deadly medications

A step-by-step guide to unraveling medication concerns…

Maybe, just maybe your Mom or Dad’s medications need a review so you have no medication errors. Medication errors can lead to behavior changes.  Are they driving you nuts? I can’t tell you the number of times as a physician assistant that I have seen daughters and sons bring their senior parent into my office…
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The best advice I ever received got me through caregiving…

Growing up in a time when most parents were in their twenties when they had their children my mom and dad waited until their 30s. So, after 4 kids, Mom and Dad decided to have another and another. Yep, I was a fifth out of six children!  And boy, my parents were like grandparents around…
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A step-by-step guide to avoiding overwhelment…

One of the biggest jobs in caregiving leads to one of the most depressing moments in our life …loneliness and overwhelment (new word!). We feel we have to do it all. We feel no one understands us. We feel that if only people knew… Our siblings won’t help us and they don’t get it. Caregiving…
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When to take the car away…

Mom or Dad will not let go. They do not want to give up everything a car offers them.  Would you?  Of course not. Remember when you were young, got your driver’s license?  Felt the freedom in your heart? It was a magical moment in life, a life-changing experience… Why would anyone want to give…
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Home health agency employees? Are they really safe to be around your elder Mom or Dad?

Home Health agencies send their employees into one house after another.  Sometimes they will cover 3 homes in a day, giving care, getting close, touching the very clients they are supposed to stay away from. I, too, have to touch my patients.  So, how do I keep myself safe and above all keep my patients…
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Basil dollops? Medicine or cooking class?…

Many of you know my frustration in practicing medicine.  But while frustrating, this is also a funny story I have to share with you. As I was sitting at my computer looking forward to my next patient, I saw the words, “basil dollops” as her reason for coming in. Now I know that basil is…
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