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  1. This is immensely important early warning data. Dr John Campbell has been reporting on daily COVID news for months by posting YouTube videos. He is based in England, so he's been reporting on the UK "symptom tracker" apps which people use to report how they are feeling, sick or not, on a daily basis. (If one gets COVID and has been using the app, there is a record of how things began, progressed, and resolved. Presumably, one also entered demographic data at the beginning as well. The value of this app is in aggregating the data and identifying patterns and trends. One of the new symptoms that has been showing up in elderly people as a first symptom, before anything else manifests, is confusion or delirium. This would be during what would otherwise be an asymptomatic phase. I don't have any references for you, but if you want to go look up Dr Campbell's videos on YouTube, I believe it was a late Thursday or Friday morning video. He always puts references in the comment section under the videos he posts, so you can go look up the reporting on the new symptom. For those of us caring for elderly loved ones, this could be vital information if we are planning to seek medical help early. It's also critical information for congregate living facilities, and I'd share it with my loved one's care facility staff. Best wishes to all.
    12 points
  2. She's an economist - not a health professional. And she's got an economic agenda.
    11 points
  3. I also posted pictures on the "essentials before cat" thread. He looked like he was going to fall asleep leaning against Dudeling's bed. (he had been climbing through the bars, grabbing the post, and just finding it a great toy. 1ds commented, you know Dudeling loves the kitten when he willingly allows his picture to be taken. 1ds, and 2ds are smitten as well. PS - what's your favorite kitten food?
    9 points
  4. GOOD MORNING, ITT!!!! That is all. ::cheeky Sunday morning grin::
    8 points
  5. I was literally reading this title as though covid had somehow made you less likely to get the hiccoughs. i don’t know if my things are covid related or not. There were no tennis shoes available for a couple of months so we ended up with normal sneakers - most likely covid. And I’m having trouble getting my usual bird breeding food. The fodder shop said they’re having trouble getting a lot of them. The only thing I can think is most have some vitamins etc added that may be in short supply.
    8 points
  6. Good morning, dear hearts! And now for something completely different! Welcome to all things forty one this week. People, places, things, dates that have something to do with 41. Best Books to Read For Ages 41 – 60 41 Books Recommended by Mark Zuckerberg Read a book about the 41st President: 41 A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush Authors born in 1941 Read a book with 41 in the title or 41st book in the series Best selling and popular books in 1941 President only for 32 days in 1841 - William Henry Harrison President from 1841 -1845 - John Tyler Literature in 1741, Books set in 1641, and Took place in 1541. 41 Best Books of 2020 to elevate your reading 41 debut Authors over 40 14 Female authors recommend 41 favorite female authors 41 more books worth reading What Beatles song repeats the title in the lyrics forty-one times? Let it be. Read a book with Let It Be in the title Read the 41st book from the lists of Best 100 including Great American Read, Must Read Classics, Best Books of the 21st Century, Greatest Books, Most Influential, BBC's Big Read, or Goodread's listopia of 100 Best. Have fun following rabbit trails, exploring events and people from 41BC all the way up to 2014. Link to week 40 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews with other readers around the globe.
    7 points
  7. I was sent home from the ER, not admitted. I'm off work another week, and will be tested again on Friday.
    7 points
  8. I was curious to learn what series are long enough to have 41 books! Looks like I could have a trip down Memory Lane with The Magic Tree House. Or Agatha Christie. I may give the J.D Robb series a try. Or from books for age 41-60, Stretching looks like a good one for me. But a K9 story sounds even better!!!!! This reminds me that my son had a YA thriller ish book with a dog. Can’t recall title or author. The cover was predominantly blue, 😊, and it started with an animal rights group raid on a facility in Oregon experimenting on animals which is where the dog comes from. The dog was “enhanced”. For most of book iirc teen girl is on the run with the dog - I am still reading / rereading How to Have Impossible Conversations for non fiction . And am on another James Grippando Jack Swyteck series book for fiction.
    7 points
  9. Afternoon. I'm alive, as per the ITT regs. Just busy. About to get the week's schedules done and then take the boys and go do art with family. Then home to cook and write after that. And early bedtime. The cat woke me up very early for a Sunday and I'm sleepy.
