Friday, July 31, 2015

Creating a Plan for Aging Loved Ones

©Crystal S. Kauffman


Families should be the first choice in caring for an aging loved one, since the loved one will recuperate better in familiar surroundings. The entire family should be given a voice, on whether he or she will become a full-time caregiver. However, a reality is that some families are unable or unfit, so the hospital would be the proper choice in these circumstances. If a family is willing to care for their loved one, the aging member actually benefits for the closeness of the family unit.

Create a Plan

First, the entire family should discuss their aging loved ones health care and make a plan, which can be instituted once it is needed. One family member may become the full time caregiver, while other family members come by and help as needed. This will give the full time caregiver a break, as well as peace of mind knowing their loved one is safe while they run errands. The entire family will transition into their new roles, by discussing and creating the plan before the emergency.

Thinking about Pets

Most aging loved ones have pets, which cannot be brought to the nursing home with him or her. Instead, he or she can keep the beloved pet at home or even at a relative’s home, instead of having to give away another piece of his or her life. Sometimes, the relative may have a pet that he or she can become attached to as well. Fortunately, pets can help keep him or her from becoming depressed with the new circumstances that they are faced with.

Teenagers and Small Children

Be sure to let teenagers and small children help out in different ways like reading a book to singing with their loved one. In addition, the child can take him or her for a walk or help clean up the room as needed. Children are usually welcomed by the aging loved one, since children make them laugh and given them someone to chat with. Sometimes, they may not be in the mood to deal with a small child, so families should judge her or her mood first.  

Choosing a Nursing Home

Not all families can provide around-the-clock care for an aging loved one and this may put the loved ones life at risk. Unfortunately, there are also family members who are unfit to care for an aging loved one. In these situations, the family will need to find a good nursing home that will care for his or her aging loved one in the proper way. They should investigate and ask other patients about the facility or its nurses, as well as visit often to detour any possible abuse.

In conclusion, a family should be given the option of caring for their aging loved one, before a nursing home is consulted. The entire family should develop a plan before their loved one gets ill, in order to take the stress out of this transition and role reversal. Additionally, pets and children can help an aging loved one, by keeping them from get depressed and by also keeping them moving. However, if a nursing home is chosen, the family should make sure it is an abuse-free facility by investigating it before their loved one moves in.   

Saturday, July 11, 2015

PillPack: Let Them Sort Your Daily Medications


Do you have to take a lot of medication or vitamins every day or several times a day? Then, this article is speaking straight to you! Skip setting up your daily medicines in a box that holds a week’s or months worth of medications and vitamins. Instead, check out this new pharmacy, because it packages up your daily medicines. This is benefit to you, because it lessens the confusion over that has to be taken each day at different times.

This will benefit both patients and/or caregivers, who struggle with sorting daily medications or vitamins. Don’t stress about what medications that you must take each day, but at different times of the day. Let, the PillPack pharmacy help you out, by placing your medications in individual plastic packages that are sorted by the doctor’s specifications. This pharmacy is dedicated to the patient, because with them you are not just a number.

The medications and vitamins will be sent right to your front door, so you have your medications as soon as possible. A UPS driver will deliver your certified medications straight to your door, which is safe and convenient for both the patient and the caregiver. The PillPack pharmacy has an online database that will help manage your medication and send reminders of important events. This is a full service pharmacy, which can fill prescriptions that need to be individually packaged or not.

However, the pharmacy cannot fill any controlled substances, but it can fill other medications from your doctor that don’t need to be packaged separately. The patient and caregiver can also order vitamins and over-the-counter products. There are several convenient ways to always reach a pharmacist, no matter what time you need them. The pharmacists are available 24/7 using email, chat, phone, or through the online database.

Take a minute to check out their offer for you personally, because this new pharmacy may be the help you need to keep your medications organized. The PillPack pharmacy is not expensive, since the medicine should cost the same as any pharmacy you currently visit. Your insurance generally requires a co-pay, but there are no extra charges like shipping and handling. Get started right now, by visiting their website at PillPack.com/info or call the pharmacy at 1-855-745-5725. 

However, remember that it will take about two weeks to get your first shipment, so sign up quickly or wait until you have enough medication. The pharmacy can handle any injectable medications as well, so it is perfect for people with diabetes who take insulin. The online database will allow you to monitor, manage, and review your medications or their refills. The pharmacy can overnight your medication to your door, whenever you need it right away.

Furthermore, the online pharmacy is in Manchester, New Hampshire and has been licensed to deliver medications to most United States cities. The pharmacy has earned an accreditation through the National Association of Board of Pharmacies (NABP) and has been Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS). A pharmacist is waiting to help you get started, so take a moment to see if this pharmacy is what you need.

