Recording : Dr. Andrew Cook’s Free Endo Webinar

If you were unable to watch Dr. Andrew Cook’s free webinar from October 25, 2016, it’s now online!¬† A HUGE thank you to Dr. Andrew Cook, the Vital Health Institute, and the Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation for doing this!!!!

The presentation begins at around the 4:55 minute mark. ūüôā

It’s about an hour long…and had me in tears on several occasions.¬† ‚̧

Share Your Story : Melinda

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Melinda lives in Guyana in South America and was 35-years-old when she was diagnosed with Endometriosis.  Now 40, she has started an Endometriosis Support Group in her country.  May she bring the government, the women, and the medical professionals together to raise Endo awareness and improve healthcare for the Guyanese citizens!

Melinda’s Journey:¬†

ūüĆÖ Let me begin by thanking Lisa Drayton from Bloomin’ Uterus for giving me that little nudge I needed to start this Endo conversation in Guyana. My journey with Endometriosis has been a long and very painful one.

During the latter half of my teens I started having severe pains, heavy bleeding, bloating, lower back pain and constipation during my menstrual cycle. The pain was so intense I would sometimes faint. My teacher/ parents would rush me to the Hospital/clinic and after what seemed like a barrage of tests/ ultrasounds, prescription pain killers and Iron supplements would be sent home with the hope that this would be my final trip with this recurring complaint and somehow the meds would actually help. I was even placed on contraceptives which helped a little. Strange enough not one of the numerous GPs or Obs/Gyns I visited suggested Endometriosis.

In retrospect I feel my symptoms were classic text book case for an early Endo diagnosis. It was even suggested during one of my visits that once I conceived these painful episodes would disappear. Well! It didn’t. At 25 yrs I had my first child and guess what? All the symptoms returned with my period. By this time I was downright fed up. I was being robbed of a good quality of life and no one knew the reason. I gained a considerable amount of weight even though I was eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. I couldn’t understand it. I stopped visiting the Doctors. While most of the symptoms remained the fainting disappeared. I developed coping mechanisms.

At 35 yrs old I gave birth to my second child by CS. Again, the symptoms returned. Four years after, my period started running for nine days instead of the usual five for three consecutive months with heavy bleeding. I became weak and anemic so I finally decided to visit my doctor. She recommended an ultrasound which revealed I had severe scarring and two ovarian cysts. One was large enough to necessitate surgical intervention.

During surgery it was discovered I had Endometriosis so my doctor removed the offending tissues ( simply put). I was away from work for three months and those were three wonderful months. No pains, no constipation, no back pains, no nausea, and no bloating during my periods. My Ob/Gyn advised this would be temporary. In addition to the fact that my chances of conceiving again are very slim to nil. It felt good to be free of the pain.

Then ……….. ( I wish I could say it was happily ever after); the symptoms returned increasing in intensity as the months progressed. My Dr prescribed meds which are not available locally ūüá¨ūüáĺ. I was able to access them for what seemed like a small fortune.

Nine months later they seem not to be helping. The pain continues. The bloating continues. The heavy bleeding continues. My Endo journey continues.

Words of Advice for Us:  Keep the faith. Keep the conversations going! As long as we have life; we have hope.

If you wish to contact Melinda, you can find her Facebook EndoCare group here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/330769713952617/

 

I want to send a special Thank You out to Melinda for being brave enough to share her personal story, struggle, and victories with us today. ¬†I am sorry to hear your pain continues, but as you said, “Keep the faith.” ¬†AND thank you for creating the EndoCare Guyana Endometriosis support group! ¬†Wishing you Sisters the best!! ¬†You are a beautiful, brave, and strong woman.¬† Thank you!!!

 

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And if YOU would like to share your story, you can do so by clicking here.  The best part about this disease is the strong network of love and support from our fellow EndoSisters, and our friends and family, too.

Yours, Lisa.

Guyana : Endometriosis Support Group

Recently I wrote about Guyana’s treatment of Endometriosis.¬† I didn’t learn a whole lot about the care offered in their country, but did learn that their healthcare system is in need of repair, and the government and international aid organizations are striving to offer better care for the citizens of the country.

