Would You Get the Same Care as Gabby Giffords?

Everyone I know is cheering for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.  After a life threatening gunshot wound to the head she was transferred from Arizona to a first class rehabilitation hospital in Houston where she could undergo her rehabilitation and at the same time be close to her astronaut husband’s workplace.  We continue to get encouraging reports of her steady progress and have been told that she may even attend the launch of her husband’s mission into space.  Gabby Giffords is getting the best care possible and is a perfect example of our ability to save lives and return people to their highest level of function.  It is the care that she needs and we are all delighted that she is receiving the best that medicine has to offer.  The question is, would you or your family be able to obtain the same level of care?... [ Read More ]

Stimulants for the Elderly and Disabled- Why Not?

You are on a dead run home from work. First you picked up Josh at the school after care center and now you are trying to rush through the local grocery store  to pick up a few things you need for dinner.  You astutely head for the checkout lane with only one person ahead of you.  The woman in front of you is elderly with her cane draped over her cart handle and her pocket book perched on the shopping cart.  You try not be annoyed by her slowness so you pick up one of the trade magazines haranguing the evils of stimulants in children with Attention Deficit Disorder while Josh eyes all the candy conveniently placed at his eye level.  What is taking her so long?  Just when you think she has finished, she asks the cashier if someone can fetch her a stick of butter she has forgotten.  It’s enough to make you buy the magazine and the candy bar that Josh has started to unwrap!... [ Read More ]

All Lives are Important

Welcome to my new blog -hopefully not just another blog, but one that is designed to be a voice for people with disabilities, their families, and the healthcare professionals who care for them. All three categories – survivors, families, and healthcare professionals – are minorities whose voices have a hard time being heard above the loud voices of so many others.... [ Read More ]