Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Mikie, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    Granni, thanks for the update on Diane, but not happy to hear they are under the weather.

    Julie, I just listened to 1 hr of the Prolo MD, Dr. Darrow and his motto, one of them anway, is to keep the patient from surgery....I've wondered about Sis and all the surgeries she's done, is she out of pain and doing good? I can't imagine that as I've had so much misery from one hip replacement.....

    Many who call in talk about their extra weight and how it affects the joints overall...and another motto is: protein/veggies/water......get the weight down and often many call in with diabetes....so get off Carbs/Sugars for sure....

    So MUCH we can do to better our health issues. hope everyone is good today. I'm going to the market for a few things.... jam
  2. springwater

    springwater Member

    hello everyone

    Granni - tk u for updating on Diane..i hope you hv a great time with your DS family on Fathers Day and you enjoyed
    yr lazy time...

    Julie - its wonderful to hear about this Mum Daughter Granddaughter away trip...how i envy you! make
    sure you enjoy yourself and not worry about back home, let the boys be for a while, lol! they will appreciate
    the ladies all the more when you all get back...haha

    Sun - i love the thought of all those trees near your house and those lovely sliding glass doors..here,
    it would be a security issue...so most everyone has a brick or grill wall and then sturdy wooden
    doors ...boring but necessary..oh, except now for the new housing apartments, yes, those do hv
    a lot of glass but then they hv their own security

    Mikie - loved reading yr last post..altho i wish you did not hv the sciata...i wish i was like
    you and didnot get bored most of thetime...forme, its the othr way around..mostly apathetic,
    sometimes interested in life..like you, i love jewellery, and not just for its monetary but
    aesthetic value..what beauty can be wrought out of metal, stones, and artistry!

    Rock - thats a long long tome to keep up exchanging letters with someone...yr friend
    abt whom you wrote...time,not tome, my computer is acting up a nd not moving the
    cursor bck..he sounds really nice but i (and i know all of us Porchies) think yr a gem,
    the humour and history you bring to the porch...hmmm, i mean your historical
    anecdotes and factoids..NOT that youre history, hahahahaha

    Jam - my MIL needs a surgery on her knee, she hobbles around but she must hv
    heard the horror stories regarding operations...she wont even consider a surgery

    well, i might not be much on the porch and write short if i do...i have had to let
    go two of my staff..little girl who used to help with dishes and cooking..and the
    older man (57) who has been with us for over 25 yrs...paying bills, looking
    after collecting r,ents, overseeing repairs etc...after our factory closed
    down, he didnt hv much work but DH kept him on, coz he didnt want to leave
    and he was kind of a help with running errands, etc but even after i let go
    previous help, the man Friday and his wife n two kids..because i lost so
    much money and stuff, i again lost silverware which was kind of an heirloom
    too, that too AFTeR i had locked my cupboard door, flat door, the main house
    door...i mean someone with professional lock picking skills is at work here,
    and it couldnt be one person...has to be more than one to warn the other if
    im coming...when i told the two that i couldnt keep them on any longer, both
    were quiet, instead of outraged protests of innocence...the man asking to stay
    three more months s ince his 'wife is ill'. so he will go later. its not just one thing
    either, ive lost umpteen clothes, they take the best ones, a nd a whole bag of
    extra keys, ear rings...watches) i dont mourn those, had them for long and
    used to the hilt, but the sense of as sault on my privacy and safety!!

    i feel frustrated coz of my CFS i achieve so less and my DHs other relatives,
    my MIL, DHS aunt dont need much help, but this house is huge, its got three
    floors, i hv five dogs, a lot of yard space, with trees which shed leaves n all
    that...just beyond me...i hv seriously broached the subject of moving, and
    praying hard..for the right house..

