A South Dakota Woman Went To The Hospital For Kidney Stones And Gave Birth To Triplets

A South Dakota mom went to the hospital for pain she thought was caused by kidney stones, only to discover that she was actually in labor…with triplets.

“I started getting pains, I figured it was kidney stones because I’ve went through them before,” Dannette Giltz told ABC affiliate KOTA TV. Once doctors figured out she was in labor, they told her to expect twins. But it turns out that there was one more baby in there.

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Feeling Tired? Tips on How to Cope With Fatigue

Tending to your youngest ones can be extremely exhausting. Many people do not know it or they are not taking it seriously but, fatigue is a health condition that can reflect negatively on your mental and physical health, long term. It is a condition that needs immediate medical attention and treatment. Broken sleep and often getting up late at night because your baby needs your attention can be mentally devastating.

Because of this, there are some tips and useful ways how you can overcome this. The most obvious tip would be to take a nap whenever you get a chance. If you have just tended to your baby and it fell asleep, close your eyes and take a nap right there and then. You will be surprised how refreshing it can be for you. Just an hour and a half a day can make such a big difference that you will almost feel re-energized. Also, try real hard to establish a routine if it is possible. It will take a lot of effort and time but, you will feel a lot better if you manage that.

Your will is the key
Even if your baby is really young, it does not mean that you do not need to move around with it. To your baby’s eyes, there is a whole new world out there and it will get tired of just looking at all those wonders. Take it out and you will see that your baby will sleep much better at night. Also, it is good to know that people can get tired from not moving as well, which is commonly known as the negative fatigue, also a health condition. The more you move, the more energy your body will produce. This will be helpful for both you and the baby.

The nutrition is of paramount importance. Drink plenty of water and do not skip any of the meals. Water can make you feel refreshed much more than any other drink. Just remember that humans are mostly made of water. What you lose during the day, you need to make up.

Even After 6 Brain Surgeries, This Med Student Is Determined To Become A Doctor

Back in 2012, when Claudia Martinez was a student in college and was working towards her dream of becoming a doctor, she heard devastating news. A neurosurgeon prompted Claudia to get brain surgery as soon as possible or else face a huge risk of becoming paralyzed from the neck down. Before lying down on the surgery table, Claudia had been experiencing severe headaches, loss of feeling in her limbs, as well as other debilitating symptoms. Apparently, they were caused by a little-known condition called Chiari Malformation which is a structural problem in the base of the human skull and in the cerebrum – the part of the brain that is responsible for controlling balance. However, that didn’t stop Claudia from chasing her dreams as she decided that in this world, it’s the mind that controls the matter, not the other way around.

When Claudia was a 21-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Houston, she was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, a debilitating condition which prompts the brain tissue to extend into the spinal cord, a scenario which can result in paralysis. “When I got my diagnosis, I was sent to a neurosurgeon. He told me that I needed brain surgery as soon as possible. If not, I was going to be paralyzed from the neck down. And so within a week, I was undergoing my first brain surgery,” Claudia recalled to the media. Despite it all, the young woman graduated from college with a 4.0 GPA and went on to attend UTHealth McGovern Medical School. However, she still needed operations including five major brain surgeries.

As of today, she has had all six brain surgeries including one in 2017 where she suffered a stroke and woke up paralyzed from the neck down. The surgery was an experimental one but doctors said that it was her only hope. Claudia later had to re-learn how to walk, move her limbs, eat and dress for herself or as she puts it, “Every single thing we take for granted in everyday life.” However, the condition left her stomach partially paralyzed and she was on a feeding tube for three years.

