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An Open Letter to Joy Behar

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The Effects of Nursing on Nurses

The Effects of Nursing on Nurses.

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New teaching semester

I love to teach nursing students.  I’m an OB RN since I fell in love with caring for pregnant ladies when I began nursing school in 1971.  Now I teach at 2 local community colleges during their OB rotations.   It is wonderful to see the students amazed at how the ladies accept their word and teaching on how to care for their newborn.

I begin with a new class tomorrow.  7 fresh new faces and brains to train.  For once no one speaks Spanish, a trait which is very useful here in Long Beach CA.  This class seems really excited, and I’m happy about that.  2 students speak Cambodian which will be helpful, since Long Beach is the largest city of Cambodians out side of Cambodia.  I have no men this semester, they were all assigned to the other teachers in the other hospitals.  I have mixed feelings about that.  Most of the male students say I have an easy way of transitioning them through OB.  2 students are Indian, they speak Hindi, one Vietnamese, 2 Caucasian, who only speak English.

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Attention new parents: help is on the way: here’s Doula

You’re home from the hospital 24 hours with your new bundle of joy.  Life is supposed to be perfect now; you have your dream of your ideal baby.  But the reality is an overflowing laundry basket, dirty dishes piling up, no food in the house to cook, and a baby that keeps the 2 of you in a perpetual state of exhaustion, with no time to do even the basics of both an uninterrupted shower, and brushing your teeth, you must decide which one is more important.

Who do you turn to when family is not available?  Try a post partum doula. Doula, what’s that you ask:  Loosely translated from Greek, a female caretaker, traditionally to help with the transition to being an organized family.

It’s 48 hours later, your doula has put in 2 shifts of 12 hours, the baby’s room is finally organized, baby laundry is done and all is put away, including the baby shower gifts.  You wake up from your nap, shower and brush your teeth, she hands you Junior to nurse, and assists with the latch in football hold.  When done she coaches you on swaddling him.  Great smells are coming from the crock pot, there is food in the refrigerator; the kitchen is tidy, no great stacks of dishes anymore. She reminds you about nutrition and breastfeeding, and checks your food preferences, as she hands you another glass of water.   She asks about planning the next few days, baby bath time, using your sling for a quick walk in the fresh air, reviewing age appropriate toys.

The doulas’ goal is to work herself out of a job, by helping and teaching you to coordinate your essential home activities, incorporating your newborn into your new daily routines.  The certified postpartum doula with her training also knows infant CPR. She won’t lay any guilt trips on you, but give you emotional support to being the parent you want to be.

Where do doulas come from?  How do they get their experience?  Most are experienced mothers, learning this is a way to put to use those talents they learned rearing their own brood.  Some are experienced nannies, expanding their capabilities to include the very newborn baby.  Some are nurses, tired of the stress of hospital work, where they can be assigned 4 families a shift to care for.  Others can be single, without family commitments, but have found by being from a large family they have an affinity for helping others in this way.   Each post partum doula has unique abilities; no 2 will be exactly alike.  Some insurance will now reimburse for them.  It will take work on your part to investigate your benefits. Ask the doula for the insurance code.

How do you find the doula?  Many have listing in parenting magazines; at times the bulletin board at the library or grocery store may have some .Some websites:,  DASC (Doula Association of Southern Calif), and other websites can be another resource. Costs vary depending on the doula’s background and experience, from $20 – $45 per hour.  You may need to interview several to find the one right for you. The most experienced doulas are booked early, so plan your interviews at least 2 months before your due date, but some also have last minute cancellations.  Most will ask for payment up front, and have you submit a receipt to your insurance for reimbursement.

Do a group of you want to give a unique baby shower gift?  How about service for a post partum doula for a week?

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Some Simple Steps for Cancer Prevention


I could talk about receptor sites of cells and their accepting Xenoestrogens provoking cancer onset, but what’s the point?  The how to’s get to the point a lot faster.  First and foremost a cancer precursor gene has been identified, and it’s important to prevent it from activation.

One identifier is intake of burnt food.  You may think well that’s not me, but how many don’t mind the over done toast, the barbeques with the hot dogs and burgers blackened on the grill, smores with blackened marshmallows.  All are best to be avoided.  Another avoidance is food or drink heated in the microwave in a Styrofoam, plastic or plastic lined container. Much research has been done about the leaching of chemicals from the plastic to the food, and health problems of those who do it regularly.  Time to get out your pyrex, glass and ceramic containers and put them to use.   Limit intake of red meat, to no more than 3 times a week, especially with a family history of colon cancer.  Yes, another reason to eat chicken, fish, or try the vegetarian lasagna.

Positive things you can do to prevent cancer is eating certain foods.  This is only a partial list of some of the most researched food.  Eat nuts, almost any type, I prefer walnuts, a small handful a few times a week in your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt etc.   Berries, again almost any type, throw a handful into your dishes.  Personally I keep a large bag of frozen blueberries, and defrost small amounts to add to my yogurts and cereals.  Onions and garlic intake have shown a 56% – 88% drop in some cancers.

With a family history of breast, cervical and or ovarian cancer, the easiest thing is to make sure the females breast feed their infants for one complete year.  Giving birth and not breastfeeding has a 38% correlation of increased cancer risk.  Some more food for thought, yes, the less free radicals in your body, the lower your cancer risk.  And anti-oxidents are a good thing to have. This is not by any means a complete list,  but just some guidelines to jog your thinking.  Next time in a restaurant: to choose the French Onion soup vs Chicken noodle, yes why not add onions to your burger, have food in a garlic sauce.  Beg your companion’s pardon, and carry breathe mints.



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Another day in Sunny Southern California

The weather report says the snow level is coming down to 1000 feet.  Wow, that’s low for here.  When my kids were 4 or 5, it hailed.  I have pictures of them, somewhere, playing in the  hail in the backyard,  As it hit the slide, it didn’t stick to that section, and slid down and formed a pile about 6 inches deep at the foot of the slide.  We made hailballs for awhile, and it took about 4 days for everything to all melt.

Right now, it’s partly cloudy and in the 50’s.  I keep telling my kids to put on a sweater, do not walk around the house barefoot or only with sox on, and stop turning up the heat.

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