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  1. Thread: July chit-chat

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    The NP spent 40 minutes with me yesterday late...

    The NP spent 40 minutes with me yesterday late yesterday and I came away with a script for Diflucan to treat the yeast from the antibiotics and a low dose of an add on med to lower blood sugar. She...
  2. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Just got a call from my Primary Care office. Can...

    Just got a call from my Primary Care office. Can I come in to see the Nurse Practitioner today at 6? They want to discuss my thyroid and diabetic care and not wait till my next appointment in...
  3. Thread: July chit-chat

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    It was 92 when I left Milwaukee at 10 this...

    It was 92 when I left Milwaukee at 10 this morning and 94 in Philadelphia this afternoon and 88 in Rhode Island when I got home. So there you have it....it's hot in everyplace I have been today.
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    Blessings on your day and may you feel better...

    Blessings on your day and may you feel better than you have in the past few days.
  5. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Jeanie, I love the bullet. Have used it for...

    Jeanie,
    I love the bullet. Have used it for years to make green smoothies from kale, parsley, pineapple, almonds and more plus yogurt and fruit smoothies. I've abandoned the smoothies for now...
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    Joan, I have gotten one answer to my inquiry...

    Joan,
    I have gotten one answer to my inquiry about the question you posed on finances just a few minutes ago. The word is that resources vary from State to State and within that from County to...
  7. Thread: Haiku

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    It rained here last night. Hot and humid called...

    It rained here last night.
    Hot and humid called for it.
    Today is clear, nice!
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    Thank you Joan. I will pass that information on...

    Thank you Joan. I will pass that information on to the powers that be. There are people doing talks and webinars on just that subject. It is not within the purview of a Nursing Talk, however. I...
  9. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Yup! And no alcohol or Miralax or laxatives...

    Yup! And no alcohol or Miralax or laxatives while on Flagyl which is almost always used to treat it. They can all cause intractable vomiting and increase the risk for perforation. This is the...
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    Linda, I LIKE that!! Thank you.

    Linda,
    I LIKE that!! Thank you.
  11. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Love it! And it's another pound since I posted...

    Love it! And it's another pound since I posted that. What a load off my mind!:crushed::hypnotysed::tennis::sneakiness:
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    I do touch on these things and will continue to. ...

    I do touch on these things and will continue to. I am also opening the floor briefly for discussions on Medical Cannabis and sharing concerns that I have heard from the Medical Community as well as...
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    What would you like to see...?

    What would draw you to a patient education program?
    What content in that program would send you home more satisfied?

    I have been doing programs for several years now on lifestyle changes that can...
  14. Thread: July chit-chat

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    I appreciate all of you for your support and...

    I appreciate all of you for your support and suggestions. First of all , this is not dietary related constipation but infection related bowel stopping. With acute diverticulitis, it is not uncommon...
  15. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Miralax cannot be taken while on Flagyl (another...

    Miralax cannot be taken while on Flagyl (another week of that). Going to try some good old fashioned Milk of Mag in a half dose and see if that helps. Thanks. It still seems too high for a...
  16. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Home again. Pain is almost gone but meds are...

    Home again. Pain is almost gone but meds are hard on stomach. Eating small bits again. However, (TMI?) Things are still not moving for 10 days now. Getting concerned. Maybe my body, now that...
  17. Thread: July chit-chat

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    In NH since Sunday afternoon. Still not well but...

    In NH since Sunday afternoon. Still not well but better than when I last posted. No demands on me here at all. I can truly rest. This afternoon was lovely...clear skies, low 70s, low humidity,...
  18. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Wow Sunshine! You are blessed in so very many...

    Wow Sunshine! You are blessed in so very many ways and apparently are a living witness of those blessings to those who see you, such as your doc. Thank you.

    Rose,
    Grateful that the quake did...
  19. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Still no better but no worse either. Perhaps...

