”Life’s Daily Inspiration” In A Broken Table Leg

”Life’s Daily Inspiration” In A Broken table Leg
”Life’s Daily Inspiration” In A Broken table Leg

 ”Life’s Daily Inspiration” In A Broken Table Leg

We will call him  Brian out of respect for his privacy. Brian was in his mid-sixties. I don’t remember his exact age.He was a” life’s daily inspiration”to all who saw him.

  Because every day of his life was a trial. He had Parkinson’s disease and experienced non stop motion in his arms, legs and even trunk area even with the medicines for treatment.

   An example is one afternoon he was maneuvering his electric wheelchair with his right hand.

His constant movements were really bad on this day. Causing his hand and arm to shoot out and forward. Unfortunately, the table was in his path.

The momentum was such he rammed into the table and broke a table leg clean off. Thankfully he was not hurt badly just bruised up pretty good.

”Life’s Daily Inspiration” In A Broken table Leg
”Life’s Daily Inspiration” In A Broken table Leg

I called the medical supply place to come and adjust the speed to a lower power to slow it down and to add a seatbelt (like a car seatbelt).Brian just laughed and commented how he never liked that table. And it was good riddance to bad rubbish!

   I’m fairly certain my reaction had it has been me, wouldn’t have been a ”life’s daily inspiration” to anyone.                                                                         

   He also experienced the staring off into space another symptom of Parkinson’s disease. Therefore turning him in bed was very difficult.

Parkinson’s patients can become very stiff and unable to help themselves or the caregiver. To turn over or dress. or even hold their arms up.

  He loved to talk about his travel and was a brilliant man. At least I had come to think so. He would talk about his trips and make you feel as if you were there. Whether it was in Europe or in the states. His attention to detail was awesome. I always felt inspired and yet, even encouraged to go there.

   He loved to play cards and read books about anything. History was his favorite passion. National Geographic magazine was another. He had 2 stacks higher than my head.

   Early one morning he told me he couldn’t read anymore. Do you mind me asking why? He said, ‘I just can’t hold it anymore to shaky.”

  We fixed that problem  by ordering a book holder and it worked brilliantly for a good while.

   Then one day, I went to see him, he was still in bed.

Not like Brian at all. Who got up every day and insisted that he get dressed. This was so not normal and I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I reached his room. I called out Brian and stuck my head around the corner looking in.

  What I saw brought tears to my eyes as healthcare people we try to not get attached. Needless to say, some people just touch you down deep.

   Brian had become unresponsive and was just staring off into

space. He was trapped in a body that wouldn’t respond. He couldn’t talk. One of his favorite joys in life now gone. Reading another favorite pastime was now gone. All his meals now had to be pureed. No more playing cards.

   Brian passed away 2 weeks later. He had videotaped his own eulogy.

Asking everyone not to feel sorry for him he was already in his heavenly home. And was probably looking at all of us down here. While standing on his own two feet. No braces, no wheelchair, no handicap device’s of any kind in his new place of residence.

  He told everyone in that video if anyone told them he was dead not to believe it. Although he was gone from this earthly home, he had moved and just changed his place of residence from this earthly body and his old address on earth to his new heavenly body and home.

 

  Elaine and I being in Hospice for over 70 years combined. 

We’ve seen first-hand patients who have been helped by different medicines. Some conventional some not. We are advocates of 

Medical Marijuana because it does work. And for CBD oil which is readily available and legal for everyone. If you are interested in checking it out.

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  He was still encouraging others in his new home that was just who Brian was and is.

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Scarlett and Elaine

 

 

 

 

“Life’s Daily Inspiration” In A Friend Named Gi Gi

Life’s Daily Inspiration in Gi-Gi
Life’s Daily Inspiration
Gi-Gi

“Life’s Daily Inspiration”  A friend named  Gi Gi

“Funny Motivational Quote”

“If you can be inspirational and hilarious at the same time, you’re really on to something”

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Eight or nine years ago I had a hospice patient we will call for the sake of privacy Ms. Ida Bell.

She probably weighed 100 lbs soak and wet. Approximately 5 feet tall, a very small lady with a great big heart.

And oh, what a “life’s daily inspiration” she was.

Ms. Ida Bell had  Congestive Heart Failure   and was on Oxygen 24/7 and ate licorice sticks. Yuck! I wasn’t inspired to try it.

