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    Thanks...that is why my niece is in San Francisco...

    Thanks...that is why my niece is in San Francisco and why her daughter is in Brooklyn
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    My niece is in San Francisco and that housing...

    My niece is in San Francisco and that housing situation is unbelievable. In New York Harlem is being gentrified driving away middle class. Same thing in Brooklyn too, I think.
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    Gentrification is happening in communities all...

    Gentrification is happening in communities all over the country. The income inequality in this country is going to run the middle class out of many old neighborhoods.
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    My new bedroom humidifier holds about a gallon...

    My new bedroom humidifier holds about a gallon and is supposedly very easy to use. The nice thing about Amazon is reading all the questions and answers customers ask about the product so I have easy...
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    My skin looks like a weathered old farmers’ skin....

    My skin looks like a weathered old farmers’ skin. I don’t have wrinkles but my mother did not either. Like her I am 72 and just showing a gray hair or two. Genetics is probably more the determining...
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    I just bought a bedroom humidifier from Amazon...

    I just bought a bedroom humidifier from Amazon and it will be here tomorrow. Delivery dates are almost always accurate so...I finally did what might help my cough a bit. Should have done it weeks...
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    He died in prison. He was a fugitive from...

    He died in prison. He was a fugitive from jailwhen he killed King.......after the attack he got to London and was caught there......pleaded guilty at the time.
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    Yup. I sleep almost sitting up against the bed. I...

    Yup. I sleep almost sitting up against the bed. I stopped drinking coffee, milk products and drink tons of water. The Mayo site gives lots of detailed advice.

    I stopped drinking cough medicine...
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    Thank you so much for the detailed information,...

    Thank you so much for the detailed information, Sunshine. There are so many avenues....this is my second day on the meds so I have my fingers crossed. My neurologist made an appt with a cardiologist...
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    Steamed carrots and parsnip...mashed them...

    Steamed carrots and parsnip...mashed them together and made a side dish like mashed potatoes.

    What a great mix. Added a touch of maple syrup and salt/pepper. Parsnip is so great...often called the...
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    I like the New Yorker and snappy comebacks often...

    I like the New Yorker and snappy comebacks often escape me at the moment I need them. When someone comes and tells me the magical healing powers of shiitake mushrooms I respond by saying...”really!?...
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    No asthma seen although she asked about wheezing...

    No asthma seen although she asked about wheezing (no)
    Since my blood pressure was high enough for my neurologist and oncologist to send messages to my primary care doc and get me a new cardiologist...
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    I am starting to answer my own Question! ...

    I am starting to answer my own Question!

    Prednisone may be very effective in reducing airway inflammation, and related airway swelling, mucus production and breathlessness, but may be associated...
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    So, two months of coughing......

    I have been sick with something since the beginning of November. I bet I have drunk 10 bottles of cough med (different kinds) and my tongue is raw from cough drops. Once I start coughing it goes on...
  15. Ouch! You really have had a time of it....I am...

    Ouch! You really have had a time of it....I am keeping my fingers crossed for us all!
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    I have Arthur Trulov downloaded. It is waiting...

    I have Arthur Trulov downloaded. It is waiting for me.
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    Sunshine, in addition to the info SSusan gave...

    Sunshine, in addition to the info SSusan gave @15$ a month, I keep getting audible credits somehow and I purchase book with the one free credit I get fairly often. I did recently buy 3 additional...
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    I understand about your low tunnel and needing to...

    I understand about your low tunnel and needing to release the heat. I had to spray water on some plants even though the soil in the pots was wet but some plants need the humidity I provide with...
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    I use audible and the readings are quite good....

    I use audible and the readings are quite good. Just finished The Dutch House and tom Hanks was the reader.
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    Oh my gosh Jeanie.."I had not realized the extent...

    Oh my gosh Jeanie.."I had not realized the extent of these recent distresses. You are one amazing woman. Wishing you the best in this new year.
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    Howie, I have a 2014 Subaru and the annoying...

    Howie, I have a 2014 Subaru and the annoying thing is that it is impossible to keep the car running and lock it.....like you did. Sometimes my wagon is loaded with plants overnight and that is when I...
  22. Thread: Van?

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    Oh my gosh what we have lost.....Catdancer’s...

    Oh my gosh what we have lost.....Catdancer’s voice was a strong one and helped us all.
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    Rituxan is given in two infusions every six...

    Rituxan is given in two infusions every six months. Somebody made a mistake....perhaps confused the drug you are taking?
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    Oh gosh! You have had a time of it. It is amazing...

