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The Writers Block - with Ron Knight
The Writers Block - with Ron Knight

Episode · 9 months ago

Top Tech Toys and Get Your Stuff Together - Advocacy, with Laura Greenwald

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

How to Keep from Losing the Things that Make Your Life, Your Life. Your home, family, and the things that you love, safe and secure. Laura Greenwald joins Ron on this episode, to talk about Top Tech Toys, and how to Get Your Stuff Together in today's multiple potentials for emergency. Laura, along with her mother Janet, is one half of only mother/daughter writing team in the entertainment industry. Laura began her writing and production network sitcoms at MGM and Warner Brothers, and catches up with Ron on stories about mutual days of Hollywood, how relationships turned to development deals. The Greenwalds were introduced to emergency preparedness the hard way, as a horrendous medical tragedy took the life of their mother/grandmother, Elaine Sullivan. Laura ;and her mother Janet were kept from preventing the drug interaction that took Elaine's life. Pushed to become Champions of Advocacy, Laura & Jan joined forces with legislators in Illinois and California to enact three Next of Kin Laws, now enforced in both states to help prevent these by now all too common "death by lack of communication" contraindication stories. 

From Covid 19, to earthquakes, to hard drive crashes, over 600,000 readers have enjoyed Laura's emergency toolkits in the form of shortcut sheets, action plans, materials and books for better living and protection in these times of crisis - as well as great tip books on tech toys and gadgets to simplify life.  

O, how are youhow are youryougood to,finally at least get a chance to talk and connect with Ha Real, real humanbeing. It is, I know, and we finally figured out with the adapter that Ihave to plug the microphone into the headphone slot. I phone into theMicrophone Slot, Oh, rather than the other way around yeah, that's kind of like the whitegoes on the white post and the red goes on the red post and the black goes onthe plack, but you don't wire up electrical outlets. Do you? Oh No, just wanto know who makes these thingsthat yeah? I hear you. You know it's funny, so you aske me where we, youknow the whole connection you and I actually have a common history fromback in Lauramar back in the Laura Martela pictures, exactly where doe youwork, that's how I was trying to remember. Well, I didn't work directlyfor Lauramar Lorimar used to be located at the old Mgan. Yes, facilitated covercity and I used to go in there on pitch sessions. I was actually off premiseoff of Satel, which I guess would be on the border of Culver City Wasway, and Idon't even remember the names of people, but anyway, my relationship withLarimar was I used to work directly under contract basis with Kenpage, whois the president of Laura Marl? Of course sure so I was bringing inprojects is at the time I was bringing in a couple of development deals withwow marvel studios. You KNO anw, to work for them. Well, thetas, one of ourfavorite studios ever well. It was long time ago. You know it was still when Oh Gosh Margaret Lesh was that the helmis as the president of Marvel and I was bringing in projects from at the timearound the world, and some of them were actually getting some connectivity andagain in animation wow. This is the earlys, and what happened is that therewas going to be a spin off under the license rites for live action as well.So I had met with Ken on a referral from Jack Bryant who, at the time, was inArian syndicated television. If you run across Ryan Cagnaalic, yes yeah soanyway, I was doing direct response television spots and putting out themedia and Jack, and I at Oryan were working on a show called the twentyminute workout and we were putting in direct response products for women'saerobic. Fitness gear into the television show that at the time thehost was best. Mata and Bess was known for her role with Arnold Schwarzeneggerin the Terminator Nice Movies and so Jack, and I were putting her spots orthe spots for the products into the show which was twenty minute workoutand then all of a sudden I started getting these development deals. At thesame time, I was working in cartoons...

