Excited about new job but weight gain has me considering bariatric surgery
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I learned even more about dementia and I am looking forward to using my new knowledge on the job. We learned that verbal is the least effective way to communicate with dementia patients. We should greet them with a smile, shake their hand or hold their hand before we talk to them. As dementia progresses and they lose their words they will communicate with their behavior. We need to look for unmet needs when we see wandering, restlessness, angry outbursts, or yelling out in dementia. I like this approach. if they wander are they looking for the bathroom? If they yell out are they in pain? If they resist bathing are they cold? are they embarrassed about privacy? Is the water too hot or cold? We also talked about giving the residents more joy by taking them outside to enjoy the courtyard in good weather. Make bathing more pleasant by playing music they like during bath time. I brought home a folder of ideas from the class. I'm also pleased that my son Kyle has completed his high school education. He can get his diploma now but I confess I nagged a lot to get him to finish. I'm exercising but my weight is not getting any better. One of my friends thinks I should have a gastric bypass to lose weight. The hospital I work at has a new DR who specializes in bariatric surgery. I'm 5 foot 6 and weigh 240. 6 months ago I got down to 219 which was still too much and now I'm almost back to the 242 I started from 2 years ago. Any advice about surgery pro or con?