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Valerie Paxton

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Valerie Paxton is a co-founder of AllegroMedical.com and lives in Phoenix, AZ. In 1997 she set out with her business partner, Craig Hood to form Allegro Medical - a company dedicated to helping people lead more independent and healthy lives. They poured their knowledge and experience into AllegroMedical.com and now have more than 1 million customers nationwide. Valerie has a degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska and has spent most of her career in communications, marketing, PR, and investor relations. She enjoys giving advice, mentoring, volunteering, writing, reading, cooking, telling funny stories, healthy eating, her cocker spaniel Honey, her boyfriend Todd, hiking, kayaking, jokes and world travel. Follow Valerie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vpaxton

September is National Preparedness Month and Allegro has joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s coalition to promote their “Ready Campaign”.

With all of the hurricanes and storms coming, not to mention winter weather, it is more important than ever that you’re prepared for an emergency. Even if you’re not in weather danger, you should be ready to manage sudden emergencies including fires, earthquakes and national threats.

Get a Kit – Today.

If you don’t have an emergency kit put together, don’t wait! You never know when you’ll need it and you don’t want to be caught in an emergency without food, water, tools or the proper medical supplies. Allegro can help you put a kit together. This list is compiled directly from the National Preparedness Month website.

Start collecting the following items and put them in a safe place, high off the ground. Consider this Rescue Response Bag to hold things in. Think about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days, for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food such as Ensure Nutritional Supplements, Pediasure for the kids and some MET-Rx Protein Bars.
  • Self-contained Jensen Emergency Kit includes a water resistant flashlight, mini-lantern, public alert receiver with FM auto scan and safety siren (NOAA weather band), whistle with lantern and FDA approved first aid kit. All batteries are included.
  • Extra batteries
  • Dust masks to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  • Moist towelettes, Disposable Washcloths, Portable Folding Commode and Sanitary Commode Liners for personal sanitation. At the very least have garbage bags and plastic twist ties on hand.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities. Or, get an All-in-One Multi-Purpose Tool that includes needlenose pliers, wire cutters, 4 flat & 1 Phillips screwdrivers, plain edge knife blade, bottle/can opener, corkscrew and lanyard attachment.
  • Additional Items to Consider Adding to Your Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications pillbox and glasses.
  • Infant formula and diapers/wipes
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Emergency Rescue Blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Non-Electric Water Distiller or household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • May we also suggest: a Medical Alert 911 System, a 25-Person First Aid Kit, a PathLighter Safety Cane or a HeartStart Home AED Defbrillator. See our Emergency Preparation Category for more.

    For offices, schools or other facilities, cover all your needs with a 50-Person Trauma First Aid Kit or First Responder Kit.

    Visit the National Preparedness Month Home Page for more information and read how to Make a Plan, Be Informed and Get Involved.

    Be safe! We care about you.

    Last year I lost my beloved German Shepherd, Lady, after 14 years. I had rescued her at 9 months old, and she was my constant companion.

    Because of the abuse, neglect, and poor nutrition she suffered in those early months, she was diagnosed early, at the age of 6, with Osteo-Arthritis and Degenerative Bone Disease. I began treating her with acupuncture right away and administering Glucosamine, in an effort to relieve her pain, before resorting to prescription medications. By the time she reached 11 or 12 years old it was necessary to begin a prescription anti-inflammatory drug.

    Lady the German Shepherd

    Then, at age 13, Lady developed Cushing’s disease, a condition that creates an overproduction of cortisone by the adrenal glands, causing lethargy, muscle wasting, and weakness. When she was diagnosed with the Cushing’s, the prescription drug had to be stopped, as it could have worsened her condition, but the Glucosamine alone was no longer enough. The acupuncture helped quite a bit, but by the 5th or 6th week, she was struggling again.

    Several people, including Lady’s acupuncturist, had told me how they were having positive results with light therapy and maybe I should give it a try. I searched on-line until I found a Light Relief unit at AllegroMedical.com. It came with a 30 day, money back guarantee, so I felt I had nothing to lose. I was amazed at the results! I purposely stopped her Glucosamine so I would know whether or not she was getting the relief she needed.

    I used the unit consistently every day, leaving it on for the maximum amount of time, and placing it on each area that was affected by arthritis. One day, as I was standing in the kitchen washing dishes, Lady walked down the hallway from my bedroom, and greeted me in the kitchen. I thought at first that my son had helped her up, but when I called out his name to ask him, he wasn’t even in the house! In less than a week of consistent treatments, she was picking herself up and walking better than she had in months. Before the treatments, I was helping her both to get up and to walk, using a towel to support her. After the treatments, we even took a couple of short walks together, and several times, she attempted to dance with me again.

