Feb 23, 2021 03:58AM keywestfan wrote:
Sandy, In each and every pocket today. Good Bob is going with you and you can have a celebratory lunch in wonderful Greektown
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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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Feb 23, 2021 03:58AM keywestfan wrote:
Sandy, In each and every pocket today. Good Bob is going with you and you can have a celebratory lunch in wonderful Greektown
Feb 23, 2021 06:41AM IllinoisLady wrote:
The best thing about this very minute is your ability to recognize the possibilities in it. Any fool can count the seeds in an apple. But only God can count the apples in a seed. There is something in every problem that holds potential for something better. Do you want a lifetime of happy right nows? The little choice this moment to see the beauty in what appears ugly, frustrating, or disgraceful will change everything. -Barbara Johnson
Feb 23, 2021 06:49AM IllinoisLady wrote:
(((((((((((Sandy ))))))))))))))) -- being a pocket buddy for you as well.
Weatherman says 67 today -- good bye snow that is left. There really isn't much anyway. Maybe and inch and a half at the highest of the non-piles areas while patches of the law already have nothing. It was such a bummer when it came for a few days, but it is leaving as if on a speeding train. You won't find me with any complaints on that.
Couldn't find anything wrong with my car at the garage -- so I'm back on the road. I do need some bearings and struts, and I still think the stable-trac is not quite right -- but I just need to be able to come and go for now which I can safely do. So we will go on Mar 2nd. for second Moderna shots and my CT which had to be put off for the snow event. Will be nice to get these things accomplished since I do feel like my social life with Dr.'s was so rudely interrupted, huh !! I'm so hoping that I can reach a spot where my Dr. dates don't have to b e so prolific. I am grateful that I really don't have any true complaints. I am blessed.
I hope you all have a wonderful day of melting snows if you have them and warmer temps. and appts. for shots and are looking ahead to Spring.
Feb 23, 2021 08:54AM CindyNY wrote:
Sandy - best of luck today.
Feb 23, 2021 08:55AM - edited Feb 23, 2021 08:55AM by CindyNY
Feb 23, 2021 05:58PM Taco1946 wrote:
Hoping for good news, Sandy. We used to love a Greek place right off the Expressway at Halsted. I'm thinking the name was Hellotis. No reservations but they gave you Ozzo while you waited.
My shot got cancelled because delivery problems. Hasn't been rescheduled. I thought I had snagged another one but when the confirmation came, they were only giving second doses. Oh well...
Feb 23, 2021 11:01PM ChiSandy wrote:
The ocular onc appt. went well--tumor shrank by only .1mm, but that's because it was so small to begin with. Seems to have lost a little of its vascularity too. Chances of mets w/in the next 5 yrs is close to zero (kinahurrah).
Taylor St. looked like a ghost town--except the restaurants still open, at which parking was impossible. So we headed over to Greektown, where to our chagrin we found out that Santorini has been closed permanently. I didn't see Hellotis, but I wasn't looking for it. We ended up at old reliable Greek Islands, where we didn't have ouzo (because of capacity limits, no crowds waiting for tables so no free ouzo) but did have saganaki ("opaaa!"), tomato salad, grilled octopus, Mediterranean sea bass, dandelion greens and coffee.
Second Moderna shot tomorrow, stopping off for paczki en route home. Then back to eating dead animals & leaves till I get back down to where I was before I threw my back out. (Still 15 lbs. lighter than my pre-lockdown weight).
Feb 24, 2021 05:23AM karen1956 wrote:
Sandy - glad the appointment with occular specialist went well. Good luck with the second shot. You and me both with the weight. I've been snacking the past two nights and gained 3+ pounds - not a happy gal - snacking needs to STOP NOW and I need to get the few pounds off and at the least keep it from rising.
Snow in the forecast for tonight.
Feb 24, 2021 05:56AM carolehalston wrote:
I had my eye checkup yesterday and was amazed at all the new machines to gaze into. I left the office feeling happy because the feedback on my eye health was so good.
My current project is to buy fabric to sew a new window treatment for the kitchen window over the sink. I went to Hobby Lobby on the way to my eye appointment yesterday but didn't have time to do some serious searching.
Today is supposed to be another beautiful day with mild temperature high.
