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Touching tribute to a girl's father. *sweet/sappy/sad warning*
One day I woke up and made the decision to take back control of my life. I bought a one-way ticket to Iceland, inspired by the hundreds of Pinterest images and travel blogs I read online. I left everything in New York City to travel the world for the...
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l learned something new thanks to John Oliver. Spread the word!! #NetNeutrality https://t.co/DR3cbCu1QJ
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Rita's water ice... so delicious! (Florida orange and lemon)
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Indoor Tulips . . . Step 1 - Fill a glass container about 1/3 of the way with glass marbles or decorative rocks. Clear glass will enable you to watch the roots develop . . . Step 2 - Set the tulip bulb on top of the marbles or stones; pointed end UP. Add a few more marbles or rocks so that the tulip bulb is surrounded but not covered (think support). . .Step 3 - Pour fresh water into the container. The water shouldn't touch the bulb, but it should be very close, so that the roots will grow in.
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If you're willing to sit through a cute cat video, take the few minutes to read this note re: a family's experience with a skilled care facility. thanks for the share +Shinae Choi Robinson #eldercare
 
PSA RE: SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES

My friend +maria carmen ascarrunz is sharing her family's experience with a skilled nursing facility with the hope that she can help us all make better informed decisions about the medical care of our aged and/or infirmed loved ones. Most of us will have to face these kinds of decisions at some point in our lives. Please read and share if you're so inclined. scr.

This will be long.  Many of you kindly followed my family through my dad's illness over the last two years.  What I haven't yet shared here is how he died.  I am bringing this up now only in the hope of warning others.  My father fell and broke his ribs, and spent nine days in the hospital.  He was then admitted into a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility four days before he died.  My father was in a neutropenic state - he had little or no immune system due to his ongoing leukemia treatments.  Nonetheless, we were told he had a good chance of going home within a few weeks.  The day before he died, he began rehab, and seemed to be doing fine.  I spoke to him late that night, he was coherent and relaxed, if a bit confused because of all the meds he was on.  He was looking forward to going home to his dogs and cats. 
 
The next day, his condition changed drastically.  My sister was with him all day; I was at work receiving her texts.  My father spent his last day in a terrible state - completely distressed, wheezing and panting, his chest rattling, unable to eat or drink anything, and experiencing severe bouts of diarrhea all day long.  He was incoherent and unable to communicate other than to tell us he was not in actual pain.  He was also, unfortunately, aware enough to tell us when he was about to lose control of his bowels, which did not prevent accidents, and distressed him even further. 
 
Throughout the day my sister repeatedly asked the nursing staff to put our father on an IV, to have an x-ray taken of his chest (we were afraid of pneumonia), to have a doctor examine him.  Repeatedly, she was told, "Not yet, it's too soon."  I spoke to a nurse over the phone, and was told the same thing.  My sister was also led to believe that a doctor would be arriving to see my father.  They finally admitted to me that no doctor would be in that day. 
 
When I arrived at the hospital, I was shocked at his condition.  It was clear the rehab facility was incapable of caring for him.  I began asking for him to be taken to the ER.  The nurses told me it was too soon, and that they needed an order from the doctor.  Finally, a nurse told me she had received the order.  Forty-five minutes later, the paramedics showed up (the nurse hadn't called 911, but instead a private ambulance company).  The paramedics were incredulous at his condition, that he'd been allowed to remain that way all day, untreated.  He was transported to the hospital, where we were told he was "critically dehydrated."  Within the next two hours my father's body began to shut down, and we decided to end extraordinary measures. My father died on March 5, at 2:00 a.m.  Cause of death:  septic shock.  He had suffered easily a good 18 hours that we know of.
 
It is still incomprehensible to us that any nurse of any level would not adhere to one of the most basic medical tenets:  keeping a patient hydrated. It was clear to even us, as lay people, that a person with such severe diarrhea should be on fluids.  Equally baffling to us is how a facility that the hospital referred us to, whose services were covered by Medicare, could be so untrained, and have no protocols in place, for a patient as sick as my father was – a person with no immune system.  No one wore masks, some wore no gloves, there was not the rigorous, constant hand-washing we saw at the hospital or at his cancer treatment center.  And why would they not want an obviously very sick person out of their hands?  Why did they refuse us all day?  While the nursing staff was kind, there was no urgency in anyone, only vagueness; no one seemed disturbed at my father's condition.
 
Our mistake was in not insisting.  We also did not think of calling our own doctor - his oncologist.  We did not know we could.  We relied on the poorly trained staff and absent doctor to make vital decisions about our father's life.  Our father was 85 and had a terminal illness.  We certainly do not know if he would have lived another day, another week, month, or year, if it hadn't been for the treatment he did not receive at the rehab center.  We will never know.
 
I am not filing a lawsuit.  I am not, at this point, naming names.  However, I have written in length and detail to the administrators at the facility, and have asked for answers, in writing.  I have asked how they would prevent this from happening to others.  We have received no response.  I have had two phone calls from the nursing administrator, who informed me that they were "working on it", and that they planned on partnering with the oncology center to train nurses regarding neutropenic protocols, and had stopped accepting neutropenic patients until they were ready to effectively deal with them - an admission, to us, that something went very wrong.  I am hoping all this actually comes to fruition, and that others will be spared.  But the silence otherwise has been deafening, and I have stopped being patient.  Hence, this note.
 
