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Ruby McBeth: Peace District WI holds spring conference

'These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced.'

On Saturday May 14, WI members from the Peace area met at St. Mark’s church hall in Dawson Creek for their first in-person spring conference in two years. The gathering was hosted by the South Peace WIs with Landry organizing it.

Laurie Knutson, co-ordinator of Palliative Care, provided a morning break to the business meeting by giving us a talk. Judy Russell led the In Memoriam and Jill Copes gave a eulogy for Jean Copeland.

At the end of the afternoon, Patsy Nagel presided at the institution of the new board: president Carreen Forrest (Rolla), vice-president Ruth Veiner (Landry), Secretary Jill Copes (Nor’ Pioneer), Treasurer Nancy Germain (Rolla), and directors Lynn Norman (Landry), Joan Holthe (Doe River) and Katharina Keuth (North Pine).

Getting proactive about your healthcare

To be organized for a visit to the doctor, I recommend keeping a personal health journal. First, list the basics: name, date of birth, personal health number, height, weight, blood type, and doctor’s name. Then include a list of your health difficulties, allergies, and medications.

Health issues might include diabetes and addictions as well as problems with vision, hearing, and mobility. For allergies, be sure to include any which cause severe problems including any prescription medications you are allergic to. For medications, list any that you take regularly whether prescription or over the counter.

Finally, list any records that you keep at home such as blood pressure readings. If your doctor’s appointment is routine, this may be all you need on your list. If, on the other hand, the doctor’s visit is a “special occasion” you will want to add to your list. More about that next week.

Memorial tea for Jennifer Dodd

Jenny Dodd’s son is having a memorial tea for his mother on June 4 at 1 p.m. at the Charlie Lake Community Hall.

Learning the lingo

This week’s term is 'settings'. The icon for the settings app is a gear. When you click on this icon on your phone it opens a window where you can change your preferences. If you don’t want your phone to ring you can click on 'sounds and vibrations' and 'do not disturb'. Another setting is flight mode. If you could click on 'connections' and then on 'flight mode', you will be turning off calling, messaging, and mobile data.

Quote of the week

“These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced." (Anne Lamott)

Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.

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