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LEGAL BRIEFS

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER PUTTING YOUR LLC INTO A TRUST he limited liability company (LLC) is a popular business structure that offers liability protection and tax savings. Trusts are popular asset transfer vehicles that allow you to avoid probate and keep assets out of the hands of creditors if properly designed. By placing LLC membership interests in a trust, business owners can combine the two types of legal entities and enjoy the best of both worlds.

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Privacy. Not only can probate be lengthy and cause your business to languish—a probated estate is a matter of public record. That means anyone who knows where to look (e.g., creditors, disinherited heirs, and scammers) can learn details about your estate. Trusts, on the other hand, bypass probate, and the assets they contain pass to your beneficiaries more quickly, efficiently, and privately.

Transferring an LLC to a trust requires a bit of paperwork, and in multimember LLCs, may also require the consent of other members. But a well-planned transfer can help reduce risks, keep your business affairs out of creditor hands, and fit into your broader estate planning goals.

Incapacity planning. You may have a plan for what will happen to your business when you die, such as having a trusted family member take over, or an agreement that allows other LLC members to buy out your ownership stake upon your death. But what happens if an accident or illness renders you incapable of fulfilling your business duties? If your LLC interests are held in a trust, the trust can be structured so that your incapacity immediately triggers the authorization of another person (i.e., the trustee) to take over on your behalf.

Asset protection. Depending on the type of trust in which you place your LLC membership interests, the trust can make it more difficult for creditors to go after the trust assets.

Benefits of Placing LLC Interests in a Trust: •

Probate avoidance. Probate is the legal process of settling an estate when somebody passes away. Overseen by the court, probate ensures that your debts are paid off and your assets—including business interests—are allocated to the beneficiaries you specify in your will. Assets that are placed in a trust generally avoid probate, which can take months to complete. During the probate process, there may be nobody legally managing your business interests, which can result in operational problems.

We can help! Our attorneys can help you decide if transferring an LLC interest to a trust is the right move for your situation. For assistance with these and other business law or estate planning matters, contact our office today!

We help clients that are ready to invest in their family and business to protect their wealth and save taxes. Ivan Ramirez, Attorney at Law The Law Office of Ivan Ramirez & Associates 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Suite 200 San Antonio, Texas 78258

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PIGSKIN CLASSIC Top Football Matchups Ignite Community

Pictured (L-R) Reagan seniors Carson Green and Caden Wright and Johnson seniors Darren Benavides and Alejandro Tavarez will all play in the KSAT Pigskin Classic on August 27th in the Alamodome. By Amy Morgan

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re you ready for some football? There’s nothing that heralds the fall sports season quite as much as the clarion call of a gridiron matchup. And San Antonio’s high school season starts with a bang this year with a new Pigskin Classic football tournament August 27. The all-day event at the Alamodome involves three football matchups between local teams with exciting rivalries. The Pigskin Classic was the brainchild of KSAT12’s General Manager Phil Lane and Texas Sports Productions (TSP) to showcase some of the best football programs and school spirit in the city. The contest begins at 11:30 a.m., reviving the Town and Country Bowl between Far North neighbors NEISD’s Ronald Reagan and Comal ISD’s Smithson Valley High Schools. At 3:30 p.m., NEISD’s Johnson High School faces nearby Judson. Powerhouse regional title contenders Brennan and Steele will take the final 7:30 p.m. spot. Each school will fill the dome with their fans, marching band, cheerleaders, dance teams and mascot as well as their football team. This will be the first time a local station has televised three high school football games back-to-back on the same day.

