Oct 11, 2020 02:59PM Betrayal wrote:
Here's the doe who comes daily for a snack.
Meet other women who are similar in age and dealing with age-appropriate issues.
Posted on: Feb 7, 2009 04:29PM
I am an "older" woman with breast cancer (I was diagnosed at 65 and am now 66). I notice that most of the posts seem to be from people younger than I am (often by quite a bit...). I'd love to "talk" with others my age, exchange info about their diagnoses, effects on their lives, etc. I see that there is a forum for young women.
Someone suggested that maybe it's that older people aren't so computer-savvy or aren't used to being in online discussion groups. However, for those who are, it would be great.
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Oct 11, 2020 02:59PM Betrayal wrote:
Here's the doe who comes daily for a snack.
Oct 11, 2020 03:01PM IllinoisLady wrote:
The buck and the doe are both beautiful. .
Oct 11, 2020 06:30PM - edited Oct 11, 2020 06:30PM by ChiSandy
I love chamomile tea, but with ragweed allergies it's a no-no for me. If I drink tea at night, it'll be either peppermint or decaf orange-spice.
The movie premiere was indeed a private event: 10 people, masked & distanced (well, each couple sat together), in a theater that seats 300. We had the bar to ourselves too--but had to keep our masks on, lifting them only for each sip. Dined indoors (it was truly chilly after sunset) at Cellars with our BFFs--tables (only 2/3 of which were occupied at all) 12 ft. apart, everyone masked except per sip and bite. Not at all a hardship--and it was a joy to be with our friends, whom we hadn't seen in-person since New Year's Eve.
Dined out for brunch at Cellars' sidewalk today--warmed up enough today that long sleeves & light jacket were quite comfy.
Tomorrow morning is my "allergy challenge:" this is my last night w/o antihistamines (oral or optic). Itchy, itchy itchy--wanna scratch my throat through my ears & vice versa. Using artificial tears several times a day. Mold counts are high. Tuesday aft. is my followup chest CT.
When we got home last night, my "new" spare glasses (old frames, new Rx) from Warby Parker were on the porch. Put them on, and the difference was amazing: sharp & clear over the entirety of each lens--turns out they were able to get my R eye to 20/20 and L to 20/15. They're blue-light-blocking but not photochromic, so I had to wear my sunglasses (new Rx, wrong measurements but with larger, more forgiving lenses) outdoors today. The sunglasses' replacement (new Rx, right measurements) are set to arrive Tuesday. And amazingly, we got mail today--yup, on a Sunday! (Probably because tomorrow is National Former-Hero's-Toppled-Statues Day).
Oct 11, 2020 07:58PM Taco1946 wrote:
Great deer pictures. Our daughter in Maine has a doe and little one visit her regularly but she hasn't been able to get such close-up shots. Last year the doe had twins. Even though we are in a well developed suburb, we have coyotes, javelinas, and bobcats. Not nearly as interesting but scarier. Needless to say, Mutz only goes out with supervision.
Just spoke to my high school BFF. They're in Florida but we check in regularly. . She's urging me to try oral CBD oil for my arthritis. I'd appreciate any feedback on your experiences with it. Brand, where you get it, dosage, etc. Thanks. I tried the cream with no success.
Our "Arizona family" is back and we are looking forward to our weekly dinners and.a little bridge. We have spent holidays with them for years when they weren't off to be with their kids and grands. Looks pretty definite that it will just be the 4 of us this year. I miss Debbie but have no desire to get on a plane right now nor does she want to see us if we do.
Visit with primary tomorrow and get my second shingles shot and a flu shot. Then I think I'm through with doctor's visits until 2021.
Stay safe everyone.
Oct 11, 2020 09:11PM - edited Oct 11, 2020 09:15PM by ChiSandy
I AM FURIOUS AND TERRIFIED!
