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  #61  
Old 01/07/15, 10:45 PM
 
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Prayers that the time goes quickly and treatments will be easy on you, Billie!
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Old 01/08/15, 07:55 AM
 
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Praying for you Billie!

Despite our frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills, 50 brave souls made it into our needs pantry. We make coffee available throughout the day, a local coffee shop donates muffins, sweet rolls etc. We have racks and racks of good, free clothing and once a month folks can get toilet paper, shampoo, soap, laundry detergent for their families. We fill in the gaps that the food pantry can't.

We are open 9-4. Yesterday 2 gentlemen stayed the whole time. It is a warm, friendly place.

We had bag after bag after bag of clothing donations brought in. We are grateful for the donations, but I am always flabbergasted at how much extra stuff folks have.
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Old 01/08/15, 08:29 AM
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Hey all! My kiddos have a two hour school delay and we're all huddled around the kero heater playing games until it's time to get ready. I work full time evening shift and had been part time day shift as well, but my day work is slow right now. It's actually good that I have a break to catch up on repairs, maintenance and appointments. Yesterday I had to replace the discharge hose on our sump pump for the basement. Crazy how much water comes through even in this cold! I had hoped to go archery hunting today with Saturday being the last of late season deer, but there's no way I'm venturing out aside from taking the kids to the bus and going to work later. I hope everyone stays warm and safe out there.
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Old 01/08/15, 02:36 PM
 
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Billie, I'll add my well wishes to the others.
hollowman, WELCOME! Nice to have new folks join in.

I feel very blessed to have the thermometer reading 37* right now...at least we're above freezing! I heard on the news this morning that 90% of the USA is below the freezing mark right now.

I finally got the Christmas decorations packed away yesterday. I decided to leave the snowman print valances up in the kitchen and nook through January, though. They look very festive and seasonally appropriate. I've downsized 3 of those huge 50-60 gallon totes into 2 this year, so the decluttering continues. I probably could have even gone further, but I'll save a few decisions for next Christmas season.

I'm working on taxes and getting rid of unneeded paperwork today - I want to be ready to file my taxes as soon as the IRS is accepting returns. Besides, it's a good job for a chilly day.

I just finished knitting up another dishcloth last night. After my sis showed me what I was doing "wrong" (my knitting was correct, but the way I was using my left hand wasn't - more like knitting English style left-handed than knitting Continental style), it took me a while to get back to knitting comfortably. It took me a couple dishcloths, and they aren't exactly "gift-worthy", but I'm getting the hang of it, and I now have a nice supply of them for Abby to use!

Stay warm, everyone!
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Old 01/08/15, 04:22 PM
 
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Porky the cat let me sleep in a bit this AM, so I didn't even look at the morning paper. Up, check e-mail, cup of coffee and a wafer cookie, shovel, change, off to lunch with other retired teachers, then out to my mechanic's with a check. He has found a car for me on auction Monday. If he says it's good, then it is. We'll see. It may go for more than he thinks it should or than I am ready to pay. I stopped at the little grocery I'm fond of but which is usually not on my route anywhere, and looked around at the Habitat ReStore. It's a great concept, but their pricers often put goofy prices on things. Yes, it's a nice old oak table, but the antique store, which did not get it for free from someone, has the same kind for half the tag. Going to read the paper, then make a nice salad for supper. The little grocery has good fixings year round at good prices.
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Old 01/08/15, 05:42 PM
 
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Welcome to all the new posters!!

Billie - Continued healing prayers for you. You are smart to get as much done as you can. Even if you don't end up feeling as tired as predicted during your treatments, it will be nice that you won't have to worry about stuff.

wormlady - I wonder if the gentlemen that stayed all day were enjoying the company and just trying to stay warm?
When my brother was looking for a job and waiting for me to get off work during the day, he would have lunch at the local shelter and hang out at the Library to stay out of the weather.
Heating costs are really hard on people, when it's cold outside for so long like this. I truly feel for them!
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I hadn't gone anywhere at lunch the past two days, just ate the lunch I brought and stayed in, out of the cold.
The high today was in the lower 30s, but the wind is blowing something fierce and it's frigid out there.
I had to get dry cat food, since we were getting low and I don't want to run out this weekend. I had a coupon from Petco, so I drove over at lunch to get that, then ran into Ross to p/u a large pet bed for our old dog. The one he's laying on is getting old and not as comfy. Ross has them for $20 - half the price of anywhere else I've seen.
I ran to the Health food store to get a few things I'd run out of and over to get gas for $1.89 at the 7-11! Yay! I love filling up for less than $20!
Then I finally made it over to the Shelter to drop off some food and other donations that have been in my car all week.