Website: PillPack.com/info

Phone: 1-855-745-5725


©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman

Wings of Hope Project: New Patient Bags

Do you have different books lying around your house that may uplift someone’s spirit? The books must be in good condition that you would like to give away. Currently, the Laugh at Cancer Support Community has started to collect books, in order to give them out to a local cancer center in Jacksonville, FL. We also give out a “New Patient Bags”, which is filled with different things that the nurses can give away during the month of December.
These books will be given to men, women, and/or children. We are asking you to send all types of books that may be for children and adults. Additionally, I would like to include Bibles with these new patient bags. The patient generally gets brochures, a blanket, A beanie baby or small stuffed animal, a gift bag, figurines, Christmas cards, Christmas stuff, and an inspirational greeting card.
However, we do not give out “Get Well” cards; instead we add “Thinking of You” cards and “Christmas” cards. Volunteers can donate things like: small toys, throw blankets, Bibles, figurines, bookmarks, books, Christmas cards, and greeting cards. I am the founder and I would like to send more cards, but I would need help. Due to the clinic regulations, we give the nurses the “New Patient Bags”.
I am looking forward to getting this project off the ground quickly, so we can gather up enough Christmas gifts for as many patients as we can. These books will be in a box or spread among the clinic waiting room, where patients can pick a book or two to take home and read it. This is a way to help get patients something that may take their mind off their cancer treatment. They can allow their imagination run wild for a short while.
The visitors can also take and return a book, but the patient or caregiver can keep the book. We need bookmarks with inspirational quotes and positive quotes that will help raise a patient's morale. Maybe, a church or company can help us make this happen, but for now it is in God’s hands. Thank you to all my friends and volunteers, whose help has made the project successful.
We also have been able to give away these new gift bags for their new patients or existing ones. The life of this support community has changed, since we first started in 2004, as a small local support group. In the past years, the Ning.com community was our home, until I could not pay the monthly cost about $30.00 to keep our network that we built. Many members described it as a Facebook for people, who have been touched by cancer.
Although, we tried several different free networks; I ended up staying with Facebook. However, now I would love to build a new private place or discussion board, where members can share their own stories. Additionally, the members may need someone to talk to or just a new friendship; who they can turn to when they are having good times and bad times. Get involved and become a volunteer, you just need to post inspirational stuff.
I also would like to engage the members into conversation, as we grow in the future. I pray for serious volunteers, who want to make a difference and/or a chance to help a person touched by cancer. The volunteers will help us grow into a place that helps patients. Share new article about health, nutrition, and inspirational post and/or pictures. However, please don’t post information about businesses or miracle cures.
Be there for the members, when they choose to talk to you about their journey with cancer’s touch. Any cancer patient can write their story and send it to me; if they would like to become a guest blogger on my blog. I thank you for continuing to be a part of this support community. I personally would like to create a community where all kinds of patients, family, caregivers, and loved ones can tell their story.
Anyone who would like to help build a free private community or discussion board, please email me. I pray that we can cheer up some patients this upcoming Christmas season. Just a quick reminder, that the yearly “Wings of Hope Project” has been changed, from two times a year to once a year in December. We will have a giveaway every year in December, because this will help us collect more gifts to give out to different centers.
We also take and need small donations to buy a few things for this project. We ne need help with things like: gas, coloring books and crayons, and dollar store toys or items that would lift someone’s spirit. The Wings of Hope Project involves making “New Patient Packages”; which different local nurses can give out to their new patients. This way, the patient knows that there is a network of people out here, who cares about what the patient is going through.
If you can help us gather the items we need, please contact me by Facebook Messaging or by email: laughatcancer@gmail.com. Please discuss your donations you plan to send or your intention to volunteer online and off-line with our Facebook community. We will be working on collecting at least “50 New Patient Bags or even more”, which is needed to give out to the different local cancer centers we visit.
Sometimes, we will visit one nursing home and donate every bag we having, which are filled for patients. They need personal items, so fill up a shoebox and mark it by its contents with either: women, man, or child--boy or girl. This helps the facility in gathering up enough gifts, so no patient is left out. When we are visiting a nursing, I will let you know as soon as I know. Help us collect gifts that can be used to cheer patients up, as well as let them know we care.
Thank you for taking the time to think of others, who are fighting for their lives and remember to say a prayer for them. In addition, I want to engage my members, so any thoughts and help are appreciated tremendously. I am collecting items now, so I have more time to receive enough donations of items or a little cash. My revenue from writing is used to keep our community alive and growing, so take time to read the articles I post on my wall or on my Author Crystal S. Kauffman page.
Please contact me, if you are familiar with monetizing my two blogs on Word Press or Blogger. Thank you, in advance for helping us to obtain this goal, by December 15, 2015. Thank for helping us to make cancer patients feel special, and loved by our volunteers. I look forward to chatting with you about the ways, in which you can help us create another successful Wings of Hope Project this year. Last year, we did not get any children’s items, so we need books, paper, and coloring supplies.
Let’s make a difference in the lives of those touched by cancer, who need to feel special on occasions!
The Laugh at Cancer Support Community on Facebook
Twitter: http://twitter.com/laughatcancersu
My Personal Twitter: http://twitter.com/imogenrayne
Email Me: laughatcancer@gmail.com
Volunteers needed to mail out greeting cards for holidays and important dates like: member's birthdays, an anniversary of your survivorship, and/or a marriage anniversary. Also, we need someone who would like to post updated health information. This will help members stay informed and will possibly help our expanding community. It would be nice to have a nutritionist or member sharing the best health food website. Furthermore, we need Peer and Spiritual Counselors, for members who may need a shoulder to lean on, so become someone’s Wings of Hope.  

