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  1. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    Good news that it's mild for them, funnylegs....

    Good news that it's mild for them, funnylegs. Hoping for a speedy recovery for them both.

    I've heard that Tylenol helps?
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    Virginia, this idea about "step therapy" makes no...

    Virginia, this idea about "step therapy" makes no sense to me. I've heard of some of the riskier MS drugs, maybe Tysabri or Ocrevus (I'm not sure which ones), requiring that the person have tried...
  3. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    This brief comment in the New England Journal of...

    This brief comment in the New England Journal of Medicine does point out that ivermectin might have its uses in a situation where people treated for COVID-19 might develop a disease called...
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    Is this of any use to you, Virginia? ...

    Is this of any use to you, Virginia?

    https://abc11.com/covid-vaccine-nc-variant-coronavirus-update/10054390/

    Today a memo came around to the residents here, announcing a third case of COVID-19...
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    Hi SweetChoco, I'm not sure what you mean by...

    Hi SweetChoco,

    I'm not sure what you mean by "an emotional breakdown" but whatever your symptoms are at that time, it's not really an "anxiety attack" unless it hits you very suddenly, and it...
  6. An update to my earlier post in this thread: I...

    An update to my earlier post in this thread:

    I no longer have so many doubts about the vaccine that I won't get it. I will get it--though I'm not really willing to wait in line for hours for it,...
  7. Colchicine seems to be commonly prescribed for...

    Colchicine seems to be commonly prescribed for gout but the woman in ANN's article was taking only a really small dose of it, and yet she died.

    But apparently there's so little available for...
  8. Things Sam does? How about the things Howie does?...

    Things Sam does? How about the things Howie does? He pulls teeth, builds cars. How many of us can say we've done either of those?
  9. What's with these aunts? I had a great-aunt (I...

    What's with these aunts? I had a great-aunt (I never met her but she was legendary) who never married but taught math all her life.

    She wrote a book too. Its catchy title? "Trigonometry Made...
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    You're freer than you knew!

    You're freer than you knew!
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    Yes, that's the picture, Rose. To be on the safe...

    Yes, that's the picture, Rose. To be on the safe side, for now I'll be skipping the arm shots and giving that day's shots on some other site.

    This pain isn't getting any better. After several...
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    I like to think it is, Virginia. It's easier to...

    I like to think it is, Virginia. It's easier to use than the old one. It has a much easier reset button, for instance.
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    The paragraph I quoted says you can't be forced...

    The paragraph I quoted says you can't be forced to get a vaccine. There might be barriers to employment or travel or education but they're not going to set up roadblocks for getting necessities like...
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    Whee! The newer pedometer does record...

    Whee! The newer pedometer does record considerably more steps than the older one, and so in a way these figures are a bit of a cheat.
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    Step counts: 1/12/21 - 2328 steps 1/13/21 -...

    Step counts:

    1/12/21 - 2328 steps
    1/13/21 - 1367 "
    1/14/21 - 2519 "
    1/15/21 - 1781 "
    1/16/21 - [no data]
    1/17/21 - [no data]
    1/18/21 - 1550 steps
    1/19/21 - 2521 "
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    According to this, the COVID-19 vaccine just...

    According to this, the COVID-19 vaccine just might become mandatory. However, this article does say:




    From Consumer Reports (January 15, 2021)--"You Could Be Required to Get Vaccinated...
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    Thanks, Virginia! I'm just a hop, skip, and a...

    Thanks, Virginia! I'm just a hop, skip, and a jump from Raleigh! Right around the corner in a manner of speaking.*

    *2,870 mi. as the crow flies.

    No, Sam, there's no crow just now.

    Sam was...
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    I believe that "highly irritating" meant...

    I believe that "highly irritating" meant irritating to the tissues and organs in the body, apt to cause reactions, such as the inflammation, swelling and pain that routinely occurs after each shot?
    ...
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    More news: ...

    More news:

    https://wjla.com/news/local/aussie-finishes-24-day-trek-to-raise-money-for-rare-disease-foundation-in-maryland
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    It was "just" a recliner that Virginia flipped...

    It was "just" a recliner that Virginia flipped over.

    For years I kept a record of the heavier objects in my place and made sure I actually moved them once a year or so to make sure that the area...
  21. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    Virginia, I can't believe that you're being...

    Virginia, I can't believe that you're being expected to do so much traveling just for this vaccine that just about everyone should get. Have you checked with your county health department Website?
    ...
  22. Thanks for this, Linda. Looks as if it props a...

    Thanks for this, Linda. Looks as if it props a person up, and that idea appeals to me.

    I found this. You can see what this device looks like. It doesn't look as if wearing it would be difficult:...
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    Virginia, yes, lack of sleep really does me in....

    Virginia, yes, lack of sleep really does me in. Last night I slept pretty well. I went to sleep with a heated gelpack on my neck and shoulder, and it must have lasted quite a while because the pain...
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    Thank you for the helpful suggestion. The...

