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Medical mission in Ethiopia - week 6

November 07, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Facebook is a wonderful thing. My birthday was a couple of days ago and I felt that I received more birthday greetings than I ever have before. Several people sent personal emails, and my parents even called on the phone. I send everyone a HUGE thank you for your well wishes. Life is challenging, and every encouraging remark helps.

Mark went a little crazy and organized a party at our apartment guest house with Josh, Sonja, Janis and Stephan, the other ex-pats living here. We had traditional Ethiopian food, delivered to the door, a couple bottles of wine, and a real birthday cake with candles. Mark decorated the room with a string of holiday lights and frilly banners. Nuru, our most trusted Bajaj driver, apparently drove Mark all around town to find candles at one shop, the cake at another, lights somewhere else, the banners yet another. Josh and Sonja made decorative and artistic birthday cards. Mark’s big present was fixing BOTH toilets in our apartment. He was a little disappointed that I did not show more excitement when his gift was unveiled, because apparently it took several more trips with Nur and many hours to accomplish. I was appreciative, but chocolate and good wine from Janis and Stephan provided more immediate gratification. I think the initial pounds that I lost have been reestablished over the last couple of days of cake and left over injera, tibes, and shiro.

Swedish launches Voices of Cancer podcast

November 07, 2014

New program hosted by Thrive Through Cancer founder takes on common issues faced by cancer patients and their loved ones

What: Today, Swedish is launching “Voices of Cancer,” a weekly podcast sponsored by the Swedish Cancer Institute and hosted by cancer survivor and Thrive Through Cancer founder Rose Ibarra. The series tackles issues that people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones commonly face—from dating and careers to parenting and research.

Episode I starts at the beginning—“The Diagnosis.” The series will continue with discussions around cancer and:

  • Careers
  • Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Friends
  • The latest research and treatment options

Two Swedish hospitals join national nursing skills program

November 06, 2014

Swedish First Hill and Cherry Hill hospitals have joined the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACCN) Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy, a national quality improvement program designed to empower bedside nurses as clinician leaders.

“Involving nursing staff in a transformational leadership program such as the AACN CSI Academy truly helps inspire staff to take their nursing practice to the next level,” said June Altaras, Swedish’s chief nursing officer, in AACN’s news release announcing the program’s rollout in the Seattle region. “The evidence-based program supports nurses in their efforts to create relevant and lasting solutions for the health and safety of their patients.”

First Hill and Cherry Hill are two of the seven hospitals to offer this program in the Seattle region. Read the AACCN news release to learn more.

Free Traveling Educational Workshop about Multiple Sclerosis in Bremerton

November 06, 2014

Experts from the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish Neuroscience Institute and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are bringing this traveling roadshow of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) education and information to Bremerton, Washington.

Where: Kitsap Conference Center Bremerton Harborside
100 Washington Avenue Bremerton, Washington  98337

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Workshop Topics
  • Comprehensive Care for MS 
  • Role of MRI in MS Diagnosis and Treatment                        
  • Exercise and MS
  • Cognition in MS            &nb...

New recommendations for children's screen time and media usage

November 05, 2014
Screen time is a hot topic for parents, especially in our tech-savvy part of the world. In 2001 the American Academy of Pediatrics addressed the subject of screen time and recommended no more than 2 hours of screen time per day and none for children under 2 years of age . The world has changed considerably since 2001 and screens are more prevalent than ever. Recent surveys suggest that the average child in the US actually spends about 5 hours per day in front of a screen. Recent data (2013) suggest that the average 8 year old spends up to 8 hours per day in front of a screen. Some teens spend up to 11 hours per day in front of a screen. This is not a surprise since 75% of teens have their own phones and most teens text. The average teen sends 3,364 texts per month.

The changing world of media has prompted new recommendations with the hope of fostering a healthy approach to media. New ...

Free Pilates Class at the Multiple Sclerosis Center begins Nov. 14

November 04, 2014
Pilates is a system of gentle exercises that stretch, tone, and lengthen the muscles. This class is designed to improve posture, flexibility, balance, and core strength.

This class, beginning Friday November 14, 2014, is appropriate for all mobility levels and those new to Pilates. Wheelchairs are welcome. Family members, caregivers, and friends are welcome to ...

Why "Movember" means talking about prostate cancer

November 03, 2014
It is now the beginning of November, marked by colorful foliage, leftover candy and thoughts of the upcoming holidays. It will also be the first of Movember, the last day to cleanly shave that upper lip for a month. The rest of the month we are to let the mustaches emerge and flourish as a reminder of prostate cancer in the community. 

The Movember movement began ...

Swedish honored for achieving quality measures for stroke care

November 03, 2014

The American Heart/Stroke Associations recognize Swedish Cherry Hill with Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award

SEATTLE, Nov. 3, 2014 – Swedish Health Services announced today its Cherry Hill campus received the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The Get With The Guidelines Stroke program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. The award indicates that Swedish Cherry Hill meets specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

No Increase In Cardiac Mortality from Breast Radiotherapy

October 30, 2014

Patients that I see routinely ask me about the heart-related side effects from breast treatment. Today, I can provide them with even greater evidence that the techniques that we use today are safer and have less risk of cardiac injury.

Medical Mission in Ethiopia: Week 5

October 29, 2014
Tuesday October 22, 2014
We went hiking in the Simien Mountains this weekend.  Janis, the British anesthesiologist, arranged the all-inclusive trip and invited us along.  I was concerned that Josh and Sonja may not be able to keep up with the 5 adult hikers, but the trekking company “Explore Abyssinia” suggested that we hire 2 mules and the kids could ride when they wanted to, and hike when they felt like hiking.  This turned out to be a wonderful option.