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I don’t know about you, but in an emergency, my brain doesn’t work very well. My one and only time to have ever gone to the emergency room for myself was several years back. It was before I met my husband, so I was home alone, it was about midnight, and after several asthma attacks, each getting progressively worse, I finally decided that if I didn’t do something soon, I could be in a very dangerous situation. And so I threw on some sweat pants and drove myself to North Hills Hospital’s ER.

Looking back, I should never have driven myself, but again, my brain doesn’t work very well in an emergency.

Now, typically when I go to the doctor, I am prepared. I bring all of my medications (when you have asthma, there’s a lot) in a ziplock bag so that if the doctor throws me a curveball by asking me specifics about my meds, I’m ready.

But when you drive yourself to the ER in the middle of the night, there’s no time to run around grabbing medications. Or anything else for that matter. You’re lucky if you remember your shoes.

Which is why it’s a good idea to keep an updated medication log for each person in your family. Keep it in a handy place so that if you’re in a jam, you’ve got everything you need to take with you.

And if you’re like me, you’re more motivated to keep up with it if it looks pretty.

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And so here is my gift to you – a handy medication log that you can use for each member of your family. You’d better believe that my husband and I will have this all filled out, ready to go for the next emergency.

Only this time, he’ll be the one driving me.

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Bethe Wright is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at North Hills Hospital. She has a husband, a dog, and a little yellow inhaler.

This post is part of our series meant to encourage women in various stages of their lives to tune out the noise of society’s demands and find a balance that works for them, which in turn makes their whole families much healthier.

Meet Marcy – mom of two-year-old twins, wife, and community volunteer.

Hi Marcy! Tell us a little about your family.
My husband Brian and I have been married for over eight years. In April 2009 we welcomed our twins, Charlotte and Jensen. Brian works full time outside the home and I am a stay-at-home mom. In addition to my mommy duties, I volunteer with the local early childhood PTA, my Moms of Multiples group, and serve on the board of directors for Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas.
 
As a mom of young twins, how do you find balance?
It may sound strange, but I try to maintain balance by having a life outside my children. As a stay-at-home mom, it’s easy for me to have days in which the only people I’ve interacted with are my kids! I’m blessed with a husband who encourages me to spend time with my girlfriends as well as parents who regularly offer to babysit so Brian and I can have date nights. Maybe the most important thing for me has been to maintain a sense of self as far as maintaining the interests I had before having children, namely my involvement with Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas.
 
What tips do you have for making sure a brand-new mom stays healthy while caring for a new family?
Aside from drinking lots of water and getting as much sleep as possible, I would say to go easy on yourself! Don’t stress if the house isn’t vacuumed or the laundry piles up. If you have a minute to rest, use it to rest! When friends or family offer to help, don’t be shy…let them make you dinner or feed a baby so you can have some time to yourself. 

What advice do you have to fellow women?
I think you can’t underestimate the importance of a support system of women who understand what you’re going through. For me, that was finding a group of other moms of multiples. For someone else, it might be a group of working moms. It is so nice to have other women who can offer advice, support, or just an ear to listen when you need to vent.

What tips do you have for managing your time in the midst of so many responsibilities?
I don’t know if I’m qualified to answer that! I just asked my mom the other day if I will ever NOT feel like I am running in a million different directions and constantly playing catch-up. I definitely have to make lists and write EVERYTHING down or else many things will completely slip my mind. Also, the Internet is a lifesaver for me…it’s much faster to order something from Amazon than to load two toddlers in the car and take them from store to store.
 
How has being a new mom made you view sleep/rest differently?
I always knew I wanted children, but I always dreaded the sleepless nights that come with having newborns! And those first few months of waking up several times a night were not fun! Even with the twins being two, sleep is still precious…you never know who’s going to wake up in the night needing mommy or daddy. One thing we did was reward ourselves with a nice new mattress when our kids started sleeping through the night; we figured we deserved it!
  
What mistakes did you make that you wish you could go back and fix?
Having newborn twins is extremely stressful…I think I made it worse by not letting go of some of my perfectionist tendencies. I got so stressed out by trying to do everything perfectly that I don’t think I enjoyed the first few months of my kids’ lives as much as I could have. 
  
What is the hardest part of maintaining balance in your life?
It can be hard for me to keep up with my kids and then find the energy to do much else! Despite the fact that there are a million things I should be doing when they’re in bed for the night, more often than not I just want to zone out on the couch. So I guess the hardest part of maintaining balance is probably finding the energy to do all the things I need and want to do.

What does a balanced life for you look like?
I guess I would say that a balanced life is a life in which you make room for what’s important to you. All women probably feel like they’re stretched a little thin at times, but I think if you go to bed at night feeling like you’ve spent your day doing the things you enjoy and accomplished the things that are most important to you, your life is probably pretty balanced.
 
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To moms reading this who have raised multiples, or several young children close in age, what advice do you have for moms in Marcy’s shoes? Remember – we want to build each other up and encourage each other to live balanced, healthy lives.

 

We are excited to introduce a new series where we will profile women in various stages of life to discover how they achieve balance in family, work, and health.

The first woman we will profile is Sarah – a first-time mom to baby Luke and wife to Philip.

Hi Sarah! Tell us a little about your family.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost two years. We just had our first baby two months ago – his name is Luke and I am loving being a new mom. 
  
As a mom of a newborn, how do you find balance?
To me it is important to balance rest at home and getting out. I tend to feel cooped up if I am at home too much, so I try to run at least one errand a day or go visit a friend or family member. 
  
What tips do you have for making sure a brand-new mom stays healthy while caring for a new family?
Listen to your body. If you are feeling tired and worn out, allow yourself to lay down for a while. Let people take care of you so that you can take care of your baby.
 
