Monday, March 29, 2010

Live Chat - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday This Week!

I've changed the chat forum for a few days so that any viewer who would like to post a comment or join into my scheduled live chats this week, will "first" have to register.
Any comments will not be visible unless you register first.

I will be here Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening this week from

7:00 - 8:00pm EDT

to chat with those interested.  I'll be sending out emails as well to my regular viewers to advise them of it.  Sure hope we can connect at least one evening. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Top O' the Mornin'


Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone out there in cyberspace.  In my part of the world, it's a beautiful sunny day with blue skies as far as the eye can see.

Even the smallest glimpse of sunshine gives us all that extra energy boost and remember to get out there and soak up some of that Vitamin D whenever you can.

My posts have been at a minimal as you all have noticed recently.  February has been a month of hospitals, doctors, home recovery and sleepless nights, but I'm so happy to report that now my husband is feeling soooo much better and back to his old self.

While Vitamin D is important for a faster recovery, I feel the #1 prescription for any patient is REST, REST and more REST! 

As caregiver, it is my responsibility to ensure that my husband gets rest whenever he feels tired and I do that at all costs.  I know first hand just how that extra rest will help my husband along his recovery and while sometimes many may think I probably go a bit far in ensuring he gets that rest, it most definitely does work.

What do I do you may ask?

Turn "off" the phones....keep things quiet with NO interruptions.  That means of course to keep visitors away when he's sleeping.  After all, my motto is for friends and family to visit when he is feeling well and can spend quality time and enjoy his visitors.  When someone is sick and needs to rest, that is NOT the time to visit.   I make that clear right from the start.   No visitors at the hospital if he's not well - after all, maybe he's just spent two or three nights sleeping on a very uncomfortable hospital gurney without being able to sleep, so when he's finally in his hospital room, that is not visitor time,  but rest time.
I'm sure most everyone reading this will agree, but I just wanted to let other caregivers out there who have loved ones in similar situations at times, to not be afraid to speak up and do whatever it takes to allow the patient to rest.  At first I never realized how important proper rest is to a patient, but now I do and it's my responsibility and every other caregiver's responsibility to ensure that the patient receives the best quality of rest when they need it. 

While my husband was recently in hospital, I spoke with one of the hospital chaplains who just happened to mention that he had recently visited another cancer patient who was totally exhausted from all of the visitors he had seen during his hospital visit.  I can't for the life of me, understand why people want to visit patients when they are sick and need time to rest and recover during their hospital stay....the time to visit is when they arrive back home and are well enough to receive company.

Anyway, that's my rant for today....I trust I have helped someone along the way.



Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ease on Down the Road

Having cancer in your life can affect you in two ways:

It can consume your life and that of your entire family     "or"

Even though you know it's there, you can NOT make it the focus of your everyday living

The choice is yours!!! 

In our family, we choose to follow the second option and NOT focus on the word "cancer" but live each day with this chronic illness, just like any person who has heart disease or any other long term health issues.  I honestly cannot remember when

we even mentioned the word "CANCER" in our everyday lives.  We are not trying to ignore it, but it really serves no purpose to constantly bring it on the carpet and keep it as a constant reminder to my husband.   

We had a visitor the other day who told us two very interesting things: 
1)  she believes that the reason why my husband continues to do so well, is because of course due to his great faith and ability to not worry about any health problems that may arise
2)  she said it is also most definitely because of the fact that we "live in the moment" and we don't wrap ourselves up in the world of CANCER
Needless to say, I was astounded to know that this particular person finally "got it" just like we did........!  That's the way my husband, myself and our daughters have always tried to handle cancer and move on with our lives and not let it consume us.  After all, isn't it better to think of the positives rather than the negatives in all of this?

While we are not ignoring the fact that it's right here with us, we have CANCER at the bottom of our list.....and I would encourage everyone to do that with whatever type of illness you may have in your family.  Focus on TODAY and the POSITIVES.....don't stop living but get on with living your other words.....
Ease On Down the Road


Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Some areas of our province encountered quite alot of freezing rain this past weekend, playing havoc with power lines and loss of electricity.

Thought I would share a few of my photos with you.......

There is always beauty during difficult times...learn to be thankful and count your blessings!!!

March Month & Your Kidneys

March month is designated as "Kidney Health Month" to bring awareness of the vital role that kidneys have in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  To read more on the importance of kidneys and the role they play, go to or click this link

Think you know all there is to know about kidneys?  Take the following quiz and see if you can score a 10/10

March is also designated as "Kidney Cancer Awareness Month".  Check out the following couple of websites that offer all types of information:   and

Mark March 11th on your calendar as World Kidney Day !  Get involved, and become informed.  It's up to you!!!


Monday, March 08, 2010

Working Outdoors and Effects of Kidney Cancer on Males

It's a beautiful day here with sunshine....haven't seen that for awhile but instantly the glimpse of sun puts a brisker step in our walk and promises more energy for all of us.  There are definite advantages to our health as well from the sunshine as indicated by the following:

Received an interesting article this morning about  males  whose employ takes them outside, rather then indoors might actually combat the occurence of kidney cancer by 73% based upon their exposure to Vitamin D.  Very interesting indeed!!!  This study does not show any reduction or avoidance of kidney cancer though for females who work in an outdoor environment. Take time to read the link, as it does make for some very interesting information.

Appreciate everyone's emails and continued checking of the blog.  Been absent for a few days, but should be back on track now.  Lots of catching up to do though with my correspondence, but be assured that I will!