A recent graduate of Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College, Spencer Smith moved to Detroit for a career position with Teach for America. This young man was working as a teacher and making a difference at a public charter school in Detroit when he was involved in an auto accident that left him with massive traumatic injuries. His riveting story follows. Continue reading
Stepping Back. Finding a Better Way to Grow Old.
By Bill Thomas, M.D.
We live in a time when enough is never quite enough. Our culture is out of balance. There is a profound and growing need for a slower, deeper and more connected approach to our lives, our work and our communities, especially as we grow older. I am part of a movement doing something to change all of this.
Life can and should be reimagined. New ways of living and working are waiting to be discovered on the far side of adulthood.
I am a physician, a writer and an author of “Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected Life,” a book that examines the baby boomer generation’s reluctant second coming of age. I am also currently visiting 25 cities, including the metropolitan Detroit and Ypsilanti areas, to offer audiences powerful insights into more deliberate ways of living and working through special live theater performances. Joining me is renowned consumer health expert and TV personality Dr. Janet Taylor and other national and local experts who are making a difference especially in the care of the elderly, including Diane Zide from Botsford Commons Senior Community and Jamey Baker from Community EMS/Parastar.
I invite you to attend one of the Second Wind Tour stops in Michigan. The half-day performances will be held at the Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak on Wednesday, May 7, and in Ypsilanti at Pease Auditorium at Eastern Michigan University on Thursday, May 8. Both presentations run from 1 to 5 p.m. and are free and open to the public. To attend, register at secondwindtour.org.
I have been influencing change in the care of the elderly for many years by promoting change in medicine and society. I am the founder of a radical approach to long-term care that is coming to Detroit through Presbyterian Village of Michigan and the Green House Project this year in downtown on the Detroit riverfront. I am also assisting Botsford Health Care to transform acute care services for the elderly through a unique TeleMed program with Community EMS, Botsford Hospital, Botsford Commons Senior Living Community and other area nursing care facilities. A future project with Community EMS to redesign emergency transportation vehicles to be more user-friendly to the elderly is also in the works.
I am most grateful to the coalition of national and local sponsors who share my vision for helping people. Local sponsors are Botsford Health Care, including Botsford Hospital, Botsford Commons Senior Community and Community EMS, as well as Presbyterian Villages of Michigan. National sponsors include AARP, Merrill Lynch and Capital Impact Partners.
I hope you’ll join me in a deeper investigation of life and living that can reveal the hidden virtues of age. Outgrowing adulthood is worthwhile, because it can lead us toward slower, deeper and more connected ways of living.
Thirty-six uninsured and underinsured women came to Botsford’s Lucille and Dr. Louis Spagnuolo Breast Center for mammograms at our fourth annual Breast Screening Day. CBS EcoMedia Inc. funded our event as the lead sponsor.
When Sabrina Mayhew was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, she was confident doctors would care for her medical needs, but she knew that with such a diagnosis also comes emotional pain. While recovering from a double mastectomy, someone gave her a heart-shaped pillow.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, American essayist, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early nineteenth century
Several weeks ago, a coworker-friend stopped by my office at Botsford Hospital to ask if I knew anyone who had an extra bed not being used. Her friend lost her job and was living in her daughter’s basement, where the high humidity ruined her mattress. She had to discard the bed since it would have been unsafe to sleep on it. Afterward, this woman began sleeping on the floor. Continue reading
I want to share a special story about Lori Mesko, RN, who works on Botsford Hospital’s 2 South Progressive Care Unit. Sometimes nurses don’t get recognized for all they do. I want to make sure Lori does, because she gave very special care to my mom, who has been having a very rough time recently.
Mom’s potassium level was dangerously high, which, if untreated, could have caused her heart to stop beating. The physician prescribed a huge glass of medicine for Mom to drink. But, she just did not want to take any nourishment just then. Lori needed to find a way to convince Mom to accept the treatment. Continue reading
Of course you wouldn’t want to receive a diagnosis of cancer from your physician. It would be an overwhelming time of new terms, tests, procedures and treatment to face in the weeks, months and years to come. You might even be approached by your physician during the workup about participating in a clinical trial and wonder if this would be the right choice for you. Continue reading
Thirty years ago, about 30 million people were living with diabetes. Today, this number has multiplied more than ten times to 371 million worldwide. An additional 280 million people are at high risk of developing the disease. Furthermore, by 2030, this number could exceed half a billion people (www.idf.org). Continue reading
The meaning of Go Green! changes from person to person.
- A fan of Michigan State University chants Go Green! and waits for the crowd’s response of Go White! at football games.
- An environmentalist says Go Green! to encourage us to reduce our carbon footprint.
- A registered dietitian coaches patients at Botsford Cancer Center to Go Green! for the health benefits.
This true story tells how an amazing team of physicians and nurses who work in Botsford Hospitals’ Emergency and Trauma Center saved a five-month old baby boy from certain death. While at daycare, Cameron Herrick of Redford swallowed his whole pacifier, which blocked his airway.
Caution: Graphic details have been included, describing the necessary medical procedures performed on this tiny patient.
“It was the scariest case in my 10 years of practicing!” said Dr. Angel Chudler, who led the ER team to save Cameron.