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MAY 2017




By Margaret Thompson-Shumate

t’s a warm lazy evening .Suppertime has passed and the children in my neighborhood have gathered together to decide which games they want to play before the sun goes down and it’s bath and bedtime. Shall we play video games, computer games, send some texts, watch some YouTube episodes, check the latest hits on ITunes, or explore some new Apps on our Smart Phones? Hold it! Wait just a minute! This


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pouse has always called me a ‘free spirit’, my college professors called me a free thinker, the kids just think of me as nuts, and Mom, well, Mom would call me her ‘difficult’ child. Now, I pride myself on being someone who always does the right, sane thing; certainly a ‘free spirit’, but, not someone who goes outside the law, --- until now!

is 1956. None of these devices have been invented yet. Guess we will have to make our own fun – so it’s back to the drawing board for game suggestions. Most of our activities were enjoyed on sidewalks (yes, we did have sidewalks back then) and occasionally in the street if the traffic allowed and we were extra cautious. We could choose from Hop Scotch, Red Rover, Stop Light, and many others including one of my favorites – Mother, May I? One person would be the mother or captain. The other

players were the “children”. The mother/captain would stand on one end of the sidewalk and face away from the others who would stand in a side-by-side line. The children would take turns asking the mother/captain, may I ____? (making a movement suggestion). For example, one might ask, “Mother/Captain, may I take five steps forward?” The mother/captain either replied, “Yes, you may or No, you may not, but you may_____instead and insert his or her suggestion. The players would usually move closer to the mother/captain,

Here’s what happened. My BFF Camille and I had our ‘girls week out’ recently, and this year, we went to Wilmington, to partake of all the things the coast has to offer; great shopping, the beach, terrific food, and wonderful entertainment. Well, let me tell you about the night at the theater we enjoyed while down there. Seems my friend Camille had procured some seats for as at the world famous Thalian Hall theater. A beautiful place, lavishly appointed, with top entertainment. We bought tickets to a play that, unbeknownst to us, was being

performed in the little theater portion of the Hall, not the big, plush theater the place is noted for. We donned our glad rags, and headed out for an evenings entertainment. Once at the Hall, we were directed upstairs to the little theater, where we took semi comfortable chairs, and then watched as the audience came in. The first person was a young woman of college age, tattoos all down both arms. She was followed by a man, barefoot, with several holes in his face where his pierced jewelry protruded. They were followed by people in various stages of undress or “questionable” dress. No one in the audience was over 25, or anywhere close

but were sometimes led farther away. Even if the mother/captain made an unfavorable suggestion, the players still had to perform it. If the player forgets to say, “May I?”, he or she has to go back to the beginning line and start over. The first player to reach the location of the mother/captain won the game. That player would then become the mother/captain and the original one would become a child/player, and a new round would begin. Oh, what great fun we had taking giant steps, baby steps, Continued on page 2

to our age. I leaned over and asked Camille if she was sure about the play, it didn’t look like “our” crowd. Oh yeah, she said, the play was highly recommended to her, and we were lucky to have tickets. Being the happy go-lucky being that I am, I gave her the benefit of the doubt, and settled in for what I hoped was a wonderful theatrical experience. Boy, was I wrong !! We were only 3 rows up from the stage/ floor area, and the actors were all over us, so, we sat there and listened to lousy music, I forgot to mention that it was a musical, the name of which shall remain Continued on page 2


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umbrella steps (either forward or backward), hopping like frogs, taking Cinderella steps (which included twirling), crab walking, jumping, etc. Just imagine all this excitement and pleasure with NO electronics required! These were truly wonderful times for me and my neighborhood friends. Now, let’s talk about “real” mothers. After all, this is May and the month we are supposed to honor them. Personally, I have always proclaimed that mothers should be recognized and honored EVERY day and not just one day a year. I was richly blessed to have had a wonderful, amazing mother (Grace). It has been nearly twenty years since God took my mom home to live with Him in heaven. Not one day goes by that I don’t wish I could have just one more day with her. If that would be possible, I would

sit down with her and confess my innermost thoughts and feelings, and tell her all the things that I should have said before – but failed to. I would like to say to her: “Mother, May I tell you what a wonderful and caring mother you were to me and my siblings?” “Mother, May I say how proud I am of the life you lived and the influence you made in my life?” “Mother, May I gratefully acknowledge the many sacrifices you made for your family and loved ones?” “Mother, May I remind you of your big heart, unselfishness and generosity toward everyone you knew?” “Mother, May I say what your faith in God and your devotion to Him meant to me and how it instilled in me the desire and drive to do my best to follow in your footsteps?” “Mother, May I tell

Grace you how happy I am that you are at peace and resting with our Lord?” “Mother, May I assure you of my undying love and appreciation for you for always?” And finally : “Mother, May I offer to you and all other Christian mothers my heartfelt wish for a very Special and Happy Mother’s Day!”

