CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER

Caring for the Caregiver: 6 ways you can be a helpful, respectful friend to a caregiver. 1. Listen. This does not necessarily mean you need to solve anyone’s problems. This is rarely expected. Venting frustrations can be freeing and healthy for a caregiver. A...

THE TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT AND WHY YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE

If your child is like mine, she/he doesn’t eat much outside the beige family of foods. With peanut butter sandwiches at the forefront of her diet, it was hard to figure out what to pack for lunch when we entered the public school system. After talking with some of the...

COFFEE AND FROZEN WAFFLES: PARENTING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS

It’s 7:45. I lie in bed still and take shallow breaths. My eyes remain closed. I’m not ready to start the day. Movement forces me to acknowledge the pain that’s hovering, waiting for me to feel it. The kids will be up any minute. I swear the little one is able to hear...

CELL PHONES, A FIFTH LIMB WE CAN’T WASH

(thoughts and statistics on why I probably won’t touch your cell phone) We’re all taught from a young age (or so I hope) to wash our hands to remove the harmful bacteria that can make us sick. Signs line the bathroom walls in the restaurants we bring our families,...

WHAT THE PICC?

You are sick. Probably sicker than you have ever been. Now you are being told that you are going to have Picc line inserted. It’s going to be there for a matter of weeks and you are responsible for some of the care and maintenance of this medical device. What now?...