Keep Smilin’ with Rosie Preston – A new way to do The Twist


By Rosie Preston

This could only happen to me and my best friend. She had been sitting in her new recliner (which, with respect to her size, was very huge), when the power went out due to a storm. Since the chair is controlled by power, my friend was not only stuck but could not see how to extract herself from said chair. She finally was able to turn and twist every which way until she could free herself. Who in the world would have thought anything like this could happen?

A few days after that incident, I found myself in a similar one in my home. From Phil’s Aunt D.D we inherited a very nice sofa and chair, which are both very comfortable to take a nap or just chill and watch TV. After lying on it for quite a while, I asked Phil to put a straight chair under my feet so I could stretch my back. I was soon ready to go to bed, but As I started to rise from the sofa, the kitchen chair scooted away from me.

I was in a position where my shoulders and upper back were being supported so I continued to slide until most of my body was shaped like a pretzel. I was twisting and turning like a contortionist at that point and I could not raise myself up. I called for Phil, and he had a hard time of getting me up. I thought perhaps I could get on my knees and he could pull me off the floor. Now I was really stuck. I told Phil that if I could get on my knees, maybe he could help me raise me to a standing position. That finally worked, but it was exhausting for both of us.

If you have a similar story, I’d love for you to email it to me. I look forward to reading it!

In last week’s column, I used a few excerpts from a book I’ve been reading to have a few laughs.

Another chapter of the book deals with accidents I find it to be humorous:
“Accidents happen for various reasons and in many ways. Most of them are due carelessness by someone, not necessarily the one who was injured. Falls at home account for a number of such injuries: ‘I fell down and joshed my back,’ ‘I fell and butted the crease cap in my right knee,’ ‘On my way home I hurt my back on the beltline.’
Every morning when I get up, I’m thankful for a home, a place to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I’m thankful to have food to eat and a car to drive. But most of my time spent rejoicing is because I have a wonderful family who loves me.
I’ve had had back pain since I was a teenager. At the age of 14 I found out that I had scoliosis, which is a curvature of the spine. So at an early age, I went to rehab and learned many exercises, how to use ice or a heat pad and how to place my knees up on two or three pillows. Just call me the Queen of Braces; my family is never surprised at the different kinds of braces I own!When we look around at all the sadness going on in our world caused by weather conditions or people trying to cross our borders, it makes me wish that I could do something to help. I do tell myself that I’m doing all I can for my little family!

Keep Smiling,


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