How has being a new mom made you view sleep/rest differently?
I have learned that I don’t require as much sleep as I thought I did before having a baby. However, everyone tries to warn/scare you by saying you’ll never get to sleep again when you have a baby. I refused to believe that. Once you make it over the hump in the first couple of weeks of waking up several times a night to feed the baby, it is completely manageable.

What advice do you have to fellow women?
Every experience is different. If you are about to have a baby or have a new one, take other women’s advice but don’t listen to the negativity. I found that while being pregnant everyone wanted to tell you their horror story of birth. Then they would try to give us “advice” by saying that my husband and I would never have time for each other again. Or we will never sleep again. They would always say it with a smile or laughing but it begins to wear on you. Just know that many women have done this before and that you can do it too. Take the time to enjoy every day with your baby.


 
What mistakes did you make that you wish you could go back and fix?
I think I am a big multi-tasker. I like to be efficient with my time and do several things at once. Looking back on the first couple of months I wish I wouldn’t have been planning on what my next thing that I needed to get done was and just relax and enjoy the moment with my son. 
 
What is the hardest part of maintaining balance in your new life?
It is just a matter of making an effort and being aware. If I notice that I am feeling blah, I try and take Luke to go do something fun. For me that means going to visit friends. I like getting to interact with other people throughout the day and not just sitting in my house alone. 


 
What does a balanced life for you look like?
Being balanced to me is still maintaining a life while getting to incorporate Luke into it. The world doesn’t stop because Luke was born, we just get to show it to him now. It also feels more balanced to me when my husband and I spend quality time with each other. We still want to talk and act as if we were dating, but now we can have the added bonus of Luke too.

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To the women who have been in Sarah’s shoes before, what is your best advice for a new mom? Remember – only positive, balance-building advice for these first-time moms, or moms-to-be.

Have you ever wanted to watch a radio show LIVE? If so, swing on over to North Hills Hospital tomorrow (Friday, August 10) from 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. to watch the WBAP 820 morning show LIVE in our main lobby. Come by to meet the DJs and have a cup of coffee on us.

Or, if you’re not a morning person, just tune in to WBAP 820 AM Radio.

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To ring in the New Year, we sponsored a contest to win a $100 gift card to The Container Store. We asked you to think about your New Year’s resolutions, and tell us which one you are the most excited about. Congratulations to our random winner, Lori Spisak, who said

2012 I vow to be healthier for me and my family, including better diet and more exercise!

Thank you to everyone who participated. We loved reading all of your healthy resolutions, and wish you all the best for a safe, happy and healthy 2012!

 Our new ER has been open for two weeks now, and everybody keeps asking us, “How are things going over at the new ER at Alliance?”
Well, here are some stats that we’re quite proud of!

  • In the two weeks since we’ve opened, we’ve treated almost 200 patients.
  • We’ve seen it all – from fractured bones to heart attacks, appendicitis, cough, fever, and lacerations.
  • We’ve treated all ages, from infants to the elderly.

And we’re getting great feedback from those who visit us. Here is what a few of our patients had to say about their visit to the ER at Alliance:
“Very prompt and nice to me. Experience was excellent.”

 
“I was turned away at another place and came here. Everyone was very caring and got to me quickly. The staff turned my scary moment around.”

 
“Love the facility – staff was very friendly and efficient.”

 
“The best ER experience I have ever had!”

For more information on North Hills Hospital’s ER at Alliance, visit www.ERatAlliance.com. We’re located at the northeast corner of I-35 and North Tarrant Parkway (just south of Sam Moon).

Osteoporosis can be a devastating and debilitating disease, marked by the weakening of bones and the constant risk of unexpected fractures. For most people, Couple on bikes outdoors smilingbones are always changing and forming new bone. With the onset of osteoporosis, however, more bone is lost than is re-grown. While the bones remain the same size, the outside wall of the bone grows thinner, and the holes in spongy bone grow larger. Sadly, with the aging population of our country, the number of Americans diagnosed each year with osteoporosis will increase.

Here are a few tips to help you prevent the onset of this disease:

· Exercise. Perform weight-bearing exercises to encourage your bones to grow. Perform strength-training exercises that focus on your upper body and endurance training two days each week. Be sure to include a variety of different exercises that will stimulate as many different bones as possible. Aim at performing your exercise routine for at least 20 to 30 minutes, three times each week.

· Focus on your nutrition. Because bones are made of calcium and protein, it is important to include plenty of calcium in your diet, whether in the form of food or nutritional supplements. In addition to finding calcium in dairy, you can also get it from nuts, seeds, beans, peas, fish with bones, and green vegetables. Make sure that you also get enough vitamin D in order to metabolize the calcium. Vitamin D is primarily acquired from sunlight; however, it can also be found in fortified milk products and nutritional supplements. In addition to calcium, your diet should also be rich in fiber and low in fat.

· Stop smoking. Smoking not only damages your bones, but it also lowers estrogen, which increases the likelihood that you will develop osteoporosis.

· Cut back on drinking. Excess use of alcohol impairs the body’s ability to use the calcium you are consuming.

· Medication. Speak to your doctor to make sure that any medications you use are not increasing your risk. Also make a point to inquire about medications that can prevent you from developing the disease.

At North Hills Hospital, we offer a wide range of resources to help you protect your health. The David Pillow Senior Health Clinic can help assess any bone issues you may have as you age. And our Orthopedic Surgery Center can help treat any skeletal problems you develop. Visit us online or use this physician referral service.

Sources:

North Hills Hospital

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

WomensGuide.org

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North Hills Hospital is proud to partner with this organization, which is committed to saving children’s lives by preventing sudden cardiac arrest in kids. Check out their website for more info on this great cause and find out how you can help.