    7 points
  10. Currently reading Fiona Quinn's Survival Instinct, #1 in Cerberus Tactical K9 series. Found it during my web wanderings and don't ask me which list of 41 I found it on. It's all a blur. Fun blur, but a blur all the same. 😄 "On leave from the battlefields of Afghanistan, Major Dani Addams, finds herself in the fight of her life. She leaves few clues about the dangers she’s in. Now, everything depends on a stranger and his dog. Tripwire’s mission: Find her. A member of Iniquus Security’s elite tactical K9 search and rescue team, Trip and his K9 Valor are on cliff’s edge as an unprecedented storm advances. When they get to Dani, Valor’s behavior is inexplicable. What about this woman is throwing Valor off her training? Trip always trusts his dog—something about this situation isn’t what it seems. With his life and his heart on the line, Trip risks it all to protect her. Will it be enough?"
    7 points
  11. Morning. The rain here is clearing up. Looks like it might be a nice day. Day 2 of my staycation. Day 1 I repainted my Adirondack chairs. I did it in the garage and the lighting was bad. I came out to the lanai this morning and noticed I missed a whole section of one of the back supports on one. Oops. Guess I’ll get the paint out again later and finish up. They look good, though! Ethel of Tex, what color car did you end up with?
    7 points
  12. Good morning! Happy Sunday ☺️ It is raining here. We're in a drought so rain is a very good thing.
    7 points
  13. My mom is hospitalized and will likely have gallbladder surgery tomorrow. She is in her 80s with numerous health issues, but the biggest concern post surgery is clotting issues, as she has been on blood thinners most of her adult life. She’s also in a COVID hotspot. I have tremendous faith in her hospital and care team, as my dad received exemplary care there for many years. But it’s very tough being so far away. Fortunately my brother and his family are there and they do allow one visitor at a time. Plus my niece works there and can stop by in breaks. We also hope she will be able to return to her senior living complex after she recovers. She moved out of her home of 50+ years in the spring and into an apartment there right before everything shutdown. Despite all of the restrictions, she has already made many new friends. I think her social life, which never ceases to amaze me, is what has kept her alive for so long, despite serious health issues her whole life. Independence is very important to her, and despite them being happy to do so, she does not want to live with my brother and his family. And realistically, his house is much too small and she would be trapped in a small town with no ability to go anywhere on her own. But a job change last year and the pandemic have seriously affected his income, so moving up to something bigger elsewhere is also not possible.
    6 points
  14. At least some portion Cherokee. It's a Cherokee Booya! This is the thread that never ends, It just goes on and on my friends. People started posting not knowing what it was, And they will keep on posting here forever just because... This is the thread that never ends You'd best come join it with your friends 'Cuz it will replace Facebook as the latest web-based craze And everyone will post here instead for the rest of their days This is the thread that's always there They'll cheer you up so don't despair The group is growing well as more people start checking in And we'll keep sucking them in because our cheer is addictive This is the thread that never ends It's better than a Mercedes Benz It helps with coffee withdrawal and other troubles, too Eighteen hundred pages of friends all cheering for you This thread keeps going on and on with record-setting length and fun It started forty-eight months ago from curiosity and all the fun and frolic has shown this is the place to be This is the thread that never ends... And the place where one finds special friends, the kind that have hearts that are strong and true Yes, ITT ladies, I am talking to you! This is the thread that never ends Yeah, it's superior to other trends Friends start out scratching their head in confusion, perhaps But then the laughter strikes and they gratefully tip their caps. This is the thread that never ends I had no idea when I entered in That what seems a little nuts might actually save me From going insane on days that are crazy 🤗 This is the thread that never ends.... That was too much owrk.