What Would Mom DO? continued from page 1 only with us, terrible acting, awful singing, and nasty words my mother would never have allowed me to hear, much less utter. I knew when the male actors began to take their pants off that we were in trouble. Mercifully, intermission arrived, and I suggested we ask for our money back, the play was absolutely the worst thing I had ever witnessed. She felt the same. We left the little theater,

and discovered that the play in the ‘big room’ was also on intermission, so, Camille wanted to show me this beautiful theater and how handsomely appointed it was. While the patrons were in the lobby drinking champagne, we ducked into the theater to look around. It surpassed our greatest expectations, and yes, it was gorgeous. Just before we left to find the box office and our refund, I asked her what did she think would happen if we just sat down and watched the 2nd half of the opening night of “Gypsy”, a wonderful presentation of one of Broadways biggest hits. The theater looked pretty full to me, but, as the audience began filing back in for the 2nd half, suddenly, I found myself in a seat, and motioned for Camille to join me. This marvelous production was terrific, with great songs, accomplished acting by semi pros, and fabulous sets. The cost was double what we paid for our seats in the little theater, but, we sat there mesmerized as the story

continued. When it was over, we walked out the door, elegantly dressed, just as if we belonged there; What an adventure, and once we got back to my car, we collapsed in laughter. Now, for the big question, what would mama do? Well, she’d probably tell me I was wrong, advise Camille and I to go for recreational therapy of some kind, remember, Camille is the friend who cheated at Scrabble last year during our “girls week out”, then, she’d go into another room, shut the door, and laugh her head off! I had a very understanding mama, and Camille did also. So, I considered our little escapade as a tribute to these 2 fine women who had the good sense to give birth to us. Did I tell spouse or my children? Absolutely not, why spoil a good thing! So, to all you free spirits out there, I wish you many many exciting adventures, and a Happy Mothers day to boot!

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A Walk on the Beach? Really?

Louanne Stanton


was told once that grief is like a tidal wave. You don’t see it coming, or worse yet, you do see it coming and there is nothing you can do except watch it coming for you as you stand helpless, unable to get out of its path. The grief then swallows you whole and takes you under the dark, cold water. You are tumbled in the debris filled water and get bumped and bruised as you struggle to get to the surface. You scrape your body against the sharp coral and other unseen objects on the ocean floor. You don’t know

which way is the surface so you continue to hold your breath, not knowing how much longer you can go on… And then, you are spit out unexpectedly. The storm continues to rage around you, but your feet are on the beach! You are beat up, exhausted, bleeding and completely out of breath. You take a moment to look around, and nothing looks familiar. You are certain the waves could not have taken you to a foreign place, you weren’t under the water for THAT long, but nothing looks the same. Welcome to grief… As you sit, lay or stand on this strange beach I believe you have three options. You can continue to stay in your current position and just let the waves come and take you back to the ocean. Not fight it so much this time and just become one with the ocean forevermore. You could wander aimlessly

looking for something that is familiar. Try and build this beach to resemble the one you knew so well, recreate the life you had on the other beach, even though there is nothing to help you do this and you know it can never be the same as the beach you knew. The third option, and the one I highly recommend, is to build a fire and signal for help. There is help for recovering from loss, and I have been practicing it for 21 years. I have helped hundreds of people find a new way of life on their new beach. Is it easy? No. Is it for the faint of heart? No. But with the help of some friends and small and correct actions, you can recover from a loss. We did not grow up knowing how to help someone through grief, and we probably didn’t learn how to grieve ourselves because we were told myths like “It will get

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better in time”, “You need to be strong for your kids” or “God will not give you more than you can handle”. Please let me tell you that the death of a loved one, or not so loved one is the main reason people come to me for help, but we discover that grief is in life, not just death. The loss of a job, a loved one suffering with dementia, the loss of independence, the loss of a cherished heirloom, the loss of health. These things produce grief. And I help people resolve the grief that is hindering living a full life, a life where a walk on the beach may be a positive experience as you listen to the waves and know it is ok to put your feet in the water… Louanne is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist who does group grief classes as well as one on ones. You can contact her by calling 980-521-4661 or going to her website


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The Carolina Thread Trail weaves a path through time and terrain. My friends and I discovered a natural surface trail segment in the Buffalo Creek Preserve. Once a week we hike the path that meanders through restored oak-savanna and farmland along Adams Creek. On every walk we share stories about our past and consider dreams for the future. In late September 2016 we constructed a wooden frame shelter to house print versions of those stories; we called them Trail Tales. The modest enclosure is located at the head of the preserve. We plan to make those stories available to readers of Senior Savvy on a monthly basis, no hiking gear required. Amy Bergeron, a poet at heart, agreed to share a tale using an art form that mirrors her storytelling style. Instruction on how to access an electronic version of the story is posted on the blog hosted at Enjoy this installment.

Storybook Lightning: The Reason Why I Started Writing Poetry


© 2017 by Amy Bergeron

n elementary school reading became my favorite pastime. Even though the book-mobile attendant counted 18 (with six over the limit), she stamped the return date on the back page of each one. Wrapping my arms around the skyscraping volume, I slowly marched with older sister Betsy to the car where Momma waited. The 1970’s famous publications from Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, E.B. White, Maryann Hoberman, Sterling North and Carolyn Keene largely occupied my world outside of school. I frequently enjoyed extensive chain-reading—one book after another, after another— sometimes leaving slim pickings

and mediocre subject matter for the other families in the book mobile line. In the parking lot, Momma was fanning intervals of August air towards our youngest sister Alisha, who was napping. Sitting up front, little brother William was counting his number of Tic-tac-toe wins and little sister Janna was untangling a Cat’s Cradle. Betsy climbed in the back section to lie down on the quilt. Cha-clunk! The station wagon’s car door swung open as I pulled on it. I slid the books between me and Alisha and closed the door. Thumbing to the first page, I read aloud from The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf. Momma cordially nodded, as I announced the author’s name and the illustrator’s name with equal emphasis. Using an opera singer’s voice, I galloped the title through the notes, screeching it over three rickety octaves. Alisha awoke as Momma turned in our driveway. Betsy bounded towards the front porch, maneuvering in front of

