As many of you know, I have been on medical leave for a couple of months. I was transferred to Seattle from a local hospital; that is where we were told I would not survive. What they didn't realize was that I come from a place where people still say their prayers and send positive thoughts. I honestly believe it's because of the prayers and thoughts I survived, thank you! I thought I would share a few things I learned (with a little humor) that most of us forget at times of serious illness.
1. Gather your support system - Your family and friends will be there for you. They will make you laugh and cry. (It's better than watching re-runs)
2. Have your Health Care Directive on file with the hospital - This makes it easy for your family as it spells out your final wishes. (And Gentleman, you get the last word, finally!)
3. Don't hesitate to ask for a second opinion, even when you are in the hospital - A patient must be their own advocate. (It never hurts to keep your Dr's on their toes, unless it's a Podiatrist)
4. Be comfortable - if you are in the hospital for a while, have your own clothes you can hang out in and go for walks. (Just cover the backside)
5. If allowed, have food once in a while that is not from the hospital - That special meal will help you forget where you are. (For a moment anyways).
6. Upon discharge understand fully what is to be expected - how long will it take you to recover and exactly what can you do. (That 5K you were planning to run may be out for a week)
Activities: Olequa Winlock Senior Center is having free shingles shots on Sept. 24 from 12:15 -1:30 pm.
Winlock School is back in Session, please save your box top and Campbell Soup labels and drop them off at the school, it is part of their on going fund raisers. Winlock
The Winlock Library is celebrating Banned Book week Sept. 22 - 28 with Banned Book Bingo. Winners will get a Freadom Badge, while bingo sheets are available now and due at the end of the month.
This Wednesday, the library will be closed for staff training. And on Friday, Junior Page Turners will be taking place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and grades 1-3 are invited.
The ladies from the Methodist church went on their first retreat to the beach, I heard everything was perfect! Congratulation on the first retreat ever.