Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Business Of Coping

This has been a day of high emotions, varying from mountain high to valley low. My dream is the high portion, raising a teen aged son alone accounted for all the lows. Talking to teenagers is trying at times, reasoning with them is quite impossible when they raise an attitude wall to muffle any sensible thing you are saying. Doing my best, but grrrrrrr!
I do not believe that striking solves anything, or he might be black and blue. But grounding until he is better grounded was necessary, which caused its own conflicts. It could have occurred at a more opportune time, but life is rarely orderly in that fashion. So you see I have issues that I struggle with, the same as anyone else.
I am not perfect. But I dream, and reach for things while I go about the business of coping. I hope something here encourages you to do the same.
I got this email and forwarded it to most of my contacts, and am putting it here to reach more. Please copy and paste and send it on.

Susie is recouping at an incredible pace for someone with a massive stroke all because Sherry saw Susie stumble - -that is the key that isn't mentioned below - and then she asked Susie the 3 questions.

So simple - - this literally saved Susie's life - - Some angel sent it to Suzie's friend and they did just what it said to do. Suzie failed all three so 911 was called. Even though she had normal blood pressure readings and did not appear to be a stroke as she could converse to some extent with the Paramedics they took her to the hospital right away. Thank God for the sense to remember the 3 steps! Read and Learn! Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.
Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
*Ask the individual to SMILE.
*Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
*Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (ie. It is sunny out today)
If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage. A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved. BE A FRIEND AND SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH AS MANY FRIENDS AS POSSIBLE. It could save their lives.