Category Archives: Health

Health-related posts. Now all under one category.

Mind: Learning from Disability and Disaster.

What can we learn from Hurricane Maria and the long-term loss of both roads and electricity in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands? Most of us do not live on an island or area readily isolated from help, yet it … Continue reading

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Mind: Talking about suicide so we decrease the number of people who die by suicide.

Suicide is not reversible. Stop before you do it….. I wanted to post on mental health in May but did not because I wanted current statistics: When I last researched mental health five or six years ago, the World Health … Continue reading

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Spirit/ Essay. The unexpected blessing.

I wasn’t lonely, but I thought I was alone. Then I realized I had unexpected company and was blessed. I haven’t been out much this summer because of mobility and balance issues, plus my blood pressure just doesn’t stay up … Continue reading

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Personal Health Log. Road to a Service Dog I.

When I was 25, I was a driven woman who had just gotten my MD degree. I had a husband, two cats, and a fear of dogs engraved since childhood. Today I am more than twice as old, live with … Continue reading

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Health Article. The 3 Ds. Disability, Differently-abled, and Disabled.

3-D. DISABILITY, DIFFERENTLY-ABLED, and DISABLED. Three terms we should understand because they may identify almost all of us at some time. Roughly 20% of people live with a disability, an impairment that significantly limits or burdens one or more life … Continue reading

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Essay. Milestones……..

I am currently planning Joseph’s 22nd birthday, when he moves from special education for autism to an adult group home. The night he was born, I hemorrhaged after he was delivered in an emergency Cesarean section. The obstetrician said we … Continue reading

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Essay. Finding gratitude when you don’t feel grateful.

This morning I paused at the foot of the stairs and looked for the mirror that hung there for 23 years. It wasn’t there, just a nail and a bare white wall. We have taught Joseph to come directly to … Continue reading

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Health Article. Distinctions in Dogs and Other Animals who Work in Public.

Animals can have public roles as well as being part of their family at home. The ways in which dogs (as well as the occasional cat, rabbit, pig, or miniature horse) serve are increasing. That makes education increasingly important. Because … Continue reading

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Patient Advocacy. Disability and Public Safety II. Communicating Effectively.

Communication relies on reception of another person’s language (to hear or lipread), ability to understand the content of what is said, and two additional steps. The person expected to reply must be able to form a reply mentally and then … Continue reading

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Essay. The Table. A Child’s Memory Understood 50 years Later.

When I was little, I attended a supper served family style to people seated along three very long tables. I remember my mother and grandmother, but it must not have been for ladies only because the person I remember most … Continue reading

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