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This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. The only rule is to use a quote.

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Don’t just read the communication quotes and close the browser tab. Pick out one or two that speak to you and try incorporating the lessons in your daily life. You’ll start seeing the results of better communication sooner rather than later. 


My Communication to You

As you may know me by now, I try to keep to a schedule for my blogging, at least my challenges. Cee has been taking care of PPAC, Photographing Public Art Challenge while I’m healing.

On Tuesday night after writing this post, but before scheduling it, I woke up at one in the morning and my left leg (my injured pickleball leg) hurt. I got up and it was swollen to about twice its size. After icing it all night, there was no change.

We went to the doctor as soon as we could and he sent me for an ultra sound. Long story short, I have blood clots up and down my left leg. The hospital ran another test, this time on my lungs, and sure enough, I have a bunch there too. Who knows why I’m still alive? Later they found that I also have pneumonia.

I got out of the hospital on Saturday, still puffy, still with tons of clots, but I’m on blood thinners, so that is supposed to neutralize them. Tomorrow I see a specialist in treating deep vein thrombosis, so I’m excited that he can make a difference for me. It was his lovely communication while I was in the hospital that made the difference.

To have good communication skills means you are able to make your point without a lot of fillers and stumbling.

– Gregory Davidson

He wanted to treat the clots the next day in his office so I didn’t have to go on blood thinners the rest of my life. When the hospital found clots in my lungs, the doctors kept me there. This was his text to me when I texted him I was staying in the hospital overnight at least.

“Ok let me know when u leave. I’m glad u r ok. We will take care of u after.”

Dr. Ayad Agha, Scottsdale, AZ

This is a doctor who has not met me, but apparently was moved when his scheduling clerk called him about my situation. There was a long stream of communication from him, and I can’t tell you how safe he made both my husband and I feel.

Communication – What’s That Again?

KIndness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Mark Twain

At our house we are dealing with hearing loss. This puts an incredible strain on the communication between spouses and children and parents. Our best communication during recent years happened during moving when we sat down with a notebook between us and made to do lists. That really helped our communication.

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” 

– George Bernard Shaw

The key is to check, check, check. If your hard of hearing spouse says he heard you, then check for understanding. What did you hear me say? This might be necessary with everyone.

The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”

 Sydney J. Harris
Famous Woodlaker, Carl Peden, flew Air Force One for four Presidents. He made a big contribution to the Woodlake Museum.

This amazing man called me and ASKED if he could come and be a speaker at the opening of the museum. He held us spell bound with his stories. He died two days later, I think it was President’s Day. I will never forget Mr. Peden’s communication.

There are so many ways to take this topic. My brain is mush, so this is all I can come up with on the run.

  • How to communicate
  • Body language
  • Words when there is no body language
  • History of communication
  • Timing of communication

My Take-Away for Communication

Mark Twain nailed it. Kindness is what we both need to practice 24/7.

Thanks for joining in this week. I’ll be taking off two weeks to recover, so feel free to continue with this rich prompt for three weeks.

Love you all and thanks for your communication! I will participate in your challenges as I feel well.

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  1. That must have been an unnerving incident but thankfully you got medical attention, and hope you are much better right now. Sending well wishes your way and please take care, Marsha.

    It was very creative of you to tie in the theme of communication to your recent experience. Agree with many of the quotes. Good communication is where you can express yourself freely and get your point across. I like that you make to do lists at home to help your household overcome communication challenges as a result of hearing loss. To-do lists can be so helpful, and lists in general can help you break down what you want to say especially if you have many thoughts in your mind.

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    • Thanks for your lovely comments today, Mabel. I am a list maniac! Right now I’m charting when I drink water to make sure I drink enough each day. I’m charting my weight because I’m losing quite a bit quickly. I probably had 4 pounds of water weight in my leg. I chart who I should call. I chart my posts for the month. All random stuff. My journal is a mess, but for the period of time it is in use, it is my lifeline. 🙂 It sounds like you have experience with journals, too, my friend.


      • That’s brilliant you are charting to drink water. Staying hydrated is so important. It’s great you are writing random things down and having random lists. You can always look back, read something you’ve forgotten and glad you wrote it down 🙂

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        • That’s so true. Until my journal runs out, I go back and reread the entries every so often. Then when I change journals, I copy important information from one to the next. If you ever want to do a guest post on journaling for me, that’s one of my passions.


    • I know. I just called the hospital and the church to find out about becoming a volunteer. I’ve been in limbo since we moved not knowing how I wanted to connect to the community, but these two ideas came to me. So onward and upward!


  2. Oh man Marsha…so glad you caught it and that you’re receiving treatment and able to be home. Get well quickly and take it easy. Enjoyed your post and it’s so true about communication especially with health care.

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    • Thanks Kirstin. It’s dangerous and nobody talks about it!! I tried responding on your blog, but my Google password wouldn’t work, so I’ll try when I’m on my computer. Love your post!!!!!


  3. As I just linked a post, I have thought of you all day. Thank you for responding to my text when I know you don’t feel well. The day is slowing down, and tomorrow is a new day. I hope when the sun comes up if feels like there is some new energy . you will continue to be on my mind. donna

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  4. Once again, it is really impressive how you have kept the challenges going what with so much on your plate. Thank you for also including my link. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Marsha. I’m happy you are addressing all your health issues and you have a wonderful doctor to treat you. Take care .

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  5. You have been through it since your falls. I’m so happy to hear you are finding a light at the end of the tunnel. Good luck today at your doctor. Hope he has lots of helpful tips and techniques for you. As always sending love and energy your way. Feel better real soon.

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  6. Oh my you are going through a tough time. But I was reassured to know you have a specialist who will be able to help you going forward. And you ask “why am I still alive?” Because you are not finished here in this life. Your number is not up as my Mother used to say. I’m sending best wishes to you for healing. Take your time to get back to the blogosphere. We will still be here when you do.

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  7. I’m reading this after I got your text message, my dear friend ❤ What a thing to be going through! I'm so glad the problem was identified and treatment was immediate. DVT is nothing to mess with or delay and obviously, the docs knew this and hospitalized you. You're a fighter and will heal quickly. I appreciate that you shared your story here and that it communicates how important visiting the doctor is when vague symptoms arise. I blame this pandemic and the hoopla for the medical delays as a result of the "is it covid, or not" mentality. Illnesses will continue to plague us and every one of them is worth the trouble to deal with. Be safe and let yourself get well. Glad you are taking a break. Say hi to V for us, I'm sure he is taking great care of you!

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  8. What a scary tome for you Amd such beautiful communication Diana!
    Thank God you went In To the doctor and stayed in the hospital.! This is serious stuff and you clearly are hear your communicate a lot more to us. Beautiful quotes too. Sending love and hugs💕❤️👏🙏😍😍😍

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  9. So sorry Marsha that you had such a tough time. Blood clots are dangerous and it’s good that the doctors caught them in time. Look after yourself my dear. Wishing you speedy recovery.

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  10. Oh Marsha, sending well wishes your way and you have been in my prayers a couple of times but wow – I had no idea about the clots – and that text from the doctor was awesome – it sounds like you are in good hands at the hospital and at home – and the will be with Dr Agha

    and my favorite quote that you shared was this one:

    “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

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  11. Take care my friend.
    I can understand what DVT and the Hell happening in the Lungs.
    Glad that the thrombus is under control and Dr. Ayad Agha is taking care.
    I was wondering whether you keep sitting or standing for a long time daily.
    And any varicose veins picked up?
    Wishing you speedy recovery my friend.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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