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    Good luck Agate....I do not know where you...

    Good luck Agate....I do not know where you live...I don’t know where anyone lives...you have all known each other for a long time. But I get the idea of where everyone is from your posts. I hope your...
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    Interesting story about the dog. he is definitely...

    Interesting story about the dog. he is definitely saying something. My dog has suddenly changed her bathroom behavior! I told my husband it is because he has changed where he parks his car and...
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    Iím here. I do read daily to see How everyone is. The farm is crazy busy. We started picking watermelon and today I washed priced and loaded about 25. John has another 50!
    I also selected plants...
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    Sounds like the one I bought for my mother who...

    Sounds like the one I bought for my mother who was small. She loved its small footprint.
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    Love your hat!

    Love your hat!
  6. Nope. Cancer risk is lower with rituxan. You can...

    Nope. Cancer risk is lower with rituxan. You can find a talk Vollmer gave about it a year or so ago. The patent on rituxan ran out so the same drug company developed a twin drug and called it...
  7. You are correct Sunshine. Because there is a...

    You are correct Sunshine. Because there is a slightly greater risk of cancer with Ocrevus I stay on rituxan. My cancer history lets me stay on the drug I prefer. Rituxan is older, better tolerated...
  8. You are correct Sunshine. Because there is a...

    You are correct Sunshine. Because there is a slightly greater risk of cancer with Ocrevus I stay on rituxan. My cancer history lets me stay on the drug I prefer. Rituxan is older, better tolerated...
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    I have lots of honeysuckle growing. It can really...

    I have lots of honeysuckle growing. It can really get out of hand but, because of our severe drought, it has hardly grown and not a single flower!
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    Thanks for asking...life on the farm is full of...

    Thanks for asking...life on the farm is full of activity...always something to do. So I am lucky?! But I am tired and having some difficulty lifting my feet so there have been a few hard falls but...
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    I was diagnosed very quickly once the first...

    I was diagnosed very quickly once the first attack began. I was using UMass medical in Worcester MA. Then I was lucky to switch after a few months to a research neuro who was at Baystate and on...
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    That is just what I have been thinking. I enjoy...

    That is just what I have been thinking. I enjoy being able to get places when the streets are less congested. One of the benefits of our forced distancing.?!
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    I saw Vollmer too..for a second opinion. He was...

    I saw Vollmer too..for a second opinion. He was great. One of the top MS researchers in the country. My great neuro collaborated with him about what to do about MS drugs right after I had a malignant...
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    Well, we do sort of know about how IVIg and how...

    Well, we do sort of know about how IVIg and how rituxan are working for us. These drugs are not trying to alter the course of the disease
    , like the avonex..etc. so, when we get infusions we can...
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    Yes!!!.........

    Yes!!!.........
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    Hi..just noted that you live right next door to...

    Hi..just noted that you live right next door to me..so to speak. I used the MS clinic at Yale New Haven to direct my plan for a difficult time of cancer effecting my MS choices. I like using the...
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    That’s why I mentioned IVIg. It is not chemo. Not...

    That’s why I mentioned IVIg. It is not chemo. Not a drug. It is a blood product..not created but, in a sense harvested!
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    Me too! When will you be discussing this with...

    Me too! When will you be discussing this with your neuro? I have been on rituxan for years. Before that I did IVIG for many years and it was quite helpful. You could ask about it. It is a blood...
  19. Thread: July chitchat

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    Here in Western MA there has not been enough rain...

    Here in Western MA there has not been enough rain anywhere but my farm is in an area classified as abnormally dry. Many parts of the farm have plants that are burned to a crisp. We are harvesting...
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    I am just testing...trying to change my...

    I am just testing...trying to change my avatar....so I am using your response!

    It worked but is blurry! My new shirt says “Make Orwell Fiction Again”
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    My new tee shirt....

    Remember reading “1984”? I met a fellow at the farmers’ market last Saturday with this logo on a hat. Neat.


    Oops...I changed the picture but it did not show up here? I will return to settings...
  22. Thread: July chitchat

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    Great information about the keyboard. I will look...

    Great information about the keyboard. I will look it up.
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    Great story...great experience!

    Great story...great experience!
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    Ha! Let’s hope he never has to!

    Ha! Let’s hope he never has to!
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    No one can run fast enough to outrun a bear!

    No one can run fast enough to outrun a bear!
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    OT. Oh my gosh!

    Now, what is it I am supposed to do? I remember I should be scared because the 4 baby bears were followed by their huge mother. They were 50’ from me and I was crawling a row of potatoes, busy...
  27. Thread: July chitchat

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    The weather has been so inhospitable to our...

