3 Things You Need to Know about Carbon Monoxide

Posted by | Posted in Emergency Department, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Safety | Posted on 10-16-2014

carbon-monoxide-detectorIt’s the time of year when we all want to kick on the furnace and cozy up on the sofa. But, before you do, keep yourself and your loved ones safe by checking your furnace and testing the carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

“In the fall, we tend to see an increase of people with carbon monoxide exposures because faulty furnaces and heaters are being used for the first time since the spring,” said Matthew Johnston, MD, a physician with the Memorial Medical Center Emergency Department and Midwest Emergency Department Specialists.

It’s estimated that about 170 people in the United States die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year. However, for each person who dies, several more are treated in emergency rooms. According to Timothy Harvey, MD, a physician with the Memorial Medical Center Emergency Department and Midwest Emergency Department Specialists, anyone can experience carbon monoxide poisoning.

One Woman’s Formula for Weight Loss: Diet, Exercise, Encouragement

Posted by | Posted in JointWorks, Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 10-13-2014

Shirley-Black-Patient-OptimizationAfter coloring on the floor with her 2-year-old niece last September, Shirley Black knew it was finally time to get serious about knee-replacement surgery.

She couldn’t get up without help.

Shirley, who lives just outside of Springfield and has been married to her husband, Robert, for nearly 30 years, knew surgery wasn’t an option until she lost weight. She had tried everything, but nothing seemed to work.

A few weeks later, she scheduled an appointment with her new primary care physician, Nicole Florence, MD, with Memorial Physician Services – Koke Mill.

“I told her I needed to come up with a plan,” Shirley recalls.

4 Tips to Help a Child with ADHD Succeed in School

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Parents, Pediatrics | Posted on 10-09-2014

Teacher-Helping-StudentRaising a child with ADHD is tough. If you feel overwhelmed with helping your child succeed in school you are not alone. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is one of the most common mental health disorders of childhood. The symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity – can be challenging for parents and teachers.

Erika Garlisch, a behavioral health clinician with the Children’s MOSAIC Project at Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, offers four tips for parents and caregivers to help a child struggling with the symptoms of ADHD succeed in school.

Super Survivor Didn’t Let Cancer “Define Me or Defeat Me”

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors | Posted on 10-06-2014

Shauna and sons, Eric (left) and Jason (right)

Shauna and sons, Eric (left) and Jason (right)

It wasn’t the Christmas she was expecting.

After her annual mammogram revealed a suspicious area on her right breast, Shauna Becker had some follow-up tests and a biopsy in December 2007. She instructed her doctor to let her know as soon as the results were in – don’t wait until after the holiday to call her.

“I preferred to know,” the 52-year-old Taylorville woman said. “I didn’t want to have to worry about the results.”

So the call came on Christmas Eve. It was breast cancer. Stage 3.

Shauna told her family – about 15 to 20 relatives gathered for the holiday – and told them not to worry. They were going to celebrate Christmas. And when the new year came, she was going to fight it and get better.

Get a Leg Up on Swollen and Achy Legs, Feet and Ankles

Posted by | Posted in Home Services | Posted on 10-03-2014

?????????You get home from work. You drop your bag and finally sit down on the couch after having been on your feet all day. To rest feels good, but your legs do not. They are aching and your feet look swollen.

Does this sound familiar?

Many jobs in the workplace require a fair amount of standing throughout the day. Standing on a regular basis can leave the legs and feet fatigued. But a special pair of socks may offer some relief.

Ebola: Just the Facts

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 10-02-2014

Ebola-FactsThis week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States. The patient, who resides in and is undergoing treatment in Texas, had recently visited Liberia, where the disease has been most prevalent in this year’s outbreak.

The risks of contracting Ebola for most people in the United States is very low. Here are the Ebola facts you need to know.

Make the Call: Wait ‘Til Morning or Head to a Walk-In Clinic?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, ExpressCare, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 09-24-2014

Hispanic-Mother-with-Sick-ChildWe’ve all been there with our kids, an aging parent or even a spouse: a mystery fever takes hold after dinner; stomach cramps increase in intensity before bed; or maybe a disturbing cough refuses to quiet.

Of course you’d rather wait until morning to call your primary care physician and talk with a nurse who’s familiar with your family history. But when symptoms worsen, so does the worry.

“That fever won’t break. Should we take him to see a doctor tonight?”

“She just can’t keep anything down.”

Sometimes peace of mind is worth an evening or weekend trip into a walk-in clinic, especially for worsening symptoms surrounding ailments like cough and flu, sore throat, fractures and strains, nausea, vomiting or even uncomfortable skin rashes.

“We see so many different types of illness and injuries, it can be hard to narrow down absolutes,” said Dr. Calvin Bell, medical director of Memorial’s three ExpressCare clinics. “I suggest people call their primary care physician for instructions if there is ongoing concern.”

However, Dr. Bell provides four “tipping points” to look for when making the decision to go to a walk-in facility like ExpressCare:

Super Survivor Overcomes Breast Cancer for Third Time

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors | Posted on 09-18-2014

Barb-Reynolds-Super-SurvivorBarb Reynolds will never forget her first words when she learned that she had breast cancer for the first time.

“I’m only 39 years old,” she told her doctor in October 1997. “My youngest baby is only 4.”

Since that day 17 years ago, Barb has battled breast cancer three times. She learned a year ago that breast cancer had once again reared its ugly head.

“I just couldn’t believe that after all these years I was going to have to go through it all over again,” said Barb, a speech-language pathologist at Lee Elementary School in Springfield, part of Springfield School District 186, with three grown children and two adult stepchildren.

Barb is one of three women who were randomly chosen as Super Survivors to be honored at this year’s Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair. The fifth annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia: What to Do When It Happens to Your Loved One

Posted by | Posted in Neuroscience | Posted on 09-16-2014

Adult-Children-with-Elderly-ParentWhile it’s hugely prevalent, with one in three seniors ultimately dying with the disease, most people don’t know much about Alzheimer’s and dementia. We’ve already learned from Dr. Therese Meyer-Cox, a neuropsychologist with Memorial Medical Center’s Neurosciences department, about what dementia and Alzheimer’s are. In this installment of our two-part series, she shares the most important information families need to know in order to cope.

What You Can Do to Prevent Suicide

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on 09-12-2014

National-Suicide-Prevention-LifelineSuicide is a scary subject that many people don’t talk about often. However, when you worry that someone you know is thinking about committing suicide, it’s hard to know what you can do to help them.

Ben Yamnitz, director of the West Lake Center at the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois shares important information on what you should look for and what you should do if someone you know is considering suicide.

What are the warning signs to look for?

Warning signs can be expressed verbally or through behavior. Someone thinking of suicide may make statements about wanting to die, life not being worth it or other statements about being hopeless and having no reason to live. They may talk about feeling trapped or believe they are a burden to others. They may increase use of alcohol or drugs. They may start isolating themselves. There may be drastic changes in sleeping patterns, sleeping too much or too little.