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Thursday January 15, 2009 - Issue #415

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 
A Time to Be Fearless

Anyone who has watched the nightly news, seen their 401-K or stock values plunge or even have been laid off during these past few months, knows that these are turbulent times in our nation and around the world.  As much as any year we have seen this century this is a time to be fearless.  The last time I mentioned this concept of fearlessness in the face of uncertainty was right after the horrific events on September 11th, 2001.  Those days seem so very long ago now, but I remember that for a while at least, we all gathered together and supported each other. In a trip to New York shortly after the attack, I off-handedly asked the gruff looking gentleman who was ringing up my bill at a deli, “how ya doing? ”He took a long moment and answered, “I’ve been better” instead of the requisite “good, how are you?”

Along with the early sense of hope and fresh start that any new administration can bring to Washington, I think the way we get through our tough times as a nation is to do what fearless caregivers have done for ages – communicate. We have learned that the best way to care for our loved ones is to share our concerns and fears with our fellow caregivers and not give in to the temptation to isolate yourselves. The same thing goes for our role as citizens. Well get through these times in the only way we ever get through any challenges – together.

By the way, as an example of just how far I am from the seat of power, last week I spoke of the new DTV rules that are to go in effect on February 19th.  The next day, President-Elect Obama spoke of extending the deadline.  Oh well.           


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Keeping Safe at Home with Chemotherapy

By Cheryl Coppola RN, MSN, OCN

As more and more chemotherapy is given in outpatient clinics and at home, it is extremely important that caregivers and patients understand the risks and hazards that household members may be exposed to.....Continued

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Young Cancer Spouses

By  Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

Young and cancer are two words we don’t often piece together, unless we’re watching fundraisers for hospitals for children with cancer....Continued

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Caregiver Story
Dad's House

By Sharon R. McMurray 

Our first reaction was “He can’t live alone.”  How could he manage without her?  She was his companion in the house they bought the year after they married nearly sixty years ago. ...Continued

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By Peter Ganther

Assess your lifting limitations, (do you have back or hip problems, etc)...Continued

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I am a 72 year old (mostly) Caucasian male (US citizen) living in Japan and taking care  of my 81 year old Japanese wife. She is bedridden from botched spinal operations, serious dizziness, asthma and emphysema. She has had deteriorating leg function since the operations in 1972 and 1975 and has been bedridden since about 2003. I retired in 1999 and have been taking care of her while also doing a little translating and rewriting from home.

Outwardly, her mental function is very good. She remembers far more than I do. The major problem is her temper. When I disagree with her she becomes violent, throwing or striking out with whatever is handy, usually a remote control or wireless extension phone. She grabs me and tries to bite or tear off my glasses, etc. When I retreat to the next room she goes into a rant that is pretty much the same -- basically I am born as a poor migrant and my mother was jealous of her because she is from a wealthy family. Any response from me just makes it worse.

It is absolutely impossible to have a discussion.   Her repetition of all the things she thinks I have done wrong in the last 40+ years reminds me of other older people I have known.

I have short-term memory problems, and forget to do things at times. I also have psoriasis, high blood pressure and am obese, although I have lost 10 pounds or so in the last year with no effort.

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Inside This Issue:

A Time to be Fearless
Keeping Safe at Home....
Caregiver Story
Dad's House


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