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Hi Group! Will set up the "chatting place" for June as soon as I type a short message. Only in the 90s today, instead of over 100 degrees. We live in an area that gets tornados and hurricanes. We have been here for almost 25 years -- made it through 5 major storms and countless other rain events. I have never liked it here too much and could leave tomorrow and not be sad, except we would leave some grandkids behind. My brother from Hawaii is on his way to a cabin he bought last year near where my sister and our son live in N. California. Wish we were headed to California/Oregon. I have been very irritable and not too patient with my spouse. He isn't supposed to be out in the heat, but decided to wash the van yesterday when it was excessively hot. He wants to feel better and have some of his old life back -- he doesn't want to be a helpless patient. I need to get out of the house more and just trust that he won't do anything too dangerous/harmful. Will have our granddaughter for a couple of days this coming week. She did get to go to the beach one time lately. I haven't been to a beach in about three years. Take care/keep posting/be hopeful! Blessings...

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Caring for ourselves is the hardest thing when caring for others. It seems weird to be on the receiving end now. Between Tom and the three parents in their 90s and the spec ed job, I was caregiving for over 20 years. My way to cope was to eat to keep my energy up, which turned into a horrible catch 22. Now, I am working hard to get back into shape so I can kayak with the grandkids this summer. I want to take them to the observatory too. I find it strange that the cruise did not even fall onto that list. Just the kids.

I hope and pray the new treatment does wonderful things for your husband and that you can get back to Oregon soon.

I must say it is about perfect here right now. Overcast with some blue sky, mid 60s. Rhodys and Peonies in bloom. Mix of sun and rain, so everything is a lush green. My good friend in Kansas had flooding, and last night they had to take shelter for the tornado alert. She said it came in on their phone. Funnel cloud that didn't land in their area. When she was mayor it was her job to sky watch and set off the alarm in town. So she is still pretty in tune with the sky. Glad she just hunkered down with her daughter and grandkids instead. They all use the church basement as a storm shelter. Makes me wonder is it has a wood stove. Probably well stocked with food too. If we ever have another hurricane I will go to the hall in the middle of the house. No windows. Although as a nine year old it was great fun to watch the trees fall over during Hurricane Freida.

Buds, didn't eat his dinner last night, but he ate really good this morning. My friends visited me after visiting his mom. He took Buds for a run, while she and I meandered around the park for about 15 minutes. I also swam 25 minutes yesterday and had given Buds another ten minute walk.

I also drug the kayak out to hose off and start prepping for summer. That is my plan today to haul out a bucket of warm soapy water and a scrub brush and towels. I want it sparkling and it will be good exercise.

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Morning group! We got up to 104 degrees yesterday afternoon and broke more "high temp" records for this area. The lawn isn't growing because it is turning brown -- called our lawn-mowing person not to come this week. My husband had his last session of chemotherapy for his advanced lung cancer. Through the summer, every three weeks, he will receive a "biologic" medication called "Keytrudra" that is supposed to help fight the cancer on a cellular level. He mainly wants to reduce the oxygen use and maybe take a road trip to tell his family in California "good-bye". We can hope he gets some "response" to the biologic medication. Really miss being out West and seeing everyone -- now it has been more than a year since we visited. When we lived on our 160 acre farm near Philomath, Oregon, there was a cemetery across our road with graves of people who had come across the country on the Oregon Trail. My siblings and I put flowers on the graves for various holidays. Where we live now has various cemeteries dating back to the 1600's, including Indian burial grounds. In Charleston, they just uncovered several "slave" burial areas and are trying to preserve the remains. There are many churches with gravesites that are into the 1700's. Learning the history here is part of the "gifts" of having moved so far away from our home. Regarding management of cholesterol problems -- diet is an essential piece of the puzzle and even doing "heart healthy" habits such as exercise and good sleeping. Since my husband has been ill, my sleep habits are terrible -- up several times a night to check on him and stay awake long periods. He sleeps several times during the day. The schools here are closing for the summer by Friday, except for various day care and continuing education programs. My granddaughter is going to some "camps" and classes that the Technical College has all summer. Some are practical classes such as sewing and baking. She also does a ballet camp every summer. She will stay with us when her parents can't take time off from work (the classes are only 4-5 hours). When my husband came home from Vietnam in 1968, I got to meet some of the guys in his battalion. They talked to each other about their time in the military. One fellow "jumped ship" before returning because he had a girlfriend he didn't want to leave. My husband still has nightmares about what he saw over there. He doesn't talk about the experiences, but has watched some television documentaries about the war. Through the years, I have taken care of veterans and have seen how the PTSD situation changed their lives. Our military did lots of awful testing on people in the military, such as giving them various medicines/vaccines. Lots of "secrets" remain about that part of our history. Since Charleston is a port, there are many veterans who retired here. Almost June and the start of "official summer". We need rain and lower temperatures, but neither seem to be coming our way. Take care to use sunscreen products and avoid damage from the heat.

