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3 hours ago · Finding Relief with Fellow Patients: Meet @gardeningjunkie  in About Connect: Who, What & Why

@parus Our oil bill is pretty expensive but I cannot stand being cold. Right now I have the heat turned up to @72 but my eyeballs are cold! Seriously, how many people get cold eyeballs? The outside temp is only 20 today. I think I won't go out until a bit later when hopefully it will have warmed up a bit.
JK

3 hours ago · Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More in Just Want to Talk

@lioness The immunosuppressants limit which statin I can use. The doctor who prescribed this seemed to be reasonably knowledgeable about the limitations. So, we will see.
JK

16 hours ago · Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More in Just Want to Talk

@imallears It is definitely a "crap shoot". Oddly, my husband will not eat avocados but on the rare occasion that I get him into the supermarket he picks out the best ones! He is of Italian heritage and I swear that Italians have more of an appreciation and feel for produce. If I have a good one I will put lime juice on it and wrap it in saran wrap and it is good the next day as long as I just slice off the very top.
Speaking of avocados, I read not long ago that the best way to keep guacamole is to cover it with water! Then just pour the water off, and the little that remains on the surface can either be blotted off or stirred in. I haven't tried it yet, the only time there is guac in the house is when my kids are visiting. It would be a waste to make for just me.
JK

16 hours ago · Liver transplant support group in Transplants

@rowdyramsey Ramona, a hospitalist told me when I was being discharged from an inpatient stay due to HE that they could have a permanent effect on your brain. Not a great thing to tell a person really but perhaps she just wanted to impress upon me the necessity of using the dreaded lactulose to avoid HE. Other people generally seem to not think that though, so it is a very controversial question. I am really interested in what you hear after having brain scans. When are these scheduled?
JK

16 hours ago · Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More in Just Want to Talk

@ayeshasharma I will have to have an avocado the next time I am feeling unfunctional! Of course with my recent luck I will probably cut it and discover it has all of those brown spots or lines inside. I did have a perfect one last night.
JK

17 hours ago · TKR: Raised toilet seat, railings, walker, wedge pillow, cyro-cuff? in Joint Replacements

@saeternes That's great! I'm surprised if you can do the elliptical that you can't do the bike. All of that strengthening will pay off when you are recuperating. That's a lot of exercise! I do weight equipment every other day, but I really should pay more attention to stretching too. On the days I don't do the gym I either do water or my recumbent bike. I love the elliptical but now that I have discovered that I have osteoporosis I have been told that the treadmill is better for that so I'm doing that now — boring.
JK

22 hours ago · Have you had plastic surgery to help improve vision? in Eye Conditions

@hopeful33250
I had eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, in the spring. My ophthalmologist had suggested it last year but I didn't think it was bad enough to bother with, but somehow, between last Christmas and April, my eyelids seemed to get much worse. I say that time frame because there are pictures of me at Christmas where my eyelids don't look that bad but by spring they were totally covering my eyelashes.

My ophthalmologist, who is one of the few local doctors whom I consider to be excellent, used to have a doctor come up from Lahey Clinic to do his patients but she was discontinuing this just when I needed it so I went to Lahey in MA to her. She is excellent. I am very happy with the results. My ophthalmologist thought for sure I would qualify. When I went to Lahey they tested my field of vision and I did qualify for it to be covered by Medicare.

The tiny stitches on my eyelid amazed me — such precision! I do still have pinkish eyelids but if I am going somewhere special I use a concealer on them. I have a friend in Seattle who had it done about three years ago and she still has pink eyelids so I think it takes a very long time for that to fade, if it ever does completely. I did use cold packs frequently, I no longer have the post-surgery instructions but I do remember it was quite often, each time for a limited number of minutes. I had some that had a gel in them that you put in a cloth sleeve. I actually had them from the days when I had migraines because the cool pack on my forehead gave a tiny bit of relief. She also gave me an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment — erythromycin — to use on them for the first two weeks. Erythromycin is safe around your eyes, you can even put it in your eye. I had to once when I had a corneal abrasion, back when I wore contact lenses.

I know that you are very conscious of researching your doctors, Teresa. There are some plastic surgeons who do eyelids but if you have it done I have heard and read that it is best done by an ophthalmologist who specializes in eyelid plastic surgery. I think it's called oculoplastic or something like that. I am very happy with the results, both from the vision standpoint, and from the appearance standpoint.
JK

23 hours ago · Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More in Just Want to Talk

@lioness Hmm, I guess chicken livers are out for me then, I have recently been diagnosed with high cholesterol. I have been prescribed pravastatin which I will pick up at the pharmacy today. There are many of the statins that are not compatible with immunosuppressants and the doctor who prescribed this seemed to know all about that. I did of course check with my transplant team also.
What do you take? Have you had any side-effects from taking a statin?
JK