the following could save you or someone you love at that bar b que on the 4th.
During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) ...she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours.
So, here are 4 ways to test someone you suspect may have had a stroke
Ask Them To Smile
Have them stick their tongue out. If it is crooked, that is an indicator.
Two cannibals meet one day. The first cannibal says, "You know, I just can't seem to get a tender missionary. I've baked 'em, I've roasted 'em, I've stewed 'em, I've barbecued 'em, I've even tried every sort of marinade. I just cannot seem to get them tender."
The second cannibal asks, "What kind of missionary do you use?"
The other replied, "You know, the ones that hang out at that place at the bend of the river. They have those brown cloaks with a rope around the waist and their sort of bald on top with a funny ring of hair on their heads."
"Ah ha!" he replies. "No wonder.. those are friars!"
A good part of the magic of this place is accountability.
We don't hold you accountable, you hold yourself accountable by coming here before you get a hair and smoke.
You have to be responsible. Having us here is to help you.
Showing our children we can't live without something that's bad for us is a horrible example. Most of us here have done it and many of our children took up smoking because we were smokers. Now we're quit and they are still trapped.
Geeesh, how does this cycle end? Usually in disease then death, one smoker at a time.
I buy my favorite brand and freeze it because bacon is one of those rare treats that I don't eat very often.
This is one of a few recipes my parents taught us. It was one of a few things we made them for breakfast every Sunday morning. (They taught us to make french toast with homemade maple syrup and hash and eggs too)
Bacon Eggs And Rice
Cook your bacon slowly in a large 12" x 2 " frying pan with a lid.
I don't like it super crispy (what's with bacon the powder from overcooking?)
When it's just before how you like it, tong it out and put on paper towels.
Pour the majority of the grease out and save for future flavoring.
Leave the drippings and 3 tablespoons of the grease in the pan and add enough water and rice to make 8 cups of cooked rice.
Crack 10-12 eggs into the rice after its nearly cooked and stir until the eggs are cooked.
Add your reserved bacon back into the egg and rice and serve. (I save about 1/2 the bacon for other things like green beans)
Salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy But This Stuff Is Addictive!
Limit yourself to two plates. LOLOL
(I made the eggs and rice and used some of the leftover bacon renderings this morning to flavor it)
Use the power you were given to talk yourself out of a crave!
I've been having these horrible waves of pain from a dry socket.
When one of those pain waves (craves) came over me, I learned to close my eyes and breathe deep like I was falling asleep. I found doing those 2 things was the path of least resistance in getting the pain to pass quickly.
What we do when we've quit smoking is to work ourselves into a frenzy thinking of having a smoke and building on that thought until we can't take it anymore. It's called self talk. Most of us use it against ourselves often. (Fear of Failure)
WHY NOT USE IT TO HELP YOURSELF? Start talking yourself down from the craves not deeper into them.
Just say to yourself "I'm not smoking anymore and I know it's going to get better and I won't be thinking of smoking in the future"
Did you know that for some people, talking or hearing about smoking can be more of a trigger than a help?
If you are serious and willing to listen, I'm sure many of the people here could help you in a more personal way. Just PM them and say, being on the site makes me want to smoke more not less. your ideas resonate with me, would you be willing to help me?
I have helped many in this way and I know others have also.
If you approach it defeated, you will be defeated.
Hoggie needed a pill last night. The last time I gave him one, I cut a straw in half and was able to gently blow it into the back of his mouth.
I have been trying to pill him for the past two days without success.
So I tried again last night and he clawed the crap out of me.
I yelled at him and he went out to "his place" for a timeout.
He came in and came up to me wanting to make up. I said "I'm not talking to you. You clawed the crap out of me"
So he went back out to his place.
I went to my desk and he came in a few minutes later and got in my desk drawer (His place when I'm at the desk)
By now, the capsule was beginning to show signs of disintegration and becoming misshapen from about 6 prior attempts. (failed attempts)
So, he had some wet food on a plate on the desk and I stood that pill up in plain view right in the top of his food, drew his attention to it and, explained to him that I couldn't help him with his misery if he didn't take the pill.
I went back to what I was doing. Five minutes later I looked over and it was gone.
All I needed to explain was that he was the one that would be helped by taking it.
Isn't that what we try to do here?
We are not here primarily for us. We are here for you.
We want you to have what we have. It is as attainable for you at it was for us.
So please listen.
It's nearly as frustrating for us to see you go in circles as it is for you.
Life and No Mans Land They Are Both Just Unpredictable.
There's no way around it.
I fully expected to have the surgery I have been waiting on for 9 months this coming Tuesday.
The problem is a friggin tooth has other plans.
I had a tooth start hurting last Friday afternoon (doesn't it always happen on the weekend?)
So I called the dentist on Monday. They can't even take me on an emergency basis until this coming Monday.
I call my primary and explain that I have been in pain all weekend and the dentist cannot see me for a week but I have surgery on the 11th and they take me in and give me amoxycillin and vicodan which I've been taking since Tuesday.
So this morning, I called the surgeons office to figure out what he would advise me to do. He said I should cancel the surgery.
So are all the plans I made to make it easy for my recovery are wasted?
No, just postponed a month.
Some things are out of our control but quitting smoking is not one of them.
It's the one thing we can choose to do that nothing can change the course of.
See, smoking is a choice. It is fully in our control.\
Nothing and no one can make you smoke. NOTHING!
So hold onto this one thing you do have control of. It's a powerful thing.
The 2nd barber was talking about how many people cigarettes kill compared to murders, Illness, etc. combined.
Anyway, during the course of the conversation he said he quit a few years ago and he did not understand why some people found it so difficult to quit smoking, that it was absolutely no problem for him.He began limiting his smoking to when he drank. LOLOL.
Came to find out he's still using the ecig with nicotine after being quit for three years.
He said it still gives him pleasure.
People who are still addicted to nicotine don't use it because they choose to, they do it BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO!
I told him the real freedom of quitting is not having to do nicotine every day.
Just another example of why the ecig should not be used to quit.