July 2011
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Summer Toy Drive for Pediatrics

I received this note from Evi Feltus, one of our amazing certified child life specialists:

"Swedish Pediatrics is holding a summer toy drive in July and August to replenish our treasure chest. Our amazing December toy drive sustained us for six months. We are looking for small toys valued under $10 to give out to children following difficult procedures.

Suggestions include:

  • My Little Ponies
  • Transformers
  • Hot Wheels
  • Barbies
  • Lego sets
  • etc.

We are also seeking interactive light-up toddler toys to distract young patients during their stay.

Donations can be dropped off at 9 East Pediatrics on the First Hill campus any time; please remember to fill out a donation form for tax purposes. You can also mail them to 747 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122. Please include your name, address and phone number for tax purposes.

Also, Swedish Medical Center Pediatrics is registered at Target (new window will open) if you are looking for additional items or suggestions.

Thank you for your continued support in providing a comforting environment for our patients!"

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(Questions about the toy drive? Email us at blog@swedish.org)

The Hydration Challenge

Our bodies are made up of 60+% water, thus, we need to put quality liquids into our bodies every day. Water is an important component of just about every function that takes place within us, it’s the major part of our saliva, waste, it cushions and lubricates brain and joint tissue. It transports nutrients and carries waste away from body cells, and it helps regulate body temperature

When you do not get enough water in our systems, we get headaches, light headed and muscle cramps. Most people need two to three quarts of water per day, those with other medical conditions need even more.

When we drink enough water, we flush out toxins, we get more energy and our bodies run at optimum levels.

Take the hydration challenge this week and drink at least eight cups of water a day. Here are some tips:

 

To Doula or Not to Doula

Human nature is such that we don’t like seeing another human in pain. Even the natural pain that comes with childbirth can be disconcerting for the unprepared. The best way I’ve come to describe labor for someone who has never gone through labor is to find something that most people can relate to: ye olde hammer meets thumb moment.

If you have ever hit your thumb hard enough with a hammer that you can’t speak or you can’t think logically enough to do a simple math problem, then that’s sort of what labor can be like with each contraction for hours.

Now, before people get upset by my analogy, let me explain.

Swedish to Help Yesler Terrace Head Start Building Receive Dramatic ‘Makeover’ this Saturday, July 16

 

Sexual Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis

Although Inga is quite able bodied, she is having sexual problems. Sexual dysfunction, which may occur early or late in the course of MS, does not always correlate to the degree of physical disability. Often it is under-recognized and goes untreated. It is present in up to 90 percent of men and in nearly as many women. In women, the most common problems are low libido and altered genital sensation. For men, the major problem is erectile dysfunction.

Sexual dysfunction can be a direct result of demyelination in the central nervous system. Secondary changes are related to poor bladder control or muscle weakness, and psychological, social or cultural issues that interfere with sexual feelings or responses. Examples of the latter include alterations in body image and low self esteem.

Regardless of the cause, sexual dysfunction can adversely affect quality of life and contribute to additional problems. 

Swedish Issaquah Now Open

It’s not often you get the opportunity to build a new hospital from the ground up. But Swedish/Issaquah isn’t just a new physical structure, it’s new philosophically, too, offering Eastsiders a new way to be well, get well and stay well. With advances in technology, an environmentally friendly design and new hospital infrastructure, the campus was designed to be different. We are thrilled to be able to meet the health-care needs of the community with this new medical center in the Issaquah Highlands, open today.

What opens today?

Also opening is the pharmacy, Education & Conference Center, café and our retail stores.

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