William and Janna. I took one trip to the kitchen with my lunchbox and after returning, I carefully and cautiously—transported the glorious mountain of storybook lightning—straight to my room. Inside of the authors’ electro-static pavilions, I had wavelengths of enchantment for days on end! Plunging into an elevation of excitement, I fueled my fifth-grade reading captivation towards the highest level of incentives. The best reader award, which was five paperbacks—free of charge—from the Scholastic book sale, would be presented during the first week of September. Darn it, the winning student had eleven more books than I did. However, I didn’t slow down one iota. At my desk after dinner, I opened the front cover of The Secret Garden, by Frances H. Burnett. To my surprise, a bookmark covered in gardenias—fell to the floor. I noticed it had a quote on the back. At that moment I thought; new bookmarks like this would

pull double-duty. They could uplift anyone’s spirit and would always come in handy. As a new member of 4-H, I wanted to ask the leader if we could make bookmarks and give them to the older adults for Grandparents’ Day. I grabbed Momma’s attention when she came down the hall. I explained my idea to her. She collected a few supplies: scissors, glue, pencils, a ruler, construction paper and a single-hole punch. She drew a template for me to trace while she cut narrow strips of ribbon for each bookmark. I was intrigued by the pattern of the floral design. And I looked forward to creating the text we’d add to the back. I examined the color of the gardenias, so I wrote a line that described them—“Ivory in color, gardenias love the sunny beams,” then. Momma chimed in with the second stanza, right off the top of her head: “our Lord provides for us, the most amazing, wonderful things!” It was a nice surprise to have it completed, almost instantly. We could begin drawing the bouquet’s outline and copying the saying. I was ecstatic that the couplet sounded, appropriately short and sweet—and suitable for all ages. That’s when my artistic and literary aspiration traveled full–speed ahead. I asked Momma if she could take me to 4-H early that Tuesday evening. I had called four other members. They wanted to make all 36 bookmarks at the meeting. When the last bookmark was finished, the 4-H leaders complimented the elegant illustrations. They would Continued on page 9


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Study launched to better understand realworld impact and progression of COPD Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University’s MURDOCK Study and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Launch Innovative Clinical Research Study


uke University’s MURDOCK Study, the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced today the launch of a new collaborative research effort to closely follow 850 people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study will measure changes to participants’ health to better understand how COPD progresses within a community and follow participants for five years. The MURDOCK COPD Study is an observational study that could help researchers develop a better way for healthcare providers to assess COPD progression in their patients. It could also provide new insights into the correlation between lung function, exercise capacity or COPD symptoms and

disease progression. COPD is a term that includes chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. This disease can make breathing harder because less air flows in and out of the lungs. Chronic lower respiratory diseases, which include COPD, are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and approximately 15 million Americans have been told by a healthcare provider that they have COPD. Much of the understanding of current COPD management comes from randomized clinical trials that use strict inclusion criteria and regimented patient follow-up, which may not mirror real-world practices. “By contrast, this observational study will create a diverse group of participants with COPD

who will be followed for years, allowing us to better understand the impact and progression of COPD in a community,” said Scott Palmer, M.D., director for DCRI Respiratory Research and principal investigator for the MURDOCK COPD Study. “We hope this study will ultimately contribute to our understanding of how to provide better patient care and more effective treatment for patients in the community setting.” In the MURDOCK COPD Study, researchers will use results to compare disease development and progression in a real-world setting to the current system for classifying the stages of COPD. Results could also help study investigators understand patterns of COPD therapy within the study group

and create better benchmarks for evaluating the clinical course of COPD. “This disease can have a profound impact on someone’s quality of life. As healthcare providers caring for patients with COPD, we want to help our patients understand their risk for flare-ups of breathing problems, hospitalizations and other outcomes that can negatively affect their lives,” said Jamie Todd, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the DCRI and coprincipal investigator of the study. “Much of what we have learned about COPD to date has been Continued on page 10

There Was Nothing Left Of My Hips

Man back to walking, enjoying life after hip replacement surgery


teve Riggleman didn’t need just a hip replacement. He needed both hips replaced – and sooner rather than later. “It got to where I couldn’t even walk,” Riggleman said. “I had to use two canes to walk with.” So he went to see Dr. James Comadoll at the Salisbury clinic of Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “Dr. Comadoll took X-rays, and there was nothing left of my hips,” he said. “He couldn’t understand how I was even walking.” Comadoll remembered the appointment well. “I told him he won the prize that day,” he said. “I see hips and knees all day long, and he got the prize. He had the worst.” Comadoll said Riggleman had very advanced arthritis in both hips. “Many times if you have one

