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    Thursdays With John

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    Virginia ~

    Thank you for checking in on me. I'm so glad that you've been feeling better. May it continue to be so. You're in my prayers.

    I’ve been working on our...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Jeanie ~ Many...

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    Jeanie ~

    Many prayers for your SIL. Did they test her for COVID? I hope her "rehab" facility is a good one and that she receives home health care when she goes home....
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Linda ~ I'm so...

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    Linda ~

    I'm so glad that you are feeling better after your infusion. May it continue to be so!

    What kind of transportation arrangements did you make for you and...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Mary Grace ~ Oh,...

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    Mary Grace ~

    Oh, I'm so relieved to hear that Kathleen accepted the loss of this year's vacation by looking at her picture books. I'm praying that you will all be...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ agate ~ ...

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    agate ~

    Recertification, a dental appointment, and the loss of your friend and attending to her estate ~ your plate is overflowing. You are in my prayers.

    I'm so...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Jeanie ~ Many...

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    Jeanie ~

    Many prayers on the way for your SIL. I hope that she will be able to have a phone chat with you soon. I know you're worried and wish that you could be...
  7. ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Virginia ~ To...

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    Virginia ~

    To this vegetarian, and aside from the salmon, it sounds yummy! I hope you've enjoyed it by now! And, have leftovers? *wink

    Treat yourself! You...
  8. ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Our 1998 van has a...

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    Our 1998 van has a little over 28,000 miles on it. Jim used to take it in every year or two for a complete service. It's overdo, so I'll probably ask John to help me...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Virginia ~ ...

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    Virginia ~

    Perhaps one's level of education doesn't necessarily translate into common sense? Perhaps, the downplaying of COVID by our leaders, who refuse to wear a...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Howie ~ The...

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    Howie ~

    The reason for the reclassification of Gabapentin is explained in the article, which I linked to in my previous post.



    Unfortunately, there is an opioid...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Howie ~ ...

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    Howie ~

    Gabapentin is not a federally controlled drug. However, states have the option of determining whether they want it to be a controlled drug.


    ...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Virginia ~ My...

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    Virginia ~

    My heart goes out to David, and I truly understand his pain, as I know that you do. I'm lonely in my little house, and I can't imagine what it would be...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ First, I ask you all...

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    First, I ask you all to join me in prayer for Donna and her husband, Jim. Jim has been unwell for a couple of weeks and is undergoing testing. Please hold them, Nick,...
  14. ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ agate ~ Wow! I...

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    agate ~

    Wow! I guess that changes the meanings of these old adages:

    A penny for your thoughts.

    My two cents worth.
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    ((((((funnylegs4)))))) ~ Thank you for sharing...

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    Thank you for sharing these articles. It's depressing, and it isn't surprising.

    Unfortunately, a large majority of persons with Intellectual Disabilities, or...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Howie ~ Seizures...

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    Howie ~

    Seizures are the pits, that's for certain. It is so frustrating when the pharmacy and the doctor don't communicate well about refills on medications. I hope...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Donna ~ I'm so...

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    Donna ~

    I'm so sorry that Jim is ill. What are his symptoms? I'm very concerned about him. It's unfair to be ill on Father's Day. Please let him know that I'm...
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    ((((((Joy)))))) ~ The loss of your sister in...

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    The loss of your sister in law is so painful for all of you, and bless you for helping your brother. With all that you have to go through, I'm sure that he is grateful for your...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Virginia~ So glad...

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    Virginia~

    So glad to see you here and that you are feeling better. May it continue to be so!

    Okay, let's see. I don't have luggage. I am terrified of flying.
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    Bee in My Bonnet

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    You're right in that police officers are put in those situations, and they most likely have received some training in how to handle a birth or overdose,...
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    Happy Father's Day, Jim

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    The approaching weekend will be a challenge for me. Saturday is 2 months since Jim's passing. Sunday is Father's Day.

    For his first Father's Day with us, we gave...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ funnylegs4 ~ I'm...

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    funnylegs4 ~

    I'm not sure that police officers are even trained in overdose or birthing babies. They likely call the fire department or EMTs in those situations. ...
  23. ((((((Virginia)))))) ~ All of us have our own...

    ((((((Virginia)))))) ~

    All of us have our own journeys, realities and grief, and all are equally challenging and painful to us. Our experiences may be different, but pain is pain, and loneliness...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Wonderful news that...

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    Wonderful news that D's father is improving! May it continue to be so.

    No need to apologize, and thank you for clarifying your point for me.

    Unfortunately, many...
  25. ((((((Virginia))))))) ~ I'm pleased to hear...

    ((((((Virginia))))))) ~

    I'm pleased to hear that your symptoms have lessened today. It does sound related to your sinuses or ear. Have you had sinus/ear issues in the past?

    While it probably...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ In addition to all...

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    In addition to all of the heavy stuff happening in our world right now, I have been endeavoring to clean here and there, catch up on bills and organizing for tax attack,...
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    E Pluribus Unum

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    funnylegs4 ~

    The government already knows everything about all of us. I would imagine that many people, who have a disabling condition, rely on federal or state...
  28. Please Call Your Doctor In the Morning

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    In case you missed my post to you in the chit chat thread ...

