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In Remembrance Year 7 – Know the Signs

Monday, November 24th, 2014

 

Dorothy Irene
4/26/24 – 11/24/98

(yours truly in the 1970s culturally inappropriate Indian attire, with a wink and a smile to David Hale)

Heart Attack Signs for Women

This is my yearly post to increase awareness of the signs of a heart attack which is still the #1 killer for women. It’s not merely #1, it leaves deaths from all cancers combined for women in the dust (infographic excerpt source)

Although much progress has been made since I was making funeral arrangements for instead of getting ready to celebrate with my grandma  before Thanksgiving 16 years ago (the original post and story) I know more can be done.

Please make sure your family and friends know these important signs of a heart attack. Never disregard them as indigestion, the flu, or make a doctor appointment for later in the day when it’s more convenient for everyone else. It was too late for my Grandma (who I later learned did all three while she was in the early stages of a heart attack) by the time she saw her doctor – she died within hours despite every effort made to save her after being rushed to the emergency room. (Source of signs from Go Red for Women)

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait longer than five minutes before calling 9-1-1 for help. Also know what your heart attack risk factors are such as high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and high blood pressure in addition to family history of heart disease.

Under 55 and think heart attacks aren’t possible for you? Think again. It is taking medical research a while but they are learning more about why heart attacks in women under 55 are often deadlier than they are for those who are older – possibly due to being linked to blood clots instead of plaque buildup in arteries (source)

In younger women, instead of chest pains, the symptoms of heart attack may include more generalized pain in different parts of the body, including the jaw, neck, shoulder, back and even stomach. Recognizing that younger women may be less likely to present with the typical chest pains of a heart attack could help more of these patients to get the treatment they need in a more timely manner

Thank you for taking the time to read this and spread the word this Thanksgiving!

Friday Foolery #121: Baby Got Back (Bacon)

Friday, October 18th, 2013

I Like Pork Butts and I Cannot Lie

Thank you, Bill the Butcher, for making me so thankful I took a different way home yesterday.

In other bacony news – Less Kids, More Choline!

 

Future of Health Librarianship: New #medlibs Participation Record

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I’m thrilled to announce we’ve set a new participation record during the #medlibs chat on the Future of Health Librarianship for May 30th – 33 particpants cranking out 369 tweets in 75 minutes according to the analytics. Be sure to check out the great conversation in the transcript, and thanks Dean Giustini for diving in as a first time host for the firehose!

How do topics for #medlibs chats happen? If no one signs up to lead them, they’re automatically open mic. Look what happened Wednesday night though -

tweet conversation

Please sign up with your ideas on the form below the #medlibs calendar – the floor is wide open this summer. I am here to help with any and everything you’ll need to set up and have a successful hosting experience with support during most chats, but I am in way over my head both with work and life this summer (just in case you haven’t noticed the blog crickets around here) and can’t do all the #medlibs work myself – let’s keep our great group leadership dynamic going strong!

 

MLA Runs, Walks, Whatever4Boston

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

I’ve completed Day 16 of 26 for my pledge to walk daily in support of the Boston Marathon victims using the Charity Miles app on my phone.

For the next two weeks, Lifeway is not only sponsoring regular Charity Miles donations to the charities we choose to walk, run & bike for they are also paying an additional 25 cents per mile to The One Fund as part of #BostonStrong10K.

During MLA there are a group of runners organized by Bart Ragon & Montie’ Dobbins at MLA Runs4Boston and I piped up and asked if speedwalkers would be welcome because I just can’t pull off running even at a really slow pace.

If you’re like me and want to be with other walkers, come join in! The times the group will leave from the front doors of the Sheraton are

Fri        6:30pm
Sat        6:00am (this will kill me but I’m going to drag my jetlagged Seattle self out the door and DO IT)
Sun       3:30pm
Mon      2:00pm
Tues     4:00pm

If all of us with smartphones used Charity Miles, think of the additional impact we’ll have raising money for The One Fund for free. I’ll have Charity Miles running even when I’m just strolling along seeing the sights of Boston too – every step counts!

MLA 2013: Best PR Evah. The End.

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Let’s just say I know for a fact that being Local Assistance Committee (LAC) Co-Chair is hard work, especially in the last few weeks ramping up to the meeting coming to town. It is so exciting, to be certain, but you want to make sure everything goes well for people to have a great time while they’re hanging out at your place.

Now, level that up that intensity by… oh, let’s say a thousand for a dangerous situation happening in the neighborhood 2 weeks before MLA.

Sarah

Moved to tears by Sarah McCord, MLA 2013 LAC Co-Chair for Boston at about 1:37 in

WHDH-TV 7News Boston

This is what Watertown is, and what Boston is. There’s always more helpers than haters. I love this city, I love this town, and this is what it is. This is why no one can break our spirit.

So glad you’re safe and sleeping well tonight, Coug.

