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I’m sitting here in the waiting room while my wife is in the other room having spinal surgery, so what I’m going to tell you is based on experience!

Kindles and iPads and Smartphones, Oh My!

Be Happy, Follow Our GuideMake sure that you bring some kind of electronic device to pass away the hours while you’re waiting for your loved one to get out of surgery. I brought along an iPad so that I would have something to do to pass the time while waiting for my wife’s surgery to be completed.

Having the iPad along made this long, tiring, wait a lot more bearable. Additionally, I brought along some work to do and three ebooks to read during the time that she was under the knife and as it turns out, the surgery lasted about four hours. The great thing is the internet connection was free even though the operation itself cost thousands of dollars, I guess nothing is really ‘free’!

It’s very sad because I heard a lot of people that were very stressed about their loved ones however, if they would’ve thought ahead and brought something to get their mind off the subject they would have had a peaceful afternoon. Thank God none of them have had bad news today, all of the procedures went as planned, and of everyone that I met, their procedures went off without a hitch.

Meanwhile, I was dutifully reading my books and taking notes, my mind was off in web development land.  This alone made the afternoon go by very quickly and thankfully, not one time did I think about the doctors opening up wife’s spine in the other room!  Honestly, that would’ve been too much to endure.

Don’t Forget Your Headphones

This smiling baby melts our heartBring along some headphones, although the reason might surprise you, they are not for what you think. While you’re sitting there waiting for your significant other to get out of their procedure you’ll be surrounded by people that have no idea what is going on, and they will be very stressed out, and they will be talking very loudly on their cell phones.

To me, people talking very loudly is stressful enough! While using headphones I can play some soft music while reading a book and not be aware of what’s going on around me, and this is very comforting.

What NOT bring is as Important as What TO Bring

Be sure to pay attention to your doctors adviceThis one has more to do with what you should not bring along! Leave all of your relatives that tend to worry and stress out very easily at home. This is not the time to have them in your presence. You can relay any messages through Facebook and tell everyone to go there because you will be updating your Facebook page with all of the latest medical news.  There’s nothing to gain having a stressed-out relative along for the ride, well, other than a headache.

Very Important, Basic Cosmetics

Have a travel bag along with some cosmetics like a toothbrush and toothpaste as well as some word searches and magazines. Additionally bring along a few extra shirts, I spilled coffee on my shirt this morning so rather than walking around looking like a fool I just changed my shirt!

Something You Can’t Bring in a Bag: Patience

Bring along a bunch of extra patience!

Keep in mind that the hospital is always a stressful place and that you should be aware of others and their mental state. It’s certainly not pleasant being around a bunch of people who are stressed out, but please understand their situation.

Keep in mind that the hospital is always a stressful place and that you should be aware of others and their mental state.

I was sitting next to a girl earlier whose mother had cancer, and she was very stressed out wondering if they were going to get all of the cancer out of her, I was praying for her. I just tried to be there as someone to talk to in this troubling time in her life.  Of course I’m not positive that my words did anything to ease her nerves, however I would like to think so!

Bring Some Snacks to Avoid the Profiteers!

After paying $11 for a meal at the Subway located within the hospital, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention to bring along some snacks! The ‘meal’ opportunities in the hospital are not the best, to say the least. It’s probably better that you bring along some homemade snacks to ease the burden on your pocketbook.

Your loved one could be in the hospital for days, be sure to take this into account!Additionally, it kind it just makes you pissed off when you see the prices of hospital food, they understand that you’re a captive audience and that you will pay anything just to get something to eat, so they jack the prices up accordingly!

If you follow this basic hospital checklist it will help you greatly, my wife just came out of surgery and she is now in the recovery room, she made it through with flying colors THANK GOD.

I have to go now, wishing you all the best!

Are You Ready for a Potential Disaster?

Well, are you? Most Americans believe there will never be a time when cash becomes useless; when there is no more food at the stores and the gas is all gone.  The food we do get comes from the government, and we will be waiting in long lines.

So, what kind of a disaster am I talking about? How about a comet strike? Or a supervocano eruption?  What if our enemies decide to destroy our infrastructures like fiber optics or power grids.  What if they take out our communication satellites?  All modern conveniences would cease to function. If a supervolcano erupts, all kinds of cataostrophic events could and would occur because of it.  The climate would change for everyone, but especially for the northern or southern hemisphere, depending on which the disaster occurs in by either raising or lowering the temperature by several degrees.

FEMA recommends keeping 3 days of food on hand in case of a “natural” disaster.  In any of the cases I mentioned above, 3 days worth of food and supplies is just that: 3 days worth of food and supplies. Unless you live 10 miles or more from a grocery or convenience store, you probably go to the grocery store more than once a week. My kids go to the local convenience store once a DAY it seems like to me! I recommend having at LEAST SIX MONTHS of food (for EACH person in your household), batteries, water, toilet paper, first aid supplies, fuel, and other supplies like medications, tampons, soaps, lanterns and oil, and a battery operated radio, in case someone is able to get a message out. This could be your only means of communication.

If a disaster occurs, you can rest assure knowing you are prepared.

I will make two lists that will be available in .pdf format so you can download it and print It at your convenience, or you can send it to friends and family.

The first list will be types of natural disasters and unnatural disasters you should be prepared for, depending on where you live. The other list will have supplies to have on hand for any type of disaster. It’s “all-inclusive.”

You are probably asking, “How the heck am I supposed to accomplish that?” I agree. The cost alone can be staggering, especially if you purchase six months of the stuff sold on QVC, Amazon, EBay,

and prepper sites.  However, there are more cost-effective ways of preparing for an emergency.

I became disabled this year and I had to quit my job.  Due to this, financially we are struggling. This has forced us to move in with my mother, who is on Social Security. Thankfully, the house is paid for. I really feel the need to prepare for a possible emergency.  Some of the ways we have prepared is by growing and preserving our own food, qualifying for government programs (we have a very limited income) which give you dried beans and peas, canned fruits and vegetables, quart-size milk containers that you can store on your shelves, powdered milk, generic cheese like Velveeta, pasta and spaghetti sauce, etc.

The different places we receive non-perishable foods have a lot of the same stuff. Some of it we give away to the Salvation Army.  But a lot of it we rotate out and eat.

We’ve been blessed with a place to be able to store canned foods and supplies.  It is a giant task, especially when there are six of us in our home, plus a daughter away at college.

Some of you reading this may be thinking, I do not have the means to do this, nor do I have a place to store all of these supplies.  Trust me, I’m not writing this to stress you out, I’m writing this to HELP you!  Where there is a will, there is a way!

So, this will be a series of articles, probably once a week or so. To ensure you don’t miss any information that might save your life or your family’s lives, be sure to subscribe!

By the way, your husband will LOVE you for thinking about his and your future, and he will praise you to his buddies too!

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