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Bertha Venation

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Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Current location: Charles County, MD
Member since: Wed Oct 15, 2003, 09:30 PM
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Lounge might be the wrong place but I need to unload

and the Lounge is filled with friendlies.

For many years I've been in denial about the state of my health. To the point where, if asked on a doctor's form to gauge the state of my health, I mark "good."

I had a come-to-jesus meeting with myself last night and this morning. I forced myself to face the fact that my health is not good. I have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a couple of significant psych diagnoses. I take a handful of pills twice a day. And FFS, I'm 130 pounds overweight.

Good health, indeed.

I've made few serious attempts to lose weight since diabetes diagnosis ten years ago, but when I have truly tried, I've done well for a few weeks, then failed. What worked the best was counting carbs. Writing down everything I eat and counting up the carbs. Doc says three meals and three snacks per day. Meals 30-45 carbs, snacks 15-20 carbs.

I have to write it, with ink on paper. I can't do it online. If I do, I make the entries and they're gone; I don't look back at them. I need to look daily at what I've written - at what I've eaten. If it's written in a notebook I keep at hand, it will be better.

I'll take advice if you have any.

I'm 52 years old, and I want to see my wife, 11 years older, through old age. I want to grow old with her. I want to have many, many years together. I won't have that if I continue to ruin my health.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Aug 2, 2015, 12:56 PM (40 replies)

question for those who know about the hiring process

At what point in the hiring process is a background check done?

Thanks
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jul 26, 2015, 02:34 PM (17 replies)

I think my meds have fried my brain. Your experience?

I can't sustain a thought for more than a couple of seconds, can't concentrate on anything. My short-term memory is crap. Just crap. And just now I'm doing my budget and I have to go over every number several times to try to convince myself that it's right, and I'm still not convinced. And I'm using a spreadsheet.

I have taken four psych drugs for about six years.* They work fantastically well. There's been one slight change in all that time that didn't throw me off balance. We've made four other attempts through the years that proved disastrous. Although my psychiatrist and I talk about it on every visit, and she wants very badly to get me off of at least one of these, I don't see a future in getting off any of them.

I can't help but think it is the meds that have fried my brain. Of course I could be wrong - but how to tell? I'm all beshit and forty miles from water.

What's been your experience with meds/brain function?

* I've taken meds for depression for about 30 years
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jul 26, 2015, 12:31 PM (16 replies)

What do you listen to? Looking for Music. Esp. Pandora users.

I am trying to expand my mind (yes, I already have some acid rock) and heart and listening library. Maybe you can help!

Pandora users: will you please tell me what channels you listen to, and what genres they play?

Others: will you please tell me what you listen to?

Also, I'd be interested in podcasts, if you have any you'd care to mention.

THANKS!
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Jul 21, 2015, 10:30 PM (7 replies)

The thing about how someone on welfare can have nice things

I need to find this for a discussion I'm in on FB.

It's written in the first person. About how her cell phone is an annual xmas gift from her father, her kids' toys are gifts, etc.

If you know what I'm talking about, do you know where to find it?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Fri Jul 10, 2015, 10:42 PM (1 replies)

An employment question

I have an interview tomorrow, a 40-hr-per-week position with the state's attorney's office. This was advertised as a part-time position. A day after we arranged the interview, the office's HR rep called me to say, "did I tell you that this position is 8:00 - 4:30, but with no benefits?" At the time I didn't think about it. I said, "no, but that's fine."

At first I thought, no insurance. That's fine; I'm on my wife's insurance and wasn't going to use my employer's anyway. But then I realized, this is a government job. I ought to have a state pension.

What do you think?

I dunno. If I get the job, I'm not going to fight it. I need the job. But I am going to keep my ears open for other opportunities there.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Wed Jun 17, 2015, 10:00 PM (12 replies)

What is your opinion of Linked-In?

I'm trying to decide whether having a profile on that site will help or hinder (or neither) my job search.

Opinions?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Jun 15, 2015, 03:01 PM (4 replies)

CAMPERS: A Towel Question - What Do You Use?

Hi, me again, first-time camper this August!

I'm reading about microfiber ultra compact fast-drying towels. I've also talked to some campers who just use regular bath towels.

What do you use when you go camping?

Thanks!
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jun 7, 2015, 07:06 PM (30 replies)

A question for English grammar geeks

Here's a segment of a sentence in an article I just read:

"he wished someone would have told him"

Should this ought not to be

he wished someone had told him

??

Thank you.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 02:40 PM (4 replies)

With whom was your first kiss? But not *just* your first kiss . . .

The first kiss that did something for you, that turned you on.

My first kiss was with a boy, Gregg Burgess. I like him because he was a musician. I liked his company. But he wanted more than company, and after seeing "Alien," we sat in his car and necked. I was very uncomfortable with it, but didn't think to put a stop to it.

But my first kiss that made my parts shout, "hey! Hey, we're down here! Make something happen!" was with a woman, Karen Reid, and she became my first lover. In the dorm at Los Angeles Baptist College. I love that part of the story.

Please, if you like, tell your tale.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 11:53 AM (11 replies)
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