bad hip and one that’s not so bad, you can just replace one hip and you’ll be OK for a few years. But in Steve’s case, basically both hips were completely destroyed,” Comadoll said. “So it was not a matter of if they both needed to be replaced, but how to get them both done.” Fortunately for Riggleman, he was a candidate for a smallincision, anterior hip replacement, in which the diseased joint is accessed from the front. “Many surgeons doing a single hip replacement will have the patient on their side, performing a posterior lateral hip replacement,” Comadoll said. “So you can’t do both hips at the same time, because one side’s up and one side’s down.” “With a small-incision, offtable anterior hip replacement, you can just go from one side to

the other and do them both in the same setting,” he added. Because no muscles are cut, dislocation is less likely, and patients are usually up and walking the same day, Comadoll said. Recovery is also quicker. Following his surgery at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, he had physical therapy at home for about six weeks. And within three months, he was comfortable walking without a crutch or cane. That was about a year ago, he said, and he can now do the same things he could before his hips started failing. “I like to hunt,” he said. “Before I had this done, if I was in the woods I couldn’t even step over a (fallen) tree, even just a

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small tree. I had to either walk around it or sit on it and swing myself around. If I had to get across a little creek, I had to either go through it or find some other way around it.” “I couldn’t even sit on my lawnmower to mow,” Riggleman recalled. “I had to sit with both legs on one side, like side saddle, and it got to where I couldn’t even do that. But now I have no trouble doing any of that.” Of Comadoll, he said, “You couldn’t ask for a better doctor, all the way around. Very professional. He explained everything to me, what to expect.” Just as important, Riggleman said, “he’s a very likeable man. Considerate, like a friend. It was like we had known each other about all of our lives.” Comadoll said candidates for the small-incision anterior hip replacement include just about anyone, even if only one hip is being done. People who are extremely overweight or have unusual hip anatomy may not be good candidates. As a measure of success, he points to Riggleman. “He went from a guy who was unable to walk to a guy who walks without aids – and he’s got a smile on his face,” Comadoll said. Do you suffer from hip or knee pain? First, talk with your primary care provider about what you’re experiencing. If you do not have a primary care provider, visit to find one at a convenient location near you.


Our Faith



ost Christians who have read the Bible know where to find the scripture referred to as “The Great Commission;” (Matthew 28: 39): Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” There is another “GREAT” in the New Testament Bible and it is referred to as “The Greatest Commandment;” (Matthew 22: 3740) Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and


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with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and Greatest Commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” Young children in Christian churches are expected to learn the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament. But during their

study, the First Commandment is referred to as the most important one. As an adult when I started reading the Bible, certain verses caught my attention and began to speak to me personally. When the Lord called me to speak in churches and travel for Christian Women’s Clubs, the “ Great Commission” became a very important verse; I accepted it as God’s call for me. Healing comes through sharing our discomfort, pain, and our Christian beliefs. Healing also results through putting the past in the proper perspective, living in the present, and looking forward to our eternal life in Heaven. There is a quote: “No pain, no gain.” I know I have went through a lot of pain in the many episodes of physical therapy intended to put the puzzle in my life back together. I’ve often wondered why God chose to allow some of the negative events that have changed my life time after time. But God knew all that I would experience throughout my life even when I was in my mother’s womb. He has given me good times and bad ones and there’s not much that surprises me anymore. In August 2016, I had another episode of unexpected pain and once again I had to go to the hospital by ambulance. The pain started unexpectedly while I was sitting outside reading on Wednesday evening and continued until the following Monday night at 10:00 PM. At the hospital, nothing appeared to be wrong so it was decided that I had either pulled a muscle or cracked a rib while “playing” in the yard that day. It had been a beautiful day and my brother helped me do some work in the flowers. We had some laughs and ate lunch together; I had felt fine after he left. Personally, I believe it was a small flare-up of the multiple sclerosis. Why did this have to happen? The only answer I have is that it was a learning experience for several of us. Because I have remitting/ relapsing multiple sclerosis, I am aware that sometimes things that I do may cause a large or small exacerbation. The pain medicine helped for

about 3-hour periods as it was diagnosed to do. But at the end of the six-day period, the pain stopped as suddenly as it had started. I try to control my emotions during these traumatic episodes, but I find myself no longer able to be the “me” I want to be! I heard a preacher talking about our faith being strong in the beginning and end times of our troubled lives. But sometimes during that “middle time,” our faith may take a nose dive. The week I was writing this I experienced another fall from my power chair, but with the help of the First Responders I did not have to go to the hospital. (THANKS TO ALL!) Sometimes when I bend over in the chair, it gets harder for me to push up. As I tried so hard to sit back up, I slid to the ground. When I am down, I’m like “dead meat” and cannot get up alone. This was one of those times I was praying as I went down that I would not break anything like I did during “my summer time” in 2015. I heard a preacher talking about our early faith in hard times and in the end times. Some of us deal well with the negative events. I know, and most folks who have known me through these trying times, also know my faith was very strong in the beginning and I believe it will be in the end! When I read this story to my very special friend, “the Other Linda,” she reminded me of a poem she had once read called “The Dash,” written by another Linda (Linda Ellis). Headstones show the birth and death dates of the deceased. There is always a “dash” between the two dates. In this poem, the “dash” represents the lifetime that took place between the birth and death of the deceased. There are times during “the middle,” when our faith may dip real low. I seem to be in one of those relapsing periods of wondering and asking questions. I get frustrated “wasting my pain” feeling sorry for myself. I remember there have been worse times. I know others suffer even worse and I am blessed to have most of what I need to see me through this time “in the middle.” None of us know how long “the middle” period will last in our disabled lives, but we need TO KEEP THE FAITH!

