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How do I care for my young daughter on top of my spouse with cancer?

How do I care for my young daughter on top of my spouse with cancer?

Good communication: Have a meeting with her if she is older that 7 years old. Tell her how you feel taking care of your spouse and the fears you are facing. Tell her that you would appreciate her to help in this or that. Less than 7 y/o...Get help with other relatives or other moms, or daughter's school. Get help from your religious or spiritual community. Get help for your husband too ( home health care or hospice). ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Two of my brothers and my uncle on my moms side has Crohn's what are the chances I will get this and is it preventable ?

Two of my brothers and my uncle on my moms side has Crohn's what are the chances I will get this and is it preventable ?

Still relatively low: Though crohn's disease has a genetic component and familial predisposition, the odds are still low you will get crohn's disease. Having a first degree family member with crohn's raises your lifetime risk to around 10%. Having 2 parents with crohn's may raise your risk to as high as 33%. There is nothing you can do to prevent cronhn's disease other than not smoke. ...Read more

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Terminal cancer runs in my family and my father just recently got diagnosed with stomach cancer. What can I do to prevent it? I am 19 years old.

Terminal cancer runs in my family and my father just recently got diagnosed with stomach cancer. What can I do to prevent it? I am 19 years old.

Talk to doc: At your age, the risk for cancer is low, even if there is a "bad gene" in the family. There are exceptions to this, though, so I would advise you talk to your doc and be referred to a genetics specialist who will interview you and get a full family history to determine what test (if any) needs to be done and tell you what you can do to reduce your cancer risk. Hope you do great. ...Read more

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75yr age span from grandma to son, and I take care of both. How long can I do this and keep my health?

75yr age span from grandma to son, and I take care of both. How long can I do this and keep my health?

Take breaks: Caretakers can wear out & become ill themselves if they fail to arrange periodic breaks from caretaking. Other relatives may spell you or you can arrange for trusted professionals/friends to give you a day or two away from the stress. Council on aging may suggest daycare center for grandma, for example. If your son has special needs, you may find a nearby support group that can help. ...Read more

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My son is 15 months old and has 4 molloscum contagiousum on his face and 2 on his thigh. Please help. Why do they come and how to i get rid of them?

My son is 15 months old and has 4 molloscum contagiousum on his face and 2 on his thigh.  Please help. Why do they come and how to i get rid of them?

Skin virus: Mc is a relative of the wart.It's cause is a virus piked up through contact that settles into the superficial skin to grow. It can be spread by scratching & most occur in clusters.Different from many viruses, they do not enter the blood & trigger a quick immune response.They sit on the skin, eventually irritate it & fall off in a few months.They can be frozen, cut or treated, but most self heal. ...Read more

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I live in illinois, I am the caregiver to my 86 yr old parent but my older sister has power of attorney. How can I get her to help me with expenses?

I live in illinois, I am the caregiver to my 86 yr old parent but my older sister has power of attorney. How can I get her to help me with expenses?

Make appointment: Maybe consider making an appointment with a good family therapist or social worker for you and your sister to see for some assistance in sorting things out. As long as your sister will go, the therapist can act as a referree to keep things on track and prevent them getting too out of hand. I work a lot with families teaching them how to have a 'fair fight.' good luck. ...Read more

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My sister took mom out of her senior center and now treats her like a child. What can I do? I never feel welcome there.

My sister took mom out of her senior center and now treats her like a child. What can I do? I never feel welcome there.

Abusive?: No matter what your moms cognitive abilities are, she must always be treated with love and respect. If you do not feel this is the case, take action to protect your mom, become involved in her care. It is often difficult and stressful to care for an elderly loved one. Give your mom a safe loving environment, if she is having issues with dementia she may be confused and frightened in a new place. ...Read more

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Dear doctor...i am 22 years old and i have planned to go for a date with my girl and iam really worried about my length and thickness of my penis...! ?

Dear doctor...i am 22 years old and i have planned to go for a date with my girl and iam really worried about my length and thickness of my penis...! ?

