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Shared via GriefHealing – The day the music died and how a hospital lost its joy

A music listening program in surgery sounds amazing, but it can be carried further into music being available for any patient who wants to listen, young or older no matter what department of the hospital they are in.
Music is soothing, offers comfort and provides joy as well.

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Watch the Chilling New Domestic Violence Ad You’ll See During the Super Bowl

This is an unfortunate reality for many….LISTENING is so important!
Please share with others…..

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There’s a new domestic violence public service announcement airing during the Super Bowl, and it’s much scarier than most of the ones you’ve seen before.

The ad is part of the NFL’s “No More” campaign, but you won’t see any earnest-looking football players here. Instead, it’s based on an actual 911 call from a domestic violence victim, who pretends she’s ordering a pizza because her attacker is still in the room with her.

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Why you shouldn’t count on your family members to take care of you when you’re old – The Washington Post

60% of those in the ages of 40-65 currently do not think they will need long term care…..hmmm, they will age well, die young or have a lot of money saved up for private home care assistance…..

The reality is people are living longer and unless money has been saved, a person/senior may need to go to a residence or long term care facility.

One cannot depend on family as adult children are raising their own children, working and many live out of town from where the senior lives.

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Grief Healing: In Grief: Family Resists Widow’s Readiness To Move On

A good article/post that explains it is difficult for all family members to move through grief at the same pace.
We need to remember that grief is different for everyone and that the time one moves through grief is different.
We each have ceremonies or rituals to provide comfort and to remember our deceased loved one and that is OK, but we cannot force any constraints on another……..

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Being A Psychotherapist: Things School and Books Can’t Really Prepare You For Part One: Mental Fatique

A good description of being a therapist or counselor; it is hard work, but for those that choose the field because they are drawn to it-many forgo the money aspect and focus on the patient.
Take a look!

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iStock_000024633998Medium-744x418To be a psychotherapist takes years of school and a lot of reading and writing about various aspects of human behavior. Many students fresh out of school with not much patient contact or real therapeutic hours under their belt, think that they fully know what it is like to be a therapist. They don’t. While school and books definitely prepare you for sounding like a trained therapist, nothing but real experience and hundreds of hours of patient contact, can prepare you for even the basics of what it’s like to be a therapist.

Many people who see me doing my job say, “I want to do that” and I never discourage them. I just tell them that if they are doing it from their hearts then they should pursue it. If they are doing it because they think it pays well, then they should seek another career. If they are…

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Vital Emergencies, Real Emergencies.

The healthcare system has many flaws which many of us are aware of, but we become more aware when it involves ourselves or someone we love.

Why a 12 hour wait to know the results of all the tests?

Why is it acceptable for there to be more patients than staff can handle?

How do we change this dynamic?

My heart goes out to Gabi and his family and with Gabi being a physician himself, I can only imagine his frustration and anger over the flaws in the system.

By sharing the information, by advocating for change there is hope to change the system!

Bringing Colour to Nursing

The personal story “Surviving a Stroke, Surviving the Health System” that Gabi Heras has published on his blog  has touched my heart. No so long ago I have also experienced the anguish at the waiting room when I accompanied my father and my mother to the emergency services so often. So putting myself in the shoes of the daughter, the nurse, the daughter and the nurse at the same time, it has been more than easy.

<Surviving a Stroke, Surviving the Health System>:

“There is no other way as  putting the shoes of the other to understand.
My father has an abdominal oncologic disease for 19 years, and he is now in terminal phase. A week ago, about 5 AM, he phoned me to tell that he had to go to the Hospital because he had a terrible abdominal pain. So, after leaving my daughters at home of my mother-in-law, I went…

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Health and the media: How to sort through half-truths, lies, and quackery

A good article that explains do not believe everything you hear or read!

“What they found was deeply concerning – about half of the recommendations made on these shows had either no evidence to support them, or were in fact at odds with the best available evidence. They also found that potential conflicts of interest – e.g. where the doctors were being paid by a company to promote their product – were almost never disclosed.”

Dr. Korownyk, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta notes, “Patients would do well to find healthcare providers with whom they can discuss specific questions about the benefits and harms, along with the magnitude of the effect (in absolute numbers), and the costs and inconveniences of any recommendation.”

Sound advice although the difficulty is there are not enough physicians for one to choose from and often when a person goes to a clinic, they see whomever is on duty…….

Calgary Herald

Did that Doctor on TV just lie to you?

Perhaps he/she asked you to try an amazing coffee bean extract that’s going to help you magically lose weight… when in reality the only study of it is so hopelessly flawed that it was retracted by the authors themselves.

Or maybe that newspaper article or blog post just told you that yet another “cure for cancer” had been found… when in reality the treatment in question hasn’t been tested in any kind of scientific manner, so we have no real clue about the benefits or harms, or the work is way too preliminary to make such an extraordinary claim.

Information overload is a reality of modern life, and it doesn’t help when most of that information is just plain garbage… especially when it relates to your health, and especially when it is being regurgitated to you by someone who…

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