When it comes to overcoming obstacles, Harold Whitnall has faced and conquered it all.
A Vietnam veteran who lost his father to emphysema, Harold’s lung has collapsed five times in the past 40 years, beginning when he was 25 years old. Diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Harold, now 65, was suffering on a daily basis with a severely limiting condition.
“I was having trouble breathing, period. I couldn’t mow my lawn, I couldn’t vacuum my house, so I talked to my doctor and asked if there was anything I could do to make this better,” Harold said. “He said I had three choices. I could do lung volume reduction surgery, be put on oxygen or I could go to pulmonary rehab. I asked what that was and he said, ‘It’s you putting in the effort to breathe.’ So I went. And it’s the best thing I ever did.”
Memorial Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program that provides education and exercise classes to help those with moderate to severe lung disease to improve strength and endurance so daily activities can be accomplished more easily.
Chicken gumbo, crawfish etouffee, beignets, king cake … unmask those Mardi Gras-inspired foods destined to increase your waistline and make inspired choices instead. Click here for a delicious shrimp jambalaya recipe from the American Heart Association’s Slow Cooker Cookbook.
Becky Charlton Smith, a clinical dietitian with Memorial, offers these tips to help make “Fat Tuesday” – and every day – less of a plunge to the nutritional dark side.
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In the world of medicine and health, the line between fact and fiction can be blurry and hard to read. Thanks to the prevalence of online communities, with many trusting their health to “Dr. Google,” it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not.
It’s especially tempting to turn to the internet when faced with more private conditions, such as urological problems. But it’s just as important to seek professional help for these conditions as it is for any other.
Alyson Holder contemplates a career in healthcare and hopes to travel to Haiti someday as a missionary. But for now, the 14-year-old from Raymond will settle with helping patients cared for at the Regional Burn Center at Memorial Medical Center.
Thanks to a 2014 calendar she created featuring members of the Raymond-Harvel Fire Department, Alyson donated $280 to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation to support the Regional Burn Center.
A bad mood can sweep in like a winter storm cloud – often expected but sometimes a surprise. Sondra Wise, a licensed clinical social worker for Memorial Counseling Associates, shares three common triggers that can turn a good day into a bad one.
- Negative thinking includes a jump to conclusions or snap judgments about people or situations, forecasts of the future with a catastrophic perspective, and all-or-nothing thoughts that encourage “black and white” thinking.
- A negative environment can include complaining people, a lack of cleanliness and/or sunlight and excessive input from television, music, computers and games.
- Poor sleep habits include behaviors such as overstimulation, lack of routine and other habits that lead to insomnia, hypersomnia and sleep apnea.
When kids are sick, their parents and caregivers want to do whatever necessary to help them feel better as quickly as possible. It’s important to remember, however, that children are not tiny adults when it comes to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. OTC medicines, even those intended for children, can be dangerous if given improperly.
“We are really careful with OTC meds and kids,” said Ashish John, MD, a pediatrician at Memorial Physician Services—Koke Mill. “We usually strongly advise against using any adult meds with kids. The concentration of the medicines can vary greatly between adult and children forms, which increases the possibility of a child receiving too much medicine.”
Last week, amidst talk of glittering figure skater costumes, “#SochiProblems” and how exactly curling works, one topic took center stage: conjunctivitis, better known as pinkeye.
This dreaded affliction reared its ugly head–and eyes–at the Winter Olympics, when NBC anchor Bob Costas missed several days on the job because of a severe case of pinkeye.
According to Calvin Bell, MD, medical director for Memorial ExpressCare and physician with Mid-America Emergency Physicians, pinkeye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear tissue over the white part of the eyeball and lining of the eyelids. This inflammation makes blood vessels more visible, which reddens–or “pink”ens–the eye.
At this rate, we may be shoveling into next winter. Don’t let snow knock your back out of whack. Dr. Ferdinand Salvacion, with Memorial’s SpineWorks, which utilizes advanced non-surgical treatment options like nerve blocking techniques, cautions against trying to move heavy deep piles of snow too quickly. Instead, consider these tips for safer shoveling.
We’re in the middle of an especially active flu season—one we hope is almost over. However, it’s not time to call the “all clear” yet. Stay vigilant against the flu for a healthy late winter and early spring. Here are three things you can do to guard against the flu:
Though we are in the midst of flu season, you can still get a flu shot to protect yourself against the flu virus.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that while flu season usually peaks in January or February, it is not too late to get a flu shot. According to HHS, if you get the flu vaccine you are 60-percent less likely to need treatment for the flu by a healthcare provider. Getting the vaccine has been shown to offer substantial other benefits, including reducing illness, antibiotic use, time lost from work, hospitalizations and deaths.
The bitter temperatures and near-constant precipitation this winter have brought out the grouch in most of us, but believe it or not, there are a few health benefits credited to cold weather. Avinash Viswanathan, MD, an internal medicine physician with Memorial Physician Services— Koke Mill, explains below.