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   BirdsNest posted on Main Page The Lobby  Hope everyone is snug inside with this monster storm tearing up the East Coast. At 4:40 am Assateague Island recorded an 85mph wind gust. Tress are down, the causeway into Chincoteague is closed due to flooding. Here at 4:30 this morning, I was out checking on animals, the wind was roaring through, rain was horizontal. It lasted a few minutes then got dead quiet. An hour later the wind blew a bit but nowhere near as strong as that one gust. I haven't rushed out to check on everything else. The animals seemed to be alright on my last trip outside.
January 23 at 08:32 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  The Charlotte Operating Center locked down all the guys last night, DH barely made it in from the icy West Virg Mts but safe at OC. Our winds here in Central Fl are heavy, leaves from the tree next door has filled my screen room, Hah, I leave the door open for the muttlies. Eye Dr told me Wed the wound is healed but need another month on meds so I am still using the walker not to fall
January 23 at 11:07 EST .

   StormCnter  Stay safe. All our friends in that area of the country are in my prayers.
January 23 at 12:53 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  Bird, are you located in the Assateague/Chincoteague area? When I lived in Virginia [Richmond] Chincoteague was one of my favorite places on earth to spend time. Jekyll Island, Georgia, the Outer Banks and Chincoteague. Some of the most beautiful places on earth.
January 23 at 15:00 EST .

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   Linder  Bird, you must be one strong and determined person. You've had a lot to deal with and I never hear any self pity in your posts. You have my admiration.
January 25 at 21:41 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Transferring today to a local nursing home with Hospice Care. The place is the last place I would have chosen, I hate it but there was nothing else available. I plan to be there as much as possible, it is about 12 miles from the house. No more trips across the bridge-tunnel in the wee hours of the morning or late nights. A new place to get used to. I am hoping that friends will come to visit.
January 15 at 06:02 EST .

   MeiDei  Prayers follow you both there trusting it will be a surprisingly positive experience.
January 15 at 10:30 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, it is so hard. I know the feeling. I am glad is is a reasonable distance, and you don't have to go across the bridge (tho I don't know which one, I know both are horrible ). Your being there will really help with the care. If they know you are coming they will be more careful.
January 16 at 18:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Garden porn has been arriving daily. I am not sure if I will be participating in planting this year. Things are in a turmoil. I haven't even looked at any of the seed catalogs.
January 15 at 05:59 EST .

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   Balogreene  Since I will not have all the worry about money, I am going to try again. I'm into food porn, and garden porn makes the food porn real!
January 16 at 18:40 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  While Hagar was in Hospice House he had 2 visits from therapy dogs. The first was a lovely lady with 2 Golden Retrievers. One was 4 yrs old the other was 14. The older dog went immediately to Hagar's side and started licking his hand. she was a bit rough because he yelped in pain. She really didn't want to leave him. They were both beautiful. I enjoyed them maybe more than he did. I miss having a dog but at this time of my life there is no room for one. Yesterday he had a visit from a Sheltie. "Cory" was way more interested in the bird, Melvin who was in a cage on the table. He has birds at his house but he was quite enamored with Melvin. I took Melvin because Hagar hasn't seen him in awhile. And because Hagar is being transported to a nursing home here on the Shore and I don't know if they will allow him to visit. Anyway it was a nice visit, the Sheltie was sweet and it's always good to pet a dog.
January 15 at 05:57 EST .

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   Balogreene  Our Greyhounds went to visit my grandmother, and tho she knew them, they scared her.

On the other hand, our very new Shih Tzu went to visit my mom. She was so scared walking down the hallway, and so excited to see her grandmother! Mom really appreciated the visit. I think even trained therapy dogs can be temperamental.

Therapy dogs are often paid for by the organization supplying them, so they might not be much of an expense, If Hagar likes them.

Give him my hugs and kisses, and well wishes.
January 15 at 20:53 EST .

   MeiDei  Bird, my mother was in a rehab/nursing home for a while & I was surprised & delighted they allowed animals to visit; in fact one lady's son's dog made the rounds & it was just the family dog not a therapy trained animal. I hope Melvin is allowed to visit Hagar regularly!
January 16 at 11:07 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Therapy dogs are WONDERFUL! I was visited by a Boxer in May when I was hospitalized. It was like someone knew that I have Boxers and love them.
January 21 at 14:57 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Movies & Reviews  Alan Rickman has died of cancer. Another brave soul who kept it secret. I really liked him as an actor. RIP.
January 15 at 05:47 EST .

