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   MeiDei  I was rescheduled for vaccination in August - should have done it in May! - while the shot does not mean you avoid shingles what it does do is lessen the severity and duration of the outbreak (which can last for 3 weeks to 3 months or longer ). None of the doctors recommended the shot, but EMTs, nurses & aides all were shocked I didn't get it anyway. I thought it was poison ivy/sumac or oak. What is the difference? Shingles only affects one side of your body, poison anywhere. If you don't get an anti-viral sooner than later you can suffer nerve damage. I hesitate to describe my face - let's just say that the grossest Halloween monster masks are pretty, and if an overly prominent brow is beauty to a Neanderthal - well, I'd win the pageant.. Italian restaurants would think I stole their multi-colored candled dripped Chianti bottles to fake a nose. Go on line to see images and you'll be shown rashes, no rash for me. Surprise, no one has flinched looking at me, but I'm kicking myself for not swiping a surgical mask.

Now the most amazing part and what I credit, and thank, all the prayers for - no pain, no burning itch or stings - shocked all medical personnel. 4 days later swelling of the eye diminished and opened on it's own thanks to the prednisone-type drops prescribed by ophthalmologist - who BTW I could not get an appt. with except for ER stepping in and a quick referral from my PC doctor. I'm grateful for the experience as the ER people took several tests addressing a long standing problem, so they won't have to be duplicated soon, the results are on my PC drs. computer so Friday's appt. should be productive.

When all this is cleared up I will get the vaccination as a precautionary measure, (per pharmacists advice ) you can get shingles more than once. If you had chicken pox as a kid, are over 50 and haven't been vaccinated - get the shot! Don't fool around.
July 20 at 09:36 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  You convinced me! Saw the Primary today and asked her about it, she said get it, their office would charge about 200$ so go to CVS or Walgreens and get it for 60$. My father and his mother both suffered with bouts of Shingles, terrible !
Yesterday at 18:00 EST .


   MeiDei  I applaud your decision EC! God, in His Wisdom & Mercy has allowed me to experience, in the healing process, short-lived episodes of pressure, pain & itching - so renewed gratitude for the early prayers.
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   BirdsNest  This only takes a few minutes to read....

http://www.naturalnews.com/054404_baking_soda_lemons_cancer_
prevention.html
June 19 at 20:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Copied the recipe! Now, if we can only get some decent lemons in the markets I can try this and get on with making lemon curd & canning.
June 20 at 07:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am as interested in this for ridding the body of inflammation. Having recently had surgery my feet and legs are still very puffy even with me taking Lasix. The doctor never mentioned I'd look like the Pillsbury Doughboy. I have to wear jeans 2-3 sizes larger than usual for now. I am healing and the fluid is leaving but I would like it to get gone. I am on restricted duties for 6 weeks. And no driving for another week, so he says. But if I can push down on the brake and not feel pain, then I can drive. I am hoping to be able to go to the tracks on Saturday for just awhile to visit my friends. Everyone says I look great, I think that's because I have been very active prior to surgery. The 2 weeks before surgery I was wound up tight. All kinds of things pop up in your head. In pre op I had a melt down, no one there with me made it all too real, Hagar was not there except in spirit and I did feel that. The nurses were superb, both of them had lost husbands too. What a "club".
June 21 at 16:14 EST .

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   Balogreene  Birdie, I've started wearing "compression socks", https://smile.amazon.com/Length-Compress
ion-Hosiery-Support-Stocking/dp/B0ZCBKHM
/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1468635044&
sr=8-1&keywords=compression+socks+with+z
ipper

I wear them at night, and keep my feet up while at the office. They really do work. At Amazon, Compresion sock with zipper.
July 15 at 22:06 EST .


   Balogreene  Sorry, the link doesn't work, but I gave you the search parameters.
July 15 at 22:07 EST .


