Seniors Situation Room by Dawn Ford Para-medicine Funding & New Sponsor! MARCH 2, 2016


Disabled World is an online newsletter I get weekly. One of the articles dated January 26th/16 was about info on what to do if you got stuck in an elevator. Whew!! Panic time? No! They say be calm. The article gives some advice on what to do including telling us to not attempt to exit the elevator if the car has not returned to a landing and the doors have not opened on its own.

There are phone buttons, often marked ‘Help’ and/ or alarms installed in the elevator. Push the phone button and a trained responder will be there to put the rescue into action. Apparently the ‘Alarm ‘button will sound an emergency alarm in the building. There may be a verbal response or a visual signal. You are not alone although it may seem like it. And if it seems warm in the elevator while you are waiting, remember that there is plenty of air circulating. Most importantly, they say to realize that you are safe, try to relax while you are waiting, get as comfortable as possible and know that help is on the way. For more detailed information, go to

Here is a ‘Dynamic Duo’. This what your Florence Nightingales do during their break on the night shift. My classmate Sharon Walsh-MacLachlan is giving me a ‘right jab to the jaw’, boxing style. Sharon was often on duty on First North, the male ward and I was on duty down the hall on Paediatrics. We used to have our breaks together. Sharon was always full of fun.

DF 1 March 16

I think that it was a bit cool in the staff room that night; heat was not coming through well. We each put on one of the men’s bathrobes for warmth . She said I looked like a boxer getting out of the ring after a bout and then we started kibitzing about it, teasing each other.

By the way, the first time I heard the Jewish word ‘kibitz’ which means to converse, point out, etc., according to the internet, was on a MASH show. I think a General was trying to find out how to spell it for a crossword puzzle and involved the MASH crew to help him. For some reason I remembered it although I thought it meant to converse in a joking manner. And it is true; it is often in crossword puzzles. Great word.

March 20th. is Palm Sunday and also…the First Day of Spring…That is as good as seeing a Robin.

A few friends and I were talking about what it was like in high school and what we liked and didn’t like. The general consensus was that we would have preferred being outside doing other things but that there were things we had to learn, like it or not, to be prepared as we grew up. One actually said she enjoyed the History and Algebra classes the most. Imagine! Another the Science classes. Ok, Botany wasn’t too bad; flowers and stuff. I liked Music, English Literature and Composition. Most didn’t like Composition. The rest we could take or leave, although Geometry was ok with Mr. Bailey.

Latin classes were a prerequisite to go in Nurse’s training. Studying Latin did help with a lot of terms. Like French class ,we had to conjugate the verbs like Amos , Amas, Amat, etc. We also learned about Hannibal crossing the Alps with elephants. I aways wondered how he got elephants up the mountain slope and how true that story was. Now with the Paleontologists finding fossils , they know it was true. The elephants had been there, apparently.

In training we had to know what TID, ‘ter in die’ ( three times a day) meant. as an example. We learned all the latin phrases in training anyway but having studied Latin in school did make it easier. There are a lot of Latin words in Medicine. And I do have to admit also that Latin has helped me a bit doing crossword puzzles.

Here are some CCVS beauties garbed in Gym uniforms in the late 1950’s.

DF 2 March 16Front row from L to R : Cynthia Nyman, Frances McGillis, Barbara Fraser, Nancy Weir and Barbara Cottrell.

Back row L to R: ?, Sylvia Lanctot, Carol Dauncey, Frances Glass, Myrna Lalonde, Kathleen Villeneuve, ?, Myrna Plumley, Betty Shaver.

Most of the names were remembered by my friend Frances Glass-Irwin. Thanks, Frances.

We talked about our favourite poems and prose. We seemed to like a variety of authors and poets. Wayne Dyer profiles a lot of them in his book, ‘Wisdom of the Ages’ , one of my favourites. Also the poem, ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling came up a few times. Authors like Longfellow, Kahil Gibran and Robert Frost. I always liked Ogden Nash’s wit.

And the Desiderata poem. I received a copy of it in the 1970’s. At the bottom it said that the text was found in 1692 in Old St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore, MD., written by an unknown author. Some years later I received another poem titled, ‘Desiderata’ which was penned by Max Ehrmann. It is twice as long as the older one. On the Desiderata website it implies that the two poems are not connected. Max Ehrmann, a lawyer, wrote his poem in 1927 and states that he said he did it because it counsels those virtues that he felt most in need of. Because of copyright laws here is the older and shorter version from 1692:


‘Amid the noise and haste remember the Peace one finds in Silence. Be Gracious in disagreement, Calm in Discord and Gentle to people of lesser station. Speak your Truth quietly, not loudly. Let caution in your business not blind you to the virtues in others. Whatever Love you give, make certain it be True. Feigned affection is worse than a curse. Forego the impulse of Youth and take the Counsel of your Years. Keep interested in your Career no matter how humble. Nurture your Spirit for sudden misfortune. Fatigue and loneliness breed Fear- so, beyond a healthy Discipline be gentle to yourself and keep peace with all Persons, above all with your Soul. You have a Right to belong, no less than the trees, Whatever you conceive God to be, be at peace with Him.

