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Bertha Venation

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Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Current location: Charles County, MD
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a very bad night

I guess becoming unhinged because I scared my cat is a good sign of a bad night. Could use some helpful vibes. I just want to be happy again.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Apr 26, 2015, 10:55 PM (11 replies)

Disturbing dream. Graphic. Don't read if squeamish or easily offended. Had to tell someone.

I dreamed about my best friend. I adore him and he adores me.

I was in a large open work area, surrounded by a much larger open work area. It seemed like an office in a warehouse. There were other people there.

There was a bed in the office, with beige sheets and a beige blanket (colors of linens I'd never have in my house. Yuck).

My friend walked through the door and headed for the bed. He looked miserable. I knew somehow that he was very sick and had a fever.

As he laid down and covered himself up, I said, "You got what everyone else has, huh?" He asked me angrily, "what?" I said, "the creeping crud around here. Seems you got it."

Suddenly he was uncovered -- and nude. He grabbed my head between his knees and pulled me on top of him. He said, "why don't you go fuck yourself!" He threw me across the room with his knees.

I woke up shaking.

I had to tell someone. I don't feel comfortable telling my friend (yet), or my wife, or even my sister, to whom I tell everything.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Apr 21, 2015, 03:58 PM (9 replies)

Anyone know anything about something strange happening on Facebook?

Mrs. V.'s feed was inundated with broadcast sports pages, I mean just flooded. My page won't open at all. Curious.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Apr 21, 2015, 01:45 PM (7 replies)

What is this called?

There is a name for this question and I can't remember what it is. (It's "Somebody's Something.") It's driving me nuts!

A Christian asks: Wouldn't you rather believe in God and discover that he doesn't exist, or not believe in him and find that he does exist - when it's too late?

Anyone? I'm grasping at straws.

Thanks.

Cross-posted to the Christian Liberals etc. group.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sat Apr 18, 2015, 05:35 PM (8 replies)

What is this called?

There is a name for this question and I can't remember what it is. (It's "Somebody's Something.") It's driving me nuts!

A Christian asks: Wouldn't you rather believe in God and discover that he doesn't exist, or not believe in him and find that he does exist - when it's too late?

Anyone? I'm grasping at straws.

Thanks.

Cross-posted to the Atheism group.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sat Apr 18, 2015, 05:33 PM (3 replies)

Holy shit!

For the first time in months, my postprandial blood glucose is within the limit.

It's probably because my doctor increased my insulin yesterday, but I'll take it.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Fri Apr 17, 2015, 12:12 PM (0 replies)

What is your favorite memory of a pet long gone?

Most of us have memories of pets doing silly, scary, funny, weird things. What's yours? Whatever pet you had, from tiger barb to African Gray to garden variety tabby to English Mastiff, tell all. Bonus for pictures!

This is my sweet Harry, whom I called Harry le Roi.



He loved those little toy mice covered with the fur of some unknown hapless creature. He'd play with a mouse for a while, then he'd take it into the kitchen. He'd drop it by the kibble dish and take a couple of bites of kibble, then pick up the mouse and chew on it for a minute, then take another bite of kibble, another bite of mouse, etc. I believe that he liked to feel like he was eating a mouse. God, he was a funny, sweet cat. I miss him so badly.

Ok, your turn. Go!
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Mar 30, 2015, 04:48 PM (62 replies)

Did you watch Oz?

I just started the second season, and although I can quit watching right now, I am strangely fascinated. I want to see how the Beecher character plays out. And I just cannot stop watching J.K. Simmons.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Mar 29, 2015, 07:55 AM (5 replies)

The Most Urgent Question of the Day

What dish should I take to a potluck? Ideas? Or -- what's your favorite dish to take to a potluck?

Thanks!
Posted by Bertha Venation | Wed Mar 25, 2015, 03:04 PM (35 replies)

Gout in the knee.

Preliminary diagnosis today, waiting for labs to come back.

I've read about gout online, six or seven articles, textbook-type stuff. But I hope to hear from people who have/have had it. What was your treatment and how long did it take for the pain to subside? How can I keep it from coming back -- or can I?

Here's how I found out I have it. I'm not happy. I've had this pain for weeks.

I've been begging my orthopedic surgeon for six weeks to help me with my right knee. I have problems with both, and am scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on the left. But the right hurts more. A lot more. I can barely move it and it's very hard to walk. It's as big as a bowling ball. She kept saying we can't address the right knee until we fix the left.

I went in today for the last in a series of hyalgen shots in the right knee (for arthritis pain. It's not working yet). I tried to be more forceful, and pleaded with her to do something, give me stuff to do at home, anything to alleviate the pain. I even asked her for narcotics.

Damned if she didn't tell me to lay down so she could examine it -- jesus, finally! She barely touched it and I jerked and yelped. She touched it all over, and I jerked and gasped every time. She said, "I think you're gouty." She did horrible things to the knee with two big syringes and showed me the result. *shudder* She sent me for blood work and said to come back next week.

Like I said -- I'm not happy.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Wed Mar 18, 2015, 11:38 PM (17 replies)
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