‘Tis the Season
No Matter what holiday you celebrate, we'd like to wish you a safe and Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!
Become a Champion of Hope!

By making a Charitable contribution the CVSA this holiday season. You may want to honor a family member or friend who has CVS, or you may want to donate in lieu of giving a gift to family, friends and co-workers.  
As you may recall over the last several years, CVSA has raised funds to create and publish the Adult Treatment Guidelines which were successfully released in July with open access to the public.
After the completion of this project the physicians felt it was time to look at the pediatric treatment guidelines. 
The goal is to review, revise and update the current document which was published in 2008 through NASPGHAN (North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition). 
This year we will be designating 50% of our year end giving to support the updating of the Pediatric Treatment Guidelines.
Please consider donating here or using the envelope included in the winter newsletter.

Save the Date
14th International Adult & Family Conference
June 26 – June 28, 2020
Double Tree by Hilton
Milwaukee-Brookfield, WI
Watch for Conference registration in early 2020! 
Remember members get a discount on CVSA events including the Conference, so please consider joining or renewing your membership.
Tips for the Holidays Tips

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be stressful enough, but for those suffering with CVS, it can be even more so as the anxiety and even excitement surrounding the festive time can trigger episodes and/or hospital visits. As the holidays approach, we have got some tips to help make the holiday season more manageable:
1. Be prepared. Whether you are planning to travel to visit loved ones or are staying close to home, the more prepared you are for a potential episode, the better off you will be.

2. Be aware of your triggers . The holidays may be a time to relax and enjoy family time, but food triggers, lack of sleep and different chemical triggers can sneak up on you. Be aware of your surroundings.

3. Abortive medication. No matter where you go or what you are doing, always have your abortive medications with you.

4. Motion sickness aids . Many CVS sufferers also struggle with motion sickness, which can be a trigger as well, so having motion sickness aids on hand can help. Sea bands help with nausea too and can be used along with other motion sickness products.

5. Be aware of temperature. Some CVS sufferers are reactive to temperatures, heat or cold. If you do not do well in the heat, have cooling towels on hand to keep cool. If the reverse is the case for you and you need heat, pack a heating pad or hot packs for relief.

6. Salty snacks . Many CVS sufferers do not do well on an empty stomach and some who are susceptible to motion sickness often find themselves with nausea. Salty snacks can help keep the nausea at bay.

7. Peppermint or Ginger Have peppermint gum, peppermint candy, peppermint oils, peppermint Chapstick or any other peppermint product available. Peppermint can get rid of nausea without anyone knowing that you are struggling. Ginger can also help in this regard.

8. Vomit bags . While some CVS sufferers always keep Ziploc bags on them, there are also other vomit bag options on Amazon. One can turn liquid into gel, which makes for a more discreet disposal later.

9. Stay hydrated . Always be aware of your fluid intake, especially if you are traveling.

10. Know where the nearest hospital is. If you are traveling, know ahead of time where the
nearest hospital is. Also, have your medical records or emergency room treatment plan with you. That way, if you do have to visit the emergency room, you will have all of the information with you.

11 . Rest . This one is self-explanatory. The holiday season can be an exhausting time, so just be aware of the amount of rest you are getting. Fatigue can also be a trigger for some.

12. Enjoy. If you prepare ahead of time, you will have less anxiety about what may happen, so you can have more quality time with friends and family.
Looking for more information on CVS, and ways to support CVSA?
CVSA Web-site Click Here
 Adult Treatment Guidelines Click Here
 Pediatric Treatment Guidelines Click Here
New Patients & For a List of Providers Click Here
Get Involved with CVSA Click Here  
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