Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by rockgor, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    Mikie, yes I know Eisenhower's prediction, don't recall it as a child, but know of it since aging and spending more time in this world...Not many of my family members went to military and for that I'm glad, they didn't believe in it or wanted to go. I think an uncle may have and he's been gone for over 30 yrs, smoking eventually got him.

    On the smoking issue, I never would wish that on anyone and it's consequences. I have friends who are gone and some who suffer with asthma and emphysema(sp) and deal with health issues and they smoked for many certainly is NOT the way to go ever...I'm just so glad I never took it up, neither of my parents smoked so I think that was a positive influence on what I did or didn't.

    Talking to a neighbor friend today, both us never smoked and are so thankful for that....tobacco industry has profitted big time. My former sil lost another brother to cancer and one is still dealing with mouth or throat cancer I think is what it is...all 3 brothers smoked, a 4th brother smokes off and on I think and maybe he's quit or trying to since he lost his "favorite" brother this year....the 5th brother never smoked.... Nothing really good about it for our heath and loved ones.... take care all. jam
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Gang,

    Well, I didn't get anything started yesterday. I finally wore myself down to where I needed a whole day in bed. It's so restorative to the aching body. Hands are still swollen. It's only about 5:15 a.m., but I've already loaded the dishwasher. Can't run it til the folks downstairs are up. Sooooo, I decided to come check out my Online Family.

    Dar! What a pleasant surprise to see your post. You have been a busy lady. I hope we get to hear from you more now. What always stands out to me is that every generation has had its war and returning Vets. Almost everyone has a Vet in one war or another. I'm glad to see that we are finally honoring them for their service. Even more sobering is a trip to Arlington to see how many have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    Julie, I agree that the issue of smoking should not enter into the conversation when one has contracted cancer. Now, so many who have never smoked have lung cancer. As a former smoker, I know just how difficult it is to stop smoking. I have COPD many, many years after I quit. It just doesn't seem fair that someone who never smoked can get lung cancer. There are so many kinds of cancer but researchers are finally learning that treatment often needs to be tailored to each patient. I keep your SIL in my prayers.

    Rock, Yahoo carries the comic , Argyle Sweater, and I've been reading it. For anyone who likes play on words, it's a riot. I like reading my comics on Yahoo because they are in color every day. I read our newspaper online 'cept for Sat. and Sun. and don't like the little B&W funnies during the week. Nothing much to tell after I slept all day yesterday so will sign off for now.

    Hope everyone has a great day.

    Love, Mikie
  3. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Julie - so sorry to hear about your SIL. That is just terrible. I only had time to check the posts very quickly and get off. I have to run to chiro. in a minute or two. Will try and get back later. Has been a very busy couple of days. It is

    Hope to check in later today. So behind in everything including exercises - ugh.

    Love you all,
  4. Windytalker

    Windytalker Member

    Dar...What a wonderful tribute to those veterans.:) I suspect their hearts were touched deeply. I know this all had to be a lot of work for you, but you brought a lot of happiness to them. I know your work isn't finished...especially since other holidays are in the wings. Just can't take care of others if you don't take good care of yourself.

    Julie...It's good to know your brother and SIL have a strong support system in their family. That's very helpful!!! I'm not sure how the "stages" of lung cancer are rated. I was Stage 3A which meant the main tumor was in a lung but lymph nodes outside of the lung were affected and, at the time, not a surgical candidate. It could be since she has it in both lungs that's the reason for the Stage 4 diagnosis since she's also not a surgical candidate. I'm curious to know if it's traveled outside her lungs.

    Even though Lance Armstrong has retired in shame, he was an inspiration to me. He developed prostrate cancer (from bike riding) that traveled to his lungs and his brain. And, he beat it and he couldn't have beat it without the use of steroids. It's too bad he took advantage of it after his cure.:(

    But, do know this, prayers least they worked for me. And, the more, the better.

    Mikie...I guess I didn't realize you were sick again. Gads, gal, you need a break! Hope you're starting to improve.

    To all...please stay well (or as well as possible).