Since writing that blog entry, I’ve received 1,300 views from a country I’ve never heard of, and dozens of emails from the women of Guyana who are suffering, or think they may have, Endometriosis.¬† One woman (a fellow EndoSister) I was speaking with, Melinda, stepped up and has now started on online support group for Guyanese women. ‚̧

If you live in Guyana and suffer from Endometriosis, or think you may, or have questions about the illness and need to know what to do or who to see, please join the group.¬† Ask questions.¬† Share stories and experiences.¬† Talk about what works, or doesn’t work, to control your symptoms.¬† Arrange meetings in person with each other.¬† Hugging and laughing and crying with women who know what you’re going through is so therapeutic!

It can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/330769713952617/

 

The women of Guyana may not have the best medical care available, especially when it comes to this illness, but they have each other.¬† And it’s a great step. May the EndoSisters of Guyana unite!¬† May they raise awareness of this horrible disease in their country.¬† And may the press their government officials, hospitals, and physicians to give this disease the recognition and priority it deserves.

Thank you, Melinda, for caring enough to reach out to others.  And thank you, Guyanese women, for reach out to each other.

I wish you all the best.¬† And I will always be here for you. ‚̧

Love,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays!

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Happy Friday!

Today I’m not going to share a quote…I’m going to share a single word my mother recently shared with me.

Sisu. ¬†It’s a word from Finland. ¬†Emilia Lahti, PhD, has studied and analyzed the word and ¬†James Clear has written the following (you can read more here):

Sisu is a word that has no direct translation, but it refers to the idea of continuing to act even in the face of repeated failures and extreme odds. It is a way of living life by displaying perseverance even when you have reached the end of your mental and physical capacities.

‚ÄúSisu is the concept of taking action in the face of significant adversity or challenge. It is not so much about achievement as it is about facing your challenges with valor and determination.‚ÄĚ She goes on to say, ‚ÄúSisu provides the final empowering push, when we would otherwise hesitate to act.‚ÄĚ

But Sisu runs even deeper than grit. It is a type of mental toughness that allows you to bear the burden of your responsibilities, whatever they happen to be, with a will and perseverance that is unbreakable. It is the ability to sustain your action and fight against extreme odds. Sisu extends beyond perseverance. It is what you rely on when you feel like you have nothing left.

You’re no longer my EndoSisters…you’re my EndoSisus. ¬†ūüėČ

I know¬†A LOT of friends are going through A LOT of crap right now. ¬†Depression, anxiety, pain, fear, financial hard times,¬†uncertainty, doubt, turmoil, grief…

Find and embrace your inner-Sisu.  You got this.

Parabens & Endometriosis

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What are Parabens?

Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in consumer products.

Why are they Bad for Us?

If you happen to suffer from Endometriosis, or any other estrogen-driven condition (like breast cancer), please be aware that parabens¬†mimic estrogen. ¬†Just like soy. ¬†Just like flax. ¬†Parabens are an “endocrine disruptor,” which alters our body’s hormone levels. ¬†They’ve been found to play a role in breast cancer cell growth, too.

These chemicals are absorbed through our skin and what we eat and drink.   Studies have shown, though, that parabens are absorbed more by the body through the skin than if you were to consume them.

What Products have Parabens?

Read the labels. ¬†If the ingredients identify “paraben” in the word, you’ve found it: Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Benzylparaben, Methylparaben and Propylparaben. ¬†Many products are now labeled Paraben-Free, so all you have to do is read to be a little extra cautious.

A 2016 study identified that 80% of personal care products contain parabens and that they (and endocrine disrupting hormones) affect women’s health. ¬†Products that may contain parabens include: antacids,¬†anti-aging creams, conditioner, creams, deodorant, face masks, hair gel, lip balm, lipstick, lotions, make-up, mentholated rubs, pharmaceuticals, shampoo, shaving gel soap, suppositories, some pre-packaged food (dairy, fish, ketchup, mayonnaise, oils, pickles, and poultry, just to name a few), and toothpaste. ¬†The possibilities are endless.

For an extensive database on products¬†which¬†ingredients contain parabens, click here. ¬†(Warning : you’ll be sifting through a lot of information). ¬†It also has a search feature so you can look for the products you use, examine the ingredients, and get some feedback on how safe this organization (Skin Deep) thinks it is for you. ¬†I looked up my facial cleansing regimen (Andalou Natural 1,000 Roses cleansing foam, day cream, exfoliator, facial serum, mask, night cream, and toner) and am happy to report no parabens…however, I do need to take the time to research the other unpronounceable ingredients.

How Can You Test Your Paraben Levels?

Yep! You sure can. ¬†Talk to your physician to see if it’s a test they can order for you. ¬†Your insurance company may, or may not, cover the costs. ¬†You fast for eight hours and pee in a little cup. ¬†The test results are usually available within 10-14 days. ¬†You can see a sample test report here.

