Saturday, January 8, 2011


Well, here it is, the beginning of a new year.  2010 really flew by and, hopefully, I'll do some more writing and be able to post more often (at least we can hope.)  Though our Christmas was wonderful, I can't say the same for my older sister.  She was so looking forward to her daughter, husband and grandchildren coming for a week long visit from Georgia but unfortunately they were all sick. They came regardless but in her weakened condition she got the bug and for her it wasn't a simple cold.  She ended up in the hospital with a bronchial infection which complicated her COPD and, though he really shouldn't have, her doctor let her go home early so she could spend at least a day or two with her family.  The doctor insisted that she come back to the hospital after they left, which she did, but they sent her home too early for the second time.  She ended up with clots in her lung and various other difficulties and she again is in the hospital.  They are having a hard time figuring out exactly what she has and believe me, her spirits are in the basement.  In a recent conversation she told me that the nurses recommended moving as much as possible and since she's wheelchair bound, they suggested doing the best she could to move her arms and legs. 
So in an effort to put a smile on her face, I wrote the following:

by Patty Severin

I know you're sick and tired,
'Cause sick's a yucky place,
But everything's much better
With a smile upon your face.

So I'm bound and determined
To shed a little light
On the Power of Positive Thinking
To make you feel alright.

When you awaken, darlin',
Just give a little smile.
Yes, force it if you have to,
And in a little while...

You'll find you'll gain perspective.
Your life is not that bad.
Beside, you did awaken,
And that should make you glad.

The nurses are supportive.
They say you've got to move.
So put the music on, babe,
And get into the groove.

It might be just chair dancing
But dancing, nonetheless.
Imagine that you're twirling
In the most bedazzled dress!

'Cause your imagination
Can make the difference, dear.
The benefits - outstanding!
I want to make that clear.

Remember that you're cared for
And nurtured from above.
And those who live below,
We also send our love.

Your illness is a hurdle,
So typical on earth.
We'll help you jump above it;
We all regard your worth.

So try to keep on smiling
And keep on dancing, too.
Send up your prayers and all your cares,
God wants the best for you.

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