    Thank you for the helpful suggestion. The shoulder/neck pain I've been having could be due to any number of issues, including arthritis, diabetic problems, MS problems, or just bad habits on my part,...
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    From Tom Cat (Wednesday): Joan, Lazarus,...

    From Tom Cat (Wednesday):


    Joan, Lazarus, Rose, & who else might be out there----

    Glad to have spent most of the day watching a fine inauguration. We can breathe a little better now. I...
  26. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    So nice to hear from you, renee! What a shame...

    So nice to hear from you, renee! What a shame you're stuck where you are. I hope that you can get out of there ASAP!

    Congratulations on getting the vaccine though!
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    Rose, I'm wondering too if it's the Copaxone that...

    Rose, I'm wondering too if it's the Copaxone that is bringing on this arthritic pain. If so, I hope it will subside with time. I haven't been doing anything especially strenuous or out of the...
  28. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    In my state getting the vaccine isn't going to be...

    In my state getting the vaccine isn't going to be a matter of going to your doctor for the shots, apparently. They've set up a mass vaccination site and others are being planned, one at the airport. ...
  29. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    funnylegs4, I'm afraid COVID can stage surprise...

    funnylegs4, I'm afraid COVID can stage surprise attacks, even considerably later on. And they don't always know just what it's capable of. They're still finding out about it.:sorrow:

    I hope your...
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    I'm sure it was meant for me too. Today has been...

    I'm sure it was meant for me too. Today has been such a day, after a bad night with pain. I seem to have arthritis in the cervical spine or maybe it's the right shoulder or both. About a week ago it...
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    For some reason I can't see this. I'm told that...

    For some reason I can't see this. I'm told that "content isn't available right now." Maybe I should try again later.

    P.S. I've often had problems transferring links from FB.
  32. Thank you for calling attention to this! I plan...

    Thank you for calling attention to this! I plan to go over it thoroughly when I'm more awake. I like the emphasis on stretching. It's taken me many years to figure out that stretching really does...
  33. How did you manage that, Howie?

    How did you manage that, Howie?
  34. Is that a photo of your actual salamander, the...

    Is that a photo of your actual salamander, the one who bit you? He does look harmless but then you never know.
  35. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    Thanks for the link to that excellent article. ...

    Thanks for the link to that excellent article. It does say this about DNA vs. RNA:



    This vaccine will involve one dose instead of two, and that really appeals to me. And it just might be...
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    Howie, it's nice to know you're watching TV and...

    Howie, it's nice to know you're watching TV and not just serving delicacies to that Sam.

    I know she's always hanging around your kitchen just for the halibut.
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    I sent this message: Tom Cat's reply...

    I sent this message:



    Tom Cat's reply (today):


    No, not snowed in. Having some light flurries right now. Enough to know to take it easy driving today. The back roads can be slippery in...
  38. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    Still working on the question about whether a...

    Still working on the question about whether a person who's been vaccinated against COVID-19 can still get the virus--this article in MedPage Today (January 7) made the situation clearer--"Vaccinated...
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    No message came along with this and it's the...

    No message came along with this and it's the first communication from him since the last one posted here (which was on January 6).
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    This is from Tom Cat today--the two cats: ...

    This is from Tom Cat today--the two cats:
    ...
  41. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    In this study 20% of the participants were people...

    In this study 20% of the participants were people with MS who weren't on disease-modifying drugs who got COVID-19. While the article doesn't state much about how they did, it does indicate that some...
  42. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    Rose, I wonder if this means that you're still...

    Rose, I wonder if this means that you're still able to get COVID if you happen to be in the 5% for whom the vaccine wasn't effective. According to this, thousands of patients were given the vaccine...
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    I have the impression that everyone is supposed...

    I have the impression that everyone is supposed to wait until we're notified that it's our turn to get the vaccine. At least that's what I'm going to be doing, and if too much time passes without any...
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    I did nothing in particular yesterday, no...

    I did nothing in particular yesterday, no strenuous physical exertion other than laundry, and yet all day I've had a pain in the left side of my neck and shoulder. I probably pulled something out of...
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    Oooh, more accolades! I'm afraid I probably...

    Oooh, more accolades!

    I'm afraid I probably don't deserve them. My two competing pedometers are both apt to be very inaccurate.
  46. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    And today I was at the lab that is in a huge...

    And today I was at the lab that is in a huge building that is part of a vast medical complex, one of two or three major players on the medical care scene hereabouts, and I asked if they'd be giving...
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    Score 1 for the really, no really, great jar...

    Score 1 for the really, no really, great jar opener!

    Pistachio gelato sounds really good.
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    Wow, that's mighty decent of you, Brian! Of...

    Wow, that's mighty decent of you, Brian! Of course you'll be so busy while there that you won't have time to eat any of the local food delicacies or notice any of those mountains Heidi was so fond...
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    Rose, I agree that long-term care facilities...

    Rose, I agree that long-term care facilities would be more of a threat to the CVS personnel but the more facilities of any kind they have to go to, the greater the risk--or at least that's one way of...
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    Tomorrow I'm headed for the lab to have routine...

