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Thinking about Christmas…

Read the Blog of Dr. Lindner, Chief Medical Officer World Medical Card, 12/ 2020- 1/2021:

Thinking about Christmas…
Christmas time and the ending of the year does not mean a calm and relaxing time for emergency departments and prehospital emergency services.
In contrast, a multitude of patients has to be treated on top as their family doctors are closed. People do not know where else to address to and are uncertain although their sense of self maybe tells 
them that it is only a minor health problem.

It is not uncommon that especially at this specific time of the year these health issues are the physical mirror of stress or overwhelming expectations but also the result of less movement and a vast quantity of food.

Taking into account the pandemic situation this may become even more obvious this year. Preexisting illnesses like e.g. stomach problems, high blood pressure, diabetes or headaches could worsen. Family doctors do know their patients´ medical history and social situation very well.

They could value and treat their complaints that sometimes can even mimic severe health problems much more effective than doctors in the emergency setting who meet these patients for the first time.

In order to avoid the onset of physical complaints at all and therefore reduce workload of emergency medicine around Christmas it could be helpful if family members share their thoughts, fears and level of stress and take regular walks outside as well!”

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Challenges with Alzheimer’s and my mother’s everyday life

I want to write a little story about the challenges with Alzheimer’s and my mother’s everyday life that we faced for a long period of her life, before she became so ill that she came under municipal care.

I am one of those who have experienced that my mother just disappeared further and further into herself, and what difficulties it represented when I, as the main relative, would try to help her in her everyday life.

My mother was diagnosed in 2013, but she managed so well that she could live in her cozy apartment, which became her little paradise.

But unfortunately the memory disappeared more and more as time went on, and I was trying to help her as best as I could, both with medication, doctor visits, glasses / lenses and everything else.

What I experienced was that despite authorizations, it became very difficult to have insight in, for example, which medicines she should take and when she should take them.

Time and time again she stood at the pharmacy to get her medication from her prescriptions, but did not know which ones she should get. And the pharmacist only saw a long list of medicines on the prescription, so they could not help her.
I was added to the official heath site in Norway as a relative, and tried to find out something there, but it was almost impossible to orientate myself in this professional language area.

The same regarding her vision. She started putting away glasses in various places, but I did not know her visual acuity, so it was difficult to buy new ones. She did not remember the strength herself.
Eventually she got in to the municipal healthcare service for elderly suffering from dementia. I really appreciate what they have done so far and their patience. But I experience again that she receives medication without me being informed.
And it would have been so easy to have one place to keep record of this, so I have a simple overview.

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Now I’m in some of the same situation with my brother.
He is not suffering from demetia, but has other challenges, which means I have to be available to help him.

BUT – A BIG DIFFERENCE – I helped him download the World Medical Card app.
In addition, I have helped him enter the medications with a note when the various are to be taken.
We have entered diagnoses, that I am the head-relative – with phone number, visual acuity and all other important information.
He has shared the app with me, so now I can easily look it up for him if he is stuck at the pharmacy, or if he is traveling and running out of medicine.
We have also loaded the travel insurance certificate, so I can make sure that he gets quick help if something should happen.
Visual acuity for each of the eyes is also there, in case he forgets it.

I often think about how much the World Medical Card app could have helped my mother and me in such a difficult situation, with all the other challenges that also arise in the wake of this disease.
And I know at least that I will ease these challenges for my children by having the app shared and available to my loved ones.

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75 Prozent der Kopfschmerzen sind Spannungskopfschmerzen.    

Spannungskopfschmerzen treten als episodische oder chronische Kopfschmerzen auf und meistens in Verbindung mit Stress oder anderen psychischen Belastungen. Dabei handelt es sich nicht um Migräne, auch wenn ungefähr 10 Prozent aller Patienten mit Spannungskopfschmerzen zusätzlich unter Migräne leiden. Eine andere Ursache für Kopfschmerzen sind Nebenwirkungen von Medikamenten. Dies kann Spannungskopfschmerzen ähneln, ist jedoch nicht dasselbe. Read More
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“Mit mehr als 10 Jahren Erfahrung als Arzt im sonnigen Gran Canaria, habe ich eine Menge älterer Patienten getroffen, die weit weg von zu Hause sind. Sie fühlten sich in der Regel sehr unsicher und unwissend über ihre eigene Krankengeschichte. Dieser Mangel an wichtigen Informationen führte dazu, dass  mehr Zeit aufgewendet werden musste, um zu entscheiden, welche Behandlung die richtige und sicherere ist. Dies erhöhte die Sorgen des Patienten und verteuerte die Gesamtkosten der Behandlung.
Daher ist der beste Rat, den ich geben kann: Wenn Sie auf Reisen krank werden, ist es für den Arzt der Sie behandelt wichtig, so genaue und aktuelle Informationen wie möglich über Ihre Gesundheit und Ihre Medikamente zu erhalten. Genau dies bietet Ihnen die World Medical Card.”