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    So, 7 stitches on my forehead...!

    I was busy loading plants into my car for tomorrow morning’s farmers market. I run my car all night to keep them from freezing. I was just about finished when I tripped into the greenhouse and hit my...
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    Go for it!!!

    Go for it!!!
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    I meant dancing in your mind...that’s the only...

    I meant dancing in your mind...that’s the only way I can dance!
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    Great news! I guess you’ll be out dancing soon...

    Great news! I guess you’ll be out dancing soon...
  5. NYTimes article on innecessary routine urine tests and treatment that is not needed..

    Rx for Doctors: Stop With the Urine Tests
    By Paula SpanOct. 14, 2019
    It’s such a common routine in a doctor’s office or clinic or hospital that patients tend to comply without thinking: Step on the...
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    . Thanks.

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    Thanks.
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    Yes...that’s the way I think of life too.

    Yes...that’s the way I think of life too.
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    OT..Sweetness all around

    I don’t really know how to tell the unique story from today’s market in Northampton. I will relay the events.

    At some moment I noticed a slender young mother with her young son who was excited by...
  9. Oh...thanks Parsi. I think Dr. Volmer uses the...

    Oh...thanks Parsi.
    I think Dr. Volmer uses the terms interchangeably. The idea was that the drug company tweeted the mix because its patent on rituximab was running out.
  10. .? Head to head? Not sure what you mean..... I...

    .? Head to head? Not sure what you mean..... I am glad you had some relief with Ativan.

    Busy day today finishing picking crops and loading for tomorrow’s market. All finished now. Time to start...
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    Today was one of the kind of days I like....I...

    Today was one of the kind of days I like....I started 4 hours of sunflower cutting at 8:00 this morning. It was quite windy and around 50°. Quite pleasant really. We had not expected there to be so...
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    That’s what I did. Every other week for 8 years.

    That’s what I did. Every other week for 8 years.
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    Here's a just-released study... -D

    Treatment of multiple sclerosis with rituximab: A multicentric Italian–Swiss experience

    Chiara Zecca*, Francesca Bovis*, Giovanni Novi, et al.

    First...
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    Happy Birthday SSusan. It certainly has been a...

    Happy Birthday SSusan. It certainly has been a tough year but you are one strong woman. I wish you all the best in the year to come.

    Having a birthday on Yom Kippur is unique!
  15. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    Thank you. I miss Catdancer. She was such a great...

    Thank you. I miss Catdancer. She was such a great presence on this board.
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    I have been like Virginia and need to force...

    I have been like Virginia and need to force myself to read or at least listen to the books I bought through audible! .my eyes are not behaving and my brain keeps veering off the roadway when I am...
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    Wonderful. Just wonderful.

    Wonderful. Just wonderful.
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    I just finished picking all the sweet peppers I...

    I just finished picking all the sweet peppers I could while John and a friend picked Italian flat beans and haricot verts. Freeze warnings for tonight.
  19. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    This is just wonderful. I have known Catdancer...

    This is just wonderful. I have known Catdancer for so many years...thank you Ralph.
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    This morning I went to the sunflower field. I cut...

    This morning I went to the sunflower field. I cut 300 sunflowers and made bouquets of 5 sunflowers. It took me about 4 hours.

    It seemed important to do this today for saturday’s market as rain...
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    Sorry for your troubles sunshine. No, it is...

    Sorry for your troubles sunshine. No, it is definitely not fun.
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    Yes. Deer ticks spread Lyme. Which I have/had

    Yes. Deer ticks spread Lyme. Which I have/had
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    I saw the movie, “Judy”, yesterday. It was an...

    I saw the movie, “Judy”, yesterday. It was an experience just watching it. Thought it was one of the best movies I have ever witnessed. Slowly and steadily reveals the writer’s perspective of a...
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    O.T....this morning here on the farm

    And so I was up early to cut and bunch sunflowers to send to the market today. I took my scooter with two flower buckets filled with water. That is convenient because I can cut and bunch flowers and...
  25. Yup! Healing cracks in fingers. When my farmer...

    Yup! Healing cracks in fingers. When my farmer hands are cracked I often put in on my hands and then put nurses type gloves on overnight. By next morning cracks are healed. Use it on cracked foot...
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    I hope you rested well...life’s trials sometimes...

    I hope you rested well...life’s trials sometimes seem to pile up!
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    It is very early in the morning here and about...

    It is very early in the morning here and about 60° ....however, Saturday morning when I. Have a farmers market it will be in the 3o’s..frost Friday as well as Saturday. Then back to normal cold...
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    The High Holy Day’s are my favorite times each...

