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I started laying pavers in our front yard yesterday. My DW doesn't like walking in the grass from the car to the front steps, so we're getting about a dozen pavers that look like cobblestone, each pa

The appointment with the osteo went very well. He looked, listened and paid attention and when I had questions, he answered them. And when I asked him if he saw the root cause he immediately said,

Good morning! Little Jude came ahead of his scheduled c-section date and arrived yesterday! He is so incredibly wonderful, sweet baby slept in peoples arms all day long yesterday.

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I live in an adobe, talk about space issues. You can't just nail shelves into adobe walls! Its hard to describe because the house is all windows, wide open so there are hardly any wall spaces to set furniture either. Its a decorating nightmare let alone finding places for my houses. I have taken to sitting them and scrap tables anywhere in the spare room including the middle of the room.

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L had me make up a med schedule chart for him. He's better at checking the little boxes every day than he is at free-lance remembering! I have my meds in two 7-day pill cases, one for AM and one for PM. (That also reminds me what day of the week it is when I'm groggy in the AM :D ). When I take the meds, I leave the little lid open for that day. I can tell at a glance if I've taken the pills or not.

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I like the 7 day pill holder.......if I only remember to fill the little boxes with the pills! :rolleyes:

I went into town today and bought every known rub and pain killer known to woman. Something has to work!
Then I made mac and cheese for dinner ( in need of comfort food).

On the way home I made it down our snowy icy hill and managed to lock up my breaks as I was turning into the driveway. I barely avoided falling into the 20 ft deep arroyo ( big ditch for non desert dwellers like a small canyon). :ohmy: I congratulate myself on avoiding disaster every time I do this.

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MK, I beg to differ about the kitchen. If you take the door off the oven, you can put one in there (it's even got back lighting then) and of course one on top of the stove. Get rid of the broken microwave and get a new one. The top of the fridge is also a good spot. Also take the door off the dishwasher - another spot for a house. Instead you use paper plates and takeout. It's win-win. Don't overlook the back of the toilet for a house. And if you scoot your bed forward away from the wall, you can put a board on the headboard and put a whole row of houses up there, then use the space below for clothes and that frees up the whole closet.

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Every family member at our house has their own pill strips with names on them. It's the only way to keep us on track. We use dbl sided ones that have AM on one side and PM on the other. Vitamins and everything go right in at my once a week fill session. Slick as can be. Here's one that does three times a day that is similar to our 2x/day.

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Ever since DH had his eggplant pirogue in Lafayette, LA, it's almost all I heard about for weeks after we got home. I found a gorgeous eggplant at the store this AM, so I picked up some shrimp and in a little while I'm off to make pirogues for dinner.

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I had to take so many pills during my chemotherapy treatments that I guess I should have gotten one of those reminder pill boxes. Unfortunately,it actually was all too easy to remember the antinausea meds!LOL Now I'm down to just my daily fluid tablet and 2 giant potassium pills-and I am able to take both doses of potassium better now that I am able to eat a couple of real meals most days! I had bloopered a few days back and was forgetting to take the fluid tablet every day and consequently have suffered with swollen ankles for several days. Now I have the bottle right by my bed so it's the first thing I take care of in the morning. It's been really hard for me to get used to having to take medicine every day. Until I went in to have my lump checked and they discovered my BP was high again (I had some minor trouble with it before I quit smoking 7 years ago.) I wasn't taking anything more than ibuprofen for occasional joint pain or something for sinus headaches. When I hear how many medicines some people my age and younger take I am just shocked and very grateful I've been pretty healthy up until I got cancer!!

Roxy,bless your heart,I am so glad you are okay! That arroyo must be very scary and pretty darn annoying at the least! Wow!

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Kat, I feel for you. My problem wasn't the number of pills I had to take, although I had to take a fair number (although NOTHING like what you're describing), but the number of times I had to take them. I had to take one pill every 4 hours for 21 days. You should have seen us at the pharmacy. I was like, "We're gonna need a bigger boat!". And it didn't help that the pill in question was the size of a horsepill - at least an inch long! I had boxes of them stacked up like you wouldn't believe.

And I'm going through pill hell now. Last year I took my Prilosec and Plavix together for a month with no problem. This year, they're saying the two won't mix and I need to be on Plavix for the next 6 months starting yesterday. However, the alternative they offer, Previcid, or something like that, is not something my insurance company will cover as a prescription. And if they are as expensive as Prilosec was, I won't be able to buy them out of my own pocket. So the nurse that called me today was getting hysterical and I was getting hysterical, because she said I MUST take them and I said HOW, as I can't manufacture money out of nothing. If I take nothing and start getting sick again (which landed me in Emergency last time), then we will have to cancel surgery and THAT is worse than any other option at this point.

