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    6c - 3-ring circus Rose and Virginia, they're...

    6c - 3-ring circus

    Rose and Virginia, they're gimmicky versions of common phrases. I still can't figure many of them out. There are 48 in all, and I haven't a clue about 32 of them.

    3d - adding...
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    That's so good that you're willing to spend your...

    That's so good that you're willing to spend your time and energy on a procedure that will probably be helpful for you. We'll be keeping our fingers crossed--especially hoping that you'll need to have...
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    Many of us are so desperate that we're grateful...

    Many of us are so desperate that we're grateful for a drug that just might make the course of MS a bit easier even though there's no cure. That's really a lot more than was offered in the past.

    I...
  4. Linda, it's really a shame that you had to stop...

    Linda, it's really a shame that you had to stop the Novantrone. It's apparently still being used but my impression is that it's not often prescribed any more. The MS Society lists it as an MS drug...
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    Betaseron, Avonex, Copaxone, Rebif, Tysabri,...

    Betaseron, Avonex, Copaxone, Rebif, Tysabri, Plegridy, Aubagio (teriflunomide), Ocrevus, Gilenya (fingolimod), Glatopa (generic Copaxone), Kesimpta (ofatumumab--the newest), Lemtrada (alemtuzumab),...
  6. That was clearly demonstrated on that MRI report...

    That was clearly demonstrated on that MRI report Howie occasionally posts here.:highly_amused:
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    Well, I haven't figured the 1a square out yet but...

    Well, I haven't figured the 1a square out yet but the 1b square is "hitting below the belt." Square 6c is "three ring circus." Now I've given away two of them. I haven't figured many of them out yet.
  8. I heard about the Swank diet many years after...

    I heard about the Swank diet many years after having to make major changes in my diet when diabetes was diagnosed. It turns out I'd been eating a diet similar to the Swank diet but without meat,...
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    There needs to be a squash cutter among the...

    There needs to be a squash cutter among the gadgets you can buy!

    For me cutting an acorn squash in half is such a project that I draw a line on it with pencil and slowly work my way along that...
  10. Virginia, in my post #18 I had used the word...

    Virginia, in my post #18 I had used the word "stifled."

    Funny but I thought of Edith Bunker too when I wrote that word. I could just see Archie yelling, "Edit', just STIFLE, wouldja?"
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    Virginia, I do indeed remember having to mix the...

    Virginia, I do indeed remember having to mix the Avonex. It was a powder and there was a bottle of "diluent."

    Those were the days...

    In fact, everyone here is probably an "MS veteran" by now...
  12. Yes, who could forget Archie slouching in his...

    Yes, who could forget Archie slouching in his armchair and yelling that at Edith!
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    To her, it definitely was. I knew her quite well....

    To her, it definitely was. I knew her quite well. She was setting aside $125/mo. to give to her church--on an income of about $800, that wasn't easy. I believe she hoped that if she kept giving to...
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    Virginia, I'm so glad you found a carpet remnant!...

    Virginia, I'm so glad you found a carpet remnant! If you can hold on a little longer, I'm betting that in a few months you'll be able to have someone in to do the repair.

    Doing it yourself???? ...
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    That's a great electric bill, Howie! I hope...

    That's a great electric bill, Howie!

    I hope you're not doing what a neighbor of mine routinely used to do. She'd sit in her apartment all bundled up in her coat without turning on the heat and in...
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    Skipping the arms sounds doable with the less...

    Skipping the arms sounds doable with the less frequent dosage. Yay!!! The arms were far and away the worst.
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    (OT) Figure these out?

    https://i.postimg.cc/7h017zkN/EF55-EFEB-8-FBC-468-B-B62-C-E756884-EB176.jpg

    I hope someone can figure these out. So far I've got only a few of them.
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    stillstANNding, thank you so much for the...

    stillstANNding, thank you so much for the information! Yes, lipoatrophy was one reason I was glad to stop Copaxone but the odd thing is that I can no longer find the dents I had some years ago. They...
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    Anyone on generic Copaxone 40mg?

    I believe there are some Copaxone users here still.

