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  • #16
    Another reading suggestion (that you might enjoy too) is the series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel by Michael Scott. There's still at least one more book in the series.
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    • #17
      Hi Crabbcakes, We've seen that Myth Busters episode it was great! We love Myth Busters, I think we've watched all that are available on Netflix. DS loves anything with explosions.

      That's strange about third fainting. Let's hope she gets over that infection soon.

      I've never heard of either Blue Man or David Copperfield; I'll see if I can find them on You Tube.

      We're keeping our fingers crossed about the lung function test. DS woke up coughing a lot, but that could mean things are moving. This time they will do the test in the afternoon which is typically a better time for him.
      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
        Another reading suggestion (that you might enjoy too) is the series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel by Michael Scott. There's still at least one more book in the series.
        We love that series. It's fun that some parts of the books take place in areas that we're familiar with. Yesterday I walked up the hill and saw a great view of Alcatraz which made think of those books. I hope there is another book that we haven't read yet.
        Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
          Had to take DS to the hospital 3 hrs. from home. Ds has a chronic lung condition; we had fires North of us which blew smoke into our area and turned his slight cough into an infection. I'd just started several cooking projects: mascarpone hanging in cheese cloth, DH just butchered one of our roosters and it was sitting in brine in the fridge. I was planning on making a delicious anniversary dinner for us, oh well.

          So here we are for at least a week. Prior to coming here I was working on becoming fat adapted and that has been a big help. I noticed if I eat fat first I am not so tempted to eat non-primal foods. The good thing is we have a fridge in our room and good markets w/in walking distance. For the most part I think I can keep DS and myself primally provisioned. My biggest challenge will be getting enough sleep.

          My concern is that DH will fall off the wagon. I'm the main cook at our house and DH's primal coach. He was doing really well, but this same time last year DS had to go in the hospital, we ended up staying 3 weeks and DH wasn't able to stay primal. It took us months find our way back to the primal path. He has a freezer full of grass fed beef but he's doesn't like to plan what he's going to eat later, he tries not to think about food until it's time to eat.
          Honestly? Take care of your son and yourself and let your husband figure it out. Offer him suggestions, ask him to join this forum and check in on him. You can't control it all. A lot has happened in a year and maybe your husband feels so good that he'll make the effort.

          It isn't going to work for DH in the long run if you spoon feed him the Primal lifestyle. I'm a mom. I'm also a mom of a special needs child so I get the mom that you bust your butt to be!

          Please, please do not take it as your failure if he falls off the Primal wagon. When you get home you can start your projects again and encourage him to join you.

          I hope your son gets better soon! How stressful.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by PHaselow View Post
            Honestly? Take care of your son and yourself and let your husband figure it out. Offer him suggestions, ask him to join this forum and check in on him. You can't control it all. A lot has happened in a year and maybe your husband feels so good that he'll make the effort.

            It isn't going to work for DH in the long run if you spoon feed him the Primal lifestyle. I'm a mom. I'm also a mom of a special needs child so I get the mom that you bust your butt to be!

            Please, please do not take it as your failure if he falls off the Primal wagon. When you get home you can start your projects again and encourage him to join you.

            I hope your son gets better soon! How stressful.
            Thanks Phaselow, DH is staying fairly primal.... It's been 2 weeks since we've been here and that was just one of my initial concerns. It's funny all the changes you go through in a situation like this. I guess it's kind like some one worrying about their job "will it get done if I'm not there?" The answer is yes, it might not be done in exactly the same way but it still get's done.
            DH is also taking our dogs hiking once a day, I'm very pleased about that. I miss our dogs and I'm glad to know they are still doing something we normally do.

            We've settled into a routine here and it's not as stressful as you might imagine. DS is not in a critical situation, or in any pain it's just taking time for his lungs to respond to the treatments. The hospital is set up for folks like us so they make it quiet homey.
            I am taking advantage of being in the big city, once a day I go for a walk. Every now and then I bring back exotic treats that we can't find in our little town.

            Thanks again to every one for the support.
            Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
              It's funny all the changes you go through in a situation like this. I guess it's kind like some one worrying about their job "will it get done if I'm not there?" The answer is yes, it might not be done in exactly the same way but it still get's done.
              I'm kind of laughing at this, and kind of not - I have trouble leaving stuff in the hands of Mr. Crabbcakes, even though he is a perfectly intelligent guy and decently conscientious to boot. My household is my "office" - I am a stay-at-home mom, and Hubby and I once read a relationship book about how much harder it is for women (in general) to let go because they literally live at the office, as it were. So when I get cranky about something trivial, the Hubby remembers that and is really nice about trying to redirect/reassure me, and not just tell me to ignore it or whatever (which would definitely backfire).

              Hope DS is doing well today! And you, too!
              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
                I'm kind of laughing at this, and kind of not - I have trouble leaving stuff in the hands of Mr. Crabbcakes, even though he is a perfectly intelligent guy and decently conscientious to boot. My household is my "office" - I am a stay-at-home mom, and Hubby and I once read a relationship book about how much harder it is for women (in general) to let go because they literally live at the office, as it were. So when I get cranky about something trivial, the Hubby remembers that and is really nice about trying to redirect/reassure me, and not just tell me to ignore it or whatever (which would definitely backfire).
                We are done to one lap top, the hospital one is not working so DS
                Hope DS is doing well today! And you, too!
                Very well said!

