Making Lemonade

Making Lemonade

Hi everyone it’s Isabella! Today I want to talk about making the most of our lives. Lemonade is something you will constantly find in our refrigerator next to a pitcher of sweet tea. My momma taught me to make both when I was very young and she told me there was a lesson in it. The taste of a lemon is sour and the taste of a tea leaf is bitter. Lemons and tea leaves are like life. Some times bad things are going to happen. We are not always going to get the answer we want. That can make us sour and bitter in our hearts. Read more

Why Prescription Drug Compliance is Essential

Why Prescription Drug Compliance is Essential

Life hands every person on this planet illnesses and they come in an assortment of types. You have bacterial infections, viruses, autoimmune diseases, cancers, STDs, and blood disorders are only to name a few types. They range in severity from terminally ill brain tumors down to a harmless toe fungi. One key fact remains consistent throughout every single case from HIV to athlete’s foot. That fact is that the degree to which the patient is complying with their therapeutic plan has a direct correlation to their recovery, quality of life, overall health and stability in maintaining it. This applies to not only long and short term illnesses, but to injuries and physical disabilities as well. Read more

Elevator Seat for Power Wheelchairs: Accessibility

10 Years With, 10 Years Without: The Elevator Seat

It’s not hard to imagine a better life when you have something as vastly different as an elevator seat on a wheelchair.  When you are a full-time wheelchair user, having this function can completely change your world.

It’s like having a Flintstones car and then having a car with a motor. The elevator seat is by far one of the most coveted add-ons for power wheelchairs. When I first heard about them, I of course wanted one right away, but it didn’t finally happen for me until 2005. I was even able to get it covered by insurance since I need it for work. Read more

I Don't Think I'm God, But I do Think You're a Jerk

I Don’t Think I’m God, But I Do Think You’re a Jerk

I know everybody is not going to agree with my personal opinions, but that’s why they are called opinions and not facts. I’m okay with this fact, and God knows that I welcome a good debate on any subject. I don’t even need to know what we’re talking about, but I bet I can make an argument for the other side. I love to play the “devil’s advocate” at times if only to make people think and ask questions to themselves. All change starts with an opinion and conversation. What could be so terrible about that? Read more

The Darkness

The Darkness

Can you hear me Daddy? Does anyone hear my voice, my pain, and my sadness? Is anybody out there willing to hold my hand through this darkness they call dementia? It is a blackness so dark there are no stars in shining in the heavens to help guide me. I do not know in which direction that I am headed because the darkness keeps out the light. Read more

How to Help Someone Through a Panic Attack

How to Help Someone Through a Panic Attack

Watching a person go through a vicious panic attack can be as scary for the observer as it is for the person experiencing it. There are ways to help a patient through a panic attack. While that is true you are not trained medical professionals and if you are unable to distinguish the differences between a panic attack and PTSD flashback you could be placing yourself into harms way. Read more

My Family of Bloggers

My Family of Bloggers

Jessie, Isabella, and I are not typical bloggers. We write a few times a year and will submit 40-75 blogs. I have blogs yet to be published from when we first began writing. If the timeline seems off or I mention only 1 or 2 daughters this is why. EasyStand chooses when to publish the content. We’ve been writing for over 3 years at this point. We do not write on a weekly basis because we do this for charity and our lives are crazy busy. Read more

My Life with Autism

My Life with Autism

Hi everyone it’s Isabella! Today I want to talk about autism and what my life has been like because of it. I am what they call a high functioning autistic and I also have ADHD. My mom says they are very common to have together. I take medication that helps me focus and slow down my thoughts for my ADHD. My autism is something that I have needed to learn to live with and overcome obstacles. Read more

Evidence Based Medicine: Yes, No, Maybe?

Evidence Based Medicine: Yes, No, Maybe?

As a therapist, I try hard to practice evidence based medicine. I spend time reading articles, going to conferences, and discussing best practices with colleagues in the field. But what should I do or recommend when there is no consensus? Read more

The Mind and Types of Sexual Predators

The Mind and Types of Sexual Predators

Warning: This post contains detailed information about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. Rates of abuse are higher among those living with disabilities. In an effort to raise awareness about this very serious issue, Jessie has written a special series on sexual abuse that will be published over the coming months. Read more