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5/31/21 3:38 P

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DH served in Tay Ninh in Viet Nam. I do remember something about Da Nang too. He was a wheeled vehicle mechanic by training but they had him building airports for the infantrymen. So they were subjected to attacks, but weren't actively seeking them out like the army guys who came later once the airports were built.

Two uncles served in WWII. One was a belly gunner. The other an infantry man. I think he was a marine. Maybe they both were. Somewhere I have pictures of them in uniform.

Well, I better get myself ready. Son is coming over some time today.



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5/29/21 2:43 P

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3 members of my family were in WW2. I only live a 1/4 mile from Veterans Park and walk down there almost everyday. I hate this money thing with medicine. I worked in a nursing home, and saw too many times when people had been able to be home with loved ones, m only ran out and they had to spend what was left of their life in a home with strangers.

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5/29/21 9:47 A

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Morning group -- Interesting conversation! As a nurse, I took care of young and older CP patients. They have a varied type of neurological syndrome and therapy was always a bonus for them if insurance would pay. It is great that your husband made it to 79 years of age. Not sure mine will because the latest chemotherapy for his lung cancer is causing so many problems. We have Medicare and BC/BS FEP insurances. They have been paying less and less for his treatments -- now the medical company that owns the cancer center wants cash for each treatment (over $3,550.00 per treatment). My husband gets 2 or 3 treatments per month. We may have to sell some property and a house to be able to keep up with the cost. Maybe a lawyer will help. The latest medication makes him very ill and he doesn't have much "quality of life anymore". If the treatments are stopped, he will be gone in about 3 months. This is what happened with my mother and her treatment for breast cancer. Meanwhile our 16 year old grand-daughter with the brain tumor is getting worse. Her parents are going to have her re-evaluated over the next few weeks. If the results indicate that surgery is not possible and that the tumor is growing, she will be gone very soon. I did finally get my first Covid vaccine injection this week. The next one will be mid-June. My family members in California and Oregon are very against all of the vaccines after watching some weirdo sites online that predict all the bad things about the vaccines. I am tired of wearing masks, not being able to see my grand-children, not being able to go to a dentist, etc. My husband got his vaccine in February via the V.A. clinic. He is able to do lots more activities than I am. Since it is Memorial Day holiday, I will share that my FIL was a naval officer during WWII and was in every battle in the Pacific region the last nine months of the war. His ship (the USS Eldorado) was going to invade Japan and had headed to the islands near there just before Japan surrendered. My husband wanted to be an officer, too, during the Vietnam War. He was headed to officer's training school when he was drafted. He went to Vietnam (DaNang) for 10 months and was able to come back to the East Coast. He was going back to the war, but he broke his leg during our Christmas vacation in 1968 when we were skiing in Taos, New Mexico. He finished his military career in a cast doing work in the engineering department of Balboa Hospital in San Diego. He served for two years. None of our three boys joined the military, but our son who is a doctor tried to join the Air Force. His hearing wasn't good (years of ear infections as a child) and they wouldn't accept him. Now he is dating a lady who has a daughter who served in the Marines. That girl just decided to not make it a career. Blessing to all who do serve in all branches of the military -- we have a troubled world and it is still a dangerous occupation. Enjoy the holiday/thank a "vet".

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5/23/21 6:10 P

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Mary Alice, I am so happy for both of you. Good thing he had spunk and spirit to move beyond the naysayers. I worked with a woman who had mild CP with children who had severe CP as an EA. She had a limp, a slight stutter (her name was Kathy, and the k sound is what she got hung up on. I think I would have chosen a nickname to introduce myself on the phone) and one arm had the high tone, so she couldn't change diapers. Other aides thought that was unfair, but I loved it. I changed her kids and she worked with the five others and kept them entertained. Worked well for me. I only had to deal with one kid at a time then. She was a great team player. Thanks for prompting that memory.



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5/23/21 10:12 A

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My husband was born with CP. He doesn't walk very good. But is better than most. He also has a langwich problem that made many think he has mental problems . The doctors said to put him in a home, but every time his mother would, his father would got get him out. The Doctor finally said he he didn't have mental problems. The Doctor said that he would start going down hill at 35, be in a wheel chair at 45 and dead at 55. He will be 79 the end of the month. He never was in a wheel chair and a couple of months ago his insurance said he was a fall risk and put him in therapy that he properly should have gotten when he was small if it had been available back then. His walking as improved so much. They are saying he might be able to give up his walker and go back to just using a cane in the house.

