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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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Being an activated and engaged patient means you are constantly learning and becoming a better self advocate. Just when things are sailing along smoothly, BOOM! My new learning has to do with insurance coverage and the start of each new... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Christina's Considerations
As one with autoimmune conditions, this post topic is an important to me. My top fatigue is "just need to sit". You can ask my family how many times I say, "I just need to sit." My mind is still... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
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As a hospital administrator, I wanted telemedicine for my small rural hospital so we could better know when our patients really did need to be transferred to larger hospitals with access to specialists. Then, I began working with telehealth networks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
My work in hospitals and community health has included a significant amount of disaster planning. We need to prepare for epidemics because this type of disaster is due. Perhaps this flu season is the warm up to next year and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I'm familiar with the use of bed rails in the hospital as an important part of fall protection and patient safety. Twice serving as the hospital safety officer this is something we monitored closely, because they work. Today, patients are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
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The healthcare delivery system in the US, nor elsewhere, is perfect. In my health administration classes, students and I explore this and the reasons in depth. One payment option that is growing in popularity is direct pay healthcare for both... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
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Make the rounds of any online support group for individuals, and their caregivers, with chronic conditions and you will probably see an increasing number of questions about medical marijuana and Cannabidiol (CBD). It has been the subject of numerous clinical... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
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In the heat of the moment and emotion, we can all say something ugly. We are human. However, what we say, or tweet, does provide a glimpse into our innermost thoughts and the true self. Lashing out when someone doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Another book, another physician author! Like my last review on pain, this one is directed at patients and their caregivers for improving their experience. Kilbourn Gordon III, M.D., an ER physician, wrote “Med School 101 for Patients,” as a step-by-step... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
In a previous post, I introduced the idea of functional limitations in the context of disaster preparedness. This came from some research I did while working on community wide disaster planning in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Yesterday,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
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Thistle Springs Ranch is blessed with Coastal Live, Red and White Oak, as well as, beautiful Manzanita and its curling red wood. Natural burls, holes and knots have been found in fallen or dead trees and will make the perfect vessels for more natural air plant decor in 2018. As... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at Thistle Springs Ranch
Gardening has always been a peaceful and welcome diversion for me. It is also an important part of my personal exercise and activity plan. So, when one finds that gardening on the ground is no longer a realistic option due to balance and coordination limitations, they look for other options.... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 25, 2017 at Thistle Springs Ranch
Being outdoors has always been my primary form of stress relief and exercise. Focusing your attention on the needs of a plant, listening to a bird sing or watching a deer and fawn graze are excellent ways to take your mind off everyday worries. Hiking and gardening also make for... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 25, 2017 at Thistle Springs Ranch
When I first began to experience symptoms of neuropathy, due to Guillain Barre Syndrome, one of my earliest frustrations was not being able to lift and use my hand shovel. Spring was coming and I just couldn't get my muscles to work the way I needed them for digging or... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 25, 2017 at Thistle Springs Ranch
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When I first began to experience symptoms of neuropathy, due to Guillain Barre Syndrome, one of my earliest frustrations was not being able to lift and use my hand shovel. Spring was coming and I just couldn't get my muscles... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
Last night the Thomas fire drove residents and patients out of their nursing homes and hospitals; after chasing patients out of a psychiatric hospital a couple of nights before. This is in addition to people forced to flee their homes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
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My functional limitations have improved with treatment, but the last and most troubling has been my hand dexterity, coordination and strength. As a writer, administrator, online teacher, etc I've gone back to two finger pecking along. (Yes, everything you have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
To many with damaged nerves in their feet, "shoe" truly is a four letter word. First, my slip on shoes started flying off as my GBS progressed. I then switched to my tennis and boots, but my toes hurt so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
Before I knew I had GBS, I also didn't know I had foot drop. I slowly got a diagnosis for both. But, no one said anything about AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthosis) and that they could help me walk with less... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
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I've sometimes had a new piece of clothing where the button hole seems smaller than the button and this makes for a struggle. Earlier this year, clothing that was well worn proved to be a huge struggle during dressing, undressing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
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On Small Business Saturday, we will be at Cowgirl Christmas in Paso Robles, or you can find us online at Etsy! Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Thistle Springs Ranch
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Shop small businesses Saturday November 25th, for health, safety and independence ... or for fun! Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
Several blog posts ago, I wrote about how standing of from a couch was nearly impossible for me. Had I known at the time about the EZ Stand and Go, I would have gotten one. Today, I thought back and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
In August of this year I posted on the mostly frustrating journey for me to be accurately diagnosed ... and finally treatment. Now that my anxiety and stress levels have been greatly reduced, due to treatment that is helping me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
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It is Fall and cooler nights and days, along with some humidity in the air, makes this a beautiful time at the ranch. In addition, finding a timid tarantula out for stroll and on the hunt for a mate is also a common site this time of the year. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Thistle Springs Ranch