Monthly Archives: August 2016


Little Red Arm Bumps

Lately, my son’s arms have been bothering him. You see, on the back of his upper arms he has many small, hard, red bumps. They don’t itch and they don’t hurt, but my 11 year old doesn’t like them, and I totally get it. Usually, the bumps that I’m referring tend to appear on your

The last weeks of summer

The back to school pictures are starting to flood in. Days are noticeably shorter. The end of summer is officially nearing. August always reminds me of a Sunday. Sunday is one of the best days of the week but there's that lingering feeling behind it that the next day is Monday and we all know

Water Safety Tips

A few days ago, we went up to Detroit Lake. Believe it or not, that was the first time we went there and we had an absolute blast. Even with apparently low water levels, the lake was still beautiful and the cool water provided great enjoyment on the hottest day of the year. Before we

Our First Aid and CPR course

Since becoming parents, Nate has stressed the importance of feeling comfortable and knowledgeable with first aid and CPR. Nate is experienced with both but I'm afraid I would be the type to fall more into panic mode. That's not acceptable when I'm constantly caring for two little ones that depend on me. Nate has demonstrated

What To Do If You Cut Off Your Finger

I hope it never happens to you. I really do. But if by chance one (or some) of your fingers meets the guillotine for some reason, it is important you know what to do. Last Thursday night, we were driving to Round Table Pizza to celebrate my son’s 11th birthday, when my mother-in-law asked me

NEW General Surgeon and Breast Specialist Joins WVMC

Dr. Steven Giss, Board Certified General Surgeon, Breast Specialist, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons has joined the medical staff at Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) and McMinnville Surgical Associates. Dr. Giss is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and started the surgical residency rotation program at

Potty Training

Nothing quite goes with a baby like changing diapers. In the last 22 months I've done my fair share. I was curious so I looked up the numbers and it's estimated a baby will go through over 5,000 diapers in the first two years. Multiply that by two and you get a whopping 10,000! But

Should I Get This Checked Out?

I’ve been a nurse for a while now, and whenever we go places and someone finds out I’m a nurse, I’m inevitably asked some health related question. Usually, the question is “should I get that checked out?” I’d say 100% of the time my answer is YES. YES. YOU SHOULD GET THAT CHECKED OUT. YES.

Their second birthday

With just a couple months away from Karson and Lucy's second birthday, I once again find myself examining where we are in our weaning process of breastfeeding. When we passed my goal of one year, I said I'd stop at two. I think I'm ready for this part of our journey to end but Karson

Fellowship-Trained MOHS Surgeon comes to McMinnville

Despite its reputation for gray skies, the Pacific Northwest accounts for a disproportionately high number of the country’s skin cancer cases. Silver Falls Dermatology now offers Mohs Micrographic Surgery, a specialized skin cancer treatment at its McMinnville location. Board-Certified Mohs Surgeon William Lear, MD is one of only a handful of Fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon in

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