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My Son's In The Hospital With The Stomach Bug...

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Last night my 24 year old son had to go to the emergency room due to the bad stomach bug that is going around. He got to the emergency room (with his girlfriend) at 7 pm. He had chest pains along with the nausea. He waited until 4 AM to get a bed in the ER! They found fluid around his heart and that his kidneys weren't working properly...all from the virus!

Last night I thought he went, got fluids and went home. I was surprised when his girlfriend texted me at 7 this morning! So we have both been here all day. His blood pressure is real low - 91/47. The good news is he got a lecture from the Dr. He is 5'8 and weighs 115 pounds - his bmi is 17!! He has always been on the small side but he is way too skinny. We have been getting on him about his weight - he always gets mad at us. Hopefully he will start eating more now. He is going to get a physical next!!

So, I have been here all day. I had a really nice salad, broccoli, white beans, pink grapefruit for lunch and hummus for snack. I had cottage cheese and a peanut butter nutrisystem bar (I always keep one in my pocketbook in case) for dinner. And I am drinking lots of water.

My bff's sister works in the ER tonight - she is going to come check on him for me. I am going to go home later tonight when his girlfriend gets back. I told him to take her out to a real nice restaurant when this is done!!

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5BADDOGS 5/10/2014 8:36AM

    Thoughts and prayers for a swift recovery. I didn't know such a devastating version of the flu was going around. YIKES! Glad to know he's getting good care.

Happy Mothers Day to you. Stay well... One week until your big race!

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ROXYZMOM 5/9/2014 10:09PM

    Little did I know at the time - - this was anorexia/bulemia and the beginning of the worst year of our lives!!

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INFLATED 2/10/2013 7:09PM

    I sure hope he gets well soon. My son is very thin too. He eats, but it is junk food. He skips meals, drinks too much caffeine and is a smoker. I am glad this was caught in time before there was any permanent damage to your son's heart and kidneys.

Good for you for not eating emotionally. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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KAREN_NY 2/8/2013 10:04PM

    Hang in there, Mama Bear. Worrying is so hard... and trying not to worry is even harder! I hope he is well and on the sunny side of this soon!

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OPTIMIST1948 2/7/2013 7:58PM

    Sounds like things are on the upswing and (just as important) even tho you were stressed, you made health food choices. Well done.

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NEWKATHYNOW 2/6/2013 10:13PM

    That's scary stuff! Glad to hear he's in the hospital and not trying to take care of something so serious at home. Will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. Hope he's better quick! emoticon

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CHERRY666 2/6/2013 10:54AM

    Scary! Good thing he went to the hospital and found out about the fluid around his heart. Now he can do something about it. I hope he recovers quickly. (Take care of yourself, too!)

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CHEMCHIC2006 2/6/2013 10:34AM

    Wow that's rough.. hope he's better soon!!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/6/2013 1:56AM

    Wow...some of these viruses/flus are incredible these days. Glad he went to hospital considering the virus is affecting his heart and kidneys. He seems to be where he needs to be right now. Hope is getting good care from the docs there and recovers quickly.

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SHAMROCKY2K 2/5/2013 10:55PM

    Thank goodness he thought to get to the hospital for it. I had read in the health news in sparkpeople about a bad stomach bug going around. Make sure to keep yourself healthy.

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JAXMOMMY 2/5/2013 10:36PM

    Oh my and oh my!! He is a skinny dude! No wonder he ended up in the ER with a tummy bug! It has been going around here too. I hope he is soon on the mend and home and eating and keeping it all in! I'm glad he will be getting a physical too. Good for you staying on track in extraordinary circumstances and under stress! Sending healing vibes his way!

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SABLENESS 2/5/2013 9:07PM

    Prayers for your son's recovery, both from stomach bug and from weighing too little. Getting a nutrionist in sounds like a good idea while he's a captive audience. emoticonGet some rest. emoticon

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EDENZMOM 2/5/2013 9:02PM

    what a terrible ordeal! I hope that he gets better fast. Maybe you can get a nutritionist to come visit him in the hospital and spell out what kind of meals he needs to be eating or focusing on,
ehhh... terrible about the stomach bug. This is quite the epidemic :(
big strength and positive energy towards you and your family!

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PMRUNNER 2/5/2013 7:56PM

    Hope he gets better soon!

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BOILHAM 2/5/2013 7:30PM

    Hope your sone if feeling better very soon.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/5/2013 7:05PM

    Hoping for a quick recovery for your son.

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FITFOODIE806 2/5/2013 6:26PM

    Positive healing thoughts for your son. And a hug for the mom!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/5/2013 6:20PM

    Wow, you've had a tough week! Glad to hear that you son is doing better.

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The Silver Lining...

