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  • Lessons Learned

    As I write this, I'm preparing to go back to Michigan (from California) for my 40th high school reunion. In addition to thinking about seeing old friends (pun intended), I've been taking stock of some of the lessons I've learned in the last 40 years. Some have been helpful (learning how to drive a stick shift) while some have been ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on July 18, 2011
  • Not So Sweet?

    Last year, through a combination of hard work and no food, I was able to lose 60 pounds. I was lighter than I had been in years and felt great. I got rid of all my “fat” clothes and got some new duds more fitting for the, well, more fit me. Unfortunately, through a combination of factors not entirely under my control (Thanksgiving, Christmas, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on May 3, 2011
  • Why Is It So Tough to Quit Smoking?

    Smoking is a lousy, smelly, costly habit. Even worse, cigarette packs come lined with the foil of disease -- think emphysema, lung cancer, heart disease, COPD, and more. We all know smoking is bad for us. So do patients. Education is available and anti-smoking messages are persistent. So ... if a thinking, rational population knows all about the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 25, 2011
  • Alzheimer's, From the Inside Out

    When I was a kid, I used to walk my great grandmother (''Gramma'' to me) around and around the yard, then up and down the front path. Nearly blind, she couldn't see where she was going; she only knew it was quite a distance. ''You're a very nice girl, and I'm glad you're taking me home to my Anna,'' Gramma would say, referring to my grandmother ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 14, 2010
  • Cheers or Jeers? ‘Nurse Jackie' Brings Questionable Behaviors to an Art Form

    If you enjoy the outlandishness of ''Nurse Jackie,'' this week's Episode 2 is for you. If, on the other hand, the gutter-spiked vocabulary and leap-before-looking behaviors cause you to feel reflected disgust, better to dye some colored eggs than tune in. Episode 2 opens with nurse Jackie (Edie Falco) rifling through plastic Easter eggs in a ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on March 29, 2010
  • Facing the Future

    In the movies, 2010 has been portrayed as a year of odyssey, finding answers to difficult questions and then finding a way to work together with others toward a common goal. That view sums up my entire list of New Year's resolutions this year, and if I do it right, my journey will take me to new personal and professional goals. For the umpteenth ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 6, 2010
  • Drummer Boy Delivers Exceptional Gift to Father

    There has never been a heart attack in my family, at least not within the boundaries of my memory. Family members have succumbed to cancers of various types; for counter balance, a fortunate handful have made it well into old age. But a couple days before Christmas I learned that my brother-in-law, still ''young'' (meaning not yet eligible for ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on December 28, 2009
  • Take It All Off, Part 3

     Another visit with the former football coach-turned-diet cheerleader is in the bag. And in one week of following his advice of (1) chew, chew, chew, and (2) drink, drink, drink (water only!) -- four pounds disappeared. That doesn't exactly make me the amazing shrinking woman, but it does prove that the coach can kick me into high ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on August 20, 2009