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  1. Wash well, check twice daily, and at first sign of anything , go in . Cat bites either go away or go bad. There doesn't seem to be a middle ground. Though as nurse, I have only treated a few cat scratch fever cases and they do seem to go bad very very quickly, like went to bed with a scratch on the finger and woke up in the middle of the night with severe swelling, heat and dark redness over the entire hand and arm. Cat bites are so strange and unpredictable.
  2. Yep....what we had withheld and what tiny amount extra came our way through the year doesn't match up
  3. I work with peds/ob/ gyns on a surgical floor who openly state they see no reason for themselves to get any boosters but recommend their patients to do so. No one has been ale to give me a reason why it is okay for them to refuse to booster but not okay for their patients. Adults,especially the generation entering adulthood (the 90 kids) when chicken pox and other vaccines entered the market, will need to get boosters or titers checked throughout adulthood. THere is still concern that this group will enter old age and break out in childhood diseases from lack of boosters as immunity wanes.
  4. BUrned. Absolutely nothing can be claimed anymore such as our business expenses and other things we were able to claim to help with the tax burden. And we lost 2 children completely with the new law and the child tax increase didn't help. Our income is just enough that I will need to cut my hours back this year to fall back under the income line. I work a part time job and a even less part time job (still not full time between the two) and when that second job was added, our tax amount jumped 2500 dollars. So I'm working to pay taxes and health insurance. So I wont' be working as much this year All of the sales people in sales that we know lost 15,000 to 20,000 in expenses that they could claim last year but not this year. Not good for my circle.
  5. When I have trouble letting go, I imagine standing outside my house watching an absolute disaster strike and losing everything. My kids/pets are with me but we have survived with only what clothes we were wearing. Then I think when I am at the store replacing clothes, furnishings what would be the thing that I absolutely can never ever get again and makes me teary eyed to think I will never see it again? 15 years of out grown kid clothes? No but that special christening gown my sister and I spent hours sewing pearls on, yea. Baby blankets, no but the christening blanket made for the first grandchild by our grandmother and passed to each grandchild for christening and stored with me for the next grandchild, yea..... . and so on. It really helps me to determine if my objects are in my home because I love them and they are in and of themselves dear to me. Will I feel a sense of relief that great grandmother's rickety ole rocker no can sit on but it was grandma's chair is gone forever or will I truly be upset to never see it again? Coupled with the idea of if I love it, I will cherish it and take care of it (and keeping it hidden in a box stored in attic no one can reach is not loving an item) keeps me from storing stuff that in the end has no value for anyone.
  6. Luxury yacht crew. Nurse friend of mine spent her 20's traveling the world working on privately rented yachts. Crew was treated well and got to partake in a lot of things once duties were done.
  7. Nope, I would want someone with benefits. I dont want to be the relationship keeper, the taker carer of all things ever again. I just want someone to knock boots with when I call. Marriage is great but I've been at it for 27 yrs and just dont want to start that again.
  8. I'm from the south, directions mean nothing. My compass in the car is typically completely out of sync with road signs. Telling me to go north means..... south for 2 miles, go east for 1, go west, go to light post in Narnia, go to the ice wall and I've yet to actually make a turn or change direction lol! Maybe the place is north on the map but there is no way to go north and get there. Reason why directions are go to the store, turn left, turn to the right, after the church go left, if you see the gas station, turn around....lol!
