Chances are this time last year, you or someone you know had already come down with the dreaded flu symptoms. The tired, achy, feel-like-you’ve-just-been-hit-by-a-train kind of feeling. This year, that’s probably not the case. While the standard cold viruses continue to circulate around central Illinois, flu activity is reasonably low.
But don’t celebrate just yet. We’re likely not escaping a regional flu outbreak, it’s just delayed. Read the rest of this entry »
After losing more than 100 pounds
Sparkle before surgery
After a full day working with senior citizens and special needs kids and adults, Sparkle Hill would come home from her job at the Decatur Park District thoroughly exhausted.
Her first stop was the bedroom, where she would lie down and wait until the pain went away. She knew the culprit was her weight, an issue she had struggled with most of her life. By March 2015, she weighed 358 pounds. She was tired of being in pain. She knew something had to change.
Since her mid-20s, the 5-foot-10 Decatur woman had tried almost everything: diet pills, B12 shots, several popular diets. Nothing worked. It was time to pursue the one thing she hadn’t tried, something that had been successful for several of her family members – weight-loss surgery.
Since her surgery, she’s lost more than 100 pounds. And she plans to keep going until she reaches her goal weight of 190 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
Not many people look back on knee replacement surgery with fond memories, but Angie Griffin is unique. On April 8, 2013, she turned 60 and was gifted with a new knee joint at Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH). Before she was wheeled into surgery, the surgical team brought her a birthday cake with candles, gave her a tiara to wear over her surgical head covering and sang “Happy Birthday.”
In May of 2015, Angie was back at TMH for surgery on her other knee.
“I’d do it again tomorrow if I had to,” Angie said. “I can take the stairs like a normal person, walk around the mall or grocery store, work in the yard, sit on the floor. Life is good!”
Angie struggled with intense pain in her knees for several years prior to surgery. She received injections, tried reconstructive surgery and went to therapy to no avail. The pain was constant, and her mobility decreased to the point where she couldn’t go up and down stairs or even walk comfortably. Read the rest of this entry »