Out and About – Week of November 22nd

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, so I’d like to wish everyone a special day of “thankfulness”. It’s very easy to dwell on our misfortunes, but we should try our best to be thankful for all our blessings. If you have a roof over your head, food on your table, clothes on your back and good health, you should be thankful. You should also be doing what you can for those who are not as fortunate. No matter what your status might be, there is always someone worse off than you. If you know of someone spending the day alone, ask them to join you are your bountiful table.

This Friday has come to be known as “Black Friday”. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It’s the one day of the year when it is common to put on your protective gear and travel to that one department store and do battle with your fellow shoppers. Be prepared to shove your way through the store to capture that one perfect gift. You’ll want to elbow your way to the check-out lane and yell at the cashier for being so slow. Believe me, there are customers who take pride in behaving this way. Do society a favor and don’t be one of these idiots. If you feel that you must do all of your shopping on Black Friday, don’t forget to take along some plastic and some good manners. If you feel that service is slow, I’m sure someone will be happy to offer you an application for employment. Everyone is hiring.

Before the Covid pandemic, back when things were normal, we used to enjoy having lunch at the cafeteria inside Three Rivers Health. No, I’m not crazy for praising hospital food. The cafeteria offered a variety of entrees and the prices were very reasonable, and the food was, of course, healthy for you. The cafeteria recently opened again with a few changes. One of them being the food is individually wrapped for everyone’s safety. We have a friend who recently spent several days at Three Rivers Health and had nothing but praise for the quality of the food.

Now that I have mentioned Three Rivers Health and the quality of food found in the hospital’s cafeteria, I’d like to shed some light on one of the procedures that can be found at TR Health. I’m talking about a colonoscopy. If you’ve never had one, you have no idea what you’re missing. The procedure itself is nothing compared to the preparation for this procedure. I won’t go into the details, but invite you to ask someone who has experienced it.

If you are over fifty years old, you have probably either had a colonoscopy or been told you should have one. The reason for having one is that cancers caught early enough during a routine colonoscopy can be totally removed, making a cure possible. A colonoscopy is recommended every ten years after age forty-five, or sooner if there is a family history of colon cancer, or a history of having had multiple colonic polyps or other risk factors.

I’ll close this week with some words of wisdom. Some are actually worth remembering:

We are sometimes taken into troubled waters not to drown, but to be cleansed.
Understand the difference between being at work and working.
Education is the most important aspect of society.
Hang on longer than your competition.
Something ordinary in the past becomes valuable in the future.

“Whiskers long made Samson strong, but Samson’s gal, she done him wrong.” – BURMA SHAVE

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Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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