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    Linda, your food sounds so good.

    Sunshine, when I talk to them again I will ask what kind of nausea medicine their PCP gave my SIL. They gave her some the night my brother took her to the ER, but it wasn't helping so her Doctor phoned in another Rx. I am so sorry you are having nausea. That is a really bad thing to have something like that and not be able to get rid of it.
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    Sunshine, I talked to my SIL and the name of the nausea medicine her Doctor gave her was Promethazine. You may have already taken this one.

    SIL is much better and we feel on the way to recovery. Brother seems to be a couple of days or so behind her. He said he wanted them to get tested in the next couple of days or so to see if they are now negative. TG!
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    Virginia ~

    I'm so glad that your SIL is improving, and that your brother seems to be mending. I hope his fever is gone, and his SATS are holding steady. How wonderful it is that you are all looking out for each other.

    Is there a certain amount of time after contracting COVID, before retesting is recommended? As in, do you have to be symptom free? Or at least fever-free for a few days? I don't know. Maybe they could get a home test kit?

    How long has it been since you saw your SIL? You should be well into the 10-14 day quarantine. I give thanks that you are well, and that your brother and SIL are recovering. May it continue to be so.

    Sunshine ~

    I'm so sorry that you have nausea. Jim was given prescriptions for two different nausea meds during chemo, but I can't remember their names now. These are common, typical meds for nausea given to all cancer patients. Neither one worked for him.

    Are you still using MMJ? That might help your nausea. I know THC worked for Jim and for a friend of ours, as she went through chemo. In fact, Jim's oncologist suggested it, but Jim was ahead of him on that.

    All medications have side effects, and then we take meds to combat those side effects, which also have side effects. It can be a continuing circle of trying to achieve a balance.

    Healing prayers for you ~

    Linda ~

    How I wish that I could enjoy your harvest fresh from the field or the greenhouse. Nothing tastes better than fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

    agate ~

    I'm having computer issues, so I wasn't able to access your link. Thank you for reaching out to me with a response. I ordered stamps on 12/17, and they still haven't been delivered. So, I have little faith that I will ever see a stimulus check.

    Sending all healing, positive energy, love, prayers, and hope for a better future ~

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    Thanks Virginia.
    I take 8 tabs of zofran daily plus Gaviscon 4 times a day. I will ask about your SILís meds

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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    Sunshine ~

    Zofran is one of the nausea meds Jim tried. He had a side effect, but I can't recall now what it was. It didn't help his nausea, so he stopped taking it. I looked up Promethazine on our Drug Info link:

    https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682284.html

    You might want to check for interactions with any of the meds you are currently taking.

    I hope that everyone has been enjoying a pleasant Sunday.

    Our weather is stunning, which is a blessing. Very few sirens today, but I still don't know whether that is a good thing or not a good thing. We're reaching a point here, where decisions about who has the best chance of surviving are being made. I think California is using a euphemism of "Crisis" mode to soften the blow of what that means.

    On the local news, a couple of state officials declared that decisions will be based solely on chances for survival, not age, gender, race, etc. I call brussel sprouts on that one, because I'm sure they'd take one look at me and send me to the end of the line. And, I would want them to do that to save a younger person or someone with a chance of full recovery. If I had children, a husband, a family, or people, who needed me, I might feel a desire to be given the chance. So, I would gladly give my chance to someone, who has others, who need them.

    I spent several hours today with my dear, patient, and knowledgeable friend backing up my old computer. When it was all done successfully, my modem was just exhausted. So my friend told me to unplug it for a minute, plug it back in and wait. And now I'm here, because that simple fix worked. This is a huge relief for me, and now I will order my new iMac, most likely the last computer I will purchase. I just realized today that my computer is actually 11 years old.

    John has been installing new LED light bulbs for me over the past several months assuring me that they will last 15 years. Yes, but will I last for that duration? It's good to know that I won't have to replace light bulbs again.

    Being up to date with a new computer will be wonderful and reduce a tremendous amount of stress for me, once it's all set up and in place. It's getting to that point, which can be tiring.

    Blessings to all ~ be safe, be well, be strong and find joy wherever you can ~

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    We had a pleasant day also. I made a soup from fresh tomatoes and corn and onions and added heavy cream and orange juice at the end. Sounded odd to me also but the oj was fantastic. Soup was really good and I learned something.

    I did take my walker and went out for a mile walk. Just finished second round of rituxan last Wednesday so I lectured myself and went walking. No excuse to not take advantage of the infusion.

    Be well everyone!
    Linda~~~~

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    Well, I got my "must do" chores done. I had to mail off a bill, and get some gas in the car. My gas warning light came on the last time I was out, but I really didn't want to do it then.

    It's like 31 degrees out, but thankfully, I didn't have any frost on my window. I never scrape frost off my window, but turn the defroster on, and hit the wipers now and then, to wipe the slush off.

    Well, that's it for the day. I've been watching the free YouTube movies the last few days. I've watched 3 so far.

