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   BirdsNest  Hagar had to have the PICC line removed. The ultrasound showed a blood clot in the arm above the end of the catheter. They did not even give him the antibiotic yesterday, they were waiting on instructions from his doctor(which took forever, we were there 2 hrs waiting. )The only upside was lunch, they give him lunch when he is there at noon and another patient did not want hers so they gave it to me. It was really good,too. Then we went to get the new Rx the doctor ordered, while in the area Hagar popped in to talk to him. While there they took lots of blood. Today we did not have to be anywhere at a certain time. Wonderful.
December 16 at 14:01 EST .

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   Hollyhock  That blood clot sounds serious. Am praying that the Lord would remove it.
December 16 at 19:20 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  These MRI and Ultrasounds are right out of Star Trek.
We got a CD today of the DH's MRI, the Doc says it shows torn ligament and his pre op is 12/22 and believe it or not, the surgery is noon Christmas Eve! I make a traditional Holy Supper, that usually takes all day, I will have to do some short cuts, but will continue with the tradition for the vigil on our Holiest night of the year.
December 16 at 19:25 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Blood clots are nasty, dangerous business. DH has to live with Plavix because of 3 stents to prevent them.
Has to be off them 5 days before any procedure, thank goodness they saw Hagar's and could respond.
December 16 at 19:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  We're with you both Bird, in thought & prayer.
EC it's been so long since I've had the traditional Holy Supper - wouldn't mind getting the menu, etc.
Wednesday at 22:57 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  MD, I will need to type some info in word and then add here, Hollyhock wants info too on another site. It was a screwy day so I didn't get typing. It is basically a meatless meal using food from the four corners of the earth, forest, field, orchard and sea. I use a Polish menu, but have a friend that uses an Italian menu. As an example, we use a white fish, her granny used an Eel swimming in the pot and took a cleaver to it. Enough to make you go vegan, yikes. I will stick to white fish like talapia, cod and peas, potato, mushrooms, perogies, honey balls, etc. Will try to post tomorrow. absolute crazy day today. sigh
Yesterday at 18:01 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, how I hate clots (I throw them every few years ). Prayers for Hagar, and at least they caught it.
Yesterday at 22:07 EST .

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   Bettijo  What Are GMOs, and Should I be Worried About Them?

GMO is an acronym for genetically modified organism. GMOs are crops or animals whose DNA has been artificially altered in order to improve one or more traits. They could not have evolved or mutated naturally to achieve this change. In many case, foreign DNA is injected into the organism. Today, the majority of corn and soy in the US are GMO, after their DNA was altered to withstand certain pests and certain herbicides.

While this scientific feat is quite amazing, GMOs pose several challenges:

GMOs have not clearly been proven safe for humans over the long term.
Use of GMOs has not necessarily decreased the use of pesticides or herbicides. In some cases, their use and toxicity has increased.
GMOs are patented and pose ethical issues pertaining to corporate control of the global food supply.

Awareness of the existence of GMOs has grown in the past few years, with many consumer groups calling for clear labeling of food products containing genetically modified ingredients. According to Consumer Reports, over 70% of Americans would like to know if their food contains GMOs. What seems to be a basic consumer right - to know what is in your food - has so far been ignored. Legislation attempts in several states have failed, mostly due to heavy campaigning by food companies and the biotech industry.

Bottom Line
Whether GMOs are safe or not is still a hotly debated matter. What should not be debated is consumers' right to know what's in their food.

Supermarket Tip
Use your Fooducate app to find GMOs in your food. Go to the app settings screen, and in the GOAL tab, make sure to turn WARN ME ABOUT GMOs to ON.

I have the Fooducate app on my iphone. You scan in the bar code from the food product and Fooducate will tell you a lot about the product, if it contains gluten or other things (you select what you want to be warned about ). You can get this app from iTunes. It is $3.99. There is a free version, but it does not give you all this information. bj

Read more at:
December 15 at 09:49 EST .

