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  2. Willis

    I use to get up at 4 when I worked and was out of the house by 4:15. I had it down to an art. Clothes ready the night before, all my food for the day grouped together in the fridge ready to put into my work cooler. That was for most of my last 28 years of my 40 working at a university. I had a couple motivating factors. For one I had a 50 mile one way door to door drive and avoiding any rush hour traffic was a must. Two the free parking was very very limited around campus. When I got there a little after 5 there were a few spots right below my window where I worked on the Mezzanine. I didn't start until 6 so I could set my phone alarm and curl up on the bench seat of my van and nap for almost another hour. It was a pretty cool set up actually. The thing with aging and sex is that as with all other parts of our bods aging affects that do. Men can't forever have the same erections they did when they were in their 20's and are fools to expect to unless you want a pill to do it for them. Women become dry and also sometimes find somethings they they use to enjoy are now uncomfortable and even painful. Things once firm have now begun to sag. 😩 Aging, it's a beautiful thing if we embrace it. I almost missed these last 5 years, so glad I didn't. I always look forward to the input from Kelli and Heather! Thanks!
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    Thanks Heather! You said it "Laughing". Good for the body and soul for sure.
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    So finally last Wed. afternoon my wife and I made the the time to get together and satisfy each other. It had been awhile. She has always said I wait too long to get things going as she gets up at 5 even in retirement now and will fall asleep at 7:30 or 8:00.. A day or 2 more before the end of the year and she is done and will be home all the time. Even so I know it won't be and don't want it to be the wild and frequent romps we had when I was 28 and she was 23 and we 1st met lol. Boy how things change. Achieving satisfaction as a 69 and 64 year old are a bit different now days but still so satisfying to share. I was telling her that one thing that works against me getting stiff these days is the 2 BP meds I take. Then I told her that knowing her she might ask the doc to double my dose. We laughed until our sides hurt. The next day I didn't have it at all as far as any energy went and she said it was because of her the day before! I said right we better cut that out. We laughed and laughed.
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    We have many things in common my friend and I see our approach to prayer is another. Reading this I am indeed asking God for strength and comfort for you. I'm worried and a bit upset wil2. When you are up to it my friend tell me how you are. Thinking about you buddy.
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    Wow ! Yes thank you Heather! I know this exists even right here in my home state of Michigan. I just have never taken the next step to look into it. That link you sent breaks the ice though. Next I will have to see how bad I really, really want it. Before my stroke I thought I would easily ski into my early 70's possibly. I'm 69 until May. My doctor and I were teasing back and forth about my wanting to be skiing and his comment was "Is that something I needed to keep doing" as I was getting up in the tears now. Thanks again for the link.
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    But riding again Kev and that is great! My dream would be to ski down any kind of hill again one more time but with this left leg only 5 to 10% there that likely will never happen, unassisted anyway. Everything is pretty darn ok otherwise. Wishing you many satisfying hours in the saddle!
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    This may be interesting to some. Have been using edibles well over 2 years and things continue to move in the right direction for me I The Most Effective and Safe Stroke Damage Control Drug May Be CBD or Cannabidiol by Paul Fassa Health Impact News People who do survive strokes are often encumbered with neurological issues that can be very debilitating and without quality of life. The rehabilitation methods for stroke victims under mainstream medical care are long and arduous, often with very little improvement. Now a potential cannabis solution has been discovered with a study published in April of 2017. The cannabis solution does not involve THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the psychoactive compound. Instead, the chemical solution for neurological damage in the aftermath of cerebral ischemia is CBD or cannabidiol, which is a major cannabinoid among at least 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis. It does not offer the high, and cannabis or marijuana plants can be hybrid to negate THC, the other major cannabinoid, while enhancing CBD. Better yet, industrial hemp can be imported and CBD can be extracted from industrial hemp. Industrial hemp import products are legal in the United States. If you’ve visited health food stores or supermarkets with supplement sections, you may have noticed hemp seeds, for example. There are even hemp clothing and building materials also available. Hemp seeds are densely nutritious and their omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids are in perfect balance. It’s a superfood by definition. They are imported from nations that allow industrial hemp agriculture. Among those are Canada, China, and some European nations. The Hazard of Surviving a Stroke or Brain Blood Blockage from Any Source Ischemia is defined as a drastic reduction of blood flow to a particular organ, usually the heart or the brain. This results in sudden oxygen and other nutrient deprivation, which can cause that organ to completely cease functioning to the point of death. Most strokes are of the ischemic variety, although a minority are hemorrhagic. Although the study to be disclosed later in this article focused on ischemic strokes, the nature of CBD is such that it offers neurological protection regardless of which type of stroke has occurred. Whether from a stroke, heart attack, or respiratory arrest from any other cause, the rescue from cerebral ischemia involves restoring the blood flow as soon as possible to prevent death. So instead of dying from cerebral ischemia, the rapid restoration of blood, though necessary, results in a secondary injury known as ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRA) in the area of the brain that had suffered ischemia. The IRI creates inflammation in the cells that have already suffered oxidative stress from the lack of oxygen during ischemia. This is what leaves a surviving stroke victim in a chronic state of lowered functionality, perhaps for life. Those affected brain cells are badly damaged or destroyed. One’s future after a serious episode of cerebral ischemia usually involves extensive rehab and pharmaceutical blood thinners that do little to improve lifelong difficulties with speaking, memory impairments, walking difficulty, and other disabilities. According to anecdotal experiences and clinical cases, CBD is the solution to post cerebral ischemia or hemorrhagic strokes and brain injury in general. The earlier mentioned in vitro (lab cultures) study explains why. What to Take Away from this Latest Study The study is titled, Cannabidiol attenuates OGD/R-induced damage by enhancing mitochondrial bioenergetics and modulating glucose metabolism via pentose-phosphate pathway in