    yesterday, my DHs cousin who is a monk, and lives in india had hosted a function
    to celebrate the bringing of a holy relic of Lord Buddhas...he has good relations
    with Sri Lanka due to Sri Lanka being a very Buddhist and religious oriented
    country...and he actually was able to facilitate the donation of a piece of Lord
    Buddhas original ashes...and the Sri lankan delegation consisting of monks
    and the Sri Lankan ambassador handed over the ashes (holy relics ) as they
    termed it...the relics were entombed in a silver stupa and another very high ranking
    religious priests ashes too were handed over...the function was a bit long, the
    history of the ashes, how it came to be decided to donate etc was told, and then
    we were allowed to line up and pay our respects...with a vegetarian dinner
    aftwerwards...it was surreal for me, how many hundreds of years old and that
    too, the ashes of our main diety Lord Buddha around whom a whole religion
    sprung...i guess the Shroud of Turin would bring out similar feelings in a christian...

    well, i was just glad i made it to the function, inspite of all going on at home
    at least i didnt hv to make dinner...

    now, i better get to work, theres a PILE of laundry to fold, and a dusty house
    on top of the normal cooking, cleaning to do...hope my energy lasts me to
    achieve at least sone of it....

    take care all

    God Bless
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2014
  3. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    A quick HI before I leave to join DH in bed to watch TV. Who knows what we will be watching :)!! More military channels or what??

    Hi Spring Water - so glad to hear from you. Sorry to hear that your MIL has a bad knee. It is so hard to decide what to do sometimes. I do know that a few people we know who have had back, hip and or knee surgeries have had different outcomes. Sometimes comes out worse or really doesn't seem to fix the problem or makes it worse. A friend of mine's DH, the last I heard was doing pretty well after his hip replacement ( I think it as hip). Have to check to see how he I doing. Haven't spoke to her in awhile. I know, I hope I never do need a body part (joint, etc.) replacement but it will be a hard decision to take if in bad pain. However, if the surgeries end up being as expensive as I think they might become I might not have to worry about it.

    Glad that you clarified that Rock was not history Spring :)!!! He sure is far from it but surely knows a lot about it.

    Julie - That is wonderful that you, Amy and Keira will be going on a little trip together. Yes,I think it does help for others to see how much they do depend on you :)! I have to leave notes for DH everywhere if I go away and he doesn't want me to go to far without him anymore. Traveling myself at this stage is not as easy as it once was. Glad DH will be going with me to our Nursing Reunion in October to Las Vegas.

    Not to thrilled about the thought of flying much anymore or going to places we had once wanted to go, like the Holy Land or Europe. Glad we did our European trips when things were much safer. Also if you go by yourself and have no one to pick you up at the other end there is the lugging of luggage and finding transportation to your final destination - a lot of pain and trouble.

    However, you all should have such fun in the car. You just have to watch for crazy drivers :)!! I know you have them at home too. Hope you had a great Fathers Day celebration with Den and the Grandpas.

    Gotta run to beddy bye now !

    Love to you all,
  4. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Awwww! A minute of peace, to catch my breath :p

    I did get lunch made, went and picked up my dad, visited till almost 4:00 pm (when the great-grandpas weren't napping in their lift chairs, lol...and Den laid back in his recliner with Lorraine sitting on one of the arm rests "reading" to him while he also took a nap.)

    Then Lorraine and I took my dad back to the care center and headed another hour to meet Amy and Keira. We had supper together, then the girls and I headed home...was after 8:00 pm when we arrived. Oh, I have to tell this...at supper, Keira was climbing back into her seat in the booth and accidentally stepped on Lorraine. Lorraine was trying to scold her and say "Keirianna!" but it kept coming out "Keira-ornery!" So funny, and so appropriate :)

    The twins were still up so we had to pop in and say "Hi"...oh my, were they excited to see Keira. Isaiah wanted nothing to do with Grandma, because he wanted Keira to hold him...he started sobbing when Keira put him down and picked up Liora.

