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    Whatever you people at the helm decide to do...

    Whatever you people at the helm decide to do about BT will probably be just fine with everyone here. I believe we're all just glad that this place is still here for us.
  2. Thread: Jim's Journey

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    I'd burn a candle too but it's not possible just...

    I'd burn a candle too but it's not possible just now. However, Jonathan and Michael are in my thoughts, Rose.

    Such a long list of children all lost to neurological disorders--very sad.

    At least...
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    Happy birthday, Howie--December 9!

    Howie, I hope you and Sam will be celebrating your birthday.


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HOWIE!
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    I did a load of laundry today, then did a...

    I did a load of laundry today, then did a shopping list for the call that should come tomorrow, and tried to set up a couple of packages for carrier pickup through the post office's Click-n-Ship...
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    Herp-Eeze was new to me too. Its main ingredients...

    Herp-Eeze was new to me too. Its main ingredients seem to be L-Lysine and Prunella vulgaris (also known as self-heal). Its ingredients are listed on the Amazon ad for it. The reviews there are very...
  6. Thread: Yoo Hooooo

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    I'm still stuck in my childhood, I guess, because...

    I'm still stuck in my childhood, I guess, because I can't get over the custom of thinking that the Christmas season begins on December 24 and end on January 6, and so that's usually how I do the...
  7. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    A message from Ralph:

    A message from Ralph:
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    Virginia and Howie are giving very wise advice. I...

    Virginia and Howie are giving very wise advice. I hope you can do whatever it takes to avoid a bad spell of shingles, Jeanie.
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    Thanks for posting this article, Linda. How...

    Thanks for posting this article, Linda.

    How sad that the author's parents were so unaccepting and cruel. You can pick your friends but you can't pick your relatives as they say. At least she had...
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    That's impressive--20 years! The books by...

    That's impressive--20 years!

    The books by Kingsolver that I read were Prodigal Summer and The Poisonwood Bible.
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    Have fun reading, Linda! I don't know any of...

    Have fun reading, Linda! I don't know any of those books or authors except Susan Orlean. I've read one of her books--I think it was called The Orchid Thief, and I liked it. I've read some books by...
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    That's my understanding of the HbA1C test too. ...

    That's my understanding of the HbA1C test too.

    I hadn't been doing my home glucose tests much at all because I thought the HbA1C was more or less doing the job for me, but the doctor said that the...
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    Hope you won't have to cut back on chocolate,...

    Hope you won't have to cut back on chocolate, ANN. That would be just too grim.
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    I probably wouldn't have to pay the bill because...

    I probably wouldn't have to pay the bill because this is a rental but plumbers aren't any fun. They're so disruptive. I can't imagine how they would get at the bathtub pipes without taking out the...
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    I wonder if you've ever really counted the steps...

    I wonder if you've ever really counted the steps you're taking, Howie. You'd be surprised at how they add up.
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    You've had a wealth of experience with MS drugs,...

    You've had a wealth of experience with MS drugs, Linda!
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    Grateful to have heat here--and not to have any...

    Grateful to have heat here--and not to have any power failures. Yet.

    On Saturday after my son, DIL, and grandson left I noticed the carpet was wet by a wall and realized the bathtub must have had...
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    Average steps per day for November, based on 28...

    Average steps per day for November, based on 28 days: 1,298

    For the first part of the month I used only the old pedometer, and for the rest of the month I used an average of the readings at the...
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    What a nice encounter that must have been,...

    What a nice encounter that must have been, Virginia. Items in stores are often hard to reach, and store employees don't seem to exist any more in the large stores. Asking someone tall was smart! I...
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    Welcome back, durkee! I think I remember your...

    Welcome back, durkee! I think I remember your name. I've been here since 2001 but didn't often look into any other forums except for MS back in the good old days because the MS board was very busy,...
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    Yes, it's definitely time for better luck to come...

    Yes, it's definitely time for better luck to come your way, Sunshine! Here's hoping!

    Jeanie, you mentioned doing 20 cards. I've done not one. Working on ordering, wrapping, and sending a couple of...
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    Linda, it's too bad you're having to postpone the...

    Linda, it's too bad you're having to postpone the infusion. Community resources probably aren't available in your location? There just might be some service available that would clear the snow for...
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    You can't win, Sunshine. What a shame that you...

    You can't win, Sunshine. What a shame that you find an assist for one thing and it causes a boatload of other problems.

    Hope you can enjoy the visit with a friend in spite of all of this.
  24. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    This is on her Facebook page but no specific...

    This is on her Facebook page but no specific details yet:
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    It was a long shot. Since there's been talk of...