back from the pandemic wanting to get involved.” “The choreography necessary to pull this off is monumental,” Greg added. “We’ve got six different schools, the band, team, pep squad, cheerleaders — from 9 a.m. to midnight. The Alamodome staff has been tremendous.” In addition to regular seats, the Alamodome is selling boxes to the event for those who want to enhance the experience. KSAT12 and TSP together stream live high school football, basketball and baseball games on KSAT12’s Big Game Coverage (BGC) app, which can be found in the Google Play or Apple App Store. Viewers can choose to watch from a variety of live games. In addition to the Big Game Coverage app, the Pigskin Classic will be televised live starting at 10 a.m. with Texas Eats host David Elder presenting great grilling recipes and big game bites to get fans ready for their viewing parties. Game coverage then runs from 11 a.m. until the end of the final game. Viewers will recognize favorite personalities like Carl Padilla, Jay Riley, Larry Ramirez, Dave Sears, Fiona Gorostiza and Mike Osterhage.

“I’m excited. This is unprecedented,” said venerated KSAT12 Sports Director/Anchor Greg Simmons. “All the great matchups – that’s the thing that stunned me. How long did Brennan and Steele go undefeated last year before they were knocked out? They were huge last year! “We like to highlight the kids - not just the football team but everyone involved on game day.” “The district is delighted,” said Kelly Parker, NEISD Executive Director for Athletics. “This is something San Antonio has been missing – a great thing for the community. It’s a big deal being on TV all day long. Playing in the Alamodome sets a precedent to what an actual playoff game feels like. Everybody is coming

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While the Pigskin classic highlights the players and teams, the event also recognizes others from the schools. Each contender has two-$4,000 scholarships to award to an outstanding student. These students and their stories will be featured during the televised coverage of the day. The Pigskin Classic will also make a donation to the Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, a highly regarded organization supporting individuals sustaining a catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football. Reagan Head Football Coach and Campus Coordinator Lyndon Hamilton eagerly anticipates the contest.

“We have our work cut out for us. (Smithson Valley) Coach Hill always has a great program. We’re already waking up at 4:30 in the morning in preparation. We have played a number of times, and every time it’s a barn burner,” Lyndon said. “There will be a ton of energy in the Alamodome. What a great opportunity to get out and mix it up and launch the 2022 season!” Johnson High School’s Head Coach T.P. Miller is no less excited. The Pigskin Classic introduces a new rivalry as Coach Miller just stepped up from assistant to Johnson’s head coaching role this spring. He’ll face his longtime friend, mentor and former JHS Head Coach Mark Soto for the first time, as this is Mark’s inaugural year to head the Judson Rocket program. “Judson is trying to get back to where they used to be with Mark going over to be the head coach,” Greg said. “The fact that this is the debut for both of the head coaches makes it even more interesting.” Tickets are available at all 18 San Antonio Las Palapas locations as well as the six schools. Fans can enjoy a VIP experience by signing up for KSAT12’s Insider program. VIPS will be able to enjoy the entire game’s festivities by purchasing a KSAT Insider ticket. The VIP Party with food, drinks and a special swag bag will be held in the press box. Attendees will be able to watch their game as well as the broadcasters announcing. Once their game concludes, VIPs can move to the Alamodome Club section to continue their festivities if they wish.

Starting at 10 a.m., Texas Eats host David Elder will be presenting great grilling recipes and big game bites to get fans ready for their viewing parties.

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our child wants to play a sport. Although a fun, healthy pastime, most teams depend on parent volunteers. This means YOU! Some prefer to serve in the background, but not U.S. Air Force gastroenterologist Dr. Brock Miller, who happily stepped up to help coach his first child’s soccer team when his daughter, Amelia, began playing at the Mays YMCA as a six-year-old. Brock knows the meaning of commitment. He planned his path to the Air Force Academy at age 13 when his older brother enrolled and continues to serve at age 44. Brock remains on active duty at Wilford Hall, where he oversees residents and students. “I love teaching – whether it’s sports to little kids or how to be a doctor to medical students,” he said. Amelia enjoyed soccer for several years until she chose to focus on competitive swimming. Brock’s wife, Dr. Ursula Balthazar, also a physician with the Stone Oak infertility practice Aspire, actively engages with the team. The family spends hours giving back to their neighborhood as parent volunteers for the Vineyard Vipers Swim Team with which Amelia and brother, Cade, compete in the summer. Brock takes his regular place on the microphone as the starter for home meets while Ursula serves on leadership. Brock co-coached four-year-old Cade’s first soccer team, then took over as head coach a year later when the boys morphed into the Spiders. Cade’s nine now, and the Spiders have played together every available season since. Brock only missed the games during which he was deployed to El Paso in fall 2020. Even then, he took his Spiders gear with him and sent pictures to encourage the

