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YURA Person-to-Person February 2015 Vol 5 No. 2


I have some “knitting worsted” 4 ply that I had forgotten about (I used to hook rugs for gifts) of many colours with quite a few black ones. They fill two thirds of a large green garbage bag. I will give them to anyone who is interested. Email Anne-Marie at or phone the YURA office to get my home phone number as I don’t want to print it because it is unlisted.

18 Ways to Conserve Energy
When You Have COPD

(Copied from a November 2014 Johns Hopkins Health Alert) Some of the suggestions could apply to other persons who suffer from fatigue, for instance.)
“Routine activities, such as bathing, grooming and dressing, can take their toll on your energy if you have moderate or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But using some simple energy-conserving techniques can help you get through these tasks more quickly and with less effort.
Two key principles to keep in mind: Plan to carry out these activities when you're feeling most energetic, and gather all the supplies you will need before you start. Here are 16 additional tips:
Bathing with COPD.
• Instead of standing in the shower, use a bath stool or take baths.
• Because excess humidity can make it tougher to breathe, use warm water rather than hot, leave the bathroom door open, turn on exhaust fans and open a window whenever possible.
• If washing your hair is difficult, ask someone else to do it for you.
• Use a long-handled brush or sponge so you won't need to reach to wash your back and feet.
• If you rely on oxygen, you can still use it while in the tub or shower -- just drape the tube over the shower rod or side of the tub.
• Dry off by wearing a long terry cloth robe and blotting rather than using a towel to rub yourself dry -- it takes less effort.
Grooming with COPD.
• Choose a simple hairstyle that doesn't require extensive blow drying or styling.
• Conserve energy by sitting in front of a low mirror when shaving or applying makeup.
• Avoid products that are aerosolized or heavily scented, which will irritate your lungs.
• Avoid using perfumes and colognes may also make it more difficult for you to breathe.
Dressing with COPD.
• Keep your clothes in places that don't require you to bend or reach.
• If you're most energetic in the evenings, plan ahead and lay out tomorrow's clothes the night before.
• Avoid tight-fitting clothing that can make breathing difficult. For example, men can wear suspenders instead of belts, and women can wear camisoles or sports bras instead of regular bras.
• Don't wear socks or stockings with elastic bands, since they can restrict circulation. (Support hosiery recommended by your doctor is the exception.)
• Slip-on shoes mean you don't have to bend over to tie shoelaces. A long shoehorn (12 to 18 inches) can also make it easier to put shoes on.
• To conserve energy, stay seated as long as possible while dressing, and dress your lower half first, as it is usually more difficult. Putting your underwear inside your pants and pulling both on together may be helpful as well.

“Because the prolonged use of corticosteroids, such as prednisone, can result in significant reductions in bone mass, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has issued guidelines for preventing osteoporosis in people taking them. Prednisone even at dosages as low as 7.5 mg per day can result in bone loss and an increased risk of fractures. Therefore, the lowest effective dose should always be used. Corticosteroid formulations that are applied to the skin or inhaled cause fewer side effects than those taken orally, yet they still can have deleterious effects on the skeleton.” (copied from the Johns Hopkins Health Alerts).

Always the Diplomat. A man walked into the produce section of his local Tesco's supermarket and asked for half a head of lettuce. The boy working in that department told him that they only sold whole heads of lettuce. The man was insistent that the boy ask the manager about the matter. Walking into the back room, the boy said to the manager: "Some old bastard wants to buy half a head of lettuce." As he finished his sentence, he turned around to find that the man was standing right behind him, so the boy quickly added: "and this gentleman kindly offered to buy the other half."
The manager approved the deal and the man went on his way. Later, the manager said to the boy: "I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of that situation earlier. We like people who can think on their feet here, where are you from, son?"
"Waikato in New Zealand, sir." the boy replied. "Why did you leave New Zealand?" the manager asked. The boy said: "Well sir, there's nothing but prostitutes and rugby players in New Zealand."
"Is that right?" replied the manager, "My wife is from New Zealand!"
"Really?" replied the boy, "Who did she play for?" Contributed by John Goodings

The Miracle of Toilet Paper. Fresh from my shower, I stand in front of the mirror complaining to my husband that my breasts are too small. Instead of characteristically telling me it's not so, he uncharacteristically comes up with a suggestion.

"If you want your breasts to grow, then every day take a piece of toilet paper and rub it between them for a few seconds." Willing to try anything, I fetch a piece of toilet paper and stand in front of the mirror, rubbing it between my breasts. "How long will this take?" I ask.

"They will grow larger over a period of years," my husband replies. I stopped. "Do you really think rubbing a piece of toilet paper between my breasts every day will make my breasts larger over the years?"

Without missing a beat he says, "Worked for your butt didn't it?"

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