    Are you taking your temperature regularly, and is it in the normal range? Keeping track of your temperature...
  29. ((((((Virginia)))))) ~ I'm worried about you...

    ((((((Virginia)))))) ~

    I'm worried about you too. Sending lots of healing prayers.

    Also hoping you can check in with us today.

    Love & Light,

    *heart
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    More Peace Still

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    Michael had a variety of issues with balance and stability. Jonathan was stronger and developed faster, and he walked from the age of 4 to the age of 23...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Virginia ~ Do you...

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    Virginia ~

    Do you have a thermometer, so you can take your temperature? As you know, hot and cold/chills can indicate a fever.

    Do you have any other symptoms,...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ funnylegs4 ~ ...

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    funnylegs4 ~

    Thank you for loving the photo of Jonathan and Michael. They were 7 and 6 years old, and they had the giggles. They loved having their photo taken from...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Mary Grace ~ Oh,...

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    Mary Grace ~

    Oh, I'm sad for you all that you have to cancel your annual vacation in NJ. You have always had such a wonderful time, and I loved the photos of your...
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    More Peace

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    funnylegs4 ~

    Thank you so much for your prayers.

    We get many scam callers, which is why I turn off the ringers. For so many years, I was always busy, and I...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Jeanie ~ Oh,...

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    Jeanie ~

    Oh, dear. I'm so sorry for Andy's drummer and his wife losing their son to suicide. From parents, who lost their children to suicide, I know that it is...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ jeanie ~ Instead...

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    jeanie ~

    Instead of taking your phone off of the hook, can you just turn off the ringer on your phones, while you nap? Do you have voice mail or an answering machine?...
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    Reality Settling In

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    Thank you for mentioning my new signature. I can't remember when I changed it, perhaps a week or so ago. I labored over it for awhile. I removed all of...
  38. ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Virginia ~ It...

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    Virginia ~

    It sounds as though you and Joan finally found the sister you were missing in your families. I am so glad for both of you that you had that close...
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    Our Home Is Where We Are

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    Virginia ~

    You're going to miss those phone chats with Joan, I know. I'm so sorry.

    I'm going to miss Joan too. I just loved all of her photos. Sweet Tula and...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Mary Grace ~ I'm...

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    Mary Grace ~

    I'm glad that story gave you a chuckle. He never improved in the "Mr. Fix It" department.

    After we moved to our new home, our neighbor approached us...
  41. ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Oh, how very sad I...

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    Oh, how very sad I am to hear this news. Joan will be missed so much by all of us.

    She had a difficult year, having pneumonia in the winter and being hospitalized. ...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ agate ~ Maybe...

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    agate ~

    Maybe this one will work:

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    *smile
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ jeanie ~ Thank...

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    jeanie ~

    Thank you. It turned out very well.

    I wish that I could relax, but I have a ton of things I need to do, which I haven't been able to do during this...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ agate ~ I only...

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    agate ~

    I only see a small square in the middle of your post. It could just be me and my computer. Perhaps the image didn't transfer?

    Lazarus ~

    How I wish I...
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    Photos!

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    Donna ~

    Currently, I'm waiting for John to visit. I have a couple of boxes in the garage, which need to be moved, the oranges on the front porch to bring in (and...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Lazarus and ANN ~ ...

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    Lazarus and ANN ~

    Jim and I have different last names too. I retained my last name from my previous marriage to make it easier to manage agencies and medical care for...
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    It Is Finished!

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    I'm doing the Dance of Joy! (not really, too tired)

    Reconstruction concluded today!

    YAY!!!!!

    Maggie returned this morning, with her helper, who has also...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ We received a check,...

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    We received a check, and because we are joint filers, Jim's name is on the check. I finally found some information through AARP, with a link to IRS, as to what I should...
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    Peace

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    funnylegs4 ~

    Today, the mass of protesters in Boston was gigantic. All crammed together in a park. A surge in COVID-19 cases seems inevitable. If that is the case,...
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    Nearing the Finish Line

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    At 8:45 this morning, I heard a woman's voice calling from downstairs. I wondered if another strange, lost lady had wandered into the house.

    MAGGIE

    Nope. ...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Sunshine ~ I...

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    Sunshine ~

    I agree with agate about proceeding with caution in having this procedure. I can't say that I know personally your anxiety and discomfort, but I do know...
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    Be Safe

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    agate ~

    Oh yes, agate, all for the good, because I'll have a new modern bathroom, with an accessible shower and toilet, a real floor, not just a piece of linoleum over...
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    Progress

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    agate ~

    Thank you. Yes, it is beautiful tile, especially now that it's all installed and grouted. Such a drastic change from the former bathroom!

    When I opened the...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ agate ~ Aww ......

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    agate ~

    Aww ... that was sweet! Thank you!

    Happy Day After Your Birthday!

    Love & Light,
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Sunshine ~ Yes,...

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    Sunshine ~

    Yes, an enema goes to the lower bowel.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enema

    Love & Light,
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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...

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    *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,...
  71. 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...
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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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