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HAVE YOU HEARD? assistance or nurse practitioner is received. Definitely want to get it right when filing a claim with Medicare. Thursday morning’s key note presenter was Shelly Chadha, MBBS, MS, PhD, Medical Officer with the World Health Organization (WHO). She is from the University of Delhi, Lorin S. Oden Au.D., FAAA India. She spoke about WHO Doctor of Audiology program for Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss. This ay is Better Hearing is a huge initiative especially Month! As promised considering the vast rural areas last month, I would like world-wide that do not have to share with you the wonderful access to audiology or medical experience I had at the American services. She was a fabulous Academy of Audiology conference presenter. that was held in Indianapolis in I was introduced to work April. of Curtis Alcock several years Reconnecting with friends ago and watched his YouTube and colleagues is always a videos when he spoke at the pleasure but this year’s sessions International Conference on were filled with a plethora of Hearing Loss in 2012. I was new information. I was able to so excited that he was at our complete 18 hours of continuing convention and spoke after Dr. education. That meant of a lot Chadha. He is an audiologist of sitting and for those that know from the UK. The title of his me that is a difficult task. To presentation was “The Science of maintain my board certification Being Repulsive”. Quite an odd I am required to complete more title for a session at an audiologist continuing education hours conference. He has helped me than North Carolina requires. I rephrase how I talk about hearing was pleased to log in 15 Tier-1 challenges. We scare people hours, 3 of which were in Ethical aware when we talk about Practices towards my board hearing loss. My patients do not certification. have “hearing loss” they just Arriving Wednesday I arrived in have sounds that are no longer time to attend a 3 hour session on in their hearing range. It is my Medicare Guidelines and Coding. responsibility to get those sound Remember Medicare only back into their hearing range so covers diagnostic audiometric speech can be understood. This evaluations completed by an may or may not be done with audiologist that are medically the use of hearing technology. necessary and when a referral He is funny and very accurate in from a physician, physician’s message.


I was thrilled to see work being done on replacing the standard word recognition test in quiet that we currently use with speech in noise testing. Jane and I do speech-in-noise testing in the office However it is not the gold standard nor reimbursed by insurance. Additionally, a clinical test is in the works that measures cognitive energy needed for speech understanding. We talked last month about the importance of working memory. I am hopeful to have this tool available soon. It will help us explain why some folks do so well with hearing technology while others continue to struggle. It will also help us set appropriate expectations when developing a hearing rehabilitation plan. The last session I attended Saturday morning was on cerumen management. Wax removal falls within our scope of practice. I have been cleaning ears for years but it is always good to review the last techniques and see what new equipment is available. I know my limits and will refer to ENT when needed. The conference was not all sitting and learning. My college buddy Maria and I attended the Indianapolis Indians baseball game. Their stadium is right across the street from the convention center which was convenient. The Indians are in the same division as our Charlotte Knights and beat the

Toledo Mud Hens. We are still trying to figure out what a Mud Hen is. In 2008 the audiology conference was in the Charlotte. That year they scheduled a 5K run at Freedom Park that I ran. I was running much more then but due to a foot injury and arthritis in the hips I stopped. The convention center in Indianapolis is adjacent to the White River State Park so they scheduled another 5K. When I saw this I was determined I would run that race as well. The foot is better; the hip pain comes and goes. The registration fee for the run was a donation the Audiology Foundation which provides support for education, research and public awareness of audiology and hearing science. So at 6 o’clock Thursday morning, in the dark, 40 degree windy morning I completed the run. Meeting one of two goals, I was quite proud. Beth, Jane and I would be proud if you would help us celebrate May is Better Hearing month by calling 704-633-0223 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon. For more information or to schedule a hearing evaluation, contact Dr. Lorin S. Oden at Hearing Solutions of North Carolina, 464 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Salisbury, NC 28147 704-633-0023

May Crossword


1. A 100-eyed giant (Greek mythology) 6. Photocopier problems 10. Sexual assault 14. Clamor 15. Again 16. Black, in poetry 17. Less wild 18. Walking stick 19. Burst of wind 20. Endorsement 22. Being 23. Casino game 24. Superficiality 26. Aquatic plant 30. Preserve of crushed fruit 31. French for “Summer” 32. Henhouse 33. Chalcedony 35. Disney mermaid

39. Not outboard 41. Palatable 43. Defrost 44. Barley beards 46. Exam 47. Genus of macaws 49. Not cold 50. X X X X 51. Not digital 54. Copied 56. Spoil 57. Hard coal 63. At the peak of 64. Hindu princess 65. A sudden short attack 66. Scoundrels 67. False god 68. Ground grain 69. Away from the wind 70. Provisions 71. Busybody

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1. Against 2. Wander 3. Hobbling gait 4. End ___ 5. Anagram of “Fires” 6. Brazilian rosewood 7. Human body 8. List of options 9. Veer 10. Rejuvenate 11. Revile 12. Sheriff’s group 13. Go in 21. Captain’s superior 25. French for “State” 26. Corrosive 27. Solitary 28. Mongolian desert 29. A cosmic cataclysm 34. A lover of foreign culture