Despite of all its drudgery and broken dreams This is still a beautiful World and Happiness is yours if you strive for it.’

Both poems are beautiful.

The Community Paramedicine program in Cornwall, SD&G had their funding extended until this month. The program has unfortunately not been successful in securing ongoing funds to continue services past March 31, 2016.

By regularly visiting some of our more vulnerable citizens, the Paramedics work to prevent unnecessary emergency visits to the hospital. They monitor vital signs, mobility and medicines. They provide post discharge follow ups and provide social support as well. This helps to manage health conditions and maintain independence for the client.

Some nurses tell me that they believe this program is the missing link in our Medical system and an essential service for our community.

Please let your MPP Jim McDonell (613-933-6513) ( ) and City Councillors ( ) know that you want this vital service to continue in our community.

For more information, contact Michelle McMillan, coordinator, at 613-930-2787, ext, 2178

DF 3 March 16Does anyone know where I am at this waterfall many years ago??…Maybe Wiliamstown? Someone said they think that bridge spanned the Raisin River near Williamstown years ago but was torn down and replaced further down the river.

There is a cat named ‘Corduroy’ who is 26 years old. He looks like Tiger. You can see him on ‘the world’s oldest cat’ on the internet.

Here is a cute joke:

A little old lady was walking up and down the halls in a nursing home. As she walked, she would flip up the hem of her nightgown and say, “Supersex.” She walked up to an elderly man in a wheelchair. Flipping her gown at him, she said, “Supersex.” He sat silently for a moment or two and finally answered, “I’ll take the soup.”

Have a good week, Dawn

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  1. Dawn you just brought me back down memory lane – those old gym uniforms that I wore in high school back in the 60’s era. They looked like baby rompers. I hated getting into those things for gym.

  2. CCVS girls drying their nails?

  3. I love these stories

  4. Dawn that shed in the background is something that I am trying to recall and it is like I have seen it somewhere. I do remember about the Long Sault Rapids as a child in the 50’s era before the Seaway was built and I was six years old when my eldest sister took me out there along with her husband. That shed seems to have a familiar ring to it and right now I am lost in memory lane. Dawn you come out with the better days of Cornwall unlike what we see today. Oh wait wait a minute now does my memory begin to function somehow and I will take a wild guess Dawn – my memory is aging at age 65 – wait a minute. That falls and that shed I am going to take a guess that was the original Seaway in Cornwall where it exists now but all replaced. That was the beginning old shed where the Power Dam is today – am I right Dawn. I was a child back then so I am trying to picture everything. I sure am a senior little things escape me even words.

  5. Jules: My friend Bob Katz seems to think the bridge was near Williamstown and you could drive through it, as well as walk over it.

  6. Dawn it is like as if I either saw a painting somewhere of that bridge by either my sister or one of her collegues from the past but something familiar rings of that bridge and the only thing that I could come up with was about the Seaway but then again I asked myself a while ago how can such a tiny shed of a place contain the Seaway and I laughed at myself. I never heard of a falls in Williamstown before. There is something about this covered bridge that rings a bell and I cannot place it. There was a similar type of thing here in Ottawa years ago but not exactly and I am going back to the 70’s era but it can’t be. That is the only place that I can remember with a falls and an old building similar to that in the photo.

  7. Jules: Don’t feel bad. I talked with a friend who lived many years in Glen Norman and she can’t remember either. When I look at the sweater I was wearing and my age, I think it probably was around Williamstown also but was there a waterfall? Hope someone gives us an answer.

  8. I have only been to Williamstown once and I never saw anything like what is in the picture but that covered bridge looks familiar somewhere. Dawn you were a pretty girl when you were young and you don’t look that old today either and that is the truth. I am 65 and with my cold hanging over me lately I feel like I am 75 or more. I went to write in English today to an American woman and instead wrote French and I had to write back apologizing that my cold is affecting me as well as my husband. We have been taking cough syrup (the red kind and strong) and no cure as yet.

  9. Jules: The mystery is solved. I spoke with two people who lived in the area for years and they both said that it is the old covered bridge that was near Williamstown. It had to be torn down because of deterioration and a newer bridge was erected. They were sad to lose the waterfall.
    Thank you for your nice compliments – you are very kind. I hope you and your husband are feeling better.

  10. Dawn I mean those words you are a great lady and one that can never be replaced nor your generation. It takes someone who lives out in that area to remember that old bridge. I remember seeing one driving through with my sister but cannot remember where it was. It was mighty rare that I was in that area outside of Cornwall.

    About being stuck in an elevator it happened to me last summer here in my apartment building and I keep ringing the emergency bell and no response at all. The supers were in the parking garage and didn’t hear it and one woman on the third floor thought that it was the fire alarm. I was stuck in that thing and then played with the buttons until I hit the basement level and got out and went through the garage and there was the owner with the supers and I told them what happened. The owner got hold of the mechanic to come in to repair that elevator. If a child was stuck in that elevator there would be hell to pay or an elderly person as well. We have no phone system or anything and they are the same elevators from when the building was built in 1972 and I recognized everything including the floor before the super put in a new floor. They sure can’t put it over this old gal.

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