  9. I would call the State education dept and ask to speak to the legal team. Ask them if the school's interpretation of the policy is correct. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. If it isn't,tell them you expect a call to the school to clarify and a proposed plan to keep your son safe. If it is correct, then find out if the school's proposed solution protects the school district from being sued by you if a second attack on your son occurs. And then go from there based on their answers
  10. Birthday money is free money to do whatever with . Otherwise, people would just give gifts instead of money to a child. I have friends who take the birthday money and save it and I just think that is wrong but whatever. The kid doesn't actually get anything for their birthday. I think people in general expect birthday money to be blown on what the kid wants. I would ask him what his shoe size is and the last time his shoe size changed. Spending 200 on a pair of shoes for feet that are growing quickly is kinda of crazy and I would remind him if he is in that stage of development - the shoe may not fit for more than a couple of months. If he still decides a couple of hundred on shoes that won't fit in 6 months is still what he wants, have at it. I would then ask him if he wants help finding the best deal. Then I would spend the time showing him how to find the best deal and deciding when would be a good possibility that they may be on sale. Shoes tend to go on sale during back to school, holiday sales, January (new year resolutions to get fit) and in spring. We scour the internet, find coupons, lowest price, and then purchase. We have a lot of expensive clothes/shoes/purses. My kids know we rarely ever pay full price and usually get most things at half off or less and insanely dirt cheap is the usual price. My college kid will call and ask for help on finding the best deal because he knows we can save money. I would let him buy the shoes even if he had no job, no savings, and nothing else and big purchases coming up. In my thinking, now is the time to learn, GEE I can't get my car because I blew several hundred dollars on stuff instead of saving. Now it is going to take longer and there are things I can't do that I could have done had I saved the money and purchased car/phone/insurance/ etc. Better to learn that now than be like the majority of my coworkers- educated, degreed professionals working multiple jobs because they never learned that lesson.
  11. If you know you are going to use it, I think it is quite reasonable to cancel the order and order the pro. The motor is big enough to handle the attachments without issues. I use it nearly everyday when I am on a cooking kick. It dices, slices, shreds, grates, makes spirals and peels for me. wonderful if you do a lot with veggies.
  12. I would bet it is the box. I have 3 cats and when we kept a litter box inside, there was cat smell no matter how many times we cleaned that dang box. Once we made them go outside, the cat smell is gone. I did clean the whole room (my cats did not go anywhere else but their box) where the box was with vinegar and water and scrubbed the baseboard and floor by hand with pinesol. If the workers kept the garage door to the house open while the box was there, the smell will travel for sure! It can be quite strong. As long as the cat wasn't peeing everywhere in the house, the odor shouldn't require much to remove it. Bowls of vinegar left out overnight and/or charcoal spread around with good airing out after the garage is cleaned out where the contraption was should do the trick. A bag of baking soda mixed with an essential oil (or not) spread over the carpet and worked in with a broom and left over night works too. Unless when the cat was living there, the smell knocked you down, it wouldn't give me pause. Now cigarette smoke...that's another story altogether!!
  13. My next purchases will be the slow juicer so I can get rid of my stand alone juicer. I keep replacing appliances with KA attachments
  14. I use the cheese grater/shredder, sprilazer, and food processor with cube slicer attachment.
  15. Caring for the elderly is doable when the elderly get sick and die in a short time frame, like a couple of months. But when the care spans a decade?? Dementia pts can live an incredibly long time after they no longer recognize people. Are any of us physically ready to turn a pt every 2 hours for years? Pick them up and put them in chairs or on bedside commodes? I do for 12 hours at a time and I am beat and I have help each time. Imagine having that responsibility 24/7? When do you sleep/rest/vacation? Who comes in to relieve you? With my grandparents there was a large pool of people to help - 11 siblings each with large families. between everyone, grandparents were checked on daily and then hourly during the day without being a burden on any one person. they still moved in with my mom to make night time easier but still, she had round the clock relief. Had people who brought in food, did the grocery shopping, helped clean the house, etc... Now, I think more people are the one and only care giver. There is no one else. And money isn't always there. I can't give up our jobs and my children's stuff to handle full time care giving. And by the time I can , I will be in my 60's.
