Posted: June 01, 2021
Okay, so we know many of you’ve been perfectly happy with our old app, but some of you have suffered frustrating glitches and have wished certain features were otherwise.
Lord knows, we tried to get the developers to fix them. Sometimes they did. Sometimes they didn’t. Mostly it was a feckless time-suck on our end. They kind of had us over a barrel, so the best we could do was pull out every possible trick from our well-worn Book o’ Shameless Persuasive Tactics – begging, flattering, challenging, appealing to their higher instincts, appealing to their lower instincts… you name it, we tried it.
Bottom line: they were not losing sleep over the ways they were leaving us flatfooted. (Clearly they had not been exposed to my mother, who liked to wag her bony, arthritic finger while saying “A deal’s a deal”.)
I’m starting to feel like there might be an end in sight to the pandemic, at least here in the U.S.
I’m hugely grateful that vaccines were available so quickly, and that they’re working so well. Every day, I check the number of U.S. cases and deaths, and I see them trending downward as the number of shots in arms rises. The slow but steady improvement seems like nothing less than a full-on, inspiring razzle-dazzle miracle of science.
But at the same time, I can’t help thinking about the “long haulers”, or people with “long COVID.”
It’s with a certain degree of eye-rolling that we announce that it’s Mental Health Awareness Month, Dear People. The irony is not lost on us.
Ticks are disgusting. They lurk around in moist, humid woods and grasses just waiting for warm, delicious you to wander by, and then they jump on and bite down. They can gorge so much on your tasty, tasty blood that they swell up to several times their original size. And if that wasn’t gross enough, that tick could be carrying the organism that causes Lyme disease in its digestive system – and spewing it into your bloodstream while it eats.
That’s right, people. Nursing Greatness is not news to us, and we are no fly-by-night fans. Every year, we celebrate Nurses Week, which starts on May 6th and goes through the 12th (which, not coincidentally, is the birthday of the redoubtable, Badass Nurse for All Seasons, Florence Nightingale).
Did you know that 2021 marks the 19th year in a row that nurses were voted the most honest, ethical, and trusted profession in the U.S.? How’s that for a winning streak?
I was adopted within my family as a baby. It all came to light when I was 16. I'm now 48. My siblings and cousins seem to hold a grudge against me, because I was adopted and they believe that I had a better upbringing than they did. I feel I'm paying for the family's decision that I had nothing to do with. I have no trust or faith in anyone, as I believe I will always be let down. How do I stop this pain and actually have a loving relationship that will last? I am about to get my fourth divorce. I hurt all the time. Thanks.
I would like to know which guided imagery audio you’d recommend: I’m a 72-woman single woman, doing well, but trying to soften the edges of having lived with a sociopath, and being raised by a narcissistic mother. ...Still lingering effects of gaslighting and low self-esteem/co-dependency.
There’s an iconic jaw-dropper of a study1 from the early sixties that makes a stunning point about the power of the mind over an allergic reaction – in this case, on the skin.
Drs. Ikemi and Nakagawa at Yokohama City University School of Medicine in Japan studied 13 boys known to be hypersensitive to the leaves of the Japanese wax tree, which delivers an allergic reaction very similar to poison ivy – itching, swelling, redness, and blisters.
The investigators touched their blind-folded student-subjects on one arm with innocuous leaves, telling the boys, who were in a relaxed trance state, they were the poisonous product of the wax tree. All 13 boys showed eruptive skin reactions of varying proportions.
I’ve known my good friend, Dr. Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP, MPH, BC-ADM, CDCES, for over 25 years. She’s a dedicated nurse, professor and researcher, a creative program innovator, and a die-hard health care advocate, provider, and counselor, who’s spent decades showing people with diabetes how to optimize their health, reduce their symptoms, and take ownership of self-care. This is my friend’s passion.
Over the years, I’ve seen her, time and again, go the extra mile (or two… or ten…) for patients and their families. She’ll literally stop what she’s doing to give whatever time, effort or advice is needed from her monsta supply of expertise. For Jane, it’s never been about the honors, positions, awards, degrees, or revenue she’s earned. It’s always about the patient – whether rich or poor, old or young, motivated or utterly dispirited, my dynamo pal Jane is all in.
Here she is, talking about guided imagery, diabetes, and some of the unique challenges encountered in Hispanic and Latinx communities.
Well, it’s been a whole year now since we all retreated from our normal social lives to protect ourselves from COVID-19. So, I’ve got to ask: how are you doing?
Now, admittedly, some people are deep-dish introverts who, before this past year, never could cadge enough alone-time to ponder, reflect, absorb or process the day’s events and their own thinking about them. Those folks are stressed when they don’t have enough time away from others.