In December of 2018, she posted a photo on her Instagram account with the caption, “Life is tough darling, but so are you. As someone who was previously on a pure liquid diet, then purely tube fed and now as someone who is being kept alive by a GJ feeding tube and IV fluids, it’s difficult to not feel frustrated from time to time. Next week, I’ll be having surgery on my stomach and intestines. It’ll be performed by two surgeons. We are hoping with this surgery, I’ll be able to eat and won’t have to survive off a feeding tube and IV fluids ”

Fast forward to March, Claudia was not only able to run (“From not being able to walk to this, I am truly blessed,” she shared on her Instagram) but also learned that her feeding tube feeds are going to be removed after three years. “The surgery was a great success and I have been able to maintain and gain weight eating orally since then while weaning off the feeding tube. I am hoping to get my feeding tube removed in the next couple of months, but it has to stay in for now.”

Her gradual recovery through months of physical rehab helped crystalize her vision for the future, though. “I thank God every day for what I’ve gone through, bc it is how I’ve found my calling,” she writes. “I’ve officially decided to pursue a residency in PM&R (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation).”

All of the struggles that Claudia went through have only made her more aware of her dreams and vision than ever: “I thank God every day for what I’ve gone through, [because] it is how I’ve found my calling. I’ve officially decided to pursue a residency in PM&R (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation).” Today, Claudia is on her way to graduating from UTHealth McGovern Medical School in Houston with only a year away. In the meantime, she organizes the annual “Conquer Chiari” charitable walk in Houston which helps to raise money for research into the condition. “This part of my life is called happiness. I officially finished my 3rd year and have started my 4th year! One more year left of medical school and in May 2020, I will get to be called Dr. Claudia I. Martinez,” she shared with her followers. We are all rooting for Claudia and can’t wait for her to get that degree!

How This Sports Anchor’s Morning Routine Helps Her Manage Her Anxiety

The second NBC Sports’ Trenni Kusnierek steps foot into the studio for her afternoon shift, things can get a little hectic. That’s why her mornings are especially sacred. The Emmy Award-winning journalist, NPR sports contributor, Athleta ambassador, and mental health advocate relies on early morning runs around Boston to keep her grounded. These morning rituals are just as big of a part of her life as reporting on your favorite athletes.

“For me, running is as much about the physical as it is the mental,” she tells Women’s Health. “I don’t step on the scale that often. I run because I love how it makes me feel. I love being able to go out, work through my problems, think through the day’s events, story ideas. I’m constantly on at the office, so running is my alone time for me to be me.”

Most mornings, before 9 a.m., Trenni has tackled a run, made breakfast, and is already prepping for another day at the anchor desk by catching up on headlines and brainstorming content ideas. Her strategy for getting it all done? Planning ahead.

“Every Sunday, I figure out what my running looks like for the week and if I’m going to take any classes,” she says. “I schedule workouts like I would any other appointment, which helps to keep me accountable and organized.”

Here, Kusnierek lets us in on her morning routine, including her pre- and post-workout must-haves and breakfast favorites.

7 a.m.: My alarm goes off.
“My goal in the morning is not to look at texts, email, or social media for about 30 minutes. I immediately use the Calm app to do a 10-minute meditation, then get up and throw on the clothes I laid out the night before. I drink a glass of water, put on NPR’s Morning Edition, and get ready for my run with a few dynamic stretches.”

8 a.m.: I head out for my run.
“Most days I’m doing anywhere from four to 10 miles. On Wednesday mornings, I’m at the track for sprint repeats, meaning that I’m doing something like quarter-mile sprints with a recovery period in between. I’ve done 13 marathons, and right now I’m prepping for the Sugarloaf Marathon in Maine.”

9:30 a.m.: I’m ready for breakfast.
“First, I’ll foam roll and stretch; then I’ll get to breakfast. I try to switch it up, but I almost always incorporate some sort of healthy fat, protein, and a carb—especially when I’m marathon training. I lean into gluten-free eating, so this could mean that breakfast is something like three paleo pancakes with chicken sausage and maybe some blueberries. Or I may do avocado toast and fry up an egg and put it on there. I’m always drinking sparkling water, and of course, coffee with coconut milk creamer.”

