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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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So, last year I was a fall risk, due to my Guillain Barre Syndrome, and did fall on a regular basis. I didn't go outside unless someone in my family was around. Early one evening I ventured off the patio... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Christina's Considerations
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Disability insurance is available at both the state and federal levels to assist workers who become disabled, and unable to work. Learning the qualifications/disqualifications and self-advocating to ensure effective communications are occurring are two challenges many will experience. Another, often... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
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Last year, I wrote about my difficulties holding a fork or even a toothbrush. I needed a larger handle to grip, so I found the Good Grips stainless steel forks, knives and spoons with their chunky handle. This item was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Who knew navigating a bathroom could be so frustrating and potentially unsafe. Well, I did, at least I thought so until I had my own experiences in 2017 and into 2018. Below, I outline the challenges and solutions I found,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
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One risk to healthy children and families, as I've seen in my own circle of friends, has been marijuana use at a young age. While some don't experience adverse symptoms, others seem to be more prone to troubles and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
A while back I wrote an article on why patient portals aren't being used. It was written while I was in a fatigued frenzy as a patient trying to find a diagnosis. Since then, I continue to experience the healthcare... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
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I found my way to a physician who specializes in neuromuscular disease, but have been focused on my treatment to give thought to exactly what the specialty does. I did, at least, recognize that neuromuscular relates to both the nervous... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
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As a blogger, I increasingly receive offers of sample products to review and find the number promoting their "natural" ingredients to be striking. I don't request samples unless it is really something that is interesting or useful to me. Today... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
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Last week during a little road trip with my husband to get out of the house for a while, I came across a little shop with bath bombs. It occurred to me that it might be a good idea to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
The current issue of the Annals of Family Medicine includes two articles that deal with mental health and information technology. There are many assumptions about mental health in the age of digital health, so perhaps the findings of this research... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
ZDoggMD, AKA Dr. Damania, is one of the coolest of the cool docs around. It does make me happy to see him weighing in on the topic of medical marijuana. Let him guide you through the haze and watch! I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
A couple of things happened in the last two days that made me think it is time for me to again mention patient advocacy; including self-advocacy. First, the monthly meeting of Chronic Disease Coalition Ambassadors occurred and the importance of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
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The CDC just released data on unintentional injuries for persons age 65+ in the US between 2007 and 2016. While unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of death, falls account for the largest percentage. 1/4 of US residents aged... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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