Healthcare, Humanity, ICU, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Take some minutes to talk and listen…

The Intensive Care Unit is one of the services where the more intense events could be lived in a Hospital. The state of health of the patients is critical. The family experiences heartbreaking sensations and professionals must take decisions extremely complex under pressure of time and difficulty. Anguish, pain, uncertainty, the voltage is present at…

via The power of Word in the ICU. By Mariana Pedace — IC-HU PROJECT: HUMANIZING INTENSIVE CARE

Read this: it is worth it!

Humanity, News

Challenge to Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Today, I became a tourist in the area I grew up in-Poughkeepsie, NY. I took my partner to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, NY. I have been there before quite a few years ago, but going this time was seeing it through his eyes, a non-American. I am a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. This time I also toured the Presidential Library and Museum.

I grew up in an area rich with history being only an hour and a half from both New York City and Albany. New York state is rich with history. Up the street from FDR’s estate is the Vanderbilt Estate. The opulence, the amount of acreage, and the beautiful views. Wow!

Back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) though and Eleanor Roosevelt. What a team-what a president! FDR did more in his 4 terms serving as president of the United States than any president before or since.

Think of all the programs he helped create and initiate at one of the worst times in American history; the Great Depression. He also dealt with WWII and made difficult decisions in the 24 hours after December 7, 1941-the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1941, FDR in a small meeting with only Vice President Henry Wallace and the head of the National Defense Research Committee, Roosevelt committed the United States government to embark upon a program of intensified research into the feasibility of a fission bomb; better know as The Manhattan Project. A president having to deal with and make decisions that are good and not so good.

Back to the good-the New Deal and the 100 days of programs, initiatives and action to change the face of America: “The New Deal Roosevelt had promised the American people began to take shape immediately after his inauguration in March 1933. Based on the assumption that the power of the federal government was needed to get the country out of the depression, the first days of Roosevelt’s administration saw the passage of banking reform laws, emergency relief programs, work relief programs, and agricultural programs. Later, a second New Deal was to evolve; it included union protection programs, the Social Security Act, and programs to aid tenant farmers and migrant workers.” He also named and was instrumental in creating the United Nations although he died before seeing it in place. The United Nations purpose is to keep the peace, encourage respect for human rights, create conditions under which justice and respect for international laws and treaties can be achieved, and promote social progress and better standards of living throughout the world. Even in modern times this is important.

Becoming President at the depth of the Great Depression, FDR helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope and asserted in his Inaugural Address, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” (He is known for this quote).

To me he was humble, he was approachable, he was liked, he did not let his disability change who he was at his core.  The American public knew he had polio, but not the extent he had it. He built up his upper body strength and with crutches or a cane ‘walked.’  On January 3, 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced the creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, better known today as the March of Dimes Foundation.

Think of all Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), 32nd president of the United States did and was involved in and with. My challenge to presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is this: If you are voted in as president will you work for the American people, represent the American people, create and initiate programs that will serve all Americans; will you be approachable and at your core humble?

The types of programs and initiatives I am thinking of are: a higher minimum wage, affordable health insurance, better quality healthcare access, creation of jobs (there is much to be done to make America look and be amazing again-think FDR and the creation of the WPA and the building of schools, highways, bridges, and parks) affordable housing, affordable university fees, quality education no matter what city or town one lives in…..the list goes on and on.

Do not get me started on former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and all she did and created……  🙂  I expect the same from potential First Hubby and 42nd President of the United States William Clinton or potential First Lady Melania Trump.

Book Review, News

The House of Kane Book Review by Barbara Casey & Author Interview

The House of Kane is an excellent fiction novel and I was caught up in the book from the first page!

It is rare that a book grabs my interest so quickly. The story line excellent, the characters believable, the writing style very good.

The book focuses on two publishers and it seems like one publisher is losing manuscripts to another publisher in the same city-New York. There appears to be a ‘bad apple’ in one of the publishing companies who is so keen on being an author herself that she takes a manuscript, gives it a new title, changes the story a bit and submits it as hers!

