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1 day ago · Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More in Just Want to Talk

@merpreb Air in these here parts isn't so great right now either. Thankful for my little habitat and AC. I do keep fresh water out several times a day for our feathered friends. I even freeze water bottles and place in the bird bath. They love it!!!

1 day ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

@merpreb I have 5 more treatments with the BCG and if no infection returns treatments will go to once a month and so on. This was a positive experience as the nurse does the instillation of the BCG. She has been so helpful and informative. We both have a sense of humor and this makes the procedure feel less invasive. I have positive things to say about how this is being handled once we all were able to get on the same page. This type of thing is never something pleasant and it helps to have staff who realize the embarrassment that accompanies. The side effects from the 1st treatment have not been bad thus far. The nurse told me the side effects typically increase with each treatment. At least now I no longer dread it so much. I was the only one there that day for a treatment. Nice to once again be treated with compassion with a dash of humor.

1 day ago · Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More in Just Want to Talk

I tried something new and found it to be quite yummy, easy to fix and no mess to clean up. Plums are starting to come into season as well as apples. I cut and cored 1 tart apple and cut it into small chunks, then I did the same with a black plum. I placed both in aluminum foil with a healthy sprinkling of cinnamon and also a few raw cranberries as I like the sweet and tart thing. I baked this for 1 hour in a 350 degree oven then turned the oven off and allowed the fruits to remain for another 30 minutes or so. I added no sugar or extra sweetener. I found this combination to be a real taste treat!! Leaving the peelings on of course as the pectin formed a sticky, sweet glaze.

2 days ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

Hello all. Stopping in to say hello and let you know the BCG treatment went well today. I was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer and have chosen to go a less invasive route. There was no sign of infection 6 weeks after the diagnosis and I am grateful. Hoping infection does not return. So far, so good. Thanks for the support from others. I am taking some time to nurture myself and still checking in at the cyber table from time to time. Heat warnings out in my area for the next 4 days. Thankful for AC!!

2 days ago · Facet Joint Injections - Anyone had success? in Spine Health

I had some relief with the facet joint injections with a numbing agent. Will now be have a rhizotomy in the near future.

3 days ago · Anyone Else With PTSD? in Mental Health

@jenniferhunter Thank you for your input. I have now started taking a small sketch pad with me everywhere I go that is scary for me. Due to spinal issues I am not able to draw and paint as I would like to be doing. My safe place. My support comes from connect members. Fear does increase pain. Having an anxiety disorder as well causes more challenges. Doctors/nurses
don't have the time to deal with these disorders and I understand. Takes a lot of psyching myself up to get to appointments.
at times I want to give up. I think about my 4 year old grandson and how he adores me. I then know I must keep trying.

6 days ago · Anyone Else With PTSD? in Mental Health

The PTSD has been rearing its vicious head as I am now dealing with bladder cancer and all of the spreading my legs for treatment. I do okay until the fallout afterwards. Lot of time lost and not wanting to continue on with the BCG. Weekly treatments and no time to adequately regroup. The PTSD still can keep me in its grip. Not sure if it's worth it.

Fri, Jul 12 1:42pm · Want to discuss prolapse bladder or any kind of prolapse in Women's Health

@lisalucier I have stage one prolapse and have chosen to go with a pesary which seems to be a good choice for me at this time. I had no idea this type of thing could even happen. Now I know. 🙁