About Amy Umble:
Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star
On assignment in a medical supply store
Several of us here in the newsroom were asked to do stories for the annual holiday Gift Guide, which will be published Nov. 10.
My assignment was to see if there were any Christmas gifts to be found in a medical supply store or in the health aids aisle of a drug store. I found that, yes, there are. Of course you have to be careful taking gift-giving advice from someone who once proudly gave someone a gift certificate to Jiffy Lube. I never heard the end of that one.
Anyway, one day this week I spent an afternoon looking for ideas at Homecare America in the Westwood Shopping Center and at Walmart at Central Park. I also went to one of the local outlets for a national drug store chain, though I’m not going to mention them here or in my story because the store manager was so rude the last time I was there. That was the day the earthquake hit, when Suzanne Rossi, one of our photographers, and I went there to check on damage. All I’ll say about the experience is that some people should never be put in positions of authority.
As for gift ideas, how about these as possible stocking stuffers:
No-rinse shampoo, digital thermometer, pill planner, sleeping mask, elastic shoelaces, long-handled sponge, grips for door handles, lens wipes, medical alert bracelet, ear plugs or compression socks.
I did buy a gift for myself at Walmart, a pulse-oximeter for $35. Now when I manually check someone’s pulse, I’ll be able to double-check my reading with the machine.