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Well, here's a surprise! Just as I started my letter to you, tropical storm Hermine looms as our first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in almost 11 years. Hermine did not produce many tornadoes compared to some tropical cyclones but along the coastal areas there were power outages and flooding. In our area Crystal River, Homosassa and Cedar Key were the worse in water damage. I was very impressed how everyone pitched in to help the people on the Island of Cedar Key. Remember, we are in the peak of hurricane season, and it will not be over until November 30th. Be sure to re-check your emergency kit. Always be PREPARED! Also be prepared with a list of contractors to use after a storm if needed. Watch out for scammers!
Our first program after our summer vacation was on September 11th in our new home. Ginger Carroll, CEO of West Marion Hospital, gave us a very warm welcome before our speaker, Fred Shirley, MS,PT,CEAS, presented "Separating Apples & Oranges When It Comes to Therapy." Be sure to read the summary by Michelle Malsch (Page 3). Michelle has volunteered to do the summaries for the Polio Post News newsletter, replacing Marilyn Berg, who had to retire after moving further south to live near family. We enjoyed the years Marilyn did our summaries. We look forward to reading your summaries Michelle; thanks to both of you, Marilyn and Michelle!
Everyone was so excited, happy and full of appreciation with the move to our new meeting place at West Marion. We really enjoyed and appreciated having tables to put our snacks and notes on, and padded chairs that didn't fold up on us. And windows! ..And no parking problems, either! Everyone was happy! You must come to our next program on October 9th and see for yourself!
We all enjoyed delicious and healthy refreshments provided by Hila Lane, and coffee and bottled water compliments of Ginger Carroll, CEO of West Marion Hospital. Thank you Hila and Ginger. Michelle Malsch has volunteered to bring snacks for October's program, and Elleen Wilson for November. Thanks to both of you ladies.
We also thank Esther Pierce and Jane Heady for giving everyone a warm welcome and a big "Thank you!" to Ruth Gensman for volunteering to type our articles for this quarter's Polio Post News. And speaking of volunteers: We do need a person to do publicity before each program.
Thank you, Steve McMahan, for laying out our Polio Post News newsletter and emailing it over to PIP Printers each Quarter. Our newsletter is our best tool for getting the word out to survivors worldwide. Thank you, March of Dimes, and all of you receiving the newsletter for your yearly support. Thank you, thank you!
It was a pleasure to introduce Lenord Outzs to our group and listen to his story of how he contracted polio. We look forward to seeing you often and taking part in our programs.
I received a note from Bert-Mary Brady, our member living in Lynn Haven, Florida, to share with you. She recently got a new GO-GO scooter that now can be charged up on the handle as well as the bottom. This is much easier than trying to bend over and charge at the floor board. Thank you, Bert-Mary.
Directions to our new "home": The West Marion Medical Plaza is located on the grounds of West Marion Community Hospital on State Road 200. Enter through the main door of the Medical Plaza (facing 200), the door is automatic. The elevators are in the lobby on the right. Go up to the second floor and exit to your right, suite 240 will be directly ahead. We will continue to meet at 2PM-4 PM on the 2nd Sunday afternoon. I look forward to great turn outs in our new home! Remember our programs are planned for your family and friends as well as polio survivors
Our next program will be October 9th, "You Don't Need to Live with Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis" presented by Derek Farr, DO, Twin Palm Orthopedics, Ocala. Is knee pain slowing you down?
October 24th is WORLD POLIO DAY! What will you do to encourage parents to have their children vaccinated? We need to help END POLIO!
On November 13th we present "Polio Revisited", a DVD presentation with Kevin Soden, MD,MPH. Dr Soden's documentary of "Polio Revisited" won the "TV category" for the 2008 awards in excellence in Health Care Journalists. The hour long documentary was part of the award-winning Healthline Series focusing on Post-Polio Syndrome. You will want to invite your family and friends to this program!
Don't forget to turn those clocks back! Daylight savings time ends November 6th. Keep this simple rhyme in mind: "Spring ahead and Fall behind", then you won't forget which way to go. Now turn the hour back one hour before you go to bed and gain an hour's sleep!
On Saturday, December 10th, we will celebrate the holidays with our family and friends when we meet at Carrabba's Italian Restaurant, 2370 SW College Road, Ocala, at 12 noon. See the invitation in this issue. Thank you, Jane Heady, for making the arrangements.
The 21st of December will be the first day of Winter; dress warm! Remember, we polio survivors have cold intolerance. Stay warm.
We are looking forward to many new programs and speakers scheduled for 2017 and for the "Hands on Lab" held in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida in February. Be listening for that phone call as I invite 20 or more survivors to be guest instructors in February, 2017.
I leave with you a Wonderful Thanksgiving Story to share with your family and friends!
"A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said, "I am blind, please help."
There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.
Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came back to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"
The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said, but in a different way. I wrote, 'Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it'".
Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?
Moral of the story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative, be innovative, think differently and positively. When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear. The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling. And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it!
There is a very special place in my heart for each of you during this wonderful time of the year. May love, hope, happiness and the real meaning of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year be yours. I also send a warm embrace across the miles where our Polio Post News newsletter travels.
Our summer vacations are over and we welcome all of you back home. I will be looking forward to hearing about your adventures. Hopefully, you had a restful summer in spite of our extreme and uncomfortable hot and humid summer this year. We will soon be moving into cooler days. Now we can look forward to the leaves changing to beautiful shades of brown, yellow, and carrot-orange colors. The pumpkin patches will be open to select that very special pumpkin to make a very special pie as we celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends on November 27th. Then we can look forward to the first day of winter to blow in on December 21st this year.
Christmas and Hanukkah both come on December 25th this year; and don't forget our end of the year luncheon will also be in December! (Gee, I'm all out of breath!) Remember that the holiday season is about more than just giving gifts or seeing how much food you can eat or shopping you can do until you drop ...so please avoid knocking yourself out to achieve that "perfect holiday season!" The best present you can give yourself is the art of knowing how to preserve your energy and enjoy being with your family and friends!