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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 10:38pm

Hi! a quick update. Surgery went very well, Had very little pain that responded to a little medication. My daughter and granddaughter, Michelle, were with me and brought me home and had a beautiful break-the-fast lunch. I feel great. 
Ruth, thank you so much for the information on parsley, celery and chamomile tea. I have lots of parsley growing in my garden, I love celery and I have the tea available and love it. Glad the list didn't include such things as cod liver oil. 

Ian, the stages of life your Mum and step-Mum are in is not easy on you. Please do take good care of yourself and keep positive thoughts going, for yourself and for them. Perhaps your Mum could hear your voice, even if she couldn't respond. It doesn't hurt to talk to her; she may not hear and if she does, at least you do what you can. I remember the helpless feeling of not being able to help. Thankfully, there are medications that can keep her free of pain. The happy photo looks great. Nice to see you and your new hat.

A very heavy rain started this afternoon with lots of lightning and thunder. The air looks and smells scrubbed, and green as Ireland. A perfect sight to come home to.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 10:29pm

Wow, Joan.  That rising tide video is scary.  I can't imagine having to put myself in such continuous danger to collect food for survival.  If I was in desperate need and there was a large abundance of food available to collect during a short period of time, I would think it would be difficult making the decision when to stop gathering.  When is just one more piece too much before it's too late and you are helplessly trapped?  It must be scary to have literally tons of unstable ice shifting above and around you and an unstoppable tide moving in to drown you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 9:57pm

Race against the Tide

Thanks Ed. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 6:22pm

Oh cool - glad that worked for you Carl. I use it myself all the time when I am away from my computer.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 2:04pm

Thanks, Steph.  That worked!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 21, 2013 at 1:59pm

Just returned from England so still trying to catch up.

Great to hear that you're keeping chipper, Joan. Good luck with the cell-stomping to you and your team. And yes, you've persuaded me: I've started a round of "given up smoking" check-ups to see if there's any permanent damage or latent consequences.

Things in England were a bit mixed. My step-Mum is still in hospital after her COPD attack but has been moved to a physio unit and is just starting to make some progress. She managed to stand up yesterday, with support, for the first time in 12 weeks. Me and a step-sis were there to cheer her on and that seemed to help, plus I told her that the sooner she gets back on her feet, the sooner she can use the WC instead of a pot, which is a great motivator for here.

Visited my Mum in her care home. The first time I was there she was fairly lucid and only a bit doolally but the second time she was miles away and kept falling asleep. Later that day the home rang and said that they were getting a doctor to see her as she wasn't even able to stand up any more. I have a suspicion that her repeated urinary tract infections have become chronic and may have spread further around the pelvic/kidney region.

Apart from that, it was great to see family. Went to a country show with my brother and his family: saw old-fashioned steam and vintage tractors, wood-turning, a falconry show, various dog and horse events plus ate venison sausage rolls and home-made jam sponge. We even bought hats! I'm the one with the tea mug.

Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 1:40pm
Flying Atheist I use the mobile version on the site with my iPhone - scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "switch to mobile optimized version" that should work for you.
Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 1:38pm
Those are cute pics Ruth. Flying Atheist is right. As it stands now the newest comments are on page 717. Maybe they can alter this format.
Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 1:36pm
My email Ruth has your latest comment Ruth and then I come to the page and it looks like the oldest comments are listed first. I wonder if it can be changed to show newest comments first?
Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 1:05pm

I need a little help if anyone can oblige.  I just entered the 21st Century and got an Android smart phone.  How do I get the mobile version of AtheistNexus?  Please excuse my ignorance.  :)

 

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