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Some of the most tragic patients we see as nurses are those who are unable (or their family members are unable) to make decisions on what type of care they do or don’t want near the end of life.
This often results in futile and expensive care that causes pain and emotional distress for everyone involved.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
This week is
… National read on How do I know it’s Spring?
Violent bouts of sneezing? Check.
Crazy red and itchy eyes? Check.
An incessant drip, drip, drip from my nose? Check.
Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies, like me, has a love-hate relationship with Spring.
And the drug makers love us! Prescription and over-the-counter medications for seasonal allergies are huge money makers; we spend billions every year!
I’ve tried a lot of different remedies over …
read on Raccoons are super cute, but don’t feed them
My house is on the edge of a green belt, and one summer we had a family of raccoons living in a dead tree very close to my kitchen window. I loved being able to watch the mom and her babies as I prepared a meal or washed dishes.
Several of our neighbors actually put cat food out to entice more raccoons …
read on A look back in history…
I’ve been doing some genealogical research for my family, and spent the weekend browsing through some newspapers from the years 1900 to 1910.
I was mesmerized by news stories hinting at an approaching war in Europe—which would become World War I—and local fluff pieces such as
“Pet dog is operated upon” and “Burglars lead police in exciting footrace.”
Of even more interest to me were …
read on “Life After the Diagnosis”
Last week one of my family members was diagnosed with a serious illness.
My niece, a physician in San Francisco, recommended a book written by one of her colleagues:
Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers.
I immediately bought myself a copy, too. (If you’ve followed my blog, you know I’m an advocate of hospice, palliative care …
read on What’s in your medicine cabinet?
I admit it.
I have a small box in my kitchen cupboard filled with leftover bits from several years’ worth of prescriptions.
I think most nurses hold on to leftover drugs thinking that some day they might come in handy. Or maybe I’m just a hoarder. 🤔
Regardless, last weekend I decided to go through the box and see what was in there.
2010 must …
read on Your drops might be making things worse
Do you suffer from chronically dry, red, itchy eyes? The eye drops you use might actually be making your eyes look and feel worse.
Like so many over-the-counter (OTC) products, there are dozens of eye drops from which to choose. How do you know which is best?
As always, ignore the front of the package (the marketing claims) and read the ingredients.
Oxymetazoline … read on Cold season is still with us
The calendar says spring, but you wouldn’t know it looking out my kitchen window.
Not only is it still cold, it’s still cold season.
Did you know that Americans spend about $3.5
billion every year on over-the-counter cold and cough remedies?
But despite spending such a huge amount of money, has anyone ever bought a magic bullet to prevent or cure the common cold?…
read on The outrageous pricing of prescription drugs continues…
One of my favorite health news websites is
(not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente). This year they started a new feature called Kaiser Health News Bill of the Month.
Every month they highlight a particularly egregious healthcare charge.
(Have one you want to share?
) Submit it to them!
Last month was a $17,850 urinalysis; this month is
… a $1,500 treatment for toenail read on I just read about that—again—suggests a link between the use of some essential oils and breast development ( a recent study by the Endocrine Society ) in young boys. gynecomastia Lavender and tea tree oil, especially, are considered . I wrote about this a few years ago , and wanted to re-post this information. Be informed and use essential oils with caution! FN endocrine-disrupting chemicals This post was originally published … read on