Category Archives: evolving status

“TIME AND TIDE WAITS FOR NO MAN! Continued from previous.)

Happily, what I have written in these blogs about the ever-increasing percentage of cure or control over malignant diseases is no exaggeration. Yet, believe it or not, there are occasions when this welcome and increasing divide and contrast between – … Continue reading

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POSTSCRIPT: A case of help from ‘beyond’?.

It occurs to me that additional help and encouragement may well be forthcoming, simply from the knowledge and awareness that those who genuinely try to provide support and comfort in difficult moments, however faultily and inadequately, do themselves often receive … Continue reading

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“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?” Cont’d from previous blog).

In keeping with our analogy, ships on this as on almost every sea tend to gather into Flotilla and, in turn, into Fleets and indeed, Navies. In human terms, we bond and gather together in marriage and families – nuclea … Continue reading

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“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?” Cont’d from previous blog).

From childhood on and especially following the loss of my dear sisters, I have tended to employ a simple analogy which likens the body to a ship and the spirit or soul to its captain and pilot. (I have already … Continue reading

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“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?” Cont’d from previous blog).

There is a great deal that we can do which, in its way, can be both supportive and productive as we prepare for a loved one’s (or indeed our own) death. It may be hard or difficult to undertake but … Continue reading

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“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?” Cont’d from previous blog).

Not infrequently, patients who are hospitalized or in a hospice at this time, ‘fasten on’ to someone of their choosing, not uncommonly from outwith the family and with whom they feel at ease to talk. It might be a doctor, … Continue reading

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“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?”  Cont’d from prev. blog)

“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?”  Cont’d from prev. blog) “My problem at present is coping with feelings about my family. I just don’t want to leave them. I look at Marianne (his wife) when she is not looking and … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

One final point about REM sleep and dreaming: what do we know about it? Well at the purely subjective level we know that dreams can (as it appears once we are awake) at one and the same time, be fairly … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

Should you be experiencing difficulty with sleep, you might therefore wish to institute and apply the multi-pronged ‘campaign’ outlined above in order to improve things and I would suggest that it might take something like the following form. Include regular … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

Enough then of the negative side of food and fluid intake; what about positive ways of manipulating diet? Distinct possibilities do undeniably exist. The food of choice in this regard is carbohydrate. Carbohydrate is, as most probably you know, any … Continue reading

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