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May 11, 2015
It has been an emotional week. Quite likely the most difficult emotional week since our arrival. On Thursday we received an email from my Dad. The email heading was, “Kulshan 1999-2015.” My heart became a ball of aluminum foil. Oh no. Our beloved family golden retriever dog of 15 1/2 years. The kids were in their room, playing, laughing, giggling. Mark was on a Skype call with the U.S., I was catching up on emails. I saw the headline and said, “Oh no…. Josh. Sonja. Please come.” I did not say another word. Together we read Dad’s artful recount of Kulshan’s last few days. And the tears started to flow.
May 11, 2015
On Jackson Sullivan’s third day of life, his parents learned that their tiny son had suffered a stroke. Dr. Ednea Simon, a pediatric neurologist, took charge of the struggling newborn’s care during his month-long stay at Swedish. Dr. Simon closely monitored Jackson’s progress and became more optimistic as each day passed.
May 04, 2015
"Today's epidemic of overweight and obesity threatens the historic progress we have made in increasing America's quality and years of healthy life." Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, wrote in The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation 2010. As we gain weight, we impact our health.
There are multiple factors and causes of obesity. Thirty years ago, 13% of Americans were obese. Today, over 34% are obese. What we eat, our children will eat. The prevalence of obesity in children has increased from 5% to 17% over the same period according to the CDC.
April 29, 2015
If you have been identified with a hearing deficit and have been told you could benefit from amplification (hearing aids), you’re probably asking "how do I decide what is right for me?"
April 24, 2015
There is nothing better than being outside on a spring weekend in beautiful Seattle while supporting a great cause. If you are looking for a fun and meaningful activity to participate in, consider the American Lung Associations’ 2nd Annual Lung Force Walk. This event is proudly sponsored by the Swedish Cancer Institute, which is committed to early detection of lung cancer through screening, delivery of quality care to those suffering from the disease and their caregivers and contributing to critical research and clinical advancements while offering hope to those affected.
April 13, 2015
Eosinophilic esophagitis is a disease characterized by the presence of a large number of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, which causes inflammation in the esophagus. This inflammation can lead to stiffening or narrowing of the esophagus, which can lead to difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or food getting stuck in the esophagus. The cause in adults has not been clearly identified, but an allergic reaction to environmental and/or food allergens have been suggested in individuals who are genetically susceptible. There is a strong association with food allergies, environmental allergies, asthma, and atopic dermatitis. Hence the worsening of symptoms during Spring and Fall. This condition was initially thought to be rare, but has been increasing over the years, possibly due to increasing recognition. Current estimates of this condition may be as high as 2-3 per 10,000 individuals.
April 12, 2015
Today is Ethiopian Easter. It is the culmination after 55 days of penance. 55 days of fasting, no animal products. Mark, the kids and I have not been fasting, we have found ways around this cultural practice. We could have immersed ourselves in the culture and participated, but we didn’t. Instead we discovered what it is like to live as a minority and our slightly different cultural beliefs within another dominant culture. Interesting. During those 55 days I just wanted to figure out how to get around my surroundings. Today I wonder what it would have been like to just immerse myself in it.
April 06, 2015
Are you, or someone you know, a young adult cancer survivor? Thrive Through Cancer is hosting their first annual “Ports & Pints” expo for young adult cancer survivors on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This educational and interactive and event will be held at Hale’s Ales Brewery & Pub located between Fremont and Ballard in Seattle. This free half-day event will bring local resources together for educational seminars on nutrition, recreation, fertility, and for a career and finance discussion. Additionally, informational booths and presentations for young adult cancer survivors will be available for participants to learn more about community resources and get their questions answered.
April 01, 2015
The burden of liver disease continues to increase in the USA and worldwide. An estimated 5-7 million people have chronic hepatitis B and C and more...
March 30, 2015
It rained today, yesterday too. I understand better Toto’s “I bless the rains down in Africa” lyrics. Yesterday Sonja’s American friends and she were playing in her room. The rains started, then pelted down. I heard an interruption in the play, and then three faces peered around the corner, “is that rain?!?!?” The next moment Sonja had dressed her two friends in rain jackets and all three rushed outside to just stand in the rain.