David Welch was a man who spent years doing research on his brain tumor. He started a website called David Welch and 38lemon.com. He was 38 when he got a lemon-sized brain tumor. This show was David’s last chance to educate the public on what he learned during his research. He was in great spirits and going through Chemo at the time of the Pre-Interviews. He would say, “excuse me” throw up, come back, apologize and continue. He was an amazing man that really touched our hearts. He died soon after the show aired but was very happy with the show. The TV show was his dream come true. It was the last piece of his site he wanted to complete. His show was the reason Dr. Libby and I continued giving patients and caregivers a chance to teach, vent and share. I will never forget David Welch. He wanted May to be MRI month as a preventative measure all should be entitled to. Thank you to all the volunteers at public access that made our shows possible.
Once again, Pela Soto helped Teen Say out with a video to help teens. HOSA Students, teens or college students considering a career as a Poison Control Specialist or Toxicologist should hear the future Toxicologist’s story. Her journey is unique and her advice is incredible. Let us know what you think…
We will be sharing a new show with our viewers. If your family wants to Zoom or Skype with Mariann from anywhere in the world, we will highlight your family on “Today’s Famous Family.” The picture above is a Proud Moment from Mariann’s Kids. They think their family is special because of how close they are. They all believe Family comes First. They have done many Spartan Races together. They train together, study together, help prepare one another for interviews, troubleshoot challenges together and try to share every birthday and holiday together. They believe their significant others need to be best friends with their siblings. Mom and Dad love their kids and tell other families about them. Tell us about your family.
Every Family is Special. Tell us why your family is Special. Share your routines with us before and during the Pandemic. Perhaps another family will incorporate some of the great things you do. Mariann hopes siblings are getting closer during the Pandemic. Every Family deserves the Opportunity to Share their Video, routines, values, and Be Famous for a day. What a memorable experience to look back on during the Pandemic.
College Students Mixing Illegal Drugs or their own Medications and Alcohol get Free Advice from Poison Control. Doctors of Pharmacy that the ER calls when someone mixes the wrong drugs together. Specialists are there day or night for you to call. The call is free to the students and the advice could save your life. They can help college students studying abroad as well through the 800 number. No one will be arrested for underage drinking or drugs. The goal is to help you and keep you out of the ER if possible – which is most of the time. They call back. They stay on the phone with you. They calm you down by answering your questions and telling you what to do or how to put up with the rest of the bad ride. They check on you the next day. The doctor of pharmacy will help you when your heart is racing or you are throwing up. Free! Call them if you need them! Dedicated to Patrick who died studying abroad. I wish he would have called. They know when medicines prescribed by doctors don’t agree with your symptoms. Just call! They know what medicines you need for your symptoms when you are away at college and don’t want to worry Mom or Dad in the middle of the night. They are up! SOMEONE IS ALWAYS THERE FOR YOUR EMERGENCY! 1-800-222-1222
Every day I walk and see this beautiful bird. He has gotten used to me taking his picture. However, the other day he was flying about, catching fish, walking, looking at the water when… boom, he fell in a hole. I told the firefighter I was with to run into the hotel and grab a sheet. He remembered the goose rescue and took off in a hurry. I had helped with a goose rescue a few weeks prior. However, in a crunch, I still did not know who to call. It’s 911 – for the Police – who are Police Officers with additional training to become Animal Protection Officers. The Wildlife Rescue was pleased with what we said. The rehabilitators will be notified by the veterinarians or Animal Protection Officers if they are needed. The tag team firefighter and Police Officer were great. They rescued my beautiful friend. I wish I was brave enough to have gone over and pulled out his feet but he was flapping those big wings pretty hard and squawking. We like each other from afar. The 911 Operator explained the Police were on their way just to hang on as the bird laid his head down. I did see him yesterday, he squawked at me. Did he know it was me? Did he thank me? Look to the sky, you may see him. He is beautiful and free.
Short Clip…more to come soon.
The Wildlife Rescue League and A.E.R.O answered our questions.
Here is a blast from the Teen Say past. 1990 Wow!!!! The open is fuzzy but the show looks good. 🙂
Dr. Patrick Callahan shares the wake-up call he had during his first semester of college. He believes being a doctor is more than a dream. It requires a strong work ethic, dedication, a high IQ, and a desire to help people. Do not become a doctor based on the drama of Grey’s Anatomy or the expectation to become rich or have a lot of free time. It is a very demanding profession and it has to be based on your calling to help children if you want to be a Pediatric Cardiologist like him. We at Teen Say hope his journey helps you figure out yours.
