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    The Continuing Story

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    These past couple of days have been quite busy, with all of the attention on the bathroom.

    We had to scrap the acrylic shower, because they were all too large for...
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    Happy Birthday Agate!

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGATE!

    What a wonderful milestone!

    May all of your wishes come true!

    Love & Light,
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    ((((((Zelda Zelda)))))) ~ *Welcome BACK TO...

    ((((((Zelda Zelda)))))) ~

    *Welcome BACK TO BRAINTALK!

    Please forgive me for not remembering helping you, but if I did, I'm so glad it worked.

    I wish the forums were more active for you. ...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Sunshine ~ I...

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    Sunshine ~

    I apologize for the abbreviation. I'm used to using MOM on Child Neuro, since all of us are familiar with it. Chronic constipation is quite common among...
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    Love and Light

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    Chris ~

    Thank you for your hugs and loving support.

    Unfortunately, I am very used to grieving under difficult circumstances, having lost all of my elders, except...
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    Memorial Day

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    MY THREE DAY WEEKEND

    As promised, I cleaned the downstairs floors and the stairs. I couldn't believe what I emptied out of my Dyson stick. Ugh!

    Laundry done, so I...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Sunshine ~ A...

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    Sunshine ~

    A glycerin suppository can be found in any drug or grocery store typically. It's shaped like a tiny rocket, made of glycerin. You insert it into the...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Howie ~ I'm glad...

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    Howie ~

    I'm glad that you're doing fine on the Gabapentin, and I pray that it continues to control your seizures. I hope you have a good, thorough visit with your...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Sunshine ~ I...

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    Sunshine ~

    I think you are getting way too much fiber, which could be the source of your nausea and constipation.

    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321286
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Sunshine ~ Have...

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    Sunshine ~

    Have you tried: stool softeners, glycerin suppositories, prune juice, dates, papayas, Senna tea, Milk of Magnesia? Are you drinking plenty of water,...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Donna ~ For me,...

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    Donna ~

    For me, the meaning of life and our purpose here is to love each other. To do that, it means we have to put one foot in front of the other, because love is...
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    ((((((Lostparent)))))) ~ Is this neuro the new...

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    Is this neuro the new neuro?

    If the head tilting stopped after starting Keppra, you might consider that he needs his dose increased. He's growing, and his body is...
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    Progress and Respite

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    My crew of two arrived early today, and I asked them to give me a few minutes to get dressed. They did.

    They wanted to take photos on their smart phones to try to...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ nuthatch ~ When...

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    nuthatch ~

    When you were in the hospital, the attending physician should have told you about your heart, as well as the results of all tests you were given. You...
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    Reconstruction Day 2/Preview of Day 3

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    YESTERDAY

    At 8 a.m., I noticed trucks parked in front of our house. They were an hour early! Oh well, let's get it over with sooner. So, I walked to the front yard,...
  16. Thank You SuzE-Q

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    SuzE-Q ~

    We played "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" at our wedding reception. We also played Julio's version of "Yours," which was my parents love song.
    ...
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    Reconstruction Begins

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    At 9 a.m., a crew of 2 men arrived to begin reconstruction, along with the contractor's estimator and supervisor. He showed the crew where the work was to be done, and...
  18. One Month

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    Jim's Day Lily Memorial Garden Site

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    It has been a day of many tears and profound sorrow.

    I just finished re-reading this post from the beginning,...
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    Reconstruction Begins Tomorrow

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    Donna ~

    Does Queen Victoria deserve recognition on her birthday every year? Do you celebrate any of the various Kings’ birthdays?

    Our “patriotic” holidays...
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    ((((((Jendi)))))) ~ Thank you so very much. I...

    ((((((Jendi)))))) ~

    Thank you so very much. I know you understand.

    I'm taking care of myself as best as I can in the middle of the reconstruction of our home as a result of a major water...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Donna ~ Thank...

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    Donna ~

    Thank you, as always, for your positive energy and prayers.

    I love your garden! I will look forward to photos!

    Jim carved out a portion of our...
  22. ((((((Sunshine)))))) ~ You have so many...

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    You have so many different issues to endure, and I'm so very sorry. Jonathan and Michael had slow motility and other gastric issues. I have some thoughts, which will be...
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    Happy Anniversary Donna & Jim!

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    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DONNA AND JIM!

    Donna & Jim ~

    Congratulations on your 43rd wedding anniversary! I love your celebration ~ dressing up, special meal, champagne. What a fun quiz! A...
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    Progress

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    Things are moving along well at the old homestead.

    Yesterday, Julio checked the moisture in the bathroom and Jon’s bedroom. Still too wet, so he turned on the...
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    Demolition Done!

