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by, DailySunshine On 08/09/2016

Sunday, I was in panic mode trying to get my father in the van after making groceries at the commissary. My sister and I tried…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/09/2016

When my sister and I had to move the furniture to storage in order for my dad to come home and stay on the main…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/09/2016

It is interesting when you hear someone curse that usually does not. Sometimes words come out in frustration or when they are angry or fussing…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/09/2016

The best thing I discovered when my father when to rehab was the tear-away/warm-up/break-away pants. These pants have worked well for my father. They are…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/03/2016

Caregivers are there to help and assist you and your love one. It is a great option to have when everyone else is tied up…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/03/2016

Stay focus on your love one when you have an emergency situation. People will call, drop by, ask you a thousand questions; if you can…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/03/2016

If your love one has come home from the hospital or getting ready to have a procedure, test, surgery, etc. There could be a lot…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/03/2016

Make sure that whatever equipment you have for your love one, that they are safe and they stay safe while using the equipment. My motto…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/03/2016

Well today is Wednesday, August 3rd and my dad did not have the by-pass surgery on his leg. He is a little under the weather…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/28/2016

I'm on wound care duty again and we are making great strides.

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by, DailySunshine On 07/28/2016

After losing my hair back in 2012, I am now growing my hair back. I lost my hair during the time my father was undergoing…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/28/2016

Finally found a 'VA' friendly accessible dealer that helped with filling out the VA paperwork for the van. I still can't believe it!

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2016

Yes, asking for help is easier said than done. Sometimes you don't even realize you need help until you are so stressed out and frustrated…

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by, DailySunshine On 04/18/2016

Now that my father is home, he has to follow up with all his doctors. So that meant figuring out the best way to get…

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by, DailySunshine On 04/18/2016

My father has been home for 30 days! Being home has made all the difference. Yes there have been two hospital stays but overall things…

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by, DailySunshine On 04/09/2016

Have you thought about having a private duty person for your love one? We had to bring on private duty to assist my father while…

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by, DailySunshine On 04/09/2016

It seems that at one time or another, we will misplace something or leave something important behind. After you discovered that something is missing, did…

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by, DailySunshine On 04/09/2016

My father came home last week and had been doing well until we saw something that needed to be checked out. This hospital visit looks…

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by, DailySunshine On 04/04/2016

My dad was home a week before he had to go back to the hospital. He did not have any symptoms, just him not feeling…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/20/2016

The best birthday gift ever! After being in the hospital since October 2015, on St. Patrick's Day 2016, my dad made it back home.

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by, DailySunshine On 03/20/2016

Great way to keep up with your love ones health benefits and services. You can also send a secure message to your love ones doctor…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/17/2016

Last Fall, my father fell ill with the West Nile Virus when he was at the VA Medical Center for an eye appointment. It is…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/13/2016

Words cannot describe how 'Thankful and Grateful' I am that my father made it to another birthday. These last few months have been quite interesting…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/13/2016

For the past several weeks, my father has graduated from honey thicken to nectar thickened liquids; from pureed to chopped/soft foods. Things are really progressing…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/13/2016

If you are moving or moving your love one, make sure you have enough to help you. If you can, hire experienced movers --they will…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/06/2016

I'm surprised a lot more people don't get injured visiting hospitals. During patient care, everything doesn't always get into the trash and somehow it falls…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/06/2016

Discovered last night that my father was being given the incorrect transplant dosage. Somehow the evening dosage had disappeared. Medication can be tricky to keep…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/06/2016

If your love one has surgery coming up and will need rehab therapy, now is a good time to start planning ahead. Have them leave…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/05/2016

With everything else going on, I'm trying to figure out this ramp/lift situation. Now that I know that DCRA has a not so quick process…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/05/2016

Renting a POD may sound easy on the commercial but it was a little bit more than that. Make sure you verify and confirm the…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/05/2016

My father has been in the hospital since October 6. As of right now, my father is scheduled to be released next week from rehab.…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/01/2016

When your love one was not sick and was able to handle all their affairs, it was not a problem helping them out with a…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/01/2016

Does your love ones sleep at night? With sleepiness being one of the side effects to many.