Many companies offer a paraben test.  Some companies send you to a clinic to provide your sample, while others offer an in-home test kit that you return via mail.

Direct Labs, Phthalates & Parabens Profile – $329

MyMedLab, Phthalates & Parabens – Urine profile – $235

Nordic Laboratories, Bisphenol A (BPA) Profile + Phthalates + Parabens – GBP 310

True Health Labs, Phthalates & Parabens Profile – $299

A study published in 2016 found that 100 adolescent girls who stopped using personal care products which contained parabens (and switched to “paraben-free” labeled products) for three days showed a decrease in certain parabens and endocrine-disruptor chemicals of 25-47%. ¬†After just three days!

What Will I Do?

If I’ve¬†learned to avoid soy and flax from my diet, I may as well learn to avoid parabens. ¬†Why take the chance of¬†worsening my Endometriosis, if I can try¬†my best to help it?

Try is the key word…and because I’m going to try, I’m not going to beat myself up if I can’t from time to time. ¬†I know a healthier lifestyle is expensive…and alternatives can be hard to come by within budget. ¬†BUT at least I can do my best to stay away from them as often as I can.

AND when I see my physician next year, I’ll ask them to see if they can run this urine test with my¬†annual lab work. ¬†Quite curious if insurance will cover it.

I’m also learning to avoid endocrine disruptors as much as possible, like in our antibacterial soaps that the FDA recently ordered banned…learning ALL THE THINGS!

What Will You Do?

Drop me a comment below…Or if you’ve¬†noticed a difference after you cut parabens out of your life as much as possible…

Resources:

Endo101Xenoestrogens Interfere with your Normal Hormones

Environmental Health Perspectives – (Article; March 2016) Reducing Phthalate, Paraben, and Phenol Exposure from Personal Care Products in Adolescent Girls: Findings from the HERMOSA Intervention Study

Environmental Health Perspectives – (Article; Oct. 2016) Toward a Better Beauty Regimen: Reducing Potential EDC Exposures from Personal Care Products

Environment International – (Abstract; Oct. 2016) A Survey of Parabens in Commericial Pharmaceuticals from China and Its Implications for Human Exposure

Genova DiagnosticsPhthalates & Parabens Profile – Urine

Natural Fertility InfoElevated Estrogen Levels Linked to Toxins in Body Care Products

One Green Planet7 Ways to Avoid Parabens and Phthalates in Personal Care Products

Peace with Endo – (Blog; Sept. 2012) Chemicals in Beauty Products

Rocky Mountain Analytical

Skin Help – (Case Study) Why I Only Use a Paraben-Free Suncream: A Case Study

The Ugly Side of BeautyParaben

Water, Air, & Soil Pollution – (Abstract; June 2016) Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Adverse Effects of Bisphenol A and Parabens to Women’s Health

Your Hormone Balance

*If you’d like to review full copies of the abstracts, please let me know*

~ Again, I am a layman. ¬†I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge. ¬†Please take what I say with a grain of salt. ¬†If curious, do your own research ūüôā¬†Validate my writings. ¬†Or challenge them. ¬†And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always. ¬†Yours ~ Lisa

Guyana : Endometriosis Care & Treatment

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**Updated 10/29/16: If you live in Guyana and have (or think you have) Endometriosis, there IS an online support group created by a woman living in Georgetown:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/330769713952617/**

Guyana is a small English-speaking country located on the northeastern coast of South America, next to Venezuela and Brazil. ¬†For a size-comparison, it’s slightly smaller than the state of Idaho. ¬†It’s estimated that 736,000 people live in Guyana, most of whom reside in or near the capital, Georgetown, . ¬†The majority of the country is covered in dense tropical forests. ¬†The rest is grasslands, marshes, and cultivated urban areas. ¬†Guyana has an 11% unemployment rate, and 35% of the population lives below the poverty line. ¬† Unfortunately, nearly¬†155,000 residents live without electricity.

According to the C.I.A., nearly 2% of the Guyanese population is HIV positive, the Zika virus is actively transmitted throughout the country, and the citizens face a high risk of diarrhea, hepatitis A and typhoid fever due to poor water¬†conditions. ¬†In the past, there has also been a high mortality rate for mothers giving birth and/or their babies. ¬†Guyana’s healthcare system is a blend of private and public (free) clinics and hospitals, located throughout the various regions of the country.

