Tools & Encouragement for Overcoming Diabetes

guest July 16th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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DiabetesJuan had diabetes. He had trouble managing his disease and he didn’t feel his medical professionals understood him, which lead to an antagonistic relationship and failing health. Juan was dealing with various complications, and had even undergone a kidney transplant. Luckily for Juan, VNSNY became a part of his care team, and through kindness and understanding, they established a great relationship. As Juan learned to trust his medical team, his health improved.

“Juan had been through a lot prior to coming to me,” remembers his nurse, Huda. “He’d had a kidney…

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Summertime Skin Protection: Sunscreen is Not Just for the Young

guest July 9th, 2014, 7:54 AM
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Adults and seniors need sun protection too. Wear sunblock!This guest blog was written by Jennifer Morales, an acute care nurse in Queens. She has been with VNSNY for eight years and specializes in wound and geriatric care. She’s currently pursuing her master’s degree in administration at Adelphi University.

We are out in the sun a lot in the summer. My kids go to summer camp; we go to the parks, the pool and the beach; and I always make sure I am slathering my children with sunscreen to protect them from getting too much sun or a sunburn. But…

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Living with Tension and High Blood Pressure

guest June 30th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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A VNSNY social worker with a client.

A VNSNY social worker with a client.

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York received this touching thank you letter from a client.

During a recent meeting with my internist, I mentioned the stress that I live under at home. My husband died a few years ago and my son, who is in his sixties, still lives at home—he’s dependent on me financially. I live with a lot of tension, and had very high blood pressure, which is why I was in the doctor’s office. Psychologically, though, I was in an even…

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The Emotional Aspects of Parkinson’s Disease

guest June 24th, 2014, 6:18 AM
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A VNSNY behavioral health nurse visits a patient at home.

A Visiting Nurse Service of New York behavioral health nurse visits a patient at home.

As a Behavioral Health nurse, Amelia often enters someone’s life during a time of great crisis, illness, and distress. It is her job to help people transform over the course of just a few weeks and bring them from darkness into a better place. Daniel* is a perfect example of her caring approach. A resident of Flushing, Queens, Daniel struggled with symptoms related to his Parkinson’s disease. He was on disability and was depressed because his illness…

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Getting Outside for Your Health

guest June 16th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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prospect_parkBy Amelia Muir, BSN, RN-BC, Behavioral Health Nurse, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

As the weather in New York continues to improve, there is no better time to take advantage of the health benefits one can experience from spending more of the day outside. Research has shown that there are numerous advantages, both for mental and physical health, to getting outside more often.

Vitamin D: Exposure to sunlight can increase Vitamin D levels, which has been shown to help with a variety of ailments from depression to osteoporosis to cardiac disease. While…

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Dealing with Chronic Pain Without Drugs

guest June 2nd, 2014, 6:10 AM
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Arthritic HandsThis guest blog was written by Jennifer Morales, an acute care nurse in Queens. She has been with VNSNY for 8 years and specializes in wound and geriatric care. She’s currently pursuing her masters degree in administration at Adelphi University.

Dealing with chronic pain is not an easy task. Chronic pain is defined as pain that last longer than six months. It affects over 100 million Americans and can take both a physical and emotional toll on patients, so many patients also suffer from depression. Common causes of chronic pain are joint…

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Learning to Be a Mother with Help From VNSNY

guest May 9th, 2014, 6:41 AM
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This is the story of CG, a graduate of Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s Nurse-Family Partnership program.

nfp2I was born and raised in the Bronx. My parents were drug addicts and unable to properly care for me. After my maternal grandmother died, my aunt assumed guardianship of me and my brother. She was very abusive.

Despite growing up in turmoil, I had a dream: to become a doctor. I was on a clear path … and then I found out I was pregnant.

My life shifted significantly. I found myself alone and afraid.…

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Giving it Their Best

guest April 8th, 2014, 12:35 PM
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The Threshold Choir. Sue Ribaudo is in the middle of the back row, in the blue shirt.

The Threshold Choir. Sue Ribaudo is in the middle of the back row, in the blue shirt.

April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week, and this marks the 40th year of recognizing the people who give their time and their talents to our organization and our communities.  This week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. A Day in the Life talked to two of VNSNY’s amazing volunteers.

Sue Ribaudo is the Music Director of the New York City chapter of the Threshold…

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Q&A: A Conversation with a Long-Distance, Long-Time Caregiver

guest March 21st, 2014, 10:53 AM
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lisahirschandmomA Day in the Life spoke with Lisa Hirsch, author of My Mom My Hero: Alzheimer’s—A mother and daughter’s bittersweet journey, creator of the My Mom My Hero blog, and long-distance caregiver of her mother Ruth, who has Alzheimer’s.

Your mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than nine years ago. How has your relationship with your mom changed?
Oh, it’s changed completely. I just fell deeply in love with my mother. She inspires me. Before her illness we spoke maybe once a week. Since her illness, I’ve spoken to her nearly every single…

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Living Well as Home at 101

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centarian_ruth_gruberNewspapers worldwide once touted Dr. Ruth Gruber’s precocious accomplishment as the world’s youngest Ph.D, but now that she is 101 years old, Ruth’s great age is part of what makes her remarkable. As one of VNSNY’s centenarian patients, Ruth is among more than 650 New Yorkers in our care who have passed the century mark and are still living comfortably at home—thanks to the frontline clinicians who carry out our mission, like Ruth’s nurse Amy Willie.

At age 20 in 1932, Ruth dodged reporters clamoring for interviews about her academic feat.…

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