team. “We have such good families,” he said. “Twelve of the 13 kids are original to the team. We take it seriously but keep it fun.” Brock finds coaching rewarding because it gives him time with his children. “As a parent, you are the most important person to your kids, but you are not always the person who sees them most. My son really likes soccer because he’s doing it with me,” he said. Cade recently followed his father’s footsteps to take up lacrosse – the sport Brock played at the Air Force Academy and even coached for a year before heading to medical school. Not surprisingly, Brock’s committed to coach Cade’s lacrosse team as well. Cade plays Sunday afternoons at St. Mary’s Hall through the South Texas Youth Lacrosse Association. “I love lacrosse,” Brock said. “It’s great that Cade wants to play both.” As Brock was researching lacrosse options for Cade, one of his friends asked for Brock’s help coaching a fledgling team at Antonian Prep High School. No surprise, Brock couldn’t turn down the opportunity. He’s pleased to report Antonian is moving toward incorporating lacrosse as an official school sport. However, despite his personal love for lacrosse, Brock never misses coaching the Spiders. All told, he’s on a field almost every day of the week! Brock’s a good neighbor with the heart of a teacher… inspiring the next generation.


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PET TIP

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Local Pup Friendly Restaurants

Eggspectation - 402 N Loop 1604 W. The shaded patio overlooking The Club at Sonterra’s back nine feels like a tree house. Full bar and menu. Eggspectation.com/san-antonio. Mellow Mushroom - 115 N Loop 1604 E. The dog-friendly national pizza chain welcomes pups on their outdoor covered patio. Vegan/GF options, craft beer. They also offer pet parents a 15% discount for bringing Fido along. Mellowmushroom.com. By Camp Bow Wow Staff

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Tarka Indian Kitchen - 427 North Loop 1604 W #101. Quick and flavorful Indian cuisine with pup-friendly seating on the outdoor patio. Menu items include staples like samosas, kabobs, curries, and biryani. Tarkaindiankitchen.com. Don Adolfo's Bar & Grill - 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy. This casual, Mexican eatery welcomes your furry family member at their outdoor tables. From Ceviche to margaritas, Don Adolfo's has authentic Mexican recipes to fill your hunger and thirst. Donadolfos.com. Trilogy Pizza and Wine Bistro - 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy #113. Order one of Trilogy’s specialty pies or build your own. One caveat, customers with pups vie for the few available outdoor tables, so arrive early. Trilogypizza.com. Aldaco's Mexican Cuisine - 20079 Stone Oak Pkwy. Aldaco's has been in business for more than 30 years. Their traditional dishes are San Antonio favorites. Your leashed pup is welcome on the outdoor patio. Aldacosrestaurants.com. The Hoppy Monk - 1010 N Loop 1604 E. The Hoppy Monk serves a delicious variety of innovative pub eats in a casual tavern style atmosphere with dog-friendly outdoor seating in the beer garden. Impressive lineup of craft brews. Thehoppymonk.com. The list continues to grow. Find more at bringfido.com. Just be sure your furry family member is able to socialize with people and potential other canine customers before you take him dining al fresco.


