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    Sounds as if this might mean an improvement in...

    Sounds as if this might mean an improvement in your life, Sunshine. I've noticed that there are a lot of people who have a baclofen pump installed, and I've been noticing that for years--so the...
  2. Thread: October chitchat

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    Well, it's earlier out here than where Virginia...

    Well, it's earlier out here than where Virginia is, and so maybe I'll take the night shift today.

    Yes, I've been busy with neighbors.

    This evening one neighbor, a man, knocked on a neighbor's...
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    Here's someone doing what he can to help: ...

    Here's someone doing what he can to help:

    https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/6985558/research-drives-1000km-running-challenge/

    He seems to have a US doctor who has SPS, and he himself has SPS.
  4. Thread: October chitchat

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    Rose, what happened to you sounds like a nice...

    Rose, what happened to you sounds like a nice alternative to trick or treating. That trick or treating custom probably won't be happening this year, and I'm not so sure kids should be encouraged to...
  5. Thread: October chitchat

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    OK, Linda has a great excuse. The rest of us may...

    OK, Linda has a great excuse. The rest of us may be busy voting early and often.

    I was busy with some excitement here last night when my neighbor (2 doors away but I've known her ever since I...
  6. Thread: CPAP masks

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    This article doesn't discuss specific providers...

    This article doesn't discuss specific providers but does give some information that might help. It's from January 2019:
    ...
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    Rose, I guess we're all tempted to read meanings...

    Rose, I guess we're all tempted to read meanings into unexplainable things that happen. I know I am. So maybe the wedding ring that jumped off your finger had something to do with a message from...
  8. Thread: hey all

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    Welcome, sydney black! I hope you're aware...

    Welcome, sydney black!

    I hope you're aware that there is a Sleep Disorders forum here. We're not doctors here but we can share our experience and trade ideas for ways of solving some of our...
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    Hi Sanjay, The sticky thread near the top of...

    Hi Sanjay,
    The sticky thread near the top of your PSP forum has archives from 2006 to 2010. Unfortunately any posts before 2006 seem to be lost or at least inaccessible to us. I had this information...
  10. Thread: October chitchat

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    Rose, my wrist and shoulder are considerably...

    Rose, my wrist and shoulder are considerably better. I need fewer carefully positioned pillows when I lie down. In the last couple of days the knuckles of my right hand have been inflamed, sore, and...
  11. Thread: October chitchat

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    I was about to ask the same question. I think...

    I was about to ask the same question. I think this board was quiet for an entire day yesterday except for Tom Cat's message, posted late last night.
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    I'm glad he let it go too but he had quite a...

    I'm glad he let it go too but he had quite a workout. Chipmunks are just too cute. Squirrels can be cute too unless you have too many of them and they're doing too much damage. Still, killing one...
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    This message is from a couple of days ago: ...

    This message is from a couple of days ago:

    Trying to pick up rocks & brush along the 1200-foot drive, for I don't tangle with them when the snow comes. Cutting paths through my prairies & Joe's...
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    Too late--I had already mentioned it. I said: ...

    Too late--I had already mentioned it. I said:



    Here is his reply:

    Virginia, I voted absentee at the end of September. After my neighbor witnessed it I took it over directly to my town clerk....
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    I will pass your reminder along to him, Virginia....

    I will pass your reminder along to him, Virginia. I'm pretty sure he won't forget to vote though. I edit out the political parts of his messages since they wouldn't be welcome here but my impression...
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    A reply from Tom Cat: Thanks for the reply,...

    A reply from Tom Cat:

    Thanks for the reply, Virginia. Yes, the gladioli make the house a little brighter. I may just gather up a few New England asters in the prairie while they're still blooming...
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    Maybe you can make up for the steps on a better...

    Maybe you can make up for the steps on a better day. It sounds as if you took quite a few steps today regardless of what the step count turned out to look like. I do think that the fabric a person is...
  18. Thread: Flu season kits?

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    I very nearly threw mine away too, Virginia. It...

