Thanksgiving is approaching fast…
so we thought that some of us from Dr. McVey’s office would write about the things that we’re thankful for this year.
2017 has definitely been one of my most challenging years. With the loss of my mother last fall, I experienced a lot of heartache. My husband having a serious medical condition and not knowing what the outcome was going to be, had me a little crazy at times. I would have to say through all of that I have witnessed some beautiful things. Some of my friends and family members came together to help in any way that they could and with their support we got through it all. So I would have to say I am very thankful for my family and friends. I carry a special love for them in my heart always!
This special group of people is what I am most thankful for. My husband, Dr. McVey, has been the love of my life for over 36 years. My four children and two grandchildren are such a blessing and joy. I am also thankful for my extended family and friends. I am very grateful for all the material blessings that I enjoy, such as a warm home and garage when the cold weather hits, and for air conditioning when it is not. I am thankful for a wonderful place to work, with a great team, and for our patients. I am thankful to live in the USA where we have freedom of worship and all the other freedoms that we take for granted.
This Thanksgiving, I am very thankful to God for how He has provided for me through the good times, and comforted me in the hard times.
This past year gives me so much to be thankful for. On April 30th, my husband was working with his crew to restore power when he suffered a broken pelvis from a fall. I am forever grateful for the nurses, doctors, and surgeons who took such good care of him. I am forever grateful for our family, our friends, and our line family who stepped in to do anything they possibly could to help us. Most of all, I am incredibly thankful to have my husband, and to have him healed and healthy. God’s grace is sufficient, and He is so, so good. And I am thankful for my dog and cat too!
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I have truly been blessed with great family , friend , church family and my job. At the top of my list of course is this little guy! I thank God everyday for allowing me to be Westyn’s Momma!
One of my favorite all-time holiday movies is “White Christmas” with Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, and Danny Kaye. Irving Berlin wrote the wonderful music for this movie. The lyrics to one of the songs Bing sings to Rosemary Clooney go something like this:
When you’re worried and cannot sleep, count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.
What a beautiful and touching moment that is, and what a great way to live our lives.
When I count my blessings over the past year I have so much for which to be grateful. I have a beautiful and loving wife. I have three lovely daughters that are making their way in the world, my son is embarking on his college career. I’m very proud of my children. I have two grandkids who are the very joy of my life. I get to come to work every day surrounded by a great staff that I tremendously appreciate and enjoy. I am grateful for my patients who allow me to be a part of their lives. I am thankful for all the opportunities I have to learn more about myself, my patients, and my profession. I am grateful for the opportunity I had this summer to travel with my wife and son through Europe, visiting landmarks I had only read about before (and we got to sing in many of those places as well). I am blessed with many, many good friends. All in all, I am a very fortunate guy. If I followed Bings advice and counted all my blessings, I might never get to sleep because it would take me all night to count every one of those blessings!
My health has been worsening over the past five years, and I’ve had to make many changes out of necessity, It is quite humbling to have to move back home at 31-years-old. But when you’re health is declining due to a complicated and life-threatening disease (cystic fibrosis) and you’re a single mom to two young children, you have few options available to you. Just in case you didn’t know, Dr. McVey and Becky are my parents. They help out with my kiddos when I’m not feeling well, provided me with a job and a place to live. I am very thankful for them.
This past year, I’ve been in the hospital twice. Each hospital stay lasted for about two weeks. I was even in the hospital on my birthday for the very first time. But my parents, kids, and friends surprised me with a spontaneous birthday. While the hospital is one of the last places you usually want to celebrate a birthday, I can honestly say it was one of my best birthdays. My community made an otherwise dreary experience an amazing day. There’s alot to complain about when it comes to how cystic fibrosis has robbed from me. Yet it’s also because of my health problems that the truest friends and loved ones have rallied around me in my darkest times. My community is what helps keep my spirits elevated, and that is what I am most thankful for this year.
Halloween and candy go hand-in-hand.
No brainer. It’s so fun for kids. They don their costumes, knock on neighbors’ doors, yell “trick-or-treat,” and receive free candy. It’s fun for the children getting the candy, and it’s fun for the adults giving it out. Then the kids return home and devour their loot. Fun! Except for maybe the possible cavities and tummy aches that can follow.
Is there a way to keep the fun of trick-or-treating without the undesirable side effects?
Yes, actually! A nationwide event called Halloween Candy Buy Back pays trick-or-treaters $1 for 1 lb of their candy (up to 5 lbs per child). This event turns candy into cash! It’s a great way to prevent cavities and tummy aches. Kids can also use that money to buy something else that they might want to buy, such as, a toy. Another great benefit to this is that the candy is sent to our troops to thank them for their service.
