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Someone reminded me of this.

He had leukemia, but no pain, and he knew he was dying.  (there are different types of leukemia)

I knew it was June 24, but (this isn't logical....).....I keep thinking June 24 was "a few months ago."   ::)

I had 4 brothers (no sisters) - now I have two, and one has Alzheimers.

I'm 74 1/2, so not THAT unusual that people around my age would fade away.


I'm lucky - overweight smoking parents lived fairly long.

General Discussion / PM people on MDAO forum....
« on: August 29, 2021, 02:32:34 pm »
I wish you could PM people here to say hi/remind them that the forum is open.   :)

Oh well....


General Discussion / Coronavirus.....
« on: March 12, 2020, 02:19:27 am »
When I got up today, I was sneezing like crazy, and the runniest nose I've ever had!  I was really alarmed!

I was afraid to get on the bus/go to the barbershop like that.

I was much better after a couple of hours....

I don't think those are corona symptoms...?


I'm 74 (years young :P) in June.

Hard to find hand sanitizer in stores!

General Discussion / My brother with leukemia....
« on: February 18, 2020, 02:35:51 am »
Sorry to hog all the real estate here, but I may as well move "my brother with leukemia" from the thread "Christmas/Vacation plans?"

I had said
My brother is moving into a retirement home.  It won't be expensive, as he only requires minimal care.  (meals only?)

I saw him today, and it really hit home how helpless he is.......
as he only requires minimal care.  (meals only?)  I may be mistaken on this....he may require more care.


I've been to lots at MDAO, but not lately.  I found them helpful.  I should go again.

If they still have it, I've been to the Clutter./Hoarding group.  I clutter, but I don't hoard.


General Discussion / heart ailment...
« on: February 03, 2020, 03:31:58 am »
Found out I have atrial fibrillation a while ago. 

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of strokes, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

My nurse practitioner found out accidentally when she was checking my chest.  She then sent me to Emergency (St. Mikes - 5 minutes away)

This isn't something I noticed myself - I noticed a rapid heartbeat the odd time....didn't think anything of it.

An "ablation" cures this, and 99% effective.  You can do it with local anesthetic  :o or general, whereby you're out like a light.

The ablation is a few weeks down the road.

Heart ailments don't run in my family.


I have to learn to take my own pulse ::) -  I never have, and I don't know what's normal or not.

General Discussion / Christmas/Vacation plans?
« on: December 16, 2019, 02:39:54 am »
My family usually has a potluck a week before Christmas Eve, but no one volunteered to host this year.
I'll probably have the usual Christmas turkey with nephew and others on Christmas Day.

My younger brother having leukemia puts a damper on things.  He found out a few weeks ago.  He says his type of leukemia is less dangerous than other kinds.


General Discussion / Anyone go Trick or Treating?
« on: November 01, 2019, 12:57:29 am »
I didn't.

If you did, let's hear what you got!   :o


Looking forward to the Royal Winter Fair next week!

General Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: October 15, 2019, 04:19:41 am »
I had pizza.

We didn't really celebrate Thanksgiving when I was growing up.

Peter  8)

General Discussion / Depression study at CAMH......
« on: October 10, 2019, 03:09:30 am »
I was almost in study at CAMH re seniors with depression.  Saw it in a newspaper for seniors.

There were generous honoriums involved, like $50 for an MRI, $20 for blood test or "pencil and paper" test....which may have been every 6 months (?).

Oh yeah...there was a chance for a medication adjustment, which I'm always hoping for.   :)

I was interviewed over the phone by a CAMH guy, and he may have spoken with my nurse practitioner.

I was turned down.

I'm only very occasionally depressed, thanks to Mirtazapine.
BUT.....I'm permanently (?) "can't get started...can't be bothered....."  Symptoms of dysthymia, long term, low grade depression. (my original diagnosis)


General Discussion / brother with dementia/alzheimers....
« on: September 07, 2019, 08:20:48 pm »
I never know the difference between dementia/alzheimers.