Don't worry: Most people are very similar in body proportions, while outliers exist on both sides. Your note suggests you are planning a sexual encounter, but is she? The vagina is capable of adapting to male sizes, and it is easier to take time which will ensure adequate lubrication. If sex were. It pleasurable, there would. It be so many babies. Relax and enjoy. ...Read more

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I'm 22years old and I have a problem.One of my testicles is missing from the age of14i am afraid and shy to tell my parents.Am i badly sick?

I'm 22years old and I have a problem.One of my testicles is missing from the age of14i am afraid and shy to tell my parents.Am i badly sick?

You are normal: Firstly, was testicle there till age 14? If yes ?Loss from torsion or secondary ascent in which case testicle can be found by palpation or ultrasound.Unlikely in abdomen, if there should be brought out or removed (45 risk of cancer)urologist can place testicular prosthesis, v simple operation with great psychological benefit it this is bothering you. No need to disduss with parents, it's your body. ...Read more

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I was wondering when I should have the sex talk with my kids. My son is 9 and is special needs and my daughter is 6?

I was wondering when I should have the sex talk with my kids. My son is 9 and is special needs and my daughter is 6?

Sex Education: Mainstream 4th. Grade kids get to watch a documentary in classroom called "puberty", separate one for boys and girls. Around same age you can start talking: 3-4 yr: address q. About sexuality, use correct term for genitalia, privacy, good & bad touch. 4-8 yr: talk about sexuality appropriate to the child's interest and developmental level. 9-11 yr: discuss pubertal changes, abstinence. ...Read more

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My 1 year old daughter was burnt on her leg from the steam of the iron..How should I take care of this...And how do I get the mark to go away?

My 1 year old daughter was burnt on her leg from the steam of the iron..How should I take care of this...And how do I get the mark to go away?

Scalds: Burn from steam are scalds, if exposure was brief and the area burnt is really small then, rinsing the burn immediately under cold tap water for 10 min, do not put a bandage or gauze around. If a blister forms then it's a second degree burn, do not pop the blister. For pain tylenol (acetaminophen) can work. If the burn is bigger and deeper then her doctor will prescribe silvadine cream. ...Read more

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How can I keep the fire in my relationship with my now-handicapped husband?

How can I keep the fire in my relationship with my now-handicapped husband?

Remember how u met: Keep saying words of appreciation, admiration. Be affectionate. Give him respect. Trust him. Believe in him. Do not accuse or blame each other. Depending upon his capacities...Attempt new ways of being romantic or sexual. Always remember your mission in life as a couple, remember your children. Eat healthy, sleep enough, exercise, look for sources of inspiration or motivation in reading, praying. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having another child with leukemia my 8 yr old had it and my grandmothers sister had it and both died?

What are the chances of having another child with leukemia  my 8 yr old had it and my grandmothers sister had it and both died?

Sorry to hear.: I don't know. This is difficult. Childhood leukemia is not typically genetically based, but it can be. Did you grandmother's sister have childhood leukemia? If so, more detail could be given by a genetic counsellor. The genetic syndromes that increase the chances of childhood leukemia are so very rare. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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I just found live lice host on my daughter's friend. They had little contact to head, but what am I do to prevent my daughter and i from getting lice?

I just found live lice host on my daughter's friend. They had little contact to head, but what am I do to prevent my daughter and i from getting lice?

Check every day: Checking a child's hair and head for lice or nits, on a daily basis, will prevent lice from gaining a foothold. As long as any and all nits (lice eggs) are quickly removed, the lice problem goes away. If very worried, one can use over-the-counter lice treatment like nix (permethrin) and do a treatment as if there were an existing lice problem. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 18 years of age and me and my partner have been trying for a baby for 2 years and have been having a lot of pain near my right ovary, help plea

Hi I'm 18 years of age and me and my partner have been trying for a baby for 2 years and have been having a lot of pain near my right ovary, help plea

Wow ....: Trying for a baby since you were 16! Well, even though there are a lot of reasons to put off having a baby at your age, you have passed the time when we would recommend you consult a specialist (after 1 year). I suspect endometriosis, but a gynecologist or fertility specialist can explain the work-up of tests for you and your partner and counsel you accordingly. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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