    I know that she realized the Light Relief unit was helping her, because she never resisted a treatment. And, on the days that she felt really good, she would push the unit off with her nose to let me know that it wasn’t necessary that day. I really believe that using the light treatment improved her quality of life tremendously in her remaining months, and I have told all of my friends and clients how miraculous this product is.

    Just a few months before I discovered the Light Relief therapy, I became afflicted with Plantar Fasciitis, a foot condition that occurs when the foot muscles tighten, in my case, from falling arches. The heel becomes inflamed and it can result in excruciating pain. After seeing how well it was working for Lady, I decided to try it on my Plantar Fasciitis, which is one of the conditions the Light Relief unit is recommended for. As I placed my foot on the unit and waited, I could actually feel the swelling and discomfort subside. Again, I was consistent with my treatments and today, my feet feel great. I continue to recommend the Light Relief unit to anyone who is suffering themselves, or who has an animal that might be in pain, because I am so grateful that I was able to help her live out her remaining months with less pain and a better quality of life.

    With Great Gratitude,

    Judy Jackson – Arvada, CO

    Please visit my website at:
    TwoPawsUpKennel


    The Allegro family sends a big hug to Judy for sharing her story — and a smooch for being such a great Allegro customer. xxxooo

    Allegro’s office is pet-friendly so we were thrilled that we could help Lady lead a more independent life. Andy Judy too! Get your own Light Relief Light Therapy along with all of your medical supplies at AllegroMedical.com.

    Are You an Allegro Fan?

    If you have a story about how an Allegro product helped you or someone you care for, we’d love to hear it. Please email up to 500 words to Valerie Paxton at vpaxton (at) allegromedical (dot) com. All submissions will be considered. Have a great day!

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    Much speculation surrounds beach volleyball superstar and Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh’s shoulder “tattoo”. It’s not a tattoo at all, actually. It’s Kinesio Tape, reportedly placed there to help improve healing and reduce shoulder pain.

    Kinesio Tape and Kinesio Taping is nothing new, but it is certainly catching on. It was developed more than 25 years ago by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor who trained in the US.

    For years, the tape and the taping methods were primarily used by sports medicine doctors, rehabilitation specialists, physical therapists and chiropractors. The effectiveness of Kinesio Taping has spread like wildfire and it is now used by medical practitioners and top athletes worldwide. The Japanese Olympic volleyball team is thought to have started the frenzy with the athletes.

    I’ve read that Kinesio Taping is being used on Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams, David Beckam, Robby Ginepri and Justine Henin, not to mention the current crop of Olympiads including Martins Plavins and of course, Kerri Walsh.

    In Lance Armstrong’s book “Every Second Counts”, he refers to Kinesio as “Something better than any laser, wrap, or electric massager…The Tape. It is a special hot-pink athletic tape that came from Japan and seemed to have special powers. Every morning before the stage, they would tape us all up, different parts of our bodies . . . George’s back, Chechu’s knees. Sometimes we’d be so wrapped up in hot-pink tape that we’d look like dolls, a bunch of broken dolls. But the next day the pain disappeared–it was gone.”

    Kinesio Taping is basically a technique of applying Kinesio Tape — thin, elastic, color-coded strips of tape – on joints and muscles where support and stability is needed. It is a “non-restrictive” taping method (think the opposite of heavy strapping of ankles), used to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tire muscles and speed healing. It is also used for preventative maintenance, edema and pain management.

    The tape itself is an elastic woven tape that comes in a variety of widths, colors and types. It is cut into different shapes and applied with a slight stretch to stretched skin. It may look like conventional athletic tape but it is fundamentally different in that it has a specific elasticity that plays a role in its effectiveness. It is thin, like skin, and is applied by professionals trained specifically for the different applications. It is placed on top of the skin, strategically, often in “waves”, and is effective for 3 to 5 days before it needs to be replaced. You can shower or swim with it. It doesn’t contain latex, which is great for those with latex allergies.

    How Does Kinesio Tape Work?

    When properly applied, you don’t even know the tape is there. The practitioner places it on slightly stretched skin from one end of the muscle to the other, with varying amounts of stretch to the tape. For muscle support/facilitation, the tape is applied from the muscle origin to the muscle insertion. For rehabilitation or muscular inhibition, it goes on just the opposite.

