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I’ll Be at the Hospital for Christmas

Posted on 12/25/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe brilliant red Poinsettia is on the table, Christmas card beside it. Visitors come and go bringing hugs and Christmas cheer. There is turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie in the dining room. In the background, I hear the sound of vintage 1949 Bing Crosby filling the air with “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and with all my heart I wish we were. But we’re not – we’re at the hospital for Christmas. The table decorated with Poinsettia and Christmas cards …

The Four Drugs Most Likely To Send You To The Hospital

Posted on 11/28/2011 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFour drugs commonly prescribed to seniors — two blood thinners and two diabetes drugs — are the cause of the most emergency hospital visits for Americans over 65, a new study has found. An estimated 100,000 older adults are hospitalized annually for harmful drug reactions, but two-thirds of those hospitalizations are from accidental overdoses of just a handful of familiar medications, according to new research by the CDC’s  Medication Safety Program. And in half of those overdoses, the patient was …

When a Parent Pushes Back

Posted on 10/11/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhen people meet my Mom the word “sweet” invariably comes up. She has a sort of a queen-like quality about her; an air of gentle beauty from within. A few months ago, as she woke up after a seven-hour hour operation that removed a bone fragment near her spinal cord, she immediately gave me that sweet smile. No one but my Mom is that pleasant after surgery!  Throughout her six-month-long health crisis — through procedures and care that challenged her …

When Caregiving Gets Messy

Posted on 10/3/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingMom has had a very rough 6 months. At the root of this complicated, draining and scary health journey is the dreaded “D” word.  It’s the health topic no one wants to talk about. People ask how my Mom is doing and when I tell them there is often an uncomfortable silence – it’s a messy subject. People really don’t want to know the details. It’s one of those delicate topics that seem so private and off limits in polite …