Getting Second Opinions Before Surgery. Part 5

Posted by Lloyd on September 12, 2012
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You talk about quality of life. Are there cases where, even if the surgeon says to have surgery, I can look at my life and say, “I don’t need to do this?” Continue reading…

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Getting Second Opinions Before Surgery. Part 4

Posted by Lloyd on September 12, 2012
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re there certain questions I should always ask if I’m trying to decide whether or not to have surgery?
Absolutely. First and foremost, does the proposed operation have explainable, definable benefits to you, both with regard to survival and to quality of life? Continue reading…

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Getting Second Opinions Before Surgery. Part 3

Posted by Lloyd on September 12, 2012
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What if I’m concerned the doctor will think I don’t trust him if I go get a second opinion?
I think you should let go of your anxiety about that. I’ve heard the comment made that surgery is a calculated risk. Continue reading…

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Getting Second Opinions Before Surgery. Part 2

Posted by Lloyd on September 12, 2012
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Who really makes the decision about whether or not to have surgery?
It’s a decision to be made by you, not a decision to be made by your surgeon. Your surgeon is an advisor to you. Once you choose a surgeon, you’ve basically hired him or her for a purpose that you’ve agreed to, and for which you need help. Continue reading…

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Getting Second Opinions Before Surgery. Part 1

Posted by Lloyd on September 12, 2012
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One of the most challenging medical decisions that a person can make is whether or not to have surgery. It’s a decision that often takes place under a cloud of anxiety, sometimes with time pressure, and maybe with the belief that if surgery is the recommended option, you have no choice but to do it. Continue reading…

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Hamstring Stretches

Posted by Lloyd on September 06, 2012
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Supine Towel Hamstring Stretches: Lie on your back on a pad on the floor. The right knee is bent at 90 degrees and is pointing straight up with the foot flat on the ground. That means that the knee is not pointing out to the side. The left knee is straight and is pulled back by a towel on the leg above the knee towards the left side of the chest, while the tailbone is kept on the floor. Maintain this position for 20 seconds, then switch legs and repeat. Do each leg at least twice. Continue reading…

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How Friends Can Help Friends Quit Smoking. Part 5

Posted by Lloyd on July 31, 2012
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If the ex-smoker is a partner or very close friend, be aware of relapse prevention. Relapse is most likely when an exsmoker has been drinking, is feeling depressed or angry, has high levels of stress or is experiencing interpersonal conflict. Continue reading…

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How Friends Can Help Friends Quit Smoking. Part 4

Posted by Lloyd on July 31, 2012
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Supporting quitters

Let’s say a close friend or family member has decided to quit. What can you do now to provide support during this critical period? Be understanding about the withdrawal effects your friend may be going through. If the ex-smoker is a family member, he or she may even be difficult to live with for a while. Continue reading…

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How Friends Can Help Friends Quit Smoking. Part 3

Posted by Lloyd on July 31, 2012
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Successful behavior change occurs when a person feels a sense of control and gains confidence. Forget about smoking for a minute, and think back to the last time you were criticized by a friend or family member. Maybe someone asked you to become neater, a better listener or more punctual. Maybe they pointed out a mistake you made or a weakness in your character. Continue reading…

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How Friends Can Help Friends Quit Smoking. Part 2

Posted by Lloyd on July 31, 2012
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A hard habit to break

The first step in encouraging a smoker to quit is to understand and acknowledge that smoking can be a hard habit to break. Smoking is a powerful psychological and physiological addiction. Continue reading…

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