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What CAN I Eat??

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I am finding eating a huge challenge right now. I am glad I finally have an appointment with a gastroenterologist (Monday) so I may be able to sort out what is wrong. Hiatal hernia, probably, ulcer maybe, and something wrong with my esophagus that has made swallowing anything a huge problem. Nights have been paroxysms of pain, waking me up with a jolt between 2 and 3 am, with no chance of falling back asleep.

I tried Nexium last weekend; the doctor told me it would take about 3 days to take effect. I was reluctant to take it because of some of the other effects it has on the digestive system, but tried it anyway. I hated it because it aggravated my tinnitus and left me with a few other discomforts. However, the pain go so bad this week, I decided to try it again so I might be able to get some sleep. No sleep, spring musical, testing, preparing to take 19 children camping for 3 days = very bad combination.

Years ago, when I was diagnosed with a nightshade allergy with autoimmune symptoms, I gave up tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and peppers. It was a necessary health decision, but it was very hard. So many of my comfort foods were tomato and potato based. Over the years, I have learned substitutions for recipes and, while I miss the nightshade family, I no longer crave them.

Now I have a whole new list of things I cannot eat including my favorite comfort food-chocolate, and my favorite comfort drink - coffee. So now I have a whole new list if restrictions; dairy, anything with fat, sugar (not that I eat a lot of it), tea, citrus, cranberries, coffee, tea, wine, and who knows what else might be triggering this pain. Meanwhile, I have paired my diet down to bare bones, eat tiny meals, and hope that somehow I am getting the vitamins and minerals I need from what seems to me to be a very unbalanced diet.

Right now, food is frustrating me.

On another note, I took the new plates I had ordered for my Honda (and not put on yet) to the DMV along with the title to my new car, thinking I could transfer the plates to my new car. Not so. I needed to sell the Honda before I can transfer the plates. Oops! Since my birthday is coming up in a few weeks, and my driver's license needed to be renewed, I went ahead and renewed my license. Once again, I passed my eye exam without my glasses, so I still don't have a glasses restriction on my license.

When I told Mike that I couldn't transfer the plates until I sold the Honda, he immediately posted it on Craigslist. We had 6 calls in 4 hours and the first people who came to look at it are bringing the money to pay for it tomorrow. I have another buyer, committed to paying full price, ready to buy it if the first buyer falls through.

I don't know why, but I fall in love with my cars. This Honda has been a wonderful car, taking me the 650 miles back and forth to take care of my parents for the last years of their lives. It is comfortable, gets fabulous gas mileage, and is peppy and fun to drive. I had not really planned to sell it yet, but it has a standard transmission and using the clutch was aggravating my hip and lower back. It was time for my first ever automatic car.

So, okay, I really like my new Fusion Hybrid... it has every gadget and techno toy my geeky little self could want, but it makes me sad to see my Accord go.

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    Out with the old, in with the new and oass on the love to your new car.

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MARY1313 5/8/2011 10:23AM

    wow I hope you get some relief Chris! not sleeping is another stress you don't need!


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OLDERDANDRT 5/7/2011 10:41PM

    I sure hope your gastroenterologist can get to the bottom of your troubles quickly and painlessly for you, dear friend!!
]I'm the same way about having to get rid of a car I've had awhile., but you'll be loving your Fusion just fine and someone else can love the older Honda.

Happy Mother's Day, dear! emoticon

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JSPEED4 5/7/2011 9:37PM

    Digestive problems often are caused by not enough hydrochloric acid or other enzymes.

An iridologist or health food store might help you faster and less invasively--no side-effects--than the MD's can.

Personally, I might go to MD's and get diagnosed, and then I always go to the herbologists to get some treatment.

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    Alot of challenges & changes going on! enjoy the new car. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2011 9:17PM

    Like you, I get emotionally attached to my cars and always sad to see them go! It feels disloyal somehow to replace them . . .

