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  1. Neetu's Avatar
    Very challenging to be a caregiver, midnight. My thoughts go out to you.
  2. Firemajic's Avatar
    It is one of the most exhausting things, to be a care giver... I did that for my husband for over 10 years and until his death... there are good days and tuff days... but I would not allow anyone else to take care of him...I think it is the ultimate act of love...

    Hang in there and rest when you can... *hugs*....
  3. midnightpoet's Avatar
    error above blood sugar was 58.
  4. Winston's Avatar
    Ever have the overwhelming need to rant? Shout to the heavens about how life is unfair?
    Why yes. Yes I do.
    It sounds like you could be much more bitter than you sound. You stoicism is good to see. Your grit has got you this far, it will carry you the rest of the way.
    Please, continue to rant. It's therapeutic.
  5. Plasticweld's Avatar
    I went through a similar experience getting mine. Three trips to the DMV I had to wait until I could get a copy of my social security card which somehow I managed to loss in the 46 years since I got it...gee not in my wallet, Huh!

    New York now wants to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens. I have been here 37 years and it took me three weeks to get mine....

    Write the humor piece, I am looking forward to it.
  6. escorial's Avatar
    What's 6 foot long and stinks of piss...pensioners queing for their pension at the post office
  7. Winston's Avatar
    When I was a 19 year old Marine, the other Jar-Heads called me Old Man. Mostly because the way I dressed going on leave.
    But some of us are born with that state-of-mind.

    And slow down! My street isn't your darn racetrack!
  8. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Always appreciate the male perspective. We wives can forget that the honey dew list can be a bit much. Stay hydrated!
  9. dither's Avatar
    I should have known when to stop as you did.
    I did a bit of weed clearing in the front garden this morning, some how manage to strain something, and now I'm struggling to walk. Hope it's just a muscle-strain. Living and learning eh?

    I really should stick reading.
  10. escorial's Avatar
    Cool...
  11. Smith's Avatar
    Well hopefully she doesn't see this! ;P

    I'm worse than you are at remembering these sorts of things. Believe me.

    Too bad it wasn't April 1st. Would make for the perfect excuse.
  12. TuesdayEve's Avatar
    It’s the little things we often overlook.
    I’ve found my day is always filled with
    many little miracles...others my say
    coincidence but over the years there
    a pattern which relates to ones
    attitude and intention. And... it helps to
    be observant as well as allowing the
    miracles to occur...although they occur
    anyways, we aren’t always aware of them,
    attidude and intention are huge in helping
    to create our miracles as is being receptive
    and thankful.
  13. Smith's Avatar
    "Courtesy and respect"

    "
    humility and professionalism"

    "
    thick skin"

    "
    If a person attacks you, ignore it."

    This has to be the most bigoted advice ever. HOW DARE YOU. /sarcasm

    Thanks for sharing midnight. Hope you're doing well.
  14. escorial's Avatar
    being poor makes you appreciate all the things you haven't got
  15. Jack of all trades's Avatar
    IBS And Chron's are related to dairy issues. I have a sibling with Chron's. Cutting out all dairy should help.

    Also, daily probiotics may help, instead of the fecal transplant. Just be careful what you choose since many have cultures grown in dairy, which would, at least initially, aggravate the situation.

    Also look into prebiotics.
  16. escorial's Avatar
    17.....2018...do you count down or up to the new year
  17. sas's Avatar
    UTI is common in women. Often can make them irritable, irrational for no apparent reason. Antibiotics work within 24 hours.

    Chron's is more difficult to manage. You seem to question the calibre of medical help there, so be sure it is IBS and not C-diff. I birthed a physician, they are not Gods. They, too, wore diapers.

    .
  18. midnightpoet's Avatar
    Thanks, sas - the baby monitor is a good idea. On the infection Vickie doesn't take many antibiotics. She had Chron's disease, which the dr has diagnosed as progressed to IBS w/ diarrhea. What she had in the hospital was UTI.
    Of course, from a 1975 appendicitis attack she lost 3 ft of colon so that doesn't help.
    I'll admit these doctors out here in the boondocks may not be the best, but they're all we got (how we ended up here is a long sad story).
    I do appreciate your concern and your suggestions though.
  19. sas's Avatar
    Regarding not hearing Vickie. I put two baby monitors in my parent's home. They had bedrooms on opposite sides of their home. Each could then hear the other. Think I had to have them on different frequencies. They are inexpensive and work like a charm.
  20. sas's Avatar
    If you do not believe me on the following information, go to the Mayo Clinic website. Plug in C. difficile, which is most likely what your wife has. My parents struggled years with this serious, and deadly, infection. It is highly contagious, found in hospitals, etc, and, especially, where the elderly are. Over use of anti-biotics have created this problem.

    Antibiotics have been used to treat it, but often ineffectually. It is a vicious cycle. Recently, a new and 90% effective treatment has been given. It is a fecal transplant of stool from a healthy donor (could be you) into the patient's intestines. It provides and produces healthy intestinal bacteria. Don't take this problem lightly. Find a physician that is familiar with this. Do not be squeamish. Health is at stake.

    Hope helpful. Sas
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