Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs that causes the air sacs in the lungs to get inflamed. This pamphlet explains the symptoms of pneumonia, who is at risk, and how pneumonia is diagnosed and treated. Tips to help you recover quickly and prevent pneumonia are included. Symptoms that need further medical attention are listed. The French translation of this pamphlet 2061, "Pneumonie" is also available.
Instructions to help you prepare for eye surgery are given. Topics include: where to go, postponing surgery, and getting ready the day before surgery (what you can eat/drink, medications, if you have diabetes, etc.) and the morning of (hygiene, valuables, what to bring to the hospital). What to expect if you are having a local anesthetic versus a general anesthetic is listed. You must have a responsible adult who can look after you for the first 24 hours after surgery. Your surgery may be cance…
Pulses are beans, dried peas, lentils, and chickpeas. They are a good source of minerals, vitamins, fibre and protein. Pulses are easy on the budget and easy to prepare. This pamphlet includes several recipes using pulses, as well as tips on reducing gas caused by eating pulses. A list of websites is provided for more information and recipes. The French version of this pamphlet 2081, "Légumineuses faciles d’emploi : préparer des lentilles, des haricots et des pois secs", is also available.
This medicine is used to treat discomfort, pain, and/or swelling. Local anesthetic will be injected with the corticosteroid. Tips for handling discomfort at the injection site are given. Some safety points about the use of ice and heat are also provided.
An ultrasound is a safe, painless test used to view the organs inside your body. It is also called a sonogram. An ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves that cannot be heard. The preparation for this test depends on which organ or area of your body is to be studied. Topics include: how an ultrasound works, how to get ready for the test, where it is done, who will do the test, what will happen, and how long it will take. The French translation of this pamphlet 1105, "Ultrasonoscopie" is als…
This guide will help you learn how to care for yourself safely before and after day surgery for a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. Topics include getting ready for surgery, what will happen on the day of surgery, what will happen right after surgery, and care at home. Things to avoid for 2 weeks after your surgery, activity, and bleeding are also covered. The French version of this pamphlet 2099, "Amygdalectomie et adénoïdectomie", is also available.
This surgery makes a new path so tears can drain directly into your nose. A plastic tube may be put in during surgery and taken out 6 weeks to 12 months later, depending on your eye surgeon. A brief description of getting ready for surgery, during surgery, and care after is listed. Symptoms that need medical attention are noted. The French version of this pamphlet 2097, "Intervention pour débloquer les canaux lacrymaux", is also available.
After your hand surgery, you will need to learn how to care for your suture lines (with a dressing, without a dressing, and with Steri-Strips™). Please check with your health care provider about suture removal. Contact information for Dr. Morris is given in case you have problems and/or complications.
An aneurysm is a blood vessel in an artery that is bigger than normal. When it is located in the main artery of the abdomen, it is called an abdominal aneurysm. This pamphlet explains why an aneurysm happens, who is at risk, what it can do to you, and how an aneurysm is diagnosed and treated. The French version of this pamphlet 2079, "Anévrisme de l’aorte abdominale", is also available.
Many people look for health information on the Internet. Doing a quick search in a search engine like Google may give you lots of information, but it may not be the best information. As a starting point, this pamphlet gives a list of some reliable sources. Questions to ask about health-related websites are listed. The Internet can be helpful, but it should never replace your relationships with your health care providers. They are the experts.
This pamphlet provides information about your care before and after a day surgery procedure. Topics about preparing include: arriving early, what to bring, and the anesthetic. The pamphlet also describes what to do about hygiene, medications, smoking, dentures, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, valuables, and jewelry. What will happen in the pre-operative room, operating room, recovery area, post-recovery area, and when you go home are described. The French version of this pamphlet 1537, "…
Being assertive means standing up for yourself and your rights. On the other hand, being aggressive means standing up for your rights while violating another person's rights. Sometimes it is hard to assert ourselves with others. This 1 page sheet outlines some ways to act and respond assertively.
This 1 page sheet outlines an exercise in building your self-esteem by practicing to repeat a series of positive statements.
Motivation means having the desire, energy, willingness, and ability to be involved in the daily activities of life. This 1 page sheet outlines things you can do to increase your motivation. The French version of this pamphlet 1806, "La motivation", is also available.
Self-esteem includes how you think and feel about yourself. Your self-esteem affects the quality of your life. Good self-esteem is something you can work towards and achieve. This 1 page sheet outlines some of the many factors that influence self-esteem as well as describing both healthy and negative self-esteem. Some tips on how to build healthy self-esteem are provided. The French version of this pamphlet 1808, "L'estime de soi", is also available.
Sometimes you have difficulty speaking to certain people. It is especially hard if you are upset by something someone said or did, and you want to let the person know how you feel. This 1 page sheet outlines some tips on how to find it easier to communicate.
Criticism is an observation about you made by someone else. This pamphlet outlines tips for handling criticism and things you can do to get past disagreements. The French version of this pamphlet 1809, "Faire face à la critique", is also available.
Negative thoughts can be a sign of your illness. If you have a lot of negative thoughts, the exercise in this pamphlet can be helpful. Positive self-talk can be useful during your illness to help with stress and improve your health.
We all make mistakes in life. Try not to think that failing at something means you are a failure. Accept that it is OK to fail and make mistakes. Look at what you can learn from the experience that can help you grow. Some examples of "should" and "must" thinking are provided. Examples of things you can do to change your thinking are given. To help you learn how to handle situations differently, an exercise is outlined. The French version of this pamphlet 1807, "La pensée guidée par l’idée de ce…
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. An MRI machine uses a powerful magnet, radio waves, and a computer. It does not use radiation or X-rays. The MRI machine takes detailed images that show healthy and unhealthy tissues in your body. These images will help your doctor diagnose various conditions. An MRI is painless. This pamphlet explains how long an MRI takes, how to get ready, what to bring, and what will happen during and after the MRI. It gives special guidelines for children and pre…