WICKEDKISSES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WICKEDKISSES WICKEDKISSES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Oy, what a day I had today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488870 Today I had a Dr. appt... so I huff and puff my ass down to the bus stop. I am there ten minutes early. Hurray for me! The bus is almost 15 minutes late. Oh noes! I get to the doctors only ten minutes late(Having huffed and puffed my way from the bus stop at my top speed) I am only ten minutes late. Hurray for me!! I sign in and sit down, half dumping my bag... Oh noes! <BR> I get called, still shoving things back into my bag, and finally get it together enough to follow the quick walking nur... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 01:37:20 EST She's gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471148 I heard that she's trying to take nearly 600lbs of luggage(overpacked) on Amtrak. I keep expecting her to turn up in tears saying that they won't let her, and us saying "Tough s**t" SO very full up with her. She's been making everyone even more miserable while she sorted and packed her things. <BR> Now that she's gone it will probably take us another month to return to 'normal', and stop anticipating her begging to come back. <BR> <BR> Watch, once we've gotten 'over' her almost year lon... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:50:44 EST PLEASE READ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470246 http://myscienceacademy.org/2012/08/19/wor<BR>ld-renown-heart-surgeon-speaks-out-on-<BR>what-really-causes-heart-disease/ <BR> <BR> Something I've been saying for years. <BR> <BR> Don't forget to delete the extra characters added by the 'wrapping' format. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:19:37 EST HG being a pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462293 I swear, she seems to think we care what she has to say, and that what she's done here will last more than a week after she's gone. Good news is, she's been packing and sorting like mad. I think she's finally got the clue. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:59:17 EST Today on Facebook, a good friend of mine brought this to my attention: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460321 <BR> <BR> It is my belief that Facebook is nothing more than a money harvesting platform for the religious right. Over the past few weeks, Facebook has been purging pages on Goths, BDSM, Fetish, erotic but noon nude art, and so on. <BR> <BR> It has actively defended hate groups that support violence against women, gays, progressives and alternative lifestyles. Such a group is Killumanite - https://www.facebook.com/KilluminatiNetwor<BR>k?filter=2 <BR> <BR> But now, Facebook is support out ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:37:53 EST Stepladder arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459224 It's made a big difference. I can get into the pool now without fear of falling. Or at least, not as much. And it's easier on my poor knees. Good times ahead. <BR> <BR> PS: DH had to talk me into getting into the water today. I am feeling rather blah, but we had fun anyway. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:01:30 EST Re: Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442570 BP: 108/67 <BR> pulse: 69 Fri, 2 Aug 2013 18:22:36 EST Experimental http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441569 Decided to leave my phone on the charger while I slept, and not on the 'nightstand'. I slept very late, but defititely better. Only woke once, and although there were several times I thought about going to get it, I fell asleep again. <BR> Perhaps the fact that I know the alarm on it will go off at a certain time is causing me to wake more? <BR> All I know is, I slept an extra three hours. <BR> <BR> BP: 103/66 <BR> Pulse: 70 Thu, 1 Aug 2013 21:48:23 EST Re: Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440178 Same as yesterday, but BP cuff still not giving a reasonable result, mostly just errors. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Dizzy, taking the meclizine helped, at least there's no headache now. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:31:50 EST Dr. Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439174 Saw my Dr.'s Partner today, and she couldn't figure out what was wrong. So, I got some Meclizine for the dizzies, and Imetrex for the headache/migraines. She said "Other than the high blood pressure, you're quite healthy." <BR> Interesting. <BR> Then, to make sure it wasn't pressure on my eardrums from wax buildup, they 'washed' my ears out.... <BR> Tickled. <BR> So, still no clue why the sudden change, but she did say if it gets worse, to go to the ER. <BR> <BR> BP: 124/80 <BR> PUlse: 83... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:49:37 EST Re: Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437658 Ok, got the appt. Feeling worse. <BR> <BR> 111/71 <BR> 80 <BR> <BR> What's strange is that my roomie is feeling very dizzy/headachy and fatigued, but she's also on her period. