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.
Q&A With Dr. Brodsky About Using Single-Site da Vinci Robotic Hysterectomy To Treat Benign Conditions
You may have recently seen Dr. Burton Brodsky, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Botsford Hospital, in a feature story that appeared in the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. If you missed this exciting story on the First Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy in Michigan, check it out now.
Q&A with Dr. Brodsky
What types of benign conditions could you treat by doing a hysterectomy using Single-Site robotic hysterectomy? I would consider women suffering with endometriosis, excessive menstrual bleeding, or uterine fibroids as candidates for Single-Site robotic hysterectomy.
What are the benefits of Single-Site robotic hysterectomy compared to open surgery? For most women, Single-Site robotic hysterectomy offers virtually scarless results, minimal pain, low blood loss and faster recovery. The surgery usually can be performed in a relatively short amount of time with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours.
What if a woman has a benign gynecological condition, but she’s already had one or more Cesarean births or other abdominal surgeries? The decision to use robotic-assisted surgery is made case by case. But, I can tell you that I have had success using Single-Site robotic hysterectomy on women who have had previous abdominal surgeries. In fact, my very first patient using this technique had previously had three C-sections and two other abdominal surgeries to remove her gall bladder and her appendix.
As a benign gynecologic surgeon, why do you prefer Single-Site robotic hysterectomy over open surgery? Da Vinci surgeons make just one small incision instead of a large incision. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables me to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control.
Why should a woman choose to have her benign hysterectomy at Botsford Hospital? I have been performing robotic surgeries for several years and recently trained on the Single-Site instrumentation. My surgical team at Botsford and I recently performed the first single-site robotic hysterectomy in the State of Michigan right here in Farmington Hills. This is a perfect example of the great strides Botsford has made in becoming a multidisciplinary robotic surgical center. Besides, it’s convenient! A woman doesn’t have to go to a large, impersonal hospital that’s a long way from her home for this procedure. She can have this done right here at Botsford where we practice compassion as well as advanced surgical techniques.
Last week I went to the funeral of one of my most favorite patients. This woman touched so many of us across our organization. When she was first diagnosed she was scared and questioned everything. Her fear was palpable. Over time and through continuous efforts she relied on us for support and was given it with open arms by the loving and quality-driven team here at the Botsford Cancer Center.
As I sat and listened to the priest tell stories about her and her family at the funeral, I looked around the packed room at all of the friends and relatives that this particular patient had. The stories were heartwarming.
As healthcare providers we are not only caring for the patient themselves but all of their close friends and family members.
The kindness, concern and care that we show for the individual patient has an effect on a very large number of people. The quality-of-life of each patient is affected by the care that they receive, which influences their interactions with their loved ones.
A family member who is sitting bedside in the hospital with their loved one experiences a vast array of emotions. When a loved one is not well the friend or family member may feel uncertainty, worry or grief. These are trying, challenging and worrisome times for a patient or loved one.
I define healthcare providers as anyone who cares for or interacts with a patient in the healthcare setting, including licensed personnel and volunteers. The largest difference can be made by the interactions we have with each patient. The providers include: the nurse, doctor, transporter, receptionist, volunteer, pharmacist, environmental services employee, maintenance, aide, technologist, therapist, etc. As healthcare providers we can alleviate the fear and loss of control experienced through genuine relationship building.
These interactions such as getting a patient a warm blanket, offering something to drink or just asking how they are doing can make a difference.
By expressing kindness, concern, by listening or just taking a minute to show that you care could help alleviate some of the emotional burdens that these patients and their families have to shoulder.
In her final days she knew her time had come and she came to visit us. She thanked us for the love and compassion that she received and for the never ending support. She gave us a card that said, “It’s sometimes easy to forget that there are nice people out there doing nice things for others. Thanks for being such a special reminder.”
We were blessed that she allowed us the opportunity to care for her. When given a chance to make a difference in someone’s life – make it.