    Still no better but no worse either. Perhaps tomorrow will show improvement. Poor Dave is having to fend for himself for meals without the forethought of food prepared in advance (as when I...
  20. Thread: Haiku

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    It is hot today. Fireworks go "Pop, Pop, Pop....

    It is hot today.
    Fireworks go "Pop, Pop, Pop.
    Celebration Day!
  21. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Saw Nurse Practitioner, not PA. She was...

    Saw Nurse Practitioner, not PA. She was wonderful. It is Diverticulitis. I am on two antibiotics and the next 48 hours should see whether or not the oral will do the job or whether I will need IV...
  22. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Happy anniversary Nuthatch. I have spent the...

    Happy anniversary Nuthatch.

    I have spent the last several days with my Cousin Mary who drove down from Albany, NY for a several day visit and left yesterday. However, I have had signs for the...
  23. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Jeanie, Remember what they taught us in Nursing...

    Jeanie,
    Remember what they taught us in Nursing school about bladder retraining after long term catheter use. Clamp for an hour then open and gradually extend the clamped time so the bladder learns...
  24. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    They actually got married the next afternoon for...

    They actually got married the next afternoon for real and in a more traditional ceremony at the same site. This was a fun way to rehearse for the ceremony and merge two theater families and their...
  25. Thread: Haiku

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    A wedding today On the patio downtown For Chris...

    A wedding today
    On the patio downtown
    For Chris and Maggie.

    Fam-i-ly and friends
    Gathered to support the two.
    We all were quite blessed.

    Our Community
    Is richer by far for them.
  26. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    https://www.facebook.com/jay.cady.9/videos/1021909...

    https://www.facebook.com/jay.cady.9/videos/10219093494718901/ has an 11 minute video of the clown wedding with the bride's father (a vaudevillian from Kansas) officiating. The groom's father is the...
  27. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Went to my first "clown wedding" tonight. We...

    Went to my first "clown wedding" tonight. We have a wonderful small community theater that does some very professional performances just two blocks from our house. For those of you who follow my...
  28. Thread: Haiku

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    Raining all day long. This is the sixth day in a...

    Raining all day long.
    This is the sixth day in a row.
    Sun came out at 6.
  29. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    It does entirely depend on the contract that the...

    It does entirely depend on the contract that the infusion center or the home infusion service has with the company that provides the IVIg or Gammagard. And it is true that the shortage of donors...
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    Steadily progressing with no MRI changes in 3-5...

    Steadily progressing with no MRI changes in 3-5 years. Inactive progressive. This is what we heard at the Consortium this year. They are advocating spinal taps now in all forms of mS to see if...
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    FDA issued HUGE cautions last week. Not the hope...

    FDA issued HUGE cautions last week. Not the hope that it was thought to be and potentially life threatening. "Fa-Ged-A-Bod-it!"
  32. Thread: Haiku

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    Instructions in the first post in this thread. ...

    Instructions in the first post in this thread.

    The rain falls softly.
    It's sixty degrees outside.
    Windows are open.
  33. Thread: Haiku

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    Virginia, Love that you're here contributing. ...

    Virginia,
    Love that you're here contributing. Haiku has an exact format: Three lines only. 5 syllables in first and third line and 7 syllables in second line so 5/7/5.
  34. Thread: Haiku

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    Monday laundry day Here too! Clean sheets on the...

    Monday laundry day
    Here too! Clean sheets on the bed.
    Rhubarb harvested.
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    I have seen this happen at least 6 or 7 times...

    I have seen this happen at least 6 or 7 times over the past 15 +/- years. Hoping this resolves for you quickly. People do not generally realize that IVIg is a human blood product. It is NOT a...
  36. Thread: Haiku

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    Headache is now gone. Company has not yet come ...

    Headache is now gone.
    Company has not yet come
    and may not show up

    In some ways relieved
    This person's a lot of work
    Expectations gone!

    He's an old colleague
    Who comes and sleeps away time
  37. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    The house they bought from us last summer is on...

