IG Living Blog

Dedicated to bringing comprehensive healthcare information, immune globulin information, community lifestyle and reimbursement news.

Posted on 22. February 2024

Navigating Support Animals: Understanding the Legal Distinctions Between Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

As a person who recognizes the profound impact support animals have on individuals' mental, emotional and physical well-being, I also acknowledge the need to understand the legal distinctions between emotional support animals (ESAs) and service animals, especially concerning rights and protections under the law. These distinctions include legal requirements, documentation protocols, permissible inquiries by businesses and the ramifications of violating privacy laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Additionally, it is essential to acknowledge the supremacy of federal law over city or state statutes, particularly regarding matters such as breed restrictions, thereby ensuring equitable access for individuals with support animals. [More]
Posted on 1. February 2024

Why Low Sugar Snacks Are Better Choices for Medically Complex Kids

When it comes to snacks, a snack-sized bag of animal crackers is way more fun to eat than a bowl of baby carrots — unless you’re my son. When he was just 2 years old, the kid was aghast when we ran out of them.
After playing outside, he ran up to me midmorning, clearly hungry, and asked, “Mama, carrots please?”
“Sorry bud, but they’re all gone.”
With an audible gasp and mouth agape, he put his hands on top of his head as if to say, “Oh no!” but words failed him. [More]
Posted on 11. January 2024

Striking the Balance: Tips for Caregivers of Seniors

Caregiving is a noble and fulfilling responsibility, but it can also be incredibly demanding. Many caregivers find themselves struggling to strike a balance between their caregiving duties, work commitments and personal lives. In this article shared by IG Living, we will provide you with practical tips to help you navigate this challenging but rewarding journey. [More]
Posted on 14. December 2023

Simple Strategies to Help Beat the Holiday Blues

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — or is it?
I usually look forward to the holidays, but I’m having a hard time with them this year. By the day after Thanksgiving, the hurry and the hassle of the season left me tired before I even started tackling my to-do list.
But it’s my family’s tradition to set up our tree and string up our twinkle lights as soon as Thanksgiving wraps up, so I shook off my stress and tried to be present — until hearing Bing Crosby’s rendition of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” for the third time in a row made my skin crawl. Before I knew it, I wanted to skip the holidays altogether. [More]
Posted on 16. November 2023

Practical Ways to Provide Support to People Who Really Need It

If you struggle to know what to say to or do for someone who’s hurting, you’re not alone. I’ve had my fair share of failures in this area. I tend to overthink my words, so I’m prone to staying quiet until I think of the “perfect” thing to say or do. As a chronic illness patient myself, I’ve been on the receiving end of my fair share of comments that are a little clumsy or ill-informed, but I’d rather receive well-intentioned, slightly awkward encouragement or help than none at all. [More]
Posted on 2. November 2023

7 Practical Steps to Thriving with a Chronic Condition

Upon hearing that you have an incurable or chronic disease, it's natural to feel a mix of emotions — fear, sadness, and even anger. The landscape of your life has shifted, but it’s important to know that a fulfilling life is still well within reach. This comprehensive guide, courtesy of IG Living, outlines some innovative and personalized approaches to adapt, manage your symptoms and champion your own well-being. [More]
Posted on 19. October 2023

Handling Halloween with Special Medical Needs

“Trick or treat?”
It’s the question that’s really a code word meaning one thing in kid-speak: candy.
But for children who manage medical conditions such as cancer, celiac disease, diabetes and food allergies, for example, candy is a code word for caution. The Curse of Candy. Candy is lots of fun (and it should be!), but it can also be incredibly stressful for millions of kids. In the United States, an estimated 5.6 million children live with severe, life-threatening food allergies; 283,000 children have type 1 diabetes; one in 300 children have Celiac disease; one in 36 children have Autism spectrum disorder; and nearly 15,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer every year. [More]
Posted on 28. September 2023

The School Nurse: Your Family’s Advocate and Ally

I was sitting in the carline one day after school waiting to pick up my kids like I always do when a text message from their school nurse jolted me back to the moment.
"Are you in the carline? If so, pull up to the lot and come straight in. I've got a possible allergic reaction in progress."
I don't remember how I got from my car to the nurse's station, but I do remember the way my stomach lurched when I saw the nurse perched over my daughter, stethoscope on, emergency medicines laid out and ready. She was listening to her chest and laser-focused on her vitals.
She was all business, but had a tender, confident manner, and I could see that my little girl trusted her. I quickly realized, so did I. [More]