...and animation and one of the couple ofthe clients that were coming in through the animation company said you know.We've got these rights here to the show, and I was telling Jack about this to ary, and he says you know you're going to need some firepower for this. Youreally need to go talk to our collaborative parent company re here atLauramar and you need to talk to canpage. So the next thing I know I wasmeeting with canpage over in actually in can but nip Shir and one thing ledto the next and turned into a live action, development deal and anacquisition with Laramar and then, of course, Marvel took the animation. ButI had this ongoing dialogue and I wer working relationship with Ken and thenlater just to kind of bring this up to speed. I had a relationship directlywith Danny Simon and I still have known Danny for Gosh thirty years now. Fortyyears, Danny Simon was responsible for licensing it Loramar and he worked withanother person, Pamela Harris who also is still Tams, yeah old name,Stellar Histories and licensing of brands and and they had a promotiongoing on what was it. They were doing all the merchandising of the Lorimarproperties and when I met them, I don't know we got into a conversation aroundGumbe that they were mercn murching at the time, and so we did a promotionworldwide for Gumb together and you know Danny and I later got involvedwith his Rambo Properties for Karao, and you know we used to have thesecommon threads about leading right back to talking with Ken page because heworked directly under campage as well yeah. So I mean that was the wholecorridor there between my Laura Mark and Ectivity, and I guess how we allkind of knew each other so unny, all those circles waste still find that thefirst people we worked with are still the same people that we work with downthe road somebody met years ago and now all of a sudden they're at the clocksof whanever pojet. You want to put together. You know it's so much funyeah it is. You know I was just on the horn with somebody last night said thesame thing. You know we keep going to these well. COVID has changedeverything in terms of the nature of whether you're going to Bilin or goingto can or all of these trade shows. But you know by the time we've been doingthis for a while. We kind of really already know where the people are thatwe already have these lifelong relationships with and BSO. We justjust kind of keep trying to find new things to do together. Well, we startedout in the industry. I, when I was growing up, I really loved a littlehospital prairie. I really really wanted to meet Michael Addick, so mybrilliant mother, who was now my writing partner, just felt to send aletter to him. We said a letter, nothing happened, so we sent o anotherletter and we found out that Marlan Elson who was playing Johnathan Garvneyat the time. This was like in ND. Seventy nine, I think, found out thathe was going to be at a local church e went t one church whut. He was at thethiph down the street. So of course you don't know anybody. If it was ourchurch, we couldn't said Ol andgineer meeting bet what happened was. It wasGardenvolv th community church, you now Ben Robert Shilla years ago, he'sthrough the drivein churches and Gardenvald? Oh Yeah. Oh so you were youere in Orange County C yeah. I grew up yeah, I grew up in. I was born inChicago and I grew up in city of ornge...

...o absolutely. I was one town over fromyou. I never admitted to anybody, but I grew up in Anaheim. U I went toSconanoh Gee, so there you go more concentric circles there exactly butanyway, so we found out. Marlan was going to be there. My mom likes theletter. I was all of I think. Fifteen years old we went there, we went to thechurch, went to the luncheon and of course he had already left the lunch anand then he 's going to b go speakinto the huge sentuaryn. This church washuge at the time we walked in there and my mom was walking in and she trippedover something really hard and she looked down. It was this enormous boot.It was Merlan Alson and she doesn't know. If that had beenme, I would have been the other end of the CENTAR. Yo would not have found mefor fifteen minutes. She stands there and takes the letter out of a person.Says, excuse me Borlind, I'm so lad. I saw you. Can you get this Tomichael forme? Within a month we were on the setelittle housein prairie, but when we were, it was at the Oldm. James Studioshad just moved to him GM. So when we were leaving, we just we had such awonderful day and we just knew Vowdet that this is what we were supposed tobe doing. We had no idea, we'd, be writing anything, but together we saidwe're going to be back Onyo this time we're going to be working here. Just afew years later we got jobs on Riller, Boyat, ballery and perfost strangersand Valary Turninto, the hope and family. At that lot right on the LINEMMyeah. You See, I guess, if you wish, for something I used to work for withJerry Smith, who did the below the linefulfilment for Bill Hanna at Hanna,Barbara and yeah. You know a lot of cartoons and Jerry used to always tellme be careful what you wish for you'll. Probably get it absolutely. If peoplelive their lives. That way, you know muchbetter alive, just to o you'regoing to get it yeahther more Oyou, gotta get it yeah. Oryou know I used totell students if you bang on any door lab enough. Certainly somebody on theother side of the door is going to open it up and say who the hell keepsknocking on the door. You know her. We had a friend who wrote a script and itdidn't do the show didn't do well, nothing else Wen well, and it was just.I hid. It was a specspect something like two years later somebody movedinto that production. Company universal, open up. The drawer found his scriptand hired him to write well. Well, you never go hard back from the other showwel. You know it's funny. It's like we spend so much time and energy, focusinglike a laser on certain things or a project or a premise or that which wewant to do in pitch, and then you never know how your idea is going to actuallyfit in to kick the idea for somebody else and o what they think is the thingthat should be done and then they come back to you say well that doesn't work,but this does and then the next thing you know you're onto the next. Whateverthe next wave length is it's so true, you don't know if somebody else outthere wants, but somebody desperately wants what you have if Lik thetmaterial they need it, and hopefully, if they like what you did then they'llcall you back is compared to going thanks for the idea and then you neverhear exacty person Adan try not to pitch ideas as Mus yeah, yeah yeah it ssome wortuatly. Unfortunately it can be a little bit shall we say unscrupulous,but much better. Lately I tid the last...

