Laguna Honda Hospital Resident

Laguna Honda Hospital Resident

Saturday, March 29, 2014

212 Movie


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014



---The nurses are renegotiating a contract with the nurses union at present. I would like to add, here, that myself and a certain amount of resident/patients at the hospital are NOT being given an/the opportunity to weigh-in on the subject. There are a certain amount of resident/patients who are aware + alert who feel they should have a say in the matter.

---We are taken care of quite WELL in LHH. BUT…a certain bunch of aware + alert resident/patients at LHH feel they have something of importance to add. We feel that all-the-facts have NOT been presented. We fear…as in years past, that a decision will be made that doesn’t reflect the reality that exists.

---It makes a difference that the quality of the people hired to take care of us…is up to par. We don’t feel that the workers are told in advance how difficult the job can be. We could cite many instances where this is the case. Many resident/patients at LHH have bonded together and made complaints that addresses this very issue and more…. There is more!

---All we ask is that someone with clout in the situation come and discuss the situation. We’ll tell him/her who we think we would like to speak with.

(We hear a lot about teamwork…but, year after year, the resident/patient is NOT included on the team. It seems that his/her input should be an indicator in the mix IF the team concept is to be considered at all. In the past…there was a lot of assuming and little asking. This is still much the case. Statistics DO NOT tell the whole story. The resident/patient is a human being - the same as anyone reading this. We will ALL be in his/her shoes…eventually. Let‘s make decisions that benefit the masses and NOT just a certain few...who haven't spent a lot of time on the frontline.)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014



Outdoor play increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies, an important strategy in helping the one in three American kids who are obese get fit.
Spending time outside raises levels of Vitamin D, helping protect children from future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other health issues.
Being out there improves distance vision and lowers the chance of nearsightedness.

Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing ADHD symptoms.
Schools with environmental education programs score higher on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.
Exposure to environment-based education significantly increases student performance on tests of their critical thinking skills.

Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Play protects children’s emotional development whereas loss of free time and a hurried lifestyle can contribute to anxiety and depression.
Nature makes you nicer, enhancing social interactions, value for community and close relationships.

---Though written for kids, the outdoors is good for most.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Jill Vitale Aussem Talks About Eden Registry Membership

---Involve older people in decisions that effect the community.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Filipino Band Sings Beatles Songs Superb

---This fondly and affectionately goes out to the NURSES, LHH. Be Well!

Thursday, March 13, 2014


A Two-Tiered Approach

---I was talking to a Zen Volunteer the other day and we spoke of the recent move at Laguna Honda Hospital. LHH is now a smoke-free campus. Since the main focus of the Zen Volunteers is the hospice…he was speaking of the fairness of people at the end of life to be asked to endure the rigorous task of giving up smoking…while they are here. Some have been smoking for twenty-thirty-or-forty years.

---I have noticed that people have many different opinions on the subject. Some say it is cruel. Some say it’s good enough for them. Folks fall somewhere on the spectrum between FAIR and UNFAIR. I’ve noticed many heart strings are pulled all over the place while searching out a place to land.

---I’d like to take a little different approach to the whole thing. I would like to speak about ADDICTION…itself.

---I see addiction as usually a two-tiered problem. We have the substance one discovers he is addicted to…and we have ‘’why folks become ADDICTED in the first place.’’

---1 (tier.) We will look at the substance to which one becomes addicted. These are usually drugs, alcohol, food, sex, going to school, etc. In other words, ‘’anything that this being is able to get lost in…that is a replacement for his facing himself.’’

---2 (tier.) The running away from facing himself.

---The MAIN REASON that people become addicted is to avoid facing who they, themselves…really are. Folks become addicted to something to avoid facing themselves.

For some reason we find ‘’facing ourselves-as we really are’’ a very difficult thing to do. I did and it is pretty obvious that everyone else does…also.

---NO matter where one falls on the issue of smoking and/or not smoking…One has to see it as a symptom of the problem and NOT the real problem. The substance is the ‘tool’ used. BUT…it usually becomes the subject of importance with ones relationship to it coming into question.

---The real issue is ALWAYS the deeper question of ‘’Who Am I?’’ and questions along those lines.

---My hand and relationship to it caused me to face these questions. I’m sure that others who felt themselves to be a serious DEFECT and hence have to face themselves or, basically, die…can attest to the fact, ALSO. There is a ‘’light at the end of this tunnel.’’ It may NOT always be fun and/or easy…but, well-worth any pain or uncomfortableness one may endure. Be Well.

''It is more difficult thinking what it is like to face yourself...than to, actually, face yourself''

Monday, March 10, 2014


1. Has your favorite TV show ever been interrupted or canceled?

2. Have you ever thought that something would be more fun than it was?

3. Have you ever lost or misplaced your keys? [A Classic]

4. Have you ever been stuck in traffic?

5. Have you ever gotten a different gift than the one you expected?

6. Have you ever waited in a line for a long time and you realize that even though it's your turn soon, now it's almost time for your next appointment, elsewhere?

If YES to any or all, then you have probably experienced FRUSTRATION/STRESS.


---Frustration/Stress is something that I'll bet everyone knows about from a first-hand experience. It seems to be one of those things that we, as humans, deal with much or most of the time. Who hasn't dealt with some sort of frustration/stress? I think it is one of those threads we share as Human Beings, whether on the Staff, a Resident, a King or a Pauper, though there probably are not a lot of Kings who read the ''LHH NEWSLETTER.'' I'll also bet you can relate to some of the questions above.

---I've done a lot of thinking on the subject lately, and I see it is potentially there in ALL situations. You have one ''plan'' while someone (a Nurse, Doctor or anyone else) has another. When they meet there is a ''good'' chance that someone is not going to be satisfied. FRUSTRATION. STRESS. Since both expected their plans to work, someone is going to have to compromise. So, compromising what you expect, seems to play a role in it. This is a part of the ''give'' and ''take'' of everyones life. These are experiences that we learn from, but it isn't always ''fun.'' So, then we see which cards to hold and which to fold.

 ---We set out to go from point A to point B. Something gets in the way-a Roadblock. We can NOT go from A to B, smoothly. Something adds ''frustration/stress'' to the situation. The Roadblock.

 ---If we have a ''good'' relationship with the Roadblock, then the problem is less. If we can't stand the Roadblock, then the frustration/stress is more. It seems to work like this in all our frustrations/stresses - big to small.

 ---For example, you sit down to a hot meal. A to B is to eat the meal while it is hot. Telephone rings-Roadblock. How you deal with the Roadblock in this case is how well you deal with this particular A to B. Your level of frustration/stress will reflect this. If the ''call'' goes well, or not, is seen in how frustrated/stressed you are. If we are frustrated/stressed before the meal even enters the picture, maybe we should look into our past, a bit.

 ---It seems that if we want to be less frustrated/stressed that we should ''improve'' our relationships with the Roadblocks that come up, or maybe some past Roadblocks. If we see the same ones a lot, maybe we should take a good look at the Roadblocks and see what they are trying to tell us. If your friend is calling you way beyond the ''usual,'' I mean, maybe there is some other ''reason'' that they aren't giving. Or, maybe look at our A to B, and be sure we are going with the ''best'' A to B...the ''best'' situation, we can. Be Well.