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    Yes, that's it exactly, ANN and Sunshine. Every...

    Yes, that's it exactly, ANN and Sunshine. Every day there's a to-do list, and I try to figure out just how much of it I can get away with trying to do--and when during the day I would be best able to...
  2. Thread: Jim's Journey

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    Rose, if you ever have a spare moment, I'd be...

    Rose, if you ever have a spare moment, I'd be interested in knowing how you dealt with the ant invasion you mentioned.

    I've had problems with ants here for 10 years now and understand that ants...
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    If it's any comfort to you, Albuterol has been...

    If it's any comfort to you, Albuterol has been around for a while. It was one of the inhalers my daughter used for asthma. That was 25 years ago.
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    Step counts over the last week: 1/13/20 - 2334...

    Step counts over the last week:

    1/13/20 - 2334 steps
    1/14/20 - 2268 "
    1/15/20 - 1562 "
    1/16/20 - 1486 "
    1/17/20 - 1499 "
    1/18/20 - 1841 "
    1/19/20 - 1375 "
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    Oh my. I'm so glad you weren't badly burned! ...

    Oh my. I'm so glad you weren't badly burned!

    Years ago I gave up on china and glass and just never use them any more. It's all plastic (I like Lexan) but food and beverages really don't taste...
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    I'm so sorry you've lost a friend, Jeanie. It's...

    I'm so sorry you've lost a friend, Jeanie. It's hard to lose a good friend and neighbor of 20 years.
  7. Exactly, Rose--it's clearly just meant for those...

    Exactly, Rose--it's clearly just meant for those who want to have some fun zipping around.

    I am a bit concerned though about whether these "wheelchairs" might become so popular and common that...
  8. New electric wheelchair crashes on test but will be available next year

    This new type of electric wheelchair crashed into a wall during a test but aside from that little episode, which doesn't seem to concern the Segway manufacturers much, what's your opinion of its...
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    Um, she trudges through airports rather often in...

    Um, she trudges through airports rather often in efforts to help her mother who lives quite a distance away.

    Traveling seems to sap energy very fast. She should get a lot of extra points for all...
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    I'm starting in on several novels by Dawn Powell....

    I'm starting in on several novels by Dawn Powell. I'm halfway through the first one, Dance Night (1930).

    Most people won't have heard of her but she was writing in the 1930s and 1940s.

    A little...
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    Planning and organizing is a key function. Howie...

    Planning and organizing is a key function. Howie and Virginia aren't to be taken seriously. I'm sure you also supply everyone in the household with chocolate too, ANN, and that is vital.
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    Do they have an interest in scavenging? Sometimes...

    Do they have an interest in scavenging? Sometimes I find plastic trash bags that have been deposited in the dumpster by residents, and they (the bags, not the residents) have big gashes in them as if...
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    (OT) Wild West Dept.: Coyotes on the prowl

    Sometimes I look at the messages on Nextdoor.com for the neighborhood I live in, and today this caught my attention. Even though I no longer have a cat, I worry about the cats out there. I even worry...
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    nuthatch/Joan, the Braille Institute you linked...

    nuthatch/Joan, the Braille Institute you linked to seems to be one of the regional branches of the National Library Service (NLS) Talking Books program and that particular branch is for California...
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    Looks like a good way to start, Sunshine! It's...

    Looks like a good way to start, Sunshine! It's called cross-stitch in the Amazon description but I don't think it has a cross-stitch in it--though it does have several other embroidery techniques...
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    What kind of embroidery, Sunshine? If it's...

    What kind of embroidery, Sunshine?

    If it's regular embroidery, you might enjoy branching out into counted cross stitch or crewel or needlepoint. Are you thinking of turning out particular kinds of...
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    That's probably the way it was. If Linda has a...

    That's probably the way it was. If Linda has a bedroom humidifier that holds a gallon, that must be quite a bit bigger than mine. Mine holds 3 and a half cups! It does last 8 hours but the room is...
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    I keep hearing bad things about mold. I'm...

    I keep hearing bad things about mold.

    I'm glad to know you're keeping the mold away.
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    Rose, I had a brief glimpse of Linda, I think,...

    Rose, I had a brief glimpse of Linda, I think, when she was doing a book review on a PBS news segment, and she does NOT have a "weathered old farmers' skin."

    Virginia, my dad's skin was like...
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    My little bedroom humidifier has helped me a...

    My little bedroom humidifier has helped me a lot--not just the dry mouth problems but the hoarseness and coughing. I do have to remember to fill it each evening and to clean it now and then but it's...
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    I think Howie has nailed it. We probably avoid...

    I think Howie has nailed it. We probably avoid being out in the sun far more than most people do.

    Howie the dentist probably should consider branching out into some other medical field....
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    I'm all too familiar with all-night coughing and...

    I'm all too familiar with all-night coughing and it's miserable.

    Have you tried experimenting with pillows? If you sleep with a pillow under your head, have you tried another pillow so you're...
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    Do people with MS have amazing skin?