...few years. Hav Gotten a lot better. Iwould hope so maybe it's just the industry theunions. I think people aregetting so scared of stealing something that they just don't yeah. Well, that'sprobably a good thing yeah. So let's get into your wonderfulworld of what you're saing today now you've already mentioned that you knowwith me today. Folks is Laura Greenwald who, along with Janet Grinwald, hermother, Jan and Laura, are one of the only mother and daughter writing teamsin the industry now they've written without consent, which I guess is aemotion picture e sandigrammother story. Yes, yeah, based upon the circumstancessurrounding the unfortunate and untimely death of Jan's, mother, ElaneSullivan, and that has propelled both of you as a duo into the world ofhealthcare and politics. And you know, obviously, you fought to enact h lifesaving next to kin healthcare laws in both California and Illinois, andthat's great because the outcome of this is that threehealthcare laws in two states have actually now been implemented andprobably because of your efforts right absolutely, they have been, as we alsohad found out later, that there was so much more that we could do besides alaw because laws only go so far, yeah well, it's kind of like now we'redealing with covid and finally, the corporations are getting involvedbecause there's only so much government can do now if people start listening to theirbosses like at H, Honeywell- and you know targeting these other corporations,you know it's a simple thing: they say you come to work, you wear a mask. Ifyou don't, you don't come to work and exactly it's so simple. A D andgovernment can only do so much so laws only work so effectively, and wedo know that o there's a handful of people that like to break laws anyway.They don't care anyway. Let's get into your get yourstuff together and get your stuff togethercom, because you have a coupleof books and actually I've gone to get your stuff, Togethercom Mosa Fun andyou got lots of books. I mean you, don't just have a couple you have beenat this and a lot of these are just kind of tools for living, as I willcall them. I guess well, let's get into because I knowwe're going to talk about your one book, top tech toys, which is really coolbecause everybody loves to play with check toys, and I think we're going tokind of get into this with you in terms of what it is and what's current andwhat's hip and what's Toty, and then you have the other book that will touchon first, but let's get into for the fun of it. Let's get into toptech toys. So what is top CECK toys? APTEC toys is one of our most popularbooks. Everyone, like Ho said, loves toys and thanks for the intro you're,absolutely right and our books have helped one point: three million peoplekeep all the things they love. The people they love and the informationthey need safe and sound matter. What's going on around them a couple of yearsago that might have meen Tormatos an earthquakes, as us, California know,but also this year we found out how important it is just to have our ownbasic information with us with so many...

...people it cobed like were Beeng intolater ending up in the hospital and expectively. It really helps to haveall that information with you and what we do is we give people the quicklyeasy, trools and strategies that they need to back up things like theirfollows: The photosaftheir phones, the follows off the friends after walls,videos, Tho, delove keepsakes, even their vityl record, albums, which Iknow something that you're going to love and how to make them safe how tomeet them. Emergency Prov how to make the lost proof just how to keep allthose things that are so important to you in your life. You don't lant themto go missing, someplace to matter. What's Happenrougo, you want to makesure that should have them back up to several pik several different places,but what top tech twice does? Is there a a lot of people that are just toobusy or just not that hands on they don't really want to go out there? Yougot all the strategies when they have in our books to Pintins down and buttonthings up safely themselves, so instead they'd love to have a bunch of tors tohelp them do it and our top tech toys includes over seventy five high techtors that do most of the work for you. So you can just sit down and magazineor play with your jog. While these toys are butting up tatwerything for you wow, so we're really kind of escalatedwell beyond the days of just a microwave Berrito here to get a meal infifteen seconds you are talking about. Are you talking about robotics that arejust literally running around from backaing to like the jetsons and rosycomes on in and says? What do you need everything from toast flying out I'lldouble your tie and get you out the door? What kind of cutting edgeproducts does it feature? Well, I really wish we did have rosie an placeslike that. What I always wanted to do was to fold my car up into a briefcaseand take it with me, so you don't have to park. That would be awesome. Yeah,unfortunately, Jedson's isn't quite here yet, but we've got one thing. Iwas just mentioning that it'e all about your vinal albums. We found a stereothat can actually turn your favorite old vinal albums into a smart fom,ready, anp three any of the albums you have today with all the POPs and creeks,and things like that that you love so much. We found an Audio Bluetoothtermtable that actually can turn those into MP threes. That tomorrow afternoon, youcan be listening to your favorite vil albums in your carge at cruising downthe four of five. So it's an MP three converter, that's built into a regularrocaturn table right into a Tun table, so you just turn it on. You turn onrecord and it saves in love for you either to your computer or to yourphone. Well, you mentioned an interesting thing about the clicks andthe POPs and scratches, if they're in the vinyl does this have some kind of amagic software thatt's, actually a click pop remover as well. I don'tthink so. I think it just basically just recorns. We haven't had anyclicking and popping albums that wev recorded, but it will record your songsjust as they play so. Probably we'll have all the cools clicks. The popsaying on people usually like them, but you can just have them with youwherever you are and again, if something happens to the album US saydown the road of warps a little bit or you use it so much you literally wearit out you're going to have a copy of...

