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Post-cataract surgery requires scheduled eye drops

Possibly one of the biggest issues I had during recovery from cataract surgery was keeping up with the eye drop schedule.

During recovery for the first eye, I got fairly behind in administering the drops, and most likely missed doses.

I tried using the timer and the alarm on my phone to remind myself. It was difficult to comply with the doctor’s orders this way.

DosecastAfter the second surgery this morning, I searched the PlayStore for an Android app better suited to the task at hand. The first one I tried didn’t allow for much customization in the schedule. The next app I installed was called Dosecast, and it fit the bill!

This app allowed me to create a custom reminder for each of the meds I was required to self-administer.

In just a few short steps for each of the prescriptions, I was able to set up a profile for each.  I entered the name and set the frequency. I chose an alert sound, and set the number of repetitions for each reminder. In my case, I asked to continue to be reminded until I administered the med.  Once I do that, the app advances the time for the next reminder, based on the frequency that was set. It even allows me to skip reminders while I’m sleeping, which is what I want to do.

This is a free app that also has a Pro Edition. You can find out more information by visiting the Montuno Software website.

I highly recommend this app.  It’s available for iPhone and Android devices.

Caesarean section is inevitable if the vaginal birth is impossible, since the mother’s life is threatened as well as the child’s one, equivalently. Like any other operation, for women, cesarean section does not pass without side effects. No one can guarantee the absence of complications in advance and after the operation, and even after anesthesia. Now, let us present you 8 Things that your Gynecologist did not tell you about your Cesarean Section.

Day before the Surgery

Try to turn the nurses and midwives into your friends. This way you will get comfortable with the environment and feel less stressed. Spend the day reading or walking along the hospital corridor. More you set yourself on a positive wave, easier everything will be on the following day.

Pre-Surgery Diet

The last time you have to eat is at least 8 hours before your surgery. It should be light food, no fat, no spices, no salt. Remember, that during the last 8 hours before the procedure, you cannot even drink a soda! This is not a good time to be experimenting with new food that you’ve discovered, like edible flowers or roses you neighbour introduced last week!

Medical Procedures during the Surgery

You will be under anesthesia during your surgery time however it is absolutely up to you what to do during that period. There will be 2 options for you which are – following the process of the surgery or falling asleep under general anesthesia. Prior to this, be sure to consult with your doctor and sign the necessary papers.

First day after the Cesarean Section

After the surgery, it is best just to lay and rest for around 8 hours. Even if, at this time you do not feed your baby – do not worry. If surgery is performed under general anesthesia, better lie flat and do not twist your head, otherwise it can cause headaches.

Bathroom using after the surgery

If you feel pressure on the bladder or heat in the abdomen, then do not hesitate to go to the toilet. You can ask the nurse for help. It is important that you naturally start to give urine. You can spray the urethra gently with cool water or open the valve. The noise of the water can be very helpful to calm you down.

Time to move

Remember that more you walk, faster you get back to the form. The most important issue at this time is – the introduction of the gastrointestinal tract. Intestine works easier in a standing position. You can feel “return” to the form from having gases. If they become larger and more frequent, it will mean that your body is successfully coping with your current situation.

Second day after the Cesarean Section

It is the second day and only now you can eat water and crackers or a thick soup. You will receive the medical dressing after 24 hours from the time when the surgery was finished. If your bandages got wet during the washing time, tell the nurse and have them replaced before.

The last process

The wound should be washed after the surgery. You need to inspect your section daily and keep it clean. If, there is any redness, fluid or pus, then you must immediately visit your doctor.

 

 

Pregnancy can be an exciting and uncertain time as your body goes through many changes in preparation for the delivery of your baby. Some differences—like your growing belly—are enjoyable to watch and other issues are less so. Stomach troubles are a great example. In particular are nausea, vomiting, and bothersome acid reflux (also known as GERD). Heartburn and GERD are estimated to plague up to 80% of pregnancies due to changes in hormones like estrogen and progesterone, which slow digestion and relax muscles that are designed to keep stomach acids where they belong.

