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  1. Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo - free admission - has a small penguin exhibit with viewing windows that allow visitors to watch them above and below water. They also offer a penguin encounter for a fee.
  2. On average, I’d guess 30 minutes, sometimes more, sometimes less. The time spent depends on which store I’m at and what I need to buy. Costco is much larger and takes longer to walk through. Weekends are ridiculously busy. Trader Joe’s is smaller but often busy and can have long lines even shortly after it opens. I try to avoid weekend busy times altogether. The local farmers market is also insane unless it’s raining and even then it’s busy. At least it’s outside. Masks have always been required there. Stores are also having problems finding cashiers which contributes to long lines. Nowadays our Aldi’s often has only one cashier so check out can take as long as 15 minutes. Luckily, I live only a few blocks from a number of stores so it’s easy for me to shop. I often pop in at the end of a run as I pass by. Additionally, in cities there is just no easy way to avoid exposure to Covid if you live in a mid- to high-rise building with common areas shared by hundreds of other people. One son of mine lives on the top floor of a high rise and has to share spaces and elevator rides multiple times per day. Then to commute, he takes a bus or train where he works with others in a huge building with shared spaces. Avoiding exposure is practically impossible. We were all exposed in spring of 2020 at the complex where I live. Our building engineer probably passed it along as he emptied trash cans and cleaned common areas. Everyone in my family living here tested positive for antibodies that summer and were completely asymptomatic (we were part of a study). I have not heard of any cases in my complex this year; however in my city, about 86% of residents ages 12 and up have received one dose of the vaccine and about 80% are fully vaxxed. We also have a mask mandate in effect again even though positivity is below 2%. Fine by me.
  3. Thank you for posting the PSAs, Arcadia. 🙌🏽 I pass them along to friends and family as well.
  4. Yellowstone. I grew up in different areas of Montana, including a reservation and also north of the Paradise Valley area, and am surprised how accurately the show depicts the people and issues. I disagree with some parts and the family is over the top, but otherwise it’s spot on. As a bonus, most characters have the accent down although I don’t hear the Native American inflections or “ay?” at the end of sentences like you’d hear on the reservations. Soundtrack has some good songs, too.
  5. Check out this retina specialist, a physician scientist (MD/PhD), who is at UChicago now. She has successfully treated patients with macular holes with three well-tolerated medications. After the hole closes, she has the patient continue using the medications for a period of time and then has them discontinue one drug at a time. 2017 article about her treatment: https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/research-and-discoveries-articles/experimental-treatment-for-macular-holes-opts-for-eye-drops-over-surgery A more recent 2021 article: https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/research-and-discoveries-articles/medication-closes-small-macular-holes I had a macular pucker heal completely on its own. My eye doctor has the before and after photos and was amazed. I attribute it to the fasting I started around the time it was diagnosed. Fasting induces autophagy, a deep cleanup that rids the body of long-standing cellular debris that causes inflammation (which is then followed by the creation of new stem cells). Researcher Valter Longo studies this and has done two interviews with Rhonda Patrick which you can find on YouTube. Longo studies it for cancer and autoimmune diseases. Not everyone can or likes to fast but I find them helpful. At the very least, you might want to seek out a second opinion and consider the UChicago doctor.
  6. We live in a small co-op and use weights that break down and fit in a case. I usually keep them ready to go under or behind living room furniture. They were around $50, iirc. We also have ankle weights that strap on. Everything takes up very little space and isn’t too pricey.
