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“Dedicated to Excellence”
Delta Stroke Recovery Acknowledge a cheque from Delta Firefighters Charitable Foundation
Quentin Methot, Stroke Survivor
Peter McTait, Delta SR President
May 2014 TOOB Presents a Cheque to Delta Stroke Recovery
David Fredricksen, TOOB Vice President
Quentin Methot (stroke survivor) was a firefighter before the incidence of his stroke which grounded him from professional duties. However, as part of his firefighter job, he instructed people on emergency preparedness and continues to do so with a power point presentation designed for the handicapped and seniors. Quentin gives his presentation to any non-profit groups and asks for a donation in appreciation to Delta Stroke Recovery to help maintain the weekly program which runs 3 hours Tuesday plus Thursday additional gymnasium sessions and intermittent 6 weekly music therapy at the Delta School of Music, in addition to psychological support for stroke survivors.
Peter McTait, Delta SR President
The stroke recovery group in its 18th year and relies on community in order to provide the level of excellence by providing Speech Language Pathology 2 hour sessions in addition to an exercise session lead by physical trainer, Anne Herringer, who also leads an hour session Thursday at the New Day Gymnasium. Intermittent music therapy and psychological support sessions are offered as the budget will allow (usually two six week sessions annually). Club membership is only $40 yearly and the aforementioned services could not be provided without professional leadership supported by a team of caring volunteers who put donations of this sort of to good se to benefit the 45 members.
More details are available by contacting club coordinaVisitors are invited to drop by and introduce themselves to tor, Dawn Sillett at 604-946-2731 or firstname.lastname@example.org members between 11 am and 2 pm.
—Shared by Karel Ley, Volunteer Delta Stroke Recovery-SRABC
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Trust doesn’t come with a refill. Once it’s gone, you probably won’t get it back, and if you do; it will never be the same! And, that’s a fact.
LETTERS to the EDITOR Letters to the Editor is a new column. Kudos, positive comments are welcome. Email 200 words or fewer are preferred; all might be edited. Each email must include name and phone number.
Templeton Newsletter Mailing Address: 204– 2929 Nootka Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 4K4 Canada Published every month, if possible. Contributions are always welcome. The articles should be in, not later than day 25th day of every month. Disclaimer: The views expressed in Stroke Recoverer’s Review newsletter: articles, submissions and spotlights are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Templeton Stroke Recovery or the editor of Stroke Recoverer’s Review Editor reserves the right at any time to make changes as it deems necessary. It is the purpose of this periodical to share a variety of viewpoints mostly from stroke survivors.
Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once. Don’t be someone’s downtime, spare time, part time or sometime. If they can’t be there for you all of the time, then they’re not even worth your time.
May 2014 Contributors: Loy Lai Karel Ley Deb Chow Jim Walmsley Werner Stephan Jose Suganob
Sometimes I wish I was a bird So, I could fly over certain people and shit on their heads.
Production of SRR: Jose Suganob
Stop waiting for things to happen. Go out and make them happen. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
Inside this issue:
Don’t always say, “There’s still time” or “Maybe next time” because there’s also a concept of “It’s too late.” —Shared by Loy Lai, Stroke survivor Templeton Stroke Recovery “There’s life after stroke” www.templetonstrokerecovery.com
Encouragements Letters to the Editor
BLAST Monthly Dinner Napoleon ‘Shorty’ Bonaparte
Recipe Jimy’s I-jokes
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TEMPLETON BRANCH HAPPENINGS...
There’s been a different feel at Templeton Stroke Recovery. Ollie, Key and Helen have been MIA since Easter and Katelyn left us in May.
dozy, when put her into the car. So, we’re not sure when it actually started to occur. It was touch and go for the first few weeks. Thankfully, she is now at home. Albeit, with a feeding tube and catheter.
I’m feeling like I should be asking, “Do you want the good news first or the bad.”
Great news this week. Key asked her if she wanted to return to stroke club and she responded ‘yes’! I think, it’s only about the 2nd or 3rd question she has answered. So, as Turtles know, that’s a huge step. We know you’re in there, and rooting for you, Helen.
