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Dec 25, 2016 · Hiatal hernia sugery in Digestive Health

I am sorry to hear that you had that outcome I also have a hiatal hernia and I’m considering getting surgery but I consider all surgeries to be dangerous but I try to balance the benefit from the problems. I can not make a decision. I do not know what problems I have a hernia can post for me as time goes by if I do not repair it. Is there a treatment for your condition

Nov 29, 2016 · Minimally Invasive Bariatric Procedure Brings Relief, Joy in Food Again

Hi, Alyse, and Stephanie. I am a 70 year old, 5 foot 9, 350 pound male, that has been battling weight all of my life. I have been considering gastric bypass surgery for the past few years, but I am in fear of the possibilities which may occur after the surgery which may not be reversible. I appreciated seeing your post. I am very sorry that you are having this problem, or these problems. it is a problem that I have also worried about. I have put off having this surgery because of problems like this. I fear that these problems may prove to be worse than being so overweight and may be irreversable. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has any ideas about this. thank you.

Nov 13, 2016 · Obese, diabetic with high BP; need help with food addiction in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Hi, my name is Michael. I read your post, and I’m sorry to hear that you suffer from these conditions. I, as you, am a diabetic. I have been a diabetic for 35 years. I also am addicted to food as well. I currently weigh 330 pounds. Over the years my weight has been a major problem along with, and for my diabetes. My diabetes is more manageable when my weight is lower. Food abuse is an addiction just as the abuse of alcohol and drugs can be an addiction. unfortunately, not eating is inconsistent with life, so you cannot just simply not eat as a solution as you can do with drugs or alcohol. I have found that using food life styles with behavioral mechanisms related to eating, such as weighing food, Counting ounces, and measuring is very helpful because it’s a substitute for choosing by using your impulses and moods, or just simply eating to make you feel better. This gives me a sense of control, and when I do this my weight is managed pretty well. In the past I have used the Weight Watchers diet from the 1960s. This is very simple easy to follow food style. It does not require a lot of choices as some of the newer diets do. I managed to maintain my weight for 15 years using this method in the past. This diet can be found by Googling Weight Watchers from the 1960s, if you wish to see if this (diet) lifestyle would be manageable by you. In the past I have used some supplements for assistance, however, I need to organize my thoughts in order to discuss them.

Oct 21, 2016 · Alzheimer's: Caregiver Advice Requested in Caregivers

In Florida there is a legal statute called The Baker Act, with the Baker Act people who are incompetent, dangerous to themselves or others can be evaluated. They can be involuntarily hospitalized. I believe there is such a statute in the state in which you reside. You could take him hopefully to a large Metropolitan Hospital with the psychiatric unit, and ask for that evaluation. Have a discussion with the evaluating psychiatrist beforehand and explain the monetary mistakes and they memory problems and explain to the doctor why you wish to have this involuntary status placed on him. After that evaluation the psychiatrist can involuntarily hospitalize him and have consultation with the proper M.D. so that he may be started on the proper medication. shortly thereafter he can be released to someone’s care. Once he is ruled incompetent, the court does this, it is a legal proceedure, he can be prevented from signing legal documents and from engaging in Business Without a court-appointed guardian to make sure that he makes good decisions.

Oct 21, 2016 · Alzheimer's: Caregiver Advice Requested in Caregivers

Yes I have some experience with Alzheimers. My grandmother had Alzheimers and subsequently died of it. Throughout my career I was a licensed clinical social worker and I worked with patients that had organic brain syndromes and other similar disorders. I am somewhat knowledgeable about this subject.

Oct 20, 2016 · Alzheimer's: Caregiver Advice Requested in Caregivers

I’m so sorry that you and you’re family are going thru this. I have read some of the previous answers and I would like to add the following, It appears as though you need to intervene as soon as possible so that any available medical treatment can be given to him before he deteriorates even further. Has his mental condition degenerated to such a point that a psychiatrist could say that he’s dangerous to himself? if so I believe the law allows your doctor to give him treatment against his will. Hopefully this will prevent further rapid deterioration and slow the progression of the disease. I know that your father will be angry and perhaps your family may disagree but someone must take the responsibility to ensure that your father-in-law gets the treatment that he needs.