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Linda Garren

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  1. Bill, I hope your experience with Trazodone continues to be a positive one for you. I have had the same experience as you as far as it being hard to get a good night's sleep at times. In addition to what I've already posted previously, something that I forgot to mention that has been one of the most helpful things is using a heating pad on the lowest setting on my lower back at night. Often I'll wake up in exactly the same position as I did when I went to bed (on my back) when I use the heating pad. It's not recommended to lay on the pad, but I decided that I would take the (measured) risk since not getting sleep felt worse to me. I always ensure the heating pad is flat when not using and also when using, trying to avert damage to the wires. I use Sunbeam's Model 819 50 Watt heating pad. The plastic covering on the wires also has lots of information printed on it as to what other cautions to take.
  2. Stump, that was quite a thorough exam and a very thorough write-up. I've had some of those tests, too, but not that many in one appointment. Good going.
  3. Tea tree oil is some amazing stuff. It can help so many, many things. I bought tea-tree mouthwash recently, though, and it was ghastly tasting. Really, awful.
  4. So funny, NN.
  5. Have nice time, J!
  6. Stephen Messenger (@smessenger) Science / Natural Sciences September 15, 2011 Photo: enlewof / cc Across parts of Australia, reports have been pouring in of strange voices chattering high in the treetops -- mysterious, non-sensical conversations in English. But while this phenomenon is certainly quite odd, its explanation isn't paranormal. It turns out that escaped pet birds, namely parrots and cockatoos, have begun teaching their wild bird counterparts a bit of the language they picked up from their time in captivity -- and, according to witnesses, that includes more than a few expletives.Jaynia Sladek, an ornithologist from the Australian Museum, says that some birds are just natural mimickers, able to acquire new sounds based on things they hear around them. For birds kept as pets, these sounds tend to mirror human language -- but that influence doesn't cease even after said birds escape or are released back into the wild. Once back in their natural environments, these chatty ex-pets eventually join with wild birds who, in turn, start picking up the new words and sounds. The remnants of that language also eventually gets passed along to the escaped birds' offspring, much like it does for humans. "There's no reason why, if one comes into the flock with words, [then] another member of the flock wouldn't pick it up as well," Sladek said in an interview with Australian Geographic. According to the report, 'Hello cockie' is one of the most commonly heard phrases feral birds are teaching in the wild, along with a host of expletives -- perhaps the last words those escapees heard after their frantic owners realized they were making a break for freedom.
  8. Hi, Lorit249: You might check with the Ask the Doctor thread about this. I'm sorry you are going through all those symptoms and can surely understand your concern. Often, general neurologists are not familiar with a lot about Parkinson's Disease. You might benefit by taking the step to see a Movement Disorders Doctor (MDS) in a neurology department within a university-associated hospital. Will pray for you right now that you find an MDS who can give you a follow-up for a more definitive answer and some help with your symptoms. Keep us updated, and take care. Linda
  9. I surely agree with you, LAD. And you are one of our biggest "players" in dealing well with the hand dealt.
  10. Thanks to each of you who spoke up in support of the thread and for understanding that this has been an extremely difficult situation.
  11. This is one of the most helpful things to have learned! Thank you for posting this. I usually take a dose of Sinemet with my nighttime meds, which include Prilosec. I guess I shouldn't do that any more. Do you think if I take that dose of Sinemet a couple of hours before the Prilosec that it may help the Sinemet be absorbed better? Or will the Prilosec, since it is long-lasting, interfere no matter how I try to manage the time I take the Sinemet? Do you have any suggestions on an alternative to Prilosec? I have gastrointestinal reflux disease, a sliding hiatal hernia, and a spastic esophagus. The Prilosec has helped so much. The Gastro doc I saw advised taking Priolsec. I assumed he meant to take it all the time--not just in 14-day doses. What are your thoughts re: this? Thank you for any advice you may have. Linda Garren
  12. Scott, thank you for your update. I'm so glad to hear things are going well this time and that infection seems not a part of your recovery. You've had a long road!
  13. Hi, jb and all. As always, it is nice to drop in and visit here. Always pleasant and peaceful. Great going, jb.
  14. It's definitely a very concerning symptom, isn't it. So quickly could be fatal. Excellent that you've brought this topic forward. I've had a few episodes after having chewed and swallowed chicken--that just wouldn't go down. It was an awful feeling--panic producing, actually. I recently had bought a milkshake, and after every single sip I would cough. I didn't understand why. Then I read that it is the body's way of trying to get the liquid down the right pipe. So I must have waited too long in between sinemet doses...which happens almost every time I go somewhere. I forget all about taking sinemet. I've been trying to find a watch with a timer, but not a big sports watch--just a normal old-fashioned women's watch, but with a timer. I don't use a cell phone except for emergencies or expected calls, so that possibility is out. I'm trying to relocate where I found a timer that is worn on the wrist with a pillbox attached underneath. I thought that might work, except it's not very discrete. Any suggestions?
  15. DB: Might this help at all?
  16. Feisty, as always, so clever and funny! Linda
  17. Scott and others, if you have not already read this, it's well worth taking the time:

    IDSA : Complex Neurological Infections Require Team Care

    I posted a replay in your daughter's site, Scott.  What a beautiful post she shared.  I'm so sorry she is going through what she is.  She is beautiful, with a beautiful heart.


