Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects 25 million people. The disease inflames and narrows the airways, causing periods of wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing and chest tightness. Asthma usually starts in childhood and there is no cure. Even if you’re feeling fine, you could have a flare up at any time.
Bronchitis is a respiratory disease that causes the lining of your bronchial tubes to become inflamed. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis commonly develops from a cold or respiratory infection and usually improves within a few days.
Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is no longer able to pump out enough oxygen-rich blood (systolic heart failure) and the heart muscles are stiff and do not fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure). As the heart’s pumping becomes less effective, blood may back up in other areas of the body including the liver, lungs, arms, legs and gastrointestinal tract. This is called congestive heart failure or CHF.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a very serious disease that, over time, makes it hard to breathe. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States and causes serious long-term disability and early death. More than 12 million people knowingly suffer from it but that number may be closer to 24 million due to the amount of people who don’t realize they have COPD.
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood sugar levels, or glucose, are too high. This can cause serious problems including kidney, eyes or nerve damage, heart disease, stroke and amputation of a limb. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose, which is found in food, get into your cells and give them energy. If you have Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t make insulin. If you have Type 2 diabetes, which is more common, your body isn’t using its insulin efficiently. Without efficient use of insulin, the glucose stays in your blood and doesn’t get into the cells.
People who have a stoma often share the same concerns: will my skin become irritated from the urine, stool or pouching system? A good rule of thumb is to keep it simple. The fewer products you put on your skin, the less likely it will become irritated. To clean skin around your stoma, use warm water and a washcloth. If you prefer to use soap, choose a mild one. Avoid soaps with oils, perfumes or deodorants because they can prevent the skin barrier from sticking. Do not use moistened wipes or powders. Rinse the soap off very well and pat dry.
Franciscan Companies’ Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) are instrumental in carrying out our mission; they personally work with patients every day, helping them to live home and live well. However, if you were asked to name the people who work at a healthcare facility, your answer would likely be nurses and doctors. Respiratory therapists probably wouldn’t make your Top 5 list unless you have experience with asthma, COPD or ventilators. This group often stands in the shadows.
A strong love of the arts – specifically theater – has carried through much of David Feldman’s life. The Syracuse man was once an Artistic Director and Producer at Armory Square Playhouse and Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse; his plays have been produced throughout the country. He is a professor emeritus at Onondaga Community College, a hospice volunteer and leads a Writer’s Workshop at the YMCA. As if that’s not enough to keep his dance card filled, Feldman travels extensively throughout the United States. Being active is important to this man, but he recently began to reflect on his situation. He has no family in the area.
Destiny USA is an attraction for most 23-year olds… and Vinnie Carroll III from Jamesville is no different. Sure, it takes more time and effort to get there – being that he uses a walker and wheelchair, and is connected to a trach and ventilator 24/7 – but he gets there. And, he enjoys it. "He would come every day if he could," says Vinnie's father, Vinnie, Jr. "As it is, someone brings him two to three times a week."