Linda Burke-Galloway's Blog (15)

10 Things Your Doctor Should do to Help Improve Your Pregnancy

A perfect pregnancy is an admirable goal but not always realistic, despite the efforts of all concerned. As pregnancy becomes obtainable in high risk patients, the desired goal will no longer be a perfect pregnancy but the best possible outcome. For example, if a patient is obese, her physician or midwife is obligated to discuss the risks associated with pregnancy and obesity so that the mother is prepared to do the necessary preparation in order to have the best possible outcome associated… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on February 10, 2011 at 5:20pm — No Comments

What Every Pregnant Women Needs to Know About Group B Strep

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month and a discussion about the prevention of Group B Streptococcal infection (GBS) is necessary because it is the leading infectious cause of illness among newborns in the United States. Untreated GBS can cause serious infections including meningitis and bacteria in the blood stream of newborns.



The good news is that the number of cases of GBS has declined in the U.S. during the past 15 years. The bad news is that 4 % of… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on February 10, 2011 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Six Ways to Prevent Cesarean Section Complications

Although I’ve been a proponent for prevention of medical errors for years and wrote a book to address those issues, I think my ob-gyn colleagues are finally catching on. Dr. Patrick Duff of the University of Florida’s Ob-Gyn department wrote an article in the December issue of the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal that caught my attention. In A Simple Checklist for Preventing Major Complications Associated with Cesarean Delivery, Duff outlines steps that obstetrician-gynecologists should take… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on February 10, 2011 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Why the Story of Mareena Silva is Important: Playing it Safe During the First Trimester

The story of Mareena Silva, a 19 year old pregnant woman who was mistakenly given a medication that could have caused a miscarriage is a precautionary tale of why it’s so important to be vigilant during pregnancy.



Silva was prescribed an antibiotic at six weeks gestation. Although the name of the antibiotic was not given, she ultimately received Methotextrate, an anticancer drug that is sometimes used to treat ectopic or tubal pregnancies and could have caused a spontaneous abortion.… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on February 10, 2011 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Humbled by 100 blogs; please enter my contest!

Approximately one year ago, I wrote my first blog post. By training I am a physician, but writing has always been in my heart. Blogging was a new path in my life’s journey, taking me in an unknown direction. I knew I had something to say, the question was: would anyone listen? Well, to my utter delight, over two thousand people listened, many commented and some even subscribed to my blog. I am honored, humbled and grateful to live in a country where people might not necessarily agree with each… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on March 1, 2010 at 7:52pm — No Comments

A Dog and a Baby

One of the most phenomenal stories regarding babies that I ever heard was reported on CNN in May 2005 and in the May 30, 2005 edition of Jet Magazine.

“A newborn baby abandoned in a Kenyan forest was saved by a stray dog who apparently carried her across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to a shed where the infant was discovered nestled with a litter of puppies.” CBS News covered this story as well.



This baby girl was dressed… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on December 29, 2009 at 9:16am — 3 Comments

A Wish for Pregnant Women

I wish I could click my heels three times and be transported back to a time when healthcare was not a business and patients were more than a commodity. I am NOT a healthcare provider. I’m a physician who was taught to heal.



I wish pregnant moms had time to bond with their babies before being booted out of a hospital. And I didn’t have to threaten billing clerks for not admitting my patients for emergency tests because they didn’t have the “right” insurance.



I wish the ob… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on November 30, 2009 at 9:34am — No Comments

National Adoption Awareness Month: A Personal Tale of Adoption

As an adoptive parent, November is a month of Thanksgiving. Not just because of the traditional holiday, but because of the blessing of adoption.



My life was a series of punctuated delays: college, grad school, med school and then residency. I finally got married at age 37 and then immediately attempted to start a family. However, fibroid tumors wreaked havoc on my uterus and the surgeries to get rid them made things worse. The moment of truth came at age 42. The callousness of the… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on November 11, 2009 at 9:33am — No Comments

National Adoption Awareness Month: A Personal Tale of Adoption

As an adoptive parent, November is a month of Thanksgiving. Not just because of the traditional holiday, but because of the blessing of adoption.



My life was a series of punctuated delays: college, grad school, med school and then residency. I finally got married at age 37 and then immediately attempted to start a family. However, fibroid tumors wreaked havoc on my uterus and the surgeries to get rid them made things worse. The moment of truth came at age 42. The callousness of the… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on November 11, 2009 at 9:33am — No Comments

In Memory of Paulie

Yesterday was my birthday, but I wasn’t in the mood to celebrate. The deeper I get into the fifth decade of my life, the more reflective I become.



My cousin, Pearl (“Paulie”) Ford Colon left us on August 8th and to say that I’m devastated is an understatement. She was not only my cousin, but one of my dearest friends.



Paulie and I were considered the “good” daughters in our extended family. The daughters who never gave their parents grief; that played by the rules even… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on August 19, 2009 at 8:50pm — No Comments

The Soundtrack of Ignorance

Disrupted town hall meetings. Congressmen lynched in effigy. Haters in full bloom. The reason for the discourse? Healthcare reform. If special interest groups are that desperate to disrupt legitimate town hall meetings through premeditative protests and Rent-A Mobs then I say please, call Security.



We have been down this road before. The Brooks Brother Thugs descended on Florida eight years ago and turned our election system into a banana republic. Most of the dissenters were… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on August 4, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Channeling Eleanor Roosevelt

The American people are not descendants of the infamous Chicken Little so please stop telling us that the sky is falling.



The reckless tales spun by those who want “more of the same” regarding healthcare reform make me want to reach for an emesis basin and regurgitate my lunch. There IS no agenda to withhold care from our precious elderly or send them off to die. All dastardly lies.



Everyone who enters a hospital for an admission (regardless of race, gender or age) is… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on August 2, 2009 at 8:54pm — No Comments

A Drastic Message

Lightening struck our home two days ago and I’ve been reeling ever since. While in the midst of preparing dinner while my sons showered and my husband changed clothes, it began to pour buckets of rain. The sky suddenly grew dark, thunder rolled and then we heard a massive explosion followed by a flash of light. I just knew our house was on fire. Wires hissed, I smelled smoke and then there was an eerie silence. We discovered that the useless 50-foot palm tree that occupies our lawn was struck… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on July 25, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

In Praise of Dr. Regina Benjamin

My late aunt once said: Give me my flowers while I can still smell them. Dr. Regina Benjamin, your bouquet has arrived.



Benjamin is President Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General, and no one deserves that title more. Although we have never met, we are colleagues by default. We are members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and are alumni of the National Health Service Corp. Benjamin worked at the Bayou La Batre clinic in Alabama; I practiced at the Bayou Comprehensive clinic in… Continue

Added by Linda Burke-Galloway on July 22, 2009 at 9:42pm — No Comments

 

 

 

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