    1. Linda Garren

      Linda Garren

      "replay" should, of course, be "reply."  :-)

  18. Feisty, did you write that?
  19. genden, you have been on my mind and in my prayers. Those of you who wrote and can relate by having gone through (or are still going through) the similar issues is always especially comforting at a time like this--for all of you. I feel for you each and will be thinking of and praying for you.
  20. Tom: This was so much fun to read, especially about your mom. Whew--she had 6 probable ADHD kids?! Amazing she lived to be 89! I know how hard it was on my parents that my oldest brother was probable ADHD--or at least the HD part. He was always getting into trouble, and he died in his early thirties in a small plane crash that the pilot warned him could happen if he boarded because of the extra weight it put on the plane. (The pilot survived, but did sustain serious injuries which fortunately with time healed.) He had such a hard time about my brother dying that he would occasionally visit my dad and apologize through agony and tears of guilt and regret. My dad felt so bad about it and reassured him that he didn't hold him accountable. My dad always figured something would happen like this. My dad said that my brother lived a lifetime, though, in the short life he had. And he did. I remember being with him in his truck speeding up and down hilly country roads that had speed bumps, both of which he loved to go over without slowing down. He also wanted to build on the top of his house (which he and my dad built) a (can't remember what it's called) place to put a plane. I wonder if anyone knows what I mean? It was something to do with how it was built and how it tunneled the air(?). Not sure. My poor sister-in-law. I remember my mom having had an ironing machine, too! Thanks again for posting for us to read, Tom. Would love to hear more stories, which I'm sure were many. Wouldn't it be fun to start another thread for others to share memories! Want to create it for us? I think it would be the sort of thing that would bring us all even closer in knowing each other, building understanding and closeness which is something of great value in supporting each other and growing the care we have in the Forum. I see it as a potentially very valuable aid in our PD journey. What do you and others think?
  21. genden, i can understand you may not be catching the point I was trying to make, and honestly I don't even feel safe or comfortable to go into it here, unfortunately. If anyone is ever interested in discussing it, please message me. I'd be happy to talk with them one on one and only if they are calling for better understanding and not to argue.
  22. No, I sure didn't, Quiet. Thanks. Yes--courtesy is a good word for it, too.
  23. Genden: I so agree. It's also respect, civility and just plain caring for another human being. (And sometimes, caring means saying things that may sound uncaring, but are meant to help--not hurt.) What I do not like is that P.C. has also unfortunately included forcing certain things down peoples' throats. And attempted mandates as to what churches can and cannot teach which have been directly in conflict with what God tells us in the Bible. THAT is where the "demand" comes in that is glaringly just plain wrong. If you think back on the last administration, think about how many times Obama declared something and then said, "because it is the right thing to do." Says who? Says Obama. Even if what he says spits in the face of God, which it did. Quiet, as always you write your thoughts beautifully, and you live those thoughts out (genden also on both those things). Please remember that I was referring specifically (as I stated) to the article's explaining well what I was experiencing by the vicious attacks . Surely you can understand that. I can't tell you how that last attack (by Luke) hit me. When I started reading it, I felt panic because by his intensity I thought I must have done something terribly wrong. His manner caused me a severe physiological reaction. And then when I read his post, I couldn't even understand what in the world he was trying to say. He just wanted an opportunity to shout and tear someone down, probably to release his anger. Possibly also unconsciously to make someone else feel as bad as he must have. I have great empathy for those who have serious emotional problems, but for them to release their anger toward a person inappropriately is not exactly P.C. or even humane. Quiet, I had tried to find out who the author was before I posted it but could not find anything anywhere. I didn't think of the most obvious thing to do, which you apparently did. I'm assuming you read some past issues of the paper. Thanks for the heads up on the author. It's unfortunate that the right and left, conservative and liberal, are often boxed into being seen with certain characteristics and a certain attitude that is assumed by those on either opposite side of the fence. People are so much more complex than that. I cringe to ever be identified as alt right, which I'm absolutely not, but have been accused of by the poster who was banned recently. Or prejudiced toward ethnicity or race. God has given me an overabundance of love for all different kinds of people. I don't hate homosexuals, which has been alluded to in some posts. In fact, God has given me a deep caring for them. Our country is so polarized. You both are models of courtesy, with the strength to speak up when you have difference of opinion. I'm grateful for that, and I listen to what you have to say. Thank you for allowing me to do the same.+
  24. LOL!!!!!!