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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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Did you know that Wood was the first drawing material? Wood, in the form of charcoal, was the first artistic medium. An example of cave art, using charred wood, at Rouffignac in France dates back 13,000 years. Kiln produced charcoal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
I've tested some new products and share a few in my latest holiday gift guide; especially for those with chronic illness and/or challenged by the aging process. The first on the list is influenced by our current pandemic and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Medical errors, delays in care, bias and misunderstandings are most often the result in communication failures. In fact, most lawsuits filed by patients and/or their families are the result of communication issues that sometimes lead to poor outcomes. This is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Cannabinoid products (CBD) are appearing everywhere and in different forms. We can find salves, chews, gummies, bath bombs, oils, concentrates and beverages on store shelves and online. While high quality CBD can be effective in addressing some of our health... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
In late May, as talk of opening up the economy began, I started to think of my mother and her primary caregiver; my father. They both need my support and assistance as they face the challenges of a serious chronic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Dr. David Gelber is a general surgeon and author. Over my career I've seen many surgery schedules, participated in clinical chart review activities and listened to doctors explain cases to me. A great deal was learned, but there is so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Bryson CA is an a historic rural community in the southwest corner of Monterey County - between lakes Nacimento and San Antonio; and just on the other side of the Las Padres Mountain range from Hearst Castle. Thistle Springs Ranch is located at the end of Bryson-Hesperia Road; on 80... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Thistle Springs Ranch
These days there is a great deal of buzz about hand sanitizer. There are options to the traditional alcohol based products, or those you can make from home. One intriguing option is Clean Well, because my skin is really dry.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
I was recently asked how did I learn to advocate for myself as a patient. This made me reflect on my career in health administration, where I recognized the importance of patients advocating for themselves early in my journey. In... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Improving mobility, strength and balance as we age or in response to chronic illnesses is important to our overall health status. Exercise helps us reduce our functional limitations; allowing us to stay more active and independent. More importantly, it can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
I've been quietly watching as panic buying of toilet paper (TP) and water has unfolded. What I've seen reinforces my preparedness belief, because if you aren't already prepared you may not have TP to use in your potty when it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Tensions often exist between individual rights and liberties and those of a family, neighborhood or community. No where does this delicate balance seem to get tested more than in the areas of mental health and cognitive impairment. The latter of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Most of my prior book review posts involve the writings of doctors and a couple of other health professionals. I'm starting 2020 off with a little something different. An attorney who wrote Law and Addiction. It is a fictional thriller... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
The holidays can be a stressful, sad and/or lonely time for some. This may be especially true for family caregivers who are trying to navigate through family gatherings with a loved one who exhibits challenging behaviors. My holiday wish is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
There are struggles adult children face when it comes to the safety of aging parents or other loved ones. It might be taking the keys or firearms away, moving them from the home they know, placing them in a facility... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Tis' the season of holidays and the giving of gifts. But, what do you get for someone with functional limitations caused by injury, chronic illness or aging processes? This year I've been keeping an eye out for a few items... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Depression caused by loneliness is a real risk in senior populations. It can be triggered by the death of a spouse or friends. For some, however, it might begin earlier when children leave the home and their parents find themselves... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
My online support groups have given me tremendous new insight into healthcare social media. More specifically, about how patients and family caregivers use these tools to get advice on their challenges, threats and needs. These online networks have revealed opportunities... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
I've been a delinquent blogger again, but have some new ideas.... and a few books to review. One of these books is "We'll Get Through This Together". It reminds me of the power of pet therapy in the hospital or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
"Joy and woe are woven fine." - William Blake There is a wonderful book for caregivers that offers expert advice ... from a caregiver. It is focused on her experience caring for someone with Alzheimer's, however, the experiences and advice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
A little over two years ago I started researching tools to help me stay active in spite of new functional limitations. I looked for products to help me perform activities of daily living as independently as possible. As I progressed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Earlier this year I wrote an article for healthcare professionals on safety leadership. The idea is that scientific methods, standardization and reliability are not enough to reduce error and failure. Sometimes human performance in the actual environment of care is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
It is commonly reported that Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP), Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) and other variants are rare conditions. Data on the numbers of cases diagnosed are used to create rates among the general... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Summer brings heat and dryness that can be especially challenging to those with chronic illness and/or undergoing treatments and care processes. There are a few products that I've added to my personal lists of essentials for the summer. If you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Christina's Considerations