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    Donna ~

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Mother's Day message. I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day. How did you spend it?

    As you said, I have no...
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    Demolition Day

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    I was up and at 'em early, because I just knew the crews would be early, and they were. I went out to move the van at 7:30, and the asbestos crew was sitting in their...
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    Thank You

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    funnylegs4 ~

    I'm sorry I missed your post yesterday. I was pretty self-involved. I'm sorry that you had that encounter. We "old gals" know all about sexism,...
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    Duplicate Post! Oops! Love & Light, *heart...

    Duplicate Post! Oops!

    Love & Light,

    *heart

    Rose
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    Mother's Day

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    *smallrose HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! *smallrose

    I hope that you've all had a lovely, relaxing day.

    This is my first Mother's Day all alone. My first without...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Donna ~ I'm so...

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    Donna ~

    I'm so sorry! I didn't see your post, while I was composing mine throughout the day.

    Oh, yes, it was the 80s, and I needed to support Jonathan and...
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    My Day "Off"

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    Virginia ~

    Thank you so much for your understanding and encouragement. You experienced a great deal of trauma with your husband's passing, as well as another relative...
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    Quiz: How Much Can Rose Withstand?

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    This morning, I was under the impression that a pod would be delivered about 9 a.m., with Julio and crew to follow. I didn’t know what they would be doing, but I soon...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Jeannie ~ It...

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    Jeannie ~

    It baffles me how anyone can think that COVID-19 is not real. There is plenty of 24 hour coverage of the virus, with graphic scenes of crowded ERs and ICUs,...
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    In Limbo

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    funnylegs4 ~

    COVID-19 is one of the factors in my nervousness about this restoration. The techs all wear masks, probably much better than mine. But they do touch...
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    Discarding Memories

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    We’re in full swing now!

    Julio arrived at 11 a.m. and left at 3:30 p.m.

    First, he cleared out what was left in Jon’s closet, while I held the trash bags. When he...
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    Thank you so much Donna, ANN, and Tamie ~

    I started a new thread to cover the Restoration Saga, as I didn't want Jim's memorial thread to be be cluttered with this...
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    Restoration Saga

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    I decided to start a new thread, because this saga doesn’t belong in Jim’s memorial thread.

    INSURANCE CONNECTION

    Today, Julia and I called my insurance claims...
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    ((((((jingle)))))) ~ It took 8 weeks on a slow...

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    It took 8 weeks on a slow boat from China to get your masks! I'm so happy for you that you have them. But I do wonder why it is that masks are so difficult to obtain.
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  39. Plumbing News: The Latest

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    Please forgive me if I've kept you wondering. I wrote a blathering post 2 days ago, and I decided not to post it. Then, yesterday, I wrote a long response to each on...
  40. Plumbing Update

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    This afternoon, the owner of our wonderful plumbing company, “Dad,” came to my rescue. He told me that he’s 65, and his sons think he should retire. “But I’d have...
  41. Ten Days

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    Chris ~

    Thank you so much for that vote of confidence! I am trying to breathe. I'm just concerned that I'm breathing in mold!

    I called my plumber this morning,...
  42. The Plumbing Crisis

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    This morning, I called my insurance agent about the leak/mold. I spoke to his assistant first. She explained the process of putting in a claim and having an inspector...
  43. Peace Divine

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    Donna ~

    Oh my goodness! I don't feel deserving of this high praise. Thank you, and I am honored and speechless. (Imagine that! *wink) Jonathan and Michael are the...
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    ((((((Sunshine)))))) ~ Thinking of you and...

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    Thinking of you and sending healing prayers ~

    Love & Light,

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    Rose
  45. Jim Is Home

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    At 10 this morning, John called and said he was on his way to "bring Jimmy home.”

    John brought Jim’s urn into the “Sanctuary,” formerly known as Michael’s room, then...
  46. ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Donna ~ Oh, your...

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    Donna ~

    Oh, your delicious food! I can imagine the aroma wafting through your home. I'm hungry! *hsmile

    I'd love to read your OpEd, and thank you for writing it....
  47. Day Seven

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    funnylegs4 ~

    Thank you so much for relating so well to my need to plan and organize. That is a very special photo of Jim, Jon and Michael taken on our one and only...
  48. Day Six Continued

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    Remember Us This Way



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    Last night's sleep seemed restful, when I woke up an hour before dawn. I squeezed oranges for my juice, started my decaf, and I took...
  49. Day Six

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    Virginia ~

    Thank you so very much for sharing your insight and experiences with me. I am so sorry for your losses and for the stressful, sad time you had. How I wish...
  50. More of Day Five

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    funnylegs4 ~

    Awww ... thank you so much.

