Month: December 2013

Smile, Cry, Laugh, Love, and Live!

Smile even when it makes you look foolish.                                               Cry without being ashamed or afraid. Laugh without apologies.               Love, without calculation or excuse. Play like a gleeful child, and live your life with a sense of freedom ....

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Holidays Wishes

Happy Holidays to everyone; wishing you a New Year filled with success and prosperity. If you should set a New Year’s Resolution make sure it is one that its success depends upon you and not another person.  Never put the key to your happiness in another person’s pocket.  Live your life like there is no tomorrow.  Create your own path and live life without regrets.  Stop to smell the roses as you go along, and count the step on the ladder while you go up. Never to afraid to love and accept love. Never be afraid to make sacrifice...

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Trauma News

Walter Reed gets Level II Trauma Center verification     Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has joined an elite group of hospitals verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level II Trauma Center.   In September, the American College of Surgeons, or ACS, Committee on Trauma conducted an intensive site visit and review, evaluating all phases and areas of trauma care to include the medical center’s emergency department, blood bank, intensive care unit, operating rooms and rehabilitation facilities. Using the high standards outlined in their “Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient” manual, the...

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News on Suicide

Experts Debate Link Between Deployment And Suicide Risk   There is a very interesting debate over combat deployment and suicide risk in the December 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The conversation unfolds in the letters section, and it addresses the results of a JAMA study published in August that suggested military deployment is not associated with suicide risk.   The finding took many people by surprise as it contradicts the stories we’ve heard about service members who were deeply affected by deployment and subsequently took their own lives. When I recently mentioned this study...

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FAMILY FEELS IT TOO

PTSD may bring role-reversal effect for family caregivers     Many family members of recently-deployed service members find themselves in a different roll, with new responsibilities, upon their service member’s return from combat.   If post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD, is involved, family members may now occupy a different and greater care-giver role, and in many circumstances may even be thriving in that role.   The effect of PTSD on primary care-giving family members can seem minimal, but is often of longer duration and greater intensity than they are used to providing. New opportunities to avoid PTSD triggers...

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