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A Registered Nurse and member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses from Ohio is a victor after being assaulted at the age of 38. Dedicating the next 20 years to self rehabilitation and recovering on her own from an assault which occurred at work October 30, 1991. This motivated and determined soulful nurse has a voice to be heard from a perspective as a healthcare professional, a patient, a mother, a spouse, a sister, a friend, and finally a caregiver. The secrets of inside our healthcare from different perspectives are revealed. This nurse once silenced by poor treatment has another opportunity to speak out after receiving proper medical care nearly two decades after the initial injury. This truly is not a mystery diagnosis, and hopefully many brain injured patients and families will consider laboratory testing to see if this could be happening to them or their loved ones. America’s healthcare system is in critical condition and brain injury or any type of chronic condition is expensive, let alone the rehabilitation that most American’s never receive. Who qualifies for rehabilitation and how does one get it? In America, the majority of individuals need to deal with issues they do not know how to handle, neither does anyone around them. I hope to help give these people the tools to understand and educate how to overcome a system that cannot help.

Modern technology is great when it works … Technology Tolerance Test

Over the past several years we’ve become increasingly dependent upon home computers, cell phones, iPods, iPads, Tablets among other devices.  They provide instant answers, music, directions, and nearly everything at our finger tips.   When these devices quit working for some unforeseen reason life comes to a stand still and suddenly we are lost, looking for answers and trying to problem solve.

This isn’t a problem exclusively for those with brain injuries, brain dysfunction, and chronic illness.  Everyone using these devices comes across the same situation!  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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In memory of Nathan … It’s not “goodbye”, but “See you later”

Diann’s favorite flowers “Indian Paintbrush” (Nate’s grandmother)

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In Memory of: Nathan 11/09/1995-01/20/2014 High School Senior & 18 Forever(Click on the link to view 11 photos in memory of Nate) He had a heart of gold, a clever and creative mind, a passion for sports, music, and dance.  Also intellectually blessed with a spirit stronger then imaginable, and surrounded by love … now his life is a memory and love remains strong.  He touched more lives in his short life then many do over an entire lifetime.

Thank you to all  Riverton, Wyoming community for supporting this beautiful Peck Family in their darkest days and the ongoing support for Nate’s three siblings, mother and step-father.  You must all be proud to say you live in Riverton, Wyoming where community comes together in a time of need.

My heart goes out to my sister (Diann-Grandmother) and brother-in-law (Russ-Grandfather) as they continue to find strength while rebuilding shattered lives.  May they be blessed with many more happy memories and years ahead.

Rest In Peace Nate.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas that is odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that causes sudden illness and death.    It is very tough to detect. Carbon monoxide is found Read the rest of this entry »

 

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NO contact possible: mugged at gunpoint

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I’ve been behind on everything,and I’m sad about the recent assault I’ve just read. Remember, even during our own ups-and-downs in life our readers are in thought and prayers. So many things have been happening but please read what has happened to my dear friend “Madelyn” at Addandsomuchmore.com. She helps others. It’s time we help her. Suggestions anyone? Just dropping a note or reading her posts is a kind and thoughtful g

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Monday 2/17/14 UPDATE HERE

Thursday 1/30/14 UPDATE

Modern medicine is very different than the last time I had broken bones – in my right leg – but, unfortunately, bones don’t heal correspondingly rapidly.

I came home from my Jan. 28th appointment with Xrays that showed enough healing of the multiple spiral fractures I sustained during the robbery to move to the next step.  I now have what is called a “removable cast” on my right arm. supporting further healing of my right hand.

The great news is that, after 31 very grungy and self-esteem decimating days, I could finally take a bath and wash my hair.  Also that I can begin the process of training the fingers of my dominant hand to work in consort again.

Since tendon damage over the breaks has currently “crippled” my two middle fingers, I still cannot type very well (or rapidly), but I am now, finally…

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Simple tips for TBI, chronic illness, aging, patients …. You need forms filled out and completed by your physician

You have been ill or injured.  You have struggled to recover.  As you recover there are many demands awaiting you.  Now you are bombarded by paperwork.  Paperwork that Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … Who’s brain injured

Who is always to blame but someone that’s brain injured.  Who is believed?  It’s not Read the rest of this entry »

 

Hippie Tricks: Kicking a Cold In the Arse.