  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Kids,

    Granni, come back after you exercise. How I admire your sticktoitiveness.

    Windy, I've had a bladder infection off and on for about four months. Can't seem to get rid of it. Doc now has me on ABX every day. I have to get my kidneys, ureter and bladder x-rayed. It's called a KUB. Don't think it involves dye or anything like that. I think I just lie on the table and hold my breath when they want a pic. Ultrasound found three kidney stones but we are doing nothing about them now. So, basically, I'm not sick as my UTI symptoms are gone. What has made me so sore, achy and tired has been all the planting I've been doing for my little landscaping project and all the pruning to make everything look good. Even though I live in a condo, it's kinda tradition that our board members do what we can to save money. I did pay our so-called landscapers to remove the old shrubs but they did it wrong and made a mess. You are so right about the prayers; they really do work. They work even better when several people pray for a purpose.

    All this time, more than a week, I've been outside working, the condo has gotten to be a mess. At least, I managed to keep the laundry up and the dishwasher is clean and ready to load when I dirty some dishes. The worst mess, and the chore I hate the worst, is cleaning up the piles of junk mail which I've just stacked up. I just got them into a paper bag to recycle. What takes time is using a stamp to stamp out my name and address to try to foil identity thieves. I decided to pay my bills online, including my property taxes. I'm homesteaded so that helps. Then, I get another homestead for being old, and finally, I get another one because I'm poor. I can't use them all or the county would owe me money but it sure helps me out. Of course, I'll never be able to afford to move. It's a good thing I like it here.

    Got the tickets today for the "Women of Ireland." Barb and I are going in Feb. The catalog just came out and we wanted to get the best seats available in our price range. Something to look forward to. Not many of our neighbors enjoy that kind of thing so it's just the two of us going. We are invited to a wonderful free Christmas program at one neighbor's church. I've not gone before but heard it's just beautiful. Looking forward to that too. Eating out seems to be the favorite activity among the Seniors. Geez, the stereotype is true! Yikes! Well, I don't mind going out for a meal now and then myself but man (nor woman) cannot live by restaurant food alone. We need a little culture now and then.

    Well, dear ones, I think I've earned some dinner and a nice restful dinner. Hope everyone else has a good one.

    Love, Mikie
  6. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    o sorry to hear about your SIL JULIE and about all the sick people on the Porch. Yes, maybe you will get a little bit of a break when Lindsay and family go away for the Thanksgiving holidays. You rarely get a break with all those babies around :)!!! I know you love to do it but your body doesn't.

    MIKIE - Sorry to hear about you being sick again. Is it your stomach or do you have temp or what. Sorry, I haven't been able to read everyone's newsy posts as thoroughly as I should be doing. In such a rush from this to that and don't ask me what I have really been doing.

    Glad to see WINDY, SUN, JAM,and DAR. Hope DAR will be back soon. I know what she means about all the work these holidays coming up. However, now I do as little decorating as I can get away with it. I guess Dar cannot do so ( get away with not doing much on decorating). Hope she finds the time to come back soon and in good health or as best as possible.

    Spring Water - Hope you are well and getting things done at your house - we want some pics if you can manage it. Did you ever get that kitchen sink installed :)???

    Gotta run now. DH needs the puter and I need to start those exercises and head roll thingy.

    Mikie - Sorry to hear it is your URI problem again !!! This has got to stop;. I still didn't do all my exercises. I am not that great, believe me. I laid on the Denneroll for 20 minutes - much but not much else.
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Granni, thanks for your concern. I'm not sick but the doc has me on a low daily dose of ABX because for the last four months, every time I stopped my ABX, the UTI returned. So, I now have no symptoms of the UTI but the ABX are causing some stomach distress, despite my taking my probiotics. It's not bad enough for me to stop taking the ABX. Don't know how long I'll need to be on them. I have an appt. in Jan. after my kidney (KUB) x-ray.

    My latest problem of fatigue and achiness is from overdoing it on the landscaping project. The project is done so now, I just have to clean my condo. I can pace myself. The worst of it, the paperwork and bills, are done. Now, it's just physical cleaning. AACK! Still, I really enjoy a shiny clean condo so I keep that in mind.

