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3 days ago · Art for Healing in Just Want to Talk

We are kindred spirits.

3 days ago · Art for Healing in Just Want to Talk

I agree. Art is healing. Though I earned an MA in art education, sometimes I wish I had pursued a degree in art therapy. Everything I do I see through the lens of art. Surprisingly, I became a health/wellness author (38 books) and love it.

Sun, Jan 12 9:48am · Terrified: Soon to have open heart surgery, so many questions in Heart & Blood Health

Eileen, thanks for reminding me about grocery store exercise. I walked every aisle several times and it helped.

Sat, Jan 11 3:17pm · Terrified: Soon to have open heart surgery, so many questions in Heart & Blood Health

I had open heart surgery on May 5th to replace a failing mitral valve with a pig valve. Like you,I was terrified, so terrified I planned my memorial service, paid bills, and prepared for our daughter to come and care for her disabled father. To my surprise, there was a cancellation and my surgery was earlier than anticipated. The next thing I remember is waking up in a hospital bed. I had minimal pain and nurses showed me how to get out of bed safely. A nurse always accompanied me to the bathroom. The pain management was excellent. I was in rehab five days, was dismissed, went home, and followed the instructions I received to the letter. During the next few weeks my shortness of breath disappeared (I had been in acute heart failure) and my energy returned. Today, I'm back to being my husband's caregiver and back to my writing career. The biggest surprise is that I lost 20 pounds. According to my primary care physician, the build-up of fluid in my body was caused by my failing heart. I am thrilled with my recovery, grateful to my surgeon, and the health care team.

Dec 15, 2019 · Meet fellow Caregivers - Introduce yourself in Caregivers

My mother had vascular dementia which, according to her doctor, was like Alzheimer's. When the temperature in Minnesota reached 35 below zero and the wind chill was 45 below, Mom decided to leave her studio apartment and go back to Long Island to visit friends. (All of them were deceased.) I called her physician and he wrote orders for nursing care in the same facility. This is where she died. A friend of mine opted for home hospice, did some minor renovations to facilitate this, and it went well. She hired a caregiver to spend the night with her husband so she could get some sleep. These were efficient, costly solutions. A facility that offers memory care would probably be the best solution. Before you sign up, ask about fees, such as an extra shower. Where do residents eat meals? Find out how many staff members are on at night. Is there an activities program for those in memory care?

Nov 30, 2019 · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Loss & Grief

You will find online support from The Caregiver Space, a non-profit organization. Go to http://www.thecaregiverspace.org and click on After Caregiving (I think these are the words) to communicate with people in a similar situation.

Nov 26, 2019 · Stroke and very over active bladder = sleepless nights in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

My husband uses a catheter for elimination. He takes medication to reduce the number of times he voids. It works but the dosage can't be increased because the medication, over time, contributes to memory loss.

Nov 24, 2019 · Non-Mayo Providers Suggesting Patients Are Faking Illness in Just Want to Talk

In the past year I was in the St. Marys Hosital three times for atrial fibrillation. Each time I received quick, compassionate care. Thanks to the doctors that listened to me, I would up having open heart surgery. Now I have a pig valve in my heart. My husband is a retired Mayo Clinic physician and, while this influences my opinion, my experience tells me that Mayo Clinic health care is compassionate care.