How diabetes ruined my life or you could say…Why we need our UMC Diabetic Clinic Thursday, Feb 23 2012 

  <–  This is a photo of my beautiful, oldest sister, Beth.

When Beth was a young teen, she was diagnosed with diabetes.

Beth was exceptionally smart and well educated.  She taught school in the Nevada County Public School District in Arkansas.  She was so much fun to be around.  Nobody liked to laugh like Beth…she really liked to make others around her smile and enjoy life.

Beth had a sensitivity to people and the needs of people.  She seriously cared about them.  She instilled that into her own family and into me.

Beth was a bridesmaid in my wedding.  She even took me shopping to find just the right fabric for dresses for my special day.  She listened to me dream and talk.

She was so excited when my children were being born.  One thing we both had in common – we’re both baby lovers!!  There’s nothing like the smell and feel of a newborn baby. sighs.

She was my confidant, my friend, my sister.

I was right by her bedside in the hospital in a neighboring state when she passed from this life to the next one.  She died from complications of diabetes.    She didn’t have a diabetic clinic to go to for help, and I can’t help but wonder if she would still be alive today had one been available to her.

It’s too late for my Beth, but it’s not too late for others in Lafayette and our surrounding areas.  We’ve got to keep our diabetic clinic open and running full speed ahead!  Peoples’ lives depend on it.

Come join us on the steps of state capitol on Tuesday, February 28, 2012!  At 10 AM we’re having a rally to keep our UMC departments and all clinics open!!  We are chartering a bus, so please call me (Linda Reddoch) and I’ll save your seat! 337-315-7857

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We saved the departments, but now we gotta save the workers! Friday, Feb 10 2012 

I was elated to find out that my son’s speech and occupational therapy were saved at UMC, but now the therapists who have worked so diligently with him are being laid off.  REALLY??  Now these departments are down to one person running the department.  One for speech, one for OT.  So, do you really think that’s going to work?  OF COURSE NOT!!!!  They cannot lay off these other workers.  It’s going to be OVERKILL and we all KNOW that it is DANGEROUS!!!  Dangerous for the patients as well as the workers.  Can you smell “malpractice” in the making? Oh boy.

So, we’ve decided to push for Gov Jindal to RESTORE AND BRING BACK ALL DEPARTMENTS AND EMPLOYEES FOR THOSE DEPARTMENTS.  There’s no other way for it to work.  There’s just not.

We MUST HAVE our hospital restored.  The diabetic clinic which as won several awards..simply because they’re the best at what they do, we can’t lose that.   Some people think it’s just a matter of checking blood sugar.  Uhm, no it’s not.  Because blood sugar fluctuates and can get seriously high, it will fry internal organs.  I lost a sister to diabetes.  WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE THAT CLINIC AT UMC!!!  We can’t lose DETOX either because it’s the only public one for a hundred miles or more.  Poor people won’t have a place to go for help from addictions.  So, being that there’s no help…what do you think is going to happen?  I guess Lafayette’s finest better get ready…there’s going to be more crowding at area jails.  People need and want help.  There will no longer be a place for them to go to receive that help, and they’ll resort back to doing what they want most to stop.

We want and need our transplant clinic.  Do you know how serious this is? Losing the transplant clinic is a grave concern to me.  Yes, my mother had a liver transplant in another state and only lived for 3 months afterwards.  The transplant recipients need constant care.  A little thing can turn into a life threatening thing if not taken care of PROPERLY by the right people.  The UMC Transplant Clinic is just critical. We cannot lose it, or we’re going to lose the patients.  That’s just not an option.

So you see folks, we need YOU to let your voice be heard.  Gov. Jindal needs to hear from us TODAY, and every day until these horrible budget cuts are reversed.  Put a photo with your story and email it to Gov Jindal.  Email him every day.  Call him every single day.  It’s going to take the roar of a lion to get our voices heard.  We can do this if we work together!!  Come on!!

RESTORE OUR UMC HOSPITAL TODAY!!!!!

http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor

For those of you who know people that do not have a computer or printer, you can also print out that exact form and let them fill it out and help them mail it in.  If anyone needs copies of their photos that they want to use to send Gov Jindal, please let me know.  Somehow we will help them.

