Thrilled and humbled beyond words!

  So thrilled to hold the paperback of Navigating Your Hospital Stay in my hands…    Said paperback received approval from my 97 year-old hospitalized friend Rita.  Rita suffered a fall about a month ago and has successfully navigated her way (with the help of her son and attentive nieces) through an acute care hospital stay.  She is now in rehab and starting to make progress in her walking.  Hopefully she will be headed home soon.  Rita’s son used a lot of the information found in Navigating Your Hospital Stay to guide them through her hospital stay with a noticeable decrease in stress and anxiety.  What helped them?

  1. Understanding that a three-night stay in the acute facility was necessary if Medicare was to cover her rehab stay.
  2. Knowing who to speak to about the nuances involved in picking a rehab facility and the logistics of getting her there.
  3. Understanding the importance of keeping track of the myriad of specialists managing her care, and to whom to direct specific questions.

I have received a number of emails telling me specific ways in which the content of my book has already helped!!

This thrills me beyond words.  I am humbled!

Be well!


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Navigating Your Hospital Stay Launch

WOW!  All I can say is WOW!

OK.  If you know me at all, you know I cannot leave it at that.  But WOW is the overwhelming emotion I am feeling today.

My new book, Navigating Your Hospital Stay, is really, truly, and finally being born today!  This book is a culmination of my entire nursing career.  It is a guide for anyone and everyone that faces a hospitalization.

The odds are that either you, or your loved one, will have cause to visit an Emergency Room, be scheduled for an outpatient or inpatient surgical procedure, or have a medical condition that will require treatment at a medical facility.  This can provoke feelings ranging from fear and panic to sadness and even hopelessness.

The goal of Navigating Your Hospital Stay is to empower you through education and support.  The book tackles tough topics, such as advance care planning (what it is, why you need it, how do you go about getting it done), choosing a hospital that will meet your needs, and what an advocate is, and why you need one.  It also helps you pull together a medical history to add to your permanent medical file, so your medical providers will have an accurate picture of who you are.

Have an emergency?  My book will introduce you to the emergency room staff and procedures.  You will know what you need to take with you when you go, and what you can expect once you get there.

Surgery?  I will introduce you to the “players”, the equipment, anesthesia, recovery and what you need to know to ensure your physical safety and comfort.

Inpatient admission versus observation – do you know the difference?  Do you know the impact this difference will have on what your medical insurance will cover?  You will after reading this book.

There is so much information included in this book.  It is my hope that after reading Navigating Your Hospital Stay, any anxiety and fears you may have will be eased.

I loved writing this book – that was the easy part.  The tough part is what came afterwards: the editing, formatting, and marketing process!  LOL.  That isn’t my forte, however, it’s all a part of getting my message into the hands of those who can benefit from it.

Download it now to any e-reader device from  The paperback will be available very soon!

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions…   It is normal to want the new year to bring positive change.  I keep referring to the “fresh canvas”, but it is appropriate.  Ringing in a new year is brand new.  It brings new hope, new opportunities, fresh starts.  We almost can’t help but make resolutions, but we also almost can’t help breaking them.   It’s always worked that way for me, so I think I can safely say that has been most everyone’s experience too.

Why do you think that is?   Are the goals we set for ourselves too high?  “I’m going to lose 60 lbs this year”.  Are our goals too broad?  I’m going to get fit this year.”  Are they the wrong kind of goals?  Turning our perceived negatives into positives?

Statistic Brain Institute  ( names the top 5 2017 resolutions as:

  1. Lose weight/healthier eating  (on my list)
  2. Life/self-improvements (on my list)
  3. Better financial decisions (on my list)
  4. Quit smoking  (whew, don’t need that one!)
  5. Do more exciting things (on my list)

The site also says that 9.2% feel they were successful in achieving a 2016 resolution.

Only half the people who made resolutions in 2017 will keep them past the first month, while only 45% will make it past 6 months.  (Those statistics are more favorable than I would have imagined.)

Finally, their survey shows that only 17% of the older adults (over 50) who make resolutions keep them, while 38% of those in their 20’s will reach their goals.

Why is this?  I can’t begin to imagine.  I know that we get set in our ways as we get older – does this reinforce the adage that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”?  I certainly hope not.

While I have admitted to incorporating some of the most popular goals into my intentions for 2017, they are part and parcel of other goals that are broader and more important.

I intent to make lifestyle changes.  These are changes that I have thoughtfully considered. I have developed strategies in how to incorporate them into my daily life, and methods of measuring their success.  They are positive goals rather than negative or punitive goals.  I am not going to lose the 15 lbs I would love to lose, but I am going to improve my self-care by listening to my body and eating those things that make me feel physically better.  I am redefining my coping mechanisms – praying, meditating, drinking really good tea (, and “golden milk”( ) instead of eating the refined foods that makes me feel truly terrible.  Adapting to these small changes have been easy and have changed my relationship to food and diet.  Pounds are already starting to drop off.

Ok, I will admit that this is still early on in the new year.  I will keep you posted on my progress.

The whole point of this post is to encourage you – as I have encouraged myself – to not try to recreate myself.  I am wonderful just the way I am, and you really are too!  For me to continue to age with grace (and that IS my goal), I need to take care of myself.   I need to make small, manageable changes to my lifestyle.  I find that as the progress brings me small successes, more pleasure, and a whole lot less feelings of deprivation and really, just plain torture, I look forward to continuing on the path.

Let’s focus on cultivating happiness in our lives, joy in our surroundings, gratitude for what we have, and take care of the only physical body we are ever going to be given…

Be well!

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