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I have a doctor appointment real soon. Am hoping the dr. will work with me to find more natural ways to keep my cholesterol healthy.

Kids and GKs came today to clean Mom and Dad's headstone. It was warm and pleasant on the hill in the country. So peaceful, I would have taken a nap out there in the cemetery. We were the only ones there too, although lot's of flowers, so people have been visiting. My son and GS found one from the civil war. It was quite a testament.

My Uncle Frank was a pilot and flew the planes but also in the turret ball as a gunner.
Uncle Mark was ground troops. He seemed more impacted by the war. I loved both those uncles. They were the babies in both their families and they gave me girl cousins my own age. My husband Tom was building airstrips in Viet Nam for the army. So was fired on a lot, but not quite as damaged as my cousin who was an infantryman and forced to fire on villages without discrimination. It is so hard to understand what they went through. But I certainly got to see the damage in later years that Tom's time in Viet Nam caused. May all of them be blessed with peace and serenity now.

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Greetings Group! Another 100 degree day, so staying indoors except to do some watering of the lawn and outside plants. Cathy -- You didn't say how much simvastatin was prescribed. Here are a few important facts about this medication: It is best taken late in the evening because it is absorbed best without too much food or in conjunction with other medications. There are many "drug interactions" that either increase or decrease its effectiveness. The most common adverse reactions are abdominal pain, constipation, headache, diarrhea, nausea, and/or vomiting. It is not to be taken with grapefruit or grapefruit juice as the interaction with the medicine may increase the drug level and cause adverse effects. There are many other "antilipemics" that can be taken instead. Liver function tests should be done at the start of the therapy and then periodically. Hope this information is useful. My day started with some guy "hacking" into my e-mail and demanding that I pay him $699.00 or he would expose me as a "pervert" -- he supposedly gained "full access" to my account and placed a malicious code on the OS of my Cisco router. I contacted the e-mail carrier and reported him. The e-mail is another account that I have used since 1996 -- this site is through our local company. He was using an old password, but it is still disturbing. Some of my bill-paying sites on that account have also been hacked of late. Gotta watch out for all those people who like to show how "technical" they are. Will see if the company can catch him. Tomorrow is my husband's eighth chemotherapy treatment for his lung cancer. He is going to switch from those medicines to just Keytruda every three weeks for the summer. Not sure how many doses of that he will be given. We live day-to-day and are grateful for our time together. We do want to try to get to the desert house at the end of summer -- he wants to see some of his long-time friends and maybe some of his relatives. Our son in N. California (the doctor who was the administrator of a rural clinic) lost his job to a 72 year old doctor who agreed to fill the position for a much lower salary. Now our son is working 48 hour ER shifts at a rural hospital (where I used to work) and trying to get back at the VA Clinic where he was working two years ago. He could get work here, but his ex-wife would take his son away from him. The boy needs his father, even if it is "part-time". Signing off with a few words of gratitude for all the veterans who fought for our freedom. I am named after an uncle who died the last week of WWII in a plane crash as a member of the US Army -- he was only in his late 20s. My father-in-law was an officer on a ship that was part of the Pacific fleet and saw every battle the last 11 months of that same war. My husband spent 11 months in Vietnam working as a Seabee near DaNang. One of hiscollege roommates was killed in combat. We went to the DC "wall" and found his name several years ago. Take care, be mindful of what happens in your neighborhoods and county and state. There are so many "hateful" happenings these days!


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You stay cool.

