Posts Tagged ‘Hospital’

Podcast: Dad’s in the Hospital – Now What?

When I think about my caregiving journey, I can safely say that having both my parents in the hospital was one of the most stressful times in my life.  It involved juggling work, family, being an advocate for them and trying to navigate a system that sometimes seemed to be designed to make make my…

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Tell Us: What’s Your Worst Experience in the Health Care System?

I recently compared health care system war stories with a fellow family caregiver. She was left hanging with a service that she needed. I was left fuming because of a doctor who wouldn’t remove my mom’s leaking feeding tube (a temporary feeding tube after surgery to remove one-third of her stomach to stop a bleed).…

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In Six Words, What’s Your Story About the Hospital Discharge?

My father was in the hospital recently and discharged home last Monday. (He and my mom live in an apartment about 10 minutes from me.) With every hospitalization comes a new discharge experience. This time, my dad was discharged with a prescription for new med that cost $1,000 and which insurance wouldn’t cover. The pharmacist…

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When it Rains it Pours

I like to try to be a responsible pet person and summer time means a fight with fleas hits a new level. So I put flea drops on our cats. The flea drops contained etofenprox a derivative of pyrethroid and the package was just for cats. So I put them on the cats Sunday night…

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Caring for Family Caregivers Within the Health Care System

It’s one of the ironies of caregiving. You’re a regular customer of the health care system. You’re at the doctor’s offices, the emergency room, the hospital. You interact so much and so often with nurses and physicians that others see you as a health care professional. And, yet, according to our 2015 Annual Family Caregiver…

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In Six Words, What’s Your Story About an ER Visit?

During Sunday’s #carechat on Twitter, we discussed our experiences with trips to the emergency room. Our discussion made me wonder about our stories of our trips to the ER. And, that’s always a good reason to write our six-word stories. In our comments section, below, write as many six-word stories as you’d like about your…

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Memories from the Hospital: “Threes”

Now that I am almost heading home for a three-week break from long-distance caregiving of my 88-year-old dad and 83-year-old mom, I want to make sure I always remember three things from my dad’s nearly three-week stay in the hospital/rehab for congestive heart failure: Playing solitaire with him on the weekend when he was in…

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Tell Us: What Do You Want the Health Care System to Know?

We’re celebrating you during November, which is National Family Caregivers Month. As we close out the month, let’s talk about what you’d like organizations and communities to know about what you do. Let’s start with the health care system. What would you like the health care system to know about what you do as you…

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Tell Us: What Have You Snuck in for Your Caree?

During one of our evening chats this week, we happened on a conversation about what we’ve snuck into a hospital or nursing home for our caree. We’re not sneaking in cakes with knives to break them out. But it’s something we’re not really sure would be part of an approved diet but something we know…

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Eighth Hospital Stay in as Many Months

Well we are home again! We just survived yet another hospital stay; this has been a bad year for going to the hospital! We need to stop this trend!!! Mom’s blood pressure and blood glucose have been on the rise (NOT a good thing) for quite a while now. I have been calling and calling…

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A Custody Battle Avoided

On Sunday, I couldn’t stop thinking that somehow we moved from caring for my mom to battling over her. It felt like we almost had a custody battle on our hands. As I wrote on Sunday (read: The Sound of My Fury), my mom was transferred to a university hospital for a scope to locate…

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