I have a few more errands to run after work. I'm going to get them over with before tomorrow, since I'm going to lunch with a friend is taking me to lunch tomorrow.
I had planned to go get the grandkids and take them home with me for the night, but when I got home last night DH was there and very sick.
He said he was running a fever, had the chills and had thrown up the dinner he ate. Not good!
He never got a flu shot that I know of and it sounds like he may have the flu. I've been drinking Emergen-C everyday and I had a flu shot, hopefully I can avoid getting sick. If he's still running fever tonight and such, I may just avoid going to DD's house. I don't want to expose them unnecessarily. She certainly doesn't need to get sick or end up with 3 sick kids. They all got their flu shots, but I've heard there's a strain of the flu that isn't covered by the shot we got this season.
Oh how I feel for all those out there so sick with flu, pneumonia, bronchitis and such. So many seem to have ended up really sick this Winter!!

Stay warm, everyone, I hope you have a good evening!
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Old 01/08/15, 06:23 PM
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Hoping all goes well for you Billie.

I have mostly just been staying in and puttering around the house, besides a trip to Lowes yesterday with Cale. Hope everyone is staying nice and warm, it is cold, although we should expect it, I always wish it would just pass us by.
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Old 01/08/15, 09:19 PM
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Billie I hope things go well for you.

It was so cold here last night that the stock tanks froze despite having heaters in them. The poor chickens have in the coop for 2 days, it is supposed to be almost 30 tomorrow so I hope they can get out for a while. Right now I can hear the wind blowing against the house. At least the new furnace is doing good and keeping us warm even though you can almost watch the level on the propane tank fall.
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Old 01/08/15, 09:22 PM
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Back at work tonight and tomorrow night. I cleaned up my shop from the table build while I was off. I also, fixed the wife's closet hanger rod. The support had come out of the wall. I hadn't redone that closet, so I got it fixed for now, but I told here, I would rebuild the whole inside. I needed to get some boards I did not have. I looked at my sewage pump that went out and ordered a repair kit for it. I found a craftsman router in my shop, in a case, and I cannot recall where it came from. It would not run, so I got the OHM meter out, found the bad wire connection. Now it works fine. I ran my generators, the tractor, and tiller, just to run them and circulate the oil. I hauled wood to the firewood rack, getting ready for the cold chill. It was 19 degrees this morning. Tomorrow, after I get up from sleeping, I plan on working on making the wooden top for the cabinet the wife has. It is really just some old kitchen cabinets, screwed together, to make storage for her craft stuff. Well, my coffee is cold, time to refill!!
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Old 01/08/15, 11:17 PM
 
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Will take all the good wishes I can get. Thanks!! Bill took the day off and took me to my appt. Treated ourselves to lunch at BK. ($1 menu, no drink, such big spenders we are). Then went over to my daughter's to pick up her shepherd. He is laying at my feet, right now, in front of the wood stove. We will see how he does. He is way too skinny for my liking, but he eats and eats.

Tomorrow we get the grandkids for 4 straight days. Have not had them here in over 2 months. Daughter and SIL are flying to San Diego in the morning to attend the Farm Bureau convention. Needed to give the other grandma a break, she has had them all the time since this all began. So since I am feeling fairly good, right now, we will go back to our regular schedule until about week 3 or 4 of the radiation. Then unless it is on a Sat/Sun when Bill is home other grandma will have them all the time again.

Slight warm up today, we actually made it to freezing!!
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Old 01/09/15, 03:59 AM
 
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Up early again, and decided to rejoin HT. I have missed all of you, and felt guilty about not keeping up, but once again I am the only doc in the county. In the four years I have been here, three have left and one retired - at 82! GMB, you are so right about the disability process; your DD, who certainly sounds like she is unable to function, should be the squeaky wheel and keep appealing the denial. A letter from a sympathetic doctor can make it go faster as well. I am frequently surprised at how effective this can be. Have a great day, everyone. Glad to be back!
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Old 01/09/15, 08:58 AM
 
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I'm supposed to have a busy weekend with a couple of music gigs. Yesterday, it was a decided tickle on the left side of my throat. Overnight & this morning, I have some sinus, sniffles, drainage, tightness down in the center of my chest, and feeling a little dragged out Guess I'll take it slow for a while this morning, and pack my bag with Alka-seltzer cold formula, hankies and hand sanitizer. Taking vitamins now, warm beverages and eating some protein. I feel like I tend a little low on this, so I've been increasing my meat, fish and egg intake somewhat, anyway. I hate to scrub the things I'm committed to this weekend, if I can soldier on. For part of it, I can be more observer than participant. I only have to lead on Sunday afternoon. If it persists or gets worse, I could cancel lessons Monday, I suppose. Y'all have a good weekend.