    6 points
  15. I would be so bummed and angry, too!!! That’s one of the reasons why I get so annoyed when people say things like, “I don’t need to wear a mask. If other people are scared, they can wear the stupid masks.” Well, those inconsiderate non-mask-wearers are putting careful people like you at risk, and now you are the one who is sick. It’s just terrible!!! 🤬
    6 points
  16. 41.......what a great rabbit trail. Just a bit of my search😂. What I have learned Nancy Drew’s and the whistling bagpipes sort of calls to me https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/631146.The_Clue_of_the_Whistling_Bagpipes?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=yw3jbKUgBz&rank=1. The problem is I don’t own it and my box of Nancy Drew’s is now difficult to get to. If I buy it I am going to need to put it in that box. So not now........ I am surprised (and disappointed)that Miss Silver only has 32 mysteries. Agatha is certainly a possibility but remembered my in order challenge. Nora Roberts......If I counted right the 41st romance that she wrote does not look better than number 41 in Diana Palmer’s Long, Tall, Texan series which my overdrive actually has........so True Blue wins! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12003997-true-blue?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=sD5bGOMvjT&rank=1 So......what I am actually reading I read the first in a new to me cozy series called In the Shadow of a Glacierhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51034816-in-the-shadow-of-the-glacier?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=BBrVP4yQ5E&rank=3. It was set in British Columbia in a small town and I did enjoy it but didn’t love it. My library owns several more on Overdrive so I marked the next in the series and will probably read it eventually. I have been listening to Hidden by Benedict Jacka https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18599601-hidden?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=JUTqq6ocR2&rank=1. It’s the fifth in his series set in a magical London which I set aside while immersed in my Rivers of London(favorite series) reread last year. I am slowly remembering the characters and plan to keep reading until I finish the series.
    6 points
  17. I love this week's topic! Especially interested in the list of authors over 40. I just got North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell. It's a 19th century novel about factory workers -- and factory owners -- in the north of England. I read and really liked Mary Barton by the same author, so I'm excited about this one.
    6 points
  18. And they didn't track what's happening with students passing Covid to parents, grand-parents, other caregivers, or members of the community. A major failing of this "study." Not to mention inadequate testing. Look what's happened with infection rates where schools have opened. Bill
    6 points
  19. Re. the shortage of building supplies: Way back in the early spring, a local builder foresaw that there was going to be a shortage. He bought every single thing he needed to build five new houses, put it all in storage, and has been using it as he needs it. Pretty smart move!
    6 points
  20. Mostly just zero ability to buy things that, in years past, have never been an issue. Things like kayaks, fishing supplies, a chest freezer. And I noticed that, if I were going to buy a dog/puppy, I missed my window by about 8 months. Everyone wished they had a dog once lockdown happened and all the puppies/dogs cost thousands of dollars now. Also, I have never seen such crowds at my favorite hiking locations.
    6 points
  21. In the elderly, it is very common for sudden mental changes to be associated with infection. The one I am more familiar with is urinary tract/bladder infections. In fact, any time someone mentions to me their lives one has a suddenly mental change, I encourage them to have a urinalysis done....and very often I have been right. After proper treatment for the infection the mental status returns to baseline.
    6 points
  22. It wasn’t necessary when he was a Senator.
    5 points
  23. Healthcare is a very large part of our economy and interstate commerce is certainly affected by our healthcare system. In the before times, interstate travel is how many people gained access to care. There are many ways to make this issue a federal one and legislate. Part of the reason the court has become so influential is because we haven’t had a functioning legislative body. You don’t need executive orders for dreamers, for ex, if Congress passes legislation addressing their issues.
    5 points
  24. I'm doing my spooky reads for October. I finished Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House which I thought was great and I've started Susan Hill's The Woman in Black.
    5 points
  25. Today only, free for Kindle readers ~ The Battle of Dorking by George Tomkyns Chesney "Britain is under attack, and winning at Dorking is the only way the empire can be savedIt is the late nineteenth century, and a country much like Germany is on the move in Europe. It has already beaten its rivals on the continent and mobilized to the Netherlands, provoking the fear of British citizens. Then the nation strikes. Its powerful weapons destroy the Royal Navy, and invasion cannot be far behind. Written as a hypothetical exercise to raise awareness among average British citizens about the potential danger that a resurgent Germany could pose, The Battle of Dorking earned its place in literary history as the forerunner to the invasion-novel genre, predating The War of the Worlds by almost twenty years. The novel’s drama, which culminates in a fight that will change the course of history forever, thrilled audiences when it was originally released as a serial, and it maintains its power today." Also free: Christmas On Main Street: A Sweet Small Town Christmas Romance (Santa's Secret Helpers Book 1) by Leeanna Morgan Deceived & Honoured: The Baron's Vexing Wife (Love's Second Chance: Tales of Lords & Ladies Book 5) by Bree Wolf One, Two ... He is coming for you (Rebekka Franck, Book 1) by Willow Rose The Haunting of Sunshine House (Ghosts of Los Angeles Book 1) by Dominika Best Regards, Kareni
