"What's it like" medical procedure stories

  • 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.

  • 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.



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