Ms. Ida Bell had a knack for making everyone laugh.

She could tell the corniest jokes. The jokes weren’t usually the funny part. Not that they were bad jokes. They probably would have been funny except, Ms. Ida Bell never got the punch line right. But that never stopped her. She’d just say, “Oh I can’t remember the way it went but it’s close enough. You get what I mean. And she would just laugh it off.

Everyone has a gift and I feel sure one of hers was the gift of encouragement.

She would quote that old saying “Where there is a will” and then change the next part to-“the Lord will make a way.” Just another example of being a living “ life’s daily inspiration.”

Ms. Ida Bell loved her car,  like you and I love our family. It was a part of her family she said. She affectionately named her car Gi Gi.

Which she told every one it stood for “Grocery Getter”

As she progressed with dementia she would  ask If Gi Gi was alright like it was a person? Gi Gi was very important and inspiring to her.

One cold winter day she asked,

 did Gi-Gi start this morning? I told her, “just like a top first try.”

Gi Gi wasn’t even there . Her  daughter-in-law had taken  the care to their home. Guess that was a “life’s daily inspiration” on my part my answer satisfied her for a while.

She was watching the weather . She liked the Fox News which repeats itself.( about every two hours.)

Later that same afternoon she said (Andy) she nick named me Andy .

I have no clue why she chose that name , only the Lord knows. One day maybe I’ll ask her why. But, I answered her yes, Ms. Ida Bell?

She said,  “ I think I’ll take Gi Gi for a little drive please get my coat.”

The best way to handle dementia is by redirecting their thoughts elsewhere. So I said, feeling quite pleased with myself. “Ms Gi-Gi I don’t think you can even get to the main roads with all the snow on the ground and we’re expecting 4 or 5 inches today.”(The 4 or 5 inch prediction was true at least) she sat perfectly still just a minute.

Then answered “well tarnation”

This is another old saying. “I guess were grounded but did you put GI-GI’s cover on her I do not want her getting chilled out there.” Of course I did , I told her .

Not missing a beat she said, “Andy where’s Charles , is he still out in this the weather?”

Oh, no Ms. Ida Bell he’s out back working in his workshop, I replied

“Well, don’t let him stay out there to long.”

Her husband Charles had been dead over two years. At  that time.

In her mind it was yesterday and he was still with her.

What a dementia patient or Alzheimer’s patient can’t think up. Just can’t be made  up.

We had many such cute little exchanges, but this story is one of my favorites.

A few days latter Ms. Ida said, “I gotta new joke for you.”I replied, you do? where did you get it? One of your church friends tell it to you? No, she said, “I made it up.”

You did? When?” just now.”

Okay let’s hear it.

“What’s green/white and black and goes everywhere?”

While telling her joke she is cackling like a chicken.

Tickled at her own totally flat joke.

Let’s see, I have no clue?

“It’s Gi Gi silly” as she kept laughing ridiculously. The joke about Gi Gi wasn’t funny at all to me, but to her it was the bomb!

Her laughter sounded just like a chicken had laid an egg. Now that, I thought was funny. The harder I laughed the more she laughed and the more she laughed, the more I laughed. It was a win-win.

The rest of the day I would laugh thinking about it and she would say “what  is so funny, you got a joke for me?”

Which tickled my funny bone all over again. I guess you just had to be there. Sometimes her little jokes were funny, sometimes they were cute.

The one thing you could always count on was that chicken laugh of hers , sounding like laying an egg in the telling. She got such joy in sharing her jokes, and the listener got joy from her.

  Elaine and I being in Hospice for over 70 years combined. 

We’ve seen first-hand patients who have been helped by different medicines. Some conventional some not. We are advocates of 
Medical Marijuana because it does work. And for CBD oil which is readily available and legal for everyone. If you are interested in checking it out.

PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Thanks for stopping by. What makes you laugh? Please leave your comments below.

Elaine and Scarlett

“Life’s Daily Inspiration” In A Banged Up Fender.

 


“Life’s Daily Inspiration” In A Banged Up Fender

Today when I woke up I was encouraged to make my morning different somehow. So I had a “life’s daily inspiration” to go an outing.

Morning coffee time found me at Waffle House. You know it’s sad when said, outing is coffee at Waffle House. Lol

After being home for days on end with my mom who has Alzheimer’s I needed a break.

