A Day in the Life at UNMC

How Healthy U saved my life: Part II

Penni

Penni Davis is a grant protocol associate who has been at UNMC for 14 years. She is a mother of two and has been married to her husband – “a wonderful man,” Penni says – for almost 30 years. On June 14, Penni and her husband Sean met with Justin Westervelt, M.D., to get the results of her kidney biopsy. The report was not good . . . June 14, 2013: The diagnosis: IgA nephropathy with acute kidney failure. What?!!! My kidneys were only functioning… Continue Reading

How Healthy U saved my life: Part III

Penni Davis is a grant protocol associate who has been at UNMC for 14 years. She is a mother of two and has been married to her husband – “a wonderful man,” Penni says – for almost 30 years. On July 1, Penni, buoyed by her faith, the prayers of her friends and the good work of her doctors and the other health professionals at The Nebraska Medical Center and UNMC, met with Julie Vose, M.D. With the help of medication and some dietary changes,… Continue Reading

How Healthy U saved my life

Penni Davis is a grant protocol associate who has been at UNMC for 14 years. She is a mother of two and has been married to her husband, Sean – “a wonderful man,” Penni says – for almost 30 years. On May 10, feeling absolutely fine, Penni went in to have her annual checkup. The following is what happened next . . . May 10, 2013: I went in to have my normal annual check-up. You know that stuff we ladies do but hate? Well,… Continue Reading

Camp Munroe verdict: 'I love having fun'

I’m sitting at my desk writing. My son is sitting at my desk, drawing and answering questions from my co-workers. It’s Friday afternoon, and because of a child-care scheduling snafu, I’ve picked Tommy up from his last day at the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Camp Munroe and brought him back to the office. How was camp? “It was good.” What did you do? “I don’t know, but it was good.” Eventually, through skillful questioning by my supervisor Karen (a former newspaper reporter with an apparent flair for… Continue Reading

A Day in the Life . . . Kicking back at McGoogan

If you’re going to ask for a feature story on reclining chairs, the best time to do it would probably be a slow day during a slow week – the kind of “just before the holiday” Tuesday during which a reporter might think, “I wouldn’t mind sitting in a recliner for a couple of minutes.” So that’s when Marie Reidelbach, interim director of the McGoogan Library of Medicine – demonstrating her news savvy – sent me her e-mail. The library has just upgraded its recliner… Continue Reading