10 a.m.: I’m answering emails.
“I’ll spend 45 minutes to an hour after breakfast doing work. Aside from my job at NBC and contributing to NPR, I also do mental health speaking. (Editor’s note: Trenni started talking publicly about how she deals with depression and anxiety in 2012.) It’s so important to make mental health talk-about-able. We should treat it the same way we treat our physical health—that’s why I meditate every morning. Running and meditation are really important components to me for managing my anxiety.”

Can Apple Cider Vinegar Really Help Treat A Sunburn?

Trendy ingredients and wellness fads have a way of either getting written off as totally woo-woo or instantly being touted as cure-alls. As far as apple cider vinegar goes? It tends to land in the latter category. Proponents of apple cider vinegar—a.k.a. ACV—claim it’s a health elixir that can help with everything from kicking the common cold (bubble burster: it’s not) to bloating and weight loss (again, not so much).

But ACV does appear to have some skin benefits when used topically as opposed to drinking it, which perhaps is what fueled the latest rumor about the stuff—that ACV is the perfect antidote for a fresh sunburn.

Wait…is apple cider vinegar for sunburn relief a real thing?
Here’s why it might seem like it would work: “ACV has become increasingly popular to treat sunburns due to its antibacterial, cooling effect,” says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, a dermatologist in New York and founder of Entiere Dermatology.

Many ACV fans also say the ingredient helps with skin issues (i.e. helping with oily skin) when you apply it directly, or when it’s an ingredient in a skin-care product. “Apple cider vinegar is reported to be useful for a variety of skin conditions because it helps calm inflammation and has antiseptic properties,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. “It has an acidic pH, which is why it is used as a natural skin toner.”

What’s more, ACV is high in pectin (a type of soluble fiber found in apples), which can potentially improve the skin barrier and lower inflammation, Dr. Levin adds.

But here’s the bummer news: Sunburn-induced puffiness isn’t so ACV-friendly. Apple cider vinegar is rich in malic acid, a hydroxy acid that’s lovely if you want to exfoliate. But, as you can imagine, this ingredient won’t be so great for a top layer of already-damaged, sunburned skin, explains Dr. Zeichner. “Apple cider vinegar may be useful in treating conditions like dandruff, however I do not recommend it for sunburns,” he says. Pour it on toasty red skin and you’ll likely just make the burn worse, causing seriously irritated skin or even chemical burns, adds Dr. Levin.

And before you think about just diluting ACV with water first and then soaking your tender burn, pause! While super watered-down ACV (read: 1 tablespoon in 1 cup of water) or a pour in your bath might come with some soothing benefits, these derms generally still recommend skipping it for a sunburn altogether as to not even risk the possibility of causing additional irritation.

Ugh, fine. What’s the best way to deal with my sunburn until it heals?


If you’re in pain and uncomfortable, Dr. Levin suggests cooling off your skin with a cold, damp cloth or compress plus a cold shower. Dr. Zeichner also notes, “Make sure to use gentle skin cleansers to remove any remaining sunscreen on the skin.” You’ll also want to avoid any harsh soaps as well as your loofah so you don’t aggravate your already-sensitive skin. Stay out of the sun, too, and drink lots of water.

f you’re puffy and your skin is sore to the touch, hit up your local drugstore for an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to calm down inflammation. Also, use a light and breathable moisturizer (read: no oils or lotions with ingredients like petrolatum, benzocaine, or lidocaine, which can trap heat or irritate your skin, says Dr. Levin). Look for products with aloe vera, which can help re-hydrate and soothe the skin.

Really feelin’ the burn? Take some ibuprofen (i.e. Advil or Motrin) or naproxen (like Aleve) to zap pain, swelling, and redness, Dr. Levin suggests. And remember: If your burn is severely blistering, takes up a large part of your body, or comes with other symptoms like a fever or chills, see your doctor right away, says Dr. Levin.