Dad Turns Board Games into Bed Sheets So Sick Kids Lying in Hospitals Won’t Get Bored

Ever since he was a kid, Kevin Gatlin has been bored by the monotonous environments of hospital rooms – so as a means of making sure that his children were never forced to endure the same tedium, he came up with a simple solution to help with the hospital doldrums.
Gatlin is the mastermind behind Playtime Edventures , an interactive set of bed sheets that feature dozens of games and lessons for children confined to their hospital beds.
The entrepreneur from Charlotte, North Carolina first got the idea for the bed sheets after he went to go visit his friend’s hospitalized child several years ago.
Heartbroken by the idea of a child spending hours upon hours in a plain white room, he thought about how his wife had always played games on his son’s bed in order to help him fall asleep.
Gatlin then spent the next two years developing the sheets so that children could be entertained from the comfort of their own bed.
He also worked with several school teachers in order to make the games educational.
“We put together bedsheets and slumber bags that cover everything from geography, math, science, grammar, word find games… all on a three-piece set,” Gatlin told KWES .
To date, Gatlin knows that his sheets are being used in 10 different hospitals across the country – but since his customers are able to donate bedsheets to their own local hospitals, that number could be much higher.
Parents can also buy the interactive sheets for their own children at home, but Gatlin hopes that his invention will soon make its way into hospitals around the world.
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Flat bed truck gets stuck trying to drive through Jackson Square

People who work near Jackson Square say they constantly see 18-wheeler’s get stuck trying to navigate the French Quarter, but Monday was a first- a flat bed truck drove across Jackson Square.

“All of the sudden we heard this big commotion and everyone is going ‘oh my god look at that'” witness Shane Riley said.

Just after 9:30 a.m. a flat bed truck attempted to make the turn from Chartres Street onto St. Peters Street. Chris Esteve, the General Manager of Tableau, played the incident back on his security cameras.

“Looking at the length of that trailer though there’s no shot he could make that corner,” Esteve said.

He and his customers deal with large trucks attempting to drive through the Quarter often.

“I’d say we see this several times a week,” Esteve said. “If you’re sitting upstairs on the balcony and this is happening below you it’s a little nerve racking wondering if these guys are gonna take the balcony out.”

While trucks often get stuck trying to make the corner, the driver’s solution was a surprise to everyone.

“I’ve not seen them drive across the square, that’s a first for us,” Esteve said.

Witnesses said it was a risky decision.

“He was going at a high rate of speed, I thought he was gonna kill someone and when he hit those steps the whole load went up in the air,” Riley said.

Witness Mandi Malbroue agreed.

“It was probably going around 20-25 miles an hour zooming right through and there’s all kinds of people walking through, so it was kinda dangerous the way he was going across,” Malbroue said.

Business owners and employees wish the city would do more to prevent trucks from using the French Quarter as their route.

“It’s really dangerous and I think they really do need to enforce the law that trucks can’t pass through this part of the quarter,” Malbroue said.

The city does have an ordinance that buses over 31 feet are prohibited in the interior streets of the French Quarter and drivers can face a $500 fine.

Lauren Bale can be reached at lbale@wwltv.com.

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Ask Your Physical Therapist: Hurt heel out of bed

One question patients ask me every day relates to their heel hurting when they get out of bed in the morning. Sometimes the pain is so bad, they end up limping.

There are a number of issues that could be contributing to the heel pain when you get out of bed and after getting up from sitting. The most common reason for your heel/arch pain would be plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the tissue that connects from your heel to the balls of your feet. Its job is to provide shock absorption and to support the arch of your foot during weight bearing.

When the plantar fascia is overstretched, shortened or has repetitive stress applied to it, it becomes inflamed and causes pain. Flat feet and high arches can both be a contributing cause to plantar fasciitis for different reasons. Tight calf or tight big toe muscles can also be a culprit in causing plantar fasciitis.

The calf, big toe and plantar fascia all work together as a pulley system. If they cannot function as a pulley system, then too much pressure is placed on the plantar fascia and it becomes painful, which causes the patient to limp when walking.

Another cause of heel pain is calcaneal bursitis. In this case, the fluid filled “bursa sac” that cushions the heel bone becomes inflamed. Usually, irritation of the bursa can also be due to tight calf muscles, flat feet or high arches, which all alter the normal function of the foot, causing excess pressure on the calcaneal bursa at the heel bone.

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Improving your calf flexibility, strengthening the muscles that support the arch of your feet, as well as wearing the proper shoe for your foot type and using a custom foot orthotic that distributes your weight more efficiently across your foot, are all pieces of the puzzle to get you back to pain-free walking and weight-bearing activities.

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