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They don't mean to be funny, but they are

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AKAngel
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With medications, comes room for funny things to come out of the mouths of the ones we care for most....they don't mean to be funny, but they are. I try not to laugh when they are said, but bring them up as jokes later.

Some things my mom has said:

1. Rock-croaches, instead of cockroaches

2. Zippity-zappity-zoo, instead of Bippity-boppity-boo (from disney's Cinderella fairy godmother)

3. Refers to her suppository as "The MISSLE", because of its shape

Does anyone else out there have a funny to share??

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I know my kids have been laughing at me. I told my nine year old to brush her face before she went to bed the other night meaning her teeth of course. And I am only taking pain medicine occasionally!

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AKAngel
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Should I feel bad for laughing at the funny things? I hope you don't think so...I worry sometimes that it's insensitive of me.
I laugh because I feel so bad that my mom's mouth doesn't say what she wants it to say or that her brain can't control what comes out, and she doesn't allow any crying to happen in front of her.
I started this thread thinking maybe other people had heard "funnies" and my mom wasn't the only one, but so far I only got your response. I hope it hasn't offended people..that wasn't my intention. But sometimes we need to laugh the pain away, even at a chuckle at a time.

lamapa516
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I can empathize with your situation. My aunt is 95 and she does not have long to be here. I go to visit my aunt 4 days a week who is in a paliative care unit. Yesterday I read about 4-5 stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul.It felt good to hear her laugh. The stories are about one or two pages, and they usually ended up with a cute ending. My aunt chuckled over maybe 3 of these stories. So now I am looking for some very short stories with a funny ending, enough to give my aunt a chuckle or two in her last days.

lamapa516
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My aunt passed away last night at 1 a.m. I am feeling okay with the fact that we were able to laugh at the short stories that I read to her last week. I will be able to keep it in my memories and look back at it later as something precious that we shared together in her final days.

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AKAngel
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My heart goes out to you and your family. I only hope that when my mom passes, that I can have more happy than sad memories to take with me, and comfort me. Prayers to you and lots of cyber-hugs....

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Hey AKAngel,
You are all over the boards aren't you? I am trying to remember some of the funny things dad would say under the influence of his pain meds morphine and oxycodone.

Out of nowhere one morning, he looked around the room, looked back at me and mom, and said...mmmmm I'm hungry!! now he was eating very little the last few days, so mom and I were thrilled to hear this. We said, what would you like to have? He was so cute, he said ummmmm some chocolate cupcakes with the white swirlies on top! We laughed and said ok. He had 2, enjoyed them completely. That was the last thing he had to eat before he passed away.

He wanted to go sit by the front door in the sun, so mom and I helped him up and placed him in his chair by the door. He looked at us and said....Hey! Put my NRA hat on me Captain! he was laughing the whole time.

The day he passed away, he kept telling us he had to use the bathroom. We knew he didn't because he was quite dehydrated. We said, ok and helped him to the bathroom. He had to sit down to go, and of course couldn't, he looked down and said...Come on "you stinker!". We laughed about that comment for days afterward.

Thanks Angel for posting this. It has made me remember quite a few fond memories, and put a smile on my face!

Tina

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AKAngel
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Of course I'm everywhere....Angels are never tied down to one spot.
Thank you for sharing your dad's stories. Isn't it funny how the mind will still believe in a process (like voiding) even when it also knows that there's no way it's going to happen? My mom constantly goes into the bathroom, to sit and wait for her "eureka" (bm), but because she barely eats, she barely goes. She's stuck in a loop of what was, when she used to eat regularly in decent amounts, and expects her body to put out just the same. I wish I could get her to laugh more. I'm glad your dad could leave you with a smile; it's a great memorial.

