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9/25/16 5:57 P

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All right, that sounds like a better plan so you don't have so much stress.

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BRENDA I am sorry that your stomach is under the weather!

And yes, Amaya ( we don't use first names here---Amaya is her last name, but everyone calls me "Michele" ) called me last night & we did talk about that. I may end up going that way sooner than I think!

Off for my breakfast!

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Michele, I will take a note pad and write down the exercises. Otherwise I will forget exactly what she tells me. Hopefully, she will have a information sheet about them.

I talked to Sam a little while ago and she told me that zolof could take up to a month for the body to get used to the drugs. I think she has taken about every drug on the market with her heart problem and open heart surgery and pacemaker and defib and eye surgery. I am feeling better today except for an upset stomach. I will not go into details.

So far today I have eaten a banana and an orange.. I think I have a can of soup in the pantry. It is still hard to eat much at a time so I eat something every couple hours. Nothing heavy. I have plain Greek yogurt and cottage cheese.

Michele, maybe you should just get your lessons from Amaya instead of your regular teacher.

Have a good day.

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BRENDA I too, am sending prayers & emoticon emoticon your way! I wish I could be there in person with youevery time you had a palpatation! Maybe the calmness exercises will be of help. I would be interested in those!

MARY enjoy your lunch . that pound will come off

I am going to go to Amaya's piano lesson today; she is 1 of the tone chime members, & she said that she would also help me practice the tone chimes today as she too, teaches tone chimes to kids & owns a set. She is really a good teacher & teaches HOW TO play rather than "just play it" type of teacher.

Off for my breakfast: natto & milk this morning!

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I know I don't have anxiety, I don't care what they say. It is the meds and I know my heart is fine because nothing showed up in all the tests and x-rays and catscans and EKG's and blood tests they did at the hospital. I feel really jittery inside, like I have drank a gallon of coffee. I felt like that before I even made myself a cup.

That is so nice, Mary, that you meet with your widows group.

Thank you for the prayers. The are working! emoticon

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i said some extra prayers for you today, Brenda. I sure hope you can get to the bottom of the heart palpitations!

My Modern Widow's group is having a Brazilian lunch/dinner later this afternoon. It should be a nice time for everyone. There are people from all over the city. These extra get-togethers are always nice!

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My laptop had a mind of it's own when I tried to sign in. I kept getting the messages, This Site Cannot Be Accessed. Very frustrating.

Last night before at 7:30 I had more palpitations and sat here and did my breathing exercises and after about an hour they finally stopped. I have an appointment with Erica at the clinic and we are going to do some calming exercises. I need to re-check what day it is. I think I wrote down the wrong day.

I slept pretty good last night, slept three hours and woke up and read the rest of my book and went back to sleep just before 4 and woke up at 7:30. It is 57 degrees out this morning.

Michele, that is a horrible thing to kill that old man. We just don't know who to trust it seems. I wonder if it could have been a relative. I have seen that done on TV shows.

Mary, how great that your sister and hubby are moving to a 55 and over community. Your turn is next!

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I just heard the tail end of the capture, Brenda. So glad he's caught. I'm so tired of the terrible way people behave...or DON'T behave. It's a sad time.

Michele, how terrible for the old man and his family. I hope the staff member is caught. Again, what is wrong with people?:

I talked with my Illinois sister last night. She and her husband are 'camping' in their new Georgia home, waiting for painters and some furniture to be delivered this week. Then they will finish up all the legalities, head back home, get things packed up, and move! They, too, are downsizing and moving into an over 55 community. She said they have met 10 people already and are invited to dinner tonight with new neighbors! I hope my situation will be the same!

I regained a pound at WW but went walking with 3 other members for almost an hour after the meeting yesterday. I tracked all my food for the first time in months. I've been such a slug and I don't want to be like this. I need to be a Loser!

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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BRENDA I didn't know that; news here makes it here about 12 hours later.
Thank heavens.
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On another note, an elderly man in my neighborhood, 88 years old, was taken sick & ended up in the hospital here in Yokohama. Someone, probably a staff member at the hospital, put some kind of poisonous drug into his IV Of course he died. Now, they have to fiugre out which staff member of the hosptial did it!

I am off to bed soon.

We had our 1 day of partial sun. Back to rain tomorrow. sigh,......