Monday, February 04, 2013

I went to the best orthopedic Sports Doctor in Delaware this morning to review the MRI and X-ray results. What an awesome visit!

Well, first off - no surgery needed! Yayyyy!

He did say that the big fall I took in late August is why my knee is injured. I damaged cartlidge. My skin is still healing from it - I will never look at an acorn the same way again!

Anyway, it was a pretty interesting conversation. He asked which running club I was in and who I was working with (running). I told him I was on my own and he looked shocked. I told him how I was training for the halves. He told me 3 HMs in four months was too much since I just started running two years ago and I am older - I didn't mention all the 5ks!!

Anyway, he met it sincerely and knows "knees". So, he is sending me to a PT who apparently is a top marathon runner. I am going to see him twice a week for a month - it will be like having my own running coach - I am going to soak up as much training info as I possibly can!!

I asked if I should be doing quad work. The Dr said the PT guy has to figure out if there is weakness first. He said if there is, it won't help. I am also supposed to rub Arnica gel on my knee a couple times a day. And, after a month I go back - if it's not better I get a shot twice a year.

The real good news is I will be able to keep running. He did tell me running down hill will not be good for me. I train on hills all the time, but I will modify my map so I can keep running. I didn't dare tell him I am signed up for a HM in May!!

So, the silver lining...I will be running again and I get the attention of a running coach/PT for the next month :)

All is good!

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KAREN_NY 2/5/2013 10:33AM

    An acorn might be potentially mighty & all, but you're getting the last laugh with very good news indeed! Yay!!

I wonder if the PT/marathoner would agree with the Dr. assessment that you're running too much for your experience/age. I'm always skeptical when people say that, but better to be smart than sorry.

Cheers to your next run!

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CHEMCHIC2006 2/5/2013 8:13AM

    That's great news! I went to see a Dr about my knee and after two brief encounters, an xray and an MRI (both of which were normal), all he could tell me was he thinks it's my knee cap.. and that it's commen in females (because when you hit puberty, the hips widen and that messes with the tracking of the knees. Never mind that I've run 3 HMs, a 10 miler, a number of 5Ks and trained up to 20 miles for a full without knee pain.. that and I hit puberty like, 18 years ago.) He prescribed me a brace, but by the end of my 6 miler last weekend.. I was feeling the pain pretty bad again. Ugh.. maybe I need to seek another opinion.. at least you can work with a PT to rehab it. Good luck!!

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INFLATED 2/5/2013 5:32AM

    You are addicted. I still remember how much I liked to run, but it has been years since I did. Please listen to your doctor and physical therapist!

Gravel can do the same thing the acorn did.

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SCAREWALDORF 2/5/2013 3:27AM

    Dude, you have fallen on your feet with the P.T! Good luck in recovery. x

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SABLENESS 2/4/2013 9:12PM

    Awesome! Sounds like a really productive visit! TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF!

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NEWKATHYNOW 2/4/2013 8:07PM

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JAXMOMMY 2/4/2013 7:06PM

    Whew! No surgery! What great news and you can keep running!! Plus, the full attention of a PT with marathon experience! Lucky you! Acorns, who woulda thunk? Remember to follow doctor's and PT's orders! I'm glad you will not have to go under the knife and especially you won't have to give up your passion!

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    Sounds like you had an excellent visit! I love how you just kept certain things from him. Doctors are very informative, but I do think your new PT will be awesome and help you make the perfect choices for you. You do want to keep that knee in tip-top shape.

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JANIGURL 2/4/2013 5:31PM

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MJREIMERS 2/4/2013 5:30PM

    emoticon news for you! I personally can't do a lot of running as it kills my knees. It sounds like you will have the "training" you need to avoid injury and learn some "running skills" that may help when you are running. I'm glad the news is good!

Good luck, but don't overdo it! Listen to your Dr. and the P.T.! Watch out for those acorns! emoticon

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MRI Results Are In...

Friday, February 01, 2013

I have "chondromalacia patella". My Doctor said this isn't an "ideal" thing to have - he was hoping it was tendonitis. He said it is what Chase Utley (Phillies) has and it can take a long time to heal. I looked it up - it's common with running.

He is sending me to a Sports Orthopaedic Dr - I have an appointment Monday morning. He is the best one in Delaware - must have had a cancellation!

So, I may get a shot, have to do PT or both.

Thank you so much for all your concern - you are all so sweet!

In the meantime, I will be cheering for the RAVENS!! Go Joe Flacco!! (football trivia: Joe Flacco was the quarterback for Univ of Delaware - my alma mater)

Have a great weekend!

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INFLATED 2/5/2013 5:25AM

    Well, now you know and I know. I didn't read the titles of your blogs before posting.

Listen to what you are told. I know you will work hard, but don't overwork yourself.

The Ravens won!