    Got Keira a bed made up in her "office", not too far from where Den and I are sleeping...didn't take long for her to nod off. I am beat, so just going to say "hi" to everyone...and good night :)
  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Morning, Porchies,

    Granni, thanks so much for letting us know how Diane is doing. She is another fan of HSN and every time I watch it, I think of her. Wow! When we have troubles, they come in multiples. I guess our conditions have made us strong so we can deal with them--as in, "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." Don't know about all y'all, but I'm about as strong as I want to be. Yes, every year, one of our sayings down here is, "Thank God for the rain but NO hurricanes. They've already had three TS's or Hurricanes on the Pacific Coast. They may get more but we are supposed to get fewer. The people I really feel for are the poor living in the Caribbean Islands, like Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. They get hit by almost every storm which comes across the Atlantic. Their shacks get blown apart even if it's just a TS with high winds, even if it's not a direct hit for them.

    When a storm comes across, I pray it doesn't hit us but I also pray for those in harm's way. When Charley hit, it had, for a very short period of time gone from a Cat 2 to a Cat 5 and then dropped to a 3. When it glanced off of Sanibel Island, which is very close to me, it was a 2; it was strong enough to take the gym roof off the high school which is about two blocks away, as the crow flies. It mangled the bleachers in the athletic field as though a giant had scrunched them up, much as we would a piece of paper. After it glanced off Sanibel, it went up the coast and followed the Peace River in Punta Gorda. It destroyed a beautiful neighborhood right on the river where I had clients with beautiful homes. As I was listening to my little radio, I heard about it and was praying for everyone there. I had a neighbor across the street who was sooooo religious that she couldn't carry on a conversation without witnessing for her faith. When I told her I had been praying for those in harm's way, she told me I shouldn't do that. God only wants us watching out for our own selves. What! :eek: Isn't the message of all religions to take care of one another? She and her daughter took lunch every week to the homeless with her church so I don't get it. Is her message, "Do good deeds but don't pray for anyone else?" I'll never know but I'll never forget what she said. Heck, in the hood, we all pray for each other. We even have a prayer box, which is really a bird house, into which we can put our prayers, written on tiny pieces of paper. We've had some amazing prayers answered. Well, Granni, I've written you your own "W&P." :)

    Julie, I hope your Fathers Day was good. Heck, they should be honoring you on Fathers Day! Like you, when I'm alone, which is all the time, I eat whatever, whenever. I got an e-mail and, even though the official liquid diet prep doesn't start until tomorrow, the e-mail instructed me to eat soft foods today. I'm supposed to stay away from fibre but I'm having a Nutri Bullet drink for lunch with greens, strawberries and blueberries. According to the Nutri Bullet info, the produce is reduced to a "predigested state." I can't help but think of how the bird parents chew the worms for their little nestlings and then spit it into the babies' mouths. Guess my Nutri Bullet is my electronic mother bird :confused: I had cereal for breakfast. I did put milk in my coffee but no more milk products the rest of the day (tomorrow, I'll drink tea). I have some processed sweet potatoes which are like baby food and, if I do want dinner today, I'll have that. Tomorrow is strictly liquid but I have all kinds of things I like so it won't be too bad. I saw pics of my last colonoscopy and my colon was squeaky clean so I must be doing the prep right. I told them I wanted to order a dozen wallet size pics. :D They probably hear that from every smart ass who passes through (no pun intended).

    I'm going to clean things up a bit today just in case something goes wrong during the procedure. It's walking that is the most difficult thing for me. I can move around the condo and pick up the clutter without too much damage. Just read a PH article in my e-mail about the anti-inflammatory effects of tart cherries. I'm sick of taking NSAIDS and looking for foods which naturally reduce inflammation. PH sells the extract so I'm going to order some. It's inflammation which is causing all my pain. Two years ago, before I started the peptide injections, my CRP was very high. When I get my labs done, I have to remember to have the doc run another one.

