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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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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I recently learned about "ghosting patients" - a term used when patients find their physician (or other provider) has left a practice/clinic/medical group/hospital/etc and they don't know how to find them. This often happens due to some sort of separation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Safety in healthcare has been around for a really long time. Florence Nightingale is sometimes referred to as "the mother of patient safety" because of her attention to healthcare design. In the 1800's, she advocated for improved ventilation and sanitary... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
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Being prepared for a disaster is the responsible thing to do both personally and professionally. Disasters create business and personal risks... especially for those with special needs and/or functional limitations. Over the years of promoting preparedness and urging communities and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
In the early days of the Internet, typing in all caps was deemed to be rude and screaming during online conversations with others. However, is this really always or still the case? This question occurred to me after reading an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Aging often brings chronic illness and pain into our lives. However, we aren't the only ones in the family who can suffer from this. Our pets - dogs, cats, horses, etc - can also experience arthritis and other conditions. And,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
Since my post on Comfort in the Hospital, I've collected some new ideas and want to share them along with some new insight as a caregiver, as well as, a patient and former hospital administrator. With Easter and Mothers/Fathers Day... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2019 at Christina's Considerations
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The US Census Bureau estimates that older people will outnumber children for the first time in US history by 2035. So, it makes sense that we will see a corresponding increase in the more common “older people” conditions over the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Christina's Considerations