What is home health? This is a new topic for us and question we have been hearing a lot lately. What are you waiting for, give the video below a watch and find out. As always don't forget to leave your comments or questions. See you next week!
Welcome back everyone. As some of you may remember we published an inforgraphic back in November in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. You can find that original infographic by clicking here. However, we are going to wrap up the week with this quick video blog discussing the infographic in detail. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments section. Have a great weekend!
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Happy New Year everyone! We hope you had a memorable holiday season and wish you a happy and healthy 2015. Now, let’s get started with the first video blog of the year. In this Wee Answer Wednesday, Wendy talks about traveling with incontinence and shares a few patient stories. Don’t miss out, check out the video below!
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Happy Monday! Christmas is almost here, so why not do one more video blog before Santa arrives. This video is a follow up from last week's blog, Understanding Your Insurance Coverage (Video). Wendy addresses one of the most commonly asked questions we receive from patients, why aren’t adult diapers covered by insurance? Well I'm going to give it away; you will have to watch the video to find out!
Also be sure to check out thhis video blog by Dr. Aaron Carroll - What is Health Insurance, and Why Do You Need It?: Health Care Triage #2
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Happy Monday everyone! Christmas is only a few days away, but another seasonal event is upon us, open insurance enrollment. Be sure to not miss out on this video, it contains a lot of valuable insurance information explained in plain English.
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What could possibly be a connection? In 1999, my wife and I received our first set of hearing aids. It didn’t matter how they looked as long as we could hear. Then, an interesting thing happened: We met people that were too embarrassed to be seen with them. In one professional group, we set up tables close to the speaker with signs: RESERVED FOR HEARING IMPAIRED. Some people refused to sit there because they didn’t want to be identified as hearing impaired. They would sit in the back of the room and complain about the poor volume.
In 2007, I had a radical prostatectomy that left me incontinent. My surgeon said I would probably need a diaper. What an understatement! I bought male diaper/briefs and began four years of panic and embarrassment. I tried male guards with some degree of success. But I had to carry a briefcase full of absorbents. The only problem was they weren’t all that absorbent and had a tendency to leak.
By 2010, I began exploring condom catheters. I was never able to keep one on for a full day. I even had a penile prosthesis which should have made attachment easier. While in a hospital for gallbladder surgery, a nurse demonstrated a condom catheter that he said would not come off. He placed it on in the morning and by the afternoon, it had slipped off.
I resigned myself to a briefcase full of absorbent guards and a loss of dignity because of the dripping or the odor from residue in pads. If I was aware of the odor, I knew the person next to me would be, also. Just like persons who stopped attending meetings because of lack of hearing, I reduced my activities because of un-dependable absorbents. Attending movies were out of the question because I would have to leave several times during the program. (Thank goodness for Netflix.) My incontinence determined my activities. What I needed was something that worked!
Men’s Liberty is the solution! Wendy La Torre’s video blogs introduced me to “the learning curve.” When all else fails, Sam, read the directions. Those first few weeks, I wasn’t applying the units correctly. Finally, I reviewed the video demonstration a few times and figured out just where to place the two additional tapes. With Tony’s help, Wendy’s videos, Sarah and Karen’s advice and my wife’s assistance, I’m moving up the curve. Today, I can regularly wear a Liberty for 48 hours and I’m getting back to the active person I want to be.
My wife and I go to the gym together every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to keep up our fitness regimens which include balance, stretching and pelvic floor exercises. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends, we go for walks in the park or at the mall.
But why am I telling you all this? It’s simple – I believe in sharing what I learn with people it can help. So you’ll be seeing me here once a month – sharing stories, advice and my experiences
So if you have a question, a concern or a suggestion, let me know in the comments section
Thanks and happy holidays. I look forward to seeing you back here next year!
A few weeks ago, Wendy went live on the Boomer Times radio show to have a discussion with Anita Finlay about incontinence and the benefits of Men's Liberty. Take a few minutes to check out the audio of the interview below. Feel free to drop us a question or comment in the comments section. Have a great day!
Happy Monday! Last month was National Family Caregivers Month, but that doesnt mean we can forget about all the great work our caregivers do until next November rolls around! Here is a new video blog to get your week started right. Check it out and be sure to leave your comments below.
Welcome back to another Wee Answer Wednesday. This week Wendy is going to answer some of the most recent questions we received from our patients. Check out the video below and don't forget to leave your questions in the comment section!
As I sat staring at my computer screen with a blank look on my face and an even more blank idea of what to write this month a message popped up on my Facebook page...
Every once and a while I get an email or a Facebook message from a reader who I have never met. Sometimes it's a family member of someone with a spinal cord injury. Sometimes a friend... usually it's a fellow SCI brother or sister slugging it out day after day who is writing to ask a question or say thank you for the encouragement or just to say hello. Each story is unique, but strangely similar. If it's a woman usually an automotive disaster of some kind. If it's a man generally diving or some other reckless stunt involving a bike or skis. I never cease to be deeply touched by the subtle under-current of pain and frustration that is glossed over by a bit of dark humor and an intense hope that science will make a breakthrough sooner rather than later. It often feels like looking in the mirror as I try to encourage and support as much as I can. It always leaves me thinking and pondering afterwards.
One of the goals of this blog has been to educate and communicate to those living a normal life just how much of a life-altering and potentially life-threatening situation living with a spinal cord injury is. After all, we look fine. We're just like everybody else, only sitting, right? We want to walk. We're not your hero or your inspiration. When people tell me my story inspires them I want to ask "What part and why?" I'm not brave. I'm not strong. I'm human like everyone else and I want to do more than just survive. I want to change the world. I want to walk.
So last night while I sat trying to figure out what I wanted to say a message from one of my readers came down through cyberspace. Within a few minutes I was on the phone with "Mary", a dear woman in her fifties who while traveling in a foreign country was seriously injured in a car accident. She, like the others, is waiting, hoping, trying to stay positive and make the most of the situation. She cannot continue physical therapy because insurance cut the funding. This is not unusual. The cold New York weather soaks into her bones causing aching and loss of sleep. Yet she smiles. She has got herself back to work part-time. She gets up each day and spends time with her three daughters and their friends. "They're so good for me..." she says with a slight waiver of emotion in her voice. She is fighting and knows I know she need not state the obvious. So instead we make a joke about the absurdity of it all and share a laugh. We are waiting. Waiting, watching and hoping.
This holiday season be thankful. Be thankful, but be mindful. Be mindful of the Marys of the world you may know. Be mindful that groups like The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the University of Louisville, Neuro Recovery Technologies and many more need your help. The sooner they raise the money they need, the sooner breakthrough products like the Epidural Stimulator can be mounted on every damaged spine around the world.
Now THAT is something to get inspired about. God bless you Mary.
Thanks for reading.
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