Not from Mom , whom I count it a privilege to be able to care for her in my home and to still have her here at 93 in any condition. No it’s from the “sameness” of my days. Those kind of days are not generally a “life’s daily inspiration.”

So on my morning journey to the awful Waffle House

as it’s affectionately known. I encountered a little elderly lady trying to park her car in a handicap space and to back it in to boot.

Not such a big deal you say, normally it wouldn’t be. I sat in the car waiting patiently for her to try to maneuver that big boat of a car in the space. On one of her attempts she hit the newspaper box with her fender.

She got out to check the damage. I took the opportunity to zip in a vacant space with  cars on each side of me thankfully.

For some reason I felt motivated to help this lady.

I went over to the lady just conversationally speaking to inquire after she and her car.

She asked me to do her a favor and back her car in for her .

She couldn’t seem to get in that “little bitty space.”And for heaven sakes why didn’t they make them bigger? She  was handicapped you know.

I very politely said, “yes ma’am I’ll be glad to park it for you.”

Now I just love elderly  people, they are us in a few years so always be helpful and respectful to them. They will encourage and inspire us if we let them.

It cost nothing but time to be nice.

We went inside together after  our introduction and decided to sit together.

Mrs. Whitley and I got along famously we enjoyed our chat  were I learned that she was caring for her husband. 

She herself  was 90 yrs young and  she hadn’t driven in over 10 years before today. Now that was a little scary.

Her husband Herbert, usually drove, due to not liking the way she drove. He was scared of her driving. Lol

She told me her husband had heart trouble and was now  in hospice. What a  small world.

Sometimes I’m amazed at how the Lord orchestrates our lives according to his.What were the odds we would both decide we needed a break from the routines we were in? For both of us to decide on the same restaurant at the same time.

I pray daily Lord, please make me a blessing to someone today and encourage the discouraged as well as  let me inspire someone else along life’s journey.

Walking  the walk,  not just talking the talk. Please put feet on my prayers to be an example.

Back to my story, Mrs. Whitley’s son normally took her wherever she needed and wanted to go. Unfortunately he was on vacation .

So she decided when the sitter could come this morning she was going out to treat herself for a change.

I was so inspired by Mrs .Whitley’s spunk

While  she hadn’t driven in years she was determined to do it.

Truthfully,  I would have second the vote from her husband, she was a terrible driver. And that big boat of a car, the old Caddy needed to be traded in for a smaller compact car.

Although it might be another 10 years before she drives again. We should all pray Lord, please make it so for everyone’s safety including the cars. Lol

I left there feeling as if my batteries were fully charged.

The two of us sat there over an hour exchanging stories from our care giving of our loved ones .

Life’s Daily Inspiration-
Morning Coffee

I left there feeling as if my batteries were fully charged .

Ready to meet today’s challenges,whether it was imaginary kitty cats in the house according to Mom , or kids running around the house like Indians on the loose.

A regular occurrence in Mom’s  mind. Just  as real to her, as Mrs.Whitley’s was this morning to me.

I enjoyed Mrs.Whitley’s company and applaud her efforts. Thanks for the memories Mrs.Whitley , every  time I see a big old Cadillac I’m gonna think of you and look for the dent in the fender to see if it’s you and  move out of range I hope. Lol.

The Lord uses, the foolish things to confound the wise.

The Lord made no mistake that morning .We both were there at the same time, virtually for the same reason. A respite from care giving.

“He maketh no mistake”

by A. M. Overton

My Father’s way may twist and turn,

My heart may throb and ache,

But in my soul I’m glad I know,

He maketh no mistake.

My cherished plans may go astray,

My hopes may fade away,

But still I’ll trust my Lord to lead

For He doth know the way.

Though night be dark and it may seem

That day will never break;

I’ll pin my faith, my all in Him,

He maketh no mistake.

There’s so much now I cannot see,

My eyesight’s far too dim;

But come what may, I’ll simply trust

And leave it all to Him.

For by and by the mist will lift

And plain it all He’ll make,

Through all the way, though dark to me,

He made not one mistake.

Elaine and I being in Hospice for over 70 years combined.

We’ve seen first-hand patients who have been helped by different medicines. Some conventional some not. We are advocates of

Medical Marijuana because it does work. And for CBD oil which is readily available and legal for everyone. If you are interested in checking it out.

PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Thanks for stopping by . What makes you laugh ? Please leave your comments below .

Elaine and Scarlett

 

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