hippocampal neurons, and it was published in April of 2017 in Elsevier’s ScienceDirect. A few definitions of the words used in the title may tell you all you need to know: Cannabidiol: This is CBD, a major cannabinoid molecule of cannabis that is not psychoactive. Attenuate: To lessen or reduce. OGD/R: A convenient way to say oxygen–glucose-deprivation/reperfusion, the biological activity from suddenly reversing clogged blood flow in blood vessels after oxygen-glucose deprivation from the lack of blood to an organ. Mitochondrial bioenergetics: The mitochondria are tiny rod-shaped organelles that convert oxygen and nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the chemical energy “currency” of the cell that powers the cells’ metabolic activities. This is the foundation for healthy organs and overall health. Pentose-Phosphate Pathway: This biological pathway generates NADPH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate), an agent involved in the production of lipids and nucleic acids, both of which are vital to cellular formation and maintenance. Hippocampal neurons: Neurons are highly specialized nerve cells responsible for communicating information in both chemical and electrical forms. The hippocampus is a small region of the brain that is associated with some emotional responses for hormonal activities, memory, and spatial navigation, which is the capacity to understand and remember spatial relations among objects. Once damaged, neurons are not easily automatically replaced or recreated spontaneously by neurogenesis, which is why brain damage injuries leave chronic or permanent impairments. Cannabidiol (CBD) does encourage neuro-genesis as a precursor, most likely even more than supplements designed for that. It is probably wise to use both those supplements and cannabis CBD for brain damage from any source. The study authors conservatively conclude the following: This is pretty much what you can take from the study, unless you wish to parse it more with the study’s full text accessed here. A Short History of CBD and Its Neuroprotective Attributes The most dramatic example of CBD’s medicinal and neuroprotective effects were presented on mainstream media a few short years ago with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s TV special, “Weed,” that focused on a little five year old girl, Charlotte Figi, in Colorado, who was experiencing dozens of epileptic seizures daily. Some were life threatening. All of her prescribed medications were failing and the side effects were creating other health issues as well as exacerbating the seizures, almost killing her at times. Out of desperation, the family discovered online that cannabis had positive effects on intractable (hard or impossible to control) epilepsy. The following video is a shortened version of the Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN special report “Weed.” The original telecast and subsequent YouTube video versions made CBD the choice of many throughout the world for children with intractable epilepsy. And the rush for CBD began, not only from parents with epileptic children, but from many whose children had other neurological problems, even brain cancers. Adults were not excluded from the CBD rush, especially among those who were in situations or states that were not allowing full plant medical cannabis products with THC. Some ex-NFL football players used CBD to overcome their pain or neurological issues from concussions. Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer has used CBD to become healthier after his years of football, and he advocates the NFL should use CBD instead of pharmaceutical pain killers and as a protection against concussions and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). (Source) This surge in CBD interest threatened the pharmaceutical industry’s attempts to create synthetic CBD products that could be patented and sold for high profits, which the FDA would approve and receive their million dollars plus for each pharmaceutical company’s license to market fee. So the FDA and DEA started playing rules and regulation games that began to threaten cannabis plant CBD providers in 2016. However it appears the CBD providers who import industrial hemp to extract cannabidiol or who merely market CBD manufactured from industrial hemp from Europe are able to provide CBD tinctures, oils, and capsules to anyone in need with online purchases. The threats have apparently dissipated. If industrial hemp’s THC level does not exceed .3 percent its products are legal federally. But federal law does not permit growing hemp on U.S. soil, even though 23 states do. Selling home grown hemp products across state lines could be considered illegal. But industrial hemp from outside the USA is legal. So CBD products are available online and in some stores today, as long as it is sold as a neuro-protective supplement and does not mention it as curative for any specific disease or malady. The importance of quality is contained in how the CBD is extracted. It’s important to know if harsh chemicals were used and the possibility of residual toxicity from them. On the other hand, completely synthetic pharmaceutical versions of CBD are devoid of most of the elements the whole cannabis plant offers to create a naturally positive synergistic effect without adverse side effects. (Source) Published on May 30, 2017 Tags: cannabidiol, CBD, hemp, stroke Join The Discussion(1) Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!
  9. Willis

    Yes that can be a challenge. I have had good luck asking for recommendations. It's harder for the rip off artists to hide these days with social media I think.
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    Hi Renzo!
  11. 😍 I get it now. Hoping you and your loved ones are safe from the fires and they and all theirs smoke are miles and miles from you?
  12. I don't mind hearing that and I think it's because of a quote I read in a stroke group I was in way back. It read: "You can't see numb." True. To see a lot of us sitting or standing and not moving we do look ok. Then we move and the cat's outta the bag. So I understand that statement "you look good." What I don't like is the question "How are you doing?" I was 86ed from that group back then for even breeching the subject of alternative medicines.
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    Yes wil2 you are fortunate to recognize these dangers with the opioids. I think the majority don't and end up trapped somewhere they never intended to be. How in the world can a doctor's office sit "on high" like that and say such a thing?
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    Sad but oh so true! And no not too much internet. You are a truth seeker. There aren't enough of us. As stated before my BP meds work fine it seems but that's all I need fortunately. Try this the next time you are watching TV. When the big pharm commercials come on mute the volume and quietly observe the joy of the actors whose lives have now become perfect thanks to this miracle pill concocted in a laboratory somewhere. Then if you can read the small print fast enough checkout the 101 possible side effects like heart attacks, strokes and possibly death. I started doing this to avoid the blah-blah-blah but as I watched without sound it was very interesting. Do you love the way they all throw the stroke word around to scare people?
  15. That is good. I will be watching for something soon from Janelle to know she is good. I know it's a huge country of course. They were comparing that area of Australia to California areas that burns like that.