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Dangers

Introduction

With any major disease there comes with it a package of do’s and don’ts that are particular to the malady being addressed.  Like the diabetic that has to control their sugar intake and internal sugar levels.  The list of what is okay or not okay is pretty long for patients that are  immune-compromised.

About a week ago I read an article that was very upsetting.  It said that beaches in Florida and Washington were tested and it was found that they both contained MRSA and Straph bacteria.  If you do not believe what I am saying read this article at http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-09-12-staph-superbug-MRSA-beaches_N.htm It is now the time of year that is perfect for my daughter and I to go to the beach.  With this latest news of dangerous bacteria in the sand and water we now have another avenue of freedom suddenly taken away.  We are talking about two people that have been house bound for almost 19 months and it sure is getting old.  But now I am meandering off the main point.

Dangers

The point is that if I had not read that article I could have inadvertently put my daughter’s life at risk because she is immune compromised from almost two years of chemo therapy for leukemia.

Now I have put together several pages trying to identify and catalogue the dangers for immune compromised patients.  These are a list of the main culprits, which can endanger a life.  Each article includes actions that can be taken to prevent or remove these dangers.

You are going to have to be very vigilant to protect yourself or loved one that is going through treatment.  My friend jokes that as cancer care -givers we have become germophobes and there is some truth to that statement.  But you see, we have paid the price for any sickness because we end up in the hospital with the patient.  After what I have learned and been through at hospitals, I have decided it is better to be paranoid about germs than lackadaisical and then experiencing the consequences.

Work

Cancer and other diseases can be daunting in the amount of work it takes to keep up with the patient, the drugs, side-effects and a host of other problems that come with treatment.  I hope I have put together a site that helps you in your quest, whatever that may be.  Just take one thing at a time. When our daughter was diagnosed and we were coming home our first step was to get our home as clean as possible.  In the subsequent months we continued to improve.

The next step was to mitigate side effects,  which we did successfully.

Step by Step

Just start with one thing and keep adding as you go.  All of this gets easier as you get used to your medical routine while figuring out new things all the time. The main dangers to watch out for are: mould, fungus, germs and infections.  All of these topics are covered in detail in this section of the website.

If you find something that I have not covered please write me and let me know what it is so that I can address it as soon as possible.

As of 2010 cancer will be the number ONE killer in the world.  With your input and suggestions I am striving to build the most comprehensive, honest website on the Internet.  With your help maybe together we can spread the word and help others to take actions for their health that may prevent disease from knocking on their door.

Deb