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“When will the madness end?” “When will things get better?” Questions we all ask. Everyone wants answers. And you will see some answers, from some “experts.”
But is it what a patient indeed goes through? Is what they are telling you, is that what it’s like to be a patient of this horrible disease? Or are they wrong? Here is my take on this disease. From a patient’s perspective.
The truth of the matter is this madness will never end. It will sometimes subside. You will see glimpses of your loved one from time to time.
By Oliver Sacks February 19, 2015 in the NY Times
Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, is the author of many books, including “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.”
A MONTH ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a mile a day. But my luck has run out — a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver. Nine years ago it was discovered that I had a rare tumor of the eye, an ocular melanoma. Although the radiation and lasering to remove the tumor ultimately left me blind in that eye, only in very rare cases do such tumors metastasize. I am among the unlucky 2 percent.
Anyone who has a loved one nearing the end should watch this video and read the book:
Being Mortal: Medicine and what Matters at The End by Atul Gawande.
The following is an excerpt from the book:
Medical professionals concentrate on repair of the health, not sustenance of the soul. Yet- and this is the painful paradox- we have decided that they should be the ones who largely define how we live in our waning days. For more than half a century now, we have treated the trials of sickness, aging, and mortality as medical concerns. It’s been an experiment in social engineering, putting our fates in the hands of people valued more for their technical prowess than for their understanding of human needs.
That experiment has failed. If safety and protection were all we sought in life, perhaps we could conclude differently. But because we seek a life of worth and purpose, and yet are routinely denied the conditions that might make it possible, there is no other way to see what modern society has done.
A video with Atul Gawande..
Larry Fink is Chairman and CEO of Blackrock, the largest asset management company.
He has some very profound views on the economy.
Surgery costs vary wildly — even in same area Depending on where you live, a new knee could cost $11K-$70K
Jayne O’Donnell and Laura Ungar USA TODAY
An we have the best health care system in the world???
The cost of having a knee or hip replaced can be up to four times more in one place than another — even in the same area, a report out today found.
A total knee replacement averaged about $31,000 in 64 markets where Blue Cross Blue Shield analyzed its claims data. But in Dallas, it ranged from $16,772 to $61,584.86.
Findings will be basis of new guidelines on treatments for debilitating headaches
WebMD News from HealthDay By Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The best medications to use if you suffer migraine headaches are listed in a new study.
Researchers reviewed recent scientific literature and concluded that a number of classes of drugs were effective for treating acute migraine.
Are Older Adults Being Overtreated for Diabetes?
Posted By Candy Sagon On January 21, 2015 in AARP Bulletin, Health Talk
If you have diabetes download the article
Testing blood for glucose reading Older patients are not the same as younger patients. You’d think this was obvious, yet doctors often use a one-size-fits-all approach to prescribing treatment that can put their older patients at risk.
A most revealing interview about Steven Brill’s new book
Americas Bitter Pill
Everyone should read it and send this interview to their politician and ask
for a response. If the response isn’t satisfactory vote for someone else.
One of Joy Hakim’s many wonderful books.
Joy is one of the best authors of school books.
You can visit her website by clicking Joy Hakim.
La Academia is one of the best schools in Denver.
If more schools operated as they do we would all be better off.
They use Joy Hakim’s books.
Guidelines for Antipsychotic Drugs in Dementia—Part 2
Published by Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging Contributor on January 8, 2015
This is a long article. If you would like to download it click here.