Homecare for #palliative #patients

I just spoke on the phone with a friend and I have permission to share this story.

she wanted me to tweet it, but this will be faster.

homecare in Ontario especially  is lacking.

my friend’s father is dying at home and is getting Psw daily 7 days a Week.- and family members are doing every evening and every night shift and filling in other shifts when a Psw can’t fill day shifts.

It’s been five months, with dad deteriorating and needing increasing care for positioning , personal care etc.

during the 5 months there have been 3 beds break and it’s such a huge and stressful situation to correct this problem

first call CCAC

the last bed was just delivered i weeks ago.  It has just broken again after one week!  what kind of beds are CCAC providing?  Realize that every bed that breaks involves a huge stress and causes much discomfort for this man – who needs to be lifted out of his bed with a sling and a lift and placed in a wheelchair while his bed is taken away and a new one set up.

the sling, wheelchair and lift have to be brought to this patient’s house each time the bed breaks.

did I say this man is palliative?

He has oxygen 24/7 – he has one lung only that is functioning.

this seems like more of a discomforting way to treat someone in his last days and weeks.  Often family have to call a nurse and wait for her to arrive and be part of a team in order  to provide personal care or reposition while he chokes and gasps for breath.

In November the local hospital admitted this man because he needed treatment for open sores.  He stayed five days.  Hospital staff treated the family by shaming them into taking him home and insisted they didn’t provide palliative care and family should step up to the plate.

It’s hard to believe this is Canada.  It feels like end of life doesn’t matter enough.  It feels like we are told we will get palliative and end of life care…but what you are given is – the option to die at home with your family stressed to the max and a shot if morphine on hand for the end of life when it comes?

and assisted dying is frowned upon by so many?

Give me the option to say  what I want when my end of life comes

i don’t like the option I hear from friends who are trying to support their loved ones

 

PostScript to my last post

Well, here is the final note to my earlier post on shortage of family doctors in my province.

I attempted to reach out to the doctors in a local clinic in town.  If you recall the doctor at the walk in clinic gave me a list of 32 names – many new docs in town who were anxious and looking for patients.  That is what I was told.

Unfortunately for me, every single doctor is full to the brim with patients and unable to take more.  I couldn’t leave my name on a list of patients looking for doctors – so I am stymied, confused and wondering why I would be told there are available doctors when there aren’t?

Sometimes I feel like the proverbial Mushroom, in the dark and up to my neck in…well you know..

I will continue to keep looking, continue to hope that the many others like me will soon have a family doctor as well.

It is one week til Christmas – so I wish you all  Holiday Greetings and hope you experience Peace, Joy and Happiness.  Thank you for reading.

 

#CareNotCuts and #noCare

I am an orphan patient – meaning I am in between family doctors.  There is a reason why I am an orphan – I felt abandoned by my former doctor and decided I deserved better.  So I disconnected and I am looking.  The only way you can look for another Dr. is to contact the Ontario Government and get yourself listed with the Health Connect service.  You are told that if there are doctors looking for patients in your area that you will be informed and given an opportunity to connect with them.

You are told that if you go out and find a doctor on your own – that you must let the Ontario Govt. know this.

I AM connected to Health Connect.   I have not heard from them so I am assuming there are no doctors who wish new patients.

Today I needed to be seen by a doctor at a local walk in clinic.  He is a practicing Dr. in this area and has given service through a full time practice for many years – as well as serving the public without doctors at the walk in clinic.

Today he had a few things to tell me.  He said he is overwhelmed by the number of patients who are coming to him for their long term needs.  He says that it isn’t appropriate for him to be filling my long term prescriptions and others long term prescriptions – and also because he is in a group of doctors (which includes the doctor I disconnected from) and I felt he was really saying that he didn’t want to be helping a patient who had left another doctor in his group.

From that I gather it means…if I  disconnect from a partner in his Doctor group therefore I cannot get my medication and health needs at his clinic because of his and my former doctor’s professional connection.  The Emergency Dept is the only other recourse and they do not fill long term medications – they only deal with the emergency issue that brought you bleeding and broken to their door.  Correct me if I am wrong..

To be fair, I see the doctor’s point of view.  He runs a full time practice as well as the walk in clinic.   He  told me he takes a lot of crap from some very unhappy patients  (not me – cause he said I was one of the good gals – a nice lady)   He has tried his best to fill the gap of orphan patients but he is coming to the point where he is concerned about how this overwhelming wave of needs is affecting him personally as well as the clinic.    He talked about the number of years that this overflow has affected and changed his walk in practice.  He told me also – that several staff had quit on him.  So there is stress on all levels.

