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Eye-Opening Dryer Vents by Lal

Having random conversations with random people is sometimes eye-opening.
It's almost as if your paths in life crossed just so you could inspire or be inspired by each other. 
And then you move on with life. 

Standing on line at the bookstore, I saw a woman and our eyes met instantly. She gave me the best smile, filled with so much warmth. We struck up a conversation. 

"Hi!", I said to her. "It's a beautiful day today, isn't it? Especially in December."
"Yes! I'm feeling so good today. Sometimes, just getting out of the house feels so good."
I agreed. 

During our conversation, my subconscious instinct to ask the "why" questions took over, and after grilling the poor woman, I came to find out that she owned 12 cats, and had recently been having trouble breathing.  She also said that she felt better when she left home and that she hadn't cleaned her vents in her home for over 40 years.

And, of course I asked her why she hadn't cleaned her vents, and she said that her husband didn't understand the need for it.

Not once did this anonymous woman extrapolate that she may have trouble breathing in her home because her vents hadn't been cleaned in 40 years.  Not to mention that she has 12 cats in her home, creating and bringing in not only dust, but also shedding their cat hair.
Even with NO pets in a home, we are all recommended to clean our vents once a year or once every 2 years.
I just could not convince her that cleaning the vents may actually help.

It was finally my turn on the check out line, and it was hard to walk away from this woman, having trouble breathing, yet not open to any new ideas.

I know that sometimes I am pretty thick-headed.  So, from this experience,
1- I do hope that I have gained some insight into my own psyche, and I will try and be more open to other people's suggestions.
2- I do hope that I have planted a seed in this woman's head so she does convince her husband to clean the vents in her home!  



"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." -- Oliver Wendall Holmes


"A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself. He belongs to whatever can make captive of him." --John Foster


Gratitude for the Day: December 2nd, 2015

"Live, Laugh, Love"

Today, I found out a patient of mine died.  

I was on my way to do a house visit, and her daugher answered the phone.  At first, I thought it was my patient and I said, "Hi!  It's Dr. Joag.  I'm on my way to your home."
Her daughter explained who she was, and quietly and very slowly told me that her mother had passed away last week, right before Thanksgiving.  

"Are you sure?" I asked.  I didn't want it to be true.  

"Do I have the right phone number?  You're her daughter?  How is this possible?  I just spoke to her yesterday.", I sputtered.  

Her daughter went on to give me more details, but I had mentally checked out.  I didn't hear a word she said to me.  I was barely trying to register that she died... that's she's dead.  

The past 3 months have been tough for all of us at the office.  We've lost six patients in the past 3 months, and it doesn't get any easier.  It's always shocking, and I never fail to break down into tears.
Some have lived long lives, into their 90's and others are barely 60.  

Each time I am face to face with the death of a close patient, it reminds me to just be in the here and now.  

"Live for today!", I tell myself.  

"Make the most out of every day that you have here in this life time.  You never know what the next day, next hour, or next minute may bring.  LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE", I keep saying those three words, like my mantra.  

JUST BE.  Enjoy each and every day, as a precious gift, and RELISH IT! 


Gratitude for the Day: November 30, 2015

"Please excuse our mess. We are making family memories."

I have to admit... I hate having a messy home! My mind feels clogged, and I literally can't think until my space is clean. 

Sometimes it drives my husband wild. "Just sit down!", he says. But I can't get myself to relax until I have things in order. 

Today, I just didn't feel like cleaning. I had a long, long day at work, and I just wanted to curl up with a book, snuggle under a warm blanket, and immerse myself into another world. 
But my 2 year old bundle of love and energy wouldn't allow me to live in my own bubbly book world. So, I sat with her, and we played, talked, and read together. 

But that nagging thought keep creeping into my mind...that I needed to clean up!!

That's when I spotted my little pillow in the corner of the couch in my family room. It was squished into the side of the couch. I pulled it out, and read what was written on it. 
It read,"Please excuse our mess. We are making family memories."

I looked up from the pillow to find my daughter standing in front of me, staring into my face. I must have zoned out in my own thoughts, for she asked, "Mommy, you're not talking to me?"

I grabbed her little body and hugged her tightly. "I love you baby. Of course I'm talking to you." I said. 

I shook that crazy thought of cleaning out of my head. Wasn't it more important, after all, to create family memories?

Cleaning...I think I can find some time when she's asleep... 
Those little reminder pillows are great to keep around... We all need a quiet reminder of what's important in our lives.