So sorry about your eating problems . . . I can only imagine the frustration, and the wondering "what's left" that you can eat comfortably to achieve even basic nutritional requirements. It must make eating in social situations very awkward as well . . . and eating is also supposed to be a pleasure, not just "fuel". All best in getting this sorted out with expert help and soon . . .

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SOPKAMANJU 5/7/2011 8:58PM

    emoticonour health is suffering.

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PAMMYLBEAR 5/7/2011 8:58PM

    Such a lot going on in your life! And the food restrictions sound, well, restrictive. Here's a prayer for you and yours. And for the upcoming camping weekend!

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Hectic Life, Wild Flowers, and Stella

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Well, my busy time of year is even busier since my aid who was also my musical director for my spring musicals, retired in the fall. I am realizing that being both the director and musical director is too much! I'm getting it done and hope using a lot of techniques I learned in voice lessons to help the children warm up, improve their projection, and pitch-match will be effective. My pianist is also no longer with us, as her son graduated last year. I decided to give a young musician a chance at getting a start with this kind of performance. I hope it works out; for him as well as for us. He is certainly a sweetie.

We have been busy making the costumes, sets, and props, as well as trying to block the play on our tiny stage at school. I'm talking TINY! The theater we use is 4 miles outside of town, so we only get to rehearse there the week of the musical. The musical (Aladdin) will be on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. Coming right up!

After THAT big push, we have our end of the year camping trip the following week. We'll have one day for shopping then three days of camping. I hope the weather is more like today than what April and the beginning of May have brought us so far. Camping with 19 children in rainy 40 degree weather is not pleasant. It's cold and wet. While everyone makes the best of it, it is still cold and wet.

Yesterday, I posted the blue bird pictures from my wild flower walk. Here's the flora:

The May apples are blooming.

Sweet woodruff growing in amongst the wild ginger.

I love the primitive looking wild ginger blooms.

I have been spreading jack-in-the-pulpit seeds through the woods and now there are colonies of them. They look like they are standing under little umbrellas... no wonder after all this rain!

And of course, here is Stella, my walking partner, sporting her new spring cut.

Felice Cinco de Mayo!

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    I thought you were going to take it a bit easier? Silly Chris.
Still, it like fun.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/6/2011 11:21AM

    Love your pics of the flora, esp. the Jack in the Pulpit's!!! So majestic looking! And your dear, dear Stella, the DIVA!!!!!! She is sooooo gorgeous!!!! Please tell her I love her new cut and that she sports it soooo well!!! Then get down on the floor and cuddle and romp with her for me, ok?!! Oh, my, she's such a love!
Have a great day! And I know you will finish up your school year activites with flying colors!!! Be well and have fun!!!

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MEOWSNEWPAGE 5/5/2011 10:52PM

    as long as you don't end up on America's Funniest video's I'm sure the play will be just fine.

I like jack in the pulpits but I thought they were tropical flowers and the only place I have ever seen them was Phipps Conservatory By Carnegie Mellon University in Pgh. Would have never guessed that they would grow wild in the woods.

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GOLIGHTLY344 5/5/2011 10:35PM

    One year my class did a shortened version of Sound of Music. We served the parents a berry crisp ( like dinner theater sorta) LOL. It was memorable! I had a father/parent who had directed community musical theater and an aide who could coach them in voice! What an incredible experience for everyone!

Kudos to you for giving the kids a wider view of themselves. Tremendous! emoticon

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MARY1313 5/5/2011 10:28PM

    wow I don't know which is prettier, the flowers or stella! ok its stella! LOL!

girl you gotta retire!!!!


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0309COOKIE 5/5/2011 10:08PM

    Stella looks so pretty!

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WATERMELLEN 5/5/2011 9:59PM

    I do not know how you do all you do: AND provide us with these glorious photos!! You are a giver!!

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DOR2BFIT 5/5/2011 9:19PM

    No musical director? No pianist? You're like a one-woman band!-You gotta have help!
Good to see Spring is finally here! emoticon

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BELLASMOM8 5/5/2011 8:55PM

    Love the pictures, thanks for sharing them.
Good luck with the musical!

