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"If You've Got Your Hair and Your Teeth ...You're Alright!"

Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger
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January 23, 2020 2:55 pm

"If You've Got Your Hair and Your Teeth ...You're Alright!"

Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger

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January 23, 2020 2:55 pm

Back in the 1970's, a friend of mine in the music business worked with legendary artist, James Brown. Years later, my friend encountered the soul singer again and remarked, "You haven't changed in 25 years!

With a huge smile, James Brown responded, "If You've Got Your Hair and Your Teeth ...You're Alright!"

While our hair supply (or lack thereof) may be genetic, we can, however, address the needs of our teeth.  Recently visiting my dentist, I had an interesting conversation with the hygienist. 

Well, actually she talked ...I sounded a lot like, "Mmmdfh, Dpohhs, OPPPD!" 

As caregivers, we should never underestimate the importance of visiting the dentist for regular cleaning. That one act can help us in a myriad of ways, and as caregivers ...I think it's safe to say that we need all the help we can get! 

Enjoy John (the count of Mighty Disco) and me discussing this often overlook but critically important issue for family caregivers. 

 

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Sirius XM Gen. 131 this is hope for the caregiver. I am Peter Rosenberg. This is the nation's largest show the family caregiver that is focused exclusively on those who are caring for vulnerable of old is that you take care of aging parents got special needs child. You got a spouse with a disability.

You got a family member who struggling to get some in your life is dealing with the addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, whatever the chronic impairment there's always a caregiver we desire the show would ever show that we do is designed just for you just to help you stay strong and healthy as you. Take care of someone who is not in wise and important well to set you asked if you go down. What happens them and how real is it that you could go down. Think about the stresses on you think about the challenges you face. Not just physically, emotionally, professionally, financially, grammatically, just through that when it we're here to help strengthen you as you deal with these things were so glad you with this 877-655-6755 877-655-6755 if you want to be a part of the show were love.

We love to have you just don't have anything profound the chip the call with that. You have to have something that's just you overwhelming you. At this point. Maybe she something you just want to just think you know what, here's a list of our because if you're learning the rest of us as caregivers probably could benefit from learning so you know, feel free to call at 877-655-6755 but if you do less of that is just crushing your heart crushing your bucket Christian your spirit. You know, give us a shout will be glad to cut a tackle that with you.

It's better to have a couple hits together with this thing. Then, you know. Just try to do this all by yourself. Being a couple heads. As you know, it leaves the barrel of the board of the skull to the sound, the Earl of engineering. The man who put the word mental in the fundamental he is John Butler. The count of mighty disco. Everyone I the title. I put the word fine.

I got both both work I think will call it a drill so I called draw this black night was based on an actual guy like that. Well those little inside with Monty Python and the holy Grail, but did you see I think that Eric idle was knighted not too terribly long ago that makes a lot of sense and he would be the knight who douses this that is that I never that silliness I John got a lot to talk about today is been a very interesting week and were going to get right to it wouldn't start off with a caregiver tip of the day that is unique to you that the special part. There are caregiver tip of the day. Caregiver tip of the day is when I did this past week.

John the one I went to the dentist fantastic and I am happy to hear about. I had an amazing conversation with the hygienist as they were working on the well actually she was tall like I was more like yeah I but you know your mother served as a dental hygienist for and this is something that is very near and dear to your heart and but she said something to me that struck me rather poignantly.

I said were not cleaning your teeth were killing bacteria okay to let me let me go further.

She said when you don't clean your teeth.

It has the ability to wear you down physically. And if you're feeling worn down and tired and just irritable or out of sorts and so forth. Go see a dentist. This is what the switch said, she said, because if you get these bacteria obscure bodies not costly him to fight all this bacteria this accumulated in your mouth on your teeth, your the rest your body is going to be healthier and she said that applies to pets as well.

While in this.

I'm realizing this, applies to everything that stress is formidable if that's a big word Joan.