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EDENZMOM 2/4/2013 4:10PM

    You will be fine, i'm sure. did they tell you to stay off of it in the meantime?

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BOILHAM 2/4/2013 9:12AM

    Ouch. Barney and Bitsie are hoping you recover quickly.

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FITFOODIE806 2/2/2013 7:36AM

    I'm glad you're getting some answers and care. Hope healing is quick. Ad I hope your. Team wins :)

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SCAREWALDORF 2/2/2013 2:26AM

    At least you're getting treatment asap. Take care of yourself!

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KRISZTA11 2/2/2013 2:21AM

    I''s great you got the MRI and the appointment so quickly, and now you can start healing. PT makes wonders...


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NEWKATHYNOW 2/1/2013 9:06PM

    So sorry to hear about your knee but you sure got lucky getting that appointment so soon! Where is he, at Christiana? A lot of the people from our church go there because it's so close and such a good hospital. Hope you get good news and you get well really fast!

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KAREN_NY 2/1/2013 8:39PM

    It's nice that at least those are surgery-free options. Your PT might also be able to offer some exercises (maybe pool running? i dunno) that will make your move back to running easier later.

Hang in there!

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(Note that in the absence of a bandaid emoticon, I went with the pirate!)

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JAXMOMMY 2/1/2013 8:15PM

    Oh! Sorry! Follow MD's orders so you don't end up not being able to run at all! When I had to do PT they worked me hard and I counted it as ST! Glad you got in to see a good doc and so soon! Yay you! Guess I'll cheer on the Ravens too even though I am not a real fan of either team! Take it easy. check out your local Y for water exercise... My ortho doc was totally for it when I broke my leg so badly and he was impressed at how much muscle tone I maintained as a result. Wishing you well & Go Ravens!!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/1/2013 7:38PM

    emoticon to hear this. Sounds like you'll need a good dose of patience on this one. Be careful not to push yourself too quickly. You want to preserve those knees for future HM.
emoticon on getting the specialist appointment so quickly and the best. All the best in your recovery.

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TOPS-TORTOISE 2/1/2013 7:20PM

    Sounds like it's going to take some time for your knee to heal. Be patient and take good care of yourself. Hope you get better soon.


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How I Stay On Track When I Dine Out At A Restaurant...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A couple SparkBuddies remarked about my self discipline on not eating dressing and only eating 1/4 of a dry breadstick on my last blog.

This is how it works for me...

Plan A: If I know where we are eating ahead of time, I look up their menu ahead of time and then figure out the low calorie options (and also something I would like). If it is a big chain restaurant, it's extra easy because they have the calories listed too.
I pick the meal before I go out and add it to my SparkPeople app in my iPhone.

Plan B: If I don't know where we are going until we get there, I pull out my app and compare meal calories and then decide. If I am at a big chain restaurant, I use my iPhone to go online to their site and compare then enter it in my Sparktracker. Warning: this can prove to be quite annoying to other people at my table who don't want to know!!

Most important: I keep my tracker out on the table next to me. Anything else I decide to eat gets added before I eat or drink it. This holds me accountable, especially when out with friends socializing!! If I decide I want a dry breadstick, I check it's calories in the tracker first and look at my total eaten so far. That's why it is so easy for me to stop and eat 1/4 of one! The same goes for salad dressing. I find that salads served at restaurants don't need dressing. They are usually mixed with fresh, tasty vegetables or seafood. I don't want to lose that taste!

Hope this helps!!

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NEWKATHYNOW 2/4/2013 8:10PM

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JAXMOMMY 1/30/2013 7:06PM

    Awesome! But, if it tastes good I will eat it. I do manage to only dip my fork in dressings I really like and eat msot salads plain, but a few bites with forked dressing. I know I am not as disciplined as you! Congrats!

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SABLENESS 1/29/2013 9:04PM

    Good ideas! I ask myself do I really want that on my tracker?

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/29/2013 4:57PM

    Thanks for sharing how you do it. So happy for you have been able to learnn what you need to do to be successful when you go out. Well done.

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KIMPY225 1/29/2013 2:08PM

    I do this same thing! I try to figure out what I am getting before I go there. If I can't decide, I keep my phone out too! I get frustrated when I can't find something similar to what I am eating on the tracker!

keep up the great work!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 1/29/2013 11:49AM

    That's why I love my smart phone, and that's usually what keeps me on track as well.

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EDENZMOM 1/29/2013 11:20AM

    thanks for the info!! great to know...
I try to do the same, but I end up scoffing... and then just holding myself accountable to work off the extra calories... funny how my weight is stagnant.. haha

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KAREN_NY 1/29/2013 9:39AM

    I completely agree about salad dressing. I use so little of it now, because throwing other flavors in -- especially with at least one moist ingredient -- usually makes it unnecessary.

