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  1. My mom did the miralax w/gatorade plus dulcolax pills protocol. I think she did some with gatorade and some with something like crystal light (some kind of no-calorie flavored drops you add to water). Well, technically her doctor/nurses wanted her to do the dreaded trylite and only offered suprep as an alternative (which apparently is just as bad but you drink less of it?). But by this point in life my mom knew the miralax plus dulcolax protocol existed and is widely used across the country apparently (just not by the major health system my mom's doctors are a part of). She found out about the miralax protocol because one brother in Utah had a colonoscopy and that's the protocol they gave him to follow. Then her other brother had a colonoscopy (he lives about an hour south of us in the midwest) and he was given a similar protocol. Anyways, she loved the miralax and dulcolax thing with gatorade and flavored water (can't use certain colors of course), as much as one can love such things. Now she no longer dreads prepping for bowel stuff. Incidentally, perhaps because she waited an extremely long time between colonoscopies because she didn't want to do the trilyte thing again, she ended up having to have a colon resection to remove a large polyp located in a tricky spot. 2 nights in the hospital. Fun times. The only polyp they found, but he had to come out. (Totally benign so no worries on that front.) Oh, but my point is, she told the colorectal surgeon (also part of the same major health system) that she will not do trylite or suprep and will only do miralax/dulcolax and wouldn't you know it, he was able to have his staff quickly print out a miralax/dulcolax protocol for her to follow to prep for her surgery and said it was no problem and she can always follow it going foward if she wants. Why the nurses in the gastroenterologist's office refused to offer this as an option to her prior to her colonscopy a few weeks prior (forcing her to go rogue and follow my uncle's doctor's protocol), I don't know. And yes, my mom did call the nurses well in advance of the colonoscopy and asked but they would only offer an Rx for suprep as an alternative to trilyte. So my mom went rogue, followed one of the uncles' doctor's protocols. But she did not lie. They asked her just prior to the colonoscopy beginning about when she had last eaten and what she had taken and she told them, "I did the miralax/dulcolax thing," and they seemed okay with this and the colonoscopy went well and there were no issues as far as her colon not being cleared out.
  2. We've had 2 HE front loaders. Our first one (Kenmore) finally died after over a decade. Now we have an LG front loader. I love front loaders so much more than top loaders, even though some of the cycles are ridiculously long (especially when you add one or two extra rinses on, and at least one extra rinse is a must). The new one does have a turbo wash option you can add to some of the cycles to make them shorter which helps and IMO is superior to the single quick wash cycle on the old machine (the new one utilizes specially placed water jets and such). I feel my clothes get cleaner and less beat up in general by our front loaders vs. the old school top loaders we had in the past. I love the delicate and hand wash cycles more than their equivalent in an old school top loader (can't speak to HE top loaders since I've never used one). Also, clothes/towels seem to spin out more dry during the spin cycle so then need less time in the dryer or hanging up to dry. And if our laundry tub drain clogs with lint,* it never overflows during a front loader wash cycle because so little water is used, it doesn't even come close to overflowing the laundry tub that the water ejects into. We had several instances with our old top loaders where the drain would become accidentally obstructed and then the ejected laundry water would fill up the laundry set tub and overflow and flood the laundry room. We've never had a smell/mold issue with our front loaders and our laundry machine and dryer are in the basement (though we do usually run dehumidifiers in the basement to keep the humidity somewhat at bay). We just alway leave the washer door open a little bit whenever it's not in use and try to do a quick wipe down of the inside of the glass door and the rubber seal with a dry rag after finishing with laundry for the day. (I admit we sometimes skip the rubber seal wipe down entirely or do it half-heartedly.) With the Kenmore front loader, on a weekly basis we were doing steam sanitize cycles on things like rags used for house cleaning tasks or on things with gross stains. Those steam sanitize cycles may have helped. I think at most we maybe did 2-3 official cleaning cycles per year with bleach during our first front loader''s 10+ year life. We do some steam cycles on the new machine, which again maybe helps. I'm so obsessed and in love with our new LG front loader, that I'm actually religiously running the tub clean cycle on the first of every month (the only way I can remember). I could use bleach (but again, I'm in love) so I actually splurged on some affresh tablets when target had one of those buy this many/much, get a gift card promotions. Personally, I'm not sure the affresh tablets are doing anything all that special so I may not continue with them once I run out. I've never noticed a need to run the tub clean cycle but since it's there, I use it prophylactically just in case because I'm aware there's some segment of the population that apparently has a mold/funky smell issue with their front loaders. But with our washer being in a midwestern basement, and as lazy as we are about thoroughly wiping down the seal (which btw, only takes about 5-10 seconds), it's hard (for me) to believe it's truly that common if we haven't developed an issue by now. *We have a pantyhose solution to catch lint but sometimes things still go awry and the drain gets blocked.