It’s summer. Happy 4th of July. What did you do? Our family stayed together and did a dance party and had fireworks. Usually, my adult kids go out. They stayed with us, it was awesome. It was the best 4th I have ever had. I will never forget it. Graduation was more memorable. I loved the Parade our neighborhood and family did. The World is not a disaster. We just have to make new norms. We are not robots. We just have to be clean and wear masks. We can make cool masks. It’s a closer world from an emotional standpoint yet more distant from the run around robot race. We all thought Covid19 would go away by now. We prayed for a cure. It’s a bit crazy! We are used to pushing a button and if it does not appear within a few seconds, we click again. The World feels broken but we can fix it by listening and being patient. We are making history. We can invent things and traditions. I want a studio audience but zoom can take me to NY or California for interviews. Teen Say can go worldwide. We all have to be patient and make things new and exciting. It’s a whole New World. Teen Say was just on Outside the Classroom with Ryan Miller from WJLA. Wow! New opportunities exist for us. New dreams can come true. Lights, Camera, Action!!! Get started on a new or old dream.
By the way…People trying to get covid19 are really pushing their fate. It’s uncertain why certain people get so sick or even die from it. It is not a predictable virus thus far. There is so much to learn. Scientists are learning as fast as they can but… give them some time. Take some time to catch your breath.
We must take this time to calm down and remember the prisoners we spoke about in March. They can’t watch TV, Shop and play video games or zoom all day. They are locked up. You are free to go outside and exercise. You can go to Starbucks or your favorite fast food place but you must wear a mask. You can go to the stores that have opened back up but you must wear a mask and sanitize your hands, clorox your phone, keys and inner car compartment a lot. Buy alcohol wipes in boxes if easier to carry little packets. Costco sells them or did. Be aware of where you touch. Put paint on your hands and do the test little kids are being shown. You have the time. It makes for a great Tik Tok video. When I go to the store, if I touch a shirt, I santitize my hands. I wear the medical masks from Party City. They are great. I can breathe. They fold up easily. They don’t fall off my face. You can bend the nose part. The ear part fits. These masks are important. Find the one that works for you. Don’t play with your masks in the store. I had a cool July 4th mask Sylvia made me. She is our Social Worker expert. Catch her on our shows.
I use Party City’s sanitizer too because they were the only ones who had it when I needed it. I put a big bottle in my cup holder and use it often like lotion. It’s a new habit. I put the small ones from Wegmans in my pocket or attach it to my purse.
I buy a lot of banners from Oriental Trader and try to make a lot of social distance birthdays or events memorable. Check out our truck in the Graduation Parade. I buy a lot of balloons from Party City because they were doing curbside pick up during quarantine. I love balloons. They are better than flowers. They brighten a day up. I used to tell my kids if their balloon flew away to make a wish. We would let old balloons go and make wishes too. Let’s all make some wishes for a cure together. Hopefully, God will hear us and say we have had enough but until then…find new ways to do things. It’s challenging…we are alive not robots.
What is going on with your School next year? What about sports? What are you doing for the rest of the summer? Have you had covid19? Anyone you know die from covid19? Share your stories….
We at Teen Say want to hear from you. We need to educate you. What do you want to learn? Email us and let’s zoom. Mariann.email@example.com. If you are under 18 Parents need to zoom for a second to give permission.
Poem by Mariann DiMattina (1978) after my Grandfather died
We’re Not Immortal
Afraid of Death, As we shuffle through the Funeral Parlor Door.
Kneel to Pray for the body that once had a soul.
We Pray to God for our loved one to be in heaven;
We ask God for a sign from heaven and Strength to carry on; knowing we are not immortal.
We cry for the return of our loved one.
We cry in fear of the unknown ….
seen through our lost loved one’s closed eyes.
I came to your house, you smiled.
I left, you cried.
I said I’d return,
God said you couldn’t wait.
Love you forever!
God is Here! Amen! Peace! History Changed forever! The World got a Miracle! Amen!
Stonebridge HS Graduates of 2020 share how they feel about the Pandemic, Coronavirus, Graduation and the disappointment of losing Spring Sports. They survive with a Stock Business and Door Dash. They appreciate their siblings at a time like this…Parking Lot Meetings with Friends make a difference too. Firefighters/First Responders thank you!
Future Social Workers listen to this Worldly Licensed Social Worker share her advice to you High School and College Students. It is not a 9-5 job. It is more than listening to problems. One must gain experience thus become seasoned before they open their own practice. Let us know what you think of our 50 Shades of Grey show with Sylvia as our expert as well.