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Schertz 46th Annual Fourth of July Jubilee Monday, July 4, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., fireworks at dusk, 8 a.m., 5K; 9:15 a.m., parade. Parade starts at Clemens High School and ends at Pickrell Park, with a carnival, live music, games, activities, barbecue. Pickrell Park, 701 Oak St. Schertz 78154; www.visitschertz.com. July 4th Celebration – Monday, July 4, 11 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Official Fourth of July celebration offers live music, food, games, a parade, carnival and the H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza. Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati Ave. 78201; www.saparksfoundation.org.

Tejas Rodeo – Saturdays through November, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Enjoy live rodeo action: bronco riding, team roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin’ and calf scramble. Live music at 9 p.m. Tejas Rodeo Company, 401 Obst Road 78163; www.tejasrodeo.com. Immersive Van Gogh - Dates and times through Sept. 5. A digital art experience that invites audiences to enter the works of van Gogh. 221 Burleson 78202; www.goghsanantonio.com. Stone Oak Rotary Club – Tuesdays, noon -1 p.m. Guest speakers weekly. Dona Tota, 923 Loop 1604 W. #115 78232; www.stoneoaksarotary.org.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Saturday, July 9 – Saturday, July 23 – days and times vary. Live theater production featuring beloved children’s book character puppets from Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St. 78205; www.magiktheatre.org. St. Thomas Episcopal School Kids Summer Camp – Monday-Thursday, July 11-28, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Creative art, painting, outdoor play, language immersion, DIY slime, STEM for kids 5-11. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1416 North Loop 1604 E. 78232; Summerfuncamp111@gmail.com.

Mays YMCA Summer Sports Clinics and Leagues – Continuing through July. Clinics Reagan Rattler Sports Camps and and leagues for kids 3-14. Days/times vary by Strength and Conditioning – Continuing sport and age. Soccer, soccer agility, baseball, through July – dates and times vary by sport football, basketball and outdoor volleyball. and age. Grades 3 – 12. Football, wrestling, Mays Family YMCA of Stone Oak, 21654 volleyball, girls track, throwers camp, softball, Blanco Road 78258; 210-497-7088. soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball. Stone Oak Campuses including Bush and Single Professionals Networking Lopez Middle Schools; www.attlersports.com/ Meeting – Friday, July 1, 5-7 p.m. Join other now-open-registration-for-reagan-summer- 55+ widowed, divorced and single mature camps. professionals for conversation, libations and food in a relaxed, social setting. Brick House Summit Christian Learning Center 1011 Loop 1604 E 78258; www.spn-sa.org. Summer Adventure Camp – MondayFriday, July-August 6:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Fireworks Display – Monday, July 4, 9:00 Field trips, outdoor play, sports court, daily p.m. The Club at Sonterra hosts a fireworks devotional, art, science exploration, music. display that can be seen from locations across Summit Christian Center, 2575 Marshall Stone Oak. The Club at Sonterra, 901 E. Road 78259; www.summitsa.com. Sonterra Blvd. 78258; www.clubatsonterra.com.

12th annual Texas Too Hot Run at Boerne Lake – Sunday, July 10, 7:00 a.m., Kids 1K; 7:30 a.m., 5K and 15K. Boerne City Lake, 1 City Lake Road, Boerne 78006; www.runsignup.com/Race/ TX/Boerne/TexasTooHot. Kids’ Base Camp – Tuesdays - July 12, 19, August 2 - 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. July 26, 1:304:30 p.m. Learn gun and archery safety, shoot on the range with professional range safety officers, learn outdoor and survival skills. Ages 8-15. Buck and Doe’s Mercantile, 24250 U.S. 281 78258; 820-980-3637. Single Professionals Networking Meeting Thursday, July 14, 5-7 p.m. Join other 55+ widowed, divorced and single mature professionals for conversation, libations and food in a relaxed, social setting. Vallarta Bar & Grill, 14814 Jones Maltsberger 78247, Entertainment by DJ Paul Davis; www.spn-sa.org. Stone Oak Church Vacation Bible School Sunday, July 17- Thursday, July 21. 5:30-8 p.m. Make Waves, dinner provided. Stone Oak Church, 20024 Crescent Oaks 78258; www.stoneoakchurch.org. Community Bible Church Vacation Bible School – Monday, July 18 - Thursday, July 21, 9 a.m.- noon. Children Kinder-5th grade. Community Bible Church, 2477 N. Loop 1604 E. 78259; www.communitybible.com. Drum Corps International Southwestern Championship – Saturday, July 23, 1:30 p.m. Watch the top junior drum and bugle corps compete. 100 Montana St. 78203; www.alamodome.com/events/detail/dci-2022. Send your upcoming events to StoneOakInfo@gmail.com.