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   Bettijo  Flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history, and even the CDC now admits they don't work.

Did you know they still contain mercury? Even more astonishingly, did you know flu vaccine inserts openly admit there's no evidence the shot works?

See my interview about "flu shot failures" filmed today with Next News Network at:
December 10 at 06:08 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Betijo, I've never had a flu shot.

I remember reading that the flu shot that seniors get isn't just a regular but a super shot. I wonder if that is true.

My Dad's father died in the influenza pandemic in 1918. Why did he die but the rest of the family survive? Grandma must have had some powerful immunity genes to pass on to her family.
December 10 at 10:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  One flu shot in my life, I got the flu. Never again. We use elderberry tonic to ward off colds and flu. Works for us. My grandmother always said "Flu shots are a way for the federal government to kill off old people so they don't have to pay Social Security". My grandmother was ahead of her time!

On another note Hagar is on day 3 of a 28 day regimen of IV antibiotic. Here's hoping it helps.
December 11 at 07:57 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The IV infusion will resume, we are just waiting on the referral dept of the health center to confirm the date to begin. Hagar is anxious to have the PICC line removed, so after it resumes it will be 28 days straight of being at the Cancer Center at an appointed time. Except on weekends and Holidays, then we go to the hospital. I must say everyone would feel they are blessed to have the Cancer Center employees working at their medical center. These are the finest people you would ever want to meet. And I mean everyone, from the volunteers to the people in charge. You never feel ignored or alone.
December 9 at 07:55 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Finally....we got the Fire Cider jarred up. It took some doing, lots of prepping to get everything chopped,grated,etc. Made 4 pint jars, I had used all my wide mouth quart jars in canning. It is pretty. We had some fresh turmeric so we used that instead of turmeric powder. My hands are yellow!! It smells really good. I got my sinuses opened up twice, once with the horseradish and once with the jalapenos. Now to shake it daily and wait one month before straining and sweetening.

Our friend Danny called, he had a "show" this weekend, put on by some friends. It turned into a 2 day event. A small show but I think he had some good sales of paintings which is great-all those doctor bills coming in. He had painted some real beauties since the surgery. The paintings amaze me, so colourful, simple, and beautiful. Maybe I can get a link to allow you all to see what he paints.
December 7 at 18:11 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Something to consider...a lady at the flea market yesterday told us about Fire Cider. We still have some horseradish we haven't dug up yet.

It is supposed to be great for colds. We still use elderberry tonic but will give this a try. Note: the honey goes in after the concoction has worked in the jar for a month. After it is strained, then you add the honey, to taste and use daily.
November 30 at 09:41 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I really want to make some of this but we have been on a roller coaster ride with doctors appointments there is not much time to do anything extra right now. A doctors appt every week through the month,Hagar had 2 on Monday and an out of town one on Tuesday. Today is a day of catching up...oil change, new brakes, and I can't remember what else he wants to get done. I think I am going to go out and kick a cat. Seriously, maybe I can get the ingredients together and make this Fire Cider.
December 3 at 07:10 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I don't recall which wall you mentioned your DH will need a colonoscopy. MAKE SURE THEY USE STAPLES to close any biopsies. The VA did my DH and just cauterized the spots and 2 weeks later in a Tennessee Truck stop, he started to bleed out, ended up in emergency with an $18,000 bill, and the VA wouldn't take responsibility.
I know you are under tremendous pressure, and these Dh's are miserable patients, but make the Dr. assure you. We spent the morning at our Dr., was supposed to be my appt. but switched to the DH, thank goodness we have had him for 23 years, and he treats us like gold. Orthopedic appt, Fri for surgery to re attach the ligaments and tendons, The company is moving our rig to Atlanta and boxing up our belongings and Fed X
I don't like roller coasters and, want to get off to kick what ever is in front of me !!! I'll take FireWater, to heck with cider, grrrr.
December 3 at 13:39 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I guess I better say LOL about kicking, although I do have steel toe sneakers left over from work, so the damage would be to the target.
December 3 at 13:44 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm praying that there will be no need for a biopsy - that his passage is clear & unobstructed. If further need for observation higher up they give you a tiny camera to swallow. Both procedures are painless; you're out for the first.
December 3 at 21:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks for the "heads up" EC, and MD we both hope there is no need for biopsy, but the doc said if there are polyps they will remove them and anything else they will biopsy. Fingers crossed. Praying like mad. Hagar wants to call to see if they can move up the procedure, to get it over with. Due to have it the 22nd January.
December 4 at 08:09 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  One correction to MD, I also had to swallow a little camera, I was out for that too. And the biopsies were for benign polyps. The thought is worse than the procedures, fingers crossed and prayers flying to you.
December 4 at 14:58 EST .