So the upshot was I will be looking at how much these pills cost at Walmart and she will try to explain to my insurance company how I will DIE without these pills (and maybe try to guilt them by mentioning a lawsuit at the same time LOL) and we will see what happens tomorrow.

Personally, I think it's the stress that's gonna get me first.

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Kelly,I don't want to make it worse,but I took two 3 week courses of Prilosec while having chemotherapy because my digestive tract from my throat down was killing me by the second treatment;my son got the generic,at a discount for a 2 pack and it still cost about $40. He had to buy it because I couldn't and I was glad I had it,because it did work,but sheeesh!! I know that isn't the most expensive medicine,but I don't have insurance. I sure hope you can get it straightened out and not have to pay a fortune for it!!

My potassium pills are those 1 inch long monsters,too! I could dissolve it in water,but I just shove it down and get it over with!Ugh!! I have had Medicaid for all the prescriptions and the white blood cell building shots I had to take for 5 days after each treatment so the meds cost me probably pennies on the dollar,thankfully,or I'd just have had to do without!

I have started to feel a bit stronger,but I have had some nausea last night and today and my stomach is still having a time handling me eating a normal diet. I think I'll just have scrambled eggs and soups tomorrow...sigh!! I know the side effects weren't going to go away abruptly,buuuut...

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Kelly, I see ads on TV from at least one pharmaceutical company saying if you can't afford the medicine, maybe they can help, implying a discounted price. Is that a route you could try?

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Most med manufacturers will help out with the cost of meds if you have no insurance or if your insurance doesn't cover enough so that's definitely worth looking into. Google the name of the med and go to the manufacturer's site. There's usually a link for assistance at the bottom of the page. There's also a generic for Prilosec that I *think* is on walmart's $4 list. Don't quote me on that one but definitely check into it. It's something I take and the generic for 90 days to our mail-in pharmacy is only $25 compared to about four times that for the brand name. As for the Plavix, ask your doctor for office samples. A lot of times they keep a stash for patients who really need something like Plavix or Trilipix but can't afford the high copays on them. The price of meds is outrageous. There are months when E' Scripts gets over $700 from me for just three medications and I take something like 21 different pills a day. I have a big double pill box for mornings and evenings and a smaller one for daybreak meds. The ones I worry the most about tracking are the pain meds so when I fill up my pill boxes every week, I put exactly five in a little silver pill box and that way I know for sure how many I've taken. It's easy to forget whether you've taken a PRN med sometimes and looking at a full bottle doesn't do much good so putting just a few into a container helps me to remember.

Anyone seen "Stand Up Guys" with Christopher Walkin and Al Pacino? They're aging mob hit men and at one point they break into a pharmacy. Instead of stealing narcotics, Christopher Walkin starts looking for his blood pressure meds saying, "The copay on this one is killing me!" <chuckling> If you're of a certain age, that's hysterical.

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I have no idea what my husband's company's insurance company pays for our health insurance but it must be a fortune. I have a zero copayment for all of our prescriptions. When he retires next month I'm going to have make the Cobra decision, I'm sure I'm going to have "sticker shock".

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I am painting the outside pieces of my bungalow and still gluing the base. Then I'll tape it together to mark for paint and wallpaper.

I went to HL yesterday for the first time and got 2 sheets of plastic, a packet of brushes, little green tiles for my fireplace surround, gold and green paint that looks like stained glass when dry, Mod Podge (Is this liquid epoxy? It's all I could find that was anything like liquid epoxy.), paint for the bungalow (green, gloldy yellow and rusty red), liquid leading, a black paint marker, round clay cutters, little round wood boxes to make hatboxes out of ("with which to make hatboxes."), a 'brownie' pan that's too big for my clay oven, and a stencil that has gingko and oak leaves on it. Both leaves were popular during the Arts & Crafts movement.

Won't be going back to HL. It's not that much different from Michaels, though they have lower prices. But I found out from a friend, and I hadn't know this before, but HL got a law passed so they don't have to pay for their employee's birth control pills. But - OH, YEAH! - they still pay for vasectomies and Viagra! Talk about PREJUDICIAL!!!! I thought we were long past doo-doo like this! I've always (since about 12? 14?) lived under Roe vs. Wade and I can't believe we're going back to the Stone Age!!! And to make things worse, about 5 MN companies have followed suit! Disgusting. And I believe this will have a detrimental effect on women in the work force. Just opinion. Hobby Lobby will get no more money from me.

