Mr. Obama, what are you thinking?

Back in 2000, when my father was dying but desperately wanted to die at home we talked about the cost of 'round the clock' care for him. And he said, "Leah, I can't spend that money. I'm saving it for

Welcome to AMNT FYI

There are currently more than 175,000 dedicated nurses in a multitude of specialties and practice settings who have direct access to American Nurse Today – the journal. You may be one of them, and through AMNT FYI, we will continue

Turn Down the Bed- Leave Chocolates (If They’ll Let You)

I feel like every time one of my parents is in the hospital, it becomes a training session for my siblings. Let me share our latest experience. I was visiting my mother, an 84 year old stroke victim, in her

Making Retirement Fulfilling

Retirement can be difficult for men and women for a number of reasons. Many believe that their self worth is directly related to their career. Then upon retirement such hobbies as golf, traveling, painting, etc. while helping to fulfill many

Meds Questions? Just Ask!

If you have ever had occasion to find yourself in the hospital for any length of time, chances are a pharmacist reviewed the medications you were taking at some point during your stay. Of course, you or your family members

The 10-Mile, $1000 Ambulance Trip

Last October, I finally faced the fact that my beloved father’s life was ending. He was over 96. He had just suffered several major seizures which hospitalized and seriously incapacitated him.  He had advanced malignant tumors in the brain and

Grandpop’s Hat Isn’t Crooked Anymore

Not long ago I traveled a few blocks to visit my daughter. It was a warm day, the windows were open. I knocked a few times but no one answered. I opened the door to look in. There was my

Life Is A Journey

Three and a half years ago a tremendous change occurred in my life. While at the shore, I collapsed with a massive brain hemorrhage. I went from enjoying an active life to having serious, life threatening problems. I had to

Only You Know What Is Right For You

Sometimes you have to take charge of your health problem. For example, I was once diagnosed with a rotator cuff problem and the orthopedic surgeon wanted to operate. I decided not to have the operation. Instead, I started a series

Medication Madness

The combined number of pill bottles on my parents’ nightstand totaled 28 when laid end to end. That did not include any repeats – but represented the sum of all the heart

She Did It!

My mother has been in her new home for just over a year. She was among the first residents of a brand new assisted living facility, just a stone’s throw from the “homestead” where she raised her children

I’m Not Hungry!

Is it one of life’s little tricks that ultimately places you at the table with a beloved parent who is barely touching – or consuming – their food?