    It was a long shot. Since there's been talk of making Tysabri infusions doable at home, I thought maybe they'd be willing to set this up for Rituxan, but the Tysabri deal is in an experimental stage...
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    Christmas is a time for letting people who've...

    Christmas is a time for letting people who've been kind to me know that I appreciate them by giving them a gift, and that includes the mail carrier, the lady who cuts my hair, and the grocery...
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    Virginia, I sleep every chance I get. I can fall...

    Virginia, I sleep every chance I get. I can fall asleep in my wheelchair while waiting around somewhere or while riding the van. Sleep is so essential to me that it's top priority. "Sleep that knits...
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    Any chance that the infusion could be done in...

    Any chance that the infusion could be done in your home in a case like that?
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    Thank you for starting a December thread for us,...

    Thank you for starting a December thread for us, Virginia.

    My grandson was toddling around here yesterday--visiting with my son and DIL--and I'm still putting the place back together. He's a...
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    This is such good news, nuthatch--and such nice...

    This is such good news, nuthatch--and such nice photos! Good for Everett with his liking for peas. I can understand liking peas--they're cute and they roll around nicely.

    Old verse comes to mind: ...
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    Getting rid of a pain is so nice--sometimes...

    Getting rid of a pain is so nice--sometimes getting a lot of sleep does wonders.
  32. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    I was assuming that more details would be...

    I was assuming that more details would be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks but maybe we need to ask about them. We don't even know how to connect or what to connect with.
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    Many thanks for the thoughtful replies. I...

    Many thanks for the thoughtful replies.

    I don't think I could ever invite myself or let people know (unless they specifically ask) that I'm alone. I don't like to think that I'm included because...
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    Sample of the Strout book: ...

    Sample of the Strout book:

    https://www.elizabethstrout.com/books/abide-with-me/excerpt

    I'm intending to read Olive Kitteridge because I liked the movie, and now I'll be looking up Abide with Me.
  35. Looks as if it's out of stock in the print...

    Looks as if it's out of stock in the print form--I'm sorry, Virginia! They'll probably get it back in stock soon. If not, I'll see if I can locate one for you. The building manager may have some...
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    Birds aren't sold with their giblets any more,...

    Birds aren't sold with their giblets any more, maybe?

    Back when I did this kind of thing, if I was cooking a turkey or chicken, I always boiled the giblets and gave them to whatever cat was in...
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    Every family need someone who likes to cook and...

    Every family need someone who likes to cook and likes to entertain.

    Howie, I hope Sam is aware of the arrival of the food. In case she doesn't mention it, she might appreciate a handout or two.
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    Happy Thanksgiving! *happy thanksgiving ...

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    *happy thanksgiving


    I learned about the deep breaths too! "Deep cleansing breath" is what it was called. Really refreshing.
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    I'm reading Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey...

    I'm reading Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America by Deborah and James Fallows--by a couple who spent several years traveling around to various towns in the US and writing about...
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    No stuffed pepper, stuffed potato, or stuffed...

    No stuffed pepper, stuffed potato, or stuffed squash for Virginia!


    No hot dogs for Howie!

    Very traditional folks here...
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    Thanksgiving greeting from the MSAA: ...

    Thanksgiving greeting from the MSAA:

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  42. Thread: Kinda’ happy

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    I hadn't heard of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra...

    I hadn't heard of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra but looked them up. They don't seem to have much connection with Siberia but I can see how their concerts must be very dazzling, to put it mildly.
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    There's no such thing as a vegetarian cat as I...

    There's no such thing as a vegetarian cat as I understand it. They have to have meat to survive. The fancy name for this type of animal is an "obligate carnivore."

    Humans on the other hand aren't...
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    Virginia, I think that the turkey is just for...

    Virginia, I think that the turkey is just for decoration, maybe because of the fall colors. No one would want to eat that poor turkey!
  45. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    Yes, that's how it was for me too, now that you...

    Yes, that's how it was for me too, now that you mention it.
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    Sounds as if your crowd will be well fed, Jeanie!

    Sounds as if your crowd will be well fed, Jeanie!
  47. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    A conference call might be like a teleconference?...

    A conference call might be like a teleconference?

    I've taken part in some teleconferences, some years ago. They were MS topics. You registered in advance and had to be on the phone at a certain...
  48. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    From Ralph (I've deleted part that was a tad...

    From Ralph (I've deleted part that was a tad political):



    Anyone know about conference calls? I'm afraid I haven't a clue. Is this something people on this board could be part of?
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    *thanksgiving

    *thanksgiving
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    I received a greeting from someone who heads an...

    I received a greeting from someone who heads an MS Society support group, wishing everyone a wonderful holiday with friends or family, and going on to say that if you don't have someone to share...
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    Virginia, it must be terribly hard to have been...