Let’s work together and see our hospital put back together!!!!!!  No pieces missing…every department and every worker helping the precious people of our Lafayette community and surrounding areas!  TOGETHER we CAN AND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!

Nathan won! Tuesday, Feb 7 2012 

When we were having Christmas with grandparents and extended family almost 2 months ago, my little boy got excited when given a Christmas card with his name on it.  He jumped up exclaiming  “I won! I won”!!  It was such a sweet moment with our family, watching Nathan so excited about a Christmas card!

Fast forward to today.  I received a phone call and was told that his speech therapy and occupational therapy was saved at UMC!!  Nathan really did win!!!  I have been so excited, that I’ve been shaking and can hardly type without multiple corrections!!

Thank you to the elected officials for saving so much at UMC of Lafayette!!!  We are grateful!!  A big thank you to Shannon Roger, amazing woman full of energy, who we would not have made it this far without!!  A big thank you to each one of you who called our elected officials to let your voice be heard!!

Now – we’re not finished.  After speaking with someone from LSU Health Sciences, I was told there were more cuts expected after the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1st, 2012.  I say NO MORE CUTS!! We’ve lost enough, and we do not want to lose more!!

Continue calling those elected officials and letting your voices be heard concerning this issue!!!

Saw ya at the Sign!! Friday, Feb 3 2012 

Last night’s “See Ya at the Sign Rally” was so much fun!!!!  I really appreciated Shannon Roger’s help and couldn’t have done it without her!!  Her daughter made a lot of the really neat posters used!

We sure appreciated all the “HONKS” from the supporters! That was totally cool to hear all the support…it was quite the noise!!  We definitely made noise and were heard last night!!!  In all of my years, I never dreamed I’d be standing on a street corner with people I didn’t know and try and save a hospital! (I think it’s save to say that my high school civics teacher would be proud!!)

That is until the word came that five departments were going to be closing at our hospital.  I couldn’t believe it.  UMC is the most awesome medical center I’ve ever been to.  I’ve been to quite a few hospitals with family members and friends.  My husband has pastored many churches and we have visited many hospitals.  So, yes, I’ve been to a lot of hospitals.  I know a good one when I see one.  I know a “ho hum let’s see what happened to you so we can get you out” kind of hospital when I see one too.  UMC totally rocks!  They care about their patients and it shows.

We are trying to save our Pediatrics Department, OB/GYN, ENT, Opthalmology, and Orthopedics Department.  They are so crucial to our community.  People will not be able to get the care they so desperately need and deserve if these five departments shut down.  I shutter to think about what will happen to the OB/GYN patients who need a safe, medical environment in which to have their babies.  I’ve had six beautiful children and a hospital with a caring staff was always my biggest concern.

Then, after having Nathan and realizing he needed extra help and care, not sure what to do or who  to turn to…we landed at UMC.  My little boy has been thriving with Mrs. Bonnie’s care in speech.  She’s pretty amazing.  She goes the extra mile in making sure he’s making his best efforts in her therapy room.  I appreciate that.  Being with Nathan in his therapy sessions gives me ideas on how to better help him at home.  Nathan loves going to speech to see Mrs Bonnie because of the awesome tools she has in working with him.  Magnets.  O.M.G. that kid LOVES those magnets and this one jungle animals puzzle. haha  If you can’t communicate your thoughts, feelings, etc to someone with speech – how can you function and survive?  You simply cannot.  It’s imperative to keep the speech department up and going at it’s fullest potential.  And did you know that we had to go through the ENT department in order to get speech for Nathan?  So, if the ENT department is cut – what do you think is going to happen to speech? Yep.

After speech, we go to occupational therapy with Mrs. Jeanne.  So thankful to have people like her who take their job seriously and really help their patients be successful.  Nathan loves go to Mrs. Jeanne’s room because of the tools she uses to help him.  With her help, he’s been able to write  his name, put his shoes on his own feet, and so much more.  She’s also the one who discovered he has some vision issues.  I had no clue.  But after she made that discovery, it sure shed some light on a few school issues for us.