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PUDLECRAZY 5/5/2011 8:54PM

    Lou, I make it a policy not to post pictures of the children unless their parents have put something on you tube, so unless parents put the pics up on a very public forum, there will be no pics of the kids. They are so excited about the production, and are really throwing themselves into it; I love it!

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IUHRYTR 5/5/2011 8:34PM

    I am amazed at your energy all these projects demand. Thanks for the pictures. Will there be ones of the kids in the play? -- Lou

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Blue Bird Update

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

A few weeks ago, I was checking the blue bird nest boxes and found these 5 perfect eggs in one of the boxes. You cannot tell how tiny they are in the photo, since I had my camera on the Macro setting. They are about the size of jelly beans.

Then last week, Mama Bluebird was on her nest, keeping her eggs warm. I shot a quick picture and then promised her I would not come near her nest again for at least a week. Maybe two. A couple of my friends teased me about making promises to a bird, but I'm as good for my word with my feathered friends as I am with the human sort. My bluebirds do trust me, so I like to make sure they can trust my integrity.

Today, bundled in a sweater, windbreaker, fleece hat, and knee high boots, I took Stella for a walk on an most un-May-like day. I was out in search of morels to gather, wildflowers to photograph, exercise, and a little harmony for my disgruntled when-will-I-ever-get-to-see-spring mood. On our way back through the meadow, I decided to check the nest box where I saw the blue bird nesting.

The babies are here!

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STARLASUE 5/5/2011 10:09AM

    Go bluebirds. Wishing them an uneventful 'childhood'.

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    AWW, how cute!

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HANNAHV 5/5/2011 3:05AM

    You are blessed! love it! carry on keeping your eye on the little ones emoticon

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NERYLX 5/5/2011 1:07AM

    Kind of gives you faith that spring has sprung after all! How exciting!!

I just can't believe that mouth!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/5/2011 12:13AM

    Wow, what a mouth!

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MARY1313 5/4/2011 10:30PM

    Awww they are all mouth, just like human babies LOL! So cute! thanks for sharing!


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MEOWSNEWPAGE 5/4/2011 10:05PM

    Woo Hoo! Some new chickadees !!
This looks like it is going to turn in to a series!!
They need to put some clothes on its chilly out tonight
And one of them looks very very hungry
Looks like two more to go
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WATERMELLEN 5/4/2011 9:37PM

    Of course you are a woman of your word, and that's for birds too by all means: they definitely know!

And no doubt the mama was sending you a little reciprocal psychic energy wave: now would be a good time to check!! Great picture!!

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0309COOKIE 5/4/2011 8:32PM

    Aaawww, isn't that just so sweet!

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IUHRYTR 5/4/2011 8:17PM

    Awww, so cute. Thanks for the updates. I enjoy watching their progress. -- Lou

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    This certainly is a treat. I just love bluebirds. I am totally clicking the like this button.

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Losing Friends

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

One thing about Spark People is that I get very fond of my Spark friends and care about them, even if I can't comment on everyone's page on a regular basis. But sometimes they just disappear. Ruth - haven't heard from her, Clevva - MIA... and the list goes on.

Today I was sad to read in my friend feed that SIRIRADHA had posted a blog saying she was leaving Spark. I tried to go to her blog, but everything, blog, page, and all were simply gone.

We may never have met, but we have shared a journey, our joys, frustrations, happiness, and grief. We ARE friends, and it is sad when our friends disappear.

I hope my friends who have moved on are doing well, not suffering, and not leaving because of thoughtless comments or a feeling of lack of support. I am wishing you well, and hoping you are finding health, comfort, joy, friendship, and a rich life.

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    It is good that she posted and gave notice of her departure. The friends who just leave cause us to worry about them when they stop showing up. This is a close community, and I cherish all my Spark Friends!

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BADASSBLONDIE 5/5/2011 12:08PM

    I'm someone who's introverted, pretty awkward in person, and do much better through online communications. For that reason, I value my online friends a LOT. I feel like they know me, rather than my awkward tendencies/mannerisms/etc... And spark has been a place I have met people who I have come to love and adore. I talk about people from here to my b/f, babbling on and on about you guys.

