Welcome to those of you who may be coming to this site as a result of attending or streaming the 1st Annual Caregiving Conference.
My thoughts, of late, return again and again to “taking leave” as caregiving progresses. The large and small ways that individuals and families untangle the history of a person from their existence right now. Our history as a person comes with stories, stuff, places, and goals. Our shift through life means that we pick up and put down these stories as time passes.
He was a cop, then he wasn’t. He was a security guy, and eventually he wasn’t that either. In the end, he was still trying to protect us all.
She cooked the meals, then they all did, then they ordered catering, and eventually they went to someone else’s house for a meal that he cooked.
They traveled around the world, then around the nation – a meandering road trip, then just the drive down their favorite hometown highway to see the leaves change.
We are still, always, the person we are. Our reach may have shortened and our step may have slowed but our need for dignity, our need to feel loved while loving others, and our desire to be seen and heard in the world is relentless and unending.
When I began this space in 2013 I had one set of ideas. In the intervening years I stopped and started a number of different project while I waited for “My Voice” to settle in. Ultimately, I have realized that my voice has a lot of different parts and it is in the variety that I am most “Myself”.
I want to talk with you about the American Healthcare system. Sometimes it is my professional side that shows through, sometimes it is my caregiver side (when they mix up it is my Patient Experience vibe). I’m also a healthcare geek and I love cheering on the scientists and loving hands that make it better for everyone as progress marches on.
My voice is one of eclecticism and rampant curiosity. I know that now.
Here in mid-February it is not quite time to do a flu summary, but there are a few things that are clear, and it can be summarized like this:
The elderly and the young are in greatest need for protection from the flu. The elderly got… less than they would hope for.
Google flu trends has been (and will continue to be) a huge resource for flu data … once the get the logarithm fixed.
… better luck next year.
I’m glad you’re here.
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