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  1. I would not like to take anything from my mother...

    I would not like to take anything from my mother that makes her happy. What I want to do, but cannot do because I live five hundred miles away, is (at the very least) convince someone that changes...
  2. Thanks for responses. Helping my mother to...

    Thanks for responses.

    Helping my mother to have comfort and pleasure in her life . . . that's certainly of paramount importance. Hounding her about diet and exercise would be cruel.

    At my...
  3. Comfort at the end of life: how to help with stress and pain

    My eighty-eight year old mother has congestive heart failure for a variety of reasons. After a recent visit with her and the rest of my family, I am now convinced that if she lives to see her...
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    ACT sounds genuinely useful. What I often...

    ACT sounds genuinely useful.

    What I often do, when I can't get my brain to shut off or when I can't seem to get comfortable physically, is say, "Okay, now, brain and body. If you don't need...
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    How to handle effects of insomnia?

    Okay. Thrashing some problem around in my mind made it hard to go to sleep and easy to wake up at about 2:30 this morning. I went to the computer to write out my thoughts, write a couple of...
  6. Looking for a dentist who has a bigger picture--a bit of a rant

    Last year I left my dentist of more than twenty years. I started going to a dentist who practices "biologic dentistry."

    I did this because my long-time dentist surprised me during one...
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    So, yesterday was the last day of vacay. ...

    So, yesterday was the last day of vacay. Thursday and Friday off, plus the weekend, plus Monday. Five days away from work. Counseling on Saturday for stress and possible job alternatives. Good...
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    Thanks, Crabbcakes and Siobhan. I had a fine,...

    Thanks, Crabbcakes and Siobhan. I had a fine, healthy birthday. No cake. Spent the day cleaning in prep for a meeting this next weekend at my house. Related to volunteer work that I'm involved...
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    Well, I ordered and got a bottle of astaxanthin...

    Well, I ordered and got a bottle of astaxanthin capsules and a bottle of something with bilberry. Enough for three months. I will see what these can do for me.

    I have started doing three things...
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    Now here's a wiggy problem . . .

    About six years ago, I was diagnosed with Fuch's dystrophy, a disease of the cornea. I noticed blurry halos around lights at night and thought I was developing cataracts.

    The dummy explanation I...
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    This morning, I got on the scale and weighed 230....

    This morning, I got on the scale and weighed 230. Down ten pounds since July 11 (I think that's the day I got primally serious as I had not been before). My stockings this morning were officially...
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    Monday Monday, can't trust that day . . .

    Crabbcakes,

    Wow. How timely your post is. Please note my report (below) on seeing the psychologist. All I can say is: AAAAAaaaarrrgh! A la the Hulk.

    Crawling like a toddler: I read about it...
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    Yesterday, I weighed in at 232. My stockings are...

    Yesterday, I weighed in at 232. My stockings are definitely bagging at the ankles. I still look fat. My face still looks fat. But I feel tall and agile.

    I feel as if my head and my feet are...
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    Good to be the turtle and not the rabbit . . .

    I am 58 years of age and 75 pounds overweight, and I am NOT doing HIIT exercise. My experience of Primal is definitely not from the perspective of a young, fit, elite athlete who wants to be more...
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    Today I wasn't very hungry. I had a pork chop...

    Today I wasn't very hungry. I had a pork chop for breakfast. I had trail mix at lunch (oh, no, peanuts). I had a big salad for supper.

    Because I had yesterday off, I managed to offload a fair...
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    It's Friday, and things are okay . . .

    Went to my primary care doctor today to learn about the x-ray of my left foot taken last week. (For various reasons, I thought I might have a stress fracture, and the doctor I managed to see last...
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    Quite a week. this past week. Monday, I was...

    Quite a week. this past week.

    Monday, I was in the middle of getting ready for work and thought, "I'm going to stay home." So I did.

    Tuesday, I left work early for a doctor's appointment...
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    Hmm. Chiropractic is obviously beneficial for...

    Hmm. Chiropractic is obviously beneficial for back and neck problems caused by bad alignment of the spine, but I never thought of alignment problems extending farther than that. However, since...
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    Something's afoot . . .

    Is it possible that a fall five months ago caused some damage to my left foot that is only now making itself known?

    At the end of March, I caught the toe of my right shoe in a crack in the...
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    I don't know what might happen if I made generous...

    I don't know what might happen if I made generous consumption of spirits a habit, and I hope never to find myself in that situation. However, when things have gotten really wiggy, rum has been...
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    The surprises that come from drinking and running, not necessarily together

    Interesting day today. Started last night at bedtime.

    Still wound up from a pretty labor-intensive work day, I put my emergency relaxation plan into action. Two jiggers of rum, knocked back. ...
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    The beef jerky sticks are looking better and...

    The beef jerky sticks are looking better and better, even though they have some iffy stuff in them. Family Dollar also sells cans of black olives which are good every once in a while . . .
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    Yesterday I went to Family Dollar looking for...

    Yesterday I went to Family Dollar looking for wrapping paper for a baby shower gift. It's close to where I work and has some decent things cheap. Ended up buying two cans of Vienna sausage bites...
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    The beginning of getting stronger?

    So, in the middle of all the other stuff of the past week, I discovered what shape I'm in.

    If I stand up straight in the middle of the kitchen and raise my hands to the ceiling and then lower...
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    So, this is the weekend . . .

    Saturday was a day of not doing much. There was some house cleaning, scraping paint off woodwork, misplacing my wallet and having to cancel a trip for groceries with a friend, watching TV shows on...
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