It's so hard to lose a friend. I'm so sorry. *hugs*

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OLDERDANDRT 5/5/2011 10:47AM

    I've lost a couple of friends that way,too and it is sad. We wish them well. AND we still have each other! emoticon emoticon

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EMRANA 5/5/2011 9:42AM

  I completely commiserate. I loved Siriradha's presence here too and I felt very sad when I read the HH post. I had two other friends just disappear recently as well. Three is hard to miss in the same week. I don't just collect friends, I follow and comment with all of them. I'm a very feelings oriented person so I connect.

I'm glad that Siriradha posted and let us know she is good. As you say, I always worry a bit for the ones who just leave. I don't know whether they are embarrassed because they slipped, or didn't have enough progress, or whatever. I am not a competitive person at all, but I know some are. This is such a lovely supportive place though. There's room for all of us to shine, and plenty of opportunity to ask for and give help.

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    So true, I miss some as well and also wish them well.

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TISHTOES 5/5/2011 2:12AM

    So many friends, and new ones too. Hopefully they leave for good reasons, jobs, family, travel. It is really sad when they die. Good grief, two in one week? Yikes!

It's amazing how much I think about the people here who I have never met. SparkPeople is truly a great place to hang out.



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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/5/2011 1:43AM

    I have had 2 dear Spark friends die in the same week,that was so heart wrenching.I did not know how much they really meant to me and when I read of there passing, I was crushed.I have moved on,but I really miss the both of them.I have had that others that just disappeared too! I guess it's just like life,things change and people come and go! emoticon

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RELAXYOURBACK 5/5/2011 12:36AM

    I feel the same! I saw the message in the friend feed and tried to read her blog with the same results. She is a lovely, lively, positive person and I'll miss her here.

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RAIN_SIS 5/4/2011 11:03PM

    SIRIRADHA posted a "leaving spark" message on the team Happy Hippies. I am glad she did because by the time I saw notice of her blog it was already gone.
I do wonder about other friends that depart. With Sirirada I am sure she was just too busy. She has a very full life! She had mentioned some time ago that she needed to dedicate less time to Spark - but then she continued to be very active. I suppose she finally had to just cut loose. To just do LESS seems not her style.
I will miss her.

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MARY1313 5/4/2011 10:34PM

    Oh this is something that I have grieved over myself. I am so open and free with my heart and my love that when I lose someone, it is very hurty. But then there are the ones like you that are still here and still spreading your love around.



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SUNNY332 5/4/2011 10:17PM

    This is the part that I find the hardest about Spark. A friend of mine just disappeared a year ago. Fortunately she recently came back and explained that she had an immediate family situation that required more of her so had to cut back. I understand but it is still difficult.

Hugs to you, my friend.


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WATERMELLEN 5/4/2011 9:40PM

    I do agree with you and all the comments from others: some lovely people that I'd felt I'd come to know just . . . disappeared. And maybe had very good reason: their choice anyhow. But as you say, it's hard not to worry and impossible not to miss them!!

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EVWINGS 5/4/2011 8:39PM

    I have had the same things happen even with some team leaders! I do hope you'll continue missing, but not to the point it discourages you.

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0309COOKIE 5/4/2011 8:38PM

    Were you friends with Willowinds? She used to write lots of touching stories everyday. She suddenly disappeared one day. I know what you mean. You hope that the person is doing okay in their life.

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    I am glad you put this in writing, it has happened to me also. I sometimes wonder if they are still among us with a fresh clean slate and a new profile. It makes me feel better to think that anyway.

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PUDLECRAZY 5/4/2011 7:45PM

    Don't worry about me giving up my journey because friends have left. But it is a loss indeed, when they go. And I worry about them.

