A Funny Moment with My Mom’s iPhone Flashlight

April 20th, 2023 – Post #73

If you read the last post, you know we could have probably used a flashlight while prepping for a possible tornado.

For a while, my mom’s flashlight was continually turning on at random moments, and she couldn’t figure out why. She also had no idea how to turn the light off.

I love that she somehow had her camera on to capture this moment in the middle of the night, when once again, her iPhone flashlight randomly came on.

Have you ever had your iPhone flashlight turn on randomly and wondered how do I turn the light off?

Spoiler alert: If your iPhone flashlight comes on, and you want to turn it off, hold down the righthand side button and say, “Hey Siri, turn my iPhone off.”

My mom and I had been sharing a small bedroom at the time, with me in a twin bed, her in a hospital bed, and a bedside commode between us. Such are the snug accommodations when someone is on Hospice and can’t be left alone, lest they climb out of bed and land on the floor.

Anyway, she caught this footage at 12:19 AM on December 22, 2022. No wonder we weren’t getting any sleep.

As you can see from this video – my mom tried to be nice to Siri; but it didn’t last long.

I believe this was also the start of her terrible cough that lasted for several months. Even though I can’t see her face, this might be one of my favorite videos of my mom. I love how she’s trying to be super-polite to Siri; but then quickly loses her patience. At least she got her name right – if it had been Alexa, she probably would have caused offense by calling her Alexis, or Allysa, or some other name.

I’m not the type of person that asks Siri for help, and really had no idea if it would work; but by that point, I was pretty desperate for sleep! πŸ™‚

So remember: Siri can turn your flashlight off for you.

Just stay calm and give her a chance. Apparently, “she” is listening, which to me is pretty creepy…

I guess the book “1984” is one of the few things I remember from school. Just sayin’.

My mom is still not really wanting to eat. She’s had more pain in her legs and feet. I’m thinking it’s been about a week since she’s been out of bed – other than the incident with the tornado warning, which she doesn’t remember.

We’re thankful we didn’t have any damage from that. My mom’s nurse came by today and said she had two trees down from that storm – one of which landed on her roof. Her nephew faired worse – the tree that came down on his roof wound up in his bedroom. I’m very thankful that the storms went around us.

Thank you for all of your prayers. As tired as I have been, the LORD has been renewing my strength daily, as I lean on Him.

I don’t know what the days ahead will hold; but I’m grateful that He lights the path – much better than an iPhone ever could. πŸ™‚

Next time, I’d like to address a subject I haven’t been sure how to bring up

*To read more on my mom’s cancer journey from the beginning, or share it, please click below:

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