Nathan is now in vision therapy in Alexandria, LA.  Yes, we’re suppose to take him once a week for his therapy there.  It’s been very difficult to manage to say the least.  Now that our truck was in a hit and run…we were the one’s hit, the other fellow was the “run”, we didn’t get to go this past Tuesday and it really, seriously concerns me that we didn’t make it.  But there’s not a lot I can do about it except at home do a few eye exercises with him.  But it’s not like him getting to his clinic and getting full treatment.

Anyway, I just want everyone in our city and surrounding area to know about the proposed cuts at UMC and to take action.  Pick up the phone and call those elected officials and tell them to NOT make any cuts at UMC.  We need each department open….reaching, touching, helping, and helping heal the needy, the broken, the wounded, and the hurting.

  <–The reason this mama cried out….

 

We will soar! Thursday, Feb 2 2012 

Today is the day!!  See ya at the Sign Rally on the sidewalk in front of UMC at 5PM!!

We are going to let our voices be heard!!!  We’re going to encourage every citizen of Lafayette and surrounding areas, anyone who has ever been to UMC as a patient, anyone and everyone – please call Gov Bobby Jindal to not cut our much needed services and departments at UMC.

We will suffer and hurt without those departments.  Nobody wants to see that happen.  So, let your voice be heard.  NOW is the time!!

Call Gov Bobby Jindal now!  Flood his office with calls.  Get everybody you know to call and tell him to not let this catastrophe happen!!! 225-342-7015

See ya at the Sign!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Why we must keep UMC going… Wednesday, Feb 1 2012 

Yesterday started out as any other at our house.  Getting up, getting going, breakfast for the little boys, etc.

Nathan had a rough day yesterday with his sensory issues.  I don’t know why, but every noise seemed to just stand out to him.  He was terrified of the noises.  A car driving down the road outside our house sent him running out of the room several times….scared.  I don’t get that…but I’ve sure witnessed it.  Breaks my heart.  He couldn’t rest yesterday or be calm.

This sensory disorder is from the pit!  This is one reason we must keep all departments open and running at full throttle for Nathan, and all the other children in our community who are suffering with these disorders and need help.

See Ya at the Sign Rally is an opportunity for YOU to help us get the word out to our community to call Gov. Bobby Jindal  (225-342-7015) and tell him you do NOT want these cuts to take place at UMC!!  We need each department.  Did you realize that in order for Nathan to have speech therapy, he has to go through the ENT Department?   So, if they shut down ENT…there goes his speech therapy. He’s making awesome progress.  He still has a way to go, but he’s on the right path…thanks to UMC and Mrs. Bonnie!!

I appreciate your help in this endeavor Lafayette.  Let’s make a difference and let your voice be heard!

See ya at the sign!!

See Ya at the Sign Rally!!! Tuesday, Jan 31 2012 

This Thursday, February 2, 2012, at 5:00 PM, I will be hosting a “See Ya at the Sign” Rally at UMC where the big sign is.

 

This is just a fun time to bring your family, posters in support of saving our beloved UMC hospital/departments!!  Also, bring you smiley, cheerful faces!!  We want everybody in our community to become involved with saving our beloved UMC hospital departments!  You would not believe how many people didn’t even KNOW about these cuts.  I am still hearing from people every day who tell me they had to clue this was happening at UMC.

NOW is the time to let our voices be heard!!!  Let’s rally the troops and let our elected officials HEAR us loud and clear!!!  We do NOT want our departments and programs cut at UMC.  We need them!!

Keep calling and emailing those elected officials and right now – really focus on calling Governor Bobby Jindal.  The number for Gov. Jindal’s office is 225-342-7015