    The neuro's rx for the generic form of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate)--put out by Mylan which has a new name (Viatris since it merged with...
  20. Jumping off a train on the way to a doctor's...

    Jumping off a train on the way to a doctor's visit???? I don't recall this but would like to know.
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    Virginia, can't carpet repair people stretch the...

    Virginia, can't carpet repair people stretch the carpet and use the leftover pieces to make a patch, and then patch it into the hole after they've cut the damaged area away?

    There's also a DIY way...
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    This was sent Thursday.

    This was sent Thursday.
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    Hi soul, I'm sorry to say that we lost Cat...

    Hi soul,
    I'm sorry to say that we lost Cat Dancer in September 2019. This thread was one she started and we're continuing it.

    Her husband, known here as Tom Cat, sends messages to us regularly as...
  24. Welcome back, soul! Good to see you back here! ...

    Welcome back, soul! Good to see you back here!

    I never tried the Wahls diet but have taken part in some discussions of it. Some years back she was claiming on her Website to have cured her MS, and...
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    I believe there are professionals who can patch...

    I believe there are professionals who can patch carpeting? They may charge exorbitantly but it would be cheaper than new carpeting.

    I'm assuming you've tried pouring nail-polish remover on it?...
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    Rose, I posted about the photos in the Tom Cat...

    Rose, I posted about the photos in the Tom Cat thread but I'll add that I'm going to ask Ralph about them. I'd like to do that in a way where he wouldn't feel obligated to find a way to replace them,...
  27. I recall some very extensive discussions on this...

    I recall some very extensive discussions on this matter some time ago. There were those here who thought that "immunomodulation" was really just another name for "immunosuppression," and then there...
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    Thank you for looking, Rose. I'm not finding any...

    Thank you for looking, Rose. I'm not finding any photos now either except for the one you mentioned.

    I went to the Facebook Messenger conversations with Ralph, which is where I got the photos...
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    Linda, do you find you have more energy on these...

    Linda, do you find you have more energy on these cold fall days? I know I do--as long as it doesn't get too cold. I was out sweeping the patio today when it was 48' out there and felt as if I'd been...
  30. The MS Society sent me a very nice reply: ...

    The MS Society sent me a very nice reply:



    I believe she's saying that the article in the MS Journal that is discussed in this thread has been reviewed and found to contain reliable...
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    Thank you for starting this thread for December,...

    Thank you for starting this thread for December, Sunshine!

    I've been finding that I get less arm and shoulder stiffness if I can keep remembering to stop what I'm doing and move around. If I've...
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    December 2020 chitchat

    Here we are at the last month in this very unusual year. 2020 probably isn't going to be anyone's favorite year.

    What have you been doing? Your news is always welcome here.

    A question came up...
  33. Dar, the trial I mentioned in post #9 is probably...

    Dar, the trial I mentioned in post #9 is probably known as the Oxford trial. This is from the e-mail I received that led me to the link I posted, and it does sound like the study you were following:
  34. Thread: November, 2020

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    Rose, I can't find the conversation just now but...

    Rose, I can't find the conversation just now but we had a discussion here a while ago, and I recall that you said you often had to spend an hour or so all too often just restarting and shutting down...
  35. I sent a message to my neuro about her opinion of...

    I sent a message to my neuro about her opinion of this information about whether Copaxone (for instance) might help to prevent COVID-19 (or mitigate its symptoms). This is the reply she sent:


    ...
  36. Just so everyone here can see that the medical...

    Just so everyone here can see that the medical world is trying hard for a vaccine, here is a notice about how OHSU (Oregon Health Sciences University) here in town is looking for 30,000 volunteers...
  37. Thread: November, 2020

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    I have an excuse for not being here earlier. This...

    I have an excuse for not being here earlier. This was one of the days when the Internet wasn't there for me until I'd spent about an hour tinkering--restarting, shutting down, etc.

    Audible is...
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    Thanks for the alert, Parsi. I'm not seeing the...

    Thanks for the alert, Parsi. I'm not seeing the photos either from August on back to the start of the thread. I wonder if the thread has become too long? Maybe only so many images can appear in a...
  39. Next thing you know, I'll be hanging out a...

