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Pam Thorson
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Three Things People Say that Make a Caregiver Cringe
What do I need? Where do I start? During our twenty-one years of dealing with disability, people have taken really good care of our family. So I have hesitated to share today's post, thinking that it may make us appear ungrateful. Believe me, we appreciate ...
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When We Reach for Uncommon Goals
It is shortly after midnight when I am awakened by the shrill beep of the backup battery at my bedside.  As my brain struggles to emerge from of a deep sleep, a shudder runs through me. That sound can only mean that our power is out again. We live in rural ...
When We Reach for Uncommon Goals
When We Reach for Uncommon Goals
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Leave No One Behind
It was another one of those calls. My elderly father had just had another serious medical "event," resulting in CPR and an ambulance ride to the hospital. I needed to go be with him and my stepmother. I opened a drawer in the early morning semi-darkness and...
Leave No One Behind
Leave No One Behind
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Vaccines and the Moral Dilemma
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate is a moral dilemma for many. A New Vaccine for Shingles In October of this year, Children of God for Life announced that the long-awaited,
morally produced shingles vaccine has received FDA approval for licensing
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Vaccines and the Moral Dilemma
Vaccines and the Moral Dilemma
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Is Your Phone Making Someone Sick?
At a busy doctor's office recently, I got in line to check my son in for a routine visit. Instead of the old-school clipboard they used to update patient information, the receptionist handed me an electronic tablet. I took it reluctantly, scrolled through t...
Is Your Phone Making Someone Sick?
Is Your Phone Making Someone Sick?
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Living Thankful
"I don't know how you do it." We hear that every so often from others when they learn about our story. People often wonder how our family has been able to survive and even conquer the challenges of caregiving for so many years. My response is always to give...
Living Thankful
Living Thankful
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Leaving the Shadowlands Behind
When our son Kevin was injured in a fall nearly two decades ago in another country, all I cared about was keeping him alive and getting him home. Once his condition stabilized, he was flown to a hospital in the States. We nearly lost him twice in the ensuin...
Leaving the Shadowlands Behind
Leaving the Shadowlands Behind
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Can We Predict When a Person Is No Longer Useful to Society?
You could call it ironic. Decades ago, a doctor by the name of Henry Heimlich read an article about people dying from choking on food in restaurants. Dr. Heimlich eventually developed a procedure to help dislodge food from a choking person's windpipe by app...
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Sort It Out: Triage in Caregiving
Not long ago, Carole Bradley Bursack of Aging.com
posted “10 Caregiver Confessions: Secrets We Aren’t Proud Of,” in which she
listed ten “non-angelic” thoughts she had heard caregivers express over the years. They
are the dark confessions of people under st...
Sort It Out: Triage in Caregiving
Sort It Out: Triage in Caregiving
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Ten Things Caregivers Deserve from their Healthcare Providers: A Nurse’s Wish List
The medicine has become a bewildering world for both
patients and their families. Often they endure as much suffering from medical
procedures and drugs as they do from their disease or disability. Our
responsibility as healthcare providers is to mitigate th...
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