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57 minutes ago · Question about menstrual cycle stopping then restarting heavily in Women's Health

@candychicken1989– Good morning. Have you been tot he doctor since posting this? Have you been checked for ovarian cysts at all? I know that bleeding vaginally is pretty scary after your periods have stopped. This actually happened to me after a hysterectomy. It turned out to be a cyst on one of my ovaries.

1 hour ago · Flu Season and drug-resistant medicines in Lung Cancer

@llwortman– No, I have not heard about any such reactions. Thank you for this update. I had my shot years ago and it was not accompanied by any other injection. I have heard tales about the shingles shot so perhaps this is the culprit. Oh! I have not had a reaction with the flu and pneumonia together but a sore arm from the flu shot.

2 hours ago · Terrified in Just Want to Talk

@mrsjaxx727 – Good morning. Although I have had open chest surgery for lung cancer I know just how you feel. I was petrified. As soon as I was on my way to the OR I was balling my eyes out by the time I was wheeled into the elevator and until I got a shot of Valium. You can speak with the anesthesiologist when you have a visit with him/her and request a shot to relax you. There are so many things that or minds can come up with to scare the lights out of us- but they are all in our minds. Anticipation is sometimes worse than any reality.
As far as pain goes there are painkillers if you need them. They will also give you pain meds before you are operated on, probably in your IV. I had the same operation twice, on different sides of my body, 10 years apart. My first lobectomy was painful and the second one was not. One of the most wonderful things about our bodies is that we tolerate more pain than we imagine. And the body often "gets use" to a certain level. Have you ever had surgery before? When is your operation?

3 hours ago · Flu Season and drug-resistant medicines in Lung Cancer

Good morning. The day before yesterday I finally got my flu shot. For the first time I got a bad headache the next day as a reaction. But I'm fine now. I also won't hesitate to get one next year. Any shot/vaccine is unpleasant. Many people are under the impression and the flu shot can give someone the flu. The is untrue. Like my headache any flu like symptoms can be a reaction and are just minor inconveniences. Also another misnomer is that the flu will not prevent the flu. It does in most cases but it really does minimize the symptoms if you ever get it. Have you ever had the flu? I have and anything that minimizes the symptoms is welcomed in my book.

Yesterday, coincidentally was also the day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their long awaited report about drug resistant illnesses and what they found is astounding. With the Earth's temperatures warming so fast and high there are all sorts of organic changes that are happening. One of them is the antibiotic-resistant infections. With this report it is ever more important to be vigilant and defensive against exposing ourselves to any situation that might harm us. For example if the flu, or any other "bug" is going around your community forgo the holiday party, stay in and safe.

Lung diseases and cancers have compromised our bodies. This means that our natural defenses have been broken through, making it easier for other undesirables to join the club. It's like invitations are sent out! Germs have become "super-bugs" that resist present day medicines. "Bugs" are smart creatures. Unlike us "bugs" have learned to evolve so that killing them is often impossible, so far. If only our bodies could do the same.

This is the report that was released:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/11/13/deadly-superbugs-pose-greater-threat-than-previously-estimated/?arc404=true&wpisrc=al_news__alert-hse–alert-national&wpmk=1

I hope that you all have gotten your flu shot. If you haven't what are the reasons? What methods have you used to avoid becoming ill during the holidays?

2 days ago · Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety. in Depression & Anxiety

@parus– Good for you. People need to learn that they can't abuse, walk all over us!

2 days ago · Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety. in Depression & Anxiety

@gingerw– Good for you. When my twin sister was alive she was poison to everyone, but mostly to herself. I actually barred her from visiting me in the hospital when I had my first cancer. She knew everything medical. I couldn't have that around me.
I'm learning to let go of my past because I'm not sure how long this cancer will take to get the better of me or something else will so I have to move with time, and that is always forward.

3 days ago · Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety. in Depression & Anxiety

@guener– It hits the nail on the head for me too! I don't think that we are alone either. Does this hit home for anyone else?

3 days ago · Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety. in Depression & Anxiety

@helenfrances– Good morning- What an excellent question. For me I think that self forgiveness was a foreign thought. What did it mean? No one back in my 20's and 30's (I'm 73) ever mentioned what it meant and how to go about doing this. We ruminate instead, hitting ourselves over the head time and time again and not getting anywhere. When we make mistakes because they were made outside of our own values, at least for me, tend to be the worst. I never thought to look at why I did what I did-I just did a mental flagellation on myself. And boy have a done a great job on this!
I think that we as humans tend to hang on the the past because even if it's a rotten past it's what we are use to, we are comfortable with so we don't leave it behind, it's too threatening. We don't want to go back a relive things because it hurts too damn much. SO by punishing ourselves we avoid acceptance.
I found this quote and it sums it up for me. "It means that you accept the behavior, you accept what has happened, and you are willing to move past it and move on with your life without ruminating over past events that cannot be changed." By Kendra Cherry

What do you think?