How do you communicate with people dealing with long life Illness?
Personal view of life long Illness
(introduce the group and why you chose it) My topic is about patients with long life illness with gout. Dealing with life long Illness can be devastating, but once you learn to live with it, you will be able to cope with it. I choose this group because my husband and son had currently experienced this illness. My husband was diagnose in 2007 and my son had experienced gout back in May 2013. This illness has changed our lives on a day to day basis, not knowing when it will occur unless we are careful of what we are eating and taking care of our health habits.
II. Historical/Background Information
(factual material about the group including healthcare perspective)
Gout is treated with certain medications reduce the pain and inflammation of gout attacks, such as anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen and others), and corticosteroids. Other medications decrease the level of uric acid in the blood and prevent the deposit of uric acid in joints (gouty arthritis), the kidneys (stones), and in tissue (tophi), helping to prevent further attacks and complications.
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. Uric acid is a breakdown product of purines that are part of many foods we eat. Some people may develop chronic gout. Those with chronic arthritis develop joint damage and loss of motion in the joints. They will have joint pain and other symptoms most of the time.
Life long Illness can come in many different forms, such as arthritis and diabetes, but today I’m talking about gout from a personal experience.
IV. Your perspective and embracing change (reflect on your own experience in learning about this group and how to show them compassion and respect) Dealing with gout in my family was very hard, especially for the
Cited: http://www.gout.com/#/what-is-gout http://www.gout.com/#/causes-triggers http://www.gout.com/#/doctor-discussion/guide http://www.gout.com/#/treating-gout-flares http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gout/DS00090/TAB=resources