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  1. @alisoncooks, I didn't see your full/original post, so I'm not sure if my info will be of help or not. My sister had half of her thyroid removed years ago (due to thyroid cancer). She did great with surgery, actually asked us to bring her a huge burger from a nearby restaurant after she got to her room. She ate it all, lol. She was in the hospital overnight. Almost no scar. The biggest issue for her is thyroid meds (esp. since she still has half of a thyroid) & getting those properly regulated. I think others have mentioned finding the right person to help with correct medicine regulation & it takes a bit to figure out what works well. So, the surgery was no biggie for her. Getting the meds regulated (& keeping them that way because your body's needs can vary over time) for the long term has been more of an issue.
  2. I was going to mention meat-only baby food too. I have also put it on my finger & put a bit on the roof of the cat's mouth to get it in. The nutritional paste is also good, though I've had cats hold out on that one & just let it dry on their fur & not lick it off. With one cat, the vet recommended that I use a small piece of hard food (something that comes in very small pieces/pellet sizes) & give it to the cat like a pill (basically push it into the back of her mouth/her throat) after she had been ill & having only fluids & baby food for awhile. He said she might have kind of "forgotten" about eating hard stuff & sometimes you have to "prime the pump". She had a form of cancer, so the meds & her cancer sometimes caused her to go through periods of not eating well. Doing the hard food trick usually worked well (would do it a couple of times in a day, one or two pieces at a time) & she would be back to eating hard food in a day or so. I have not heard of the foaming at the mouth effect of Mirtazapine. I have had various cats have it over the years w/ varied success. It seemed to work for some; for others, it seemed to make their stomach upset (& less likely to want to eat). Hugs for you & your cat. Hope she continues eating & getting stronger.
  3. There are SO many things I could list. I feel baffled by others a lot of the time. One... why do some guys spit so much? Not tobacco. Just spit. Open the car door & spit while in traffic. While standing on the sidewalk. Walking down the street. Before walking into a building. Just everywhere (hopefully outside). Is it excess saliva production? Or something? 🤔
  4. https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/05/31/us/virginia-beach-shooting/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F
  5. Hugs, Alley. Hope you heal quickly and well. Very thankful that your kids and dog were not along. How is the 88yo? Book suggestions: The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim Anything written by Terry Pratchett A memoir I really enjoyed is Pink Boots and a Machete by Mireya Mayor
  6. I don't think I've ever used PetMeds. I have ordered feline diabetic testers online but it has been awhile & I don't remember the site I used. I also used an online site for a compounded rx cream that one of my cats needed, but it was through whatever company the vet office sent the rx to. (I am in the SE & the medicine was compounded & sent from the NE.) Love Chewy. Haven't used them for meds, but do use them regularly for cat food, treats, & sometimes other things like litter or toys. I consider it to be like the amazon.com of the pet world. Easy ordering. Easy shipping. Etc.
  7. I know our state keeps vaccine records. I googled for it quite a few months ago when I needed a final/updated version of ds' vaccine record. Do a search for "[insert state name] vaccine registry" or "[insert state name] immunization registry". I was able to request a copy online. (There was a link on the registry for an "Immunization Record Request Form".) I had to scan my driver's license as part of the request because they only release the info to the person (18 & over), a parent (if a minor), or medical facilities. (Perhaps educational facilities, if asked?) Anyway. It was pretty short & easy & I received a copy pretty quickly.
  8. I agree. It's a great idea to check with your realtor/her company about using this. I wonder if a staging company would offer this kind of service too? I don't know about particular programs but here is one I found: http://visualstager.com/
  9. Hugs to all the care-giving moms/ parents/ families. I know it is so hard & I can't even understand the full extent of it because it is not my life. My best friend (since high school) has a 19yo disabled son. His is physical (genetic) disability only, not other forms. I watch them & they are so burned out. It is a hard & unrelenting life &, even so, they deal with it with grace & happiness most of the time. Some of you have mentioned benefits re: paying toward mortgage, etc. Is there a link or two you could provide that I could give to my friend? I think they are aware of various resources, just haven't followed up on as much as they need because of the sheer overwhelm of daily life. They are also looking for a home care helper (especially for lifting, as their son is tall, he has a rod in his spine so has to be supported a certain way when lifted, etc) -- any advice? I try to help when possible or to help research info & give them the condensed version, help watch their son for a few hours so they get a break, etc. What else can I do to help? What other resources should I mention to them? Thanks so much for any guidance. You can PM me if you feel any of this will derail the thread too much. And, again, hugs. You walk a challenging life. I know it has rewards, but I know there are plenty of really hard times too.