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   Bettijo  In 2000 I was teaching school and was having shortness of breath. Kept going to school nurse who checked blood pressure, etc. One day she said I should go to ER because I had irregular heart beat. In ER they thoroughly checked my heart; no problems. Last test was hemoglobin which was 4. They popped me in hospital, strange doc came to see me and told me I was hemorrhaging internally as that was only thing to make hemoglobin so low. The did colonoscopy and discovered stage 3 cancer; removed 12 inches of large intestines. For 3 years I had a colonoscopy every year, then every other year for 5 years, then every 3 years, and so on. I have been cancer free every since. Point being, I have had more colonoscopy that I can count. They are not that bad as they knock you out and there are no after effects. Worst part is the prep night before. Good luck.

The reason I was having heart symptoms, I was told, was because I had so little blood (they immediately gave me two units ) that my heart was having to work overtime to pump it.

PS: I had no symptoms whatsoever of colon cancer. So having a colonoscopy where they remove polyps, can save you from abdominal surgery.

Prayers go with you.
December 5 at 09:41 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks, Bettijo. Most everyone we have mentioned this to has said it is no biggie. Making it easier for Hagar not to stress out about it.
December 7 at 18:04 EST .

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   Bettijo  I have two grand daughters; one is a vegetarian, the other is gluten intolerant. One niece will not eat seafood and my daughter is on a doctor prescribed diet. And on and on. SO I really appreciated this video. Hope you do too.

November 27 at 08:59 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Yes, this is funny.
November 27 at 20:12 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We actually had enough bandwidth to watch this, it was cute.
November 30 at 09:42 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Is anyone into using essential oils? I am not talking about "aroma therapy" but using them for treating common ailments. I am trying to educate myself and am trying them out. I am also learning about making soaps and lotions. Anyone else?
November 21 at 13:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Hagar got a picc line inserted yesterday at the hospital. Not 100% a pleasant experience, the nurse made a nerve angry and he has been complaining of pain. After that he had to go to the Cancer Center for antibiotic infusion. Just walking into the "Cancer Center" was plenty disturbing. They are extremely lovely people there. Every one is friendly even the patients and their family members. We were put at ease. While he was getting infused, the nurse brought him a sandwich and chips and offered a soda, he asked if it would be possible to get a cold cup of water-she brought ice water. He had not eaten since a small bowl of cereal at 7am and the sandwich was well appreciated. Lot of stress especially since we were not told the infusion would begin at once. Now we are on a 28 day course, every day. This week we are jockeying the infusion schedule, we have a workshop on Thursday that both are scheduled to attend, Hagar says he will leave at 11:30 and drive to the appt himself, I can stay and take class notes. Today he has CT scans scheduled and right after that he is to go to get the infusion. Thankfully the center is very close to the hospital. I am bone tired already so he must be half dead. He slept good last night, so that is great. Since he had his last episode he has been off of coffee, drinking green tea as his main drink and also lots of water. He took a sip of my coffee last night and pronounced it "nasty". We are hoping this infusion treatment will make him feel a bit better, he wishes they had done it earlier. Keep him in your prayers, 28 days is a long time to keep him adhering to a schedule!!
November 18 at 05:56 EST .

