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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday October 1, 2013 - Issue #156

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From the Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefThe Scott Simon Interview

Gary Barg: You made some news recently when you tweeted from your mom’s hospital bedside for the week before she passed last month. And I have to tell you, one thing I really appreciated as a family caregiver about your tweets was that they introduced me to your mom, Patricia Lyons Simon Newman Gilband.

Scott Simon: Somebody referred to that as a railroad car. She had three husbands.

Gary Barg: She is funny, loving, talented, fun. I honestly wish I could have known her. I always think that introducing our loved ones to their care professionals as more than a patient in ICU bed 207 is really important for all involved—for the professionals, for you, for your loved one, for the humanity of the situation. So, I am wondering what was the spectrum of responses that you received since your tweets last month.

Scott Simon: The messages I have gotten have been overwhelmingly positive. I also know at the same time there has been a little bit of criticism; but really I think it has got to be less than one percent. And I am not sure there is much I could say to those folks in any case. I think a lot of them seem to feel that it is inappropriate to share any kind of deep human emotion. If that is the way they want to live their lives, that is fine. I think what has been very nice is for me to hear from people who say something like, “I held my mother’s hand tonight because of something you wrote.” Or “I made time to see my mother today” or “I called my mother today because of something you wrote.” And, I guess I am prepared to say that if my mother’s life and the story of her death could contribute to that, I think that is a wonderful thing to have been able to put into this life...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg

Rich in Years

Feature Article

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
By Angela Blakely, Staff Writer

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a pain-free routine where a patient enters a chamber with high air pressure which results in an increase in oxygen flow to the tissues in the body...read more

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Guest Column

Recovery Room Kit
By Hana Kim

Three years ago, my mom underwent major surgery to remove a brain tumor. The day of her surgery felt like the longest day of my life. Because she didn’t have any family members in the area...read more


To Trust or Not to Trust?
By Susan Piette, Esq

In discussing estate planning with my clients, I am regularly asked about living trusts or, more precisely, “revocable living trusts.”  Many people have heard of them and readily admit they really don’t understand the marketing information that they have received in the mail, heard on the radio or at an event on this subject...
read more


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My mother doesn't pay attention to taking her meds, is very combative, and will not follow simple directions for daily living, but is mentally fluid. She has diabetes and now a minor TIA. Her home health aide buys her éclairs and we cannot stop her because my mother hired her. My mother was told her artery is 70 percent blocked in her neck. She is in her mid-eighties.

We do not want to place her in a nursing home because we promised her she will stay at home as long as she is ambulatory, which she still is, thank God. We are trying to respect her dignity, but it is out of hand. It is total madness living in the house. She will not wash, prefers to stay in soiled clothes. Says she doesn't want to be a bother. A lot of control issues. Does anyone have any insight and recommendations? Please HELP!


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Inside This Issue:

From the Archives
The Scott Simon Interview

Feature Article
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Guest Column
Recovery Room Kit

To Trust or Not to Trust?


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