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Those Inexplicable Instructions!

By Dr. Barry Tepperman

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Your doctor will understand that chronically ill patients (and their caregivers) need to lead their lives as normally as possible. That includes maintaining the ability to be physically active to the maximum degree reasonable. Discouraging normal physical activity leads to loss of muscle and bone mass, diminished ability to perform normal tasks of daily living, and a growing sense of personal disability and ineptness which limits attempts to perform even further.

So, it's in everyone's best interest for your doctors to encourage you and your loved one to be as active as possible for as long as possible. If you find yourself being cautioned about a planned activity, ask your follow-up questions, and listen carefully to the answers then decide how much change in your plans may be needed. It may be, "None." But at least you will have a fuller understanding of the risks involved and how better to choose activities for your loved one.

Take proper care of your loved one, and yourself, as caregiver. Arm yourself with information. Then make your decisions.


Barry S. Tepperman, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.R., co-Director of Radiation Oncology for Memorial Healthcare Systems, Hollywood, FL.


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