There are approximately 383,500 women in Guyana. ¬†If one in 10 women suffer from Endometriosis, that means 38,000 Guyanese women may suffer from Endometriosis. ¬†And I have been contacted by many asking questions about symptoms, diagnostic tests, and best ways to help with the pain. ¬†It’s what spawned today’s blog. ¬†And if you’re reading this and don’t know what Endometriosis is, but you suffer from painful periods (among other symptoms), please click here to read about the symptoms, ¬†And, please, talk to your doctor. ¬†If you don’t have a doctor, please try to make your way to a clinic or regional hospital. ¬†And if you’d like, sign up for this Endometriosis Disease map and find women near you who also suffer from Endometriosis!

Due to the very rural areas of Guyana, many people are unable to seek appropriate medical care.  Some walk for miles though, others travel by canoe or small plane, and yet others simply do not have the means to travel to the more-populated urban areas for medical care.  The physician-to-patient ratio is staggering : less than one doctor for every 1,000 patients, and statistics show that there are two hospital beds to every 1,000 patients.  A study published in 2015 stated that out of nine hospitals across Guyana, there were less than 1 (0.7) OB/Gyns, 3.5 non-OB surgeons, and 1 anesthesiologist per hospital.  That same study found over half of those same hospitals reported routine water and electricity shortages.  There are also numerous reports of severe understaffing for specialists, nurses, and midwives throughout the country.

Although the economic and medical state of Guyana may sound grim, there are people and agencies trying to make a difference. ¬†The Guyana Chronicle¬†has published several health-related articles, including ones that focus on¬†painful sex, Endometriosis, dioxin awareness, and cancer. ¬†It’s so wonderful to see the media truly pushing to¬†increase awareness and improve medical care. ¬†¬† The Government of Guyana is continuing to take steps to improve the quality and availability of healthcare throughout the region, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on upgrades throughout the country, as well as recruiting physicians from abroad (and encouraging local physicians to stay and practice in Guyana). ¬†The country also receives extensive aid internationally. ¬†Several doctors¬†and organizations have devoted their time and energy into helping train medical staff¬†in Guyana. ¬†Guyana Medical Relief, a non-profit organization based out of Los Angeles, California, secures medications and diagnostic equipment for the hospitals of Guyana. ¬†Since 1984, GMR has provided $60,000,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment to Guyanese hospitals and healthcare centers. ¬†They have also¬†provided shoes to thousands of¬†Guyanese children in need. ¬†GMR is just one of many organizations helping Guyana’s medical crisis.

I had the pleasure of speaking with a young Guyanese woman whom we shall call “C.S.” ¬†Five years ago, she began to have horrible cramps, heavy bleeding, and a swollen abdomen. ¬†Painkillers would help ease her pain for a while, but her body eventually rejected them. ¬†Then in 2015, the first day of her period became unbearable, nearly causing her to fall. ¬†She rushed to the Woodlands Hospital, explained her symptoms to the¬†doctor, was given Morphine for the pain (which helped a little), and was whisked away to an ultrasound. ¬†She had cysts on her ovaries and surgery was recommended. ¬†Woodlands Hospital was too expensive, so C.S.¬†was transported to Georgetown Public Hospital’s gynecologist clinic. ¬†There they prescribed her a birth control pill, Diane-35, for June through August of 2015. ¬†On November 4, 2015, she had the much-needed surgery, which took approximately 45 minutes. ¬†The cyst on her left ovary was 13.5cm and the one on her right ovary was 12.5cm; her surgeons were able to save both of her ovaries. ¬†Biopsies confirmed Endometriosis. ¬†One month after her surgery, she had her cycle, and has been monitoring her symptoms ever since. ¬†She continues to feel good today, her periods only have slight cramping, and her tummy is once again flat. ¬†¬†C.S. has a 5-year-old daughter (whom she loves very much), and she may be her only child – the doctor explained how difficult C.S.’s chances of becoming pregnant may be. ¬†She urges any women who have¬†any symptoms of Endometriosis to see a gynecologist early, go with friends or family – it could save a life. ¬†She doesn’t know of anyone else who has been diagnosed with Endometriosis in Guyana.

In July 2014, Miss Guyana Universe 2013 (and Miss India Guyana 2013), Katherina Roshana, addressed suicide, depression, and mental health issues. She also stated that Endometriosis may lead to depression, urging people to become aware of suicidal signs.