He doesn’t really know me personally….after all he only passes over pieces of paper with his signature on to fill my medication needs on my request.  And don’t get me wrong…for that I am very grateful.

I also thought that Walk In Clinics were to fill the needs of patients With or without Doctors of their own – but who were unable to get to their Doctor during business hours.

So now  I am feeling abandoned again…I have no one else to go to – and he is talking about pulling the plug on his after hours clinic…because it is causing him stress, and he is concerned about some of the patients who come in – who aren’t as understanding as me.  I got the feeling he was nervous about some patients who show up at his clinic.  He has way to much on his plate and he is ready to give it up.

He asked his receptionist to give me a list of doctors which he told me were anxious and looking for patients – and to get hold of them and get one to take me on.

There is only one problem with that.  No phone number to connect with.  I asked the receptionist what number I should call – she said I don’t have a number and shrugged.  Luckily the other walk in clinic associated with those doctors was nearby so I went in to ask how to reach said Doctors. …what number to call…for the 36 doctors on this list –

The receptionist looked at me like I had two heads (and remember I went to the clinic because I wasn’t feeling well – so I am already on edge and stressed)  She said, ” you have to call Health Connect!”

I walked out of there stunned and wondered – What is Health connect doing?  What is our provincial Government doing?  Do they know we are being dropped down an ever growing abyss of patients without providers or care?  Why is no one is calling me from Health Connect to tell me there are several doctors in  my area anxious to find me?

I walked home and the more I think about it, the more angry I get at a system that is blocking patients and doctors from connecting – and leaving us all hanging.   I am not impressed at all.  I do however have a list of names – so I am hopeful that when I call Health Connect tomorrow – that they will know these doctors are looking for patients.

If they tell me they have nothing to offer me – then you will hear from me again.  Why should seniors or anyone for that matter have to fight for their care in a country where we are blessed with so much and so many wish they lived here.  Its not all you think it is.

Signed….a disgruntled  Citizen and Patient in Ontario

Seminar Health Equity Ontario

It has been awhile since my last blog post.

It is a curious thing that I can tweet out many tweets regarding my thoughts and passions, yet when it comes to writing it down in a blog format – I am nervous and afraid to have to say so many words.

But an opportunity happened for me last week, and I need to share it.  I was contacted by Health Quality Ontario – @HQOntario during the summer months.  I am a senior, a patient, a grandmother, a mother, a caregiver and I had also experienced working in Long-Term Care…(nursing homes).

My experiences of living many years in northern and isolated communities of Ontario (and other provinces) has given me a viewpoint that not everyone may understand.

Through my experience and that of friends and family who also deal with patient experience I know how expensive, time-consuming, frustrating and exhausting it is to have to fly, drive, or take a bus or train to see a physician, get evaluated, have to spend money you don’t have, take time off of work that  you can’t afford – and how all of those aspects affect not just the patient but the entire family and workplace.

When I was invited to attend Health Quality Ontario Summit on Dec. 3rd, 2015 – I at first hesitated, unsure what I could possibly bring to the table.  I also knew I couldn’t afford the trip, flight, accommodations and meals.  Not to mention getting to and from airport, hotel and seminar locations.

I am so appreciative of the financial assistance from HQOntario, who made it possible for me to attend.  Thank you very much.

I began to get enthused about this opportunity to actually hear from many other speakers, view presentations, and also be part of a panel that represented Caregivers from all walks of life, all locations across the province.  Everyone had so much to share.  We were called Individuals with Lived Experience.  We definitely were that!

I believe this is a form of connection, learning and sharing that needs to happen more often.  I think that healthcare design and availability can be improved greatly by finding out from the source – the caregivers, the patients, the families that deal with so much unheard, unsaid situations, frustrations and the heavy load of caregiving which is such a burden to carry and has totally been lost in the shadows.

This was such a great opportunity to speak, share, express need and support – and try to make things better for the massive numbers of unacknowledged caregivers and support people who do round the clock caring for their loved ones.