  7. BC 007, a potential long covid treatment that neutralizes autoantibodies caused by Covid. Very small number of patients who were treated but appears promising and safe. Might go into clinical trials this year, probably in Germany but possibly elsewhere. https://www.fau.eu/2021/08/27/news/research/further-patients-benefit-from-drug-against-long-covid/ After the Department of Ophthalmology at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen announced their global breakthrough in early July 2021 of successfully treating a Long COVID patient (aged 59), two further patients are now on the road to recovery thanks to the drug BC 007. The team at the Department of Ophthalmology has used the approach to treat two more patients. A 51 year old man from the Allgäu region and a 39 year old woman from Middle Franconia both received the active ingredient BC 007 intravenously in an infusion lasting 75 minutes, and were then kept in the hospital for monitoring for a further three days. They have continued to attend outpatient appointments to monitor their health ever since. Both patients have already reported significant improvements in their performance and quality of life, and this has been corroborated in medical tests. Following the pattern seen in the patient who was treated first, BC 007 also caused Long COVID symptoms in these patients to subside shortly after it was administered. ‘After someone contracts COVID-19, special autoantibodies start to circulate in their bloodstream. These then turn on the body itself and may damage certain structures within the body or affect circulation,’ explains ophthalmologist PD Dr. Dr. Bettina Hohberger. The drug BC 007 was developed several years ago, originally for patients with severe heart disease, but could now potentially be used in the fight against Long COVID. ‘In both patients currently being treated, we can see that BC 007 neutralises the harmful autoantibodies and retinal micro circulation, in other words blood flow in the smallest blood vessels in the eye, improves. We can prove that this is the case using optical coherence tomography angiography, or OCT-A for short. In addition, both patients experienced a reduction in their clinical Long COVID symptoms,’ confirmed Bettina Hohberger. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40261-020-00903-9 @Plum One of the participant’s symptoms sound similar to your husband’s. Hopefully this treatment will pan out.
  8. My MIL lied a lot, too. Often the lies were constructed to portray her as the victim or the lies would denigrate or slander someone. She would also lie about the people she used to make her look good, either embellishing or fabricating accomplishments, situations or events. Several times she accused her cleaning lady of stealing. My husband knew where she hid things and he’d usually find them squirreled away there or elsewhere. Things like a pair of underpants(!), a pen or her jewelry. It got to the point where we assumed she was lying but would investigate more serious claims.
  9. I had never met anyone like her at the time and initially didn’t recognize the gaslighting, manipulations and deceit. She lived two floors below us in the same condo but after realizing what was going on, we eventually moved. It was so much more peaceful. Generally, that is my advice if you’re dealing with a narcissist - distance yourself to the extent you can - but it’s not always possible, especially for a minor. We still visited her as a family and tried to keep things pleasant but visits were only for a few hours at a time. She never watched our kids alone. They were always with us because she was not good with children so they felt connected to someone while being protected, too. It is such a relief to not have to deal with those shenanigans anymore! I was only involved for a few years but it took a few more to get past the distrust and anger that had set in. For a child who grows up with that, unable to escape, it must be incredibly difficult.
  10. I would have had nothing to do with her but my closest family was 1500 miles away. I only met her a few times before dh and I married and she was incredibly charming. A month after we married, she moved from NYC to Chicago into our condo. At first I thought, this is great! We'll have some family nearby but yikes! She was the only surviving grandparent and the only relative my kids saw often growing up. I wanted them to know their remaining grandparent which is why we saw her. But wow... We eventually moved to a different suburb and she went to live in Boise near a grandson in Idaho.
  11. I did not grow up in a narcissistic family but my understanding is that the golden child/person serves as an extension of the narcissist to boost their fragile self esteem. The narcissist aligns or favors someone who makes the narcissist look good to the outer world. Having a golden child/person also allows them to triangulate, set up conflict, often between the favored person and non-favored person. It almost seems like a sport to them. Narcissists can also be very jealous and are known to split -- see people as either all bad or all good. *deleted*
  12. I think the longer interval yields better results but not sure. They might change to a shorter interval if necessary, though. "Well, we're still sticking with the eight months," Fauci, the chief medical adviser for the White House, told ABC "This Week" co-anchor Martha Raddatz. "However, as we've said, even in the original statement that came out, we're gonna have to go through the standard way of the FDA looking at the data and then the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. So although we're sticking with eight, we're remaining flexible, that if the data tells us differently, we'll make adjustments accordingly. But for now, we're sticking with the eight."
  13. You aren’t alone. Other drivers have been having similar problems in the past year or so. Call and email someone (email to have a written record) and explain that you linked a credit card on day 12 but that the toll charges have not yet appeared. If you linked your credit card within the 14-day period, you should be fine; however you might be charged anyway. (And of course, those tolls should have appeared sooner.) Don’t assume you’re out of the woods just by linking your credit card. Definitely call/email. The Illinois Attorney General’s office has received a number of complaints about this and if your case doesn’t resolve or you get nowhere after a call with the tollway customer service, I would think you could complain to them as well.
  14. Here is a somewhat older interview Rhonda Patrick did with Roland Griffiths, a professor at Johns Hopkins Med School who studies psychedelics. https://www.foundmyfitness.com/episodes/roland-griffiths I have no experience with them but I think they’re interesting.
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