    A neighbor in the laundry room recently told me that everyone she's known with MS has "amazing skin." She said it has a special glow and looks like porcelain.

    I've never noticed this particularly....
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    There are so many interesting vegetables--I don't...

    There are so many interesting vegetables--I don't know why they have such a bad reputation. People sometimes make them sound so boring.
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    I eat quite a lot of frozen vegetables. They tend...

    I eat quite a lot of frozen vegetables. They tend to be bland though. In addition to salt and pepper, I sometimes add some Mrs. Dash.

    It's a combination of herbs, onion, garlic--it adds a bit of...
  26. Virginia, I am indeed living very well compared...

    Virginia, I am indeed living very well compared to those 5 years.
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    Isn't prednisone often used to treat asthma?...

    Isn't prednisone often used to treat asthma? Could you have asthma? I understand that you can have asthma and not necessarily have wheezing. There might be symptoms like yours instead.

    I found...
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    Snappy comebacks--might be amusing

    Sometimes we don't know what to say in reply to someone. This little "article" that is more of a cartoon might provide some suggestions for comebacks:
    ...
  29. I was one of those who were "terminated" back in...

    I was one of those who were "terminated" back in the era discussed in the article. For 5 years I had no income but welfare except for a period when Social Security was ordered to pay provisional...
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    But Howie, you're constantly zipping around in...

    But Howie, you're constantly zipping around in that Karmann Ghia or whatever it is--PT Cruiser?--bouncing into stores and going to (I'm guessing) some remote location with the trash and all over...
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    A better picture of what it looks like on the...

    A better picture of what it looks like on the ground:
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  32. More news about Sherry Jo Ward and her show: ...

    More news about Sherry Jo Ward and her show:

    https://www.clarke.edu/news/sherry-jo-ward-in-stiff-on-november-12/

    And this one from Dmagazine.com (Dallas, January 15, 2020) is more about her...
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    Graupel looks like a lot of little styrofoam...

    Graupel looks like a lot of little styrofoam pellets. The first time I saw it I was struck by how weird it looked.
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    Generous of you to give Laura points but she...

    Generous of you to give Laura points but she doesn't have MS, and so she shouldn't get as many points.

    Whew! Virginia, you've washed and polished and cleaned everything up now. But is there...
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    I got through the apartment inspection on Monday...

    I got through the apartment inspection on Monday and spent yesterday getting over the experience. There are so many details to take care of when they have these inspections, and having to be all...
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    Jeanie, since you had to pay such a whopping...

    Jeanie, since you had to pay such a whopping price, they certainly should have provided a comfortable waiting area! In fact, they ought to have brought you a meal. with them picking up the tab.
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    Sunshine, I haven't tried Audible but according...

    Sunshine, I haven't tried Audible but according to its Website,
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    That is so sad. Supposedly the MS drugs mean...

    That is so sad. Supposedly the MS drugs mean that there aren't so many stories like that--I hope so.

    I'm afraid that some of the people who used to be active on this board may have gone that...
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    I went to a couple of support group meetings when...

    I went to a couple of support group meetings when I lived in WA state. There were guest speakers, and they were informative meetings.

    I'm still hoping to get to this group, maybe next month.
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    Add some chocolate and you should be OK in a...

    Add some chocolate and you should be OK in a jiffy.
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    Yes, the Rock Bottom Remainders! The band's name...

    Yes, the Rock Bottom Remainders! The band's name seems like a good choice.
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    I couldn't get into Gabriel Garcia-Marquez...

    I couldn't get into Gabriel Garcia-Marquez either.

    I read and liked The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. I believe I also saw a movie of it. Is Amy Tan still in a rock band?
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    The National Library Service Talking Books...

    The National Library Service Talking Books program has been going on for many decades and they have their own narrators who are always very good, IMO. No background music or sound effects.

    BUT in...
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    Donna Thomson, I found your book right away...

    Donna Thomson, I found your book right away online:

    https://www.amazon.com/Donna-Thomson/e/B004D8NYUI/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

    That is so impressive! And with a Foreword by Judy Woodruff too...
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    Virginia, maybe the sore throat is just an effect...

    Virginia, maybe the sore throat is just an effect of talking on the phone. Hope you aren't coming down with something.

    Howie, was it the alternator?
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    It may be that the world is coming unglued, not...

    It may be that the world is coming unglued, not so much you, Virginia.

    Hours and hours on the phone are very tiring, I think. And sometimes you get nowhere after all of the hours spent.
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    The MStakes and MShaps thread

    People with MS seem to be especially accident-prone. Mobility problems and vision problems and fatigue all make it likely that we'll lose our balance, fall, drop and spill things, break things--we're...
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    tic chick, you're absolutely right about the...

    tic chick, you're absolutely right about the holiday slowdown. I had no idea there was so much interest now but the replies so far are very encouraging. I won't end the Politics blog after all.
    ...
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    I appreciate the input! I'm prepared to...

    I appreciate the input!

    I'm prepared to abandon the politics blog as an experiment that was tried but failed. People who are very much in the habit of dealing with a message board regularly find...
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    About the politics blog

    The politics discussion blog has been going on three and a half months now.