 ©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman

Previously Published

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Help Police Identify This Toddler... Baby Jane Doe!





A little girl was found on June 25, 2015, on the western shore of Deer Island, she is yet to be identified. She was found dead on Massachusetts Beach in a trash bag with her zebra striped blanket and white leggings with black polka dots. Police are asking everyone to look around the social events like: school, church, neighborhood, parties, birthday parties, or even day care activities.

Look for a child that is missing, which is usually with a parent or guardian that attends these functions. Police estimate that the little girl is about four-years-old. She is described as having brown eyes and long brown hair in a computer generated photo that is being distributed by police on social media. Police say millions have shared her image among their social media sites, but they need more help sharing her image.

Please call in your tip, because it is better to be wrong than to be rightin this situation! Police are asking for the public’s help in finding out who this Baby Jane Doe is. She is described as being about 3 ½ ft. tall and she weighed about 30 lbs. at the time of her death. Police are hoping to identify this beautiful child and find out exactly what happened to her. Police are hoping that this information can help jog someone’s memory, so police are encouraging people to share Jane Doe’s information.

Additionally, they are asking people to notify the Massachusetts authorities and/or Boston Police Department.  So, far no missing persons reports of any child missing in that area has been not reported. The police decided to release the computerized image of the toddler, because it may help someone remember this child. The items found with her are just as important, because it will lead the investigation into this child’s death.

Please keep sharing her information, become someone you know, may be the key to getting justice for this child. Police find it hard that a parent doesn’t know their child is missing, unless it is a situation where a parent would not know. This may have been an accident, but police are waiting on toxicology report to come back to see if she was poisoned or had drugs in her system

So, if you are her parents and scared, please speak up because she deserves to have a name and police are waiting to talk with you. Police say that she is not Aalyiah Lunsford, the toddler that has been missing since 2011 from the West Virginia area.

Please share this and her picture, until this child has a name and someone that misses her!

Items she was found with.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Review: Heaven Is For Real By, Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Heaven Is for Real
By, Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
Book Review- Heaven is for Real

Author: Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Is heaven for real? Colton Burpo says it is and he describes what he experienced in detail to his father. I watched the movie long before reading the book, but I must admit the book was so much better than the movie. For example, the movie showed the family's emotions, yet the book made you understand more about Colton’s, “out of body experience” and the book dives into the emotions that each family member felt, during this unbelievable time in the Burpo family’s life.

Colton was just three-years-old, when he was rushed to the nearest hospital after fighting a high fever for days. Immediately, Todd and Sonja Burpo learned their son needs an emergency appendectomy or he will lose his life. Sonja began calling all of her friends at church, while Todd went to the hospital’s chapel and began praying for his son Colton. Unfortunately, Todd got angry with God and begged him not to let his son die.

Meanwhile, Sonja called everyone she knew and explained what was going on with their young son.  She was devastated and so was Todd. After Colton’s recovery, he began talking about experiences that he had in heaven. He talked about angels singing to him, meeting Jesus and his rainbow horse, Todd Burpo grandfather “Pop”, and an older sister. He parent’s had had a miscarriage and Colton never knew about it, which seem to make his experience believable.

The Burpo Family
The Burpo’s deal with a dark time in their life, but through faith they seemed to overcome it. Their son made them face questions that many of us face in our daily lives. The family went through many trials during this period and their faith was shaken. However, the family chose to believe their son and have faith that God allowed Colton to see a glimpse of heaven. Colton never died during the surgery and there is no explanation on why this “out of body experience”, but Todd Burpo believes his son visited heaven. Colton believes he sat upon Jesus' lap while the angels sang to him

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Todd Burpo is a pastor at Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska. 

Todd and Colton Burpo


My Opinion About the Book


I really enjoyed reading this book and I felt that Colton’s experience was real to him, even if some people are skeptical. I would recommend reading this book and see heaven through the eyes of an innocent child. This family was in a dark time and their faith was tested in many different ways. Through it all, the family kept the faith and they began seeing heaven through the eyes of their toddler. I think this book will help renew your faith during dark times in your life. It is a must read for parents, teens, and is a New York Bestseller. 

This is a drawing of Jesus that was painted by Akaine Kramarik.
Colton Burpo said this was what Jesus looks like.


Thank for reading, 

XOXOXO

©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman