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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 36,286

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

Some wild ass speculation posted for further discussion:

1. We know the old recommendation for Vitamin D was based on how much was needed to avoid rickets, an acute disease.

2. Recently, medical scientists have proposed much higher recommendations based on prevention of chronic disease and/or improvement of the immune system, etc.

3. What if Linus Pauling was right about Vitamin C?

I'm repeating myself,but Elliot Stabler from Law & Order is a bad cop.

How many times have we seen him beating a suspect upon arrest or during interrogation? But, what about all the other cops who know this is what he does, and cover up for him? On a program that prides itself on being close to reality, this may be the most real aspect.

How many times have we heard a fictional cop yelling "Stop or I'll shoot!" Yet, as far as I know, no one is allowed to shoot a fleeing suspect in real life.

Tolerance? Who am I to tolerate you?

Acceptance? Who made me the doyen of what is "normal and what is "not normal" and gave me the right to "accept" what i classify as not normal?

We need a new word for this. How about "what the hell was I thinking"? It's long,but I think it captures the truth of the matter. Alternatively, "How could I be so stupid for so long?!?!"

What ever happened to carpel tunnel syndrome?

I had it years ago when I was a stay at home mom- it's real and very painful and was probably tied to my Sjogren's (though I didn't know that at the time.)

People blamed it then on computer key boards,

My Fair Lady v Pygmalion

When I was a kid, we all thought My Fair Lady was the epitome of taste, and couldn't understand George Bernard Shaw's take at all. After seeing a recent high school production, I have to cringe at the "Bless their dear hearts, isn't it good women have us to run the world?" attitude crowned by Eliza's return to Professor Higgens.


Syracuse needs to drop its mascot - The Orangeman is deeply offensive

to John Boehner and many who keep our tanning salons solvent.

Hey - let's give a shout-out to all the druggies out there!

Thanks to you, if I need more pain medication, I have to be personally transported 25 miles to the doctor to be personally presented with a written slip which I then hand carry to the pharmacy.

Thanks to you, I have to be personally transported 20 miles to a different doctor to get a refill or any change to my Lyrica dose, where I get a hand written slip to be hand carried to the pharmacy. And as my husband says, just why the Hell is Lyrica on anyone's list of scheduled drugs!

God Bless Barack Obama! I think the day will come that the ACA will be as revered as Social Security

My husband's company has always had good insurance, so Obama did nothing for me,right?

Well, right now I have cancer.

Thanks to the ACA -

My husband can change jobs at any and get the same good insurance.

My doctors communicate with me and each other electronically. Sitting here right now looking more like a pin cushion than a hedgehog, not having to repeat blood work is a big plus.

My case is supervised by a doctor who isn't being overworked and closely monitored by a Nurse Practitioner who has time to ask questions - a change in medical practice that offers better care at a lower price.

Info is being gathered and examined to determine best practice for all kinds of conditions - including mine.

There are no limits on my medications - I'll have all the chemo I need.

There are no limits on any hospital care - something I'm hoping to avoid, but hey, who knows what's ahead?

1. I know it's not single payer, but SS is a different animal than when it first came out; I expect good changes ahead.

2. This isn't meant as a sympathy post - just a reminder of what the ACA means to a lot of people.

ANn fans of "Once Upon a Time?" Want to guess as to which Disney character

turns up next?

Sooooo, in the last 2 years, I've lost 55 pounds with another 30 to go.

I've been on a roller coaster this month after my sonogram to determine if I had gallstones showed that I have cancer. I start chemo Monday.

So, today I open one of those patient information pages that lists your medications and appointments, and what is the first item on the list? Before the block that gives my name and address, at the very top of the page, is a cheery little section noting that my BMI is too high and I should really work on that by eating well and exercising more! Like I don't know that. Like I haven't spent two years watching every calorie I eat. Like that's the first thing on my mind right now.
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