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  1. Such a good Gyn to know about Gabapentin cream,...

    Such a good Gyn to know about Gabapentin cream, Sunshine.

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    Howie, I just had tea with TRader Joe’s Ginger...

    Howie, I just had tea with TRader Joe’s Ginger Snaps. Lily Cat loves them broken up like tiny kibble.

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    Jeanie, sorry to hear this. You were a good...

    Jeanie, sorry to hear this. You were a good friend.
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    Hi Parsi! ANN

    Hi Parsi!

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    Hi, Kittianne 54!

    Hi, Kittianne 54!
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    Ah,it took chocolate to wake Howie up. Just...

    Ah,it took chocolate to wake Howie up. Just reading your favorites provoked me to get up and get a Justin’s Milk Chocolate PB cup. I have tried their dark chocolate ones but prefer the milk...
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    It’s hot. Yesterday was a record for the day at...

    It’s hot. Yesterday was a record for the day at 95 officially which is at the airport, on the water. It was hotter in the actual city. And very humid.

    I went out early for an 11 AM haircut. My...
  8. I am on baclofen and tizanidine in much smaller...

    I am on baclofen and tizanidine in much smaller doses than I suspect you would need. The tizanidine works more immediately and can be used as needed. Baclofen works long term. However, even 1mg (half...
  9. Welcome bburk64, I have no experience w...

    Welcome bburk64,

    I have no experience w baclofen pumps. Sorry.
    ANN
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    Sunshine, you have so very much to deal with. I...

    Sunshine, you have so very much to deal with. I hope your burden gets lighter. I wish I could think of a single helpful thing. Just know that I care.

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    Thank you, Rose and Virginia. Mom has a home care...

    Thank you, Rose and Virginia. Mom has a home care nurse 3 times a week and a PT 2- 3 times a week. She also has my niece staying there until sometime tomorrow. My brother may go up from North...
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    I’m home in my own bed. Very happy to be here....

    I’m home in my own bed. Very happy to be here. Mom had a good day and has two more nights with my niece. Niece will help Mom decide if my brother should come next.

    ANN
  13. Glad John is back with you.

    Glad John is back with you.
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    Glad the IVIG went well, Sunshine. Mom is...

    Glad the IVIG went well, Sunshine.

    Mom is doing well. She has had some emotional breakdowns but brief ones. So much happened to her in a short time.

    The OT evaluated her yesterday and asked her...
  15. So sorry I am still in PA, Linda. Can you call...

    So sorry I am still in PA, Linda. Can you call the hospital and ask for the nurses’ station for the floor that he is on. Ask his nurse your questions and explain your dilemma.

    Best to you both,...
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    I donít know if you are asking the question, ďHow to get a driver?Ē

    Most states have an access program for people w disabilities. In MA itís called The Ride. In PA itís Access or maybe Axis. These...
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    I grew Lemon and Minature White cucumbers. Both...

    I grew Lemon and Minature White cucumbers. Both are thin skinned and not bitter. I’ll do them
    Both again next year.

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    Sunshine, take care of yourself and do what you...

    Sunshine, take care of yourself and do what you need to do. I know without asking that All our prayers and best thoughts are with you.

    ANN
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    Peter went back to Boston this afternoon. He...

    Peter went back to Boston this afternoon. He arrived and took pictures of an overgrown garden full of tomatoes and cucumbers before he went into the house.

    Mom had a good day. I am manning the...
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    Glad you are feeling good and thank you for that...

    Glad you are feeling good and thank you for that essay.

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    Mom is home! ANN

    Mom is home!

    ANN
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    Send some to me at my Mom’s, please and thank...

    Send some to me at my Mom’s, please and thank you.

    ANN
  23. A very Happy Birthday to you, Joan! Enjoy your...

    A very Happy Birthday to you, Joan! Enjoy your day and tell us about it please!
    ANN
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    Agate, I hope you can use your windows and patio...

    Agate, I hope you can use your windows and patio soon.

    Virginia, I hope you are more comfortable today.

    Susan left early this AM and I went to the hospital at 11 AM. I took clothes for Mom as...
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    Hi Chris, Sorry, I have never heard of it,...

    Hi Chris,

    Sorry, I have never heard of it, either. I hope it helps and isn’t too pricey.

    ANN
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    Extra points for being able to get out of bed...

    Extra points for being able to get out of bed that early!
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    I understand what you are saying. I choose to...

    I understand what you are saying.

    I choose to share and trade. I choose to not be armed.
    ANN
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    Sunshine, it’s a great time to think permaculture...

