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May 2016

Happy Hour Brew on Tap to Benefit BIND!

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Join us for Happy Hour at BrainDead Brewing in Dallas – Friday, June 3rd from 4 to 7 pm (or anytime you want!!!).

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Don’t let the name “Arrogant Bastard” for this special Ale mislead you. This brew is quite the opposite – traveling the globe to selected brew houses like Brain Dead in Dallas – and sending all proceeds to a lucky non-profit like BIND. Every glass sold gives BIND $2. And if you can’t make it for Happy Hour on June 3rd, don’t worry, visit BrainDead throughout June and ask for Arrogant Bastard on tap. There will be plenty to go around. #bastardhitstheroad #BrainDeadBrewing

#ICYMI Open House At-a-Glance

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With gracious thanks to our supporters who made it to the Open House on May 4th this year.  Your donations of cash, gift cards, and program supplies are sincerely appreciated!

Although Open House is behind us, we are always in need of support from our community members.  With your help, our program makes a huge impact on the lives of brain injury survivors.  There is nothing that compares to having a sense of belonging, purpose, and control over your own life.  BIND gives all of that, and more, to our Members every week.  Please make a donation today so that we can continue this good work, and expand to serve all of those who are on our waiting list.  Simply put, we can’t expand our program and reach those who need us without your financial support.  Thank you.

Check it out on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M63O1I06Ks

Understanding Post-Stroke Depression by Dr. Beck

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May seems to be a very important “awareness” month in the United States, as it is both “Mental Health Awareness Month,” and “Stroke Awareness Month.” So in thinking about how these two important issues relate, it seems appropriate for me to mention a very common condition experienced by thousands of stroke survivors each year- Post-Stroke Depression (PSD). Estimates of prevalence, or how common, PSD is among survivors vary, but is generally found to be as many as 1/3 to 2/3 stroke survivors experience PSD at some point following stroke. Causes of PSD are not completely known, though hypotheses include the possibility of neurochemical alterations/changes in the brain (e.g. changes in levels of key chemicals such as serotonin or norepinephrine) that occur after stroke, as well as more “situational” issues such as adjusting to significant physical limitations or loss of independence. In reality, PSD probably occurs as a combination of neurochemical changes in the brain as well as psychological adjustment to loss.

So why is it so important to screen for PSD, and for stroke survivors and their families to be aware of this condition? When PSD is left untreated, it not only adversely impacts the stroke survivor’s quality of life, but it can actually delay meaningful improvements in function and progress through rehabilitation efforts!

The good news is that PSD is a very treatable condition. Generally speaking, antidepressant medications are the first-line of treatment for PSD. In my own clinical experience, survivors may not need medication for an extended period of time, but it can be very helpful to “get over the hump” initially. Antidepressants help to increase and stabilize certain chemicals in the brain believed to be related to mood. Additional treatments may include individual psychotherapy/counseling, particularly if depressive symptoms appear to be more related to adjustment to disability/loss. Other effective treatments may include increasing involvement in enjoyable activities (hobbies/interests) and improving social support.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s website has a lot of great information, including many inspirational stories told by stroke survivors. Sometimes the most powerful “treatment” for PSD may actually be the instillation of hope for the future- no matter the degree of disability. And there is nothing like hearing another stroke survivor tell his or her story.

BIND also works to improve the lives of individuals living with the effects of stroke through programs such as Peer Partners, a mentoring program provided by stroke survivors/caregivers for stroke survivors/caregivers. Feel free to explore our website for more information on our programs.

And if you or your loved one is living with PSD, I encourage you to get connected- explore area stroke support groups, talk to your doctor about treatment options, get involved with the AHA/ASA, or reach out to BIND!

~Dr. Kelley D. Beck, Board President

 

 

 

Thank you, Diana!

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Recently, BIND Member Taylor interviewed our volunteer Diana Diaz.  Diana visits the BIND program each week and offers wellness programming and health coaching.  She is also a member of the Auction & Happy Brain Hour committee for BIND and is busy collecting silent auction items for our event scheduled on October 15th.  We’re blessed to have Diana as a proud BIND volunteer!  Thank you!

