Be Alert

Much of the news these days is disturbing. It’s unfortunate that there are people out there who are so angry, or sick, that they cannot find help in ways other than a spectacular manner. Much too often we see that another angry man has taken a gun to innocent persons to achieve fame and attention in deadly actions. The news reports another episode all too frequently. This person may not be able to control his actions, but does want fame and attention and knows how he can get it. He is not concerned about his own safety. In fact, he may be seeking solace in death.
It just happened again, this time in London, yesterday. 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber who was among the dead.
We can only hope that, if we are in a place where the angry person is as well, that we don’t come into his sight. I’ve thought of a few measures we can take to possibly avoid being hurt, or killed.
Avoid crowded places. However, no place is safe from these disturbed persons. Just be very alert.
Important! Watch the people around you. The assassin will be obvious. He will be wearing heavy clothes, even in hot weather. He will have a gun, probably a large gun. He will not be smiling.
He is looking for a crowd of people so that he will have many good targets.
Be very alert when you are out. If you see someone who doesn’t seem to fit in, do not run. Walk quickly away from the crowd, and in the opposite direction from the stranger. And call the police from a safe distance.
If you know someone who is disturbed, or angry, you might not be able to prevent his intentions, but you could possibly help by offering other solutions.
There are places where he could be helped. Unfortunately, most times, the danger is not evident. Just be aware of the people near you.

Afghan Solution

The third afghan problem has been resolved.  My daughter, Circe, took it and will carry it with her the next time she goes to San Francisco to visit  her son and his family.  Their son, Ozzie, is only two years old, but Circe will give him the afghan.  He is getting bigger all the time and sleeps in a real bed, so the afghan will help keep him warm in the San Francisco weather.  I remember that it was very cold on my first visit there in August on my honeymoon.

I’m happy to have homes for all the afghans I have made including the three that were stored in my studio.  Now, on to finishing the disposal project for the rest of the stuff I no longer want, or need, all over my house.

My Life as an Insomniac

My life as an Insomniac

For as long as I can remember I have had trouble falling asleep. In fact, my mother used to tell folks that when I was a baby she would come in to check on me before going to bed and my eyes would be open. She never turned the light on so I was just lying there in the dark, awake in my crib.
As I grew older I didn’t much think about it. I would go to bed and go to sleep. Just that easy. But getting married and having responsibilities must have awakened those very early sleep patterns. I just don’t get sleepy at bedtime. In fact I have stayed awake, reading a book until the wee hours and was still not sleepy.
I have tried several different types of sleep aids including prescriptions, over the counter pills, and even liquor. For many years I had a small drink of a favorite alcohol, such as rum, on going to bed. That seemed to work best.
Lately I discussed this with my doctor who gave me a sleep aid, clonazepam. This is not really a sleeping pill. It is supposed to relax you and make you drowsy. Falling asleep is still up to me. I took this pill for several years and found that it caused excess saliva which created much distress. It was embarrassing in public and at night made my pillows wet.
Finally my doctor gave me a sample pill called Roserem. This, too, is not a sleeping pill as such, but a relaxing aid. However I experienced waking up many times all during the night. It can also cause a very upsetting action in which you get out of bed without being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing. I had this happen. The morning after I took the pill I came into my den to log on to my computer. I glanced to the left of my desk and my extension phone was missing. I searched high and low without finding it and was expecting to have to purchase a new one. Later in the day I took a waste basket outside to empty it and saw my phone on the pavement. I haven’t taken a second Roserem pill since.
I am weaning myself away from the clonazepam because I hate the drooling. I purchased an over the counter sleep aid, Unisom, to help me get to sleep. It doesn’t work any better, but with a small drink of rum I go bye-bye. However, you would not believe the dreams! They cover every imaginable activity I have ever experienced as well as some I’ve never encountered. And they go on all night long. I wake up a couple of times during the night but usually can go back to sleep most of the time. One night last week I woke at 2am and was not able to get back to sleep. Finally, at 5am I got up and stayed up the rest of the day. Didn’t even get a nap.
Several years ago I made a short trip to Illinois to visit my grandson and his girl friend. My daughter was with me and we spent the 2 nights we were there in the friend’s guest bedroom. I had conferred with my former doctor before the trip and he gave me a prescription for 2 pills of Ambien. I took one as I crawled into bed and within 5 minutes I was out. I had no dreams and no sensation of time having passed when I woke. It was wonderful. When I tried to get a full prescription for the Ambien I was not able to. The company was having some problem with the drug and it wasn’t available. I still haven’t been able to get it.
I’m sure others have similar problems and hope that they have found help in some form. I would love to hear of success.

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What else can I do?

I just got awakened from a much needed nap this afternoon by an unwanted phone call from someone I don’t know and offering a service I don’t want. I get 1-3 or more of these calls every day and I have registered with the “Do Not Call List” three times! What else can I do? My friends have the same problem, so obviously they can’t help me. Today’s 2nd call was from, it sounded like, a very young handsome(?) man with a very nice voice who wanted to remodel my house. Since I didn’t want that service I just hung up. But then I got to thinking. Most of the previous calls were from women with accents. Some accents were so thick I could barely understand them. (Just got my 3rd call of the day while I was typing this. This caller had a very strong accent.) They have my name, they use it to get my attention. I have to ask who’s calling since it could be someone who I already know. My curiosity kicked in. I think it is unfortunate that these people cannot get a better job. I hope they are being paid minimum wage at least. I hope they are paid for every call, not just the ones who accept the offer of service. Surely the nice young man today should be able to get a better job. But I can’t continue to receive their calls. I want them to stop. They interrupt my sleep, my meals, and my work. I just got my 4th call of the day at 9:15 tonight! Anybody got any good ideas?

How to Survive a Heart Attack When you are Alone

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HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN YOU ARE ALONE??


Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital. Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!! A cardiologist says If everyone who sees this post shares it to 10 people, you can bet that we’ll save at least one life. Rather than sharing jokes only please contribute by forwarding this info which can save a person’s life..


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