Thursday, January 22, 2015

Keeping track of medications/supplements and caregiver schedules

There are a variety of ways to track one's meds. Either a sheet, upon which one can mark off meds, or place your records sheets in a plastic sleeve. This is what hubby wanted to do.
I made the original in Excel, converted it to a PDF file to print. After 2 weeks he just erases it and starts again. I developed a Caregiving Schedule (PDF), as well.

 Caregiving Schedule (PDF)
We stuck it on the metal door,
tin holds all the supplements

Lee Valley Tools sells these sticky coil pen holders.

Book Review: Diagnose Yourself

on Amazon
At my age and stage of life, I've a few friends with chronic illnesses, as well as my hospice clients. In most cases, however, our Canadian system works well. I have clients with diagnosed illnesses, receiving the appropriate healthcare. In our diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, we've had nothing but the best from our medical appointments. They are efficient, but do take the time we need, but this is a quickly diagnosable disease.

The worst to identify in recent medical news in Canada, have been Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia and mental health issues, such as  PTSD. These are now more recognized by the medical profession, and treatments are becoming more
readily available. Other diseases, as indicated in Jenner's book, are not so simple. One depends, in the US, on insurance companies to pay for diagnosis and treatments, as well as physiotherapy, for example. Without this, patients can languish for years with chronic pain.

Jenner is very proactive, and has many of his expert strategies simplified on-line with worksheets that assist those with undiagnosed healthcare issues. Get your downloadable worksheets from the website! It's a good read, this book: well-written, and well-edited (my pet peeve)! He's quite active on Facebook, as well.

Diagnose the correct accurate cause of your health problem and medical symptoms. Get help from medical professional or self-diagnose cause on your own.

How do you feel about your doctor-patient relationship and the quality of your typical doctor visit? Make yourself heard - take the poll on his website and see how you compare to others!

Jenner's Biography

Reid Jenner is an acclaimed naturopathic problem-solving specialist with over twenty years’ experience designing, teaching, and facilitating root-cause analysis techniques in the health sector, with a successful record solving hundreds of health problems for clients with a wide range of maladies.  He is passionately focused on helping every patient use his or her personal health history to find the quickest, simplest, and least invasive permanent solution to each problem. In his experience, the vast majority of intractable problems can be solved in 60-120 minutes. His recently published book Diagnose Yourself outlines the process by which individuals can take more responsibility for their diagnosis and overall health management.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cut, cut, cut - taxpayers don't want cuts

In Ontario with our universal healthcare, our cutbacks to physiotherapy mean many can no longer access the rehabilitation that helps them get back to 'normal' life. Physiotherapy can be the key to getting back to work and play.

Jan.20, 2015 ... There was no talk of any physiotherapy when she left the hospital and ... Cuts in transfer payments from the health ministry to hospitals for sure ...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

How much do cancer treatments cost?

Nothing if you are treated in a hospital.
Canada’s healthcare system covers the cost of hospital care for everyone, but it leaves many people without funding for prescription drugs.

At first, he says, his company insurance covered the price of the drug. But years later – Gary’s employer changed insurers and he was now on the hook to pay more than $3,000 a month.

Medical errors: cover-ups rather than lessons

Inside Canada's secret world of medical error: 'There is a lot of lying, there’s a lot of cover-up'

For the second time in short succession, she had fallen victim to health care gone badly awry. Just two years earlier, Ms. Church went to a nearby hospital to have an ovary removed as treatment for a painful cyst. She left hours later with the ovary still in place — and a piece of mesh embedded in her abdomen to repair a non-existent hernia. Then, months later, a specialist replaced an artificial, cataract-correcting lens that he said had started to wear. The result: That eye was now blind and growing increasingly painful. The ophthalmologist, another specialist told her later, had implanted the lens in the wrong position, obscuring her sight and puncturing a duct, causing a slow bleed and massive pressure.

