Archive | June 26, 2017

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes 14-Pound Baby Boy

Weighing in at just over 14 pounds, baby Colin Keisler came into the world at Lexington Medical Center on Friday, June 23. He is the biggest baby clinicians recall being born at the hospital since it opened in 1971.

Baby Colin’s parents are Arthur Keisler and Cindy Richmond of Lexington. He is the couple’s third child. Their first baby weighed 7.6 lb and their second weighed 9.8 lb.

“The last two or three months of this pregnancy were more difficult. I was really uncomfortable and had a lot of sleepless nights,” Cindy said.

They thought this baby would be big, but not 14 pounds.

“When he was born, it was an ‘Oh My God!’ moment.”

Arthur Keisler and his wife Cindy Richmond with their son Colin Austin Keisler at Lexington Medical Center

Dr. Jaime Brown Price of Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, delivered baby Colin by caesarean section. He was 14 lb .04 oz and 24 inches long.

Dr. Brown Price and nurses in the delivery room marveled at the baby’s size.

“I’ve been an obstetrics nurse for 29 years, but I’ve never seen a 14-pound baby,” said Donna Hinton, RNC.

Soon after Colin’s birth, his parents realized the clothes they had bought him wouldn’t fit. At just four days old, he’s wearing clothes for a six month old.

“We see playing football as a lineman for Clemson and the Green Bay Packers,” said Arthur.

According to statistics, the average weight of a newborn baby is 7.5 pounds. Fourteen pounds is the average weight of a 4- to 5-month-old baby.

The next biggest baby Lexington Medical Center’s Women & Children’s department can recall was a 13-pound baby born at Lexington Medical Center in 1987.

Both Baby Colin and his mom are healthy and doing well.

Lexington Medical Center delivers approximately 3,500 babies each year, the highest number of baby deliveries of any hospital in the Midlands.

The Doctor Is In: Understanding and Managing Diabetes

By Cassandra Patterson, MD
Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice

In South Carolina, one in eight adults has diabetes. This rate is the seventh highest in the United States. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are also obese.

People who are overweight are not able to process high levels of carbohydrates. That leads to higher levels of sugar in the blood and stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin, a hormone that allows your body to use sugar for energy. Eventually, stress on the pancreas slows down insulin production.

Diabetes can create a domino effect of complications. High sugar levels in the blood damage small blood vessels and nerves, leading to a risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, leg pain and a loss of sensation in the feet. High sugar levels can also make healing from infections difficult.

If someone has type 2 diabetes, he or she should avoid sweetened drinks, sweets, breads, pastas and white rice. Foods that are good for diabetics are fruit, vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains, beans and low-fat dairy.

Dr. Cassandra Patterson

Researchers have been working to find the best ways to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, but they haven’t found a cure yet. Newer medications for diabetes have focused on using the body’s own abilities to process excess sugars.  

As research continues, doctors emphasize the importance of diet and exercise. It’s important to work healthy eating and fitness into your daily routine. The results will dramatically improve your life.
Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates educates patients at risk for type 2 diabetes about lifestyle changes that promote prevention. For patients with diabetes, these clinicians give patients the tools they will need to manage their illness and prevent complications.

Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine Associates