26 episodes

This podcast is intended for social workers that work in the field of transplant and/or LVAD. If you are a patient pursuing a transplant or LVAD or the caregiver of a patient, we welcome you here. Although we are transplant social workers we are not your transplant social workers. We hope topics discussed here may lead you to further discussions with your own transplant social worker. We want this to be a safe space to learn, be refueled, be heard, and feel understood. We want to challenge each other to be the best we can for ourselves and our patients. We are often told what to do, but there is not always time to explore “the why” you do it.

In the upcoming episodes, we will be following along the psychosocial evaluation for transplant and LVAD, discussing why we ask the questions we do, the importance of the topics, and diving deeper into areas.

Beats by Social Work Kristin and Tiffany

    • Health & Fitness
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This podcast is intended for social workers that work in the field of transplant and/or LVAD. If you are a patient pursuing a transplant or LVAD or the caregiver of a patient, we welcome you here. Although we are transplant social workers we are not your transplant social workers. We hope topics discussed here may lead you to further discussions with your own transplant social worker. We want this to be a safe space to learn, be refueled, be heard, and feel understood. We want to challenge each other to be the best we can for ourselves and our patients. We are often told what to do, but there is not always time to explore “the why” you do it.

In the upcoming episodes, we will be following along the psychosocial evaluation for transplant and LVAD, discussing why we ask the questions we do, the importance of the topics, and diving deeper into areas.

    Episode 23: Embracing Intimacy After Transplant: A Taboo Worth Breaking / “Let’s Talk About Sex”

    Episode 23: Embracing Intimacy After Transplant: A Taboo Worth Breaking / “Let’s Talk About Sex”

    In this episode, hosts Kristin and Tiffany delve into the taboo topic of sex, highlighting its significance in the lives of solid organ transplant recipients and LVAD patients. They stress the importance of normalizing conversations around intimacy, emphasizing its positive impact on emotional well-being and overall quality of life.
    Quote: Sex is both healthy and risky because sex connects us”. Matthias Roberts
    Key Points:
    Importance of Intimacy: Intimacy encompasses emotional, physical, and sexual connections, playing a vital role in building relationships and promoting well-being. Recognizing this importance validates the needs of transplant recipients and LVAD patients for connection, supporting their holistic recovery process and quality of life.
    Pleasure-Based vs. Performance-Based Sex: Shifting the focus from performance-based to pleasure-based sex is crucial for individuals adjusting to life with chronic illness. Pleasure-based sex involves open communication, focusing on physical sensations, and embracing various activities, emphasizing fun, pleasure, and intimacy with the partner.
    Safety Precautions: Intimacy post-transplant or with an LVAD requires careful consideration due to specific medical considerations and modifications. Patients and partners must consult healthcare teams to understand guidelines, including infection prevention, wound care, and medication management. Safety is paramount for a satisfying intimate life.
    Normalizing Sex and Intimacy: Transplant/LVAD Social workers and a patient’s individual psychotherapist can play a vital role in normalizing conversations about sex and intimacy. By initiating open discussions, we reduce stigma, facilitate communication, and help patients and partners address their concerns comfortably and safely.
    Providing Education and Resources: Transplant/LVAD Social workers and a patient’s individual psychotherapist can offer direction towards where to find educational materials and resources, guiding patients on safe practices and addressing concerns. Referral to peer forums, support groups, or counseling services specializing in sexual health can enhance patient support overall.
    Collaboration with Healthcare Team: Collaboration with the patient's healthcare team ensures comprehensive care. Social workers work with physicians, nurses, and specialists to address medical, psychological, and emotional aspects of intimacy, offering holistic support.
    Normalizing Emotional Support: Acknowledging and addressing the emotional aspects of intimacy, including anxiety, fear, guilt, and body image concerns, is vital. Social workers and therapists offer emotional support, normalizing these emotions and providing coping strategies for patients.
    In conclusion, normalizing intimacy for transplant recipients and LVAD patients is essential for their overall well-being. By embracing conversations around intimacy, ensuring safety, and providing emotional support, social workers and therapists empower patients and partners to navigate this aspect of their lives, enhancing their quality of life.
     Resources and references utilized in today’s episode:
    ·         https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21372729/  
    ·         https://www.mylvad.com/patients-caregivers/lvad-lifestyle/living-lvad/intimacy-and-relationships-lvad  
    ·         https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022522303021147  
    ·         https://www.researchgate.net/publication/268087249_SEX_AND_INTIMACY_AMONG_PATIENTS_LIVING_WITH_AN_LVAD  
    ·         https://www.heartandlung.org/article/S0147-9563(11)00224-X/fulltext  
    ·         https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sex-love-in-chronic-illness/202201/sexual-creativity-chronic-illness  
    ·         https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sex-love-in-chronic-illness/202009/sexual-challenges-chronic-illness  
    ·         https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sex-love-in-chr

