Back to The Gym…

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Announcements, Articles, Candy the Nurse, Commercially Published Articles, To Your Health | 0 comments

   Happy New Year, loyal followers! Follow the link below to my latest article, published earlier than expected in   Portland Family Magazine. It came out during the holidays— incentive for the January diets? Sometime next year, It will be featured in a collection of stories, tentatively titled, This Race Called Life.  Interesting story behind the story: Immediately after this   experience, I limped into the ladies’ room to wash my face before I went   home to collapse. There, I ripped off about 18” of...

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Florence Nightingale’s Birthday Present

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Go With The Flo, Legislative Watch | 0 comments

I’m happy to report that not only is this Nurses’s Week,   but on May 12th, it’s Florence Nightingale’s birthday! The date is easy for me to remember, since my own birthday is May 15th. [Guess we are both under the sign of Taurus the bull, not that I follow such prognostication, but a correlation has been made in my family that if the nose ring fits…] I wonder what Flo would say about some of the headlines today? Aside from wars and rumors of more wars, technological miracles, and the odd ritual of camping outdoors once the weather is nice, what would she say...

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Hub-Caps to H-CAHPS

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in General Information, Legislative Watch | 0 comments

As surely as the white-walled hubcaps on my father’s shark-finned ’59 Buick, which I drove when I was 16, would have been replaced with wire-rims (were it still running), the CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System) assessments have morphed into H(for hospital)CAHPS. (Say, “H-Caps.”) What does this mean? And who cares? You should, dear reader. The HCAHPS is the next generation, Ralph Nader-type of brainchild that healthcare consumers (i.e., all of us, eventually) conceived in the early 2000’s.  It all started as a back-lash movement against the...

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So You Wanna Run Barefoot?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in General Information, To Your Health | 0 comments

     This really sounds like something you’d say to your toddler, with a wry smirk on your face.  Be the interlopers rocks, glass, or just the random asphalty-hardness, what child hasn’t learned, as the punsters say, the hard way?      Then what sense can we make of the newest adult-fad, barefoot running? Despite the much-touted book on the subject, there exists no reliable scientific evidence to cushion the fall.  (Could it be a nefarious podiatrist’s plot to garner more customers??) Not surprisingly, sports’ medicine experts and cast-adorned would-be...

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NICU Stress Part 3: Breastfeeding Advice For Moms of Premature Infants

Posted by on Mar 24, 2011 in Articles, NICU Stress Part 3 | 0 comments

Breastfeeding Advice For Moms of Premature Infants NICU fallout: It’s not about radiation Are you the mom of a preemie who dreads pumping milk at night while the baby is in the NICU? You are not alone. Who can blame you? It’s inconvenient. It interrupts your sleep. It also interrupts your sleep! (If you noticed that repetition, you are probably NOT pumping at night.) Unfortunately, even though you are pumping every 2-3 hours during the day, your milk supply is also down…or dwindling. But why? Research shows there are five simple prerequisites for making milk: increased...

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Podcast re: Graham’s Foundation

Posted by on Jan 2, 2011 in Articles, Candy the Nurse, Podcasts | 2 comments

Dear Readers, The following podcast is one of our most emotional interviews of 2010. The story of Nick and Jenn Hall’s journey, and Jenn’s delivering micropreemie twins, is all too common these days. “The well-meaning things people say that hurt” may sound familiar to anyone who has gone through the chaos of the time; for others, this may be an enlightening bit of news. Listen how one family channeled their grief into a bit of comfort for other parents. The Graham Foundation “care packages” bless those who must navigate the treacherous waters of the NICU, with practical items, and...

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