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Positive Thinking Isn’t Always Positive

06/20/2016

Is there a negative side to positive thinking? Letty Cottin Pogrebin in her book, How to be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick, says, don’t pressure a terminally ill person to practice positive thinking. Positive thinking cannot cure Huntington’s disease, ALS or inoperable brain cancer.  Telling a terminal patient to keep up the fight […]

Don’t Forget The Patient

07/22/2015

Sometimes I whisper, “Forgive me mom. I didn’t know.” My lovely mother died eight years ago, and when she was in a nursing home for six years, I certainly made some careless caregiving mistakes.

For example, when my mom was recovering from pneumonia and was bed-ridden, many grandchildren and relatives visited her. That was wonderful, but I was so happy to see some of these individuals that what was supposed to be a visit with my mother became a social occasion.