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What We’re Following Today May 7, 2020

What Tips Do You Have For Parents?

Have some time on your hands? Well, we all judge ourselves pretty harshly from time to time as parents. We wish we could have a little more patience, be more present, a little less quick to anger, be more creative etc. But we try our best with the assets that God gave us.

But I came across this post on - weird parenting tips from the 1800’s by Alvin Ward. There’s some stuff in there that might make today’s parents cringe. I try to stay away from judging those in the past - we only know what we know today...that will change tomorrow. Sometimes we learn that things in the past were correct, and other times we can know that we are changing for the better. But soothing a crying baby with opium...I think we’re moving in the right directions ;)

They have a clever little video embedded in there ... have a good laugh. See - you’re not all that bad.

How One Healthcare Provider Is Helping Less Fortunate Suffering from Chronic Ailments Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Local healthcare provider HealthReach in North Carolina is a nonprofit to help those below the poverty line to get access to medical coverage. In addition to challenges of in person services, they also face major challenges to finances as one of their major fundraisers had to get canceled (a luncheon). They are working with many organizations and faith based groups to keep the doors open and offer other creative options like telehealth. But with families struggling even more financially, access to medications and treatments can be even more difficult without some of the funds to help deliver services. There are likely organizations like these who are in your area, doing good acts, but who are struggling in this more below to hear about some of the good work this organization is doing for those less fortunate.

“HealthReach offers free medical care and medications to individuals living in Iredell County who have no health insurance and who fall below 250% of the federal poverty level. The clinic has been in operation since 2003 and is located at 400 E. Statesville Avenue, in the same block as Iredell County Municipal Services South building.”

Staying Aware Can Help Save Lives of Those Suffering a Stroke

This piece from an upstate NY News station (channel 13) talks about how being aware of the signs of a stroke can help recognize when someone is potentially suffering from a stroke and then shortening the time needed to get them to the hospital for treatment. The earlier one can intervene the more likely the stroke’s consequences can be lessened. Did you know that someone in America suffers from a stroke almost every 40 seconds?

Here’s what they said:

“Sudden signs of stroke

If you or the person you are with begins having a stroke, pay attention to the time symptoms start to show. Standard symptoms include:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg on one side of the body

  • Confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech

  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes

  • Difficulty with walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

  • Severe headache”

There really is some good info in here along with ways to test if someone is experiencing a stroke. Definitely worth the read.

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