    The house they bought from us last summer is on almost two acres and abuts university athletic fields. They have built bike trails all round the back of the property with planks over swampy areas...
  38. Thread: Haiku

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    Feeling a bit down. I have a headache today....

    Feeling a bit down.
    I have a headache today.
    Company sick too.
  39. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    I think the busy weekend is working on me today. ...

    I think the busy weekend is working on me today. I slept well and woke refreshed but am dragging now three hours after getting going for the day. Out of State company coming either today or...
  40. Thread: Haiku

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    Father's Day it is! Took Dave to eat at UNOs....

    Father's Day it is!
    Took Dave to eat at UNOs.
    Happy guy is he!

    Lobster roll, chowder,
    Roasted veggies, coleslaw too.
    Brownie sundae, yay!

    I had a sirloin
    Mashed potato too.
  41. Thread: Haiku

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    The wind brought some rain. Today everything is...

    The wind brought some rain.
    Today everything is green.
    Still cool and breezy.
  42. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    You all certainly have been a chatty group today!...

    You all certainly have been a chatty group today!

    Nuthatch,
    What a lovely photo.

    Virginia,
    You should feel flattered but I am glad you are erring on the side of caution taking your own...
  43. Thread: Haiku

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    A very long day. Research and wellness program...

    A very long day.
    Research and wellness program
    Dinner theater.

    Home now and resting.
    Comfortably cool, windy
    The air smells so good!
  44. Thread: Haiku

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    Today I woke up. Got up. Got dressed. Smelled...

    Today I woke up.
    Got up. Got dressed. Smelled fresh air.
    Enjoying the sun.

    Not so much aching
    As when I was traveling.
    More comf-'terble now.
  45. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Haiku thread is now up here: ...

    Haiku thread is now up here: http://www.braintalkcommunities.org/showthread.php/103129-Haiku?p=89012#post89012
    Have fun!
  46. Thread: Haiku

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    Haiku

    Several years ago, we had a Haiku thread here. Thought some of you might like to have some fun with it again. This is the starter writing from that old thread cut and pasted here:

    Haiku is a...
  47. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    I am thinking now... We should start a Haiku...

    I am thinking now...
    We should start a Haiku Thread
    Like we did before.
  48. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Springtime Haiku... I knew Howie would answer....

    Springtime Haiku...
    I knew Howie would answer.
    It is a given.
  49. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Jeanie, Perhaps it's time to reach out to the...

    Jeanie,
    Perhaps it's time to reach out to the home care program at MSF to see if they can help you with aides. Probably would not be a 12 hour time block like you currently have but they do send...
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    Your description of the breathing problem with...

    Your description of the breathing problem with sleep certainly sounds like sleep apnea which can also cause high BP, elevated heart rate, fatigue and severe anxiety. It is possible with something...
  51. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    You know, I think that what bit me and what they...

    You know, I think that what bit me and what they call No see 'ems in NH are the chiggers we grew up with on the farm. Tiny little black flying insects slightly larger than a flee but without the...
  52. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    It is very breezy here and they are biting up a...

    It is very breezy here and they are biting up a storm. Rained last night and it seems to have slowed them down. David got back in the car yesterday afternoon after a hike and said there must've...
  53. Thread: Bad fall

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    I agree. Sounds like a shoulder and possibly...

    I agree. Sounds like a shoulder and possibly writs fracture. Very common in those of us who have had steroids.
  54. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Getting eaten alive up here in the mountains. ...

    Getting eaten alive up here in the mountains. The No-See-'ems are out in force. I react so very strongly to insect bites. One bit me on the eyelid and eye swelled shut within an hour. By then ,...
  55. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Agate, I have no doubt you will be ready for...

    Agate,
    I have no doubt you will be ready for this. Afterall, unless they have changed protocols, this is something you have done before and should ace it again.

    77 and sunny here today. Nice...
  56. I've seen the InterStim demonstrated at several...

