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    Upper Midwest - yah. hey 'dere!
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    Health care policy/ethics and bioethics; former management consultant & finance/operations/human resources manager; taught business and accounting at university level; (lost my hard-earned career to MI & substance abuse). I read a lot, mostly non-fiction.

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  1. Born and raised in the Upper Midwest of the USA. My mother's people came here from Norway in the 1800s so I am 50% Norweigian but I don't look it at all... I wish I were tall & blond, etc! My dad's people came to the USA from Poland/Russia/Germany or some combination thereof. Once they arrived and were here for a generation or so, there was some Native American ethnicity in the mix as well. So I am all sorts of things. As an aside, my daughter married a young man from the Czech Republic several years ago and we just had our first grandbaby this year . When his family first asked her about her background/ethnicity, they were surprised at all the nationalities in her background (plus the ones I listed, her birth father was Sicilian& Swedish). Their little girl looks JUST like her daddy - maybe the fact that he is 100% Czech (Moravian, specifically- the eastern part of the Czech Republic) caused his genes to be dominant, since hers are so scattered across many nationalities. Who knows? But she's the cutest baby in the world for sure.
  2. I was on clonazepam for ten years. Never caused suicidal thoughts. Of course, the additional worry with benzos is that someone who is contemplating suicide will take too many... but that wasn't your question. Could it be that your depression is just not being well-treated by other meds/therapy? I am sure you've thought of that, of course. Just sharing my experience w/clonazepam.
  3. Testing sharing a google photos link. Testing to see if it works to see a photo when I use get a "share-able link" from google photos
  4. I had heartburn like this on and off for several months and it ended up being gallbladder problems (had surgery and that resolved the issue). It was SO much like heartburn except not right in the middle of my chest it was over to the right, high and toward the back. Pretty classic gallbladder. Could that be it?
  5. I think breaking down the stereotypes of mental illness is such an important cause and you should be so, so proud. You are strong and brave to do the youtube video. Thank you for posting it! Also - I love the t-shirt you have on in the video. Did you get it from the class you took?
  6. Yes this is resolved - I think I noted it on the PM thread but now I'm not sure. Anyway - thanks to ALL the admins and mods for everything you do. It's great to be back in my "real" name! Edited to Add: "DUH!" I did thank the admins (including you Wooster) BUT in a new PM from FlamelessCandle once I could log in as "me". Of course, you wouldn't have seen it since I didn't include you in the conversation. Again, "DUH" and thanks.
  7. Looking at pictures (and videos! ain't technology grand?) of baby granddaughter. LOVE and HOPE!

  8. I think you should go, too. I agree with everyone else; you've not been well for weeks. I've been thinking of you a lot even though I don't post much. Please keep us posted if you can, but the first priority is for you to take care of YOU.
  9. True. OMG true. The person below me likes to cook.
  10. Sorry I didn't see this earlier..... Before I became too depressed/anxious to work full time, I was in the corporate world of finance & human resources; I know a fair amount about leave, both paid and unpaid. I don't know if any of this will be helpful or even apply to Mike's situation but I thought I'd share what I could. First off I am sorry you and Mike are going through this; I know it's been such a hard time for you and now to have to deal with Mike... you're in my thoughts. Generally are three basic ways for time off work to be handled: (1) First off, if Mike has any type of company-provided sick leave or paid time off (employers often combine "sick" and "vacation" days into one bank of "paid time off") then he MAY be able to use some of that even in advance of it being actually earned. Depends on the employer's practices; this is not governed by law. In fact employers do not HAVE to provide any paid time off. If they do provide it, they have to treat employees consistently (mental health = physical health). Federal FMLA is not required to be paid, although it can be. (2) If his employer offers short-term disability insurance (either the employer can pay the premiums or the employee might pay them via a paycheck deduction) then this typically does not require any length of time employed, other than to have the insurance be effective (i.e. the first of the month following hire date or whatever the benefits effective date is.) Make sure he checks this out. I know that California and perhaps Oregon have laws requiring the employer to pay for short-term disability; sort of like a state-run paid FMLA (federal FMLA is not required to be paid leave; see below. State law for FMLA takes precedence if it is more generous than federal. I point that out because I happen to know that California and Oregon have more generous provisions. Other states may as well, so be sure to check out if your state does (HR department should know this.) (3) ... re FMLA..... even though it may not apply due to Mike not being there long enough here some info: FMLA stuff: --------------------------------- THis is a summary of the federal FMLA law (if a state has a more generous law, the state would take precedence... sorry.. I can't bring to mind what state you're in at the moment). FMLA generally requires an employee to be working at their current employer for a year. FMLA is generally unpaid leave of to twelve (12) weeks, either all at once or intermittently - the benefit of it is job protection AND continuation of health insurance. If the employer chooses to provide paid leave for all or part of the time, or if there is vacation/sick time to use, or if there is short term disability insurance, then the time taken off for FMLA MAY be paid but it does not have to be. The FMLA only applies to employers that meet certain criteria. A covered employer is a: • Private-sector employer, with 50 or more employees in 20 or more workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year, including a joint employer or successor in interest to a covered employer; • Public agency, including a local, state, or Federal government agency, regardless of the number of employees it employs; or • Public or private elementary or secondary school, regardless of the number of employees it employs. ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES Only eligible employees are entitled to take FMLA leave. An eligible employee is one who: • Works for a covered employer; • Has worked for the employer for at least 12 months; • Has at least 1,250 hours of service for the employer during the 12 month period immediately preceding the leave*; and • Works at a location where the employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles ------------------- End of FMLA stuff------
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