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Sunday Morning! Waiting for our local son to come and help us do some chores around the house and yard. Going to get into the 90s and stay there all week. This is more the norm for this area. Our local grand-daughter got confirmed Thursday evening at her Catholic Church. We can't drive after dark, so we just viewed the pictures that were posted on Facebook. I did find a card to give her. She has a few more days of school and then has some summer classes that involve dance and volleyball. I am doing better since I got a copy of my lost driver's license. I wasn't able to drive for almost a week -- our DMV stays very busy. The eye testing that I got wasn't necessary, but I do need new glasses. Counting the days until we can finally get to Boulder City -- maybe August if our son can help with the driving. Our Florida grandson graduated from high school on Wednesday -- got to see pictures of him on Facebook, also. He is off to the University of Florida at Gainesville. He gets to go to Seattle over 4th of July to a special track meet for others around the country who are his age. His father is going with him. My husband's sister and her family live near Seattle. They go kayaking and hiking and camping all the time, sometimes in Oregon. They have two sons -- one is in a care home due to birth defects that happened about 38 years ago. She didn't have much pre-natal care and had a very long labor. He has a brain mis-formation that involves his face and neck. Haven't seen him in about 25 years -- she brought both boys here once. He can do some of his self-care, but can't walk too well. There are several cases of this birth defect in my husband's family. Hope you are enjoying the end of spring and are ready for summer. I got 75 bulbs to plant for my birthday -- I am trying to get them started in planting boxes. We have lots of gophers this year that are tearing up the flower beds.

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5/16/21 1:06 P

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I will probably be back there in Sept. or Oct. Then we can meet up for coffee or tea in my case.

Buds is crashed. I felt better so walked him 1.7 miles today. I dropped him off and did another half lap of the park to make it an even 2 miles.

Want to get the kayak out today. need to reconfigure the van seats so I can load it.



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Sunday Greetings! Nice weather for a few days. My husband is out mowing with his riding mower, which is okay for awhile. He gets tired quickly. We went to a neighborhood party last evening -- mostly younger people and a few children. It was our young neighbor's girlfriend's birthday party -- she and I have the same birthdate. Got to meet lots of nice people -- we did "social distancing" and didn't wear masks. The host fixed a special meal that is called "Lowcountry Boil" -- a mixture of veggies and seafood and sausage. I can't digest all the spices that are necessary, but it smelled good. They had some "dips", also. My digestive system is always in a turmoil during allergy season. I need to try to get my driver's license this week and also a Covid vaccine. It is my husband's "off week" for his chemotherapy infusions. Today our oldest son turns 50 years old. He was born in Eureka, California, but lives in Florida with his wife and two teen-agers. We lived over an hour from the hospital, but the delivery went well (had him close to midnight). My mother was still alive to meet her first grandchild. She has been gone for 36 years -- miss her more all the time. Hope you are doing well and staying healthy. Our dog has arthritis and can't walk too far anymore. He is getting overweight. It will start being hot and muggy before the end of the month, so our walking times will have to be early morning or late evening. Still planning to get to the desert house in August. The next door neighbors aren't going to Yellowstone this year until the crowds have mostly gone. Sure miss our yearly traveling -- now it has been three years since we have taken a trip anywhere. Even Florida is too far away for someone on chemotherapy who is now 78 years old and needs oxygen. Keep posting -- sure enjoy our "chats"...

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5/13/21 5:22 P

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Buds walked about a mile this morning around the neighborhood and then I took him to my friend's farm. He loves it out there. Horse, sheep, cats, and Billy the Dog. He gnawed on a horse hoof trimming Attacked a wad of shed sheep hair (Kahtadins shed) and killed it thoroughly and had a stand off with the horse who is 36 years old and came running down the road in a gallop to protect her owners from that strange dog. He and Billy like each other so that was good. I think we got in another 3/4 mile there.

Couldn't get the blood draw last Friday, so trying again tomorrow.

Medicare wellness check doctor convinced me to finally get the shingles and pneumonia shot. I need a tetanus too. And he sent me directions to the online advanced directive, so did that too yesterday. Just need signatures from my kids and I can give it to them and Kaiser clinic.

He also told me to email my primary care doc and ask for physicians statement to exclude me from federal jury duty. I can only work three hours a day in the tax office before getting too fatigued to recover the next day. Hope I hear from her soon.




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The weather has been cool for May, but very nice and the rain has stopped so mutt decided it was a good day for a walk. Well he should walk more often, b ut I know the cold and rain bothers him and I wouldn't wamnt to walk if I had arthritis in my feet. So I let him out back where he either wonders around or lays in the sun.

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Hi Group! Another rainy day in our area. We were in drought conditions, but now we are doing better. Had quite a thunderstorm during the night hours. It has been a stressful week -- our son's MIL had problems with her old car and I had to get her to and from dialysis on Monday and also help get her car from one garage to her home because she didn't have the $900.00 to get a new radiator. She did find someone less expensive and should get that fixed tomorrow. She is able to drive the car if she keeps the radiator replenished with water. Meanwhile, I lost my driver's license (maybe at the grocery store) because I was hurrying to shop while she was at dialysis. Haven't been able to get back to the store to see if anyone found it. Had to get my spouse to his chemotherapy yesterday. Today was taken up trying to find an eye doctor -- now at the DMV, you have to supply a recent eye test from an eye doctor. Our DMV is only open four days a week and you have to stand in line. It has been over four years since I have been able to get my eyes tested. We don't have eye care insurance because my spouse gets his eye care via the V.A. system. Have three graduates in the family this month -- two 8th graders and a senior in high school. Need to find some cards for them. Won't be able to attend their ceremonies (two live too far away and one is at night). Did get birthday cards sent for all the family birthdays this month. Sometime I still need to get a Covid vaccine before all the appointments are taken up by younger people. Just can't quite catch up with what the virus is doing and precautions and protection, etc. I am sure all of you have stories to tell about how the virus has affected your families. A dear friend died last week -- he had been in and out of a large hospital due to kidney cancer care. He did test positive for the virus, but he had a terminal condition. We are blessed to have the rains, it is nice to be cool before the intense heat sets in, we are sorta keeping up with the lawn work. Share how your pets are doing and your families and how you are coping...