Feb 24, 2021 06:06AM petite1 wrote:
Good morning, ladies. It is a bright and sunny morning at 54 degrees and heading to 73. I like my haircut and even put on a little makeup. I know why bother when your face is covered by a mask, but I wore it around the house. LOL Here is a selfie.
Feb 24, 2021 06:07AM IllinoisLady wrote:
Ego could be defined as whatever covers up basic goodness. From an experiential point of view, what is ego covering up? It's covering up our experience of just being here, just fully being where we are, so that we can relate with the immediacy of our experience. Egolessness is a state of mind that has complete confidence in the sacredness of the world. It is unconditional well being, unconditional joy that includes all the different qualities of our experience.
Feb 24, 2021 06:18AM IllinoisLady wrote:
Sigh of relief for you Sandy. Hopefully you are most definitely out of the woods now and can relax more. Your food adventures are always fun to read.
Carole I glad to hear about your eye health as well. Always good when we get good news about our senses -- makes you feel really in tune a bit more all over no matter what is going on.
petite -- yay !! That is a great haircut and I'm so glad you shared a picture of it. There again -- it is fantastic when you feel like the things you have done for yourself have made a positive difference. With the covid and other issues it is nice to have the positive inputs going on now -- a bit of a confidence builder for what I hope is a much better and brighter future all around.
Sunny and warm enough it will be here today. Other than a couple of quite small piles all the snow is gone from our yard. I have my car back although it does need some 'fixing' but no problem going about my everyday life. They are things that don't have to be done immediately. Our weather sounds like it will stay decent now ( but one never knows for sure ) although it won't likely get as warm as yesterday's high of 67 for some time to come. I can live with that. Just give me more sun than anything else and I can find a way to manage.
Hoping you all have a most wonderful day.
Feb 24, 2021 07:05AM - edited Feb 24, 2021 07:06AM by keywestfan
Sandy, so happy for you and for all of us!!! The last time I was at Santorini was about 25 years ago with late husband, Howard. He ordered a big fish; it overlapped the plate, took a bite right into a giant fish hook. Santorini provided paper towels for the blood but that was it. After that we would go to one down the street a few blocks to the south and I would have the most delicious yogurt and rice. Next Wednesday , Gil and I are going to Avli inWinnetka for our 19th anniversary. The owner grew up working at Greek Islands which his uncle owned..
It will be such a relief for you to get the second shot today.
Feb 24, 2021 08:19AM MCBaker wrote:
I have been hard at work taking the wallpaper off of the inside of the trunk intended as a wedding present for my daughter. My friend brought up the old tradition of a hope chest, and I said "exactly".
Sandy, congratulations that the eye problem is now manageable. Fifteen pounds lost in a year is great achievement given the conditions. It looks like my Lent will be a fast from meat, entirely. The soreness in my mouth and inability to chew are reasons for gratitude, given that I will soon be able to chew steak and salad. I bought some six cans of dry Ensure from Amazon. Plenty of milk and eggs, though. I need to get some bananas for my Ensure smoothies.
Petite, you are looking great! My chemocurls are now gone, I have gotten over the grief of losing the curls I have always had. It is also much finer, I think, and greyer, of course. Decided that an earlobe-length or even a chin-length bob would be the best option. Have an appointment on Saturday to get bangs, and a trim in back. It will take a while, but patience is a virtue worth cultivating.
There is still about a foot of snow on the ground, but it is diminishing day by day. Daytime temps consistently above freezing now. Glad I have my hiking poles, too much frozen flow on the sidewalks. I should have put my ice-grips on my shoes.
Feb 24, 2021 10:42AM Wren44 wrote:
Sandy, Glad your eye appointment went well and you'll soon have your 2nd shot.
Petite, I have almost the same haircut; just had it done Sun. I hope mine looks as good as yours.
Feb 25, 2021 05:41AM carolehalston wrote:
Petite, you look great with that haircut and makeup and even earrings. I always wore earrings wherever I went but this last year I don't bother. The only makeup I apply is a bit of mascara.
Feb 25, 2021 06:25AM - edited Feb 25, 2021 06:37AM by IllinoisLady
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good. - Samuel Johnson
To measure the man, measure his heart.