    The taping technique is based on the body’s own natural healing process. Rather than “strap down” the muscle, the philosophy is to give free range of motion and allow the body’s own muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically. Application of Kinesio Tape encourages muscles to function as they would if they didn’t need the tape, which improves not only body movement but circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Pretty simple, but it makes perfect sense. There is, I believe, a psychological aspect as well. If your sore muscles are supported and allowed to heal, you are not in as much pain and you relax. Your performance improves along with faster healing.

    Kinesio Tape’s Uses are Seemingly Endless

    Who would think that strategically placed elastic athletic tape would make any difference in the healing process, or athletic performance, for that matter? Well, it seems to work in a whole lot of ways if you ask our customers. Reviews (avg 5 out of 5 stars) of Kinesio Tape mention its effectiveness in relieving carpal tunnel, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, and even ocular myasthenia. Other sources say that Kinesio Tape can be used for headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, patella tracking, pre- and post-surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.

    One very important thing to remember is that the effectiveness of Kinesio Tape highly relies on the placement and technique. You can do it yourself, but only after you have been trained by a professional.

    If you have any of the conditions mentioned above, Kinesio Taping might be worth a mention to your medical practitioner or chiropractor. For those professionals looking for a great deal on Kinesio Tape, or any other medical supplies check out AllegroMedical.com.

    After 21 years of marriage and 2 miscarriages, we believed we would not be able to have children. So, we were very surprised when I became pregnant at 41. We naturally conceived fraternal twins, but at 8 weeks lost one of them due to a ruptured placenta.

    All went well until 20 weeks when I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and put on bed rest. Even with all the efforts of my doctor, I had an emergency c-section at just 27 weeks and our son was born at just 1 lb 8oz. He faced all of the risks of such a premature birth complicated by his extremely small size, since he should have been over 2 lbs at that gestation. It was a nightmare experience, but miraculously, after 2 eye surgeries and one to repair a hernia, he overcame it all and was discharged from the hospital after 106 days at 7 lbs. He required oxygen therapy for another 2 months as well as physical therapy to overcome his developmental delays. And, at 1 year old he was developmentally caught up to his peers and no longer needed any special treatment.

    His only lingering problem was a low appetite and a dislike of many food textures. Many preemies and other children who have had to be ventilated develop oral aversions, and although his are not severe, they are still a problem. I sympathize with those whose children won’t eat at all. He weaned off the bottle fine, but would not eat enough food to gain weight. Anytime he had a problem from a simple cold or an ear infection to the normal stresses of vacations and holidays, he would slow down on his eating and in some cases lose weight. At 18 months old, he only weighed 15 lbs. I was scared for him and worried about his adult height if he didn’t start putting on weight. I tried everything imaginable to get him to eat to no avail. After visiting with a nutritionist and his pediatrician, we put him on Nutren Jr.
    This product has been a lifesaver for us. He gains weight even when he won’t eat solid foods. And he not only drinks it, he asks for it by the name he gave it – “high protein vanilla milk”! Everything else we tried, he actually spit out. Now at 2 ½ years old, he is a healthy 24 ½ lbs and finally on the “normal” growth curve for his age. He is eating more solids, but still gets two cans of Nutren Jr everyday.

    Preemie Baby Collage

    I found Allegro Medical through Amazon.com and eventually went to buying directly from Allegro. I love the convenience of on-line ordering, and since I order so much of this stuff, the one time I had an issue with missing cans from an order, the customer service department set my next order up with free shipping. Thank you Allegro Medical, for offering these products and providing such good customer service.

    I now order Carnation Instant Breakfast
    shakes from your company as well. It seems my husband and I have the opposite problem from our son — we are trying to lose weight!


    Allegro sends a big hug to Eilene and her family for sharing their story, and a smooch for being such great Allegro customers.

    Are You an Allegro Fan?

    If you have a story about how an Allegro product helped you or someone you care for, we’d love to hear it. Please email up to 500 words to Valerie Paxton at vpaxton (at) allegromedical (dot) com. All submissions will be considered. Have a great day!

    MESA, Ariz. – July 24, 2008 – Internet superstore Allegro Medical today unveiled a $387,568 jet powered wheelchair illustrating that the sky is the limit when it comes to making your wheelchair “beautiful”. Probably not exactly what National Wheelchair Beautification Month founder Horace Knowles had in mind when he invented the July holiday, but Allegro considers its ‘Jet Chair’ beautiful nonetheless.

