Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day in the ER

I had been planning this years Father's Day festivities for about two weeks. Nothing crazy just me and my dad enjoying dinner on the terrace of our favorite restaurant the Taberd Inn. Well unfortunately we did not have the Father's Day I was hoping for.

I called my dad yesterday morning to wish him a happy Papa Day and let him know what time I was planning to pick him up. Then I learned that the day before he had a dizzy spell and fell down in the bathroom. His torso landed on the edge of the bathtub, although he was not bathing so it was not a slip. He described it as losing his equilibrium. After learning this I immediately rushed over to his house, packed him up and took him to the ER.

He has three fractured ribs (above x-ray is not actually him) and a spiculated nodul (lump on his lung). The doctor's main concern is that he could get pneumonia if he does not do his breathing exercises and expand his lungs at least 8 times every hour.

On our way back from the ER we ended up having take-out Chinese food. I got his perscription filled and I put him to bed. Thank God he is okay, but it was not how I imagined spending the day with my dad.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Lipitor and Memory Loss

I attended my monthly elder care support group yesterday and the topic of adverse drug interactions was brought up. Another participant pointed out that there was an observational study written in the Wall Street Journal that suggests that Lipitor may contribute to memory loss. There is no concrete evidence to support this. Although participants in this study who switched from Lipitor to other statins were relieved of their cognitive symptoms.

Here is the link to the article...

Here is another link that I found very useful. It tells you how the drugs you or your loved one may be taking interact with one another.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's the Climb

There is something so spiritually majestic about mountains. I spent part of my life living in the Shenandoah Valley and I really enjoy the beauty of mountain ranges. I draw on many types of symbolic inspiration from mountains, and the one most prominent is the climb. I’ve been hearing this song on the radio a lot recently. When I googled it I was surprised to learn the artist is Miley Cyrus. Her music isn’t just for tweens and teeny boppers anymore. It’s all grown up.

The Climb (Chorus)
There's always going to be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose,
Ain't about how fast I get there,
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

I hope this inspires you as much as it inspired me.
God Bless