What I am doing with this note is letting you all know - and asking you to share this so that we can tell others who may be going through this, or will go through this, with their own families - what we learned.  You must know that when you put a family member in a place such as where my father died, you must be ready to be hyper-vigilant.  You must be prepared to spend all waking hours with them (and what of those who have no one?  We ask ourselves this again and again).  And you should know that facilities such as this one may really not be the right place for very sick people.  You must be prepared to take your loved one out of that system without hesitation if you feel they are not getting the proper treatment.  You should know that you can - and should - talk to your own doctor for advice.  You should, above all, not be intimidated to speak your mind, to insist on the care your loved one needs.
 
We don't want anyone else to suffer like my father did on his last day, nor to suffer like my sister did all day, second-guessing herself as to what to do.  We trusted them.  We both have deep regrets, and we don't want anyone else to have them.
 
I will continue to pursue this facility to provide us with answers as to why they failed our father, and to seek to make them change their ways.
 
I'm asking all of you if you would please share this.  We all know someone who is or will be taking care of a sick and/or elderly family member or friend.  And of course, we understand that this was our unfortunate experience, and that there are probably many, many good facilities with adequately trained staff.  But you won't know if yours is one (we read reviews before we brought our father there - they were mostly quite positive) until it may be too late.  Please share this, if you would.  For Mario.  For all our Marios.
 
Thanking you in advance for your consideration,

Maria Carmen Ascarrunz
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Thanks for helping to get the word out, +Grace Slocum . :)
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Exactly what I was thinking.. need to pick up some avocados..
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i may be late to the party but this is an extremely easy way to donate clean water.  when i'm at my desk, my phone is usually off to the side anyway; might as well donate water! #donatewater   #tooeasy  
How long can you go without touching your phone? Giorgio Armani Fragrances will donate one day of clean water to a child in need for every 10 minutes you go without your phone. Take the challenge!
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    attorney, 2013 - present
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    attorney, 2012 - 2013
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UPDATE 3/2014: finding my style, finding my voice and growing some "balls" is what's in store for this year.  After passing the bar exams (finally) and leaving my job of 14 years, I finally feel like I'm starting to find my stride, professionally.  I'm gaining confidence at depositions and becoming more secure in my writing.  I'm looking forward to growing a client base and really kicking butt this year! Sorry that it's been a bit sparse lately but this "being a lawyer" thing is taking up a lot of time!  happy reading :)

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I feel like I've been on the longest trek.  I am a first generation Korean born in South Philadelphia and raised in Montgomery County (might as well be Philly imo).  Thought I'd be "a doctor" when I first went to college (William & Mary) and after a huge disagreement with Orgo II (i.e. Organic Chemistry II), I decided to return to my violin (I started lessons when I was 4).  I was accepted into Temple University's School of Music only to have it taken away from me after a bad car accident in 12/98 (see below).  Due to my injuries, I lost my music scholarship and couldn't pursue my dream of being a concert violinist (I still get the chills when I hear Dvorak's New World Symphony).  Also, a few years ago, I broke my L/index finger (the bone under my nail was crushed into 4 pieces and I needed surgery) and it has been difficult trying to get my fingers back into shape.  Thankfully, 20+ years of playing the violin has kept some muscle memory but it's difficult, and at times, a little painful.  After my accident, lost my job and after sending out 30+ resumes, ended up as an overflow typist for a law firm.  

I never thought the law firm life was for me but due to an amazing boss/mentor (yeah there were a few bumps in the beginning), I decided to go to law school after finishing my undergraduate degree (yerp, took 12 years but I finished!).  I attended the part-time/night program at Rutgers University School of Law (Camden) and finally finished my schooling in 5/2011 (16 years!!).  

I passed the PA bar exam in October/2012.  I recently left my job of 13 years (Margolis Edelstein) and left my boss/mentor of 14 years.  I started working as an attorney at a new firm (The Chartwell Law Offices) on May 1, 2013.  A lot has changed and I'm nervous but excited to see what the future will bring.  While the work I do is called "civil insurance defense" work, I want to start doing some immigration work and give back to the community and my family.  

I am hopelessly in love with my pets (3 cats, yes 3 - miko, eva and oliver - and my dog, sophie).  The artsy side of me comes out a lot and sometimes I wonder if the logic of the law conflicts with my natural artistic side.  

Ok, to wrap up - I love pop music, Brittney Spears will always be my favorite, my husband and I met at a club in Virginia Beach, dancing while waiting for the bus, train, etc. helps me feel young and yes, I played World of Warcraft for a while.

I'm here to share my interest in food and learn from the numerous communities out there.    I primarily post pictures of food I've made, food I've bought, my pets and things I see in the every day (flowers, etc.).  More recently, everyone in my family (parents, brother and sister) added the G+ app and we try to conduct G+ Hangouts every Sunday.  Kind of like a family video chat.

Thank you for adding me on G+ and hopefully we can all get along!
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survived a car accident in 12/98 (hit by 2 cars both going over 70mph), survived working full-time while obtaining my undergraduate (BA) and graduate (JD) part-time (16 years!)
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  • Rutgers School of Law - Camden
    J.D., 2007 - 2011
  • Rutgers-Camden
    B.A., criminal justice
  • Temple University School of Music
    violin
  • College of William and Mary
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