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Jan 13, 2022 11:11AM
Jan 13, 2022 03:38PM
Jackie, mazel tov on the new kitten. They are a challenge (I had to "toddler-proof" my house when my two seniors and their late predecessor were kittens) but so cute and entertaining, And they "imprint" on you early on, so they will be affectionate all their lives. Bummer about the ringworm--which is not a worm but a fungus. Ask for an Rx for a topical antifungal like ketoconazole or betamethasone. Cream is neater but ointment stays on the skin and works longer per application. You could have caught it anywhere.
Wren, it broke my heart yesterday to read that Kroger now owns QFC. It was my favorite supermarket when I lived in Seattle--I would go out of my way to drive the 2 miles to University Village, when the Safeway was within "hiking" distance less than 1/2 mi. up the hill from my apt. near the ship canal. The closest I've seen to QFC ever since was the early days of Mariano's... which is now owned (and run into the ground) by...Kroger. When my mom would visit me from Brooklyn when I was in law school, she would stand in the QFC produce aisle, tears streaming down her face, exclaiming how beautiful the tomatoes & peppers were and marveling at the fact that you could pick whichever one and however many you wanted. In Brooklyn back then, unless you paid through the nose at the greengrocer (who wouldn't let you touch the produce, just point at it), you had to take what Waldbaum's, Pathmark or Key Food packed in multiples in shrinkwrapped styrofoam trays--often rotten on the unseen bottom. That's what keeps me from buying perishables (especially cold cuts, cheeses, and produce) at Trader Joe's. Mom was also impressed that the fish counter guy would give me free salmon trimmings to make gefilte fish--we Jews were few and far between back then in Seattle.
Also, Wren & Betrayal, I don't wear socks in my UGG/EMU boots--the shearling lining keeps my tootsies at body temp at all times (even at -10F in deep snow in MI's Upper Peninsula). Socks would actually interfere with that. And my winter boots are at least mid-calf (though I have a pair of UGG oxfords, with which I wear pants that cover my ankles), so I can tuck my pants in. As I am a bit of a pack rat, most of my UGGs are at least 12 years old. I have 25-yr-old waterproof rubber-topped Sorels for the deepest coldest slush, but they are stiff & uncomfortable no matter what socks I wear. Haven't worn them since I discovered UGGs. When I was obese, mid-calf UGG Classics were the only boots that fit over my calves--and I had to fold them over to insert my feet.
Betrayal, after two cat-bite episodes I got so fed up with GI issues from clindamycin and sky-high prices for doxycycline and Keflex that--per my PCP's advice--I took a penicillin "allergy challenge" test (pinprick, then sub-cu, then finally oral) and found I'm not penicillin-allergic at all. (As to Cipro, they don't do the skin testing, only oral). If you know for sure you're not allergic, get your PCP to write a letter or e-mail to your pharmacy. (If state law allows, the pharmacy and your doctor may allow you to sign a release before filling the 'script).
As to e-mail, Jackie, I'm an "Apple fangurl" as the Gen-Zers say--have been exclusively so since 1998 (and got my first Mac, a monochrome PowerBook 145, in 1992). I used a PC at my office because my secretary & boss insisted. They didn't even do Windows till 1998, using DOS command lines instead of mice & icons. I stopped using my home desktop PC at all after 2002. Bob still insists on Windows for his laptop--that's what his hospitals & office use. But he's an iPhone guy. Apple's Mail program extends to all my iDevices as well. Easy to manage. And I can still use webmail on Safari or Chrome for all my accounts as well. Safari uses Apple's "keychain" password creator/manager, so you can use complex secure passwords without having to memorize them. It works on all my Apple devices. The only passwords I have to remember are my Apple ID, "administrator password" for my MacBook, and numerical passcodes for my devices.
Bob felt safe having a martini at Calo last night while waiting for our takeout order to be prepared. So we will try Regalia tomorrow night if they're open & serving--but will be super-strict about wearing my KN95 between courses and whenever the server approaches. Bob still wears a single surgical mask away from clinical settings because he's in an N95 all day (that's his story and he's sticking with it). We have allergy symptoms all winter long, day in & day out, so it well may be we've already had & recovered from Omicron. (So unless my chronically runny nose intensifies & my throat gets sore, I'm not getting PCR-tested--it'd come up positive even if I had COVID 12 weeks ago).
Finally, got a reply from my melanoma MO last night. He says he doesn't consider me "at all immunocompromised by any of our metrics;" but at my age if Walgreen's is willing to give me a fourth Moderna shot on the same grounds they gave me my booster, he has no objections. I figure that it'll be at least April before an Omicron-and-later-variant-targeted vax is approved; so by the time it's available it'll likely be late May-early June. I'm due for a blood draw for Vit. D, potassium, & Mg levels anyway--perhaps I'll ask him to order an antibody titer as well--since it would all be at the same visit with the hospital's Dracula. If it's high enough, I'll wait on that fourth shot.
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)