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 Hands-Only CPR Saves Lives  By Zac Woodruff, RN BS A few weeks ago, I was watching a movie with my 8 year

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Between 2004 and May 2017, the WVMC Volunteers have given $287,650 in awards to Yamhill County residents studying for a career in

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Amazing Care Stories

52 Years of Service

We  are so happy to see Lucille Kuhn back in the unit that she originally opened many

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" You care about me?" It was chilly fall evening when a patient presented to the ER

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Weight Loss Surgery Support Group @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We offer a support group for anyone that is looking at weight loss surgery, or has had weight loss surgery before. Everyone is welcome whether you had your surgery at WVMC or at another facility. We will have our program psychologist at each meeting and cover an array of topics. It is a safe, discrete place to gather information and talk to others. If you have any questions, please call Kristi Amerson, program coordinator at 503-435-6432.

Breastfeeding Support Group @ Birthing Center Classroom
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The breastfeeding support group is a place to receive advice, support and a place for new moms to gather. Sherry Green, RN has been a nurse for more than 15 years and will be able to answer your questions and help both you and your baby get better at breastfeeding.

New Moms Group @ Birthing Center Classroom
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Breastfeeding Class @ Birthing Center Classroom
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Dad, What’s Lupus?
By Zac Woodruff, RN BS

A couple of nights ago, we were all eating at the dinner table when out of nowhere my son says, “dad, what’s lupus?”

I was surprised that he asked about lupus. “Why do you ask son, where did you hear about lupus?”

One of his friends at school was telling him at lunch that his mom suffered from lupus and she was having a hard time with her recent flare up. He said he thought the word “lupus” sounded kind of funny, but he knew it must be serious based on how his friend was talking about his mom.

I had to think for a moment about how I was going to explain lupus to him. It’s not one of those simple explanations that most people understand right away.

I’ll do my best to explain to you, how I explained to him, what lupus is.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation, pain, swelling and damage to your own cells. Basically, your immune system, for some reason, attacks your own healthy tissues.

Normally, the immune system protects the body. When someone suffers from lupus, their immune system wrongly attacks various parts of their own body. This most often includes the skin, the kidneys, the joints, and the blood.

We actually do not know what causes lupus. Many scientists believe female hormones likely play a role because women make up the majority of those suffering from lupus.

It can happen to anyone, at anytime, but women make up 90% of the nearly 1.5 million cases of lupus in the United States.
According to WebMD (2017) the most common symptoms of lupus include achy joints, unexplained fever, swollen joints, prolonged or extreme fatigue, skin rash, ankle swelling and fluid accumulation, pain in the chest when breathing deeply, butterfly rash across the cheeks and nose, hair loss, sensitivity to the sun and light, seizures, mouth or nose sores, pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud's phenomenon).

That’s a lot of symptoms right! Most of them are pretty bad too! Imagine living day in and day out with any number of those symptoms. No thank you!

The main treatment for those suffering from lupus involves suppressing the immune system. This can involve any number of medications, but that can be very hard on the body and requires constant monitoring.

There is no known cure for lupus, but there are researchers all around the world working tirelessly to find one. In the meantime, those living with lupus can improve their quality of life through exercise, a healthy diet, proper sleep, and educating themselves about living with lupus.

If you or someone you know suffers from lupus, we are always here to help you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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