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A MOM OF BOUNDLESS WISDOM AND COMPASSION
Celebrating My Wife Chandana for Mother’s Day
T his month, with Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’d like to take a moment to honor and appreciate my wife and the best mom I’ve ever known, Chandana. Ever since our first child came into the world years ago, she’s been there for our kids every step of the way with wisdom and compassion far beyond anything I’ve ever seen. I GIVE CHANDANA ALL THE CREDIT FOR THE REMARKABLY CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS WE HAVE WITH ONE ANOTHER. Children don’t come with any “how-to” manual, but when we had our son, Chandana’s preparedness was unparalleled. Because she’s been a practicing pediatric occupational therapist since she graduated college, she was equipped with years of training from the start. That’s not to say that her training made raising our first child easy. Though she’s a trained professional in pediatric care, it was difficult for her to translate that training to her own life and her own children at the start. We were overjoyed at the birth of our son, but we had a tough time at the beginning, as all parents do when they’re juggling the minutiae of daily life with this vibrant new being for which they’re suddenly responsible. But we learned quickly. Without any family nearby to help us out, we had to. We offered each other support at every stage and made sure to enjoy every free moment with our growing family.
No matter how overwhelmed I might have felt by the complexities of raising children in those early days, Chandana
was never lost for a single second. As our kids grew up, it
was incredible to watch as she treated them with her unselfish kindness and keen wisdom.
Today, even though our kids are in their teenage years, they are still eager to spend a lot of time with us. I give Chandana all the credit for the remarkably close relationships we have with one another. It is due to her efforts that we have a family who genuinely enjoys each other’s company. Though we avoid going out to eat in the busy restaurants on actual Mother’s Day, we’ll make a point to take Chandana out somewhere the week before or after as a family. On the actual holiday, we’ll probably spend some time picking out plants for Chandana to plant in the garden this coming summer. And most years, the kids will give her some handmade token of their appreciation for everything she’s done for them. Honestly, it’s impossible for me to express just how grateful I am to have Chandana in my life and the lives of our children. Words fall short of adequately describing her talents as a mother and the breadth of her love for her kids. I can’t imagine ever raising a family without a mom like her by my side.
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TRAVELING WITH THE GRANDKIDS? 3 Things to Do Before the Trip traveling with little ones, find a copy of their birth certificates. You also need copies of insurance and prescription cards and a notarized letter from the parents granting you permission to authorize medical care in case of an emergency. It’s also a good idea to have a letter of permission for your grandkids to travel with you. Make sure the letter is signed by all legal guardians, especially if your grandchild’s parents are divorced. You don’t want to accidentally cause a custody dispute. Plan a Trip You’ll Both Love When planning your itinerary, ask yourself if your grandkids will have fun, too. You might be excited to visit an art museum, but a younger child might not appreciate it as much. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit museums or historical sites! In fact, most of these places offer kid-centric activities, like scavenger hunts, that can help a younger audience engage with the environment. Just be sure to think of your grandchild first when planning. There’s nothing like the adventure of travel to bring generations closer together and create lasting memories. These tips will help you ensure those memories are good ones. Happy travels!
We could all use a vacation, and if you’re looking to bond with your grandkids, a trip might be the perfect answer. It’s fun for you, and getting away from Mom and Dad for a while is thrilling for any kid. But before you board a plane to Italy with your granddaughter or rent an RV for a trip to Yellowstone with your grandsons, there are a few things you need to check off your to-do list. Don’t Let the Parents Worry Letting their kids go on a trip without them can be nerve-wracking for parents. Don’t view parental worries as an implication that you are an irresponsible grandparent. Instead, think about how you felt when your own children were young, and take steps to alleviate the parents’ concerns. If your daughter asks you not to be on your phone while in crowded public places because she’s concerned you might lose sight of her child, promise to keep the phone in your pocket. If your son-in-law wants regular updates, make time before bed for your grandchild to call home and tell her father about all the fun she’s having. A little compromise can lead to less stress and more fun for everyone.
Pack Necessary Documents You need to have some form of ID for your grandkids. Older kids can use a driver’s license, but if you’re
SUC C ESS STOR I ES “In November of 2017, I could not ride a bike. I could only bathe and dress with assistance before my therapy at Synergy. Today I am riding a bike around the neighborhood, I can
take a bath alone, and I get dressed by myself.