  16. Oh. I forgot about Alabama white sauce...yum yum... we tried it and it really is good.
  17. Yea in this part of the south, grilling is for hamburgers and hot dogs. BBQ is when you are going to have BBQ and often involves overnight cooking and/or people over for long periods involved in the cooking with the larger group arriving to eat BBQ
  18. Married 27 yrs. One has to walk through our master bath to get to the closet area. So there have been times in which one of us enters the occupied bathroom for legit reasons that can't wait like need to leave the house immediately and need to grab keys or shoes really quick. I can count on one hand those times and none involved any thing more than grab item and run. I can never ever recount a time either of us UNLOCKED the door to enter. We just waited. Seriously not cool and I dont have a special need to private bathroom time (grew up with 3 siblings and 1 bathroom)
  19. I wouldn't require people to have the vaccine but I absolutely did not and would not allow anyone with a cough of any sort around my infants. The vaccine provides such a short immunity and only 3 or 4 out of 10 have immunity at the 4 year mark according to the CDC. It also will lessen symptoms and a lot of adults will have that nagging cough that has lasted for months - light case of pertussis when tested. So I kept people away if they had a cough. I kept my babies out of church as well and any large groups or gathering places. Pertussis isn't anything to mess with. But hand washing and keeping people away who have a cough and keeping the baby out of public areas would go a long way t
  20. I must work with some hyper anal mds then LOL!.. ('m fairly certain a few of them studied in Europe so maybe there is a cultural thing as mentioned earlier) The GIs and general surgeons I work with basically are of the opinion one shouldn't have to work to have a bowel movement. It's much like urination. one feels the urge, goes to the bathroom, and relaxes. Stuff comes out. and you should be able to control it. If not something is wrong...diet, hydration, medicines, mechanical issues - something along the intestinal tract isn't working quite right -obstruction, narrowing of intestine, enzymes, and diseases of the bowel. But people shouldn't have to worry about having a movement. They do agree with probiotics daily though preferably in a non artificially sweetened high protein yogurt. and flax seed due to the typical diet of Americans. Fast food/processed box food is hard on the intestines. The stand out points to me is 1) the clogging the toilet - too much at one time or too hard 2) since he was a little kid - diet, mechanical issues, disease 3) he thinks it is an issue - If he's been this way since he can remember then something changed recently that has made him feel something needs to be done. IME, when people who have "gotten used to it" or "it's always been this way" suddenly get upset about it, something has changed even if they can't explain what has changed. So I would get things checked out. A lot of times, they can do an xray or scan and see what the stool burden is and if there are dilated loops or free air along the way.
  21. Constipation is a sign of Celiac. https://celiac.org/celiac-disease/understanding-celiac-disease-2/celiacdiseasesymptoms/ And in my experience, adults who have had life long issues take much longer than a month to heal and change from Celiac. Especially those not in the classical presentation. However your insurance handles it but he should end up at a GI specialist for evaluation. A blood test can be done to see if he has any antibodies and the GI will recommend a small bowel biopsy which depending on presentation and the skill/knowledge of the physician and pathologist and lab tech who prepares the slides may or may not be positive. Doesn't mean you don't have it just means the patch of intestine taken at that point didn't have enough damage to qualify. it truly is a hit and miss type of procedure since damage is not usually available to the eye during exam. There might be areas that look different because the damage is so bad but Celiac can often look normal until under the microscope. IF you do test and get a negative, a gluten free diet trial of a year is recommended and then reintroduction of gluten products is what i was told to do. Symptoms return, then you have gluten issue. Now at least they are admitting there is Non celiac related gluten issue for people. Even 12 years ago, drs were reluctant to say that
  22. I would assume she has some issues that she doesn't care to go into details ..... all the way up to including she is particular about who prepares her food and it's easier to say I only eat x then to hurt someone's feelings by saying I won't eat food prepared by you (general you!, not any one person here!!) As someone who deals with food issues everyday, I have found it easier depending on who I'm talking with to just make a blanket statement and move on.
  23. As others have said, health field will require yearly TB testing. there is no work around. But, she simply needs to tell occupational health she had the vaccine when she lived in China. they have protocols for those that tested positive or had the vaccine but will do yearly testing of some sort. she should request a copy of everything and when she switches jobs, she can show them the records and not have to start over. she will face this when she starts school as the hospitals where clinicals are held require it so the schools require it. So i would wait till the school needs the info because TB testing has time limits. so i would wait till it was needed, tell them i'm from China, was vaccinated, and they will do a different method.
  24. Sure you can PM me. We don't use epidurals so I can't speak to that. I will say most doctors don't tell you a lot as they leave the discharge instructions to the nurses. Ive even heard docs say oh your nurse will cover everything you need to know! They just give us general stuff like soft diet, no lifting, activity as tolerated, follow up in a week. LOL! We flesh all the rest out!
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