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    Happy birthday, Virginia--July 16!

    https://sandiegan.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/happy-birthday.jpg

    Hope you'll do something special for your birthday, Virginia! And have many more happy birthdays ahead!
  2. Thread: July chit-chat

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    That is so true. I'm always asking questions via...

    That is so true. I'm always asking questions via Google. It's especially good for computer problems, particularly if you have an error message you can enter into the search window.

    I've seen...
  3. Sticky: The MSAA will apparently be issuing MS research...

    The MSAA will apparently be issuing MS research updates every other month. Here is the research update for July 2019:

    http://bit.ly/2xLdTcJ
  4. Thread: Instacart

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    You can tweak Instacart a bit to get it to work...

    You can tweak Instacart a bit to get it to work better for you. Some of those fees are negotiable in a number of ways, for instance.

    I like the way it lets you know how your shopping is proceeding...
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    The explosive fireworks are still sounding here....

    The explosive fireworks are still sounding here. Talk about "bombs bursting in air."
  6. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Happy birthday to Howie's brother! Virginia, a...

    Happy birthday to Howie's brother!

    Virginia, a while back you mentioned getting a personal response system. I've been wondering how you like it?
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    When I had to change pharmacies a couple of...

    When I had to change pharmacies a couple of months ago, the new pharmacy simply called the old one and they faxed over all my rx's. I probably had to give my permission but don't recall filling out...
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    You might want to keep an eye on Peapod and...

    You might want to keep an eye on Peapod and Instacart because they claim they're always adding new areas to the localities they serve. And I've noticed that Instacart used to list only a couple of...
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    I happened to be browsing at the CVS Website...

    I happened to be browsing at the CVS Website because Walgreen's, where I usually order nonrx pharmacy items, wasn't operating well today, and noticed that CVS offers home delivery of rx's using...
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    Linda, have you checked out your doctor's ratings...

    Linda, have you checked out your doctor's ratings and reviews--on Yelp, for instance?

    I looked up my ophthalmologist there and found a lot of reviews. Most were favorable but a couple of less...
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    That's really too bad that he didn't have a...

    That's really too bad that he didn't have a better experience. It must have been trying and stressful to have to keep going back and to have that worry. A somewhat longer recovery time may be par...
  12. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Another person on the board once indicated that...

    Another person on the board once indicated that she thought you knew her personally at one time. This was at a time when you'd suddenly disappeared and the hens were frantically scratching around,...
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    I have a vague memory of her. Didn't she live not...

    I have a vague memory of her. Didn't she live not far from you, Howie? I'm so sorry you've lost a friend.
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    If someone can spin a good yarn and put me into...

    If someone can spin a good yarn and put me into another world for a while, that's a really good reason for reading, IMO.
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    Virginia, sorry you haven't been feeling up to...

    Virginia, sorry you haven't been feeling up to par. I sent you a PM via Facebook a day or two ago, and another one at the MS Speaks site. Sorry you didn't get them but sometimes I've found messages...
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    There you are, Virginia! This post by you should...

    There you are, Virginia! This post by you should quiet the hens down. Hope you're doing OK.
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    Maybe a computer problem? I've tried sending PMs...

    Maybe a computer problem? I've tried sending PMs by two different methods but no reply so far. She has a birthday coming up on the 16th--might she have got together with family, I wonder?

    I have...
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    Good morning to everyone! ...

    Good morning to everyone!
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    Something connecting diverticulitis possibly to...

    Something connecting diverticulitis possibly to red meat consumption (Medical News Today, July 20, 2019):

    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315105.php?iacp
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    Sunshine, that idea in California should...

    Sunshine, that idea in California should certainly help the situation. For years I've been wondering just how many doctors are really willing to treat (or to give equal treatment to) Medicaid...
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    Thank you, Cherie. If there is one lifestyle...

    Thank you, Cherie.

    If there is one lifestyle change that has meant the most to me, it is learning to slow down. It's a hard lesson to learn for anyone living in this fast-paced time when there are...
  22. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Quite a few loud explosions still going on here,...

    Quite a few loud explosions still going on here, on July 11. People out here think this is still the Wild West.

    I believe at least one very serious forest fire recently was the result of...
  23. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Jeanie, I'm so sorry about your good friend. It's...

    Jeanie, I'm so sorry about your good friend. It's so sad when someone is failing. It's too bad he had to have surgery. Maybe he will be more himself again after he's recovered from that.
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    I have a distinct impression that many people...

    I have a distinct impression that many people find that MS makes a severe dent in their pocketbook. I've read many accounts of bankruptcies, loss of property, used-up savings, and skyrocketing debt...
  25. Thread: Standing frames?

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    I ran across this standing frame, which was used...

    I ran across this standing frame, which was used in a clinical trial done in the UK and reported in a couple of articles in The Lancet (August 2019). The researchers supplied people with progressive...
  26. Thread: Haiku

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    Library, meeting, Shopping order, alarm check,...

    Library, meeting,
    Shopping order, alarm check,
    All in one brief day.
  27. Thread: July chit-chat

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    There are always prunes or prune juice...my...

