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Monthly Archives: January 2016


What is this ZIKA Virus?

What is this ZIKA virus? By Zac Woodruff, RN BS Have you heard about this virus yet? Chances are, if you have been paying any attention to the news this week, you have. Right now, if you go to the CDC website, the home page is all about the Zika virus and what you need

Our Annual Ski Trip

One of my family's traditions is to go skiing each winter. I learned how to ski when I was very young, and we would go as much as possible. Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to go for the past several years. Part of that is because of the lack of snow, but also

Developing a Structure

As a stay-at-home mom, my days with Karson and Lucy are mostly a free-for-all. I'm a stickler for naps, and our meals are pretty regular but other than that, we're pretty free range around here. This is both good and bad. As I see my babies turn into toddlers I realize we've made it beyond

Chest Pain and Awesome Angiograms

Chest Pain and Awesome Angiograms By Zac Woodruff, RN We see a lot of people who come to us with chest pain. The most common cause of the chest pain is reduced blood flow to the heart. This type of chest pain is referred to as angina, and it’s the number one symptom of coronary

It’s been 31 Weeks

This week marks 31 weeks since surgery and I have lost around 60 lbs with 80lbs to go. I admit that I have not lost as much as I hoped by this time, but I am working on ways to improve that. As I mentioned last week, one of my main goals is to increase

Who Knows What Tomorrow Could Bring

Shortly after Christmas I came down with a stomach bug. I was drained and tired, feeling nauseous for several days. I rarely get sick and the symptoms felt so similar to how I felt when I was pregnant, I started to think maybe I was pregnant. Although the chances that it could happen were slim,


Disappointed By Zac Woodruff, RN BS The Merriam Webster definition of “disappointed” is feeling sad, unhappy, or displeased because something was not as good as expected or because something you hoped for or expected did not happen. We’ve all experienced varying degrees of feeling disappointed. Even though the odds were like 1 in a gagillion

I Can’t Believe it’s Almost February!

This month has gone by so fast. I can't believe that it is already almost February. Last week I began talking about my exercise goals. When I started thinking about what to write about this week, I decided that healthy eating and exercise shouldn't be my only goals. They are definitely important for improving my

Time to Upgrade the Car Seats

In the recent months we've made the switch from infant car seats to stationary "convertible" seats. I had been dreading the switch but we couldn't hold out any longer. Karson and Lucy had simply gotten too big. The new seats require a little more strategy during loading and unloading but just like each new phase

Sometimes It’s Okay to Enjoy Cupcake

Sometimes It’s Okay to Enjoy Cupcake By Zac Woodruff, RN BS Over the last six months, my wife and I have made many lifestyle changes and we have been living much healthier lives. We are regularly working out, utilizing portion control techniques, and focusing on meal plans and preparation ahead of time. The other day

Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! It's the New Year, which means it's time for fresh starts. This is the time when many people dream up goals for the upcoming year. I wonder how many people actually reach those goals. I know for years I would make the goal of losing weight and I never succeeded. This year

Welcome Dr. Joanna Zamora, Pediatrician

Welcome Joanna Zamora, MD, FAAP to the WVMC Medical Staff Willamette Valley Medical Center would like to officially welcome Joanna Zamora, MD, FAAP to their Medical Staff. As a pediatric physician at Physicians’ Medical Center, Dr. Zamora is committed to improving the lives of children physically, mentally and socially through the practice of medicine. In

15 Months and Counting

Karson and Lucy are 15 months old today. Each month that passes they develop faster and faster. I can't believe how much they're capable of! After months of feeling like a crazy person talking to myself all day, all of a sudden Karson and Lucy now seem to understand every word I say and will

Welcome Anne Ziemba, CNM

Willamette Valley Medical Center would like to Welcome Anne Ziemba, CNM to Medical Staff January 4, 2016- McMinnville, OR- Willamette Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce the joining of Anne Ziemba, Certified Nurse Midwife to their medical staff. She is the newest addition to Women’s Health Care Clinic, joining Dr. Kay Case and Melissa

Our ICU is Amazing

Our ICU is Amazing By Zac Woodruff, RN BS We have an amazing staff here at WVMC. I really could rave about each and every department here, but yesterday as I was walking out of the ICU, I couldn’t help but feel the utmost respect and admiration for the nurses and physicians working there (so