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May 08, 2018 | Lauren Bednarz, patient
Adult CHD Program | Texas Children's Hospital
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Sometimes, when I’m looking at myself in the mirror, I glance down at my chest to admire the eight beautiful, faded scars on it. They have been a part of me since I was 6 months old, but I usually forget they’re even there. When I do stop to look at them, though, I’m reminded just how grateful I am to be alive. Each day I’m granted is truly a blessing!

I might seem like an average 30-year-old woman, as I live a pretty ordinary life. I’m a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a homemaker and an introvert, but I’m also a congenital heart defect (CHD) patient. I know my life...

May 07, 2018 | Mary Jo Andre, senior vice president, chief nursing officer
Nursing | Texas Children's Hospital
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I’m so excited to kick off celebrations for National Nurses Week, which started on May 6 and will end on May 12 – the birthday of Florence Nightingale, commonly known as the founder of modern nursing. This is a week-long, international observance set to raise awareness on the value of nursing and emphasize the key role it plays in meeting our universal health care needs. To help provide our profession with guidance and ideas to celebrate this week, the American Nurses Association selects a theme every year. This...

May 04, 2018 | Leslie Gray, mother of patient
Gabi's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Leslie Gray

In the fall of 2015, Gabi was an active seventh grader – playing school volleyball, tackling club soccer and taking piano lessons on the side. When she started her athletic training program that June, she was suddenly plagued by intermittent pain and discomfort in her side. We thought the pain would subside with a few weeks of rest, but Gabi became ill and had difficulty breathing by November.

We eventually found ourselves at Texas Children’s, where a pulmonologist discovered fluid in Gabi’s lungs and advised us to rush to the emergency center to drain the fluid and seek the root cause...

May 03, 2018 | Catherine C. Zdunkewicz, library coordinator
Pi Beta Phi Family/Patient Library | Texas Children's Hospital
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Since the recent passing of our beloved former First Lady of the United States, Barbara Bush, I’ve had time to reflect on our hospital’s commitment to promoting literacy – a cause she held very dear and undoubtedly a significant aspect of her legacy.

In 1983, Texas Children’s board member Virginia McFarland approached Physician-in-Chief Dr. Ralph Feigin to make her plea for a children’s library in the hospital. He agreed, if she...

May 03, 2018 | Courtney Lee, RDN, LD
Pantry Utilization | Texas Children's Hospital
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Did someone say “spring cleaning?” It’s the perfect time to rid your pantry or fridge of all the loose-end food items that seem to have never made it into a dish. Instead of throwing them out, consider utilizing the below food hacks and try to make your forgotten pantry items go further for your family.

Pantry tips

Vegetables: Does it seem like your greens are going bad too quickly? Try cutting them up and mixing them into a breakfast frittata; zucchini, spinach, mushrooms and...

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