When in Doubt…..Baked Goods! | HumorOutcasts

When in Doubt…..Baked Goods!

July 10, 2017

I was having dinner with a friend last night who lives far away from me.  She was telling me about her parents and caregiving. I was flattered that this very busy, corporate woman had obviously taken the time to read several of my blog posts because she was very familiar with my ups and downs as a caregiver, attorney, and speaker.

The joy of this is that she was willing to share with me her hilarious story of taking her parents to a seminar on joint- replacement since her mom was about to have knee replacement surgery.

As the nurse practitioner was speeding through extensive PowerPoint slides, my friend was furiously writing down notes to be able to deal with possible side effects, rehabilitation, medication and the personality changes that we all deal with when our elders have surgery…like, “I hate you because I don’t want to go to therapy and this hurts, and I haven’t gone to the bathroom for days on this pain medication.”

Meanwhile, her parents are chit-chatting with other future replacement recipients and asking their daughter to grab a brownie or two from the nice snack table that the hospital has put out to lure people to this presentation.

My take-away from this:

  1. Just because you’re caregiving at home, don’t think lots of other people aren’t doing it from work, from afar, or from their mobile phones.
  2. Caregivers love laughing at each other’s stories. We even know it’s funny while it’s happening, even though we may not be laughing until days, months or weeks later.
  3. You never know who might benefit from your caregiving plight. My Nana was right: Misery loves Company. I feel certain Nana didn’t make that up. It sounds like something Shakespeare probably said.  My five siblings and I must’ve made Nana pretty miserable ’cause we heard that a lot.
  4. As I suspected, Brownies solve everything.

This bears repeating.

Thanks to my friend for sharing. I love hearing all your hilarious tales. Never be afraid to be funny.  It helps. I promise.

For more of my humor go here

Cathy is the author of Showering with Nana: Confessions of a Serial Caregiver  and

Who Moved My Teeth?



cathy sikorski

After more than 25 years of caregiving and Elder Law, Cathy writes about the comedy of caregiving in her blog; "You just have to Laugh..."She is the author of "Showering with Nana: Confessions of a Serial (killer) Caregiver" published by HumorOutcasts Press in 2015.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook - Google Plus - YouTube

Share this Post:

Tags: , , , , , , ,

15 Responses to When in Doubt…..Baked Goods!

  1. Bill Y "The Legend" Ledden
    July 16, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Brownies solve everything but the scouts are cool too.

  2. July 11, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I am a big believer in the “brownies solve everything” philosophy. It’s how I handle most problems!

  3. July 11, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Brownies do solve everything!

    Except for my cholesterol level. They don’t seem to be doing much for that, at all.

    • July 11, 2017 at 9:05 am

      I’m sure it’s other things…cancel all other food and eat brownies. Your blood test will be perfect!

      • July 13, 2017 at 9:11 pm

        Okay, I’ll give it a shot!

  4. July 10, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    If they aren’t serving gooey pastries, I won’t go! 😉

    • July 11, 2017 at 9:04 am

      This seems to be the case. I think these programs for Seniors have definitely figured us all out!

  5. July 10, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Now drooling for a Brownie. There goes my diet! LOL

    • July 11, 2017 at 9:03 am

      That is definitely the most important part of the story!

  6. July 10, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I really is all about the brownies. I mean, let’s get real. right?

    • July 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      No one realer than you, Carol…yep always the brownies!

  7. July 10, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I am a brownie lover………so, of course, I had to read this. But, it was so much more than a brownie recipe! I love the honest but humorous take you have on caregiving. It is so refreshing and helpful!

    • July 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks, Ellen. Those are the same words I’d use to describe your mission on menopause!

  8. July 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    You know me — give me a dessert and I’ll do anything you want. LOL

    • July 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Yes, that’s why you’re my favorite publisher!

User Login

New Release
How to Write and Share Humor
By Donna Cavanagh Published by HumorOutcasts Press

Available in Paperback and Kindle

New Release
The Astounding Misadventures of Rory Collins
By Brian Kiley and HumorOutcasts Press

Available in Paperback and Kindle

New Release
Rats, Mice, And Other Things You Can't Take to The Bank: An Inspirational Collection of Essays from Humorous to Simply Human
By Leslie Handler. and HumorOutcasts Press

Available in Paperback and Kindle

Comments Are Part Of The Fun, Recent Comments