I have a statin issue. Since you are a nurse, I hesitate to tell you what I have done, but here goes. I have had tremors since I got home from the hospital. I just figured they were due to being unwell. Not an uncommon response for me when I am really sick with whatever. But now that I can get out and around for seven hours a day doing moderate activity and much of the other symptoms have started dropping away, I thought the tremors would have too. So I looked up side effects of simvastatin. Brain fog, check, constipation, check, nausea, check, but not tremors. I took another statin that night and then looked again in some other edu and .gov webites. It increases blood sugar and raises the risk for diabetes and causes weight gain. I don't like the sounds of that since I just got my A1Cs out of the iffy area. So last night I didn't take the statin. I don't know if this is the placebo effect or not, but no tremors at all today. I had two very brief dizzy spells, and my brain was working so good, I was able to complete and pass all of the online boating safety course. No nausea either. Which makes food much more interesting. However, I am sticking with my current plan of only eating three meals. Breakfast before 9, Lunch between noon and one and Supper between 5 and 6pm.

Tomorrow, I plan to find some really good grapefruit and eat grapefruit daily till I go back to see the doctor June 4th. I am hoping he won't argue with me about finding a more holistic way to avoid heart attacks. Enough about me.

Buds snout still looks a mess. He started spitting his pills out and I have had to shove them down his throat for a coupe days. I smartened up last night and explained to him he had to swallow the pill wrapped in turkey rather quickly so he wouldn't taste it and then He could have a bite of elk burger. I have not had a problem since. I keep forgetting how smart he is. I am also putting neosporin on his bump and coconut oiling his teeth everyday. I am just sick how bad I let his teeth get. He always had good teeth.

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Hello Group -- Got up to 98 degrees here today. Just finished doing some watering -- takes me about 2 hours to get around our place with hoses and sprinklers. It does help to ask enough questions when our pets are concerned. An elderly kitty that I loved dearly started going into kidney failure (which is very common in cats). An eager veterinarian said that she knew of someone in another state who would try to do a "kidney transplant" -- only about $4,000.00 and not a high rate of success. The cat had a few more good months, then disappeared into the woods to find her own peace. Even my last female elderly cat started losing bladder control -- another local vet. said that he could keep her alive "for a few more months". She was in major distress and I told that guy that she deserved a pain-free ending. Long week-end ahead with record-setting high temperatures. Will probably not get too far from home. Take care/have fun. Let us know, Cathy, what the heart monitor showed. I do Facebook, but only with family members and a few neighbors. Stay safe!

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I wish Melissa would come back. I miss her QOD's. I don't know if either of you follow her on Facebook, but man she has done something right with her health. She is glowing and beautiful and at a perfect weight.

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Mary Alice, Thank you. I will ask those question after the next biopsy. I know I said nose, but the lump is actually on his upper muzzle less than 3 inches from his eye. Right in line of sight. That has got to be annoying.

Lennie, glad your husband is doing a little better. Hopefully your dog will get better. Praying for your granddaughter too.

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Cathy, if they want to do major surgery on his nose ask questions. I had a 8 year old dog that got nose bleads. They wanted to send him to a Vet 50 miles away for the test to see if it was cancer. I asked about him making the trip. I was told he had a 50/50 chance of living though the diagnostic and a little less of living through cancer surgery. With those odds I chose not to put him through the stress.

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Hi Group! I guess we are mostly ladies now (with some "guy" dogs). My husband got the results of his CT Scan this week. The chemotherapy is helping his tumors shrink in both lungs. However, due to his advanced lung disease, next week will be the end of his chemotherapy. He is going to have infusions of Keytruda (a biologic medication to help the body fight the cancer at the cellular level) every 3 weeks for a few months. No real hope of him getting off the oxygen or having much improvement in his quality of life. He does want to try this so we can get out to our Nevada house and be closer to family members. We really don't want to see our granddaughter get worse due to her brain tumor. So, we just take one day at a time -- we try to have a few goals each week. So hot right now, we can't do much outside. If it gets to 100 degrees over the week-end, we will be breaking records set in the 1930s. This is tourist season in our area with multiple festivals that bring people from all over the world. Our dog is having teeth problems, also, but a dental "work-up" is about $400.00. His front leg gets better for awhile, but then he starts licking it again and limps very badly. We have gone through about $150.00 of allergy medication. Do any of you know if CBD oil can be used on dogs? We can get all forms of it (creams, drops, etc.) where we live. Sorry to read about the nose "lesion" -- hope they can do a minor surgery, not major. Blessings...

