Andrea Alemanni – Give ‘EM Health
This podcast is meant to be a barrier buster between patients and doctors, the medical system and our community. In these conversations we talk with doctors and patients about treatments, diagnossis, recommended plans for care, and the missing pieces that will help make our medical system what we all need it to be – Transparent.
Since my last newsletter, we have experienced complete upheaval in our lifestyles. We have seen a jolt to our financial security and (most importantly) our physical well-being. I have avoided the temptation to write you about this virus (that shall not be named). That is because you should ALREADY be informed and adhering to the mandates of your city or county.
Necessary changes have come at us so quickly, there was no time to really digest what was happening until we were confined to home and Sephora was closed! As scary as this situation truly is, there are blessings hidden in solitude. That is where patience comes into play – the patience to reset your mindset. Patience for yourself and others as we all struggle to accept a new normal. I am writing these words because I need to read them myself.
Hopefully, something here will strike a chord with you. I am not a counselor; this is just me sharing with you. So, here you go – my humble thoughts:
- What or who have you missed terribly?
- What or who have you NOT missed so terribly?
- Count your blessings – the real ones. Most of them are still intact.
- You can still control more that you may think. Make a list.
- Listen carefully to the news once a day – a reliable source.
- If you FINALLY learn your natural hair color, there will be no casualties!
- If you can support a local musician by watching a virtual concert and offering a tip, it’s a win-win!
- Safely reach out to a neighbor who may need a kind voice or a gallon of milk.
- Zoom is NOT just for work meetings anymore! Get family and friends on the bandwagon too.
- Smile as often as you can, even if you are wearing a facemask (your eyes smile too)!
- Find your center – be it faith, meditation, exercise or (better yet) all three. That’s you calm in the storm.
There it is – the low hanging fruit. No genius, just the things I would say if we could all talk right now. Take care of you, take care of yours and make wise choices that take care of the most vulnerable members of your community.
My sincere wishes for your health and safety,
As a patient advocate I get asked all the time what is the difference in Hospice and Palliative care options. This podcast aims to help people identify why they may be needing palliative care facilities. Take a listen and let us know if this information is helpful for you!
Hospice care is about more than end of life, it is about comfort and celebration of life with our loved ones while they are still with us. Take a listen to our short conversation on how hospice care is different than palliative care. We also talk about how a patient advocate can help you navigate the needs of your loved one to select the best care for them!
Many people know that generic prescriptions cost less so can save you some green, but did you know some generic prescriptions have better results than their name brand counterparts? This happens because the name brands, while tested and under ultimate scrutiny, they spend more time in testing than in reworking of the formulas. Generics have an extreme advantage in that they can see what is and isn’t working with the name brands before they roll out their testing. This allows them the opportunity to add in materials that can allow for greater results as it pertains to the prescription in question. Take a listen to this podcast where we share some of the other advantages generic medication can allot for the patient.
In this podcast we will be having conversations with both Doctors and Patients to help make the limitations of our medical system more transparent for all parties. The intention with this podcast is to start the conversations of change that are already taking place in our society and bring them to the surface where everyone can get involved and feel heard. In this first episode we talk with Stefanie Kiszely who is a long time fibromyalgia patient. We discuss the challenges she faced and some tricks she learned that helped her go from wheelchair at 33 years old to walking again just a year later. Tune in now!