For My Son with Autism, Relief in an ER Visit

On a January night several years ago, my family and I found ourselves heading to the emergency room at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine. My oldest son, Sam, had come home from the first day of competition at the Chisholm Challenge, a therapeutic horseback riding competition for equestrians with disabilities, after he began passing … Continue reading For My Son with Autism, Relief in an ER Visit

Having a Heart Attack? What You Can Learn From One Patient’s Close Call

If you or a loved one is having a heart attack, don’t drive to the hospital. I repeat: “Do not drive to the hospital”. Call 911 immediately. That  advice may seem like common sense, but studies have found about 50 percent of heart attack patients either drive themselves or have someone drive them to the … Continue reading Having a Heart Attack? What You Can Learn From One Patient’s Close Call

Initial Cause of Kidd Kraddick’s Death Inaccurate, But Warrants Discussion

This weekend, social media and news networks reported that legendary radio personality, Kidd Kraddick, died from a brain aneurysm. We now know now that this initial report turned out to be inaccurate. Earlier this week, the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office reported that Mr. Kraddick may have died from cardiac disease. Jeffrey Schussler, M.D., a cardiologist … Continue reading Initial Cause of Kidd Kraddick’s Death Inaccurate, But Warrants Discussion

6 Ways to Be Ready for an Emergency Department Visit

The patients I see in the emergency department (ED) ranges from newborn to over 100-years-old. The spectrum of symptoms includes those related to pain, infection, difficulty breathing, trauma, pregnancy, and psychiatric disorders just to name a few. The preparedness of patients who suddenly realize they have ended up in the hospital varies quite a bit … Continue reading 6 Ways to Be Ready for an Emergency Department Visit