   Escaped commieny  Had to wear them about a month, try this, many styles to chose
from:
https://www.amazon.com/Zipper-Compressio
n-Socks-BLACK-M/dp/B00JX5V2UA?ie=UTF8&*V
ersion*=1&*entries*=0
July 17 at 14:35 EST .




   John C  ALZ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3644980/Scientists
-REVERSE-memory-loss-time-Alzheimer-s-patients-changes-sleep
-diet-medication-exercise.html


On Drudge 6-17-16 10 subject had Alzheimer reversed via diet, food. sleep and pills.
June 17 at 07:38 EST .

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   MeiDei  A little bird (smile ) introduced me to Dr Mercola's website and an interesting article on horseradish. From a comment after:
"When I grind horseradish, I peel and cut it 1" in advance. I submerge chunks in a bowl of ice water with lemon juice added to prevent discoloration due to oxidization. When I am ready to grind it, I open all the doors in the house and turn on the kitchen exhaust fan. I grab a large bandana handkerchief and go for it. Usually, by the time I am done, my eyes are still watering uncontrollably. It is a sinus cleanser par excellence. To preserve the ground horseradish, place 1 t. salt in pint canning jar. Fill 2/3 full with ground horseradish. Gently cover to shoulder with vinegar. Screw lid on and refrigerate. Make sure horseradish stays submerged beneath vinegar. When needed, place in bowl and press dry with fork, tipping the bowl to allow excess vinegar to run into sink. Mix about 1/2 c. horseradish with 1 T. sour cream. If you wish, 1-2 drops tabasco and 2 drops lemon juice, barely a light dusting of stevia to bring out flavors. Keeps well for at least 9 months. The top layer may oxidize and discolor, but there is no harm in this. A must-have for grilled lamb!" You can find link
to website on Recipe Wall.
June 4 at 12:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  Forgot to add why horseradish has health benefits:
The many health benefits of horseradish are mainly attributed to its high nutrient and mineral content, which includes dietary fiber, vitamin-C, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and manganese, as well as its organic chemical composition of enzymes and oils, like sinigrin, a powerful glucosinolate. Who knew? Surprised me.
June 8 at 18:05 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Can't grow horseradish in our area of Florida, it needs a good frost. We grew it in New York but ground it out on the deck, it was overpowering, but oh so good. We always mixed a little beet juice in it for the Easter Ham dinner.
June 11 at 19:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm a big fan of horseradish w/beet juice (is it the NYer in us or ethnic background? ). We used it with kielbasa.
Definitely grind outside. BTW - saw a suggestion to refrigerate in plastic bag in crisper for a while if climate is an issue.
June 11 at 22:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Dental cleaning yesterday. I don't know why but I hate it. My head hurts from it. I am being whiny today. Tired from all the garden work plus the animals. At least the animals make me smile. Seems all I have been doing is going to doctors. But then I realize I have been neglecting my own health for several years. Hagar's health was paramount for a long time, now I have to make sure I will be okay. Yesterday I had to go to WalMart for a CMR. Comprehensive Medical Review. The pharmacist went over my Rx list (very short ) and explained to me the recommendations of the insurance company. Only one change in medication due to diabetes. And they would like to encourage me to get immunizations...Hep B, flu(NO! ). pneumonia (NO! ) and shingles. Maybe the Hep B because I am testing blood sugar and giving myself needles for insulin.
April 26 at 06:28 EST .

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   MeiDei  After hearing from 3 family members about shingles & one who got the shot in time vs. the 2 who didn't - I'm seriously considering the shot. One who was misdiagnosed & too late to get the shot, had over 6 mos. of intense pain & finally had to get a pain management implant - in use for nearly 2 years now.
April 26 at 19:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Discussed these vaccines with my doctor. She said not necessary. Especially hepatitis...I am using sterile needles one time. On another note...my neighbors had both been sick with respiratory something or another. She's better, he's still iffy. I asked if they had etaken the pneumonia vaccine. They did. I did not and when I got the crud it only lasted a few days. I bought zicam nose swabs. Hagar was here in nusing home and I did not want to be banned from seing him.
May 31 at 06:49 EST .