- Malcolm S. Forbes
Feb 25, 2021 06:36AM IllinoisLady wrote:
Our temps will reman fine, but on and on coolish a bit -- nothing like the what we had that brought on the foot of snow that is now all but gone. The only places with more than minimal amts. are in parking lots where excessive mounds were made.
Good for you MC and getting used to what we have become, hair and all. I decided to let my grow out -- first time in many yrs. I mainly did it for some extra warmth, but more so for the fact that due to a sort of pocket from an old lg. goiter as well as my face dropping from a stroke several yrs. ago I thought the lower area chin and below might be less pronounced with longer hair. I still will have to get color ( which I really don't need yet ) or perms which will provide the body I need with thin, fine hair. That unfortunately is really noticeable when I let my hair grow. I'm not good at styling my own hair -- so I almost always need some sort of perm that allows something of a casual look - whether long or short.
Looking forward to today with its sunshine. I'm starting to get anxious for Spring which is not unusual for me. The sun and warming up and slightly longer days just start to tempt me with the hope and promise of the new beginning that is on the way.
I hope you all have a grand day.
Feb 25, 2021 07:58AM petite1 wrote:
Good morning. It is bright and sunny. I got my walk in early and feel energized. Thank you, ladies. I like my hair cut. I have been wearing it short for probably 10 years. Sometimes it turns out better than others. DH says the same thing. One time he told the barber he wanted it short and tight and they shaved his head. He wore a hat for a couple of weeks. LOL
This afternoon I have my MO appointment. Hopefully they can do a referral to an ortho doc or a therapist for some relief with my hands.
Carole, I was afraid the ear piercing would close up, so, I wear them most days.
MC, I think the trunk would make a great hope chest.
Sandy, keeping the 15 pounds off in these times is great!
Feb 25, 2021 11:00AM - edited Feb 25, 2021 11:08AM by ChiSandy
Petite, you look great! (I wear eye makeup--fill in the brows, liner, one coat of mascara--but that's about it because when I'm out & about for anyone to see, my face is covered from the bottoms of my eyeglass frames on down. And when going out to eat (tent, patio or now indoors), I can't stand the look of lipstick on my wine glass. As for earrings, I just keep my diamond studs in all the time: back in the day when I'd coordinate my jewelry with my outfits, if I was late going out the door I'd find myself going to work (even to court) with holes in my earlobes. Same with my pendants. They come off only for scans & surgeries.
Carole, wonderful eye news!
Judy, do tell how dinner at Avli goes--and an early Happy Anniversary! We have Barbi Yianni in Lincoln Sq. (around the corner from my old law office, so we lunched there often before I retired), and Psistaria on Touhy just e. of the Edens. (I think the original was in Greektown). Do you remember the old Second City/Nat'l Lampoon Radio Hour song by John Belushi, "The Halsted St. Blues?" (Pre-SNL, pre-"cheeborger, cheeborger"). He played a Greek restaurateur miffed at his kids who took their UIC (then called Circle Campus) degrees and refused to join him in the family business. ("I got da blues...I got dose g*dd*mn Greek Halsted St. Blues! G'ddammit, g'ddammit, g'ddammit, g'ddammit..."). I still can't drive through Greektown without hearing it as an earworm that makes me giggle uncontrollably. But I think back on all the Greektown restaurants we've lost: Parthenon, Santorini, Pegasus, Rodytis, Diana's Opaa, etc. Most ofhose closed down long before the pandemic, but I still miss them. They (and most of Little Italy) have fallen victim to the profusion of restaurants along Randolph St.'s Restaurant Row and Fulton Market...but even some of the latter have closed or are on hiatus.
How are you feeling after your second Moderna shot, Judy? Usual sore & stiff arm for me; but then felt chilly, followed by a rather plesant warm flash. I went to bed with a temp of 95.1 (it was the middle of the night--was up for hours online trying to track down a primary care doc.see below). Overnight I began getting some mild chills and muscle spasms, and woke up this morning (more precisely, my cats woke me up, nagging to be fed) with "warm feet" and a temp. of 99, but it's a bit lower now--but still almost as high as the first day I fell ill a week after returning from London Dec. 2019. I've actually forgotten what a real fever feels like. I won't take anything till it becomes really, really uncomfortable and my temp goes >99.6. (Bob was over 100.4 before he took the Tylenol I gave him, which knocked his temp down to 98). I'm feeling mildly crummy--but I can still smell & taste and my O2 sats are 99%.