Each member of the panel I was part of – had an interesting story to share.  Each of us had a different slant, perhaps distance, perhaps special circumstances, different stresses in either caregiving, connecting with the right supports in our communities and trying to do it all on little sleep.  Many caregivers work tirelessly for their loved ones and it is just understood that you as a caregiver you do what you can, you get what you get, and that is that.  Supports and respite are minimal and not enough.  Sometimes there are special circumstances, special considerations, and definitely the caregivers are the ones who are often exhausted and at the end of their rope trying to do it all.

We discussed the travelling, the patient care, the many duties caregivers do – from personal care, to shopping, cooking, laundry, medication ordering, counting, administering, sometimes changing bandages, wound care, making observations on the patient for skin care, mood, engagement and so many more duties.  There is bathing, transfers, safety issues, diet considerations, record keeping for meds, keeping a journal for day to day observations and incidents.

That isn’t all.  There are 24 hrs in the day.  If you are lucky you may get a support person who comes in for a couple of hours per day to help relieve the caregiver of the stress of being “on duty” – “on Call”

Sometimes this help shows up, sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes caregivers don’t trust the very workers who are there to relieve them.  Sometimes it is more stressful to get out – and worry about your loved one while you are away…

To caregivers – the endless hours, days, weeks, months and often years of caregiving stretch out like a highway with no destination.  To the person needing care it is also a difficult road – but the caregiver carries the weight, the worry, the responsibility.

To be able to meet together at the Health Quality Ontario Summit and express thoughts, feelings and try to convey those feelings to those who were trying to support us – was validating for me.

I have faith again, I have hope again, I have felt empowered by this opportunity to share my road, as a caregiver – and to hopefully see the future for caregiving be a less stressful situation – for those who do it every single day and night.

I was strengthened by meeting others who had stories like mine, who carried such heavy loads, who knew instantly what I was talking about, and whom I could understand as well.

The overview of this Summit was to hear from those in the home situation talk about what they deal with and how we could make things better.  The concept of working together as a “Team” for the benefit of the patient and the family isn’t a new concept, but it certainly was Front and Centre at Health Quality Ontario Summit this past week.

I came away feeling lighter in my spirit, energized by the staff who greeted me and all the other participants as important members of the conversation – and for that I am grateful.  We do know how it feels, we have some ideas to share, we do want to work together and see things bettered for those who live at home and support their loved ones.

I listened to Dr. Eric Hoskins Minister of Health and Long term Care for Ontario,  Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, Chief of Clinical Quality at HQOntario, Dr. Joshua Tepper, President and CEO of HQOntario, and many others share their thoughts and their vision for a better collaboration for patients and families.  The idea of Equity, of bettering health care across the province is a good one.  It is challenging however because of the vast distances some of us have to go to receive health care.  But, by listening to representatives from across the province – there is a good chance some new plans will be put in place to give all of Ontario a better chance to access timely care, support and treatment.

It was an honor to be invited, to meet so many who wanted to hear the individual stories, and to leave after the two days – knowing I was able to share things no one had ever asked before.

Patients are the centre of the circle of care.  Patients and their caregivers have some good ideas, and they deserve the opportunity to share their experience.  For many who have to take a train, plane, bus and car to access tests, treatments and health support – the journey to better health is far harder for those who live so far away.

I look forward to the results of the seminar, and I hope that in a tiny way I was able to help Health Quality Ontario understand just how complicated it can be to caregive and how much caregivers need and deserve the same support that patients get.  Without the caregivers at home – many patients would be alone, or perhaps needing much more support in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centres.

Keep supporting those in the circle who although aren’t trained healthcare professionals – but who in fact who do many of the same jobs that nurses and doctors may do – just trying to make sure their loved one gets the care they deserve.

I am grateful.  I am hopeful.  For the patients and family members we love and care for – who can’t make it without us – they thank you too….

 

 

 

 

#Medx 2015 – A First “X” Perience for me……

What an exciting event, #Medx at Stanford in Palo Alto California was for me.  This was my first ever trip to California, and my first ever trip to make a personal patient story about caregiving and the vulnerable.

I arrived in California a day prior to #medx after a couple of travel delays and a bit weary – but excited to dive into the deep end of the #medx pool.  Unfortunately there was so much going on in the deep end – that I was only able to take a part of it.   But here are my thoughts.

First of all meeting Hugo Campos,   12041542_10152985024236222_1333550876_owho has his own very important patient story was a thrill for me.  Patients are their own best Voice (also for their loved ones, and their voice is becoming magnified through conduits like Stanford and #medx.  It was an honor to meet Hugo who was our Epatient advisor – and a huge help to me personally.  Thanks very much to all who paved the way for me and others in the conference, like @abrewi3010 Alan Brewington @hurtblogger – Britt, @afternoonNapper Sarah Kucharski and so many  who went out of their way to support, inform, take by the arm and encourage many of the epatient community.

