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  1. You might want to download the Monash University FODMAP diet app. They were the ones who first discovered the IBS/FODMAP connection. I've had the app forever, but IIRC it is one you have pay a few dollars for. But it's very well worth it. Makes it so easy to look up foods. And there are other decent apps. I've got one called Spoonful and one that just seems to be called FODMAP. I use all of them occasionally, but the Monash U one is the best. You really have to experiment and figure out what affects you. For me some things are totally off limits and some things I can tolerate infrequently in small amounts. I also figured out that I have to watch types of fiber, too. More than a little bit of insoluble fiber--even from safe foods--is a very bad, no good thing for me. It actually makes my constipation much worse. It took me forever to figure that out.
  2. You might want to spend some time researching the low FODMAP diet. I was diagnosed with IBS-C many years ago, and figuring out my FODMAP triggers and avoiding them is the thing that helps the most, by far. Unfortunately here lately it means I'm having to avoid all but the tiniest amounts of many veggies, fruits and beans. I prefer to eat a vegetarian diet, so needless to say this is making it very challenging. It's pretty weird and discouraging that I could eat junky food (cheeseburgers and fries, chips, etc.) and feel fine, or eat healthy stuff and be miserable. Sigh. Also, IBgard is very helpful for me, especially when things are flaring.
  3. We too have traveled many thousands of miles in a van (Class B RV) with a dog. We didn't find it much of a challenge at all, but (BUT) . .we had an onboard genny and so could leave the AC running anytime we wanted/needed to leave him while we grabbed a bite to eat or did a quick sightseeing thing that didn't allow dogs. Absolutely no way would I do it w/o that ability, unless it was somewhere that the high temperature never got above the low 60's.
  4. Ummm . . . my previous post linked to a current trial that's being conducted on ivermectin.
  5. Regarding ivermectin -- I'm totally doubtful based on the lack of credible results so far. And I think it's looney tunes to self-medicated with an animal product that can have significant adverse effects. But I'm keeping my eye on this study. Hopefully we'll know some preliminary results from it sooner rather than later, about ivermectin as well as fluvoxamine and fluticasone.
  6. I think spoon theory is the absolute best explanation of what it's like to live with a chronic illness that involves pain and fatigue. I am very, very protective of what energy I have. Getting too tired=hurting more and taking days to recover. Sometimes I almost worry myself with how rabidly protective I am of my energy.
  7. Yeah, I think lots of factors are going to influence shopping time. How many people you shop for and how frequently you shop The size of the store (small Aldi versus Costco/Sam's/Super WM) -- a larger store is going to take more time simply because there's going to be more walking involved How crowded the store is Etc., etc. Even though I'm a relatively fast, organized shopper I've never felt there was any moral superiority or anything regarding it. I just don't like being around people, and therefore prefer to get in/out as quickly as possible. I could easily read some issues into that, of course. I've often wished I could relax and enjoy shopping more than I do. I also agree that Covid risk in a grocery store is probably not much at all.
  8. I'd also estimate that I average around 30-40 minutes in the store when I'm doing a normal grocery run, which is usually somewhere in the $150-$200 range. It usually takes me right about an hour from the time I leave my garage until I'm back, and 15-20 minutes of that is driving time.
  9. I go as early in the morning as I can. The demographic that's out in the early morning seems to be a safer one than what tends to be out later in the day. Mostly I see older people and moms. Depending on the store you may have it mostly to yourself.
  10. There have been several reports of that on the cancer board I belong to.
  11. Lots of people are confused! Although people are commonly referring to the third dose recommended for immune compromised people as a booster that's incorrect terminology. It's a third dose, part of the initial series immune compromised people need to get good immunity. A booster is given when immunity is waning. Immune compromised need three doses to get good immunity to begin with, but may also need a booster later on. This is a fairly good explainer.
  12. I'm not clear on what you're asking. I didn't think that boosters had been approved yet? If your question is about the third dose that has been recommended/approved for immune compromised people -- DH and I had those last month. Neither of us had any trouble, although I had slightly more side effects than with the previous two doses. And by slightly I mean really slightly -- my arm was just a little more sore, and for about 12 hours I had the feeling of a swollen lymph node under my right arm (same arm where I got the injection). DH was pretty much exactly the same as with the first two doses, just a very slightly sore arm.