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They arrested the shooter in Oak Harbor, WA. He lived there. The Oak Harbor police called the Burlington police because they spotted the car in Oak Harbor. Burlington police were on the way to find him and there he was walking down the side of the highway so the they did a U turn and jumped out of the car, guns drawn and arrested him.. They said he never said anything and just stood there like a Zombie. He was carrying a bag with his laptop. He is from Turkey, 21 years old and a US citizen.

Burlington has cameras all over town and that is how they tracked down his car. The shooting was just 24 hours ago so they found him pretty fast.

I am glad they found him so quickly so people can go about their business now.

I am off to bed in a little while.

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Wow, Lin, that's great! Best of luck with those last few pounds...what an accomplishment so far!

Mary
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Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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I have not lost weight this month, up and down.I am starting the Fall 5% weight loss challenge today, it should help. I only have 5% to go to reach my goal weight. I have lost 45 pounds this year since February 1.

Linda. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time.


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MARY good for you for the food tracking. When I too, pay attention to what I am eating, I mean REALLY PAY ATTENTION, I notice that the weight tends to drop more quickly.

Time to practice piano!

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These neighbors are sweet people and the daughter and SIL of my neighbor's 2 doors down. My next door neighbor's new dog barks a lot, too. It's not the quiet neighborhood of last year, for sure! If it wasn't so early in the morning or so often, it wouldn't be too bad. But my bedroom faces their driveway and I hear it too much. Their car alarm goes off in the night, too. No wonder I can't sleep!!

I've been so good with my tracking today. I even have points left over. Since I have thought about food all day, I will use them up, for sure!

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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MARY what a nightmare with those dogs! we had a dog like that in the back of our house. I complained to the neighbor that if they didn't do something, I was going to call the police. The dog still wags his tail noisely at 5: a.m. in the morning, but that's tolerable.

As for the basement, Detroit ( where I grew up ) most of the houses have basements. Here in Japan, none of the houses have basements. I am using the fan right now to dry the clothes partially. At least the fan helps to take the moldy smell out of the clothes. And yes, towels ext. do come off the line a little bit more crunchier than if I had had a dryer.

I think that I'm going to at least get an electric dryer ( gas is better of course, but the houses are just too close to each other & a gas line will damage the house next to or behind me ) for my next birthday.

MARIELLE I am so glad for you that you're feeling better! Is it getting cold by you? How did you get around today without your car?

BRENDA I heard about thosemall shootings. THe few perverts/criminals / bad people in the U.S. make the rest of us ( I am STILL American here, ladies! ) look really bad. I truly believe that MOST people are good.

Today, Sunday, I have lots of piano practicing to do. Tad is going bbq meat on the grill & my oldest son & his wife are going to come over. I am going to make an apple pie, which is about the ONLY thing that I am good at making anymore! but I won't eat it----Iam not a pie fan!

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Good morning, friends! My neighbors across the street have 2 large dogs. They have been the bain of my existence since they moved in! They started barking at 5:50 this morning on a Saturday! As soon as I jumped out of bed to see what might be going on, they ran back into their house. I tried to get back to sleep but I couldnít. Itís noon and Iím tired already! I went to WW and have regained a pound. I am now back to where I was a year ago. BUTÖ.after the meeting 3 WW friends and I went to a local park along the bayou and walked for 57 minutes. One woman had a hard time walking so we went slowly. It wasnít very Ďathleticí but at least we sweated and enjoyed each otherís company. I came home, fixed breakfast, and TRACKED IT. Iím sure WW is astonished, lol. I will try to be honest with my choices and tracking this week.

Marielle, Iím glad the UTI is better. Itís been quite a while since Iíve had one, too. It probably came from the surgery. My mother had several after she had her heart pacemaker put in and was in and out of the hospital for 2 months. It just never had a chance to go away before she was back, needing a catheter. I hope you will be just fine soon. I have only seen that pulley system in books! Nothing on the line gets soft like the dryer and Iím not an ironer!

Brenda, no, no basement here! My laundry room has a washer and dryer and room for a freezer, but I have my grandmotherís Hoosier cabinet there instead. I have one of those Ďarmsí extending over the bathroom door to hang things. I use the door knobs and shower curtain rod, too. I hope your meds will start kicking in and you will be back on an even keel soon. I did see about the shooting in the mall on TV this morning. What is wrong with people? The shootings, riots, road rage, etc. People react and no one stops to think of the consequences. We all need to be so careful but so many of these are way beyond our control.






Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Brenda, in TX most houses don't have basements. We have a laundry room or our machines are in the garage.

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Good morning all,

Michele,the pain from the UTI finally went away after I had my urine tested at doctor's ofc. I am taking the antibiotic they prescribed with the probiotic they prescribed and things are much better. I haven't had a UTI for 3 years. Some small towns here are like you describe Japan, but unfortunately Americans seem to be a violent people. Probably has to do with being a "penal" colony for the Brits at one time. So we had all kinds of folks coming to the new land. From wanting religious freedom, to the poor in jails, to the real criminals that were sent over here. The violence has gotten worse here or we just hear about it more. The news used to be the news and now they try to make things sensationalized. Unfortunately Americans are big consumers, very materialistic. Also many have the attitude, if you don't get caught, you did nothing wrong.

Brenda, I don't know if you eat saltines (they have them without salt on the tops) but when I have to take so many pills that make my stomach hurt, I eat a saltine first and it helps. The only pill I take on an empty stomach is the thyroid pill. I am glad you did better last night and this morning. Maybe the Zoloft is working to help. That shooting sounds awful. People are getting crazier--like too many rats in a cage. I am so sorry for those folks.

Mary I used to enjoy camping, but I love all the modern conveniences we have. When I have to hang things, it's usually in my bathroom on hangers. But I love the way they come out of the dryer. When I was a kid the towels were never soft & fluffy-even with the wind blowing them dry. It's usually hot enough in Phoenix they dry in less than an hour in the summer. Up here, not so quick but they dry in a day, inside or out. The fan idea sounds like a really good one. When I lived in Martinez, CA (east bay of the San Francisco area) we had clothes lines that stretched outside and had pulleys. You'd hang the clothes, move the pulley and hang more til the line was full. Funny the things one remembers.





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Mary, Do you have your washer and non working dryer in the basement? In order to dry the clothes need air. Nothing will dry in a basement, they will more than likely just sour.

A fifth person has died as of this morning from the shooting in Burlington at Macy's. Four women and a man. They are still looking for the shooter.

I did sleep all night finally and woke up at 6:30 to some beginning palpitations. I took my half of a zolox pill, doing my breathing and it is now going away.

The forecast is for light rain today.


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Haha, I used to tell my husband 'I am NOT a pioneer woman' when he would ask why I didn't love camping out like he did! I never thought about using my new fans to help dry the clothes! I hung my underwear over the sides of the laundry basket outside in the sun while I was getting my hair cut yesterday...that sped up the drying process a little. But I had leaves in my basket...a trade off! I took my gowns and shirts upstairs and hung them from the shower curtain rod. The pants and work out stuff is still downstairs on the rod over the laundry room door. They are still quite damp. I will try the fan idea....great thought!

I am going to WW this morning then walking with 2 WW friends. I put out several bags of things for Houston Achievement Place this morning but I still have so much more to get rid of!

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Michele, the nurse that I talked to on the phone this morning told me not to take my BP every time I get palpitations because just seeing it go up will just make me more anxious. I decided to ask Jeanette to keep it for me so I can't be taking my BP all the time so I put it back in its box and took it down to her and she jokingly told me "your not getting this back". I am obsessive on many things and I do miss having it here beside my chair. I can go down to her and she can do my BP once a week.

I am eating but not very much at a time. The medication may make me lose my appetite but mostly from all the palpitations my throat is still not relaxed.

Breakfast was a banana and a glass of milk. lunch was the soup downstairs and a half a deviled egg and cantaloupe. Dinner was a bowl of cottage cheese with sliced cucumber and tomatoes. And of course some ice cream and strawberries. I know I didn't enough of anything but I will when things settle down for me.

I am drinking my water. Hopefully I can sleep better tonight because I have not had much sleep the last two nights.

No palpitations at all today and I never got sleepy. Off to bed in another half hour when my show is over.

Tonight there was a shooting in the Mall up in Burlington and so far four are dead and there are many wounded. Burlington is clear North of Seattle towards Canada, a four hour drive from here. They have a picture of the shooter but they have not found him yet. They said the mall was full of shoppers getting school clothing.

Here in our area of small towns we don't have shooting problems, just the normal drugs and robberies. And homeless people looking for whatever they can scavage. Police have the mall and surrounding areas locked down and there is a helicoptor over head with a search light looking for the guy. He was seen running from the mall towards the freeway.