At the same time a love story is happening so this book has romance as well. You cannot help but root for both Aislinn and Caldwell, one divorced and the other a widower. Give it a read! You will not be disappointed!


Author Interview:

Do you have another profession besides writing?

Yes. I opened the Barbara Casey Agency in 1995 and represent authors throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Japan. Before that, I was a freelance editor. Also, in 2014, I was named a partner with Strategic Media Books, an independent publisher of primarily nonfiction.

How long have you been writing?

I can’t remember not ever writing. As a young kid, I loved to write poems. When I got a little older, I started writing short stories about the American Civil War. My first published book was a middle grade novel, which was quickly followed by a second. From that I turned to adult and young adult fiction and occasionally nonfiction.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

I’m not sure if it is writer’s block, or if I just get tired. It seems there just isn’t enough time during a day to do everything I need to do. But I am a walker. And I have three wonderful rescue dogs who adopted me who make sure that I do walk. That usually clears my head or helps me solve a difficult theme or paragraph I am working on.

What is your next project?

Actually, I have two new projects I am working on. One is a nonfiction book which is scheduled for release February 1, 2017. The other is the third book in the F.I.G. Mysteries, a young adult series I am writing.

Thank you, Victoria, for interviewing me and for your interest in The House of Kane. I wish you and your bloggers all the best.

Buy the Book:  Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble

Author’s Bio:

Barbara Casey is a partner in Strategic Media Books, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. She is also a manuscript consultant and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.

Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and The Gospel According to Prissy, also a contemporary adult novel received several awards including the prestigious IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, received the Independent Publishers Living Now Award and was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books.

Ms. Casey makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

Connect with the author:   Website

Barbara Casey

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Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Grief is Different for Everyone-Even in Families…..

Originally posted on griefministerdotcom: After a loss, each member of a family has his or her own unique grief process.?? But just as important and unique is the grief experience of the entire family unit.? Here are some of the reasons that it is important to acknowledge the needs of the family as a whole:…

via Healthy Grief Tips for the Whole Family — Loss, Grief, Transitions and Relationship Support

A good post-take a look. Grief is different for everyone. We all grieve differently, in out own way, in our own time…..

ICU, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

One year later: Mónica Ferrero interviews Laura Díaz — IC-HU PROJECT: HUMANIZING INTENSIVE CARE

It is very important to take care of the spaces. To design them we must know very well the needs so we collect lots of information to project them. Last year I did a series of interviews to find out your opinion about spaces and infrastructure in the ICU: current status, needs, and suggestions.To do…

via One year later: Mónica Ferrero interviews Laura Díaz — IC-HU PROJECT: HUMANIZING INTENSIVE CARE

A great article/post as any medical institution, facility, hospital, clinic should be about the patient.

Visiting hours, assistance, medical procedures should be about what is best for the patient and not about what is best for the establishment. Take a look!


Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Objects that Help with Grief and Grieving.

Source: What’s your grief?

via Grief and the History of Objects Past and Present — Loss, Grief, Transitions and Relationship Support

Objects and items pass down from generation to generation. These objects and items can help one through grief and grieving. I have letters my grandmother wrote me. I have a necklace my grandmother gave me. I have her curio cabinet. All of these ‘items/objects’ are a way to remember her and are special.

Take a look at the above link. What special object do you have that helps with grief?

Healthcare, Humanity, ICU, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

ICU Patients Go Out for Fresh Air….

During the years of existence of the IC-HU Project, we have promoted different ways to humanize the intensive care units. An of them stands out because breaks especially with the established rules: the walks out the ICU with the patients. At this point that might be a bit controversial, I would like to make two…

via #saldelauci: The ICU walk protocol. By José Carlos Igeño — IC-HU PROJECT: HUMANIZING INTENSIVE CARE

An article worth reading!