    Even if you didn't get all your exercises done, I still admire you for exercising. I know how hard it is to do for us. BTW, I watch the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." One of the women, Yolanda, is a tall lithe former model and has always been so health conscious. Evidently, between last season and this season, she contracted Lyme Disease. She had to have a tube put directly into her heart to deliver ABX. They just showed it being removed after nine months. She'll now get ABX shots. Not only was her heart at risk but she said she had some serious cognitive issues. This is Lyme at it's worst. I really feel for her. She was always exercising and eating so healthy. She even designed her own refrigerator to keep the kinds of foods she likes to eat fresh. She's worried about how this is affecting her husband who was used to a healthy, vibrant wife. I feel so bad for her but am glad Lyme is getting some exposure on TV. Many docs don't even believe in Lyme and our other illnesses. Peptide injections are in a study for Lyme and I hope they will be available.

    My DGS has a Wii and Target has a sale--buy two games and get one free. They were out of a lot of the games when I shopped so will go online to see whether I can get the same deal there. I hate Target's website; it doesn't work like it should. Must of been designed by the guy who designed the Obamacare website :eek: Glad I'm all set up with my BC/BS Advantage plan. Don't know why anyone is sticking with AARP's UHC Medicare Complete now that it's an HMO instead of a PPO with most of the good specialists gone. Don't think my doc is gonna like it either. He'll have an extra workload doing all those gatekeeper referrals for patients to see specialists. With my PPO, I don't need referrals.

    Well, guess I had better see what I need to do today. Sending my best wishes to you, Granni, and to everyone else for a wonderful, painfree day.

    Love, Mikie
  8. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    Mikie, for quite a while I watched those "crazy" housewife shows, even the NJ fanatics....then my cable company changed their prices, raised them, of course, so I cancelled my channels to those shows....don't miss them....

    Now, I watch more Discovery and National Geo and getting an education on the Yukon....major turn around of events. I'd say. From the very flashy wealthy types to those who live off the earth....I don't want either of these lives, but it's another world those Yukons.....jam
  9. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Hi Kids

    Can't decide if it's a Blue, Blue Day or a Blah, Blah Day. My depression is waxing and
    my energy is waning. Wasn't it Frank Zappa who named his child Moon Unit? Sounds
    like part of lesson plan.

    Wednesday we went to two libraries. One in Glendale. Got a buncha CDs including an
    opera broadcast from Italian Radio in 1951. The sound was run through a computer; now sounds great. Wish there was some way we could be refurbished by being run through a computer.

    Also got a CD of a very rare musical from the early 80s titled "Zorba". I saw it in San
    Francisco. Pretty tame entertainment even with Anthony Quinn. Alas, he could not
    sing or dance so was hardly an ideal lead for a musical. (I read in a show biz biography a
    few years ago that the dancing he did in the movie "Zorba" was actually done by a double.)

    But the creators of Zorba did have a couple of successful musicals. "Cabaret" and "Chicago".
    They also wrote the songs 'New York, New York" and "My Coloring Book" back inthe 60s.

    Gordon is watching QVC and waiting for a call from the doctor's office about some samples.
    The pill is question is not a generic, and we all know what that means.

    Mikie, yes, the new healthcare site is a joke; a sad and expensive joke. Did you see in the
    news where our government has given other contracts to the same firm; apparently on a
    no bid basis. Sounds like something from the Detroit school of managing a city.

    Granni, does your chiro have to tie you to the table to keep you from zipping in and out?
    Wish I had some of that energy. You must have whizzed along like those roller derby
    gals when you were young and healthy. I did about 2 minutes of exercise yesterday myself.
    It's one my chiro recommends. Like on back. Keep one leg straight. Pull up other knee
    to chest.

    Glad to see you posting again, Dar. What a wonderful report on Veteran's Day. Brought
    tears to my eyes. Our government has a shameful record for its treatment of vets. And
    this goes back to the Revolutionary War.