Many women around the world claim a decrease in their Endometriosis symptoms, simply by altering their diet to include less inflammatory foods. ¬†If you’d like more information on dietary changes, I have posted several articles that I’ve written (click here). ¬† ¬†Guyanese diet mainly seems to consist of rice, beans, fruits, vegetables, and curries. A traditional meat dish, Pepperpot, is a¬†stew made with either beef, pork, or mutton, and is considered the National Dish. ¬†Chinese, Indian, and some American (Kentucky Fried Chicken)¬†restaurants¬†are also becoming¬†popular in the more urban areas. ¬†Coffee, tea, juice, and alcohol are well-loved in Guyana; however, tourists are discouraged from drinking the tap water.

I assume the steps to diagnosing Endometriosis, hormonal treatments, and surgeries are comparable to healthcare around the world.  I have emailed various hospitals and physicians in Guyana to see if they could shed some insight as to how they handle Endometriosis.  If any respond, I will update this blog and let you know.

I have gathered a list of hospitals throughout the country. ¬†Should you need to speak with a doctor about Endometriosis, or any other pelvic (or other) pain you’re enduring, I hope one of these can help you:

Bartica Regional Hospital in Cuyuni-Mazaruni is nearly a 12-hour drive from Georgetown. ¬†It lies between the Essequibo and the Mazaruni Rivers. ¬†In 2016, the hospital received major renovations, including to the neonatal intensive care unit and their operating theater. ¬†BRH went from having four doctors, to having 16, and they’ve seen a dramatic increase of surgeries in¬†their region of Guyana.

Davis Memorial Hospital & Clinic in Georgetown is owned by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, is staffed primarily by missionary doctors, and boasts of 40 hospital beds.  They are equipped to perform laparoscopic surgeries, as well as other procedures.

Diamond Hospital is the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital and is 25 minutes south of Georgetown. ¬†It treats nearly 100,000 patients each year and has been around since 2007. ¬†Over the years, it has¬†seen medication shortages (including allegations of an internal¬†medication theft ring), personnel shortages, and broken equipment; so much so that the Public Health Minister declared the hospital “a disaster.” ¬†A lot of the¬†medical staff were imported from Cuba, which created a language barrier between doctors and patients. ¬†The government has promised to¬†get Diamond Hospital running up to par.

Fort Wellington Community Hospital in Fort Wellington and is an hour-and-a-half-drive to Georgetown. ¬†It’s a small hospital with only 22 beds, although in October 2016 they received an ultrasound machine and have scheduled pending laboratory upgrades. ¬†They are also trying to obtain a psychiatrist and are striving to improve the healthcare for those residents in their region.

Georgetown Public Hospital in in Georgetown, has 600 beds, and is a free, government-run hospital. No payments are collected from the patients. It’s the main hub where most patients in need of extensive medical care are transferred to throughout the region. ¬†In 2016, they received much-needed critical care equipment from the Fyrish Support Group. ¬†Many employees have stated they love(d) their jobs at GPHC; however, did complain of a lack of adequate tools and information. ¬†¬†One report stated there were only two nursing assistants available for 45 patients in the Georgetown Public Hospital’s Female Surgical Ward.

Leonora Cottage Hospital in Uitvlugt is a small hospital 48 minutes west of Georgetown. ¬†In 2009, there were no midwives available and a young mother-to-be was turned away in the middle of contractions – she ended up having to give birth to a healthy baby at a private hospital in Georgetown. ¬†There were over 17 maternal deaths in 2015 at L.C.H. ¬†In 2013, it made the local news due to an ongoing drug shortage, non-functoning toilets for patients or staff, and the discovery of a stillborn fetus in the nurse’s fridge. ¬†However, in 2016, the Public Health Minister pledged that the hospital was to receive a complete renovation of their maternity unit – to make it a safe and healthy place for women to¬†give birth.

Lethem Hospital in Lethem, and is roughly a 10-hour drive to¬†Georgetown. ¬†In mid-2016, the government decided that Lethem Hospital was to become the region’s hospital, but in order to achieve this status there needed to be more specialists and the staff must learn to work together, learn team protocols, better record keeping, etc. ¬†If patients need surgery, they are tranported to Georgetown or Brazil. ¬†And many residents fear inadequate medical services as well as the language barrier of Brazil. ¬†And, like much of the hospitals around the country, there are complaints of medication shortages at Letham.

