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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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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
The Health Affairs blog has an excellent post distinguishing between activities of daily living (ADLs)* and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs)**. More importantly, A 21st Century Job Description for Family Caregiving explains why using either term in the context... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
This guest post comes from Scott, Kristen and Patrick offer their experienced advice on some ways that people can step up to help the caregivers in your life rest, recharge, and maybe even relax. They are part of the Embracing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
My blog posts on CBD are some of my most popular. They helped me organize my thoughts on CBD, but I also want to hear what physicians have to say. Thus, my guest post today. It answers some of my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Senior Safety Reviews Blog shared their post Get Set, Go! Travel Safety Tips for Baby Boomers and it offers some thoughtful advice. I'd like to piggy-back on it and add my own safety suggestions for those who are trying to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
After writing some professional articles, I translate them here for patients and their family caregivers. It isn't that I don't think readers will understand what I've written. Instead, as I've so intimately learned, patients and physicians have different perspectives and... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Early in 2018, I wrote about my first experience as a patient with telehealth. I was finally receiving the kind of care I had promoted as an administrator for so long and it was a pure pleasure. I often hear... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Earlier posts have covered my suggestions for items to make a healthcare facility or hospital stay a little more comfortable. My post today includes items that could also be used in the hospital, but are more likely to be appropriate... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
This guest post comes straight from the Doctors Company and addresses the rising number of measles cases and the numerous patient safety issues created. New cases of measles (rubeola) continue to make national headlines. In 2018 and into 2019, hundreds... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Three years ago, I decided it was time to walk away from my healthcare career and find something new. I was no longer being challenged and the long daily commute was wearing on my aging body. It was a hard... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Last year, I celebrated my first 420 with a gift guide. Since then, I've continued to learn and test CBD for a variety of symptoms. I've also received great feedback from others who have tried the products. This year I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
My mom first learned I had drier skin than most during one of my newborn visits. Dry skin and use of lotions and moisturizers has been a part of everyday life for me. Growing up in the humid south was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
A few years ago I listened to the audio book Eat Pray Love. It is the story of a woman who re-examines herself after a life change and goes in search of her new self. My hero, of course, plans... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Early in my career I focused my mental energy on my goals, and opportunities seemed to appear when needed the most. I'm an optimist and also believe I must address challenges in order to control my destiny. The mind has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Christina's Considerations