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  1. Giving this a bump in case anyone could use this info. Dh is on the phone now with them, after trying for a few days. My mother-in-law had to get on the phone first and give permission for dh to speak for her - she could never figure this out on her own. I think we then upload or fax receipts. It's possible she may get up to $9000 back. If life insurance covered funeral costs, not burial insurance, you are still eligible for assistance.
  2. Prayers for a peaceful passing. It sounds like they are meant to stay together. Prayers for your family.
  3. After the first shot, the arm pain was radiating into my jaw and my ear. I was definitely feeling pain in my top teeth on that side. It faded when the arm pain faded, which took about 5-6 days if I'm remembering correctly. Thankfully I don't have anything like that this time!
  4. I'm trying to figure out what to do with all of our curriculum, science equipment, etc.. I had planned on donating some to Goodwill, but unfortunately they didn't survive the pandemic. I will list valuable stuff on ebay, but I'm not looking forward to it. I had considered rejoining Facebook to sell, but I don't want to do that either. I miss when this site had a thriving classified section!
  5. I got my second shot of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday. Thankfully no headache! Last time the headache came within a few hours. I started with the sore arm in the evening (8am shot) but it didn't get worse and today it's actually a bit better. Overall I feel so much better after the second shot than the first. We'll see if my glands blow up - that took two days on the first shot, and my thyroid also blew up significantly. MS symptoms also became worse, but so far so good, just some extra feet numbness upon waking which went away within 20 minutes. The only weird thing that happened yesterday, wh
  6. They do make accessible shower pans, so there would be no lip in the entry area, which should save money on tile. https://www.freedomshowers.com/Accessible-Barrier-Free-Shower-Pans?gclid=Cj0KCQjwgtWDBhDZARIsADEKwgM0csHWxIqtO3z4rEAsTRv41kXJyaIKiTKtkz-kMO2_7629mx-Dk0MaAhZTEALw_wcB Not sure of the sizes you are thinking about, but if you have a ramp going in over the lip, would there be one going down into the shower? Otherwise there will be a small drop into the pan, and trying to get out of the shower may be difficult. (Can't tell you how hard it is to get the wheelchair over the lip
  7. I don't know if this has been mentioned on here, but if your family has had the great misfortune of losing someone to Covid-19 and it is listed on the death certificate, you may be eligible for assistance. Based on the FAQ I believe my mother-in-law qualifies, so we will be calling today - hopefully we'll get through. This is going to be such a help for her financially. https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq
  8. We have 3 drivers, one car. We've been doing this for a few years now. We both work from home, dh has the occasional meeting in the city (not since Covid, but I'm sure they will start up soon with a few of his customers) and mil has doctor's visits and will want to be out and about once we are all fully vaxxed. Pre-Covid she would take the car and disappear for hours and hours and it was occasionally a problem. We always give notice for any appointments or meetings and write it on the calendar (mil not so much) and there is local family that can take her anywhere if there isn't a car. We have
  9. Our weighted blankets have 100% cotton covers and are made with river stone. (We have 3 from this company.)They don't heat up like the blankets that are all over stores nowadays. This is where we bought them, and after 12 years they are in perfect condition: https://www.saltoftheearthweightedgear.com/index.html Once when I was feverish and overheating I put it on our front porch for an hour during the winter and it got super cold. It felt great! Follow the washing instructions and they will last years and years.
  10. We are allowing vaccinated family members in on May 1st, as well as 2 unvaccinated nieces and a nephew. I suspect at least one of them, perhaps all three had asymptomatic coronavirus, as their mother tested positive for antibodies. They see friends unmasked, have travelled to hotspots, etc. so they are aware of the risk. I'd feel better if they were vaccinated, but it's a mental health issue for my mother-in-law at this point. May 1st all of the adults in the family will be fully vaccinated and at the full immune response. This date is actually 17 days past the 2nd dose for the last person to
  11. During Sandy we ended up switching my phone to Verizon and keeping my husband on the same carrier, which I think was Sprint at the time. He was unable to use his phone at all for a few days, but we were able to use my Verizon phone to get online and working, as well as communicating, We've purposely kept two different carriers now so we always have options. We still have a hotspot device through Sprint that is quite a few years old now, but it works well so we are keeping it. We've discovered in our business that we need multiple back up plans for internet access and power. It has come in hand
  12. I think the worst we've received was a cabbage instead of iceberg lettuce, but the absolute worst was our own fault. In the middle of the pandemic our grocery store was having issues with online ordering, and adding to an order that was already placed was tricky. We had placed an order that included caffeine free diet coke, which was impossible to get for a while and the few family members that drink it were starting to become intolerable, lol. We had to edit the order, and somehow we ended up ordering 20 12-packs without realizing it.. And suddenly it was back in stock and we received all 20.
  13. I noticed the lymph node swelling/soreness was worse on the side of the injection. Even the MS symptoms I've been having since the injection (low-grade fever likely the cause) are on that side, which is really weird.
  14. I thought I'd give an update - I had the first Pfizer dose on Wednesday. Wednesday night I had a headache, again, it could have been stress related. I slept about 5 hours and woke up from arm pain early Thursday morning. It was a pretty sharp pain that radiated down my whole arm, up the side of my neck and into my jaw a bit. It became worse as the day went on. I was pretty tired all day. Thursday night I couldn't sleep at all! I couldn't get comfortable and my glands started hurting. By the morning my neck was blown up and even my thyroid was inflamed. I also had a 'thyroid cough'. (I have Has
  15. I had my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine today at one of the mega sites in NJ. I was worried about long lines like dh and ds experienced, plus I tend to get out of breath easily in a mask and have trouble standing lately from MS. I was even a bit panicky off and on today to be honest. There was no line at all!! They almost didn’t let dh come in with me but he explained that I needed him there and it was fine. I can’t even explain the relief I felt. It was so well organized and I was in recovery 25 minutes after walking in the doors. Another plus was the awesome ventilation, which kept me from
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