The color of a wound indicates how far along an injury is in the healing process. Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon demonstrates the BYR system, a color-coded classification utilized by doctors and nurses use to assess healthy healing from infection and disease. BYR stands for black, yellow, red – the order in which a wound will change color.
During the healing process, enzymes flooding the injured body part tend to turn the area yellow, a sign that the body is taking care of itself. As blood vessels nurture the area and scar tissue forms, the wound will turn a pinkish-red. If a wound turns green or there is a tapioca-like yellowish substance oozing from it, that is a sure sign of infection, and a person should seek medical attention.
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Picture of Health Contest
Six months ago, The Doctors and Prevention magazine kicked off a coast-to-coast search for someone who inspires others to take control of their health. Out of thousands of people, five finalists were chosen.
And the Winner Is …
Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention, and E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork announce that the winner of Prevention magazine’s and The Doctors’ Picture of Health 2010 Contest is … Paula Bruchhaus!
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Meet the Picture of Health!
Paula Bruchhaus is a 43-year-old elementary school teacher and mother of two from Lake Charles, LA. Overweight most of her life, Paula was haunted by her childhood nickname of Stump, which she says she got because she was short and round.
“After I married, I grew larger, and my husband was also large, and we grew large together,” Paula says.
In 2001, the couple decided to have a weight loss competition. Though Paula quit after two weeks, her husband stuck with it and slimmed down by changing his eating habits and exercising. Inspired, Paula decided it was also time to change. She ditched fast food and joined a gym. She soon started running, competing in races and lost 80 pounds.
Now the physical education teacher at Prien Lake Elementary School, Paula shares her newly found love of exercise with her students. She started the Prien Lake Elementary School Running Club.
“I feel like I have 550 kids looking at me as their role model,” Paula explains. “They’re watching everything I do. I want to be a good example for them.”
Paula involved the community to support her students’ running efforts, and their club has raised more than $25,000 for charity. Paula continues to inspire, completing eight marathons and an Ironman triathlon since her incredible weight loss.
“I’ve gone from being nicknamed Stump to crying myself to sleep at night, and now I am the Prevention magazine and The Doctors Picture of Health winner,” Paula exclaims. “I guess I’m living proof that dreams really do come true, and it’s possible!”
Do you want to change your life and finally shed those unwanted pounds? Commit to a change, and join The Doctors 2010 Health Challenge and earn trophies as you reach your goals!
“I think the best advice would be that it really is possible to make a change,” Paula adds. “You’re never too old, too large or too busy to make a change in your lifestyle.”
Paula receives $5,000 for herself and $5,000 for the Wishing Well foundation USA, her charity of choice. She won a trip to Hollywood, California to share her story on The Doctors, and she will also appear in the July issue of Prevention magazine.