The host of yesterday's movie (who is the director) just texted me an hour ago that he & his dad got tested (why, I'm not sure) and he just found out that he tested positive (his dad, with whom he's been living, tested negative). He was circulating around the bar and spent about 5 minutes across our table and had removed his mask temporarily. (I kept mine--a KN95--on, lifting it only for each sip of my drink and later, with our two BFFs at dinner, for each bite of food. Bob did the same--except he drank only outdoors, in front of the theater). But Gordy & Leslie went to dinner with the infected guy. They are even more terrified, as they spent much more time with him than we did. They're figuring out how, when & where to get tested. Nobody has symptoms, but that doesn't necessarily mean we're out of the woods. We did "elbow bump" hello & goodbye, though.
The kid is my retinologist's son--how the hell did he let himself get exposed??? Bob & I will get tested of course. I put in a call to page the allergist's NP, who is supposed to do my antibiotic-allergy "challenge" tomorrow, but I got called back by the on-call allergist, who will message the NP, speak to her in the morning, and then call me back.
When I e-checked-in earlier today (before I got that text) I answered all COVID questions truthfully: no symptoms in the past 24 hrs, no diagnosis in the past 2 weeks, no out-of-state travel in the past 2 weeks, no household contact "confirmed with COVID" or "who has symptoms and is awaiting a test or results." No question was asked, though, as to whether I encountered anyone outside my home who had a positive test. Bob is worried that an allergy test could affect my immune system (either impair or send it into overdrive), so I should cancel. I messaged my MO and asked if I should also cancel my chest CT on Tuesday.
Bob says he'd spent an hour, wearing a KN95, in the same room with a COVID patient at least once or twice since March. He thinks we're okay, but I am so worried about Gordy & Leslie.
And though we sat outside and wore masks at brunch, I'd better call Cellars and tell them what I just learned. We should probably cancel our winemaker dinner reservation for Thurs., unless we test negative twice this week.
Here I am, surviving breast cancer for five years, and putting myself through hell to treat an ocular melanoma in order to save my life--only to have it potentially ended by (irony of ironies) the son of the doctor who discovered the tumor.
"I am not going to get any sleep tonight" is the understatement of the decade. And could I have given it to our cats, who love to snuggle with me?
Oct 11, 2020 09:28PM Beaverntx wrote:
Sandy, fingers crossed for two negative tests!!
Oct 11, 2020 09:33PM Wren44 wrote:
Sandy, Wishing you all the best. I don't think cats catch it very easily and certainly not if you're not coughing and sneezing at them. I would say your exposure was minimal, so good luck. Try to sleep - it's good for the immune system. Hugs.
Oct 11, 2020 10:21PM ChiSandy wrote:
The reason John (the host) & his dad Jim (the retinologist) got tested Friday was that one of Jim's staff's family members tested positive after having symptoms--so the whole office was tested, as were John, and Jim's girlfriend (who, BTW, is Bob's medical partner). I worry most about our son Gordy--who has asthma--and his girlfriend Leslie, who is obese. They had the longest and closest exposure (in fact, John sat next to Gordy, eating & drinking, during the whole movie) and are at higher risk. (My MO says Bob's & my only risk factor is age). John admits that earlier last week he went to the gym (!). One more reason why I'm still not setting foot in my gym (where I haven't been since last Dec.) even though I pay dues for it. So far, no fever (97.1), and my O2 sats are 99%. I'm getting a bit cranky though (because I haven't eaten since 2pm). No appetite. Will talk to Gordy when he gets off work at midnight (still works from home), and then take a full 1mg. Xanax in order to sleep. Bob says there is no reason for him not to go into his office or hospitals tomorrow.
Meanwhile, John is isolating (has his own room & bathroom). Amazingly, he is saying he should be non-contagious in plenty of time for Gordy's birthday party. Is he effing KIDDING??? He should have called the theater to cancel or reschedule as soon as he found out on Friday he'd have to be tested!
