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  1. My mom wanted a better cell phone when she moved.  She kept that and a magnifying glass with her.

    If she’s going to be immobile and in a bed/chair a lot, maybe a large iPad, some magazines, favorite DVDs or shows to watch..

    some familiar food so she doesn’t always have to wait for a tray if she wants to eat.

    my mom wanted lots of pink and feminine colors.  Bedding, paint, towels.  She never had that before.  So maybe if there’s some decor your mom always wanted… I certainly never knew and it surprised me.  But she enjoyed it.

    Is your mom chatty? I loved the idea of the jungle ohoto, so to extend on that, a little ‘get to know me’ type thing for the staff to know her beyond an elderly bedridden woman. Family information, her jobs, travels, hobbies…. It gives a conversation starter for her and the staff, and helps them see her in a different light.

    Eta- maybe one of those grabber things so she can pick things up if she drops them

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  2. I thought I’d like the VenuSq; I really wanted to like it. But one corner of the square kept bumping my wrist bone and it was too annoying.  

    I ended up with the Vivoactive 4S and love it. I charge it every 3-4 days I think; the clock face I use consumes more power than others.  I appreciate the sleep tracking and it’s made me more aware of getting better sleep. I do see incoming calls and texts and found out it’s really handy! I like the alerts. Syncing is fine and easy.  
    the only initial issue was the watch band was too small (smaller because of being a 4s).  Garmin sent me another which was nice customer service, and I also bought a pack of various colored ones from Amazon.  I love switching them up.

  3. I used to send my teens to bed/room by 9pm at that age, at least for downtime, but they did tell me they couldn’t fall asleep, even if lights were out.  I recently gave melatonin to my 16yos for a different reason, and my one son was ‘wow!  I fell asleep quickly last night!’  The other two notice a big difference too. So it could really be her teen brain

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  4. 1 hour ago, wathe said:

    What I'm trying to say as that there isn't a study that  shows that it "worked that well on hospitalized patients a year ago".

    I can’t find it again either!  I could have sworn I was reading something tonight that listed that study as July 2020.  🤦‍♀️

  5. 19 minutes ago, wathe said:

    Because the study doesn't actually show that.  Is shows an interesting correlation between a very small number of patients (13 of 1500, based on news reports) between patients who happened to be taking fenofibrate and their covid outcome.  Statistically, that outcome could be caused by any number of unrelated reasons, or simply by chance.

    I haven't the actual study (but would really like to if anyone can find it!). I suspect the researchers took the med lists of 1500 patients, ran them all through a computer, and picked out the ones that correlated with good outcomes.  If you run enough of these analyses, a few will correlate, just by chance.

    Statistically, if you run enough tests even random data sets, you will get some patterns.  that have nothing to do with causation.  As an aside, that's one of the reasons against a "shotgun" approach to medical diagnostic tests (throwing many tests at patients hoping to find something, without strong clinical reasoning), because for every 20 tests or so, one is going to have a false positive, just by chance.

    Ah, thanks.  For some reason I read they gave it to 15 people and 14 had a quick around.  Off to re-read! 🙂

    okay.  I re-read.  The 13 out of 1500 study was different from the one where they deliberately gave the med to covid patients and saw a huge benefit.  So I still don’t get, why even if it’s just a small study/sample, that they don’t try more of it if people are getting so sick and dying and they had such good results?  🤷‍♀️ 

  6. 13 minutes ago, KSera said:

    Looks very interesting. I see at least one larger trial was recruiting. Hopefully there will be a big enough trial to see if this is replicable. The study is promising, but with only 15 patients, could also be a fluke. Will be awesome if it's not. (I thought the "silver bullet" headline was misleading. What is it with headlines anyway? I see so much of that.")


    ETA: Or, also, what @Corralenosaid 😂.

    So wondering.  While I’m glad they have studies going, if it worked that well on hospitalized patients a year ago, wouldn’t it have been worth using for people that were dying or for dire situations like India had?  How do you not try something just because you’re waiting for a study?  Do patients or families get an option to try off-label FDA approved medicines before they need a ventilator? 

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  7. What’s anyone in the Health Care field hearing about this medicine being used for Covid?   It was first studied and written about over a year ago, when they saw phenomenal results, but I never heard of it before.  It’s a common medicine that’s been around since 1975 that they say looks promising to treat Covid inflammation.



  8. 17 minutes ago, ktgrok said:

    That's crazy how different it is. It was like that here early on, but as of a few days ago I saw news reports that it was more than a 2 hour line, and that they have had to close early pretty much every day as they are out of tests. 

    I heard something like that a week or two ago around here too, but I think it’s because they had just re-opened testing sites, and did so on a Saturday.  There was likely a huge surge due to everyone coming back from summer vacations and starting school and wanting to be tested at the same time.  So maybe they were not out of tests, but that they had reached the maximum amount of folks in line they could test before they closed.  The three county sites are open 9-5, 7 days a week. 

  9. 12 minutes ago, ktgrok said:

    They shortened it to 5 days here - if you test negative on day 4. They are now added in testing locations at schools - rotating with one school per day. 


    Wow! Can I ask general area? Was it a county run testing site or??

    Here you have to make an appointment days out for the private places like pharmacies. The county drive up one is hours long, or was as of a week ago. I can't imagine it is better now, with cases even higher. 

    Tampa area.  It was a county site we went to.

  10. On 8/16/2021 at 2:26 PM, ktgrok said:

    I will say, at this point I don't expect our case numbers to rise anymore, as we are out of tests. We can't test more people than we already are, lots of people can't get tested...yeah. 

    Testing seems easy in my part of Florida.  There were maybe 5 people in front of me today, and I spent about 3 minutes in line.  Same with my son a few days ago.  No appointment needed, just walk in. 

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  11. There is a popular app called YNAB.  You Need A Budget.  
    Many many people have found it so helpful.  The basic idea is that  you spend the money available in your budget.  So you get a paycheck (to be budgeted), then assign those dollars to categories you have set up- your needs get budgeted first- rent, utilities, gas, car insurance etc.  Then allot some dollars to repairs/new tires/emergencies.  Then allot dollars to clothes, dining out, vacations etc.

    when you go to spend, check your category, make sure the money is there, spend it and then write the transaction in.

    it gives an awesome and easy to use visual of your needs and wants and spending.  Well worth the annual fee.  There’s a Facebook page of ynab users you can ask questions to.

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  12. On 6/14/2021 at 1:19 PM, melbotoast said:

    It's only noon and it already feels like 102 outside. Besides ice cream and watermelon, what on earth will I feed my family this week? 

    We made a version of Greek gyros with ground beef - shaped into rectangular patties and cooked on grill.  Easy and didn’t heat up kitchen.

  13. 19 hours ago, gardenmom5 said:

    Heights of handles vary - but you should be able to find that information in the stats for the backpack.  Some are great for tall people, others, not so much.

    You would think that would be part of the product information, but I haven’t found handle length mentioned. Or overall height when extended.

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