...that' some place I'll s es still enjoyit. Well, that's good, because vinyl is certainly making a comeback. Now, vinylsales have actually been increasing this year up and over. It's almosteclipsing matching up to digital downloads, and it certainly surpassedanything in the way of CD disk media, which is already kind of gone. The wayof the dinosaur exactly exactly, and we also have tools in there that will backup your CDs and even back up hour, casettes believe or not there'ssomething that actually looks like a Walkman. I know we may have just playex or on a cassette do do use the word cassette wait a minute. I have to goback and think about what that means. I think I have to look that up in thelibrary and they still have those. I don't youI don't know so what cou get a pencil out? tery wine, jer cassette, yeah oruse a pencil sharpenner yeah. So let's get into the other kinds of cuttingedge products, the top teck toys get into one. I really love Thit, just so gotingnow with copan is it's a box that not only sanitizes a full day worth of Crodoff your smart Phune, but you can also sick anything else in it like your keysor your sonlasses or your remotes, and with you V it actually sanitizes.Whatever little items you have that you throw into it huh. Do they make one bigenough for people to crawl into not yet, although I don't know you Cla, theymight have, one yeahthat would be good, so is it Worrie some in terms ofmetallic things, or does it matter what the material is that you throw in there?I mean you know, I think, of a microwave and if you throw anythingmetal in there, you know it's going to turn into o. The old yeah would be bad.It was like the old joke was the woman she washed her dog, the toy poodle andthen put the boodle in the microwave to dry it out its our battld joke. But, okay, I guessit's horrible. I guess it was a true story. It would people have probably doneeverything. I wouldn't be surprised. Oh with the UB sanitizer just has a novelight on the top of it, and it's a box that you can sanitize anything with,but what's great about them is that even gets things tlike you remotecontrols. You know how l, the dust and all the crumbs from all Thi ins oreating, while you're doing TV or down there it just, gets all of that anymacterios off of it. It's even good for regular season or if you have somebodyin your house of stof feeling. Well, you can just sanitize everything off ofthat. I think it's something like ninety seconds to three minutes. It'stot a long time, but babies pacifier into it anything I think you know whenwe get beyond the pandemic and be on Covid, I think we're going to be sohypersensitive to making sure everything is sanitized and sterile.God knows what this world is going to be, but we'll probably be runningaround sanitizing everything in the post, social post, social behaviors.You know what did you see the paper the other day and actually said bad flu isalmost nill this year, just because we're taking so many precautions,that's a good thing. Maybe we should have been more aware in the first place. What else have we got in the top tecktoys other cutting edge products? What else is really kind of monumentally?Absolutely cool well hat night: I really love the idea of is I lovesomething, and this is not a high tech Twoi, but it's called the Bangis pocketwrist wallet that you actually can put...

