After her husband, NBC News correspondent
David Bloom, died from complications of
deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) while covering the
war in Iraq, Melanie Bloom felt the need to
Following David’s death in April 2003, Melanie
became more aware of DVT and pulmonary embolism
(PE), a potentially fatal complication of DVT.
She learned about the risk factors for this
condition—such as restricted mobility—that may
have led to the development of David’s fatal
blood clot. Melanie also learned that
David had a silent risk factor, Factor V
Leiden—an inherited blood coagulant disorder
that can increase a person's risk of DVT.
Having three or more risk factors for DVT may
put someone at risk and could lead to a
potentially fatal PE. David had four.
Most important to family caregivers, Melanie
also learned that DVT can be prevented if you
are aware of the risk factors, signs and
symptoms, and speak to your doctor.
Melanie sat down with Editor-In-Chief Gary Barg
to talk about some very important health issues
of which family caregivers need to become aware.
Gary Barg: I was a big fan
of your husband's work on NBC and it was a shock
to hear how he died in Iraq. It was
actually the first time I heard about DVT.
Melanie Bloom: Gary,
me too. I had never heard of it before; so the
most important person in your life died from
something you do not even know about. It is
pretty hard to swallow that. And thank you
for saying you enjoyed his work. That
means a lot...continued
Coping with Schizophrenia
By June Roberts, Staff Writer
A caregiver often become the
nucleus for support for a person living with
schizophrenia especially during the most difficult
times that are caused by the symptoms of the
disease.. You not only give your loved one vital
feedback, but you encourage, motivate, and act as
I sit across the hall from my mother-in-law, Virginia, who is emitting 13.9 millirems of radiation. I have to shout when I speak with her because of the metal barrier that separates us. Garbage litters her hospital room where she has remained in isolation for the past 14 days, as nothing and no one can pass...continued
Home for the Holidays
By Janice Wallace
Many of us
live far away from our families.
The holidays are times when we
reconnect with our loved ones.
Holidays are an opportunity to
take an objective look at how
the seniors in our families are
coping. Take time to notice if
things have changed...continued
My husband has brain cancer and I've been caring for him
full-time for six months, putting my career as an Internet
publisher (which I thought would give me home-based
flexibility) largely on hold. Now I wonder what
I'll be able to do as caring for him declines as he gets
better (or...). What is available to 60-somethings who
have a gap in their information careers? I'm learning
a lot about caregiving and the health system... but what
caregiver isn't? :-)
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