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:38:22 EST Re: Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436578 BP: 95/63 <BR> <BR> Pulse: 63 <BR> <BR> Yes, low, but not as low as it has been before. <BR> <BR> Having some strange symptoms this last week. Fatigue has gotten to the point where I can't even sit up for long(20 minutes) and can't seem to stay awake long. Typing this is exhausting. <BR> Then yesterday I started having 'dizzy headaches'. Nearly blacked out a couple times. Gonna try calling an urgent care center a.s.a.p. <BR> <BR> Talked to the Dr. on call. He said to call for an actu... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:58:05 EST Hmmm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432225 Everyone except my 'wife' is okay with my wording of the 'eviction' notice... She thinks it's too nasty. I told her it was typical of what I found online as samples. <BR> <BR> BP Cuff is being difficult. According to it(and it pumped up until it hurt) I'm at 208/154 with a pulse of 62.... <BR> That has to be wrong. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:51:01 EST Yes, she's still here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429720 However her behavior indicates a prelude to packing. Got feedback from one roomie, and that's enough according to the law. <BR> <BR> BP: 121/79 <BR> Pulse: 69 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:43:44 EST Crazy weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428794 Can't seem to get a clear reading on my BP cuff for the last couple days. Maybe time to put in fresh batteries. <BR> We, again, tried to play some D&D, but again, RL drama rather got in the way. By the time my bedtime had come around I was royally pissed, and took quite some time to settle down again. <BR> This is turning into a pretty regular thing. <BR> I want to PLAY, not listen to endless ranting. <BR> <BR> Aw well. Still nothing on the House Guest front. I feel like I'm alone here. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:32:35 EST Re: Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426774 Nothing's changed. At all. I wrote the letter, and emailed it to my housemates(family) and that was two days ago. No replies, no comments, nothing. <BR> <BR> BP: 126/82 <BR> Pulse: 83 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:10:02 EST Processing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425584 Ok, found a good pedometer app for my phone, turns out I'm already walking at least 1,000 steps a day. I thought so, but wanted to make sure. <BR> Still working on housemates about our 'guest'. So far, I have verbal assurance from one person, besides myself. Now I'm waiting on emails. <BR> <BR> BP: 122/80 <BR> Pulse: 68 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:59:26 EST Why I'm so pissed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423324 Firstly, our HG is acting like she's in charge more and more. At a time when the children would come to me, they're going to her. Whenever there is any kind of mess she blames them and rants and raves about how lazy they are, in particular our boy, who is clearly beginning to care less and less about everything. I've tried talking to the others about this when she's away(cuz as stated before, we can't talk without her overhearing) and to my face they agree with me, but then when it's over,... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:33:15 EST Re: Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422189 House guest came home yesterday, while I was still asleep. She slept for at least 14 hours, maybe longer, not sure. Of course, since she's sleeping on the living room couch, there being no guest room, or extra beds, it's hard to say how much actual sleeping she did, and how much playing possum. Our living room is the front room, entertainment, game, and schoolroom, so it's *always* active. <BR> I have no clue whether anyone else has spoken to her about her leaving. Certain persons who, last... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:31:22 EST Re: Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420090 Looking good. <BR> House guest finally texted me last night. <BR> She's planning to come back...... sigh. <BR> That's okay. I'm preparing a written request to leave permanently. Sad it's come to this. <BR> <BR> BP: 115/75 <BR> Pulse: 72 Sat, 13 Jul 2013 19:44:20 EST Re: Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418102 Pool is full, and was actually swimming again for the first time in many years. Okay, so it's only four feet deep. So the ladder is a major pain on my knees. It's worth the pain to get into the water(my natural element. <BR> Our annoying house guest has been gone for the past week. She's like the thing that wouldn't leave, or shut up, or mind her own business or let us mind our own. <BR> At first, I liked her. I was okay with her trying to help out. But her narrow minded beliefs, and... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:18:16 EST Re: Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416265 Ok, only taking the Lisinoprin twice daily. <BR> <BR> BP: 97/62 <BR> Pulse: 66 <BR> <BR> Technically within normal range. