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Comment by Grinning Cat on September 30, 2016 at 5:23pm

My wisdom seems intact, after I had three impacted wisdom teeth (yet another bit of evidence against intelligent design!) removed when I was 20 or so. (The fourth was never there.)

Ruth, sorry to hear about your problems,and your trouble in getting through to your endocrinologist!

And Carl, congratulations to your parents! Sounds like your family had a wonderful time celebrating.

Loren, I found that when Ning (and AN) were having those problems, you could read more of the site when you're signed out... but that doesn't help for leaving messages or replies! (Thanks to Daniel there's an entire forum discussion about that stuff.)

Comment by Randall Smith on September 30, 2016 at 7:53am

Carl, being a life-long Cub fan, I'm envious. I've only been to Wrigley Field once. Congrats to you and your parents on their anniversary. What a wonderful occasion.

Gosh Ruth, what fun is life when you feel so "out of sorts"? I guess I could add several names to the "Hang with friends" list.

I've been out of sorts myself until yesterday morning. For 3 days I had a whopping tooth ache. My dentist squeezed me in (thanks to my daughter, his dental hygienist) to check out the situation. Xray showed a vertical crack in my lower right wisdom tooth. He (we) decided to extract it. After it was removed, I felt a little faint form the shock of it all, and had to lie down. 24 hours later, I'm good to go!  Two wisdom teeth out, two to go. I reckon I'm now less wise!

Comment by Plinius on September 30, 2016 at 1:29am

Congrats with your family anniversary, Carl, you sound like you have a great family! I'm so glad to hear that!

Success with your gym programme, Ruth, I do hope it will work for you! I tried the gym some years ago - doctor's advice - but without success, after six months' training I hadn't lost weight and the training exhausted and depressed me, in spite of the promises of more energy...   I hope your husband feels better with the shoulder replacement!

Carl and Ruth, my health issues date from early childhood, and have probably a lot to do with a quite horrible and dysfunctional family. I have a fine collection of stress related complaints and have lived on an allowance for the disabled from my mid-twenties. I tried to educate myself out of the problems but I couldn't quite manage it. I'm still on the allowance but the high point in my week is a few hours' teaching. People who complain of their jobs have little idea what it is to be excluded from working.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2016 at 1:27am

How pleasant for you, Carl. It looks like the family get-together was a real joy.

Sorry to hear about all the problems, Ruth. I hope you get some response and a clear, doable strategy from your doctor soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 11:25pm

Loren, thank you for all you do to keep us informed and intervene on our behalf. I like the way you sort out and describe the problem to us; speaking for myself, I am totally technology-dumb. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 11:22pm

Carl, no wonder you didn't post for a few days! You have had a lot of things going on. What a celebration with people from so far away! Congratulations on your parent's 60th wedding anniversary! 

Your parents look young, vibrant and happy! You come from good stock. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 11:17pm

Ruth, dreadful news, and so many things causing you a new normal; I know what you mean about tired, and you do remarkably well. I just am a slug, and I can enjoy it. 

I agree with you about the importance of unionization; more workers will understand the value as incomes decline and prices inflate. Not knowing what is happening cause some to work harder and not get organized with a union. 

Do you have a good support system to help and encourage you? 

It is brain-dead that is hard for me. A lot of things don't make any sense ... Oh! That isn't me; it's because a lot of things don't make any sense. 

I like the message from the grumpy, irritable cat. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 29, 2016 at 10:56pm

Oh, Flying Atheist, thanks for sharing the pictures of your parents anniversary. Very nice.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 29, 2016 at 10:55pm

Plinius, I empathize with your needing two days of rest and recuperation after working two days. I'm soooo glad I have adequate retirement from teaching. That was due to unionization. Since I left the profession, most teachers get short shrift in private schools and academies.

To update everyone on my situation: During August my husband got a shoulder replacement, and I only got to the gym 12 times. My blood sugar and blood pressure both got out of control. I'm on three BP medications now. My endocrinologist wanted me to see if exercise and diet would be adequate, with my current medication. I had to change my whole lifestyle around to go to the gym for an hour, 6 days a week, before breakfast. I'm not used to it yet, even after a month. My blood sugar keeps getting worse, in any case, and she's not returning my calls or email. Mostly I'm so achy and tired and brain dead that I've fallen behind in everything. Haven't lost any weight either. I've been irritable, grumpy.

image source, captions mine

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 9:49pm

Best wishes to your folks, Carl!

 

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