Sometimes, you just need a banana. That's especially true if your doctors have overlooked your critically low levels of potassium, as was the case with writer Cathy Free's mother.

In September 2017, Cathy's mother, 77, collapsed while they were setting up for a yard sale. Her knee had given out and doctors diagnosed her with sepsis, a blood condition that they believed had spread from her knee to her kidneys. Her medical team gave her dialysis and sent her to a rehab center.

Three doctors told Cathy that her mother was on death's door and all she could do was make her mother comfortable and say goodbye.

As her mom drifted in and out of consciousness, Cathy told her:

"Mama, I love you. This is hard, but I will try to be brave."

Cathy's mother replied:

"I love you, too. Think of the happy times. Remember your pink canopy bed? I can still see you sleeping there."

She also made plans for her own funeral service. Cathy said:

"'Nothing fancy,' she told me. 'Let's keep it simple.' She wanted sunflowers at her memorial service and lots of family photos. 'Champagne,' she said, 'would also be nice. And happy music.'"

But something inside Cathy couldn't believe her mom was dying. She tracked down a phlebotomist (a professional blood drawer) on Thanksgiving weekend to come in and run an "independent blood panel." It's a good thing she did, because the test revealed Cathy's mom's true ailment: critically low potassium levels.

In other words, she was dying for a banana.

The nurses wouldn't give Cathy's mom any potassium without a doctor's clearance, so her brother rushed to the store and bought some over-the-counter potassium pills, which they crushed into water and gave her immediately. The blood test showed no signs of the sepsis three different doctors had agreed upon and, before long, Cathy's mother was on the mend.

A year later, Cathy's mother is still alive and well, though significantly weakened by her health scare.

When a priest mistakenly entered her room at the care center to deliver last rights, she said:

"Oh, hell no! I'm not going anywhere!"

H/T - The Miami Herald, The Washington Post

Image by ANURAG1112 from Pixabay

Any engaged couple looks forward to the big day when after months of planning, they get to tie the knot and declare their love in front of family and friends.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay

Sometimes I think back to a teacher I had when I was a kid who demanded to know whether any of us were "raised in a barn" in response to crappy behavior. Namely littering. She hated littering. Can you blame her? It's a horrible habit and some people do it with no sense of shame. She dedicated much of her time to telling students to pick up after themselves and dispose of things properly. For that, I'm thankful.

But why didn't anyone else get the memo? The trash I see on the streets is obscene.

People had lots of thoughts to share after Redditor SneakyStriedker876 asked the online community,

"What seemingly uncivilized thing is commonplace in society?"
Keep reading... Show less
Image by Cucu Petronela from Pixabay

I love presents. I try to hide my enthusiasm, and I do my best to appease the greater public by saying "it's the thought that counts." But that is a WHOLE lie. I don't just love gifts, I love great gifts. And if you go rogue from my lists, please keep a receipt. It's just plain rude to divert from what the recipient has requested.

This thought process has emerged from experience. I have received some trash presents over the years and now I'm too old to pretend you just went crazy while shopping. Like... "do you even know me?!"

Redditor u/sulemannkhann wanted to hear all about the presents some of us have received that we prayed, came with a receipt, by asking:

What's the worst birthday gift you ever got?
Keep reading... Show less
Image by Pawel86 from Pixabay

I'm still on the fence about this whole extraterrestrial situation. I need more proof. Now I'm not naive enough to think that in this vast, endless universe only the human race exists. I just need proof, tangible, solid, didn't see it from my trailer through beer goggles proof.

I also need proof about the afterlife, another out there topic. Truth be told, I've never been that into this whole conversation. I've got enough daily problems on this planet, let alone worrying about making Will Smith's biggest hits into documentaries and not just popcorn/comedy space farce.

But let's compare thoughts...

Redditor u/ValencikHannibal197 wanted to discuss life beyond this planet, what do we really think? They asked:

What's the best theory on UFOs or aliens you've ever heard??
Keep reading... Show less