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by, DailySunshine On 03/01/2016

Has your love ones eyes changed? Are they seeing colors and other things differently? I noticed my father's eye had changed a few years ago…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/01/2016

Your love one might have been the 'go to person' that you talked to. And now since they have been sick, you miss their input…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/01/2016

Another season is upon us, make sure you have or are making plans to take a break. After the President's Day holiday, the next holiday…

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by, DailySunshine On 02/25/2016

Rehab feels like school; there are 'classes' or therapy sessions everyday. My dad has 'Homework' to do by testing his memory. This has been a…

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by, DailySunshine On 02/25/2016

Now that my father is in an acute rehab, things are a little different. The nurses told me to pack a bag and bring my…

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by, DailySunshine On 02/25/2016

If your love one is in the bed, it is important that they keep moving --legs, arms, toes, fingers, etc. My father never stopped moving.…

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by, DailySunshine On 02/25/2016

Make sure that you have balance while taking care of your love one. Having a hobby, going to lunch with your friends or following your…

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by, DailySunshine On 02/21/2016

Caregiving has it's challenges, stay focus on your goal and keep going. But first make sure you take care of yourself and your needs. In…

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by, DailySunshine On 02/21/2016

With everything that has happened with my father recovering from the West Nile Virus, my sister and I decided to delay our birthdays until our…

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by, DailySunshine On 02/21/2016

Yes things have been stressful but my father is slowly regaining some of what was lost --energy, memory, mental status, etc. I think that having…

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by, DailySunshine On 02/21/2016

Just a quick update on my father, he is doing well --still making micro improvements. Memory is coming back and a few other things that…

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by, DailySunshine On 02/21/2016

After numerous tries to get into a acute rehab, my father was finally able to be reevaluated and given the green light for acute rehab.…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/13/2016

I am doing fine, I feel a lot better getting more sleep. Please make sure you are getting your rest too.

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by, DailySunshine On 01/13/2016

Somethings take time, there is no estimate on when my father will come back around or back to himself. The doctor is not able to…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/13/2016

A miracle did not happen, my father was moved after the New Year's Day holiday. They tried hard to move him just before the New…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/03/2016

There are times when I get frustrated, angry and I think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. I try to…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/03/2016

This is just a friendly reminder to keep the communication open and make sure you are checking in with your partner. I am not an…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/03/2016

Just wanted to let you know that if your love one has to go the rehab, they have 100 Medicare days. Medicare covers the first…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/03/2016

This subject is probably not a big deal but for some, seeing their love one naked is more of a 'keeping their dignity' conversation more…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/02/2016

I now know what the difference is between acute and subacute rehab. Acute rehab has a short time frame, a week to two weeks and…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/02/2016

Since my father has been in the hospital so long, it feels like I have hospital fatigue. By rotating schedules and changing the time you…

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by, DailySunshine On 12/28/2015

December has been busy and I have not been able to update. Now I'm back. Coming Soon in January...Adventures in Rehab

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by, DailySunshine On 12/28/2015

Make sure you take time to rest your body. Even if you have to schedule a rest period, take it. If not, your body will…

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by, DailySunshine On 12/28/2015

Two lessons learned from this long hospital stay: 1) Pay Attention and 2) Keep Everyone on the Same Page. Pay Attention to everything that is…

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by, DailySunshine On 12/28/2015

The West Nile Virus is now in the past and going forth is what can be relearned, recaptured, retaught. Gloria Estefan wrote a song several…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/29/2015

The real true and accurate cost of caregiving really varies from person to person. Taking Leave Without Pay (LWOP), using up your Family Medical Leave…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/29/2015

Sometimes life puts you in situations that you never imagined. With these changes, you are making decisions that you never thought of. If your love…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/27/2015

Last night, it was discovered that my dad 'allegedly' missed his treatment yesterday and that caused other things to happen. Yes, hospitals have controls in…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/27/2015

Make sure you are wearing comfortable footwear. While going to appointments with your love one or if your love one is in the hospital, are…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/27/2015

For both my parents, I have used music in their room during their hospital/nursing home stay. What has worked for us is the easy listening…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/26/2015

My father for the past couple of weeks has been very peaceful. He's charming everyone with his smile and peacefulness. We had a conversation and…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/26/2015

My father is out of MICU again. Doing much better than the last time he left MICU. He was doing so much better that they…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/20/2015

My top priority right now is resting and slowing down. You must take care of you first. Caregivers deal with an incredible about of stress…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/20/2015

The doctors are trying to figure out if my father still has the West Nile Virus. Regardless of what is there or not, my father…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/17/2015

When things aren't going well with your love one, your appetite may take a hit. There is nothing wrong with safely fasting, praying and mediating.…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/17/2015

Last night, my dad was sent back to MICU because of some breathing problems. We'll see what the doctors find out.

