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Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 11:58pm

Hah!  The top of that cake immediately reminded me of this classic LOLCAT:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 27, 2013 at 11:25pm

Booklover, love the cabinet cat. But how does it do that? Is there a hole in the bottom of the cupboard? Good luck with the new med. You might be able to get out of jury duty due to medical issues. If you didn’t get a form with that option to check off call the number and explain you medical problems re:sitting. Give the person in charge your doctor’s number. I know exactly what it’s like trying to lose weight when you’re ill. Since I’ve had more pain I eat too much to self-soothe. It think it’s instinctive. If you keep exercising as much as you can, it’s good. I found it helpful to have bowls of ready to eat salad munchies in the fridge.

Yes, Ian. Even with technically the same volume a commercial sound track can seem louder and be extra annoying. We keep a finger on the mute button when commercials pop up.

Love the Gay Agenda, Idaho Spud! As for positive long term memories of commercial products, my husband buys Hostess Snowballs because they remind him of his childhood. These commercials get imprinted in us when we’re young, and later remind us of that happy innocence when we took much joy in the simple pleasures of (crappy) commercial quality cake or sweet and breakfast cereal. LOL on identifying with Grumpy Cat. I think he’s so popular because we all recognize a bit of ourselves in him.

Have a happy! (and eat it too)

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This cake makes me think of Tim Burton

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 11:23pm
Melinda, I can't believe a home owner would cut a hole in a cabinet to get that kitty shot! Why they did it, it doesn't matter, that is a dandy shot. Their kitchen appliances look sharp as well.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 11:13pm

I agree so whole heatedly and we really have to participate with those trying to get single payer plans through. It will be really tough because of money owning all branches of government. USA is totally off track as far as government is concerned. Patient care has to be prime mover of health care, not insurance profits. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 10:38pm

Melinda, some pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs for people who are low income and can't afford any type of insurance. I am on Medicare, but never signed up for Part D because it's a scam for the benefit of Big Pharma only, BUT Pfizer sill has their Connection to Care service, and I get two prescriptions from them...at absolutely NO cost.  Neither one (Glucotrol-XL, and Neurontin) is horribly expensive, but still...the program saves me about $50 a month.

What always upsets me is that they deduct about 10% of my monthly Social Insecurity to pay for Medicare Part B...outpatient expenses. After I pay the utilities and maintenance on this house, I have a hellova time trying to decide whether to buy my other meds from the neighborhood pharmacy (they  give me an enormous discount on some meds...and free delivery. I always want to hug the owner. He's such a gentle man...in all senses of the word[s]), or food, and cat care stuff. The kittehs' needs come before mine do.

Another thing that sets my hair on fire is that the same drugs that cost a month's salary in the US are priced quite reasonably in other countries.  Not generics, but the exact same drugs, made by the exact same companies.

That is SO wrong!

This has not really been a democracy since the Reagan/Bush years.  We are a plutocracy.  Or is it oligarchy?  "OILigarchy"?  (When the price of fuel goes up, so does the price of everything else....see all them big trucks on the roads?  Except for short runs, ALL merchandise should be shipped by rail. Much more economical.)

O HAI!  Felaine is ranting again.  Yanno whut?  It feels GOOD!

PS: A very dear friend of mine has severe Crohn's disease, and she got duped into signing up for Medicare Part D when it first started up, and half the time the insurance company that pays the bills refuses to refill her prescriptions for one BSing reason or another.  So, she's bedridden and suffering, and can't do anything about it.

Universal Single-Payer Healthcare is the ONNNLLLY way to go!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 10:09pm

Melinda, it matters that you don't feel good and can't find the way to end it. Are there any foods you find that stir it up? Have you tried staying away from wheat, or milk, or gluten? Surely you have tried all the obvious things. Do keep looking for the trigger, surely something is making mischief. 

I have no problems such as you describe and am of no use to helping you find the culprit. Keep asking; someone may have an idea. 

You are able to keep your pretty smile, even as you are not feeling good. That's positive! 

Comment by booklover on March 27, 2013 at 9:45pm
Life is sure not as fun as it was before I got this. I can basically eat and drink what I want, except I don't drink alcohol very often and never when either of my stomach conditions are acting up. I don't really like spicy- hot food so I wouldn't know if it made my condition worse. I guess it doesn't matter since I don't eat it! I feel bad that I feel bad for myself on occasion when so many others have so many worse things, but I guess it's okay to NOT want to have health-issues!!!!!
Comment by booklover on March 27, 2013 at 6:12pm

Wow Patricia, we have some very unpleasant things in common!!!! Lotronex is the name of the extremely expensive new med I am on.  I think my gastro said it helped people with colitis and IBS also.  I'm not sure. It only helps 3 out of 10 people, and only a limited amount of gastros in the US are allowed to dispense it.  I had to sign something saying he told me all about it.  Kinda scary, but if it works, it's worth it to my quality of life!

Comment by booklover on March 27, 2013 at 5:07pm

Hi Everyone :)  Lula says thanks to all her cyber well-wishers ;).  Lol Carl, I love that "Goldilocks medication, one that is just right for you."  I took my first pill today, so we'll see.  This part made me ill~ right now, because of my husbands Union-contract, we pay nothing for meds.  ZERO.  So, I looked on the box, and it said my insurance had saved me $1, 200.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  FOR ONE MONTH OF THIS MED!  What the hell do people do who need this med and can't afford it?!!!!! That's CRAZY! I love the photo-bombing dog! How adorable!!!! ha ha

Patricia, I'm glad your stomach-issues are under control!  I have neuropathy of the digestive system, which causes awful symptoms, and reflux (and a hiatal (sp?) hernia.) I had a Nissen Fundoplication for the reflux and hernia, where they wrap the fundus  (again, sp?) around your esophagus, and sew it there.  So now I can't throw-up, sorry to be gross, but also, the operation is supposed to keep you from having symptoms for 10 years, and it worked for me for about 3 years. I can deal with that though.  It's the non-working digestive system. UGH.  Well THAT was too much info! lol

Spud, my block isn't uniform with many others.  It sort of zigs and zags so it probably ends-up being 2 1/2 blocks.  Part of the 'block' is in the city (us) with sidewalks, and part is owned by the county and has no sidewalks. Weird!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 3:18pm

Sentient Biped, GET WELL, PLEASE!

 

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