Friends With Similar Disabilities

I stumbled across this news article the other day.

http://www.wbtv.com/story/38883711/hearing-aids-lead-to-unique-friendship-at-madison-county-elementary-school

To sum it up, a forth grader with a hearing disability saw a kindergartner wearing hearing aids, so he went up the kindergartner and introduced himself.  The kindergartner was thrilled to meet another child with hearing aids.

The two boys have become friends, due to their shared experience.  They are able to work together to teach other kids about their disability and how hearing aids work.

They can also help each other navigate through obstacles and pitfalls that occur when you have a hearing disability in childhood.

This article touched my heart, because I too have a hearing disability that started in early childhood.  I wasn’t lucky enough to meet another hearing disabled child, so I often struggled alone.

Even as an adult, if I run into a young person with a hearing aid I feel an immediate connection.  I want to talk to them about their experiences, how they handle certain situations, and how having a hearing disability has impacted their life.

Growing up with a hearing impairment is a unique experience and not something most people can understand.  I am glad these boys found each other.

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Basic Healthy Nutritional Guidelines

  1.  Eat three meals a day at regular times to maintain blood sugar and prevent overeating.
  2. Snacks should be used when meals will be more than 4 hours apart.
  3. Balance your plate with 1/4 carbohydrates, 1/4 protein, and 1/2 vegetables/fruit.
  4. Take small bites and chew your food thoroughly (at least 20 times).
  5. Measure your food according to serving size recommendations.
  6. Avoid high-sugar foods and decrease desserts to no more than once a week.
  7. Practice mindful eating by eating at a table and turning off distractions.
  8. Consume 60 to 80 grams of protein daily.
  9. Consume at least 64 ounces of water daily.

 

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Source:  Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama 

Major Depression Feels Like….

Major depression feels like:

  • You are drowning and you reach up for help, but no-one is there.
  • You have to act calm on the outside, but inside you are screaming in agony.
  • You are trapped in a cage and you are pacing back and forth like an animal.
  • You have a pressure cooker inside your body and it is about to explode.
  • You are alone in the world, because you are unable to connect to people.  You cannot relate to them and they cannot relate to you.
  • There’s a dark cloud looming over you.
  • There’s a monster inside of you and it is crushing your soul.

Taking Drastic Measures

I’ve battled with my weight most of my life.  Over the years, I managed to lose up to a 100 pounds only to regain the weight.

That’s when I decided to take drastic measures.  I called a surgeon and asked about bariatric surgery.

Before the surgery date, I had to participate in a weight loss program, talk with a nutritionist, get a psychiatric evaluation, and there were few other things that needed to be accomplished.

I managed to meet all those goals and my insurance company gave their approval.  I had the surgery last Thursday (16 August).

I am looking forward to starting my new life, now that I have the tools to succeed.

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Physical Activity Recommendations

Physical activity plays a major role in promoting good health and is an excellent way to boost your mood.

  1. You should participate in physical activities for at least 150 minutes a week (20 minutes a day or for 30 minutes 5 days a week).
  2. You can break exercise time into small chucks throughout the day.
  3. Eliminate all or nothing thinking.
  4. You can multitask while exercising (for example:  watch TV while on a treadmill).
  5. Make your exercise time a priority.

 

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Source:  Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama

Treating Poison Ivy

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I was walking through thick brush and not paying attention to the foliage around me, until my legs became insnared by a thorn bush.  I looked down and noticed I was surrounded by poison ivy.

My legs had multiple welts and were extremely itchy.  A friend recommended washing my legs in rubbing alcohol, because it will dry up the welts and remove all the poison from my skin.

I was skeptical, but willing to give it a try.  To my amazement the rubbing alcohol did a fantastic job.  I can still see a few spots on my legs, but they do not itch at all.

If you ever end up with poison ivy, try rubbing alcohol.  It works wonders.