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DENTAL DIGEST

Superbright Your Smile Top Tooth Whitening Tips By Amy Morgan

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inally, we’re gathering and catching back up with family members and old friends – maybe even attending a wedding! You want to look your best at these special events, and the first thing anyone will notice is your bright, shiny smile. The dental professionals at 7to7 Dental & Orthodontics have some tooth whitening secrets to superbright your smile, whether you decide to try products at home or go all-out for an in-office brightening experience. Destiny Willman has been a Registered Dental Assistant for six years, the past four at 7to7 Dental’s Stone Oak Office, conveniently located on the corner of Stone Oak Parkway and Evans Roads. As a dental assistant, Destiny helps the dentists with procedures like crowns, fillings, and root canals, as well as taking X-rays, preparing instruments and assisting in inoffice whitening. Destiny loves helping people transform their smiles and whiten their teeth. In her expert opinion, the whitening process offered in-office produces the most dramatic effects with the least tooth sensitivity. Destiny or one of her colleagues will take a patient’s before pictures and help select an enamel shade that most closely matches their teeth. Next, she’ll take impressions to create trays to contain the highly concentrated, hydrogen-peroxide based solution. She’ll clean the teeth with pumice to allow the solution to penetrate the tooth’s surface, apply vitamin E oil to the lips to keep them moisturized, and place protectors in the cheeks to provide a barrier between the whitening agent and the delicate gingival tissue of the gums. Destiny also mixes the solution and the activator and loads it into the ionic whitening device, which optimizes the ingredients’ effectiveness. Once the solution has been applied to the teeth, patients relax, listen to music on headphones, or watch the television on the ceiling. Destiny will replace the solution twice, for a total of three, 10-minute applications. Before they know it, the process is over, and patients walk out with a beautiful smile. “I love seeing patients’ reactions – the genuine shock!” Destiny said. “They stare at the before and after pictures.” 7to7 Dental recommends scheduling a thorough cleaning and dental checkup before beginning any type of whitening program. This allows individuals to start with a clean slate and address any dental issues prior to whitening. An additional benefit, 7to7 Dental’s patients can take advantage of the practice’s Whitening for Life program. 7to7 Dental offers patients who have completed their scheduled cleaning a free syringe of 22% carbamide peroxide whitening gel every six months. The composition is stronger than what’s available over the counter, but less powerful than in-office whitening, Destiny said. Whitening products do not change the color of crowns or fillings, so if your dental work shows prominently when you smile, you’ll want to whiten other teeth only enough to match that color. Destiny recommends brushing regularly with a good whitening toothpaste. Be careful not to be overzealous. Although enamel - the outermost layer of your teeth – is the hardest tissue of your body, once it wears away, it is gone forever. The professionals at 7to7 Dental & Orthodontics care about your oral health and are available 7 a.m.- 7 p.m., seven days a week, for dentistry for the whole family and emergencies. 7to7 Dental is a local business, grown in 14 years from the practice of one dentist and six staff. Co-Owners Tiffany Winburn, D.M.D, and Justin Coke and many of the 250 staff members live in Stone Oak with their families and are part of the community.


