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A Twist to Caregiving ~ Laughter

In caregiving, community on January 29, 2012 at 3:38 am

Alas, where has all our innocence gone?

While I sat in the reception area of my doctor’s office, a woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room. As she went to the receptionist’s desk, the man sat there, alone and silent. Just as I was thinking I should make small talk with him, a little boy slipped off his mother’s lap and walked over to the wheelchair. Placing his hand on the man’s, he said, ‘I know how you feel. My mom makes me ride in the stroller too.’


As I was nursing my baby, my cousin’s six-year-old daughter, Krissy, came into the room. Never having seen anyone breast feed before, she was intrigued and full of all kinds of questions about what I was doing. After mulling over my answers, she remarked, ‘My mom has some of those, but I don’t think she knows how to use them’


Out bicycling one day with my eight-year-old granddaughter, Carolyn, I got a little wistful. ‘In ten years,’ I said you’ll want to be with your friends and you won’t go walking, biking,and swimming with me like you do now. Carolyn shrugged, In ten years you’ll be too old to do those things anyway.


Working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving immunization shots to children. One day, I entered the examining room to give four-year-old Lizzie her needle. ‘No, no, no!’ she
screamed. ‘Lizzie,’ scolded her mother, ‘that’s not polite behavior.’ With that, the girl yelled even louder, ‘No, thank you! No, thank you!


On the way back from a Cub Scout meeting, my grandson innocently said to my son, ‘Dad, I know babies come from mommies’ tummies, but how do they get there in the first place?’ After my son hemmed and hawed
awhile, my grandson finally spoke up in disgust, ‘You don’t have to make up something, Dad. It’s okay if you don’t know the answer.’


Just before I was deployed to Iraq, I sat my eight-year-old son down and broke the news to him. ‘I’m going to be away for a long time,’ I told him. ‘I’m going to Iraq. ‘Why?’ he asked. ‘Don’t you know there’s a war going on over there?’


Paul Newman founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children stricken with cancer, AIDS, and blood diseases. One afternoon, he and his wife, Joanne Woodward, stopped by to have lunch with the kids. A counselor at a nearby table, suspecting the young patients wouldn’t know Newman was a famous movie star, explained, That’s the man who made this camp possible. Maybe you’ve seen his picture on his salad dressing bottle?’ Blank stares. ‘Well, you’ve probably seen his face on his lemonade carton.’ An eight-year-old girl perked up. How long was he missing?’


… and my personal favorite …
God’s Problem Now:

His wife’s graveside service was just barely finished, when there was a massive clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied by even more thunder rumbling in the distance.The little, old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, “Well, she’s there.”

A little laughter does a body good!


Texting for Seniors

In caregiving, community, Health on January 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Since more and more Seniors are texting and tweeting there appears to be a need for a STC (Senior Texting Code). If you qualify for Senior Discounts this is the code for you. Please pass this on to your children and grandchildren so they can understand your texts.

ATD: At The Doctor’s
BFF: Best Friend Fainted
BTW: Bring The Wheelchair
BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth
CBM: Covered By Medicare
CGU: Can’t get up
CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center
DWI: Driving While Incontinent
FWB: Friend With Beta Blockers
FWIW: Forgot Where I Was
FYI: Found Your Insulin
GGPBL: Gotta Go Pacemaker Battery Low!
GHA: Got Heartburn Again
HGBM: Had Good Bowel Movement
IMHO: Is My Hearing-Aid On?
LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out
LOL: Living On Lipitor
LWO: Lawrence Welk’s On
OMMR: On My Massage Recliner
OMSG: Oh My! Sorry Gas.
ROFL… CGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing… And Can’t Get Up
TTYL: Talk To You Louder
WAITT: Who Am I Talking To?
WTFA: Wet The Furniture Again
WTP: Where’s The Prunes?
WWNO: Walker Wheels Need Oil
GGLKI: (Gotta Go Laxative Kicking In)

Just doing my job by keeping you in the know! You just have to take life in stride..and laugh; laughing does the body good!

Taking Care of Spot

In canine companionship, caregiving on January 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Most of us know that we’re not suppose to give our dogs chocolate but do you know why? There is a chemical called theobromine that dogs can not digest very quickly in chocolate. It can build up in their systems and become toxic. For smaller dogs, eating just one ounce of baking cocoa can result in vomiting, thirst, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures and even death. For a safe treat for our four legged friends try peanut butter.

A dog’s nose has 14 times more scent cells as a human’s. This is why it is important if you have something around the house your spot shouldn’t get into, make sure to put it in a place they don’t have access to…otherwise don’t be surprised if you walk in to find them with it.

Did you know dogs have chiropractors? The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association certifies animal chiropractors who treat skeletal alignment problems in not just dogs, but also in horses, cats, pigs, sheet and even reptiles. There are more than 1 thousand AVCA-certified professionals practicing in the United States. This gives new meaning to “animal cracker”!

The best exercise you can give your dog is a long walk. A one hour investment of your time will give you a well-behaved, tired spot who thinks you are the best! And who will be healthier, with a glossier coan and a better appetite. Bonus: you will get some exercise and fresh air too! Note: to avoid joint damage, never run a puppy (up to 9 months old) for more than 5 consecutive minutes.

And PLEASE remember to brush spots teeth! This is very important to their overall health!

Here’s to man’s and woman’s best friend!