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General Discussion / Ready for Christmas?
« on: December 01, 2016, 02:34:42 am »
Ready for Christmas?  Looking forward to it?

Luckily, my Christmas isn't tense or traumatic like some peoples'.

Looking forward to people opening my wacky gifts!  We pick one name in our family, but I also exchange gifts with my two younger brothers.


General Discussion / Physical health....
« on: November 21, 2016, 04:24:47 am »
Guys,  I don't have many health concerns, but I'm getting Vital Signs Tracker...just in case.

I always say I want as many tests as possible, as I'm 70 (years young!) in June, and I smoked for 39 years.  :-[

I'm getting the monitor from Hammacher Schlemmer, which is a famous store/catalogue in New York.

Here's the first half of the description:

This is the palm-sized digital monitor that measures five key vital signs to track heart and lung health. It captures EKG, heart rate, pulse rate, SpO2, systolic blood pressure, and rate pressure product in under 30 seconds when the device’s built-in sensors are placed in contact with the skin. It takes your pulse and calculates systolic blood pressure without the discomfort of a squeezing cuff. The tracker also performs an EKG to measure heart rhythm and detect irregular heartbeats, while an SpO2 sensor assesses blood oxygenation, which is associated with shortness of breath and lung disease. Temperature is taken at the forehead and provides results in three seconds. Results are displayed on the LCD screen, and the device stores 100 readings for four users to compare health


General Discussion / Ready for Halloween?
« on: October 11, 2016, 12:52:43 am »
Ready for Halloween?  :o

I am!

I don't dress up/go out, but I have lotta decorations in my apt, on my door.

I gave plastic rings:  skulls, bats etc. to a lot of people: people in my building, (usually female) cashiers, receptionists, people in dentist's office. Sometimes strangers on the bus/their kids.
I have realistic plastic maggots too! I've had them for years, as not many "takers" for maggots, alas! Sad

I get a big kick out of this!

Peter B. (the "B." stands for "Boo!")

We can now attach pictures, or send personal messages?

General Discussion / Any self improvement projects?
« on: August 08, 2016, 10:12:00 pm »
Current or coming up?

I have two or so:
-reading my posture book, doing the exercises
My posture is lousy despite years of yoga.  Haven't done any lately.

-reading the course materials for a recent depression course I took

Also, trying to be mindful....hard to get into it this time.  I've done mindfulness before for fairly long periods.  ("mindfulness" not "mindfulness meditation")


General Discussion / Paul M "is a superstar"
« on: July 18, 2016, 04:15:26 am »
He was one of the MDAO volunteers that was mentioned in the July 16 MDAO newsletter.

The stellar Carmine Pitucci
The marvelous Fay
And our superstar Paul Morton

I've met all three of them.

One of our longest-serving volunteers, the fantastic Tom Smallwood, received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award for his commitment to serving MDAO for the past 20 years.

Tom isn't on this forum, but some of you may know him.

Congrats to All!   :)              

Peter Bessel  (there's a better way of copying and pasting thingmees)

General Discussion / My meow passed away suddenly....
« on: June 08, 2016, 03:53:14 pm »
Yesterday morning.....fell off the bed, twitched for a few minutes, and died quickly, I think.

Didn't suffer.  He wasn't sick.  He was overweight, though.

He was 11.  I had him for a year - my first cat.  I had asked the Humane Society for an older one.

Very shy and skittish.  Took him a while to warm up to me.

I named him "Moo Moo," but I actually usually called him "Meow" or similar.

Peter   :-*

Today's my birthday - 69  ;D               Re Moo dying just before my birthday, I don't dwell on that.

General Discussion / Any Cymbalta experience?
« on: June 05, 2016, 07:47:46 pm »
I'm switching from 30 mg Cipralex to 30 mg Cymbalta.  Staying on 300 mg Wellbutrin XL.

I'll look at Crazymeds.


General Discussion / I'm 69 in a few weeks!
« on: May 25, 2016, 11:17:02 pm »
I'm 69 in a few weeks!  Not a huge deal, but 69 sounds older than 67, 68  - closer to 70?

I have two 70 year old friends who look much younger.

I feel much younger, he said adjusting the propeller on he beanie hat.
(I have one, of course  :o)


General Discussion / Thought it was p.m. instead of a.m.!
« on: May 11, 2016, 08:39:03 am »
Woke up at 7:30, thought it was p.m.  :-[

I called the Dementia Society Hotline - they're coming to pick me up.  I hate it when they shoot me with a tranquilizer dart when I put up a struggle.  :o

This doesn't happen so often - I don't worry about it.  Re mixing up days - semi common with retired people.  I don't worry about that either.

Re days, the bottom right corner of Windows has the date in numbers only.  You have to hover over it to find out what day of the week it is.


General Discussion / Shy Bladder Syndrome Workshop
« on: April 27, 2016, 01:02:57 am »
Hi, going to shy bladder syndrome (paruresis) workshop in Toronto at the end of May.....if they get enough participants.

Can't use urinals.  This started in high school....not sure why - because of extreme nervousness/performance anxiety?

I hate it.

Nothing to do with modesty, nudity in my case.  I would gladly go to a nude beach and such, BUT, I had skin cancer (not a big deal - the mild kind) years ago.  If I went, I would wear a giant white sheet with eye holes cut out.   8) I also have light sensitive eyes.

The IPA has women members.....separate workshops, I guess.


Ironic that I sometimes go by "Pee," as many people call me "Pee Bee." ;)

General Discussion / Feeling.....
« on: April 11, 2016, 04:00:21 pm »
The most depressed I've been in ages yesterday.  No thoughts - not sure why.  Like my ex psychiatrist used to say:  there MUST be some thoughts.

Anyway, I felt better yesterday after doing some chores (for a change!).

I was going to go to Emergency at Scarborough General up the street just to talk......I may see my Dr's nurse tomorrow just to talk, or a Dr.
My regular hospital is St. Michael's, but not so convenient now that I'm in Scarborough.

Better today........watching Babymetal over and over again cheers me up - serious.... :o

Better today!

General Discussion / New hoarding/clutter support group at MDAO.
« on: April 04, 2016, 12:28:47 am »

I may go.  I'm more of a clutterer than hoarder, and used to be worse.

When I was working, I would often lose documents ON my desk.   :-[  After not finding it ON my desk, I would ask my wonderful work neighbour for her copy.


General Discussion / A Lithium smoothie for everyone!....on me!
« on: March 22, 2016, 03:38:49 pm »
A Lithium smoothie for everyone on here...I'm celebrating!  (the 8 ounce size, not the 16 !)

-got a new modem from Bell today - my internet was off and on a lot  :(
-found out my chest CAT scan was normal  (something minor)
-I'm (a bunch of us) doing a Laughing like Crazy show at the University of Toronto next week....grad students and health care workers (?)
-I bought me a Portugese (sp.) custard tart...mmmm....not too sweet, unlike a lotta desserts


General Discussion / Certain foods can reduce anxiety....
« on: March 04, 2016, 11:30:23 pm »
From Mind, Mood and Memory that I subscribe to. (from Massachusetts General Hospital)

-probiotics - small study showed less social anxiety when subjects ate more foods containing probiotics like yoghurt, sauerkraut, pickles, kefir

-prebiotics (non digestible food)

-foods containing zinc

-foods containing tryptophan, like turkey

-foods containing folate

-foods containing magnesium

-foods containing omega - 3 fatty acids

-complex carbohydrates



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