Karen9182
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I don't know how I would get through the day without humor. those verbal scrambles are constantly pouring out of my mouth. My kids (5 & 7) crack up. Humor, happiness, joy, gratitude are all so positive. I think doing something that makes you laugh should be part of daily treatment regimen. I notice some responses do take a little time. I was surprised too. This is my first time participatingnin a discussion board. I guess it depends on who catches your discussion thread. Hang in there and keep laughing!
Karen

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kkkelley1
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My kids have actually started a momarizms list. All the strange and crazy things I've began saying
When time allows I'll share some more but the first and best if you ask my kids was

'GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BOAT'

cute aren't they ha ha
kim

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I too get letters of words so mixed up!! And I wasn’t on medication when I said these. Once I was freaking out because we were suppose to get a lot of rain and I said to my co-worker “Oh no! My fludder suds!” (translation: “my cellar floods”) Another time I was riding in the car with my boyfriend on a drizzly afternoon and I said “Look at all the faggy potches” (translation: “foggy patches”). The best one? I had gotten a new vest and it had buttons with chains going across the front and I came out and said “How do you like my chest veins?” (vest chains) I won’t repeat the responses! LOL I’m so glad I’m not alone with my psychobabble and laughter is one of the best medicines! Thanks everyone!

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is good!!! I am crackin up, with tears running down my face, I am a mom of three boys, 22, 19 and 17. They are well behaved and are great with people. But they like to mess with mom. It's okay with me, because they only act up at home and around the campsite fire when we're on vacation lol but they get me so flustered things comeout exactly like your chest veins etc... my boys and i lay on the ground dying laughing cause they can't believe I said something soooo out there and then they crack up and can't breathe. So we are laying there like dorks, lol another play on words. anyway. Thank you for the laughs I have 2 boys in college right now and one is moving out of state to finish his college career and mom is stressing I really needed that laugh!!
Make it a great day!!
Goofyladie StageIV 12 year colon cancer survivor

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you laugh as much as you want to & cry when you need to ... there is no right or wrong when dealing with emotions ... enjoy your sense of humor (I bet you inherited it from your mother)

fatima109
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When the lady comes to give my mom her bath, my mom refers to her nether-regions as Howard. Luckily, we don't know a Howard. Or else I'd start asking questions!

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We were in the Oncologist office today to receive the sad news that the cancer has invaded by husbands spinal fluid, which led to talk of hospice. I looked over at my husband and saw that his eyes were closed and his head lowered. I said to the doctor and my daughter, He is so sad, and I started to cry thinking he was crying. After a few minutes of sobbing I looked back over at my husband and said, wait a minute, I think he is sleeping. Upon which my husband eyes popped open and we all started to crack up laughing. The doctor turned to my husband and said, don't worry we did not make any important decisions while you were napping.....

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Such funny stories! I suppose the Lord sends us "comic relief" at these times. My daughter and I still giggle at some of the things my beloved said in his last days! The one that we still feel bad about, but still makes us giggle is: the Saturday before he passed, he was weak and not doing well. We took the "top" and the "bottom" to bathe him. Of course, I took the "bottom". After I was done with the bottom, we attempted to put a t-shirt on his "top". I had put his favorite "baseball" flannel jammy pants on him, so my daughter pulled out a red t-shirt. As we struggled to put the shirt on, with him even trying to help, my daughter who was in front, starts laughing! I say, what? She says, I'm awful, but daddy looks like buddha! The shirt she had chosen was too small, as my dear husband's tummy was very swollen. She says, look for yourself, it was funny! As little as he was speaking, he tells us to stop teasing him! So now we have to pull the shirt off, but in our hysterics, we end up leaving it on his head! He now tells us, you guys are really P*****g me off! Eventually, we did dress him, administered his pain meds and put him comfortably to bed.

My sweet daughter and I know that if "daddy" had been all there, he would have laughed harder than we did!

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tanker sgv
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This post made me laugh, my mom and aunt would always say CHEMOBRAIN after they would realize what they said made no since at all. So here's a funny one: my mom ask me to run to the store and buy her some vitamins. So I bought her "women's one a day"I get home and give them to her. About ten minutes later she comes out of her room holding the vitamins and her glasses, she looks at me and says "Kenny, I think I need new glasses,i can see where it says women's one a day, but I can't find anything on here where it says how many times a day I'm supposed to take'em" That memory always puts a smile on my face.

