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Lightweight Spitfire Scout 4 Scooter

If you’re in the market for a lightweight portable scooter, the Scout Spitfire from Drive Medical is a bargain at $699.95. Read on to find out how to get an even better deal!

Aside from the price, the main reason why you would want the Scout is because it’s a lot of performance in a compact package. Weighing in at less than 100 lbs including the battery it will still move a rider up to 300 lbs at almost 5 miles an hour. Drive Medical really gave some thought to what’s needed in a scooter like this one. It’s best feature is that it breaks down into five parts, all without tools. The heaviest piece is the front section that weighs in at 39 lbs. That this scooter comes apart means you don’t even have to have a car trunk to carry it. You can place the individual parts right on the back seat of most cars.

Spitfire Scout 4 Scooter

Use the code below for 5% off your Spitfire Scout 4 scooter!

If you’re considering a scooter for the first time to help get around, you’re in great company! The Scout 4 will let you go shopping, to the bank, doctor’s appointments, amusement parks, flea markets… I could go on and on.

In no particular order, here are answers to commonly asked questions: Yes, the Scout 4 has a forward and reverse gear. The tires on the Scout 4 are designed for man-made surfaces including carpet, tile, paved, small-sized gravel and cement. The battery pack charges in about 6 hours. The Scout scooter requires no maintenance and like other consumer electronics items in your home will last for 7-10 years, requiring no service other than replacing the battery. You can expect to run the battery down and be able to recharge it again about 150-300 times. By the way, VidaCura sells replacement battery packs.

I promised a deal. Here it is! Buy your scooter from VidaCura over the 4th of July holiday and save an additional 5%. Just enter NEWYEAR15 in the promo code field. That’s another $35 you can spend on fireworks!

What’s in your medicine cabinet?

I really enjoyed The Medicine Cabinet Quiz article written by Melinda Beck and appearing in a recent Wall Street Journal. In it, Ms. Beck poses some questions about when and how to take medications commonly found in most medicine cabinets. For example, if you have a headache, should you take Advil, Tylenol or aspirin? While the answer to that question and the other six questions about cold symptoms, digestive pain and achy joints will surprise you, there’s plenty more to this story.

As a component of our spring cleaning effort, we recently had a look-see in the medicine pantry. What we found surprised us. A significant portion had expiration dates long past the manufacturer’s recommendation and some items that although we could figure out what they were, had been separated from their packages. I wondered if we had to unilaterally throw all this stuff out. It turns out that the expiration date on a drug does stand for something, but probably not what you think it does.

First off, if you have a medication with no expiration date, you can assume it’s REALLY old. Something I’ve always wondered about expiration dates. Are they really ploys by manufacturers to get you to buy new?  Since 1979, the FDA has required manufacturers to stamp an expiration date on their products. This is the date at which the manufacturer can still guarantee the full potency and safety of the medication.  But drugs don’t instantly stop being effective on the date. Instead, their effectiveness dwindles gradually over time. So what’s the real story? Here are some tips about handling medications:

  • Excluding nitroglycerin, insulin and liquid antibiotics, most medications last for years beyond their expiration date.
    Placing a medication in a cool place such as a refrigerator will help to extend their effectiveness.
  • Unused medications should always be placed in their original packages. That’s often where you’ll find the complete dosing instructions, appropriate warnings, etc.
  • The label on the bottle of a prescription medication is your authorization to be in possession of that drug. There have been countless instances at airports for example of medications being confiscated from pill boxes because the owner couldn’t prove they were allowed to have them.

By the way, it’s not appropriate to dispose of any medication by pouring it down the drain or flushing down the toilet. Water filtration systems  have limited ability to remove many of the active ingredients in medications. Think beyond fish and wildlife who receive inadvertent treatment for aching muscles. (ok, that’s just a joke). But it’s not uncommon to find traces of various medications in tap water. Most cities and towns have regular medication collection days where you can turn in unused medications.