    There doesn't seem to be much interest in it, and what interest there was is dwindling. It's hard to think about...
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    Nice that you're back, jendie! I hope you can...

    Nice that you're back, jendie!

    I hope you can get rid of the loss of balance moments. I've been having those too and really must get back to the balance exercises I keep telling myself I should...
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    I spoke with Howie by phone yesterday. He's...

    I spoke with Howie by phone yesterday. He's taking a break--been having some car trouble.

    I probably didn't get this right but he has a fairly new battery that hasn't been working right, and he...
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    Tomorrow I was going to go to a meeting of a...

    Tomorrow I was going to go to a meeting of a local MS Society support group I've been in touch with for years. I get e-mails about their meetings but in 9+ years, have never been to one. Until...
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    By all means watch that nuthatch, Linda. And...

    By all means watch that nuthatch, Linda. And maybe the nuthatch here on this board needs more careful watching. She hasn't got the knack of the New Year if she's starting it by landing in the...
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    Yes, I tried it on arms and found it awkward. Do...

    Yes, I tried it on arms and found it awkward. Do you recall how long you used it for arms? I didn't stick with it very long at all.
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    Thank you for digging that thread up, ANN! I...

    Thank you for digging that thread up, ANN!

    I see that I proclaimed at the time that it didn't slip on the carpet. Well, I found out just a bit later that it did--not a lot but enough to be...
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    Exercise pedallers

    A while back we discussed these but Rose has raised the question again, and maybe there have been some improvements in the design since the earlier discussion. I probably need more leg exercise to...
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    I had one for a while and there was some...

    I had one for a while and there was some discussion of it at the time--maybe 3 years ago? I didn't keep it because of lack of space for it. I probably should have kept it and used it because my leg...
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    I've been reading Unbeiievable: My Front-Row Seat...

    I've been reading Unbeiievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur. The author, a reporter, covered the Trump campaign for the election of 2016.

    Before...
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    Average step counts for December (figured for 30...

    Average step counts for December (figured for 30 days): 1493 steps/day
  61. Thread: Undecided

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    Welcome back, petpuppy! Nice to hear from you. ...

    Welcome back, petpuppy! Nice to hear from you.

    I was wondering about the Cellcept and found that it is sometimes prescribed off-label for MS though it can have some serious side effects:
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    Messages from Tom Cat

    Instead of continuing to post Tom Cat's messages in the RIP Cat Dancer thread, I'm starting a thread just for Tom Cat's messages if/when more come along.

    He has said that there will be more...
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    Jeanie, I don't think you'd sink if you tried to...

    Jeanie, I don't think you'd sink if you tried to swim. Swimming is a skill we don't seem to forget.
  64. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    Anyone else who has contact with him is welcome...

    Anyone else who has contact with him is welcome to post messages from him too if that's OK with him.

    There is at least one person here who I believe has met him in person and has phone contact...
  65. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    How would it be if we had a new thread called...

    How would it be if we had a new thread called something else, like "Tom Cat's news"? That way we wouldn't always be seeing the sad-looking "RIP Cat Dancer" thread.

    Then his messages to any of us...
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    Hi, Richard, I can't add anything to what Rose...

    Hi, Richard,
    I can't add anything to what Rose just said. I'd definitely be concerned enough to continue looking for answers, and that may mean visiting a couple of specialists and having more...
  67. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    Howie, Tom Cat has asked me to post any part of...

    Howie, Tom Cat has asked me to post any part of his messages here that I thought might be of interest to people here, and that's what I've been doing. I believe he's been trying to figure out the...
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    No, she isn't--though she does cook potatoes and...

    No, she isn't--though she does cook potatoes and other things routinely. The item wasn't what she had in mind. Neither she nor I understood that what we were looking at online was a mix. She usually...
  69. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    Photo and message from TomCat: ...

    Photo and message from TomCat:

    ...
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    A really nice thing happened! I've mentioned that...

    A really nice thing happened! I've mentioned that my 97-year-old neighbor and I share an Instacart order during the 4 or more weeks a year when the regular shopping service we use isn't functioning,...
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    It sounds like a nice option for people who find...

    It sounds like a nice option for people who find it difficult to get to restaurants but would like not to have to fix a meal for a change--just have it brought to them all ready to eat.

    You've...
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    Sunshine, you're so intrepid that I'm guessing...

    Sunshine, you're so intrepid that I'm guessing you're a very experienced surfer? At what age can a person start surfing?
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    I always try to tip pretty well too--people who...

    I always try to tip pretty well too--people who work where they get tipped do depend on those tips just to make ends meet.

    DeliveredDish is still around, I found out--but it's now part of GrubHub.
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    Dog parks close in the winter??? That's a bad...

    Dog parks close in the winter??? That's a bad deal.
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    I was looking all over the Doordash Website for...

    I was looking all over the Doordash Website for information on the fees but couldn't find anything, probably because they're offering free delivery on your first order. I could probably find out...
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