...anything into. So you can put your ideainto it. You can put a starbucks card, a couple of bucks, a phone and Goigl orrunning, and you can just strap Tet right to your wrist and then just goout running, but you can tuck things into it. Like your ID, we really are abig advocate of in case for emergency context, ice context, Itca make sureideas with you. ICANITIAL ice context are with you. You can make sure yourstarbucks card is there for the trip home a couple of bucks, your keys andthen you're not having to put it in a pocket which could easily fall outwhile thee riding with Johngin is this kind of like a glorified wrist bandthat has like a sipperd, pocketa e pocket. They do a lot of different ways,but the one I like Hans Te, sipper pocket in it. So you just tak anything.You need right in there and if somebody happens to fiel ta on the trail orsomething happens, somebody could easily just open up the Zibre find outwho they are. So your book also gets into strategies of some sort, shall wesay contemporary strategies for living. So what kind of strategies does the toptech toys get into advising on? But what we've done is you' taken, seven ofour favorite articles from Ourblav and also from our books. One thing that welove, I think, the one that's the most fine ist, how to earthquate proof, yourbedroom and as an Angelino. You know that earthquakes for some silly reasonusually happen at three o'clock in the morning. Okay IACTALLYNS. I have anearthquake story, so there I was the very place. I was telling you about onthe border of cover city, West, Los Angelest area, and we had thatearthquake which you could wake up in the morning which I did at six thirtyin the morning and the air was hot. It was dry, it was dank and just have thiscreepy weird feeling to it. You just have to kind of know, and it felt likethe only thing I could say intuitively is it felt like earth quake weatherwhatever that, whatever that means okay and then all of a sudden, not evenabout two minutes later the room just starts rocking and reeling whatever,and it was odd because the night before I had a fifty five gallon fish tank andthe fish were swimming very erratically night before and they say that animalscan perceive these things long before humans actually get the physicalactivity of what's going on. But the bottom line is that I ran into theliving room and again I was so worried about that dog on fish tank. I was likeholding it bracing it. It was reeling and rocking on its Dan. I was not inthe mood to lose a fifty five gallon tank of water, yeah living creatures,all over my living room floor, so I'm bracing it and standing there andholding it. Meanwhile, I'm going now, Hey I'm supposed to go stand in thedoorway. Well can't be in two places at once anyway, so I got everything calmeddown and it was fine. It finally moved into about Ninefifteen ninethirty inthe morning, and I don't know why, but I had a call to make to call over tothe American new office of what was Sep animation now sep had brought us. TheSMURFHS had brought us Eventualla, snorks and fuffer and partnered up alot with Hanna Barbara, and I could never get through to the president,Freddy Monekindom, who was from...

Brussels and had now moved into LosAngeles with a brand new office, the son of a gun I called, and he picked upthe thone and boom. We were on the phone for forty five minutes, he'dnever been in an earthquake before I yew I he was like what is it? What isit biand boy? He was like all over talking with me and then. Finally, wewrapped up the conversation after we appeased his worries. He says: Okay,fine, that's great! What have you got and can you come on in here and let'stalk on Thursday. Only in Hollywood, THAT'S AL reat story!Yeah! I mean because he had been so freaked out over this earthquake. Asyou know, all of a sudden, you know you're Ratt able to their emotionalcore, and you can really get through to people that are willing to open updoorsto you on a much more human level. They are anyway so earthquaking strategies here,I'm sorry I didn't mean to, but I had to show that this its great story. Well,this actually came from a friend of ours, Melloie Wilson, who worked onperfect strangers. She played Maryanne. I don't know if you remember her at allTal Bond and she actually is Dick Wilson's daughter who was thessharmanmen. You Remember Tha, Guy with the dark glasses and shore hair, yeah, okayright, that was his daughter. She wort come perfect strangers with me and wehad hanerbirthquake. While we were on perfect strangers and she happened tobe drimng us to work. The next day we were practically neighbors and she saidit'. The craziest thing this earthquake started and she grew up in southernCalifornia, so she should have known better, but she said in Diki. I knew Ishould have done something like you're saying: Should I duck into the doorway?Do I do this and she said: Oh, my God, where are my earthquite close as Alian actress could, and we thoughtyou know what it's so true. It doesn't matter whether you grew up in southernCalifornia or hther. You've never experienced an earthquake, the oneplace where it usually happens as your bedroom and that's the one place.Nobody has anything when you don't have your whistle, you don't have yourtennis shoes, anything that you might need right there in your bedroom, withyou at least not in a place where you canfigt it immediately. So we came upwith some strategies that we outline in the article just basically what youneed. We have. I tick op get one big box, one big container and stick aCanopenin there. If you can have a refrigerator in your bedgoom. What ifyou can't get out, you need something to drink quickly, therare people thathave diabetes and they need insulin, just anything that you might need.Puinto a refritrator have a whistle. Sometimes it really helps people locate.Other people have at the end of the Plozet to satisfy nolony. We havearthquick clothes, so you can figure o Oun dopinion with tin near it is maybea sweatshirt and jeans tic sold shoes, anything that you might need if youhave to run out of the house. You know this reminds me my father for a whilewas living with my brother in palm springss when they had the earthquakeand it was like early morning and they both ran out of the house and there itwas. You know there was my brother and nothing literally, but a a sheet thathe had wrapped around him an he forgot. He goes running out of the House with asheet flying in the air and he's got his his birthday suit, winposed toHavesboney, unte, the sun, and then he...

