A free ebook from caregiving.com that I helped write

When a new diagnosis enters a family it is tough to know what to do.

Denise, G-J, and I have put together an ebook with some helpful essays, hints, and documents  to help caregivers and carees get their feet under them.

Curious about it?

Denise says – The cure for the fear of mortality is to make the most of the moments. Live for today. Tomorrow, you’ll be so glad you did.

G-J says – A new diagnosis can me an lot of appointments, especially in the beginning. Prepare at least a day in advance for any scheduled medical visits. It helps to have a bag designated as the one you take to appointments so you don’t have to think about what to use each time. This list will help you pull together all the items you will need.

I said – Hospitals have a variation of most of most things that a town has. They also have their own personalities and social norms. As a guest in a hospital it can be a little like getting dropped in a slightly foreign country. You recognize all of it, but it doesn’t feel natural to move around in.  So here are some questions to ask that will help get you oriented when you are in a new hospital.

And then we keep saying other stuff.  Checkout caregiving.com for support and care.

For a shiver in your spine

I wish I had known “medical historian” was a thing a long time ago because it is AWESOME.

Lindsey Fitzharris at The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice  is showing off some great medical history stuff and she is getting ready to launch a Kickstarter campaign for show development.

Part of the fascination with medical history, for me, is the false sense that we have made a lot of progress from the leech days.  I don’t think we really have, and in so many ways we are too quickly using up what progress we have made.

I can imagine in 200 years talking about a Golden Age of Antibiotics when we had plenty of variety and they generally worked for what we needed them for.  I don’t think that will be forever true.  I think history will show us being too self-absorbed and ignorant, to wasteful of our options for treating infectious illness.

I hope that someone is figuring out what we will do instead.

Anyhow, medical history is neat, Lindsey’s blog is a lot of fun, and a little bit creepy – which is just what you want in a medical history blog.