here or see the front desk at our Charlotte studio to take advantage.

Buy now and spread FLY cheer – the PERFECT stocking stuffer gift!!

You can find Flywheel Charlotte at:

Flywheel Charlotte
2907 Providence Rd
Charlotte, NC 28211
(980) 819-8501

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