You'd Better Not Die Or I'll Kill You: A Caregiver's Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits
Bestselling writer Jane Heller thought she'd found her dream man—until he turned out to be a "frequent flier," the term doctors and nurses use to refer to patients who land in the E.R. more often than the average person goes to Starbucks. Here, Jane shares her experiences of looking after her chronically ill husband with Nora Ephron–like wit, and offers practical guidance for handling it all without drowning. With advice on staying healthy while caring for a loved one and learning to communicate with medical staff, plus wisdom from other caregivers and experts, this is a personal and invaluable tool kit that also manages to prompt laughter and inspire. For the more than 65 million caregivers in the US alone, this book couldn't be more timely or important.
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What Is a Caregiver Anyway?
Navigating Past the FreakOut
Making Emergency Room Visits and Insanity Mutually Exclusive
DoctorsCant Live with Em Cant Live Without Em
How to Turn Even the Crankiest NursesAidesMedical Personnel into Buddies
When Loved Ones Take on a Different Personality and You Start Wishing Theyd Disappear
How to Wait Out Waiting Rooms
Caregiver Sleep Doesnt Have to Be an Oxymoron
The Great EscapeTaking a Mental Vacation
Being a Crybaby Isnt Necessarily a Bad Thing
Sometimes Laughter Isnt the Best MedicineIts the Only Medicine
Just Breathe Or Meditate Or Both
Who Has Time to Cook a Healthy Meal? We Do
Sex? Romance? Is Anybody Getting Any?
The Hospital Room Etiquette Miss Manners Never Told Us About
Whos the Bossof Me?
Getting on the Same Page as that Sister Who Drives You Nuts and Other Family Matters
Who Knew Friends Could Be So Unfriendly?
Does Working Mean You Dont Care or Does Caring Mean You Dont Work?
The Home HealthCare Invasion
Using the F Word as in Facility
Finding a Shoulderor Tento Lean On
When to See a Shrink
Spiritual Care Isnt Necessarily Just for the Spiritual
Getting Through the Goodbye
Yes There Are Silver Linings
When Caregiver Becomes Caregivee
Famous Last Words
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