    Next thing you know, I'll be hanging out a shingle advertising myself as an expert on something. Or on everything!

    I'm contacting the MS Society by e-mail and asking how trustworthy the evidence...
  40. I think that the interferon-ϐ they're talking...

    I think that the interferon-ϐ they're talking about is all of the interferon drugs used for MS--Avonex, Rebif, Betaseron. Avonex and Rebif are interferon-ϐ-1a and Betaseron is interferon-ϐ-1b.
  41. I'm tempted not to trust evidence that comes from...

    I'm tempted not to trust evidence that comes from medical researchers with ties to drug companies. But the problem with that is that so many of them have such ties--the vast majority of those who...
  42. (Multiple Sclerosis Journal) COVID-19 in patients with MS on DMTs

    The Multiple Sclerosis Journal isn't nearly as well known as some medical journals, and may not be regarded as a very reliable source of information but it's been around for quite a while. Also, a...
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    I like this bird better than peacocks. Peacocks...

    I like this bird better than peacocks. Peacocks always look as if they're about to topple over with the weight of those tails when they're fanning them out. T
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    What a shame that you've been sick, Virginia! I...

    What a shame that you've been sick, Virginia! I noticed that you haven't been here for quite a while but was hoping you were just busy.

    Maybe you can store the food in your fridge or freezer and...
  45. Thread: November, 2020

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    Welp, this isn't a good time for hens because a...

    Welp, this isn't a good time for hens because a different kind of poultry is being featured but Howie and Virginia and others are being very quiet.

    I hope they're just busy making turkey...
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    Step counts: 11/20 - 1275 steps 11/21 - no...

    Step counts:
    11/20 - 1275 steps
    11/21 - no data; pedometers in bad mood
    11/22 - 1785 steps
    11/23 - 1024 "
    11/24 - 1726 "
    11/25 - 1085 "
    11/26 - no data; pesky pedometers
    11/27 - 1398 ...
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    I'm not sure why that happens sometimes. I've had...

    I'm not sure why that happens sometimes. I've had images fail to show up but if they're going to fail, they fail right away. Then every once in a while I post an image that looks as if it's staying...
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    Glad it went well, funnylegs! And it was nice of...

    Glad it went well, funnylegs! And it was nice of you to check in with us here.

    I should apologize for my post #4 in this thread. I had an image on there but some time since I put it there, it...
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    Message from TomCat (today):

    Message from TomCat (today):
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    Rose, I sent Ralph Thanksgiving wishes from the...

    Rose, I sent Ralph Thanksgiving wishes from the people here. I hope that he and all of the families of the people we've lost are doing all right: Vicky's husband, Sally's family, Peg's husband Farmer...
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    Wow, Rose--that is quite a magnificent tree! It...

    Wow, Rose--that is quite a magnificent tree! It is so convoluted and complex that I don't know how a person even figures out which branch is coming from which part. Hard to imagine that it's even...
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    Rose, does your eucalyptus tree look like this? ...

    Rose, does your eucalyptus tree look like this?

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/eucalyptus-400x533.jpg

    I hope it hangs onto its branches and won't drop them.

    For...
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    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/JtlHlj6YUL...

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/JtlHlj6YULSX7il4gaWqPWCV0npRGnAhhCQnc3hDzBgttU-B_qoXFhEO4y0dRBbjXb4FFnFOzaoJnRx7FI73kajbsw1VymXL0Bu-5Pwf4oH0TGcJgosOsoMxbUIiTYAy1wD3FfXe_0PZ5GDa5dgQYc-Au8E5cZ-5...
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    I'll be seeing my grandson, son and...

    I'll be seeing my grandson, son and daughter-in-law using FaceTime in the morning. FaceTime is a great way to look in on them and see how they're doing.

    I'll be enjoying the beautiful poinsettia...
  55. Thread: House calls?

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    The one doctor in our town when I was a kid...

    The one doctor in our town when I was a kid definitely made house calls. He had been an old-fashioned country doctor. He was getting along in years when I knew him, and he could recall going by horse...
  56. Thread: House calls?

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    House calls?

