6 responses to “Recommended Reading for June 3, 2010”

  1. Ruchama

    On Buddy — as far as I can tell, it’s a device that you keep in your home, and each morning, you turn a dial on it to indicate how you’re feeling that day. It then sends that information out to your friends (via facebook or twitter or email or however you have it set up), so that they can know how you’re feeling, and also records it in a sort of diary that you can show to your doctor to help the doctor understand your day to day life. At least, that’s what it looks like to me.

    It seems like they’re trying to make a somewhat more nuanced version of those push button things (What are they called? My grandmother had one when she got sick. There was a device with a button on it that she kept in her living room, and she was supposed to press the button each morning when she woke up, and if she didn’t press it by 10 or so, the system would call my father to tell him that something might be wrong.) where people can broadcast something more specific than just whether they’re able to get out of bed or not, but I’m not sure what the friends are really supposed to do with the information.

  2. Ruchama

    I think the idea is that, with more people getting the person’s updates every day, the NHS won’t have to spend so much money on caregivers, since it will be easier for friends and family member to take care of the little stuff and the caregivers will only have to be there as needed, not all the time? Or something? I’m not quite sure about that part, either.

  3. kaninchenzero

    So far no one has called the cops on me when I’ve mentioned feeling suicidal. But I have been badgered into voluntary hospitalisation and it’s shitty enough I’ll often lie rather than go through it again. My current therapist has said she won’t do that, which I appreciate.

    Yeah I’d be angry. Humiliated. Never trusting those people again.
    .-= kaninchenzero´s last blog ..ow, continued =-.

  4. JMS

    As a caregiver for an elderly parent who lives about 90 minutes away by car, I’d love it if something like “Buddy” were available in the US. Sometimes my dad has an issue that requires an immediate ambulance and a trip to the hospital; sometimes my dad has an issue that requires a visit from me or another caregiver and some supplies. The whole “Lifeline” thing that is available to him goes right to “ambulance” without any nuance.

  5. JMS

    The above was not me defending the confusing and othering prose being quoted, but just remarking on ways a device like that could actually be useful in my dad’s current situation.

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