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Los pacientes con cáncer de Driscoll muestran tener "Lo que se Necesita"

August 28, 2013
El Collar de
El Collar de "sobreviviente" de Rhianna Brizuela es una fuente de orgullo para la niña de 4 años de edad.
Evento planeado para el 7 de Septiembre conmemorando el mes de
Concientización acerca del Cáncer Infantil con temática, "Guerreros"

CORPUS CHRISTI -Los pacientes con cáncer del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll fácilmente pueden describirse como guerreros. Se han adaptado a luchar contra una enfermedad potencialmente mortal con resistencia y valentía, al mismo tiempo que mantienen a flote la moral de sus familias.

El 7 de Septiembre, Driscoll honrará el espíritu combativo de sus pacientes de cáncer conmemorar el mes de concientización sobre el cáncer infantil con una celebración con temática de guerreros en el Museo del USS Lexington en la bahía. Cerca de 150 pacientes y sus familias de todo el Sur de Texas han sido invitados. En consonancia con el tema de Guerrero, cada paciente recibirá una plaquita de identidad como recuerdo. Concejala de la ciudad de Corpus Christi, Lillian Riojas, leerá una proclamación declarando Septiembre 7, Día de Conciencia contra el Cáncer Infantil y el puente de la bahía cercana se iluminará en amarillo especialmente para la ocasión.

Aquí tienen información de tres héroes que planean asistir al evento:

Rhianna Brizuela
4 años de edad
Laredo

Detrás de la bonita sonrisa, conducta tímida y dulce Rhianna es una niña fuerte que luchó contra el cáncer desde que era sólo un bebé. Su madre, Itzamara Pedraza, la llevó a un pediatra cuando tenía cuatro meses porque tenía protuberancias del tamaño de una moneda de 10 centavos en el vientre y sus axilas. Se descubrió que Rihanna tiene neuroblastoma, y aún más preocupante para su madre que la enfermedad se encontraba en etapa cuatro de acuerdo a una escala de gravedad de cuatro etapas.

"Estaba en shock", dijo la Sra. Pedraza. "La primera semana sólo lloraba. Luego me detuve porque tenía que ser fuerte para mi hija."

Ms. Pedraza decidió llevar a Rhianna al Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll para el tratamiento especializado que necesitaba. En Driscoll, fue sometida a numerosos exámenes, análisis y radiografías antes de comenzar tratamientos de quimioterapia regular. Fue entonces cuando Rhianna mostró su verdadero Temple.

"Era sólo un bebé, pero nunca estuvo de mal humor o algo así," dijo la Sra. Pedraza. "No sé dónde sacó esa fuerza. Ella es una niña de fuerte cabeza".

En Junio de 2009, la glándula suprarrenal derecha de Rhianna fue extraída por un cirujano de Driscoll para prevenir el regreso del cáncer, dijo su madre. También se le insertó un mediport en el pecho - un aparato a través del cual los médicos pueden administrar medicamentos de quimioterapia en un vaso sanguíneo o extraer una muestra de sangre.

La Sra. Pedraza dijo que su hija ahora se encuentra en el lado "más seguro", pero que tiene que venir a Driscoll, una vez al año para visitas de seguimiento.

Difundir el mensaje de que el cáncer puede afectar cualquier persona independientemente de su edad es importante para la Sra. Pedraza.

"Haré cualquier cosa para ayudar a crear conciencia de que los niños también se enferman de cáncer", dijo.

Sara Cavazos
7 años de edad
McAllen

Dijo su madre, Anna Cavazos, " fue un momento que cambió mi vida" cuando Sara fue diagnosticada con cáncer en su riñón y ganglios abdominales, el año pasado. La buena noticia era que, debido a la edad de Sara y la falta de una predisposición genética, el cáncer de riñón era "muy tratable", dijo La Sra. Cavazos.
Los médicos en el Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll rápidamente desarrollaron un plan de tratamiento para Sara que primero incluyó la extracción de un tumor canceroso de su riñón, que se realizó justo antes de Navidad, seguida por tratamientos de radiación y quimioterapia en Driscoll Children Medical Plaza en McAllen.

