COMING SOON: It’s My Life Too, When To Say Yes and When To Say No In Long-Term Caregiving
Synopsis: This new book is designed to teach caregivers who are taking care of their loved ones (due to an illness or disability) how to take care of themselves FIRST. If they don’t learn this, they will likely suffer burnout and become as helpless as the person they are caring for.
The airlines got it right every time they tell you in their emergency briefing, “In the unlikely event of a loss of cabin pressure, your oxygen masks will fall from the ceiling. If you are with a small child, put your mask on FIRST, before you help your child with their mask.” They understand all too well from personal experience that the first instincts of a caring, loving and self-sacrificial parent is to help their loved one before they help themselves. They also understand that those who do so, often black out, thus becoming unable to help either themselves or their child.
Caregivers are the same way. Caregiver burnout is at epidemic proportions. With roughly 100 million caregivers in the United States alone, (about one third of the population) everyone knows someone who is caring for a loved one that is likely not taking care of their own needs first. This book, and my radio show, “Dave, the Caregiver’s Caregiver, Avoiding Burnout,” will help fill this need in the caregiver community.
Synopsis: What if you woke up one morning and discovered that you forgot how to speak – that you just couldn’t remember how to formulate the words in your mouth? You couldn’t remember how to position your tongue and your lips so that you could speak the very sentences that are on your mind — they just won’t come out of your mouth. Now in addition to that, what if you also could not remember how to spell those very words — which you can’t even write them down because you forgot how to form a simple sentence on paper? This is the devastating consequences of ignoring stroke symptoms and signs of stroke.
This has to be one of the most frustrating experiences for a stroke survivor or a caregiver to experience in stroke recovery. To be robbed of the very thing that separates us from the rest of the animal world – to communicate with a learned language using the very words that we all take for granted. These symptoms of stroke are called apraxia and aphasia, and it usually is associated with the signs of a stroke or a mini stroke.
In this book, you will meet Charlene Nassaney, a stroke survivor since 1996, and her husband David of almost 40 years. In addition to hearing their amazing story, you will also learn what is a stroke, the signs of stroke, and how to help prevent a stroke from ever happening to you or your loved ones. If a stroke does occur, you will learn what you can do to survive it without making the most common and costly mistakes that may save a life or a brain from irreparable damage (as well as a caregiver from years of an unnecessary and overwhelming burden).
Synopsis: I have owned and worked for family owned gas stations for over 45 years, and there has never been a shortage of questions that people would ask me concerning the oil companies. Perhaps you have some gas station questions of your own that may get answered in this book. Questions like: “What is it really like dealing with those big oil companies? Do you get to set the gas prices or do the oil companies dictate the prices? Why does the price of gas go up so quickly and so often?”
Big oil companies are probably the most distrusted and hated of entities out there. Along with attorneys, banks and insurance companies, they lack the public’s trust and respect. Most oil companies have more assets and gross profit than most third world countries. I will try to answer all of the questions mentioned above. I will also share some funny, entertaining, sad, shocking and interesting details about my particular gas station experiences during the last forty-five years. I don’t think that anyone really knows the truth about oil company practices, but hopefully you will, at the least, gain a better perspective from someone who was just a little bit closer to it all than most people were. Along with you, I too was getting hosed by the oil companies.
A condensed version of One Arm One Leg 100 Words, Overcoming Unbelievable Hardships, written as a contributing author for the Wake Up Women Organization
ARTICLE. Surviving With A Positive Attitude, Attitude makes all the difference in the world. It either makes you, or it breaks you. You will learn much, and enjoy this inspiring article in the Stroke Connection Magazine.
(Go to David & Charlene’s Story, January-February 2012)
ARTICLE. The Grief Process. Learn the 5 stages of grief, and understand which stage you are going through to expedite your journy through grief. There are no short cuts, you have th go THROUGH the grief process, you can’t go around it, you have to go THROUGH it.
Article on (Page 6), Stroke Connection Magazine by David Nassaney, November/December 2006 Note: This is a PDF file. Scroll down to last page (p.6)