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  1. This is the way I understand it -- People who have certain immune compromising medical conditions or are on certain immune suppressing medications (see the list I posted earlier) need a third dose. Instead of the initial two dose series, the people who meet that criteria need an initial series of three doses. That's true whether it's Pfizer or Moderna. The official recommendation is to get the entire series of doses from the same manufacturer, but if you can't get the same one for the third dose it's okay to mix and match. That means for Pfizer you'd get the initial dose, the second one three weeks later and a third one at least four weeks after the second dose. People who only need an initial two dose series of Pfizer vaccine but who meet these criteria -- are being recommended to get a booster shot at least six months after the second shot in their initial series. We don't know yet if immune compromised people who need an initial three dose series will also need a booster six months or so after the last dose of the initial series. These most recent guidelines will qualify a LOT of people for boosters. ETA: I've bolded doses and boosters because I think it would go a long way in clearing up some of the confusion if TPTB and the media would clearly refer to initial doses and to boosters.
  2. The CDC has that info --
  3. I think this is getting really confusing. Like people who have the immune compromising conditions/medications that were announced awhile back -- the recommendation for those people is to have a third dose at least 28 days after the second dose. The boosters--for people who qualify--are being recommended at least six months after the second dose. People--and doctors and pharmacists--need to understand which category people fall into. And we don't know if immune compromised people--the people who need three doses--are going to need a booster a few months (six?) after their third dose. 🤨
  4. I encountered something similar to this when I went to our county health department to get the third dose recommended for immune compromised people. They said they couldn't give them until they got the order from their health director. I don't know if that meant somebody at the county level or the state. In any event--they started giving them a few days later. But less than an hour after the health department told me that I got one at Walgreens.
  5. When I was 25 I lost at least 64 pounds (not really sure what my starting weight was) and have, for the most part, kept it off now for 33 years. And yes to the bolded. Any diet can work. They all come down to reducing calories, it just depends on what type of foods are emphasized. Often people find the WOE that works for them and think that's *the* one that will work for everybody, but IME that's not true at all. And success does indeed mean learning new habits and sticking with them for life. I have many healthy eating habits that I developed 33 years ago when I lost weight, and I've been eating this way for so long that it doesn't even occur to me that they are healthy habits. Like if somebody asks for healthy eating tips I might draw a complete blank and think "I've got nothing to say about that." But then others will post x, y and z and I'm thinking "Oh yeah. That's what I've always done." Because at this point it feels like I've always eaten this way, and I don't think of it as being particularly healthy. It's just . . how I eat. ETA: I want to add a couple of things, not to be depressing but to be honest -- I do think I was able to be successful in losing weight and maintaining that loss because I did it while still relatively young. I know for myself it's much, much harder to maintain now than it was when I was younger. Part of it is health issues for me (hypothyroidism, RA) but I don't think there's any denying that aging alone is an issue. Also, the more I learn about the gut microbiome the more I'm convinced that it plays some part in weight.
  6. Looks like Walensky overruled the panel and is allowing boosters for those at risk due to their jobs. Reuters -- I can't find a link to Walensky's statement on the CDC site (yet), but WaPo and NYT are reporting the same thing as Reuters.
  7. Nothing you describe sounds particularly unusual or concerning to me, although of course it's impossible to "see" things over the internet. That's why getting a trainer involved is the right thing to do. Sometimes--a lot of times--puppies are just like babies and toddlers. You just have to work through things, figure out what works (or doesn't) for that particular puppy. Hopefully the trainer can offer some helpful suggestions for doing that.
  8. Hugs, and vibes for a peaceful experience for all of you.
  9. Is she nervous in general, or just around other dogs? Her puppy kindergarten included all sizes? Has she been exposed to a calm, small dog? An adult, not a puppy? If not--that's what I'd try for. Find someone with a small, calm adult dog if you can and see how she does. If you can't find someone to fit that bill then keep working--as often as possible--with the gentle dog. Another option would be to arrange for some private lessons with a trainer. Many trainers will have a dog of their own who is rock solid calm ("bomb proof") that can be used to work with dogs like yours. I don't think it's too late, but you really do want to get in as many positive experiences as you can, as quickly as you can.
  10. I think people often expect too much of vets. IME most will either carefully walk a neutral line or, if they are sure it's time (really bad blood work, specific terminal diagnosis, etc.), will give you a straight up answer if you ask them directly. But asking directly is the key. But unfortunately as we all know there aren't crystal balls for this decision. Frequently it does come down to day to day quality of life, and they aren't the ones living with the pet 24/7. Almost all dogs and cats will "mask" when in a vet's office, which is very stressful for them. So the vet often isn't seeing what we're seeing at home.
  11. What you describe sounds a lot like the final days of our previous dog. He also had some liver and kidney issues, but really it was the arthritis that so badly affected his quality of life, even on Rimadyl and tramadol (and those certainly weren't helping his liver and kidneys). He couldn't make it up/down the stairs to the bedroom---and he'd slept in our bedroom since he was a wee puppy--and it scared him when DH carried him. I think you've reached that time. I'm sorry. We arranged for at-home euthanasia for that dog. It was so much easier than having it done at a vet's office, and that was pre-Covid. I do know that most of the vets around me are allowing people to come in for euthanasias now, so that might not be so bad (no crowded waiting rooms to walk through, etc.). #itishard
  12. Amazon has a distribution center about 30 minutes from me that employs over 1,000 people.
  13. I don't normally ever look at my profile. I mean--why would I? I know what's there. But I confess-- once this thread started I had to go see who'd visited. And I'm guessing some of y'all did the same thing. 😉
  14. Yeah. I'm the nutty pet person, so when I see or hear "stalking" my brain defaults to a cat or dog stalking a bird, squirrel, etc.
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