A group of physicians from the greater Sacramento area realized that the best way to serve the community was to train more physicians to meet the needs of our ever growing patient population, thus CNU Med was born. This past month our story comes full circle as 3rd year medical student Alex delivered his first baby at the same hospital he was born in!
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
–Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
I was feeling particularly sorry for myself this week, and I was reminded of the Ancient Greek myth - the story of Persephone and Hades... a fair maiden gathers wildflowers in a meadow. Hades, fixated on her, spirits her away against her will to the Underworld, of which he is ruler, where she is doomed to live for all eternity as his reluctant queen.
Demeter, Persphone’s mother, the goddess of the harvest, heartbroken and desperate, searches for her beloved daughter in vain — causing drought, ruining the harvest and results in famine and death. Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, strikes a compromise with Hades, in which one third of the year, Persephone lives in the Underworld, and during the rest of the year, she lives above ground with her mother, Demeter. Some say this myth symbolizes the changing of the seasons from winter to spring and summer - or life to death, and back to life again.
I can relate to this myth in my treatment - after chemo, for most of the week, I no longer feel or look like me anymore; my favorite foods and beverages taste different and off, so I no longer enjoy them; my skin has become dry and sensitive to the sun, so I stay indoors more; my body and mind are no longer in sync, so I feel out of balance. For most of the week, my world feels like a dark place. But I keep pushing through, stay busy, do what I’m most passionate about, because my rewards are one and a half days in the week that I feel nearly normal again- ironically, that happens right before my next treatment, and I cherish that time. The time that I can walk in the sunlight again - when I feel the most alive, the most joyful, and the most grateful.
“She was amazing. Thank you,” Heberton Wender says through tears to a Sutter Health nurse that went beyond the call of duty to help his family.
Wender, a visiting UC Davis scholar, took his pregnant wife, Vivian Dos Santos, to the Sutter Davis Hospital after she complained about having a strong headache. She then lost consciousness.
Doctors found an internal brain bleed caused by an aneurysm. Neurosurgeons acted quick -- and were able to save both mom and baby.
Wender is especially thankful for nurse Heather, who helped the couple get through the especially tough time.
Thank you, Heather, for the amazing way you helped the Wender family!
Allergy season is in full swing. We love the sunny weather but your nose may not. If you are experiencing lots of sneezing, runny nose or itchy eyes. You may have allergies. ——————————————————
A solution may be as simple as using a nasal steroid spray, antihistamine pill or nasal saline washes for a few weeks. Tree pollen 🌳 is in full bloom!
If these simple measures don’t help, come in and see what we can do for your allergies. Testing and possible allergy therapy may help reduce your symptoms over time! Your 👃🏻 will thank you 🙏
At one time scientists believed our DNA held the key to preventing and reversing disease. But we now know that our environment — not our genes — is the primary driver of health and longevity. In fact, recent research suggests that our genes account for less than 15 percent of the risk of chronic disease.
Join us in partnership with Sutter Health for a special lecture at the JCC Marin, Wednesday May 15th 7-8:30pm (visit Sutterhealth.org for full details).
In this talk, fitness and health leader - Chris Kresser, will discuss the complex interplay between our genome, our environment, and our epigenome — how our genes express — and explore the key diet, lifestyle, and behavioral factors that determine our “healthspan”. Dr. David Schanaker, integrative chiropractor, will explore the effects that stress and imbalance can have on your genetic expression and potential for good health. #sfyoga#marinyoga#healthcare#sutterhealth#unconventionalmedicine#chriskresser#health#fitness
View from upstairs. Existing ED entrance and ambulance bay is clearly seen from the ICU waiting area and corridor. Having key services centrally located has been a driving force for the entire expansion team. #srmcmp16#somuchworkahead#sutterhealth#edrocks
“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
–Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words
1) After three rounds of chemo, my hair starts to fall out. This loss was particularly painful for many reasons. I decide to take control and get a buzz cut.
2) The lady at the salon is incredulous. She asks me, “Is it for...you?” I answer, “Yes.” She says, “But, no.” To which I reply, “Chemotherapy.” When she finishes, I look into the mirror. My shaved head. My beautiful hair in a pile on the floor. A rebirth and a death. A wave of emotions washes over me and is in full display in a room full of hair stylists and clients. I experience strong feelings of both liberation and despair. Then, the tears flow. All other conversation in the room is stifled, and the only sound heard is me sobbing, mourning my loss.
3) I remind myself that it’s temporary, it will grow back. My hair stylist brings me tissue, and I get up, compose myself, put on my wig, pay the bill and walk into my new normal, into the world.
I’m in Sutter Health’s New Leadership Orientation and of all the organization’s values, I was randomly assigned to this one... COMPASSION!! It’s just a magnetic force, and I love it! #SutterHealth#CompassionChampion