SAVE UMC PEDIATRIC CLINIC
The Pediatric Clinic at UMC may close effective March 1, 2012 based on budget cuts.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
• Spread the word using facebook and other social sites. Call the media, Daily Advertiser, KATC, KLFY, The Independent, The Advocate. Inform other leaders in the community, church leaders, directors of social services.
Here is a list of our Senator’s and Representatives;
EMAIL THEM ALL!!! Save UMC Pediatric Clinic!!
Senator Bret Allain 337-828-9107 allainb@legis.la.gov
Senator Page Cortez 337-993-7430 cortezp@legis.la.gov
Senator Eric Lafleur 337-363-5019 lafeure@legis.la.gov
Senator Fred Mills 337-845-4240 millsf@legis.la.gov
Senator Dan Morrish 337-827-3979 morrishd@legis.la.gov
Senator Johnathan Perry 337-740-6425 perryj@legis.la.gov
Senator Rick Ward 225-246-8838 wardr@legis.la.gov
Rep. Taylor Barras 337-373-4051 barrast@legis.la.gov
Rep. Stuart Bishop 337-981-7409 bishops@legis.la.gov
Rep. Simone Champagne 337-276-4916 champags@legis.la.gov
Rep. Mickey Guillory 337-457-0194 larep045@legis.la.gov
Rep. Bob Hensgens 337-893-5035 hensgensb@legis.la.gov
Rep. Mike Huval 337-332-3331 huvalm@legis.la.gov
Rep. Sam Jones 337-828-7778 joness@legis.la.gov
Rep. Nancy Landry 337-262-2252 landryn@legis.la.gov
Rep. Terry Landry landryt@legis.la.gov
Rep. Bernard LeBas 337-363-0158 lebasb@legis.la.gov
Rep. Jack Montoucet 337-783-2999 montoucj@legis.la.gov
Rep. Stephen Ortego 337-259-7795 ortegos@legis.la.gov
Rep. Joel Robideaux 337-984-1091 larep045@legis.la.gov
Rep. Ladricka Thierry 337-948-0369 thierryl@legis.la.gov
Rep. Vincent Pierre pierrev@legis.la.gov
Gov. Bobby Jindal http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor

Here is an example letter to send to your Senators and Representatives and Governor!
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing concerning the recent announcement to close LSU Health Systems Pediatric Clinic located on the corner of W Congress and Bertrand in Lafayette, La. That clinic serves as a primary care and emergency care resource for the most undeserved and vulnerable members of our society, our uninsured and Medicaid Children. The clinic sees anywhere from 450-550 patients a month. It is a center of care for conditions that include, but are not limited to:

• Sickle Cell Disease
• Cardiology
• Hiv/Aids/Std’s
• Tuberculosis
• ADHD/Autism and other behavioral disorders
• Special Needs Children
• Occupational Therapy & Speech
• Audiology
• Early Intervention Services
• Pediatric Psychology
• Pediatric Counseling
• OCS—Abused and at risk children
• Other conditions requiring preventative care, Asthma, Diabetes, Obesity

The only point of access for these patients will be in the emergency room, which is absolutely the direction the federal legislators, insurance companies, and government agencies are trying to limit based on their belief that it is an expensive and inefficient means of providing primary care.
Please give this grave matter your immediate attention and voice your concerns about such a massive and devastating blow to the children of our community.
Check it out on facebook….SAVE UMC OF LAFAYETTE JOBS!

It’s MONDAY and it’s not a dreaded day!! Monday, Jan 30 2012 

It’s Monday and it’s not a dreaded day!!  This is another day, a gift, a golden opportunity to save our beloved hospital, UMC!!!

I’ve done a lot of reflecting through the nights about this.  Yes.  Through the nights.  I stay awake nights praying, crying, and thinking about what can we do next to help save our beloved hospital.

I do not dread today being Monday.  I hear lots of complaints about it being “Monday” and having to start a work week.  Let me tell ya, there’s almost 100 people at UMC who are thankful for it being “Monday” and another work day.  These people still have their jobs, for the moment, and a paycheck that will come to them.  They love what they do and it shows in how they care for their patients.

So, how do you think you should view your Mondays from now on?  Mhmm!!!  Rejoice that it’s Monday!!!

My heart is with the doctors, nurses, and support jobs at UMC.

Do not stop the calls and emails to our elected officials.  Everybody from the mayor to the governor should hear from us!!  Let your voice be heard!!!

And honey – this thing ain’t over yet!!!  Keep the faith!!!  Have some hope in your heart!!  It’s worth the fight and we have a goal – to keep the PEDIATRICS, OB/GYN, ENT, OTHALMOLOGY, AND ORTHOPEDICS DEPARTMENTS open at UMC!!!!  If we keep these departments open and running at their highest potential – LAFAYETTE WINS!!  If not -we lose.  It’s that simple.