...kind of goes oops and he' yeah. Butyou're right I mean some people when it happens, you're panicked and you're outthe door you're thinking about more important things. But if those thingsare right there at your fingertips, which is basically what all the getyour stuff together books are about and all the strategies that they give, youis you're not going to think clearly in that moment, you're not going to knowwhat to do so at least have a close enough choing, whether it's your photosbacked up just the case. A hard drive goes wacky or whether it's your earthquite close in your closet. You actually have that close to, so youdon't really have to think about it right. then. You can think about moreimportant things like gathering the kids in the docgs and then in a fewminutes. You can figure out how big the earthquake was. So when Eliabeth Haencomes on you'll know exactly whats Kay, that's Wotis, a logicalexplanation to defend why you were as panicked as you were exeptly. So I orpoint tree yeah. I was loud to be crazy, Lo to be sounto absolutely so now,let's get into the get your stuff together, covid. Nineteen edition,because I know you both are very prolific and you keep writing andwriting and you keep staying very up to date with whatever our next adapttationis. What is get your stuff together? Covid nineteen edition, this one cameout of a very personal fact. You were talking earlier about my grammady andlet Sullivan and grandma it was the jux physician of two medical visits thatshe had is just amazing Eah, I'm glad we could make something. OOULD come outof it because at the time there was nothing good about it, but Myai were inLos Angeles and working, and she was back in Chicago a we originally camefrom Chicago and then like. I was telling I moved to Orange Pol you whenwe were about ten years old and I basically grew up in California, so momand I were writing out there, a d we wooking with Farmar and a couple of ustudios universal warners, and we would talk to Ho every couple of days, butshe was supposed to be on vacation and we hadn't heard from her. But that wasall right because we knew she was on vacation several years before seeing similarhappened, where we hadn't heard from her for a couple of days and on thephone room, we got hold of her landwhord. She was living in anapartment at the time and we found out that she hadn't been feeling well, butshe was taking the hospital after a mild stroke, but we found out laterwasn't really a mild strok. She was in a comme for two days and we be in LosAngeles. It was just the crazy time of the year. I was righting on Easterweekend. We could not get an ner plan out and nowhere we're going to make itrigne away and grandma is one person who really needed to have people behindhus she needed to know the moer there. We were praying for her thinking abouther, so we talked to the nurse on. We said we're not going to get out untilthus amount of time so many hours, please could heu just bring the phoneup to her ear. At least let us talk to him and value Ou know they have to gothrough other things: Ind. Yes, okay, finally, will drag a phone over justfor you, because you're the family and fine and got her on the phone and shesettl pin the phones up to her ear, and we were telling her that we loved herand then we were coming. We were on our way. We knew what had happened. She wasstrong. She was going to be fine. We just overover and said you were goingto be just fine at oan airplane got...