    I very nearly threw mine away too, Virginia. It looked like one more meaningless piece of paper from them. The phone number for questions is 833-321-0383, or you can go to WellAtHome.com.
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    Flu season kits?

    The other day a huge stack of identical boxes were delivered to this building, addressed to various residents here. They were all from one of the health insurance companies (I think it was HealthNet...
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    My recent step counts: 10/14 - 2285 steps...

    My recent step counts:

    10/14 - 2285 steps
    10/15 - pedometer acting up - no count
    10/16 - 1986 steps
    10/17 - 1267 "
    10/18 - 1625 "
    10/19 - 1446 "
    10/20 - again no count
    10/21 - 1037...
  21. Thread: October chitchat

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    Virginia, probably none of us knows the dynamics...

    Virginia, probably none of us knows the dynamics of Jeanie's family, and there's no way we can speak up on her behalf there at the rehab place, or at least I don't know of one. For one thing, the...
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    I agree that there are some missing pieces to the...

    I agree that there are some missing pieces to the story. She probably just neglected to include them or may have thought she'd mentioned those parts before.

    It's so easy to become confused in a...
  23. Thread: October chitchat

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    That is so sad, Virginia--though I think it...

    That is so sad, Virginia--though I think it probably cheered her up just to hear from you. Thank you on behalf of all of us!

    Could someone there line Jeanie up with a personal care helper who...
  24. Thread: October chitchat

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    Peace can be nice sometimes....

    Peace can be nice sometimes....
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    Some of the personal emergency response systems...

    Some of the personal emergency response systems I've been looking into offer a lockbox that you install on the outside of your home. There's an extra charge for that--and it wouldn't work in an...
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    Another account about a person with stiff-person...

    Another account about a person with stiff-person syndrome--in "Today" (October 21), "'I Often Can't Move': What It's Like to Live with Stiff-Person Syndrome":
    ...
  27. Thread: October chitchat

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    Virginia, your key system is one I'd have...

    Virginia, your key system is one I'd have problems with. When I have to go through a lot of steps to accomplish something, I tend to forget at least one, or do them in the wrong order.

    I don't...
  28. Thread: October chitchat

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    Howie, I like Rose's idea of an early Christmas...

    Howie, I like Rose's idea of an early Christmas present from your brother to you. Many people do their holiday shopping very early anyway, to avoid the crowds and the possibility that things they...
  29. Thread: October chitchat

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    I thought it allowed a 7-day free trial but...

    I thought it allowed a 7-day free trial but there must have been a catch to that. Sorry! Could you maybe get it on DVD in the near future through a local library? Some libraries are mailing...
  30. Thread: October chitchat

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    And thank you for the link about drones, Rose....

    And thank you for the link about drones, Rose. One part of that article concerns me somewhat:



    The "special landing pads" are located somewhere, I'm sure, that isn't exactly right outside my...
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    Now that is the first intelligent use for drones...

    Now that is the first intelligent use for drones that I've heard about. I think Sam would enjoy it. Great for Hallowe'en outings!
  32. A recent brief article from Consumer Reports...

    A recent brief article from Consumer Reports gives a little more information on consumer satisfaction with several brands including those that have been discussed here--"Best Medical Alert Systems"...
  33. Thread: October chitchat

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    Yes, the little mini-helicopters or whatever they...

    Yes, the little mini-helicopters or whatever they are. A while back I was alarmed by news that they were soon going to be used for package deliveries. It alarmed me because I could visualize packages...
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    Those chickpeas sound good. When I was still...

    Those chickpeas sound good. When I was still tinkering with recipes, I used garbanzos/chickpeas often. They're loaded with good nutrients. A cup of chickpeas has 14g of protein, 12g of fiber, and...
  35. Thread: October chitchat

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    Rose, I believe everyone is having problems with...

    Rose, I believe everyone is having problems with deliveries now--not just people in HUD apartment buildings. I've noticed that sometimes I'm offered an option of a "no-contact" delivery, and the...
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    Maybe this link? ...

    Maybe this link?

    https://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-picard/
  37. Thread: October chitchat

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    Sunshine, I have special instructions written...