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   MeiDei  This link came to me today via email ... I also checked out some of the side bar offerings - interesting. http://www.thealternativedaily.com/benefits-of-lemon-water-a
nd-salt/?utm_source=external&utm_medium=MG&utm_campaign=irol

lie Lemons are out of season here in the NE & Himalayan Salt isn't stocked in your every day grocery store but can be found in vitamin stores & catalogs.
March 31 at 11:08 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Had the colonoscopy. Actually I had 2 of them. One Monday then a repeat on Tuesday. Seems the gallon of liquid I drank did not clean me out enough. So continued the liquid diet gor another day. My blood sugar was hard to control. I legt home it was 163 by thetime we were at the second tunnel on CBBT, it had fallen to 72. I was early for the appointment so they took me back and checked my blood sugar. By this time it was 61. They hooked me up to an IV and things levelled out. It eas over with and results are....repeat procedure 10 yrs. Phew. One hurdle.
March 22 at 08:12 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have to go for a scan on Wednesday. Not sure what to expect, but the doctor wanted to take a look. So if anyone has a spare prayer or three, I would appreciate them.
March 26 at 00:08 EST .

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   MeiDei  Consider it done, daily - good luck!
March 28 at 06:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Results of the scan are back but now I have to see a doctor. Still not sure exactly what it means but I will find out Tuesday. To say I am worried, yes I am. I refused any offer of someone to go with me.
April 4 at 06:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  How about we accompany you in spirit Tuesday, prayerfully!
April 4 at 23:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks, Mei. The trip over was not much fun with the wind and it trying to snow, and the traffic there just makes me nuts. I had a hard time getting directions to where I needed to go. They just weren't clear so I went to another forum and private messaged a lady I knew lived there in Virginia Beach. She was able to give me concise directions and I was so thankful for that. Once the appointment was over I came straight home. Trader Joe's and The Fresh Market will just have to wait til next time.
April 6 at 08:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  And the news - not as bad as you feared? Don't feel as if you have to answer that here, just me wondering prayerfully.
April 6 at 13:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Well, part of the mystery was answered, now we have to have another scan. So the one scary thing was reduced down to a maybe, and the scan will hopefully answer whatever other questions the doc has. (I do not like doctors, my BP goes high, and I have to hear "do you have high blood pressure? )I am a very simple person that does not like high volumes of traffic and sketchy directions. Plus I have been through the bowels of stress for the past year and a half with the last 8.5 months a pressure cooker.
April 6 at 16:40 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm due this month for a few scans & various tests - not fun. If they put me on the treadmill they'd better have the paddles ready.
April 6 at 18:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  There's little you cannot face Bird - after what you've been through - you're strong & flexible. I'd liken you to the Energizer Bunny but I don't want BillyJefferson seeking you out to peek under your feathers &/or confusing his security detail. : )
April 7 at 19:22 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Read an article today on Mercola.com about stress. I am in deep trouble with the stress I have been under. Trying to decompress. It's hard.
April 10 at 09:27 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Life goes on. Tuesday afternoon I fell asleep in the chair while reading and was awakened by the sound of Hagar's voice. It surprised me he wasn't here. I know I can expect lots of nudges from him. I had 9 months to get used to him not being in the house, but it is difficult not seeing him anywhere. Sometimes I can't get to sleep right away, thinking about everything he went through. But I am alright, I am tough. Had a doctors appt Tuesday just to get back to taking care of myself. We are adjusting my insulin. The A1-C was awful but I knew it would be. My BP was high at first but she rechecked it and it was fine. I explained I have been one big load of stress for over 9 months, likely a year. Blood work. Referral for a colonoscopy. Joy. Hagar called that "the rubber hose treatment".
February 25 at 10:59 EST .

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   Phooey  We love you Birdy !
February 25 at 16:16 EST .