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IUHRYTR 5/4/2011 7:29PM

    From time to time I send a goodie to people on my friends list I haven't heard from in a while but rarely get a reply. Their page is still up but as you say, they disappear. As I looked at a long list of blog notices in my email (I fell behind reading them), I could picture each person and bring to mind their name and other facts about them, as we would for friends we have met in real time. For them to leave or stop responding is indeed disappointing. emoticon -- Lou

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BELLE0308 5/4/2011 7:24PM

    I hear you. I have only been here for 4 months and I have already seen some friends disappear. It is hard to see happening, but I just hope that some day they will come back or hopefully find some peace. I have not had anyone attack me or say mean things to me on here, but I have heard of such a thing. Everyone has a bad day here and there.

Good blog!!!

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MEOWSNEWPAGE 5/4/2011 7:06PM

    It is sad when friends leave for what ever reason. what is really good is sometimes they come back once life settles down.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/4/2011 6:07PM

    Oh no -- dear SIRIRADHA??? I'm soooooooooo sad too!!! And you have no idea why??? It IS very sad when friends leave, even if it's for a sound reason.

Speaking of comings and goings...how is your dear brother doing at this point???

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SLUDERCATS 5/4/2011 6:05PM

    You are right...it is very hard when you open yourself up to someone and you turn your back and they are gone. I feel for you. But always remember that there are plenty more friends here to encourage you and support you. Don't give up your journey just because others have given up there's. Keep looking up....

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I had my first acupuncture treatment yesterday. It was not an unpleasant experience, in fact, I really enjoyed my acupuncturist. We have a lot in common and enjoyed each other's company over the course of my treatment.

Acupuncture has never scared me; it has always seemed like an interesting and possibly very effective alternative to surgery and medication. But, it has been hard to find an acupuncturist in Ohio until recently. I know people don't like the idea of having 'needles' in them, but honestly there was only a slight prick on the way in, then I hardly noticed they were there. The best thing was the mineral heat lamp which first warmed my feet, then my back once the acupuncture needles were in place. In this cold wet spring we have been having, it was like basking in the sun.

It takes more than one session to really get the full benefit, but when I went to the chiropractor today, he found very little to adjust - a first in months!

My homework - drink lots of water, eat lots of fresh greens, and meditate. Oh, yes, I can live with that... perfect.

Next acupuncture - next week.

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IUHRYTR 5/4/2011 7:25PM

    Acupuncture along with traction, electro-stimulus and heat treatments worked wonders on my back years ago after a car crash. I'd like to try it again but insurance doesn't cover it and the costs here are so high. But I am a fan of it, like you are and encourage people to try it if they can and if they need it. Glad you're feeling better. -- Lou

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    I've had very positive results from acupuncture. Combining acupuncture with chiropractic is a wise choice. Now that spring weather has finally arrived and you can get out and experience nature, you will feel so much better!

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BADASSBLONDIE 5/4/2011 10:55AM

    I'm so glad you found something that you enjoy! Acupuncture is pretty cool - coming from a medical standpoint I want to look into it so much more! It seems so intriguing and awesome! :D

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    I am awaiting good news on this. I've heard so much yet few come forward to say how well. Recently one of my staff had it for a thumb problem. He swears by it.

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MARY1313 5/3/2011 11:54PM

    I have heard really good things about acupuncture. Also, there are good reports when they do it on animals, especially the doxies who have really bad backs because they are so long and short. It has helped with animals so much so that my Vet recommends it before he recommends pain meds. that is GREAT!

Glad you are feeling better Teacher Lady!


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WATERMELLEN 5/3/2011 10:45PM

    I am glad to learn about this through you: thanks! Wishing you pain relief and positive wellness . . .

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MEOWSNEWPAGE 5/3/2011 10:40PM

I baked cookies to get out of one booster shot !
I don't want to be a porcupine!!!

oh I hope it works for you quickly
you are waaaaayyy braver than me

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VALERIEMAHA 5/3/2011 10:19PM

    I will be interested in following your progress with acupuncture. Good start, though! It is said to be especially useful for some conditions and not so much for others...and that was exactly my experience with it too.

Keep us posted.

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