Organizing for Family Caregiving

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Organizing for Family Caregiving

A few months ago my dad had throat surgery and was unable to swallow or eat afterward so they put a feeding tube in his stomach before the hospital would allow him to go home. He’s much more comfortable healing at home but it’s been a very slow process and he’s needed quite a bit of assistance and care from the family. There is a home health care service that sends a nurse to the house a couple times a week to check his progress, but my mother takes care of all his daily needs and I enjoy being able to assist her or relieve her whenever possible.

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How to Make the 2nd Talk Better Than the First

I clearly remember the “first talk” with my mom. She was driving down the road in the family van with my older sister in the front seat and me in the back when my mom broached the subject and asked me if there was anything I wanted to know. With my sister grinning at me I answered back “nope, I pretty much know everything!” Of course I didn’t know anything, but how do you know what you don’t know?

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Now that I’m older, with kids of my own, there is a whole new set of issues to deal with like premenopausal symptoms that can be just as embarrassing (if not more) to talk about. We had some problems getting pregnant due to my issues with endometriosis, which also caused me to have a hysterectomy not long after the quads were born. Since I had the surgery at a relatively young age I began dealing with menopause in my mid to late 30s. My symptoms were mostly hot flashes and night sweats which I’ve since learned to control somewhat through diet and supplements, however those uncomfortable symptoms can and do come back when least expected.

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I recently learned that Poise has come out with a whole new line of products that combat the symptoms of menopause. I went shopping at Walmart and purchased all five – Poise Roll-On Cooling Gel, Poise Body Cooling Towelettes, Poise Feminine Wash, Poise Panty Freshener, and Poise Personal Lubricant.

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Hoping to have a better “second talk” I invited my mom, mother-in-law, and a couple of friends over for a Take a Meno-Pause Party where we checked out the Poise Feminine Wellness products and swapped tips and stories about our menopause experiences. My two younger friends didn’t want to be caught on camera as they were a little embarrassed by the topic but I think it’s important for all women to know what to expect because I sure wish I had an inkling. They asked good questions and we all got good tips from the others like sleep with a chilling pillow and keep a small hand-held fan in your desk, car or purse.

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We actually all had a good time, learned a lot, and enjoyed checking out the Poise products. We all agreed that the cooling towelettes were perfect in more ways than one. The reclosable package was handy to use and carry with you and they worked really well. Since we live in the hot humid South we thought these would be excellent to keep on hand for frequent use. I also really liked the panty fresheners – they are small round stickers with a light scent that you place anywhere on your panties and they last for four hours or more.

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Do you have any tips for dealing with menopause or having the second talk? I’d love to hear about them! If you’d like to learn more or you have something to say on the topic then you should join the Poise 2nd Talk Twitter Party on Thursday, September 20th at 1:00 PM Eastern. You can RSVP here and have a chance to win $100 spa gift cards and $50 Walmart gift cards. You can also find Poise on Twitter or Facebook and don’t forget to grab this $1 off coupon before you head to the store.

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