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Beaumont Farmers Markets Are Growing

Beaumont Farmers MarketThursday, June 13 marks the sixth anniversary of Beaumont, Royal Oak’s Farmers Market. The growing success of the farmers market has been a joy to watch over the past few years. Our market has attracted more shoppers, vendors and a greater variety of goods each year and 2013 will be no different.

Taking place each Thursday (through October) outside the South Tower entrance, the Beaumont market has a diverse group of products and vendors – from fresh produce to homemade desserts to bath and body products and much more. The market is open to visitors, patients, Beaumont employees and the entire community.

Starting tomorrow, Beaumont Hospital, Troy will host their first farmers market as well. Every Tuesday through October, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., join vendors on the ground level outside of the parking deck (under the covered walkway).

Currently in season are a variety of leafy greens, herbs, asparagus, snap peas and hydroponically-grown tomatoes. If you’re looking for lunch, Ned’s TravelBurger food truck will be back and if you’re just looking for a quick snack, Mystic Kettle will be popping fresh kettle corn at each market.

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When Pigs Fly

The expression “when pigs fly” is used in situations that feel impossible. When Stan was admitted to the inpatient rehab unit at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, he felt the probability of getting back to normal life was just that – impossible.

when pigs flyAfter suffering a stroke, Stan was discouraged by the fact that his rehab process would take him several weeks to get back some of his normal functions. Through the discouragement, Stan kept his great sense of humor and a lot of motivation to get better, even though he wished the rehab was an overnight fix. He started to joke with the therapy staff that he would not get out of the unit to go home until “pigs fly.”

With that thought in mind, the whole therapy and nursing team went with his joke and drew a picture of a pig flying on his board where the usual discharge date is designated.¬† It was a great way to get over the discouragement and his motivation shot through the roof. At 60, Stan was still an avid hockey player and was committed to get back home play once again. Since he’s an athlete, the staff was able to motivate and push him like a driven, rehabbing athlete.

Finally, the day came that Stan was being discharged. Cathy, his wife, came to the gym with a box full of flying toy pigs for the therapy team to surprise him with. When he was ready to go, he was wheeled to the gym that he had spent so much time rehabbing in, only this time instead of physical therapy equipment, the staff that had worked with him for the past month were all holding the flying pigs.

“It was hilarious. I knew that it meant I was going home,” Stan said. “I’d like to thank all of the staff again and let them know they’re wonderful people.”

It was a very emotional moment for Stan, as well as everybody he had interacted with. All of his caregivers – physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists, nurses and aides – signed his flying pig before he left, as a reminder that he could do the impossible.


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