Presbyterian Cancer Education Series 6 week workshop

Workshops

 

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

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The Infusion Room

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.

 

 

 

Bring out the best you through exercise workshop

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