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Friday June 26 2009 - Issue #438

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Detective Caregiver

One of the most challenging aspects to caregiving is watching as the ones we love deal with intense or chronic pain.  The emotional pain we feel in response to their suffering is understandably unimaginable.  Yet, the truth is that these are the times when we most need to be fearless advocates and the in-home representative of our loved ones professional care team.  Act as detective and find out a few pertinent things to share with the medical professionals:

  • Where does it hurt?
  • Is this a new pain or one that you have experienced before?
  • On a scale of 0 – 10, what is the severity?
  • Did the pain first occur after eating any specific foods or performing any specific actions?
  • What usually makes the pain subside? 
  • Have you taken action which usually makes the pain subside (rest, medications, bathe?)  Did it help?

Pain can be caused by many healthcare challenges that our loved ones face (cancer, AIDS,  or even OIC  (opioid-induced constipation) which can develop in your taking opiates for extreme pain.  To help you as you help your loved ones through extreme pain, has added many new information channels dealing with pain management.

Obviously, in many cases, asking questions about your loved ones pain may be impossible due to their level of ability to communicate, these are the times when you really need to become – Detective Caregiver on the case.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Effective Pain Management

By  Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

In both acute and chronic health conditions, pain is top on the list of concerns for patients, caregivers and physicians.  Effective pain control improves the individual’s state of mind and ability to move through the healing process.  ...Continued

Care Verse
A Survivor's Story

By  Grace R. Niemczyk

It is out of compassion that I go,
Yet a role delegated by marriage.
Committed to another’s well being,
Oblivious of the coming disparage...Continued

Special Article
The Graying of the AIDS Epidemic
By Liza Berger, Staff Writer

People are aging with HIV. The introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) more than a decade ago has allowed people to live with the illness that was once almost certainly fatal. But the problems associated with growing older have introduced a new set of challenges. ...Continued

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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. Chemotherapy can be given via a portable infusion pump or in pill form. In both cases it is possible for cancer drugs to unintentionally come in contact with caregivers.....Continued


Could you please suggest activities or where I can find examples for people with Alzheimer's. I work with them all day, and would like to do different things with them.

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Detective Caregiver
Effective Pain Management
Special Article
The Graying of the AIDS Epidemic


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