- Confirm what they are saying about the injury/pain – repeat it back to them – so they know you are listening, and this may also it may trigger more discussions/descriptions about the pain that could be helpful for you.
- Ask them the question “what do you think I should do for you” this will often give you insight into how they are really feeling. If they say something specific like “I want an icepack” or “I want you to put Ortho Sport on it” that will a good place to start.
- Ask them to perform some simple moves and watch their faces while they do them. For example, if it’s a complaint of shoulder pain, ask them to move it around in different ways and see what their face tells you about their pain level. Unless your family is in a poker club, their face will usually tell you what you need to know.
- Ask them “How is your pain on a scale of 1-10 (1 being everything is wonderful and normal and 10 is we need to go to the hospital now)”. This may not tell you everything you need to know right now, but after you’ve done #2, you can ask this question again and see how it’s changing or if it is at all.
- Take some notes in your bullet journal! It is always helpful to refer back and know when something started, what they said, what happened when the pain started, etc. especially if you end up at the doctor with the issue. This information is gold when it comes to getting back to normal quickly.
Living in West Virginia comes with pros and cons. The beautiful landscape, friendly people, outdoor adventures galore and all four seasons are just some of the pros.
The frequent power outages is one of the cons. There is nothing worse than starting your day with a cold shower to really put you in a great mood. 🤨
During a power outage one of the biggest things people complain about is not having hot water. I mean who wants to be stuck in a house with your family and not be able to shower? It’s one of the luxuries that we have become accustomed to and don’t want to live without, am I right? And a cold shower is, well, less than pleasant at best.
Not to mention all those dirty dishes piling up.
Now this little ingenious trick will save you some frustration and give you a needed stress relieving hot shower during your next power outage. I will preface this by saying we have a natural gas fired water heater that uses very little electricity once it gets going.
If you have a hard wired water heater you will need to have an electrician create a way to plug it into an outlet for you first.
For under $200, you can purchase a device that can jump start your car, inflate a flat tire, charge your phones with a USB port but most importantly for this discussion, it can also help you get a nice hot shower!
Most people grab one of these to have in the car for emergencies but don’t think about the possibilities of what you can use it for during a power outage!
When you know bad weather is headed your way and there's a possibility of a power outage, take it out of the car and be sure it's fully charged. When the power goes out and you need hot water, plug in your hot water heater to this handy and very portable battery backup!
We have survived for almost a week without power and no generator during the great ice storm of 2021 using our gas fireplaces to keep the house warm and dry clothes from playing in the snow. Our natural gas stove top to cook and this little battery to keep everyone from stinking up the place. 😂
What I like about this device is that it's multifunctional - you're not just buying a generator that will only be used for the house when you loose power, this thing has come in handy several times for helping people jump start their car, inflate tubes for tubing the river and charging phones on the go.
This is the one we have and I highly recommend it!
Here's to making your next power outage a little more pleasant!
- Make it fun – give it some personality! Ask a friend to liven one up for you with their Cricut machine or find some fun material to make your own (they aren’t hard I promise) or find a cute one on line – there are tons of places selling them now. And make sure you have several for each person in the household because you’re going to be washing them…. Every day ok?
- Set an example – when kids see adults doing something without complaining about it, they will generally fall in line – maybe not right away, but they will… think of a fun game to play while wearing your mask like guess the face I’m making, have a special one to wear to certain places and be sure to do something that makes you smile or laugh while wearing it.
- Make a spray to freshen up your masks and make them more enjoyable to wear – In a small empty spray bottle fill with witch hazel and add 1-2 drops of Citrus Fresh Essential Oil. Shake and spray your mask before you put it on. The smell of citrus will brighten your mood and make wearing the mask a little more bearable!