As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
What is Interventional Pulmonology?
This new field is revolutionizing what we can now offer to people to diagnose and treat a variety of lung diseases. Imagine someone, like my uncle, Richard, who had several puzzling spots seen on his lungs on x-rays. He’d been told that he wasn’t well enough to have surgery or a biopsy or remove them, and the previous bronchoscopies didn’t reach them. His doctors back east were only able to give their best guess and did the best they could to treat these puzzling spots.
Uncle Richard would have been a good candidate for Interventional Pulmonology, a new way of combining various diagnostic procedures and minimally invasive techniques to reach the most remote areas of the lungs, biopsy and treat them. In his case, he may have benefited from Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy or EndoBronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) or Radial Probe Ultrasound (REBUS). All of which can help physicians gain access to hard to reach lesions while minimizing risk to the person.
Training the next wave of pulmonologists
These weren’t available for my uncle despite being in a large metropolitan are. Though there are very few hospitals in the country with an Interventional Pulmonolgy program, here in Silicon Valley, El Camino Hospital has had one of the top programs [...]
When my friend, let’s call her Amy*, called to tell me about a frustrating experience she had during an appointment with a new primary care provider, I couldn’t help but feel empathy for her situation. Amy made the appointment to address a sensitive health concern and left feeling more confused and frustrated than when she arrived. She had assumed that all providers had training in communicating about delicate and sensitive topics and they would take the time to develop a trusting relationship with her. Instead, she felt rushed and that the provider was cold, unsympathetic, and didn’t provide the reassurance she needed, when she said from the outset that she was anxious. Amy had had positive relationships with her previous providers and just figured that all primary care providers would be pretty much the same. After this less than satisfying interaction, she came to what I believe is an important conclusion, when in comes to choosing a primary care provider, one size does not fit all.