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Happy Birthday Ladies!

I sent you a birthday wish before, but apparently I didn't wait long enough to make sure it posted.

I was put on a Holter monitor today. I have to push the button when I feel weird and then record a bunch of stuff. including how I felt weird, meal times, etc. I have been dizzy since 5pm. But I did hit it when I started shivering. It is 72degrees in here.

Poor Buds, I took him in for that knot on his nose to a new vet, because I couldn't get him into his vet till end of month. It had started bleeding. She drew a sample and said he had lots of white blood cells and a couple of cancer cells. The plan at this time is to do a two week round of antibiotics, return, she will draw another sample and send it to a pathologist to determine if they need to do a major surgery or just a little one. She also said his teeth are bad. And they are. I hadn't noticed. But since I started tax season I haven't felt up to scrubbing his teeth with the coconut oil. So, we are back to doing that. I hope I can get them cleaned up and healed I don't want her pulling all his teeth.

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My sister is coming down from Denver to see Mom. Mom lives an hour away so I'll go over. Weather permitting we will go hiking.

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Hi Group! Happy birthday, Mary Alice! We have lots of May birthdays in our family. My birthday usually gets lost between Mother's Day and Memorial Day, but I still like to "party". We did go out to lunch yesterday at a Mexican food place -- my son and his family joined us. I got some yard decorations because I decorate for all the seasons and the major holidays. Wish we could get some rain -- very dry here and I spend hours trying to keep the lawn and bushes from getting dried out. So many bad storms in various areas that we usually travel through. Guess we are stuck here until we find out if my husband is getting more cancer treatments. Sure miss being in Oregon and California. Haven't seen my family there in over a year. Share what you are doing to celebrate the national holiday this week-end.

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Happy Birthday Lennie. My Birthday is tomorrow.

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Happy Saturday, Mutt Group! It is my birthday, so guess I should be thankful for another year. Read your blog, Cathy -- sounds like the usual "run around" that women have to put up with -- men get immediate attention! July is way too far away -- keep fighting and insisting that you get to be monitored SOON! You know that sleep apnea is a major risk factor for heart problems, even if you use your machine every night. I am into my tenth year with CPAP. My dear neighbor (a real macho man) died four years ago of a massive heart attack in the middle of the night -- he had been diagnosed with sleep apnea and no one mentioned that he should probably consult a cardiac doctor. The week he died, he told me that he was "really tired" and couldn't do all the chores he had lined up to do that week. He was in his mid-60s. Now that I am in my 70s, I have to try harder to reduce the "risk factors" -- I do take "statins", try to eat low fat meals, walk at leas 1/2 mile a day, and avoid sweets. Now my risk factors include being a full-time caregiver and not being able to sleep more than a few hours at a time. Really need to find a "helper" to be a companion to my spouse so I can "get away" for more than an hour at a time to run errands and do something "fun". This week our local son stayed with his father while I went to a dental appointment and grocery shopped. The doctor that I see is a young woman who really "goes by the book", but I don't think she sees too many people in my age group. She does keep up with the Medicare regulations and I get lab. work done every year. So sorry that you had that "bleeding episode" -- Motrin is a blood thinner, as well as all aspirin products. Some of the OTC sleeping medicines include Motrin/Advil -- the latest info. regarding "low dose aspirin" for "prevention" is being reviewed because it is best taken after someone has a heart attack (sustained use can increase the risk for strokes). Women have a much higher cardiac risk than men, especially as they age.

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Mother's Day Blessings to both of you too.

Well, Lennie, you were right of course. Thank you for giving me the advice about the slow heart beat. The chest pain started amping up. Still being ignored by the doctors when I ask about it. I wondered if a clot caused the angina. I also had a fall the week before. It was jarring, but I really didn't hurt much on the outside. Wonder if I shook some plaque loose. I will let you read my chaotic blog. Still not editing it. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
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Happy Mothers day to all mothers. I went to church with Mom and we spent the afternoon together.