    Tomorrow I'm headed for the lab to have routine lab work done as well as a 24-hour urine test that I'm working on today. It's been a while since I've had one of these. The doctor wants to find out...
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    Another feat of strength to report here, in...

    Another feat of strength to report here, in addition to the one Virginia just reported:

    I was trying to open a 48-oz. jar of V8 juice. I avoid getting these jars but this one arrived as a mistake,...
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    Sunshine, I'm so very sorry you're having this...

    Sunshine, I'm so very sorry you're having this rough time and having to postpone the surgery you had been hoping for.

    As you say, though, you'll be at less risk for COVID without the surgery just...
  53. Yes, that would definitely be a tough act to...

    Yes, that would definitely be a tough act to follow. But stories of his heroism may have been greatly exaggerated...
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    Virginia, I think you should get the fitness...

    Virginia, I think you should get the fitness award--and the good housekeeping award too.*goldstar
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    Another entrepreneur among us! Virginia, are you...

    Another entrepreneur among us! Virginia, are you going to charge by the item? Or by the time it takes you to figure out how to open each can?
  56. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    Rose, my guess is that the vaccine clinic in this...

    Rose, my guess is that the vaccine clinic in this building won't ever happen. It will be like a couple of attempts at a flu vaccine clinic--these often didn't happen because "not enough people signed...
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    Sunshine, is there a pre-surgery preparation you...

    Sunshine, is there a pre-surgery preparation you have to go through?

    Recent step counts for me:

    1/4/21 - 1198 steps
    1/5/21 - 1658 "
    1/6/21 - 1392 "
    1/7/21 - 1886 "
    1/8/21 - 1094 ...
  58. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    Rose, according to the CDC, the vaccine does keep...

    Rose, according to the CDC, the vaccine does keep a person from getting COVID-19:

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

    They'll be lining people up soon in this building...
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    Thank you for the accolades. I've always liked...

    Thank you for the accolades. I've always liked an accolade now and then and never had nearly enough of them. They're good on warm muffins.:glee:

    Oh yes, pickle jars. I used to eat a lot of...
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    Can we send you all of our difficult jars and...

    Can we send you all of our difficult jars and bottles, Virginia, so you can get more practice?
  61. I understand that drinking enough fluids is...

    I understand that drinking enough fluids is important in the management of prostate cancer.
  62. What a story! I'm sure that the woman's churlish...

    What a story! I'm sure that the woman's churlish reaction was exactly as you suppose. She must have known perfectly well that she shouldn't have left those kids unattended for a minute. You had just...
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    I hesitate to post links to the NYT or the WaPo...

    I hesitate to post links to the NYT or the WaPo any more because both have paywalls and many people can't read the article. Of course they could read it if they wanted to pay, but it seems unfair to...
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    And can mask-wearing and social distancing be...

    And can mask-wearing and social distancing be mandatory, I wonder?

    Probably not.

    But recent events shown in the news show a superspreader event that was not only violent in terms of what the...
  65. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    Would you say people like us are now on the...

    Would you say people like us are now on the cutting edge? Trend-setters? "Want to know how to live an isolated and limited life? Check out your nearest MS message board! Learn the fine art of...
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    Virginia, there may be a way to use the credit...

    Virginia, there may be a way to use the credit card even though it hasn't arrived yet. I recall having this problem a while back and asking the credit card people if that was possible, and it...
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    I'm giving this a lot of thought. I already have...

    I'm giving this a lot of thought. I already have the Oxo Good Grips, which is similar but without the knob on top and without the adjustable clamps. The Kuhn Rikon jar opener looks far better but...
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    Rose, that sounds like a very strenuous day!...

    Rose, that sounds like a very strenuous day! Congratulations on resuming the walking!

    Today I stood long enough to repot a violet that badly needed a pick-me-up of some kind, and I tended to a...
  69. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    Virginia, yes, everyone in this building has to...

    Virginia, yes, everyone in this building has to be 65 or over to live here. I'm not sure if it's 65 or 62 actually but there are quite a few people here who are over 90, many in their 80s.
    ...
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    Thanks for the input, Rose. I was concerned that...

    Thanks for the input, Rose. I was concerned that the boldface might come across as shouting in the same way that all caps does.
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    Here I was picturing Sam perking up her ears...

    Here I was picturing Sam perking up her ears whenever a can of sliced turkey was opened. I might have known you'd roast turkey up special for her.
  72. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    Rose, I believe that the caregiver contact has...

    Rose, I believe that the caregiver contact has been continuing. My guess is that it might be my next-door neighbor, who has several caregivers. I've seen her workers coming and going in recent days....
  73. Thread: COVID-19 thread

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    COVID-19 thread

    Maybe we can post here if/when COVID-19 affects us in some way.

    Virginia, how are your brother and SIL doing now?

    A memo came around in this building today letting us know that for the first...
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    Sometimes I type in boldface because it seems...

    Sometimes I type in boldface because it seems more readable.

    I'd welcome opinions on this. I've been doing many of Tom Cat's posts in boldface mainly to set them apart as his words and not mine....
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    This tickled my funnybone:

    This tickled my funnybone:
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