Month: March 2016

Alternative Home Medical Supply – Assuring Soon Recovery

images (5)With the pace of time, there has been a huge development in the field of medical science and hospital services. The earlier patients suffered a lot due to the lack of proper services and there was a necessity to stay in the hospital unless and until they recover. The present day scenario is different. The patients can enjoy the medical services by staying at home and there is no necessity to move to the hospital unless it is an emergency.

In the recent years, there has been tremendous advancement in the field of nursing and home medical supplies. This has given a comfortable life to the patients and treating complex medical problems have been simpler at home. There are many people, who have realized the fact that aged people have refused to move to the hospital for a nursing facility. The older generation found it difficult to adjust in a hospital or a nursing home, where the environment is completely new. The atmosphere changes and adjustment in such a situation becomes a tough job for them.

The situation was not easy to accept. Often they need to share a room with people with whom they have nothing in common. The noise level is also high and patients find it difficult to adjust as they lose their mental peace. The noise level often goes high and it is too difficult to bear. Sound sleep is also affected and the patients fail to have enough rest. That is why many people consider that hospitals are dangerous places to stay during sickness. There is also immense exposure to different types of germs that extends the duration of a certain disease.

Today, the quality of life has changed for the patients, who stay at home. The patient can enjoy the benefits of the hospital by staying in the home itself. The concept is widely accepted and many families prefer this modern way of recovering the patients. Nursing care at home has become common that ensures quicker recovery of the patients.

The advent of alternative medical supply has improved the quality of life of the patients. They get the appropriate care and the correct supplies that is required to recover soon. There is also good scope to interact with the members of the family and remain cheerful. At times, they may not feel that they are ill and time passing is too easy in a homely environment.

The modern day home medical supplies provide treatment and recovery for a wide range of illness and injuries. It is beneficial to the patients as well as the society followed by recovery in no less time. Chances to recover in less time duration is best possible by staying in the comfort of home itself.

 

Medical Practice

download (25)Every clinician has their own personal practice style, and every medical office their unique drama. When seeing patients, Dr. Ted Pit Olee’gi preferred sitting more than standing, except on occasion when both feet felt like six-month-old chocolate cookies. Do not place any blame on Dr. Ted. For three decades, those pincers have carried a 158-pound weight in a 5 ft 7 inches frame.

To the left of a short corridor is the entrance door to Dr. Ted’s exam room. Upon entry, patients glimpse a black swivel chair located at the center of the office. In front of the black spinning chair is a brown desktop, which only has room for a mouse tucked behind a Lifebook tablet PC.

Diagonal to the laptop and resting on the back wall are two black chairs, with padded backrests. When he is seated, Dr. Ted’s extended right hand can reach for syringes, Band-Aids and tongue depressors from a six-door cabinet hung on the side wall. A motion-activated hand sanitizer dispenser is screwed to the mid section of the cabinet.

Patients who require abdominal palpation lie down on a brown examination table against the wall to the left of Dr. Ted when he sits on his black swivel chair. An apparatus for weight and height measurement occupies part of the space between the doorway and the exam couch.

‘Last patient, twenty-five today,’ said Ted with a sigh. His breath pumped and deflated a broad chest beneath a checkered shirt, buttoned to the top of his collarbone.

Each day at the practice, Dr. Ted Pit looked forward to going home. The time at the bottom of the laptop now showed 6.15 pm. Physicians’ fatigue in practice is proportional to the number of patients seen each day.

The last patient, a three-year-old girl, threw up once a week ago. Her mother brought her here to get a medical note to return the child to daycare. On entering the consulting room, the mother occupied the black chair against the wall while the three-year-old loitered in the maze between the exam table, a plastic trash can and the swiveling chair.

When Dr Olee’gi stood to shake off pain from the whorls of varicose veins hugging his left calf, the child took possession of the swivel chair, rolled it down, and climbed on top, spinning to the right and left.

Ted looked quizzically at the mother, his face an image of someone whose favorite soccer team is three-zero down.

After mother seized the ‘Return to daycare’ note, the girl vacated the swivel chair in exchange for a happy face sticker.

‘You could put the laptop to sleep and leave now,’ a maternal voice whispered into Pit’s left ear.