    Sunshine, I have special instructions written into my information for Amazon, telling them not to leave packages outside the building and even giving them the code number to enter. They often ignore...
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    Welcome back, RandomThought! Glad you haven't...

    Welcome back, RandomThought!

    Glad you haven't forgotten us.

    Congratulations on your very remarkable daughter! Knowing how to play two difficult instruments by the age of 17 is really an...
  39. Thread: October chitchat

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    Deliveries can be interesting here because you...

    Deliveries can be interesting here because you never know how they're going to turn up. Sometimes the driver buzzes me and I buzz him in and he comes in and gives it to me, always in a huge hurry....
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    I keep white vinegar on hand and use it mainly...

    I keep white vinegar on hand and use it mainly for cleaning. My little humidifier needs to be cleaned weekly with vinegar, for instance.

    Waiting for deliveries is the name of the game, isn't it?...
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    Howie, I recall reading posts about Seven but...

    Howie, I recall reading posts about Seven but can't recall how she got her name. Was it because she was one of 7 kittens in the litter?

    Rose, cats often seem to have a sense for the right human...
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    Those who get along on Social Security with no...

    Those who get along on Social Security with no other source of income and have a chronic condition where that's how they live for many years are up a creek because the COLAS don't seem to keep up...
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    Social Security COLA increase 1.3% in 2021

    Social Security has announced that for 2021 there will be a COLA increase of 1.3%, a bit less than the 2020 increase.
  44. Or you can inch along on the ground until you get...

    Or you can inch along on the ground until you get there. Time-consuming but at least we're moving forward. A little bit at a time, but Rome wasn't built in a day....
  45. What a nice tribute, joy. In these uncertain...

    What a nice tribute, joy. In these uncertain times I think it's good that some of us are still here where most of us have spent so many years.
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    I'm reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout....

    I'm reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Saw the film version and thought I'd like to read the book.
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    From Tom Cat today:...

    From Tom Cat today:...
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    It sounds to me as if today's ironing couldn't ...

    It sounds to me as if today's ironing couldn't go on for as long because you did so much yesterday. I couldn't iron for 2 hours nonstop. After 20 minutes or so, I'm sitting down for a break, and if...
  49. Thread: October chitchat

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    Virginia, about your niece's dog--I'm pretty...

    Virginia, about your niece's dog--I'm pretty ignorant about dogs but do recall that larger dogs, like labs, don't live nearly as long as the smaller ones. A big dog's typical life expectancy is only...
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    I second the advice about a pet. Cats make great...

    I second the advice about a pet. Cats make great pets, and I've almost always had one in residence though a couple of years ago I realized that the responsibility was probably too much for me, and so...
  51. I tried the satin type but my head kept slipping...

    I tried the satin type but my head kept slipping around. I'm now using a mesh type but for years I used a plain cotton cap. It's hard to find one of those now. There are a lot of turbans available...
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    I don't know the answer, Virginia, but I'm pretty...

    I don't know the answer, Virginia, but I'm pretty sure that walking beats standing as exercise simply because it uses more muscles. Standing is good, of course, particularly if you've been told to...
  53. Thread: October chitchat

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    I don't know how else a person could get the...

    I don't know how else a person could get the groceries to the car without having to reload them from the scooter-cart into a store-type shopping cart, then walk while pushing that cart to the car,...
  54. Thread: October chitchat

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    Is this a fall you didn't mention here, Howie? I...

    Is this a fall you didn't mention here, Howie? I do recall a serious fall you had a while back, I think in connection with the grocery store parking lot.
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    That reminded me that I hadn't posted my...

    That reminded me that I hadn't posted my September average, a bit lower than the previous several months: 1,487 steps/day taken in September on average, based on 27 days.
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    Congratulations on the step counts, Sunshine!

    Congratulations on the step counts, Sunshine!
  57. Thread: October chitchat

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    Does Jeanie have one of those personal emergency...

    Does Jeanie have one of those personal emergency response systems that I've been nattering on about in another thread?