A couple days before we headed off to BLAST as Camp Squamish Ollie went to the hospital. Most of the time , she was in Richmond Hospital and shipped to St. Paul’s, by laparoscopy though her ribs to repair two valves. In typical Ollie fashion, she showed up at our Thursday meeting the week she was released and came for our monthly dinner on the 15th. Since then she has been banished from coming to our meetings. I think, it is impossible for her to sit and watch unless we duct her to a chair. Never the less, the last weeks she has had sandwich fillings dropped off Wednesday night for us. Thank you, Ollie. Key and Helen have also been away. Helen has been at VGH since Easter Monday. At about 1 am, she vomited in her sleep. In the morning Bryan picked them up and they decided to go straight to the hospital. She suffered a large bleed and a small bleed. Bryan said, she responded normally, although
Also after Easter, Heather’s husband Bob, went into the Langley Hospital. Our members know him from Christmas dinners as well as doing odd jobs in our homes. Unfortunately, he was moved to Langley Hospice where he passed in peace. Heather kindly asked for donations to BLAST (turtletalk.ca) or Langley Hospice. Thank you for thinking of us, Heather, it is very much appreciated. We send heartfelt condolences to Heather, her son, Robbie, daughter Melissa, and grandchildren. We are also missing Don, who moved to Delta quite some time ago, but came all the way to Templeton every week. It’s getting to be a long way from home so he’s looking at other resources nearby. He will always be a part of the Templeton family anyway and welcome to whatever he can “There’s life after stroke” www.templetonstrokerecovery.com
attend. He’s already talking about BLAST 2015. Lastly, we are missing Katelyn, who did a great job for us filling in again since Shazya quit last year. She knew the history of our branch and all our members. We could always rely on her. Hopefully, we will continue to see her at our special events. Moving forward, we have Kathleen and Noreen who joined us this spring. In the past couple weeks, we have two more new members, Saturn and Rose. Plus a new volunteer, Heather, who also volunteers at Shaugnessy. The most significant change for Templeton Stroke Recovery is the welcoming of our new coordinator, Ruby Gill. She began May 1st. We’ve been waiting a long time to find a suitable person. It seems to have been unstable since Valerie. Hopefully, Ruby will do a great job for us and stick around for a while. It’s very difficult for the group when lacking continuity. Ruby has already begun to establish a goof rapport with our members. I look forward to a lasting relationship with her. —by Deb Chow, Stroke Survivor Templeton Stroke Recovery
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BLAST MONTHLY DINNER
NAPOLEON ‘SHORTY’ BONAPARTE
Stroke Survivors, Caregivers, and Friends! Come, join us for dinner! Sunday, June 15, 2014 Dinner starts at 6 pm Moulin Rouge (before Tom & Jerry Restaurant) 2828 E. Hastings St, Vancouver, BC (Near PNE) Entrees are $10 and beverages are bottomless Come, have a BLAST and watch our slideshow (We will be there with our slideshow on the 15th day of every month) It is an opportunity to meet our BLAST Ambassadors, have a few laughs, and a BLAST (Building Life After Stroke Together)
Most of us know next to nothing a bo ut th e F re n c h g en e r al a nd ‘Emperor for Life’ Napoleon Bonaparte—a man whose military skill and political ambition made him o ne o f th e mo st p o w e r fu l a nd feared figures of the late 18th and early 19th centuries— other than the fact that he was one petit dude. Even today, we say that an overcompensating short guy has a Napoleon complex.
Drops ins welcome, RSVP preferred (Please let me know if you are coming so I can give the restaurant a heads up) Phone: Deb 604-253-2390 There’s lots of room for wheelchairs and scooters BLAST 2014 Saturday Dance!
For years, history books listed Napoleon official height as 5 feet, 2 inches (1.6 meters), indisputably
in shorty territory. But that’s because they mistakenly believed that a French foot was the same as an English foot. When the measurements a re p ro pe r l y co n ve r ted , Napoleon stretches to a respectable 5 feet, 7 inches (1.7 meters). That’s not going to get him an NBA contract, but it’s 2 inches (5 centimeters) taller than former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and nearly a head above former Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev. So m e ho w , Me d ve d e v c o m ple x isn’t as catchy.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE DRIVE-INs GONE?
Remember those tinny speakers that used to hang on the car window? Remember your first kiss? Remember the animated ads for fresh popcorn and hot dogs that made your mouth water? And the announcement ‘Only five minutes left to show time’ Remember Mom in her fluffy slip-
pers, Dad in his comfortable flannel and the kids in their PJs, all huddling in the heated privacy of the car, watching a family movie on the big screen? Drive-in movies used to be BIG in Canada. By the late 1970s there were more than 300 drive-in theatres across Canada. Today, only 57 remain in operation.
DID YOU KNOW?
Canada’s first drive-in theatre opened on July 10, 1946, at Stoney Creek, ON, a town on the outskirts of Hamilton.
hadn’t guessed) was the catalyst for an entire industry that helps to support Prince Edward Island.
An Imaginary Friend: The most famous person ever to come out of the Canadian Maritimes was Anne Shirley, a little girl who never existed in the first place. Despite this impediment, Anne (of Green Gables, in case you Tina and George “There’s life after stroke” www.templetonstrokerecovery.com
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RECIPE: Portuguese Beef
JIMY’S INTERNET JOKE—joke only?
Do you think I’ll live to be 85? I recently visited my new G.P. Doctor.