    5 points
  26. John found a tour guide for Japan in Japanese and is translating it. Alexa's helping.
    5 points
  27. First - he is definitely not ruined permanently!!! When we switched from PS to hs'ing my oldest was in 8th grade and he was/is gifted. He has always been internally motivated, so that wasn't a problem for him, but he very definitely had/has no patience for busywork. I usually had to spend some time explaining my rationale for why I chose a certain topic or curriculum or approach, and it went lots better when I got his input on what he wanted to study and how he wanted to learn it. Giving him some agency and ownership in his own learning is huge at this age. I don't think I would have been able to convince him about the value of handwriting, as at the time he typed everything except math problems and now that he's at college he types his math too. That's not a battle I would have won with him, so I'm not sure I'd advise you to fight it. So for instance, I came up with 3 algebra programs that I was willing to invest time and money in, and I let him pick out of those 3 after telling him my pros and cons of each. Honestly, for 8th grade with a gifted kid who is probably not going to struggle with high school level work, I would probably make a few things non-negotiable and then let him choose what he wants to learn beyond that (with your final approval and veto power, of course). For my DS the non-negotiables were algebra and learning to write a decent essay and figuring out how to do science independently, everything else was just gravy.
    5 points
  28. She's been trying to argue for schools opening for months now because she wants her kids in schools. She's not reliable. I've liked her other stuff, so I'm a bit disappointed, frankly.
    5 points
  29. Happy Sunday, ITT. Rain here. (Suprise! 🙄)
    5 points
  30. Welcome! The first thing to know is that all you wrote is pretty normal for a 13 year old boy, homeschooled, gifted or not. This age needs a lot of patience. You are not going to be able to make him like school, only provide as good an environment as you can. Try not to take his attitude personally. Besides the pandemic and bad school experiences, he is dealing with hormones. Both my boys have gone through this (one totally out and loving learning again, the other half way out.)They were always homeschooled. Make sure your son gets enough sleep, exercise and food. If you can, have him run a mile or two before school—required PE. With the rushing, you can make him redo it so you can read it or give him the option of typing. If it’s readable, you can let it go. Both my boys suddenly got neater and slowed down in tenth grade. I don’t know why. The other attitude can be common with gifted kids. Honestly, I think you need to ride a fine line here. Make sure he does have deep work that makes him think. Do evaluate if the work is needful for learning. But he does need to learn he is not too good or too smart to have to do things. It’s a character issue and life is full if irritating busywork. ( How many times do I need to fill out vaccination forms for my kids???) Also, a 13 year old isn’t the best at knowing what is busywork and what is useful but a bit tedious ( There is value in writing a science lab report, for example, but it is tedious!) There have been loads of threads in 13 year old boys You May be able to find them in a search
    5 points
  31. Good Morning! Happy Sunday! Zoom iglesia and facebook church. Hope everyone has a great day!
    5 points
  32. OMG. Just when I thought she couldn’t get cuter. That little tongue!! And I love that her belly is fattening up.
    5 points
  33. I do worry about patient rights and patient care regressing. Having a person actually there in person that is not employed as medical or facility staff makes a tremendous difference in the care provided and in catching errors. I think this should be accommodated. By all means say they cannot leave the patient side/room for any reason other to go home to reduce exposure. By all means make it clear that it can’t be more than one person at a time and no more than 2 listed as allowed. Those 2 people can take turns. But it can and should be accommodated.
    5 points
  34. I plan to start wearing pants. I'm not 100% there, but very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very close. I'm considering going to the apartment gym and riding the bike. I'm not sure I can walk that far.
    5 points
  35. I thought their had been a lot about false negatives. I've seen as high as 30%. If you have symptoms or a direct exposure the recommendation is to isolate the full time even if the test is negative.
    5 points
  36. He's asleep. Now he'll sleep until 11 and be up all night. Not really. He has a great schedule, but something was off today. He's on my bed in the Jesus pose sleeping through the train wreck that is Alex. I fixed your booya.
    5 points
  37. church some more time with the mastiff puppy
    4 points
  38. Thanks, Kand. If Roe were gone, individual state laws would then control access to reproductive healthcare. That unequal access (three/four states have laws that ban access within the first six weeks) would create significant inequities in healthcare provision. Presumably, a federal law would be passed to codify Roe and guarantee equal access nationwide. On what grounds— equal protection, interstate commerce, health and welfare—it would be based, I do not know. There are multiple ways to approach it.