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5/6/21 12:56 P

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I checked out housing prices for my daughter there and a 1000 sq ' bungalow is going for $450,000. You are sitting on some much sought after property. DD has seen the sheep by the lake. She said every time she goes to restock the jewelry she looks for them.

Buds did well on our morning walk despite my break from him. He walked a mile with me easily. Tomorrow he gets his thyroid tested again.



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Cathy -- That shop is my favorite in Boulder City. Have found many treasures over the years. Boulder City has been our "other home" for over 50 years. We can walk to just about anywhere in the town from where our house is located. The big horn sheep can be found in two places -- if you head out on the desert from the end of Arizona Street, they have a favorite place about 4 miles out. Some are also in a secluded area around the lake. My friend Donna could show you where to look -- she lives next door to us there. She and her husband Pete take long walks every day. He is now 81 years old and she is 75 years old. Pete worked for Fish and Game Dept. all over the Southwest. My husband's father worked for The Bureau of Reclamation. He has been gone for 14 years now. My husband's mother died in 2001 -- she was very active in church and social groups in Boulder City. My husband did go to his 50th high school reunion and I got to meet some of his classmates. If all goes well, we plan to get to the desert sometime in the fall. For now, we will try to get through the hot/humid summer in South Carolina. We do let people use the little house if they pay for the use of the electricity and water. It has everything that is needed -- three bedrooms, small bathroom with tub/shower, local television stations, air conditioning, and dishes/etc., plus a washer and dryer. Donna usually supervises the house and asks that people not have "wild parties". It is a quiet neighborhood with mainly retired adults. Take care/keep sharing!

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Other than being tired and taking a naps both times, I was fine with the Pfizer. I have heard that people who are really well hydrated have less symptoms and I downed a quart of water and ate breakfast before both shots.

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I think this is the shop my daughter has her jewelry in. She would love to move to Boulder City. Wants one of those little cottages. I still have not seen any big horn sheep while there. Did find Rhyolite and the Free Museum in Beatty. What a hoot. Found petroglyphs in Fallon. Petted baby mini horses in Klamath Falls. Drove seven hours today and am home. Immediately took a nap.

Gave Buds a hoof clipping from one of the minis. He was over the moon to have me back and a treat too.



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My husband and I got both our shots. My daughter is an ICU nurse so got her shots in January. She got very dehydrated and woke up with all the symptoms of being very dehydrated. So with the first shot I put a 64 ounce glass of water beside my bed. I remember waking a few times and taking a sip, but must have done a lot more then that. The glass was empty when I got up. My blatter was so full I thought I was going to over flow the the toilet, but I felt fine. With the second I did only sip the water a few times, but woke up with a low grade fever. My husband said he thought someone slugged him in the arm both times, but that was all. Mom says 3 of us 5 girls have had our shots. The other 2 are bleeders and on blood clotting meds and the Dr says he hasn't seen the data on their meds and the vaccine.

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Hi Group! Sorry I didn't set up the May "chatting" place. Just too many problems this week. Got my husband's CT Scan results yesterday -- not much has changed in 3 months (still has Stage 4 lung cancer in both lungs), but he hasn't gotten worse. The new medication to help him makes him very tired and he can't do many of the chores he used to do. I spend time trying to keep up with my potted plants, but haven't started doing the mowing. I am very allergic to cut grass and also whatever is out there in the air right now. In the past two days we have gotten almost 2 inches of rain -- very quick-moving storms that dump the rain in between the lightening and thunder. More coming this afternoon. I have not gotten any type of Covid vaccine yet. Our two grandchildren in Florida got their Moderna vaccines and both were very ill for four days. We have the same type of allergies (runs in the family), so I am going to try to get the Pfizer type -- my husband did okay with his two shots. Most of our neighbors have gotten one or the other of the 2-shot type of vaccine. I really need to get some dental work done and see my Sleep-medicine doctor. I still only go grocery shopping and to the cancer clinic to drop off my spouse. We aren't going to travel until the fall, unless my husband's condition gets worse quickly. Our local family hasn't gotten any of the vaccines. Hope you are doing okay and can get out with your pets. Our dog is getting old quickly -- he sleeps a lot during the day. The new kitty has never made friends with the old cat. We do have enough space to keep them apart. Will post this now, so we can officially be in the merry month of May! Keep posting, stay safe, share some new ideas for healthy meals...

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