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MARY I am so sorry about your dryer, too. But what you are doing now is the way I do laundry all of the time Do you have a floor fan? Try running that in front of the clothes, too . I use 1 or 2 fans on rainy days & it helps to dry things a little better.

BRENDA yes, it does sound like the cure is worse that the disease itself. I hope that your stomach will settle down foryou. You need to eat. The soup sounded good.

I must have missed something---why can't you get your BP machine back? You can't just ask for it?


MARIELLE how is your UTI? When do you get your car back? How awful to be without one. I do envy your Fall weather. I don't think that I am ever going to see another sunny day in this life of mine. I think it has been rainy every singel day of September! That is a new record in the30 years that I have lived here!

There are a lot of things that Americans take for granted that we don't have over here in Japan. But, then, if we're going to get into a "I have you haven't" discussion, Japan is actually a pretty good country over here.

Just yesterday Annie said taht she is glad that she is not in Japan anymore with the rain this month. HOwever, with all of the shootings that have gone on in the U.S. for the last 10 years. well, that's NOT the America that I grew up in! And it makes me glad that I am NOT there anymore. Rain is inconvenient, not dangerous! People are for the most part very polite here to each other No one steals! I just can't get over that one! One could leave a pencil on the street & the next day, the next week it would STILL be there, b/c it does NOT belong to them & no one will take what does not belong to them!

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. And I take THAT for granted too much! And I tend to forget how much I have to be careful when I 'm in the U.S. The U.S. that I grew up in was safe. We didn't lock our doors &look over our shoulders all of the time.

Okay. I am off my soap box!

Yes, it is RAINING! And I am off to read my kindle!

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Brenda, sounds like they are doing their best. I hope things get better for you. emoticon

Mary, washing nightmare! It's been a long time since I had to hang clothes. Wouldn't look forward to going back to that.

The weather her is turning cool. It only got up to 64 today. Will go down to 41 tonight. So fall is here. emoticon

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Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru. --Joko Beck



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Mary, You need to wear aprons to protect your clothes. I think that is why they always wore them way back when because they had to wash their clothes in the river and lay them over bushes to dry.

Go to the hardware store and get a clothes line and string it across one of your rooms. Pretend you are a pioneer.

The wind quit blowing and the sun came out as it is going down.

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Brenda, it sounds like the 'cure' is worse than the actual issue. So very sorry about all the drugs and the interactions. Some probably do easily upset your stomach and when you get the palpitations and want to check your BP, that adds to your distress. Soooo not a good thing.

I am washing my regular clothes a couple of times a week: I hang up many shirts, bras, underwear, etc. I do a separate load for heavier things like pants. They take 2 days to dry! I wash towels once a week and take them either to my daughter's house or to a neighbor's to dry. It's not like it's the end of the world. But I am really having to rethink what I wear since it will take so long to hang dry! I am hanging my wet workout clothes and wet towels, too so they dry before I put them in the hamper so they won't mildew! I will never take the convenience of having my appliances work again!!

Mary
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Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Marielle, I read all the warnings and instructions on the leaflet that came with the Zoloft and had I realized what would happen with my body getting used to it I would have never taken it in the first place. I do not like/want to take drugs.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with my heart according to all the tests and ex-ray's the hospital did so they decided it was anxiety so that's why they ordered the Zoloft. When I call 911 they do an EKG while they are here plus I got them in the hospital so I guess they have covered all their bases. Before I took Xanax for palpitations and that worked but I didn't want to continue taking them because of all I have heard about that drug.

I started taking the Zoloft last Wednesday so it has only been three half doses. The one I took this morning seemed to do the trick about my body getting used to it has worked so far. Not even a whisper of a palpitation since I got up at 7 this morning and it is now going on 4 pm.

Am trying to get my stomach settled so I can eat easier. I was also having almost constant indigestion no matter what I ate and it has not happened today.

I don't care what they say I have but I do not have anxiety. I know it is the drugs.

Thank you for your input.

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PS Brenda, zoloft is an antidepressant and SSRI (technical term). It;s used for anxiety, OCD, PTSD, panic disorder, etc. Sounds to me like they are focusing on stress rather than the heart's electrical system. Hang in there.

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Mary, we were posting at the same time. Too bad about the dryer and hopefully you will get it fixed. It is still a sin the way they have led you around. So where do you dry your clothes? Do you have a hair dryer? You could hang them on hangars and stand there and dry them.

