A few days ago, I received a call from an ET patient who has been having problems cutting herself when using sharp knives in the kitchen. At the time, I was at a loss for helpful suggestions. Since then, I did a bit of searching on our very own website! Under Assistive Devices, there is a link to Elder Store, http://www.elderstore.com/adaptive-eating-utensils. They have several serrated rocker knives listed which should provide some help in preparing meals. If you have any other helpful kitchen hints, please let us know.
On October 4th and 5th, I represented the IETF at the National Gerontological Nursing Association annual convention in Baltimore, MD. What a great experience!
Approximately 250 nurses attended and I think I spoke to all of them! They were warm, caring and anxious to give their patients the best care and understanding they can. They shared stories, asked questions and snatched up printed materials like our patient brochure, surgical brochure, essential tremor vs. Parkinson’s disease (ET vs. PD) flyer.
Nearly all of them work with essential tremor patients; some nurses have ET themselves and some have family members or friends with ET. Some also teach in nursing schools. However, none were aware that the IETF existed. They were so happy to know there is a resource to access the latest information to help them care for their patients and to educate student nurses.
Another plus was an invitation from a nurse from Oklahoma to attend their meeting in April 2013. She said, “This is so important!” I am looking forward to getting to know this group of caregivers.
One of the most rewarding things about my job is getting out to visit with nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and primary care physicians. They truly care about their patients!
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