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    Congratulations on a successful outing, Agate. It...

    Congratulations on a successful outing, Agate. It sounds like a good day. The next visit should be easier and your son would likely deal with the wheelchair. So great that you got to spend time w...
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    Virginia, I did go to lunch with MIL and to...

    Virginia, I did go to lunch with MIL and to Trader Joe’s. I was so tired then that I came home. We went to a Thai restaurant and I had Ginger Chicken, brown rice, spring rolls, salad with peanut...
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    Linda, glad that your cough is better. Peter saw...

    Linda, glad that your cough is better. Peter saw an internist for a persistent cough once and was given a low dose of Valium. The doc said an older MD had used it on him. It worked. Maybe it helps...
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    Hallelujah! “No malignant cells” is such good...

    Hallelujah!
    “No malignant cells” is such good news!

    ANN
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    Good morning, BrainTalk. It’s a sunny day here in...

    Good morning, BrainTalk. It’s a sunny day here in Boston with a high, blue sky. I took a Benedryl last night and slept until the cats woke me at 10 AM. It was 24 degrees when I fed the birds shortly...
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    Dear IM, I am sorry this is happening to your...

    Dear IM,

    I am sorry this is happening to your little boy. I have no special pediatric knowledge. I just want you to know that people are here and are reading and some are very informed,...
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    I’m glad you have that worry off your mind,...

    I’m glad you have that worry off your mind, Jingle.

    Good luck at today’s appointment.

    Love and chocolate,
    ANN, mom of three cats
  8. Virginia, I read about the free app here: ...

    Virginia, I read about the free app here:

    https://clark.com/health-health-care/good-rx/

    It seems worth trying. There is a premium level but the free version seems worthwhile. Let us know if you...
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    Thank you for the delightful pictures, Nuthatch!...

    Thank you for the delightful pictures, Nuthatch!

    Virginia, UNO is a card game. You win when you have Uno (one) card left.

    ANN
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    Healthcare systems and insurances partnering with...

    Healthcare systems and insurances partnering with ride share services:

    https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/strategy/why-health-systems-need-ride-share-partnerships

    ANN
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    I’ve wondered about the transportation claim too,...

    I’ve wondered about the transportation claim too, Agate. It certainly would attract a lot of seniors.

    I wonder:
    1) if it’s true
    2) is it an Uber or Lyft credit of...
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    They are an insurance company so in the end it...

    They are an insurance company so in the end it has to be about saving them money.

    ANN
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    I’d like to know the purpose of the visit. It...

    I’d like to know the purpose of the visit. It seems like it would be pretty expensive for them - an hour of a health professional’s time plus travel and the fifteen dollars. That’s a lot to just make...
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    I was just recounting a Valentine’s date I had...

    I was just recounting a Valentine’s date I had long ago to Peter.

    A guy I knew through friends invited me out for dinner. He was a theological student at Andover-Newton Seminary. He took me to...
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    Virginia, that is a nasty surprise. Is it the...

    Virginia, that is a nasty surprise. Is it the first time you filled those scripts this year? Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense.

    ANN
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    Yes, both Mom and MIL are 94. I was just amazed...

    Yes, both Mom and MIL are 94. I was just amazed by MIL this weekend. I went to her house, out to lunch at Legal Seafoods and to Wegman’s. I was very tired to start with and they brought me home.
    ...
  17. Linda, I had to have some chocolate and think...

    Linda, I had to have some chocolate and think about this.

    ANN
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    Great to hear your news, Jeanie, and your step...

    Great to hear your news, Jeanie, and your step count, Agate.

    I have continued to walk as many days a week as I can. At least three week days plus the shopping marathon on the weekend. I really...
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    Sorry to hear this, Sunshine. I wish I was...

    Sorry to hear this, Sunshine. I wish I was closer.

    Love and chocolate,
    ANN
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    Very good work, Virginia. Your brain was sharp...

    Very good work, Virginia. Your brain was sharp today.

    ANN
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    Saying a prayer for you, Sunshine. ANN

    Saying a prayer for you, Sunshine.

    ANN
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    Glad to hear from you, Sunshine. Glad you are OK....

    Glad to hear from you, Sunshine. Glad you are OK.

    ANN
  23. I love your perseverance and the roasted...

    I love your perseverance and the roasted cauliflower.

    ANN
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    I wish you a better day, Sunshine. I hope you get...

    I wish you a better day, Sunshine. I hope you get a bounce from the IVIG.

    ANN
  25. Happy Birthday, Linda! Come tell us how you...

