One evening in the summer of 2007, Donna Hastings noticed that the family dog, Katie, an 11-year-old standard poodle, wasn't feeling well. "I heard a sound that I had never heard her make before," she said. She and her husband were entertaining guests at their Grand Forks home, so she decided to wait until the next morning to take Katie to a veterinarian, in order to avoid expensive after-hours emergency care. At 8 a.m. the next day, she took the dog to the vet's clinic, but 12 hours later, Katie was gone.
Donna Omdahl, 86, of rural Warren, Minn., has suffered from nerve damage, or "peripheral neuropathy," in her feet for many years. She doesn't know what caused it. "It feels like numbness all the time. My feet were cold," she said. "There hasn't been anything to do for it until now." In a local newspaper ad, Omdahl learned about a new technology, called Aquaroll, that Dr. Mark Pederson, a chiropractor, had installed at Family Chiropractic in Warren in February. He was offering free trials, the ad said.
With school days coming to an end, many parents are considering whether or not their children can be left home alone or if a family member or babysitter should be enlisted to care for them. Can a sibling be trusted to babysit the younger kids? At what age is it safe to leave a child home alone? What can parents do to prepare the kids and give themselves peace of mind? There are risks and opportunities associated with self-care.
After a car accident three years ago left her with severe migraine headaches, Elisa Baron, 26, of Grand Forks was prescribed pain pills. "I was getting really bad migraines—to the point where I couldn't get out of bed," she said.
When your day is filled to the max with the demands of your job, driving your kids to and from after-school activities and other assorted obligations, how do you put a homemade meal on the table at suppertime? It's not as difficult as you might think. Lynn Holum, a licensed and registered dietitian at Altru Health System, offers up some suggestions and tips that parents—or whoever is in charge of supper in your home—can use to get a grip on meal planning and preparation. These ideas will save you time and, most likely, money, but they also should keep you from queuing up in the
Parkinson Wellness Program The Grand Forks Parkinson Wellness Program meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays at Altru Family YMCA, 215 N. Seventh St. For more information, call Roxee Jones, YMCA, (701) 775-2586 or visit www.gfymca.org . In Fargo, the Parkinson Wellness Program is offered from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Family Wellness, 2960 Seter Parkway.
Parkinson's disease is the second-most-common age-related disorder of the brain and nervous system, affecting 1 to 2 million people in North America. In the United States, about 50,000 to 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million who have Parkinson's disease, according to the National Parkinson Foundation. North Dakota ranks third in the nation for per capita incidence of Parkinson's, a chronic and progressive disease. In people who are affected, the brain slowly stops producing a neurotransmitter, called dopamine, a biochemical substance that carries impulses from
Bill Rivard, 76, used to be very fast at everything he did and said—so fast "it bothered my wife," he said. "Now I have to concentrate more." He has to consider what he's doing—like getting up from a chair—before he does it. "I have to take five seconds and think about it. It's like there's a short there." That "short circuit" in his brain can be traced to Parkinson's disease, which the Grand Forks man was diagnosed with a few years ago. He suspects he had the disease several years before that. "I wondered why I was aging so fast," he said.
In the summer of 1989, Karen Midgarden of rural Hoople, N.D., was staying at her family's lake cabin in Minnesota when she noticed that she was unusually tired. Not so...
At 38, Misty Goulet of East Grand Forks is expecting her fourth child. She really didn't plan to be pregnant in her late 30s. This little one, along with her...