Como es común con los pacientes sometidos a tratamiento contra el cáncer, Sara perdió su pelo. Y debido a su inmunidad baja, tuvo que recibir su educación en casa. Sin embargo, ella manejó los retos como un soldado, inspirando a su propia familia.

"Es una luchadora, un verdadero héroe," dijo La Sra. Cavazos. "Que casi nunca se ve cabizbaja o deprimida. Su frase favorita es, "yo lo tengo mamá, lo venceré. Creo que ha sido más difícil para sus padres, que para ella".

La Sra. Cavazos dijo que un punto alto a través del viaje de Sara con cáncer ocurrió en junio pasado cuando asistió al "Camp Star Trails", un campamento de verano en Burton diseñado para niños con enfermedades crónicas y discapacidades. Una de las hermanas mayores de Sara la acompañó.

"Lo pasaron muy bien", dijo La Sra. Cavazos. "Tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer a otros niños con enfermedades, relacionarse con ellos y darse cuenta que no son los únicos que batallan con esto".

La perseverancia de Sara no ha sido en vano. Recientemente su cabello empezó a crecer, y en Julio, los médicos de Driscoll confirmaron que se encuentra libre de cáncer, dijo La Sra. Cavazos.

"Recibió el 'Todo Claro'" una semana después de su cumpleaños. Ahora está muy entusiasmada en volver a la escuela y estar con sus amigos nuevamente."

Mateo Garza
6 años de edad
Bishop

Cada jueves, Matthew puede encontrarse jugando sus videojuegos favoritos entre los exámenes de laboratorio y tratamientos de quimioterapia en el Centro de Cáncer y de trastornos Sanguíneos de Driscoll. Ahora se encuentra en la fase de mantenimiento del tratamiento para leucemia linfoblástica aguda, una enfermedad que tomó por sorpresa a sus padres cuando fue diagnosticado por los médicos de Driscoll hace un poco más de dos años, a los 4 años.

"Al principio estábamos en shock total, casi en negación," dijo la madre de Matthew, Melinda Garza. "Creo que la negación terminó cuando su hermana me preguntó si su hermano iba a morir. Eso fue como un despertador".

Aunque a Mateo le faltan alrededor de 15 meses de tratamientos contra el cáncer, él se ve tan sano y juguetón como cualquier niño de 6 años de edad. El año pasado, participó en el programa "Piloto por 1 Día", en el cual pacientes de Driscoll y sus familias son los invitados de honor a una de las Estaciones Aéreas Naval local. El aprecia mucho atesora el traje de vuelo a medida que le dieron los pilotos en la Base Aérea Naval de Kingsville, dijo su madre.

El espíritu de lucha de Mateo ha sido una bendición para su familia, especialmente durante los primeros dos desafiantes años de tratamiento.

"Ha sido increíble", dijo la Sra. Garza. "Él jamás se ha quejado. Él nos ha dado la fuerza para seguir adelante."

El padre de Matthew, Gabriel Garza, recordó un reciente viaje que él y su hijo hicieron al rancho familiar en las afueras de Alice después de una sesión de quimioterapia.

Dijo, "Le gusta montar sobre el tractor y poner maíz para los animales, así que fue conmigo". "Él incluso no se perturbó por la quimio. Fue como si nada hubiese sucedido pasado".
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Driscoll residents read to children as part of Residents Advocacy Week

March 18, 2015
As part of Residents Advocacy Week, residents at Driscoll Children's Hospital read to children at the hospital's Children's Learning Center. The theme for the week is "Open a book, open a mind," with an emphasis on improving child literacy. In addition to reading to children, the residents also have started a book drive throughout the hospital.

"At Driscoll, we all are active in the community, and our residents are the same way," Driscoll Children's Hospital's Associate Residency Program Director Eric Baggerman, MD, said.

Being an advocate for the children of South Texas has long been a part of Driscoll Children's Hospital's residency program, and Residents Advocacy Week puts a focus on those activities.

"Residency Advocacy Week is something our residents wanted to be a part of to put an emphasis on helping out in the community," Dr. Baggerman said. "Driscoll Children's Hospital always strives to help improve the lives of South Texans, and our residents are part of that, also."

The Skinny on Fat

March 17, 2015
Fat is a necessary part of the diet. We need fat to absorb certain vitamins and minerals, and some fats have been linked to improved heart health. Make sure you know the difference between good fats and bad fats.

