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When it comes to managing cancer pain, it is important to take time to consider the various options that might work best for you or your loved one. There are many factors to consider that sometimes might get overlooked until we find our loved one so sedated from pain medication that all they can do is sleep. Pain medications are strong, they act differently with different people and may leave some people feeling better, but so out of it that they can’t concentrate, or they may be confused, drowsy or feel intoxicated.
The key is to find a way to manage pain and also to try to help the person stay alert enough to enjoy their lives and the activities that have meaning for them. We also want to anticipate any pain flares or what’s know as Breakthrough Pains. These are often described as intense bouts of pain that occur when a person is already on a routine of regular prescription pain relief medications. This is often seen with opioid-based painkillers, like those containing codeine, morphine, or oxycodone. (more…)
From her website:
“Remember when you first started being a nurse practitioner and you felt energized, motivated and excited? Ready to get back to that feeling? Would you like to start enjoying your work, regaining your compassion and feeling motivated again?
You don’t have to stay burned out; there is help for you. You can start feeling better right away, no matter how burned out you feel with the Burnout Recovery Guide. Register for an account here to get your free sample. If you like what you see, buy the guide, knowing that even if it doesn’t help you feel less burned out, we’ll pay you for your wasted time.”
Here’s the link to her site for more information. I read it and really like her approach. I hope you’ll consider it, if you’re feeling stressed or a little burned out.
Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? 2013 has been intense for many of us. We felt overscheduled, overworked and we rarely got the chance to unplug. We navigated big career and life transitions—and had little time to integrate these changes. Frankly, we’re exhausted. We’re ready for rest. Not a relaxed evening by the fire, but a serious stretch of lazy days, long naps, walks in the woods, deep nourishing slumber and joyful, easy, simple connections with friends and family who feed us emotionally and spiritually.
This is a guest post by Renée Peterson Trudeau, a life balance coach and speaker as well as a prolific author whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and more. We are thrilled that she offered to contribute this incredibly resonant piece during the hectic holiday season.
What we most need in the coming weeks is not the latest iPad or one last trip to the mall, but permission to rest, relax, unplug and do nothing. But with the holidays and all the activity and invitations that come with this season knocking on our door—what’s a person to do?
I challenge you to take the road less traveled and take a radical stand for what you most need this year. Consider the following five ideas:
• Schedule downtime now. Block out periods on your calendar during the holiday season for “dedicated relaxation,” where your only job is to rest. Schedule half-days, full days, weekends or an entire week if you can swing it. Maybe you’ll feel like a nature hike when your period for renewal rolls around or maybe you’re better served by staying in your pajamas, turning off your smart phone, sipping on hot tea and watching the leaves fall from the trees. Make down time a priority and schedule this now so you can honor your commitment to deep to-the-bones self-renewal. (more…)
Mountain View Best Hidden Gem for Holiday Shopping
With the holidays in full swing, and knowing that we’re all on the hunt for one location where you can find unique and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list at great prices, I wanted to share with you all one of the best kept secrets for your holiday shopping. And you may be surprised. It’s somewhere you’re probably not expecting: our very own, localEl Camino Hospital in Mountain View.
I stopped by yesterday to get a tour by Patty Tager, the buyer for the El Camino Hospital Gift Shops, and was blown away by the amazing selection of gifts, for any and every season, but especially for the holiday season available in their five different gift shops.
Patty combs the country throughout the year to find cutting edge and uniqe products and then sells them at very competitive prices. “We are committed to offering the best products and services to all our customers, whether they are patients in our hospital, or members of our community, who come for a different shopping experience,” she said.
Price ranges and assortments vary and they have an extraordinary selection of holiday décor and gifts. You can find jewelry, scented candles, beautiful apparel and scarves, gifts for everyone in the family, fresh flowers, and even something so simple as a toothbrush. I saw great gifts for SF Giants and SJ Sharks fans. There’s something for everyone, and I had fun scoping out what I’m going to buy for hostess gifts this year. It really is one of those local gems that few people know about, so I wanted to share it with you. (more…)
I’ve had the pleasure to read and review the book “Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir” by Karen Ingalls. I am very impressed with Karen’s personal story, attention to detail and inspiration for others battling cancer. Karen expresses “this book is the result of my increased awareness that there is a great need for more information about ovarian cancer. Our mortality rate is 70%, compared to 15 % for breast cancer. A woman needs to know about the whispering symptoms of ovarian cancer and be encouraged to be her own advocate.”
I’ve been seeing a lot of women lately who are pre-diabetic. They have high fasting blood sugar levels, most have high triglycerides and are struggling to lose weight. Right now, I’m writing a book on Menopause and the chapter I just finished was about how to lose the Belly Fat.
Are your pants shrinking? Are you looking a pants with hidden elastic waist bands? Are loose fitting tunics all of a sudden an attractive option?
I know that I’m filled with Joy whenever I think of Paris, and since we’re all looking for more opportunities to embrace joy and live life more fully, I thought I’d pass along some information about Inviting More Joy Into Your Life a great book by Dr. Mary Seger.
Here are 3 Reviews:
“While it is true that we are all Divine, part of the perfect ever present, All That Is, I mostly forget this salient tidbit and thus find myself mired in woe-is-me thoughts and moods. In this positively fantastic guidebook, Mary Seger has clearly illuminated powerful reminders for remembering your divinity. (more…)
There are days when I feel overwhelmed by the demands and stressors of modern life while trying to maintain some balance between the work that must get done and the opportunities to connect with all the joy that is abundant, and yet sometimes seems covered and unreachable. Those are the days that I look for inspiration from people who not only have survived ordeals, but also thrived. These people, like Louis Zamperini, whose life was chronicled by Laura Hillenbrand in her book Unbroken, provide much needed perspective.
I laughed so hard reading this book that I couldn’t wait to turn the pages and see what was next. Robin O’Bryant is brilliant. Truly, she takes the most mundane and commonplace experiences that every mom has had, turns them on their head and shakes them until hilarity and incontinence producing laughter results. Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other lLes Moms Tell Themselves will have you nodding your head in solidarity and wishing that you were as witty and had the ironic perspective that Robin has.
Want to read a hilarious, straight talking, antidote to Martha Stewart book that will leave you with some “Hey that’s good to know advice” while chuckling and feeling like you just found your new best friend?
You’ve got to read Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets by Lisa Quinn, who is also known as the House Doctor on ABC’s Live Well and The View from the Bay.