"What's it like" medical procedure stories

  • What's it like: To have a corneal transplant

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    A person might need a corneal transplant because he or she suffers from vision problems because of a thinning cornea. Another reason to get a corneal transplant would be because of scarring of the cornea from severe infections or injuries. Also, the only cure for people who suffer from Fuchs’...

  • What's it like: To be quarantined

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: In the public health world, there’s an important distinction between the words “quarantine” and “isolation.” People often use the term “quarantined” inappropriately.

  • What's it like: To contract sepsis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    A person with an infection might develop a serious medical condition called sepsis, where the body overreacts to fighting that infection. There is no “cure” for sepsis or septic shock, and death rates often are high.

  • What's it like: To develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Millions of Americans became familiar with ALS this past summer when hundreds of thousands of people participated in the “ice bucket challenge,” which went viral and helped raise millions of dollars for ALS organizations.

  • What's it like: To have a C-section

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Oklahoma health officials have worked to end the practice of elective deliveries and inductions before a fetus reaches 39 weeks, and C-sections have declined in response.

  • What's it like: To suffer a mental health crisis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Symptoms of a mental health crisis can include neglect of personal hygiene; dramatic change in sleep habits; weight gain or loss; decline in performance at work or school; noticeable mood changes, such as irritability, anger, anxiety or sadness; and withdrawal from routine activities and...

  • What's it like: To have blood clots

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Blood clotting is a normal process that the body uses to seal small cuts on blood vessel walls to stop bleeding. But sometimes a blood clot can build up in an artery or vein and result in a life-threatening situation.

  • What's it like: To suffer serious burns

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    If the burn is bigger than your palm, it’s generally recommended you see someone that day. And if the burn is life threatening, you should seek emergency medical attention.

  • What's it like: To suffer a spider bite

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    The bites from black widow and brown recluse spiders can cause health problems.

  • What's it like: To suffer a heatstroke

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    Heatstroke can follow heat cramps or heat exhaustion. Some of the first signs might include fainting, a throbbing headache, dizziness or a lack of sweating. When you stop sweating, that can mean that your body’s regulation system has shut down, and you can no longer cool yourself.



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