    4 points
  39. He just looks like a nice doggie to me. I’m a cat person. I don’t dislike dogs. But I’m a cat person.
    4 points
  40. Yesterday was more of the same for me: short ramble around the cul-de-sac with the dog (keeping within sight of the house for my husband's peace of mind), 30 minutes on the stationary bike, then a 15-minute light cardio video to top off steps for the day. Food was, again, not unhealthy but probably too much. We staked out a place to cheer on the scaled-down, socially distanced vehicle caravan that took the place of our city's usual big Pride parade . . . and the vantage point we chose just happened to be within walking distance of our favorite tamale restaurant. I did manage to eat only one of the two tamales, plus the beans and rice, but it was still a lot of food. Dinner was yet another plate of my weird rice/tomato sauce/slaw combo. And, for some reason, I was seized by a need to attempt baking a vegan, GF pineapple upside down cake yesterday afternoon. It unfortunately worked out too well, and I ate two slices during the evening. Today is shaping up to be similar. I had an appointment for my annual DXA scan this morning, and neither my husband nor I ate before we left for that. On the way home, we got to talking about how good a really unhealthy, Denny's- or IHOP-style breakfast sounded. Mind you, these days there is pretty much nothing on the menu at either place that I can eat, and the last time we gave in to a similar craving and drove across town to our favorite vegan restaurant for brunch, we were pretty disappointed. So, we decided to add the required supplies to today's grocery order and make ourselves breakfast for dinner: GF waffles with strawberries and coconut whip, hash browns, etc. (Lunch was a salad with refried beans and a few chips and salsa on the side.) In terms of activity: Rambled around the cul-de-sac with the dog and a somewhat reluctant husband (his back was bothering him), rode the stationary bike for 30-ish minutes, clocked a few steps while puttering around the house doing laundry and other chores. I need another 1400-ish steps to meet my goal for today, so I will either talk my husband into a short walk around the neighborhood this evening or do a cardio video. I'm starting to look for some virtual challenges I can do on the stationary bike to replace the virtual 5Ks and similar challenges I've been walking. Hoping that something fun and new to work toward will help pull me out of the funk I can feel setting in.
    4 points
  41. I didn't get in much exercise this week, as we spent three days with friends in another part of Switzerland. But I did basically stick to my eating/IF routine, and came home a bit lighter than I left. Today I did an easy 5 mile run. I've got a new nutrition goal, which is more for the family than myself. I'm going to eliminate processed meats. This has become a staple in the evenings, as I tend to just put out sandwich fixings and the meal is DIY, but I'm getting more concerned about the health implications and need to find other protein sources for our evening meal.
    4 points
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  43. I just bought some Merrell Moab 2 boots this week and used them for the first time today on a 7 mile hike. Super comfy, no issues whatsoever. If you have an REI or other specialty store nearby, I highly recommend you go talk to the people there and try a bunch on.
    4 points
  44. One of the flaws with the app originally was that fewer elderly people reported. For the past couple of months, the technology has allowed you to report for others too. That may explain the delay.
    4 points
  45. Helped my neighbor with the dog boarding business again today with the 100 pound 7 month old Mastiff puppy. Or rather Juliet did. She's sturdy enough to handle him and she calms the other dogs down around the huge goofy doofus.
    4 points
  46. UPDATE: Siamese produce less Fel D1, so I'm looking at a purebred kitten tomorrow. Seller owns both parents - so I hope that means virus free. Outside Portland, so it's a 2 1/2 hr drive - each way. I'm taking 1dd with me because she's more reactive. (she's bringing Benadryl jic) Dudeling really wants a cat. I leave town in a month, and would like it settled before I leave. They are pretty, and I've liked them for a long time. Part of me would prefer a siberian as they rate so high on low allergens - but they don't come up in rescues very often, and I'm not paying that much for a cat from a breeder. (even if it "includes" a lot more.) they really vary in looks. Some are very attractive, others not so much. I figure if I do buy it tomorrow - I will be stopping at some point at a pet store to buy stuff. I can leave dudeling in the car with the kitten. Or take it in the store and such.
    4 points
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