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How can I get my parent to be excited spending the holiday in the nursing home?

How can I get my parent to be excited spending the holiday in the nursing home?

Check with NH staff: Check with the staff at the nursing home which activities they will have, which food is going to be served. Find with local churches or non profit organizations which religious services, concerts, dinners or activities they may offer to that nursing home. Find what your parents would appreciate at the nursing home & discuss with the staff t the nursing home. ...Read more

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How can I get my mother to eat more in the nursing home?

How can I get my mother to eat more in the nursing home?

Slow and Steady: Elderly often need a lot more time to complete a meal, so the old adage patience is a virtue never holds truer. Medications such as mitrazepine and megasterol can be considered with her doctor's approval. Matching diet consistencies with people's abilities such as lack of teeth, inability to chew are important considerations. Facility dieticians are often a great resource to tap into. ...Read more

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I'm getting breast implants in a couple of weeks, can anyone tell me the steps they put you through when you go to the office?

I'm getting breast implants in a couple of weeks, can anyone tell me the steps they put you through when you go to the office?

Depends: Each plastic surgeon has a different approach. It usually starts with a full evaluation, pictures and given information. Sometimes you get to talk with an assistant first and sometimes just the doctor. ...Read more

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Can someone get noticeably weaker in 8wk in new nursing home where told to not get up alone and having to wear monitor to alert staff when trying to getting up?

Can someone get noticeably weaker in 8wk in new nursing home where told to not get up alone and having to wear monitor to alert staff when trying to getting up?

Yes: Please consult attending physician if you have concerns about not able to maintain mobility. This person could be depressed due to nursing home placement, could be declining health due to recent acute illness or multiple chronic medical condition or could be medication related. ...Read more

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I'm a stay at home mother. How can I get enough energy in the morning to work out at home? It's my only time i get to exercise.

I'm a stay at home mother. How can I get enough energy in the morning to work out at home? It's my only time i get to exercise.

Nutrition: I would want to know the type of food you are eating. Are you eating a lot of processed foods (in a box) and sugar? I would check your adrenal cortisol (4 point) to see if your morning fatigue is due to adrenal fatigue secondary to stress and less than 7 hours of sleep a night. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child is dehydrated at the beach?

How can I tell if my child is dehydrated at the beach?

See below:: Signs of dehydration may include the following: sunken eyes decreased frequency of urination or dry diapers sunken soft spot on the front of the head in babies (called the fontanel) no tears when the child cries dry or sticky mucous membranes (the lining of the mouth or tongue) lethargy (less than normal activity) irritability (more crying, fussiness with inconsolability) acute weight loss. ...Read more

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I've gotten to the point where I can't be alone because of my panic attacks. Can my husband get paid to stay home and take care of me? I live in WV.

I've gotten to the point where I can't be alone because of my panic attacks. Can my husband get paid to stay home and take care of me? I live in WV.

Seek psychiatric : evaluation to diagnose your anxiety disorder(s) + depression & whatever else causes your preference for dysfunctional dependency on your husband over committment to long-term Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy & other therapies to learn how to control your anxiety instead of continuing to allow it to control your life & your husband's. Adjunctive medications may help, but only you can do the work. ...Read more

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I recently stayed at a friends house to where they were unknown that they had fleas in their extra room. How can I get rid of the swelling fast?

I recently stayed at a friends house to where they were unknown that they had fleas in their extra room. How can I get rid of the swelling fast?

You can use: An over the counter steroid cream which would be effective at reducing the itching and swelling. Icing/compresses also work locally and avoid scratching the bite sites. Make sure you wash your clothes throughly in sterilization cycle and spray your linen to avoid eggs hatching. ...Read more

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How can a person schedule himself to get to the gym a few evenings in the week when you have small children to care for?

How can a person schedule himself to get to the gym a few evenings in the week when you have small children to care for?

See below: See if there is someone you trust to watch them for a few hours while you are gone. Do not leave them alone. Babysitters might help if you find one you like. This may help you out in the future as you could go out in the evening for longer if you find someone you trust for a short time period. ...Read more

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In my caregiving for my mother, I have to be ready to jump at a moments notice..How can I remain calm?