Good fats: Shown to improve heart health!

Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats (including omega-3 fatty acids)
Sources: olive, canola, peanut, sunflower, safflower and sesame oils.
Also, avocados, nuts (especially walnuts and almonds), fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, trout, albacore tuna, sardines), nut butters, seeds (especially chia seeds and flaxseed) and legumes.

Bad fats: Linked to increased risk for heart disease

Saturated fat and trans fats.
Sources: Red meat, animal products (2% or whole-fat dairy), tropical oils, fried foods, baked goods, fast food, some breads/crackers, and some regular peanut butter.
Note: If a food says "hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil" it contains trans fats.

Be wary of fat-free and low-fat foods: Manufactures may increase the sugar and sodium in foods to improve the flavor if fat has been removed. Read the food label!

Easy changes to improve your health:
- Cook with olive or canola oils whenever possible. Avoid lard.
- Buy leaner meats and trim visible fat from meats - note: by cooking meats with less fat, you will actually end up with more meat in the end.
- Try low-fat and fat free dairy products. 2% and whole milk products are high in cholesterol-raising saturated fats.

Make your recipes healthier without changing the taste! Replace butter or oil with:
- Applesauce (1:1 ratio)
- Plain, nonfat Greek yogurt (1:1 ratio)
- Low fat ricotta cheese or cottage cheese (1:1 ratio)
- Ground flax seed (3 Tablespoons of ground flax seed + 1 Tablespoon of water to replace 1 Tablespoon of oil) - note: let mixture sit for approximately 5 minutes until flax and water take on a jelly-like consistency.

Poison Prevention Tips

March 16, 2015
Driscoll Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Program
Poison Prevention Tips
From: Texas Poison Center Network

- Keep all household products and medicines locked up, out of sight and reach.

- If the door or phone rings when you are using a potentially harmful product, take it with you or put it out of the child's reach first. Don't turn your back on a child when a poisonous product is nearby. Most poisonings occur when the product is in use.

- Be careful with distraction from your usual supervisory activities.

- Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container securely after each use. Child resistant does not mean child proof.

- Use child-resistant locks on cabinets and cupboards containing medicines, toiletries, household cleaners and garden products.

- Keep the poison in its original container. Do not use food containers such as milk jugs or soda bottles to store household and chemical products.

- Keep the poison stored in a different cupboard from food products. Many poisonous products look alike and come in containers very similar to drinks or food. An example of this is apple juice and pine cleaner.

- Keep handbags out of reach of children. Only store one day's supply of medication in your handbag.

- Discard old or outdated household and chemical products.

- Communicate with other household members when a medication is given to a child in order to avoid unnecessary repeat dosing.

- Always turn the light on when giving or taking medicine so you can see what you are giving your child.

- Always read the label and measure the dose of medication to be given carefully.

- Avoid taking medicine in front of children.

- Pesticides can get through the skin and can be extremely toxic. Keep children away from areas that have recently been sprayed.

- Know the name of the plants in your home and in your yard. Label all of your plants. If you are having difficulty identifying a plant, take a sample to a nursery for identification.

- Teach your children not to eat mushrooms growing in the yard. Some of these mushrooms can be poisonous.

- Teach your children not to eat leaves and berries that grow in the yard. Do not assume a plant is safe to eat if you see wild animals eating it.

- Have your regional poison control center send you a list of poisonous and non-poisonous plants.

- New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise that parents should not use Syrup of Ipecac as a poison treatment intervention in the home.

- Take time to teach children about poisonous substances.

- Don't call medicine candy. Medicines and candy look alike and children cannot tell the difference.

Keep the telephone number for your regional poison control center near your telephone (1-800-222-1222).

The Dietary Guidelines

March 13, 2015
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are a set of realistic, science-based recommendations that are easy to follow and practical for everyone. New guidelines are published every five years with the help of nutrition experts and professionals in the field. These guidelines focus on getting every American to adopt a diet that promotes a healthy weight and prevents against chronic disease. Why is this important?

  • Approximately 1/2 of all American adults - 17 million individuals - have one or more preventable, chronic diseases that are related to poor quality dietary patterns and physical inactivity

  • More than 2/3 of adults and nearly 1/3 of children and youth are overweight or obese


Together, we can fix this!


