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General Discussion / Re: Ready for Easter?
« on: April 24, 2019, 12:58:11 am »
I celebrated with pizza and chicken wings all weekend.

There's a tiny hole in the wall place near me that has no seats......maybe the best pizza I've ever had!

Their wings are baked, not fried......healthier.
(plus, they get a kick out of me saying "nandri" for thank you in Tamil.  Lotsa Tamils in my neighbourhood.


General Discussion / Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« on: April 24, 2019, 12:53:54 am »
Hi, Paul....Thanks....

It turned out the plastic surgeon did a biopsy....hurt very little, 4 stitches.

She was puzzled that the dermatologist from 25 years ago used a laser on my shoulder skin cancer.....

I'll get the results in a couple of weeks.


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 / Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« on: April 19, 2019, 01:47:21 am »
My surgery is Monday.....out patient, I assume.  Covered by OHIP.

The plastic surgeon has luxurious facilities with two hospital beds for more serious stuff,  I guess.

I'm a bit worried, not much.


General Discussion / Re: How is everyone doing?
« on: April 05, 2019, 02:48:08 pm »
I will be okay.

That's nice to hear!


General Discussion / Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« on: April 05, 2019, 02:44:40 pm »
Although I wear $500 orthotics in my shoes (my former work plan pays for it), I started getting a really sore instep when walking.
I looked it up, and it's plantar fasciitis.

It's 95% better, thanks to stretching exercises.....and not wearing slippers at home.  Maybe surprising?
Cheap slippers offer no support.  Maybe more expensive ones do.

Anyway, I (until recently) never wore shoes indoors in my apt.

A nice thing about support groups is sharing the same ailments:
-a woman on Mood Garden (I recommend it!) is getting cancer removed from her nose...she sometimes posts "before" and "after" pictures.
-she also had plantar fasciitis, like me


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?


General Discussion / Re: How is everyone doing?
« on: April 05, 2019, 02:20:56 pm »
I'm o.k....  I was taking a Dealing with Anxiety and Depression course at MDAO, but I quit - missing too many classes.  But I'll look at the workbook.

My brother with dementia - he's being assessed for long term care (?), or moving out of his house into an apartment setting?
He needs care re making meals, remembering his medications.
His son took away his car keys when his back was turned.....LOL

My younger brothers and I visited.  He later told his son that "the Germans" were nice.  We are German, but maybe he thought we were cousins from Germany?....LOL


I changed my mind on doing a memory study....  Might be a little stressful:  going all the way to Baycrest, trying to get family member to come with me, MRI's....etc...  I have enough medical appointments (nothing serious).

For the memory studies, they often want a spouse/family member to accompany the person in the they can ask them re my memory.
I had told them I can MAYBE get a family member to accompany me once, not regularly.


Maybe I can do a study in the future.

Learned yesterday that he thinks he has two cats, instead of one. 

Maybe he's gone downhill quickly?  He didn't think this when I saw him last week.......or, it doesn't mean much.

Peter  -brain health and memory studies

Cogniciti is associated with Baycrest.  Not sure if you have to be over a certain age to do the tests, volunteer to be a guinea pig.

General Discussion / Used my cell phone today - first time.
« on: March 06, 2019, 10:02:34 pm »
I got a cellphone in August (?).  I had a mental block about it - it'll be complicated.  I'm kind of afraid of technology, but not really - I'm on the internet a lot.

Took my phone to Samsung died, and wouldn't charge.  They'll notice I've never used it, and slap me in the face!   ::)

Turns out, it worked when the Samsung person used HER cable....weird!  Just bought MY cable from Bell.

Didn't make any calls today, but did some housekeeping, without looking at my Android for Dummies.


I procrastinate on "difficult, complicated" things....cell phone, income tax (someone doing it for me this year).

General Discussion / Re: hope to see a psychiatrist...
« on: March 02, 2019, 03:19:41 pm »
Peace, thanks, and sorry to hear about your diagnosis difficulties.

Speaking of medication, I'm forgetting to take my Mirtazapine and Melatonin too often! :o

I take them when I go to sleep.

I don't forget to take Wellbutrin XL (I still take that), as I take it when I get up.


General Discussion / Re: hope to see a psychiatrist...
« on: February 10, 2019, 10:30:18 pm »
Saw resident psychiatrist.  Turns out I only see her once, and she'll refer me to a social worker....who I've met a few times.  This social worker only sees people on a short term basis - a few months (?).

She thought maybe my diagnosis when younger (and now?....I forget) was mild autism.  Not the aspect of "I can't read peoples' feelings/body language." aspect of autism....she meant more the aspect of autism where you like routine?....I didn't really look it up.

Because I was nervous.......
1....I didn't ask why I wouldn't see another psychiatrist instead of a social worker.  BTW, I'm sure a lot of social workers can be better therapists than psychiatrists.  (btw, I'm not on meds that have to be monitored/adjusted frequently.

2.....I forgot to tell her "my main depression symptom is I can't keep my apt tidy."  On the other hand, my original diagnosis is Dysthymia, which would infer "can't be tidy my apt........and millions of other things."  She might assume I'm like that.


She's ANOTHER anti-benzio person!.....forget if she meant for older people only.

General Discussion / Re: Getting 2 hearing aids...
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:22:37 pm »
There's very few companies these days who offer benefits once the employee retires.

Thanks for the well wishes, guys.

Yes, I'm very lucky about my benefits....I also have a dental plan, thank goodness.  Lucky!


Maybe the Feds, Post Office have similar retirement benefits? corporation.

When I retired, I got a week's pay for every year worked.  That's overly generous, but I didn't turn down the money. :D  That sounds like something people in the military get.....clergy?

General Discussion / Getting 2 hearing aids...
« on: February 03, 2019, 05:12:05 am »
Getting 2 hearing aids from St. Mike's hospital.  They deal with various vendors.  (didn't know you can buy hearing aids via a hospital, get them adjusted, fixed (?) there.)

I'm getting an over the ear one kind....forget how audiologist and I decided on that kind.

I had thought I was hard of hearing in only my right ear - that's what the ENT Dr. said.  I was surprised when the audiologist mentioned BOTH ears.

Despite this, I almost never ask anyone to repeat what they say - on my right side only, and a little more lately.

Hearing aids cost as much as a Ferrrari!

Luckily, OHIP contributes $1,000, and my former work's plan probably contributes $1,400.


How am I gonna come up with the other $75,000 I owe? ::).....marry a rich widow?  :o

Actually, the total cost is over $3,000, and that's with the company's "permanent" discount.  Over $3,000 isn't unusual, from what I've heard.

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