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   MeiDei  Same here, he played his roles well.
January 15 at 07:21 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Hagar is being transferred to Hospice House tomorrow. He is done, he said. He cannot deal with the pain any longer.
January 7 at 17:59 EST .

   MeiDei  Consider yourself hugged Bird by all who care, stay strong. His pain will be dealt with & eased; as you said - he's a fighter, what he feels today may change. I pray God will comfort you both & bring you peace.
January 7 at 18:24 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I don't login much with these antibiotic eyedrops and using a walker to get around, but I MUST tell you again you and J are in our prayers.
January 8 at 17:19 EST .

   Balogreene  He is too young to be done. Tell him we all care, are praying and hugging.
January 16 at 18:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Hagar back in the hospital, this time with infections. While I am at the rehab emptying the room, I get a call from the appeals people. No, they did not get my 3 pages of information via FAX. Now I have to get them copies faxed by 11 am tomorrow or the appeal will be dropped. First she said by 9am.

I am riding with someone else and do not know what time the business office at the hospital opens or where else I could go to get papers faxed. I mentioned to her I had a piece of paper with confirmation that the pages were received. This is beginning to get on my last good nerve.

We were in ER from 11pm til 9:30am so I am a bit tired. My Tuesday ride offered to pick me up this evening,allowing me to leave the van here in the parking lot. He will pick me up in the morning and drop me at the hospital, then tomorrow I can leave whenever I want. This way I won't have to drive home today since I have had no sleep.
December 28 at 14:01 EST .

   MeiDei  Keep a log, get names of those who contacted you and who you spoke with, dates, time of day/night. Keep copies of all. Check your policy for re-hab days in any calendar year/quarter - consecutive or total before you pursue further if you haven't already done that. Have dr. run interference, if all else fails contact "elder services" to assist. - OR - - OR -
Good luck, prayers are with you both.
December 29 at 12:52 EST .

   BirdsNest  Second appeal denied. No reason given. I hate ins companies.
January 1 at 10:51 EST .

   BirdsNest  He will be in hospital for a few more days. New PICC line being put in today. Monday a procedure to see if heart valve has infection. If so then a longer regimen of antibiotics will be called for. The Oncology floor of Virginia Beach General has TOP notch staff from RN's to housekeeping. He is in good hands.
January 1 at 10:54 EST .

   MeiDei  How are his wounds & esophagus? Gosh you've both been through so much, manage your stress levels! So glad he's back in good hands sorry for the disappointment with the insurance co.
January 1 at 11:30 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Main Page The Lobby  Driving back from Virginia Beach this evening there was barely anything open, just 3 gas stations, and it reminded me of when we moved here. Streets rolled up at dark. I like having stores open, I don't feel so alone out there! Traffic was light on my side of the highway. Tomorrow things will go back to normal, people fighting over discounted wrapping paper-the important things. Right.
December 25 at 18:00 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  No light traffic for DH, he left Fl Tue, drove through the storms in Al And Miss, lucky to have heavy load, but his arms and neck were stiff fighting the wind and rain. Made it to TX and is coming back through LA, and he wonders why I worry. Fighting over wrapping paper would be great.
December 26 at 08:59 EST .

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   BirdsNest  You are so right EC. You have every reason to worry, this weather is nice right up to the minute it gets ugly somewhere.
December 26 at 16:10 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Main Page The Lobby  A friend sent us a small muslin bag of birdseed with this on it...

It is a Scandinavian Tradition to feed the birds on Christmas Day to ensure Good Luck in the year ahead. Spread birdseed on your doorstep Christmas morning for Luck in the New Year.
December 24 at 21:51 EST .

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   Balogreene  I grew up in the suburbs, but, I remember my great-grandparents saying that. Good Luck in the New Year.
December 24 at 23:08 EST .

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   StormCnter  Lovely thought. In the South, the tradition is black-eyed peas on New Year's Day to ensure good luck.

Merry Christmas to everyone.
December 25 at 05:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Hagar doesn't have a doorstep so I put some on the entrance to the building and some on his windowsill!!
December 25 at 08:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Black eyed peas on New Years is a must. The local Food Lion already has bags of dried ones out for sale. I will cook some and make sure Hagar gets to eat at least a mouthful. Another good luck/prosperity thing we a coin on your doorstep New Year's Eve to invite prosperity in.
December 25 at 17:47 EST .

   Tulsa  New Year's Day in South Carolina was a pork roast, collards hoppin john and cornbread. There is no pork, or bell pepper in hoppin john. It's (canned and drained ) field peas and cooked rice, salt and pepper. ..a little sauteed chopped onions is optional.