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Old 01/09/15, 11:38 AM
 
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Billie, Enjoy those kids! And keep warm. I had my radiation during extremely hot weather, ending mid July 2005. I would leave my work at 2:30 and head to the hospital. I had a great team taking care of me, but, I am very fair skinned and got quite blistered, nearly to the point of almost getting admitted one day. The last 5 treatments were different, and they were the worst. My nurse recommended Domeboro Soaks, which I had never heard of. She said all drug stores have them, and sure enough, Walgreens did. Make the solution in a ziplock bag and add as many folded washcloths as you can and keep in the fridge. My area was my left breast, right on the side, between the two, and the fold at the bottom was very sore. I could just tuck a washcloth under the breast and one in between and it made such a difference. I took more to work with me in a cooler to change as needed. Bought a couple bundles of white washcloths at the dollar store.

I was amazed at how quickly I healed up tho.

I was cleaning out my hall closet two days ago (the junk is still sitting out) out) and found my box of soaks. They are aluminum acetate, and recommended for poison ivy, athletes foot, insect bites and rashes. Made by Bayer Healthcare, 12 packets to a box, not very expensive.

Just thought I'd share this with you. They were a big comfort to me. I had a lumpectomy, and 35 radiation treatments, and my mammograms have been good ever since. Its interesting how things have evolved since 2005. My last mammogram was a breeze, no pinching. It was a diagnostic, and the results were there before I even had my blouse back on.

I'm keeping you in my prayers. We are all here for you!
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Old 01/09/15, 02:36 PM
 
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Welcome back, Westexas! I can't imagine how you even find time to post - I know how busy you docs are, and being the only one in the area? Glad to have you back, whenever you can drop in.
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Old 01/09/15, 03:06 PM
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Cold and its snowing again nere.
Found 50 euro roadkill when i was walking to the hospital and oops its mine now and im gonna sawe it ...its my lucky thing, i need it

Stay warm and take a sauna
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Old 01/09/15, 05:18 PM
 
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Billie - Glad to see you on here again. You are braver than me keeping the grandkids that many days. I wear out after two!

Use Less - Healing prayers for you! That sounds like what my DH is sick with. I hope you don't get too sick!

It's been a good productive day here at work. I had lunch with my friend and sure enough he bought. He's such a nice person. We had a good chat about improving our diets and a coworker/friend, who was in my Department, that went to work for him last month. That was a good move for our friend. He and his wife are expecting a baby soon and this new job will be much less stressful and demanding for him.

I've been sneezing a lot today. I hope I'm not catching DH's flu or whatever it is. I drank some hot cider Emergen-C. I keep doping myself with vitamins and minerals hoping to ward everything off!
I had thought I might be able to spend the night at DD's and keep the kids for her while she got out a bit, but I don't think I need to expose them, just in case I'm getting sick.
The bad thing is, sometimes it's hard to tell if you're getting sick when you're a middle-aged woman and having hot flashes too.

I guess I'll head home this evening and keep myself sequestered from everyone. The weatherman is predicting a snowy mix starting Sunday and all the way through next Wednesday. Time for hot drinks and good books!

Have a wonderful evening, everyone!
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Old 01/09/15, 06:01 PM
 
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The bad thing is, sometimes it's hard to tell if you're getting sick when you're a middle-aged woman and having hot flashes too.

LOL, you said it!
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Old 01/09/15, 10:40 PM
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Well, it is Friday night for me. I return Tues morning. Woke up today at just before noon. The wife was gone, and Bubba was looking at me like, where did you come from! I grabbed a few cookies and some water. The wife came back from the store. I think it was still in the 30's. I went back to sleep around an hour later. The wife cooked beans and ham, and cornbread. I hope to get a little shop time in this weekend, if it is not too cold!! The woodstove is fired up!!
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Old 01/10/15, 12:41 AM
 
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Classof66....thanks for the info. I will look into what you suggested.

OUVickie....brave?? Not by a long shot!!! But the other grandma has been sick and the antibiotics are not working for her and she just cannot shake it. Just had the youngest during the day, picked the other two up after school, got dinner and then headed to the high school for the basketball games. Middle one had her cheerleading to do. Came home and they all went straight to bed. Bill will be home Sat/Sun to help and then on Monday the oldest two go to school and I will just have the youngest during the day again. Other grandma will get them off the bus and when Bill gets home we will take the youngest over. Daughter gets in late that night (@11pm) and I have to leave early for the first radiation treatment.

Youngest took a nap today and I took a nap right along with her!!! I have energy during the morning but afternoon rolls around and I find myself tiring. So we nap and then I am refreshed until Bill gets home and he can take over!! That is the plan!
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Old 01/10/15, 07:33 AM
 
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Billie, you are a trooper! Your family is blessed to have you, and I know you will sail through therapy with your can-do attitude. If I had half of Travis's energy, we wouldn't NEED another doctor here! At least I got more sleep last night, and will get as much done as I can this weekend while the Locums (fill-in) doc is working. This little hospital has never been so full for so long, and they are all mine now!
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