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Hoyt Finnamore (@hoytfinnamore) posted · Thu, Oct 30 3:40pm · View  

Patient Attributes Health to Excellent Care, A Generous Donor, and a Terrible Spider Bite

Jane Applen Anderson saw here health improve after a kidney and pancreas transplant.. You never know how an experience – even a negative experience – can shape the rest of your life. Decades ago, when Jane Applen-Anderson came to Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, in Rochester with her leg swollen to three times its usual size, she wasn’t thinking about what good could come out of it.

She would come to learn she’d been bitten by a poisonous brown recluse spider. Mayo Clinic doctors treated her infection, removed the dead tissue, and worked to repair the damage done. They saved her leg, and they saved her life. That was just the first time.

While in the hospital, Jane was informed that tests showed her type 1 diabetes needed to be regulated more closely. Otherwise, she could lose her kidney function and her vision within the next year. Refusing to let the condition bring her down, Jane carefully followed her diabetes self-care plan. “You have to be a responsible patient, and do your part to follow your care plan,” she says.  [...]

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iggeez (@iggeez1416) posted · Mon, Oct 27 11:23pm · View  

Mystery Solved – Diagnosis Moves Patient from Frustration to Peace of Mind and a Plan

Karen Gibson at Mayo Clinic with her husband. I want to share my story to possibly help another person and to hopefully help others who are still facing their own health unknowns.

I struggled for years with extreme fatigue, major skin problems, muscle weakness, escalating eye issues, and a host of other unexplained symptoms. I moved to Georgia with more and more symptoms. I developed relationships with new doctors and developed new symptoms – seizures and heart-related syncope. I went to see a neurologist, who began to run tests. In the meantime, I had regular quarterly blood panels by my regular physician, who upon reporting to me by phone noted no irregularities. I was told time and time again to stop chasing a diagnosis. My family continued to watch my decline.

After running numerous tests, my neurologist could only ascertain that I may have had some mini-strokes. My neurologist referred me to a major university hospital. After two visits, and being practically laughed out of the place, I began to have serious doubts about my symptoms and began to believe the many specialists and psychologists who told me it was emotional response.  [...]

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iggeez (@iggeez1416) responded:

Hi Doris, I am so sorry to hear of your troubled medical issues. It sounds like you are on a giant merry go round and can't get proper help. I have contacted one of the many excellent staff members at Mayo Clinic and they are going to get in touch with you for some suggestions. I hope this will help. Take Care and message me to let me know you are alright.

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Lolagirl1224 (@lolagirl1224) responded:

Karen, Thank you for writing your story. I have had lupus for many years, however 6 weeks ago I started have many of the same muscle problems you did. I've literally gone from a sick person who'd learned how to live a semi normal life to a disabled person who can't walk, talk correctly, work my normal job, driving is difficult and shopping... well let's just say that doesn't happen anymore. Someone saw this article [...]

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CSMMayo (@csmmayo) posted · Fri, Oct 24 8:53pm · View  

Stroke Awareness: Do you know the signs?

Despite the fact that I have been a Mayo Clinic employee for almost 19 years, and have worked for over five of those years with our comprehensive Stroke Center, I was shocked to find out that I didn't know all the signs and symptoms of stroke!

It’s not just slurred speech or drooping of the face. Did you know that sudden vision loss or blurriness can be a sign of an impending stroke? So, too, can difficulties swallowing.

A recent study by some of my colleagues in Rochester showed that almost 60 percent of patients who came to the emergency room with symptoms didn't believe they were having a stroke. And most didn't go to the emergency room when their symptoms first appeared. The patients said they thought the symptoms would simply go away.

Stroke can be treated. But you have to be diagnosed first. The key is to recognize the signs and get to an emergency room.  I encourage everyone to read more about stroke and be aware. It could happen to you.

This post was written by Suzanne Shaw, nurse administrator at Mayo Clinic’s comprehensive Stroke Center in Florida.

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Jackie (@ronja) responded:

I am 73 years old and healthy..... and also thought I was aware of stroke symptoms; that is until last March when I experienced what I now know as a Lacunar stroke. One morning I noted that my left arm felt strange ... Not tingling/pins n needles/not really numb. Just barely noticeable ... somewhat like your face feels when you have had novocaine for dental work and the affects are almost gone. I could draw [...]

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Hoyt Finnamore (@hoytfinnamore) posted · Wed, Oct 15 1:17pm · View  

Learning to Hear Again

Mayo Clinic patient Scott Malmstrom discussed the cochlear implant process. There are certain sounds that Scott Malmstrom had never known. He was born with hearing impairment, and it gradually got worse throughout his life. By fourth grade, he began experimenting with hearing aids. Over time, he became what he calls a “professional lip reader.”

Hearing aids didn’t help much with the type of hearing loss Scott had. “Where he struggled was speech discrimination – being able to recognize and understand what's being said,” he says. “That's where they eyes take over. That's what I've done over many years and became very good at it.”

But his diminished hearing did keep him from experiencing certain things, and he says it affected his communication with those he loved. Today, through the magic of cochlear implants, Scott is hearing new things and experiencing life in a way he hadn’t quite imagined.  [...]

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