If We Were Having Coffee Guest Post – Feb.22/2015 Compassion

Compassion

Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your barista today and I’m happy to be here once again. Please come in and make yourself comfortable. Willow has plumped the cushions and started a cozy fire so we can warm yourselves while we have a cuppa and chat. As usual, I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. Also available is a large selection of spirits for addition to your cuppa or in its place. We can relax while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

1000 voices speak for Compassion

This week (Feb.20, 2015) there was a special electronic gathering of WP bloggers called “1000 Voices Speak for Compassion”. Each blogger wrote a piece on compassion and they were well done. I first read of it over at Mamamickterry’s blog  Then I watched the video (above) she had posted and it struck home for me. Mama says it was produced by a medical services delivery company that is a customer of her company. Definitely worth a peek.

Would you like another cuppa, perhaps something a bit stronger? So, with Mama’s post in mind I was off to dialysis on Friday and I was a bit early so I stepped out to the smoking area for a puff. It was cold and there was only one other gentleman there, a man a bit younger than I – perhaps in his late 40’s to early 50’s. As I usually do, I asked if he was visiting as he was dressed in casual clothes like someone who was spending the day at home. As we smoked, he told me that he was a patient. He had an open Coke bottle in one hand and he held it up for me to see. It was about 1⁄4 full and was very flat because his hand was vibrating considerably. “Would you like a drink of flat Coke?” he asked in a joking tone. “It’s been almost 20 years now since I’ve had fizzy Coke from the bottom of the bottle.”He explained that he had early onset Parkinson’s disease and was diagnosed about 20 years ago. With medication and treatment he has managed to live relatively normal but required a lot of time in the hospital. As he told me that his muscles only shook when at rest, I thought about the video – to see this guy walk down the hall, you would never know that he had a serious illness – an illness that was going to kill him. He told me that the doctors had told him that he had about 20 more years to live, but the disease would progress considerably in that time. Treatments have gained a lot of years for Parkinson’s patients over the decades and may very well gain more in the coming decades. The disease is called “idiopathic” because there is no known cause. Oddly enough, one behaviour that reduces the progress is smoking. For reasons not understood, those who smoke are less likely to have the disease or symptoms.

Ballet Based Exercises can help reduce Parkinson’s Symptoms

Another cuppa? We have sweets and cake as well, so just help yourself. Anyway, my new acquaintance had some hard years ahead of him. As his nerve condition deteriorated, so too would dementia start to show itself. This is the same disease as Michael Fox has and his condition has not gotten as bad as fast as was predicted due to new treatments and medications. This gentleman had the same hope – that the progress of treatment would keep him from suffering as much as was being forecast. And yet, if I met him in the hallway I would have no idea that this man was even sick, let alone dying. It really drives home the idea of compassion, of caring about our fellow humans, of trying to see the world through the eyes of others, and of remaining non-judgmental.

We parted ways after about 10 minutes of visiting, he on his way to his room and me on my way to dialysis. I thought about him a lot since our chance meeting, and he has made me more sensitive to the plight of others. I wish him the very best and I hope that upcoming medical progress reduces the impact of his disease on his quality of life.

Dialysis went extremely well on all fronts – no machine alarms (it is very sensitive and an average treatment usually sees at least a half a dozen alarms), excellent blood pump speed, I slept through the whole session and felt rejuvenated at the end. I had very little fluid to remove (I’ve been behaving myself) and we got that off and a bit more – which allows me more flexibility in fluid consumption over the weekend. All is well – one day at a time.

That’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and watch the fire. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Willow for her invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Willow is over there serving her guests and chatting it up. Let’s go see how she is today. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you back here for sweets and beverages of your choice again next week.

The Queen’s Favourite Tea Cake: Souped-up Chocolate Biscuit Cake

What is Parkinson’s Infographic

And of course  the

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

Just Jot It January: If We Were Having Coffee: Brrrrrrrrrrrr

Hello  everyone  I am so  sorry  that I am so late ! I can see you are  all enjoying a chat, some cake , a  warming  fire  and  a delicious beverage!  It  has been a really  busy  and not  really  fun day. The  husband  who is  still not fully  well  has  decided  that  the decorating  can wait  no  longer. So  it  has been a day  of  shopping, stripping  ( calm down !  wallpaper stripping) filling, feathering  and  other  technical  terms ! So finding  a few  minutes  to  get  here  to chat  with all  you lovely  guys  has been  difficult  to say the least!

Coffee Cat

Anyway, Hello  and  welcome  come in it is lovely  to see you all here again. The fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea on  the go  and the cakes and sweets are all set out.  We  have  tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you.

If we were having  Coffee: I would ask  you what  has been going on in your world this week, has  anything  deeply affected  you, have  you need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry  on or  just  needed someone  to make  you laugh! If  yes  feel free to talk it out  here  with us. We will all help if  we can.

I have been spouting out  my  personal pain  lately , although  this past week I have tried to be positive, so If we were having coffee: I  would have to say  sorry  but if  I do not  let it out  here or rather in my poetry I think I would  go mad!

Okay  moving on  If we were having coffee: I would have to tell you about  a whisper  that I have heard about  that is growing into a roar!

A Thousand Voices Speak For Compassion

I heard about it first  on TanGental’s page here   and also on Gene’Os page  here . The idea  is to get 1000 bloggers on the same day to write posts about compassion, kindness, support, caring for others, non-judgement etc.? (Date to be decided.(it’s suggested 20th February 2015) We could call it 1000 Voices For Compassion.Who’s in? I really  would  like to be  but I need to think really  hard  about  what  to write about  but I am  going to think about it  and I am going to take part … If  anyone  has any  suggestions I would  be very grateful to hear them!

If were were having coffee: I would  ask you if  you would like another drink to warm you  up  here  move nearer to the fire ! I do not  envy  those of you who  in places  where  you have arctic temperatures, I really do not know  how you cope. Right  now  it is 2 degrees here  and is set to drop to minus  2 degrees ! I can here  you giggling  especially those of you  who are experiencing  minus 23!

If we were having Coffee: I would like  to welcome  back Deborah  at Container Chronicles who  joins us  doing her own” If  We Were Having Coffee” post. Do visit  her  she has been away  for too long  and it is so good to have  her  back!

Also  I have to say to Sheri De Gorm  I hope  wordpress has  not done  anything to our  coffee chat in the garden, we have moved indoors though!!

Well If we were having Coffee: I will thank  you all for coming  and I hope  you can forgive  my tardiness! If  you get a chance  send  me  some prayers  or  good vibes  whatever  your preference. That things  here  may improve  instead of  getting worse  week by  week. All I want  is  to be a happy  united  family  again… after all the Newbie  is growing  so fast  and we are missing so much. …sorry ‘nough said.

Will  you have another  cuppa, ah!  you will go on! This  little video  is  with a nod of  the head  and a wink to  my  dear friend Jean at  SocialBridge she will understand!

And of course  the

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

This post is part of Just Jot It January hosted by Linda G Hill.

Thanks for tuning in and if you want to join, feel free to click on the link and start jotting!

 

 

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