    I voided his Rx for the Clonazepam because he wrote, "for anxiety," on the Rx itself. As he was writing it, he asked if that is what I take it for and I told him that I'm not an anxious person. I didn't look at it at the time because I told him I didn't take it for anxiety. I put the Rx in a letter which explained (as I have before) that I had a sleep study done 14 yrs. ago and it showed slight seizure activity which was keeping me from sleeping. The Klonopin (Clonazepam) was prescribed so I can sleep. He should write, "for sleep," on the Rx. I said I didn't want it on my record that I take it for anxiety because it's simply inaccurate and my records should reflect the truth. This doc's IQ is probably in the genius level but, like many really intelligent people, they listen more to themselves than to the patients. He's the one who had his nurse call me to say I should do aerobics to increase my HDL cholesterol. He seemed not to understand why I told him about my weight loss, getting off carbs and doing my aerobics in the pool. Also, he seemed not to care. Wasn't it in his notes?

    This is the exact reason that we have to be soooo involved in our treatment. Every time he writes a scrip for labwork, he asks for urinalysis and occult fecal blood from a stool sample. I refuse it at the lab. I've told him over and over that I have a urologist and an OB/GYN who check for those things. Also, they check for fecal blood before my colonoscopies. I don't know whether it's his own arrogance, even though he is a nice man, or that his mind is always two jumps ahead and he's not looking at the rock on which he's about to stub his toe. I think it's the latter. He has ADD so that may be the problem too. I have ADD too but I'm surrounded by so many people here who have it so bad that they just blurt out every thought, interrupting anyone and everyone. Almost makes me look normal.

    I love my friends in the hood but I need to get out, after I take care of my latest health issues, and find some new friends and activities. I was hoping to get back into tennis, my favorite sport, but unless I can get my hip/back fixed, it may be just another thing I have to give up. Maybe a book club. I am so very grateful for my Online Family here. Y'all are good listeners! :) Speaking of which, I had better get going as this is making "W&P" look like a short story! Yikes!!! :eek:

    Mucho love to everyone.

    Love, Mikie
  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Julie, your last post and Granni's didn't show up when I started my "W&P." I have to start refreshing the page before I post. I love the "Keira-ornery" story. It's one of those things which will become part of the family's private lexicon. Rest up, my friend.

    Love, Mikie
  7. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Hi Kids

    Tried to sign in a few hours ago, but the board's computer wouldn't let me. Life is just
    one dam thing after another. And speaking of dams, I was reading about Boulder Dam.
    When construction was finished in the mid 1930s, the project was ahead of schedule and
    under budget. The Chief Engineer was given a bonus of $350,000. Looked it up on an
    inflation chart. The buying power of about 6 million today.

    Boulder Dam is near Las Vegas. Between the two is a tiny town named Henderson. When
    I was there in 1968 I ran into a guy from my home town. What are the odds of that?

    Mikie, this year when you ask for your colonoscopy pics, ask for 8 x 10 glossies. Maybe
    the med staff hasn't heard that one.

    "Keira-ornery!" reminds me of an old movie from the 1930s. "Dixiana". It was notable
    because about a third of it was in color; the rest B & W. All the stars are forgotten now
    except for two. Bojangles who danced with Shirley Temple and Max Steiner. It was his
    first credit as a film composer. He went on to write hundreds of other scores and won 3
    Oscars. Perhaps the most astonishing thing in his career is that he did not win for
    Gone With the Wind!

    Springwater and Granni. We are all part of history. Two pop songs tell us so. "Class of
    57" by the Statler Brothers and "Years May Come, Years May Go" by the Irish Rovers.
    Two nostalgic songs you can hear on Youtube.

    Spring, I hadn't thought of it before, but yes, I've known my goofy friend since I was a
    teen. But we do not correspond regularly. He sends out an Xmas letter every year, and I
    respond. Lately, in addition to the pics of his kids and grandkids, he's been including a pic
    of his mother who is almost 100.