Some quick facts about the new guidelines:

  • Eat more fruits and non-starchy vegetables - they have been shown across the board to prevent and improve chronic diseases like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. Not to mention, they promote healthy weight.

  • Replace processed grains with whole grains as much as possible. Whole grains provide a source of fiber, vitamins and minerals that you will NOT get in refined grains like white breads, rice, pastas and processed cereals.

  • Coffee - Get excited, coffee lovers, because there is now strong evidence showing that moderate coffee consumption (3-5 cups per day) does not pose a long-term health risk and can actually reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It may even be protective against Parkinson's disease. Note: This does not pertain to the cream and sugar!

  • Eat more seafood and eggs! We now know that cholesterol in food does not affect blood cholesterol - this means that eggs and shellfish are perfectly fine to eat! They are low in saturated fat.

  • Put a serious cap on added sugar. Sugar is a major contributor to weight gain and health issues today. The new Guidelines recommend making sugar less than 10% of total daily calorie intake(approximately 10-12 teaspoons per day). To put this in perspective, one can of regular soda has approximately 10 teaspoons). Instead of turning to sugar substitutes, just drink water.

  • Eat LESS red and processed meats - These are a major source of "bad" fats. Limit to once per week at most, and preferably, only eat these meats a few times per month. Tip: try to make beef grass-fed! Grass-fed beef has more good fats and less bad fats. In general, go for leaner meats like chicken or turkey instead.

  • Aim for less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day (for healthy people).

  • Get moving! Try for at LEAST 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week. For weight maintenance or weight loss, one hour of physical activity may be needed. Kids should engage in at least one hour of physical activity per day. Limit screen time to less than two hours per day, especially among children.

  • Strong evidence shows that it is not necessary to eliminate food groups or conform to a single dietary pattern to achieve healthy dietary patterns.

Driscoll patients treated to Child Life Month celebration

March 10, 2015
The Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital celebrated Child Life Month with a rock and roll-themed party for in-house patients on March 3rd. The seventh annual event is designed to make hospitalization a little more pleasant for children by providing a distraction from their illness and an opportunity for socialization, self-expression and normalization.

"Child Life professionals strive to promote coping and reduce anxiety of children and their families. They embrace the power of play to teach children about their diagnosis, prepare for and support during painful procedures," said Michelle Goodman, director of the Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll.

Driscoll Children's hospital began a Child Life program in 1985. Today, Driscoll has nine Child Life  Specialists who provide service to the Emergency Room, in-patient units 4T, 6T and 7T, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Renal Dialysis, Driscoll's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Day Surgery and Radiology.

Activities at the celebration will include walking down a red carpet, face painting, decorating cardboard guitars and a photo booth.  Employees from Stripes convenience stores will provide a carnival-style prize wheel and store coupons.

13th annual Radiothon will broadcast live from Driscoll Children's Hospital

February 25, 2015

Donate and register online!


For more information about the Radiothon, click here.


CORPUS CHRISTI - K-99 (KRYS 99.1 FM) will combine with Driscoll Children's Hospital for the 13th annual Radiothon on Friday, March 6. The one-day event will be broadcast live from the guest quarters in the Sloan Building at Driscoll Children's Hospital beginning at 6 a.m. Listeners can tune in to hear patients, parents, physicians and staff share inspirational stories of hope and healing. Last year's Radiothon raised more than $70,000 to benefit the patients and services provided at Driscoll Children's Hospital. For information or to donate, contact Driscoll's Development Department at (361) 694-6401.

  • What: 13th annual K-99 Radiothon benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital

  • When: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, March 6

  • Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital Sloan Building guest quarters, 3533 S. Alameda St.


Driscoll Children's Hospital neurologist Carol DeLine, MD, answers questions on K-99 during the hospital's annual Radiothon. This year's Radiothon is March 6.

Driscoll Children's Hospital adds eight AEDs to non-clinical areas

February 12, 2015
Driscoll Children's Hospital purchased eight Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which will be placed in non-clinical areas of the hospital courtesy of a generous donation from the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital.

The $15,800 donation will help make every hospital visitor - including friends and families of patients - safer. An AED is a portable electronic device designed to be used in cases of life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias which lead to cardiac arrest and can be treated with an AED through defibrillation, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed for use by the layperson and can save the life of someone experiencing cardiac arrest.