MLA 2013: No Fear

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Hole in one golf shot

It’s a beautiful Spring Break vacation week for our family. Yesterday we played miniature golf and haven’t laughed so hard chasing each other around with bumper cars for a long time, completely unaware of what was happening in Boston.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) sent a message out in less than 24 hours that needs to be heard by everyone about our upcoming meeting in Boston, and keep an eye on the official meeting blog for updates.

Update on One Health

We want to let MLA members and other colleagues from around the world who will be participating in the “One Health: Information in an Interdependent World” meeting in Boston that our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy and their families and friends. We also express our support and concern for our members, colleagues, and others who live and work in the area and thank those who have communicated with us.

MLA is in contact with the meeting hotels who have reported that they are open and are providing help as needed. The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center is also open. We anticipate no changes with regard to the “One Health” meeting, other than increased security. Members and staff are looking forward to welcoming attendees to the meeting next month and supporting the city of Boston during this difficult time. We will continue to update members and attendees as needed. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Yesterday, instead of sitting and watching the news on repeat, I headed out the door for a walk. I made a commitment to walk for 26 days in honor of the Boston Marathon victims for Charity Miles supporting Achilles International. That will include those long Seattle to Boston travel days and each day of the meeting.  If you’re out walking, running or cycling during our time in Boston and have a smartphone I encourage you to consider doing the same – think of the positive impact this could have not only for your health, but if hundreds of us did as One Voice of support for injured athletes.

Global Health + Netflix vs. ICD-10 + Turtles

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

“For our own sanity, we needed to create a new way to look at this stuff,” said Peter Speyer.

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These are two different stories, but since both crossed my path yesterday my brain merged them together and I had to share.

Peter Speyer, of course, was referring to the impressive array of global health visualization tools the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has developed and launched. My colleague Mahria wrote over in the work blog with some tips on a few of them to check out, and I love the twist covered over on Humanosphere about how the Netflix algorithm was tapped regarding death modeling. If you’re not familiar with that term, it’s probably not what you think. What I do wonder is where Humanosphere was originally going with this article and title when the URL includes ‘or-how-netflix-and-burger’ Tell us more about the burgers, there’s no trace of them in the article now…

In other news, over on PBS Newshour there is a great story about ICD-1o coding, which I didn’t think could be full of fun and excitement until they lured me in with turtle injury codes. I also believe it is possible to incur Y93D1 & Y92253 simultaneously,  but you know what is going to be a real problem for the library and information field in the future?

Differentiating between work-related and non-work related knitting injuries at conferences.

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No, really, I’m not making this up per the ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes. These work/non-work classifications also apply to running, jogging, walking, skating, golf, bowling, biking, football and a plethora of other sports – but not Y93.18 (Surfing, windsurfing and boogie boarding.)

I have confidence my colleagues will find a way to make it Y83.18×2.

Sabbatical, also known as Surrender

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

American to Moon: We surrender
America to Moon: We Surrender on Flickr by methodshop.com

I’ll be honest: January sucked. My husband and I were in accidents involving both our cars within 60 hours, neither of us injured and neither our fault, but the number of phone calls with their insurance companies and our insurance company (who was rather confused when we called in the new claim so soon) and time spent in auto shops to fix everything was epic. The day after all vehicles were repaired and the voice mails referencing claim numbers ceased, our son was home sick from school for three days then UberSnot made the rounds through the rest of the house.

So now it’s February… and our family received truly life-changing news over the weekend. Not a c-bomb or health diagnosis, and not anything negative for that matter, but it requires even more phone calls with bonus emails, appointments and a decision to be made by next month. Oh, and as much research as I can cram in each night when things settle down.

Combining that with the job that pays me for a living and every institutional, state, regional and national professional board, liaison, committee member and various iterations of how I am one of the Responsible People Doing Things all planning events and needing things from me between now and March, something had to give and this blog is it for now. I have been feeling  guilty that I haven’t been writing more but you know what? I’m barely making it through the days with my sanity intact as it is, so enough of that. When I gave a dear colleague a brief overview of the events going on next month, I received a reply of ALSO YOUR MARCH SOUNDS HELLISH. It is. I’ve always been a fan of quality over quantity, but since I have neither for the foreseeable future I’ll be back when I have a decent amount of brainpower to spare.

Joining the cult following and kicking childhood cancer

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The past few days my Presbyterian self has been surprised by my answers to questions at a website inspired by the traditional ten days of reflection that occur between the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Go ahead and give it a try. In the hectic pace of helping others, we can easily lose sight of where we are going with our own lives. Your answers can be as short or as long as you want them to be, and locked away until this time next year when 10Q will email them to you and you can see how things have (or haven’t) changed.

I can’t think of any other place where the second question on a frequently asked questions page about an organization is Are you a cult? and I love their honesty for it.

While you’re at it during this National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, consider sipping some Callie’s Coffee that supports the Ben Towne Foundation until a cure is found. I’ve been a satisfied club member since July to help move our BUNN at work!

Friday Ahead of Caturday: The Cat Immersion Project

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

I really, really love Seattle Children’s not only for the awesome medical care they provide our community but for things like this.