  3. Another example, I'm pro-choice to the point that I think I sometimes make other pro-choice people uncomfortable with my extreme opinions about how far along in pregnancy women should be allowed to terminate for any reason. But there are some genuine* pro-life/anti-choice people that I can understand their opinions and not necessarily think they are a monster for thinking I should be forced to have a baby grow inside me for 9 months even if it was implanted there against my will or would put my own life at risk. It's trickier when it comes to legislation, legal repercussions, government funding, etc. around abortion (and euthanasia/right to die). But IMO discussions around abortion (and euthanasia/right to die) are big and complex enough for lots of viewpoints and opinions. *I distinguish between genuine and disingenuous pro-life/anti-choice stances. I'm not going to get into that distinction here.
  4. It is so much more complicated than the sky color. And perhaps because it is so complicated, I have read all the opinions and reasoning behind each opinion expressed in this thread and they all make sense to me, even if I tend to agree with some opinions more than others. I don't even have my own fully formed opinion yet on what happened because there are so many issues to consider and not quite enough information about the particulars.
  5. Please don't feel bad or at fault somehow for expressing your opinion. People can respectfully disagree or have differing opinions on something and this is not necessarily evidence that one person is "bad" or "wrong" for having a differing opinion. There are a some black/white, zero sum things like "the sky is blue" (to the human eye) and humans requiring oxygen to live. (Or at least those are 2 examples I think most people would agree on but even then, if you see the sky as "red" or want to call it azure, IMO it doesn't make you a bad person for expressing this.) ETA: Personally, I am finding all of the opinions expressed in this thread and the discussion very interesting and well thought out, and have been following it.
  6. This description gave me disturbing visuals, but also laughs. 😄
  7. This was an interesting thread with a few people's experiences: To quote myself in full: All I could find via some quick google searches: WHO guidelines: Accept Individuals with anxiety disorders or mood (affective) disorders (e.g. depression, bipolar disorder), provided they are generally in good health and are not obviously over-anxious, depressed or manic when seen on the day of donation, regardless of medication Defer permanently Individuals with psychotic disorders requiring maintenance treatment http://www.who.int/bloodsafety/publications/WHOguidelinesblooddonorselectionAnnex3.pdf https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK138205/ Interesting federal case against a blood plasma center in Utah (though this deals with selling plasma vs donating blood): "As part of Octapharma’s donor eligibility determination, Mr. Levorsen 1 was required to undergo a physical examination during which he revealed that he was taking the medication Geodon for borderline schizophrenia disorder.... "Based upon Mr. Levorsen’s disclosure, Octapharma informed him that he would be unable to donate source plasma. The basis for refusal was Octapharma’s assertion that during the donation process Mr. Levorsen might have a schizophrenic episode and “pull the needle collecting blood out of his arm and hurt him-self and/or others.” (doc. 1, ¶16). As a result, Octapharma placed Mr. Levorsen’s name on the “National Donor Deferral Registry” (“NDDR”) thereby marking him as an individual unfit to donate and ensuring his inability to donate plasma at any donation center in the nation. "On May 23, 2013, Mr. Levorsen provided Octapharma with paperwork from his treating psychiatrist, Dr. Benjamin Thatcher, and from psychiatrist Dr. Christopher Davis. Both doctors agreed that Mr. Levorsen was “medically suitable” to donate plasma two times per week (doc. 1, ¶19). However, despite the psychiatrists’ clearance, Octapharma informed Mr. Levorsen that because of his borderline schizophrenia disorder he would remain on the NDDR. As a result of Octapharma’s actions, Mr. Levorsen remains unable to donate source plasma and has been deprived of the $260.00 monthly income that his plasma donations previously provided (doc.1, ¶21). On April 30, 2014, Mr. Levorsen filed his complaint