    Did a little work around the place yesterday. Watered some plants. Helped with the
    laundry. I can't carry a basket full of clothes anymore, but I can drag one down the
    stairs and then push it with my foot to the laundry room aka the back porch. Probably
    a good exercise for soccer players.

    Goin' back to bed.
  8. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    Mikie, consider Anatabloc, many swear by it for chronic inflammation....I'm back on it, got a great 4 months in early 2013 and then it stopped BUT I know it can work as I hear hundreds of testimonies and my own....tart cherry did nothing for me...but who knows it could for you....I've done so many anti inflammatory foods, herbs etc.....and my trusty advil which is a drug....another band aid. I don't know anyone over 60 or so who does not have aches and pains......

    There is NOTHING else out there like anatabloc except nicotine from cigs....Anatabine is the main ingredient and even Ian made some comments a while back on Anatabine.....lots of new spammers this morning... jam
  9. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Kids,

    Jam, thanks for the advice. If the tart cherries don't work, I'll try it. Yes, none of us likely get off Scott free as we age and I'm no exception but this was an injury and I'm walking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. That is not acceptable. There has to be a cause and, at least, something I can do to help. I just posted about the spammers. They are likely in some little internet café in some third-world country spinning their webs just hoping for someone to get caught. It's not the selling I worry about; it's the hacking into members' computers as I doubt these are bona-fide sellers of anything. Their posts are often in another language or in English which makes no sense. That, alone, should send up a red flag.

    Rock, I saw a special on the building of Boulder Dam, same for the building of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Twin Towers in NYC. The History Channel has some really interesting episodes for our inquiring minds. If you like old music, PBS is in their fundraising mode again and are running specials on old music and folk music. I went out to water my UFO pepper plant and it has peppers on it. Unfortunately, it also has a white fungus under some of the larger leaves. I cut them all off and sprayed the whole plant with Dawn dishwashing liquid and water. If all the little "balls" evolve into peppers, it should be a good crop.

    Talked to DD in CO for about an hour. She will finally get her BS in Nursing in Dec. Whew! It's been a long haul. She has been an RN for quite a while but wants to get her MS. She originally graduated from a good nursing school but needs the official BS to get to the MS. This is not a good summer for me with this injury and my other DD will be coming down with my DGS. Also, they are moving from Atlanta to Dallas. So, I think next summer, DD in Dallas and I will fly to CO and we will all drive to NE to see whether we can find the pic of my Mom at the WWII Cantine which was made famous in Bob Green's book, "Once Upon A Town." There is a museum where all his pics are located and, I think, one can get copies. He didn't put the one with Mom in it in his book but he showed it on PBS when his book came out. Plus, we girls miss seeing each other.

    As I mentioned, today is "soft food" day and I just had a Nutriblast for lunch. I actually look forward to tomorrow and my liquid diet. Heck, celebs pay thousands at spas for cleanses. Mine won't be free by the time I pay my co-pay but I look at it as a cleanse with a free colonoscopy thrown in. Not to mention that whatever they use to sedate me is like the best power nap ever. I cleaned my front window and the glass in my storm door. The painter got schmutz on them when he power washed our railings. Geez, it took everything I had to get it off. My steamer won't puff out any of the steam so I guess it's time to run some vinegar through it. We have hard water. Like you said, Rock, I'm sick of stuff which doesn't work. I'm in pain and in no mood for it. I do a little work and then have to turn on the tens unit and ice my butt. I did clean up the kitchen too and all I have to do is remove the clean dishes from the dishwasher. I'll get to the rest tomorrow. "It's only a day away," as the ever optimistic Annie sang.

    Hope everyone is having a great day.

    Love, Mikie
  10. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    Mikie, you walk like the hunch back, I walk more and more like a penguin....thank you new parts......jam
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I've started a new Porch 720. This Porch is closed.


    Love, Mikie
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2014