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Hi Group! Want to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day -- hope you have had some special moments with your children/grandchildren. Our local son brought our granddaughter over for a short visit -- they gave me a plant to add to my collection. The girl and I had done shopping for her Mother -- there are cute items with "llamas" and some of them are "Mama Llamas". Found a good number of items that she can display (pillow case, trinket dish, small flag, and some figurines). Our daughter-in-law was tired from her long work week and an evening at their church. Weather here has been cloudy and we get a few warnings about "severe storms" coming our way. My husband has been watching a golf tournament and a baseball game. Our son in Florida called to say "hello". His wife hasn't had a good week -- her aunt died, her father was sick with pneumonia, and the daughter with the brain tumor had another seizure and required another MRI test. Our son from N. California will be calling soon -- he usually checks in with us on Sunday evening. He sent some special cookies for me to share. Hope you are doing better Cathy -- let everyone know how you are. Blessings...

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Greetings team -- Taking my husband for his first CT Scan since he started chemotherapy treatments two months ago. Trying to find out if the wicked medications he gets via IVs are helping or just staying ahead of the growth of the tumors in both lungs. In July, I will have been a registered nurse for 50 years. I try not to give "advice" because that can be dangerous. However, having a heart rate in that low range, Cathy, is not good -- you are at risk for having "clots" and you shouldn't be having "chest pains". I would seek medical attention as soon as possible. It could be a heart or lung problem -- the systems work together to keep the blood flowing to your organs and especially the brain. Most of my husband's golf buddies have various types of heart problems and he has taken them to doctors and treatments even down in Charleston. If you just want to do "research", you can use the internet and even "talk" to a real doctor who will suggest which type of specialist to help you. Please don't wait until June to seek help! This week, one of the golf guys was very dizzy -- it turned out to be an inner ear infection. That guy is 81 years old. Women have much different symptoms than men when it comes to heart and lung problems. They also tend to have more damage when they finally seek attention. We care about you -- let us know what you find out! Meanwhile, I have at least two hours of "hospital" time with my spouse, but won't know the results until his next cancer treatment in 10 days.

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Cathy take care of yourself, breathing and balance problems don't mix good

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I had to look that up. According to Wiki May Day started as a tribute to the Roman Flower God. The communists co-opted it to be their International Workers Day. The Christians decided to use it to celebrate Spring and honor Mother Mary. It is also associated with Beltane.

Such a fun little day with so many incarnations. I thought about putting flowers on my GDs door, but they all looked pretty bad. I am between flowers now.

We all made May baskets as I was growing up and later when I taught preschool.

Healthwise, I am having some interesting things going on that I can't decide what to do about. Heart beat was between 48 and 51 last two times I went to the dentist. I am also dizzy a lot, which is very different from the vertigo I used to struggle with. I do have a doctor appt in June. Wondering if I should call an advice nurse and speed that up. I am also very weak and tired. I can't seem to get my walking back up to full capacity. My weight is fluctuating rapidly too. I have chest pains and severe back pains, but also have a lot of gas. I guess I can't mix dairy and wheat anymore. Enough whining for now. Seems so petty compared to what a lot of people are going through.


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I use to go up to doors, put my flowers by the door, ring the bell and run like crazy. Then people started asking if I was communist. They would tell me Mayday is a communist holiday.

I'm breathing better. I don't have any problem with the gas and oil as it comes out of the ground, but I'm allergic to the refineries, petrochemical plants, exhaust for cars and machinery and any other emissions from using petroleum. I have moved to a town that is huge in area, but has a population of 2,000 people. The next nearest town has a population of 198. 50 miles away is a city of 10,000 and 350 miles away is a city of 200,000.

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Greetings for the merry month of May. Did you cut May flowers and sneak some to neighbors or friends? We used to do that when I was growing up for "May Day". I did plant some more flowers along the front walkway to add some color to the yard. The deer will probably find them because they come almost every night to see what they can eat around the trees and bushes and under the bird feeders. So strange to be in South Carolina this time of year -- we are usually in Nevada or California. My husband is going to continue with his chemotherapy treatments if they are working to reduce the tumors in both lungs. If the medications are not doing much, then he will probably just take a pill to help boost his immune system. None of the therapies are a "cure", but he does better for a few days by having his breathing improve. So very sad to see him struggle and cough and choke and keep losing weight. Post what is happening to you and your family members and how you are doing with your health and your pets.

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