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Middle East war veterans endure invisible injuries

By Melinda Mawdsley

Realizing he could die at any time changed Konrad Schlarbaum forever. The Central High School graduate was deployed with the U.S. Army south of Baghdad from August 2006 until November 2007 as part of the war in Iraq. What the former communications specialist lived through during his 15-month deployment in Iraq followed him home to Grand Junction. He has trouble sleeping. He can’t focus. He is angry. “I was a social outcast when I came back from Iraq,” said Schlarbaum, ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 6, 2009

By Staff

ArtAbility class part of awareness week Many activities are scheduled for Assistive Technology Awareness Week on the Western Slope and Disability Awareness Month during October. Activities are as follows: An ArtAbility Class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today at the Art Center, 1803 North Seventh St. Call Mark Saro, 245-1098, for more information. Free extreme sports movies about people with disabilities will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Center for Independence, 740 ...

Slow down, try one activity at a trime

By Sheri Fisher

“How was your weekend?” I asked as Beth walked in for our coaching session. I got a lot done and had a great weekend,” she answered. It sounds productive,” I said. “Tell me about it.” She ran through her list of accomplishments, “I cleaned the house, did the laundry, cooked three meals, helped with homework, ran errands and changed all of the beds.” Wow…all in two days?” I asked. “That sounds like a week’s ...

Balancing time, activities and perfection

By Sheri Fisher

“So many doors are opening and I’m getting overwhelmed, ” Caroline said as we began our coaching session. “What doors are opening?” I asked. “ I’m spearheading our employee barbecue,” she said, “and I want to do a great job.” “ What does doing a great job look like?” I asked. “ I want people to think, ‘This is the best barbecue we’ve ever had,’ ”  she ...

Kidney donation

By Amy Hamilton

Doctors, friends and strangers alike always do a double-take when Julie Kochevar tells them she is donating a kidney to her ex-mother-in-law. “Your ex-mother-in-law?” Kochevar says people exclaim. “I get that from everybody. Everybody’s just shocked. I don’t think I’ve ever told anybody who hasn’t had that reaction.” Kochevar, 44, is happy to give one of her kidneys to her former husband’s mother, Wanda Elsberry, 66. The two have ...

Briefs: Local Health Sept. 15, 2009

By Amy Hamilton

B4 Babies and Beyond received grant More low-income families than before are eligible to receive Child Health Plan Plus, CHP+ and Medicaid, thanks to new eligibility guidelines. Hilltop’s nonprofit program, B4 Babies and Beyond, recently received a $35,000 grant from Caring for Colorado Foundation to address health care issues at a local level. B4 Babies and Beyond helps families secure health insurance. Staff can assist eligible pregnant women with onsite eligibility   ...


Family working to spread awareness of childhood cancer

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction couple Rusty and Jami Lloyd couldn’t have fathomed two months ago how different their family life would be today. On July 16, their 3-year-old daughter Gracie was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer, specifically nephroblastoma, a cancer that attacks the kidneys. It’s commonly known as Wilms’ Tumor. After noticing a hard spot on the side of her stomach, the couple took Gracie in for a checkup and the spot was attributed to constipation. When ...

Briefs: Health Sept. 08, 2009

By Amy Hamilton

• Heart health seminar to be Wednesday Dr. Scott Rollins will present a seminar titled “Heart Health: Better Screening, Better Treatment” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado, 240 F Road, Suite 8. Call 245-6911 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += ...

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CAREGIVERS: ‘The ones who stay have their hearts into it’

By Amy Hamilton

Matthew Duffy smiles broadly in appreciation each time Josie Mullally and Hannah Piper hand him an M&M. The longtime client of Mesa Developmental Services doesn’t speak much but has learned recently to say “more” when the small chocolate candies are up for the taking. It’s that kind of progress that can make the day for direct support professionals like Mullally and Piper. Behind the scenes work of direct support professionals, those who work directly with the ...

