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2 hours ago · Adults On The Autism Spectrum in Mental Health

@sirgalahad, you rascal you. No, will not be handing our condoms. But years ago I might have done that very thing, but for a much older age group.

My sweet significant other was in STD division of the State Health Department. For well over 35 years, almost 40.

He gave out condoms, shot people up with penicillin, tracked down patients sex partners and got them treated for deadly diseasea, started the first Aids Support Group in our city, and was a shoulder to cry on when he had to give out a death sentence. "You have Aids." Back then it was not curable. Now, it is no longer a death sentence.

And I will light a candle in my window on All Souls Day. And remember all those who left us way too soon

I will celebrate life as it is now in this moment and be grateful.

Love you all bunches,

Mamacita Jane

21 hours ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

@ginger, Volunteer Mentor, count me in! Maybe by the appointed time I will be over this virus that has assaulted my lungs! Thank God for antibiotics! Courage and strength, my friend.

Mamacita Jane

1 day ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

@ginger, Volunteer Mentor, all this talk about a potluck on the other side of the country is making me dream about taking a trip out that way! Maybe next year!

Love and light
Mamacita Jane

1 day ago · Triggers for caregivers in Caregivers

@Gingergingerw , Volunteer Mentor, I can totally see you with an Argentine Tango ring tone. Lol. Awesome, girlfriend!

Love and light,
Mamacita Jane

1 day ago · Triggers for caregivers in Caregivers

@Scott,Volunteer Mentor and @ginger, Volunteer Mentor, Glorious Tuesday morning to you and all the friends here on this Mayo Clinic gathering spot!

When I mentioned my trigger of the telephone ringing, I had no idea how it would resonate with so many. On so many levels! And I picked up some great ideas, such as making different people have their own individual song or sound. I already knew that existed. But it didn't "stick" before. I will enlist my Grandsons help with that task as he is my "IT" person.

And clearing my voicemail, responding to telephone calls by persons who take the time to leave a voice mail, well, that really just fits the bill. That, I can do. In the past I did not set boundaries of the length of time that I would spend with individuals on the phone. That was an issue with my significant other. And rightly so. I just couldn't get off the phone with some folks. All of these posts have inspired me to give it another try.

You guys are amazing! I hope that each one of you scrolling through these posts has an extra helping of joy and peace today. Keep letting that little light shine!

Strength and light,

Mamacita Jane

1 day ago · Adults On The Autism Spectrum in Mental Health

Well, it's that time of the year again. Time to bring out the medium blue pumpkins. If anyone comes to my door dressed up for Halloween, they do not have to say "Trick or Treat. "

They do not have to say a word. Some of my brothers and sisters are nonverbal and do not communicate the way I attempt to. They might be on the Spectrum in some way. It is not my place to ask.. Or care.

What is important is that I make the effort to participate in a time honored event that allows little ones to have a bit of fun as they dress up in their favorite costumes. These events are memories that they will cherish forever. I want to encourage them to say whatever they want, if they are able to verbalize at all.

I am aware of these children who literally cannot speak for themselves. Extra encouragement on my part will not help them. Bur my smile, my offer of Halloween goodies, and my willingness to "ooh" and "ahh" over their costumes will help in ways only seen by the angels.

I love holidays. All of the Holidays. Let's think about ways we can help each other in large ways and small ways. To get through these times that arrive on time like clockwork, whether we are ready or not. If our health issues prevent us from engaging in things we used to do, perhaps we can enjoy a new tradition.

Love and light,

Mamacita Jane

2 days ago · Triggers for caregivers in Caregivers

Hello, @Scott, and everyone. Just dropping by for a quick second to say hello and see how y'all are doing.

My husband and I are at the age and in circumstances where we find ourselves in need of caregiving. While at the very same time we are caregivers of a very didferent sort.

We have our Grandson, who has been with us all His life. Our disabled daughter lives in another part of town, and we provide most of her transportation to her doctors appointments. She has six or seven doctors. And we have our senior Pug, Pugsley, who joined our family by way of rescue adoption.

One of my triggers is using the telephone. When it rings, it seems like sudden catastrophe is about to fall. There are so many appointments and so little time for much anything else. I know they are important and need to be done, but it makes it hard for me to plan the down time that I have left.

Mainly I try to focus on what really matters. And just go from there. I do read all kinds of articles about managing your time and focusing on what matters. That helps. I know I need to just have some patience. Understanding. And just keep doing the next right thing.

It's going to be just fine. We'll all get to where we need to be. We have each other here, at least, at Mayo Clinic Connect.

Love and light.

Mamacita Jane

2 days ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

So,@gingerw, my daughter's appointment was cancelled because the CRNP and the Doctor both are out of town.

Now I get to drink my hot cup of tea with lemon and get ready in leisure for my own PCP appointment.

Has anyone had the Apple dessert at Cracker Barrel? When you split it two ways, it still has over 400 calories per serving. But sometimes it's just worth it!
Love y'all!

Mamacita Jane