Ingredients: 2 tbsp ....... Extra Virgin olive oil 1 lb ........... Beef stew meat, cut into cubes 1 tbsp ....... All-purpose flour 8 cloves ..... Garlic, minced 2 .............. Bay leaves 1 pinch ...... Ground black pepper 1 .............. Onion, chopped 1 .............. Green bell pepper, chopped 1 .............. Carrot 1 pinch ...... Paprika 1/2 ........... Fresh tomato, chopped 1 cup ........ White wine 1 cup ........ Water 2 sprigs ..... Fresh parsley 3 .............. Red potatoes, peeled & cubed 1 .............. Sweet potato, peeled & cubed 1 (14.5 ounce) can, Green beans, drained Directions: 1. Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Dust the beef with flour. Place beef, garlic bay leaves, and pepper in the stockpot; cook until the beef is brown; season with salt and cook until beef is tender, about 5 minutes. Add onion, green pepper, carrot and paprika; cook until the onions softens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato, wine, and parsley. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 30 minutes. 2. Mix in the red potatoes, sweet potatoes & green beans; continue to cook until potatoes are easily pierced thru with a fork, about 45 minutes.
After two visits and exhaustive Lab test, he said I was doing ‘fairly well’ for my age. (I’ve just reached 66). A little concerned about that comment, I couldn’t resist asking him, “Do you think I’ll live to be 85?” He asked, “Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer, wine or hard liquor?” “Oh, not much grog these days and don’t smoke,” I replied. “I’m not doing drugs, either!”
They he asked, “Do you eat rib-eye steaks, fatty roasts and barbecued ribs?” I said, “Not much...my former said that all red meat is very unhealthy!” “Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, boating, sailing, surfing, hiking or bicycling?” “No, I don’t,” I said. He asked, “Do you gamble, drive fast cars or have a lots of sex?” “No,” I said. “Then, why the f… do you want to live to 85?” —joke shared by Jimy Walmsley, Stroke Survivor
WHAT IS YOUR LOAD LIKE?
Take a potato and write on it a name of a person who has fallen from grace with you. Do this for everyone who has raised your ire and never received your forgiveness. When you've finished, gather all your potatoes together and place them in a sack. Keep this sack next to you at all times: Take it to work. Take it to lunch. Take it everywhere you go. And always have it with you at home.
and constant reminder of hurt, disappointment, heartache, and anger? By hanging on to things that are unpleasant, we create more anguish for ourselves. When you forgive someone, you free yourself from an oppressive load of negativity. Forgiveness allows you to create peace in your life.
How long would it take for you to grow tired of carrying this burden around? How long would it t a ke y ou r pot a t oe s t o sprout into other things, fester and smell? Wouldn't it be nice to be free from the weight, stench “There’s life after stroke” www.templetonstrokerecovery.com
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FUR TRADE —Werner Stephan, North Shore Stroke Recovery Center - West Vancouver Group
In the Vancouver Sun of March 1, an article pointed out that Canada a country built on fur, should build the awareness that fur trade is its oldest enterprise. The article quoted extensively an Alberta trapper who lives and works in the Peace Country. I did not expect to read a treatise about the ethics of wearing furs trade involving wide-eyed baby seals or deer like Bambi and I got none. What I read was about the reality of the life of a trapper, skinning techniques and wild life management. Of course, I realize that the ethics of wearing furs have been controversial for quite some time now. The opinions about this subject are very different depending on where one lives, in the Canadian North or in a big city life Vancouver. Let us first examine some reasons for wearing fur: It is green because it can be recycled (it grows back when saved) It supports wildlife preservation because there are many strict rules to preserve almost all of the endangered species Fur is a natural material and is comfortable to wear.
Against wearing fur
For wearing fur
It can be argued that there is no regular sight in any fashion show to difference in killing an animal for see models dressed in expenits meat or for its fur or for both. sive fur. So, what does it mean? Is natural fur now o.k.? Now, fur is Reasons for not wearing fur include mostly ethical and emo- so cheap that even lowly wage tional arguments like...Mamas laborers in China can have fur and papas and babies...yes, you slippers. Opponents to the fur trade claim that only people heard right. who wear fur would elbow aside Did you know that the fur industry a starving child on their way to breaks up families? Animals ex- kicking a stray dog. perience emotions, are capable of love and form strong social In the ‘good old days,’ I had a bonds for those closest to them bear fur laying on the floor in (www.peta.org/issues/animals- front of the fireplace. When my used-for-clothing/fur/animals- son was a small child, he loved to roll around or to sleep on it. used-fur/) Really? It may also come down to The British newspaper Daily Mail durability and comfort and not recently (20 March 2013) questioned what is politically correct. And, ‘So, it is OK to wear fur now?’ and don’t forget who may win the noted that the sale of fur based battle for political correctness, fashion articles had almost tripled m a y b e t h e p o l i t i c i a n s ? since the year 2000. Not too long I may yet be able to wear my fur ago, it was more acceptable hat again. And, forget about kickto smoke next to a baby than ing the dog! to wear a fur coat. But, times —by Werner Stephan, Stroke Survivor have changed. Once, it was taboo North Shore Stroke Recovery Center to wear furs. But, now it is quite a (West Vancouver Group) “There’s life after stroke” www.templetonstrokerecovery.com