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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday March 19, 2013 - Issue #128

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Debbie Reynolds

Gary Barg:  You have a unique approach to talking about caregiving. Can you tell me a little about that?

Debbie Reynolds:  I try to get the point across without being too dead-serious, because it is such a difficult subject. It’s life and life is not a bowl of cherries; because if it were, why am I feeling in the pits? My family has a history of longevity; my mom lived to be 82 and my daddy, 83. We all have caregiving situations. Every generation has to take care of the next generation, or not and not care at all. I don’t think that it’s “we” as a people who feel this way, because most of us want to take care of our loved ones. Not everybody gets to live well towards the end; and because people are living longer, you either have to take them into your home or find a place for them. This type of decision-making can either be life threatening or life making...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg

Feature Article

Caring for Someone with Bipolar Disorder
By Julie Totten

Soon after Missy had her daughter, she stopped sleeping, going from eight hours a night down to only two or three. Her thoughts were racing, and she was going a million miles an hour...read more

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Guest Column

The Accident
By Pamela G Stewart

I have chronic progressive multiple sclerosis.  When this situation occurred, I was using a scooter or a walker as mobility aids, depending on my needs.  For quite some time, I continued driving to work because I didn't feel like I had a choicel. Too often, public buses didn't stop to let me on—perhaps because of the extra time it would take to load me and the scooter. The paratransit van that comes to your door is notoriously unreliable in my area...read more


Tips and Techniques for Dealing with Stress
By Dr. Rita Nachen Gugel

Change is an expected part of our daily lives today. Dealing with it so that YOU control IT rather than vice versa is an important and positive force in controlling your life. Try a few of these tips...read more

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My mother is 95 years old and has shingles. She has been in the PHN stage for over a month. She has pain in one area constantly and although on pain medication, the area is still painful. Does anyone have any suggestions, ideas, or home remedies that I can apply to alleviate the pain? 
Note: Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is nerve pain caused by the shingles virus after the acute illness is over

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Debbie Reynolds

Feature Article
Caring for Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Guest Column
The Accident

Tips and Techniques for Dealing with Stress


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