Jackie Kellum

Jackie Kellum is a RN from NYC and CA, retiring in San Juan Cosala with her husband. For 12 years we provided foster care for abandoned motherless infant kittens and puppies, and now due to circumstances I only rescue kitten babies. During my many years volunteering with Anita’s Animals, I was given the privilege of writing a regular pet Column in the Ojo starting December 2010. Even with a column name change to “If Our Pets Could Talk” in August 2017, the purpose of the writings remain the same - help pet owners better understand their pets, learn what they can teach us , recognize their health needs and provide them with the best care possible.

Jackie Kellum

YOU and Your Doctor Are Your Medical Team – May 2024

Our body has a great “defense” system against disease. It is called the immune system, which is quite complex and involves many organs. When the immune system is working correctly, it has many functions including: (a) identifying the difference between your own cells versus those that are foreign to your body; (b) activating and mobilizing

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YOU and Your Doctor Are Your Medical Team – April 2024

FALLS – Part two The previous March issue dealt with Health Based Risk elements causing a person to fall. This article is Part 2, dealing with falls caused by Environmental Risks and a “Miscellaneous” group of risk factors. Environmental risks include: (a) Potential hazards around the home – throw rugs, clutter, slippery floors, too narrow

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YOU and Your Doctor Are Your Medical Team – February 2024

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. There are two main types/forms of COPD:  Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD. These two conditions usually occur together and can vary in severity among individuals with COPD. Most people with

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YOU and Your Doctor Are Your Medical Team – December 2023

The topic this month is depression. I know this is a very strange topic to be writing about as we are approaching happy holiday times, people gatherings and the start of a new year. But sometimes the thought of an approaching celebration, or remembering a happy or sad memory involving a specific event ‘triggers’ us

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