A Question Of Compassion

Compassion, like any other virtue is a quality that may or may not be ingrained in a person’s character. For instance, a nurse or caregiver may show compassion for the sick and elderly in a healthcare institution, such as a Board @ Care facility and yet not do so in other environments. Being one of the aspects of nursing, a nurse must necessarily supplement her profession in the way of compassion, yet never manifest it outside of the facility where she is employed.

There are those that may be constantly compassionate toward those that are needy, be it in a nursing facility or in their private life, manifesting their feeling anywhere and everywhere, in the way of contributions to charity, voluntary service in areas of health and welfare, as well other social institutions.

Like any other moral equivalents of life, compassion does not take a back seat in affairs of human relationships. It should be spontaneous, without the expectation of a “payback” or reward.

If I Were A Bird

If I were a bird,
I’d have my own wings,
Unlike humans on earth
That do many things,
Such as wings of a plane,
With much effort and pain.

If I were a bird,
I’d fly really high
That humans don’t do,
And bravely defy
The wind and the weather,
The sun and the rain,
Clouds high above
A high mountain range.

If I were a bird,
I’d scan from above
The flowers and trees
That humans must love;
I’d wonder and wait
Until storms abate
When I should regain
My celestial estate.

I’d be nesting in trees
Without paying for my keep
With the high costs and fees,
And I’d do so with ease,
While romancing the breeze,
Again and again
With pleasure, not pain.

All in all, I’d be
But pleasurably free,
That humans on earth
Might readily see
And while I’d be up,
Frolicking, glad,
I’d wonder why humans
Should be miserably sad.

Lapses in Board & Care Facilities, In Spite of Doctors’ Prescriptions

What seems rather extraordinary is the most recent discovery, uncovering unintended abuse by nursing homes and board and care facilities, one of which being the administering of certain prescription drugs, such as anti-psychotics to elderly patients and residents with problems that seem to be misdiagnosed. It has been reported by the AARP that there are lawsuits still pending and those that have been concluded in settlements.

Incidents of severe side effects caused by the intake of anti-psychotic medications as well as medications meant to counteract the side effects have been reported, as a result of which the elderly patients and residents keep experiencing ongoing confusion and memory loss over a period of time. What seems highly irregular is the fact that family members are not being notified, except the doctors that prescribe the drugs. According to the AARP, such a practice might be attributed to inadequate training and under-staffing of individual caregivers, as well as the eagerness on the part of some pharmaceutical companies to market their products. Over and above such common unintended abuse is the uncovering of healthcare fraud, amounting to billions of dollars, emanating from kickbacks to doctors.

One of the common antipsychotic drugs is Zyprexa, administered to older people in some of the board and care facilities and nursing homes. It is not uncommon for elderly patients and residents to experience problems, such as dementia that does not have to be treated with harsh anti-psychotics. There are those that have disturbances while sleeping or while they are awake, for which they ought to be helped in other ways, other than trying to allay their problems with severe anti-psychotics.

Sitting Constantly and Continuously Might Be Deleterious To Your Health

While sitting can be restful and comfortable, sitting longer than you should can be harmful. According to statistics, sitting kills more than 300,000 Americans annually. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States, right after heart disease and cancer. Being habitually sedentary can cause diabetes, depression and osteoporosis, as well as sexual dysfunction. It affects adults and children and is projected to cost the U.S. 1.5 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. An organization known as “Researchers against Inactivity-Related Disorders (RID) is particularly engaged in sedentary lifestyles, advocating physical activity for the prevention of debilitating diseases.

Clerical employees in offices are advised to get up and walk around at intervals, rather than sitting continuously at their desks and counters, whenever the opportunity to do so arises. Study shows that any kind of inactivity, one of which being seated at ones desk for long periods of time, has the potential of being a killer, contributing to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, breast, colon and pancreatic cancers, including arthritis pain, menopausal symptoms, physical frailty, osteoporosis, as well as digestive problems.

Inactivity can be compared to indulging in excessive smoking, only worse. A particular study unfolded facts about being sedentary, causing your body to get out of shape that may be more hazardous than other risk factors, such as smoking, hypertension and heart disease. By being physically fit, you can cut your risk of premature death in half. Research shows that being merely moderately active, you can dramatically reduce your risk of disease, as well as benefit your health. People can live longer, if they consistently do the right things in life, such as exercise and other activities, while at the same time, confining your diet to nutritious foods, as well as abstaining from excessive alcohol and smoking.

If I Were A Bird

If I were a bird,
I’d have my own wings,
Unlike humans on earth
That do many things,
Such as wings of a plane,
With much effort and pain.

If I were a bird,
I’d fly really high
That humans don’t do,
And bravely defy
The wind and the weather,
The sun and the rain,
Clouds high above
A high mountain range.

If I were a bird,
I’d scan from above
The flowers and trees
That humans must love;
I’d wonder and wait
Until storms abate
When I should regain
My celestial estate.

I’d be nesting in trees
Without paying for my keep
With the high costs and fees,
And I’d do so with ease,
While romancing the breeze,
Again and again
With pleasure, not pain.

All in all, I’d be
But pleasurably free,
That humans on earth
Might readily see
And while I’d be up,
Frolicking, glad,
I’d wonder why humans
Should be miserably sad.

The Pain Of Mental Disorders

While some mental disorders can be diagnosed and treated, there are those that linger indefinitely. It is an affliction impacting millions of people around the world, the worst of which being schizophrenia, to the extent that it can prove to be intolerable and a veritable nightmare for other members of the family. Generally, when the mind is afflicted, the body begins to react abnormally, as well; and in most instances, it somehow triggers a sense of prejudice against the person, having to contend with such a mental disorder.

There are aspects of mental disorder that remain concealed and becomes known only when the disorder begins to manifest itself over a period of time.

There are those that refrain from seeking treatment, in order to avoid the resulting stigma that might be associated with the particular disorder.

Most mental disorders can be treated, in spite of which, those afflicted may not seek any treatment, thereby exposing themselves to the possibility of stepping on the “slippery slope” of mental deterioration, to a point whereby any kind of treatment becomes remotely possible, if not difficult to treat.

There are mental disorders that may be genetically inherited and the problem must be treated permanently.

Therapy, by way of working together with a treatment is another way to treat mental problems, together with psychotropic medications, depending on the diagnosis of a psychiatrist.