Patient discussion about live

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Q. do we need the esophagus to live?

If we were to take our esophagus away would we still live?
APrincipally, yes. Feeding can be done through a hole in the stomach (PEG). Life is possible this way, although one may argue about the quality of life in this situation.

Q. How long can an alcoholic expect to live?

My nephew who was an alcoholic died in his early age of 35. My uncle who was also an alcoholic died in his age of 48. How long can an alcoholic expect to live?
AI am sorry. My dad who is an alcoholic too always advice me from his experience that an alcoholic will die younger than they would if they were not using alcohol. There are two sides to this: physiological and psychological. The destructive effect that alcohol has on the human body when used to excess may shorten expected lifespan. This list is long, from brain damage to liver failure.
The psychological side is the likelihood that goofy behavior caused by the use of alcohol may kill them. The list here is endless. Driving while drunk, getting in violent confrontations, taking idiotic risks, using power tools while blitzed. One way or another, the odds are good that this person will die much earlier than if they were not drinking.

Q. how long do u live with lupus?

why do we get lupus? why was i hit with it along with all my other medical problems? i dont understand why..
A1well i've had it now for 1 yr and i'm still going
A2lupus is an autoimmune disease. that means your body developing antibodies against something in your body. the reason it starts is unknown. could be a virus that no one ever managed to cultivate (we know only what we can see..) that your body normal immune reaction to it, creates antibodies that also attack your body. there are people who have more chances to get lupus and there are people that have more chances of heart diseases. i'm in a very big risk of heart disease because of my genetics...everyone have something. you have lupus running in the family. sorry i can't help more...

Q. My mom was declared "unable to live alone"

Hello there, my husband is considering a job opportunity in Huntsville, so we are reviewing relocation concerns. One of the biggest is: in February my mom was declared "unable to live alone" based on her psychiatric and physical wellness. As I am an only child, she will be making the move from CA with us. Aside from needing to identify a good neighborhood and school for my three and five yr old, I really need to know about any supportive services for people diagnosed with Bipolar/Schizophrenia. Can anyone help? Advance Thanks!
A1Thank you so much for all of the leads. I need all of the help I can get!
A2Hi Shamar, contact the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation office in Huntsville. Don’t forget to bring in a letter from a physician indicating your mother's diagnosis. You will be assigned a case worker who will make you aware of the facilities and programs that are available in your area. Huntsville Hospital is one of the best in the Southeastern U.S. I would also find a psychiatrist who specializes in geriatrics that is affiliated with HH. He/she will also be able to help you. I live in Birmingham and have an autistic child. You will need to get help on neighborhoods regarding good schools from our North Alabama members here and there are many fine ones indeed.

Q. In the future will he with ASD ever be able to live independently?

I have a friend who is staying as a paying guest and is being taken care of by all our family members. In the future will he with ASD ever be able to live independently?
AI am very much moved by your deeds.

• Many people with autism do flourish and go on to hold responsible jobs and live independently. Others have the intellectual abilities to be employed but are held back by their inability to adapt socially to the stresses of everyday life.

• The focus of every intervention program for the person with autism should be to work on helping them adapt to living in society. Their quality of life and ability to function is far more important than how they do on an I.Q. test.

Q. What is the best US city to live in for people with Asthma?

I want to find a place to move to that has a great climate for someone with Asthma. Thanks!
A1I live near San Francisco CA, and the issue is that in the winter the whole neighborhood uses fire logs, and the smoke sweeps into the house, and I react to it.
A2I, too, have asthma and I can honestly say that the only place I have been where I wasn't bothered by it was Rapid City, South Dakota. Sounds strange because of the high elevation but Rapid City is tucked away at the base of the Black Hills. It seems to miss a lot of the bad weather, heavy snow fall, high winds...etc... Whatever you do, stay away from Dallas, Houston or Austin! It is about to Cedar Fever again in Austin! Good luck.
A3Portland, Oregon
Miami, Florida
San Francisco , California

these are the cities with the cleanest air int he country.
type in any zip code and it will tell you the air quality.

Q. My daughter was living with ADHD for many years?

My daughter was living with ADHD for many years and we never knew this. We thought her to be shy and silent. She used to dream a lot. She showed disinterest in studies and was playful. I was completely depressed by her school performance as well. There used to be a chain of complaints like inattentiveness in the class, shyness, attention seeking etc. . She sits alone in the class and never talks to the other children in the class. But when found with ADHD, her complaints have reduced and I feel her as a special child who needs a special treatment. How can I go with her?
AThe best part is that an ADHD child, if trained and treated well, too can lead a good and healthy life. Her training must be behavior therapy, social interaction. You must put her in the Special School for Special children where she can get special care. Have patience and know better ways of handling her. Your role is very important as a mom and gives her confidence to face the challenges. Medications will also help.
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