Salem Community Patriot August 5, 2011 - 5
by Pat Blodgett I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to write about my friend Edie Beede even as I put her name on my list of people I would like all of Salem to come to know. To say Edie is very special is an understatement. That became clear to me as we sat in my living room enjoying a cold drink and laughing about events from the past. Edie has a wit and sense of humor and upbeat personality that causes people to smile long after
meeting her. If you were to guess her occupation, you’d
probably think along the lines of an elegant bistro hostess or receptionist for a busy corporate office. Would you believe that such a
‘people person’ has chosen to spend her days caring for hospice patients facing end of life decisions? Edie has been involved with healthcare for over 35 years, first as
a caregiver whose only credentials were the desire to help a friend and sympathy for his terminally ill wife. Later, she trained as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and more recently became a Licensed Nursing Assistant with Amedisys.
Recognizing her skills in dealing with seriously ill patients, but more importantly her genuine sensitivity and uber-empathy for her charges, Amedisys asked Edie if she would train with their hospice care team. She has never regretted her decision. “Hospice care is a challenge. I love helping families through the toughest situation they’ll ever be in, and as a result it has brought me a lot of peace in my own life.”
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I asked her when she was going to retire. Her answer surprised me. “I’m enjoying life too much to retire. Hospice care can have its lighter moments. One patient wanted me to teach her how to knit a scarf for her son. Every day she’d show me her knitting with a huge hole in the center from dropped stitches. I’d pull it all out and knit it right, then hand it back to her to work on. The next day I’d pretend to be upset. “What do you call this mess? It’s going
to take a lot of knitting to fix this.” And with a wink and a laugh she’d say, ‘Then you’d better get knitting!’ She did give the finished scarf to her son just before she passed, and he treasured it.” In order to bring even more comfort to her terminally ill patients, Edie became a student of Reiki, a type of massage, six years ago. Having found her purpose in life, she dismisses her service as ordinary. Hospice caregivers are anything but ordinary, and Edie Beede excels at what she does. In my mind I can hear the gentle words to the Bill Wither’s tune “Lean on me, when you’re not strong.” I think Edie was the inspiration for that song.
Children Introduced to China
by Robyn Hatch Kelley Library again introduced children to a new culture and way of living. Recently, Emily Wong discussed Chinese and Vietnamese culture with the group. She explained the differences between the east Asian nations and the U.S. She explained the way she was raised as a child with sisters and how her childhood was different from her audience’s. Emily explained everything down to the smallest details. She brought Chinese toys and jewelry, many pretty pieces of clothing strange but very beautiful from what many of the kids had seen before. Many questions were asked and discussed.
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Whether in the air or on the highways, millions of American hunters are traveling long distances today in pursuit of wild game and adventure. Dallas Safari Club (DSC) is offering tips to help make the journey go more smoothly. • Most outfitters and booking agents offer information kits for their traveling clients. Read and follow them to the letter.
• Make two lists. One for items to pick up at your destination and one for items to bring from home. Commonly forgotten: hunter and bowhunter education certification cards, birth certificate or other identification for young hunters, tags, personal medicines and toiletries.
• Study rules of the road. If you’re driving to your hunt, be aware of any restrictions that could affect your trip home. For example, a number of states now regulate transportation of deer and elk carcasses in an effort to control chronic wasting disease. Visit the website of the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, www.cwd-info. org.
• If you’re traveling to Canada or abroad, go online and print out U.S. Customs Form 4457. This is the form needed for registering everything with a serial number that you intend to take with you. When you return, it’s how authorities will know what equipment you took from home versus what you purchased on your trip. See www.cbp.gov
• Call your credit card company to let them know you’ll be traveling out of the country, and for how long. This helps prevent them from denying charges suddenly appearing from Africa or other far-flung destinations, as well as any layover stops along the way.
• Some airlines - and some airline employees - lean anti-gun and anti-hunting. Then go online and carefully read that airline’s policies concerning transport of firearms, ammunition, antlers and meat. Preempt confused airline employees by taking a printout of these policies with you to the airport.
• If you’re flying with firearms, more time will be necessary at check in. Get to the airport an extra hour early. Generally speaking, archery gear is treated as normal checked baggage.
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