against Octapharma alleging a variety of claims based on violations of Title III of the ADA and seeking both declaratory and injunctive relief (doc.1, ¶21)." .... "Based hereon, the court concludes that Octapharma, a plasma donation center, does not qualify as a place of public accommodation as contemplated under the ADA and therefore Octapharma is not subject to 42 U.S.C. § 12182. Accordingly, Octapharma’s Motion To Dismiss is hereby GRANTED (doc. 10)." https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-utd-2_14-cv-00325/pdf/USCOURTS-utd-2_14-cv-00325-1.pdf They appealed and the case was remanded: "The district court concluded that plasma-donation centers (PDCs) aren’t service establishments because, unlike section 12181(7)(F)’s enumerated examples, PDCs don’t provide a service to the public in exchange for a fee. The Tenth Circuit found this "superficial distinction" irrelevant. Under the plain language of section 12181(7)(F), a PDC was a "'service establishment' for two exceedingly simple reasons: It’s an establishment. And it provides a service." Because the district court erred in concluding otherwise, and in dismissing the underlying action on that basis, the Tenth Circuit reversed and remanded for further proceedings." https://us10thcircuitcourtofappealsopinions.justia.com/2016/07/12/levorsen-v-octapharma-plasma/ (Very) short article about the case: https://www.courthousenews.com/schizophrenic-man-has-case-over-donation-ban/ https://www.reuters.com/article/octapharma-plasma-ada/plasma-donor-rejected-for-schizophrenia-can-sue-under-ada-10th-circuit-idUSL1N19Z0BF
  8. aquarian


    I have a free account with credit karma (for other reasons) and they seem to always be emailing me about my info being in yet another data breach. And then when I go to that section on credit karma, they tell me what the breach is (sometimes it's specific to a particular website I'm a member of but lately it's just part of a "combo list"). And then they list all my passwords that have been compromised. Kind of freaky that my passwords are all floating around somewhere for people to buy apparently. I've never gotten a spam email like what you describe though. Although, I never even click on or open spam emails so it's possible I could have gotten one and deleted it without ever opening it. I just read the title of the email, can tell it's spam and delete away. Keep in mind, I know nothing about computers and all this kind of stuff.
  9. I'm so happy for you! (Not happy that you're officially "disabled" of course, but that the process went smoothly for you.) 🙂
  10. ETA: Thank you for fixing! I no longer have the issue I describe below! When I click on unread content, it pulls up a line item for each new comment made in a thread vs. just the latest comment made in an updated thread. I prefer the latter, which is the way it used to be. I am happy the "Load more activity" button now appears to be working again though! Thanks much! Here's what I'm talking about regarding the unread content search results:
  11. My cat goes nuts when we bring home rotisserie chicken from Sam's Club or Costco (I'm vegetarian but my mom is not). We can't turn our backs for a second. My mom once put the rotisserie chicken on the island, took the lid off, turned around to rinse the lid at the sink directly across the island, and when she turned back moments later she discovered he had jumped up in stealth mode onto the island and was starting to get at it. (He's 14 years old but still quite spry and goes into stealth mode when he wants to inspect the kitchen counters for food. Our prior cat was overweight and quite clunky and had no stealth mode for jumping on anything. You could hear him landing up or down from a mile away, if he could even be bothered to jump up on anything higher than a couch or bed.) I thought on Thanksgiving our current rotisserie chicken-loving cat would go nuts around the turkey but he didn't really. Fried chicken he's definitely interested in but doesn't go nuts meowing nonstop and not letting the chicken out of his line of sight like he does with the rotisserie chicken. (Sadly, he's not allowed to eat any chicken because he has a sensitive stomach and might be a little allergic to chicken in general.) We think maybe his previous owner must have eaten a lot of rotisserie chicken and fed it to him or something. (We only adopted him a couple years ago and he had two prior owners before us.)