On to my late-night online odyssey: my new primary at N.Shore Med. Grp. Lincolnwood has disappeared from both the "Care Team" in my patient portal and the list of staff at the Lincolnwood office. Did some sleuthing and found she left the NorthShore system entirely--and never gave me a heads-up. Have messages in to my two oncologists at Kellogg, as well as my GYN at the Lincolnwood ofc. who'd referred me to her--whom it took 4 months to contact and exactly 1 initial visit, back in Nov. My Amita St. Joseph PCP died of COVID in June; and his daughter, a DNP (who got her MSN & DNP from Columbia U. and trained at Columbia-Presbyterian), is the sole practitioner in her office. There are two sister MD physicians (not the "bad-listener" male on-call doc who botched my phone consult for a cat bite last fall) across the hall as part of the Presence Medical Group, but no credentials listed for either of them--not even in what country they trained. I'm not comfy with her prof. bldg., as it has no self-park lot (valet-only), no available street parking, and its one working elevator is tiny and not patrolled to assure social distancing. (I can't help but think that's how her dad caught COVID). I'm also not crazy about the Amita system in general or St. Joseph in particular. But I did find out that my second primary (who dropped me in 2006, back when her office left my HMO and stopped taking my insurance) now has privileges at (reasonably nearby) Swedish Covenant, which is now part of the NorthShore system.
So my options are to pick another internist/family practitioner at the Lincolnwood group, get other referrals w/in the system, contact my second primary (who began treating me at the now-defunct Rush-Anchor HMO system in 1989 after my first Chicago primary retired to NC's Outer Banks to start a charity clinic), or stick with my current DNP (whom I haven't yet officially dropped, and cc her on every test & shot). There's also one of Bob's fellow UIC residents from back in the day (and who was my late primary's partner for a decade before switching systems), but she's with Northwestern and her office is down in the Loop, a couple of blocks from the nearest garage (or CTA station, if public transit ever becomes safe again). We'd FB-Messaged a couple of times right after my primary died, but she never got back to me after that.
I'll have to have a heart-to-heart with Bob tonight about what to do about getting a primary.
Feb 25, 2021 05:32PM ChiSandy wrote:
So after some wrangling, I found a new primary, who used to be my (short-term) "new" primary's partner at the Lincolnwood office. My old primary (1989-2004) is not part of the N.Shore system after all--she sees patients only at Amita St. Francis. Nope. There's a hitch, though: the new primary shows up as part of my "Care Team," but not for patient portal messaging until I see him in person...no sooner than March 9. Sigh. So if I have to get in touch with him before then, I either have to call the office and sit on hold or ask one of my specialists to pass along a message.
He's soooooo young--finished his fellowship in 2015. But the other two in the office are even "wetter behind the ears" (one's a DO and the other has been in practice only since 2017). I guess at some point, almost every doctor I get will be significantly younger than me...and the ones close to my age are also close to retirement.
Temp is up to 99.2 now--that's more like it. (I was afraid that having inadvertently taken Zyrtec & Singulair on Tues. night might dampen the immune response). I'll see how high it goes before I decide to take anything,
Feb 25, 2021 06:20PM - edited Feb 25, 2021 06:22PM by keywestfan
Sandy, so lucky to have a temp and thus immune response. I still don't know whether I had one or not with second Pfizer shot. I had worried, despite reassurances, that I had dampened any response to the first shot by premedicating with 1 Xtra Strength Tylenol. I had a sore arm, but that was it. For the second, I took zilch, not even a morning Vitamin C. But I didn't sleep well at all the night before and went tired into the shot at 1pm. By 5 and on, I was exhausted, chilled, foggy, everything ached, but all this can happen if I'm very tired. So, can't really attribute these good symptoms to an immune response. Will just let the worry go and carry on.
I think in the early 80's there were a number of Greek Town restaurants which moved north forming a small Greek Town. Believe Psistaria was one and that it was on Lawrence, possibly Devon. I remember going there on a romantic Saturday night. There was joyful Greek dancing- I just watched.