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This post includes several different natural home remedies that work for different things, but especially this time of the year when germs are passed so quickly and illness happens. Many people are suseptible to catching things regardless of all the preventative measures taken, but this post includes things most of us have not tried. No one wants to get sick, so Preventative is key. See if these are things your have tried, and what other things work? We are all trying preventative healing measures.

Originally posted on The Faery Inn:

‘Tis the season for colds and flu and nasty bugs. I have been meaning to write this post for awhile, and since I have nothing ready for today, it seems to be a good time. Especially with this uber-cold weather stubbornly sticking around this year. Today, it’s so cold, our sliding glass door keeps freezing shut, and our heater just can’t keep up the way it should.

A cold recently ran its course through our family. It started with a sore throat and headache, and moved on to a cough and congestion. Levi and Lydia had it first, and had I been more on top of things, I might have gotten them out of it sooner. However, since I am on call, I needed to be vigilant for myself. A minor cold in an adult can translate to RSV or worse in a newborn, and there was no way I…

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Simple tips after TBI dealing with behavioral changes, aggression

Aggressive and violent behaviors are common with brain injuries.  This type of behavior is extremely difficult to Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … Which one is yours

Imagine going for aquatic exercise at 6:00 am and on this day no one else was in the pool yet. It was just the lifeguard and I at the pool.  As usual Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Super Bowl Sunday: protecting all brains including retired and current NFL players

The NFL is the most powerful sports league and richest in America.  It’s an American past time and Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine: Complete the sentences

Laughter as brain injury medicine:  Complete the sentences

I guess I’ve been gone so long and either I can’t figure it out or it’s WordPress.  I choose WordPress as Read the rest of this entry »

 

In memory of Nate November 9, 1995-January 20, 2014

Sad news article from Riverton, Wyoming County10 news last week and obituary of Nathan Daniel Hatfield.  In memory of Nate and all our family as we comfort Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Thinking of everyone and wishing Seasons Greetings!

Dear Readers,

There have been a few traumatic events and major changes Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Is it TBI, chronic illness, cognitive disorders, dementia or Alzheimer’s? Part 2 of 2

Dementia and other progressive cognitive disorders

Unfortunately those who live with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease develop gradual changes over years and rarely Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips for brain injury … Things you need to carry while on vacation

You never plan on things happening, but be prepared in case of an emergency especially away from home.  Hours in the emergency room can easily Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine …. gas up

Laughter is powerful and healing.  Being observant of others and our surroundings can bring laughter of things we or others do.  You pulled up to the gas pump to fill up.  One goes in to pick up coffee and tea while the other fills the car with gas.  The line to McDonald’s is long.  On the way out one notices Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Is it TBI, chronic illness, cognitive disorders, dementia or Alzheimer’s? Part 1 of 2

What’s the difference between brain dysfunction such as dementia and other progressive cognitive disorders and TBI or other chronic illnesses?

Survivors of TBI and chronic illness rarely Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as Brain injury medicine … smoothies anyone?

Laughter as brain injury medicine makes life easier.  Have you ever offered someone Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Be back soon!

I apologize for the long delay responding and writing.  It’s been an overwhelming summer Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Appreciating nature Wyoming USA

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … What’s your vision?

Vision? What vision? What’s your vision of perception?  Have you laughed at some ridiculous comments or created laughter in a room full of serious people? At a recent Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … Is life really a “walk in the park”?

A walk in the park is peaceful.  A time to slow the pace of life and take in environmental delights!  Here you’ll find uncomplicated Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips for brain injury, illness, aging, injuries, patients … Do you have an advocate? Part 2 of 2

A person that is traumatized or fighting illness needs help. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips for brain injury, illness, aging, injuries, patients … Do you have an advocate? Part 1 of 2

No one can be totally prepared to handle a medical crisis alone!  How can you be the patient and advocate along with a body in crisis?  Some are better ready than others, yet these are too very different roles.  If you’ve never been ill or injured you may think you will never need an advocate.  Trust me, everyone NEEDS an advocate! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … you didn’t step in that did you?

