July 2, 2017

#527 – Take Regular Doses of Humour Medicine

Laughter is medicine. Chronic pain can break your funny bone, so it’s important to get a regular dose of humour medicine where and when you can.

Patch Adams, the real one upon whom the movie Patch Adams was based, recognized the value of humour in treating patients, or in his terms, “people”.



While I don’t have coulrophobia (fear of clowns), I certainly don’t like them. Apologies to Patch and Gary. That’s one type of medicine you’d have to hold me down for, which could very well lead me to develop coulrophobia if that happened!

According to neuroscientist Sophie Scott, on the Ted Talk, Why We Laugh, laughter is always meaningful. Here’s some fascinating insight on laughter:



For the record, the pool stunt did not make me laugh. I could feel that pain. It’s simply not my type of humour.


Open wide – and laugh

YouTube is my go-to place when I need a quick fix of humour medicine.

Here are a few that have me laughing:




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June 26, 2017

#526 – Tea for Sore Eyes

My eyes were bothering me. They were sore and itchy. I remembered something my mom suggested to me when I was still in high school.

Boil water. Immerse two tea bags in a cup. Pour out the water. When the tea bags are safe to touch, wring them out, get comfy and place them over the eyes. You may wish to put a towel around your neck to catch any dribbles. Enjoy the rest for fifteen minutes, or so. It’s a perfect time to do some stress techniques.

Ahhhh, that feels better. Mother did know best!

Antioxidants, including tannin, help to constrict blood flow, shrink swollen tissues and soothe irritated eyes.

I was in a darkened room when my husband quickly glanced at me. He wondered when I got the round sunglasses. I’m sure you’ll agree that round, whether in eyeglasses or tea bags, is not a good shape for me!

June 19, 2017

#525 – Hard to Read Prescription Labels?


Image courtesy of Lionel Titu.

Even with prescription glasses, it can be hard to read the inserts that come in the box with certain medications, supplements and other instruction booklets.

The camera on your phone, or other device, comes to the rescue! Simply snap a photo of the text you wish to read, then enlarge the photo and voilà, problem solved!

You will no longer have to fear missing that crucial information that comes in a prescription monograph.

May 11, 2017

#524 – Those Pesky Containers

Some of my food storage containers are difficult to get into.

A can opener does the trick for a couple of different styles of  containers.

Stuck? Go on a treasure hunt to see which of your implements can do double-duty.

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