Now that Mike is on so much medication, including blood thinners, I hate to even allow him to help with these pruning tasks. One little cut and he looks like that old Saturday Night Live skit about Julia Childs. (She cuts her finger and blood is spurting everywhere, if you haven't seen it.) I did just read in the local paper, though, about a product--I think it was called Wound Seal, but don't quote me on that--that is a powder that you pour onto a cut and it forms an instant scab to stop the bleeding. I'm thinking I will get myself to Walgreen's down the road and stock up on some...just in case.
I was severely irritated to read this in an article in Woman's Day (April, 2012):
"Say middle age and the first thing that may come to mind is a host of health issues."Seriously? That is what defines middle age now? I mean, health is an important issue at any age. Something about that opening statement just made me mad.
I liked what "Everyday Cheapskate, " Mary Hunt had to say about what's more important than money?
Answer: Purpose in Life, Knowledge, Compassion, Personal Growth, Self-Reliance, Health, Faith, and Friendship. Then it occurred to me: these things become important only if you have the wherewithal to have the very basic needs of food and shelter taken care of. I have a widowed neighbor here who has a host of health problems. She really needs personal assistance, probably should be in an assisted living situation, but she is "on the list" for home-based services that could take weeks, months, or even a year.
Also, although she has a difficult time bathing and dressing, she still has a car and continues to drive. This is an aspect of Florida living far scarier than snakes and alligators.
Human services are cut to the bone. Still, there is money to loan $10 million to developers who are buying up foreclosed properties. Compassion? More important than money?