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6 hours ago · Making facemasks in COVID-19

@becsbuddy I figure anything is better than nothing. If you have a homemade mask and one of the "good" ones, you can put the homemade over it. Lengthen the lifespan of real one, and look fashionable at the same time. C'mon, you know there are people who want to look stylish while being in compliance to social isolation. The ones I make have a wide variety of fabric choices, but all are 100% heavy quilting cotton ;))
Ginger

6 hours ago · Are you getting cancer treatments during COVID-19? in COVID-19

@elizm I think it is wise to check with your insurance prior to accepting a televisit with any dr, if possible. My husband had a televisit with his nephrologist, and was charged as if going to a dr out-of-network. I asked him to challenge it. My next appts are in late April to late May with various drs. PCPs and specialists are having to furlough staff, but the overhead of rent and utilities continues.
Ginger

12 hours ago · Stage 5 renal failure: Docs says options are death or dialysis in Kidney & Bladder

@erasmus1952 Welcome to Mayo Connect. We are all patients or family members or caregivers here. We are not medical professional and cannot give medical advice nor diagnoses. What condition led you to be told you have kidney disease, then placed on dialysis? Is your doctor aware you reduced then stopped your dialysis, and what is their comment to you? Have you had bloodwork done recently that would indicate how healthy your kidneys are at this point?

I believe this conversation would be better suited for the Kidney and Bladder discussion group, and would ask @colleenyoung to move it there. This way, there are many other members who would see your question and be able to share their experience with you.
Ginger

13 hours ago · Caring for my husband with late-stage lung cancer in Lung Cancer

@turtle115 My heart aches for you, and for your husband. Is there any music that would comfort you both, or recitations that may ease you? Are you able to do Facetime or Skype type family gathering? We are here for you.
Ginger

15 hours ago · Let's Talk about Gardens in COVID-19

So glad this group got started! I am the first to admit I have no green thumb, and I have many plants that will agree to that statement LOL This is in sharp contrast to my mother who seem to be able to grow anything and her yard showed it. My little sister inherited that green thumb as did my older sister. It by passed me. I have grown cactuses and succulents successfully. A few times grown flowers. Now that we are in an area just ripe for gardening, I hope to learn more how to do it all. My neighbor loves to putter in the garden, so I am happy to become a student. The smell of freshly turned soil is rewarding. We have loose plans for what we want in gardens here, but willing to wait a full year to see how the seasons go. And how the deer will "help" us.
Ginger

16 hours ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

Today I am grateful. We have food in the fridge. Somewhere behind our little valley's overcast, the sun rose in the east, and will set in the west this evening. There are tiny primroses showing off their colors just off my porch, and wild daffodils contrasting with Spring's new growth. Trees are budding and blooming out, creating puffs of white and pale pink. We have had rain the last several days, which is dearly needed.

Here in our little town, it is quiet. The schools are empty, with kids going to online learning. Our one restaurant [Mexican food that also does pizza and hamburgers] closed yesterday for 2 weeks, not even take out now. In a devastating blow, the local mill closed the lumber and plywood divisions here two days ago. We hope it is temporary. Last year they closed the logging/timber side of the mill. It is strange to have the complete silence, an eerie punctuation mark in these times.
Ginger

16 hours ago · Are you getting cancer treatments during COVID-19? in COVID-19

@merpreb One of the things I was thinking about is exactly that. It may come to pass that the medical practices may move more towards telemedicine when possible, using telephone or video appts when applicable. Then my mind wanders to those in our population who see their appt as a solid connection with healthgivers, a person to speak to and touch them. It's a delicate balance.
Ginger

1 day ago · Are you getting cancer treatments during COVID-19? in COVID-19

My MOHS surgery for skin cancer is still on for this Friday 4/3. Word from my nephrologist and oncologist indicate those next appts will be by telephone, unless something shows up in the labwork. Appts are end of May, so labs will be pulled about the 10th of May.
Ginger