    Sunshine, it’s a great time to think permaculture and food forest. Planting things that are edible: nut and fruit trees, berry patches and bushes, veggie gardens. Chickens for eggs if possible.
    ...
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    I hope Howie is OK. I saw Mom for several...

    I hope Howie is OK.

    I saw Mom for several hours today. She’s alert and cheerful and looks like herself. She sees both PT and Cardio Rehab people each day. Today the O2 came off and the catheter...
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    Congratulations, Cat, on being adopted my Smudge...

    Congratulations, Cat, on being adopted my Smudge and Maggie!

    ANN
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    I did packing yesterday and this AM (stairs...

    I did packing yesterday and this AM (stairs involved) and airport walking today w luggage.

    ANN
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    I’m flying back to PA this evening. Peter will...

    I’m flying back to PA this evening. Peter will follow on Friday thru Monday if we get the cat/garden sitter.

    Susan plans to leave Weds or Thursday.

    It will be good to see Mom.
    ANN
  33. It is good to see the web of life and to be able...

    It is good to see the web of life and to be able to say, “I am useful to my community.” Thanks for this, Linda.

    ANN
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    MS is a different kettle for sure, Agate. Good...

    MS is a different kettle for sure, Agate. Good work!

    ANN
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    Yes, Virginia, I asked on Monday or Tuesday about...

    Yes, Virginia, I asked on Monday or Tuesday about Lasix and asked Susan to follow up and she did on Wednesday. They definitely know she’s on it. She’s resting tonight on a cardiac floor.

    ANN
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    It was premature release do to not giving her her...

    It was premature release do to not giving her her Lasix for the entire 10 days. She has Congestive Heart Failure. Mom is so glad to feel better that she’s OK w staying in the hospital.

    ANN
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    Glad it was a good day, Linda. And, don’t tell...

    Glad it was a good day, Linda. And, don’t tell but I may be developing an addiction to buying seeds!

    Mom came home from the hospital today - but wait - she’s back there. At home she could hardly...
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    Helen, welcome back to BT. I’m glad you were...

    Helen, welcome back to BT. I’m glad you were finally validated!

    ANN
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    Today I walked to and from my usual hair salon -...

    Today I walked to and from my usual hair salon - six blocks total.

    This evening we went to Home Depot for some potting soil and then to Savers, a really large resale shop. During the winter I...
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    Mom was about to go home this afternoon but the...

    Mom was about to go home this afternoon but the medical people stopped it because her INR (clotting) is too high. She’s bummed but eating a tasty supper and has had some Vitamin Coffee!Yeah, Mom!
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    Most of my deficits are brain and cranial nerves....

    Most of my deficits are brain and cranial nerves. I’ve never had a spinal lesion show on MRI. I must have some as I have the hug and other paresthesias though some of that could be from spinal...
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    Jeanie, the biggest problem with most plants is...

    Jeanie, the biggest problem with most plants is overwatering.

    Did you drive yourself to the hairdresser? That is a big accomplishment.

    Mom was up to a chair yesterday and had a walk w a...
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    Rose, my sister and I loved the Blob. It was the...

    Rose, my sister and I loved the Blob. It was the 5 O’clock movie several times. Fond memories.

    ANN
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    Good work, Sunshine. Today I walked a block...

    Good work, Sunshine.

    Today I walked a block to the bus and went to Centre Street. I shopped at 3 stores and checked my app and saw that the next bus homeward was in 24”. So I walked. :-)

    Doing...
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    Interesting, Linda. It is a life form and acts as...

    Interesting, Linda. It is a life form and acts as a collective. Ten years!

    ANN
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    I almost forgot, Rabbit Rabbit!

    I almost forgot, Rabbit Rabbit!
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    This morning I saw a large irregular creamsicle...

    This morning I saw a large irregular creamsicle colored blob in my garden. I researched it and here’s what I found out and it is so fascinating. I think you’ll be fascinated, too, especially Howie:
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    For strength: Sit to stands Glute bridge with...

    For strength:
    Sit to stands
    Glute bridge with hamstring curl
    Glute bridge w exercise ball
    Glute bridge, banded (I don’t remember what this one is)
    Front step ups
    Side step ups
    Banded side...
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    I’ve been doing neighborhood walking, airport...

    I’ve been doing neighborhood walking, airport walking hospital walking and stair climbing. I need to do my PT homework, though. Gotta get on that. I still have very little muscle to sit on.

    ANN
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    Sorry you are not feeling well, Virginia. I hope...

    Sorry you are not feeling well, Virginia. I hope things improve.

    I had my derm appointment. One biopsy and one lesion frozen. No obvious melanoma which was the concern because it could have...
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    I am home. :-) Susan has arrived and visited Mom....