Oct 12, 2020 06:05AM petite1 wrote:
Good morning, ladies. It is 69 degrees and pleasant. I have not been on in a few days and so much to comment on. Carol, I am glad you are safe and Delta did not cause you any problems. I love the deer in the yard. We have an occasional deer sighting. Cindy, I like "Sleepy Time" tea. Sandy, Hoping you will test negative. Maggie, thanks for the positive vibes.
Oct 12, 2020 07:00AM CindyNY wrote:
Sandy - I hope you got some sleep. Through carelessness of others ...we try so hard to stay safe. I'm hoping you all test negative.
On my day off from "school" I'm up with the alarm for a handyman. He should be here any minute.
Its 46 here this morning, I hear our boiler running.
Oct 12, 2020 07:47AM MCBaker wrote:
Sandy, you have been through worse. I know you will survive this.
Chamomile does not trigger my allergies. I am a beekeeper's daughter, and I was raised on honey. The broken-down particles of pollen in honey, year-round, serve to increase tolerance. Now mold and housedust are another situation.
My chamomile tea is https://www.davidsonstea.com/Ayurvedic_Infusions_Sleep_Loose_Leaf.aspx
Oct 12, 2020 08:42AM Betrayal wrote:
Sandy, your being furious is justifiable given that John, knowing that he was tested, did not exercise safe behaviors. He should have avoided close contact with others. Poor judgment on his part and moments of unneccessary concern for those who had contact with him.
You are probably one of the strongest people I have encountered on this site, so my thoughts are positive that this will just be another small bump in the road for you. You have exhibited such strength with your ocular melanoma dx and tx. Hang in there.
Oct 12, 2020 09:24AM kathindc wrote:
Sandy, my daughter had covid and while she was waiting for test results I had to take her to the ER and back home as she was dehydrated. We both wore disposable masks. I did not come down with it nor did her cat who was her snuggle buddy throughout her ordeal. She was hit hard with gastrointestinal problems. Her doctor said he had seen quite a few patients having those symptoms. She is still trying to figure out how she caught it as she is very careful running her errands and knowing I'm in the age bracket with a couple of the underlying health concerns. I'm thinking positive thoughts for you as you seemed to have done all the right things.
Oct 12, 2020 12:05PM IllinoisLady wrote:
In no way can we so effectively hasten the dawning of the inner consciousness of another, as by showing forth the divinity within ourselves simply by the way we live. By example and not by precept. By living not by preaching. By doing not professing. -Ralph Waldo Trine
Oct 12, 2020 12:10PM - edited Oct 12, 2020 12:10PM by IllinoisLady
Sandy, count me on the list of people who have seen enormous strength from you. I believe you will get thru this ( and so praying your son and girlfriend do as well ) being mindful that we hope fate doesn't have to always be on our heels.
Oct 12, 2020 05:38PM CeliaC wrote:
Sandy - Here's hoping you and your family/friends are ok. You are indeed a very strong woman!
My sister-in-law, who has already had two other cancer surgeries (BC - mastectomy w/chemo & on AIs, clitoridectomy w/radiation & chemo - unrelated to BC) is going into the hospital tomorrow for removal of cancerous tumors. Surgery includes uterus removal, colon removal, etc., resulting in her using a colostomy bag for the remainder of her life. Of course, no one can travel to see her or assist my brother with her care. So, asking anyone who can to please pray for her. Thanks in advance!
Oct 12, 2020 06:01PM MCBaker wrote:
In process, Celia.
Oct 12, 2020 08:55PM Reader425 wrote:
Second that Celia 🙏
Sandy I'm so sorry you have to go through this but sadly not surprised by what unthinking (or unfeeling) people will do. Hoping all will indeed be well.
