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Tue, Jun 16 6:07pm · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

I love your rendering! It seems mysterious to me. Thanks.

Mon, Jun 15 11:47pm · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

I didn't use the whole bottle. I actually wanted to keep some medicine in case I got another flare. I still have the part of the bottle I didn't use. I know mine was probably from too much sugar, especially since I'm T2 diabetic.

Mon, Jun 15 2:16pm · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

I'm happy to hear that you are cancer free Parus. I wasn't aware you'd had cancer before. I took a hiatus from Connect while I campaigned for our Representative here–he was successfully elected in 2018. I'm now back as a Volunteer Mentor again, and I'm happy to see you are here still.

I wanted to let you know that you inspired me to paint again. Although I haven't been very disciplined about doing it on a regular basis, I did paint the oil of my husband that is attached here. Now a friend has asked me to paint a picture for her birthday in July, so I'll do that.

Mon, Jun 15 1:52pm · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

I too had "thrush" a couple of years ago. I used the Nystatin mouth wash as well and it worked great. I was so surprised when I got the oral yeast infection. I can't remember if they figured out why I got it. Feel better!

Mon, Jun 15 12:25pm · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles


Have you looked into Medicare Advantage for your coverage? I switched 2 years ago and my husband, who's also on MA, and I are both happy with it. We are on the Kaiser Permanente Orange County plan, and although we have co-pays, it's still less than my former Medicare along with Supplemental Insurance. MA covers medication, and I pay an extra $20/month for dental, hearing, eye care, and gym membership. Medicare Advantage costs only the monthly Medicare cost of $140. The yearly deductible is less than my previous Medicare plus Supplemental.

You may find that it's a good thing for you. I recommend that you check it out.

Sun, Jun 14 5:50pm · Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety. in Depression & Anxiety


I've not taken Escitalopram, which is different from Citalopram. I have no problems with it since I titrated onto it 8 years ago. I'm sorry you had problems and glad that you followed your doctor's recommendations. What are you taking now? Is it working for you?

Sun, Jun 14 5:46pm · Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety. in Depression & Anxiety


No, I've never taken Effexor, I've only ever had Citalopram. I've had no problems with Citalopram after I titrated onto it. I'm so much happier and freer on it. Panic attacks and depression are gone.

Fri, Jun 12 10:56am · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@lioness @artscaping

Thanks for your responses to my post. I've been struggling with my choice to not take medication for Osteoporosis, which is why I posted it here. I want to do the things that will maintain my bones and joints. I had a laminectomy on my L5-S1 about 4 years ago due to it pressing on my spinal cord. It was successful. I still have a problem with my L4, which has slipped over my L5. I don't want major surgery for it, so my chiropractor uses Active Release Technique (ART) to keep me going pretty much pain free.

Since I had bariatric bypass surgery 6 years ago, I have been taking double the multivitamins that one would normally take. In addition I take 5000 units of D3 daily and a new liquid Calcium supplement that I found online. My iron runs low so I take an extra 45 mg each evening. I have fallen a couple of times in the last year with fortunately no broken bones. I did break the radial head on my left elbow in a fall 14 years ago, but it healed quite nicely. My bones have tended to dislocate rather than break.

I was surprised to learn here that once you start Prolia, you must continue taking it. I'll be curious to learn about the other medications, especially Evenity, and their side effects. My mother-in-law's femur (thigh bone) broke when she turned to get her mail at the box outside her house. She had been taking Fosamax. Another friend developed cancer in her jaw and she had also been taking Fosamax. Both have affected my choices. Thanks for letting me share.