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    Oh, Sunshine, how disappointing - and you’ve been...

    Oh, Sunshine, how disappointing - and you’ve been tapering your meds for this. You good to look for a silver lining.

    Blessing to whomever has a health scare in the family.
    ANN
  2. Peter wants to know if he can still come and...

    Peter wants to know if he can still come and iron.

    ANN
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    Sunshine- Good luck with IVIG and with the...

    Sunshine-

    Good luck with IVIG and with the surgery next week.

    ANN
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    Peter says, “the quick answer is sure.” ANN

    Peter says, “the quick answer is sure.”

    ANN
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    Yes, we are well aware but husband is a...

    Yes, we are well aware but husband is a securities regulator and it necessitates the information in WSJ, Bloomberg and others.

    ANN
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    That’s a “paper” I like, too, Linda. I look at it...

    That’s a “paper” I like, too, Linda. I look at it every day but haven’t had any trouble with a pay wall. It may be one that I’ve donated to. And the BBC is a good place to park a cup of coffee and a...
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    Congratulations on getting back to your routine,...

    Congratulations on getting back to your routine, Rose. It’s good for body and soul.

    ANN
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    Peter reads a lot of the print edition of the...

    Peter reads a lot of the print edition of the daily WSJ and the NYTs for work and pleasure. I read those more selectively and now the WaPo, too. I used to love sitting down with a paper, a pen a...
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    A re-boot would be good for me, too, Virginia. I...

    A re-boot would be good for me, too, Virginia. I just subscribed to the Washington Post. It’s our third paper.

    ANN
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    Congratulations on the Rebif copay help,...

    Congratulations on the Rebif copay help, Virginia.

    I’m making vegetable soup with my homemade stock and keeping an eye on the news.
    ANN
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    Amen Amen Amen ANN

    Amen Amen Amen

    ANN
  12. He’ll need a radio, Virginia, and some radio...

    He’ll need a radio, Virginia, and some radio stations with quirky programming. He’ll settle for jazz.

    ANN
  13. Virginia, Peter will open your jars when he is...

    Virginia, Peter will open your jars when he is down there ironing and sharpening your knives.

    He’ll also get things down from high places or put them up.

    ANN
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    Good morning. Most everything is the same here...

    Good morning. Most everything is the same here punctuated with good cooking and short walks and small snowfalls. I go for a ride in the car about once a week - it is very normalizing. The world...
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    I’m happy that you got paid and got out, Howie....

    I’m happy that you got paid and got out, Howie. Did you get any special food for New Year’s Eve?

    ANN
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    No, no, Virginia. You can get one that goes on...

    No, no, Virginia. You can get one that goes on your wi-fi. That’s the usual way.

    ANN
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    Virginia, I have an iPad 3 Air. It works on the...

    Virginia, I have an iPad 3 Air. It works on the same OS as an iPhone. Very easy. I use the built in keyboard. Like Suzy, I don’t use my computer anymore.

    I chose to get one that is “cellular” so...
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    Virginia, I’m sorry that you fell and glad it...

    Virginia, I’m sorry that you fell and glad it wasn’t worse. Oh, my! You are probably going to hurt worse tomorrow.

    Maybe an on-line subscription to the paper would be better. I know it’s just...
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    Some things should not be delegated. ANN

    Some things should not be delegated.

    ANN
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    SuzE-Q - I only have experience with Mom’s...

    SuzE-Q - I only have experience with Mom’s Walmart using the Walmart website at times or the app on my phone. When I started this, I warned Mom about the price increases I’d heard about using...
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    SuzE-Q, I do my mother’s online shopping at...

    SuzE-Q,

    I do my mother’s online shopping at Walmart. While that is her choice, it would not be mine. That said, they do not mark up the prices. There is just a delivery charge - $7.99 for Mom and...
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    Ralph, are you talking about Sugar Gliders (maybe...

    Ralph, are you talking about Sugar Gliders (maybe sugargliders)? Do they have them in Wisconsin?

    This is how I even know about them: the old Sierra Trading Post used to hide a question somewhere...
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    Twenty-two is really cold for you, Virginia! ...

    Twenty-two is really cold for you, Virginia!

    ANN
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    Virginia, I was planning on a pork chop...

    Virginia,

    I was planning on a pork chop sautéed with onions to go with mushrooms, carrots and a baked potato that Peter made but my stomach is slow today and I couldn’t chance a heavy meal....
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    A reminder that Vitamin D3 is not water soluble....

    A reminder that Vitamin D3 is not water soluble. High doses require blood levels to be checked.

    The MS Center has most of us on 5000 units because most MS patients are deficient in D3.

