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    Keep up the god work! Sounds lie you're doing everything possible! I love when you are able to share your story. It's such an amazing story of love, strength, and dedication.

    I'm so glad that Jim is treated with the compassion and respect he deserves.
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    ((((((Mary Grace)))))) ~

    Sometimes situations lend themselves to sharing our life story, and it just happened to be that way with our Instacart deliveries. I expect that these shoppers will be serving us occasionally, so I want them to know our circumstances as they shop for us.

    The young man even told me about a documentary he'd seen on Amazon, titled, "The Science of Fasting." He asked if Jim was getting chemo, and then said that this documentary found that chemo patients, who fasted before their infusions, tolerated the medication better. I responded that it was interesting to hear this, when Jim says that he and other infusion patients eat while they get their infusions. The infusion nurses sometimes run around like waitresses to get snacks, beverages, and sandwiches for the patients.

    I found the documentary on You Tube, since I'm not on Amazon, and I'll watch it for more information.

    Everyone, except Jim's oncologist and radiology oncologist, treat him with respect and compassion. I can't make sense of that, unless the doctors are just burned out and hardened to seeing so many patients, and losing so many patients.

    May everyone be flu free!

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    Your story is exceptional and so inspiring because it's full of love! Sorry if I've already asked this but do you write? You should write a journal or something, could end up a book... You have enough documented through BT to add to it. I know "yup in my spare time" right? It's just that I love reading your words...

    I've heard about "starving the cancer" That patient fast to starve the cancer. I do't know of nay details or studies on it. I'm sure there's information out there.

    Mary Grace

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    Lightbulb Why Is There A Flu Season?

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    Today, I found this interesting article on Popular Science about why there is a "flu season."

    https://www.popsci.com/science/artic...ter-flu-season

    I am not a scientist or a physician. But I have a theory about "flu season."

    When do the holidays begin?

    Let's start with Halloween, when kids eat too much sugar, and put their hands in buckets handled by lots of other people, open the wrappers and eat the candy. Lots of germ sharing there.

    Then Thanksgiving, the busiest travel time of the year. People in airports and flying. Studies have shown that airplanes are germ carriers in giant proportions. That tray, that armrest, that pillow, that blanket (all used by the previous passengers, and not likely disinfected). An airplane is close quarters, with everyone breathing the same recycled air. Traveling is stressful and exhausting, so our immune systems are compromised.

    Then we gather for the big feast, and we eat lots of carbs and sugar. We kiss and hug, sneeze and cough on each other. And the one person, who was coming down with something, or had a "cold," just had to come and not miss out on the fun.

    Then, it's back on the big silver germ carrying bird to go home and spread your germs some more at work, school, the grocery store, the bank, every knob on every door you touch, every cart handle you grasp.

    Not long thereafter are the December holidays. More traveling, more parties, more gatherings, more large groups, more shared meals, more carbs, fat, and sugar. More sneezing, coughing, etc. Then, it's back on the plane for home.

    New Year's Eve ~ more parties, alcohol, carbs, sugar, loss of sleep ...

    By now, the flu is spreading, and it's going to peak in February as usual after all of the exposure throughout the previous months. It's making the rounds.

    It begins to wane, because social events have lessened, except for Valentine's Day and Easter. But those holidays aren't as compelling for travel and social gatherings as the other ones from fall to early winter.

    That's my theory. And I'm sticking to it.

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    Don't jump for joy just yet, but the CDC says that the flu season might be leveling off:

    http://time.com/5164728/2018-flu-season/

    We still need to be careful, wash our hands, and avoid crowds, if possible. This flu evidently still has a few more weeks to make the rounds.

    Meanwhile, Jim and I are wearing our masks, when in contact with others (for him, it's going to the doctor, for me, it's greeting Instacart shoppers delivering our groceries). Thankfully, so far, no one in John's family has had the flu, but we are still keeping him away, just in case. We really miss him! But Jim is doing okay with turning Jon.

    Stay healthy, my friends!

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    Rose
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    I heard that! Any small let up in this is positive news. Interesting article. I agree with your observation 100%! When my kids were younger they always got sick around busy times of the year. I'm quite sure they were run downwind not eating as good and stressed. The body can only take just so much and all of these things will affect your overall health. Combine all 3 and you're really pushing your luck. I felt like lots of times it was after a trip to the supermarket. I think this is an extremely disease ridden place, especially the carts that they were riding in. also eating out I think contributes to health, not just that the food is usually not healthy food but it's prepared by "hands" that may not be clean in an area that probably isn't clean. When Kathleen was diagnosed with moyamoya we became extremely careful about staying healthy and not that we ever ate out much we avoided that completely. "knocking wood" but she is very healthy when it comes to communicable illness.
    Mary Grace

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