  12. To sort of tack on to what Iguana/Gearhead asked, what if "history of tomorrow" were used in a poem or as the title of a poem (and I'm not talking "vogon poetry"* here--though I'm hesitant to get into a discussion of what counts as the good, the bad, and the struggling in poetry or what even constitutes a poem**)? I don't consider poetry to be an abuse of language (even though it does take some liberties, I think it makes quite interesting use of language and can even improve our understanding), and I can think of a "history of tomorrow" definitely being possible and true in a poem, in the right context of course (but again, not just spewed vogon stuff, no offense to vogon poets everywhere). Basically what I'm asking is: can writers of poems and poets get a special dispensation from being said to look like idiots and from being accused of committing crimes against language? (I know you in no way called out writers of poems or poetry in general, and yet I'm feeling a little defensive/sensitive on behalf of poem writers everywhere, some of whom may be "abusing" language quite skillfully and making a lot of sense in the process, in many senses of the word sense.) Or do you exclude all poets (and fiction writers for that matter) from the academic ranks entirely? (In that case, oh dear.) *I first heard of vogon poetry here at crazyboards and that (plus the first couple of google search results) constitutes most of my limited understanding of it. **Regarding what counts as truly bad poetry, I tend to adhere to the supreme court's test for what constitutes hardcore porn--I know it when I see [read] it. But often some "bad", or less than great, or struggling poems have glimmers of "good" stuff that can be worked with and built upon. And if there weren't bad poems in existence, there probably wouldn't be many good ones either because everyone has to start somewhere (and though I don't write all that well now, I can certainly admit to writing some really (in hindsight) embarassingly bad stuff in the past. Come to think of it, I still write some things that I'd never let anyone see unless I was in a safe workshop environment, and maybe not even then). I can further make the case for badly written poems by pointing out that the writing of "bad" poetry is still an expression of self and trying to express oneself is usually a good thing, especially if it also serves as catharthis or as a form of reaching out to other people or even just as a way to try to make sense of oneself or of something that's happened or of life itself, the universe, etc. etc. (humans being the meaning-making creatures we seem to be--well, that's one takeaway from my liberal arts type degree). I could go on in defense of bad poetry, but I think I've now quelled my feelings of guilt for calling/labeling some poetry "bad" in the first place.
  13. aquarian


    Really good acting by Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, though I suppose they've been good in everything I've seen them in. (If we're referring to the same show...think it had a few seasons.)
  14. So at the end of my pdoc appointment today (after deciding to up the buspar to 3x/day instead of 2x/day and possibly take more valium as needed due to the fact that I'm still unable to drive alone for more that 10-12 minute roundtrips due to panic and anxiety, etc.*), I asked if there was anything new out. And so she mentions this Cervella device is coming out that may help with anxiety/depression, is FDA approved and requires an Rx, but it's also expensive (almost $700) and she doesn't know that much about it yet. I'm definitely skeptical that it will turn out to be just a piece of (expensive) junk so I'm not planning to get one (unless I hear a ton of patient success stories from her or people here), but does anyone know if the trials it went through were actually legit? Has anyone else's doctor mentioned it? She did not push it on me at all by the way. It just came up randomly at the close of our session because I asked if there was anything "new" out. *In addition to medication, I also see a tdoc once a week and have tried two workbooks for anxiety & panic** that I admittedly need to revisit and do more worksheets from on a consistent basis. I try to drive once a day either by myself or with my mom in the car so I am working at this (I started out only being able to make it to the end of my street with my mom in the passenger seat). I just have hit sort of a wall and at some point I really hope to be able to drive and run my own errands again and not go into panic mode if my mom takes a vacation and leave me home alone. The panicking while showering/driving/being home alone for more than a couple days all started around the middle of last year due to several minor life stressors. **These are the two workbooks I've made my way most of the way through (I've read them both but only have done some of the worksheets from each one....the 1st workbook got overwhelming with the amount of worksheets it wanted me to do so after doing several of those, I think I eventually switched to the worksheets in the 2nd book): The Anxiety and Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution by David A. Clark Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Workbook (Treatments That Work) 4th Edition
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