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Brenda, I am so sorry you are still having palpitations. They really are scary. According to Web MD they can be caused by stress, exercise, medications, or a medical condition. Did you start a new medication before they started? I realize everyone seems to be focusing on stress, but there are other reasons. They should do more testing because this came on all of a sudden. In SVT the heart beats very fast not because of stress, high fever or exercise. The heart's electrical system isn't working right when it happens. I cannot believe they aren't taking it more seriously. Have they done an EKG? Bless your heart. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Technically they say it's not life threatening but it cannot be good for your heart's health. Hang in there. Keep doing what you're doing to take care of yourself!!! emoticon

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I've been thinking again. What I have been going through the last week was the most horrible time of my life. It was a taste of what drug addicts go through. The half dose I took this morning of the Zolof has evened me out and it is now 3 pm and I have not had any palpitations today. So I hope it stays that way.

Janie made a pot of corn/potato vegetable + bacon soup and a plate of deviled eggs for lunch today and it was really good. I told her I didn't know if I could eat very much of it because my guts were all screwed up. She gave me a half a cup and I ate it. I took a bowl of chopped cantaloupe down that needed to be eaten and it disappeared. I was really hungry because I had no dinner last night and only a banana and a glass of milk this morning because I could barely swallow anything.

Thank you all for your input and prayers.

I asked Jeanette if she would store my BP monitor and only take my BP once a week so she now has it. I don't think she will ever give it back. emoticon
I am feeling a sense of loss but I will get over it.

It has been raining and windy all day long and it is supposed to rain tomorrow too.



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Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. I took a deep breath after my walk and my towel drying at my WW friend Susie's house, and called Sears again. I was calm and armed with all my info: names, dates, etc. I actually spoke with a 'Susan' who spoke English and was very helpful. She told me that she would transfer me to someone in the Benefits department. I spoke with 'Jade,' who also spoke English and actually talked to me like I WAS a person rather than just a complainer! The explanation of 'I am now eligible for a new dryer' was erroneous. Sadly, I have to have at least 1 more repairman NOT fix the dryer before that happens because they don't count the first trip. Why? I don't know! She offered me a rental dryer in the meantime but I would have to find one, arrange for it to be delivered and set up, then when the Sears guy came he wouldn't be required to remove the rental, just fix the old dryer, etc. I told her I was not able to do that!! I think she may send me a $50 gift card 'for my trouble' but I won't hold my breath. I asked several questions and she told me they were excellent questions and that she would make a note to let customers know what I asked....like 'when the ordered parts are delivered, will they be small enough for a neighbor to bring over to their house or will I need to leave my key so that someone's husband can put the part(s) in my entry hall' because one part is a 'burner.' She said it would be the size of a large pillow, at least. That can't stay on my front porch if delivered during my California trip! I hope it's delivered next week before I go. So I still don't have a dryer but I have a case number and Jade's office phone number. Maybe the 4th time will be the charm!

Marielle, compared to having no car, having no dryer is nothing, so you Ďwiní or ĎloseÖí whichever works! Iím so sorry for that. Itís a standard, then, if it has a clutch? I used to be able to drive one but probably couldnít now! Iím glad the UTI is better and I hope you will continue to feel more like yourself. Do take all the antibiotics and whatever else youíre given. It can come back with a vengeance if you skip some doses or quit taking the meds too soon.

Michele, Iím glad you didnít end up riding in the rain. But Iím sorry youíre feeling bad. You probably did pick something up from one of those kids. Stay resting as much as you can! I was given some free cut up cantelope at the WW meeting last week. I finished it today. Such a shame that they cost so much in Japan. Youíre so limited in things we all take for granted. Maybe itís time for a new computer. Mine was under $250 2 years ago and has really worked well. I had so much trouble with the previous one. Most of you probably remember my irritations with THAT, too!

Brenda, the Ramona books were by Beverly Cleary and penned, I think, starting in the mid 50ís. I loved them as a new teacherÖthere were books that boys would enjoy, too! Nowadays they are so tame that kids probably donít like them as much as Ďway back whení though. It was about a family where one of the children was into everyoneís business and had cute little kid adventures! Iím sorry you are continuing to have the palpitations. Iím sure thatís SO disconcerting. I wish things would even out for you. As weíve said before, you are NOT a complainer and you are so helpful to everyoneÖand such a realist. It doesnít seem like youíre stressing over the past or even the future: you plan so well and you Ďroll with the punchesí too. I hope you can get some peace. Of course we will continue to pray that things work out!!

