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iPain ShoppingHave you ever thought, how am I going to get my holidays? Christmas can bring down the mood of anyone facing a chronic care illness. Here are a few tips from Ken and Barby on how to make your holidays better while living with chronic pain for yourself, your caregivers, family and friends. We wish each of you Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

What not to do at holiday time: 

1. Don’t blame yourself if you can’t provide the elaborate holiday festivities you once did; don’t feel guilty because you can’t do everything you think your family expects you to do.

2. Guilt must go when you have a chronic pain illness that limits what/how much you can do.

3. Knowing the priorities and plans ahead of time will prevent disappointment and hurt feelings later.

4. Don’t expect others to …

 

TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS WHEN IT COMES TO ASSESSING HOW THE PATIENT IS DOING

TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS WHEN IT COMES TO ASSESSING HOW THE PATIENT IS DOING – by Barby Ingle

  • Are they able to communicate?
  • Are they able to stay focused and remember things?
  • Are they frequently grimacing, crying, groaning, or otherwise indicating extreme distress?
  • Are they maintaining proper grooming practices?
  • Are they sleeping at night for the right number of hours?
  • Can they speak clearly and audibly and does what they say make sense?
  • Do they appear anxious or irritable?
  • Do they appear depressed?
  • Has their appetite increased or decreased, or have they gained or lost weight?
  • Have they increased use of tobacco or alcohol?
  • Have they maintained their relationships with family and friends?
  • Insomnia and poor sleeping cycles can result from being in a lot of pain.
 
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