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What Do You Want In Life?

Throughout the years I’ve met some awesome people, particularly through my job. One of my patients today asked me, “what do you want in life?”

I was speechless for a few seconds. I certainly was not expecting such a question in the middle of one of the busiest days I’ve had this week.

After a few seconds on pondering the question, I answered with a question. “In what way do you want me to answer that?”

We both laughed.

Then I replied will full honesty.


I got home, relaxed and it came to me. . . I want happiness. . . But at which point will I say that I’ve reached optimum happiness. Now that I’ve had time to reflect on the question, that was definitely just half of the answer. Happiness can include several different factors throughout the different stages of life that contribute to our happiness as beings. We will have moments of ups and downs but always looking to be happy.

What will make me feel complete? Is how I should have thought about the question. I have two days to think of this new question and when I get back to work, I will share my new answer with my patient .

Have you ever been asked such questions? What would make you complete? When does someone really reach Happiness? What are the terms in which live life now? What plans do you have for your future?

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To Be Thankful…

It is to fully open your heart and accept the challenges you have faced and be grateful of the outcome. Through every trials there is a lesson to grasp. Normally around Thanksgiving we share the people in our lives we are grateful for. This year I challenge you to think of which situation you’ve experience this year that you are most grateful for.

I’m most grateful for the people that has walked out of my life, actually. I learned a great deal from them and they have help me to be strong on my own.

Through every situation we must seek to understand it’s underlying purpose. I suggest that you, dear reader, do not dwell on the past and live with regrets but indulge in the spirit of forgiveness and keep moving forward.

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Communicating With An Elderly Parent

With all due respect…

Although not necessary to include in the beginning of each sentence, it is important to keep in mind. Anyone older then you deserve respect, honesty, truth, and fairness. When communicating with your parent whether some senses have become impaired, a barrier has been identified such as increase confusion, or they are living long distance. Keep an open door policy just as they did with you when you were growing up. Now that you are responsible for many aspects of their lives they still want to be heard and psychological needs still needing to be met.

Be patient… Don’t rush them. A lot of elders become hearing impaired or have specific speech impairments that affects the way they communicate. Its not by their choice.

Be attentive… Don’t dismiss what they are saying. Even if you think they might be bending the true, still listen. It makes them feel like someone actually care about them. If you can sympathize show empathy.

Be respectful… Honor their wishes to the best of your abilities. It will bring fourth satisfaction later.

Be fair… You may not have all hours of a day to spend with your elderly mother or father but one phone call would add such a warm smile on his/her face. Take a few minutes to take a walk with him/her outside. A lot of disabled adults spend hours inside their home or facility sometimes they yearn for a chance to see and feel some sunlight. I once had a patient who said to me “these walls just do something you my brain”. It broke my heart.

Think about the changes you could began to see if you just change one those those things listed above.

Make a difference. Make a small change today. It will have bigger rewards later.

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Elderly Parent’s Test Results

A friend of mind said “my dad had a lot of tests done and he came home with the results unsure of what to do with them or how to read them. How many people go through that with their parents?”

My answer is A LOT.

A routine doctor’s visit for an elderly patient is different then a usual physical or office visit. Many are on multiple medications which require regular testing and blood work. An adult child taking care of or who is responsible for an elderly parent does not have to be consumed with all the results of the test but should grasp an understanding of what tests are needing to be done, why and how often. Keeping a schedule of medications, appointments, procedures, lab work, and diagnostics is very important. Organization is key.

Also having an open communication method with the Physician or Prescriber is just as important. Your parent might have received a copy of the test results but did they understand the findings of the test? What changes are going to happen according to those results?

It could be a slight adjustment of one medication or the complete discontinuation of another medication. Because the elderly often have complicated health problems the Prescriber could have them taking many medications and sometimes they can interact. Communicating with your Prescriber at a timely manner is key. It’s a lot of number to keep up with if you are trying to become an expert at keeping up with test results.

Here are some common testings that the elderly usually have to get done sometime along the way and the normal and abnormal values…


If it becomes a task which you struggle to maintain, seek help from another professional such as a Home Health Care Agency in your community or a Case Manager. They can be the in between person and accepting their services could be already covered by your insurance provider and eliminate the headache of having to sort through all the paper work.

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Eldercare: Hurricane Season

I just thought to share in this post that with the ongoing hurricane season and brewing hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, there are family members out there that are worried sick about their love ones. There are ways to prepare for this. Take a look at the items listed below to help you pack accordingly.

To those that are worried about family members in the Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and Rehabs… Rest assured that many of those places are also used as shelters because of safety guidelines they have had to upheld. They also have more resources to help those in need. A lot of staff will be required to stay and work until the storm has cleared. Rest assured that if things get out of hand, emergency personnel will rescue those in need through triage. If you take care of a love one at home call a nursing home in your area that may accept Respite Patients. They will keep your family member and care for them for a few days at a time and bill the insurance company. It will give you peace of mind. If you are not sure that this is the right choice for you, send me in email and I will be able to help you find resources in your area or connect you to a Case Manager that can help.

My advice is to take care of those at your home first, be sure to find a safe shelter before the storm if your home may be in danger. Allow trained medical staff to care for your loved one to the best of their abilities.

Here’s a list of things you need to have on hand to prepare for the hurricane season:

Remember to print hard copy of any documents you need – instructions, tips or anything in case you have no power.


  • Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 7 to 10 days. Don’t forget some for your pets.
  • Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
    — non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
    — foods for infants or the elderly
    — snack foods (Peanut butter; mixed PBJ; breakfast bars; crackers; canned fruit; raisins; chips;
    — non-electric can opener
    — cooking tools / fuel
    — paper plates / plastic utensils / paper cups — trash bags and duct tape – useful for clean-up, or patching leaks in an emergency
  • Blankets / Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
  • Special Items – for babies and the elderly (Briefs, diapers, Wipes)
  • Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
  • Bug spray, Cortisone for bug bites
  • Sunscreen & Lotion
  • Tarp to cover holes if needed.
  • Bleach
  • Water purification tablets
  • Waterless soap saves water for drinking
  • Flashlight / Batteries
  • Radio – Battery operated
  • Battery operated television, with extra batteries.
  • Extra battery adapter for your phone
  • Cash – Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods. Make sure you have small bills because it will often be difficult to get change, I you only have a $100 and water is $10 for a case and you are limited to one case, you do not want to have the choice of paying $100 or having no water.
  • Keys to house, cars, boats etc
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
    — insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc. Don’t forget your re-entry documents (e.g. stickers or passes). Many barrier islands require some documentation in order to return. Keep important phone number here. You may know them, but a loved one may not.
  • Tools – keep a set with you during the storm. A pocket knife, nails, a hammer and rope are important elements. Towels and buckets are useful too if you develop a leak.
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items
    — proper identification / immunization records / medications
    — ample supply of food and water
    — a carrier or cage
    — muzzle and leash


If you think of anything else to add to the list, please add it in the comment box. Do Share this with your friends and family to create awareness. You could save a life!