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Top 10 Reasons I Admire Military Kids

By Elaine Sanchez
April 1, 2013

In honor of April’s Month of the Military Child, I created a Top 10 list of the qualities I most appreciate about children from military families. Their amazing service and sacrifice deserve a much longer list, but I figured this would at least be a start.

The top 10 reasons I admire military children:

10. Their sense of humor. Military kids do all they can to keep their spirits up. Some carry life-sized cardboard posters of parents called “Flat Daddies” and “Flat Mommies” to keep deployed loved ones close at hand. They carry them to pizza parties and movies, sporting events and concerts. During a past deployment, military wife Vivian Greentree’s sons took it a step further. They pasted pictures of their deployed dad on a stick, dubbed it a “dad on a stick” and took it everywhere with them. They even asked their “dad” to help them make macaroni and cheese.

9. They selflessly serve their community. Military children possess a strong sense of service — perhaps modeled after their military parents who serve and sacrifice daily. A shining example is last year’s Army Military Child of the Year, Amelia McConnell. Soon after her father returned from Iraq in 2006, he was diagnosed with leukemia. After treatment, he redeployed to Iraq in 2007. In 2009, her only brother, Sgt. Andrew McConnell, was killed in Afghanistan. Still, Amelia excelled in school and in sports, and volunteered hundreds of hours a year for a number of organizations. When asked why she does so much, she said, “I always think there are a lot of people in worse situations than I am.”

8. They stand by their military parent through thick and thin. I met a high school senior several years ago who told me his father would miss his graduation and his departure to college. But this teen wasn’t upset in the least. “He loves to be a soldier, and if it makes him happy, it makes me happy,” he said. “How can I possibly complain that he’s not watching me graduate when he’s out there sacrificing for our nation.”

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BAMC Dietitians Can Guide You to Better Health

By Lt. Col. Marybeth Salgueiro
Registered Dietitian, BAMC Department of Nutritional Medicine

Ads_NNM13_v1Did you know Brooke Army Medical Center has dietary experts on hand who can help you make positive lifestyle changes for good health?

Here at BAMC, we have a staff of 18 military and civilian registered dietitians assigned to the Department of Nutritional Medicine. All are food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. 

RDs work in hospitals, schools, clinics, food service management, education and research.  Most of our staff has advanced degrees and many hold special certifications in areas such as nutrition support, diabetes education, pediatrics, weight management and sports nutrition. 

Whether you are interested in losing weight, improving physical performance, or have a special dietary need, we are standing by ready to help you make positive lifestyle changes for good health. 

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Stay positive: Don’t feed the monster!

By Beverly Benson
BAMC RN/Health Promotion Educator
Army Public Health Nursing

Last time I told you to watch out for “Shoulder Guy” who keeps you from doing the things you know you should, like eating healthy or exercising (read blog here). He is also very good at being negative. I refer to the really negative “shoulder guy” as “the Monster.”

The Monster will hand you a sweater of guilt, remind you of something hurtful someone said in your past, tell you that you have no worth or value, that you should quit, or not even try. Shoulder guy’s job is to keep you down emotionally, physically and mentally. He is very good at his job!

Remember: Fred Astaire was told he couldn’t act or sing and he could only dance “a little.” Lucille Ball was told she was only “mediocre” and shouldn’t pursue acting. The Beatles were told “No” by their first record company and that their sound was “way out.”  Walt Disney was told he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas.” Really?!

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National Nutrition Month: What’s on Your Plate?

By Lt. Col. Marybeth Salgueiro
Registered Dietitian, BAMC Department of Nutritional Medicine

March is National Nutrition Month, and what better time to kick off our Nutritional Medicine blog series? The National Nutrition Month 2013 theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, traditions and health concerns all impact our individual food choices. Our registered dietitians and dietetic interns will be blogging periodically to share our tips for using nutrition to improve (or maintain) your health. 

Be on the lookout for our staff promoting National Nutrition Month and healthy eating throughout BAMC in March. You might have seen the “peas” at the Garden Entrance last week or out at the Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band Concert, where I hear the “carrot” made an appearance too.