Linden Hospital Complex in about an hour-and-a-half south of Georgetown. ¬†In July 2016, it hosted a National Women’s Conference. ¬†Some even claim it is the best hospital in Guyana; although, it may be facing a government audit. ¬†L.H.C. also¬†opened the Laparoscopic Surgery Center in 2014, working in collaboration with specialists from China.

Mahaicony Hospital in Mahaicony is about an hour from Georgetown. ¬†In February, 2016, there were reports that the hospital did not have a functioning paediatric ward, despite a paediatrician working there. ¬†Residents claimed they needed to travel to Georgetown for paediatric care and are requesting the governtment’s help. The facility received a $2,000,000 ultrasound machine in August of 2016 thanks to the efforts of Guyana Medical Relief. ¬†The donation will save patients of the area the drive to Georgetown for ultrasound imaging studies.

Mahdia District Hospital is a six to nine hour drive on dirt roads from the capital.  The hospital has limited power every day linked to a small grid (6pm-6am), as well as the use of a generator  (10am-2pm) and solar power (only powers the radio and vacinne fridge). You could imagine the difficulties a lack of power presents to the hospital and patients.

Mibicuri Hospital in the Black Bush Polder area has less than two dozen nurses and doctors to serve approximately 4,000 area residents.  Efforts are ongoing to increase the staff size at several region hospitals.  Albeit small, M.H. is commended for the friendly attitudes of staff, their professionalism, and the cleanliness of the facilities. Praises aside, it also faces periods of darkness if there are power failures and the emergency generator does not work (apparently, this is more often than not).

New Amsterdam Regional Hospital in New Amsterdam and sees 20,000 patients per day.  It has increased the services it provides, but has not had a significant increase in staff members to provide those services.  The lack of adequate staff may cause treatment delays and/or the need for medical transport.

Port Mourant Hospital and Ophthalmology Center in Port Mourant (a 2-hour drive from Georgetown) boasts of 53 beds and offers primary healthcare, minor surgeries, and pediatric services.

Skeldon Hospital in Berbice is a three hour drive to Georgetown provides care to 200-250 people per day.  In 2015, the hospital received major renovations, including the addition of an operating theater, recovery room, and intensive care unit.  However, some staff members have complained of dirty well water, including reports of worms and moss passing through the faucet taps.   Many nurses also complained of bats infesting the ceilings of their dormitory.

St. Joseph Mary Hospital in Georgetown is a non-profit hospital.  It offers 67 beds, has 200+ staff, and is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Suddie Public Hospital is along the Essequibo coast and staffs 30 physicians.  In 2015, an overhaul was announced to repair shoddy electrical work, roof leaks, and water damage, as well as restore function to the operating theater and upgrade equipment.  The doctors have complained, publicly, about the conditions they continue to work with: clean drinking water is not provided, broken toilets, no air conditioning, the high risk of contracting mosquito-borne disease, and a lack of sleeping quarters and restrooms for staff, just to name a few.  S.P.H. has also suffered drug, supply, and staff shortages.  However, the Guyanese government promises to bring change to the lacking hospital.

West Demerara Regional Hospital in Vreed en Hoop is a 30-minute drive to Georgetown. ¬†It’s also slated to undergo major upgrades to end drug and equipment shortages.

Woodlands Hospital is a private hospital in Georgetown, which offers a broad range of medical services to the people of Guyana, including Zika testing, specialty surgeries, and full diagnostic imaging studies.  Unfortunately, it has been the target of a robberies in July 2013 ($1,100,000 was taken) and again in October 2016 (undisclosed amount was taken).

If you have any¬†additional information to any clinics or hospitals in Guyana, please feel free to let me know in the¬†Comments section below. ¬†Also, if you have Endometriosis and want me to share your story, I’d be happy to! Just let me know! ¬† And I’d like to extend a very special thank you to “C.S.” – thank you for being brave enough to step out of the shadows to shed some light on your story. ¬†And for giving others the courage to do the same. ‚̧

Let’s connect the women of Guyana – you are NOT alone in this!

Yours,

Lisa

Resources:

Best Country Reports Р(Graphic; 2007) Population Density Map of Guyana

Caribbean Medical News – (Article; Oct. 2013) Diamond Hospital Guard “Unearths” Drugs Racket, Ejected from Compound

Central Intelligence Agency

Citizens Report – (Article; May 2016) Major Shortage of Drugs at Lethem Regional Hospital

Cleveland.com – (Article; May 2013) University Hospitals Program Making Strides Training OB-GYNs in Guyana

Country Meters

Davis Memorial Hospital & Clinic

Guyana Chronicle – (Article; Aug. 2010) Explaining Your Medicines

Guyana Chronicle – (Article; Jan. 2014) How the Flames of Burnished Trash Raise Hell for Humans

Guyana Chronicle – (Article; Aug. 2016) Mahaicony Hospital Ultrasound Services Upgraded

Guyana Chronicle – (Article; Feb. 2014) Mibicuri Hospital Staffers Lauded for Patient-Friendly Environment.

