Benny, my black lab, is about 5 years old now. (I never seem to remember exactly how old he is.) Benny is a wonderful dog (even though he likes to steal my pillows). He loves visiting our friends in the home. Clearly, this is where he loves to be.
With aging, many face loss of ability to care for themselves, and unfortunately, many are left alone without the love and care that is needed and deserved.
But this isn’t the end of the story. I scraped every nickel I could find to go to South Africa with a group of social psychologists from the People to People program. I was changed by that trip. The South African people are struggling to survive and do good work with far less resources than we have in the US and their hope and faith is huge and almost palpable. The experience of the South African history, people, and landscape touched my heart forever. I returned to the US enriched and energized.
So, what’s a new mom to do about the postpartum belly problem? First, you must be patient with yourself. We all want to be like that “pregnancy Barbie doll” – the slim belly just snaps back into place after the birth, doesn’t it? No, it doesn’t quite work that way. Your body is full of hormones for a while after giving birth, and these hormones make your body hang onto the fluids and fat for a while. It’s nature, and nature doesn’t switch things around instantly, especially in the postpartum belly area.
These pressure sores might begin to form in body parts such as the lower back, legs, bottom and the ankles. Basically, it occurs in all places where blood flow is possible and especially in places where there is not great amount of fat. By rolling, turning and adjusting techniques you can prevent pressure sores from occurring. If they are present already, it might help in healing them. Turning will certainly help in restoring the blood supply in that are and thus trying to heal it. Nursing Continuing Education and Florida Nursing CEUs homes generally employ this trick. It is better to move the elder, though comfortable, to prevent sores than to let it grow and get bigger. You will have to make them understand that pressure sores are painful.
Once I had my license as a psychologist, I worked in an adult male prison for a while, but then decided to start my own mental health practice. Shore Counseling ended in about a year. We were broke and unable to make a go of it. Then, I worked as a psychologist for someone else for a while and I was not satisfied. Consequently, I decided to try my hand again at a mental health practice. My belief was that all children, rich or poor, deserved the best mental health services, regardless of ability to pay.
In the ensuing days people said to each other, “Every day is precious, live every moment and please take care of your health, we can’t take another day like this.” So, I sit here and write the end of this chapter of my story. While only a very broad stroke, this has been my story. I hope you enjoyed it and take something of value from it. Remember, life is for living. The opportunities are endless. Enjoy the train ride and where ever you are going in life and GO FOR IT!!