‘Complete patients charts,’ a male voice in the right ear commanded.

‘Go home,’ the motherly voice countered the male voice. ‘Twenty-five patients for a solo practitioner is enough drill.’

Unable to hear any more commotion below, a resident rodent behind the office ceiling crept towards the cabinet. A squirrel, maybe? Anything rodent kills Dr. Ted Pit, more so when they are hidden. ‘Flee,’ said the maternal voice. ‘Stand your ground,’ countered the male voice.

Conflicted, the doctor raked around in his hair with the spade attached to his left ring finger. ‘A scabbed wound, huh?’ he murmured.

‘From your recent trip to the barber,’ offered the combatant male voice.

The left third finger reinforced the left ring finger and in unison they chased and arrested the scab for proper examination.

Ringworm, giant wart, staphylococcal infection, cancer… which one had death thrown his way, he wondered?

If only he were able to look at his scalp, he could make the diagnosis without any doubt. Like hidden rodents, hidden ailments spook both patients and clinicians.

Packets of antibiotic cream lie in the bottom drawer of the medical cabinet. His dehydrated hands tore open a couple of sachets and squirted the contents onto the end of his right index finger to ferry to the scab site.

But each time the left finger located the scab, the right finger missed the target. The left fingers relocated the scab one more time, but again the right missed delivering the antidote cream on the target. Smears of cream ended up all over Ted’s head and face. For a few minutes he paused in reflection.

Indeed bad days occur in cascades. He who was whipped by a wasp melts at the site of a butterfly. Suddenly, across his shoulders, he could feel the weight of a massive snake. Where there are squirrels, snakes prosper. Two right fingers groped round his neck, located the body of the snake and tossed it high against the wall to his left.

The head slammed against the wall with a thump before the snake bounced off and fell on the brown examination table, which was draped with a white sheet paper roll.

‘Ewooh! The stethoscope,’ he grunted.

To Heal and to Be Healed

images (4)As a junior year medical student, I have realized that it’s not enough to learn everything by simply reading gigantic books or attending long lectures, rather, it is important to enhance yourself with the necessary skills by attending trainings and applying your knowledge into practice. A few months ago, I participated in a first aid training organized by my university, and just last month before my 6th semester, I was trained and certified in the first aid level 1 (including AED) course.

The break before the next semester at medical school is generally regarded as the last time of true freedom for med students. We are supposed to live it up and enjoy every second of this liberated time before we become sleep-deprived and buried in books. Although this break brings relaxation, excitement and enjoyment, a number of anxieties also accompany this transition time.

I am the typical paranoid student in med school, always worried about grades and studying. It’s like you’re in the middle of the fire and it’s hard to step out of it.

Considering how easy it is to get certified in first aid, there’s really no reason not to do this. First aid training comes in handy for a variety of different situations in life. When you know what to do in emergency situations, you can become a valuable asset wherever you go. Becoming a doctor is harder than you could possibly imagine. You will struggle, sacrifice and cry; and sometimes you will be faced with worse of human condition.

Occasionally, med school has shown me dramatic, blood pumping and cinema-worthy moments. When you think you can’t handle one second more, you will see something that will perfectly restore your faith in humanity and the belief that people really are innately good. I can’t wait to start my clinical rotations and get that beautiful feeling of helping someone, knowing that you are the only thing between the patient’s health and his grave.

Apart from medical students or physicians, I feel real life needs first aiders! The next time you’re at a restaurant and a fellow begins choking, or you’re walking on the streets and see someone collapse in front of you, for instance, you’ll just know what to do.

Most importantly, I want to be a resource for my community. I want to be somebody’s hero someday, and learn how to be cool, calm, collected and a lifesaver in an emergency. The ‘Good Samaritan’ in us prompts us to receive first aid training so that we can be of assistance to others in need!

Although there’s a lot of burn out, a lot of stress and a lot of wondering, “where did my life go?” Despite all that, the feeling of being in med school and getting into the field of medicine is truly a blessing.

I want to be an effective person, who can engage with patients. Considering the fact that my area of interest is Emergency Medicine, there’s always this fear, “what if I work this hard and I don’t get to be who I want to be?”

