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  1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate the help. I just got home with the spiral bound version of the book in its almost final content edit stage. The inside looks "like a book," I think that will help reassure my dad that his book is being worked on and he doesn't have to worry about it. (He does worry about not getting it done. )
  2. Thanks for your help ! I hope you don't mind me picking your brain a bit more as I have zero background. I really only know how to use Word and insert photos. What font is most appropriate to use? My dad's book is in Calibri but I wondered if it should be in Times New Roman or something else. My dad's book will have photos. I am guessing that I should have it published standard letter-sized to preserve the placement of the photos. Is that right? Anything else you think I should know about formatting?
  3. "Just kidding" and "You're too sensitive" are classic go-to's of abusive people. It gives them plausible deniability. Have you read "The Verbally Abusive Relationship" by Patricia Evans? She lists all the "tells." It's like there is a playbook somewhere. It's all so the same. Being "charming" gives abusers cover. So a normal person might say something like that once---but not repeat it. If you hear it once, it's fine to walk away from the relationship, but it's imperative if you hear it twice.
  4. I have been working very hard to pull my dad's memoirs together. He had begun to write them right before Alzheimer's manifested. He really wants to see it published in a book form. The book would include many old photographs of the farm and family members going back into the 1800s. I think it will end up being around 125 pages of Word document. I'm going to finish the text and get it spiral bound initially (so it looks more like a book) and try to work through the proofing with him on that. But when we're ready, do you have suggestions for the process of getting it into a hard-copy book? We're looking at copies mostly for family and two local historical societies. A local university would like to use portions for their classes in sustainable agriculture, but I think they would likely prefer e-copies.
  5. Why are the Ukrainians called schismatics? Is the " schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate" another name for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church? Why was it not okay for the Ukraine to have its own --not sure the right word here---enculturation of the Orthodox Church?
  6. I am wondering how what is going on with regard to Russian, Ukraine, and Constantinople will affect the Orthodox branches in the US. From being on this board a couple years ago, my understanding was that it's been the practice of the Orthodox Church to allow a national expression of Orthodoxy that may differ culturally in the nonessentials, but which is united in the essentials. I recall that the US was an exception of sorts in that most Orthodox congregations in the US were a result of immigrants sticking to the church identify of their former country, but that there was also some movement to establish a branch of the Orthodox Church that was specifically for the US. IIRC, the Russian Orthodox church was overseeing that process and deciding. Please correct me wherever I am wrong. I am reading not only that the Ukainians were allowed to have their own Orthodox Church separate from Russia (which I would have thought would go along with the "Orthodoxy in each culture/country" approach) but that the Russian Orthodox Church is threatening to break from Constantinople. How is what is happening affecting Orthodox believers in the US?
  7. Found my endo on first crack from a respected teaching hospital. She's incredibly thoughtful , listens well, and I am definitely a partner in the treatment process, but I can relax into the role of patient rather than feeling like I need to come to her with solutions. Rest periods: Usually 60 seconds + or - if I am doing another set of the same exercise sequentially. I sometimes do a circuit on machines at the gym, and then I just walk to the next machine which will be using a different group of muscles, so no rest period needed. Or maybe I walk over to the fountain and get a drink. Same with light weights or bodyweight for one side of the body. If I'm doing rows, for instance, on one side, then my left side is resting during the right side's set and vice versa. Only when doing some lifting of significant amounts of iron, like deadlifting, do I leave more time. I tend to do deadlift sets one after the other and that is taxing but I have found 2-3 minutes is enough if I'm working at around 8-10 reps of the weight I'm using. If I were doing fewer lifts with more weight, I might wait longer. The 3-5 min rest is what I do if I'm probing a new 1 rep max. A lot of my allocation of rest times is just paying attention to how my body is reacting. If my heart rate is elevated I will wait for it to get down some before moving on. Same thing if I feel like I am reaching an outer limit of being able to keep good form while doing an exercise. It's something of an organic adjustment. My mantra at my age is "First of all, do no harm" so I don't ever push when I'm feeling off for any reason. If something doesn't feel right or if my form slips, I stop that set right there. My main point is that I can hit my goals without my thyroid issues affecting my strength and stamina. It's not unrealistic to aim to do so.
