Daily Dementia Dose: You cannot pour from an empty cup

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Yesterday I had a patient.

He has COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). They have to be given oxygen so they can breathe properly.

Our lungs are just like a water cup. You cannot put in good oxygen if you do not remove the carbon dioxide.

It’s the same thing with a cup. You cannot put in good, clean water if you don’t remove the dirty water inside.

So I recommended for him to do breathing exercises.

Same thing with our lives.

You cannot pour from an empty cup. In order for you to get good water, you have to dump the dirty water out.

If you feel stressed out or anxious, and you’re having a difficult time taking care of your loved ones, you need to dump it out.

Life is just like that. There will always be difficulty.

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Dr Michael Chua PT, DPT

Dr Michael Chua is a physical therapist practising in Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Acute Care Hospital. His clinical interest involves pain management, geriatrics and dementia management. He enjoys treating patients and bringing out the best in them using positive treatment approaches, his dynamic work setting in a rural area provides an opportunity to treat a wide range from geriatrics to orthopaedics.

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