    • 38 min
    Offbeat Episode 1

    Offbeat Episode 1

    Today’s episode is one of our off-beat episodes, and we think it is one of our better ones. Kristin and Tiffany talk about their favorite topic… Being a Social Worker, the best and worst parts and all the between. Take a listen to this fun episode where Kristin surprises Tiffany with a different approach to the show flow. We also mention the Enneagram on today’s episode, we invite you to take the Enneagram quiz we included links below. Be on the lookout on our Instagram page as we plan to engage with our listeners by asking you all similar questions.  
    We did not start with a quote, but here is a quote anyway: “If you care enough to wonder if you’re getting it wrong, you’re probably getting it right.” -Unknown but often attributed to a version said by writer, humorist, lecturer James Thurber
    Enneagram Tests:
    https://www.truity.com/test/enneagram-personality-test
     
    https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/type-descriptions
     
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    Disclaimers:
    If you are a patient or professional experiencing a medical or mental health crisis, please seek immediate help. If you are having a medical crisis/emergency please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. The information we share is not medical advice; consult your healthcare provider for specific medical conditions.
    If you are having a mental health crisis call 911 or the National Suicide Hotline Toll-Free Number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or your local suicide hotlines including 988
    For LVAD social workers and transplant professionals, our insights come from our experience as Certified Clinical Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Social Workers. Our views are our own and not affiliated with any specific institution. This podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes and does not override any institutional policies or guidelines. As humans, we may make mistakes, but we're open to feedback and strive for accuracy. If we say something incorrect or inappropriate, please let us know so we can improve. We're here to share information and connect with our audience respectfully.

    • 34 min
    Episode 22: Emergency Preparedness

    Episode 22: Emergency Preparedness

    On today’s episode Tiffany and Kristin talk about the importance of emergency preparedness planning, especially for patients in: end stage organ failure, pre advanced therapies, post-transplant, and/or post implant. They share stories of their personal experiences helping patients through natural disasters while also navigating their own need. This episode includes resources and information based on their own experiences with natural disaster and accrediting boards. 
    Quote: “when disaster strikes, the time to prepare has passed.” Steven Cyros
    CMS final rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was published (Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 180) on September 16, 2016 which became effective on November 15, 2016 and implemented on November 15, 2017. Updates to The Hospital (and Transplant Program) Requirements CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule were made effective March 26, 2021
    Resources
    Federal Emergency Management Agency
    FEMA.gov
    FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA)
    Transitional Sheltering Assistance | FEMA.gov
    Disaster Assistance.gov Provides resources for individuals, businesses, and communities. 
    Home | disasterassistance.gov
    Ready.Gov
    https://www.ready.gov/be-informed
    Benefits.gov- Disaster Relief information
    benefits.gov/categories/Disaster Relief
    Do 1 Thing- Small steps toward being prepared for an Emergency
    Welcome - Emergency Preparedness (do1thing.com)

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    Disclaimers:
    If you are a patient or professional experiencing a medical or mental health crisis, please seek immediate help. If you are having a medical crisis/emergency please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. The information we share is not medical advice; consult your healthcare provider for specific medical conditions.
    If you are having a mental health crisis call 911 or the National Suicide Hotline Toll-Free Number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or your local suicide hotlines including 988
    For LVAD social workers and transplant professionals, our insights come from our experience as Certified Clinical Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Social Workers. Our views are our own and not affiliated with any specific institution. This podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes and does not override any institutional policies or guidelines. As humans, we may make mistakes, but we're open to feedback and strive for accuracy. If we say something incorrect or inappropriate, please let us know so we can improve. We're here to share information and connect with our audience respectfully.

    • 37 min
    Episode 21: Disenfranchised Grief

    Episode 21: Disenfranchised Grief

    ***This episode comes with a trigger warning. We discuss grief, loss, and death. If you are not in a place to listen we invite you to skip and tune in when you are ready or to our next episode ***
    Today Kristin and Tiffany talk about the heaviness of our work in transplant and LVAD; however really this can pertain to anyone that works with chronic illness, end stage organ failure, transplant and/or LVAD. We specially discuss disenfranchised grief: Ken Doka defines this as Losses that one experiences that are not openly acknowledged, socially supported, or publicly mourned. Corr defined as: “grief that one experiences when a person incurs a loss that goes against cultural norms and is not considered valid by others.” This can include person, place or thing). Examples: Non death loss; Stigmatized loss; ambiguous loss. We explore this type of grief related to the LVAD patients’ loss of water activities, transitioning from LVAD team to transplant team, the kidney patient transitioning from dialysis team to transplant team. We consider the family’s loss of team when patient passes and grief the transplant team may experience when the loss of a patient occurs. We discuss ways to honor this loss and ways to support one another.
    For those seeking professional credentials, this episode qualifies for credit through the Society for Transplant Social Work for the MCS credential. Please complete the knowledge check (powered by survey monkey):
     
