Tuesday, September 14, 2004, Issue #189

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From The Editor

The Other Guy

A few short weeks ago, we in Southeastern Florida held our collective breath as Hurricane Charley raced towards our state hitting directly across from us in Southwestern Florida.  The storm was slated to hit miles up the road from where it finally came ashore in the Fort Myers area.  Many first responders raced across the state once the storm passed and all of our prayers and wishes were with those affected by its wrath.  Still, even as the storm hit in our backyard - it was something that happened to others, something to sadly watch on television once we phoned friends and loved ones in the affected areas to make sure they were okay.  Last week, we were the targets of Charleyís sister, Hurricane Frances.  I can attest to the nervous stomach that increases in tandem with every new hurricane course projection plastered across the television screen.

The reason I bring this up is that this year, these last days of summer remind me as much of caregiver preparation as they do of hurricane preparation.  The difference between a caregiver and the other guy can be as abrupt as that phone call that comes in the middle of the night alerting you to a life changing family emergency and the difference between hunkering down for a hurricane and watching it on television can be a slight course correction in the National Hurricane Centerís tracking map. The similarity between both events is that if you are not prepared for either, you will more likely find yourself scrambling for your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you are prepared for the potential weather or care emergency, your scrambling should be a lot more controlled and you should be better able to weather most any storm which may come your way.     

As we await the landfall of Charley and Francesí relative, Ivan this week, I certainly hope that everyone who will be affected by the storm will have made all the necessary preparations, and I pray that we are all ready for whatever the winds may blow our way.

Please help those affected by these hurricanes.

Gary Barg



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Feature Story

by  Dr. Marie DiCowden 

Being a caregiver makes demands on your body, mind and spirit. Failure to take care of ourselves results in a failure to be able to care of others.

Caregivers commonly explain that there never seems to be enough time. Ironically, though, the more we take time to take care of ourselves, the more time we will have for what we need to do for ourselves and for others. If you don't believe it, let me suggest you consider an experiment
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Guest Column

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There is almost no industry that hasnít benefited from the accessibility, speed and convenience of the Internet, from entertainment to education, so why not health-care?.. ...Continued


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
The Other Guy
Feature Story:
Tapping The Well-Spring
of Time and Energy

Guest Column
Caregivers and the Internet