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by, DailySunshine On 11/14/2015

The holiday season has so many different moving parts and it can get stressful very quickly. We must remember to take 'Perfect' off the list.…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/14/2015

Do you know your love one's friends and organizations they belong to let them know that your love one is under the weather? You might…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/14/2015

As you drive around looking for a parking space, make mental notes to help you find your car upon your return. If you are in…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/14/2015

Who will be your love one's Point of Contact? Now is a great time to see who is interested in being the POC. Start by…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/14/2015

So yesterday, my dad had an emergency but I was not called until after my dad was stabilized. This did not sit well with me…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/12/2015

We are going into week six with my father post West Nile Virus and I am starting to see some improvements. I see his awareness…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/12/2015

As you go through the process of your love one admitted into the hospital, pay attention to the documents that are being signed. You might…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/12/2015

It is not always easy to communicate our questions or find the words to express what we want to know. We have to keep trying…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/10/2015

Not sure what challenges my father will have after he is released from rehab but I think we need another house. I'm working on putting…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/10/2015

Just like Gilligan's island, my father was only supposed to be in eye clinic for 3/4 hours. Things happened very quickly and here we are…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/10/2015

Just remember that you and your family members are key in your love ones recovery. Having the family rally around your love one as they…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/10/2015

This video is for you my fellow caregivers, our unsung heroes. I just want to Thank You for all the hard work that you do.…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/10/2015

No, you don't have to do everything. Since you have always been 'in control' of things, you tend to do it all. Now is the…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/10/2015

I feel it is important to be respectful to whoever is taking care of you. This is a sensitive issue but the more we talk…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/10/2015

I have found the health care industry in my area is a big small world. Some of the nurses that took care my mom, I…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/10/2015

This topic on Wendy Williams caught my eye, she was saying how important it is to have a 'Mad Money' stash. With all that we…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/10/2015

Since I have been going back and forth to the hospital these past several weeks, I have planned my trip before leaving out. In order…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/05/2015

I know you are wondering about my father's kidney. Yes, it has taken a hit but it has been able to overcome the hurdles and…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/05/2015

After being in MICU for the past few weeks, my father has been moved to the step down unit. It will be a month tomorrow…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/04/2015

I have see a strong will to live in both my parents. There were a few occasions were I thought my mom was getting ready…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/04/2015

This topic comes under having the talk about your love one wishes. Would your love one feel comfortable having a blood transfusion if they needed…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/04/2015

My aunt went into the hospital over the weekend. We knew that without help and support she would end up in this situation. It is…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/29/2015

If your love one is in ICU try to stay on top of any possible skin break down. It is important that your love one…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/29/2015

Things happen and our job is to make sure that the right and correct thing happens to our love one. It is easy to go…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/29/2015

Yes, life does go on when your love one has an emergency or gets sick. It is a balance between wanting to be by your…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/29/2015

The whole world was watching and following the Terri Schiavo case between Terri's family and her husband and it all boiled down to the the…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/28/2015

Hopefully you are looking over your love one's accounts and making sure all things are adding up. Now is a good time to come up…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/28/2015

Just another option to make things easier for you and your love one. Have you thought about hiring a car service? Just wanted to put…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/28/2015

Do you have a schedule where you go through your love ones pantry looking for expired dates? Or clean out their freezer and fridge? The…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/28/2015

While my dad has been in MICU for a while, I try to massage his head, arms, legs and feet. I know the nurses are…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/28/2015

You never know when you might a notary. Now is the time to locate a few for just in case. Check the hospital where you…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/25/2015

Huge Thanks to the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. My family is extremely pleased with the excellent care we received during my father's illness.…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/19/2015