    The High Holy Day’s are my favorite times each year. At the end I fast on Yom Kippur. Wonderful time for reflection and reconsidering life.
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    My leg spasms at night are indeed probably...

    My leg spasms at night are indeed probably triggered by stretching out my body while sleeping. They wake me up and usually can be stopped if I get out of bed and stand.

    The chest spasms are a...
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    Sorry you have so much pain. Interesting to me to...

    Sorry you have so much pain. Interesting to me to read you have them mostly at night. My spasms have gotten worse over the last couple of years and they come at night too. So your explanation was...
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    Nuthatch! This is an amazing coincidence... ...

    Nuthatch! This is an amazing coincidence...

    While I was at farmers’ market yesterday John went out and stopped to get fruit. He came home with these very same grapes...Moon Drops. I just woke up...
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    Sounds like a perfect day....

    Sounds like a perfect day....
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    Yes! Happy Anniversary.

    Yes! Happy Anniversary.
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    John’s doctor’s are pleased and said he could...

    John’s doctor’s are pleased and said he could resume activity. (Not farming)....more later. Yes, I do my market in Northampton.
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    Good/ not so good...I hope things improve

    Good/ not so good...I hope things improve
  36. Yes, bag balm is used for cow’s udders. I do not...

    Yes, bag balm is used for cow’s udders. I do not know about different brands. We use the one that comes in a square metal can. The can is green.
  37. Bag balm is what I was going to suggest so I was...

    Bag balm is what I was going to suggest so I was glad Rose mentioned it. It is used by most farmers I know and heals cuts and sore spots overnight. It is not greasy and smells nice. You might think...
  38. That is a sadly good question. Hope you find...

    That is a sadly good question. Hope you find some answers.
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    30 years ago my first urologist was the very best...

    30 years ago my first urologist was the very best I ever had. In my situation he explained that my bladder walls were rigid. Oxybutinin would make them more flaccid . I took the oxybutinin for 20...
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    I can hardly believe it! Last Wednesday Beth...

    I can hardly believe it! Last Wednesday Beth Israel called John to come to Boston immediately. That night they implanted a pacemaker. He was home on Friday and has been recovering. It has only been 5...
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    You are both great. I know what it feels like to...

    You are both great. I know what it feels like to accomplish movement.
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    I did not do anything to make sure John had...

    I did not do anything to make sure John had attention today while I go to market. Just so overwhelmed and John is very stubborn...so, should I aggravate him or not. Big decision. I went to bed. Also...
  43. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    Perfect...thank you so much. Nicely done.

    Perfect...thank you so much. Nicely done.
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    I thought of this but John will be very upset and...

    I thought of this but John will be very upset and put up a fight. I was worried about tomorrow because I leave at 5 am to go to market. Again, John would be upset if I did not go. So I wondered if I...
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    John is coming Home tomorrow. We have been...

    John is coming Home tomorrow. We have been talking on cell phone throughout the night. I have been reading about recovery...John was in pain last night from the incision I guess. I can see that this...
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    Wow! John’s doctor just called. All went well....

    Wow! John’s doctor just called. All went well. They will tweak things tomorrow and send him home. My limo driver called me to day and promised he would go to Boston and get John tomorrow. Whew!
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    Food! Good idea! I made soup yesterday....

    Food! Good idea!
    I made soup yesterday. Parboiled and then sautéed small pieces of potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic,celery (mostly leaves)... When starting to turn brown while sautéing I added 4...
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    I have been coloring and can, like you, get lost...

    I have been coloring and can, like you, get lost in it.
    There is too much to take care of today on the farm and I can get lost doing those chores. Nice to have activity that keeps one busy in...
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    Thanks. He did. We communicated every hour until...

    Thanks. He did. We communicated every hour until sleep told us both it was time to shut up! They must be doing the implant this morning.
    The building is exactly where he stayed last time. I...
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    Back to Beth Israel in Boston

    So, that heart monitor they implanted in John a few weeks ago sent off alarms today and Beth Israel wants John to go there right away. I assume they are implanting a pace maker.

    What a nightmare....
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    I am a member of Richard Cohen’s site. His MS is...

    I am a member of Richard Cohen’s site. His MS is progressing and it frustrates him but, today’s politics frustrates him even more! And he does not hesitate to spell it out.
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    My docs know that I tolerate a lot before I even...