36. Wild goat 37. If not 38. Permits 40. Relating to aircraft 42. Daisylike bloom 45. Knickknack 48. A type of fungus 51. Hemp 52. Area of South Africa 53. Domicile 55. Silly 58. Nil 59. ___ slaw 60. Weightlifters pump this 61. Tight 62. Tropical American wildcat



A Little Dose of Humor

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It was 6 p.m., and I was about to leave the coin laundry where I was employed. My boss called me over and asked if I would mind dropping off someone’s laundry on my way home. “It’s for my cousin,” she said, “who is eight months pregnant and can’t get out much anymore.” I cheerfully agreed and, driving to the address, knocked at the door. A little girl, the sister-to-be, answered. “Hi, there,” I said with a big smile. “Is your mommy home?” Holding up the white bundle of clothes, I explained, “I have a delivery for her.” The child’s mouth dropped, and her eyes went wide. “Mom!” she shrieked, “come quick! It’s the stork!”

Communication Chain When a customer left his cell phone in my store, I scrolled through his saved numbers, stopped at “Mom” and pushed send. His mother answered, and I told her what happened. “Don’t worry,” she said, “I’ll take care of it.” A few minutes later, the cell phone rang. It was “Mom.” “Martin,” she said, “you left your cell phone at the convenience store.”

Fourth Quarter My husband, a big-time sports fan, was watching a football game with our grandchildren. He had just turned 75 and was feeling a little wistful. “You know,” he said to our grandson, “it’s not easy getting old. I guess I’m in the fourth quarter now.” “Don’t worry, Grandpa,” Our grandson said cheerily. “Maybe you’ll go into overtime.”

Happy Campers A loaded van pulled in to the only remaining campsite. Four children leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up the tents.

A nearby camper marveled to the youngsters’ father, “That, sir, is some display of teamwork.” The father replied, “I have a system... no one goes to the bathroom until the camp is set up.”

Precise Measurement Two engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking at its top. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. “We’re supposed to find the height of this flagpole,” said one, “but we don’t have a ladder.” The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a couple of bolts, and laid the pole down on the ground. Then she took a tape measure from her pocketbook, took a measurement, and announced, “Twenty one feet, six inches,” and walked away. One engineer shook his head and laughed, “A lot of good that does us. We ask for the height and she gives us the length.”

Do Not Talk to the Parrot Rhonda’s dishwasher quit working so she called a repairman. Since she had to go to work the next day, she told the repairman, “I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you a check. Oh, by the way don’t worry about my bulldog. He won’t bother you. But, whatever you do, do NOT, under ANY circumstances, talk to my parrot! I REPEAT, DO NOT TALK TO MY PARROT!!!” When the repairman arrived at Wanda’s apartment the following day, he discovered the biggest, meanest looking bulldog he has ever seen. But, just as she had said, the dog just lay there on the carpet watching the repairman go about his work. The parrot, however, drove him nuts the whole time with his incessant yelling and name calling. Finally the repairman couldn’t contain himself any longer and yelled, “Shut up, you stupid ugly bird!” To which the parrot replied, “Get him, Spike!”

Two of them rushed to gather firewood, while the other two and their mother set up the camp stove and cooking utensils.

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What You Can Teach Your Grandchild About Social Security By Lisa Wallace Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, Charlotte, NC


ne of the greatest gifts you can give a grandchild is the gift of financial literacy. Helping them save money early in life and showing them how to make wise spending decisions goes a long way toward a bright financial future. As they get older, they may want to save for special purchases or their college education. You can encourage them when they get their first job to begin saving for the future, including their retirement.

Planning for the Future with my Social Security When you celebrate their graduation from high school, you can also remind them to set up a my Social Security account. They need to be age 18 or older, have a U. S. mailing address and a valid email address, and have a Social Security number. And while their retirement is many years

away, you can explain the importance of reviewing their earnings record each year since Social Security uses the record of earnings to compute their future benefits. As they start their first major job and begin saving, they’ll be able to monitor the growth of the estimates of benefits available to them. You can access my Social Security at myaccount.

Saving For Retirement with myRA The U. S. Treasury recently introduced a retirement savings account for a simple, safe, and affordable way to save for retirement. It’s perfect for people whose employer doesn’t offer a savings plan. There are no costs or fees to open and maintain a myRA account. The account won’t lose money and is backed by the U. S. Treasury. The individual chooses the amount to save. The account is portable and moves with them from job to job. The account owner can withdraw the money they put in

without tax or penalty. You can learn more about myRA at

Share How Social Security Works You can share your knowledge about Social Security with your young savers by explaining how the program works and how it has worked for you. About 96 percent of all Americans are covered by Social Security. Social Security is financed through workers’ contributions , which are matched by their employers. We use the contributions to pay current benefits. Any unused money goes into a trust fund. Nearly all working people pay Social Security taxes and about 61 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits. About 42 million of those beneficiaries are retirees and their families. Encourage them to watch our Social Security 101 video at www.socialsecurity. gov/multimedia/webinars/social_


Share Your Retirement Stories Social Security replaces about 40 percent of an average worker’s income, but financial planners suggest that most retirees need about 70 percent to live comfortably in retirement. Americans need more than Social Security to achieve that comfortable retirement. They need private pensions, savings, and investments. That means starting to save early and monitoring your Social Security record for accuracy. You can share lessons from your own life about saving and planning for retirement. Remember, the best place anyone of any age can visit for quick, easy information about Social Security is Your personal stories about how you prepared for retirement and what role Social Security plays can help them see what is needed for a Secure financial future. Give them the gift of financial literacy today.