    The image of the supercharged wheelchair, complete with jet engine, fat run-flat high pressure tires, a rear airfoil, windsock and curb feelers (for easy parking) is part of an advertising campaign to encourage savvy wheelchair users to “Pimp Their Ride”. The wheelchair is advertised for $387,568 — marked down from $755,000 — and is reported to go 0-300 mph in 4.2 seconds. A safety helmet and fire-retardant underwear are recommended.

    “It looks like it belongs in a Batman movie. This tricked out wheelchair fit our concept so perfectly that we decided to have a little fun and advertise it in our electronic catalog and on our website,” says Sean Cramer, Allegro’s Vice President of Marketing. “The Jet Chair is getting a lot of laughs and attention, and one customer actually added it to his shopping cart and tried to buy it. A few people have called to ask if it is real. It’s not, by the way.”

    Billed as a practical, general-purpose sub-sonic everyday wheelchair, perfectly at home in the Bonneville Salt Flats doing 400 mph or cruising to the market, it still may not be for everyone. If a wheelchair with a jet pack isn’t your thing, Allegro Medical has plenty of wheelchair alternatives and accessories. Most people start with a cup holder and work their way up. In addition to showcasing more than 115 different wheelchairs, the Allegro website offers 400+ wheelchair accessories, all designed to enhance the functionality, safety and overall look of an existing manual wheelchair or power chair. Anyone shopping at http://www.allegromedical.com can order online and have specialty products like beverage holders, colorful or flashing wheel casters, spinning spokes, cool backpacks, pouches and trays delivered directly to their home. The sky is the limit.

    About Allegro Medical
    Allegro Medical is a division of Allegro Enterprises, Inc., a privately-owned company based in Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1996, and serving more than 1 million consumer and business customers, the Company is one of the largest and most technologically advanced independently owned suppliers of life enhancing products in the U.S.

    Since launching the first ecommerce site in the medical equipment and home health care supplies industry in 1998, Allegro has expanded into Health & Fitness, Nutritional Dietary Supplements, Sexual Well-Being, Pain Relief, Emergency Preparation and Maternity/Baby. Visitors to www.allegromedical.com are offered a broad selection of thousands of brand name products searchable by Keyword, Category, Brand and Medical Condition.

    Contact:

    Valerie Paxton
    vpaxton (at) AllegroMedical. com
    480-990-8881, Ext. 110

    Oh Baby, I’m so Hot

    It’s getting hot in here. Phoenix, that is. Thank goodness for the Chillow Pillow. Regular pillows trap heat, which can make for a really uncomfortable night. The Chillow’s patented technology provides a unique fluid-cool, cushioning memory foam effect that is steady and long lasting. It requires no electricity, is noiseless, non-toxic and requires no refrigeration. Double the effectiveness with the Chillow Pak which includes the original Chillow and the ChillowPlus. I use the regular Chillow under my head and the ChillowPlus under my back or between my knees.

    Chillows are perfect for lounging on the couch, relief from hot flashes, headaches or aching muscles. If only it covered my whole bed. And my lawn chair. I wonder if I could just strap one to my butt, for the car…

    Hold up. I spoke too soon. No need to craft a ‘sit-upon’ out of your Chillow Pillow when Allegro is offering the Comfy Cruise Self-Cooling Cushion. Perfect for home, office, car or wheelchair use.

    And what about Sparky? The Canine Cooler provides the same cooling comfort in a pet bed. If you don’t get one for your pet, guess who’s sharing your Chillow Pillow this summer?

    For You Outdoorsy Types

    Campers and beach bums: Don’t leave home without the Wheeleez Folding Beach Cart. It hauls up to 165 lbs of gear at a time over sand, soft grass or rough terrain. Use it at home, too, to tote stuff from your garage to your garden, or to move sensitive camera or sound equipment. Adjustable handle. Folds easily for storage. Get the smaller, lighter version, the Mini Beach Cart to move up to 77 lbs of gear at a pop.

    Kayakers and Kayak Rental Shops: The Wheeleez Kayak Canoe Cart is about to make a whole lotta lives easier, especially if you’re transporting a large kayak or canoe on the beach. Go for the smaller, lighter Mini Kayak Cart for touring kayaks. It collapses and fits right in most kayak deck hatches. I really need to sell these carts to that kayak rental place we used in Kauai. I know, I’m a wus. But…but…sniff…I got a blood blister AND I scraped the skin off my hand before we even got in the water. Poor baby.

    See all of our great Wheeleez Products

    Golfers: If you’re serious about improving your golf game, you have to get the Bionic Golf Glove. This high tech glove is based on the anatomy of the hand, eliminating the natural mistakes the hand makes during the golf swing. The intricately placed padding of the Bionic Glove evens out the surface of the hand on the club, which prevents a too tight grip, keeping the hand from easily tiring. Makes a great gift.

