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  1. It's definitely not a dachshund thing. Mine is trained very well! It would be hard to care for someone else's dog if they weren't house broken. Hope it gets better.
  2. And the labor for laying tile (ceramic? porcelain?) is usually quite expensive!
  3. I always take out our stitches. I recently had some on the back of one of my legs and told the dr I would take them out. He said "you'd have to be a contortionist to do that" but guess what? A mirror comes in real handy. I think it's a big waste of time to have to go sit at the dr office (with all the germs) just to have a few stitches taken out. When my mom had brain surgery and had a plastic surgeon do the sewing up, his staff did a TERRIBLE job of taking out her stitches! She had to have them out in layers. After the first layer was botched up so badly, she wouldn't go back to have the rest removed and made me do it. ol
  4. Completely agree! You want someone who is going to take you seriously because no one knows you like YOU! When my mom started on her brain cancer journey, they put her on some medication that she had a horrible allergic reaction to. The first symptoms were of a personality change. I called the drs office and told them something was very wrong. They tried to dismiss me, but I was adamant that I knew her and something was VERY wrong. If she hadn't gone in that night, she probably would have died. She LOVES her oncologist and while he's not a specialist in her field, he stays up on the latest treatments for her conditions. The reason she loves him so much is because he lets HER call the shots. After all, she's the one who lives and dies with her decisions. With something as serious as cancer, I would never stay with a dr who didn't take me seriously. Even if they had a good NP, but the dr is still going to call the shots.
  5. You aren't the only one! I hated taking it. Coming off of it was hell. It took me three tries before I was able to get off it and that took 4 months to do. I will have to be in really bad shape before I'll consider taking another antidepressant again. Thankfully, I figured out my problem was actually low thyroid. Got it fixed and haven't felt the need for antidepressants since even when I went through some horrible life experiences about 3 years ago. I sympathize terribly with people just trying to find some relief from anxiety and depression. It sucks!
  6. Definitely get your hormones checked by a knowledgable dr.
  7. Has he seen a dr recently? My mother was diagnosed with brain cancer about 3 years ago. She never had this symptom but I've heard from numerous other people that the first sign of something wrong (that they didn't think about of course) was a drastic change in personality, things that seemed totally out of character. I might suggest to MIL that he get evaluated by a dr.
  8. I grew up in an area where the water was heavy fluoridated naturally. Many of my teeth have yellow spots on them. Thankfully it's mostly the back ones.
  9. Good for you for standing up for him! That's just plain ridiculous and people should mind their own business.
  10. Yep, I don't do much house cleaning. Only the necessities. I also don't work a regular job. I get a fair amount of familial support and then teach for a homeschooling coop AND go to graduate school. It's crazy and I hate being so swamped all the time but it is what it is. I think NOT homeschooling would make things harder. The little kids and I all sit at the dining room table in the mornings and do our school together. Then I'm right there to answer questions. The big kids are all independent for the most part. A good friend of mine is doing a coop type thing with her dd's and my dd's. It helps!
  11. Why do they not see that the things they say are manipulative? "If you don't do what I want, then you're not the person I thought you were" doesn't make me want to do things your way any more than I did before you said it. :glare:
  12. Severe fatigue. The only good period of the day was from about 10am to 2pm. Hair loss and thinning eyebrows. Joint pain. Insomnia. Irritability. Dry skin. Those were the big ones. It's been a bit so it's getting hard to remember. Lol! Thankfully, I've never had a weight problem but that was actually another reason my dr wouldn't believe it was thyroid related. He said I would be overweight if I was hypothyroid. Armour is a nonsynthetic thyroid compound. It's made with dessicated pig thyroid which is the one that matches human thyroid the closest, with approximately the same balance of T1, T2,T3 &T4. Bioidentical hydrocortisone is taken for adrenal support.
  13. My dr kept saying the same thing to me - that all was fine. My numbers were technically within range but on the high side. Someone recommended that I call a compounding pharmacy and ask for the names of drs who prescribe armour thyroid and bioidentical hydrocortisone. That's what I did and found a dr that I LOVE! She really listens to me and takes all my symptoms seriously no matter what the numbers say. I feel better than I've felt in over 10 years! And she's not a specialist, just a regular dr who works with womens' hormones and such.
  14. Here's what I did. Called a compounding pharmacy and asked for the names of drs who prescribe armour thyroid and bioidentical hormones. Got the name. Made an appt and completely changed my life! I knew all along that I needed to exercise more, eat right, etc but I just. didn't. have. the. energy! Now, two years later, I'm a different woman (and I never needed to lose any weight). I have energy! I love life again!
  15. My response has always been "I don't know. What are you making?" :glare:
  16. Crush up some garlic and put A LITTLE under a bandaid. Keep it on there as long as you can stand it. I did it at night so I would sleep through most of it. It's not horrible but it does start to sting after a bit. It worked pretty quickly.
  17. Sounds like it. You can mix half rubbing alcohol and half vinegar together. Put some of that in your ear several times a day. It will probably take a few days to get better but it's way cheaper than the antibiotics for swimmers ear!
  18. My oldest was driving around our pasture and I asked him to pull it up into the driveway. For some reason he pulled it into the middle of the driveway instead of in front of one of the garage doors. Not wanting to be THAT mother who freaks out, I didn't say anything when he was getting too close, thinking he would surely stop. He hit the brick column between the garage doors. Shoulda said something. :001_huh:
  19. I've had very good luck with a product called Alteril. I get it at Walmart. It's got melatonin plus some other things in it too. Plain melatonin doesn't work as well for me.
  20. If you are only 37, it's highly unlikely you're going through menopause (not impossible, just unlikely.) Most likely the nursing is still keeping it away. I started PP periods at different times though I nursed them all about the same. There are so many things that affect when you resume cycles that it's difficult to predict when it will happen again. I do agree that would be the most lovely way to go through menopause, but probably not at 37.
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