    I am home. :-) Susan has arrived and visited Mom.

    Mom is about the same today but Susan said that the tube might come out tonight.

    The husband, cats and garden are awesome. Tomorrow morning I...
  52. A blood pressure reading should be taken at every...

    A blood pressure reading should be taken at every visit regardless of the reason for that visit. It’s an opportunity to save a life. High blood pressure is a “silent killer.”
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    Very cool, Linda. Let’s us know when it’s...

    Very cool, Linda. Let’s us know when it’s published.

    ANN
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    Mom is doing well. Her catheter is out (praise...

    Mom is doing well. Her catheter is out (praise be) and they were going to get her up to walk a short distance. I’ll see her for 2 hours in the morning and then come home and meet Susan here. At 2 PM,...
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    I am so proud of you for overcoming so much to do...

    I am so proud of you for overcoming so much to do this again, Sunshine. I love surfing through your eyes.
    ANN
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    That was Mom’s scenario, Agate, but 40-50% of the...

    That was Mom’s scenario, Agate, but 40-50% of the time surgery is needed. The surgeon (who was also my dad’s surgeon) said that this could not have undone itself.

    You probably all know the drill...
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    Mom is stable. She did not need to go to SICU....

    Mom is stable. She did not need to go to SICU. She’s back in her room. The adhesions were cut. She should do well.

    Thank you all.

    SIL is coming Tuesday. Yep.
    ANN
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    Mom’s in surgery.

    Mom’s in surgery.
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    Mom is improved today. She asked for a comb and...

    Mom is improved today. She asked for a comb and mirror so that’s a good sign. Surgeon said no surgery today we will see how abdomen and X-ray look tomorrow.

    I am staying and Peter is staying an...
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    Congrats on continued progress, Jeanie. Took...

    Congrats on continued progress, Jeanie.

    Took Mom to hospital with what has turned out to be a small bowel obstruction. :-( There’s a 50-60% chance that she will not need surgery - just the ng...
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    Virginia, thanks, she had just 2 or 3 things on...

    Virginia, thanks, she had just 2 or 3 things on the list. I didn’t get to show her Instacart because she keep saying that she doesn’t need it yet.
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    Today was my 94 yo mother’s first time using...

    Today was my 94 yo mother’s first time using Uber. It went well up to the salon, about a four minute ride. To come home we called Peter instead of waiting the 10 minutes for a driver.

    I wasn’t as...
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    I am sorry, Cat. Cats are such good company and...

    I am sorry, Cat. Cats are such good company and keep secrets well.

    Sorry Tabbygrey left today while Tomcat was away.

    ANN
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    Virginia, I just ordered this for my mom. Thank...

    Virginia, I just ordered this for my mom. Thank you.

    ANN
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    I was just thinking about you and surfing...

    I was just thinking about you and surfing yesterday. So glad to hear that itís still on the schedule. I look forward to your ocean days.

    ANN
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    Every day over 1000 steps, Agate, and one 1700...

    Every day over 1000 steps, Agate, and one 1700 step!
    Congratulations.

    ANN
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    Good work, Jeanie. Sometimes you have to be the...

    Good work, Jeanie. Sometimes you have to be the squeaky wheel.

    ANN
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    We did go to a big grocery for Mom today,...

    We did go to a big grocery for Mom today, Virginia. Also the bank. And Thursday afternoon, we’ll go to get our hair done via her Uber and she can use it to get us home again.

    You all did well...
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    Sam, don’t forget to give Virginia credit too. ...

    Sam, don’t forget to give Virginia credit too.

    ANN
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    So sorry you are having problems with PT, Jeanie....

    So sorry you are having problems with PT, Jeanie. You need a Case Manager or someone like Cherie.

    ANN
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    Linda, that is so true! ANN

    Linda, that is so true!
    ANN
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    I want credit for double airport walking and...

    I want credit for double airport walking and finishing packing in the heat.

    Back wants to be flat.
    ANN
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    We arrived safely at Mom’s after an unexplained...

    We arrived safely at Mom’s after an unexplained flight delay. It’s was just as hot here in Western PA as at home but weather just broke w a thunderstorm. :-). Tomorrow will be in the mid 70’s. Ahhhh....
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    Hot, hot, hot! And muggy. Just dreadful. 98 and...

    Hot, hot, hot! And muggy. Just dreadful. 98 and humid. This is the second of three days. New Englanders are not used to this. I’ll take a snow storm any day (tomorrow, please).

    Peter and I got...
  75. I was thinking of you, Linda, wondering if the...

    I was thinking of you, Linda, wondering if the day would end with a bucket of water over your head.

    ANN
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