Erma McManis is a familiar face around Mercy Regional Health Center. That’s where you’ll find her, six to eight hours a day, a whopping six days a week. She does just about anything the hospital needs: delivering mail and newspapers, ushering people in to see new parents and babies in the Birth and Women’s Center, lending a hand in the class for joint replacement patients.
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Gripping a fork in her left hand and table knife in her right, Cristine Howard concentrates on the bright orange blob in front of her.
“Pretend the putty is a juicy steak and cut it into bite-size pieces,” says Angela Hull, occupational therapist at Ascension Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital in Wichita.
Five years, Tammy Metzger took a long, hard look at herself in the mirror. Staring back was an overweight, 40-year-old woman she didn’t know — one who hated grocery shopping, trying on clothes and being in almost any social situation.
“I had put a lot into my career and being a single mom, and I just lost myself,” says Tammy, now 44 and 130 pounds lighter than when she began Ascension Via Christi Weight Management’s bariatric surgery program.
Everyone at Grant and Norma Davis ChildLife Center who helped Carter Berkley’s intravenous treatment get started seemed like an old friend, chatting about the new toy he was assembling, asking about school, catching up.
And it was the same for 5-year-old Carter, sporting a fresh Mohawk his dad gave him the night before. He is cooperative and comfortable with the procedures after numerous treatments over the past four years, and doesn’t even mind coming in for them.
By now, many of you moms out there have realized that a very special time of year is upon us. I wish I was referring to the holidays, but unfortunately that's not the case. I'm referring to the wintertime increase in respiratory infections such as the common cold, ear infections, strep throat and, of course, influenza. One of the most common reasons people go to the doctor this time of year is for sinus infections, or rhinosinusitis. This term is a combination of sinusitis (inflammation of the lining of the sinuses) and rhinitis (inflammation of the lining of the nose). Symptoms include nasal congestion, pain and pressure in the face, headaches and cough. The most common cause is viral infection, not bacterial infection as many people believe. Viral rhinosinusitis can progress to bacterial rhinosinusitis, but this happens in less than two percent of cases. Bacterial rhinosinusitis can also occur in people with uncontrolled allergies.
The glare of the afternoon sun, the unbuckled seat belt, the terrible timing. Like most car accidents, it was a horrible collection of circumstances that left Ashlee Johnston, now 17, in a coma and fighting for her life. It was Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 — just three days before Ashlee’s sweet 16.
After moving from El Paso to Manhattan this past December, Lisa Blum was exhausted. And that was no big surprise. A stay-at-home mom with two young kids, Blum has a busy life.
But she knew her problems began even before the big move.
“I’d been very tired. It started back in 2008, when I gained some weight,” she said. “I knew I had sleep apnea, but I just kept thinking, ‘It will go away.’”
Virgil Warren has been active all his life. As a child, he was into sports. In middle age, he played basketball and regularly jogged four to five miles a day. In early retirement, he picked up roofing and remodeling work. But as he grew older, all that activity eventually led to knee pain.
“I started to jog every other day. Then when that got to be too much, I did half as far. Then I had to quit doing it altogether,” Warren said. “I always prided myself on trying to keep fit. It was pretty hard not to be active.”