It was marvelous to attend the Epatient Supper and hear each one relate the reason why they were there – it basically put us all on the same level – as every one of us was and is a patient – despite the background that brought us there.  There were medical students, a pharmacy student, and even parents of children with rare or unusual conditions.  We applauded each speaker – realizing that none of us are alone  We may feel isolated but the gathering at Stanford soon brings you to realize that “your Story” is what brings you there, and “every story” is from a Patient – and that the Patient Voice matters.

I was able to participate in a day conference prior to #Medx that dealt with design for patients,  “Behavior – Change for Health”  It was a fun day of working with other delegates in groups – and try to see different ways to approach problems for patients.  Thankfully that conference eased me into the Medx experience and everyone had a laugh and got along like they always knew each other.12037922_10152983949521222_1624263664_o

The exciting start to #Medx began Friday morning early and I followed everyone out to the shuttle, unsure just what I was jumping into…but really glad I was getting this opportunity.  As a senior I figure that every day I get to do something new is a good day.  I wore my #WalkingGalleryJacket – courtesy of the amazing Regina Holliday  @ReginaHolliday and was glad that several people asked about the story on the back of my jacket.

Brunch was served, the day was getting started and I still managed to slide into my seat a bit late – I was dealing with my travel, lack of sleep and despite the wonderful help of Stanford Volunteers (who were always available) I often was a bit late.  Unfamiliar territory is always challenging…but I did make it through!

It was inspiring to hear Dr. Larry Chu speak about why #Medx exists, why Epatients are valuable and inspirational guests at this conference – and indeed I did feel the warmth wrapping us all together from various parts of the world.  I was fortunate to meet Charlie Blotner @CBlotner_ and also Meredith Hurston @Meredithhurston among so many wonderful attendees who I cannot begin to name individually here.

From the Wellness Room – where you could relax, rest, and sip a cold drink – to the ever busy occupied conference room – where the action never stopped – where speeches were made, and panels discussed every aspect of patient care, the importance of details like family support, medical records, caregivers, specialists, and how to make it all work together better  – #Medx was energized.  As a multi – tasker I was having a hard time keeping up, and certainly didn’t want to miss anything – but of course, I did miss a few things – but every moment counted.

It was unique to have a special lawn party outdoors with fabulous food and lots of conversation happening.  Seeing familiar faces like Colleen Young @Colleen_Young and Colin Hung @Colin_Hung from Toronto  – really helped.

It was also amazing to meet in person long time Twitter pals Alicia Stales  @stales , Amy Berman @NotesOnNursing  Pam Ressler @pamressler @JBBC Marie Ennis O’Connor, Lisa Gualtieri @lisagualtieri , Stacey Tinianov @cofeemommy and so many more.

As a first time attendee this event was spectacular.  So many ideas on display, 3-D machines creating a full molar tooth with roots, another machine creating parts of a hand extension – a sort of glove type hand covering that gives more grip and functionality to a patient who requires it.  Unless you go yourself, you really can’t understand it.  Dr. Chu and his staff were very evident – always making sure things ran smoothly, available to ask questions, and I felt at ease.

I must say that the food venues were top of the line, with snacks brought out several times a day – cookies, cobblers, ice-cream, and always drinks, coffee and tea on hand.  We were armed and ready to run to the next session.  The breakfasts and noon meals were splendid and kept us going.  Kudos to all the staff behind the scenes who did so much for us all.

I left Medx feeling a bit under the weather, seems like a lot of us picked up a bug.  But despite that one negative – I would recommend Medx highly to all.

It was an experience I won’t forget – and I am so honored I was able to participate and meet some of my heroes.  The down side is that there were many people I never got a chance to say hello to.  But who knows what the future will bring.

I was able to share Medx with the world via Twitter and Facebook, also the new medium Periscope.  It was fun teaching others about the App, including Dr. Brian Stork, @StorkBrian and Dr. Kunmi Sobowale @KMsob – we had a great laugh and I was able to share a couple of Periscopes with the online Community

The Power of Engagement = Priceless

The Power of #Medx = Undeniable

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Getting a gift I never expected – the wonderful world of #Medx

Where do I start?

