Reflecting on the spirit of Mother’s Day

Spring brings new life around each corner and we enjoy seeing growing bellies as moms visit our birthing centers. This spring, we are happy to take time to salute all mothers and mother figures for the widely celebrated Mother’s Day holiday. At Labor of Love, we recognize the extensive array of emotions this day can bring. Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 40 countries worldwide. Although the season or time of year may vary for this celebration, love for mother is often shown with flowers, cards, hugs, kisses or a special meal made by someone other than mom.

Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital helps retired doctor regain brain function after rare infection

Dr. William Cole, 77, has played bass clarinet throughout his life since high school. The retired family medicine physician joined a local band in Albuquerque, playing more regularly over the last two years than he was able to during his 34-year career practicing medicine in Juneau, AK. It was just one of the perks of retiring to New Mexico five years ago – the biggest perk being close to his daughter and three grandchildren. Retirement seemed to be treating him well in the warmth of an unseasonably mild winter, until one Thursday morning in February.

Grandmother advocates for family’s colon cancer screening after stage II diagnosis

“I told my husband, ‘I just don’t feel right,’” Tonnie Lucero, 62 recalls. “I was tired, sleepy, had gained weight and felt bloated. I didn’t know why.” Tonnie picked up the phone and scheduled an appointment with her primary care physician for a complete physical. Blood work revealed she was anemic, which would explain why she was fatigued. To better understand what was causing Tonnie to be anemic, her doctor realized Tonnie had a family history of colon cancer, yet had not had any colon cancer screening, which should have started by well before the age of 62.

Lovelace surgeon helps men with conditions many are afraid to talk about

Lovelace robotic surgeon Dr. Wayne Kuang joins us on the blog today to discuss a topic that affects men across the globe, yet many do not feel comfortable discussing: erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.

Lifelong promise for better nutrition is highlight of National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages us all to consider how we nourish ourselves and our families through food choices, not only this month, but as a lifelong endeavor for better nutrition and health. It is an opportunity to embrace food as nutrition and fuel for our everyday lives. Lovelace dietitian and nutritionist, Teresa Anderson, RDN, LD CDE, explains the focus of this year’s campaign. “Food is an important part of our traditions and social experiences,” she says.

Why are we more worried about a colonoscopy than colon cancer?

There’s a list of reasons many of us give as to why we don’t need a colonoscopy. I can’t take time off work. I heard the preparation is terrible. I don’t have any symptoms. That sounds embarrassing. Yet, the list of reasons why we do need one make all of those excuses seem trivial. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women in the United States. Colon cancer may not present with any symptoms.

Lovelace lactation consultants are champions for breastfeeding

A lactation consultant with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential is a skilled health care professional who specializes in the science of human lactation (breastfeeding), and in the assessment of breastfeeding women and their babies. They are champions who support and advocate for breastfeeding in their communities and part of their role includes promoting and shifting breastfeeding back into the norm for infant feeding.

Mom and baby yoga classes offer unique experience

Establishing a habit of health and wellness begins at an early age. In fact, as early as four weeks old, babies are introduced to the movement of yoga through Mommy & Me Yoga classes offered by Labor of Love, a free program for expectant mothers. It is a unique opportunity for both mothers and their babies.

Local fire fighter shares story of surviving massive heart attack

Chris Serino, an Albuquerque Fire Department fire fighter, was boarding a flight home from Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2014, when he noticed a rash on his arms and legs. “I had taken an Aleve and it looked like I was having an allergic reaction,” he recalls. When he got home that evening, Chris took a Benadryl, hoping to relieve the symptoms. That next morning, however, they only got worse.

Common mistakes after weight loss surgery

Old habits. Eating the wrong food. Not exercising. What do you think are the most common mistakes patients make after weight loss surgery? Lovelace Bariatrics Director Dr. Duc Vuong says the answers might be surprising, but he says they can hold patients back from successful weight loss.

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