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II / ~mulmu~mu~,- PA E 6 A MonthP signed to Inform Readers About the Medical Industry and Health Issues O Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Are Key Components For Dr. Kevin Henning Tetri Schiavo brought theevent because of our multi- cially advance directives, the story is all too familiar. =fsskle sh p 71 tc s,disciplinary approach tobut most aren't. "Patients As southeast medical direc- 8etrdng the p litic, arl c om- caring for our patients,need to take charge of their tar for VistaCare, one of the pte.F i$i ,of the own healthcare and ask pr viders wh wi anati sarepatients eadingatheaisandcr ssr adsfacedfami iesh spicedai y ' about the patient's care. ab ttcthe mannerm te ent Henning said. ' We gave point as a physician I think The patient may or may not ef rnent she w lgil 4 to packets of information to everyone should talk about beherhiminwishes.orap siti nt herselfFamiliesaboutSpeakhisaref ror communicate.aStatea erlfShewhere d advanCementseaChattendee'thatdirectivetheyinCludingthecoulddOCu-fill loved ones and complete thelegaltheir documents towi'shes withbackuptheir left to guess and often are the advance directives that out on the spot, or take horne what they've said. Thesoon- torn between logic and emo- diJld : avb,res tVl ld.fnany to complete. We encour- er the conversation occurs, tion. Simple, honest discus- isstte ,aad avoidecb rno- aged the participants tothe better, but absolutely sions and completion of ,pg " ful.tisn if0r:all give copies of the eomplet- before an individual gets some basic paperwork par g.s. v.01ve ed forms to their physician sick and is in the situation would have prevented this and to their loved ones. At where he or she can't make situation from occurring. "I sawTerri's case as an the workshop we also dis- his or her wishes known." And,that's the message that ,exe/ lI rit oppOlrt, uffity to cussed some medical con- Dr. ttenning is committed -edugata ;a'ay ditions where these doeu- Dr. Henning also wants to telling his community, larmentSimportance,w uld besueh f partiCU'as per- familiestO help patientSunderstandand theirthe "I would say that less prSf 'sg ohals sistent vegetative state, meaning of "do not resusci- than fourth of the patients wilts:quickly assem lael, a tate" or DNR. "Even if the who are referred to us have Word spread about the patient has a DNR on his or cornr:!eted advance direc- workshops and soon Dr. her chart and has specified tires industry name for Henning was receiving it in the advance directives, leg.: ! documents such as a requests to speak to cam- that doesn't mean he or she will and durable munity groups such as the can't get. m-e at the end of power of attorney," Dr. Chamber of Commerce, life," he explained. "We have llenning explained. "After retiree luncheons, and oth- many patients with a DNR they have been diagnosed ers. To date he has given the and we are able to care for with an end-of-life illness, presentation at least half-a- them, make them as cam- many more complete them, dozen times, fortable as possible, and providing they are physi- help them spend the last ca,' iv and mentally able to According to Dr. part of their lives at home." do " physicians need basics of these legal docu- ments and how important they are to an individual's future well-being and care. The team - a nurse, a social worker, a chaplain and me - participated as presenters dn the workshop. We also invited a local attorney who specializes in Di'i i cH::: i ag: t ho El:; cSe to a pat sponsor this healthcare planning, espe- state law. For a copy of the advanced directives forms for your,- state, visit: ww w:, f-s r e. c o pice/tools/advance direc- tives documents.php. Get HomeFilUand breathe in the freedom. * Weighs less than 5 lb. 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Dla" Perhaps the most worrisome thing about CVS is that nearly anyone is susceptible to it. Bausch & Lomb notes that someone who spends two or more hours per day using a computer is at risk for develop- hag CVS. Though some might suggest CVS is no different than eye swain caused by read- ing too many books or newspa- pers, there's actually a substan- tial difference. Computer images are made up of pixels, People with diabetes are more susceptible to foot prob- lems because the disease dam- ages nerves and reduces blood to serious problems - in extreme cases - foot or leg amputation. If you are a diabetic, it's important to examine the tops and bottoms of your feet each dayforanumberof foot ailments. Dry skin: The nerves that control the oil and moisture in the foot don't work in diabetics, making the skin of the foot sus- ceptfl)le to peeling and cracking. Wash feet each day in lukewarm water and mild soap (test water temperature with your elbow, not I tYo s fTts Corns and calluses: Corns and calluses - a buildup of hard Skiff - occur more often on the feet of those with diabetes. If not trimmed, they can get too thick and turn into open sores (known as foot ulcers). Don't try to cut them yourself, or treat with over- the-counter medicines which can burn the skin. Instead, have them cut by your doctor. To control cal- luses, use a pumice stone daily. Shoes and socks: Never walk barefoot - even at the beach or around your home. Bare feet can make your feet susceptible to cuts, falls and infections. Always wear thick and soft socks and avoid pantyhose or legwear which can constrict circulation to the feet and legs. Don't wear open-toed sandals, high heels or shoes with pointed toes. Shoes should be com- fortable and fit well. (They should- n't require time to break in, though you should wear them for short periods of time at first). The inner lining ofthe shoe should be smooth Care for patients with all types of terminal illnesses. ph ed t ?gn ds? iy c:vqU Tent {related to O or tiny dots, that human vision is not suited for. This forces a constant refocusing of your eyes to read what's on your computer screen, which leads to repetitive stress on the eyes. The best way to deal withCVS is to plaee.you .- monitor 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes, minimize glare by arranging light properly, and blink frequently to moisturize your eyes. and have no rough areas. If need- ed, your insurance may cover Sper. : eial shoes. Poor circulation: The blood vessels in the foot and leg narrow andhardenindiabetics.Poorblood flow can make it harder for your foot to fight infection and heal To control blood flow, don't smoke, and control your blood pressure and cholesterol. If your feet get cold, put on warm socks. Promote leg and foot circulation by wig- gling your toes, moving your ankles up and down and not cross- ing your legs. Nail problems: Nails may become infected with fungus, get- ting thick, brittle and possibly crumbly. Fungal nail infections may be treated with topical med- ication or oral antibiotics. You also want to avoid ingrown toenails, where the edges of the nail grow into the skin. Prevent ingrown toe- nails by trimming them straight across and .filirlg with an .emery " board once a week. If you can't reach your toes, have someone else do it for you or ask your doc- tor to help you. Athlete's foot: This fungal dis- ease causes itching, redness and cracking. Problems start when germs enter through the skin's cracks and cause an infection. Your doctor can treat it with a pill or cream. Proper footcare can help you prevent severe foot ailments from occurmg. f f .e .C l q ( C ,j t l t 1 y L