Fanspeed
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Dark humor, maybe, but my grand-niece recently learned about death. She's just four years old, and her mom explained to her how we don't go on forever, but move on to a better place. She got so sad, and she thought on it a long time. She finally said: If granny died, I would cry and cry all day and all the next day, and the day after that I'd take her out and put in her the compost bin.

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catwink22
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My 3 year old granddaughter was also learning about death when my beloved old dog was in his last days. I told her that he was going to go to heaven with God, up in the sky with the beautiful stars. A few days later she was riding in my car and said "Meme, Duke's going to heaven?" and I said Yes and she said "with God, and his brother Oh my God?" Hee hee!! I almost went off the road!

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Had to bring dad to live with us while he is in treatments, starting this spring. He got bad and was neglecting his geriatric dog, so the grouchy, old dog was in poor health as well. I told dad I was going to plant potatoes and if the dog got lost we might have to look in the holes in the garden in case he got buried along with the spuds, so we started calling the dog "tater patch." Eventually it evolved into "Dog, if you don't straighten up, you're going to the tater patch/ compost pile." But then I told dad that was an empty threat as we don't want hairy potatoes! :)

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I had a lot of fun during my almost 1 yr in the hospital( Iknow it sound weird), when i couldn't remember the name of a med that the give me by mouth I call it the "jello shot" all the nurses knew what i meant, and since chemo I cant remember names and thing and im having some bone and joint pain and i was trying to let my nurse know wich parts and i just said "the wrist of my feet" lol

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The great thing about it all is that the laughter we get makes us feel so much better

Hondo

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anag21
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Icould not agree more with you Hondo. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't laugh with my family and friends. It really keeps my spirits up!

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Hondo
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I watch my grandkids and boy that can keep me laughing for hours with the silly little thing they do and say, now I know why God put children in our life’s, to keep us smiling.

Thanks
Hondo

aykt34
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I know my kids have been laughing at me. I told my nine year old to brush her face before she went to bed the other night meaning her teeth of course.
And I am only taking pain medicine occasionally!

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Hondo
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Welcome to CSN glad to have you here with us. The way I look at it these days it is normal for me to mess-up as my mouth moves before my brain kicks in, sometimes I have to stop and think about stuff I said then re-say it over again.

Hondo

hakuna13
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My mom said some pretty ridiculous things while she was all hopped up on the all the pain meds.

She would fall asleep really easily, but only for about 30 seconds or so. She used to tell me that she was living between two worlds. The world she knew was real with me and the hospital etc, and the world in her brain that appeared as soon as she closed her eyes.

One day she was telling me about all these little tiny people, and how they were building a castle and she got angry at them because they were building the moat wrong. I just started laughing at her, and she goes, "oh, that wasn't real. I know that, i swear"

This one is a little bit morbid, but one day close to the end, the ICU nurses came to check on her because her oxygen was low, and they asked her what day it was. She responded with February, even though it was May. The nurse just kind of chuckled and said, why do you think it's February, do you think it's cold in here? Mom said, well it must be February, because it's not very light outside. The nurse looked at her and said, it's not light outside because it's almost midnight and mom just laughed and laughed and laughed.

Then of course all the BM jokes and the cheering that occurred at the smallest of BMs.

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fishmanpa
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I had a friend who passed many years ago from H&N cancer (Ironically I know and fighting the same battle).... He was notorious for mixing up words and sayings... here are a few I remember. RIP Eddie Mo Z!

 

I need to put another paint of coat on the house

I bought a pair of shoeless laces

I need to choil the ange in my car

"T"

 

Folks24
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Well I once said I was going home to soak my head. LOL  I meant wash my wig as I have no hair.

bryambkyn3
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In times of sorrow it helps us heal with humor. I am glad I found this discussion board need all the laughs I can get right now

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