    There are always prunes or prune juice...my remedy of choice. And stepping up the fluid intake, as well as increasing any possible exercise.

    I've found it useful to find out what my recommended...
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    Sunshine, I've had to do this...

    Sunshine, I've had to do this potassium-monitoring in the past and just hope I can still raise the level to normal this way. I check the potassium on most foods I typically eat, and try to opt for...
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    I may actually be getting stronger. The last lab...

    I may actually be getting stronger. The last lab test results about 6 weeks ago were good except that the potassium was low, and I told the doctor I'd try to bring it up by some diet changes. I've...
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    Step counts: 7/1/19 - 1152 steps 7/2/19 -...

    Step counts:

    7/1/19 - 1152 steps
    7/2/19 - 1143 "
    7/3/19 - 1156 "
    7/4/19 - 1536 "
    7/5/19 - 1108 "
    7/6/19 - 1275 "
    7/7/19 - 1197 "
    7/8/19 -1528 "
  31. And it's interesting and nice to know that there...

    And it's interesting and nice to know that there are inducements for doctors to give volunteer service:



    This is an eye-popping figure--$100/year for malpractice insurance. The typical US...
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    This thread has dropped to page 3, and so maybe...

    This thread has dropped to page 3, and so maybe it's time to bring it up again.

    I just finished Room with a View by E. M. Forster. I'm a Forster fan and had seen the TV dramatization of this novel...
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    nuthatch, I know what you mean about smartphones....

    nuthatch, I know what you mean about smartphones. I use a stylus with mine because I find I'm too apt to make mistakes if I use my hands. And I actually have a manual but even with the manual, I'm...
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    Wow, Linda! That was truly brilliant--asking...

    Wow, Linda! That was truly brilliant--asking someone to pour a bucket of water over you. Have you tried that before?

    Sometimes if I'm in a place where I'm going suddenly weak because I'm already...
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    I've heard good things about tai chi and have...

    I've heard good things about tai chi and have seen it done. Has anyone tried it?
  36. Thread: July chit-chat

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    No deaths or serious injuries known of so far in...

    No deaths or serious injuries known of so far in the 7.1 California quake, and that's good news.

    These earthquakes/hurricanes/tornadoes, etc., may be Nature's way of reminding us that we're not...
  37. Thread: July chit-chat

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    So glad to know that those affected by the...

    So glad to know that those affected by the California quakes are doing OK. Your 7.1 must have been entirely too much drama, particularly right after that other one. Hope things will calm down now. I...
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    Linda, I've heard so many people say that...

    Linda, I've heard so many people say that cataract surgery is a piece of cake that I'm believing it--though I'm not signing up for it yet. I'd need somebody to get me there and back at least twice,...
  39. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Howie, you're turning into a cat, with a cat's...

    Howie, you're turning into a cat, with a cat's tastes.

    Virginia, poppyseeds are from poppies while sunflower seeds are from sunflowers. They're not the same at all. Poppyseeds are excellent in...
  40. Thread: Bird Watching

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    Elegant looking birds!

    Elegant looking birds!
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    I've never heard of Poppyseed Market. Does it...

    I've never heard of Poppyseed Market. Does it specialize in poppyseeds? I love poppyseeds.
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    They send me an e-mail asking for a rating, and I...

    They send me an e-mail asking for a rating, and I was able to give that experience 5 stars with comments about how excellent it was. I want to encourage these people.
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    nuthatch, I hope you'll check in. It looks as if...

    nuthatch, I hope you'll check in. It looks as if you might have felt that earthquake--?
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    Another thumbs-up for InstaCart! As I've said...

    Another thumbs-up for InstaCart!

    As I've said before, I've been uneasy about InstaCart because of the way they seem to insist that you be available for text messaging. Even though I now have a...
  45. Thread: Robocalls

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    She might not be someone you'd want to add to...

    She might not be someone you'd want to add to your friends anyway....
  46. Thread: July chit-chat

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    There were tanks. You'll see some here but I'm...

    There were tanks. You'll see some here but I'm not sure of just where they were actually rolling along.
    ...
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    Maybe it was my friend "Catherine."

    Maybe it was my friend "Catherine."
  48. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Right, everyone here has known this about...

    Right, everyone here has known this about Sunshine for a long time but hearing it from your doctor, who sees all kinds of people in all kinds of situations, is really special.
  49. Thread: Robocalls

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    The only calls I can get are on my landline...

    The only calls I can get are on my landline phone. It has the captioning feature, and I just haven't got in the habit of having a cellphone turned on.

    I just had a third call from this...
  50. Thread: Haiku

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    Whoa, California! Whole lotta shakin goin on...

    Whoa, California!
    Whole lotta shakin goin on
    The end is not near
  51. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Rose, I hope nothing was damaged. That must have...

    Rose, I hope nothing was damaged. That must have been really unnerving for you! You've been in my thoughts as I've been watching CNN where people are describing it.

    Howie, you were the one who...
  52. Thread: Robocalls

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    I've had two of these calls today. They show up...

