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Christina Beach Thielst
Santa Barbara, CA
A former hospital administrator with a passion for improving healthcare!
Interests: The patient experience, health information technology, social media, mobile health, healthy children and families, raising Arbequina olives, Louisiana and my family.
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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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
Anyone can have limitations with hand and/or finger dexterity, but older adults are impacted at higher rates. Combine this with mobility and other limitations and ... what is one to do with the time on their hands (pun intended)? After... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
Stress affects everyone, damaging our health and relationships. In honor of International Stress Awareness Day, Nov 1st, Dr. Bradley Nelson, author of “The Emotion Code,” suggests 6 ways to beat stress for the holidays and year round. His tips for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
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Earlier this year when I had a peripheral neuropathy diagnosis, because my Guillain Barre Syndrome had not yet been suspected, I had a hard time preparing meals. (Keep in mind, I'm a wife and mother.) First there was the fatigue.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
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Christina's considerations for functional limitations was featured in the local social news site, EdHat recently. It reinforces the my goal to help individuals, and their family caregivers, live their lives in spite of the challenges they face. And, my focus... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
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ThistleSpringsRanch items on Esty will be on display in Santa Barbara at La Cumbre Plaza's Crafted event on Nov 11th! For more information visit La Cumbre Crafted Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Thistle Springs Ranch
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Thistle Springs Ranch will be at the Hesperia Hall Country Faire on October 29, 2017. Vendors and food will be available at the event from 11 AM - 3 pm. The winning raffle quilt ticket will also be drawn at 3 PM. If you would like a sneak peak at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Thistle Springs Ranch
I have encountered med seeking behavior in hospitals and clinics; and also seen family members benefit and/or struggle with their use of opioids for real pain. My grandmother died of cancer, on morphine managed by her nurse daughter, so her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
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Eating is important to maintain good health, especially if you have been losing weight due to illness. But, sometimes conditions such as peripheral neuropathy or arthritis creates a barrier that leads to frustration. I gradually began to have a hard... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
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Bryson California is home to strands of red, white and coastal oaks. The coastal air that seeps over the San Lucia Mountain Range brings moisture that promotes the growth of several types of natural moss. The area also supports the growth of another air plant, the Tillandsia (bergeri). These are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Thistle Springs Ranch
A UA Albany study finds do-not-hospitalize (DNH) orders help reduce the number of hospital stays and emergency department visits for nursing home residents, but only a small portion of residents have one. The authors conducted a cross-sectional study of residents... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
Enterprise and other portals are used to provide access to multiple systems. In a hospital, a patient portal may be used to give consumers access to their medical records, paying a bill, or completing pre admission "paper" work. This avoids a patient having to sign into three different systems.
Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) is considered rare, so it is probably not the first thing clinicians think of when assessing a patient. Unfortunately, there are patients who live with the symptoms, and perhaps irreversible damage for years. It only took... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
Going to the hospital can be fearful, stressful, lonely, boring and even, as in the case of a birth, a cause for celebration. While some patients only stay for a few days, others can be hospitalized for weeks or months.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
It is time for me to move up to the Soft Eggserciser and to build upon my progress. http://thielst.typepad.com/my_weblog/online-store.html#!/Eggserciser®-Resistive-Hand-Exerciser-Soft/p/85359199/category=0
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Neuropathies and the underling causes create challenges and limitations for some individuals. Often, standing up from a sofa, getting into/out of a bed or walking from one room to another with something in your hand is just not possible without... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
Improving the health of any population requires management, policy and technology systems and processes. These can be complex and dynamic. Earlier this year, I read Population Health: Management, Policy & Technology and was drawn to the chapter of HIE governance.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
My blog has taken a new shift to focus in on the patient experience from the patient's perspective. Since I wrote an article on this for health professionals a couple of years ago, I thought this would be a great... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
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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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Christina's Considerations
A couple of years ago I was working on community-wide disaster preparedness and wrote an article after reading about the impact of a fire on the elderly and disabled. Little did I know I would experience my own functional limitations,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Christina's Considerations