Doris, have you been able to put your house to rights yet? Having loads of company, no matter how much you enjoyed it, is wearing on you and all the things you did to get ready for them have to be done again when they leave! You know how my daughter and her family come your way to go to the family Ďfarmí near Grosbeck some weekends? They are going on their first vacation this weekend that is NOT the farm or camping! My daughter is so excited not to have to cook or clean house Ďon the vacation!í They will be staying in a hotel. The farm will be back in the equation next month, lol!! I still want to come with them one weekend and go to see Magnolia Farms!

I have my WW meeting tomorrow morning, then three of us are going to walk along the bayou if itís not too hot. The alternative is to go mall walking. One WW member just canít walk for long but sweet Susie volunteered to Ďgo slowí so I am going with them. Susie left the country western dance aerobics, went home and met this woman at the mall that same night! I couldnít do it, nor did I want to, lol. One exercise a day is enough!




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BRENDA I too, am so sorry that you are having a rough day! I wish that I could come & sit with you, too. I ALWAYS have extra prayers for you. I will add you to my daily ones! emoticon emoticon emoticon

My cousin Mary Ann, n Michigan who is my age---55-- is bipolar. because of her disease, which she has had for a long time, she has no kids. In the last 8 years or so, we have become close She called me about 8 years ago, all the way from Rochester Hill, Mi, with a suicide threat. The threat was real! I had just gotten out of bed at 5 a.m Japan time. What a way to have started my day! emoticon The threat had been real: if I had not called another cousin in Michigan & told her about Mary Ann (these cousins happened to go to the same church as Mary Ann & her husband ) Mary Ann would have died. She had ONLY told ME about trying to kill herself!!!

Anyhow, since then, Mary Ann calls me regularly, at least once a week. I can not really do anything to help her, so I just listen. I am not bragging here, but maybe I am just good therapy for her.

MARIELLE I am so glad that you're feelg better. That is a lot to have to spend on your car! Good that you have savings!

It is going to rain here again---it has been over 2 weeks straight now. And yes, Japan has a lot of typhoons & earthquakes. So when we DO have ! SUNNY DAY, we learn to appreciate it a little more. thanusual!

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Brenda, so sorry the palpitations are continuing to re-occur. You will have to quote yourself about them not being life threatening when they occur. It's good that Jeanette could come and sit with you until they went away. Wish you weren't so far away and I could sit with you, too. emoticon

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I am having a rough time since yesterday afternoon. I was feeling so good and went out for a walk around the building and through our flower gardens and then at 4 pm the palpitations started and continued on and off most of the night. I called Jeanette last night at 9 and woke her up and she came right up and I finally calmed down. She went home and I went to bed.

I just called my doctors office the doctor told me that until my body adjusts to the Zoloft the palpitations will continue. I have only taken it since last Wednesday. I thought I was having a reaction to it and did not know if I should take my dose this morning. She said to continue it so I will trust her on that. First week a half a tablet, then take a whole pill everyday from then on. She also told me not to take my BP every time the palpitations start because that just adds to my anxiety. She reminded me of that but I didn't remember that part when she told me last week.

Jeanette keeps telling me I need to go talk to a counselor. Yes, I do have a lot of past issues but they are in the past and no amount of talking about it will make it all go away. I get my therapy writing. That gets thoughts out of the head.

So I will survive this time period but I want to tell you it is so frightening every
time my chest starts pounding and I shake like a leaf. Last night I tried to eat a bowl of cottage cheese, chopped cucumber and tomatoes and I took a couple bites and felt like it would come right back up so I drank a glass of milk. It is the Zoloft doing that but it will go away in a few days.

Marielle it is so good to hear from you and you are getting better. Car repair is so expensive. $70 and hour here.

I will survive this temporary setback so if you have a few spare prayers I could use some extra ones. Palpitations are not life threatening but you could fool me. emoticon

Have a good day everyone. I will check in later.

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Good morning. I feel much better today. Of course once I called the doctor & they verified that it indeed was a UTI, I started to feel better. I have not had to take pyrimidine since yesterday morning. Tentatively okay on the pain issue. They prescribed Bactrim plus more probiotic and I will take the full dose to make sure it is gone. I had to make a schedule for pills: 6am, 8am, noon, 2pm, 8pm, 10pm. At least not taking the pain pills I'm down to 8am, noon, 8pm, before bed.