Have been suffering with what I think is a pinched nerve in my neck - had this for years. It comes sometimes and gives me horrible headaches and queasiness until I can pop my neck just the right way and then instant relief. Have been popping but it's still hanging on. Though it is better than it was.

Finished Jennifer Ashley's first book in her Captain Lacey series and it wasn't bad. Was NOT a romance novel and the mystery was really good. I was surprised at the end. Will now start the second book in the series, Regimental Murder.

Found what sounds to be a good recipe for split pea and ham soup. I love the Campbells soup so bought some peas and thought I'd try making my own. Found a recipe that has carrots, potatoes and celery in it, too, and thought that sounded good. Now I just gotta go get the stuff. Can't remember if the recipe includes onions, but I'll toss some in! One can never have too much garlic or onions. Or fresh ground black pepper. :pepper:

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The loan manager forwarded our situation up the chain of command and we were approved for a loan just under the total estimated amount of the repair (if they're estimate isn't too far off and if they're able to fix it at all). That gave Soheila some relief, so she's not in a hurry to end our marriage- for now. I now realize that we're one disaster away from separation. It is my responsibility to provide for the family, but I haven't any control over a company's financial mistakes that resulted in massive layoffs or costly vehicle repairs that shouldn't have happened with so few miles on the odometers. besides, becoming a single mother wouldn't have improved her situation at all.

We're hopeful that the car will be fixed by next Wednesday, but we extended the rental to next weekend, just in case.

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I've heard it said that eternity can be defined as "two people and a ham" and I know it's true. Bruce even reminded me of that while I was poking thru the beautiful bone-in hams at the grocery store. But did it stop me? Ooooh no. When the mood for a ham dinner strikes me, there's no turning back and that's why there's a 7lb ham resting in my fridge. It turns out that Bruce does have to work on Sunday after all so we'll have our Solstice dinner tomorrow. It's a simple meal compared to what I used to do but we'll have baked ham, au gratin potatoes, harvard beets, southern green beans, deviled eggs, a small relish tray, and Hawaiian rolls from the bakery. I wasn't going to do the deviled eggs but the deli had hard boiled eggs already stripped nekid so I don't have to peel them and that's what was stopping me so deviled eggs are on the menu. The food processor will make short work of crumbling the yolks so my hands can handle this. Bruce is over the moon because my deviled eggs are one of his favorites. I think I'll make those this afternoon along with the stuffed celery (I love celery with cream cheese!) so tomorrow will be that much easier. It's kind of an ambitious project but I'm determined to make it happen. I even got out my holiday plates and tablecloth so you know I'm serious. LOL!

We may go out later tonight and view all the lights. Maricopa is so festive and lit up that it's a sparkling jewel in the desert!

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Know all about eternity Deb! DH came home with a 20 pound ham from work! But our youngest son is coming so hopefully he will help us with it.

Wow!!! That's a seriously big pig! But the great thing about ham is that there's so much you can do with leftovers and it does freeze well. I'm already looking forward to baking ours tomorrow and that marvelous, mouth-watering aroma wafting thru the house. What are you having with yours?

Jeremy, I'm so happy for you that the loan came through. You work very hard to take care of your family and you deserve good things to happen to you. And just IMO..........you *are* a good provider. You can't help the things out of your control but when they occur, you immediately jump into action to fix them the best you can. I respect that a lot.

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But I found out from a friend, and I hadn't know this before, but HL got a law passed so they don't have to pay for their employee's birth control pills. But - OH, YEAH! - they still pay for vasectomies and Viagra! Talk about PREJUDICIAL!!!!

MK, actually Hobby Lobby's insurance DOES cover birth control pills. The only ones they don't cover are the morning after pills.

And I'm with Debra - toss me out of the kitchen too! I'd happily roll right out outta there!

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MK, actually Hobby Lobby's insurance DOES cover birth control pills. The only ones they don't cover are the morning after pills.

Not what my research says nor what the bill that was passed defines. I've read nowhere birth control pills are covered and never have seen a single mention of morning after pills.

Well. I did find an article that DID mention the morning after pill (the religious belief is life begins at conception) and they will pay for birth control pills (no conception).

Thank you much, grazhina, for alerting me to this. I really appreciate it.

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