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   Phooey  Prayers sent for Hagar.
November 18 at 17:51 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Bird, Hagar has certainly been through a lot this year. Will be praying for both of you.
November 18 at 22:52 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We have been on a roller coaster for the past week. The doc called yesterday evening to talk about the CT scans that were done earlier in the day. He is taking Hagar off the infused antibiotic for now, wants him on 2 antibiotics to take by mouth for 14 days. Leaving the PICC line in for now, just in case he decides to put him back on IV antibiotics. So off to the pharmacy to get the new Rx. Waiting to hear of the new appt with another doc, plus an appt to have the PICC line dressing changed. My head is swimming.
November 19 at 19:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Where are my manners??? Thank you Phooey and Hollyhock for the prayers, we sure need them. We are also praying for some improvement in at least part of the aches and pains. Surely they are being caused by the Lyme disease spirochetes, chasing them from one area to the next.
November 19 at 19:03 EST .

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   Gram77  Prayers from Gram
November 20 at 14:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks, Gram.
November 21 at 08:47 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Birdie--just checking--sorry to hear about Hagar's health problem. Will keep him in my prayers!
November 21 at 16:38 EST .

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   Balogreene  A friend of mine, whose mother died of cancer was sent for a blood test in Charlottesville, VA. She arrived at the address and it was the Oncology Department of UVA. She went inside, crying. They comforted her, it was only they did the most comprehensive testing in the area.
November 21 at 18:08 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks to you too, Gerty. He seems a bit better, at least to me. He has been getting quality sleep due to the Vicks treatment and I think FINALLY the antibiotics are going to work on the infection, where ever it is. His temperament is better and he can tolerate more walking and standing.

Balogreene...the Cancer Center here is a building apart from the hospital. They do all IV infusions for anything. I was so shocked when Hagar said he had to go there, I felt like screaming out loud. The employees are so nice and they remember your name. The 2 nurses that work on the infusion side are very sweet and they tell you what they will be doing before they do it. Hagar has to go back there on Monday for dressing change on the PICC line. It has to be done on a weekly basis, since the doctor halted the IV for now, only they can change the dressing. After the 2 week oral antibiotics, he may decide to resume the IV treatment. Til then the PICC line stays in.
November 22 at 17:40 EST .

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   Gram77  I struggle with super dry skin, always have. I think I have purchased every soap and lotion on the market. If I wear a black article of clothing the inside will be covered with fine white powder, however, it is dry skin. I'm ready for any and all suggestions.
November 17 at 17:34 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Coconut oil is good rubbed on the skin. We also use it to cook with. WalMart has a good price on the LouAnna coconut oil. In the aisle with all the other oils. Eucerin is also a good body lotion, I have used it alot. Mostly got it for my hands because I am always washing something or getting my hands wet and in the winter I get super dry cracked areas around the nails.
November 18 at 06:00 EST .

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   Gram77  Coconut oil sounds like a good idea. Eucerin doesn't (for me ) last a whole day before I flake.
November 18 at 10:05 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Coconut oil is excellent. Shea butter, grape seed oil and olive oil are good too. The fewer ingredients the better. You can use vitamin E oil from a bottle or break open a capsule. Eucerin may have alcohol. Baby oil may have mineral oil.

My own dry skin started with taking a diuretic.
November 18 at 23:01 EST .

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   Clipped wings  There is a lotion that comes in a jar put out by Fruit of the Earth. It's cheap but really great for me. It is easily absorbed and is not sticky on the skin. It immediately relieves dry skin and heals as well. It's usually on the lowest shelf in Wal-Mart. I think it used to be recommended by the US Ski Team. It's also great to use on your face/nose if you have a cold.
November 27 at 20:16 EST .

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