    Oh gosh! You have had a time of it. It is amazing what we go through and again recover from...I hope your recovery is swift and stable.

    I am sitting by a window and have been watching a dove who...
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    I just finished The Dutch House on Audible. Good,...

    I just finished The Dutch House on Audible. Good, interesting, not great but I am glad I read it.
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    Interesting history....I can understand there...

    Interesting history....I can understand there must be a special thrill reading a book when you know the author!
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    My walking ability swings drastically from day to...

    My walking ability swings drastically from day to day. One day going a mile is easy and the next it is impossibly hard. I am trying to work in the greenhouse for an hour a day. Some of the time I am...
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    Ocrevus/rituxan have very few side effects and...

    Ocrevus/rituxan have very few side effects and for me rituxan has none at all. It has been a wonderful drug fo me and helps keep me farming!
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    Hoping for the best for you....bad times do fade...

    Hoping for the best for you....bad times do fade and respites comes to save us erasing the memories of these bad times....almost erasing.
  30. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    Sorry HOwie but when her husband has a thought or...

    Sorry HOwie but when her husband has a thought or picture to share with us I am grateful and would really hate to slam the door. I am glad we are offering temporary solace to Cat Dancer’s lonely...
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    I use Peapod and they are the same way. If I call...

    I use Peapod and they are the same way. If I call they just take a bad item off my bill.
    Amazon also restores my faith in business
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    We don’t celebrate any holidays really. So many years I would make feasts for many guests but, the years have gone on and those friends of old moved, got divorced, died.....I have lots of memories...
  33. Interesting.

    Interesting.
  34. Great! I’ll be thinking of you.

    Great! I’ll be thinking of you.
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    Really neat to have this thread again....happy...

    Really neat to have this thread again....happy New Year everyone. I had a wonderful morning and now sat down with a bit of Bailey’s Irish Cream to start my holiday celebration! I bet we make pancakes...
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    Well, I did get to my infusion and it went very...

    Well, I did get to my infusion and it went very smoothly. The temperature was 35° and we just had rain all day. No trouble driving. I am now set to go until June’s next infusions.

    THEN last night...
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    So, I am here getting my infusion .i live in a...

    So, I am here getting my infusion .i live in a posited that’s stayed at 35° so there was only rain to contend with, everything is going smoothly.yipeeee!
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    I have walked with my 3 wheeled rollator for a...

    I have walked with my 3 wheeled rollator for a mile on four separate days . The snow and ice had all melted away so I went on a route that was easy from my house looping around streets. I have not...
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    [QUOTE=stillstANNding;93528]Agate, I get, ...

    [QUOTE=stillstANNding;93528]Agate, I get,

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    Me too but the number on mine is 401.
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    Tomorrow is my second rituxan infusion of this go...

    Tomorrow is my second rituxan infusion of this go around. And, as it was for the first infusion in this cycle...there is supposed to be an ice storm during the morning hours. In the 20 years I have...
  41. Very interesting. Thanks for this post!

    Very interesting. Thanks for this post!
  42. Virginia, I have spent way too many years not...

    Virginia,
    I have spent way too many years not saying things and then stewing over social situations. If you say things pleasantly, just straight forward and truthful, people appreciate it. It is...
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    A psychotherapist, calls having an unhelpful cheerful attitude “dismissive positivity.” She explained in an Instagram post how to better respond to someone who’s in pain.

    Instead of saying,...
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    “And I'm watching Charge TV. What are the odds?” Answer....the odds are 100%
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    Sunshine, with your IVIg yesterday and my rituxan...

    Sunshine, with your IVIg yesterday and my rituxan on Monday we are both probably setting the world on fire today!
    It is freezing cold here for the next 2 days but by Sunday it will be in the 40s...
  46. That’s the way I think about death also....and I...

    That’s the way I think about death also....and I worry that some hospital will supersede my instructions ....my mom had all the forms and papers but was rushed to a hospital that was not where her...
  47. That is what my husband always said. He proudly...

    That is what my husband always said. He proudly told people he had never been to a doctor. Then when he was about your age he had a problem on the bottom of one foot. Turned out to be a problem...
  48. Yes. Yes. Yes. From my husband’s experiences over...

    Yes. Yes. Yes. From my husband’s experiences over the last 5 years that is our hard learned lesson.
  49. Farmwife, when you say you are concerned about...

    Farmwife, when you say you are concerned about the steroids do you mean the premed they give at the time of the infusion? If so it is a Relatively small amount. I get that, benedryl and a couple of...
  50. On the active MSers site someone on rituxan said...

