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Karen A

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  1. Oh my goodness--so sorry you are going through this--so scary! So glad you are in the hospital being cared for. I don't have many suggestions for podcasts, but maybe Serial? I listened to the first season only, which examined the evidence for the conviction of a young man convicted of killing his high school girlfriend. Boy, it was a convoluted story, but interesting.
  2. I'm going to chime in and also say good job to you--and your husband especially--for supporting and helping her figure out what to do next, and getting the fawn to the center.
  3. For everyday, this Corelle set: I liked that it has a pattern, but is still all white, so I can use with my placemats/table linens that are really varied.
  4. Don't know anything about polar bears, music, fashion, etc. but my "must do" when we have visitors and go downtown is an architecture boat tour on the river/lake. There are several companies that run them, the best being, IMO the architecture foundation ones, but I'm guessing most are just fine for the average tourist. There's even a groupon right now. I also highly recommend hanging out awhile at Millennium Park, and sometimes we take a jaunt across the street to the free Chicago Cultural Center building, which is pretty to walk though. Sometimes they have music/exhibits going on too. Michigan Ave might be fun to walk down for fashion--maybe Water Tower Place? Don't know if there is anything there you can't find elsewhere, though. We love most of the museums as well. Edited to add: A friend just went to this and thought it was really a neat experience: Also, Lifeline Theatre in Rogers Park (far north side) is one of my favorite little theaters. Haven't seen this show, but could be fun, and you're not dropping $$$ to go.
  5. That is wonderful. What a picture of the diversity in the Kingdom of God. What service activities is the group participating in?
  6. I haven't read all of the above, but there are a couple of other blood test to run that can help differentiate a positive ANA. Anti-DS-DNA is one and the anti-SM another that can help rule in lupus.
  7. Great job on the visit! (And I think a TWO HOUR visit is MORE than enough for one day, unless a patient actually needs family to help stay safe, do what the nurses can't, or is about to die, or the like.) Really, rest is probably beneficial for her.
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    Re going or not--are there lots of other people there now for support? Would you consider going to visit in a month or two? It might be a better time for you, and there would be more time with them. You could work on a project together that's hard for her to do herself and just be a distraction, maybe. I have found this equally as helpful as attending a funeral, depending on circumstance.
  9. Thank you for the update. Greta--thanking God with you for his graciousness during these last months. May God continue to uphold you and your family and give you immeasurable joy, strength, and peace.
  10. I've had this whirlpool washer for a year, and I dislike it immensely. I did several hours of research--Consumer Reports, Best Buy reviews, etc. Just yesterday I washed placemats with a medium-full load. I took out placemats that must have gone in with a few grains of dried rice, and I had to scrape off rice mush, and re-wash them. In the winter my darks load always has considerable white "dust" lines on some of the leggings, which I'm presuming is from the dry skin on the inside of them, that get washed out, but not washed away. I don't call that washing... I've washed items which, when I've taken them out, still have dry spots. I replaced a 30 year old washer that could not be repaired. It washed a load in 20 minutes. This one often takes 1:30 if I have to run the extra rinse, and deep water, and pre-soak, which is obviously not particularly water saving, and makes laundry take the whole darn day. Actually, now that I'm writing this out, I'm going to call Costco service since I have the extended warranty, because everyone else gave this washer 4.5 stars... Maybe I'll get lucky and find some part is defective...,-intuitive-touch-controls.wtw7500gw.html
  11. If you are going to soon have a dedicated guest room, I'd get a queen bed, or my second choice, a another twin/trundle combo. At one time we had a full in the guest room, and to my horror, some friends made a "bed" on the hard floor for the husband to sleep on. If they would have mentioned something we would at least have given them extra linens and our air mattress :-(.
  12. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I'm so glad you were able to love her so well through her illness and have the wonderful relationship that you did. Many hugs. It has NOT been very long since she died, and I think you are having very normal responses to the loss. I would be very gentle with yourself, and give yourself a lot of grace. I just see you added the post about purpose. Certainly that likely has a large role as well. Your roles are changing. Some people need to keep busy more than others, and find a new outlet for their energies. It may be a good idea to start brainstorming on what your next steps/years might look like. I'm impressed with your insight that you got from writing! Best to you, Mom 0012.
  13. I have an earlier version of this: I like the infrared aspect that makes it harder for food to burn. I've been very happy with it. I got it about 8? years ago, and last year did have to replace a rusted part that was easily available and inexpensive on the website. Not a fan of the quality of their grill covers--not made to withstand multiple midwestern winters, I guess. We have a family of 4, and it's a great size for us, or probably up to 8. We grill a lot when we have company too.
  14. just sent $5 off 15, which is what I had on my desk. You might still want someone to send the 20% though, if that will be better deal. Kind Regards, Karen
  15. Know I'm kind of late to this thread, but the high school I work at gets calls regularly from people asking for their vaccination records. I believe it's state specific, but IL must keep these for 60 years, and we frequently pull them from the archives and fax them to people.
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