“Additionally, I am able to reason better after my therapy. The staff at Synergy actually care about their patients. They are well-trained for their positions, and I am living proof. “I hate that today is my last day because I feel as if we are family. I never missed a single day, no matter how much I didn’t want to get up. I met my goals with the help and instruction from my doctors and Synergy.” –Ruby T.
“I came to Synergy with several problems. I had very limited motion in my neck and shoulders. I also had nerve damage in my hand. My pain was a constant 6-10. After just a few therapy sessions with Chandana and Brandon, my pain and range of motion started improving!” –Jason G.
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How Physical Therapy Can Eliminate Chronic Headaches
E veryone on Earth gets a headache from time to time, but if you suffer from chronic headaches, you know that they can easily become more than a nuisance. When your head is pounding, it’s difficult to think about anything other than the stabbing pain in your skull, especially if those headaches escalate, achieving migraine status. Most headaches are a symptom of some other minor health problem, like a sore throat, cold, or sinus issue. If the headaches persist after these ailments have been resolved there may be a more serious problem. If you experience chronic or frequent headaches, your first step should be to contact your primary physician. They can run through your symptoms, determine whether there may be a potentially life-threatening illness behind your pain, and prescribe a potential solution.
to investigate whether you may be a candidate for physical therapy. Though most people aren’t aware, PT can do wonders for chronic headaches, causing them to subside more quickly or disappear altogether from your life.
Researchers have found that 1 in 4 headaches originate from dysfunction in the neck joints and muscles. These
are dubbed “cervicogenic” headaches and are usually the result of traumatic injuries or overuse of the neck, jaw, or shoulder. Fibromyalgia, car accidents, athletic injuries, persistent misuse, poor work ergonomics, stress, and even improper head support while sleeping can all cause these nagging headaches. Luckily, with physical therapy treatment, you will find that these cervicogenic headaches should disappear within just a few sessions. Give the experts at Synergy Therapeutic Group a call at 1-866-495-0086 to schedule your free consultation and eliminate your chronic headaches for good!
After you’ve ruled out the most dangerous culprits for your chronic head pain, you should come down to Synergy Therapeutic Group
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ZUCCHINI AND SUMMER SQUASH WITH FETA Zucchini and summer squash are arriving on grocery store shelves. Here is a great way to take these humble, delicious vegetables to the next level. This easy dish is perfect for early summer.
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• 2 teaspoons fresh thyme • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese • Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 zucchini • 1 summer squash • 1/2 medium red onion • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
and squash. Season with salt and pepper; cook 4–5 minutes until squash barely begins to caramelize. 4. Place in serving bowl and top with feta.
1. Cut zucchini into 1/4-inch- thick semicircles. Dice onion. 2. Heat a large skillet to medium high. Add olive oil, onion, and thyme. 3. Once onion is soft (about 2 minutes), add zucchini
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INSIDE My Wife Chandana: An Inspiration 1 Secrets to a Great Family Vacation Hear From Our Clients! 2 Can PT Help With Chronic Headaches? Try This Warm-Weather Recipe! 3 The Key to a Memorable Vacation 4
ENRICH YOUR VACATION Buy Local When You’re Abroad
The virtues of buying locally sourced food and supporting small businesses have been widely extolled. But we rarely think to apply the same practices when we
taxi driver or hotel concierge about their favorite place to eat. You’ll discover new foods and flavor combinations, and the locally owned restaurant is sure to appreciate your business! ART Just as your town probably has local artisans who produce unique and interesting work, the same is true for your vacation destination. Anyone can get a gift shop bauble that was mass- produced somewhere else. Take the time to peruse market stalls and craft fairs while you travel. It can lead you to some truly special souvenirs, and you’ll support the arts and traditions of the region! PEOPLE While you’re out sampling local restaurants and exploring local markets, you’ll meet plenty of local people. Don’t be afraid to strike up a friendly conversation. You can make new friends around the globe and learn about their unique experiences. One of the most enriching experiences in life is meeting new people and gaining new perspectives. MEMORIES Treasured memories are the best souvenir you can bring home from any vacation. So you owe it to yourself to get out and explore!
travel. Many Americans spring for all-inclusive packages when planning their next summer vacation, but doing so means they’ll miss out on some of the best aspects of
the culture they’re visiting.
Part of the joy of traveling is having new experiences you can’t have at home. Whether you’re in another state or another country, you owe it to yourself to seek out the unique aspects of that location. But to find the character and quirks of your destination, you’ll have to explore beyond the hotel lobby. FOOD Why have a cheeseburger from a fast-food chain when you can try a local favorite? A great way to start is by asking your
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