Monthly Archives: February 2012

Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday, a traditional way to eat on Fat Tuesday is to have pancakes for dinner. This was/is a Christian practice for those who are planning on fasting for the Lent season. I will not be fasting for Lent, but our household is giving up going out to eat (except for our date night once a week) and adding working out each day to both of our routines.

I am also following the Season of Lent devotional from Disciples Home Missions.

Parents send their LOVE with sweets

Parents always find amusing ways to say I love you. Valentine’s Days gifts from them are full of chocolate, sugar cookies, and of course a pedicure gift certificate.

Love shown with sweets:

There may or may not have been a few more cookies and a box of turtles. Good thing I have decided to give these things up for 40 days starting tomorrow. Guess all these sweets now belong to Mike, or I could see if I could eat all of them tonight….. That’s probably not a good idea!

My card! Nice and Sweet.

Mike’s card:

Got to love our parents.

the big cut

I haven’t really had a good haircut in quite some time now. I keep it trimmed, I get rid of dead ends, and Mike usually cuts my bangs. Well, I have always wanted to have long enough hair that I could cut it off and donate it to Locks of Love. I measured my hair about 3 times this week to see if it was 10 inches from the bottom of my chin to the bottom of the last layers. Sure enough it was. I had not completely decided to chop it off until I sat down at the beauty salon yesterday. I asked Wanda to measure my hair one more time to make sure it was long enough. She asked me two or three times, before she cut it, and in a matter of seconds my hair was 10 inches shorter!











Once the hair was gone, I was glad that my wonderful friends had already helped me pick out a haircut that we could aim towards!











I think Wanda did a pretty great job of coming close to the haircut I showed her.











No more ponytails, buns, or tangled hair after a run! I love my new haircut! I think I might grow my hair out every year to donate it.

I have clicked through their gallery recently and just fell even more in love with their mission. These beautiful children have so many other things to worry about in their lives and their hair should not be one of them. The ability to help someone get a beautiful wig to wear while they go through probably one of the toughest times in their lives was very exciting to me. It takes 6-10 ponytails to make a hairpiece!

celebration of life


We all love birthdays! Fun, friends, presents, and food! Its a time to celebrate the life that you are living with the people that you love. February is a very popular month for people that I know to be born in. People that I can think of off the top my head that are born in February:

February 6: Hannah Adams

February 12: Mason Littleton

February 14: Jacob Bernard, Owen Cheatham, , Owen Huck

February 16: Gloria Martz

February 17: Wayne Kiser, Kourtnie Mollet

February 22: Tim Busheyhead, Paulette Adams

February 23: Tracey Duroy

February 19: Darlene Duroy

February 28: Lindsey Bastemeyer

I am curious if I actually know someone that was born on everyday in February? I bet it can come close, what happens 9-10 months prior to February, that so many children end up being born in February? Happy birthday to everyone that I know and love that is a February baby, I just can’t get over how many birthday parties and events I have been to for people this month.

Questions we will all eventually be asking ourselves. Now what?

Barefoot Whispers

Reuters reports that antibiotics are not useful for most sinus infections. Excessive prescription of antibiotics has lead to large-scale resistant organisms.

Okay, this I know.

But now what? Antibiotics make patients feel better. A frequent sufferer of sinusitis, I know this. So now my patients walk away from a consultation feeling that their doctor doesn’t care about their suffering. I don’t see many doctors being happy with that.

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NRHA trip to Washington D.C.

The National Rural Health Policy Institute was a few weeks ago, Sunday, January 29 – Wednesday, February 1st.  This was a great school trip, a great professional experience, and a great way to learn about legislation that will be affecting the my profession, the hospitals I will work in and with each day, and my patients one day.

One of the many themes of the Policy Institute was that: cutting rural funding does not make fiscal sense.  This would mean cutting close access off to many many families that live in rural America.

There were many things that I learned at the policy institute.

  • Sequestration: If Sequestration passes then it will disproportionately harm rural providers and should be modified. The Budget control act mandated that Medicare spending sequester that will disproportionately harm rural providers and should be modified to avoid crisis in access to care.  People, politicians, most of the population does not realize the actual obstacles faced by health care providers and patients in rural areas are vastly different than those in urban areas.  Rural facilities are more dependent on Medicare reimbursement based on the population of patients they serve. With all of this being said if a two percent cut where taken from rural providers it would cause catastrophic gaps in access to care for a large percent of the population.

Here is some more information that I learned about rural healthcare:

  • There is a higher uninsured and Medicaid population that is serviced at these hospitals.  Small rural hospitals also operate on a much narrower financial margin.  Keeping the 2% is vital to keeping the doors at CAH, MDH, and HMC facilities open.
  • 1/3 of hospitals in the United States are Critical Access Hospitals, which accounts for 5% of Medicare expenditures.
  • Each physician in a rural community brings 23 jobs to the community
  • 25% of the population in American lives on 90% of the landmass in the United States and only 9% of physicians in the United States practice in rural communities. This seemed to be a statement that was restated many times throughout the conference. LESS THAN 10% OF PHYSICIANS PRACTICE IN RURAL AMERICA
  • One major point also trying to be driven across is that you should not have to go to a major city to get the best medical care , technology can help improve the quality of care in rural America: There are new telemedicine grants available, these are through the Rural Network Enforcement development grants.

The National Rural Health Service Cor. was at the Policy Institute. Mary WakefieldHealth Resources and Services Administration, (HRSA)

  • there are so many great opportunities offered to medical students and physicians through the National Rural Health Service Cor: Home – NHSC. They can help with loan repayment and job placement. Ms. Mary Wakerfield talked about how this is important for helping get physicians into the rural or underserved areas and hopefully getting those people truly invested in the community so that they will stay in the community after their service time is up. 
  • One of the most important things that was learned and experienced at the National Rural Health Policy Institute is how important it is for physicians to stay active in the politics of medicine. It is only the people that actually live in, practice in, work in the hospitals, and rural communities not only of Oklahoma,but of all the areas in the US that know what we truly need to improve healthcare.  Our voice needs to be heard.
  • Stay active throughout your career, no matter what part of the healthcare field you are in.
  • For more information on the National Rural Health Policy Institute or just rural medicine in general check out: NRHA – National Rural Health Association Home Page.
  • Grassroots movements:NRHA – Grassroots Action Center.
  • OSU Rural Health.
  • (1) OSU Center for Rural Health.
  • Physicians Manpower Training Commission.
  • GME Funding – Initiatives – AAMC.

Giving up…

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In my 27 years of life I was in a Disciple of Christ Church. I still do not have the greatest grasp on this religion thing. Having a relationship with Jesus is important to me, praying is important, my marriage being strong in our faith (even if we are figuring it out together), and finding a place that we feel at home trying to figure out fellowship, worship, and beliefs is what I hope for.  The beginning of Lent is coming soon, in about a week. I found this new document about 2012 Lent:  CE-2012_Lent.

My grandmother gives up sweets every year for Lent. She has done this for multiple years of which I remember. Last year was the first year that I actually gave something up and actually stuck with it, it made my faith a little stronger in myself and in God. Giving these little things up in life that I enjoy, is nothing compared to the sacrifice that was given for me.  I have another week to figure out exactly what I am going to do for this Lent season. Last years turned into a forever long thing, it was just little, but I will not drink soda anymore, I can barely handle carbonated beverages anymore.  Adding devotion and time for myself are things that I think I should add for the next 40 days, or for the rest of my life.