    I tried to rest today, watching movies and snacking. A sweet movie, with a lovely ending, Sandra Bullock, "While You Were...
  51. Day Five

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    Thank you all so much for you ideas and suggestions.

    jeannie ~

    I'm a planner, because I've had to do that my entire adult life. I have to be ready to evacuate, as...
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    First, listen to the doctors and scientists and not the politicians. COVID-19 is surging in some regions, and it's likely to return in the Fall, even if we get some control...
  53. Day Four

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    Thank you all for your continuing love and support. You are holding me up during a very stressful, painful passage in my life, as you have always done, and I don’t know...
  54. Day Three

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    Today, I had a nice long phone chat with John’s sister and brother-in-law, who called to tell me that they want to do whatever I need to help me. She said, “It will make...
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    ((((((LeBieu)))))) ~ Thank you so much for...

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    Thank you so much for your thoughts. I'm trying to breathe, to rest, and to sleep. Bless You!

    I don't see why you shouldn't bring in a hot tub for the party room. I hope...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Thank you so much...

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    Thank you so much for your love, prayers and support, which is so comforting to me now.

    I want to share something I found interesting as the police officers gathered...
  57. Day Two

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    Thank you all so very much for your loving messages. I continue to be overwhelmed by your kindness and support, as the tears just pour down my cheeks as I read and...
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    I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and prayers, and the many kind thoughts about Jim and our family. The tears are just flowing...
  59. A Heavenly Reunion For Jim and Our Boys

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    At 1:30 this morning, Jim passed. He is now pain-free, at peace and reunited with Jonathan and Michael.

    I did everything I could to help him, and in my heart, I...
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    Journey's End Is Nearing

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    This evening, Jim turned a corner. He is disoriented, refusing to drink fluids, fidgeting, restless, unable to sleep, and communicating less. His urine output for the...
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    ((((((Donna)))))) ~ Your sister will be so...

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    Your sister will be so pleased with a box of baked goodies from you. I know it's all delicious and will be comforting. Keeping the prayers going steading for your brother in...
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    That's excellent news that you have your PT again. I think you should ask her to bring you a pizza. Let her deal with the guards at the gate. She could also bring the guards...
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    House of Pain

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    First, good news! Dreading opening Jon's closet door today, I was surprised to discover that the floor was dry, and it appears the leaking has ceased. I saw no dripping....
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    A Working Mattress Makes A Huge Difference

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    Last night, I fell asleep on Jon's chairbed, while watching Jim sleep. We woke up about the same time, whereupon I cleaned him and pulled him up in bed. I stayed up...
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    ((((((LeBieu)))))) ~ No deliveries?! That's...

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    No deliveries?! That's ridiculous. People all over the country are depending upon deliveries to get through this pandemic.

    I understand no visitors, because that goes...
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    He Ate!

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    Jim is feeling much better now in Jon’s bed. John did a great job of rearranging, and the absent bed rail really helps to keep the air flowing. The mattress is...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ I also checked...

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    I also checked Walmart on line this morning. Their assortment of masks were all out of stock. There are masks on Amazon, but the majority of them aren't delivered until...
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    ((((((Jingle))))))* ~ You are not alone. ...

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    You are not alone. Many, many people feel the same way as you do, who are not used to self-isolating. Everyone's "normal" has changed, and it is difficult to adjust to the...
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    Back to Jon's Bed Part 2

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    Making hay while the sun shines (meaning Jim is comfortable and sleeping in Jon's bed again).

    Jim was too far down in the futon bed to drink or eat, so I gave him...
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    Back to Jon's Bed Part 1

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    When Jim woke up from his nap yesterday evening, he had slid down on the wedge and needed to be pulled up in the futon bed. I tried everything from every angle and side...
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    Back To The Futon

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DONNA!

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    What wonderful birthday surprises you received! And old age pension on top of them! *hsmile I vaguely remember the age of 65 ~ times were...
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    ((((((LeBieu))))))* ~ *Welcome BACK! While...

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    *Welcome BACK!

    While I'm not an official member of the chronic pain forum, I have been a BT member for 20 years. And, actually, I do have chronic pain. But that isn't my...
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    ((((((jingle))))))* ~ Cooking, for some...

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    Cooking, for some people, can be very therapeutic. It used to be so for me. When I was young, even with my children and busy life, I used to make sourdough bread from an...
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    A Difficult Day

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    Sometime after midnight, I climbed into bed. Sometime before 3 a.m., Jim paged me. He felt like he was having a BM. We waited. False alarm. I pulled him up in the...
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    "Some Good News"

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    ANN and Virginia ~ It lifts my spirits to read your posts. How wonderful to have such caring, loving, kind friends and family.

    I discovered something on YouTube,...
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