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Christina Beach Thielst
Santa Barbara, CA
A former hospital administrator with a passion for improving healthcare!
Interests: The patient experience, social and mobile health, raising Arbequina olives, air plant decor, Louisiana and my family.
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I came across an excellent infographic that will help guide individuals and their family caregivers build abilities and reduce functional limitations. I can also see how this might benefit those re-entering the workforce and working with their human resources department... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Traumatic experiences can occur at any point in life and in a variety of settings. Individuals who experiences the symptoms of PTSD should be assessed and, as needed, receive treatment such as, trauma-focused psychotherapy and/or medications to manage symptoms. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Over the years, especially recently in light of my own, I post on functional limitations. My interest stems from disaster planning a few years ago and the awareness that an evacuation plan needs to account for the physical and other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
During my long healthcare career, I've worked with chemical dependency programs in acute, residential and outpatient settings. It was during this career that I saw the rise and fall of various addictions and heard The Joint Commission proclaim pain as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
When I was a child, my mom had aloe vera growing out in the garden. If we scraped a knee or had an itchy rash she would break a leaf and rub it where it hurt. Mom's touch and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I thought I'd share one of my early Facebook Page posts from August 2017. Zippered baggies are still creating challenges, especially those sealed baggies for prepared foods, such as, sliced cheese and sandwich meats. Back then, I only had so... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
This year marks the tricentennial of New Orleans (celebrated on May 7th) due to the city being settled in the Spring of 1718. The exact date is unknown. I share this here because from time to time I've posted on... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
In March of this year, I featured a three part guest post series on end of life care and it included choices and preparing for end of life. One of those choices in California is being threatened this week. The... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I've been struggling with where to find trusted information on cannabis and CBD; all while knowing video is more engaging. I've now found Green Flower and their free videos on a variety of related topics. My first one to watch... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Some are reminded of tea when Summer nears. For me, a girl from Louisiana, ice(d) tea is an all year thing. Fortunately, even Santa Barbara's winters, I can put a pitcher out on the patio table for some sun brewed... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
There was a time when I could hardly squeeze toothpaste out of the plastic tube, but that was nothing compared to the metal tube of my favorite hand cream. So, I started thinking and researching. In the process I learned... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Guest Blogger: Tim Hague The following is an excerpt from my book PERSEVERANCE - The Seven Skills You Need To Survive, Thrive And Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined. I was just forty-six years of age when diagnosed with young... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
As Mother's Day approaches, consider the many years your mother cared for you and it is possible she may one day require care herself. The reality is that millions of Americans require long term care at some point during their... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
May is National Mobility Awareness, as well as, Guillain Barre Syndrome Awareness month. These two go hand in hand since GBS is causes paralysis and fully immobilizes some for months. My hope is that everyone reading this post will recognize... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
As a child, I attended AA and Alanon meetings with my grandparents whenever I was visiting over the summer. It was what we did, especially since my "born again" recovering alcoholic grandfather took pride in helping those new on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I'll always be a hospital administrator and that means I think about sustaining the organization. This is the top goal for me, because it is the starting point for ensuring that patients get the best care possible. My experience last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
My background is in the business of healthcare and that includes promotion of products and services. But, never in my 35+ year career would I expect to produce a 420 Gift Guide for 2018. As a matter of fact, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
In February, I became an Ambassador of the Chronic Disease Coalition representing the Guillain Barre/CIDP community. I will be leveraging my experience as a healthcare executive and learnings as a patient to continue my passion for ensuring patients receive the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
The taboos surrounding medical marijuana; including CBD means there is a huge need for educating patients and their family caregivers. Go to any online support group for chronic illness and diseases and you will likely find questions from patients who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Getting dressed or undressed can be a challenge for those with functional limitations. Shoe horns can help with getting shoes on and there are special devices to help those who even have trouble pulling on socks. My must have was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
This third post concludes our series of guest posts from Dr. Sepulveda. I hope it has prompted thought, reflection and perhaps a bit of conversation. by Sebastian Sepulveda, MD, author of At Death's Door: End of Life Stories from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Disability and disabled aren’t great words. They really don’t convey the why or how someone is “disabled”; and more importantly their abilities. Leveraging our abilities and performing meaningful work (in the home and/or business world) is desirable and keeps us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
We continue with the second part in our series on end of life care with another guest post from... Sebastian Sepulveda, MD, author of At Death's Door: End of Life Stories from the Bedside Understanding What’s to Come: Open and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
As a Baby Boomer, even on the tail end, I'm a digital immigrant because I did not grow up with the technologies we have today. So, I'm quite proud of my first (successful) video to describe functional limitations and my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I'm not one to sit still, unless I'm working and/or typing a blog post. I move and explore new places whenever I have an opportunity, so my functional limitations related to walking, standing, driving and focusing did have an impact... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Christina's Considerations