  10. I haven't read the entire thread but I so agree with the sentiment that some people need help to see the possibilities in a visual way. I say this because a friend was house shopping. She looked at two houses in the same neighborhood. Both by the same builder, both with *exactly* the same layout. First one had the front room being used as a living room (there was a separate family room across the back of the house). Friend wasn't interested because she didn't want/need a living room. The other house had that front room used as a home office. Bingo! She needed a home office & could see the set up. Guess which house she bought? (It boggles my mind because I can imagine possibilities without seeing them, but her looking/buying was a lesson for me in that some people need an exact layout/staging to make them want the house.) For the quirky area, could you have one of those computer programs where you put in the room, then decorate it different ways? Then print it out each one & put them on a display board in the room to show the various possibilities like wilrunner has mentioned?
  11. I know it frustrating and embarrassing, but I also think it's not uncommon. We used to have a different long-haired cat, but her hair wasn't nearly as long. When she was elderly and not grooming herself as well, she developed knots and I was embarrassed to have to take her in. The vet assured me not to worry, even her mom's cat would get knots that she needed help with. All that to say, don't feel badly. Dd's cat just posed for me so I had to post....
  12. My dd's cat has tons of really long hair. She really can't keep it all groomed well herself because even her neck ruff is so long that she can't get to the end of it with her tongue. She also hates being brushed or combed. Do you have any cat-only vets in your area? That's where we were finally able to find a cat groomer. Our cat goes in every once in awhile for a good combing, as well as a pretty short shave around her rear (really helps reduce litter box issues from getting stuck there).
  13. Hugs for you, your mom, & your son.
  14. Perhaps. I, too, live in an area filled with gun rights activists. I think the main arguments I consistently hear are 1) it's a Constitutional right 2) it's important for self-defense and 3) the "guns don't kill people" argument. Imo, this is a major health crisis for our country. I am not alone in thinking this. From the American College of Physicians (ACP): ACP Calls for Sweeping New Policies to Keep Guns Away From Those a Threat to Themselves, Others And also: It’s a Twitter war: Doctors clash with NRA over gun deaths (bolding is mine)
  15. Ime, when discussions about school shootings have happened here & then the conversation turns to gun ownership, things devolve very quickly.
  16. Timeline of Worldwide School and Mass Shootings Gun-related tragedies in the U.S. and around the world More info (not all necessarily related to school shootings, but rather gun violence which includes school shootings): America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem. Here’s why. (You may want to join the "WTM Politics" club if you are looking for a place to further discuss the topic.)
  17. Investigators look into report STEM school security officer fired at sheriff's deputy Detectives are also trying to determine whether it's possible a bullet from a private officer's gun hit one of the injured students.
  18. (I am not aiming my comments directly at you, Mbelle, but rather responding to this topic/comparison you are mentioning.) At least in the military, it is adults who are serving (most often by choice), they get paid for their service/job, and they know that being deployed to a combat zone is a possibility or likelihood. They are also trained repeatedly for scenarios involving combat, weapons, working as a team to overcome adversarial or dangerous conditions, etc...; they often have protective gear, high-tech equipment, &/or other defenses. Why should our school-aged kids to have to navigate such violence? (And, just like military members who return from combat with PTSD, we are also saddling our students with PTSD from this. In March, two survivors of the Parkland shooting each committed suicide from the trauma, PTSD, & horrors they initially survived.) When we're comparing the safety of our kids in our schools in our country vs. our military actively serving in combat zones & the numbers are getting close as far as gun fatalities (& semantics are being argued vs. just being upset that more kids keep being killed in a not uncommon scenario), we should be outraged, screaming, & making changes. Comparing these two things (students vs. military) shouldn't even be a thing, yet it is. It's not even apples vs. oranges but more like apples vs. rocks or some other completely ridiculous comparison. It shouldn't be a comparison that we should have to make in the first place. Ever. It shows how seriously we are messed up as a country and with our values. It is completely insane. ETA: A different set of statistics regarding firearm deaths (not just school shootings but all shootings) & children in our country (bolding is mine): Study shows alarming increases of firearm deaths in US school-age children
  19. Hugs. With my cat who had kidney issues, we used the transdermal ear cream (in addition to a kidney-friendly diet). Much later (after a few years), I gave him IV fluids at home. He lived for quite a few more years after his initial diagnosis & still acted like his same old spunky, busy self the entire time to the very end.
