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    I've been watching UFO documentaries as I do most every day. Agate, I want to hit the store early as you guessed, to avoid the crowd, AND to cut my walking distance to a minimum.

    I am lucky in that the Food Lion where I shop has an abundance of the motorized carts. There must be 4 at least. I will try to not sleep tonight, but if I can't, then I will go later, and only buy a few things to get me through the weekend, and come back on Monday.

    Either way, I also have to go to CVS for my meds. They open at 8, so I have to spend an hour in the store, and then get my meds. It's a balancing act to time it just right.

    Later today, I will get my one check ready to mail when I leave in the morning. Then tomorrow after the store and CVS, I'll come home, and pay the electric bill online, then everything is on auto-pay. I'll have everything done, and the rest of the month, is free.

    Doesn't that sound like a plan?

    Have a great day everyone!
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    I am lucky in that the Food Lion where I shop has an abundance of the motorized carts. There must be 4 at least.
    That is an abundance! Stores I'm familiar with may have one or two, and sometimes they're all in use or the battery is dead or something else is wrong.

    Having a chronic neurological disorder forces a person to do a balancing act as you call it!

    My trip to the lab yesterday, for instance. I've been to this building many times in the last 8 years, and there's always been a public restroom on each floor. It has a standard door, not an automatic door, but once in there, there's plenty of room for the wheelchair.

    Then about a year ago they installed a door lock. You can't open the door without a special code. I dug up someone who knew the code and wrote it down. I never travel there without making sure I have that code on me.

    Yesterday I was armed with my code and felt I was really all set. But the code didn't work. I was trying it over and over, and some man told me the code he'd used. Another man gave me a similar code with one digit different. I tried them both. One of them worked!
    By then I was rattled enough to forget which one it was that worked.

    I made a trip to the reception desk to find out the right code. I thought I could remember it but by the time I got on the van I realized I should have written it down.

    I rummaged among my things but no pen or pencil turned up. I wrote the code on a scrap of paper using a lip balm stick.

    When I got home I could barely read what I'd written but I transferred the number to my handbag in clearly written numbers. I have to go back there in a week or two and can only hope they won't have changed the code again.

    I'm trying to figure out why they did this. In a building that is entirely labs and medical offices, in a neighborhood that looks quiet and residential, why?

    Maybe too many people are using the public bathrooms to shoot up drugs?
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    Yay for Peg and Agate! Glad something's doing ya good, Peg. And Agate, good work!
    Hubby started at a new doctor (his old one had the gall to retire!) so he had lab work done too. All is good. Doc said he likes vitamin D levels at 60. DH is to take
    5000 IU/day.
    Two years ago my doctor checked my D level and it was . . . drum roll, please . . . 4! I was put on 50,000 IU/week for a couple months. My doctor has since moved, so I need to get set up with the new doc. I'm sure my D has tanked again so I started taking 10,000 IU/day for a few days and will reduce it to 5,000 IU/day tomorrow. I found the articles posted here, about D3 and MS interesting, especially the study about taking it with or without calcium. I sure don't need kidney problems, and find calcium supplements cause me issues.

    Only one trick or treater again this year. Wish I could see the grandkids, but at least I get pictures. Tula was an owl (her choice) and Everett was a snow tiger. Neither of the grands eat candy, but join festivities anyhow. Parents give the kids organic fruit snacks instead! They are so young, they don't know the difference . . . yet!
    My daughter has fond memories of me making costumes every year, so she is following the tradition. I must say, she is creative and doing a great job while "winging it" and learning to sew. Here are the little animals!
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    Yay for Peg and Agate! Glad something's doing ya good, Peg. And Agate, good work!
    Hubby started at a new doctor (his old one had the gall to retire!) so he had lab work done too. All is good. Doc said he likes vitamin D levels at 60. DH is to take
    5000 IU/day.
    Two years ago my doctor checked my D level and it was . . . drum roll, please . . . 4! I was put on 50,000 IU/week for a couple months. My doctor has since moved, so I need to get set up with the new doc. I'm sure my D has tanked again so I started taking 10,000 IU/day for a few days and will reduce it to 5,000 IU/day tomorrow. I found the articles posted here, about D3 and MS interesting, especially the study about taking it with or without calcium. I sure don't need kidney problems, and find calcium supplements cause me issues.

    Only one trick or treater again this year. Wish I could see the grandkids, but at least I get pictures. Tula was an owl (her choice) and Everett was a snow tiger. Neither of the grands eat candy, but join festivities anyhow. Parents give the kids organic fruit snacks instead! They are so young, they don't know the difference . . . yet!
    My daughter has fond memories of me making costumes every year, so she is following the tradition. I must say, she is creative and doing a great job while "winging it" and learning to sew. Here are the little animals!

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    Cute kids and highly original costumes, nuthatch!

    I wasn't allowed to go trick or treating, partly because even back then it was junk food that was given out. Kids get entirely too much of it as it is, I think.

    But the other day there was a segment on the PBS-TV newshour about a program where little kids are encouraged to grow their own vegetables and learn to appreciate them, tell them apart and prepare them. The point of the program is to prevent childhood obesity but even kids who are at no risk of becoming obese would benefit from this hands-on experience with vegetables, IMO:

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/th...ldhood-obesity

    Your vitamin D level was 4? How have you been feeling? And don't you live in a sunny area and spend quite a bit of time outdoors?
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    Yes Agate, you read that right! I was feeling fine . . . I think. But I was getting itchy dry skin which turned into nasty itching oozy spots on my arms and legs. Went to 2 GPs, a dermatologist, then allergist. Tested for everything, changed soaps, laundry detergents, dietary things, creams, to no avail. Rxed an anti-itch med to try . . . one blue pill knocked me out for 3 days! Never found the cause, it eventually started going away, but never completely. Legs are a constant problem, but recently started getting bad again.
    As a side note, I have extreme lymphedema (not to be confused with edema) in my legs and feet, so there may be more than one issue going on. I also have hypothyroidism and have taken increasing doses of Synthroid for almost 30 years. Thyroid problems are known to cause skin issues. Low D can cause skin issues. Autoimmune problems can cause skin issues. See where this is leading to? A big ???!

    As for sun, I cannot sit in the sun. Feet swell badly from exposure. No temp regulation, can't sweat - turn into a drooling noodle in no time. Skin gets worse. Eyes go nuts . . . double vision. I am a cave dweller and see the world through a window. Sucks. Aren't you glad you asked.

    Sorry for the whine, please pass the chocolate.

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    I take 2000IU of D simply because these days, I seldom am exposed to sunlight. I'll ask my GP to test my D level next time I see him.
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    Passing chocolate to Nuthatch.

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    Rustling up more chocolate for nuthatch. Sometimes it's the only way. It sounds as if you can't be in the sun for even a few minutes. Only 20 minutes a day is said to give you a lot of vitamin D but for you it would be too much, most likely.



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    I think that is fudge, Agate. Add walnuts and I'll take it!

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