  8. My advice would be to get a good endo. Mine always checks T3 & T4 as well as TSH. TSH tells you very little. My endo works with me based on listening carefully to my input, but I am giving input based on how I feel, symptoms, etc. and I listen to her recocmmendations. I do not have to be my own clinician. I wouldn't be comfortable with a doctor who was just checking TSH and treating you for thyroid. That is not best practice. You are not being unrealistic on your goals for physical activity based on your age. I am 20 years older than you are with thyroid issues and have more energy for physical activity than what you are describing. I can easily do 60 min of walking with 10 intervals of 3 min of jogging embedded in that 60 min and I can do a full weight lifting program (deadlifts, squats, push-ups, assisted pull ups or rows, etc.) without any more than the normal recommended rests between sets and if I'm doing a circuit, often with no rests. I didn't not start exercising like that until my 50s, so it's not because I have always done it. I hope you can find a doctor whom you don't have to ask to test your T3's and T4's and go for your goals.
  9. While I didn't dislike coffee, I didn't drink it much either prior to my doctor telling me that the effectiveness of a medication I am taking was boosted x2 for at least 2 cups of coffee per day. Coffee has health benefits; so does tea. In the middle of the Venn diagram of the positive effects are the positive effects of caffeine. Other than that, they each have their own depending on specific flavonoids, etc. I make lousy coffee, so I broke down and got a Keurig. I use the little screen cup that you can fill with your own blend of coffee to prevent the environmental impact of all those little plastic cups. I have never added sugar, but because I don't love the taste of black coffee, I do use milk or almond milk The milk does a better job of mellowing the coffee, but the almond milk doesn't impact the daily calories as much. If you need some sweetener or milk, since you're trying to lose weight, I would decrease it over time. Also, be aware that caffeine can speed some medications and vitamins through your body (along with everything else!) so if that is an issue for you, either take meds well before coffee (I think like 3 hours) or at least 15 min after you finish your coffee. You can google for more information on timining.
  10. Here are the red flags: While it can help some patients to be touched appropriately*, that touch should never be done without taking into account the patient's body langauge. Most people won't speak up the first appointment if they've never had a bad experience, especially if the touch is at all ambiguous as in your case. Looking away while touching is therefore a red flag. He wasn't gauging your reaction; he was avoiding your reaction. He was going to do what he was going to do. (* e.g. There was a research study I read long ago in which the anesthesiologist simply introduced self to one set of patients, and touched the hand of another set. The ones who received the brief touch needed less anesthesia) Other red flags: Number of touching incidents Rubbing, not brief touch Squeezing leg/thigh : not appropriate at all. If he did all this at the first appointment, I think it's likely he'd build up to more invasive things over time. Higher touch on the thigh, "accidentally" grazing the breast on the way to a shoulder rub, etc. At that point, the patient's "line" will have moved from not expecting that kind of touch at all to accepting what was previously ambiguous as the baseline. The new touch would then be ambiguous from the baseline. Hope that makes sense. I would report it to the state medical board and not just the practice. Tell the practice why you are leaving and describe the incidents to the state medical board. Your report may provide corroborating information to someone else's report in which he went further.
  11. Thanks for all the input! It was much more and faster than I expected! This probably isn't a good sign for my tech skills (I do have my own team because everyone else in the house is quite competent) but I can't see anyone's signatures for some reason, so Amanda, I couldn't check your site out. I tried clicking on your name, but didn't see the signature on that page either. If anyone can direct me to what setting I would need to use to see signatures (I used to be able to!) I would appreciate it!
  12. I need to set up a website for a health coaching business I need to get off the ground and I know there are places I can use like Wordpress or Wix that have templates that will make the process easier. I was wondering what other people's experience has been. Here's what I want to do with the site: I want to provide free information about a variety of health-related issues in separate categories like exercise, sleep, eating, etc. and would like people to be able to click on a topic that interests them and browse the posts. I don't want a comment section because I don't want to be moderating it. In addition to the free info, I want a separate 'button" or something that gives a way for people to contact me if they are interested in having a health coach for motivational support during the process of change. I would need to be able to post photos, but also may want to do videos down the road. If you've done something with similar requirements, could you let me know what you liked or disliked about any online site that you used? Thanks so much
  13. Thoughts about being seen sooner: !) Ask your family doctor to call for you. A doctor can often get you an earlier appointment than you could get yourself. 2) If you can be flexible, call every single day for cancellations. I've done that before and gotten seen much more quickly. Make friends on the phone with the scheduling person and ask for the best time of day to call in. Mondays are often very good: something comes up over the weekend, and people call to cancel appointments. Thoughts about waiting: Although when you are worried about cancer a month seems a long time to wait, it is often okay. Prognosis is sadly different depending on the institution that you go to for treatment and given that the node removal is a complex operation that could result in loss of motor function, I would wait and get someone experienced. Hugs.
  14. Painting the pantry and the shelves took a huge chunk of the day, so no other decluttering got done. I still have a bit more painting to do tomorrow, then I can reshelve everything in the pantry. I think the bright new look will give me some momentum going into next week.
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