Nothing too interesting to report from here but thinking of you all as I enjoy your posts. Rainy today and somebody took a bite out of our decorative pumpkin on the doorstep. That about covers it. 🎃
Oct 12, 2020 09:40PM - edited Oct 12, 2020 09:46PM by Beaverntx
Reader, a bite out of a plastic pumpkin?! I haven't put mine out because we are expecting some winds. Don't know how many times we've "rescued" some of them from the front yard!
Busy week of appointments this week. Physical therapy M-W-F for arm injuries (soft tissue, no fractures) and dental surgery to pull the broken tooth and replace two involved crowns. We are having good morning temps for taking a walk but I'm not ready until I am better healed from these results of the fall that ended my last walk! At least the bruises are healing.
Edited to complete the posting after I got the wrong key, again!
Oct 12, 2020 09:49PM CindyNY wrote:
Celia - prayers to your SIL and your brother as caretaker.
Handyman was great, so many odd jobs completed. And he discovered a hole in the rubber boot at the stack vent pipe. My cousin fixed that tonight, tore out rotted part, sealed a new rubber gasket over it. I want to scream ENOUGH with house repairs, but I'm just glad they're fixable and I have the money to get it done.
Tomorrow is a full body check at my dermatologist. I'm hoping he'll freeze off a skin tag under my arm, but nothing else expected. Rain starting tonight but thankfully no great storms on the horizon.
Have a good night and a great day tomorrow!
Oct 12, 2020 09:50PM - edited Oct 12, 2020 09:51PM by CindyNY
Oct 12, 2020 09:54PM ChiSandy wrote:
Prayers sent, Celia.
Oct 12, 2020 09:56PM Beaverntx wrote:
Celia, prayers now and for many days to come.🙏🙏🙏
Oct 12, 2020 10:18PM Reader425 wrote:
Beavertx "decorative" pumpkin was a miniature guord-like thing, green and pumpkin shaped. Natural but usually not appealing to wildlife. Would have to be a pretty hangry critter to go for plastic! 😜
Oct 13, 2020 06:19AM - edited Oct 13, 2020 06:38AM by IllinoisLady
A few seconds ago IllinoisLady wrote:
Over the years I have come to believe that life
is full of unchosen circumstances, that being
human has to do with the evolution of our
individual consciousness and with it,
responsibilities for choice. Pain and joy
both come with life. I believe that how we
respond to what happens to us and around us
shapes who we become and has to do with
the psyche or the soul's growth.
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Oct 13, 2020 06:23AM IllinoisLady wrote:
Should be a nice day here. We had a whole lot of wind yesterday and so many leaves came out of the trees. It's really time to do some serious mulching. Dh is trying to get the deck painted too as well. All those Fall things. It is going to be a really busy two weeks coming up. Not sure how I'll fit everything in.
Well, it all comes out in the wash some where.
Hope you all have a good day.
Oct 13, 2020 12:27PM - edited Oct 13, 2020 12:28PM by Betrayal
Celia, prayers for your family during this time of need.
edited for poor typing again!
Oct 13, 2020 12:43PM MCBaker wrote:
Tippy was barking all morning despite his bark-collar. Windy. The tarp covering my gardening equipment was blowing around. I have a nasturtium under there, was planning on keeping it going for as long as it could, but peace with Tippy is higher priority. Bottom edges of the tarp are now secured to the porch floor with bricks.
I have a large squat Mexican pumpkin, surrounded with some Canadian colored corn and more squash on top of a straw bale in front of the porch. Any wind that would blow that arrangement someplace else would be a major gale. Hopefully I can keep them out there and still edible until Thanksgiving.
Have an appointment for a temporary relining of my denture, will be going to OT to get grips on my hiking poles remade to something more ergonomically sound. Then going to PCP to find out how much the arthritis in my right hip has progressed since the last x-ray.
Both washing machines are out of commission. Apparently someone jammed them up with slugs.
Cutting out another cotton button-down shirt. Fifth time I have used the same pattern. LOL
Oct 13, 2020 12:51PM Beaverntx wrote:
MC, good for you, you've found a pattern that works!