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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Military Minded Reagan Senior Excels in Leadership

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onald Reagan High School senior Jack Connolly checks all the boxes. Academically, intellectually, socially and physically – he’s an excellent example of the future military officer he aspires to be. He’ll follow in the footsteps of his U.S. Air Force Colonel father as he plans to seek appointment to one of our nation’s military academies or earn a ROTC college scholarship. In the meantime, Jack’s in charge of 32 cadets as Company Commander of Reagan’s Army JROTC. He also competes on the JROTC Air Rifle Team. Jack joined Boy Scouts as a Cub Scout at age six and now serves as a Junior Assistant Scout Master, mentoring others as they earn their Eagle Scout designation (which he completed at 15.) Jack actually finished the bulk of his Eagle project in Germany when his family was stationed at Ramstein Air Base. He refurbished the neglected Flugtag Disaster Memorial on base that commemorated lives lost in an in-flight collision during the base’s annual air show. Jack and his team of volunteers power-washed the courtyard, trimmed overgrown trees, removed weeds, and sanded and painted the benches to renew the memorial’s honor. He and his sisters, Katie (RHS class of 2022) and Elizabeth, also attended youth group on Ramstein. Jack so enjoyed his six years in Germany that he joined the German Club when he arrived at Reagan as a sophomore. He’s now the Public Affairs Officer. Jack is interested in aerospace engineering and has taken most of Reagan’s science classes in preparation for a future military career on submarines or in aerospace. He noted the aerospace field in Boulder, Co., is one of the most highly accredited aerospace engineering programs in the nation. He also competes with the JROTC StellarXplorer Team of Cadets, which tasks students with projects such as how to keep satellites in space or orbit. While the STEM classes intrigue him, Jack’s favorite Reagan class has been AP U.S. History with Mr. Cummings. The teacher was in the ROTC program at Baylor University and eventually served in missile silos in the military.

“Mr. Cummings was really inspirational,” Jack said. “He values inquiry and will take time to talk with you on a personal level.” Jack also participates on Reagan’s wrestling team. At 6’3”, he often competes in the heavy weight (221-285 pound) category, but sometimes slims down to the weight class beneath. Junior year he placed second in JV district in the 220-weight class and helped the team not only win, but also double the score of the second-place team. This summer, Jack looks forward to participating in his troop’s return to Philmont – the ultimate Boy Scout camping experience. His favorite activity is the chance to shoot black powder rifles with live ammunition. He’ll improve his shot as he aims for the stars.



MEDICAL MINUTE

Heat Hassles Record Breaking Temperatures Increase Illness Risk By Amy Morgan

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t seems a distant memory since we’ve lived the words, “Baby, it’s cold outside.” Record heat moved in early this year. Since hibernating inside for the next three months is not feasible for most people, take precautions to prevent life threatening, heat-related illness. You don’t have to be an athlete or even exercising intensely in the heat to be at risk for illness. Once the environment warms to a temperature close to the body’s, anyone can be affected – especially when the humidity reaches a level high enough to prevent the body from releasing heat through sweat evaporation, according to Emergency Medicine Physician Lee Chilton, M.D. Dr. Chilton has spent 30 years practicing emergency medicine, the last four on the medical staff at Physicians Premier freestanding emergency room located west of Highway 281 on Highway 46 near the HEB Plus. “Heat illness is common in Central and South Texas because the humidity is so high, people don’t realize they are accumulating heat even when they are not in direct sunlight and not necessarily active,” Dr. Chilton. The real-feel heat index, which takes into account humidity as well as the actual temperature, is a better gauge of when it’s safe to remain outside. The most important thing you can do when the weather is hot to avoid spiraling into heat-related illness is to hydrate frequently – before you feel the need to drink. “We don’t feel thirsty until our body fluids decrease by two-four % of body weight,” Dr. Chilton said. “That means a 150-pound person can lose a quart of water before they feel thirsty. It is easy to get behind.” When someone is exercising, their body is breaking down proteins from their muscles, which are flushed through the kidneys. If the individual is dehydrated, the protein fragments get trapped and poison the kidneys – causing a condition called Rhabdomyolysis. Telltale signs include cramping, stiffness and swelling in affected muscles as the body tries to dilute the protein buildup. Dr. Chilton cautions people to take Rhabdomyolysis symptoms seriously and seek