  13. Yes. And SO many disclaimers on their site . .
  14. You probably need to say that louder to make sure the people in the back really hear it. ETA: And probably also add in "I didn't understand that" does not equal "I was lied to."
  15. Regarding pampering the staff -- Put a candy bowl in her room and keep it filled with individually wrapped chocolate and hard candy. Tell the staff to help themselves. Give them a reason to pop in and out of her room. That means more checking on her, more social interaction. A notebook (or large calendar) for recording visits is a good idea. Not only will it help her remember, but it also clues you in on other family members or friends who have visited.
  16. Yes, that's been relatively widely reported. Here's one report from back in November, but there are many others. Rural Missouri coroner admits excluding Covid from death certificates I have a feeling he's not the only one.
  17. Yes. From everything I'm reading the risk of getting Covid for a fully vaccinated person is about the same risk we have anytime we get in our car and drive somewhere. So . . I jump in the car to go grocery shopping w/o giving my risk of being in an accident a single thought. I could be in a minor fender bender (the equivalent of asymptomatic Covid or a "Covid cold") or I could be in a horrible accident that lands me in the ICU for a long time, or kills me (the equivalent of really bad Covid). Or I could be in an accident that leaves me permanently disabled (perhaps the equivalent of long Covid). But in any event -- the possibility of a bad car accident isn't a great enough risk that it keeps me from doing things that I need or really want to go and do.
  18. I feel tremendous sympathy for extroverts. I truly do.
  19. DH's cancer team includes a person who is supposed to be the go to contact for non-medical, mundane type things. If she has one of those on her team it might be worthwhile to touch base with him/her, see if you can get contact info sorted out. It can be kind of a sticky thing to navigate, but IME doctors and hospitals are pretty willing to work with the children of elderly adults when they're on the HIPPA form.They don't want confusion, so it's kind of in their interest to work with the elderly patient's primary support person. Once you get all that sorted out and get a firm diagnosis things should be a bit better. Gentle cyber hugs.
  20. Well, for us -- yes. We live relatively normally. But we're strong introverts, so in a way the pandemic has been a bit of a weird blessing in that it's allowed us an "out" for not attending events we hate. Our normal life even in non-pandemic times would probably look very, very locked down to many people. But in other ways we live much more normally than many on here, probably. I've shopped in person (masked, and at less busy times) throughout the pandemic. If we need to shop for other things in person we do. We've kept up with all medical appointments (which for us aren't optional, of course), dental appointments, optometrists, etc. Because we're diligent about masking, social distancing and are vaxxed there's never been any real reason for us to worry about causing others to get sick. For us dealing with very serious health issues has, I think, helped keep the pandemic in perspective. We use common sense but we don't freak out about it. We have other things that are much more "freak out worthy" than the pandemic.
  21. I am not NOT concerned. I'm pragmatic and realistic. The vaccines give pretty darn strong protection, even to those who are higher risk.
  22. You might want to be careful who you speak to like that. Many of us have vulnerable people in our lives, or are ourselves vulnerable. FYI, my DH has stage IV cancer and I am on a strong immune suppressing medication for an AI disease.,
  23. Everybody's entitled to their own interpretation of vaccine efficacy, I guess. I keep seeing numbers like the ones below, and they're what I focus on. Sure I'd love to know with 100 percent certainty that I'll never get Covid (and thus never have to worry about long Covid), but that was never a realistic expectation. I find the numbers like the following very reassuring. They're from a local large hospital system (855 beds at the main hospital, another 650 or so beds at smaller satellite facilities) -- 94 percent of the Covid patients in their hospitals are unvaccinated 96 percent of the Covid patients in their ICUs are unvaccinated 96 percent of the Covid patients on ventilators are unvaccinated I see stats similar to those repeated over and over and they make me, as a fully vaxxed person, feel pretty darn safe.
  24. One reason we went with the Gulfstream variety is that they rarely develop berries. But we'll keep watch for them, just in case.
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