Anyway, my older brother was at the front of the line to get into a nursing home because he was delirious and such.

Last week or so, he got into a really nice two story place in Ajax, Ontario.  It's pretty new too.  Really nice place!

The first couple of days:  "get me out of this a looney bin?"  "Looney bin" because of other residents' behaviour?

A week later he settled in....maybe partly because one of his sons and family visited every day.

They got him a single room ($!) because of his social phobia....he may feel uncomfortable with another person around?
This may not be an issue anymore, as he's so "out of it" he doesn't remember he has social phobia?  If that makes sense.

When I saw him he was cheerful...maybe wasn't sure who some of us (relatives) were.  He never did this before -he throws in some German when he talks....but usually just exclamations like the German version of "my oh my!" or similar.


Re being delirious, when he was at home he thought he had two cats instead of one, and another guy living in his house.

AND.....he thought there was a stage with live musicians in his house.  And the neighbours thought the music was too loud.

General Discussion / Not procrastinating as much....
« on: July 22, 2019, 02:15:13 am »
Not procrastinating as much lately.

Didn't occur to me right away why - from doing yoga lately!   ;D  (the yoga makes me feel better somehow)

I've done yoga off and on for years and years.

Starting again, but slowly....10-15 minutes a day for now.....AND, I do it when I wake up. 

I only did it in the evening before....maybe when I get up makes a difference....


General Discussion / Celebration of Life for Tom Smallwood
« on: May 30, 2019, 06:46:15 pm »
(guess it's ok to post this here)

A Celebration in honour of the life of long-time Hope and Me volunteer Tom Smallwood will be taking place on Monday, June 3rd at the Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto, ON M4R 1B9) from 7 PM till 9 PM in the Gwen Liu Meeting Room (200).

Tom began volunteering with us in June of 1997 and proved to be an invaluable asset to the MDAO team for over 20 years. Tom was known by many for his unflinching work ethic, a profound sense of compassion, and unwavering dedication to the Hope and Me cause. He was eager to provide appropriate and meaningful resources to anyone who walked through our doors.

In 2016, Tom was the winner of the Karen Liberman “Lit From Within” volunteer award. Karen comments shared during the AGM that year “ Truly, I cannot think of a more deserving recipient than Tom. He epitomizes everything that this award for volunteerism stands for. Tom was there, quietly taking on his role as a calm, kind, caring friend on the telephone and in person.”
On June 3rd, we would love to have you join us with some of Tom’s family to commemorate the life of this exceptional man and his incalculably effective efforts at actualizing the Hope and Me vision.

I knew Tom, as did others around here.  My operation is around 4 that day....not sure if I can make it.

General Discussion / Ready for Easter?
« on: April 19, 2019, 01:51:08 am »
Haven't celebrated with family members for ages.  We didn't make such a big deal out of it when younger, anyway.

I was going to get takeout from Red Lobster - they now have takeout!

Instead, I'm getting very good pizza from a hole in the wall place near me, and (baked!) chicken wings.


How about you?  Maybe I'll look for a restaurant tomorrow.

General Discussion / Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« on: April 05, 2019, 02:34:56 pm »
I'm getting plastic surgery on my shoulder soon....covered by OHIP.  (I had skin cancer on my forehead (2 tiny spots), and on my shoulder burned off 20-25 years ago.

The forehead stuff you can hardly see, but the shoulder area, there's a permanent "wound" the size of a loonie or bigger.  It's squishy and darker than the rest of me.  Doesn't hurt.

I saw a cranky (!) dermatologist at St. Mike's about something else...turned out to be nothing.  Then I asked him to look me over....when I showed him my shoulder, he referred me to a fancy plastic surgeon on Avenue road.  Because he was so cranky, I didn't ask a lot of questions.  Probably I get a skin graft?  Local anaesthetic?


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