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    Virginia, I've been unable to get up from kneeling on the floor for quite a while now and have developed a couple of techniques. The second one came from a physical therapist:

    1 - Never ever kneel in any spot where there isn't a stable counter, table, chair--something that you can use to help yourself up.

    If there isn't anything nearby, create one before you get into the kneeling position. I use my rollator with the brakes locked.

    2 - Keeping your back as straight as you can, raise one knee off the floor so your foot is firmly on the floor. You still have the other knee on the floor. Try to put all your strength into that lower leg so that it assists you in getting up. If you experiment with the positioning a little, you'll probably be able to get up, particularly if there's some surface you can grab onto with one hand. But it should work even when there isn't anything to grab onto--though you do have to try harder.

    nuthatch, that pink elephant should stand out in any crowd!

    Cherie, it's not the end of the world if the dust sits there a bit longer. You'll get to it when you get to it.

    Cat, I'll take some homemade tacos if you have any left!
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    It's been a quiet day here, and at my place. Watching TV mostly. I ate my meal just awhile ago. It was a beef stew, but wasn't a Compleat's. It had so much gravy, I broke out a straw, and sipped most of that off, so I could get to the beef and veggies.

    I hope everyone had a great day. Set your clocks...uh...Spring forward, Fall back....yeah, set them back.
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    I went out w Peter to pick up MIL and went with them to CVS and Trader Joe’s. It feels good to go out and do something normal even if it’s just for a short time. While in TJ’s I ran into a friend. That was good.

    Tomorrow is the upper endoscopy at 8 AM.

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    Good luck tomorrow Ann.
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    Ann, I will be thinking about you in the morning and I hope everything goes well.

    Agate, I know how to do what you are saying, but I cannot do it on hard tile. The knee that is left on the tile is so painful to put weight on and the foot I have up is slipping. I can still do it on carpet, so I knew if worse came to worse I could do that if I got to carpet. However, it has gotten to a point that if I can find something the right height that is solid I can put my arms on it and push up better than getting up the way you are talking about. I use to do that all the time. I guess I should start practicing that move a little bit again, just so I will not loose the ability to do it.

    I went to eat tonight with two brothers and one sister-in-law. I had crab cakes with rice and some spicy seasoning. Very good. This was first time I had been out to restaurant to eat in probably 10 weeks. I have stopped at Panera and picked up things a couple of times. Last time I was with them to eat was at niece's house the night before labor day which was 9 weeks tonight, so I figure I might have gone 10 weeks ago to a restaurant with them.

    I have not been keeping y'all informed about older brother in South Carolina because so much has been going on here. He has fallen several more times now and they have not found the cause. Every time we think they have it figured out he falls again. He is now in rehab and they say he will be there from 1 to 3 months because he is so weak. His hemoglobin was 6 and while he was in the hospital this time they gave him a blood transfusion. I don't know what it is now, but it should be at least 11 or 12. This is probably his 3rd trip to hospital and rehab since I mentioned it on here. I told his daughter that they just keep recycling him, but are not looking at him as a whole person. Each Doctor is doing his own thing and they are not coordinating with one another. They are not looking at his medicine to see what interacts with anything else. When he went to hospital this time he woke last Sunday and was so dizzy he fell out of bed. They kept him in the hospital a few days and then sent him back to rehab. One time he fell it was because his leg that broke just gave out on him.

    Did all you Cat owners miss your extra hour this morning? They still think it is the same time it was last week, so that means you all did not gain that hour that the rest of us did. I think dogs might be a little more understanding. Sometime you can just tell them to wait and go back to sleep and they will do it, but those cats want what they want when they want it. They are your masters.
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    Virginia, you're right. Cats just don't do Daylight Saving Time changeovers at all.

    It's a shame about your brother. Is there a family member who can talk to whatever doctor is in charge of him--the primary care doc if there is one? Maybe make a point of requesting that the doctors communicate with one another, send records back and forth?

    This seems to me to be an essential part of a patient's care--making sure that one doctor isn't doing something that shouldn't be done because of something another doctor has been doing. Also, tests can be done needlessly just because one doctor has no record showing that the patient just had that test--and the patient may not remember or may have got the name of the test wrong.

    It happens entirely too often, I'm afraid.
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    Agate, those words are alarmingly true! The average adult with two or more conditions sees three to five docs to manage them. Generally these do not share the same electronic health record and the records do not talk to each other. AND most docs that I have encountered do not take well to direction from the patient in the form of "that test was just done".

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    Fortunately all my docs are in the Partners System and use the Epic electronic record. All the specialists, internist, gyn and all the testing sites and the PT use it.

    Upper endoscopy this AM was normal. Biopsies were taken (nurse told me ahead of time that they always do biopsies). Next is, finally, a gastric emptying study, to be scheduled. I am told that all I have to do is eat scrambled eggs and lay under an X-ray machine. I can do that.

    Thanks for your prayers and good wishes. I think they’ve ruled all the bad things out. Whew!
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