The Ultimate Coffee Date Link-Up

Okay, I was supposed to post this Saturday, but life got in the way! Jill Conyers from Fitness, Health, and Happiness; Nikki from Grab Your Kicks; and Lynda from Fitnessmomwinecountry are co-hosting the Ultimate Coffee Date the first Saturday of every month.

Anyone can join in! If you’re a blogger, you can link up your post at Jill’s. Not a blogger? Join in by using the comment box at the bottom of this post.

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you how excited and nervous I am about moving to Maryland this summer. Although I’ll miss the friends I’ve made here in Southern Virginia, we’ll be close enough for them to visit if they like. I look forward to meeting new people, and most of all, I can’t wait to have my husband actually living with us!

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you that I ran after dark on Friday night and totally biffed! My mother-in-law is visiting and watched my son for me, while I ran around the neighborhood. There’s a stretch along the road where there’s no sidewalk for some reason…it just randomly disappears for about 10 feet. I didn’t want to run on the road, since there were cars coming, so I ran through the grass/sticks, and tripped right over a tree root! I tore up the knees on my almost brand-new capris, but I think I can turn them into running shorts. A patch of skin is also missing off my right knee, and now the area is infected, yuck.

I thought about putting one of my infected knee photos up, but I think it would gross you out!

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you how addicted I get to shows on Netflix. I’ll binge and watch two or three seasons of something in a row. I’m not alone in this, right? You do it too, don’t you?!

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you I’m thankful for my friends and family. Never take them for granted, because you don’t know how little time you may have with them. Several friends have lost loved ones recently, so this has struck home.

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you that I’ve been slacking lately with both my diet and exercise. I’m not working as hard as I should and need to stop being lazy! I need to get out of this funk, because warm weather is coming soon; I can’t hide under sweatshirts and hoodies much longer. How do you motivate yourself to be active?

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If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?
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Taking Your Family to the Hospital: How to Take Care of Them in Time of Need


Hospital Bed

When a family member has a medical condition that requires hospitalization, it is a time of stress for the patient as well as the family. However, it is in the best interest of the patient and family to be aware of the patient’s needs and of the care being received, and to make the effort to see that the facility giving the medical attention is not negligent and has the procedures in place to earn the patient’s and family’s trust.

Medical Team Response

Monitor the concern of the emergency or admission medical staff to the patient. Response time for taking vital signs, X-Rays, and any other necessary procedures for an accurate diagnosis should be performed in a timely manner relative to the gravity of the patient’s condition. This is the time to be assertive on behalf of your family member and ask questions to assure yourself and the patient that the diagnosis is reasonable and appropriate.

Patient Care Admission

Once the diagnosis is made and is agreed upon by the patient, family, and medical staff, it is important that the patient gets the proper care upon admission.

Care would consist of continued vital sign monitoring, proper medication at the correct time, surgery if required, and the medical staff notifying the patient’s designated family member of any changes to or concern for the patient’s care.

Family Visitation

When a family member is admitted to the hospital, the primary concern is for them to receive the proper care but also for them to rest and recuperate.

A family visit can lift the patient’s spirits, but it is also an opportunity to check the patient for possible bedsores and to view the care and response of the medical staff assigned to your family member; if it is noted the nursing staff is not as quick to respond to medication requirements or other care required, then this is the time to voice your concern and ask for the situation to be corrected.

In conclusion, the best patient advocate is the designated family member, and they have the right and duty to question medical staff that is in authority for changes to care and any other concerns that arise during the patient’s duration of care. Assertiveness by the family member can avoid malpractice and egregious errors by the medical staff and is one way to feel confident the patient will receive the proper attention and an easier recovery.

Author Bio:

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing about home and family and spending time with her dog, Max. Information credit to Gittens & Associates, lawyers specializing in personal injury law and car accident in Newfoundland.

Note: I was compensated for this posting this sponsored article. Any opinions written above are the author’s and may differ from yours.

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Throwback Thursday: Perfect Roasted Potatoes

I’ve wanted to start posting Throwback Thursday for a while, so here goes! The idea is to revive an archived post and share new information, and, whenever possible, a new photo. Considering that my photography has improved slightly over the last year (still not fantastic, I’ll admit, but better), I probably need to do a lot of Throwback Thursdays. 🙁

The post I chose for today is a guest post by Tiffany Merritt from Stuff Parents Need. Her recipe for the Perfect Roasted Potatoes really is amazing. I made a batch of them recently for friends at an after-church Sunday lunch, and they went quickly. I was wishing I’d doubled the recipe!

In the instructions, Tiffany recommends letting the potatoes sit and soak in the olive oil at least an hour. I let mine sit in the fridge overnight, and I agree that this really helped with the flavor.

These are delicious, ya’ll! Make them! Eat them> Perfect Roasted Potatoes

What is your favorite way to fix potatoes?
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