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General Discussion / Re: How is everyone doing
« on: January 27, 2018, 05:07:02 pm »
Hi Peace,   I have been thinking about you and wondering how you were doing.

I am so glad that you finally found some help for your OCD. You persevered after many tries and research.


General Discussion / Re: jury duty...
« on: January 27, 2018, 05:02:32 pm »
Hi Peter,  I am glad you got that sorted out.


General Discussion / How is everyone doing
« on: January 25, 2018, 07:41:50 pm »
Hi everyone,

Just wondering how everyone is doing. On the whole I am doing well. I still have my ups and downs. I am not complaining though.

I think everyone that is a mother or father worries about their children. Today my son went to the hospital. He was in real pain. The doctors found out he has a large kidney stone. He is a strong man though. So glad that my son has a girlfriend who was with him and really cares about him. He and his ex were separated a few years ago.

I went for the first time to a group from MDAO that does crafts. There were maybe about 10 of us and I sat beside an older gentleman. His mind was very sharp and I really enjoyed his humor. We talked more than we did crafts. It was very enjoyable.  I was very tired at the end of it. When I feel up to it I will probably go again. It is on every wednesday morning. I have a support worker who drives me. I don't like driving in my busy city. My concentration is not good.

Please feel free to post. We are a caring, non-judgemental group. Everyone's experiences are valuable. We can learn from each other. I have had great support on this forum and have learned a lot from others. This has greatly helped me.


General Discussion / Re: jury duty...
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:04:23 am »
Hi Peter,

Not to worry. I had a questionnaire quite a few years ago. I put that I had a mental illness and was excused from possibly serving.


General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings
« on: December 24, 2017, 01:25:21 pm »
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.


General Discussion / Re: "Christmas Eve"
« on: December 21, 2017, 07:56:29 pm »
Hi Peter,
 Our family always opened presents on Christmas Eve. My son is separated. He has met a woman and they are now living together. Her family tradition is to open gifts on Christmas Eve.
 Now my two girls and I will be opening gifts on Christmas Day at my son and girlfriends place. Us older ones exchange names. We all buy for my 3 grandchildren.
In Holland where I come from we did not celebrate Christmas. We celebrated St. Nickolas on December 5. The story goes that he came on a boat from Spain with Black Peter.

General Discussion / Re: sponser you
« on: October 20, 2017, 11:39:04 am »
Okay Paul. Sounds good.

General Discussion / sponser you
« on: October 18, 2017, 08:54:54 pm »
Hi Paul,
I would like to sponser you for the fundraiser. I receive the email. When I click on sponser me it comes up page cannot be displayed. I don't know what is going wrong.

Thanks momfellinglost,
I am so glad that your son is doing so well and accepts his illness.
  I think my son realizes that he may have a mental illness. He has said as much. I have talked to him about it. My son says he will get help if the need arises. I am very close to my son so I think I would be able to see the signs if he had this illness.

My son's ex did not and did not try to understand my son's ups and downs and didn't really care about him. The girlfriend that he has now really cares about him. When he shuts down his feelings she will not let it go and makes him talk about them. I hope the relationship works out. She seems to be good for him.


General Discussion / blood test results as related to health problems
« on: September 17, 2017, 11:27:43 am »
Hi everyone,

This post has to do with two posts on the forum which have been addressed previously.

I went over my blood test results that I obtained from the lab that my kidney specialist ordered for me due to my chronic kidney disease.

These results made so much more sense to me. This is due to the fact that I received the spiral books on living with reduced kidney function and living with kidney failure. These explain the different functions in the body to look for when you have this disease. Once I looked at the results of the blood test I could see the normal results of a certain test and also see where my results were low or high. Some of these functions have already been described by my kidney specialist which has also helped greatly.

I hope I am making sense. Thanks again Paul for the websites on learning more about the kidneys and diseases. For me it always helps

when I know more about what is going on with my health. I don't always like the results but at least I know generally what is going on. Believe me I certainly don't know everything. I hope I am not sounding conceited.


General Discussion / information for people with chronic kidney disease
« on: September 17, 2017, 11:11:08 am »
Hi everyone,
I don't know if anyone is suffering from chronic kidney disease. I don't know if this is relevant to this forum. I believe I developed chronic kidney disease due to the use of lithium for 30 years. (I am now off of it) This may not be true for other people who are on lithium. I am also an insulin dependent diabetic type II which has a great effect on the kidneys.

Thank you Paul for the websites that you provided for information on chronic kidney disease. I contacted the kidney foundation and they sent me two excellent spiral bound books - one living with reduced kidney function and two living with kidney failure. The foundation also mentioned a forum that I could join. I have joined. There is also a website for eating right for the kidneys.  This information has been very helpful to me.


Peace, I so glad you have found some help with your OCD. Hope you get that interview soon.

Peace I don't blame you for being worried about your sister. Especially after you have lost so many in your family. I was very worried about my kids and grandchildren after my husband died especially when I didn't hear from them.

Enjoy the birthday party.


General Discussion / Re: "myth" of expired medications.....
« on: September 09, 2017, 10:44:35 am »
I am not sure if expired drugs are still good anought to take. I have often wondered about that. I guess you are not suppose to take a chance.


General Discussion / Re: results of blood test
« on: September 09, 2017, 10:42:38 am »
Hi Peter,
I am going to ask the doctors to interpet my blood test results. I have had one of those bone density tests done.
I guess if like you say no news is good news.


General Discussion / results of blood test
« on: September 08, 2017, 11:16:25 am »
Hi everyone,
  I just had a blood test for my kidney and diabetes specialists The girl at the lab advised me that I could get my results. So I signed up and received my results. Most of it was greek to me. Has anyone else done this before? Is it really worth doing? I had six vials taken. The results show the number of the result for that particular test and showed what the number should be. Some of the tests were fine.

Any thoughts on this?


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