It’s amazing that you learn new stuff about the body everyday and you’re like “wow, that’s awesome, the way that works” and sometimes you’re like, “I can’t even believe I’m alive right now.”

“You consider yourself a small body, yet encapsulated within you is an entire universe.” – Ali Ibn Abi Talib

I used to be very innocent last year. I used to look at the third year students studying so hard, day in and day out and be like, “hey, I don’t have to do that” and boom, I’m already in third year!

Allopathy, Homeopathy and Ayurveda A Comparison

download (24)Though Ayurveda is the oldest system of medicine, originated and used in India since ages and homeopathy slowly making a mark amongst the different medicine systems available, but when it comes to the choice of medication preferred, allopathy still has taken the lion’s share of the market.

With the rising confusion and myths associated with these medications, it becomes important to compare all these medicine systems (allopathy, homeopathy, and Ayurveda) to find out the major differences between them and to get an idea which one is ideal or best suited for different diseases at different times.

Allopathy

Allopathy is derived from the Greek word állos (other or different) + pathos (disease or suffering), which means “other than the disease.” Allopathy is essentially a piece of the western therapeutic framework and is spread everywhere throughout the world. It is received by the majority of the nations around the globe and commonly called as drug therapy. Allopathy is basically a drug oriented methodology and relies upon three things, hypothesis, experimentation, and the result of the experiment.

In this methodology, allopathic doctors are restricted by what they can do on the grounds that they just have to concentrate on the symptoms of a disease and not on the causes of those symptoms. It appears that there is a pill for each evil and then, a pill for all their side effects. It is known that allopathy offers only partial cure, as the drugs are made to only cure the reaction and not the root cause. The effectiveness of allopathic medicines during an emergency is the fundamental reason why it is adopted by most of the people all around the world.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy, the name is derived from two Greek words (hómoios + pathos) meaning “like disease.” It means that a substance which causes the symptoms of a disease in a healthy person will cure the same disease in a sick person. (We bet you will read that again). According to this methodology, substances that produce symptoms of a disease will have a curative effect on a sick person exhibiting the same symptoms, when given in very dilute quantities.

Homeopathy is a holistic system of treatment that originated in the 18th century and has been proven to be safe, effective and curative. It has been in use since last 200 years, by hundreds of millions of people. It embraces the body’s natural response system by attacking the root cause of illness or by encouraging the symptoms of healing. This is why it is meant to completely cure a disease. The homeopathic medicines are non-toxic and do not have any side effects. It works by using very small doses of potential substances to stimulate the immune system which helps in healing the patient naturally.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which is formed from two words, “Ayus” meaning life and “Veda” meaning knowledge or science. So the term Ayurveda resembles, “The Knowledge of Life.”

Ayurveda is also known as the science of natural healing because it derives its medicines purely from nature. Ayurveda is originated in India and is 5000 years old medical knowledge system. According to Ayurveda, body, mind and spirit are connected with each other.

Which treatment should you follow?

All the medicine systems, allopathy, homeopathy, and Ayurveda have their own merits and demerits and your choice should depend on the disease, cause of illness, possible ways of treatment etc. Homeopathy is really effective in treating both acute and chronic illness as it treats the root cause of the illness which is not in the case of allopathy. Allopathy has a good investigation, testing, and practicing system. It relies on many tests, techniques, scans, surgery etc. and has been widely used all over the world, but it alleviates the symptoms of the disease rather than going deeper into the cause. Apart from this, allopathy is also associated with side effects and allergies.

Ayurveda and homeopathy believe in individualistic approach and treat patients accordingly. Apart from the medicine, these types of treatments focus on the whole lifestyle such as diet, attitude, exercise etc. But these methodologies also have some loopholes. There is a shortage of practitioners, lack of proper scientific research & investigations and proper boards to manage practitioners or standardize the medications.

It is important to know that one form of medication system may be effective for a particular person or a particular disease at a particular time, but may not at another point.

Choosing the best treatment option for a particular disease has always remained a confusion for you, considering the merits and demerits of the available treatment methodologies, i.e. allopathy, homeopathy, and Ayurveda.