Brenda, my DD called me from Walmart about the car but limped home. I called the dealer and set up to take it in. My insurance called the tow truck which took it in. The dealer called me, it;s definitely the clutch. Over $1000 for repair/replace. Wowweee zowwweee glad I have money left in savings! That's Prescott for you. Probably less in Phoenix. Ten or fifteen years ago it was $600-$800. And 35 years ago only a couple of hundred. I am grateful for that. Now I'm without a car til the middle of next week. My DD will pick her son up at lunch time and bring him home. Today is taken care of but she is stressing royally over taking care of me but I have no doctor appts etc. and can take other DD's truck if necessary. I will call ins. to see about a rental car.

Michele, glad you did not get wet! Sorry I guess it was an earthquake 6.2 I heard about--off the coast of Tokyo. I saw where there were 10 more after the original. Is that normal? It said that Japan has over 600 earthquakes a year?? That's about 2 a day. I guess unless they are big, they don;t get much attention.

Doris, we were posting at the same time. Thanks for the support.

Take care everyone.

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Marielle, I hope this new round of meds help the UTI to go away soon. That is so miserable. And sorry about your car. emoticon

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emoticon emoticon MARIELLE yes, things do happen in 3's. You have now had your 3! I ope that you were able to call AAA to get your car What are you doing in the meantime? HOw is the UTI today?

Well, I was lucky! emoticon I made it to & from Amaya's piano lesson while the rain was "away for lunch" emoticon IT is now back. I am bone dry & did not even need my bike poncho! Hooray!

Now, time to get reaady for my afternoon children students I'll be teaching from 3-7 pm straight today, Friday! emoticon

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Well. as the old saying goes, things happen in groups of three's Marielle, Your clutch must be number three? Sorry about your car. Did you have to call a tow truck? I have AAA and they have towed me a couple times.

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Michele, I just saw that a volcano erupted under the sea southeast of Japan. Is everything ok over there?

I got more meds from the doctor this time to combat the UTI. My clutch went out and it will take several days to get it fixed. What a mess.

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DORIS we usually pay at least $10.00 for 1 cantaloupe or honey dew melon. I am not exaggerating here. They are a luxury food that is unaffordable for most of us.

I know that this rain pattern will end. Usually Sept is rainy as we begin to change the seasons, Japan being an island. THis year, however, is really extreme!

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Michele, I wish you had some of these cantaloupe we've been getting. They've been 98 cents to $1.48 and are nice and sweet and juicy. Each one has been even better than the one before. I'm sorry you have to take the bike in the rain in order to go for this lesson. Your rain is supposed to be coming here starting tomorrow and the next few days. Be safe on the bike!

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BRENDA cantaloupes are very expensive here & for themost part can only be found up north.

What I had tried to say before was that I am feeling better today. I was told by the dr. at the hopsital that not only NOT to touch one's nose & mouth but ears as well; anything that opens up into the skull is potential for infection.

I have my other piano lesson today with Amaya. Unfortunately there is no train connection so I have to take my bike. In the rain! We've had 2 straight weeks of rain this month, & only 4 partial sunny days. It's hasn't been this way in the 30 years that I have lived here!



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emoticon Michele, better luck next time emoticon

I bought a cantaloupe Tuesday afternoon at the veggie store and put it on the counter because I didn't think it was ripe yet. Then this morning I could smell it and turned it over and it was starting to get soft near the stem end so I cut that part off and the rest of it is good. Very sweet and juicy. I am going to check the nutrition chart and see if it has potassium. I have to watch that as well as my sodium.

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I just wrote a long post & lost it all! emoticon I'll try again later!

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I guess I am from the Stone Age because I have never heard of Ramona.That show must have been on when I was working crazy hours on nights and weekends way back when.

Mary it is about time that Sears has stepped up to the plate and said you can have a new dryer. They should have done that weeks ago.

It is 42F this morning at 7 AM and it will probably rain. It is 74 inside and I am very chilly.

I did not sleep that good last night. When I went to bed I was really tired and then could not get to sleep. I turned the light back on three times to read and finally got sleepy enough to go to sleep at 3 AM

My BP this morning is 135/69/75. I am sure the new BP meds are working better than the
Beta Blockers that were prescribed four years ago. I never took anything before that and now that I think about it I have only been having these anxiety attacks since I started going to the clinic down the street and the doctor decided it was a good idea for me to take them as a precaution. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Michele, I am sorry you have a cold and, yes, it is no doubt from the children's runny noses. Do you have any vitamin C? Be sure to drink lots of water to flush out your system and don't touch your eyes or nose because that is how the germs enter your body.

