Archive for October, 2011

Dehydration

October 24, 2011
Guest post from: Natalie Walter.

When we moved to Utah, the air was so much drier than it was back home. I noticed that my skin had gotten really dry and I constantly had a headache. It was going to be about three months before I could get to see a doctor in Salt Lake, so I decided to go http://www.satelliteinternetbroadband.com/hughesnet/Utah/ and get satellite internet so that I could do some research from home. There are some really great websites that address common health complaints. You do have to be careful that you find a legitimate site like WebMD, or else you can run into horror stories on the internet and cause yourself a lot of anxiety. I ended up searching all of my symptoms. In regards to the headaches, someone suggested on a message board that I may be dehydrated everyday. When you sweat in dry heat, you don’t even really realize that you are hot and sweating because it dries up so quickly. They also suggested that my headaches could be caused by living at a higher altitude. I started drinking two huge bottles of water everyday and low and behold my daily headaches went away. I am still going to see the doctor, but will be sure to check into my complaints next time I can’t make it to the doctor for three months!


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Bradford Health Services

October 21, 2011

Some of our clients and fellow workers have asked for confidential referrals regarding treatment. They include first responders, forensic nurses, forensic doctors, and other forensic personnel. Non-health professionals and worker also request for referrals. Issues include depression, alcohol addiction, drug addiction, anxiety, grief reaction, and post traumatic stress syndrome. This issue list goes on and on.

One such facility that answers our needs is the Birmingham rehab center. They provide service not only to adults, but also to adolescences. Family members are an integral part of the adolescence’s success in a drug abuse rehab center. Family members are also important in the non-drug abuse treatment programs.

They have programs for professionals such as physicians and lawyers. Their services are confidential. They have an intensive outpatient program, intervention services, and emergency consultations. The emergency consultations are part of their community program and are offered without charge.

Drug abuse is the number two reason for referrals we would make to this center. As a drug abuse rehab center, this is excellent. You may ask what is the number one reason for referrals. Our number one reason would be alcohol abuse. This center is also excellent with alcohol abuse treatment.

This facility boast accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.

Insomnia and the elderly

October 17, 2011

Not only is insomnia an issue for the healthy older adult, it can be even worse for the older adult with dementia as they frequently get their sleep/wake cycles confused. Families often call or present at the office requesting sleeping aids. These sleeping aids for healthy elders pose their own risks, but for a dementia patient these risks are increased. Sleep aids often cause confusion, which can lead to increased wander. With increased wandering, there is an increased potential for falls, especially if there are stairs in the home. The likelihood of a patient actually leaving the safety of the home is increased, with the very real possibility of becoming lost. Another issue associated with increased nighttime confusion is often frantic phone calls, most often to adult children/siblings, which can disrupt other households. These phone calls also are known to go to emergency response personnel requiring them to respond to the home for a non-emergency situation. For all these reasons, the use of sedative/hypnotics as sleep aids in the elderly, especially those with dementia, should usually be avoided at all costs. Other pharmacologic interventions, which have been found to be useful with fewer side effects, are trazadone or melatonin. These medications usually work, but the patient can develop a tolerance, requiring higher doses. These medications are not addictive, but higher doses increase side effects. Non- pharmacologic interventions include herbal teas or gentle massage, much as you would do to an infant’s back. The overall goal, of course is return the patient to the appropriate sleep/wake cycle. No one intervention is always effective, and several mat need to be tried. The use of sedative/hypnotics should always be used as an absolute last resort and only for very short periods of time.

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