  20. Books that come immediately to mind (I have others too, but these are at the top of my list): Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade by Kurt Vonnegut News of the World by Paulette Jiles The Plover by Brian Doyle Sweet Dreams by Michael Frayn Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (as well as the movie) I think all of these books ultimately carry a similar underlying message, which is reflected in this quote from Cloud Atlas:
  21. Not sure if the size will work as it's 11x13x6. https://www.katespade.com/products/margaux-large-tote/PXRUA226.html
  22. A little more than 25 years ago, I found an Arzberg porcelain dinner service for 12 at Tuesday Morning for $50. (I lucked out on a massively great deal.) The set didn't have bowls with it, but otherwise, I got dinner plates, salad plates, dessert plates, & coffee/tea cups w/ saucers. That's the only china we bought & made it our set of daily dishes; we have used it every day for over 25 years now, including with our dc when they were young. We stick the dishes in the oven, the microwave, the dishwasher, etc., all the time. I think we've broken one plate through the years & chipped one (on the underside edge). It is incredible. (Heck, I don't even like using chopping boards so I end up cutting up stuff on the dinner-sized plates. Just last night, I used a plate to cut up two cantaloupes as well as two small watermelons. These dishes just keep going & going & going.) So, I would suggest looking for a good porcelain set (any brand of good porcelain, I know some have mentioned Mikasa too), maybe at Tuesday Morning or some other place that might carry it. Ebay. Local resale or antique stores. (Just don't get anything with gold or silver edging if you want dishwasher/microwave use.) Estate sales. Call & look around. Since my set didn't have bowls, I eventually bought some plain white bowls from Ikea. I did not like those at all. (I think it was something similar to this, which is stoneware, not porcelain.) Without much use, they looked like they had gray-ish scratches from our silverware (mostly spoons as the bowls were primarily used for soups or cereal). They weren't scratches, per se, but massive discoloration that looked unappetizing & also made me wonder about the safety of the glaze. Eventually, I bought white porcelain bowls from Crate & Barrel. Those were expensive, but still look nice & have held up fairly well. (They do chip easier on the edge than my Arzberg porcelain. A couple of our bowls have chipped on the edges but we still use them.) (I'm not a fan of Corelle. My aunt had those when I was growing up & I remember some shattering accidents. Perhaps they quality has improved over the years, though?)
  23. In preparation of redoing/reusing the closet in the extra bedroom (which dd wants part of for storage), I was going to revisit my own closet so various things can go in my closet. I decided to KonMari it. (This includes my closet as well as some additional clothes I had stored in the extra closet last year.) Wow. It was like unloading a clown car. Stuff just kept coming, and coming, and coming. How can so much fit into a closet? I have many large bags of clothes, shoes, & accessories to donate. (My sister gives dd & me a lot of clothes, so we always seem to accumulate a lot.) Now I have room in my closet to store my luggage, possibly other pieces too. And all the gift wrapping stuff. My car is loaded for donation again. Plus, I have a lamp in there as well as a cat climbing tower that my cats never use.
  24. For the stuff that dd wants to pack up & store, we had some of the original boxes in the attic. I got those down for her. While doing that, I also pulled out a bunch of empty boxes (many for things we no longer even own or, if we do, don't want the box anyway) & put a big load of broken-down boxes for the recycling people tomorrow. (I wonder if my trash & recycling folks are getting tired of my bins being stuffed to the top every week?) My trunk is loaded with stuff I've gathered in the past few days (some of dd's clothes, various shoes from all of us, extra purses, more dishware, books, a few random items I pulled out of the attic tonight) & will donate it tomorrow. I also have a couple of bags of linens & towels to donate to the vet office.
  25. Still plugging away here. Have cleaned out & purged bed linens & towels. A favorite local charity of mine runs a temporary thrift shop for about eight weeks to raise funds. When I saw they were opening their store, I gathered a bunch of stuff to donate to them -- books, decorative items, some dishes/serving ware, etc. Dropped off a car load this past weekend. I have more gathered that I'll be donating at the end of the week. I'm re-visiting my closet & trying to reduce more in there. Dd has her "den" in an extra bedroom. The closet in there holds a random assortment of stuff -- clothes from various family members, suitcases, the chairs to our card table, etc. Dd wants to pack up & store some things, but I don't think they would be well-served by the temperature extremes of storing in the attic. So, we'll unload this closet, put in what she wants to store & things I deem most essential to be stored there & then redistribute or get rid of the rest. By working on my closet, I think I will be able to fit my luggage in it (still with room to breathe in the closet). Possibly can do that in ds' room too. Again, basically looking at what we have stored/used where & deciding if there is a better way to store or access things (or get rid of them). I read that oftentimes, you make decisions on where stuff will be stored when you move in a place & then never revisit or change things down the road even if a better arrangement would work better for you. (Thinking of kitchen cabinets & drawers here.) I've been here a long time & am trying to really assess what we use now, how we use it now, & decide on the best ways to have our things in the house now. I'm really happy so far with the changes I've made. Next week, I'm helping a friend work on cleaning out her garage. She is hoping we can make massive progress. What is everyone else up to?
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