    Do you have boxes of decorations? I remember in grade school every room had at least 2
    bulletin boards, and the teachers changed the display every month. Pictures from Life Magazine were often used. And we kids brought in colored leaves, pussy willow buds, etc. I remember in 6th grade one of the farm boys brought in a rattle snake. (Not to be alarmed. It was just a baby. SOL) Today they would close the school, call out the haz mat people, alert
    the National Guard and expel a dozen students.

    Will try to come back and finish this in a bit. The Spirit is willing, but my back says it's
    time to back out.

  10. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    :)Hi awl,

    Glad to see you Mikie Jam, Rock and whoever else I missed. Some of my exercises are like yours ROCK - get on hands and knees, put one arm out parallel to your body and opposite leg. That one really throws me. Sometimes I need to hold onto something. I have to do it a bunch of times and then do the other arm and leg. Those are supposed to be for my back. Need to do my neck ones but did lie 21 and 1/2 minutes for that Denneroll thingy, not to comfy. Also, the chiro doesn't have to tie me down. It goes so fast with all his gadgets. In and out like a flash unless yo have to wait for someone else to finish.

    Jam - I agree with you on TV nowadays, mostly food shows, do it yourself home shows, some news shows and sometimes get stuck with sports with DH. To me there is an awful lot of trash on there but then I am not young enough to supposedly appreciate some of this stuff, not that it is good for the young people either.

    Mikie - I hope you get some more NRG and get some time to rest after all that outside work..

    Rock - I agree, there is little common sense anymore. I kid brings a BB gun or a snacke to school and they would go bonkers. Just no common sense any more - ridiculous !!

    Gotta run though and start my on my Christmas letter. I am so behind ):!! Also need to find my cards. I hate that it happens every year ):!!

    Luv to awl,
    Granni :)
  11. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    Rock, I predict and my pendulum agrees, the healthcare (NEW) gigantic program will get fixed, work out and be as good as our SS and Medicare and I guess Part D (drugs) which I did not buy into....watching my political program last night, they showed the history of the MA program and how slow it started and how it picked up speed and how much it is liked in that state....I don't know if it is, but perhaps true. I don't have friends in MA so can't ask you like SS and Medicare? I depend on them to get thru the rest of my life...

    I know the younger generations are worried these programs won't be there for them and all I can say, if we stop waging wars and spending/borrowing trillions to do these horrible war games, then our programs will be there for a long time to come....I won't be here but that's my remedy....

    Granni, it got to the point for me on the cards every year that I dreaded it and slowly stopped....don't miss the card sending at all...MOST of my friends do not participate and some still do....dreading something, we need to check that out...I spent a huge part of my life doing the cards...enjoyed it, but now do not. jam

    PS: I'm forever exercising my back and hips etc....and if I didn't I'd be worse don't dread doing them, know you will feel better.....

    Granni, thinkin of the word "dread"...about the only thing I seem to dread now is driving across town to my chiro and then to TJ's (same area)....I don't enjoy driving one bit anymore, but otherwise no dreads...I sometimes dread waking up as I know how stiff my body will be when I get out of bed....but, I get out of bed and push on, I stretch a lot before I get out of bed.....and people say age is just a number, ummmmmm

    On the dread issue, and I reflect a LOT in my aging years, I worked 40 some yrs and never really dreaded working, I had energy and youth all those years BUT thinking about what dread I went thru, when I made dates with a guy and I knew it was the wrong thing to do....sometimes I would break the date but oftentimes I went thru it with dread....didn't mean to turn this into some dread thread, but just doing some psychology .....
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  12. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Thanks for the welcome back all.

    Sorry I've been incommunicado here for a while. Just majorly busy at work and lots of errands on the way home. Good news is the Veterans had a great time. They deserve all the accolades they can get. It was worth all the effort. I ran into an old resident of mine, while I was there in Milan,with severe dementia. He remembered me! I asked him if I could give him a smooch and planted one on his forehead. He reached out, put a hand on my cheek, and kissed my other cheek. He was a WWII Marine Corps Vet. That was an incredibly sweet moment.