    Happy Birthday, Linda! Come tell us how you spent the day and what you ate.

    ANN
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    Peg, Sunshine and Agate all have/had Drive...

    Peg, Sunshine and Agate all have/had Drive rollators.

    ANN
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    A very Happy Birthday, Parsi! ANN

    A very Happy Birthday, Parsi!

    ANN
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    I think any robot vac would be a no go here....

    I think any robot vac would be a no go here. There is a half-step down to the bathroom and a half-step to the living room. And the dining room is one layer of flooring lower than the kitchen. It was...
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    I’m good and well. ;-) My brother and...

    I’m good and well. ;-)

    My brother and sister-in-law drove up to Mom’s from Asheville on Tuesday. Today they had 5 inches of snow and their truck got stuck and they had to call AAA. I don’t know...
  30. A very Happy Birthday, Sunshine! Hope it was...

    A very Happy Birthday, Sunshine! Hope it was great.

    ANN
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    Good morning. I am concerned about Rose. She...

    Good morning. I am concerned about Rose. She hasn’t posted in four days. I don’t know if she does Face Book. Does anyone know anything?

    Prayers for her and Jim,
    ANN
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    You were due for some good news, Sunshine. What...

    You were due for some good news, Sunshine. What will be your baclofen, tizanidine, ativan plan going forward?

    Anyone know if Virginia is OK?

    ANN
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    I hope Linda, Virginia and Jeanie are OK today....

    I hope Linda, Virginia and Jeanie are OK today. I’m thinking Nuthatch may be by late tonight.

    I got out for a good walk today. It was cold, barely 32 but dry with no snow on the ground. It’s...
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    Virginia, sorry to hear you aren’t well. Could...

    Virginia, sorry to hear you aren’t well. Could you have another UTI?

    ANN
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    That would be a dilemma, Linda. I wish you...

    That would be a dilemma, Linda.

    I wish you well.
    ANN
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    Kim must be related to Peter! ANN

    Kim must be related to Peter!

    ANN
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    I’m wondering what that means, Mike. Thank...

    I’m wondering what that means, Mike.

    Thank you for your time.
    ANN
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    I hope you improve, Virginia. I only slept...

    I hope you improve, Virginia.

    I only slept for three hours Friday night so I had no energy to go out w Peter and his mother on Saturday. On Sunday we went to two big box stores to do errands and...
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    Linda, a case of “Feather Duvet Lung” was...

    Linda, a case of “Feather Duvet Lung” was reported widely in November:

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/18/doctors-warn-of-danger-of-feather-duvet-lung

    ANN
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    My whole life has been like this since 21....

    My whole life has been like this since 21. Especially my work life.

    ANN
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    That is very interesting about the vodka. ANN

    That is very interesting about the vodka.

    ANN
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    Albuterol Hope the CT is helpful. ANN

    Albuterol

    Hope the CT is helpful.
    ANN
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    Hi Howie, crosspost. I have bursitis at my...

    Hi Howie, crosspost.

    I have bursitis at my hips and knees. It’s an inflammation of the bursa (sack) around a joint. It only hurts me with pressure. For me, the pressure of the bed especially if I...
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    Jeanie, sorry to hear about your friend. How is...

    Jeanie, sorry to hear about your friend.
    How is the visit with Kim going? Fifteen days is awfully long to have company especially when you are used to being alone.

    Virgina, I hope the taxes...
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    Sunshine, forty is very cold to be wet. I...

    Sunshine, forty is very cold to be wet.

    I have been overdoing it. Walks, shopping, laundry, re-organizing cabinets and closets. If I were you, I would tell me to “listen to my body.” But history...
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    I take the cats to the vet. Cassie goes this...

    I take the cats to the vet. Cassie goes this week. I clean out the fridge and keep the kitchen shipshape. Have I mentioned never ending laundry?

    We are way astray from Linda’s cough. I hope she...
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    I just sent my mother four books. Several were...

    I just sent my mother four books. Several were recommended in this thread.

    The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

    The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

    Ordinary Grace by William...
  48. Yep, coyotes are hungry. We have them here, too....

    Yep, coyotes are hungry. We have them here, too. We saw two in the nearby church parking lot. We called the neighborhood hotline thing - it’s called the “night mayor.” The guy on duty said to just...
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    He just finished the ironing, Virginia! He also...

    He just finished the ironing, Virginia! He also shoveled the snow. To be fair, we both cook and do laundry and I am the better planner and organizer of most things but he is awesome.

    ANN
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    Our humidifier is branded CVS and we bought it...

