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Pawz4me last won the day on March 26 2014

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  1. I'm a mostly vegetarian and have been for thirty years. Beans (and to a lesser extent peas) provide a high percentage of the protein in my diet. Edited to clarify: I mean real beans and peas. Not processed powders. I don't do that stuff.
  2. My layperson's understanding, at least for the type of cancer DH has, is that an increase/decrease of 30% is what generally really catches an oncologist's attention. What I'm not clear on is if they simply compare the largest points (probably not) or do some sort of complicated volume/perimeter calculation (more likely, I'm guessing). But either way -- your decrease seems really huge!!
  3. Statistically I believe that's considered a VERY good decrease!
  4. Every doctor I've ever had in my adult life has used LabCorp. I've never had any reason to doubt a single result, and certainly the doctors don't seem to have any qualms about it. It's not anywhere close to being on my radar of things to be concerned about. (ETA: Of course it could be a problem with your local facility. The LabCorp here seems fine.)
  5. Let me guess . . . Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)? It's considered a DMARD. It's one of the weaker drugs used to treat RA. I've never been on it (I'm sero-positive so was started on stronger drugs), but on the message boards I belong to there are people with RA or Sjogren's who respond well to it. Sometimes it's used in combo with other DMARDs. It has a lot of the same potential side effects as the other DMARDs, but the one that seems to concern people the most are the potential retina issues. I think you're supposed to have a yearly check by an ophthalmologist while taking it.
  6. I'm glad you got some answers! Sometimes it's challenging to look at the good side of a bad condition, but at least since erosive osteoarthritis isn't AI in nature it doesn't sound like your mom (or you, potentially) has to worry about any co-morbidities, which are a huge concern with RA and other types of inflammatory arthritis (greatly increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, lung disease, eye issues, some cancers among other things). Although I'm sure that's not much comfort. Pain is pain, disability is disability.
  7. You should dump. But if possible you would run some water into the black tank to get it closer to full rather than trying to dump a very small amount. Think of a sink that has just a little water in it versus one that’s full of water. When you pull the stopper out the one that’s full drains with more force. That’s what you want for your black tank.
  8. We always get full hook ups, just for convenience. But you really shouldn’t dump your black tank until it’s close to full. You can add water to it if necessary. If you dump when there’s just a little in it there’s not enough force/pressure to get it all out. You should also always add a gallon or so (depending on size of tank) of water after each dump. You also want to have a goodly amount in your gray tank before dumping the black. The gray water washes out the dump hose.
  9. Yeah, there are quite a few types of inflammatory arthritis. From what I understand sometimes people do get just that general diagnosis, but usually as the disease progresses it becomes more clear what type it is (markers like RF, anti-CCP or ANA become elevated, or the particular joints or pattern of joints affected, or development of co-morbidities point to a particular type). But to complicate matters further--there are over 100 types of arthritis and it's possible (common) to have two or even more. The vast majority of people over a certain age have some OA. Having an inflammatory arthritis doesn't magically exempt us from that.
  10. Katie, I think you really need to find out exactly what your mom's diagnosis is. It may be important in the future. If she got on disability for it then she almost certainly has some sort of concrete diagnosis.
  11. Yes, we drink from our faucet. But we also sterilize our fresh water lines and fresh water holding tank at least a couple of times a year. We also use the tank correctly--we keep it completely full (as much as practicable when using it) or completely empty. My understanding is that partially full (when a lot of air is also in the tank along with water) is the worst for growing muck. We also are as careful as possible about only putting water in it from municipal sources. If we have to put in some well water we make sure to dump it as soon as possible. Yes, we do #2 in our toilet.
  12. It's actually not uncommon at all for raccoons to be out during the day, especially when they're nursing, in areas where a main food source is foraging for human garbage, and at the end of spring/early summer when daylight is longest. (ETA: I know this because of several daytime encounters with raccoons we had on a recent camping trip, which initially freaked me out a wee little bit. So I asked a very informative ranger, who was happy to educate us. Online sources corroborate what he said.)
  13. We went to both of our boys' orientations. We weren't bored at all! The first one (a two day event) was exhausting mentally and physically. The second one not so much, but still informative. Both times there were some impressive speakers, a couple of whom were truly memorable. No way would we have wanted to miss either one. But I'm sure how well orientation is done varies from school to school. You've probably already left, but my simple advice would be to make sure you bring a bottle of water and a couple of simple snacks in your bag.
  14. I don't remember the name of this practice, but I first heard about it on Clark Howard's radio broadcast and I've heard and read about it from other sources since then -- Insurance companies have for years used a type of forecasting in setting their premiums. The forecast says that the longer a customer has been with a company the less likely they are to switch. So the company has little/no reason to try to give that loyal customer the best rates. Quite the opposite--they feel very safe in going up quite high on that customer's rates, because statistically the customer is likely to go ahead and pay. When we switched we'd been with the same company (State Farm) for over twenty years. I've forgotten how much in total we saved by shopping around (but keeping the same coverage levels), but it was a lot. Much closer to $1,000 a year than a couple of hundred. My brother had been telling us for a long time before that that he saved a lot by switching every four or five years. We waited too long to believe him, but . . .he was right. Like with the cable/internet industry, it seems that the insurance industry believes in taking advantage of loyal customers, not rewarding them.
  15. We used to prefer to keep all of our insurance coverage with the same company, with a local agent. It was nice and simple and his office is five minutes away and we could walk in and talk to someone face-to-face any time. We didn't mind paying a little extra for the convenience. But then it got to be a LOT more than a little extra. I think the days of that remotely making financial sense are long gone. We currently have our RV with one company, our cars with another company and our home with a third company.
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