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  1. So much can be done with virtual togetherness. Sounds like they should have sent you a list of items you want to have handy for your painting session so you could have been better prepared. They are things the session leader would have bought along to an in person event. So glad you had fun.
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    Sounds like a great trip. will be worth the "cost"
  3. Absolutely Jana, Statistically x% of people will die crossing the road, but we don't stop crossing roads. Anxiety is hard to shake off. Some of your anxiety could be due to the rewiring of your meat computer, some people find knowing that helps. Many find the serenity prayer helpful. I tend towards mindfulness and the practice of taking the debilitating thought when it occurs, looking at it logically and thoroughly and then putting it on the "top back closet shelf " This gets easier to do with practice and with knowing I'm doing all the things I can to live a full and healthy life, and wor
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    Sounds like you are getting to know your spoon count and using them effectively. Looks like a big job!
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    Sometimes things do just work out, I do hope this is one of them.
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    HI Kev yes slow and sometimes boring but worth persevering.
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    Looks good. A lot of us need a haircut at the moment, but in the mean time your headband works to keep it out of your eyes so you can work. And if you pull it down it acts as a mask if needed 🙂
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    Increasing deficits such as numbness spreading should be discussed with your doctor. That one year thing is a myth though, things will usually keep improving over time especially if you keep working for change. However sometimes things do reconnect in unhelpful ways and you can get scrambled nerve signals that cause pain and other strange sensations. All the best with it. -Heather
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    There aren't too many good sides to this thing, so grab the ones you can. Sounds like a side effect of your surgery caused your stroke (one of those things they warn you about in the pre-surgery discussions.) Overall you had a pretty good outcome. even though strokes suck. Nice to hear from you, welcome to the club no one chooses to join. -Heather
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    Sounds perfect! go for it.
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    I do hope no one is offended by that cartoon, but it does help you keep calm when you pass them in the street. Like the public speaking thing of imagine your audience is naked, to decrease your anxiety.
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    Love that photo Mark, He looks like a real charmer, no wonder you miss him. Janelle for your Riley I guess it's like training about going in the car or for any sort of walk. Maybe start with putting her lead on as if going for an ordinary walk and then letting her ride with you when she gets tired, but she's not allowed on Henry except when she has her lead on. She'll work it out quick enough. Lead on She can come with you. lead off shes not allowed on Henry. Just like she doesn't leave the yard without her lead on. But I guess it also depends on what rules she already knows. Will be
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    Hi Sue yes it's getting harder, Fingers and toes crossed we will be getting out of stage 4 lockdown soon. Although with numbers still in double digits each day I'm trying to tell myself it won't be long, when I know it could easily be another month. My compassion/patience for people who don't follow the rules is very much gone. I feel like the kid in after school detention because the rest of the class was rowdy. And the rest of the class isn't even close enough that I can beat them up tomorrow. 🙂 The idiots who held/went to those anti lockdown rallies yesterday better get the book thrown a
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    Nothing like that love is there. A pity she couldn't go to the doctors with you. Just had a thought about your exercise goal and using your legs more. Maybe Riley can ride on Henry with you to the park and then you can both have a play/walk and ride home. Good for both of you. But it will make it harder to stop her coming with you to the appointments she mustn't go to.
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    Yep some morning just getting onto the bike is the exercise. So if you just do 1 minute or even 30 seconds it counts. There is a thing called micro habits. That may be the way to go. They say do a very short thing every day and if possible link it to an activity you already do. So if your goal is to floss your teeth every day, start with flossing one tooth every time you go into the bathroom. and once you are doing one tooth every day increase to 2 teeth. etc. https://hbr.org/2020/01/to-achieve-big-goals-start-with-small-habits