    On the active MSers site someone on rituxan said that rituxan is listed as an MS treatment under Medicare. I hate the financial tricks that allowed the same drug company to produce 2 identical drugs...
  51. Rituxan and Ocrevus have few side effects and...

    Rituxan and Ocrevus have few side effects and more success I think. The infusion is only every 6 months and might be easy to work around.
    Big decisions....good luck.
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    Great! It is a struggle in winter. It was 46° here today. I started the day by getting 3. Vehicles ready for an ice storm Tuesday. I have rituxan on Monday so had to ready thing early. I am hoping...
  53. Best of luck to you.

    Best of luck to you.
  54. My neurologist who is also a researcher always...

    My neurologist who is also a researcher always told me that there is not a clear or any correlation between my MRI and what is happening in terms of my obvious symptoms. My first MRI...many years...
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    I have not had those specific spasms for a couple...

    I have not had those specific spasms for a couple of years. When they first started they lasted for a long time and we’re strong and I lost a lot of weight. Now they rarely hang around for more than...
  56. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    My answer seems to have disappeared but I think...

    My answer seems to have disappeared but I think it would be great to post the photo. I think of her often and it would be nice to have her in my mind.
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    I think it would be great to share the photo. I...

    I think it would be great to share the photo. I think of her and it would be nice to have a picture in my mind’s eye.
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    It is a soup day here too! I made a veggie soup...

    It is a soup day here too! I made a veggie soup with potatoes,, carrots, peas and mushrooms.. I steam the veggies for 10 minutes and then sauté them. I use the water I steam them in to use as half...
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    Oh my gosh...I am reading a great book. The...

    Oh my gosh...I am reading a great book. The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve.
    Wonderful plot incredibly good writing style and the most intimate look into ordinary marriages I have ever read.
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    Perfect response from Agate....

    Perfect response from Agate....
  61. OT....to Public Television Article...29 books to read

    Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk


    Not newly written this year, but newly available in English. Before her novel “Flights,” the Polish writer was little known in the...
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    Same here in western MA as Ann had in eastern MA....

    Same here in western MA as Ann had in eastern MA. But here on the farm we are swimming in mud. Or rather we were swimming in mud with vehicles getting stuck trying to drive between greenhouses.
    ...
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    You know that sag that appears under your arm as...

    You know that sag that appears under your arm as you get older. My girlfriend calls them angel wings!
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    I am 72 now and love it. John will be 83 next...

    I am 72 now and love it. John will be 83 next week and he does not love it. Hmmmm,.
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    Yup. That was me screeching...oops singing! I...

    Yup. That was me screeching...oops singing!
    I tried adding music emojis to my good wishes but they always translate into question marks. I could not figure out how to change it...any ideas? I use an...
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    “ Oh happy HOwie Day”..... Can you hear me...

    “ Oh happy HOwie Day”..... Can you hear me singing?��������
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    I finally cleaned off the last vehicle that was...

    I finally cleaned off the last vehicle that was buried under a snowstorm a few days ago. I drove to the greenhouses and watered. Takes about an hour per greenhouse.

    Then I made John beef stew...
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    Ouch! I live very isolated life on my farm and...

    Ouch! I live very isolated life on my farm and never get the flu shot or shingles shot. Until recently have not had a col d in 30 years. I wonder if my relative isolation keeps me safe.
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    Grrrrrrr.....#!¥.€#<:~%.....grrrrrrr.
  70. A former student of mine posted this on Facebook....pretty accurate!

    DONE!
    It takes an average of 3 years and 5 doctors for a person to get a proper diagnosis of an autoimmune disease. Just wish more people understood what an autoimmune disease is. It is not a cold...
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    Just an ordinary book club at the town library...

    Just an ordinary book club at the town library which is one mile from my house. We call our group the “page turners”. We read whatever strikes our fancy but one of the librarians runs it and she...
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    The book club I go to just sent me the Reading...

    The book club I go to just sent me the Reading list for the next year. Maybe some of you know These books?

    January 22, 2020
    discussing: The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
    (picking up: Woman in...
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    Sorry to be confusing. I have been doing...

    Sorry to be confusing. I have been doing infusions for my MS for 19 years. Before that I did betaseron, avonex and copaxone. I did novantrone for 2 years and IVIg for 8 years and some other chemo...I...
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    Sorry you are having such troubles. Really,...

    Sorry you are having such troubles. Really, wouldn’t it be nice to catch a break?!
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    Thanks for the thought..in the 20 years I have...

    Thanks for the thought..in the 20 years I have been doing infusions I have only had 2 serious problems during infusion but I would not want to be anywhere else but at the center.

    Actually the...
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