"The minutes after the onset of a cardiac emergency are called the 'Golden Minutes,' and every minute is crucial in those situations," Pediatric Intensivist Kevin Schooler, MD, said. "Having easily accessible AEDs throughout the hospital will ensure the quickest possible care is available for our visitors."

The AEDs will be placed in non-clinical areas of the hospital, including the hospital cafeteria. There also will be an AED on a security cart, which could quickly be deployed to the parking lot, if necessary. The locations were strategically chosen to be the most beneficial to the hospital's visitors.

"We focus on taking care of the children of South Texas, and we also want to make sure we're there for the families," Dr. Schooler said. "Having AEDs readily available throughout the hospital ensures that we also can be there for our adult visitors should a cardiac emergency arise. This is another example of us truly being a friend of the family."

Annual Fiesta de los Niños is a celebration for those who help make miracles happen

January 13, 2015
Fiesta de los Niños, which began as a small, grassroots effort 23 years ago, has evolved into a high-profile event that many South Texans return to every year. On Feb. 6, Driscoll Children's Hospital's 23rd annual Fiesta de los Niños will bring its signature combination of fun, food and music to the American Bank Center. The event's mission remains the same since its origin - to help Driscoll offer more and enhanced services to children in the community. "Thanks to the generosity of our title sponsor, Flint Hills Resources, and the many other community partners, Driscoll Children's Hospital is able to continue to enhance and broaden its services for the children of South Texas," Driscoll Children's Hospital's Vice President of Development Martha Avery said. Fiesta de los Niños is Driscoll's largest annual fundraiser with 100 percent of the funds raised from the event directly benefitting the hospital. Through the community's annual support of Fiesta, Driscoll has been able to develop and enhance its services and programs in order to better serve the children of South Texas. In 2014, with more than 1,500 people in attendance, Fiesta raised $700,000, which helped purchase the latest, state-of-the-art 3D technology for Driscoll's Catheterization Laboratory to perform the most delicate procedures on infants and children. Proceeds from this year's event will go toward several key specialty areas throughout the hospital, including upgrades to the surgical suites, additional ambient lighting for a new MRI suite and a new pediatric transport ambulance. Guests at Fiesta de los Niños will enjoy silent, live and bid-board auctions, a barbecue dinner and entertainment by country music group Restless Heart, which has had six No. 1 singles on the Billboard country charts. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, silent and bid-board auctions. For information or table sponsorship, call Driscoll's Development Department at (361) 694-6405 or visit www.driscollchildrens.org/giving.

What: Driscoll Children's Hospital's 23rd annual Fiesta de los Niños

When: 6:30 - 11:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6

Where: American Bank Center Exhibit Hall, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Information: (361) 694-6405

Event schedule:

6:30 p.m. - Doors open, reception, silent and bid-board auctions open

7 p.m. - Western barbecue dinner served

8:30 p.m. - Live auction begins, silent auction closes (bid-board remains open until 10 p.m.)

9:30 p.m. - Featured entertainer, Restless Heart

Driscoll Health Plan earns national award

November 24, 2014
DriscollHealthPlan
The Driscoll Health Plan was given an award at the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) Quality Meeting on Nov. 12 in Chicago. The Driscoll Health Plan was honored for its Medicaid Healthplan earning the best Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) scores in ACAP, which is an organization with about 40 Medicaid plans distributed across the country. CAHPS scores are based on consumers' answers to a survey evaluating their experiences with healthcare.

Injury Prevention Program honored by Westside Business Association

November 11, 2014
Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program was presented with the Advocate of the Year award at the Westside Business Association's Community Leader Awards Banquet.

For the past three years, the hospital's Injury Prevention Program has donated children's bicycle helmets to the annual Navidad de los Ninos celebration in Corpus Christi. Navidad de los Ninos, which benefits more than 1,200 disadvantaged children and families annually, gives out the helmets to local children as Christmas gifts, as well as other toys donated by the community.

"It's an honor to be recognized by the community, but an even bigger honor to help the children of South Texas, which is the mission of Driscoll Children's Hospital," Injury Prevention Specialist Tiffany Collie said.