    Gardeners: Don’t let tired hands prevent you from working in your garden this summer. These do more than keep dirt out of your fingernails. Bionic Gardening Gloves add padding in all the right places to prevent fatigue, and help stop calluses and blisters from forming. Protect your hands and prolong your strength while gardening, with the best thing to come along since Miracle Gro. Try the reinforced Extended Wear Bionic Gardening Glove for heavy gardening and yard work). Men’s and women’s sizes available.

    Take a look at Allegro’s whole line of gardening tools and products, all designed to make gardening easier and more fun.

    Cast Wearers and the like: Nothing puts the kibosh on a day at the lake like a cast. Not any more! You’re safe to go in the water with the amazing Dry Pro Cast Protector. Keep your arm or leg cast or bandage completely dry while you are swimming or bathing. Dry Pro has the only completely waterproof cast cover in the world, with a patented vacuum system that ensures protection. So jump in! The water’s fine.

    Allegro also carries the Dry Pro PICC or IV Line Protector and Full-Leg Prosthesis Cover.
    For the shower, try the ShowerSafe Cast and Bandage Protector.

    One more thing and I’ll shut up about casts. It’s summer. Casts get itchy and stinky. Please spring for a Cast Cooler.

    If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Hot Tub

    Oh…oh…oh… I love these. Check out these bad babies. The Spa2Go Inflatable and Portable Whirlpool Spa and Spa-n-a-Box Portable Spa. Did you ever think you could just put a big ‘ol hot tub anywhere you want? How cool is that?

    Your Feet Are Showing

    Cool off your hot, tired feet with Neat Feat Cool Foot Spray. Instantly refreshes and energizes your smelly (did I say smelly? I meant sweaty) feet after a long summer day, and keeps them dry.

    Get your tootsies ready for summer sandals with a home pedicure. Own your own massaging foot bath and paraffin wax bath (pure heaven) for a salon pedicure at home.

    When your feet are all purty slip them into a pair of these super popular Supracor Sandals and let your pampering continue as they massage your feet and absorb shock.

    For those required to actually go closed-toed, I suggest you get a new job. If that’s not an option, do yourself, your shoes and your feet a favor and throw a nice pair of Super Feet Insoles in there. You won’t believe how much longer your shoes will last and how great your feet will feel.

    Kidding Around

    Wouldn’t be summer without kids on bikes, trikes, scooters and pedal cars, now would it? We have a bunch to choose from. Imagine your little princess pedaling in the park in her Pink Lady Pedal Car or your little astronaut zooming around the yard on his Radio Flyer Retro Rocket. Awww. I just want to pinch their chubby cheeks.

    While you’re grilling New Yorks in the back yard, watching Bo destroy your flowers with his Hot Rod Pedal Car, go ahead and secure little Ian in his handy dandy Cozy Portable Playard Tent plus Cabana Kit. He won’t be wandering around, playing with dog poo, falling down, getting eaten by bugs, eating bugs. He’ll be secure in his own little see-through UV coated tent with a see-through lid… playing quietly…just like he was told to.

    Get Fit, Stay Fit, even on the Road

    Tired of coming home from vacation or business trips feeling like a slug because you hadn’t exercised? Keep up your exercise program no matter where you go this summer with an AquaBells Combo Set! Simply fill the 26 ounce super tough dumbbell pouches with water and instantly have up to 16 pounds for each dumbbell. Then empty the AquaBells when it’s time to hit the road. The kit also includes Aqua Bells Ankle Weights that go from 8 ozs when collapsed to 8 lbs when filled with water. Nice.

    Another great travel fitness product is the Perfect Pushup Travel Edition. The pushup handles are so small you can put them in your briefcase or backpack, and they have the same great rotating motion as the original Perfect Pushup.

    It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor jogging and biking, and now you can bring baby with you on that morning run, with a jogging stroller. I find 4:45 a.m. a nice time to get out in Phoenix in July. Allegro has great pricing on jogging strollers and bike trailers.

    If you’re going to ruin your hair and make-up in the pool, you might as well get some exercise. Get a low impact, effective workout with water exercise equipment. Allegro has everything from water weights to underwater treadmills, to complete water exercise kits for men and women. Great for weak, painful or arthritic joints, and to add a twist to your workout routine. Use water’s natural resistance to get your body in shape.

