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Dec 29, 2018 · Down in the dumps again – challenges with adult children in Depression & Anxiety

Sorry to hear about your heartache, and yes it truly can sometimes be a heartache when your child chooses to create a rather significant inconvenience to Mom than to postpone a nap time for your granddaughter, to pick you up at the airport, that is very thoughtless in my opinion. Have you tried sending her an email? Sometimes when you send your kids something in writing it resonates with them more and they think twice about how they're treating Mom lately. Things have to be spelled out clearly for some kids. I remember when my husband and I had to move from one state to the other because of health issues (no family close by and kids wanted us to move closer to SOMEONE! we have seven kids and most wanted us to live near them, one in London, one in Canada so that was out of the question). I was exhausted with stress at the time as my husband was in the hospital in the middle of packing, he's 84, I'm 83, and I called my eldest and really sounded off to her because of all the stress involved and next day one of my sons drove down from San Francisco and did the lion's share of the work..so it does pay off when you let your kids know exactly how you feel(in this case via another kid) and what you expect..at least in my case it did. What's the worst thing that could happen if you open up to them by either calling or writing? You sound completely overwhelmed and if you've been shouldering your burden by yourself all these years because you didn't want to add to their load, then it's time to clearly let them know you need them now. Good luck!

Apr 12, 2017 · Acid Reflux and its Symptoms in Digestive Health

Have you tried chewing gum? I have dry mouth and gum chewing seems to make it disappear. There’s some kind of catalyst that occurs when you start chewing either food or in this case gum. If you’re allowed to chew gum then try it, otherwise ask your doctor about this and maybe it could help.

Apr 10, 2017 · Husband refusing dialysis in Caregivers

I’ve copied the statement by OPKO about their latest med for chronic Kidney disease below. You can google more about it or ask your physician. most do not know about this medication for CKD but my husband’s neph is really good at researching questions about meds.

Apr 10, 2017 · Husband refusing dialysis in Caregivers

Replidea™ has been shown in a phase 2b clinical trial to effectively and safely treat SHPT and the underlying vitamin D insufficiency in pre-dialysis patients. Vitamin D insufficiency arises in CKD due to the abnormal upregulation of CYP24, an enzyme which destroys vitamin D and its metabolites. Studies in CKD patients have demonstrated that currently available over-the-counter and prescription vitamin D products cannot reliably raise blood vitamin D prohormone levels or effectively treat SHPT.

“OPKO intends to market Replidea™ along with our proprietary point-of-care vitamin D diagnostic test currently in development,” stated Phillip Frost, MD, CEO and Chairman. “We envision these remarkable products as part of the foundation for a new and markedly improved standard of care for chronic kidney disease patients having SHPT and/or hyperphosphatemia.”

Alpharen™ has been shown safe and effective in treating hyperphosphatemia in the phase 2 and 3 clinical trials undertaken to date in dialysis patients. Hyperphosphatemia (elevated serum phosphorus) exacerbates SHPT and promotes bone disease, soft tissue mineralization and progression of kidney disease. Approximately 90% of dialysis patients in the United States require regular treatment.

Apr 10, 2017 · Acid Reflux and its Symptoms in Digestive Health

Just curious, are you taking any acid reducers such as Prevacid or Nexium for your Barret’s? My husband had surgery for Barret’s 3 years ago and must take Prevacid (dr.s choice) every day for the rest of his life. Now reading reports of how these meds may cause dementia. But have checked with our geriatric doc and she says those advisories are false.

Apr 4, 2017 · Husband refusing dialysis in Caregivers

My husband has stage 4 of CKD, Chronic Kidney Disease and his creatinine level has been holding steady in the 3.1-3.4 range for the last year. He refuses to go on dialysis and I can’t say as I blame him, he has a marvelous nephrologist who supports his decision. There are new medications on the market in Europe to treat kidney disease that have not appeared in the U.S. mostly because nephrologists have not been aware of them. My husband gave his doctor literature on a pharmaceutical company that is manufacturing these meds and she’s currently looking into it. She was not aware of the medication the last visit. It’s quite a commitment to make the decision to go on dialysis and I’m not sure that once you’re on it, you can take yourself off without certain medical consequences. I understand how Angie feels and if she does some research she may find that there may be some hope for her husband depending of course of the severity of his CKD. This forum is a very informative venue for people who feel lost and have no other advocate to speak for them or their spouse when it comes to finding out the progression of this disease.

Apr 2, 2017 · Socialization and Parkinson's Disease in Parkinson's Disease

New to this site, do you know if any research has shown the part of the brain that can be stimulated by this activity to stop those shakes? I wonder if it’s also that part of the brain that stroke victims with severe speech impairment seem to be able to sing perfectly, words come so easy when this happens, same with prayers, All these phenomena seem to relate to memorizing by rote. Not sure if I’m making myself understood here, but would love to know if there’s a connection with all of this, PD as well as stroke victims with sever speech. thanks for your reply. Do not have a website, should I have posted in one?

Mar 31, 2017 · Socialization and Parkinson's Disease in Parkinson's Disease

I recently saw a report on Parkinson’s patients and “shaking”. It shows patients with severe shaking and then riding a bicycle where the shaking completely stops. These appeared to be people in the 50s and 60s. Thought I would post this here in case there is some value for those with these severe affects from Parkinsons.