    ANN
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    It’s a scary 64 degrees in Boston and our power...

    It’s a scary 64 degrees in Boston and our power has gone out. It’s surprisingly bright and raining but we don’t have the predicted hig winds here.
    ANN
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    Indeed. ANN

    Indeed.

    ANN
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    Peter has gotten clam chowder from Legal Seafoods...

    Peter has gotten clam chowder from Legal Seafoods and taken into his mother’s for supper. They’ll have brownies with whipped cream for dessert. I sent her stocking stuffers and gifts.

    Tomorrow,...
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    Virginia, all I can do is say a prayer for the...

    Virginia, all I can do is say a prayer for the three of you which I have done. I’m sorry you won’t have your Christmas dinner but it’s a very unusual year.

    My mother’s housekeeper “only” had her...
  30. No, chickens here only because there is an...

    No, chickens here only because there is an ordinance against them in the city.

    Thanks for the plans.

    ANN
  31. I am just plain jealous. I love the detail! I did...

    I am just plain jealous. I love the detail! I did get my low tunnel cleared of snow and it popped up a little and I can see kale in there. It’s going to be 50 tomorrow so I look forward to seeing...
  32. A cattle panel hoop house? (Asked wistfully) ...

    A cattle panel hoop house? (Asked wistfully)

    ANN
  33. Oh, but don’t! I was just getting to know you. ...

    Oh, but don’t! I was just getting to know you.

    Was there a garden to go with the chickens?

    ANN
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    That is a very good SIL, Virginia. ANN

    That is a very good SIL, Virginia.

    ANN
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    It’s good to have such happy news, Virginia. ...

    It’s good to have such happy news, Virginia.

    AN
  36. It sounds limited, Linda. This is from...

    It sounds limited, Linda. This is from Wikipedia:

    The tablet is 8-inches and weighs 12.5-ounces. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 2GB of RAM and uses the Android operating system...
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    Linda

    Yes, the -mab at the end of rituxamab stands for “monoclonal antibody.”

    ANN
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    Linda, We recently discussed life line options...

    Linda,

    We recently discussed life line options here:

    http://www.braintalkcommunities.org/showthread.php/103608-Anyone-know-about-personal-emergency-response-systems

    ANN
  39. Thank you, Linda. >^..^< ANN

    Thank you, Linda.

    >^..^<

    ANN
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    There are nuthatches at my feeder today so I am...

    There are nuthatches at my feeder today so I am thinking of Joan - I am actually talking to her. So far, she has nothing to say. Too busy watching over those grandkids, no doubt.

    ANN
  41. Virginia - And an instant for her own droplets to...

    Virginia - And an instant for her own droplets to be spread. Oh, my!

    ANN
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    Hi Howie, I responded to Sunshine in her Baclofen...

    Hi Howie, I responded to Sunshine in her Baclofen pump thread. We double posted in this one.

    ANN
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    My “low tunnel” greenhouse collapsed under a foot of snow. I may have some kale survive but I don’t expect much. I’ll let you know next year.

    Listening to NPR about targeted advertising. It’s...
  44. Agate, our resident detective, found the hidden...

    Agate, our resident detective, found the hidden chickens! Bonus points!

    ANN
  45. I can not imagine a nurse not wearing a mask! The...

    I can not imagine a nurse not wearing a mask! The pandemic is in full swing, OMG.

    Such a happy, promising report, Sunshine. There is true hope. Happy New Year!
    ANN
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    Virginia, I give the medicine to Lily. She is now...

    Virginia, I give the medicine to Lily. She is now on two. This one is easy. It’s tiny and I just crush it into her food. Good thing because she is very difficult to pill.

    She had a good night. ...
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    Good evening. Hi Rose. For the last week,...

    Good evening. Hi Rose.

    For the last week, Lily Cat has been holding her left front paw up and not weight bearing on it but off and on. Last night, it was worse so I called the vet this AM. We...
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    The post office ran out of stamps? Dear me. ...

    The post office ran out of stamps? Dear me.

    That is a lot of moving, Virginia. You earned your tiredness.

    ANN
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    Such a lovely story, Linda. Neighbors helping...

    Such a lovely story, Linda. Neighbors helping neighbors. No money or AAA involved.

    ANN
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    Excellent works, Agate. I like them. Crochet?...

    Excellent works, Agate. I like them.

    Crochet?

    ANN
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    I’ve been having a hard day. My muscle are tight...

    I’ve been having a hard day. My muscle are tight and really hurt. Turns out I did not take my AM meds. I was fixing our coffee and getting out of the kitchen for Peter to make his toast (only child...
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    Thank you for these updates, Virginia. In the...

