A Letter from a Manhattan Resident

guest March 2nd, 2015, 8:00 AM
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thank-youI have just finished an intensive physical therapy intervention with VNSNY after knee replacement surgery. I was most fortunate to have Walter H. as the physical therapist whom I saw for almost all of my sessions.

I want to express my sincere appreciation for two things:

First, I found the intensive intervention by the VNSNY physical therapy team to be extraordinarily beneficial, leaving me much further ahead in my rehabilitation than I was at a similar time after my first knee replacement surgery last year.

Second, I am particularly appreciative of Walter’s work…

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Kale

marthaschueneman February 16th, 2015, 9:00 AM
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kaleWhen the talk turns to favorite vegetables, I’m the odd one out. Others choose picked-that-day corn on the cob, sun-warmed tomatoes, baby peas fresh off the vine, or buttery-rich mashed potatoes—and that’s just fine, because it leaves more kale for me.

I first encountered kale in the early 1990s, when I subscribed to an organic-produce delivery service. Every Monday, I’d get a box of fruits and vegetables, one of which was invariably kale. Few cookbooks mentioned it, but a friendly gardener told me that it was delicious sautéed with bacon or…

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A Letter from the Niece of a Manhattan Resident

guest February 2nd, 2015, 7:30 AM
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thank-youI just wanted to take a moment to let you know what a pleasure it was working with Visiting Nurse Margaret T.

Margaret visited my uncle after his discharge from DeWitt Rehabilitation Center. She was not only a well-informed professional, but she was always kind and patient with my uncle, who is an aging senior with hearing difficulty.  She answered my uncle’s questions and patiently addressed his concerns. She instructed my uncle’s home health aides on the proper care of his wounds. She has a wonderful demeanor, never showing that she…

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A Letter from the Wife of a Bronx Patient

guest January 19th, 2015, 7:00 AM
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thank-youI am writing today to thank you for sending our family an angel: Patricia D.

Patricia has been my husband’s visiting nurse since a hip replacement surgery resulted in an ulcer on his foot that needed treatment twice a week to heal. A few weeks after returning home from rehab, my husband suffered a fracture in the leg that had just gotten the new hip, necessitating a second hip replacement surgery. Patricia helped us keep our sanity before my husband went back into the hospital, and we were lucky enough to…

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VNSNY Helps Patients with HIV/AIDS

guest January 5th, 2015, 6:00 AM
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The following guest blog post is excerpted from HIV Plus Magazine:

Andresa Person_Lead“Andresa Person, manager of HIV Program Development, VNSNY CHOICE Select Health at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, says home health care is actually helping people with HIV live longer (healthier) lives. . . .

“Not very long ago, I worked with a patient who came to us with several heart and kidney conditions, and had become very isolated and depressed. He was in very bad shape emotionally and felt overwhelmed by his medications and the disease. Through care coordination…

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On World AIDS Day

guest December 1st, 2014, 12:00 PM
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Stop AIDS graffitiGuest blogger Arthur Fitting shares what it was like working as an infusion nurse with VNSNY in the early days of the AIDS crisis.

NYC was the center of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. There were an enormous number of cases, more than anywhere else in the country. At first, it was very anxiety-producing. There was so much uncertainty.

As a community health nurse, you see things first. The recent Ebola situation sounded so familiar to me—you have people showing up in the community who are very sick, there’s strong contagion, and in the beginning no…

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Incredibly Easy and Utterly Delicious Cranberry Sauce

marthaschueneman November 17th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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cranberriesMakes about 4 cups, or 12 servings

This has been part of my Thanksgiving dinner since I’ve been responsible for cooking it. You can make it a few days ahead or during the lull between getting the turkey in the oven and starting the mashed potatoes. Serve it chilled or at room temperature. Any leftovers are perfect as a spread for leftover turkey sandwiches. It also keeps for eons in the refrigerator.

1 bag (12 ounces) cranberries

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1 teaspoon crystallized ginger or ½ teaspoon…

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The Dimensions of Dementia

guest November 10th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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dementions-of-dementiaLee Milner, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner on the VNSNY Queens Mobile Crisis/Parachute team and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at NYU’s College of Nursing. She is a participant of the HBSON Nurses Writing Project and writes about her experiences as a nurse and the importance of self-care on her blog, qNurse.

Dementia seems to be popping up more and more in my life recently, both at work and at home. It’s not surprising that I’m seeing it more as our population is aging and the numbers of patients with…

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Hospice, Hockey and Haven

guest November 1st, 2014, 9:20 AM
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Mark Messier meets Haven patient and fan. Also shown, wife Alejandra and Zenobia Brown, MD, Haven medical director.

Mark Messier meets Daniel, Haven patient and Rangers fan. Also shown, Daniel’s wife Alejandra and Zenobia, Haven medical director.

The VNSNY Haven Specialty Care Unit is an alternative to the hospital for hospice patients with increasing pain and symptom management needs. A 25-bed unit located in a special wing at Bellevue Hospital, Haven has a close-knit staff that works tirelessly to anticipate and fulfill the needs of patients and their families, often going the extra mile to make a difference.

Daniel, a 38 year-old patient at the Haven, was at the end stage of…

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Sweet-and-Sour Braised Red Cabbage

marthaschueneman October 20th, 2014, 6:00 AM
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red-cabbage-smallIt’s important to cook the cabbage in a nonreactive pot—one made of stainless steel, anodized (e.g., heavy, dark) aluminum, or that has an enamel or nonstick coating—to keep it from turning blue or developing off flavors. Avoid using shiny aluminum, copper, tin, or cast iron, unless it is very well seasoned. (Follow this link, then scroll down to “Refurbish Your Finish” for step-by-step instructions for seasoning cast iron.)

Serves 6–8

1 small head red cabbage

1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped (do not peel)

¼ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup cider vinegar

½ teaspoon…

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