    United Health Care has just sent me an announcement, letting me know that I have access to "an urgent care alternative" called DispatchHealth. It will send a doctor or nurse practitioner "as well as...
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    This Wikipedia article notes the similarity to...

    This Wikipedia article notes the similarity to the peacock too:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocellated_turkey

    Seems these birds have to be on the lookout for jaguars.

    Somehow there's always...
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    Those smaller pharmacies that aren't part of big...

    Those smaller pharmacies that aren't part of big chains are really hard to find, at least out here.

    I agree about mailing rx's. I tried that some time ago, and sometimes the pills would arrive...
  59. Thread: November, 2020

    by agate
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    I think you'll be glad you made this choice. I...

    I think you'll be glad you made this choice. I find cooking so tiring that I'm too tired to eat the food after I've cooked it. This way you can enjoy it.
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    Something for the season

    According to the Audubon Society, this ocellated turkey is the only other type of turkey there is. Unlike our wild turkey, it is seen only in parts of Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala.
    ...
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    Ways of getting rx's

    I see that Amazon is now offering pharmacy delivery. Is anyone trying it?

    From the Website it looks as if Amazon Prime members get free delivery in 2 days. Apparently those without Amazon Prime...
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    Virginia, when you say it's flexible, would that...

    Virginia, when you say it's flexible, would that mean that it tends to wobble?

    I've noticed in the last year or so that my left leg feels "wobbly." I don't know if that's the right word. It's as...
  63. Thread: November, 2020

    by agate
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    It's a Hamilton Beach but knife-sharpening is the...

    It's a Hamilton Beach but knife-sharpening is the only thing it does besides open cans. I have my doubts about gadgets that claim to do several things. Even phones that take pictures and have...
  64. Thread: November, 2020

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    Could you get a knife sharpener, Virginia? Peter...

    Could you get a knife sharpener, Virginia? Peter might not be bringing one.

    Seriously, I have an electric can opener that came with a built-in knife sharpener. Before that I'd always used a...
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    Another thought, Sunshine, even though I don't...

    Another thought, Sunshine, even though I don't know cars. Sometimes manuals are much harder to understand than they need to be. When I can't figure out a manual, I find an 800 number for the...
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    Find the cat: ...

    Find the cat:

    https://i.postimg.cc/jj5ZpMmx/147-F7426-0704-488-A-BE97-BE1909617-D7-D.jpg
  67. Thread: November, 2020

    by agate
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    Masks are still required in this building. I wear...

    Masks are still required in this building. I wear mine whenever I'm out of the apartment or if someone comes to the door.

    I don't know if I'll be eager to get that COVID-19 vaccine either. You...
  68. Peace and chocolate. Sounds OK by me.

    Peace and chocolate. Sounds OK by me.
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    Research study opportunity

    Some may be interested in signing up for this research study. You'd get a $25 gift card after completing the study. One of the two principal investigators is Dr. Robert Motl, whose name often...
  70. The quotation from Matthew is one my mother used...

    The quotation from Matthew is one my mother used on me too, Virginia and Dar, except that it was from a different translation:

    "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
  71. Thread: November, 2020

    by agate
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    It looks to me as if there's some COVID...

    It looks to me as if there's some COVID notification available throughout MA:

    https://www.mass.gov/sign-up-for-covid-19-text-message-alerts-from-the-commonwealth-of-massachusetts
  72. Thread: November, 2020

    by agate
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    I know I sound like a fossil, always harking back...

    I know I sound like a fossil, always harking back to earlier times, but I'm finding the devices that make noises at you annoying. People's cellphones are always ringing when you're in the midst of a...
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    Tom Cat was talking about the Norwegian...

    Tom Cat was talking about the Norwegian flatbread, lefse, in his thread. I found a recipe for it, and it doesn't have to be made with King Arthur flour, of course. Any all-purpose unbleached flour...
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    Reply from TomCat:

    Reply from TomCat:
  75. Thread: November, 2020

    by agate
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    I suspect somebody's car alarm. Those things seem...

    I suspect somebody's car alarm. Those things seem to go off at odd times and then they keep going.
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