Hello!

The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last.

— Moira Rogers

Kindness

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao-tzu
(604-531BC)

Tips before One-day Surgery

1. If your cutoff for food and water is at midnight, drink plenty of clear fluids (not alcohol) during the evening until then. If you’re well-hydrated, you’ll feel better and your veins will be fully dilated-and more receptive to IV fluids and drugs.

2. Inform your doctor about any supplements you take. About 70 percent of surgery patients don’t think to do so, but it’s important. Fish oil can increase bleeding, while others, such as kava and St. John’s – wort, may prolong the effects of anesthesia.

3. Shower the night before and the morning of your surgery with anti-bacterial soap, or, even better, use a special wash, like Hibiclens, which kills germs on contact and helps protect your skin for the next 24 hours.

4. Be patient as everyone you meet asks your name and what procedure you’re having done on which body part. Also have someone act as your second eyes, ears, and voice. Write down your medications and medical history beforehand in case you forget.

5. Accept the blanket offered in pre-op. Several studies show that staying warm can lower your risk of Infection.

source: Reader’s Digest

Go Green

1. USE A LOW-FLOW SHOWERHEAD

New devices provide consumers more control, different GPM (gallons per minute) rates during a shower. The result: Users can adjust to a low rate for lathering and a higher rate for rinsing.

2. CLEAN YOUR LINT FILTER

A full lint filter makes your dryer work harder and produce more heat which can cause a fire. Clean your filter after each load to help decrease your energy usage and speed up drying time.

3. UNPLUG AN APPLIANCE

According to the U. S. Department of Energy, 75 percent of all electricity used to power electronics is consumed by devices that are turned off. Unplug just a few to save considerable energy.

Source : Reader’s Digest / Heritage-enviro.com

Venus and Mars

New research into men’s and women’s brains finds men have more connectivity between the frontal and occipital lobes, while women have more connectivity between the two hemispheres.
This explains why men are better at performing a single task and women have better multitasking and social skills.

Men are better at:
1. Learning to surf at 60.
2. Assembling furniture.
3. Reading maps.

Women are better at:

1. Finding solutions to a workplace problem that satisfies four colleagues.
2. Predicting the latest House of Cards plot twist.
3. Following directions on their smart phone while debating kid’s career choice.

Source: AARP

“There is no horizontal Stratification of society in this country like the rocks in the earth, that hold one class down below forevermore, and let another come to the surface to stay there forever.
Our Stratification is like the ocean, where every individual drop is free to move, and where from the sternest depths of the mighty deep any drop may come up to glitter on the highest wave that rolls”.

Author: James A. Garfield

Need help?

Chaplains on Hand offers 24/7 spiritual comfort and support to anyone, regardless of religious beliefs. It was created for those facing illness and grief and for caregivers, says the Reverend Eric J. Hall, president and CEO of Healthcare Chaplaincy Network, which runs the website.
Twelve chaplains from the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faiths are available and in keeping with their motto, they will help anyone,”whoever you are, whatever your believe.”
They can be contacted at chaplainsonhand.org or by phone at 844-242-7524 toll-free. The service is free.

Source: AARP The Bulletin