Persistent heartburn and GERD that disrupt your daily life or ability to sleep at night should be discussed with your obstetrician. Remember to never take any home remedies or medications without your physician’s approval. Some expectant moms do their best to avoid any medications outside of their prenatal vitamins during those crucial 40 weeks, so how can you control GERD without a pill? Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Eat less, but more often. Instead of having three meals a day, six small meals will be much easier to digest. Thanks to your growing belly, there’s less room for your stomach to expand so filling it up too high is a recipe for reflux back up into your esophagus.
  • Try thinner more liquid foods. While this may seem counter-intuitive, the truth is thinner foods like smoothies, puddings, and protein drinks pass through the stomach more easily and are less likely to come back to visit. Thinner liquids, like soda and tea, however, should be consumed in moderation.
  • Eat solid foods with care. Chew. Chew. Chew. When you are eating solid foods take time to make sure every bite is thoroughly processed before swallowing.
  • Elevate for nighttime reflux. Can’t lie down at night? Try a wedge pillow designed to reduce GERD symptoms. These pillows are designed to elevate your body into the right position to keep the acids in your stomach when you lie down.

A Word on Medications

There are a lot of do’s and don’ts to remember when you’re pregnant. If you MUST take something, remember that even a chewable antacid is a medication that should be discussed with your physician. While calcium-based antacids are usually fine, here are a few types of over the counter remedies you should avoid while you’re pregnant:

  • Anything with aspirin in it (like Alka-Seltzer). You may see it listed as salicylate or acetylsalicylic acid. If you are considering an over the counter medication, ask a pharmacist.
  • Antacids with sodium bicarbonate or sodium citrate—the high sodium content leads to increased water retention and swelling.
  • Remedies with aluminum as an ingredient. Aluminum is constipating for some women and could be toxic if taken in large amounts.

There are many things you can do to reduce the GERD symptoms that may come along with pregnancy. Do your best to make basic lifestyle changes and then remember that these symptoms will likely pass soon after your baby is born.

 

Depressed-Young-Person

When students go to university, it’s common for them to feel that it wasn’t what they expected. Many find that independence isn’t as exciting as they expected, and wonder if they chose the right course. They may think that everyone else is having a great time, and they’re the only one who’s feeling lonely and isn’t making friends. Most people get over this stage in time, and go on to enjoy their university years immensely. But for some, these early difficulties develop into serious depression, which can have a serious impact on their grades and well-being.

Typical symptoms of depression can include:

  • Feeling hopeless
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Reluctant to go out
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Irritability
  • Engaging in risky behaviour
  • Losing interest in things you usually enjoy
  • Being very self-critical and feeling worthless
  • Lack of energy
  • Poor concentration

So what should you do if these feelings last?

  • Seek help. Don’t try to soldier on alone and put a brave face on it. Just talking to someone will help you feel less alone, and there is a lot of help out there. Set the wheels in motion, so that you can get help as soon as possible.
  • Talk to professionals. Your university will have a counselling service or medical centre where you can talk to professionals who are very used to dealing with your situation. Or you can register with a GP, who will consider treatment options such as counselling or medication.
  • Don’t blame yourself. You’re not a bad person, and you’ve done nothing to deserve the depression or bring it on yourself. Having depression is not a sign of weakness. It’s either a reaction to circumstances, or a chemical imbalance in your brain. It’s also very common for students to develop depression, especially during their first year.
  • Advise your tutors. Universities are usually very helpful if students have health issues, and if your tutors know, they can offer help and make allowances.
  • Look after your health. Try to get enough sleep, eat regular meals, and choose health options rather than sugary foods and junk food.
  • Avoid self-medication. Drinking or taking drugs will not help your depression, in fact they can make it worse. You should also avoid alcohol if you are taking antidepressants.
  • Stick with your treatment. Don’t stop the tablets because you feel better, unless your doctor advises you to stop. If the tablets don’t agree with you, ask about switching to a different one or dose. Attend all your counselling sessions.
  • Have faith. It may seem hopeless right now, but most people manage to come through their depression and lead happier lives.