    While you’re in there, take your tunes with you with a SwiMP3 Surf Waterproof MP3 Player. Listen to up to 60 songs for up to 10 hours on each charge. PC and Mac compatible. Surf, swim, kayak or just get wet. Your SwiMP3 will stay high and dry while you’re down with your bad self.

    Roll in Style

    Need a lightweight wheelchair for trips to the zoo, or vacations at the beach? Get a Folding Transport Chair from Allegro. Or, check out this cool 13 lb. Nissin Travel Wheelchair. They’re convenient and comfortable for short trips.

    Get ON the beach, in the sand, with a heavy-duty Rolleez All-Terrain Chair. You can also use this cool PVC chair in the park, at the campgrounds and in the snow – anywhere you have difficulty rolling. 250 lb. capacity.

    Or, you can use the Wheeleez Monster Beach Cart to get you, your wheelchair, and a bunch of other stuff (up to 400 lbs) across soft sand, soggy grass or any other unstable or uneven surface. Hang out on the beach. Pop a cold one. Chill.

    And don’t let your wheelchair stop you from hanging out at the pool. The rust-proof, water-proof Pool Wheelchair is exactly what you need.

    Hey, it would be really cool if you ordered some of this stuff NOW. Thanks for your business. We appreciate it. –Val.

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    Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th. I know, I know. It’s not easy finding the right gift for each of the “Dads” in your life. Fear not. Make your pappy happy by simply matching your Dad type to the list of presents below. Easy. Then get all your gifts ordered and delivered on time, and BAM…you look like a superhero. Just like Dad.

    Fitness Dad

    ProStretch Lower Leg Stretching System

  • Power Wheel II Core Trainer
  • Perfect Pushup
  • Bodyblade Classic Kit Fitness Trainer
  • Doorway Pull Up Bar
  • Personal PowerBlock Dumbbell Set
  • See all Exercise/Fitness

    Techno Daddy’O

    Polar Heart Rate Monitor

  • SwiMP3 Underwater MP3 Player
  • Mark of Fitness Heart Monitor – Chest-free, Belt-free
  • CompuSooth Keyboard Wrist Support
  • Wobbly Pop

    Folding Travel Cane

  • Rollator
  • FitBall Seating Disc
  • Teak Wood Shower Seat/Bath Bench
  • Father Sr.

    UpEasy Lifting Cushion

  • Car Caddie Helping Hand
  • Suction Cup Grab Bars
  • Go-Go Elite Traveller Scooter – 3 wheel
  • Relax-O-Daddy

    Original Backnobber

  • Spa2Go Inflatable Portable Whirlpool Spa
  • Hand-Held Shower Massager
  • See all Stress Products

    Sore Pa

    Light Relief Light Therapy

  • Ergonomic Back Cushion – Fits most chairs
  • Lomi-Lomi Personal Massager
  • See all Pain Relief Products

    Snore Daddy

    The Snore Wizard

  • Better Sleep Pillow – Side Sleeper
  • Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock w/Bed Shaker
  • Snore-No-More Anti Snoring Pillow
  • See all Snoring Products

    Hot Pops

    Chillow Pillow Cooling Sensation Pillow

  • ChillowPlus
  • Cool Care Comfort System Chillow Pak
  • Where Are My Glasses?? Daddy

    Large Button TV Remote Control

  • Deluxe Framed Page Magnifier
  • Low Vision Watch
  • Jumbo Buttons Speakerphone
  • See all Low Vision Products

    Golfer Pop

  • Power Swing Trainer Golf Gym
  • Superfeet Black Insoles for Golf Shoes
  • Bionic Golf Glove
  • Garden Poppy

    Easi-Grip Gardening Set

  • Gardener’s Easy-Up Kneeler and Seat
  • Easi-Grip Long Reach Gardening Set
  • New Daddy

    InStep Quick N’ EZ Bike Trailer

  • Safari Jogging Stroller
  • See all Baby Joggers & Strollers

    On-the-Go Daddy’O

    Traveling Bed Rail

  • Aqua Bell Travel Weight Combo Set
  • Portable Vibrating Travel Alarm Clock
  • Big Daddy

    Big John Toilet Seat

  • Wide Rollator
  • See all Bariatric Products

    Shop our Father’s Day Gifts by Price Range

    Happy Father’s Day!

    You may be a perfect candidate for the Allegro Experts Network!  Every day I’m contacted by local or national news sources looking for potential candidates for phone interviews. Writers and reporters are always looking for people to answer questions or discuss their various situations, conditions, illnesses, parenting issues, health care expertise, use of products, etc. for magazine articles, newspapers and television.