...there right after we talk to our Shep in Teice and then ter sim called us back. I can't believe this. You know, honestly.I do't think this would happen an she opened her eyes and she's wookingaround she's, looking ou for us. She heard her voices few hours later whenChicago she made a miraculous recovern. She was fine but, as I was saying, wegot back to this sister weekend and we hadn't heard from her and WONL behoveto get this call from the hospital that she had had a fall. She had hither head. She was getting ready actually to go on vacation. She wastaking back before she left and she hit the side of her head and she hit hermouth and she was wearing ventures so she broke her denturos and she wasn'table to speak. Take her o the hospital and they said wels. She should be alllike. We come to find out on the next college, Shehad Actually Wener for sixand half days that she was started going to intensive care and intoPritical codition because of a infection that they hadn't seen, and itwould o not no matter what we did. They would not bring the fol to it was aCarfo possibl. I onway say that, because you think that there were beons,o Pres wunning around and God less our cat or possibles ree used im thewonderful for whatver reason. This hospital was not having any and theywouldn't take the phone to her so prayy for El trying to get the firstfine out ha flight for the next day, six o'clock in the morning the phonerings and the MOM wok up- and she said: Oh, my Gosh She's Gi. She just knew it e. We we got to thephone and they told thes sand she passed away. We never got to talk toher. She never knew that we were in there for six and a half days. Shetined alone, I'm so sorry so and a few hours later, the socialworker at the hospital callwth me she said to my Lam ow. Can we talk now?Let's see, I haven't checked on your mom yet, but maybe we can rakesomething else, e an talk to her today, so two different situations to verydifferent outcomes. I guess so when this happened, thispastur with Covid, I mean we went into. We like it said we found out that atwas not against a lot, not to call so neeaces next to kin in CaliforniaOilnoi. It was suggested as a best practice. Anif youin corporate is use. You knowwhat that means it something that if they have time to do they'll do I loveour nurses. I love our doctors. They do with incredibly difficult job Bhut. Itwas coming down to the point where they had to do something to save it.Patient's life they're going to try to save the life first, which I completelyunderstand, but in grandma's case had they talked to us. They would haveknown that she was on the Drug Calin. They gave her to Jokson, whichinteracts with a very bad wik. Woon come they wuld ha same lene. The samething happened to my father with Levequin and Contraindication to one of the drugs he was on for Parkinson's and everything else, andyou know it's just a shame when one hand isn't talking to the other hand,and the outcome is lof, a loved one.

That's I'MSOSI her yeah, it's an awfulsituation. So when we heard about combid this last year, I'V got onetweet very earlya, unpenden like and somebody was saying basically the samestory that saying they took away the loved one they put them in the hospitalthey're in Ecie EU and that they could not talk to anybody. They didn't. Evenbasically, this was at the time whe couldn't een, walk in any place. TouDin't talk to somebody who might be in the hospital around the hospital and hesaid he lost his Fatherhom neber talk to him again. It was just a Tweec, andI thought, Oh, my God. This has happened again and we do get lettersfrom people a couple of letters you're telling us you know either the law hashelped or my parents died in the same situation. So we knew hat was happening,but all of a sudden Wenh to that pandem hic it was happening day and we just start and W we're doing aline. Onthe things atth time we thought we've got to stop when we've got toreach a lot of book for Co. I nineteen because this is exactly what happened.We have the tools, I'm not saying it would help in every single circumstance,because these doctors and nurses are falling over it theyre exhausted, butwe try to make it easy for them to have the information they need to keep thefamily up to date and what's happened with that Patien, even though thecanphysically be with them great good and I'm sure with just the you know:five hundred thousand families with loss an five hundred tousand passings.That's an awful lot of medical staff that if they could be communicatingwith family, it would be great, but I'm sure t there's just it's overwhelmng.They can't always do it. They aveey can't always do it. But wee heard a lotfrom Dr snurses around cus we're in Chicago right now we heard a lot fromdoctors and nurses where they couldn't find the Famili's information fastenough. They had that extra five minutes. They took the time and theydon't know who John joms son. is they don't Kowho to call, or they havefifteen numbers. They don't know which one to call and when they're that busythey're going to go into the next person, I see so the covid nineteeneddition of get your stuff together really does focus on these tools thatcan help the corona viris patients and their families. But I would guess alsothe medical staff is thet, coral, absolutely because they're still arelike he were saying: contrindications between Leve Guen and anothermedication. These patients come in and yes, ther treating hopin. They alsohave a medical history. They may not know that you know they can tellsomeone's diapetic, but they may not be able to tell like you said they havepartet since what, if theyr own conscious, they don't necessarily knowthat they had a surgery last week and having a small bit of impection left.They are necessarily going to know who they're physicician the regularphysician is they're, not even Gong, O the same hospital look. What washappening in California with what twelve thousand people a dat there's noway they've Gein to end up at Ucla, Wen e, usually go to USC. You know thatyeah, so the Phillisin Neckat Yeah, you know sooner or later. This is like awar zone and what comes to mind was mash, which actually tried to make adramatic but light and comedic approach to looking at how bad a Korean War was.But you know in this kind of a thing: There's really not a whole lot of humorand being able to find a a medical...

