"What's it like" medical procedure stories

  • What's it like: To be shot with a gun

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 4, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: From 2004 to 2010, there were 60 confirmed unintentional firearm deaths in Oklahoma, an average of 9 deaths per year. Half of those deaths were among men and boys 25 years old and younger.

  • What's it like: To do a juice cleanse

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

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Juicing is growing in popularity, and with that, comes questions about its effectiveness in health promotion.

  • What's it like: To be treated in a hyperbaric chamber

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Inside a hyerbaric chamber, the patient breathes only pure oxygen. This increases the rate oxygen is spread through the rest of the body.

  • What's it like: To run a 100-mile race

    Updated: Sun, Mar 2, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Completing a 100-mile race, such as the Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd in October in Tahlequah, or one of the several 100-mile races throughout the U.S. and world, can be a rewarding experience that requires you to push yourself far beyond your limits.

  • What's it like: To donate your body to science

    | Published: Sat, Feb 22, 2014

    In Oklahoma, a body donation program must operate through a nonprofit entity. It's against the law to buy or sell body parts for profit.

  • What's it like: To sign up for health insurance through the federal marketplace

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    The health insurance marketplace was created through the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as “Obamacare.” The marketplace is, in part, a website where health insurance companies list the plans they will offer under the marketplace guidelines.

  • What's it like: To develop hypothermia

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    During severe hypothermia, your body can build up toxins, which damage your organs and take a long time to recover. In extreme cases, people who suffer from hypothermia have extensive kidney damage and might have to start dialysis because their kidneys no longer function properly.

  • What's it like: To get breast implants

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    Why get breast implants? A woman might choose to get breast augmentation, or implants, for a variety of reasons. For one, a younger woman might seek out breast augmentation because she had one breast that did not develop fully, and it's difficult for her to wear clothing without a visibly...

  • What's it like: To receive cochlear implants

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 26, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Cochlear implants differ from hearing aids in that they do not simply amplify sound. Instead, cochlear implants directly stimulate the auditory nerve.

  • What's It Like: To have a heart attack

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 19, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: What leads up to a heart attack is nothing that happens over night. It's a buildup over time, and a lot of times it can be prevented.