by Volunteer, Dr. Joyce Cuff
We continue to see a wide variety of patients at FAME Medical. Not only are there lots more patients coming to FAME, they now range from the very healthy and just checking category, to the comatose and at death's door group. I rejoice in the increasing number of patients being monitored for chronic or life-style diseases. For the most part, these are otherwise healthy people whose clotting time is being monitored to prevent stroke or other cardio-vascular complications, whose blood sugar needs to be and can be controlled, whose lipids are being monitored and controlled, or whose thyroid levels are monitored periodically to keep them functioning well. These are conditions that, even 5-10 years ago would remain unmonitored and possibly even undetected, as many are asymptomatic until you're in real trouble. Being controlled and being monitored before an incident occurs increases the likelihood that they will not become clinical or critical. Of course, with so many more patients in dire straights when they arrive, we are unable to save them all. That is a harsh reality that cannot be changed. But the miracles continue to abound and astound.