(Having said that, my stepdaughter gave me a fantastically light blush wine vinagrette that is fantastic, and a very little on some baby spinach is quick & awesome. :) )

Another great resource for restaurant menu nutrition info:
(It also provides weight watchers point values for people who track them.)


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SADWHITEWOLF 1/29/2013 8:52AM

    If only I could afford a smart phone, the proper tech makes these things easier.
However looking it up ahead of time where possible really does help.

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STODD251 1/29/2013 8:19AM

    This is one of the reasons I am strongly considering getting a smart phone.

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JENAE954 1/29/2013 7:25AM

  Eating out can be a challenge.
I usually go on line to check out the menu ahead of time.
Have been known to call the restaurant and ask if they have steamed veggies and dry grilled proteins and even salads.
That way I have made up my mind before going out to eat.
Another thing that helps me is I don't even open the menu.
No temptations there.

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MAGGIE101857 1/29/2013 6:59AM

    It's so great when you can find the calorie counts on-line - it does help you make better choices. Sometimes it's frightening how many calories are in a seemingly healthy meal emoticon

I did the same on a recent brunch to Egg Harbor Cafe and to my dismay, found that their menu options were so calorie heavy that I probably will never go there again. I had a small cup of soup and a salad...I can think of much better ways to enjoy lunch out with a friend! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 1/29/2013 6:40AM

  I make sure I drink a fairly decent amount of water about 30 minutes before I eat, if at a restaurant etc. It really does cut down on the hunger feeling and tricks your mind into feeling fuller, so you eat less.

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I Can Breathe!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Finally!! I am feeling better!!

My allergies and sinus infection are clearing. I am getting my energy back too!

Saturday I took my son's girlfriend's five year old daughter for the day. They were both coming down with sinus issues and my hubby was working so...

We started at the pet store. Spent an hour looking at all sorts of pets - so fun! Then off to Walmart for art supplies and groceries. She played with play dough while I cleaned downstairs. We also played "Pop the Pig" - in Spanish and we took Roxy on a nice long walk.

Saturday night my husband and I went out with a group of friends to the Olive Garden. I ordered the new lighter fare lasagna with chicken(420 cals). It was excellent! I also ate the salad with no dressing and 1/4 of a breadstick with no oil or garlic. Yum!

Sunday morning I woke up and felt great. After breakfast, I got a lot of early spring cleaning done! That made me feel even better! My house is looking good! Then, we went out with another couple to a restaurant that recently reopened. It is on a canal and it was a beautiful day. I had a salad with fresh lobster, shrimp and blue crab (no dressing).

Today I felt even better!! I spent most of my time at work cleaning my office!!

On a side note, I did get an X-ray of my knee last week - had to first per my health insurance. Nothing showed up, I have been waiting for approval - since Friday - on the MRI. My knee still hurts if I run (so I am not). It also hurts and no sounds like sand paper or a bean bag rubbing when I walk upstairs.

I am glad it's not spring, summer or fall - I would be bummed! It's pretty yucky outside right now so it's not bugging me to bad. And, I can walk with no problem so that is what I am doing! I am doing great with my calorie count too!

I hope you are having a terrific week -- if you are in an icy area - be careful!!


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JAXMOMMY 1/30/2013 7:14PM

    Glad the sinus issues are clearing or have cleared by now!! Great dscipline on your eating. Spending time with a 5 year old can remind us how much fun every day life is! At least it should! Does Roxie like children? Jack does, but he gets tired of them quickly these days! He can jump on the bed to get away from annoying small dogs and tried it with my friend's 5 yo girl and she climbed up with him. He actually let out a big ol' sigh like "well, now that didn't work, drats"! Hope approval for a MRI comes soon. Amazing how a MRI over an Xray can find issues in knees and shoulders! Keep taking it easy until you know. You don't want to make it worse.

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KRISZTA11 1/29/2013 11:41AM

    I'm glad you are feeling better!

It is great the x-rays didn't show anything bad, I hope the MRI will be good too and the knee heals soon.

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KAREN_NY 1/29/2013 9:36AM

    Sounds like a great weekend - breathing is good. :)

Hoping you have good news about your knee soon!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/29/2013 2:26AM

    Glad to hear you're breathing better again.
Wow, you do exercise great discipline when out to eat. No dressings, 1/4 bread stick takes discipline. Well done.

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FITFOODIE806 1/28/2013 8:32PM

    Good news that you feel better!
I am so impressed that you can manage portion sizes so well and eat 1/4 bread stick. Inspiring!!

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EDENZMOM 1/28/2013 8:29PM

    Glad that you're so so up beat with the sore knee! glad to hear that the timing is good.
So wonderful of you with the son's gf's kiddo :) as a single mommy in the dating world, that gives me lots of smiles.
take care of yourself!

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