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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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Simple tips for brain and spinal cord injury, illness, injury, aging, children, adults, everyone … Questions to ask your healthcare professionals

When you come across health issues there are a number of questions you and your advocate need to ask.  It’s difficult to know what questions to ask when your world is turned upside down and you are not familiar with healthcare systems. Either the patient or the advocate, or both should ask these questions.

The best outcome to all health issues is dependent on the educated patients and advocates. Asking the following questions will help you take control, eliminate some stress and struggles with healthcare and focus on ones optimal level of functioning.  This is a comprehensive but not all inclusive list of questions to ask your healthcare provider. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Both sides to this scenario: physician and receptionist versus patient

Do the physicians really know what’s happening at the front desk?  Is it the patient that has the problem?  Is it the receptionist’s problem?  Usually Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter as brain injury medicine … socks hanging on door

Have you laughed today?  Oh, how I love helping others and being their advocate … but sometimes Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Simple tips … Where have all your friends gone Part 3 of 3

Everyone should have a Living Healthcare Will highlighting who is significant and who is not. Does your friend know where you keep it?  Make sure Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Laughter is the best medicine with brain injury — How much is too much noise

How do you measure how much noise is too much? I’d say this was too much

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Can your health history be a hinderance to a timely diagnosis and treatment plan?

To tell or not to tell?

Does your health history help or hinder proper diagnosis and treatment following brain injury, stroke, brain dysfunctions, injuries or any type of illness?  I refer to illness as both physical and mental. Either way, these are health conditions that should be treated without prejudice, but they are not.  It is assumed that giving an accurate health history helps, and it should. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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When your doctor won’t listen

O. M. Lanstrum, Physician, Helena, Montana. (1911)

O. M. Lanstrum, Physician, Helena, Montana. (1911) (Photo credit: Butte-Silver Bow Public Library)

Many patients go to the doctor with complaints only to feel they have never been heard.  You know when there is something wrong.  You know all the struggles in your life. You are your best advocate, unless you are fortunate to have someone help you out.  The question is what do you do “When your doctor won’t listen?” Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Entering the Twilight Zone of Brain Injury…Nurse

pie chart of causes of traumatic brain injury

CAUSES OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Learning what brain injury is all about.  It was nothing like I experienced as a nurse treating the patients with brain injury.  Little did I know I was about to enter the twilight zone at work on October 30, 1991. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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A Journey into Darkness … From Nurse to Patient.Traumatic brain injury

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Patient Safety Month
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Nurses work with violent patients every day.  Their safety is compromised by combative patient’s and families.  Safety is always a priority for patients, but rarely is safety acknowledged for the nurses themselves.  Or at least it does not appear that way behind closed doors.  They are exceedingly exposed to abuse within the healthcare system, but yet expected to accept it.  This is true for all our of healthcare professionals and caregivers. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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