Weekly Health Columns

May 10, 2017

A Little History in Celebration of Hospital Week

“A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope,” Sheryl Rickard, Bonner General Health CEO said in an article about Hospital Week in this month’s employee newsletter. “Our staff, physicians, and volunteers are invested in caring from the heart […]

May 3, 2017

Garden Safely: Pull Weeds, Not Muscles

Woohoo and hallelujah! It’s actually not supposed to rain for a few days and the temperatures will finally hit the 70 degree mark tomorrow. I know, there’s still snow on Baldy Mountain, so while I wait for Valle Novak to tell me that it’s time to plant my annuals I’ll start doing a little yard […]

April 26, 2017

Occupational Therapists Aid in the Act of Everyday Living

The patient was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She had a strong desire to stay in her own home, but she was going downhill fast. She couldn’t stand up for more than thirty seconds or walk fifteen feet without help. She needed 24-hour a day care. After a stint at a skilled nursing facility she […]

April 19, 2017

Self-evaluation May Determine alcohol Use Disorder

“Do you think I drink too much?” a friend of mine asked one day while we were having my only and her first glass of wine. My bland answer was, “It’s not important what I think, it’s important what you think.” The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says that according to a 2015 […]

April 12, 2017

Speaking of Colonoscopies, It’s All Behind Me Now

A few weeks ago I received a letter from Sandpoint Surgery Center. I knew what it was going to say, so I sent a quick email to my primary care provider to ask if she really thought I needed to have another colonoscopy since I’d had one just a few years ago. “I think colonoscopies […]

April 5, 2017

There’s a Difference Between Discipline and Child Abuse

There were seven of us sitting on the floor of my cousin’s bedroom playing Monopoly. I must have been around six. I’m sure we were all making a lot of noise. That’s what kids do. All of a sudden my uncle burst into the room, obviously angry. He grabbed my seven-year-old cousin Mel and started […]

March 29, 2017

Take a Moment Tomorrow to Thank a Doctor

In the first two years of medical school a fledgling physician will double his or her 15,000-word vocabulary with mostly Latin-derived words that are difficult to pronounce. Then, eleven or more years later, and after a cost of at least a quarter of a million dollars they can put their name, including the M.D., on […]

March 22, 2017

Only You Can Prevent Accidental Poisoning

In the fall of 1961 Congress passed a joint resolution requesting that the President of the United States proclaim the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week. On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the proclamation to make it happen. (Note to children: yes, Congress and a President once actually agreed on […]

March 15, 2017

BGH awarded Level IV Trauma Center designation

You know you’ve made a lot of visits to the emergency department when they greet you by name when you arrive and you remember theirs. This isn’t small town, everyone knows everyone, this is you’ve been there before, several, maybe too many times. Don’t ask how I know this! The National Center for Health Statistics […]

March 8, 2017

PT may be treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome

“I had a nerve conduction test about four weeks ago and have been told today that I have carpal tunnel syndrome,” wrote a woman named Louise on a patient forum. “My doctor has referred me to a surgeon. Is there anyone out there who surgery has worked for?” Most of the respondents had sad tales […]

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