    Everyone have a great day!
    "Given the millions of billions of Earth-like planets, life elsewhere in the Universe without a doubt, does exist."

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    I didn't know there were free YouTube movies. I'll be checking into that. I sometimes watch free movies on Kanopy.

    I've been making phone calls--to postpone a dental appointment until April, then cancel the rides I had set up for the appointment I'm cancelling, then add an rx to the Copaxone rx that is being refilled this week, then place a grocery order. Some of these calls could have been made last week but nobody was available because of the holiday break.

    More and more I've noticed that people are getting not just Christmas and New Year's holidays but the entire time in between those two holidays.

    I've heard that in Europe it's very common for employees to have an entire month of vacation each year as well as liberal holidays and sick leave.

    If I were still working, I'd really appreciate all of the extra free time.
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009. Glatiramer acetate (generic Copaxone) since December 2020.

    "A person with multiple sclerosis walks into a bar ... and a table, and a chair, and a wall."



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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    Linda ~

    Your soup sounds similar to a corn chowder. The orange juice must have kicked up the flavor a bit. Good for you walking a mile! I need some motivation to go on my walks again. I'll borrow your inspiration minus the Rituxan, of course.

    Howie ~

    It's always good to have gas in the tank, just in case you need to go somewhere unexpectedly.

    I paid bills today too, thanks to John bringing me stamps. I've never waited this long to have stamps delivered, but I suppose it is a combination of the downsizing of the Post Office and COVID.

    What movies are you watching on YouTube?

    I hope you enjoyed your day.

    agate ~

    Yes, there is a major difference in how we, a capitalist country, provide time off for vacation and holidays. Jim often remarked about the 2 weeks of paid leave Brits enjoyed between Christmas and New Year. They had/have many "bank holidays," and they don't have to earn their vacation time over periods of years. He also said that they don't pay property tax. And, everyone has health care. But then, that is socialism, which is shunned by some in the U.S.

    I don't know anyone, who gets two weeks off between Christmas and New Year. John's company gives him Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve off as paid holidays. To me, that is an extra bonus, because, when I worked outside of our home, I worked Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, unless I took a vacation day.

    My Thrilling Day

    Today, I ordered my iMac, but it won't arrive until Feb 3-10. I don't understand this. Apple makes gazillions of their products. They aren't formatting it for me, so why does it take a month to be delivered? Delivery is free, and that is the only delivery option. I would be happy to have mine in a week, as my old iMac is persnickety. I'd be willing to pay for shipping to have it in a week or even 2 weeks. But it's free delivery in 4 weeks period.

    When I told John that I had discovered that my old iMac is 11 years old, he said, "Well, let's hope your new one lasts 11 years!" Ha! I doubt that, but then I have light bulbs with a 15 year life span, so maybe it will.

    No sirens today. Again, I don't know whether that is a good or a bad thing.

    John stopped by briefly to check the van tires and put the new tag on the van. He also fixed Jon's folding closet door, which came off of its track. It's still tricky, but he showed me how to close it, so it won't fall off. "If it keeps happening, I'll put up a new door for you."

    If I said to him, "John, there is this giant mountain in front of me. Would you mind moving it for me?", he would reply, "No problem. Where do you want it?"

    Or, he'd answer, "Well, I don't think I can do that, but I will find someone who can. Don't worry about it."

    We talked a little football and baseball. He's told me many times how much he appreciates my knowledge and experience in these sports. I'm sure he's a bit surprised that an old lady would be able to talk with him like his buddies. And I love chatting with him about sports, because I miss those conversations with Jim so much. I know that John also misses chatting with Jim about sports. So, we're filling a gap for each other.

    Sending healing, positive energy, prayers and love to all ~ be safe, be well, be strong, and find a bit of joy everyday ~

    Love & Light,



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    I am just barely at the end of my quarantine time, but felt I had to make a store run, now that I am completely on my own. So I am good for at least the next week. Donít want younger brother coming all the way over here. He still is getting food every day for sick brother and his wife.

    My SIL feels she is almost back to normal.
    Brother took a down turn yesterday. He went to ER about 7:30 yesterday morning.
    They x-rayed his chest, did an EKG, did some blood work and did a COVID test. They kept him until they could get COVID results and told him it was positive. He went back home. He felt really bad today. He hurts all over. The Doctor took him off so much Tylenol. He had been keeping his temperature from low 90s to high 90s with taking Tylenol. He told him to take Tylenol when it gets to 100 degrees.

    He told him to call his PCP when he is feeling better and his oxygen levels and temp are normal.

    I thought he was on the mend and then took a turn for the worse. Doctor says this is the way this goes. He said if his oxygen level gets down in the 80s to come back there.

    I might have some funding for Rebif. I got an e-mail that funding was available. I put an application in and received a notice that I had qualified. The e-mail then stated I would receive a letter. That they might need verification of income. I then went on their website and they had already placed money in a grant for me. I will have to wait for the letter to get further information before using it.

    I will talk to yíall tomorrow.


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