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From The Editor
Interview with Lee Woodruff
Lee Woodruff is a freelance writer and public
relations executive. She and her husband, Bob Woodruff, are the
authors of In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing,
The New York Times best-selling book about their family’s difficult
journey during Bob’s critical injury in Iraq while anchoring a
broadcast for ABC News.
Lee and Bob have also established the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for
Traumatic Brain Injury to raise money to assist members of the
military with cognitive rehabilitation and other care needs.
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg’s interview with Lee sheds a light on this
dedicated care advocate.
Gary Barg: It has been
a few years years since Bob was injured in Iraq. How is he doing?
Lee Woodruff: Bob is doing
amazing and his recovery is miraculous; but as miraculous as it is,
it was also hard work, as anybody knows who is caregiving someone or
going through any kind of rehabilitation or recovery. It is
day-to-day and some days are better than other days.
GB: How are you doing?
LW: I am doing really well, but
I think that we all have our own form of post-traumatic stress
disorder; especially when something happens instantly, like Bob’s
injury. That changes your life and sort of upends your faith in the
order of things in the universe. There are moments like if he goes
out for milk or something and he hasn’t come back in 20 minutes, my
first thought is, What is wrong? That is not the way I used to
Schizophrenia: Mystery of the Mind
By Hilary Gibson, Staff Writer
For over a century, neuroscience and
psychiatry have been trying to understand diseases of
the brain, among them the mental disorder called
schizophrenia. It has been difficult to define this
erratic disease, and even more difficult to medically
treat and control it. What is known about schizophrenia
is that it is not a “split personality” disorder as is
commonly and erroneously believed...continued
The Silverado Story
I'm Fine, Thanks
By Pat D’Andria
the life of a caregiver. You are always fine because the focus is
always on the person that you care for. You are “just fine” because
if you think of allowing yourself to be anything other than fine,
your legs will come out from under you. You just keep moving along,
all the while knowing that the person that you are trying to
convince that you are “just fine” is you...continued
Forty-Eight Mental Breaks for
Caregiving takes a lot of time. Even if you had spare time to daydream in the first place, it’s probably gone now. However you must give yourself a mental break once in a while. The following list is intended to make you think back to a simpler time in your past, and possibly one in your future. Use them sparingly (one at a time), or be a glutton (overdose on all of them at the same time). The goal here is to make you feel better...continued
Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips
From Yvonne in Murphy, NC
If I had one piece of
advice to give anyone who is caring for a patient with
dementia and short- term memory loss, it is this:
Don’t get upset, angry or short-tempered about anything!
Don't fight or argue about things that don't really matter.
In five minutes, they forget about it, and you take much
longer to get over it. It makes you your own worst
From Judy in La Verne, CA
This is still a new
journey for us. My husband was diagnosed with dementia three
years ago. For the last year or so, he has been confusing
which grandkids go with which child. I have put photos
everywhere! He looks and talks about them all the time. He
really enjoys looking at them and hearing the story of what
was happening at that time. High school sweethearts, we have
been married 51 years this month! He loves music! When we're
in the car, I make sure we have 50s CDs playing. We sing and
laugh all the way to our destination and back. He now
whistles and sings constantly, in the store, on the porch,
etc. We dance in the kitchen while he sings to me. Music
seems to put him in a good place and lifts his spirits.
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