Hospital Events

 

 

Upcoming Support Groups

 

Tuesday, July 18

Grief Support Group, Garnavillo, 5 to 6 pm

(Held 3rd Tuesday of every month)

Upcoming dates: June 20, July 18, August 15

Garnavillo Community Center, Garnavillo

Facilitated by Haley Schroeder, Hospice Social Worker, 608-357-2000

 

Thursday, August 3

Mom’s Like Me Support Group, 5:30-8:00 pm

(Held 1st Thursday of every month)

You’re not alone in the trials and joys of parenting.

Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center, Prairie du Chien

Learn more by calling 608-357-2138

 

Thursday, August 3

Grief Support Group, Prairie du Chien, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

(Held 1st Thursday of every month)

Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien

Facilitated by Deacon Pat Malanaphy, Hospice Chaplain

For additional information, call Hospice at 608-357-2000

 

Wednesday, August 9

Grief Support Group, Veteran’s Memorial Hospital Education Room, Waukon, 2 to 3 pm

(Held 2nd Wednesday of every month)

Facilitated by Deacon Pat Malanaphy, Hospice Chaplain

For additional information, call Hospice at 608-357-2000

 

Monday, August 14

Grief Support Group, Elkader, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

(Held 2nd Monday of every month)

Central Community Hospital Family Room, Elkader

Facilitated by Brittney Miller, Hospice Social Worker

For additional information, call Hospice at 608-357-2000

 

 

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Do you keep getting UTIs? Tips that may help you

 

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common- affecting more than three million people each year. The infection occurs more often in women, but can affect men as well. If you are among the unlucky few who get UTIs frequently, you dread the first tingle alerting you to yet another infection.

 

What can you do to avoid getting UTIs? The board-certified urologists at Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care offer these three simple, everyday changes you can help with recurring urinary tract infections.

 

  1. Drink plenty of fluids. While drinking a lot of water probably won’t do much to cure a UTI if you already have one, staying hydrated is always a good idea. Drinking plenty of water not only keeps your kidneys and bladder functioning properly, it keeps your entire body running smoothly.

 

  1. Incorporate cranberry products into your diet. “There’s conflicting evidence on the efficacy of cranberry in preventing UTIs,” said Dr. Logan Hoxie, Urologist with Crossing Rivers Health. “While it is by no means a silver bullet, it’s worth trying if you have recurrent infections.” Dr. Hoxie reminds patients, however, not to drink sweetened cranberry cocktail drinks, which have very little or none of the active ingredient and are high in sugar. Taking cranberry extract supplements may also help.

 

  1. Watch your pH. Changes in vaginal pH, caused by menopause or frequent sexual activity (especially with multiple partners), can cause less good bacteria, leading to colonization by bad bacteria. “Women with menopause can try topical estrogen replacement to help restore vaginal pH levels, however, those treatments do come with side effects,” Dr. Hoxie cautioned. “Sexually active women should try to include probiotics into their diet, through fermented foods or supplements. However, supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA, so it’s a good idea to get your doctor’s help in choosing the best one for you.”

 

Dr. Logan Hoxie, and his colleagues Dr. Steven Mindrup, Dr. Thomas Richardson, and Dr. Jonathan Rippentrop, are urologists with Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. They have combined experience of over 60 years specializing in disorders and diseases affecting the adult male and female urinary tract and male reproductive organs.  To schedule an appointment with one of the urology specialists, call Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care at 608-357-2525 or visit crossingrivers.org.

 

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The most common sleep complaint, Insomnia

Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint and affects as many as 30% of adults. The causes, symptoms, and severity vary from person to person.

Those that have trouble transitioning from a state of wakefulness to sleep have the most common type of insomnia known as “sleep-onset insomnia.” Those with an inability to stay asleep are said to have “sleep-maintenance insomnia.”

Acute insomnia lasts for a short time (from a few nights up to three weeks), and goes away on its own without treatment. Nearly 1 in 10 people suffer from chronic insomnia that lasts more than three weeks. Chronic insomnia often requires treatment.

Insomnia is most often associated with other factors:

  • Stress: This can vary from minor things like work or personal stress to more severe changes such as death, divorce, or job loss.
  • Other Sleep Disorders: Some sleep disorders can cause insomnia or make it worse such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or restless legs syndrome (RLS).
  • Medical Conditions: Many physical illnesses can cause insomnia. Those who experience pain, discomfort, or limited mobility from medical problems may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Mental Health Disorders: The relationship between sleep and mental health is complex. Insomnia is sometimes caused by a mental health disorder. Often a mental health disorder such as depression or other mood disorders will be diagnosed after a complaint of insomnia.
  • Medication or Substance Abuse: Insomnia can be an unwanted side effect of many prescription or over-the-counter medications. Alcohol and sleep aids are actually common causes of insomnia. Both alcohol and sleep aids alter sleep architecture and therefore worsen sleep disorders such as insomnia, OSA, or RLS. Finally, caffeine and other stimulants can delay sleep onset and may cause frequent awakenings at night.
  • Environmental Factors: Disruptive factors such as noise, light or extreme temperatures can interfere with sleep. Bed partners who are loud snorers and pets can cause sleep disruption. Irregular sleep schedules can also cause insomnia.

Treatment options for insomnia depend on the underlying cause. Sleep hygiene, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) including stress reduction, relaxation, and sleep schedule management may be effective treatment options for insomnia.

“If you have trouble sleeping on a regular basis, it may be time for you to visit with your health care provider to discuss any medical conditions that could cause insomnia or if you have a sleep disorder. When patients are referred to me, my first step in helping them get good quality sleep is to complete an assessment of their sleep problems. To make an accurate diagnosis and create a treatment plan, sometimes an overnight sleep study is necessary,” explained Dr. Scott Johnson, Sleep Disorders Specialist with Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care. “As a patient sleeps, brain waves, breathing, muscle activity, and eye movements are measured and recorded. The data is reviewed in detail to determine if the patient has a sleep disorder.”

         For additional information on sleep disorders or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott Johnson, call the Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care at 608-357-2525. Individuals may also learn about other services and programs available through Crossing Rivers Health by visiting crossingrivers.org.



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