    I've had two of these calls today. They show up as coming from my own number (???) but they're robocalls. The voice starts out saying, "This is Catherine from Microsoft" and then goes on to tell me...
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    For anyone who feels up to reading, this is from...

    For anyone who feels up to reading, this is from today's New Yorker, entitled "Little Rocket Man"--about DT's July 4:
    ...
  54. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Yes, the fireworks are torture for many helpless...

    Yes, the fireworks are torture for many helpless pets. What can they do about it but suffer through it?

    As usual around here, the fireworks started days in advance and will go on for days...
  55. Thread: Politics

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    Linda, that's just what went through my head too...

    Linda, that's just what went through my head too as I saw the tanks. How chilling.

    A happy Independence Day to everyone! Some of our leaders may be wrapping themselves in the flag but it's still...
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    I don't know how accurate this is but it's all I...

    I don't know how accurate this is but it's all I came up with. Apparently the headdress is worn so that sand won't fly in a person's face so much. The colors are explained here, more or less:
    ...
  57. Thread: July chit-chat

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    --And what is on is sandwiched into little...

    --And what is on is sandwiched into little segments in between commercials.
  58. Thread: Politics

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    Speaking of the Saudi Prince, does anyone know...

    Speaking of the Saudi Prince, does anyone know why some of the Arabs always wear red and white checkered headdresses, and others always wear black and white checkered headgear? There must be a...
  59. Thread: July chit-chat

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    I had that happen to me too though it was my...

    I had that happen to me too though it was my doctor who remarked that I was looking a bit orange and asked if I ate a lot of carrots. I was eating only one a day but she thought that might be too...
  60. Thread: Politics

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    Depressing and appalling. We have as our leader a...

    Depressing and appalling. We have as our leader a man who may even have raped a woman and who is known to treat women with contempt.

    Recently there was some question about what Daughter ivanka was...
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    Can anything be done for your sinus infection,...

    Can anything be done for your sinus infection, Sunshine? I hope so!

    My average step count for June: 1,316 steps/day, about 28 more steps a day on average compared to May. The June figures are...
  62. Thread: Robocalls

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    I've had calls offering me car insurance and roof...

    I've had calls offering me car insurance and roof repairs. I don't have a car or a house.
  63. Thread: Robocalls

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    Consumer Reports recent article on ending...

    Consumer Reports recent article on ending robocalls:

    https://www.consumerreports.org/robocalls/mad-about-robocalls/
  64. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Cherie, you definitely don't need this. I hope...

    Cherie, you definitely don't need this. I hope that it clears up soon.

    Howie, you could call the utility company today to let them know your new information. That just might work if you explain...
  65. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Today is nuthatch's wedding anniversary. ...

    Today is nuthatch's wedding anniversary.


    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, NUTHATCH AND MR. NUTHATCH!
    *sparkle *tunes *goldstar
  66. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Yes, the pain was severe. For me it felt as if it...

    Yes, the pain was severe. For me it felt as if it was behind the eyeball--very odd.

    I should add to what I said about my eye problems that a couple of the problems listed may not have been due to...
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    We always like to back up our statements with...

    We always like to back up our statements with valid documentation, but I haven't yet found any clear statement that Andy Ngo suffered a brain bleed as a result of his injuries. I found that he stated...
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    Someone with SPS who had a stem-cell transplant:...

    Someone with SPS who had a stem-cell transplant:

    http://www.fredhutch.org/en/news/center-news/2014/11/stiff-person-syndrome-stem-cell-transplant.html
  69. Thread: June Chit Chat

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    I tried antenna TV for years but I got only the...

    I tried antenna TV for years but I got only the PBS stations, some of the time, and in a spotty way quite often. A lot depends on your location, I think.
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    Yes, this thread is an inspiration to me too. ...

    Yes, this thread is an inspiration to me too.

    Did I mention my carpet sweeper? I just got it because I knew I wasn't getting around to vacuuming often enough, and I was getting hoarse and coughing...
  71. Thread: July chit-chat

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    nuthatch, I've had optic neuritis too, and there...

    nuthatch, I've had optic neuritis too, and there were a lot of vision problems but many of them were very brief, lasting only a few seconds or minutes. Others went on for days or weeks.

    Sometimes...
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    Virginia, I looked at Bed Bath and Beyond's...

    Virginia, I looked at Bed Bath and Beyond's shower chairs, and it looks as if DMI and Drive are two different companies as Rose thought.

    I found at least one Drive type of shower chair where there...
  73. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Personal sound-amplification products (PSAPs)...

    Personal sound-amplification products (PSAPs) have been getting better and better according to everything I've seen but they're not so useful if your hearing loss is more severe.

    Bose is coming...
  74. Thread: July chit-chat

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    I'm glad you're not giving up on the aids. I know...

    I'm glad you're not giving up on the aids. I know so many people who have hearing aids sitting in a drawer because they just never use them and see no point in them.

    I was surprised to find out...
  75. Thread: July chit-chat

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    Cat, thank you for starting the Chitchat thread!...

    Cat, thank you for starting the Chitchat thread! Yes, Peg is very much missed but you're really on the ball--as you have always been here.

    You mentioned returning hearing aids. Does that mean that...
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