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About Linnie

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  • Birthday 10/12/1958

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  1. Pam, your comment that it's "always something" is so true. You have a lot to deal with, and I'm in awe of your ability to see your various health problems and say it doesn't matter, everything is being taken care of and you're blessed. I think you can only be blessed because you've earned it! I don't make enough of an effort to filter what I say; I just say what's on my mind. And what I'm thinking right now is that sometimes you come across as being "tough", but it's easy to see that you've got a lot of spirit and a heart of gold! When your baby grandchild gets older, he'll love you to bits and pieces. My wish is that you'll always be blessed!
  2. Hi, I haven't run into you for quite some time. It's interesting that you said it's the caregiver's perception of regression. Your question is difficult because you could look at it from 2 very different points of view 1) maybe he is regressing. While in the long-term rehab facility, he would have had a routine to follow, the company of other rehab patients, and possibly became comfortable being "institutionalized". I know that may be hard to imagine, but it can happen. He would have had to adjust to being in the rehab, and now has to adjust again to his return to his home. In your opinion, is he continuing to do the type of exercises that he needs in order to continue making some progress with speech or the use of his limbs on the affected side? 2) maybe it's a misperception by his wife, the caregiver. She may be overwhelmed with her role now. She's "frustrated" and "struggling". Is it possible that she may wish that he was still in the rehab where she would visit him daily, but then go home without the responsibilities she now has? It's easy to understand why you're uncertain; both could be occurring. You're in a tough spot, and it's great that you're encouraging her to seek advice from other caregivers. I can't think of anything else that you could do to help her. Take care
  3. Definitely not going to try that! Did you know that you burn more calories while sleeping than you do while watching television?
  4. Tracy, all I can think to say is that you have some very important things in your life; your daughter, the love and admiration of all of us survivors, and a belief in your own value. Your strength was used to make your decision, and it's going to get you through this. I keep noticing the quote in your signature can do it, my friend. Hugs
  5. Well said, David! I looked at the article and found it interesting too. I don't think I'd give it a lot of credence though. It states ".....disease rates in patients not reporting marijuana use, researchers found marijuana use was associated with a significantly increased risk for stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease and sudden cardiac death." and "Because the study was based on hospital discharge records, the findings may not be reflective of the general population. The study was also limited by the researchers' inability to account for quantity or frequency of marijuana use, purpose of use (recreational or medical), or delivery mechanism (smoking or ingestion)." Since the researchers based the study on patients' answer to Do you use marijuana? it's questionable that they didn't mention another variable: inability to know if patients answered honestly.
  6. Thanksgiving Going to make it harder: Sit by the fireside or on a sand dune?
  7. Heather, on Prince Edward Island we have general surgeons and basically that's it. So getting your appendix or tonsils removed, no problem! The endocrinologist referred me to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and like every other province they have enough patients. They don't rush to treat anyone from out of province unless it's urgent, so yeah a long wait, but I don't mind at all. I know that everyone is scared of surgery, but I am so terrified!! (If I ever get the nerve to do it, I'll start a topic on what's the funniest/stupidest thing you've done post-stroke. Donna knows about mine, but all I'll mention now is that it was 2 or 3 years after my strokes, I had to go back to that hospital for an angiogram. When I saw an IV pole in the day surgery room that I was in, I guess you'd call it a "streaking" incident occurred in the hospital. Didn't take the time to put on a hospital gown. Fight or flight when you're scared; for me it was flight!! Oh, Lord!) And yep, I'm not sure how they're going to get me to sign any consent forms for this endocrine surgery. The endocrinologist had told me it's a really bad gash in your throat (his words) to remove at least one of the parathyroid glands. When I googled it, I read that the long incision is old school, that now the incision is about an inch. BUT, when one of my brothers was home from Vancouver in January, he told me that a friend of his had just had that surgery, wasn't a very lengthy surgery (in and out of the hospital in about 4 hours) but it was a long incision completely across his throat. Flight? Definitely thinking about it, but this time I'll make sure I'm fully clothed!
  8. OMG, Donna, many years ago, I worked with a woman who had hyperthyroidism, and she had to take a radioactive pill for it to stop that gland from working. She had to go to the hospital for about 5 minutes for them to have her swallow it, and then she had to isolate herself at home for a week to prevent any contact with pregnant women, because of the radioactivity. She has to take medicine (I don't know what it's called) that is a substitute for the hormones that your thyroid gland produces. If you're not on medication, you might want to ask your doctor about it. Your osteoporosis, if you do what Heather mentioned about eating calcium rich foods, I think that can prevent the osteoporosis from worsening. The recommended amount of calcium in your food is 1,500 mg per day for anyone over the age of 50. Because of my calcium level being elevated, my doctor told me to stay below 1,000 mg per day until after the surgery I need. He gave me a list of foods that contain high amounts of calcium, so I can tell you that milk (regardless if it's skim milk or whole milk) has slightly over 300 mg per 8 ounce cup (I had to google what 250 ml is in ounces); yogurt (plain or with fruit) has 280 to 320 mg per 175 grams (ok, 10 or 11 ounces); heck, I'm just going to tell you the other foods that are high in calcium: any type of cheese except parmesan; the only thing listed under fruits or vegetables is spinach (love spinach salads!) and fruit juice enriched with calcium; salmom (yum); canned sardines with bones (yuck); almonds (I want some!); canned white beans (???); canned beans with pork (yuck); tofu (are you a vegan?); and soy milk that has calcium added to it. My good news is that ice cream isn't on the list, so it must be low in calcium!
  9. Did you know that Microsoft made $16,005 in revenue in its first year of operation?
  10. Benni, poutine is not for me either, and I'm a French Canadian! Go figure! Ekes, I have to say Gatorade (pop is too sweet, yuck!) Corn chowder or seafood chowder?
  11. White: mozzallera cheese Pizza or Poutine? (BTW, poutine has become so popular that it’s available at some restaurants in the States!)