Humor as a Coping Tool

Posted by osun6 @osun6, Dec 18, 2011

We are interested in hearing how you have used humor to help you cope with your disease. We believe that humor can be an effective tool when facing life threatening illness. Please tell us your stories.

@gingerw

@zeiracorp Well, I for one, want to know the back story of why they feel it is necessary to put that on their label!
Ginger

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Most of this type of sign is there because someone did something stupid (or allowed their child to do so) which probably wasn't a bit funny when it happened. Case in point: all the DO NOT EAT labels on things that anyone but a moron should know not to eat. Corporate safety training is rife with DO NOT classes and modules which spring from the stupid things their employees do and get hurt. An acquaintance recently told me of having to take a short course and sign off on understanding DON'T GET IN THE TRASH COMPACTOR. Well, we can imagine the grisly source of that thought. This is also known as CYA training that will be rolled out in court next time someone does that particular stupid thing – "see, we warned them NOT to do this so we are not liable." "Do not take this medication if you are allergic to it." That is one of my favorites: how would I know if I'm allergic to it unless I take it and almost (or actually) die from it? To that I would add, "Consult a psychic before taking."
This type of stuff is also why we have Darwin awards. I can't help it, I sometimes find the resultant "duh" warnings funny in a grim sort of way. 🙂

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@zeiracorp.. My favorite is probably "do not use the hair dryer while in bath tub". My bp medications says "may cause dizziness, do not drive or operate a vehicle" I was hoping the prescriptions include a driver so I can go about running my errands which include picking up those meds and seeing the doctor who prescribed it. Unfortunately people do not use common sense. When I was still working, I put up a big sign in the office lunch room that said "Your mother does not work here, clean up after yourself". Guess what? The staff still didn't get it.

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I've taken some over-the-counter eds that say "Do not operate farm equipment while taking this medicine." Forget farm equipment. I couldn't even operate the coffee pot.

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@johnbishop lol good way to start my day . lol thanks

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@johnbishop

I was a big fan of the TV show & the movie M.A.S.H. and I saw that someone put a few clips together for the COVID-19 emphasis on social distancing, hand washing and more… enjoy!

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@johnbishop, That was fun. Thanks, John.

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@artscaping

@johnbishop, That was fun. Thanks, John.

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I could not stop laughing! 😂

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@johnbishop

I was a big fan of the TV show & the movie M.A.S.H. and I saw that someone put a few clips together for the COVID-19 emphasis on social distancing, hand washing and more… enjoy!

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Thanks, John. As another fan of MASH, here's a salute to the clever one who put this together! Another example of how enterprising our fellow humans can be. Good to think on during this time of uncertainty.

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Who wants a good laugh?
Had to put gas in the car today.
Did not want to use my gloves, so did what I have done in,the past, put a pair of old gym socks on my hands.
A man dressed in a suit saw me doing this. He sits in his car, takes off his shoes to get to his socks, puts he socks on his hands and pumps the gas, another man saw this and did the same thing.
I had to laugh to myself, I guess doing the right thing is contagious.
Every time I think about it, I still laugh. It was so funny.

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@funcountess

Who wants a good laugh?
Had to put gas in the car today.
Did not want to use my gloves, so did what I have done in,the past, put a pair of old gym socks on my hands.
A man dressed in a suit saw me doing this. He sits in his car, takes off his shoes to get to his socks, puts he socks on his hands and pumps the gas, another man saw this and did the same thing.
I had to laugh to myself, I guess doing the right thing is contagious.
Every time I think about it, I still laugh. It was so funny.

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@funcountess See? And you thought no one was watching! I love the visual!
Ginger

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@funcountess

Who wants a good laugh?
Had to put gas in the car today.
Did not want to use my gloves, so did what I have done in,the past, put a pair of old gym socks on my hands.
A man dressed in a suit saw me doing this. He sits in his car, takes off his shoes to get to his socks, puts he socks on his hands and pumps the gas, another man saw this and did the same thing.
I had to laugh to myself, I guess doing the right thing is contagious.
Every time I think about it, I still laugh. It was so funny.

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@funcountess, that is hilarious. I moved your post to this discussion where people are sharing humor during COVID. Good for you for setting the example of using socks to protect you while pumping gas. Who knew that people would literally remove the socks they were wearing. I sure hope they didn't put them back on. Yikes.

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@johnbishop Thanks John as I was in search of some comic relief. I have always been a M.A.S.H. fan too.

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@johnbishop

I was a big fan of the TV show & the movie M.A.S.H. and I saw that someone put a few clips together for the COVID-19 emphasis on social distancing, hand washing and more… enjoy!

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So funny! I'm a MASH fan as well.

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@funcountess

Who wants a good laugh?
Had to put gas in the car today.
Did not want to use my gloves, so did what I have done in,the past, put a pair of old gym socks on my hands.
A man dressed in a suit saw me doing this. He sits in his car, takes off his shoes to get to his socks, puts he socks on his hands and pumps the gas, another man saw this and did the same thing.
I had to laugh to myself, I guess doing the right thing is contagious.
Every time I think about it, I still laugh. It was so funny.

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Hi, @funcountess, Love the mental image of the chain reaction to your protective gear! Didn't know you were such a trend setter did you? lol

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Hi fiesty76,
I will add trend setter to My list of accomplishments. That’s a good one.
Take care

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@zeiracorp

From around the web: (people dealing head-on with it)

Korea is one of the hardest hit countries with SARS-CoV-2 and they still have toilet paper. The moral of this is: People are idiots.

You know, it worries me deeply that I'm finding all the bean shelves empty in super markets. All those people shut up in their homes with the windows shut, eating baked beans, pinto beans, black beans, dried beans….. and somebody lights up a cigarette.

Day 2 without sports. Found a young woman sitting on my couch. She says she's my wife. She seems nice.

Doctor: "Your test came back positive."
Patient: "That can't be true. I have over 400 rolls of toilet paper."

My girlfriend actually poured a whole pack of Corona Extra down the drain.

I see photos where, because of the negative association from coronavirus, Cervecería Modelo changed the name of Corona Extra to Ebola Extra.

Pandemic increases: Iran out of toilet paper.

You know things are bad when you work in a bank, two guys come in wearing masks, and you're relieved to find they're only there to rob the place.

Sorry for all the toilet paper jokes. Guess I'm on a roll…

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@zeiracorp Omg. I have found “ my place” during this upside world. Thank you for the laughs, Bro? Right?? virgo

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