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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Birth Control

There are various reasons why a woman would choose to research her birth control methods. Sometimes it is used to regulate abnormal menstrual cycles, and others, of course, to prevent pregnancy.

A woman goes through many stages in her life. When she decides that she is not ready to have children or that she is done growing her family, there are many different methods of birth control that she can choose from.

I want my patients to know all of their options, to know how each method can best help them. Birth control, as all things regarding a woman's personal health, is a very intimate decision, based on more factors than anyone can know. That is why I feel it so important to discuss all of them with my patients--and to give them the best information available.

No one can make such a personal decision for a woman and her reproductive health like the woman herself can. Through my many years of practice, I have seen so many different situations and personal experiences that have always shown me just how different--and alike--each one of us women are. It is vital for every woman to know the options available to her, and I want to help in any way that I can. I've been there. I get it. I want my patients to feel confident in their decisions and that they can trust me to help them get there.

Amazing Patients

I never cease to be amazed at the variety of amazing women that come into my office.
Some are mothers, some have never had children. Some have been with their partner for a very long time while others are happily single. There are students, graduates, doctors, teachers, housewives, teenagers. They are each dynamic in their own way, and each have taught me something about both them and the medical field I am practicing.
Women are incredible. Just what our bodies go through is enough to make us heroes: monthly cycles, pregnancy, labor and delivery, menopause and so many others things—how do we do it? How do we make it through our lives—not always smiling still, but determined? How do we go through the changes of not just Mother Nature but of life and still wake up—well, most days, ready to try again?
I don’t always know, but I do know that meeting so many unique women has given me a greater perspective on everything I do—and it’s why I do it. I love my field. I respect and care for my patients. And it’s all so easy to do when the people who walk through my office doors are such exceptional people.

Sunday, March 23, 2014 it or leave it?

It has just been a little over15 months since my office opened,... and we have outfitted it with almost every imaginable device to make it more efficient, paperless and green! Just with a few clicks and swipes we are able to replace tasks that took twice or three times as long. Yay!! Charts and test results are never ( or should I say, rarely) lost! Reports are chronologically filed,  phone messages are properly documented.  Forms, letters are speedily handled.

All is well in the office,  until Monday 910 AM...when the server crashed..!!  This VERY expensive server , which has specs to accommodate 25 clinics at warp speed, starts blinking warning messages, repeatedly on everyone's screen.  The previously efficient, automated, state of the art office came to a gradual stop.   Well,....almost.  After realizing we were in trouble, a call to Eric (our IT guy) brought him to our office within the hour.

What an agonizingly long day, as we had to improvise with paper charts , make shift schedules and loose memos weighted in piles.  Thank goodness we have understanding patients!

The server was repaired by the company the next day...and all is well and running smoothly at the office.  Whew!  Close call for a potential disaster!

What can I say?  I guess it's a potential risk for enjoying all this technology.  Me...I'm not ready to give up on it yet..

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ah, Youth

Many young women, anywhere from 18-30 or so, may not see the need for regular health care. We are in our prime, and most of us feel our best, even when we are exhausted from child rearing and other aspects of early motherhood.

While mammograms are not recommended for younger women, yearly check-ups are. A young woman's breasts are already filled with fibrous tissue, and things might be detected that are not, in fact, cancer. The American Cancer Association recommends that women start yearly mammograms at 40 years old, and only sooner if the patient has a direct family member that manifested cancer at an earlier age than that.

However, self-screening is imperative. Checking your own breasts for suspicious lumps every month is a good idea, in order to immediately inform your primary care giver of anything you find. They will then check it themselves and determine if it needs further testing.

Yearly checkups with the primary care giver are also a must, as they can often find things we cannot. It never hurts to have your professional check things out, no matter how healthy we are feeling. These checkups are often what detects the early stages of breast and cervical cancer.

We all know that those yearly checkups are not pleasant; however, they are imperative. I cannot stress enough how vital it is to take control of your health and body. I understand that such a thing is not always easy--time, money, and even just the hesitation of something somewhat invasive. But I assure you that you will always get my best care, and I will make the experience as pleasant as any yearly checkup could be!

Meet Dr. Joanne Hinson

As a doctor for many years, I have gotten to know hundreds of women, each unique in their own way. How they feel while they are in my office is of the upmost importance to me. 

This is not only my career, but an experience that I completely love. I feel that a trusting relationship between myself and my patient is key in being able to correctly identify the real problem or issue with a woman's physical or mental health. 

Educating my patients with current expert knowledge and dispelling the many myths surrounding feminine issues is one of my priorities. There are too many misleading ideas about women's health, and I want to make certain that they have all of the information that is available to them. 

Women are the greatest advocates of their own bodies and health. We know when we feel that something is amiss. We know when we are feeling our best. Our bodies, complicated as they may be, often send us the signals that something needs to change. We want to listen.

 I truly love my job. I love helping women and being the one that can help to provide the answers they are looking for.