    The weather has been so inhospitable to our crops....everything is sloooowly ripening, sloowly growing...it is hard to find enough to pick to bring to market. It was a cold spring and we are still in...
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    I am so glad I saw this picture. Fantastic!

    I am so glad I saw this picture. Fantastic!
  29. Thread: July chitchat

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    Oh, I am so sorry. Interesting what you say about...

    Oh, I am so sorry. Interesting what you say about pain being so tiring. I hope things improve for you.
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    Funny! !!!!

    Funny! !!!!
  31. Yes..we all have masks and detailed protocols which is the mark of the area i live i

    I just finished the 2rounds of rituxan and I was moving and thinking well. Perfect timing for everything including the very stressful episode. John was at the Amherst market one townover so we talked...
  32. Went to market with my trailer. As I was...

    Went to market with my trailer. As I was unloading at 6am I saw that my trailer had a flat tire. So, for the next 7 hours I tried to figure out what to do...called many people. I have AAA but the 10...
  33. Thread: June chitchat

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    I was thinking of those friends we make as our...

    I was thinking of those friends we make as our lives get smaller and the people who were part of our lives disappear. Strong and intimate friendships grow within elderly communities that are uniquely...
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    Thanks. I am so focused on doing everything to...

    Thanks. I am so focused on doing everything to arrange rides for John and to schedule things so I can take care of myself that I was momentarily in a tizzy yesterday. Silly reaction. All arranged...
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    Chemical stress test

    I have a chemical stress test scheduled next week. I will call tomorrow to get details but was looking online and read that you are not allowed to drive yourself home. This is a problem and I was...
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    Interesting discussion...I am physically ...

    Interesting discussion...I am physically strongest from 5am through 10 or 11... it is interesting how that changes throughout the day. Extreme differences. Lately I have added small drinks of...
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    I just wrote you a post on the chitchat thread...

    I just wrote you a post on the chitchat thread about the face shield I am using. Makes a lot of difference. There is something else you should like Howie. I bought bandanas and the material is so...
  38. Thread: June chitchat

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    You know, I am so isolated in this farm life that...

    You know, I am so isolated in this farm life that I did not realize there was a thin wire to mold the mask around the nose. So I kept complaining that some of my masks would not stay up! A friend...
  39. Thread: June chitchat

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    Well said....frustrating .

    Well said....frustrating .
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    Weeds are usually lovely...wish people had not...

    Weeds are usually lovely...wish people had not been trained to poison weeds to eradicate them from dull lawns.
  41. Thread: June chitchat

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    I have found that CVS and/ Caremark always call...

    I have found that CVS and/ Caremark always call too early to fill my prescriptions. Over time I have just gone ahead and filled them whenever I am reminded. So I have a stash of 2 months supply of...
  42. Thread: June chitchat

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    At the farmers market customers can not pick up...

    At the farmers market customers can not pick up and put down a container of food. They point and I hand them the package and money transactions are handled at the next table, behind a plexiglass...
  43. Thread: June chitchat

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    Howie!

    The best thing you can do to minimize food risk is go to a farmersí market. Or find local farms doing delivery sometimes with other farmers as a group CSA
  44. Thread: Hello everyone

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    Too much fertilizer produces top growth with...

    Too much fertilizer produces top growth with small bottoms.

    Mushrooms could be too much water but likely there is spore in the compost.
  45. Thread: Hello everyone

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    Oh my gosh but it was hot at market today. People...

    Oh my gosh but it was hot at market today. People are really appreciative of our being there. It is nice.

    By 11 am I was sold out of my Persian cucumbers, sugar snap peas, sungold tomatoes, red...
  46. Thread: Hello everyone

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    Hello everyone

    Just wanted to say hello. I read the board but farming makes me quite lazy about responding.
    Wishing everyone health...
    Linda
  47. Oh, very sad news. We all will miss this...

    Oh, very sad news. We all will miss this wonderful lady.
  48. Thread: June chitchat

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    Thanks SSusan. I hope the rain hold off. No peas...

    Thanks SSusan. I hope the rain hold off. No peas yet. Selling Persian cucumbers and sungold tomatoes. Selling about 10 fig trees per market and lots of 4” square pots with veggie starts. Watermelon,...
  49. Thread: June chitchat

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    Actually, it was even worse. John and I have...

    Actually, it was even worse. John and I have different last names. The card used his social security number, included monies for both of us, and never used his last name. He became John Lazarus!...
  50. Thread: June chitchat

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    Nice to see what everyone is up to. John and I...

    Nice to see what everyone is up to. John and I have had superb farmers markets so far everyone is just great and follow all the distancing rules.

    If I had not read a Washington Post article about...
  51. I read an article on this also...interesting.