    Virginia, it must be terribly hard to have been married for many years and be used to sharing your life with that person--and then to find yourself without someone who probably seemed like an...
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    Dealing with social situations??

    It's the time of year when family can be an issue. What occasions to attend, what gifts to give, whom to invite, etc. If you happen to be all alone and don't face these big questions, please don't...
  53. There was a residents' meeting here where someone...

    There was a residents' meeting here where someone from a health-care place gave a presentation and mentioned this book. I sent off for mine, and the building manager sent off for some for this...
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    Sounds like a good statement to me. Particularly...

    Sounds like a good statement to me. Particularly since this happened:



    That SIL really shouldn't have said that, IMO. It will make everyone else feel badly about imposing on her. What is she...
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    I'll be happy to do anything I can to help keep...

    I'll be happy to do anything I can to help keep this place going and to improve it. What kind of volunteering?
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    I'm learning how to decline invitations. I've...

    I'm learning how to decline invitations. I've found that "I'm sorry I won't be able to make it" is often sufficient. Often people who say that add on reasons, but after some thought I realized I...
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    Too bad you had another fall, Jeanie! I hope no...

    Too bad you had another fall, Jeanie! I hope no harm was done. Falls can shake a person up pretty badly even if there are no bruises or broken bones. Hope you're feeling OK now.

    You've inspired me...
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    This must be the book? Sounds interesting,...

    This must be the book? Sounds interesting, Virginia. I hope you'll find out what went on at the book club discussion.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_on_Fire
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    That was a scary dream! A good many of us...

    That was a scary dream! A good many of us probably have a similar nightmare in some form or other--of being left, stranded, with no one and nothing to help us. Maybe it what happens when you have a...
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    In case you didn't notice, David Hosobuchi has a...

    In case you didn't notice, David Hosobuchi has a new post in Forum Feedback.
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    Update on my pedometer adventure: I'm...

    Update on my pedometer adventure: I'm experimenting with using the old and the new pedometers at the same time. That's a lot of pedometers to be carrying around but they're small, and one is in a...
  62. Really excellent! I like the way the presenter...

    Really excellent! I like the way the presenter says "invisible or hard to see." Some MS problems are fleeting but there are many of them and they are definitely there.

    Sometimes I've looked in...
  63. (MSAA) What's new in MS research - November 2019

    The MSAA periodically issues summaries of some of the more important research in MS and has just put out another one:
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    tic chick, I recall making cranberry sauce. I...

    tic chick, I recall making cranberry sauce. I followed the package directions too, but cut down on the sugar. It was fun waiting for the berries to start popping, and they were such a pretty shade of...
  65. I was wondering about acupuncture too. I've...

    I was wondering about acupuncture too.

    I've often heard of cats turning up on trains and planes, and the shelter that had this cat had this to say (in the article):



    I don't think it can be...
  66. It might be better not to know. I keep wondering...

    It might be better not to know. I keep wondering if it stowed away on some vehicle or plane--to have traveled that far! Beautiful cat.
  67. The chipping process was surprisingly...

    The chipping process was surprisingly easy--nothing to it at all.
  68. Thread: RIP Catdancer

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    Another message from TC (Ralph): Sounds as...

    Another message from TC (Ralph):



    Sounds as if we can be on the lookout for him.
  69. But Howie, didn't you just mention that she goes...

    But Howie, didn't you just mention that she goes out sometimes? Hope she's microchipped in case she decides to venture on to New Mexico or somewhere.

    If she turns up on my doorstep, I'll know...
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    Another case of SPS, this time said to have been...

    Another case of SPS, this time said to have been successfully treated with therapeutic plasma exchange:
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  71. My last couple of cats were microchipped too. I...

    My last couple of cats were microchipped too. I think the chip was on the top of their backs, between the shoulder blades?
  72. (OT) Missing Oregon cat turns up in New Mexico after 5 years

    This story is almost unbelievable but apparently those microchips can be handy in identifying a missing cat:
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    Yes, it was a nightmare. I hadn't had breakfast...

    Yes, it was a nightmare. I hadn't had breakfast yet and was feeling much too wobbly to cope very well. The whole experience persuaded me that I shouldn't ever think about doing laundry during times...
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    Well, yesterday I ran into a problem in the...

    Well, yesterday I ran into a problem in the laundry room when I opened up the washer expecting to get my laundry out and put it in a dryer--and water poured out onto the floor. I immediately shut...
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    I've had many very splendid Thanksgivings before...

    I've had many very splendid Thanksgivings before MS. Turkey and everything else, right down to the mince pie. Or the pumpkin pie. Or both!
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