                DS is slowly doing better, but not well enough to go home. His lung function is at 86% the docs want to see him in the low 90s before they will consider sending him home.

                DH and I decided to give the concert tickets away. I looked on line and the concert isn't even sold out, which amazes me. I guess not every one knows who Richard Thompson is, I think he is one of the best living guitarists. He was recently knighted for his contribution to popular music. I was so looking forward to hearing him play solo acoustic at a small venue.
                Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
                  I was so looking forward to hearing him play solo acoustic at a small venue.
                  I don't know him by name - will ask Mr. iTunes, aka hubby, to look him up. Solo acoustic in a small venue??? OMG... I would almost cry real tears. I once saw a-ha in a small club - you might not be a fan, but to me Morten Harket is as close to a god as I think I will get in this lifetime. That voice gives me goosebumps each and every time - singing and speaking (Norwegian).

                  Hopefully the Universe has an incredible concert experience in store, just to make up for this one.
                  I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                  • #24
                    Hey Forager - love and hugs go out to you from little old Nouvelle Zealande. I so hope that you guys get home soon. I have spent so long in hospitals over the years having children, losing children etc.... and as much as we all try our hardest to stay positive, it can sometimes be a struggle.
                    Anyway heres to you both getting home soon.
                    Take care
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                    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

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                    • #25
                      Thanks Gwamma and Crabbcakes! Tomorrow we test his lungs again, Ds is looking pretty good tonight. The docs and I are in agreement we don't want to go home if his lungs aren't ready. DS is getting very bored but the main thing is that is that he's as healthy as he can be when we leave.

                      I don't want to go home before he's ready because we live far from the hospital and when we are home DH and I do what the hospital staff is now doing, that includes assessing his health, making sure he does his respiratory treatments, sterilizing his equipment along with the usual running of the household. DH is busy getting things ready at home; there are a couple of things he needs to do before we return; the doctor told us today we need to have a hepa filter in DS's room and filters on the heating vents.
                      Looks like we will need to make some lifestyle changes too. We usually hike in the woods daily and the doc says
                      DS should not be doing this for the time being. What DS is having is an allergic reaction to a mold that is pretty much every where in nature. We think because it is so dry right now the molds are becoming air born and DS has inhaled them. It sounds straight forward but it's difficult to diagnose; the doctors weren't positive until today when they got some results form lab work. This happened last year at the exact same time. We will need to find something else we can do together that doesn't involve stirring up dirt. This will be a major adjustment as hiking to us is more than just exercise.
                      Last edited by Urban Forager; 09-27-2012, 11:04 PM.
                      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                      • #26
                        We are here for another weekend, DS's lungs are getting better but not good enough to go home. They'll check him again on Tuesday. This is starting to get old for both of us. And no Netflix came today, it's going to be a long weekend.
                        Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                        • #27
                          Forager, have you ever heard of in-duct ultraviolet light air cleaners? The UV light kills a lot of the bacteria/viruses in the air. Coincidentally, hospitals usually have this installed as part of their HVAC systems, but you can get it on your home, too. I'd never heard of this until recently... you probably know all about it, with DS's lung issues, but I thought I'd mention it *just in case*.

                          I hope he's doing better VERY soon!

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                          • #28
                            Thanks Goldie, Hubby is looking into getting the air ducts cleaned. We live a rural area and there aren't many services so he'll be lucky if he finds some one he trusts to clean the ducts. In the mean time he's putting filters over the vents.

                            The thing is this flare up occurred in the Summer when we weren't using our forced air system. It's never happened in the Winter which is when we use the heater. It's probably the air born dirt outside.
                            Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                            • #29
                              Hey Forager!

                              I hear you on the mold thing... I highly suspect Third is allergic to some kind of mold because she never has problems (no matter how much pollen flies around or how much green grass is being cut in summer) until the first few leaves start to fall in September. You can almost synchronize watches by it. We live rurally in the middle of our own woods, amongst other landowners with even more wooded acres, and short of selling the place and moving to the desert or something Third isn't going to get away from it.

                              For distractions, my favorite bodice-ripper romance author (Stephanie Laurens - actually, the only one of that genre I ever read, so I wait for her books to come out) just released a book two days ago... "The Lady Risks All". Not for DS, obviously. For DS, though, Rick Riordan's "The Mark of Athena" is coming out in just a couple of days and my First and Second are in a frenzy.

                              I was thinking of you a couple of days ago - First has asthma and I was making another follow-up appt. for her with her pulmonologist, and had to be reminded to come early so she can do the spirometry stuff before the actual appointment, and that part made me think of the two of you, holed up there in the hospital and testing every few.

                              This might suck, but wouldn't wearing some kind of mask help during hikes, so you can get a few in, because they mean so much to you all??
                              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                              • #30
                                Crabbcakes, yeah if DS wants to walk in the woods he'll have to wear a mask at least until it rains. I talked to DH today and he said it's still hot and dry though the nights have cooled off so the trees are loosing their leaves. Here in SF it's foggy and cold, it's hard to believe it's in the 90s at home.

                                Thanks for mentioning Rick Riordan's new book we'll get on the list to get it form the library.

                                DS just got unhooked from his IV so we are going to walk around a bit.
                                Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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