Seniors Situation Room by Dawn Ford CANADA DAY 2019! & Tiger Turns 16

July 1st. Holiday always brings back memories of families lighting fireworks at the curbs on the streets. Long time ago, of course. It was lots of fun but at some point was determined to be dangerous and the activity was stopped.

It is time to see again or read again about Dr. Ernie Ward, a Veterinarian who locked himself in a hot car for 30 minutes.

Go to https// ….to review it. When he locked himself in the car with the four windows partially opened, the temperature was 95 degrees and rose to a sweltering 117 by the end of the experiment.

He said that everything in him wanted to get out!! He was drenched in sweat after ten minutes with no breeze coming into the car despite the opened windows. He said that he was able to sweat which is one thing dogs cannot do and at the end, he felt so desperate but an animal would be so scared and confused and unable to free himself from the heat. This video is worth watching if you have any doubts to the consequences of leaving an animal or a child in a hot car for even a quick trip into a store.

Please take a moment when you are in parking lots to look at the parked cars as you pass by. If you see an animal or child in one, please call 911 right away. You could save a life.

For those seniors who are having second thoughts about cooking their meals or are having difficulties, please remember that the Meals On Wheels program is available through the Glen Stor Dun Lodge.

The meals are delivered at lunch time right to your door Monday to Friday. For more information, call the Lodge at 613-933-3384.

Anyone interested in volunteering to deliver the meals can call the Lodge also. I am sure they are always glad to get more volunteers.

And to add to the meal choices, Heart to Home Meals, frozen food items are available, also delivered at arranged dates right to your door. Available are entrees, deserts, soups and breakfast meals.

There are three sizes available Mini Meals, Standard Meals and Hearty Meals. Also there are dietary choices such as low fat, high fibre, no added sugar, etc. For more information, and for a brochure, call 1-844-384-2333 or go online at

I wish there was some way to make Life Lines more available to seniors who can’t afford them.

It is so disturbing to hear that someone who needed one in an emergency had more serious complications or died because they didn’t have a life line. If we can send a man to the moon, how come we can’t wire up seniors residences for lifelines?

I don’t pretend to be very mechanical or even ‘techy’ but logic prevails. Imagine if a lifeline could have prevented someone’s death? Could be your brother or mine. Any suggestions on how to get some for needy seniors who can’t afford them???

I found these two photos in one of my nursing school yearbooks. Here are two much admired Cornwall doctors of years gone by: Dr. Kelly and Dr. MacPhee.

Dr, Kelly had been our family doctor for many years. Wonderful doctor. Dr. MacPhee was very well respected and liked in the community as well. If I remember correctly, he was also the choir master at St. Columbian’s Catholic Church for many years.

Seeing the photos reminded me of how we used to call some doctors by their first names in the hospital. A nurse would say to another nurse, “Here comes John down the hall” …meaning Dr. John McKeown, or “Sammy was in while you were on break”….Dr. Sam Aber, or ” H.E.D. just called and will be in soon to do a dressing”…Dr. H. E. D. Bateman or “Ian will need little Jim’s results”..Dr. Ian Gourley. We were lucky to have had such dedicated personal physicians in those days and grateful for the ones we have today.

In these photos below we were at a Sea Ranger’s informal meeting at the former Trinity Anglican Church hall, I think, decorating the hall for an upcoming event . Isabelle Farlinger and I are fooling around with the bell for some reason. Kids will be kids!!

In the other photo the late Allison Maitland, our Girl Guide Captain, seems to be up on a ladder fixing some decorations.

The former hall was on Augustus Street on the site where Beek Lindsay Seniors Residence is today.

Tiger just had his 16th birthday. In this photo I sneaked in to take his photo when he was asleep lying on his brown pillow but he woke up fast and gave me ‘you’re a pest’ look.

Hard to believe he is 16 years old. He was 5 when I got him from the SPCA. Beautiful old darling cat but still acts like a young ‘un. Keeps me busy.

Here is a joke sent in by a friend:

I was sitting in the room of the hospital after my wife had gone into labour. A nurse walked in and said to a man sitting next to me, “Congratulations, sir. You are the father of twins!” The man replied, ” How about that!! I work for the Doublemint Chewing gum company.” The man followed the nurse to his wife’s room

About an hour later, the same nurse entered the waiting room and announced that Mr. Smith’s wife just had triplets. Mr. Smith stood up and said, “Well. How do you like that! I work for the 3M Company.”

The gentleman next to me got up and started to leave the room. When I asked him why, he remarked, “I think I need a breath of fresh air. I work for 7-Up.”

Have a good week, Dawn

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