    Would you be willing to tell your story or share your experience to a member of the press? When these opportunities arise I’d love to be able to contact you.

    Your privacy is our primary concern so rest assured that I would always get in touch with you first (and only you) to describe the opportunity and see if you want to talk to the media source. Even then it is your decision whether to share your name or remain anonymous in print. Plus, we only work with reputable news companies, magazines, journals and newspapers.

    If you’d like to join my Allegro Experts Network, please let me know. 

    Email me today at vpaxton [at] AllegroMedical (dot) com with the following information:

    Name:

    Address:

    Phone number(s):

    Email address:

    Age:

    Gender:

    Condition or Expertise: Examples: Diabetic, Wheelchair user, Caretaker of an elderly parent/sibling/sick child, Pregnant/New mom, Fitness guru, Overweight, Healthcare worker, Plantar Fasciitis, MS, Back pain, Underweight, Carpal Tunnel, Ostomy, ED, Headaches, Catheter user, Asthma, Allergies, Hearing impaired, Low vision, Skin condition, etc.). Anything! You get the idea.

    I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your help.

    And, as always, a heartfelt Thank You to all of our Allegro customers. We appreciate your business.

    Whatever the reason for your chronic, continuous snoring, be it that you’re getting older, drunker or fatter, you’re probably getting on your bedmate’s nerves, not to mention wiping out any chance they have for a good night’s sleep. Trust me. Now, I’m not talking about the occasional ‘mild’ snoring that you do when you sleep in a certain position, or when you have a cold – we all do it. My dog snores. Babies snore. I’m talking about those loud, intolerable, ground shaking snuffelupagus snores that just won’t quit, minute after minute, night after night. Flashback to my dad. Thank goodness my mom couldn’t hear a thing without her hearing aids in. Doesn’t mean us kids couldn’t. OMG.

    I read somewhere that sleep partners of heavy snorers awaken over twenty times per hour. Holy sleep deprivation, Batman! Do yourself and your slumber buddy a favor and take care of it.

    First, you need to rule out sleep apnea. If your partner notices that while you are asleep you literally stop breathing for, like 10 seconds or more at a time, or you wake up super tired and you’re excessively sleepy during the day, then you could have sleep apnea. It’s a life-threatening condition and you probably don’t even know you have it. It needs to be diagnosed by a doctor or a sleep specialist. Make an appointment with an ENT, an otolaryngologist (say that 3 times fast) or sleep clinic. Right away.

    Plain old snoring, not to be confused with sleep apnea, is characterized by loud breathing sounds, dry mouth when you wake up, no excessive sleepiness during the day and no cessation of breath while you are snoring. It happens when the tissue at the back of your throat vibrates because you either have too much tissue or you have jiggly tissue that vibrates easily. It can also happen when your tongue obstructs your respiration. If you’re single, then you might not even know you snore. However, if you don’t feel rested when you wake up, it could be the result of nighttime snoring. Maybe you should video tape or audio tape yourself in bed…sleeping. That’s always fun.

    The reason you snore may not be your fault but it is still completely annoying. You may have been born with a narrow throat or developed a narrow throat around middle-age. Men generally have more narrow air passages than women, so you have that going for you if you’re a guy. Or maybe you have chronic allergies, or sinus infections. Been there. But when it comes to things that you have control over, like how much you drink or smoke (okay, maybe you don’t have control over those), or how fat and/or out of shape you are, or if you sleep on your back, then you might try controlling those things. You’ll realize general health benefits and probably see an end to your snoring condition. When my guy Todd gets just a few pounds overweight, there he goes. Snores like a freight train until he loses the weight.

    If you can’t stop getting older, or stop drinking, smoking, having infections, being male, being fat or lumpy, or sleeping in the wrong position, then I suggest you consider the following:

    1. Get a special snore pillow designed to support and position your head correctly. You’ll find all of our snoring products at Shop By Condition: Snoring at www.AllegroMedical.com.
    2. Get a simple snoring device, like the Snore Wizard.
    3. Try sleeping without a pillow at all. Ummm…yeah.
    4. Attach something bulky and uncomfortable to your back. It will train you to sleep on your side if you are a chronic back sleeper.
    5. Elevate the head of your bed by four or so inches. It supposedly makes your tongue and jaw move forward.
    6. Skip that second martini and lay off the ice cream before bed. Both alcohol and high-fat dairy/soy products can cause problems. Alcohol, because it relaxes your airways; and dairy because it creates mucus in your throat.
    7. Blow your nose. Boogers are not your friend. If you’re really stuffed up then try some nasal strips, but avoid antihistamines because they relax your throat muscles.
    8. Consult your doctor to see if you are a candidate for surgery or a CPAP device (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). A CPAP forces air into your mouth through a mask and makes you breath.