Ever seen those signs “No shirt, No shoes, No admittance!” Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Loving and living with someone when they have Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, and Brain Dysfunction (Part 6 Series)

Cognitive deficits … overwhelmed & problem solving

People with cognitive deficits usually become overwhelmed after misplacing or difficulty Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Loving and living with someone when they have Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, and Brain Dysfunction (Part 5 of Series)

Bullying

Of course there was torment and bullying.  Who hasn’t been bullied? There are different degrees Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Again? Thank you for the prayers.

Advocacy.  Listening.  Persistence.  Life.  Health. POA. TPN. SICU. Ventilator. Disability. Rehabilitation. Healthcare. These are just a few terms that one’s dear friend is learning by experience.  An experience no one wants to find themselves in.

First I do want to thank everyone for their prayers for the person who has shared our home for the past 4 years and I’ve known since age 5.  In her struggle for life she found “healthcare is good if you never need it!”  She never needed it before, but when she had developed progressive problems no one seemed to hear her complaints. A common complaint to many!

Over a short time she became worse.  Finally her body would no longer go regardless of how hard her mind pushed.  Her life came to a stand still!  She was no longer well enough to work.   She feared loosing her jobs.  Now, all she wants is her health. We all have hope and prayer.

IMG_6965 It’s been a tough month, but something I’m familiar with … on all levels!  I was saddened to see how healthcare professionals expect everyone (regardless of education) to know exactly what was happening and to totally understand everything in their time of crisis.

It seems like no one has time to educate.  What’s more important than health?  It’s been a time to constantly educate and that’s kept me busy in a way I’d rather not be but I’m comfortable with this yet exhausted and overwhelmed.  There is no routine.

My dear friend is entering territory that no one wants to enter.  Her future looks bleak, so it’s day-by-day … but hopeful!

Persistence saved her life. Albeit, quality of life altered significantly.  Five attempts at getting proper healthcare. Finally someone heard her desperate plea for help but most importantly they did blood work. She’s never been sick in her entire life.

The next thing I knew she was calling to let me know they were preparing her for the  first emergency surgery.  I arrived within the hour at the emergency room.  After two surgeries and a number of medical procedures she is now off a ventilator but continues to struggle for life in an acute rehabilitation center with many medical complications from multi-system failure.

It’s unbelievable that she survived and I know anyone who had visited during this time feels the same. Her outcome is unpredictable, and only time will tell.

Education has been out but others don’t act upon it.  I just want everyone to make sure they clearly know what they need to do in a true life-altering medical emergency. Do you have a Healthcare Power of Attorney?  Do you have a Financial Power of Attorney?  Don’t wait till this happens. Every second counts when dealing with life-threatening illness and injuries.

Do you have a place where updated telephone numbers are easily accessible?  Do you know what your loved one wants?  Please have these discussions.  It’s your responsibility and its your life!  Time is of essence when dealing with life-altering illness or injuries. It’s a time of action and support, and not time for discussion.

Who are your advocates? Being prepared makes these crisis easier to handle.  Are you ready if it happens in your family? If you panic in crisis do you have someone who will react calmly to the most devastating news?

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Loving and living with someone when they have Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, and Brain Dysfunction (Part 4 of Series)

Catastrophic reactions and safety issues

When she is in crisis, it’s nearly impossible to find peace and calm within the household.  It’s easy to cause a catastrophic reaction Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine …

It is great to wake early in the morning and get to the pool before it gets busy.  It’s also routine to walk out of the house with keys in hand to unlock the car door before driving off.  What’s not routine is sitting in the passenger seat with keys in hand and waiting for…what I have no idea?

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No, I don’t know why I was in the passenger seat!  It was far past midnight so I’ve already turned into a Pumpkin or maybe 5:30 a.m. I was Pumpkin Pie!  Oh the silly things we do … and it’s really never a problem if one figures it out.

Hey, I realized I couldn’t drive while in the passenger seat.  It’s really only a problem if I think I can start the car in the passenger side of the vehicle and drive away.  I was safe with the seatbelt on in the passenger side, even though I wasn’t going anywhere!

What did you do that seems bizarre, but in your heart you know you’re not alone?

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