Guyana Chronicle – (Article; July 2014) Miss Guyana Universe 2013 Shares her Ideas on Suicide and its Prevention

Guyana Chronicle – (Article; Feb. 2015) Port Mourant – a Thriving Community Where Humble Residents Appreciate Gov’t Efforts

Guyana Chronicle – (Article; June 2015) Skeldon Hospital Staffers Raise Issues with Public Health Minister – as Construction Works Move Apace at Institution

Guyana Diaspora ProjectOverseas-Based Charity Donates Heart Marchines – to Mahaicony, Bartica Hospitals

Guyana Government Information Agency – (Article; June 2016) All Regional Hospitals’ Theaters to be Functional

Guyana Government Information Agency – (Article; May 2016) GPHC Gets Medical Equipment from Fyrish Support Group

Guyana Government Information Agency – (Article; Aug. 2016) Lethem Hospital to Become Regional Institution – Public Health Ministry Working on Sourcing Specialists

Guyana News Network – (Article; Oct. 2015) Three Hospitals to be Upgraded

Guyana Times – (Letter to Editor; Sept. 2016) Deplorable Conditions for Doctors at Suddie Hospital

Guyana Times Р(Article; Oct. 2016) Fort Wellington Hospital Commissions Ultrasound Unit

Guyana Times РArticle; Oct. 2016) Govt Flouts Regulations to Finance Linden Hospital

Guyana Times – (Article; July 2016) Leonora Cottage Hospital Facing Drug Shortage

Guyana Times – (Article; Oct. 2016) Lone Gunman Storms Woodlands Hospital

Guyana Times – (Article; Oct. 2016) Woodlands Hospital Launches Zika Testing in Guyana

Guyanese Online – (Blog) We Care 2014 Medical & Educational Mission: July 24-July 31, 2016

Hott Caribbean Radio – (Article; May 2013) (Gyuana) Leonora Regional Hospital…Non-Functioning Toilets at the Hospitals is an Embarassment – Minister

Indeed.com

iNewsGuyana – (Article; Feb. 2016) Mahaicony Cottage Hospital Paediatric Ward ‘Out of Service’

iNewsGuyana – (Article; June 2015) ‘Suddie Hospital theatre is a disgrace’; Major Overhaul Planned

Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health – (Study; March 2015) Anaesthesia, Surgery, Obstetrics, and Emergency Care in Guyana

Kaieteur News – (Article; Sept. 2015) Diamond Hospital is Turning Out to be a Disaster – Public Health Minister

Kaieteur News – (Article; Feb. 2013) Diamond Hospital Treated 80,012 Patients Last Year

Kaieteur News – (Article; April 2016) Endometriosis: A Common Disorder in Women

Kaieteur News – (Article; Sept. 2016) Fort Wellington Hospital Now Offers Ultrasound Services

Kaieteur News – (Article; Jan. 2009) Leonora Cottage Hospital Turns Pregnant Woman Away

Kaieteur News – (Article; Jan. 2016) Leonora Hospital’s Maternity Unit to Benefit from ‘Complete Makeover’

Kaieteur News – (Article; April 2012) Lethem Hospital Not Functioning to Residents’ Expectations

Kaieteur News – (Article; July 2014) Mibicuri Hospital Left in Darkness After Storm

Kaieteur News – (Article; May 2015) West Demerara Hospital to be Significantly Upgraded – Public Health Minister

Mercy InternationalMercy International

Ministry of the Presidency – (Article; May 2016) Massive Transformation at Bartica Regional Hospital – Referrals to GPHC Reduced by 50%

Ministry of the Presidency – (Article; Nov. 2015) US$14M to Upgrade Bartica, Suddie, West Demerara Hospitals – Contract of Specialty Hospital to be Reviewed

My Hospital Vision

NewsNow – (Article; April 2016) Skeldon, Mibicuri & Port Mourant Hospitals Working to Improve Service

Parliament of the Co-Operative Republic of GuyanaBudget 2012

Pitt Chronicle – (Article; Feb. 2016) In Guyana, Improving Health Care for Mothers and Babies