Briefs: Local Health Sept. 01, 2009

By Amy Hamilton

Wheelchair-accessible van fundraiser Family members of longtime former De Beque teacher Radona Swancut are raising money to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van to make transportation feasible. Swancut has lived with multiple sclerosis for the past 17 years and in the past few years has lost her ability to walk and drive, said her daughter, Courtney Hatch. To donate, go to or send a check to: Care of Don and Shirley Brackett at P.O. Box 191, ...

Tips to help you save on health care

By Amy Hamilton

Being a savvy health care consumer has never been more important. With some people finding health care costs soaring as benefits dwindle, it pays to know how to make your coverage work for you. Know before you go It’s not enough to ask if a health care agency takes your health insurance. Your health care professional should be contracted with your insurance network. If you’re operating under a Preferred Provider Organization, or PPO, using a health care professional not on ...

County hasn’t had any West Nile cases this season

By Amy Hamilton

West Nile Virus seems to have lost its bite in Mesa County as no mosquitoes here have tested positive for the virus this year. That is a sharp contrast to five years ago when the county was a hotbed of West Nile Virus activity, with 127 confirmed cases and four deaths. Colorado reported nine human cases of West Nile Virus as of Aug. 14, but none of those cases were on the Western Slope. Delta County reported one case of West Nile Virus found in a mosquito population after an Aug. 6 ...

Briefs: Health Aug. 25, 2009

By Staff

Kids 9–14: Enter radon poster contest • Children ages 9 to 14 in Colorado are invited to enter the 2010 National Radon Poster Contest. Poster topics include: What is radon? Where does radon come from? How does radon get into our homes? Radon can cause lung cancer. Test your home for radon. Posters will be judged on content accuracy, visual communication, reproducibility and originality. Colorado winners and runners-up will be entered into the national contest. The national ...


Plasma shots can help some avoid surgery

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For Chris Ladue it sounded too good to be true. After splitting a tendon in his knee, Ladue figured surgery was the only option to repair his ailing limb. “It had been hurting for a while,” Ladue, an avid skier, said. “I didn’t want to do surgery because I didn’t want to be laid up for three months.” But when it came down to it, all it took to heal Ladue’s knee was a shot. Ladue, a 31-year-old Grand Junction resident, joined a growing list of ...

Briefs: Health Aug. 18, 2009

By Staff

Free sleep apnea seminars available • Think you have sleep apnea? You may be able to find out during free monthly seminars offered through Preferred Homecare. Seminars are offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every third Monday of the month at 529 25 1/2 Road. Call 257-1565 for information. Nutrition presentation to be at college • Learn more about nutrition during a free presentation to be offered Aug. 24 at Mesa State College. Former Fruita High School graduate and nutrition ...

Once vilified, GJ doctors now regarded as trailblazers

By Amy Hamilton

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Briefs: Health Aug. 11, 2009

By Amy Hamilton

Tdap vaccine clinic at Fruita Monument • With the first day of school rapidly approaching, the Mesa County Health Department wants to remind parents to ensure their children are vaccinated. Tdap vaccinations are available at Fruita Monument High School from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Required immunizations always are available at the Mesa Health Department at 510 29 1/2 Road or through health care providers. Vaccines are $14.50. Private insurances that can be billed include Rocky ...

GJ eye doctors donate surgical procedures in Latin America

By Amy Hamilton

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Lab director highly experienced in training of world-class athletes

By Emily Shockley

By EMILY ANDERSON .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_g31CTlxuUX').innerHTML = output; //]]> Bill Sands has trained plenty of Olympic athletes, from current gymnasts Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin to 1968 Olympic high-jump champion Dick Fosbury, creator of the now widely used “Fosbury Flop” ...

Briefs: Health July 28, 2009

By Staff

Advance directives subject of lecture • A free meeting at 6:30 tonight will show residents how to prepare legal documents that express their wishes for end-of-life care. A lecture on advance medical directives by Dr. Bruce Richards will be presented at Mesa County Libraries’ Central Library, 530 Grand Ave. Participants will be able to fill out a free document concerning durable medical power-of-attorney and living wills. Reservations are required by calling 263-5542. Call Toni ...

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