I know that's from a nine dollar column on the big board work. I'm oppressed impressed right right but stress is fungible in that it for us as as people for for in this example for our bodies that our bodies have a certain amount of resources they can throw at whatever pickup problem and if one of those problems is keeping your mouth cleaned or the back. The infections that result from not taking care of your your oral hygiene. Then there there is no those resources are not available to be put towards things that may be just as important and understood what she said and I thought I mean I don't mean to win everybody knows just to see a dentist will then why doesn't everybody do it and their people to the tall Little shop of horrors we could do you have a thing for causing people pay yet. It's a bit, but in this case, yes. She said there people that have tremendous fear and think they come and then they try to slow welcome into this in a place where they realize this is gonna be okay but I didn't realize you learning with idiocy. I'm not dismissing the fear, but I am I a did not realize how deep the impact will go. If you're not getting regular cleanings every six months and in taking care of your your mouth and your teeth. And I know for caregivers. That sounds really, okay Peter really I'm dealing with them. You know a mother who is not able to get up out of her bed and you want me to go to the dentist yeah I do that to you why because the healthier you are as a caregiver. The better shape you to be able to take care of your mother whoever it is you taking care of but you don't. You can't put these things off is like John says these things are dirigibles know fungible's subject fungible but dirigibles don't go there. I got a guy credible credit. Thank you very little.

But it's these things are, it's not a zero-sum game with this you cannot run at this kind of deficit physically, and you may think this is a simple thing. Given the light of given the, the magnitude of what your caring is a character. And I get that but I would caregiver now my 34th year through a medical nightmare. Okay and in its ongoing Gracie's situation is extreme when you have 80 surgeries in your back and forth to hospitals and doctors and stuff all the time these things wear down on you and you need every functioning cell that you can muster up against this because it is relentless. If you'll notice those of you working for somebody with Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's has no mercy. Okay, it has no mercy. And so you serve yourself better and your level better by equipping yourself to the best that you can with every little thing you have any of going to the dentist and getting a cleaning helps you even an iota. It is worth doing, and it is part of you investing in you as a caregiver mole and that's another big part of it is to build the habit of just taking care of yourself. It is, it is if you go to get her teeth cleaned.

There is no one else you're doing that for you're doing now to make sure that your it's it's time spent on you and that's a good thing to be in the habit of an quote that great philosopher James Brown say God give you if you get your hair and you teeth yell right how you would be all right if you ain't got you teeth you got it so that's part of it and I don't. Again, please don't. I'm not trivializing the other things we care to caregiver. I think you know my resume by now is a caregiver that these things are important of all the stress we live with all the stuff but every little bit every little bit of edge helps you and healthy caregivers make better caregivers and you're not gonna be healthy. If your mouth is is got has all kinds of infections in it, or bacterial issues.

It's good to run you down at it. This deficit is a direct conduit to your heart. Did you see the car the other day John got a popcorn kernel cottage teeth and tried picking up various incidents and finally used a piece of metal something evidently had rust on it and it was straight to his heart and almost killed. Oh yeah know that combat can happen quite frequently wishes there's so much that go wrong. I didn't see that story, look it up though because I'm fascinated by dental emergencies. John John Butler dental CSI we can't even recognize this guided war. Now that's that's that's the deal. So what you know, it sounds like were being harping on on on a narrow thing and yes it is a specific thing it's it's a rather you know Mitch deal, but this is we might, but let's listen to this. How much does a cleaning cost you know what it's less than 100 bucks for you to review your insurance yet and that at work $10 co-pay. Check your insurance to see how much time does it take you know I was done 45 minutes tops right. It's a small investment, but it's one that has a massive payout for you as a caregiver and I'm just rascally will the union you feel great that smell John look at this you know it's dazzling as dazzling as your hair and lately with you with the thank you if you get your hair now right but that's our caregiver tip of the day at out. I'm asking you just to consider this today is is something that is something proactive that you can do and if you're not a caregiver. You happen to be just listen. The family talk show here on Sirius XM and you just drive along and you think of what the world who were these people this guy everything James Brown to talk about teeth. You know what caregiver you know asked me if you can sit with their loved one. If they tend to be more shut in. Because of this while they go and do.respondents and their dentist appointment in this part of the overall health.

Part of what we do.

If you look at the of the philosophy of this show what it's all about. It's your health, your emotions, your lifestyle, your profession, you're planning your money and your endurance health emotions lifestyle planning money and endurance that spells help me. This was Betsy's letter to their John this cloud. Have you started, but in an academic government had missed. I know you will. I like to come over simple things like this.

Simple is good. A bit ugly got a lot of stuff being thrown Caregiver when he simple things but the first thing is your health and if you're not healthy.

How in the world you go to take care of someone else.

How long can you go 34 years take a lot of people put it on hold and is it okay well we'll just wait until they get better or worse in the will start to give herself then seven years later. You know you've gained 5060 70 pounds you teeth are bad shape, you know you're stressed out your cholesterol is gone. Your prediabetic, you know, whatever. There's all kinds of things that can happen, but if you are regularly maintaining what you haven't been a good steward of your body, you give yourself a fighting chance.

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