In my caregiving for my mother, I have to be ready to jump at a moments notice..How can I remain calm?

State of mind: Counseling and relaxation techniques can be helpful. L-theanine helps with anxiety without causing any drowsiness. You are under a lot of stress, and i suggest you find some help. This situation is usually too much for one person to handle all of the time. ...Read more

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Is it illegal to have your boyfriend or husband deliver the baby at home without a doctor and not go to the hospital?

Is it illegal to have your boyfriend or husband  deliver the baby at home without a doctor and not go to the hospital?

No: It is not illegal, but might be dangerous, as things can happen during delivery that you might not be able to take care of at home, and it is more dangerous for the baby than the mom. Wouldn't you want your baby safe and healthy. ...Read more

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Reason i got this service is to find out how to get my Girl Friend who lives in the US is on the Meth Programme how to get her transfeered here so she is on the programme when she gets here ?

Reason i got this service is to find out how to get my Girl Friend who lives in the US is on the Meth Programme how to get her transfeered here so she is on the programme when she gets here ?

Check local clinics: We in America are not familiar with what is available in New Zealand. Your friend should research her options for treatment there and then do what the NZ clinic requires in order to be treated there. With recovery programs, the addict should be the person who arranges for continued treatment. If you have personal knowledge of local program options, not available on the web, that's OK to pass on. ...Read more

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How can I get my mother to exercise more in her nursing home?

How can I get my mother to exercise more in her nursing home?

Ask her: Some options: 1. Ask her if she will do this. 2. Speak to the staff to see if they can encourage her more. 3. You could arrange to pick her up and take her out on pass, go somewhere where she will have to walk a short distance. Sometimes you can get them to "exercise" by using a little bit of subterfuge. ...Read more

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Would I be able to get a caregiver and live in my own home with medicare at 70?

Would I be able to get a caregiver and live in my own home with medicare at 70?

Yes, depending: Many people are able to live in their own home with the help of a caregiver at 70 and sometimes well beyond. This depends on the status of a person's overall medical health. Some caregiver assistance may be covered by medicare and supplemental insurance. There are many agencies in the business of helping people stay in their own homes as long as possible. ...Read more

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If a person is under the age of 18 and is pregnant and the parents want them to get an abortion but child doesnt want to , do they have to ? I live in Florida

If a person is under the age of 18 and is pregnant and the parents want them to get an abortion but child doesnt want to , do they have to ? I live in Florida

No: I looked at several legal websites and what I can tell, not being a lawyer is that when you become pregnant you become what is called an "emancipated minor" and this means that your body is yours to do what you wish with it and that you can make the medical decision on this issue Here is one link to a website that covers abortion rights in general for minors http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/abortion-rights-of-minors.html ...Read more

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My boyfriend has MRSA and I am wondering what to wash his linens with to kill the bacteria? Also if they're letting him out of the hospital do you think it is okay for me and my 3 year old to spend the night at his house or are we still at risk?

My boyfriend has MRSA and I am wondering what to wash his linens with to kill the bacteria? Also if they're letting him out of the hospital do you think it is okay for me and my 3 year old to spend the night at his house or are we still at risk?

It's not EBOLA: MRSA is a common bacteria that can be found almost anywhere. It is on floors, door handles, shopping carts, etc. It is found in 70% of the pustules or abscesses treated as outpatients.Perhaps knowing he had an infection with it will remind you to wash your hands more. You are at risk of MRSA every day. Try not to treat him like an EBOLA carrier. Good regular hand washing should be enough. ...Read more

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Will I be able to spend time with my preemie if she is in the nicu?

Will I be able to spend time with my preemie if she is in the nicu?

Yes: It's actually expected that you'll be interested in and involved with your baby. Most nicus encourage you to hold skin-to-skin (kangaroo care), feed, change diapers, etc. When appropriate. Many nicus have "private rooms" in which you can even spend the night, though parents should pace themselves and be sure to take appropriate breaks from the nicu for their own health/well-being. ...Read more

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Am I allowed to take home the genetic pedigrees I get from the counselors?

Am I allowed to take home the genetic pedigrees I get from the counselors?

Yes: You should review it and if you are willing share it with other family members and get their imput to extend the pedigree. ...Read more