Storybook Lightning: continued from page 4 also be suitable for greeting cards I had on the back burner. Within two weeks, I had ten greeting cards with the gardenia pattern, which were blank. Another ten had a puppy-love theme, something I had in process. The caption on the front cover was, ‘You’ve become my secret crush, and—honey, it’s a fact! This extra special moment, is better......’ and the inside caption read, ‘than the time I found TWO prizes in my box of Crackerjacks!’ Although the images were black and white, the card had little red hearts and light blue text. Three ladies at church asked for additional sets. It only took me five days and I delivered them before church the next week. Having access to a plethora of chapter books, my passion for reading continued into middle school and throughout high school. I had heard good feedback about the High School English teachers and their rigorous assignments. In ninth and tenth grade, I attended regular English classes with Mrs. Hillman. Mrs. Devonshire brought to me the joy of advanced English during my junior and senior years. The influence of my English teachers inspired me to expand the homework resources. I was encouraged to set objectives. As I experienced new literary triumphs, my writing increased, with significant improvement. In no time, I realized I didn’t complete assignments just for the grades. I was infusing and implementing my individuality, with an infinite galaxy—of my own literary glimmer. During 2008, at my hometown Lutheran church, I attended a weekly Bible study. The class

educator made an announcement: if anyone was interested, he or she could submit a faith-based entry to the Lutheran quarterly newsletter, titled The Vine. I wrote a short story and got it to the post office the following week. My husband, our fourteen-year-old daughter and numerous congregational members were supportive and pleased with my newsletter entry, Glory Daze. After Easter that same year, I discovered an on-line poetry contest. It asked writers to dedicate a work to the person that they most admired. I tenderly remembered my childhood friend from sixth grade, Chelsea Kenton whose family moved to Georgia. In 2003, five years prior the contest, at age 27, Chelsea had a severe allergic reaction that landed her in the intensive care unit for three weeks. Unfortunately and unexpectedly, she didn’t recover from her coma—devastating her family, her relatives and friends. I was determined to dedicate a poem in loving memory of Chelsea. I began with four, followed by eight more. I just couldn’t write down the poems fast enough! The lines kept adding up and my thoughts outran the fountain of ink. Placing second in the on-line poetry contest, The Embrace of the Flower reinforced my belief in the power of the pen. Early in 2010, my writing concentrated on nature, friendships, families, children and pets, in a humorous manner. Initially, it was mandatory that each poem rhymed—without fail. However, having an exposure to other forms, types and techniques, that dictum changed after I attended poetry workshops in

2012 and in 2014. In the comfy burgundy office chair at my computer, I enjoy writing about nature and animals. Yet, the 109 poems I had previously completed for Alisha (her husband and two kids), did not include the additional 82 poems, about their guinea pig. This revelation prompted me to use different genres. It led me to write an outbreak of narratives and poems with personification. In the fall of 2016, three were included in the annual Arts Show at a local senior activity center. The magnetized connection of my poetic self-expression portrays and interweaves my personal ideas. The metaphoric patterns provide a flow of imagery for the reader. Stanzas coast on a caravan of sensations,. exposing direct emotions and contentment. The lyrical captivations that bring others enjoyment, are the compassionate endeavors of this writer. This concept has a startling, monumental jolt when it strikes! The most delightful thrill is finding out that people appreciate the composition— written, exclusively for them. Each meaningful reaction is immortalized throughout the skylines of the reader’s soul. My newest literary works are about complex, yet— solvable situations, mending close relationships and

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expanding their sustainability. As sunny beams peered through our bay window on the fifth of March 2017, two loads of laundry were asleep on the couch and the dishes from lunchtime were treading chilly water. Armed with the afternoon’s congenial effect of seventy-two degrees, our burgundy office chair delivered a kung-fu zap. About Amy Bergeron Amy was a quality assurance technician and a color design specialist during an 18-year career at a global carpet manufacturing employer. After high school and community college, she resumed her favorite undertaking, writing. She sends poetic and short story test trials thorough correspondence to legally blind individuals like herself. Amy resides in Mt. Pleasant with her husband of 28 years. They have a remarkable young adult daughter, a dog, and a twelve-year-old feline. To request a sample of Amy’s poems send an email to her at Or send a post card with Subject Line, Poems, your name, address and phone number to Amy Bergeron, PO Box 1857, Concord, NC, 28026.