    Thank you for these updates, Virginia. In the back of my mind I worry about her house. I hope she will still have it. Does Medicaid allow for owning a house? I hope so.

    It is troubling that she...
  53. I waltzed with John Kenneth Galbraith in the...

    I waltzed with John Kenneth Galbraith in the Harvard Boat House one December.

    Dancing, I miss you.

    ANN
  54. Thank you, Linda. I copied and pasted it into my...

    Thank you, Linda. I copied and pasted it into my notes should a need arise.

    ANN
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    Ahh, what kind of soup, Virginia? ANN

    Ahh, what kind of soup, Virginia?

    ANN
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    Glad you popped in, Rose, I was starting to...

    Glad you popped in, Rose, I was starting to worry.

    ANN
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    Happy Birthday, Howie! Enjoy your day and...

    Happy Birthday, Howie! Enjoy your day and Agate’s and Sam’s cakes! I imagine you will hear from your family.

    Maybe order take out for the occasion?

    ANN
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    Howie, I got nothing from my Blue Cross...

    Howie, I got nothing from my Blue Cross insurance.

    ANN
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    Agate, my mother got a notice from her insurance,...

    Agate, my mother got a notice from her insurance, Security Blue (Blue Cross) that she was getting a “care package.” It came yesterday and here is what was in it:

    A few pair of disposable gloves...
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    Good morning, Beautiful People!

    It’s cold. In the twenties these last two mornings. The Nor’easter was windy and it rained for a day but we got only a trace of snow here.

    Nothing happened with...
  61. This sounds very promising, Sunshine. I’m...

    This sounds very promising, Sunshine.

    I’m sorry you’ll have to taper off the baclofen. Can you take something short acting like oxazepam to help? What about tizanidine? In any case, I hope they...
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    Virginia, the other thing Peter was going to do...

    Virginia, the other thing Peter was going to do was sharpen your knives. He also gives shots. Glad you have a rug solution.

    About the squash - I think Linda’s post was about piercings the squash...
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    Regarding the generic, I was to start that in...

    Regarding the generic, I was to start that in four months as my insurance will no longer pay for the Copaxone at all. That leaves the generic and the generic branded as “Glatopia.” My MS Specialist...
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    Hi Agate, I’ve been on Copaxone for years...

    Hi Agate,

    I’ve been on Copaxone for years (after Avonex, Rebif and eventually half-dose Rebif). I think we started on Copaxone around the same time, maybe Electric Joy, too.

    I was on the...
  65. Hi Soul! I’ve never forgotten your risky...

    Hi Soul! I’ve never forgotten your risky maneuver of jumping off a train on the way to a doctor’s visit. That’s you, right?

    I have read Dr Wahl’s book and watched many of her lectures but...
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    Thinking of you Sunshine. ANN

    Thinking of you Sunshine.

    ANN
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    Glad you are feeling better, Virginia. Sorry...

    Glad you are feeling better, Virginia. Sorry about the mishap with your rug.

    ANN
  68. Agate, my thoughts are the same as yours...

    Agate, my thoughts are the same as yours especially regarding Copaxone: it’s an immunomodulator not a suppressant.

    ANN
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    Hi Agate and Linda. Linda, I often think of...

    Hi Agate and Linda.

    Linda, I often think of you humming in the greenhouse.

    Agate, thinking about it, I’m not sure if I get energize by the cooler weather. Hmm. Yes, by AC in hot humid weather...
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    Virginia, I hope you have turned a corner. ...

    Virginia, I hope you have turned a corner. Still, you should consider getting tested for CoVID. I wish you well.

    The squash is a winter squash and can live on your counter - away from apples-...
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    Hi Funnylegs, how was your Thanksgiving? ANN

    Hi Funnylegs, how was your Thanksgiving?

    ANN
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    Linda, Mom had no idea she had these services....

    Linda, Mom had no idea she had these services. She had a Blue Cross insurance through Westinghouse. One year, she was comparing open season plans and found one of those all in one plans that was...
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    “Memories, all alone in the lamplight...” ANN

    “Memories, all alone in the lamplight...”

    ANN
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    Thanksgiving 2020

    What are you doing for thanksgiving this strange year? What’s your menu? What are you thankful for?

    We will have Peter’s mother over. Just the three of us. We’re have pan fried scrod in butter;...
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    My mother’s healthcare team has sent an...

    My mother’s healthcare team has sent an ultrasonographer, nurse practitioner, on-going phlebotomists, and recently a nurse to give her a flu shot. All of this was paid by her insurance + Medicare.
    ...
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