SAVE UMC PEDIATRIC CLINIC
The Pediatric Clinic at UMC may close effective March 1, 2012 based on budget cuts.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
• Spread the word using facebook and other social sites. Call the media, Daily Advertiser, KATC, KLFY, The Independent, The Advocate. Inform other leaders in the community, church leaders, directors of social services.
Here is a list of our Senator’s and Representatives;
EMAIL THEM ALL!!! Save UMC Pediatric Clinic!!
Senator Bret Allain             337-828-9107       allainb@legis.la.gov
Senator Page Cortez             337-993-7430      cortezp@legis.la.gov
Senator Eric Lafleur             337-363-5019      lafeure@legis.la.gov
Senator Fred Mills             337-845-4240       millsf@legis.la.gov
Senator Dan Morrish             337-827-3979      morrishd@legis.la.gov
Senator Johnathan Perry             337-740-6425      perryj@legis.la.gov
Senator Rick Ward             225-246-8838       wardr@legis.la.gov
Rep. Taylor Barras             337-373-4051      barrast@legis.la.gov
Rep. Stuart Bishop             337-981-7409      bishops@legis.la.gov
Rep. Simone Champagne             337-276-4916      champags@legis.la.gov
Rep. Mickey Guillory             337-457-0194      larep045@legis.la.gov
Rep. Bob Hensgens             337-893-5035      hensgensb@legis.la.gov
Rep. Mike Huval             337-332-3331       huvalm@legis.la.gov
Rep. Sam Jones             337-828-7778       joness@legis.la.gov
Rep. Nancy Landry             337-262-2252      landryn@legis.la.gov
Rep. Terry Landry landryt@legis.la.gov
Rep. Bernard LeBas             337-363-0158      lebasb@legis.la.gov
Rep. Jack Montoucet             337-783-2999      montoucj@legis.la.gov
Rep. Stephen Ortego             337-259-7795      ortegos@legis.la.gov
Rep. Joel Robideaux             337-984-1091      larep045@legis.la.gov
Rep. Ladricka Thierry             337-948-0369      thierryl@legis.la.gov
Rep. Vincent Pierre pierrev@legis.la.gov
Gov. Bobby Jindal http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor

Here is an example letter to send to your Senators and Representatives and Governor!
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing concerning the recent announcement to close LSU Health Systems Pediatric Clinic located on the corner of W Congress and Bertrand in Lafayette, La. That clinic serves as a primary care and emergency care resource for the most undeserved and vulnerable members of our society, our uninsured and Medicaid Children. The clinic sees anywhere from 450-550 patients a month. It is a center of care for conditions that include, but are not limited to:

• Sickle Cell Disease
• Cardiology
• Hiv/Aids/Std’s
• Tuberculosis
• ADHD/Autism and other behavioral disorders
• Special Needs Children
• Occupational Therapy & Speech
• Audiology
• Early Intervention Services
• Pediatric Psychology
• Pediatric Counseling
• OCS—Abused and at risk children
• Other conditions requiring preventative care, Asthma, Diabetes, Obesity

The only point of access for these patients will be in the emergency room, which is absolutely the direction the federal legislators, insurance companies, and government agencies are trying to limit based on their belief that it is an expensive and inefficient means of providing primary care.
Please give this grave matter your immediate attention and voice your concerns about such a massive and devastating blow to the children of our community.
Check it out on facebook….SAVE UMC OF LAFAYETTE JOBS!

www.gov.la.gov

Governor Bobby Jindal’s official Web site includes current issues in focus, public policy, news, video, email newsletters, public events and contact information.

 

Photos of my NayNay – who is an overcomer! Saturday, Jan 28 2012 

Just some random photos of my boys…..some good reasons to save UMC Pediatrics!!!

A video and some media links Saturday, Jan 28 2012 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fytMNlNaBj0

http://www.theind.com/news/9801-acadiana-mom-using-facebook-to-fight-for-umc

http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120126/NEWS01/120126025/Concerned-parent-launches-Facebook-page-supporting-UMC?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

http://www.kadn.com/news/some-university-medical-center-employees-will-be-laid-off

http://www.katc.com/news/umc-could-cut-services/

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