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   Balogreene  18 years after daddy died, he sometimes still puts a hand on moms shoulder while she sits in her chair, and sometimes hugs her in bed. Hagar will always be with you, and with us, who shared his life.
February 28 at 20:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I hope he is always with me. I have been having a hard time getting to sleep in the bed. I can fall asleep in the chair, no problem. I figured it out....I always had my hand on his back when I went to sleep. It was my pacifier, my safety net. I miss it.
March 6 at 17:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  We military wives, when our husbands were away for 9-12 months, found ourselves able to fall asleep by switching to their side of the bed. Maybe an extra pillow or two on his side - 'wearing' a favorite shirt of his, might help for a while. Sleep is important.
March 9 at 09:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  I think the smell of them helps too. When daddy died, I kept several of his suit coats. They wrapped me in his essence, and his smell.

I hate to be so stupid, but, someone's husband died, and someone else here made blankies out of his shirts for the kids. I really think this is such a good idea. We need them near us, for a kinda long time.
March 10 at 21:18 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am able to fall asleep after about an hour of lying in bed with my eyes wide open. I have slept so many nights in a chair that the bed feels foreign. And I get cold easily, when Hagar was beside me he was my heater. I really miss so many things about him.
March 23 at 00:15 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Birdy, we need an update on Hagar
February 15 at 04:15 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My heart is shattered into a million pieces, Hagar lost his war on cancer late Tuesday afternoon. I watched the light in his eyes go dark, I have never felt so helpless in my life. I am at peace knowing he is no longer suffering. I am just not sure now what I am to do with myself. Thank all of you for your kind words and thoughts and many of you that helped me out in some way. I am feeling rather empty, don't know if that will go away. I am sorry that you all could not know the man that he was, the witty charming intelligent man that I called my best friend and the love of my life. I am very sad.
February 17 at 00:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  I can only share your sadness and wish you comfort. Let every loving memory glue your shattered heart back together, filling the void & kept safely with you always. With friendship & sympathy.
February 17 at 02:39 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Love you Candy, so sorry for your loss, Linda prayers were sent every day and night, the Lord wanted him now
February 17 at 06:09 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Oh Birdy, I'm so very sorry that you and Hagar had to go thru' this terrible pain. Praying here that the Lord will ease your pain and emptiness. God be with you.
February 17 at 07:37 EST .

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   StormCnter  Birdy, I am so very very sorry. There never are words to help at a terrible time such as this, but please know you are surrounded by loving, caring friends who offer anything you may need. God is with you, His arms are around you and angels are seeing your sweet husband to his home.
February 17 at 10:47 EST .

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   Linder  So sorry for your loss. Your tribute to Hagar was so sweet and we did somewhat get to know him and you through these pages. Will be with you in thought.
February 17 at 12:48 EST .

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   Gerty  Birdy, I am praying for you--that you get the strength to hold up. I am praying for the soul of Hagar---that he may be granted peace in the arms of Our Lord.

You have my e-mail address. Please use it at any time---I am here for you!
February 17 at 17:27 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Birdy, allow me to add my prayers and condolences.
February 17 at 18:05 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I'm so sorry for your loss, and pray God will lay his hand on you and give you peace while you find your way in the world without your loved one.
February 17 at 18:09 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Gerty, please email me,EC, I only have one eye working
February 18 at 07:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest  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 .

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   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  I want to speak about the nursing home. I went in with no expectations. I came out of this ordeal with much respect for the entire staff. Everyone was friendly, happy, efficient. His nurses were caring and kind. The CNA's were so good to both of us, never failing to ask if I needed anything. They weren't there to cater to me, but they always offered to get me anything I needed.There policy was no family could sleep over. I told them upfront I was not leaving him at night. Period. That is when they are short staffed and that is when the worst things happen. I stayed all but 2 nights(bad storms with super cold temps and wind ) and I slept in the chair. I was awake whenever anyone came in and I helped the CNA's clean him up. No one even thought to tell me I couldn't be there.
February 21 at 08:27 EST .

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