    My docs know that I tolerate a lot before I even take the drug they have prescribed so I don’t get much warning anymore. My neuro gave me 5 mg pills and I am crushing them and taking half a pill...
  53. I remember Agate posting this thought so went...

    I remember Agate posting this thought so went back to find it when, it suddenly occurred to me, that if something went wrong with the treatment, Selma Blair is high profile enough to have prompted...
  54. Orthostasis...a quick definition I found and it is funny in a way

    Standing, also referred to as orthostasis, is a human position in which the body is held in an upright ("orthostatic") position and supported only by the feet. Although seemingly static, the body...
  55. Ha! I am 72 now...and John is 82! How did that...

    Ha! I am 72 now...and John is 82! How did that happen? I just blinked and went from 35 to 72!

    I saw my relatively new neurologist yesterday...I have been seeing her for about 2 years as my old one...
  56. Something interesting to read about inflammation inhibiting myelin repair

    Inflammation Can Hijack Brain Repair Cells to Ramp Up Immune Attacks in MS, Researchers Report
    September 4, 2019

    SUMMARY
    Johns Hopkins researchers and collaborators have traced abnormal activity...
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    Thanks everyone. Interesting reading. I deal with...

    Thanks everyone. Interesting reading. I deal with spasms in my chest, esophagus and now in my legs. The leg cramps are as painful as my chest ones. (MS hug). Anyway, like Snack I used to be able to...
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    Thank you sweetheart!

    Thank you sweetheart!
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    Then your decision is a good one. Best of luck to...

    Then your decision is a good one. Best of luck to you.

    Anyone looking for a better MS site could try MS World and/or Active MSers...Dave Bexfield’s site. Both of them have lots of information.
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    Agate, you are doing what Cherie did. Picking up...

    Agate, you are doing what Cherie did. Picking up my marbles and going home. Maybe it is time for this board to die.
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    KAs I posted to the board and therefore to Cherie...

    KAs I posted to the board and therefore to Cherie before she again exited the board....Ikoiko made a simple statement reminding us all of an important warning about our internet posts. Many people...
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    It was 49° an hour ago but 51° now...at 4:03. I am up...checking wether I need to start our cars to keep stuff warm...we leave for farmers’ markets in an hour. Temp is ok but it will be cold for the...
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    Thank you again for reminding us of this...

    Thank you again for reminding us of this important information.
  64. HSCT ...Clinic that treated Selma Blair...abruptly shuts down...stem cell

    Richard Burt, MD, the chief of Northwestern Medicine’s immunotherapy for autoimmune diseases division, is taking a sabbatical, and the stem cell program he has headed for many years, which treated a...
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    “Whatever it was do not call the police or even...

    “Whatever it was do not call the police or even worry about it. Go back to sleep although we know that you are now fully awake and probably can’t sleep anymore tonight. You might as well read your...
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    Oh gosh...kudos to everyone doing anything!...

    Oh gosh...kudos to everyone doing anything! Especially Jeanie.

    I have spent the week and especially the last 2 days trying to get the business iPads we each use for a Saturday farmers’ market...
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    This article was a good description of troubles as I experience them when I have active MS times.

    “Thinking Compromised”

    My roommate walks through the living room and asks me if I want to join...
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    Farmer Linda here! I am in western MA. And have a...

    Farmer Linda here! I am in western MA. And have a small organic farm.
  69. I watched it...I think it was clever but had...

    I watched it...I think it was clever but had trouble reading the subtitles and watching the video! It moved a bit too fast. Sort of ironic..
  70. Exactly!!!!!

    Exactly!!!!!
  71. Diet and MS... study report I copied from Active MSers site.

    Finally, a randomized, serious diet study in MS! What happened when patients with multiple sclerosis ate a very low-fat, plant-based diet--no meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, or vegetable oils--for...
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    I get cans of beans that have pull top lids ....

    I get cans of beans that have pull top lids . There are more and more like this. Kidney beans, butter beans, chick peas......so many.
  73. sunshine...and others...i copied this about UTI's that is really interesting...

    CHIP SIMONS / GETTY
    Nanell Mann began getting urinary tract infections in 1971, when she got a hysterectomy following the birth of her sixth child. She would take antibiotics and get better. Get...
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    Been a tough growing year...almost no eggplant...

    Been a tough growing year...almost no eggplant anyway. And this is the first time we had really perfect haricot verts.
    John has just gone back to markets after weeks and weeks of illness. He is in...
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    Haricot verts...green beans. They are thin French...

    Haricot verts...green beans. They are thin French green beans. Nothing like average solid beans that I also grow. These are sometimes called Filet beans.
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