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Heartfelt Clips & Healthy Tips: Christmas in July

Betty McIntyre

Christmas Cheer


About two years ago when it was close to Christmas, I got a phone call from my daughter Jessica. As I spoke to Jessica, I could hear a commotion in the background. My granddaughter Payton, who was 3-years-old at the time, was chomping at the bits to tell me something. Jessica handed the phone to her as she proceeded to tell me she was going to see Santa Clause. I could sense the excitement in her voice as she went through her “What I want Santa to get me list.”

At that time, I had been having a lot of problems with the car I was driving, and during our conversation I jokingly told her when she saw Santa to tell him her Nana needs a new car for Christmas.

She said “Ok, Nana I will tell him.”

Throughout the next few weeks, she had the opportunity to see Santa a few more times. I spoke to her as she proceeded to tell me she saw Santa again. She also told me she forgot to tell Santa that I needed a new car, and I could tell in her voice she sounded a little sad about the fact she forgot.

I didn’t want her to feel bad about it, so I told her not to worry about it Santa already knew what Nana needs. Her last visit to see Santa that year was at the Bass Pro Shop. They have a huge set-up each year for the children, and there is always a long waiting line to see Santa.

After impatiently waiting, it was finally her turn to talk to Santa. She proceeded to tell him all that she wanted, and when she was finished she got down and began walking away passing all of the people still standing in line.

My daughter said all of a sudden Payton quickly turned around and ran back to Santa exclaiming “Oh and Santa, my Nana needs a new car.”

This caught Santa off guard and he busted out in laughter and couldn’t quit; all the people standing in line also began laughing. She was serious about her Nana getting that new car! What a sweetheart to think of her Nana.

Let’s all begin to have a heart like a child and think of others’ needs.

Avoid a Heat Stroke

Now that summer is upon us, we need to be aware of becoming overheated while outdoors. This also applies to those indoors with no air conditioning. Staying hydrated will help avoid heat stroke. Drink plenty of water, but include Gatorade or PowerAde which have electrolytes that help replace salt and retain fluid (this assists in keeping the body cool). Be aware of the signs of heat stroke:

    •    Cramping in legs; this is a sign the body is losing salt and electrolytes.

    •    Heavy sweating and lightheadedness which could be followed by nausea. When this happens, the body stops sweating and can no longer cool itself off.


As the body continues to get hotter, the blood gets thicker which could cause heat stroke. If you feel you are having a heat stroke, cool yourself off with ice packs or submerge yourself in cool water and get help immediately.


Remember, avoidance is the best way in beating heat stroke. Slow down and take a break regularly.

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