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“The 3 things I learned in ICU.” ~ Tanya Meek, R.N.

The Little ICU Book

The Little ICU Book [Paperback]

Paul L. Marino (Author), Kenneth M. Sutin (Contributor)

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Thursday, March 24, 2011. Today I am grateful for my daughter, Tanya Meek Nielson RN, who does what I could not do.

She works the long 12-hour overnight shifts in the Neurological ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Steady nights. I could do the long hours. I could not do the constant battle with death, and death itself.

Such Neurological ICUs care for the most dramatically ill or injured patients, often victims of sudden severe accidents.

“The Three Things I Learned while working in the ICU,” by Tanya Meek:

(1) My life is not so bad.

I can walk, I can talk, I can think. I can move forward with my life, no matter how bad my personal problems are.

(2) Your life can change in an instant.

One minute you are a bright muscular young man/woman, thrilled with your work and your social life; the next minute you are a bag of fluids that may or may not survive the  night, let alone the week

(3) There are worse things than death.

Often the injury and damage to the patient is so great that, despite the fact everybody is initiating and voting for  medical miracles, and everybody is rooting for you like mad, death may be the greatest triumph.

After all is said and done.

Thank you, Tanya Meek Nielson, for sharing your critical care experience with us!

Doc Meek, Thurs, Mar 24, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“Learn healthy brain lifestyles.” ~ Doc Meek

Your Brain Health Lifestyle

A Proactive Program to Preserve Your Life Story

Your Brain Health Lifestyle – Paperback (Mar. 4, 2009) by Dr. Paul Nussbaum

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TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011.
Today I am grateful for Dr Paul Nussbaum, who is telling us that brain health needs attention to 5 major necessities:

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

NUTRITION

SOCIALIZATION

MENTAL STIMULATION

SPIRITUALITY

Dr Nussbaum has written a more recent, less expensive book to encourage you to protect your brain from the often unseen hazards of our modern culture:
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Here is what one reader had to say about this book:
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“5 out of 5 stars A good reminder for things we already knew but don’t always follow, April 5, 2010.”
– By Jim Estill (New York) – See all my reviews
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“Sometimes when a new book arrives – I cannot wait to read it. Save Your Brain – 5 things you must do to keep your mind young and sharp by Paul David Nussbaum is just such a book. For some reason, I am attracted to books on keeping the mind sharp. For example, I loved Making a Good Brain Great [by Daniel Amen] and Brain Rules [by John Medina].

“I was interested to read in the Globe and Mail that people with advanced Parkinson’s cannot walk but can ride a bicycle. The brain is interesting.

“The book starts with a survey to see how good you are on brain stuff. It includes questions on exercise, diet etc. I was surprised I scored ‘poor.’ Perhaps that is partly because I am a tough self grader but partly because the questions did not allow me to use alternatives that I do that are likely comparable. EG – dancing once per week (which I do not do) is surely comparable to martial arts.

“Of course it has a technical section on how the brain works and what it is. And [a] part convincing me that I need to work on saving my brain.

“The 5 things to do to Save Your Brain:

1 – Socialize. Basic human interaction.
2 – Exercise. 25% of the blood circulation goes to support the brain.
3 – Mental Stimulation. Use it or lose it. Learn something new always. Challenge yourself.
4 – Spirituality. He includes “mental rest” in this category.
5 – Nutrition. The obvious – eat like your mom told you to and use supplements if you cannot. He is also a big advocate of fish oil.

“These are all obvious and not new. He did not emphasize the things not to do (like drugs, alcohol and boxing). It was a good reminder of things I already knew. ”                                          – Jim Estill (New York)

Thank you, Dr Paul Nussbaum, for reminding us to eat like our mothers taught us, have and visit with friends, get a decent sleep, and  get outdoors and actively play or walk briskly, every day if we can!
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Doc Meek, Tues, Mar 22, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA
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