Powering HealthGuyana: Mahdia District Hospital

PressReader – (Article; Oct. 2016) Suddie is Far From the Best Hospital in Region Two

Safari The Globe

Simply Guyana

Simply Guyana – St. Joseph Mary Hospital

Stabroek News – (Article; Oct. 2007) Diamond gets $140M Hospital

Stabroek News Р(Article; Oct. 2014) Linden Hospital Complex Laparoscopic Centre Commissioned

Stabroek News – (Article; Aug. 2015) Linden Hospital Complex Receives Defibrillator

Stabroek News – (Article; June 2015) Skeldon Hospital Undergoing Reconstruction

Stabroek News – (Article; March 2016) Staff Shortage Affecting New Amsterdam Hospital – Medical Superintendent

Stabroek News – (Article; July 2013) Taxi Driver Remanded Over Woodlands Hospital Robbery – Claims Car was Hijacked at Gunpoint

The Electives Network

University¬†Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital – (Article) Building Women’s Health Bridges in Guyana

University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital

Woodlands Hospital

~ Again, I am a layman. ¬†I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge. ¬†Please take what I say with a grain of salt. ¬†If curious, do your own research ūüôā¬†Validate my writings. ¬†Or challenge them. ¬†And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always. ¬†Yours ~ Lisa

Toxic Clothing?

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Some of you may have read my blog entry about tampons and dioxins (if you haven’t, you can here), which struck up a conversation with one of my friends : what about rayon in clothes?

So, while I began my research I decided to do something different.  Rather than write a blog about rayon and the possible exposure to chemicals and dioxin, I decided to just share the links with you.  There are many!

If you’re worried about over-exposure to chemicals, toxins, or dioxins with your food and household products, what about your clothing? ¬†It’s on you all day, and up against your skin – soaking in all¬†things!!

Is¬†there merit¬†behind these articles? ¬†That’s your question to answer…Happy reading!

Body EcologyThe Top 6 Fabrics You Should Avoid Wearing and Why

ESSAICan This Outfit Make Me Toxic? written April 1, 2011, by Alana Shuma

Green Choices Environmental Impacts

Natural NewsBeware of Hidden Toxic Sources in New Clothes – Always Wash Them Before Wearing written September 1, 2012, by P.F. Louis

Natural SocietyChemical Clothing: Which Hidden Toxins Are You Wearing? written April 8, 2013, by Paul Fassa

Six WiseThe Six+ Synthetic Fabrics You Most Want to Avoid, and Why

The Healthy ElephantAre You “Wearing” Your Way to Cancer? written August 20, 2013, by Laurie

TreehuggerWhatever Happened to: Bamboo Clothing written July 27, 2014, by Lloyd Alter

Quantum TechniquesBusted: Bamboo Fabric Loaded with Toxic Chemicals written by Sarah Bun

Feel Good Fridays

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Good morning! And happy Friday!!!

Today is October 21, 2016 – the day for the “Be Bold, Be Bald” cancer awareness and fundraiser campaign. ¬†So, while I wear my fancy bald cap in solidarity of my friends and loved ones who are either still fighting cancer, have survived, or have passed on – I’m using today’s festivities as inspiration for today’s quote:

‚ÄúMy silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences.‚ÄĚ ~Audre Lorde (who passed in 1992 from liver cancer)

Audre’s words ring true for SO many issues in life. ¬†Talk about things: with your friends, your family, your physicians, strangers – bridge those gaps. ¬†You have no idea what similarities you¬†share or what insights you may provide.

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And have a wonderful weekend!

 

Free Webinar : An Evening with Dr. Andrew Cook

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To any of my EndoSisters, or friends/family who want to learn about Endometriosis, please sign up for this FREE webinar hosted by the Endometriosis Family Support Group via RMC Charitable Foundation. ¬†It will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 7:00pm Pacific Standard Time. Dr. Andrew Cook is considered one of the few “excision experts” in California, his office staff are absolutely incredible to talk to, and the Vital Health Institute has been so supportive for our blog’s library.

You *must* email Erin@RMCcharity.org in order to get the webinar information and to register for the event. I know what I’ll be doing next Tuesday evening!

For more information, you can visit their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/139422093185372/

And if you are in the Riverside, California area, the Endometriosis Family Support Group meets once a month on the third Wednesday of most months.  Fore more information, visit their page http://rmccharity.org/endometriosis-family-support-group

Have a great day!

~Lisa