    I’m sorry you snore, but see, there are things you can do about it. Or, if you are the victim of a snorer, then print this blog, highlight the headline and leave it on your partner’s pillow.

    Let’s make this a better world, people, one night at a time.

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    Just so you know, Mother’s Day ‘08 is Sunday May 11th. If you’re like me it sneaks up. Probably because I agonize over what to get my mom every year.

    Here’s how bad I am. My mom was visiting from Nebraska last week and I treated her to a mother-daughter afternoon tea at a local hotel. While sipping our White Berry Loose Leaf, I glanced over and saw a Mother’s Day brochure on the table next to us. In a flash I thought, wow, how do I parlay this little outing into her Mother’s Day gift…a month early? It was all I could do to stop from raising my tea cup, right then and there, and saying, “Surprise! Happy Mother’s Day!”

    In the same instant I knew I wouldn’t get away with it, so I decided instead to use my noggin and find a relevant gift…from my own company…shipped on time. With nearly 42,000 products to choose from at Allegro Medical, I couldn’t miss.

    In my search, I found the best Mother’s Day gifts for different Mom “types”. Hopefully this will save you a little time, money and agony.

    Fitness Mom

    X2 Vest Weighted Walking Vest – 12 lbs

  • Lex Loops Exercise Band
  • Polar Heart Rate Monitor
  • See all Exercise/Fitness

    Warning: These exercise gifts could land you in the dog house. Recommended for true fitness enthusiasts, not for Couch Potato Moms with a few lbs to lose.

    Shopper Mom

    Folding Shopping Cart

  • EZcarry Shopping Bag Handle
  • SmartShopper Electronic Grocery List
  • See all Daily Living Aids

    Sentimental Mom

    Heart-Shaped Digital Picture Keychain

  • 8” Digital Picture Frame
  • Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm Clock
  • Wobbly Mom

    Rollator

  • Pink Shower Chair
  • FitBall Seating and Balance Disc
  • Senior Mom

    UpEasy Lifting Cushion

  • Card Player Card Holders
  • Traveller Scooter – 3 Wheel
  • Stressed Mom

    Original Backnobber

  • Foot Revitalizer
  • Tuscany Illuminated Relaxation Fountain
  • Stimulite Wellness Mat
  • Spa Mom

    Spa Petite Personal Paraffin Wax Bath

  • BubbleBliss Foot Spa
  • Spa2Go Inflatable Portable Whirlpool Spa
  • Spacells Facial Sponge
  • Massage Mom

    HydraGel Infrared Massager

  • Supracor St. Tropez Massage Sandals
  • iJoy 130 Robotic Massage Chair
  • Bath Mom

    Stimulite Bath Mitt

  • Stimulite Bath Pillow
  • Thermal Spa Bath Mat Massage Pad
  • Hot Mom

    Chillow Pillow Cooling Sensation Pillow

  • ChillowPlus
  • Cool Care Comfort System Chillow Pak
  • Visually Challenged Mom

    Big Button Universal Remote Control

  • Deluxe Framed Page Magnifier
  • Reizen Low Vision Watch
  • See all Low Vision Products

    Tired Mom

    Eye Pillow with Ergo Beads

  • Superfeet Berry Insoles for Women
  • Softeze Body Pillow
  • Garden Mom

    Easi-Grip Gardening Set

  • Gardener’s Easy-Up Kneeler and Seat
  • Easi-Grip Long Reach Gardening Set
  • Bionic Gardening Gloves
  • See all Gardening Products

    New Mom

    InStep Rocket Aluminum Bike Trailer

  • Rebound GST Stroller – 16”
  • Bounce-a-Bye Baby Ball
  • See all Maternity Care

    Travel Mom

    Stimulite Travel Neck Pillow

  • Aqua Bell Travel Weight ComboSet
  • Portable Vibrating Travel Alarm Clock
  • Outdoors Mom

    Bionic Golf Glove

  • Folding Beach Cart
  • Weather & Emergency Alert Monitor
  • Yoga/Pilates Mom

    Aeromat Yoga Mat

  • Yoga Foam Block
  • 3300P Body Gym Elite Pilates Trainer
  • So, what’s my mom getting? Truth be told, she fits into nearly every Mom type, so I still have some tough decisions to make. But with list like this I can say for sure it will be something she’ll love.

    Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Shopping.

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