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Linda Garren

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  1. Good morning!!

    Dianne I can't help but think of how your empathic, caring, and gentle personality must have greatly helped the pets' owners. And what a wonderful thing to get the responses to what you wrote in the newsletter! NN, I do think you are right when you say my kitty was part of my evolvement. Thank you for praying for me, too.
  2. Tell Congress: Vote No on New Health Care Reform Proposal

    Thanks for sharing this very helpful and informative site, Ginger Muff.
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  4. Good morning!!

    jb, thank you so much for your thoughts and sharing your experiences of grief with pets (and people) dying. There is just no way around it, is there. " With great love we risk great loss" surely says it all. On the positive side, we can be thankful that we have the capacity to feel so deeply, and that we had a wonderful relationship with the pet/relative/friend over whom we grieve. I find it very true in what I've read about grief that it comes in waves. It hits us at times in indescribable ways. Thank you so much for your thoughtful message and for the e-hug. It helps. >^,,^< And Marcia, thank you for your thoughts and hugs, too. I love how you planted a bush that would bloom the month that your cats passed away. What a nice way to remember them.
  5. Good morning!!

    I'm grieving terribly over my beloved 15-year-old cat that had to be euthanized this past March. I loved him with all my heart. He was just a little homeless kitten running around the dangerous streets of Baltimore City. Just a plain little black and white kitty whom I didn't even intend to keep--just save from getting killed. Little did I know how he would work his way so deeply into my heart over time. We were inseparable. And I miss him terribly.
  6. It is Seven Months Today

    Hi, Miracle. Thank you. It does work out really well for me. I'm very, very grateful to the Lord for His hand in things that helped all the pieces fall into place in order to be accepted. I almost didn't make it. Having a good long-term care insurance policy is what made all the difference. I encourage everyone to do what you can to get as good a policy as possible. There are sites on line that will explain what to look for. There are varying degrees of care and coverage so it's very important to study up on it or talk to a professional who can guide you. And getting it sooner rather than later will help you get a lower monthly fee to pay for it (i.e. the younger you are when purchasing it, the better!).
  7. Good morning!!

    Beautifully stated, Dianne.
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  9. Good morning!!

    jb, really good post expressing your thoughts and feelings and also your well-planned-out goals for retirement. And I think it's perfectly normal to have some nervousness about taking the step of surgery. I keep thinking, though, how PWPs (yourself included) get to a point where they know it's better to get it than not to, and you are there, aren't you. I'm finding that there are more and more trade-off types of decisions we have to make as we get older and/or sicker that are really difficult when each decision has positive and negative things about it. I'm facing one of those with a potential change in treatment for a rare blood cancer I have. It's not easy. but with excellent specialist's advice and the input and experience of those in this Forum and other Forums who have gone through similar situations, we can at least feel good with having a well-informed basis on which to make a hard decision. There is definitely some amount of grief and working through acceptance of what is that is inevitable. But even in that, there is such comfort in being part of a group of wonderful friends on our forums who support and care about us. And for myself, I find the greatest direction, comfort, and help with acceptance of difficult things through the Lord. These two poems always come to mind at times this these. The first one describes the ways in which we look for peace, and the second one has some additional thoughts and is so beautifully and simply written: https://newthingspringingforth.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/in-acceptance-lieth-peace/ Have a nice evening, and thanks for sharing all that you did so we can go along with you for the next 6 months and after. Linda
  10. Are we doing everything right?

    Katrin, you did a fine job with your English.
  11. Voice weakness

    Oh, yikes! Mr. Parkinson must have stepped into my brain when I posted without thinking about that.. Can't multitask nor multi- think. Definitely ask your surgeon or MDS about using ice. My apologies, janvier.
  12. Voice weakness

    janvier, I don't have that problem since I haven't had DBS, but there are two suggestions I'd like to offer that often help with incessant itchingP 1. Place ice on the area that itches, rather than scratching. It will numb the area. 2. Try very soft, slow scratching, which can be effective and does not lead to worse itching like intense scratching can do. I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. It can be so annoying and uncomfortable.
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  14. Just Interesting Things about This and That

    "Around us, life bursts with miracles--a glass of water, a ray of sunshine,a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops.. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles; Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life's daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there." --- Thich Nhat Hanh
  15. Tumeric and other supplements

    Hi, jds. Appreciate your input, Here is the info on the kind I take, which includes black pepper extract to help it cross the BBB. May I get your opinion? http://www.gaiaherbs.com/products/detail/83/Turmeric-Supreme-Extra-Strength Also, may I pick your brain further? In addition to my eating raw almonds, my MDS wants me to take a copper supplement to balance with the zinc I take in. Drummer Girl on our site recommends something used by natural path MDs, which i've quote below. vI'd love to get your opinion on my using it (which I would very much like to do for the benefit of all the trace minerals), but will it in the end accomplish balancing my zinc and copper levels specifically? I guess I'm wondering whether taking in even more zinc by taking this product will still make an imbalance? Post by Drummer Girl: "Concentrace trace mineral drops contain 72 trace minerals that include copper. They are used by most natural path MD's. https://traceminerals.com/concentrace-trace-mineral-drops/" Thanks so much for any input you have.
  16. Good morning!!

    P.S. Ever since I read an article on all the benefits of cannabis tea for Parkies, I've been encouraging others to read about it. It has so many benefits for so many of our symptoms. I checked in with my MDS and he seemed fine with my trying it and wants me to report in on how it goes. Does anyone here drink this tea? I know for a long time there have been discussions on marijuana, and I'm wondering specifically if anyone can vouch for the tea?
  17. Good morning!!

    jb, that's good to hear you are getting DBS. And nice that you will be able to get it rather close to where you live. It must be very hard to keep up with all the farm work you have to do in the meantime. Will your grands and others be able to continue helping you out? Isn't it wonderful that there is surgery that will help with advanced symptoms and also that a lot of research in general re: PD is being done. Will be praying for you.
  18. DB, your message box seems full....Cannot accept new messages, FI.

  19. NAUSEA ad nauseum?

    NN, cannabis tea apparently is something that helps a lot of symptoms, nausea being one. Just FYI.
  20. Good morning!!

    jb, this is so normal for threads. Up and down as to people posting. I'm sure it doesn't have anything to do with people not liking it. Sometimes a thread can go for a long time with hardly any posts. Yours will probably not be that way, though. I suspect it will just be a short time and people will start posting again. Also, with it being almost mid-August, many may have taken a last-ditch vacation.
  21. Good morning!!

    We're glad you found us, Muff. It's nice to have you as part of the family.
  22. NAUSEA ad nauseum?

    The freshly prepared pickled ginger at health food stores sometimes is sweet, but sometimes needs some sweetener. I add a little organic honey, which makes it just delicious and healthy, too. Amazing there are so many excellent home remedies. I've been reading a lot about organic vinegar for health in general, taking a little in a small glass of water a few times a day.
  23. Anti-emetics

    Ditto!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!
  24. Side-Alternating Vibration Therapy for Parkinson's