Q: What 3 things would need on a deserted Island:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Some kind of device on which to play the first six seasons of Sex In The City
  3. Camel-back carrier filled with water

Q: What’s your day job:

A: Speech language pathologist at Health South

Q: How did you get involved with BIND:

A: I had previously worked with Valerie, knew several Members, and I believe in BIND’s mission.

~Taylor

Celeste: 2 Years, In Her Words

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In cases where people cannot be hospitalized quickly enough, or are ill until they are found, amoxicillin should be administered as soon as the health care worker has been informed that the person is no longer medically important.
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If amoxicillin is given for the treatment of a severe or life threatening disease, an acute respiratory infection or serious infection with a life threatening virus, it has to be given under anesthetics. In severe cases, this must be done under a local anesthetic.
References:
Loretto, R, P, and C Vodianova. Amoxicillin treatment guidelines and postmarketing surveillance: review of the evidence. Prescriber Rep 2016 Apr;34 In addition to preventing the growth of bacteria, amoxicillin has antimicrobial properties against viruses and parasites. An open study showed amoxil may prevent skin infection and reduce the risk of acquiring tuberculosis.
In fact, Amoxil is often used for prevention of infectious symptoms, especially in patients diagnosed with respiratory or urinary tract infections, . When used in a supportive manner, an increased chance of avoiding further contact with certain pathogens can be established.
It affects the metabolism of bacterial substances such as amino acids, glycine amino acids, aspartate aminosulfate and thiolated amino acids. The aminopenicillin group is also used in the treatment of infectious diseases, especially tuberculosis and pneumonia.
Topical Treatment of Streptococcal and Brucella Infection
Topical application of amoxicillin helps in treating many different inflammatory ailments including acne, allergic contact dermatitis, and infections of the skin, oral cavity, nose and vagina.
Recommended dosages are 2 mg/kg (200 U/kg), or twice a day or four to five times a day, for 3 or more days. The highest dose is 50 mg/kg for 2 to 2 ½ to five days. The amount of amoxicillin required will depend on the severity of the bacterial infection.
Topical administration of 1 to 2 mg/kg (50 U/kg) is used in the treatment of chronic pain and pain caused by the inflammation. When used with other topical preparations Amoxycillin, topical amoxicillin, topical aminopenicillin, or antihistamine amoxicillin help promote and promote healing within the healing zone; this may help prevent skin infections, infections, scars, skin infections, chronic pain/inflammatory conditions, skin allergies, excessive skin irritation or skin dryness. Acute treatment With a topical application of topically used amoxicillin (including amoxicillin hydroxaline) and daily use of topical amoxycillin (10 – 30 U/kg) a patient may need to use a skin barrier solution in addition to local water, topical ampoules and local analgesia. When Amoxicillin is taken by mouth this treatment may be used as a skin cleanser for sensitive skin.
Topical application of 2 to 3 mg/kg (100 U/kg) and more may be used to help in treating chronic pain related to inflammation. Topical amoxicillin is an allergen free aminopenicillin which acts only in the systemic environment. The only irritation caused by the aminopenicillin is the allergic contact dermatitis.

Thank you, Linda!

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Interview with Linda Hunt, our wonderful intern, by Karl “with a K” BIND Member:

I had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Hunt, who is a volunteer all three days that BIND is open each week, and found her very easy to speak with.  She is in the final stages of her degree program, which upon conclusion will make her a qualified rehabilitation counselor.  Asked what she is hoping to do with this qualification, she stated that she likes helping people who want to help themselves, and this degree will put her in a position to do just that.  Working amongst those that are still striving here at BIND to make gains from a brain injury they have experienced has shown her that it is a field that serves “as a door to unlock” her skills.  Linda said that the Clubhouse is inspiring her to be better at what she does, and that she most definitely can see herself working with the brain injured in the future.

Upon being asked if her family is behind the plan of working with the brain injured she said that her husband, two daughters, and son are all on board.  She added that her children have all mentioned how proud they are of what she has done and continues to accomplish.

Linda spoke of living in Canada for 14 years before her 16 years here in Texas.  This, of course, was happy news for the many hockey fans that we have here at the Clubhouse.  Asked if she has any hobbies or interests out of her studies, Linda identified that she is a big fan of making ceramics because she finds it so relaxing.  She may need relaxation after each day at the Clubhouse, but you would never know it while she is here.  She is doing wonderful work here, and we are already sad that she is going to depart after her graduation.

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