A year plus 30 days give or take and Lord Willing, the Country will heal and improve. I pray for America's deliverance from evil every day.
December 26 at 12:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  When I make Hopping John it has blackeyed peas,onion, jalapeno, tomato,and I use a piece of salt pork in it. When done pour over rice. Very delicious.
December 26 at 16:14 EST .

   Tulsa  Making it the way you like it is all that matters.

Daddy had one taste bud. Hot! He also used fatback, which he preferred to streaked lean.

Field peas are also called cow peas. We haven't found them since we left South Carolina in 1998. Well we have, but they are full of pork fat and aren't fit to eat. I liked them so much better than black eyed or crowder.

We have a small local produce market that shells beans. They even have speckled butter beans which we love.

And if you ever see silver queen corn on the cob, buy it. Then microwave it in the husk wrapped in a paper towel. The silk comes right off with the husk.

Happy New Year everyone.
December 26 at 23:17 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Got a phone call....Humana wants Hagar discharged from the rehab facility on the 26th. The discharge planner for the rehab is gone til Monday. I have appealed the decision, but 3 guesses where that will take me. Everyone everywhere in the world of rehab facilities will be off work til Monday. This really blows.
December 24 at 10:06 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I sympathize, and should go to the peeve wall. My Dr of 22 yrs went MDVIP and transferred our records. The new group won't return my calls. My new Dr needs those for my surgery and DH testosterone shots. He has gone 3 months without and is not doing well. #2 the reason my surgery is off until the 11th is the surgery center can't confirm insurance until the 4 th, she has patients lined up til Feb. Medical care sucks. And Dh just went through Miss last night and is on I 10 for Texas, won't see him until the 10th Bah Humbug
Birdy thanks for the nice email.
December 24 at 12:23 EST .

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   Balogreene  Keep us informed. I hate Insurance deciding what to do, not Dr's. Though I don't trust Dr's either.
December 24 at 23:22 EST .

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   MeiDei  Bird, if Hagar comes home will he have visiting nurses to tend his wound care? My son had a PT for a month or so when he first came home after his accident - is this something Hagar can have? Maybe a few weeks at home would be a good thing - something to check into. Will keep this in prayer.
December 25 at 00:12 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We live in a 1960's mobile home. Tiny rooms. Tiny doorways. Coming home is out of the question.
December 25 at 09:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I just faxed a 3 page document to the place that does the appeals. Got notified that Humana's payment for rehab ends tomorrow. We can stay they will not pay. I have asked for a further appeal, rehab tab is on us. I can do nothing til Monday. I am so stressed. Short of pushing him out on the street, I am at a loss. Prayers.
December 25 at 13:36 EST .

   Escaped commieny  ok, take a deep breath. We have dealt with Walter Reed, Syracuse VA, Prostate cancer, mouth cancer and a heart attack with 3 stents, Hagar will be OK. Prayers go out every morning and night.
The Angels are watching over you. EC
December 25 at 14:40 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks EC. Hagar is so sweet, he is worried about me. I look at him and wonder how he got so sick, he looks good and for the most part feels good. The nurse and I changed his wound vac today, I am almost practiced enough to do it myself. They are stunned that a family member will help. He is my responsibility too. I am happy to help, but some of the nurses get miffed when I offer suggestions. I have been dealing with this for 7 months, I have learned a lot. Thanks for telling me the angels are watching over me....
December 25 at 17:52 EST .

   BirdsNest  This was on the Mothership, a post from an LDotter commenting on the article about little Bella coming back to life:

"The doctors reign supreme in the middle of the bell curve of all medical cases. God lives in the margins.
Merry Christmas!"
December 25 at 18:14 EST .

   MeiDei  Happier New Year Bird & Hagar and all who visit here!
December 26 at 14:22 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks, Me I. As if today wasn't already frustrating enough, I got a call from the appeals people wanting to know if it was okay to drop the appeal. Seems "my daughter" called and cancelled the appeal. I told the lady "not only no! but Hell no!" Told her I did not have a daughter and I wasn't cancelling the appeal. I have had the worst day. Right now I am rehab. Got here about an hour ago. Hagar was asleep and wet from sweat. I woke him, he said he felt bad. Got the nurse to take his temp 100.6. Gave him tylenol. Will recheck temp at 5. Glad I left early. For that and because halfway here on the middle of the bridge-tunnel it got seriously foggy.
December 26 at 16:21 EST .

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