    I've seen the InterStim demonstrated at several conferences and it is amazing!
  57. Welcome home!

    Welcome home!
  58. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    And the first installment article on what came...

    And the first installment article on what came out of the Consortium in Seattle has been sent to MS Focus magazine. Phew. Tomorrow we have a reception and dinner to go to after church then off to...
  59. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for sharing.
  60. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Slides are done and sent off for review and...

    Slides are done and sent off for review and loading! Not going to try and tackle more today as I have to go out for the evening in three hours so am going to just wash hair and rest till then.
    ...
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    I was so very, very tired by the time of this...

    I was so very, very tired by the time of this interview that I felt like my speaking was in slow motion and I sounded "blotto" but as we moved through it, I think I "woke up " a bit. I appreciate...
  62. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Jeanie, Sounds like you are making progress...

    Jeanie,
    Sounds like you are making progress which means Medicare should still be paying for your care as your rehab is progressing.

    Glad to see Mark back with us and HootsWithOwls joining us...
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    Mark! Welcome back! I, for one, have missed...

    Mark! Welcome back! I, for one, have missed you. Lots has changed for me since we last communicated. Treatment is working. Depression has been reined in . My energy levels and diet and...
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    ANN, I was thinking that I had not seen Mark...

    ANN,
    I was thinking that I had not seen Mark (XO) in at least 5 years, maybe more and the link you posted is 7 years old. I hope he is OK.


    HWO,
    Welcome back! I do remember you. 1.5 T...
  65. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Virginia. In a session at the Consortium...

    Virginia.
    In a session at the Consortium meeting, they were saying that the 1.5 Tesla machines that we have used from the beginning are NOT ok any longer to diagnose or track active disease and that...
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    Mental Health Co-Morbidities in MS

    I had the privilege of attending the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers annual meeting in Seattle last week where 2200 Clinicians from around the world met to share research, rehab, treatment...
  67. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Seems we have two June Chit-Chats going. Howie...

    Seems we have two June Chit-Chats going. Howie started this one at 12:02 am on June 1st and Lazarus started the other a little over 4 hours later.

    As to no contrast on MRI: In relatively stable...
  68. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Nuthatch, How lovely! Thanks for sharing. ...

    Nuthatch,
    How lovely! Thanks for sharing.

    As far as the horse, I believe that one of Peg's profile pics was a photo of her on a horse. That may be what folks are thinking of. I don't think...
  69. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    Actually, I think I started Chit Chat and when I...

    Actually, I think I started Chit Chat and when I stepped off the Board for a while Peg started the monthly threads. I have no problem with it being renamed but there may be folks who might cross...
  70. Thread: Peg

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    Just got back from Seattle and can't sleep...

    Just got back from Seattle and can't sleep because my body is still on Pacific time. So very sorry to hear this. I sent a message to Gary's wife Trish. I think he may have Peg's address and phone...
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    We have an "Alternative Food Co-op" here that...

    We have an "Alternative Food Co-op" here that functions in the same way. I used to shop there when the kids were little as they sold a lot in bulk. We always had to take our own containers. I...
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    Chili is simmering in the crock pot for this...

    Chili is simmering in the crock pot for this afternoon's cookout. David has gotten the two largest and heaviest A/C units into the windows. I am packed and ready for Seattle and boarding passes are...
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    Off on Tuesday to Seattle for the annual meeting...

    Off on Tuesday to Seattle for the annual meeting for the Consortium of MS Centers. Home Saturday the 1st in time to have dinner with Dave to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary. Laundry is...
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    Soy is not generally a good protein alternative...

    Soy is not generally a good protein alternative for men as it produces progesterone (a female hormone) in those who eat it. For many men this can cause problems such as ED and breast development if...
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    Gluten is not the problem. It is an...

    Gluten is not the problem. It is an individual's sensitivity to it. Try eliminating it for a week and see if you feel differently. If you are not sure, add it back and if, within a couple of days...
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