I have been on Twitter for several years now.  It took me awhile to discover that there were valuable dedicated groups of #patients #meded #HCP #MDs #ChronicDisease #cancer #genetics and so many more – gathering together and supporting each other.

In my early days of tweetchats I didn’t understand a lot of the hashtags, the people to follow, or the information that was out there.  But I slowly began to learn that there were real support communities in #socialMedia for #patients.  I was thrilled to find #doctors and other #healthCareProfessionals “sitting” via their keyboards and devices – in the same “space and time” as #patients.

Using #HashTags becomes second nature on Twitter… it’s how you find people discussions and support for the ones who want and need it.  Communities like these have enriched my life, brought new friends and connections to my world and given me a whole different view of the changing world of healthcare.

I have met wonderful people like Colleen @colleen_young who moderates the weekly chat #hcsmca , Colin @Colin_Hung,  Joe @JoeBababian  and Bernadette @nxtstop1 of #hcldr, and  @giasisson Dr. Gia Sisson of #healthxph and many others who have encouraged me to ‘keep swimming” even when the deep end of the pool seemed a bit more than I could handle.

I really began to understand the power of #Medx when my online and Real Life friend @anetto Annette McKinnon attended Medx2014 as an epatient delegate last year.  She was invigorated and inspired by the experience – and I watched her meet and greet online connections and take part in discussions with them!  It wasn’t just about meeting people in real space and time – but rather the gathering together of a full complement of medical and patient advocates from around the globe.

This is an important conference for patients because they are invited to talk about their experience, their struggle, their challenges and their victories.  It is about being heard, about being listened to, really listened to and the platform is broadcast to the world via webinar, Youtube and through social media forums.

I applied to Medx last year and although I didn’t get selected, it was exciting  to see my friend Annette attend this wonderful conference and cheer her on as she engaged with others and shared her patient story.

I think it was then, that I realized the power of this initiative – and I still wished I could have been there to feel it for myself.

So, I did apply for this 2015 Medx event and when I was accepted you could have wiped the floor with my chin!  I was shocked and excited, nervous but elated.

I still have all that excitement – as the time grows closer – and the preparations become firm commitments.  I am thrilled that I will have a room-mate I have interacted with on Twitter but have not yet met…and I look forward to having real conversations and learn from one of the best @JBBC , Marie Ennis O’Connor.

I am attending this conference as an epatient delegate and with my background in #caregiving and as a Personal Support worker as well as a family caregiver – I am honored to be included.

I also am an advocate for those who are non-verbal, who deal with limitations, who have special needs, or dementia.  I am thrilled to be able to attend this conference and listen, learn and when possible contribute to the conversation.  I also care about end of life and hospice / palliative care for those who need it.   Medx appears to be the “In place” – and I am delighted to have this opportunity to participate.

Attending Medx is a huge event for me.  I have learned from another online connection the amazing @ReginaHolliday -( and her work with the #WalkingGallery ) – that Medx is about the Patient – Doctor relationship.   It is a promotion of the partnership that leads to better health  I am so thrilled to get this opportunity to attend, to learn, to listen, and to keep sharing and lifting up the voice of the patient.

Although I have not yet met Dr. Larry Chu, who is the organizer behind the scenes, I am looking forward to the opportunity to connect and thank him for his work on behalf of patients and their families.

I hope to come away from the 2015 Medx Conference with more knowledge, understanding and insight into the relationship between patients,their circle of support and the medical teams with their skills and passion.

This is what I already feel from Medx, the passion for the sick and vulnerable,  the desire to include and care for the whole patient  – and I am beyond excited to be attending this year.

Patient Voice, Patient Experience, Patient as an Individual is what I am feeling from this opportunity.  It is conferences like this that are changing the world…one patient at a time.

15 Little Known Facts about me – challenged by my blogger buddies

In response to others I follow like Marie Ennis O’Connor @JBBC ,  Isabel Jordon @seastarbatita , Carolyn Thomas @heartsisters and many others who are such excellent bloggers – here is a list of the top 15 little known facts about me.