Something good is about to happen. With all that 'appears' wrong or in a dark place, I am hopeful. I am definitely bringing my own…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/19/2015

Ask your love one where their advance directive already exist. Names have changed and this could have been called something else back in the day.…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/17/2015

I forgot to mention that I bring a blanket very important in hospitals that tend to be cold and more cold and don't forget your…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/17/2015

This time period, I'm calling a test of my faith. I have always said that Faith is Belief put into action and at this time…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/17/2015

When you start to feel the rhythm of your environment, it's time to take a break. ICU is not a quite place, machines are beeping,…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/17/2015

Now is the time to talk about who should be the Power of Attorney in the event something happens. It is easier to get things…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/17/2015

If your love one is in the hospital and the staff is doing all they can but your love one's temperature keep spiking --ask for…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/17/2015

Being a caregiver for your love one is a balancing act that requires many skills. One of them is to make sure that you keep…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/17/2015

As a caregiver, ever once in a while you might meet a person that you may not get along with. The challenge is to put…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/17/2015

If your love one has been placed on a Critical Care Unit or Intensive Care Unit make sure you take breaks while you visit. Yes,…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/23/2015

This goes out to those who are right now facing their love ones being sick and critical. My thoughts and prayers are with you right…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/23/2015

Last week, we met with my father's new doctor. Things went quite well, I give her a grade of: C. Like everything else, this will…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/23/2015

In life there are times and seasons for everything. These last years for me have been what I call my 'JOB Period'. I did not…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/23/2015

Now is the time to make your appointment to the Dental School if you have one in your community. Don't wait for the holidays or…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/23/2015

Having my father keeping in contact with his male family, friends and close associates has been key in his life after retirement. Since he doesn't…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/23/2015

Say 'Cheese'! Make sure you have current updated pictures of your love one. Now it is so easy to take pictures and create instant memories.…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/10/2015

Things happen very quickly being certified in CPR can prove to be very valuable to you. There have been a number of occasions where I…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/10/2015

While you have your family together, why don't you pass around the photo book or family pictures and label who's who. Capturing information now that…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/10/2015

Have you started or are you continued your exercise program. Walking, Yoga, Tai Chi, etc. whatever you feel comfortable in getting you body to not…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/28/2015

Yes, the book is coming. I have been sitting on it for the past several years but I feel new energy and motivation in finishing…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/28/2015

Since I have been caregiving all my life, I thought that maybe sharing my experiences my help someone else. These videos are from my perspective…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/28/2015

HGTV all summer long has had shows about Tiny Houses. This could be an option for you. Just want to make sure you are exploring…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/28/2015

Today is my dad's doctors' last day working here in the area. We would like to wish him and his family the best of luck…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/28/2015

Not everyone gets along with or is close to their family. Improvise if they aren't close, use their social network --church members, fellow co-workers/retirees, breakfast/lunch…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/28/2015

Making sure your love one keeps the social aspect of their lives connected. Are they talking with their favorite brother, sister or cousin? Are they…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/28/2015

Things can go south very quickly if you are not paying attention with so many appointments or activities. I try not schedule too much in…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/28/2015

Remember your love one still is the boss of themselves. Yes they can check themselves out of a hospital or buy things that are not…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/28/2015

It happened to us, a doctor several years ago punctured a hole in her stomach while changing her feeding tube. It was awful, the hospital…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/27/2015

Being a caregiver is an interesting challenge but we must make sure our mental health stays intact. Dealing with staff, hospitals, policy, insurance...the list goes…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/27/2015

Planning is important if you are seriously thinking about moving back home. Looking into your network both where you are living now and where you…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/17/2015

Thank you so much for watching. I have now reach 100 videos. Look out for the name change to 'It's Your Daily Sunshine'. Thanks for…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/17/2015

Another tool for your toolbox: Leave Without Pay. For whatever reason you need to take a day without pay --not enough leave, need to leave…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/17/2015

Things happen and understand the stress that you are under taking care of your love ones can impact your health. There are laws in place…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/17/2015

After your live one has passed answering the questions and telling their story can be difficult. I still get teary speaking about my mom on…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/31/2015

The 'S' on your chest not only stands for Super Hero, Superwoman/Superman etc. it also so stands for Stress. Make sure that you are carving…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/31/2015

