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    Rose, I have an iPad but it's an older one that...

    Rose, I have an iPad but it's an older one that my DIL no longer wanted. I was finding it difficult to deal with though using a stylus instead of my fingers has helped. I got hold of a book that has...
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    Congratulations to you both!

    Congratulations to you both!
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    The stool sample kit may be like the one I...

    The stool sample kit may be like the one I receive from time to time--I believe I get it annually. Yes, it's a routine fecal occult blood test and many doctors are opting to use that instead of...
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    Another thought--I don't know if Jim's diet...

    Another thought--I don't know if Jim's diet includes any salt but if so, I've found that my nighttime mouth dryness is ever so much worse when I've been eating salty food during the previous day....
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    Rose, about the mouth dryness--I've found that...

    Rose, about the mouth dryness--I've found that the Biotene mouth spray works when the Biotene moisturizing gel doesn't.

    Also, I always take some Ricola sugar-free lemon mint candies with me...
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    Another ordeal for you and Jim--I realize that...

    Another ordeal for you and Jim--I realize that the scan is necessary but I hope that the people in charge will make every effort to smooth the way for you both.

    About the ENT visit--would it be...
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    I'm so glad that John is back on the scene. ...

    I'm so glad that John is back on the scene.

    Earwax: I've had some fairly unpleasant experiences with earwax problems over the years. Recently I was due to report to the audiologist for a hearing...
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    Rose, your cheerful closing is evidence of your...

    Rose, your cheerful closing is evidence of your sturdy spirit and stamina.

    I often look at that beach emoticon and picture myself there. So you may have company when you go there.
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    I trust that switching to Dr. K means that Dr. P...

    I trust that switching to Dr. K means that Dr. P is off the case or at least dimly in the background. I'm so glad that Dr. P. is no longer in the picture.
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    The doctor says to avoid stress but the doctor...

    The doctor says to avoid stress but the doctor is the stress. There may be only one way of resolving that: avoid the doctor. Or maybe Jim can bring about some changes in the doctor situation. I...
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    Happy birthday to Jim! That guitar sounds like an...

    Happy birthday to Jim! That guitar sounds like an inspired gift that he'll really enjoy.
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    Rose, your experience with Dr. D.--the way she...

    Rose, your experience with Dr. D.--the way she denied having said things that Jim knew she had said--makes me wonder if you could record future discussions with medical providers?

    I've heard of...
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    Rose, I just wanted to drop in and say you and...

    Rose, I just wanted to drop in and say you and Jim are in my thoughts as you go through this very trying time. I hope that the medical providers are bending every fiber to keep him comfortable--and...
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    Rose, I'm so glad you've had some better news....

    Rose, I'm so glad you've had some better news. The treatments sound taxing, and maybe the idea is just that since they will be putting demands on his energy supply, it's best for him to take it...
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    Good news, Rose! I hope you and your family will...

    Good news, Rose! I hope you and your family will be able to have a peaceful holiday.
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    I'm sorry to find out that more chemo is ahead...

    I'm sorry to find out that more chemo is ahead for Jim, and especially sorry that you saw that he was listed as getting "palliative" care rather than a "cure." The medical professionals are so often...
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    I've been hearing about the block grants and they...

    I've been hearing about the block grants and they make me shudder. The states aren't known for their generosity or integrity when it comes to distributing money. I'd feel much better about Medicaid...
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    This is so troubling, Rose--that you and your...

    This is so troubling, Rose--that you and your family are having to fight so hard just to secure life-sustaining supplies and services for Jon. This should not be happening.

    So glad you're keeping...
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    Is Jon better now?

    Is Jon better now?
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    Belated Happy Silver Anniversary to you and Jim!...

    Belated Happy Silver Anniversary to you and Jim!

    May the news continue to be good! I hope you'll have many more happy years together!
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    It's too bad you haven't been able to stay on...

    It's too bad you haven't been able to stay on Cloud 9, and I hope that the doctor comes along with an explanation for the results that were not as good as expected.

    I'm glad you're enjoying a sea...
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    What truly wonderful news! And I hope that...

    What truly wonderful news! And I hope that Jonathan's situation will improve too.
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    Hope that this week isn't putting too much of a...

    Hope that this week isn't putting too much of a strain on you, Rose. Maybe you can enlist someone's help with the lifting?

    I think I'd be tempted to grab a neighbor, any neighbor, but that's...
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    Rose, I know how difficult it must be for you to...

    Rose, I know how difficult it must be for you to find time and energy to post but such good news really should be shared!

    That weight gain is really encouraging. More attention to Jim from the...
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    Rose, your selfless attitude will surely help to...

    Rose, your selfless attitude will surely help to see you through this crisis. So many people get carried away with their zeal for making someone pay, and it's just sad. They get all wound up in legal...
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    Hi Rose, At least the air has been cleared with...

    Hi Rose,
    At least the air has been cleared with Dr. P somewhat, and it sounds to me as if her "I'm sorry" is probably her way of apologizing and admitting she was wrong. Maybe now she'll try harder....
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    Rose, what you're going through must be stressful...

    Rose, what you're going through must be stressful in the extreme.

    Addressing just one of the problems, I wonder if there's no pharmacy that will deliver rx's to your home?

    I've lived in 3...
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    Rose, doctors are unbelievable. They apparently...

    Rose, doctors are unbelievable. They apparently don't want to take the time to read through a patient's history. It's just too much trouble for them. I've heard this justified on the grounds that...
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    Rose, it sounds as if you've thoroughly explored...

    Rose, it sounds as if you've thoroughly explored every possible resource, and so this suggestion is probably one you thought of long ago, but might the Easter Seals Society be of help--for instance,...
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    How terrible, that he had to go through all that....

    How terrible, that he had to go through all that. Doctors have an obligation to be upfront about treatments they're offering, I think. Something important was left out of the discussion.

    You...
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