In Episode 40 we talked about what causes fatigue. In this episode we discuss ways to help lessen fatigue. Fatigue can be improved by finding an energy balance between rest and activities. Marianne shares how inactivity can actually cause a cycle of fatigue. She also discusses the role of anemia, poor sleep, depression, and stress or anxiety. See the handouts below for a deeper dive into energy conservation and managing fatigue.
Our PWTRN radio episode for this week touches on some of this. We have heard Stevan’s story from diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis to lung transplant. This week we talk about life after a lung transplant. Join us to learn more about Stevan’s experience with a complex medication regimen, immunosuppression, and increased risk for skin cancer. Click Here to Listen
- Suggestions for Energy Conservation – Eileen Donovan, PT, MEd (M.D. Anderson Cancer Center)
- Hints on How to Combat Fatigue (Everyone’s Guide to Cancer Therapy, 1994)
“Weird” Funeral Songs
Some people with terminal disease find planning their funerals to extreme detail as a way to fight the feeling of powerlessness over death. Some even inject some humor in their choices of funeral songs. In 2008, a cemetery in Australia released a list of the most commonly requested “weird” funeral songs. Do you have some better ideas?
- The Show Must Go On – Queen
- Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
- Highway to Hell – AC/DC
- Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
- I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – Bon Jovi
- Always look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python
- Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead – The Wizard of Oz
- Hit the Road Jack (Willie Nelson version???)
- I’m Too Sexy – Right said Fred
- Australian Football League Songs (this is an Aussie list after all)
- Source: Benjamin, K. (2013). Funerals to Die For: The Craziest, Creepiest, and Most Bizarre Funeral Traditions and Practices Ever. Adams Media, Avon, Massachusetts.
Charlie introduced us to Koliva (also spelled Kolyva) – a traditional food for Greek Orthidox memorial services.
The wheat berries in the recipe are symbolic for life and regeneration. Different regions have their own traditional preparations, but here is one recipe, courtesy GreekBoston.com
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