To begin with

1.  I was made aware recently of proof that my mom took me on the Queen Elizabeth in December 1949 on a voyage to meet my grandparents in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England.  My first and last visit with my grandparents.  I did know about the trip but I had no idea that I had spent 3 months in England.  I can’t imagine my mom making that trip with me in those days.   Not very kid friendly for travel

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2. I lived from 1959 to 1964 in Churchill Manitoba, a remote Arctic community with an attached miliary base – my father was a Pentecostal preacher and roamed Canada to preach and help others.  I think it was in Churchill that I became very aware of poverty and the plight of Aboriginal peoples.  I will always remember some coming to sell blueberries door to door to make money.  Not only did my family buy the berries but they invited them in to have a meal, and sent them on their way with a full belly and a sermon (yep that was my dad)

3. I was a poor student, probably always had my head in the clouds.  Bad at Math, still am.  Would rather try to write or plan to run away from home.  I was a great reader and escaped my world in the pages of others.  I still enjoy reading, not to escape but more to learn, to understand, to experience.

4.  I have a fear of water, because I tried to jump off a pier once that I thought was a safe depth for me.  I ended up over my head in water and as a non-swimmer thought that was going to be the end of me.  I didn’t go back in the water for the rest of the summer…dabbled my toes in the sand.  I know how to swim now – just enough to save my life if I had to:)

5.  I have lived in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and moved around a lot with my family as a child, and also as an adult.  I was born in Exeter Ontario, after 3 days of labor – breech and with the cord around my neck 3 times.  I was told I was lucky to survive.  I think it was more that I wasn’t ready to face the world…always the chicken!

6.  My first volunteer job was working as a “candy Striper” in a local hospital in Estevan Saskatchewan.  That led me to my career of caregiver – and my eventual training as a Personal Support Worker.  That was the only big certificate I ever got for education.  I was top of my class.  I was aged 50 when I graduated and carried on working full-time til retirement at 60 yrs of age.  I had done many other jobs early in my life as a nurse’s aide.  Caregiver genes:)

7. I love music.  I love it live, loud and I can sing along.  I have seen live Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman. The Oakridge Boys, Tommy Hunter, Gordie Tapp, The Nylons, The Canadian Tenors, you name it I will attend.  Years of living in isolation gives you a hunger for entertainment, live theatre, music.

8.  I lived in Moosonee, Ontario for 20 years with a couple of small side trips to Porquis Junction (look that one up) and Kirkland Lake.  Northern Ontario is in my blood.  Northern Canada for that matter.   Living in isolation with a population of 1000 souls, one store, no theatres, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, no roads out to the rest of the world – gives you a viewpoint that not many will understand.  You have to live it to get it.  It gives you a great appreciation of life in the larger centres.  I don’t pass up many opportunities to see anything Live, Free, or even with admission price.  I enjoy fairs, pow wows, craft sales, anything and everything:)

9.  I learned to crochet and knit from ladies in my dad’s church.  I wasn’t allowed to go and do things that most others my age did – movies, parties, etc.  I enjoy creating things and am happy to share anything I can make.  It is like my gift to others – something of Me goes into the things I create.  I know other amazing creative souls on Twitter.  I believe they will agree with me that creativity is a gift that is to be shared.

10.  My favorite food is comfort food, shepherds pie, pizza, home-made soups, My mom created the best food for us – out of many rough kitchens with wood burning stoves.  That is a challenge.  I never learned how to make pie crust though.  I still can’t.  Mom was the best cook.  I am a simple cook – straight from the heart to the tummy:)

11.  My other favorite foods are Chocolate and Coffee and I am delighted when the Internet tells us another great thing about the so-called bad foods we eat and drink.  Try and stop me:)

12.  My childhood was full of bullies.  I was afraid to go to school, to take walks, to feel safe.  I still fight that feeling and that is why I try to help others – fight for others.  I am now a senior and I see that seniors get pushed around too.  It’s time to stand tall and be brave.

13. I have traveled to various parts of the world – one of them being Hawaii (7 times)  I guess that is why I love social media and new forums like Periscope and Twitter that brings us the world to where we are.  Living in isolation for so many years I am now craving seeing more, and re-visiting by virtual tours – places I was fortunate enough to visit.

14.  I didn’t grow up wealthy,  I have had bedside tables that were glorified orange crates with a curtain with a wire holding it in place.  I was very proud to have simple things.  I still am.  I don’t judge others by where they live – or what they have, I know it is about what is inside, what the person is like that matters.

15.  Whew, I didn’t think I could get to 15 things about me.  I might be able to do another 15!  The last thing I will tell you is – I never tire of seeing a sunset, watching a storm, listening to the wind, and will always feel soothed by ocean waves and streams.

If you liked my list – as I have enjoyed reading others – please write your own list on your blog and share.  Thank you for reading.