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Sun, Mar 10 10:32am · How to talk to my doctor & share research/knowledge I have found? in Just Want to Talk

@susangs I am glad to hear that you have tried subtle means to talk to your doctor. Don't worry. It is okay if you cry. We as humans have emotions and living with such fear and uncertainty as you are can easily lead to significant anxiety and depression, which may need to additional treatment requirements. Blessings to you.

Sat, Mar 9 11:23pm · How about a laugh, (hopefully) in Just Want to Talk

Little Johnny had a bad habit of passing gas very loudly. When his mother was having the Ladies Lawn Club over she admonished him not to pass gas while the ladies were there. He objected, of course, saying that he could not help himself; they just built up and had to come out. His mother compromised with him and told him that if he could absolutely not help it he should go to the bathroom or just let them gently "slide out."
Mother was on edge all through the Club meeting, but Johnny was a gem and nary a fart was heard. After the ladies left mother praised and thanked Johnny for not passing gas while the ladies were there. Johnny replied by sitting down, removing his boots and shaking them out. Mother asked why he was shaking his boots and Johnny replied, "There's your damn slideouts!"

Sat, Mar 9 9:25pm · How to talk to my doctor & share research/knowledge I have found? in Just Want to Talk

@susangs I often mention alternatives I have found through research, friends, family and other sources. It opens the discussion and helps me understand why we are using the treatment plan that we are using. Over time my physicians have come to expect this of me. If your physician objects to you becoming as familiar as possible with your situation, the are not the right physician for you. He/she is not a god, nor should you follow them as one. At best you and your physician become a coordinated team looking for the best care for your continuance. Courage and blessings to you.

Thu, Mar 7 11:54pm · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Chronic Pain

@grandmar I know very little about dry needling, but for me it is similar to acupuncture, but goes deeper and works on scar tissue and nerve endings. The needles are hooked up to a machine similar to a tens unit and the "power" is adjusted by the therapist according to your pain level tolerance.

Thu, Mar 7 11:43pm · Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More in Just Want to Talk

@ktracyf Like you, I am eating more "bland" food than ever. One of my "go to" recipes is a modification of risotto. I use the ration of 1 cup rice to 5-6 cups chicken broth. Set up your chicken broth to warm. Dice 1 onion, 3 carrots and 3 stalks celery. Cover the bottom of a large kettle with 1 tsp oil and saute in order the onion, celery and carrot; salting after each addition. When the vegetables are softened, add the rice and stir together. Add enough broth to cover the rice and simmer; adding broth as necessary (about every 20 minutes) to keep the rice covered. Stir after each broth addition until the rice is done. Do not stir constantly after adding the rice and broth, just after each addition of broth. When the rice is done stir in (whip) 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese and serve. I hope you like it.

Wed, Mar 6 3:04pm · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Chronic Pain

@grandmar I sympathize with your back pain and resultant issues. I also sought out many "alternative" treatments to solve my back pain, which ultimately did more harm than good. I am praying for understanding and a clear plan of action following your appointments. Meanwhile, I highly recommend PT and a therapist that can provide dry needling. It helped me immensely with the post-surgical pain. I did not understand how traumatized my muscles and nerves were until I went through the dry needling and PT. Blessings to you.

Wed, Mar 6 1:49pm · How about a laugh, (hopefully) in Just Want to Talk

Little Steve was rather outspoken, so his mother talked to him before her ladies group came over to make sure he did not say anything inappropriate. She reviewed things not to talk about like being fat, eating too much, eating with their mouth open, being ugly or homely, etc. When the ladies arrived Steve was the model of tact, but fidgety. He kept going to the door and looking out the window. Finally his mother asked him what he was looking at and he responded, "Nothing" but kept checking the door and window. Finally his mother asked him why he kept going to the door and looking out the window. he responded, "I'm looking for those clowns you said were coming over today."
Lesson: Never say anything in front of your children that you do not want them to repeat!

Mon, Mar 4 7:17pm · How about a laugh, (hopefully) in Just Want to Talk

A cowboy came into the bar, ordered three whiskey sours and took a seat at a table. When the drinks came he drank a little out of each glass until they were gone. Then he left. He came in every week and repeated the same routine. The bartender finally asked him why he always ordered three drinks and sipped them one at a time until they were gone. He replied that he was away from home and missed his brothers. They used to always go to a bar and share drinks. So when he left home they all agreed to continue the practice. The second and third drinks represented his brothers at home. The bartender thought this was an unusual but heartwarming practice. After about a year the cowboy came in and ordered two whiskey sours and a glass of coke. Again the revised ritual went on and on until the bartender asked him about it. The cowboy explained that one of his brothers had been drafted, sent to war and killed in battle, so now he was drinking to his memory. Another year later the cowboy changed his order again, this time ordering a whiskey sour, a glass of coke and a glass of 7-Up. The bartender said, "Oh no, did your other brother die?" The cowboy responded, "No,, he stopped drinking."