Monthly workshop helps friends and family create an intervention plan
Does a loved one suffer from alcohol or drug addiction? Come to a free intervention workshop facilitated by trained specialists. Workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of each month at Recovery Plus,
713 Anderson Ave., St. Cloud.
Learn to use “care-frontation,” avoid enabling, and learn how to develop and implement an intervention plan. The next sessions will be Jan. 4, and
Feb. 1. No registration required. For more information, visit www.centracare.com, call (320)
229-3760, or (800) 742-4357.
In October, I invited readers to pen their own column for publishing here. The first reply came from Virginia Mariani, who reads this column in the Grand Island (NY) Dispatch. I edited her piece for space and clarity. Here is what she wrote:
“Do you remember the old Tim Conway (comedy) skits where he did everything in slow motion? That’s how I feel my life is, but it’s not so funny now. I have myotonic muscular dystrophy. It takes me two hours every morning to shower, dress and coif. I mentioned that to a friend with arthritis who walks slowly, and she said that at least in slow motion we had time to stop and smell the roses, unlike some people who move so fast life passes them by. I think that is a great way of looking at life.
“I was diagnosed with myotonic muscular dystrophy in my fifties. The diagnosis stunned me. I was ashamed to tell anyone outside my immediate family and I feared the future. Eventually, I had to give up singing in the choir. My husband and I could no longer take long walks, care for a garden, or go to the zoo with grandchildren. My diagnosis was my husband’s diagnosis, too. It changed his life almost as much as mine. I use a walker or a scooter now and need help getting in and out of a car.
Thursday, Nov. 21, is the 38th annual Great American Smokeout and the perfect time to remind Minnesotans of the benefits of quitting the tobacco habit. Despite the increase in the price of tobacco earlier this year, nearly 16 percent of Minnesotans still smoke. Many of them are considering how they can kick their smoking habit for good. To help them, QUITPLAN Services suggests making a plan and see the benefits.
Make a plan to quit
Step 1 – Choose a plan. Choose a scientifically proven way to quit and make a plan to quit. Free help to develop a customized plan is available at www.quitplan.com, or (888) 354-PLAN (7526).
Step 2 – Breathe it in. Within 48 hours of quitting, your sense of taste and smell improves.
Step 3 – Connect. Find others going through the same thing to stay motivated and keep quit. One place to try is the QUITPLAN® Services Facebook page.
Step 4 – Count your money. After quitting for a year, a pack-a-day smoker will have saved more than $2,700 and added 56 days to his or her life.
Step 5 – Live. Stay quit, live longer, live healthier.
The St. Cloud VA wants all veterans to stay healthy and invites everyone who uses tobacco to quit. In support of this effort, the St. Cloud VA is hosting a Healthy Living Fair in conjunction with the annual Great American Smokeout from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Auditorium (Bldg. 8), on the St. Cloud VA campus. The event is also being held at the Alexandria, Brainerd, and Montevideo Community Based Outpatient Clinics.
The Fair will feature testimonials from ex-smokers and provide the opportunity and resources to quit smoking – for a day, or for life. Information for everyone will be available to help manage stress and maintain a healthy brain and body.
Participants will have the opportunity to enter the Cold Turkey Contest and Healthy Living Contest with a chance to win a grocery gift card – just in time to buy a Thanksgiving turkey.
Give your family a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the NEW operating rooms from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Explore surgical careers, and learn about the latest surgery procedures and technology, including the da Vinci robot. The evening includes hands-on children’s activities and refreshments.
Tours begin in the new Surgery entrance. Park in the South Ramp. Take the South Ramp Elevator to Floor A.
The event is FREE. No RSVP needed. Call (320) 251-2700, ext. 54468 with questions.