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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Basics by Katrena Allison Wells Community Nurse for Woodleaf United Methodist Church


ocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is an illness caused by a bacterium carried by ticks. Current lab testing cannot distinguish between different types of tick-borne illnesses causing spotted fever, but RMSF is thought to be the most common tick-borne illness in this area. A few ticks may carry more than one type of bacterium, so a person may develop more than one tick-borne illness simultaneously. Over 60% of spotted fever cases in America are diagnosed in only five states. North Carolina is one of those five states. Nearly 600 probable cases of spotted fever were reported in North Carolina in 2012. Although anyone can get spotted fever any time of year, one is more likely to get spotted fever April through September, with a

peak incidence in June and July. Between 2008 and 2012, over 2,000 cases of spotted fever were reported in North Carolina. Of those diagnosed with spotted fever, people aged 55 to 64 had the highest incidence between the years 2000 and 2010. Spotted fever symptoms typically start two to fourteen days after a person is bitten by an infected tick. Common symptoms include fever, chills, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, muscle pain, restlessness, confusion, and insomnia. The bacterium enters the lymphatic system and can cause blood to leak into adjacent tissues, potentially causing a rash and/or damage to internal organs. Approximately 90% of people infected with spotted fever also develop a red, non-itchy rash that usually starts at the wrists and ankles and then spreads. The rash tends to be subtle at onset. Some people may have spotted fever

without a rash, making diagnosis challenging. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of spotted fever is important because symptoms may become severe and potentially life-threatening, even in previously healthy people. African-American males have a higher risk of serious complications of spotted fever. An antibiotic is prescribed to treat the illness; it is more effective if started before the fifth day of symptoms. Tips for tick-proofing one’s yard include clearing brush and leaves and keeping woodpiles in sunny areas. When venturing outside into tick habitats, utilize preventive measures like wearing a long-sleeved shirt tucked into pants and long pants tucked into socks and using tick repellent. After coming inside, check for ticks on one’s body before and after showering. Check for ticks

on pets, clothing, and gear that has been outside. Utilizing tick repellents with pets may offer added protection. Some people who develop spotted fever do not realize they have been bitten by a tick, which can further complicate diagnosis. If a tick is attached to the skin, carefully remove it using tweezers applied close to the tick’s head or mouth. Pull carefully and steadily until the tick is removed and apply antiseptic to the bite area. Note the date the tick bite was discovered. This information may be helpful if you develop symptoms of spotted fever later. Seek medical attention for appropriate diagnosis and treatment if symptoms of spotted fever appear Sources: • CDC • Columbia University Medical Center • Mayo Clinic • NC Public Health Article: “Spotted Fever Illnesses in North Carolina”

Study launched to better understand real-world impact continued from page 5 gathered from research done in large academic medical centers. But for this study, we have the unique opportunity to work with the MURDOCK Study to better understand the progression and management of COPD in a community setting.” The most common symptom of COPD is shortness of breath, especially with physical activities. Coughing, with or without mucus production, is also a common symptom of

COPD. These symptoms can be misunderstood as signs of aging. COPD is usually associated with progressive airway damage and loss of lung function that cause breathing to become more difficult. Adults who are at least 40 years old and have COPD as determined by a breathing test administered during a screening visit may qualify

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Dr. Scott Palmer to join the MURDOCK COPD Study. Enrollment is open to all who qualify, and no geographic restrictions apply. During the five years of COPD study follow-up, Duke’s MURDOCK Study team in Kannapolis will contact participants every six months to measure changes to their health. “Boehringer Ingelheim is proud to be a part of this important study to explore COPD itself with the goal of ultimately improving the care for people living with this chronic respiratory disease,” said Danny McBryan, M.D., head of Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Respiratory, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “For over 40 years, we have had an unwavering commitment to the COPD community, and we will continue to support important research efforts, such as the MURDOCK Study, that strive to provide new answers and new hope from people living with COPD.” People who would like to learn whether they qualify can start the process by calling 704-250-5861 or visiting www. Participants will be offered

Dr. Jamie Todd compensation for each in-person visit. Everyone who completes a screening visit will receive a copy of their lung function test. People who qualify for the study and choose to enroll will receive additional feedback, including the distance they walked in six minutes compared to the distance expected for someone of an identical age, sex, height and weight without COPD. About the MURDOCK Study The MURDOCK Study is a longitudinal clinical research study working to reclassify health and disease through advanced scientific technologies, expertise from Duke University researchers and external partners, and close collaborations with a strong network of local and regional community partners. The MURDOCK Study is managed by the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute and is based in Kannapolis, N.C., on the North Carolina Research Campus. MURDOCK stands for the Measurement to Understand the Reclassification of Disease Of Cabarrus/Kannapolis. To learn more, visit Contact the study at or 704-250-5861.

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Crustless Spinach Quiche Ingredients: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained 5 eggs, beaten 3 cups shredded Muenster cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan. 2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in spinach and continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated. 3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. Add spinach mixture and stir to blend. Scoop into prepared pie pan. 4. Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Mother’s Day Pie Ingredients: 1 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 eggs 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk 1 cup shredded coconut Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Generously grease and flour a 9-inch pie plate. 2. In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in melted butter and vanilla extract. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in evaporated milk followed by coconut. Pour mixture into pie plate. 3. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until custard is nearly set and a knife inserted near the center of the pie comes out clean. Let cool, then refrigerate before serving.


Do you have a favorite recipe that you’d like to share with our readers? If so, we’d love to have recipes that are easy, healthy and are smaller in proportion – just right for someone cooking for one or two. Please send your recipes to OR drop them off at the front desk of Rufty Holmes Senior Center to Cindy Nimmer. Thanks and we look forward to seeing what you’ve got cooking!

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