    I read an article on this also...interesting.
  52. Thread: June chitchat

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    It has just been a normal farm day...I worked in...

    It has just been a normal farm day...I worked in the greenhouse and John used his tractor to attack weeds in the potato fields. A friend came and helped with some trailer repairs and took the snow...
  53. Thread: June chitchat

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    Today is our 52nd wedding anniversary. John is...

    Today is our 52nd wedding anniversary. John is outplowing the potato field and I just came in from greenhouse work. We both had excellent farmers’ markets last Saturday but both of us are still...
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    Very timely information. My toes are spamming and...

    Very timely information. My toes are spamming and making it tougher and tougher to walk. I have baclofen and started using it again. I have a habit of not taking pills when I am not having a...
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    Happy Birthday to you. Thanks for giving us so...

    Happy Birthday to you. Thanks for giving us so much.
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    My neurologist called me yesterday to have our...

    My neurologist called me yesterday to have our appointment. My flip phone is so unreliable I gave the nurse my landline number.

    It was a great appointment. 40 minutes. I explained that I did not...
  57. Thread: May chitchat

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    I hope I notice your response about this...

    I hope I notice your response about this antenna....it would interest us too. Very much.
    I am also looking for a way to boost wifi or is it wireless. Whichever is the one where you can’t take the...
  58. Thread: May chitchat

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    Ann I think of you often too. I have been trying...

    Ann I think of you often too. I have been trying to take charge oof how I am spending my mental and physical energy. I stopped looking at Facebook for the most part. I sort of felt that I was...
  59. Thread: May chitchat

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    I lost my iron about 50 years ago. Couldn’t find...

    I lost my iron about 50 years ago. Couldn’t find it anywhere! So, I trained my clothes to come out of the dryer looking ok or better. If they did not come out of the dryer looking ironed I gave them...
  60. Thread: May chitchat

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    Wow Nuthatch! They are exquisite. Thanks for...

    Wow Nuthatch! They are exquisite. Thanks for these wonderful pictures.
  61. Thread: May chitchat

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    Here! I am here! I am so happy I have a farm as I...

    Here! I am here! I am so happy I have a farm as I can be busy doing things all day long!
  62. Thread: May chitchat

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    HA! Grrrrr. HA!

    HA! Grrrrr. HA!
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    Good luck Sunshine. I am supposed to do rituxan...

    Good luck Sunshine. I am supposed to do rituxan in June but will have a teleconference with my neurologist soon and discuss what feels right.

    I went food shopping this morning. There is a nice...
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    Hi Sunshine...I was glad to read your post. I am...

    Hi Sunshine...I was glad to read your post. I am trying to force myself to move, rest, move, rest...etc. I have been lazy during this quarantine...moving very little, barely a couple of hours a day....
  65. Thread: May chitchat

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    Sounds like a perfect life HOwie!

    Sounds like a perfect life HOwie!
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    Thinking of you and hoping...hoping...hoping!

    Thinking of you and hoping...hoping...hoping!
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    Yes, many of the farms have invented very clever...

    Yes, many of the farms have invented very clever methods and remain hopeful they can survive. The markets themselves in western MA are dealing with public health departments that are trying to find...
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    Great gardening Ann! You can bring the ginger...

    Great gardening Ann! You can bring the ginger into the house for winter. It makes a great houseplant. I sell a lot of turmeric and Hawaiian ginger. If you go to YouTube and search growing ginger in...
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    So sorry. You give us all so much and I wish I...

    So sorry. You give us all so much and I wish I had more to offer you but I am so sorry.
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    Thank you so much. The arrogance...the lack of...

    Thank you so much. The arrogance...the lack of good citizenship...the overwhelming stupidity...
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    I transplanted lavender plants this...

    I transplanted lavender plants this morning.worked for 3 hours between doing 200 transplants and watering my greenhouse (takes an hour)..

    Someone came to almost reconstruct my wheelchair ramp. It...
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    Very nice posts, Agate. I love matzoh and am so...

    Very nice posts, Agate. I love matzoh and am so grateful to have 3 boxes. Small thing but makes me very happy.
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    There are so many people, eager to help,...

    There are so many people, eager to help, producing face masks like this in community with dozens of friends and giving them out. When I first started doing infusions at the cancer center there were...
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    Hello, I had a female wild turkey 5’ from my...

    Hello,
    I had a female wild turkey 5’ from my door. I have heard her clucking about. She must have laid eggs nearby. I have a lot of overgrowth so birds of all sorts live in and out of the weeds and...
  75. I have used Peapod for years and they are so...

    I have used Peapod for years and they are so overloaded that I can not find a spot. As soon as I do find an opening I take it. I fill the cart with expensive things to get to required $65.00. Then it...
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