Mom and dad safely made it to Rochester just in time to take big naps and sleep off their early morning flight. Mom is feeling and sounding pretty good. Her external drain appears to have stopped working and we don't know why, but are trying to not be discouraged. We had a lovely Saturday evening of food and family before they zoomed off up north early today.
Me? Well, I'm in Seattle at a social media workshop and I just met a developer of the new Mayo Clinic/Microsoft Health Vault personal health record software that launched this past week (you may have seen a segment on NBC's Today Show). Needless to say, we discussed work, but I couldn't help and divulge how helpful the software will be for people like my mom who is seeing multiple doctors and has medical records all over the place. The software provides 24/7 health advice based on your health records (all secure, BTW), and there are new, really super cool treats coming with phase 2 of this piece of revolutionary health 2.0. It will even give my dad tips on how he can take extra steps to improve his health as a caregiver; it provides ideas stemming from the number of steps per day that will help you lose a pound a week to how caregiver journaling can keep your mind in a zen place.
I couldn't be more excited about working in the patient sector of healthcare.