Glad you have a new PCP. I adore mine, who I call The Divine Patrick Logan. He is 72, but a younger husband and wife are in the practice and I don't think Dr. Logan will retire before I do. It's boutique on Winnetka Avenue in an old house and comforting with its old living room- waiting room. Pat Logan says, “ I will be there for you”and I believe him.
Feb 25, 2021 10:54PM ChiSandy wrote:
There used to be a branch of the Parthenon on a stretch of Devon east of West Ridge (Pekin House, of the awesome egg rolls and Villa Palermo were all on those blocks--only Palermo survives). The Devon branch of Parthenon was very small--they claimed to have invented saganaki and made gyros mainstream. You could see the "autodoner" vertical spits rotating in the window. Psistaria was on Lawrence a block or two w. of Western. That part of Lawrence was sort of Greektown North (just as "Asia on Argyle" is more commonly known as Chinatown North).
Feb 26, 2021 04:32AM petite1 wrote:
Good morning, ladies. My MO appointment went well. I met with the MO and the ARNP. Mamo was good and bone scan no changes. I did get a referral for an Ortho that specializes in hands. It is 54 degrees and foggy. Everyone have a pleasant day and those of you that do stock investment, don't look at it and just hope it will go up by close.
Feb 26, 2021 03:32PM IllinoisLady wrote:
The past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, nor just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post-mortems. -Carl Sandburg
Feb 26, 2021 03:38PM IllinoisLady wrote:
My long Friday at work, but at least I'm able to go again. All our snow is gone -- almost everywhere but in parking lots that made huge piles. It is slightly cooler but still what I now think of as quite warm. 50 is just fine. I got home after 2 p.m. today so just had a 10 minute rest and then cooked dinner -- hot dogs and Bavarian sauerkraut plus some mashed potatoes and a helping of left over mac and cheese to get it out of the fridge. We will snack later if we get hungry.
It rained a little a while ago but I think it may be done. Our good temps will remain so it is not an issue. I'm hoping that this will be the final snow for the year.
I hope you all had a wonderful day.
Feb 27, 2021 04:50AM petite1 wrote:
Good morning. It is actually hot down here in Florida. I took a long walk yesterday and actually got sunburned on my freshly exposed neck. That is what happens with short hair. Everything else had sunscreen.
Feb 27, 2021 06:50AM IllinoisLady wrote:
When children learn that giving is more rewarding than taking; when they learn that they can't control everything, but they are masters of their own souls; when they learn to accept people whose difference they fear, and that pleasure is found in the power in helping others; when they learn that the value of one's life is best measured not by possession acquired, but by wisdom shared, hope inspired, tears wiped, and hearts touched; when they learn that happiness and lasting contentment are not to be found in what a person has, but in what he or she is; when they learn to withhold judgment of people, knowing that everyone is blessed with good and bad qualities; when they learn that every person has been given the gift of a unique self and the purpose of life is to share the very best of that gift with the world. . . . When children learn these ideals, they will no longer be children--they will be blessings to those who know them, and worthy models for all the world's children. -David L. Weatherford
Feb 27, 2021 06:55AM IllinoisLady wrote:
Going to be okay here for the day. We had rain last night and sounds like we will have more tonight. Sunny during the day though. Hmm. We seem to be going into more of the 'night' rains again. Still, for now it sounds like the next week and more will be in the 50's and 60's. It is hard to be disappointed about that. It does harbor the anticipation of Spring and the beginning anew of all that starts in Spring to give us our summer. I'm always anxious to see Spring. It is like New Yrs. to me -- way more than Jan 1st. It is when all the good emotions hit me at once. Inspiration, hope, dedication, energy and always feeling gratitude for another beginning right along with Spring.
I hope you all have a beautiful sunny day.
Feb 28, 2021 07:11AM IllinoisLady wrote:
Mindfulness is being aware of yourself, others, and your surroundings in the moment. When consciously and kindly focusing awareness on life as it unfolds minute by precious minute, you are better able to savor each experience. Also, being closely attentive gives you the opportunity to change unwise or painful feelings and responses quickly. In fact, being truly present in a mindful way is an excellent stress reducer and, because of that, can be seen as consciousness conditioning, a strengthening workout for body, mind, heart, and spirit. Sue Patton Thoel