Most instances of the Canadian health-care system hurting rather than healing patients are not even reported by staff internally, a Post investigation has...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

B.C. Family Caregivers' Network Society

The January 2015 issue (PDF)of our Network News newsletter is now available on-line.
Included in this issue:
Addressing Seniors' Fraud
Money Matters
FREE Webinars for Family Caregivers
BC Caregiver Support Organizations and Support Groups
Joint Tenancy Considerations
Respite: Getting the Break You Deserve
Additional Provincial Resources for Family Caregivers
Please feel free to forward the Network News on to family, friends and co-workers who might also find this information helpful.
Glendora Scarfone
Administration and Caregiver Support
Family Caregivers' Network Society

Why are hospitals congested with flu patients?

This is too simplistic. It's all about inaccessible doctors, doctors on vacation, surge in patient care when education could have helped a patient realize that their virus won't be helped by antibiotics.

Primary care team I saw yesterday had 50-70 pts crowding the large waiting room at 5pm
I disagree with Picard. Primary care is swamped too. It's resources that are missing. Hospital beds are closed at holiday time because it is an effort to control costs.
What's really to blame for ER congestion?
Worse still, many senior administrators are MIA at this time of year, ... hospitals; a large part of the problem is a lack of home care andlong-term care facilities. ... and there may even be a need to establish temporary medical facilities.

What is it like for a man to get old? Laughter is the best medicine!

Published on 30 May 2014
This is one of the best stand-up routines I've seen in a long time!

Part Two Senior Conference On Aging. Held at the First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena. Keynote Speaker Fritz Coleman NBC4's weathercaster is a Southern California broadcasting icon.
Live in the moment, and have a laugh at yourself. This is so true.

Me: Dad, why don't you wear your hearing aids?
Dad: Becuase they just make the B.S. louder!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Cannabis extracts effective against glioblastoma (brain tumours) in mice

The Combination of Cannabidiol and Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Enhances the Anticancer Effects of Radiation in an Orthotopic Murine Glioma Model

A widely publicised study of the effect of cannabinoids THC and CBD shows that, when combined with radiotherapy, they can cause glioblastoma to grow significantly slower in mice. Treated animals’ tumours were nine times smaller with treatment after three weeks. The authors conclude cannabinoids may sensitise glioblastoma cells to radiation. Read more.
"Taken together, our data highlight the possibility that these cannabinoids can prime glioma cells to respond better to ionizing radiation, and suggest a potential clinical benefit for glioma patients by using these two treatment modalities. Mol Cancer Ther; 1–13. ©2014 AACR."

Liu’s study  in mice models found THC and CBD, when used together, helped shrink the tumors to a far greater extent than radiation and just one of the compounds or radiation alone, which actually yielded a negligible effect on tumor growth. What’s more, the team needed a smaller dosage of each substance when they were used together in order to kill 50 percent of the cancer cells. They needed 14 millimolar (a unit of concentration) of CBD and 19 millimolar of THC. Using both, they needed only seven millimolars each.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

PART XXX: Another CT Scan #3

This time we went into Riverside Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. It was a terribly long day.
Arrived at the hospital at 2:02 p.m. after 84km. It's a pretty nice parking area, with few cars yesterday, Dec. 29th. Loved the skylights in the new wing.

2:05 p.m. - register at Radiology. It was very quiet.
Requisite selfie and ussies...

2:10 p.m. Two right turns, follow orange dots to CT Scan waiting room.
Hubby had to drink two containers of liquids. Crappy stuff, really.
Daughter, Caitlin, just bought me Imagine Dragon's CD for my birthday, which includes the song, ♪♫♩♪ Radioactive!
2:15p.m. – take one cupful over 45 minutes, the next 8 oz. between 3:00 & 3:45.

It was a long sit, and I played with his iPad, as well as taking photos. Finally, at 3:45, Catherine, the technician, took him in. She was a sweetie, joking and helping us relax. I waited outside, amusing myself.
X-ray mode for PhotoBooth