    Our humidifier is branded CVS and we bought it there with a “40% off 1 item” coupon. We are on our second one. It takes at least 3 quarts - it may take a gallon. We start in the evening in our...
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    My brother and his family moved from Florida to...

    My brother and his family moved from Florida to North Carolina.

    ANN
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    Maybe the sandwich was for Sam. >^..^

    Maybe the sandwich was for Sam. >^..^<
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    I find making the bed exhausting and now Peter...

    I find making the bed exhausting and now Peter does it for me.

    I agree with Agate about Laura.

    Today I have most of my energy back and walked all the way upstreet and back. I had a turkey...
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    Best wishes for an uneventful day with good...

    Best wishes for an uneventful day with good results from IVIG, Sunshine.

    Chocolate too.
    ANN
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    Congratulations, Nuthatch, on being off O2 fora...

    Congratulations, Nuthatch, on being off O2 fora whole day. Progress.

    A low tunnel is usually a poly sheet over hoops to keep frost off a garden bed and to warm up the soil. It extends the...
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    Sorry the MS support group visit didn’t work out this time, Agate. I was involved with one from the day an MS Specialist told me that I did not have MS. Ha! The group was a life saver and we met at...
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    Nice that you treated yourself, Virginia. I...

    Nice that you treated yourself, Virginia.

    I did grocery shopping w Peter and MIL today and lunch at a small Thai restaurant that used to be a gas station. I had Ginger Chicken, of course, a...
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    Nuthatch - please keep doing the important work...

    Nuthatch - please keep doing the important work of testing chocolate. Someone needs to do it and we need to know. ;-p

    ANN
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    Howie, where are you? I miss you. How did the...

    Howie, where are you? I miss you. How did the shopping trip go this month?

    ANN
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    Nuthatch, oh my! I’m glad you are home. “Pretty very scary” as my nephew says. I hope you continue to improve. Good call.

    Sunshine, I am hoping you can get help today and maybe some direction to...
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    Here’s Agate’s original thread about her device:...

    Here’s Agate’s original thread about her device:

    http://www.braintalkcommunities.org/showthread.php/101020-Exercise-pedaller?highlight=Pedal

    ANN
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    I’ve now finished one load of laundry and I made...

    I’ve now finished one load of laundry and I made the garlic potato soup again. Now in jammies at 6:30 PM. I’m done.

    ANN
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    I walked up to Centre had a coffee at my favorite...

    I walked up to Centre had a coffee at my favorite coffee shop which has been sold to Equal Exchange so we shall see what happens to my destination. On the walk home, I bought some fresh black bean...
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    Mom just read three of her Christmas books: Olive...

    Mom just read three of her Christmas books: Olive Again, The Dutch House, and The Stars are Fire. All recommendations from here. She loved them, thank you. :-)

    Virginia, please do let us know...
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    Good job, Agate!

    Good job, Agate!
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    Yes to Physical Therapy - early and often! I...

    Yes to Physical Therapy - early and often!

    I do recommend an MS therapy but leave that to a discussion with your doctor.

    This all sounds very hopeful. Best of luck!
    ANN
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    Mom has had a gift of desserts from an Italian restaurant delivered to her twice this year by UberEats. It worked well on the receiving end and I suspect the ordering end since the grandson did it...
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    I did grocery store walking! Surprise! ANN

    I did grocery store walking! Surprise!

    ANN
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    In Western PA, where I grew up, we had ham or...

    In Western PA, where I grew up, we had ham or some kind of pork and sauerkraut for luck.

    Instead, we took MIL to Legal Seafoods for lunch. I had baked scrod w buttered crumbs; cheddar- jalapeño...
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    Virginia, Peter and I are on the couch with two...

    Virginia, Peter and I are on the couch with two off the three cats. We’re going to turn the TV on at nine and look around. Peter will have a glass of wine and we’ll share some chips and salsa...
  71. Best of luck to you, Sunshine! Double chocolate...

    Best of luck to you, Sunshine! Double chocolate for even trying.

    ANN
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    Our flight was delayed but we are now safely...

    Our flight was delayed but we are now safely home. We are taking tomorrow for ourselves.
    ANN
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    Walked around two airports with a rolling bag and...

    Walked around two airports with a rolling bag and a handbag today.
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    Wonderful, Linda! ANN

    Wonderful, Linda!

    ANN
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    Sunshine, I am hoping that Ativan did kick in....

    Sunshine, I am hoping that Ativan did kick in. You are brave.

    I have been shopping every day I have been here except Christmas. Christmas Eve was grocery shopping for two days. On the 26th, we...
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