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Posted on January 28, 2019 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Health and Wellness
Yep, it's true. This my mom and she's 95 years old.  We should all look this good at 95!!!
She certainly didn't look this good last month.  She spent 9 days in hospital, followed by nearly a month in rehab to regain her strength.  At 5 foot nothing and 95 pounds she's quite a powerhouse.  Not everybody could have recovered from that one.  We all had our doubts for a bit.  It definitely took its toll, but she's back!!!!!!
Julie took this picture just 5 days after she moved to Sweet Memories.  It is the memory care section of Kings Grant House in Virginia Beach, just 5 minutes from Julie, and 15 minutes from Betsy.  There are about 20 residents and lots of excellent caregivers.  We know that Momma will be safe there and well cared for;  and we're hoping for happy.
The reason I'm sharing this is to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.  It was a difficult decision for daughters to make.  But I'm proud to say that we understand things now, that we never imagined we would ever need to know.  
But this we know:  Getting old isn't for sissies.  It is hard work to keep your body healthy, but worth the effort.  
                            Patience and kindness are virtues that we should all practice, cause someday we might need them.
                            Love is stronger than everything. 
When you love somebody so much, it's easy to work at making them happy, whatever it takes.  Sometimes it requires listening to the same stories over and over, sometimes it means answering the same question again and again.  Sometimes you have to sing, recite childhood poetry, or just sit and watch them sleep.  But we do it for love; she did it for us all those years ago.  Now it's our turn to show her how much we love her. 
I know that Momma is proud of us, even if she can't remember.  She did a good job raising us.      
Posted on July 10, 2018 7:58 AM by Mark Conde
Categories: Health and Wellness
You all know that the ticks are bad this year. I think its related to the water and heat we are seeing. So here is a quick link to a CDC site I use to remind myself how to lower the exposure to them and deal with one should it connect with you.
Note that the technique for removal is important. By pulling them away from you around their head areas you are less apt to squeeze their stomach contents back into you. So notice the diagram in the article about removal.
Now I have always been curious how they get on you. I actually saw one run up a board I was reaching for and do a springing back flip right on to my pants from around 2 feet away. That was amazing to see and I never realized they actually jump at you. 
I can tell you that the DEET sprays really do work. In another experiment I saw them literally run away from an area I sprayed with a deterrent. 
Now we are one of the neighbors who encourage deer to come visit with us. Deer are one of the major carriers of the blacklegged tick which is a primary host for Lyme disease. Mice are also a significant carrier. I worry a little less about this because the primary area these are found and Lyme disease is prominent is in the Northeast and Midwest. I still would not go hug a deer but worry less about Lyme disease here in the south.
So use that bug spray and look for the little buggers when you work outside.
Posted on May 23, 2018 9:29 AM by Mark Conde
Categories: Health and Wellness
Just before that rainstorm came through last weekend we saw a most unusual pollen storm. The pines had one last expression for us to enjoy as the wnd came ripping through the ridges.
Check out the pollen storm in this picture.
How did we know this yellow cloud was from the pines? The one right next to our deck generated a thick cloud when that wind started. Here is the culprit....
Posted on April 25, 2018 6:26 AM by Mark Conde
Categories: Health and Wellness
These days your health records are almost all online. Not all of them are automated well but they are available by law. Some health organizations provide the records online and others will still mail you some form of the data if you ask for it. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC in HHS) recently came out with a nice guide to walk through the steps on how to get access to or get a copy of your records.
Its one thing to get the records, often so you can share your whole history with a new doctor, but quite another task to understand what you are looking at. The guide helps with that as well. For example, how do you interpret a lab result or a diagnostic code (better known as the ICD-10 code) if an interpretation or acceptable range does not come with the information. 
Walk through the progressive tabs for all the information "Intro" > "Get it" > "Check it" > "Use it".....
....and if you ever want to know what a LOINC code is ask me. You wil be the hit of the porch party knowing this :)
Posted on April 23, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Health and Wellness
Today's my birthday, and I'm celebrating everything about my life!!!!  Where do I start?
A....abundance all around me
F....friends and family
G....goodness in the world
S....sisters times 3
Thank you for sharing my meditation.  Maybe you can add your own thoughts to mine.
Posted on April 7, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Health and Wellness
Yep!  It's that time of year:  time to open the windows and get some fresh air!!!  It's also time to sweep out winter, literally!!!  It has gone on long enough!!
I subscribe to the Farmer's Almanac, and got this email with some great NATURAL cleaners and ideas.  Some we already know, but there are some new ones too.
Go to     Spring cleaning tips   for some fresh ideas, and get busy!!!!
Posted on March 23, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Health and Wellness
I didn't think it up....I'm just saying....
Posted on December 11, 2017 11:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Health and Wellness
You know it's Christmas time when Momma makes her famous cheese biscuits.
Here she was last week grating cheese to make the biscuits.  We've had cheese biscuits all our lives.
I'll share the recipe because it's so simple.  But don't think for a moment that it is easy.  It takes years of practice, and just the right touch.  Check in the recipe section, under cheese.  ;))
I'm sharing this picture today because it's Momma's birthday.  She was born on this date in 1923.  Quick, do the math!!!
Posted on November 3, 2017 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Health and Wellness
On Monday, while we were all inside making soup, knitting hats, shivering against the cold,  our friend Al was riding his bike up Brasstown Bald.  He even took a picture for posterity.  I know you've seen Al riding his bike all over our mountain.  It's the first thing he does when he gets to Five Forks:  a celebratory ride, twice around the loop!!
We used to think "that guy is crazy,"  But now we know that he's dedicated to exercise and good health.  And he loves a good, brisk bike ride.
And speaking of dedication, we'll talk about Patty Tegtman next.   ;)~   She's the marathon runner.  
Posted on September 26, 2017 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Health and Wellness
I am not an expert in this field, but I have several friends and relatives coping with Alzheimer's disease and dementia:  as patients and as caregivers.   I want to be better equipped to communicate with them.  Better equipped to communicate with the patients AND their caregivers.
I subscribe to Alzheimer's Reading Room and i get occasional readings delivered to my inbox.  I don't know how, but they are often VERY timely and appropriate for what's happening.  The readings are almost personal to me.  Today's reading especially spoke to me, that's why I thought I'd share.  4 lessons I learned
If you have loved ones with dementia or know someone who cares for Alzheimer's or dementia patients, then Alzheimer's Disease has touched your life.  There is so much we don't understand, but it's so helpful to learn from someone who has been there, done that.  
I have this hope that if I can learn about something vicariously, and really understand it, then maybe I won't have to experience it myself.  So far it's working.  At the very least, I'm learning to be kinder, maybe more patient.  I need that.
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