    Episode Quote: “No rule book, No time frame, No judgment. Grief is as individual as a fingerprint. Do what is right for your soul.” - Michelle Steinke
    “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” Patch Adams
     
    Resources:
    Death Café
    https://deathcafe.com/
    Death Cafés: Where Communities Affirm Grief | AJPH | Vol. 111 Issue S2 (aphapublications.org)
     
    ‘It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand Paperback’ – by Megan Devine
     
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    A disclaimer: If you are a patient experiencing a medical or mental health crisis, please seek immediate help. The information we share is not medical advice; consult your healthcare provider for specific medical conditions. If you are having a medical crisis/emergency please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. If you are having a mental health crisis call 911 or the National Suicide Hotline Toll-Free Number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or your local suicide hotlines including 988
    For LVAD social workers and transplant professionals, our insights come from our experience as Certified Clinical Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Social Workers. Our views are our own and not affiliated with any specific institution. This podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes and does not override any institutional policies or guidelines.
    As humans, we may make mistakes, but we're open to feedback and strive for accuracy. If we say something incorrect or inappropriate, please let us know so we can improve. We're here to share information and connect with our audience respectfully.
     

    • 43 min
    Episode 20: Assessing Medical History

    Episode 20: Assessing Medical History

    of medical history from a psychosocial perspective. We dive into the why we look at medical history and how it ties into the psychosocial perspective. This ties into the transplant/lvad social work best practice of: Exploring the patient’s understanding of transplant process (Comprehension) and assessing for Self-Management with Medical Treatment (Compliance). We of course take some detours along the episode, but always find our way back on track. So buckle up and join us on today’s journey. 
    Episode Quote: “The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.”
    — Plato”
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    Resources: 
    Link the author you mentioned. 
    Medical History - StatPearls - NCBI Bookshelf (nih.gov)
    Medical History - StatPearls - NCBI Bookshelf (nih.gov)
    Family Health History: The Basics | CDC
    The Importance of Medical History - RedSaf.org

    • 47 min
    Episode 19: Psychosocial Intro to LVAD

    Episode 19: Psychosocial Intro to LVAD

    In today's episode, we, Kristin and Tiffany, are diving into the world of Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs). These innovative mechanical devices are designed to support individuals facing severe heart failure. LVADs assist the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber, in efficiently circulating blood throughout the body. They can serve as a bridge-to-transplantation for patients awaiting a heart transplant or as a long-term treatment for those ineligible for transplant. By enhancing cardiac function, LVADs offer hope for improved quality of life and extended survival for individuals with advanced heart failure. Our discussion will focus on the psychosocial impact of LVADs on patients and their support systems.

    While we won't cover every psychosocial impact in this episode, it's essential to recognize that patients and their support systems may experience various stressors and impacts, such as emotional adjustment, social support, changes in quality of life, caregiver stress, financial concerns, body image, coping strategies, communication challenges, patient education, and long-term adjustment.
    Here are some valuable resources related to LVADs:
    Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs) | Abbott (cardiovascular.abbott)
    HeartMate 3 LVAD Patient Education | Abbott (cardiovascular.abbott)
     MyLVAD
    LVAD GEAR: LVAD Life Made Easier! LVAD Shirts, Vest and Bags
    The past, present and future of the device keeping alive Carew, thousands of HF patients | American Heart Association
    Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) Home
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ventricular-assist-device/about/pac-20384529 
    For those seeking professional credentials, this episode qualifies for credit through the Society for Transplant Social Work for the MCS credential. Please complete the knowledge check (powered by survey monkey): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q8BV5F8
    For additional insights and resources, visit our website Beats by Social Work (onpodium.co). Follow us on social media with the Instagram handle @beatsbyswpodcast
    We highly value feedback from our listeners. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, or if you'd like to share any relevant experiences while maintaining HIPPA compliance, feel free to email us at BeatsBySW@gmail.com
    A disclaimer: If you are a patient experiencing a medical or mental health crisis, please seek immediate help. The information we share is not medical advice; consult your healthcare provider for specific medical conditions. If you are having a medical crisis/emergency please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. If you are having a mental health crisis call 911 or the National Suicide Hotline Toll-Free Number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or your local suicide hotlines.
    For LVAD social workers and transplant professionals, our insights come from our experience as Certified Clinical Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Social Workers. Our views are our own and not affiliated with any specific institution. This podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes and does not override any institutional policies or guidelines.
    As humans, we may make mistakes, but we're open to feedback and strive for accuracy. If we say something incorrect or inappropriate, please let us know so we can improve. We're here to share information and connect with our audience respectfully.

    • 40 min

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Every episode of this podcast is focused on valuable topics. Kristin and Tiffany have excellent insight and bring on guests to provide additional perspectives and information. The episodes are digestible, captivating, and thought provoking. I recommend this podcast to anyone interested in learning more about social work, hospitals and medical centers, transplant, and all the things that come with transplant and LVADs.

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