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A time of mixed feelings. That is how I would describe my outlook on life at this holiday time. I've recently returned from a twelve day cruise; that could easily cause a letdown feeling. My dad is dying; his death is expected within days. That certainly brings feelings of sadness. And then there's Christmas, the celebration of Christ's birth...and the joy of God's promise to love us always. I can only feel that happiness from moment to moment. I wrap gifts with little enthusiasm. I shop with even less. I bake cookies just so I will have some. Top all of this off with the problems that dementia and little to no short term memory causes and no wonder I have such mixed emotions this year. Granted, many people are going through similar situations and feelings, people who do NOT have dementia. Maybe they are better able to handle all of this than I am...
Dementia is definitely having an effect on my life now. It causes me to doubt myself all the time! For example, one...
Definition Stools that float are usually due to poor absorption ( malabsorption ) of nutrients or excessive gas (flatus). Alternative Names Floating stools Considerations Floating stools are seen in a variety of different situations. Most are diet-related, or occur during a gastrointestinal infection. A change in diet can lead to an increase in the amount of gas produced by the bacteria found in the (healthy) gastrointestinal tract. Acute gastrointestinal (GI) infections also can result in increased gas in the intestines, due to rapid movement of food through the GI tract. One wrong idea is that floating stools are caused by an increase in the fat content of the stool. In fact, it is increased gas in the stool that makes it less dense and allows it to float. Increased levels of nutrients in the stool that have not been absorbed by the GI tract supply the normal bacteria that live in the gut. These bacteria, in turn, produce more gas. This results in more gas-rich stools that float. Common Cause...
The stool guaiac test finds hidden (occult) blood in the stool (bowel movement), even when you cannot see the blood yourself.
It is the most common form of fecal occult blood test (FOBT) in use today.
Guaiac smear test; Fecal occult blood test - guaiac smear; Stool occult blood test - guaiac smear
How the test is performed
In the most common way of doing a stool guaiac test, a small sample of stool is placed on a paper card and a drop or two of testing solution is added. A color change is a sign of blood in the stool.
If the test is performed in an office or hospital, a doctor may collect a small amount of stool during a rectal examination.
If the test is performed at home:
You will need to collect a stool sample from three bowel movements, one right after the other.
You will then smear a small amount of stool on a card, and mail it to a laboratory for testing.
There are many ways to collect the sam...
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