Michele, I did not have a problem changing my laptop back to Windows 8. I just pushed the go back to W8 and it deleted W10 and put it back to where it belonged. I don't think these older models can handle to new programs. They keep making newer ones just so we will have to buy a new computer. I had my old laptop for over ten years working fine until Microsoft deleted that program. At the moment I cannot remember what model it was but it will come back to me later.

Mary, I could no longer do line dancing if my life depended on it. I used to cut a mean rug in my first marriage and I do miss that.

Marielle, I am thinking about you everyday and sending good thoughts to you. Post when you can.

I have no plans for today, just hang out and go for mini walks throughout the day and get my energy back.

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I love Ramona, Michele...remember the 'boing boing curls?' My daughter had long wavy hair but always wanted me to try for that style for her! Brings back wonderful memories. Beverly Cleary passed away not too long ago. I DID call Sears back again last night and was told that I DID qualify for a new dryer. She connected me to the 'right department' and of course, it was the regular Sears number and the department was closed!! So I will pursue it again today after school. I'm sorry you don't feel good. I woke up with a headache and a stuffy nose, too.

I took my walking buddy to country western line dancing aerobics last night! It was fun but I am SO uncoordinated! I told everyone that I excel in Cool Down, lol! such a workout, though!

I am working with 3 yr. olds today. No diapers and no 'huggers' to walk around. Hooray!

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MARY I agree with the others! It's time for you to make a big, noisy fuss, Like Ramona, in "Ramona the Pest"! Remember her?!!! I always admired her spunk! I also agree do NOT worry about your weight. Focus on these dryer issues & THEN pick up where you have left off!

BRENDA You are NOT a complainer, but a survivor! And if your brain does not " poop & pee" ( as my nurse student told me ) you will lose your sense of mental balance. YOu have been doing just great! I am sooooooo glad!!! that you are feeling back to your 'ol self!

DORIS I hope that you can get some rest in now! You have done so much for your family . I hope that they give BACK to you.

Well my computer was very! uncooperative today . I was ready to throw it out into the street & just let a car fun it over! GRRR!!!!!! I can not go back to Windows 8 or anything else. My neighbor Mrs. Ando who works with my stubborn computer has done all that she can for it. The next time it acts up I will probably have to get a new one!

I have been under the weather today . Sore throat, ear ache, body aching. It's no wonder, with all of these kids who come for lessons with their colds. I 'm pretty sure that I breathed in something!

As for me being disciplined about my schedule, there is really no choice. We do what we have to do that fits the moment.

MARIELLE I do hope that your UTI is better .Yes, do drink lots. I have beentold in the past to drink cranberry juice!

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Mary, DO call the man you talked to before and insist they bring the new dryer immediately since they obviously don't know what they're doing service wise. You've probably had it paid for for quite some time by paying for the policy you've had. GO GIRL!

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I am Irritated Sears Consumer....hear me ROAR!

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OK Mary, do not worry about your weight. The cameramen will focus on your face or you can request to not be identified on screen, you know they put people in a dark room wearing a wig and glasses and do the thing that changes your voice.

I am assuming your repair visits documented and what happened each visit. so go ahead and call your local TV and tell the consumer advocates your story and I am sure they will get right on it and probably get you a brand new dryer in the process.

You Go Girl emoticon

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Way to go, Brenda!! I did a search and found two sites and wrote scathing reports. Then when I clicked 'submit' on both of them, you had to have an ACCOUNT to be able to post!! GRR! I need to do the search I did last week to find the corporate number. Yes, I might get my son involved. I'm not a protester. Maybe I should start my own group: Sears Customers Lives Matter!! I don't think THEY think so! Getting Bonnie involved...hmmm...probably not a bad idea at all, lol! I am going to the gym and hope to work off some frustration but it will be another 2 weeks plus before the new go-round of 'repairmen.' And I use that term quite loosely. We do have Consumer Advocates with the local TV stations. I might do that...better lose 20 pounds or so before I go on camera. Mr. DeVille, I'm not ready for my close up, lol!!

Mary
Houston, TX.


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