As a child, I used to love winter. I would sled and ski and didn’t give the bitter cold a second thought. Now, I am less oblivious and less tolerant of the cold. My body functions and just moves more freely in warmer climates. Cold seems to cause greater constriction of the joints and even the muscles.
Winter doesn’t just bring on change of the physical body but with light changes and shorter days, the changes may impact your mood. Keep a close eye on your daily attitude and if you experience thoughts or feelings that you need to express (sadness, possible depression, or anger) consider getting help and stay on top of it, before it manifests into something you can’t control.
Another Thanksgiving comes this year, time to share all that I treasure to be near and dear ,
There is so much that I cherish–family, friends, and more. I am thankful from my head to my core!
Beloved Shadow has left us-a companion to be forever missed,
A cat like none other–fickle and funny–you get the gist.
Book two has been written and released, we hope our readers are informed and pleased.
It is my hope that this finds you with a positive attitude and well, on this day of gorging and gratitude.
Life is good for me and I hope for you. I hope this day is special, whatever you might do!
It’s National Caregivers’ Month–in honor, I am recycling one of my oldie but goodies! I hope it helps! This is a gentle reminder to all the selfless caregivers (I prefer the term carepartner), carepartners, doctors, nurses, orderlies, therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, and anyone who comes in contact with people touched by a neurological illness. Remember these 5 important points before you react, speak, take offense, lose your temper, or give up:
Everyone has a history and a story. The person who you are dealing with now has had and may still have a very full life that you only see a portion. Give them the credit and respect that they are due.
-The current state of the patient that you are seeing doesn’t need more stress, tension, or conflict in their lives, working together you both can make life better for the patient– and not worse.
-Give your loved one or patient flexibility and deal with them creatively and with an open mind. If they aren’t responding to medications, offer music therapy, complementary therapies, or seek a personal solution which motivates the patient. There is a need for gentleness and understanding. -The person with whom you are interacting may have done some important things in their life: raised a family, changed many lives, and been far more active than they are now. Their current condition is not by choice. Show compassion, patience, caring, and generosity. Remaining centered, patient, and mindful is good for both patient and carepartner.
-A mutual respect and understanding is crucial for needs to be met and for the caregiver/carepartner to be appreciated. -Someday, in the not so distant future, you or someone who you care deeply for, could be facing health challenges.
Welcome to my wishlist of what could be, in a future world. Come dream with me:
11. I wish doctors had the same epiphany as Jerry Maguire: Fewer clients/patients and more personalized care.
10. I wish that every doctor in the practice sat in the lobby for a minimum of 2 hours to experience the uncomfortable furniture, the noise of the waiting room, and the need for a more soothing environment.
9. I wish that doctors would call their own switchboards to hear how difficult it is to try and navigate the bevy of options to choose from, wait in the cue for 25 minutes, and then get dropped, forcing you to either give up or start all over again.
8. I wish doctors evaluated the whole experience from phone call to waiting room to appointment from the patients’ viewpoint and took that into consideration.
7. I wish it weren’t so impossible to reach a doctor, when needed.
6. I wish doctors and staff listened better than they do.
5. I wish doctors’’ offices were more warm, inviting, bright, and welcoming.
4. I wish there were a separate waiting room for anyone with a contagion.
3. I wish doctors at least provided coffee or water to patients.
2. I wish doctors actually called their patients to check on them.
1. I wish telemedicine becomes an option for everyone, so that we can save time, money, stress, gas, gridlock, and frustration!
RobbWorks (publishers of A Soft Voice in A Noisy World) unveils our 2nd book! Now available from Amazon, our new workbook is shipping and should be available from wherever you buy your books. The front and back of the book can be seen on Amazon.com!
The workbook is arranged in an easy to follow format that allows for quick access to information and corresponding tools to make you think, ponder, and unveil possible improvements to your condition. The workbook is designed both for individuals as well as facilitators and support group members. Specially designated areas are specifically labeled to help support and communication groups of all-kinds to generate deep and meaningful discussions.
Many thanks to all our friends who told us and inspired Angela and I to write this workbook! We were told over and over how our first book went beyond Parkinson’s disease and applied to other health conditions and life in general. We are excited and proud of this book! We think you will find this to be a tool to use over and over as you need it.