Children generally take in information about a loved one's serious health condition "in short periods of time," said Melissa Swanson, child life specialist at Altru Health System, Grand Forks. "They may process information and then go and play," she said. "It's good to keep that playtime and routine in place." And they may ask the same questions over and over as they process information, Swanson said. "Their emotions may kind of change." Swanson is called on by physicians or nurses to help family members of a patient who has been diagnosed with a serious illness.
Brad Sanner's health troubles began in the fall of 1997 — about six months after the infamous spring flood of '97 that devastated the Red River Valley. "He had lost a lot of weight and was having trouble breathing," his wife, Amy, recalled. Doctors found that, at 35 years old, her husband had a "heart issue" that was linked to kidney problems, she said. He was diagnosed with end stage renal disease that forced him out of work and into hemodialysis, a process by which the body's blood supply is pumped to a machine where it's cleansed and treated and then returned to the body. "The kid
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In more than 17 years of working as a nurse practitioner in the healthcare system in Langdon, N.D., Gwen Witzel has seen a number of physicians who practiced there for a while, then moved on. Until 2011, in order to prescribe medications for her patients, she had to have a collaborative agreement with a physician. "In my practice, physicians came and went multiple times, which would leave me needing to find another physician to sign the collaborative agreement document," she said. The agreement required the physician to be available to the NP once every three months but did not require the
Instead of gifts for their son's recent birthday party, Erin and Jordan Grasser of Grand Forks asked family and friends to bring pet food, treats and blankets Nolan could donate...
About 10 years ago, while living in Mariposa, Calif., Kent Woolsey started searching online far and wide for a property he could call home. He was fed up with California's taxes, the high cost of living and a political system "I don't see eye-to-eye with," he said. He looked at 100 properties in northern-tier states from Washington to Minnesota and as far south as Nebraska before choosing a run-down, abandoned farmhouse 20 miles north of Grand Forks, near Ardoch, N.D. "I always wanted an old house — just like this," he said, while showing Herald visitors around the home.
John Hricak recalled one morning when he looked in the mirror and noticed how much he had changed. "I remember thinking, 'Gosh, John, you've lost weight,'" said Hricak of Grand...
John Hricak recalled one morning when he looked in the mirror and noticed how much he had changed. "I remember thinking, 'Gosh, John, you've lost weight,'" said Hricak of Grand Forks. It was the first memory he had in the months following the February 2005 traffic accident when his truck was hit by a semi on I-29 near the exit to Thompson, N.D. The accident put him in the hospital and on a long path to recovery. "I weighed 147 pounds," he said.
To become a foster grandparent, an applicant must be at least 55 years of age, meet income eligibility requirements and be willing to work at least 15 hours a week, said Karen Hillman, director of the Foster Grandparent Program in Grand Forks. The Foster Grandparent Program is "quite flexible" though, she said. Many volunteers take a month off to escape winter, and many take summers off. Volunteers are paid a stipend of $2.65 an hour and receive transportation and other types of support.
Sitting at a desk outside her second-grade classroom at Kelly Elementary School in Grand Forks, Emyly Torres, 7, said she enjoys working one-on-one with the woman she calls "Grandma Shirley." "She helps me with stuff I don't really know yet," said Torres, who recently moved with her family from Oregon.