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    Tips for Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

    Last updated 3 years ago

    When you learn that you have cancer, you are likely to experience an overwhelming range of emotions that can mimic the emotions of the grieving process. It’s natural and even beneficial to let yourself experience this form of grief so that you can then move forward with your treatment. Then, prepare yourself for living with cancer and dealing with the treatment process by becoming an informed patient. For example, learn as much as you can about your specific type of cancer, the treatment options, and where the nearest emergency care facility is, just in case you need prompt medical help.

    Become a Self-Advocate

    Becoming an advocate for your own health means talking to your cancer care team about your diagnosis, asking in-depth questions about your treatment options, and learning what you might expect from the side effects. Being a self-advocate may help you develop positive thinking patterns because it places you in control of your healthcare. However, you don’t have to do this alone. Oncologists often recommend that cancer patients bring along a trusted family member to appointments. Your family member can help you by taking notes, asking questions, and helping you coordinate care.

    Maintain Your Physical Health

    Talk to your oncologist about maintaining your physical health during cancer treatment. You may find that you can cope better with the physical and emotional aspects of treatment by adhering to a mild exercise program, such as yoga or walking. You might also consider working with a nutritionist to help you maintain weight during treatment.

    Prepare for Life Changes

    Before you begin cancer treatment, talk to your oncology team about what you can expect. Depending on your specific treatment and your body’s response to it, you may need more assistance around the home, help with transportation to and from medical appointments, and mobility assistance via devices such as a walker or cane.

    The oncology team at Fawcett Memorial Hospital is dedicated to providing a continuum of care for patients and their loved ones. From diagnosis through remission, we’ll be there to offer emotional support, patient education, support groups, and compassionate care. Residents in the Punta Gorda, North Port, and Port Charlotte areas can call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1599 to learn more about cancer care or our other healthcare services, including emergency care, senior care, and cardiac care.

    Debunking Myths About Flu Shots

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Influenza, or the flu, is a serious infection that can cause complications which can send you to the emergency care department. You can safeguard your health by getting an annual flu vaccine. About two weeks after receiving the flu shot, your body will develop antibodies that can fight off the flu virus. If you have any concerns about getting a flu shot, you can ask your doctor for advice.

    Myth: There’s No Need to Get a Vaccine Each Year

    Many people believe that if they received a flu shot one year, there’s no need to get it during subsequent years. Physicians recommend annual flu shots because there are multiple influenza viruses. Each year, researchers analyze influenza viruses to determine which are most likely to be most prevalent that year.

    Myth: I Can’t Contract the Flu from Someone Without Symptoms

    Another common myth about the flu vaccine is that as long as a person avoids being around sick people, there’s no need to get the shot. In fact, it is indeed possible to contract the flu virus from a person who shows no signs of having the flu.

    Myth: If I Get the Flu Vaccine, Other Preventive Measures Are Unnecessary

    Getting the flu vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself from this dangerous virus. However, getting vaccinated doesn’t negate other preventive strategies you can use to safeguard your health. There are plenty of other infections that you could be exposed to. It’s always advisable to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, and avoid touching your face.

    Myth: It’s Not Necessary for Healthy People to Get Vaccinated

    Influenza is particularly dangerous for the elderly, the very young, and those with compromised immune systems. However, even healthy people can become seriously ill with the virus. Health experts recommend the flu shot for everyone over the age of six months.

    For all of your preventive healthcare needs, you can turn to Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte. Our hospital is pleased to serve residents in North Port, Punta Gorda, and the surrounding areas with exceptional cardiac care, emergency care, and senior care. If you wish to obtain a referral to a physician at our hospital, call (888) 685-1599.

    A Senior's Guide to Facing Fall Risks

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Falls are a serious concern for seniors. Over a million seniors in the U.S. require emergency care each year because of injuries related to falls. Sometimes, these injuries lead to permanent disabilities that can cause the loss of independence. Given these grim facts, it isn’t surprising that some seniors have a fear of falling. If you’re concerned about your risk of falling or you’ve already suffered a fall, you can consult a physician to discuss strategies of safeguarding your health.

    Facing Your Fear of Falling

    Being concerned about falling isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it may mean that you’ll take precautions to avoid this problem. However, fear of falling may sometimes become so overwhelming that seniors try to avoid leaving home, resulting in social isolation and reduced self-care abilities. Physicians urge seniors who are concerned about falling to schedule an appointment at their community hospitals. Your physician can assess your potential risk of falling and refer you to specialists. You could work with a physical therapist to improve your muscle strength and balance, for example. Your physician might also recommend that you have your eyes checked regularly since impaired vision can contribute to falls. By working proactively with your physician, you’re likely to find that your fear of falling is manageable.

    Making Your Home Safer

    A senior care specialist can provide guidance on making your home safer. Make sure that all areas, both inside and outside, have adequate lighting. You can enlist the help of a family member or friend to install handrails along outdoor walkways, hallways, and stairwells. It’s also a good idea to remove loose throw rugs and eliminate clutter that might pose a tripping hazard.

    Fawcett Memorial Hospital is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of seniors throughout North Port, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, and beyond. We offer exceptional senior care services, in addition to our emergency care department and cardiac care team. You can explore our senior care services on our website or call (888) 685-1599 if you wish to speak with a registered nurse.

    What You Need to Know About Flu Shot Safety

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Healthcare providers recommend that everyone six months of age and older receive an annual flu vaccination. However, if you have an egg allergy, you should talk to your physician before receiving the flu shot. Many people have concerns regarding whether the flu shot is safe. You can rest assured that flu vaccination manufacturers meet very strict safety standards to ensure that the injections are free of contaminants and that the dosage strength is appropriate. Hundreds of millions of people have safely received the flu shot.

    If you have further concerns about the safety of the flu shot, watch this video. You’ll hear a doctor with the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office explain the safety measures that apply to the flu shot. She also discusses some side effects that may occur. Serious side effects with the flu shot are quite rare.

    Residents of the Port Charlotte, North Port, and Punta Gorda areas can receive their annual flu shots and other vaccinations at Fawcett Memorial Hospital. Call (888) 685-1599 or visit our website to browse through our healthcare services, including senior care and cardiac care. 

    Spotlight on Spine Care

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Among our many specialties, Fawcett Memorial Hospital features a state-of-the-art Spine, Orthopedic, and Neurosurgical Program in Port Charlotte. All of the team members in our spine care program are highly trained professionals, including Fellowship-trained physicians, pain management specialists, concierge staff, discharge planners, and rehabilitation professionals. Our team uses the most advanced treatments available to treat spinal conditions such as persistent low back pain, spinal arthritis, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, osteoporosis, and many others.

    Prior to your orthopedic procedure, you’ll receive extensive pre-operative education to help you understand exactly what to expect and how to prepare. Upon admission to our hospital, you’ll relax in our hotel-like accommodations with concierge service available to tend to your needs. In your private room, you and your significant other will enjoy gourmet meals. If your significant other wishes to remain with you during your stay with us, we’ll be happy to provide a comfortable sleeper recliner. Our team members are dedicated to making your experience as pleasant as possible.

    In addition to our exceptional spine program, Fawcett Memorial Hospital provides emergency care, senior care, and cardiac care to residents of the Port Charlotte area and beyond. If you have any general healthcare questions, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1599.


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