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    Good advice Ann. Waiting before making any...

    Good advice Ann. Waiting before making any decision has helped me get clarity on whatever mess I am in....
  2. Ducky...can’t help it, the word made me...

    Ducky...can’t help it, the word made me chuckle.....
  3. Thread: November, 2020

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    Tomorrow is my last farmers’ market for summer...

    Tomorrow is my last farmers’ market for summer 2020. I am already planning what to eat when I get home! It will be freezing cold in the morning but sunny. Should get up to high 40’s....brrr. I have...
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    I have not gone anywhere but to the once a week...

    I have not gone anywhere but to the once a week drive to market in years. I miss my support group which meets nearer to your house than mine. Sometimes I felt strong and started to go but gave up and...
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    I was not clear! I tried to post something once...

    I was not clear! I tried to post something once and changed my mind. Now, whenever I am writing a post and do not finish it, I cannot go back and click on the restore the unfinished post because the...
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    Hi Agate, I have the problem of wanting to...

    Hi Agate,
    I have the problem of wanting to permanently delete the part that is under the “click to restore” stuff. But I do not seem to spot a way to discard the material that is saved there. See...
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    I always had an Invacare 3 wheeled electric...

    I always had an Invacare 3 wheeled electric scooter. I got it in and out of my station wagon with what is called a suitcase ramp. My original one died and I tried to replace it with the exact same...
  8. Ofatumumab...anyone follow this drug approved last summer (I think)

    The first self-administered, targeted B-cell treatment for relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) received FDA approval on Thursday, Novartis announced.

    Ofatumumab (Kesimpta), an antibody targeting...
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    Yup that is the one I use. I hang it from the...

    Yup that is the one I use. I hang it from the bedpost. Just a few minutes of using it gives me energy to get up with vigor.
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    I know I have posted about stretching in bed...

    I know I have posted about stretching in bed before getting up each day....but I spotted this on an MS website and thought it worth repeating:
    “ A tool to help with morning exercise

    Even before I...
  11. Yup! Pure Joy....I was so very happy and everyone...

    Yup! Pure Joy....I was so very happy and everyone around me was happy. Perfect coming together of strangers.
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    I was selling at the farmers’ market yesterday when news broke that Biden had won Pennsylvania and thus the election. Within minutes and continuing for the afternoon....car horns were honking, shouts...
  13. Hello Dar I too often think of you. You...

    Hello Dar
    I too often think of you. You certainly have had a tough, sad time. I am glad you are seeing some light.

    I am the youngest of 4 children and cannot imagine losing one of my siblings. I...
  14. Thread: November, 2020

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    Take heart Sunshine. It is going as Democrats...

    Take heart Sunshine. It is going as Democrats said it would in the sense that more democrats mailed in ballots and they are the last to be counted in full.
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    Yup! That’s what it says. (Here’s hoping)

    I copied a decent description of the book I am reading....:

    “ The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything - everything...
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    Was it the WPAthat created so many jobs and programs?

    [QUOTE=agate;98280]Intriguing title--"The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek."


    This was a real job created through the WPA....book gathering and delivery in rural areas...by single rider on...
  17. Thread: November, 2020

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    Well Sunshine, I have you as a model! You are one...

    Well Sunshine, I have you as a model! You are one determined lady...
  18. Thread: November, 2020

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    So glad we changed the time ...I am up and...

    So glad we changed the time ...I am up and gauging the morning light as we still have 2 more farmers market’s to go. Next Saturday I will be driving in the almost light to get there and it will be...
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    Yup. I have followed his blog for years. The stem cell transplant did not help.

    Richard Cohen, husband of Meredith Viera, has struggled mightily .life is difficult for him. His blog is called “Journeyman”..
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    “The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek”. author’s...

    “The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek”. author’s last name is Richardson. I am reading this book now. Nice. I am interested in the characters and the story as well as the societal issues raised. Has a...
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    Good idea. Tomorrow when the light is just coming...

    Good idea. Tomorrow when the light is just coming up I will put George Winston on too!
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    Today was a surprise...we got about 3” of heavy snow and it was so cold all day that all of us were complaining. I did something I have never done and called this morning to say I would not be at the...
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    Well, here is western MA it was cold and raining...

    Well, here is western MA it was cold and raining heavily all day yesterday. Two of us were out harvesting crops for market Saturday and for storage since tomorrow night is supposed to hit record...
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    Delicate squash is incredibly sweet. And it is...

    Delicate squash is incredibly sweet. And it is one of the newer varieties that have edible skins. It is oblong and the skin is green and whitish. A real delicacyy they are easy to cut and bake in...
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    Great adventure Ann! That type of serendipity...

    Great adventure Ann! That type of serendipity event is so special.
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    Yes. I think so also.

    Yes. I think so also.
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    Thank you for telling us about Jeanie.

    Thank you for telling us about Jeanie.
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    I am glad I stumbled on this post, Howie. I do...

    I am glad I stumbled on this post, Howie. I do not go anyplace unless I have made practice runs and know exactly where someplace is. I do not go new places or places I have to get to on a highway. I...
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    Nice hearing your story. Isn’t it lovely to watch...

    Nice hearing your story. Isn’t it lovely to watch your child take shape....and it has turned out so well. I once went to a Stoltzman concert at Tanglewood where he played a piece for many (5) flutes!...
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    Thanks for the chickpea recipe. I will try it. ...

    Thanks for the chickpea recipe. I will try it.

    A friend gave me a container of feta in brine an d I was looking for recipes to use it. I used to make Greek spinach pie all the time but I did not...
  31. Well, after the fact, I laughed a lot about the...

    Well, after the fact, I laughed a lot about the mud puddle...
    I can push myself up too. Whew! Up. Down. Up. Down. At least we are still pushing and pulling!
  32. Not sure if I responded to this thread...when I...

    Not sure if I responded to this thread...when I fall and am away from anything to pull myself up with...I roll until I am near something I can grab onto. So far I have been lucky....except for the...
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    Oh, thanks for sharing this! Love it.

    Oh, thanks for sharing this! Love it.
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    I will email susan to tell her to come by and see...

    I will email susan to tell her to come by and see this thread...thanks.
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    We just started picking haricot verts! At...

    We just started picking haricot verts! At tomorrow’s market I will be selling them, Japanese and Italian eggplant, escarole, sun gold tomatoes,lots of sweet peppers mixed in bags with different...
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    Thanks. The decision we made to hire a neighbor...

    Thanks. The decision we made to hire a neighbor to drive John to Boston saved his life. He is much better and that neighbor is driving him back and forth to Beth Israel in Boston . He has been called...
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    A friend stopped by to see John today. She is...

    A friend stopped by to see John today. She is having big time hair loss and her doc says it is from stress. (Her husband was quite ill from heart attack and she herself had been sick). Then I...
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    Loved the cookie story agate

    Loved the cookie story agate
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    John is home...they decided it was too unwise to...

    John is home...they decided it was too unwise to do the procedure they were contemplating. They did rearrange his meds and hope they will help. He is in good spirits and has energy so the whole...
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    So, we could not get an ambulance.....

    I live in western MA. My husband’s cardiologist is in Boston. He had an incident and local ambulance took him to local hospital...(Baystate).
    After 24 hours in emergency room he essentially left....
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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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    I’m 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!
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. 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...
  59. 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...
  62. 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...
  67. 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!
  69. 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! !!!!
  71. 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...
  72. 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...
  73. 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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