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 03:15:47 EST Still low http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414687 Called in, said to take the Lisonipril separately, and no Hydrochlorothiazide for a little while. It's funny, it isn't very consistent. I'll have a couple of low days, a couple high, and a very high, then low again. Hoping I can get more consistent as time goes on. <BR> <BR> BP: 91/58 <BR> Pulse: 67 Mon, 8 Jul 2013 18:44:34 EST BP still too low. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413475 Frustrating. Taking 2 lisinopril at bedtime, and half a Hydrochlorothiazide. May have to cut back the Lisinopril a little. Dr. is on vacay, so I can't talk to her, and I'm unsure about seeing someone else. <BR> <BR> BP: 87/55 <BR> Pulse: 66 Sun, 7 Jul 2013 18:06:37 EST Finding more strength every day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412562 They bought a pool.... sorta. It's one of those blow ups but it's just deep enough to float, which is such a relief. Actually, there are plans to deepen it, but for now it's better than what I've had. Next: walking all the way to CVS (almost a half mile) <BR> <BR> BP: 132/86 <BR> pulse (with the annoying house guests voice grating on my ears) 85 Sat, 6 Jul 2013 17:19:49 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410868 Crazy day yesterday, big mess n so on. But my BP is down. <BR> <BR> 76/44 <BR> 75 <BR> <BR> PS: Checked the chart. This is too low. Cutting down on the Hydro.....etc. Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:51:06 EST Okay, off to John's Incredible Pizza for a Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409895 It's the middle child's B-day this month, so we're off soon, quick note: <BR> <BR> BP:110/70 <BR> pulse: 68 Wed, 3 Jul 2013 18:12:57 EST So, get this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408915 Not only does my blood lack the 'ingredients' for arthritis(of any kind) no Lupus markers, nothing else she could see that could cause my pain, so do my xrays. <BR> There are some small bone spurs on my feet(expected since I've been well over their weight limit for over 20 years) but nothing else to indicate my level of pain in my hands. <BR> <BR> What the hell? <BR> <BR> So, my next Dr. appointment is with a rheumatologist in Aug. and back with her at the end of Aug. Dr. Nimbargi has been... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 19:49:20 EST Third visit tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406561 Okay, so it's been a week. Yesterday was better, a little cramping, but not as dizzy, and my BP, while not optimal is trending lower. <BR> Since I can't share the tracker, I'll keep track here too: <BR> <BR> Starting Yesterday: 96/61 Pulse: 70 <BR> and today: 105/67 pulse: 72 <BR> <BR> And while difficult to use alone, I love my home BP cuff <BR> <BR> Here's the rundown: <BR> ,6/24/2013,136 <BR> ,6/25/2013,98 <BR> ,6/26/2013,117 <BR> ,6/28/2013,105 <BR> ,6/29/2013,96 <BR> ,6/30/2013,116 <... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:50:24 EST Three days on new meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404882 First day, my blood pressure was down, quite a bit, (98/62)no noticeable side effect(except that my legs were sore/tired from all the walking) On the second day, blood pressure was (117/76) I was dizzy, but not too much more than the usual balance issues from the scarring in my inner ears. Third day blood pressure was (164/109)I went in for a fasting blood draw(sugar, cholesterol, etc) and by the time I got back, I was extremely dizzy/vertiginous with that horrid swooping sensation as if i... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:18:16 EST Second Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401565 Yesterday was the second visit with the new Doctor. Again, blood pressure was very high, so high she suggested hospitalization, but I told her that wouldn't work, so she gave me more meds. I am now taking Hydrochlorothiazide(25mg) twice a day, and Lisinopril(10mg) once a day. <BR> Good news is, it's working. Bad news is, I'm probably gonna end up on my ass at some point in the near future. <BR> I am definitely dizzy, which was one of the warnings on the label, so that's a problem. Frankly,... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:46:01 EST I am confused by my body. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398501 Again, Dr. said 'High Blood Pressure' and gave me pills. Far as I can tell they do nothing. Been tracking my blood pressure (same time every day, or as close as possible) and it's all over the chart. I don't know if other people can see my charts, however, I'd love a second opinion. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 18:42:07 EST Finally finally finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387345 Got in to see a doctor, after almost two years of looking for and setting up an appointment. I'm very happy with the efficiency at this clinic, although there is a three month wait for the first appointment, apparently once you're in, you're in. <BR> She was very strict, didn't want to mess around at all, which I appreciate. Got bloodwork set up to test for Rheumatoid Arthritis, because, as she said, It might not be, it might be something that mimics it. So I go back in two weeks for res... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:08:58 EST Well, finally got out of the house... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275095 Took the kids and their dad on a bus ride to the mall. They usually just walk it(it's not that far, just too far for me) and they had a wonderful time. Frankly, I'd do it more often if I could. I feel sorta silly just going out just to walk, and not really GO anywhere(like around the block walking) I guess it's because of all the years living on a food deficit. You don't exercise because that would mean you need more food, which is more expensive... etc. <BR> This is, of course, why I freq... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 22:32:13 EST three days, no net http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233850 add in the weekend, and that makes a week of back tracking.... too tired. <BR> I'm finding tracking my intake to be extremely tiresome, expecially since I *never* have the 'suggested' meals. Heck, can't afford them! <BR> I'm doing okay though, mostly keeping my intake close to the suggested amounts, without tracking. I find myself undereating more often than overeating, still. Can't seem to break that habit. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 22:30:33 EST Well, looks like I'm all over the map... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223461 Just like last time I tried this, I can't have variety and consistency. I will admit that I really like things I didn't know I liked (Like the Chicken Tikka Masala, which our boarder made with the help of the kids the other day) I'd like to do more dinners like that, but I'm still feeling tired, all the time(but that's getting better, as I finally got it through certain people's heads that I need to sleep during the day) <BR> It is now 3:21 pm, and I've just finished my morning cuppa joe. I... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:24:04 EST Food is bloody expensive. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180514 When I showed my mate (who manages the money in the house) the grocery list for the diet he kinda freaked that it would cost too much. <BR> I ran the grocery list through the Safeway website (the only place nearby who lets you order online) I learned that, if I cut out the items we already get, like milk, eggs and whole wheat bread, it turns out it's about $100... my entire share of the food budget. I'm hoping to find a way to cut that back, perhaps by shopping at WinCo, which is a lower c... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 05:29:45 EST Not going to rush in this time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172572 I need to remember to plan ahead, and find a way to get what I need without having the extra stress of fighting for it. I'm going to try the spark diet plan, but only make small changes instead of the big ones I used to. I'm hoping to avoid the whole obsessive/compulsive thing I did last time, which ended with me giving up in frustration at the fact that there was way more month than money. There has to be a way I can do this. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 04:15:44 EST I'm BAAAAAACK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170741 Yes, it has been nearly a year since my last login/blog entry. Life got very hectic after my 'wife' received her settlement. First thing we did was MOVE. Into an actual HOUSE. We're still renting, but lots more room. Then we did Disneyland. OY! Fun, but exhausting and I discovered that if I am careful, I *can* lose weight through walking. I think the fact that we were eating better helped. I have discovered, over the years, that I am an UNDEReater. I rarely eat much, and I rarely eat a... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 05:30:54 EST My 'wife' had her hearing a couple days ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623683 And apparently she won. Which means a higher income for her and the kids, and maybe, just maybe my other half as well. Which means we'll all be better off. Now if we could get her cousin's income fixed. Once the back settlement comes in, we'll be looking for somewhere to move that isn't too far from where we are for the grandparents to visit, but OUT of California. <BR> This state is messed up. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 07:18:10 EST Thanksgiving's finally over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4603845 About a year ago, S (my mate's wife) won more than one turkey over the holidays. At the beginning of the holiday season, we still had two. One of them a 25lb monster that was taking up pretty much the entire small freezer above the regular refrigerator. This thing was HUMONGOUS!! <BR> and I got begged to cook it. <BR> About a week before thanksgiving to make room for further holiday goodies that were to be bought. I had the help of one, energetic and very eager ten year old, over the cours... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 04:51:08 EST Menace update: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4579065 The weekend over Hallowe'en saw the two older kids gone to gramma's house for six full days, leaving the little(who now insists that we call her Pookie) to set her own schedule. The first three days she slept almost constantly, only waking to use the potty and eat. Then, suddenly, she was up all day, from about 10 am until one, then from 3 to 10 pm. She's stuck with that schedule near as I can tell, since. I think a lot of her problem was the other kids. <BR> <BR> On another note, I've ... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 07:36:08 EST Toddler Menace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4553769 The youngest member of our household has decided(or perhaps it's in her nature) to be nocturnal like mommy and daddy. <BR> Daddy literally *cannot* sleep during night time hours. We've tried everything. It has made things very difficult for him, especially since he is on the edge of being legally blind. (Every time we think 'this is it, he qualifies for disability, the technology leaps forward and they deny him, even though he cannot get a job, or new glasses) <BR> I'm wondering if we sho... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 08:01:56 EST Finally got a computer of my own, again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4541620 For the last couple of months I've had to share a computer with my male counterpart, leading to a lot of extra stress. Very frustrating not being able to do my 'normal' routine. <BR> Hopefully, things will calm down again. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:38:17 EST off the Detrol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526440 Which only worked rarely, and I only slept better when I was so exhausted I couldn't stand it. <BR> Always tired still. Just spent too much time tossing and turning, then finally giving up and getting up. Having coffee and brekkers, then after I had been up for almost 5 hours, passing out on the couch and being told "Go grab a nap"....... <BR> <BR> WTF is wrong with me? <BR> Is it just stress? <BR> Or is it the fact that I never know when my door is going to be opened (I can't sleep with a... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 08:02:43 EST Food is not the enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4519016 I have to keep reminding myself that it's okay to go over, or under, sometimes, as long as my general trend is within the limits I've set for myself. So if I want McDonalds, it's not a big deal, and if I can't resist eating something way over those limits, fine, just be aware of it, keep track. I have days of course, where keeping track is just costs too much energy and I am not up to sitting at the computer for more than long enough to check for important updates from friends. I try to rem... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 13:38:38 EST Finally better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4513566 I was pretty out of it this last week, add to that that the other computer went down, and so I'm having to share again means that I cannot reliably access Sparkpeople. Finally got the printer back online today too... was out of ink, then the driver was buggy. I hate when that happens. <BR> On an upnote *We're in the new, Star Wars MMORPG Beta!!* <BR> Having a blast, despite having to do bug reports. Definitely a winner, and that's all I'm allowed to say. <BR> <BR> The youngest is so funny.... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 11:59:02 EST update: Flu! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4502493 Didn't bother to track my intake yesterday, just barely had the wherewithal to eat at all the last few days it seems. Yesterday it was just not happening. <BR> <BR> Not just a cold. I had a very high(for me) fever for more than one day, but thankfully the Nyquill allowed me just enough relief to sleep, and I am finally on the mend as it were. Still drippy, and headachy and miserable, but at least I'm so exhausted when I finally crawl into bed I sleep damn near straight through. Sun, 25 Sep 2011 01:02:23 EST Definitely sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497691 what we all thought were just bad allergies turns out to be a very nasty cold virus. Kids are already on the mend, and I just started showing the main symptoms yesterday: runny nose, hot eyes, sore throat. Worse today. Praying it doesn't turn into something worse as so often has happened with me. <BR> My mate is out getting 'stuff' some of which is Nyquil to help me rest better tonight. <BR> Just hope I can. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:23:32 EST Past few days all of us are feeling 'down'. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490881 But the doctor told both S, and her cousin M, that it's just seasonal allergies. They're 'shaking down' the almond trees here, and that means a *lot* of pollen in the air. I don't know much about it, even though our friend's family owns almond acreage. I just know I didn't feel like this at this time last year. Just a little sniffly. <BR> I've had this feeling of 'impending illness' for several days now. Today especially I have a tight sensation in my throat, and my ears feel 'stuffy'. Nos... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 10:54:45 EST