    Right now I have 3 calendars running around in my head, trying to keep them all straight. I have regular volunteers and paid entertainers who have "regular" days and dates to keep straight. Roughly 35 of them.

    The Administrator keeps adding stuff to November's calendar, so I have to keep changing activities and/or cancelling them to accommodate her "last minute" ideas. Then I have to post each one so the residents know what's going on.

    Now we have to have an 8:30 a.m. director's meeting every week on Tuesdays. Which sucks! The second Tuesday of each month I have 9:30 Quisine meeting, 10:30 Bingo, at 11:30 I cover the desk for the concierge, at 12:00 I get a 30 minute lunch, at 1:45 I put in a movie in the t.v. room and at 2:00 I have another activity. Like I have time for meetings to discuss the same crap we discussed a week ago! I'm trying to get all of December scheduled. Lots of stuff to schedule and I'm behind thanks to all this extra B.S..
    Our piano is trashed. So the people who normally come in to Christmas Carol have to be called and notified to either bring their own music sources in or sing acapella. I have a lot of volunteers to contact. I've got to get the sign out/or in sheets ready for Thanksgiving luncheon so we know who's eating in, who's going out, and who's got family coming in to join them. I've got to start decorating for Christmas soon. Then I get to do the same sheets for Christmas Dinner. None of this includes regular trips, activities, postings, newsletters, calendars, special outings, etc.......Some volunteers have cancelled for November and December, so I have to fill their spots.

    I'm trying to get January's ahead since some of my volunteers are changing their regular days and I don't want them to conflict with other regulars. I also have new volunteers coming in the 3rd Saturdays each month now to play music, sing hymns and do a bible study for the residents. My usual Minister who was doing 2nd and 4th Saturdays is getting older and unhealthy. He's been cancelling a lot poor man.

    Santa for Seniors gifts will be rolling in soon for at least 35 of my residents with no family or meager means. I have to get 105 small Christmas gift packages with goodies ready to go. I had to find a new Santa for our Resident Christmas party. Mission accomplished! I have the New Year's party planned and covered. Yay!!! I'm still waiting on the Rocky High Jazz Band to confirm so I can print December's calendar.

    For December I have the Augustana flute choir, the Good News Singers, The Girlscouts sing and visit, Rudy Vallejo's Native American Eagle program, M-Jam Karaoke music, The Wierson's father/son music duo, Barbara Lane music, Circa 21 Dinner Theater outing, Adrick Woodruf music, The Strattons music, 4 shopping trips out, and tentatively the Rocky Jazz Band booked so far.

    I still need to call Skip-A-Long Daycare kids, and several church groups

    Holy nightmare Batman!!!! I will be so glad when the holidays are over!! I used to love I don't even decorate at home anymore other than to put up a 3 foot pre-decorated tree and call it good.

    Thank my lucky stars, even with all this activity, my pain level is still managable, though I am majorly tired. Aside from the Vet's stuff last weekend, I had two music events this week so I had to lug chairs, dance with residents and for residents for an hour each day, and lug the chairs back. This, mind you not including the chairs I lug around on those mornings for exercise class and the karaoke machine which weighs a ton, and my usual activities for those days. I'm a little sore so am taking more hot soaks in epsom salts.

    Happy Thanksgiving. I get one whole PTO day off the day before and Holiday paid time the day of. Merry Christmas. I get the PTO day before, Paid Holiday time the day of, and PTO time the day after off. And my Administrator thought I should take less time! Heck, the only time I take off is if I'm sick or in the hospital for pity's sakes. We had a talk. She backed up!!! The DON just took two one week vacations off back to back. The desk concierge is gone more than she's there. The Dietary director went to California for a week. Sometimes I feel like the proverbial "Red Headed Stepchild".

    Good thing I like my job! I'm done whining now. May I please have some cheese to go with that whine? Camembert, perhaps some brie? Heck, right now I'd settle for a little cheddar! LOL

    And to all a good night!

    Loves N' hugz to all!


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  13. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    We are now at 32 posts so will go start another Porch.

    Love, Mikie