When you have a serious illness, sexuality can be a complicated mix of worries, emotions, and physical considerations for both you and your partner, if you have one. Your illness or treatment can affect your body as well as how you feel about yourself. It can make everyday activities – including sexual activities – feel overwhelming, challenging, or painful. However, if you and your partner are willing to be creative and maintain good communication, physical intimacy can still continue.
Leukemia and lymphoma are two different forms of blood cancer. Leukemia affects blood and bone marrow. Lymphoma affects the cells of the immune system that fight infection and is commonly found in the lymph nodes, bone marrow, thymus, and spleen.
Bed bugs are a troublesome pest that no one wants in their home. Despite popular myths, bed bugs don’t discriminate. They are just as likely to be found in a clean upscale apartment as they are in a dirty motel room. The important things for caregivers to know are how to spot bed bugs in healthcare settings and how to get rid of them.
During a rare free moment this month, I was able to visit my cosmetologist for a little bit of rare pampering. As we sat together – our conversation muffled by our masks – she made a funny little quip. “Oh, ‘Rona,” she proclaimed. “Are we going to be buying you a holiday gift this year?”
As much of the world has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes have been among the hardest hit. Due to the panic and confusion that was brought along with the virus, many facilities had locked out care teams like Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, preventing us from providing our necessary work. These precautions were an effort to contain the virus and prevent transmission — but these services should have been considered essential.
Crafting is often touted as a way to relax, but it can do more than that for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Working on crafts can help keep minds engaged and provide a new way for families to connect through a shared experience.