medical attention for IV fluids and lab tests to determine the extent of kidney damage. Like physical burns, heat-related illness are graded on a continuum. Early heat exhaustion includes extreme fatigue, muscle cramps, profuse sweating and confusion. If things deteriorate to early heat stroke, the body will get so dehydrated the person stops sweating, Dr. Chilton said. A progression to full heat stroke includes neurologic symptoms like loss of consciousness, dropping blood pressure, and seizures. You’ll know you are really in trouble and should head to the emergency room if you stop sweating and are unable to replace fluids due to nausea or vomiting, Dr. Chilton said. In the ER, medical professionals will administer IV fluids and cool the body with ice packs or place the patient under a wet sheet directly in front of a blowing fan. Dr. Chilton prefers the wet fabric/fan combo because it harnesses the property of evaporation to cool the body most rapidly. You can also use this process at home to reduce body heat if other symptoms remain manageable. Don’t be a hero in the heat. Watch the “feels like” temperature and plan exercise when things cool down. And drink fluids before, during and after a workout – even if you don’t feel thirsty. Your body needs it, and you’ll be preventing future problems. Physicians Premier allows patients to access the care they need when they need it, saving time, money, alleviating concern and allowing for a healthier patient and community. Find them at MDpremier.com.

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ife’s journey includes ups as well as downs. Often it’s the lessons learned during the lower points that prove to be most meaningful. Such was the case for realtor Eric Everett, as he found himself at a crossroads in 2011. He’d enjoyed early success in San Antonio’s residential real estate market when he joined his parents’ brokerage in 2005 and inherited their clientele, but sales stalled during the economy’s downturn. Eric wondered whether he’d be able to continue to support his family. It was only when he sought guidance from the Lord that his sales turned around. “I asked God to bring the people, and I promised I would take care of them like family,” Eric said. A new contract moved him forward, and Eric’s real estate career has continued for 17 years, with sales totaling more than $8 million in 2019. Eric’s part of Keller Williams Realty Heritage, located at 1717 N. Loop 1604 E. at the intersections of US Highways 281 and 1604. Keller Williams is one of the largest agencies in the world, Eric said. Eric once won the office’s Spirit Award for putting together curriculum and training team members on the then-new EEdge contact management system. The award honors the most highly spirited individuals that give the most to their fellow agents in the Keller William Office. “We have a great group of people. I consider them my work family,” he said. Eric appreciates that he is able to impact people’s lives in a significant way even in a short amount of time. “During the time I’m actively working with clients, I do everything I can to meet their goals and desires. I’m building a friendship,” he said. “Once we get over that finish line to closing, and I see the looks of satisfaction on their faces, I’ve earned my keep.” Many of his clients are fellow members of the local church where he and his family actively serve. In fact, one of his most frequent referral partners is a family member of his pastor. Eric helped her buy her first house when she and her husband were newlyweds. “I did everything I could to set them up in a great situation,” Eric said – even shaving off some of his commission to make their dream a reality. Since then, he’s helped them buy or sell three more houses. “They’ve come out with equity and done well,” he said. “It’s been a blessing to get into the flow of God’s will and goodness.”

Eric cautions buyers in this current climate to get into a home as soon as they can to beat rising interest rates and extremely tight inventory caused by hedge funds and corporate investors gobbling up real estate. “We’re trending like California or New York,” he said. “This might be your last best chance to get into a house. Only the well-off can afford a house if you don’t have real estate so you can start accruing equity.” He has the same advice for sellers, warning them to buy again quickly. In his free time, Eric enjoys spending time in his backyard with his wife, Alma, and daughters, Madeline and Hope. You can find Eric at ericeverett@kw.com.

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