...staff that really needs to go throughthis on a non stop basis. You know what about patients, who are, let's sayhospitalized for other reasons. Perhaps something is, I don't want to saysimple as but women in Labor I mean women have been going to hospital withfor child birth for a long long time, but especially given the circumstancesof hospitals being flooded, a'd reminded of my brother, who needed anect surgery, but because t it was like he was in pain he needed to have vertebra readjusted, but because of covid they called his surgery, unquoteelective. So he was thrown to t e way to the back of the line and couldn'tget it done, even though his doctors, ere saying you got to get it done now.So what about for these kind of circumstances? Does the book help themto the book? Helps them tremendous like it doesn't matter whether some of hyhas covid or not, if they're in the hospital, let's say a woman in Laborn,which is the perfect example they're, not necessarily going to have theirpartnen with them. We've known a lot of women Whov go to the hospital in laborand been in labor for like sixteen hours when Laboris, finally, almostover in the babies about reain to Mive, they called Dad and he comes up and hecan come in for maybe two hours an hour before and hour later, do with the newbaby and his wife make sure veins. Okay and he's got to go if there's acomplication between their like. We were saying somebody may not know whatmedication somebody's honor that they're allergic to something is sillyand silver or y allergic to a certain antobiotic. They won't necessarily havethat information, so it really is important even set for somebody inleftor surgery or, let's just say intonsilizes- for a cancer treatment tosomething wit, O want to be in the hospital they're not going to have thatapvocate. I was Avocan for my own mom and she was in the hospital last yearafter an accident was I literally we tell people, people ask us: What shouldI do if feminens hospitalized, we kitting Le Sort of Ketting, you saypitch a tent and don't move from the entire time that they're there Iliterally laid on the couch when she was there and she wai on the couch.When I was in the hospital you're there to be an advocate so that persondoesn't Olays have to be theire Oranfocate, they could be unconsciousafter surgery. They could just not be thinking about something. What ourtrools do is. One of the things that we have people fill out is calledinformation. Central is a page that puts all of the information. Somebodycould need an has their whetther Lordo to an has any very important medicalhistory, the names of their top to contacts, and then things like socialmedia address in spacebook think so nurse can fisiltate facetiming if heorshe needs to. It, has everything right there and we're telling people a bit apiece of TEAP and stick that Thin Right to the headboard SOFA nurse comes inthey're, going to see that information, whether it's somebody whos going to bea new mom sombey having Tyeir pendox out or somebody with Cobid, the nursesand doctors are going to have to look for it an they look right there andit's right INSIDEOURA book. It's also a free download sit Y, Pin, adjusted foryourself. You can fill out customlizes of andywey. You want to and send it tothe hospital with your Lovn, very, very, very cool. This is like readiness onsteoids that', it's wonderful and we need it now, unfortunately yeah well.This is wonderful. Thank you for taking...

...the time to actually put so many toolsfor living together as resources for all of us again with me today. Folks isLaura. Greenwald, who is the daughter of Jan a Greenwall, Janet Greenwald andLord Greenwall, together, the only mother, daughter, writing teams in theentertainment industry and again they have written through a variety ofnetwork sitcoms at MGM, Arn, Er brothers, currently developing theirown original movies and television series through their production companylion and the Rock Entertainment. But again these tools for living get yourstuff togethercom Laura. If people want to reach out to you directly or getmore information, what do you recommend as far as contacting you? We have anemail address right there on Gett, your stuff, togethercom, O top tech toysthat we were talking about. I didn't mention it is free. It's a freedownload that we're doing we've done with our cool tools several years inrow and this year because of he pandemic. We had nothing better to doat the time, so we recfol the whole book and it's so absolutely free, it'savailable by a download. Actually it's on our home page of get your stufftogethercom right now. It's also on the top TEP TWICE TAB and the COVIDnineteen book is on the COVID INETEEN CON virus. PAB Right, I get your stuckto getthercom. We also have that Arbat. You mention that it's FIA a book,download sof somebody needs to ride away with ben a special download forinehred ndfifty, where you can instantly download that book and haveit right in your hands. If you need it, hopefully you won't need it, but if youdo it's there, and we also had that on in print wonderful, just a resource ofliving, toolse right now, Laura Greenwell! Thank you. So much forjoining us today and Tmey be fun to catch up with you and plug in on ourmutual experiences, and thanks so much for sharing of all of your gifts withhumanity. Thanks so much Youan thanks, Forin Forati Ang. We do so what a greattines well we're on it, we're doing what we can right. He is O Wod, Wi cachup later on Don.

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