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Thursday March 20 2008 - Issue #371

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

 For the Dogs

Recently, I had a chance to live the precepts of being a Fearless Caregiver.  I have a close loved one who started having problems with his leg last month.  I took him to the doctor and found out that he has a genetic issue which was starting to affect his movement and surgery was recommended. The first thing I did was take to the internet, researching every word that the doctor uttered.  When we went back for the x-ray I was loaded with at least some knowledge and a whole lot of questions. It turns out that not only was the doctor right in his prognosis, he was coincidently one of the leading surgeons in this field. When I called a major teaching hospital specializing in the surgery, they called him their “Guru”, which sounded good to me.

Next step was to have a good idea of the challenges of recuperation, how to prepare his family and even the house for post-operative care.  When we went for the pre-surgery meeting, I whipped out my list of questions and my tape recorder and was gratified that the doctor gave me as much time as I needed to feel comfortable with his answers.

We are presently in the first two sleepless days of post-op and the fact that I was able to visualize these days as much as possible, has certainly helped keep the stress to a relatively manageable level.

So, when people tell you that being a Fearless Caregiver is for the dogs, you can now agree whole-heartledy.

P.S. The patient is doing fine and is presently sitting next to me chewing on a new toy.

Morris

Take care

 

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com

 


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Feature Article

Reverse Mortgage FAQs

By Hilary Gibson, Staff Writer


How Much Money Can I Get?
The amount of funds you are eligible to receive depends on your age (or the age of the youngest spouse in the case of couples), the appraised home value, interest rates...Continued
 


Additional Article:
 

I'm Fine, Thanks

By Pat D’Andria

That is the life of a caregiver.  You are always fine because the focus is always on the person that you care for.  ....Continued


 

Caregiver Story

The Attack Of The Shower Chair

By: Susan Leck


My husband Bud had Huntington’s Disease. I was his caregiver. One of the hardest things for Bud was to have to depend on me or anyone else for toileting and hygiene.  ...Continued

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Caretips

Take Time

By Amy Kaser, RN

 

As a Registered Nurse, my previous practice has been primarily focused on the individual with the disease process....Continued


 

Carenotes

I have an Aunt who is having trouble with bladder control and isn’t being very cooperative about going to see a doctor.  She is only 52 years old and makes excuses that this is only a temporary problem and it will soon go away.   I know that there are doctors who can help her.  What type of doctor should I find and refer her to?

 

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
For The Dogs
Feature Article
Reverse Mortgage FAQs
 
Caregiver Story
The Attack of the
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CareTips
Carenotes


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