There is no getting around: we are in the throes of flu season. You may already have a friend or family member who has come down with something unpleasant by now. It can be hard to avoid getting sick, but proper hand washing and other hygiene techniques can help prevent the spread of the flu from one person to another. This is why Lovelace Health System sponsors the “Don’t Bug Me” campaign.
Reynaldo Ramirez, 63, remembers the day his wife, Emelina, turned to him and said, “Let’s get healthy!” Together, they changed their diet and began exercising. Within six months Reynaldo says he lost 45 pounds and got down to 200 pounds. “When I went in for my annual checkup, I expected to pass with flying colors,” he says. However, blood work revealed low hemoglobin and hematocrit (H&H) levels, because his last coloscopy was four years ago, Dr.
By now you have probably heard of Movember – where men in November collectively grow a mustache for the entire month. Maybe a couple of your good friends have grown a mustache, like some of our beloved male staff members, such as Dr. Vuong, Eric Anderson R.N. in ICU and several others. What you may not understand is why they are doing this – because let’s face it, although many men can still pull off a good ‘stache, we’re no longer in the 80s.
If you’re like most of us, you probably get inundated with health information all the time from your social media feeds, your local news outlets, your family, your friends… The list goes on. Diabetes turns into just another health topic that gets drowned out in the statistical noise.
When Lindsey Souders went into labor, her daughter Tegan was born with meconium aspiration, which is a condition in which a newborn inhales feces while still in the uterus. This serious condition led to Tegan having an infection in her lungs, hypertension, swelling and pneumonia — all in the first few days of her life.
As many as 20 million Americans suffer from pain caused by gallstones, which form when there is a chemical imbalance in the gallbladder. Though health care providers are not exactly sure why some people develop gallstones and others do not, there are a number of causes including obesity, pregnancy, a high-fat diet and family history, to name a few. While some people may experience no symptoms of gallstones, when the gallstone inflames the gallbladder it can be very painful and even lead to infection.
The consensus on meat-eating in terms of its affects on health never seems to be clear. Some folks decide never to eat it; some only eat certain kinds of meat and some opt not to think about it and just eat anything. We decided to ask our resident dietician Teresa Anderson, CDE once and for all: what do we need to know about eating meat?
“When we purchase meat we are generally thinking protein,” she told us. “The reason we eat ‘real’ meat is because we get real nutrition.”
Berna Woods, 58, is a proud grandmother, but as much as she wanted to get down on the ground or chase around her giggling grandchildren, she knew she couldn’t be as involved as she had wanted. “I was on the floor playing with them and I couldn’t get up,” Berna recalls. “I slipped and sprained my wrist. I realized I needed to lose weight.” Looking back, Berna admits there were other moments she felt her weight was holding her back, like the mission trip to Thailand in 2007. Unable to make the hike through the hills, Berna had to ride in a truck instead of walk.
The neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) is truly a place where miracles happen. Nobody ever wants to have a baby in the NICU, but if we do, we need to know we are in good hands. We are more than proud of our staff at the NICU at Lovelace Women’s Hospital, where stories like Rebecca and Gunner Mitchell’s remind us just how miraculous a NICU can be.
The Mitchells were pregnant with twins, and when Rebecca’s water broke at 23 weeks, she was put on bed rest for two weeks. She then had a C-section because her pregnancy became high risk.