The dentist who came up with the Halloween Candy Buy Back in 2005 wanted to put the candy he collected to good use.* Service men and women do a lot to keep our country safe, so what better way to show support for the troops by sending care packages full of candy? It’s a way to make their lives a little bit better and let them know that we’re thinking of them here at home. Service men and women also hand out candy to local children. This helps them create relationships with local kids to form friendships and trust, which is a good way to ensure a safer environment for the service men and women.
When is it and where can you get cash for your candy?
This year, we will be holding a Halloween Candy Buy Back event at Dr. McVey’s office on Wednesday, November 1. The address is 2501 Campus Dr Suite 100, Garden City, KS. Kids from the area can bring in their candy anytime between 8 AM and 5 PM. We’ll weigh the candy, and for every 1 lb, we’ll pay $1. (There is a limit of 5 lbs per child.) We’ll also supply paper and writing supplies so that anyone can write a letter to the troops. Operation Shoe Box will be sending the candy from all the Halloween Candy Buy Back events from the country overseas.
According to halloweencandybuyback, the combined weight of collected candy over the years amounts to over 130 tons. We could say that that’s more than a success! Come and help us make this a year a success by bringing in candy while showing your gratitude to our service men and women. You won’t regret it.
*Information from the “About” page at halloweencandybuyback.com
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our wonderful patients, fans, and friends!
Here at Randall K. McVey, DMD, we’re excited for the new year and we wanted to take a moment to share our new year’s resolutions with you. Also, we’d love to hear YOUR resolutions too!
Here Are Some Of OUR Resolutions:
Read more. Cook more
Cut costs by using coupons.
Spend less. Save more.
Stop being a hermit and socialize more.
Smile more. Laugh more. Stress less.
Need a bit of help keeping your New Year’s resolution? Check out the video below!
Now Share YOUR Resolutions With Us!
So, now that you know OUR resolutions, what are YOURS? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Happy New Year!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
MANY PEOPLE SAY the holidays are their favorite time of the year! We all know celebrating traditions that bind friends and family together is truly what makes the holidays special.
This year, we want to share with you some of our team’s favorite holiday memories.
Our Team’s Favorite Holiday Memories
Kelli Casey, one of our hygienists, shared this picture of herself “playing” Christmas carols on the piano when she was just a wee one. I don’t know what the carols sounded like, but she sure did look cute!
Here is a picture of Kelli’s first Christmas. Precious memories!
ne of our assistants, Emilia Gonzalez, shared this story.
The first Christmas I remember Santa coming to our home I was afraid of him and did not sit on his lap.
One of the gifts I remember getting was a battery operated car. You can see me with my car in the picture to the right. The best memory of Christmas that I always will remember is family. It is so important to have family around, especially during the holidays!
One of the McVey family traditions is reading Christmas stories. One of our very favorites is “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson. It is hilariously funny and has a great message that will tug at your heartstrings. Perfect for the Christmas season!
Share Your Holiday Traditions With Us!
Every culture and every family is different. We all celebrate the holidays in our own unique and special way. We’d love to hear about your traditions! Feel free to comment below or reach out to us on Facebook and let us know your holiday traditions!
One of my new traditions is listening to the amazing and talented group, Pentatonix. Enjoy their arrangement of “Joy to the World”. It’s guaranteed to make you smile!
Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to our awesome patients!
Here’s To Your Health.
MAKING A HALLOWEEN COSTUME
is one of the best opportunities to let your creativity shine! Whether you dress up as a movie monster, comic book character, or just something funny, we love seeing costume ideas come to life.
Our Favorite Halloween Getups
Have the most popular costumes changed with the times? We asked some of our team members about their best outfits from the past:
Our hygienist, Emily, dressed as Pocahontas for Halloween when she was five year old. Emily says this was her favorite costume because she loved the movie “Pocahontas” and because her mother made her costume for her. She remembers her mother spending hours sewing and painting the details. She even had a trick-or-treat bag made to match! And when people complimented her costume, Emily loved telling them her Mom made it for her!
Kyla, our receptionist, dressed as a genie for Halloween when she was four years old. Pink was her favorite color. Her favorite part of Halloween was trick-or-treating to the dentist’s house because she gave glow-in-the dark toothbrushes!
Onto more modern times: check out this adorable little monster!
Our hygienist, Kelli, dressed her son, Westyn, as Sulley from one of his favorite movies, “Monsters, Inc.”. He got to wear this costume to Boo at the Zoo, his daycare Halloween party, and trick-or-treating. I bet he raked in the treats in that adorable get-up!
Do You Need A Last-Minute Costume Idea? Try This One Out!
What Are Your Halloween Plans?
Are you more into the spooky or the silly side of Halloween? No matter what your traditions are, have fun with friends and family and stay safe! Trick-or-treaters: go in a group, watch for cars and carry a flashlight.
Thanks for being our valued patients and friends. Have a happy Halloween!
And here’s To Your Health!