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Staying Fit: Hit the Gym, Not the Snooze Button

By Beverly Benson
BAMC RN/Health Promotion Educator
Army Public Health Nursing

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Sgt. 1st Class Mike Atkins tries out the rope climb at the track behind the Warrior and Family Support Center. The track, which is open to Wounded Warriors, their Families and BAMC staff, features equipment for a variety of upper and lower body exercises. U.S. Army photo by Marsha Huffman

Increased stress and worry often bring on insomnia, which gives ammunition to that guy on your shoulder who says: “It’s okay. Just roll over and go back to sleep. You don’t need to get up early. You’re tired. You can do it AFTER work.”

So, giving in to that lie, you hit snooze or turn off the alarm and go back to sleep.

Dragging into work, late because you hit snooze yet again, your stress level is already up from all of the stressors you worried about during the drive in. And now the stress you normally have at work has been increased due to budget cuts.

Needless to say, at the end of the day you are exhausted (cue the shoulder guy) so you say, “I’ll go home and take a short nap on the couch then I’ll go for a walk.” You wake up at 9 p.m. …”Oh, I’m tired and just going to bed. I’ll get up in the morning” The next morning is “wash, rinse, repeat” and so goes the week.

If this sounds familiar to you, here are five tips to help you get back on that train and into your healthier routine.

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BAMC’s First ECMO Baby Celebrates 1st Birthday

By Elaine Sanchez
BAMC Public Affairs
BAMC Beat blog

 The first patient treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation at San Antonio Military Medical Center recently celebrated a first of her own – her birthday.

 

Brianna Sackreiter, the first patient treated with ECMO at San Antonio Military Medical Center  turned 1-year-old last month. Courtesy photo
Brianna Sackreiter, the first patient treated with ECMO at San Antonio Military Medical Center, turned 1-year-old last month. Courtesy photo

Brianna Sackreiter, whose father is an active duty Soldier, was born in Honduras on Jan. 13, 2012, with a major abdominal wall defect. She underwent surgical repairs, but developed intestinal complications and a severe bloodstream infection. She had further complications during a transfer from Honduras to Seattle Children’s Hospital that caused the flight to divert to SAMMC.

Due to the severity of her illness, doctors determined ECMO would be the only lifesaving course. ECMO is a heart-lung bypass system that replaces the natural functions of the heart and lungs, allowing an infant or child to rest while treatments and natural healing of the affected organs take place.

“It was decided that she would surely die without ECMO,” Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Michael Shoemaker, a SAMMC neonatologist, said at the time.

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Sleepless in SAMMC?

 By Dr. Laura Avila
Clinical Health Psychologist, Pulmonary Clinic

 

National Sleep Awareness Week is March 3-10. March 3-10 is the National Sleep Foundation’s annual week-long campaign to celebrate the health benefits of sleep.
March 3-10 is the National Sleep Foundation’s annual week-long campaign to celebrate the health benefits of sleep.

Insomnia is one of the most frequent problems I encounter among patients (and staff!).  Whether it is the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or wake up ready to go, insomnia is very frustrating.  However, insomnia is also very treatable.

 

Sleep is a very natural, automatic process.  The brain left to itself, without any interference, would likely maintain a very balanced and protective sleep-wake cycle.

The following tips have been found by sleep experts to be effective in managing insomnia:

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Get Connected: BAMC Launches Guest Wi-Fi for Patients, Families

Patti Steward, senior wireless engineer for Brooke Army Medical Center Information Management Division, discusses BAMC’s new guest wireless service with wireless engineers Saul Valdez, Phillip Forister and Rosendo B. Flores. U.S. Army photo by Robert Shields

Beneficiaries are now able to text, Facebook, Tweet and browse the Internet while at San Antonio Military Medical Center, thanks to a new guest wireless service for patients and their families.

The 180-day pilot program, which will run through mid-July, enables beneficiaries to connect to Wi-Fi while in the hospital using their tablets, smart phones or any other web-capable wireless device.

“We don’t want the ability to communicate with loved ones hinder people from coming here or detract from their quality of care,” said Army Maj. Anthony Bradway, chief technology officer for Brooke Army Medical Center’s Information Management Division.

For detailed connection instructions, visit a SAMMC information desk. For more on this service, click here.