    I notice that they are available with fall detection for an extra fee. I'm...
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    Bumping this up for ssusan. She posted in the...

    Bumping this up for ssusan. She posted in the Books thread just recently.
  59. More in the super-exciting saga of my attempts at...

    More in the super-exciting saga of my attempts at getting one of these systems:

    Someone from Lifeline called on Monday but he was assuming that I would be installing it myself, with help over the...
  60. Thread: October chitchat

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    A fly spy? Maybe the fly was a spy or as they...

    A fly spy?

    Maybe the fly was a spy or as they say in that biz, an agent or an operative? Gathering intel?

    It might even have been that fly on the wall you hear about. It got tired of hanging...
  61. Thread: October chitchat

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    Thank you so much for gathering this information...

    Thank you so much for gathering this information and bringing it to us, Virginia! Are you feeling better?

    Shingles must be terrible. I'm so sorry Jeanie isn't getting a better deal. Not being...
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    ssusan, sorry I didn't find your question...

    ssusan, sorry I didn't find your question sooner--and happy birthday!

    For me the last page of this thread is page 12, and the earliest post is from 2017. But different people have different...
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    I suspect all pedometers are a breed....

    I suspect all pedometers are a breed. Unpredictable, quirky. You have to love them in spite of their faults, I guess.
  64. Thread: October chitchat

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    LOL!! Pence is only 61, I just found out. That...

    LOL!! Pence is only 61, I just found out. That could be his real hair, probably with hair spray. Politicians are so eager to please us that they get all gussied up for the camera. Or at least that's...
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    Happy birthday, ssusan (October 9)!

    ssusan, I hope you'll be enjoying a happy birthday! We always like hearing from you and hope you're staying well.
    ...
  66. Thread: October chitchat

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    A very interesting point. That thread was...

    A very interesting point. That thread was extremely popular but Howie never posted in it after starting it so far as I can recall.

    Thank you, Howie, for starting that thread.
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    Today was such a bad day for pedometers for me...

    Today was such a bad day for pedometers for me that I have no reading at the end of the day in spite of wearing two pedometers all day. I wear one as a check on the other because I'm still not sure...
  68. Thread: October chitchat

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    I totally missed the fly when I watched the...

    I totally missed the fly when I watched the debate, Virginia, but I found the segment online. He never seems aware of it, does he?

    If his hair isn't real, he wouldn't be aware of it though....
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    My goodness, Virginia, you certainly cleaned and...

    My goodness, Virginia, you certainly cleaned and cleaned! I hope this means you've been feeling better?

    Some days pedometers just seem to have "bad days," and I think your pedometer might have...
  70. Thread: October chitchat

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    Rose, the shoulder, wrist, and hand are slowly...

    Rose, the shoulder, wrist, and hand are slowly but surely improving. I've been going easy on the right arm and hand and that seems to be what is needed. Taking less aspirin now.

    As for...
  71. Yes, cold is bothersome! For years I've worn a...

    Yes, cold is bothersome! For years I've worn a nightcap to bed just because my head gets cold during the night. Part of the problem is my thin hair, I guess, but the cap is helpful.
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    Avoiding streets with darting kids takes...

    Avoiding streets with darting kids takes know-how!

    Around here there are many basketball hoops set up right beside the street, and the darting kids can be teenagers shooting baskets. They're not...
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    From Tom Cat on Saturday: Sorry to hear the...

    From Tom Cat on Saturday:


    Sorry to hear the fire smog from California fires is with you again. I need to write my fraternal twin brother out there. He's north of the Golden Gate, in wine...
  74. Thread: October chitchat

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    *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch ...

    *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch

    (((((((Feel better soon, Virginia!))))))

    I have a feeling you weren't really very up to doing so much cleaning just when you did. ...
  75. Thread: October chitchat

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    I've sent a PM to Virginia. I'm really concerned...

    I've sent a PM to Virginia. I'm really concerned about her.

    Watching the evening news has become more interesting now that some of the news broadcasters are seen in their homes. On the PBS...
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