Interview the person you are caring for with a life interview book to capture their life stories. You will learn so much about them and their values while you help them write their down their stories. Here's an example of one: www.delphihealthproducts.com
Keep a Positive Mental Attitude through your experience. Cancer changes everyone it touches. The secret is that WE get to decide HOW! "Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us."
Take the time necessary to get yourself healed. Then live with gratitude to get the most out of life. "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."
It is very important to make sure the patient has representation when visiting the doctor for any type of illness other than the Alzheimer's. They may forget how long they have been feeling sick, or they may forget to take their medicine, or they may not even realize why they have taken a trip to the doctor to begin with.
It’s important to make sure the doctor knows that the mental capacity of the patient is limited, and while the patient may seem fine one visit, they may not be the next. The proper questions may have to be repeated over and over, or leading questions may have to be asked to help the patient get the most out of their doctor visit.
A good place to visit for information on Alzheimer's is http://www.alz.org/index.asp. On this site you can find good information about how to help the patient to get proper medical care.
Be the observer, not the judge and jury. Explore the awareness that YOU are not your body, your mind or your thoughts, but rather the consciousness from which your physical form emanates. There is great strength to be found in this awareness - healing energy as well as coping skills.
Become a Vegan. I am down to 245lbs from 325lbs in about 1.5 years. Feel a lot better, but plan to get down to 195lbs. http://www.diabetes.co.uk/diet/vegan-diet.html
It all started for me when I lost about eighty pounds in six months. I was excessively thirsty, in the bathroom constantly, and incredibly fatigued.
Once my breath started smelling like nail polish remover, I knew something was seriously wrong - and that's when I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. Had I not gone to the doctor when I did, I'd have gone into ketoacidosis and possibly gone into a diabetic coma. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/ketoacidosis…
With diabetes, we have to compromise with our food. I went through an eating disorder. I lost 80 pounds so quickly, and than gained some back and felt so fat. I juggled my insulin and almost ended up in a diabetic coma again. Many young women do the same, as seen here: http://www.raderprograms.com/health-concerns/diabetes-eating-disorders…
When you're diagnosed, you'll want to surround yourself with a support team that includes a nutritionist and a counselor. It's a struggle, but it's for your health.
I've been put on an insulin pen, which has worked well for me for the past two years. http://www.diabetesmonitor.com/supplies/insulin-pens It is a wonderful alternative to sticking myself with a needle every day, and it has a pre-measured amount of insulin already in it.
There's a lot of emotional healing involved with type 1 diabetes. I'm angry and cranky at my diagnosis. My feet are cracking. I feel fat and unattractive. I have to monitor every single thing I put in my mouth. Fortunately, there are support groups: http://www.defeatdiabetes.org/self_management/text.asp?id=Diabetes_Supp…
Just know that you're never alone as a diabetic.
I recommend reading "Love Never Sleeps" by Mary Summer Rain. It's a poignant first hand account of home caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's.
When my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer I made sure I was there for her first few appointments as the oncologist and radiologist were developing a treatment plan. I paid attention to what was being said and helped her keep all the information straight. It’s hard for one person, especially the patient, to remember everything.
Write everything down, being sure to record the name and type of doctor and the date. Take a tape recorder if you are allowed. A Patient Treatment Journal like this one http://cancer.stanford.edu/patient_care/amenities/cancerPatientServices… is very helpful in reducing the confusion of treatment.
I had cancer at the age of 19, and I've learned a great deal about this life threatening illness over the past 20 years. The Standard American Diet is SADly the most significant cause of cancer in our society. "The China Study" is a great source of information on this subject. http://www.thechinastudy.com/
I'd recommend "Healing Cancer with Nutrition." When you're green inside, you're clean inside. A raw, organic, whole food diet with less than 5% total animal protein is the ideal way to prevent and even reverse cancer.