Sometimes I get a little quick on my feet and things happen when I don't slow down. It is important to slow down to make…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/29/2015

'Thank You' to the Metropolitan Police Department for bring my neighbor back home. Last night my neighbor went missing after dark. He suffers from Dementia…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/23/2015

My father was in the hospital when he turned 65 years old. He had just started dialysis the month before his birthday. Since he stared…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/16/2015

If you see something, say something. If you feel that things are not adding up while your love one is in the hospital and something…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/16/2015

There are no easy answering when your love one gets sick and you live out of state. You really have to ask the hard questions…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/16/2015

Saw Squatty Potty on the news. If your love one has problems moving their bowels this might be a good product for them to try:…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/16/2015

For whatever reason you have stopped your exercise plan, now is a good time to get back on track. It is the middle of the…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/16/2015

When was the last time you stopped and really listened to your love one and paid full attention to what they were saying. Yes we…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/16/2015

Surrounding yourself with positive thoughts and ideas can change your outlook on bleak situations. Negative thoughts are easy to entertain but you must stay in…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/16/2015

We are all taking care of each other in different capacities. Today I'm sending out a Big Hug to You, so Hug yourself today.

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by, DailySunshine On 07/16/2015

You know your loved one and you know when something is wrong. Doctors don't always have the right answer the first, second or third time…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/15/2015

Pat yourself on the back for hang in there, you are doing an awesome job! Keep going, don't give up. Thank you for your service!

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by, DailySunshine On 06/15/2015

Take a Break! Right now or after you wrap up your current situation. Just changing environments or doing something different gives you a different perspective…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/15/2015

Caregiving is stressful, exercising patience and having an outlet to reduce your stress/anger/emotions helps.

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by, DailySunshine On 06/15/2015

Has your love one had their power nap today? Maybe not everyday but naps are a powerful tools to revive their energy and a quick…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/02/2015

You may not have a clue what 'it' is, what 'it' looks like but you are now searching for 'it'. Go in peace, smile and…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/02/2015

It is easy for that one thing to throw off your schedule. Try to plan and organize the night before so in the morning or…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/02/2015

While sitting in the many waiting rooms here are a few of the books I have come across: Failing Forward - John C. Maxwell, Wishes…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/27/2015

Make today, Loving On You Day. Send someone a card, call them, text them a quick note, have a quick visit, take them to lunch.…

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by, DailySunshine On 04/28/2015

Don't beat yourself up, you made the best decision for your love one. Have peace of mind that you have done your best. Guilt will…

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by, DailySunshine On 04/28/2015

Bad Days will come and go, the key is to make sure you don't let depression and bad thoughts overtake you. Same thing goes for…

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by, DailySunshine On 04/28/2015

Sometimes your current income doesn't include helping your love one too. Look at bring residual income to help by diversifying portfolio --Real Estate, Stocks, etc.

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by, DailySunshine On 04/28/2015

In the day to day craziness, please remember to not only eat but add Cleanses, Detox, Fasting, Meditation, etc. It will help keep you and…

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by, DailySunshine On 04/02/2015

It is easy to fall into a sour mood. You must move the clouds out the way and get back on track.

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by, DailySunshine On 04/02/2015

You are most important, are you taking care of you? Make sure you slow down from the daily grind and take a moment.

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by, DailySunshine On 04/01/2015

Here's a few suggestions of what to pack when traveling when your love one. Do you have their medication, medication list for emergency, and anything…

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by, DailySunshine On 04/01/2015

Caring a love one can be hard at times. Sometimes we have to make difficult life or death decisions that we may question later. Did…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/30/2015

Now is a great time to build your team. Build a strong network of professionals who will provide you legal, medical, financial and anything else…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/30/2015

It's birthday and celebration time, here are a few gift ideas for your love one who is not in the best of health.

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by, DailySunshine On 03/26/2015

Skin breakdown and turning schedule is your top issues when dealing with your love one living in long term care or extended hospital stay.

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by, DailySunshine On 03/26/2015

It's time to start the conversation of end of life planning, What are your wishes? What are the wishes of your love ones and those…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/25/2015

Caregiver tips on treating an ulcer. DISCLAIMER: This is for information purposes only, please consult with your health team.

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