Health Notes

Lucky to Be Alive

by Julie Cerney on November 27, 2014

“Every day, I thank God for giving me a second chance,” said Frank Delira, 50, who freely admits to his responsibility in bringing on a near-fatal heart attack in March 2014.

One million Americans suffer heart attacks each year. Hundreds of thousands of heart attack victims die, and many survivors experience lasting heart damage, often because they do not recognize the warning signs and call 911 to get medical help fast.

“I should be dead, and I have no one else to blame,” Frank admitted while urging others to “please learn from my arrogance and stupidity.”

Frank is a software engineer who spent years putting others first, including his five children, three grandchildren and elderly parents.

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On a dark and quiet floor at 192nd and West Dodge Road, Dr. Brady Kerr makes his rounds visiting Methodist Women’s Hospital’s tiniest patients.

“How I round from one day to the next usually isn’t the same,” said Dr. Kerr, a neonatologist in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). “It’s unpredictable and you have to be able to adapt.”

Many of his patients are small – babies born months ahead of schedule – and often times very sick. It’s a sometimes long roller coaster of medicine, nutrition, time and prayer.

“I have to tell parents to be cautiously optimistic,” said Dr. Kerr.  “Preemies can change in a hurry from doing very well to getting very sick. When the baby is critically ill you have to take it one hour, one day at a time.”

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Methodist Challenges Students to Stay Tobacco-Free

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When Methodist issued the challenge, Omaha students accepted in force. This year, 1892 students in 89 classrooms across the metro took on the No Tobacco Challenge, pledging to remain tobacco-free. The challenge is issued each year by the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center Lung/Thoracic Oncology Clinic. Their goal: to encourage students to pledge to be tobacco […]

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Fantastic Full-Service Care at 192nd and Dodge

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I wanted to write about my experience with Methodist Women’s Hospital and Clinics at 192/Dodge. In the past I gave birth to all seven of my children at Methodist Hospital and I had a couple other procedures at Methodist. Each time I was very happy with my experience. I had been lucky enough to have […]

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Brace Yourself for Cold and Flu Season

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It’s here! Cold and flu season is finally upon us. Although the arrival of the annual season of sniffles has arrived, catching a virus does not have to be a foregone conclusion. The typical cold and flu season runs from early November until April. The viruses are readily spread from person to person by both […]

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The “H Word” Nobody Wants to Discuss

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It’s the kind of care nobody really wants to talk about. End of life is never easy. Whether it be from stigma, denial or fear, discussing hospice care can be difficult for patients, families and physicians alike. Unfortunately, because of those hard-to-tackle topics associated with death and dying, many patients and families fail to get […]

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Teeny Tiny Toes in Need of Teeny Tiny Clothes

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When babies arrive early, parents are often unprepared with the necessities a premature infant needs. At Methodist Women’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), we provide care for more than 600 of these babies and their families each year. “These families weren’t expecting to have a premature baby, and it can be a really stressful […]

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Exceptional Care the Second Time Around

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On behalf of my husband, I would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital 4th floor nurses, aides and students, especially those who saw him through some scary episodes before his anti-anxiety meds were resumed! Their calmness and gentleness with him (not to mention their patience in […]

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Holding Her Hand through It All

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Alan and Nancy Stahl participate in the 2014 Race for the Cure sponsored by Methodist Health System. Alan Stahl has been in love with his wife Nancy since she was nine years old. In the 45 years they’ve been married, his heart has been steadfast. They’ve been through a tour of duty in Vietnam, the […]

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Carve Out Time for Halloween Safety

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One week from now, our streets will be overrun with pint-sized princesses, cowboys and zombies. Even the tiniest of the undead will all thirst for…. candy. As you are carving out your Halloween plans, this Omaha physician has a plea for you to put some extra thought behind safety. Tricks-or-treats are meant to be fun, […]

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