Silver Linings Survivorship Services: bring out the best you through exercise
Funded by Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation
Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital, 8300 Constitution Ave NE, ABQ, NM 87110 www.phs.org
Six week program, 2 hours.
All sessions include stretching and journaling. Each week is themed with an expert speaker.
Intro, lymphedema, fatigue and activities of daily living, nutrition and dietary considerations, peripheral neuropathy and cognitive impairment, long term side effects and exercise.
Excellent program. Informative and helpful. Well worth it. We all agreed that we learned a lot.
Gretl Berneart OTR/L, CLT-LANA Ada Portman, MPT, CLT Ann Mustoe, RN ONS
Jan Esparza, RD Monica Bartley, Exercise Specialist
I understand that this program will be repeated. Contact 505-559-8761 to find out more about the workshop
For the last two days I have taken a friend for her chemotherapy at Presbyterian Kaseman Cancer Center. This is the fifth month of a six month round of therapy.
My friend is resilient, independent and self-sufficient. She has no choice. She has no one at home to care for her. Her cancer is stage four.
We check in and go into the center. There is no wait. One of her favorite nurses comes to get her. He brings her into a two recliner room and inserts her IV catheter. Blood is drawn for the labs. Expertly done.
Next is the weigh in and the doctor’s visit. We have the same doctor. Pleasant man. Today he takes all the time she needs and helps her solve the at home nausea problem and he reviews the labs taken 10 minutes ago.
On to the infusion room. It is a squarish room. Large windows, mountain view. Lining the walls are recliners each having an IV pole on a stand with a controller.
The nurse for the day starts a bag of saline running. A warm blanket and pillows appear. A bag of steroids with nausea medication is hung. Followed by medicine to protect her stomach.
That done the nurse appears gowned gloved and masked with the first chemo. The infusion is started. My friend tolerates the infusion. We talk. The oncology dietitian stops by for a visit. Someone offers us snacks.
I step out for lunch. My friend has a sandwich and a banana. The last bag is hanging.
I am surprised to see that most patients have no one with them to offer support and to while away the time. I expected someone to be there for each. Life would be so much better if there were.
Next day was a shorter version of the first. All went well.
Hopefully, her nausea is under control. Today she did express a need for a hamburger. Tomorrow, if her night goes well, we will stop at Fuddruckers on the way to our cancer rehab class on managing fatigue.
Recovering from cancer, Addressing the issues
Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital >>open to all cancer patients>>Wednesdays 1-3>> call 505-559-8761 to join group or come to an individual class. FREE and Supportive +++good for any level of ability
10-1-14 Lymphedema discussion Ada Portman, MPT,CLT and Gretl Bernaert, OTR/L, CLT-LANA Activity: therapeutic exercises
10-8-14 Fatigue and activities of daily living Overview, management : Ann Mustoe RN, ONS and Gretl Bernaert, OTR/L, CLT-LANA Activity: Chair exercises
10-15-14 Nutrition and dietary considerations Overview,: healthy eating, weight gain/loss Jan Esparza RD Activity: nutrition game and circuit training
10-22-14 Peripheral neuropathy and cognitive impairment Overview, management Monica Bartley, exercise specialist and Ada Portman MPT, CLT Activity: balance class and cognitive exercise with movement
10-29-14 Long term side effects and exercise Bone: Gretl Bernaert benefits of exercise estrogen blockers Activity: low impact aerobics
All classes also include breathing and stretching and journaling