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pickles37
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2005 2:13:08 AM

Here you will find people that desire to loose weight and love to talk about that and lots of other things! Join the fun as we chat away!
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 10:36:25 AM

Hopefully this lawyer will give you satisfaction.

I'm looking for a Florida lawyer today that is also a member of the NY bar so I can get some NY land papers looked at. I may be finally selling my 5 NY properties if all goes well.

Weight staying steady today and hopefully I'm on my way for some weight loss if I can keep up the dieting. Actually I'm not dieting as I'm full every day.

I laid off the coffee creamer (300 cal per day), eating fuller but lean calorie meals, and drinking flavored 0 calorie water. So far it's working.

I went to Cracker Barrel yesterday for their lean haddock meal with cottage cheese, green beans, and Cole slaw and with one biscuit.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 10:16:50 PM

14 pounds? That's great! Keep up the good work.

As for how we have to do all the work for ourselves, who knows what the request looked like when our old lawyers sent them in to all the hospitals, clinics, etc...? Then, maybe they "thinned" the files with pages that either they thought weren't important (or worse, pages that they KNEW were important). Regardless, the files used to be in two boxes and by the time we got them from our second law firm, there was only one box. Curious?
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 1:34:03 PM

I went to the doctors today for my 3 month checkup. He said I was down 14 pounds from my last weigh-in there. Apparently those three pieces of pizza last night did nothing bad for my weight loss.

Isn't it a shame that if you want something done you have to do it yourself. Those lawyers do as little as possible and hopefully they didn't do it on purpose.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 11:52:45 PM

We went to the medical records department at the hospital today and demanded to see all of my wife's records, both digital and hardcopy. We found a lot of stuff that was not in the stuff our old lawyer passed on to us, some of it very useful for our case. It will take two days to print the digital stuff out and copy the hardcopy stuff, but then our new attorneys can see what they were missing. Hopefully it will be enough.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 12:40:23 AM

Sounds like you haven't any spare time nowadays. It's enough to bring you over the edge if you let it.

Today was a good day with the calories only 930. An unusual day and I didn't try to keep them lower than normal. I'm averaging 1608 calories daily these last 34 days.

For lunch I had a large tortilla with broccoli, onions, shredded cheese, salt and pepper. Folded over in half. I had the same for supper. Tortilla was plate sized and each one was surely enough to eat for a meal.
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 11:16:18 PM

We met with our new attorney (actually, an attorney who works FOR our new attorney) today. He seemed very enthusiastic, but could not make any promises. We brought the records that our previous lawyers had, along with our own. It was interesting that the "lawyer's files" were missing some very important records that contain the most important information for our case. That, combined with the nearly blank page from our key visit to the doctor we are trying to file suit against, stirred up conjecture of deleting records (very illegal) by the doctor or his employees and/or the malpractice insurance company, possibly by them offering (an incentive) to OUR former attorneys--like, "you sit on the case and clean up your records in our favor, making it almost impossible for the plaintiffs to make a case and we will make it worth your time (and legal risks?)". It is not uncommon, but almost impossible to catch, yet our attorney used to work for the federal court system and he has seen numerous such cases that led to attorneys being barred from ever practicing law in ANY jurisdiction and fines of MILLIONS of dollars. Needless to say, we will not chase that rainbow. We have another appointment tomorrow to compare our copy to the copy that our lawyer received from our previous lawyers.
Really, this stuff could be turned into a tv series--and we are living it!
Meanwhile, I have slipped back over 300 lbs. I will just try to gradually work back down, even if that means I will bounce from over to under a few times until I finally drop below and stay there. I just have to treat 300 like any other number (my fault that I gave it more power over me than it should have).
Also, wife has yet another NP prospect. Keeping fingers crossed that she finds ONE that will be able to step in and help save the clinic.
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 12:40:09 AM

I'm glad the trip was a safe one. I am so glad to not ever have to drive in snow or ice again.
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 11:11:05 PM

Today I spent almost 12 hours "driving" back from Minneapolis. The snow storm that went through there left anywhere from 3-4" to 15", depending on location. I saw so many wipe-outs, vehicles off the road, jack-knifed semis, and multi-car accidents, but fortunately I was not involved in any of them. I had a few long stretches of stop-and-go in back-ups from accidents & even saw a med-evac helicopter landing near one accident site! I usually can make the trip without stopping for gas, but all the stop-and-go meant I had to "stop and fill" in Peoria, IL.
Tuesday, we will be meeting with an attorney that might try to get our malpractice case certified and filed before the deadline. Fingers crossed!
It is amazing how being away for two days can put you so far behind in the routine things a person has to do, but I will start playing catch-up tomorrow (when I am not seeing the lawyer).
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 8:16:08 PM

Went to visit cousin here in Fla. His 4 month vacation is about over and he gave me a few things he doesn't want to take back to NY. Time flies.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 9:52:40 PM

Forget the non-compete issue. WE need a lawyer for our malpractice case before the statute of limitations expires and attorneys don't like taking last minute cases like ours.

Regarding the non-compete, though, I won't even read the article you attached. WE lived through legal action and WE know other doctors who tried to fight such clauses in their contract. THE COURTS ENFORCE THEM, unless the employer agrees to release the employee on a case-by-case basis.

BTW--I am leaving around midnight to drive to Minneapolis to deliver some things to our son (the lawyer) and his family. I will be coming back Monday morning.

[Edited by: GBGuy at 3/21/2015 9:54:36 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 7:16:03 PM

In reading Chicago non-compete agreements (enclosed link), I don't see any reason that a non-compete agreement can be upheld in your case. I think it's all phony-baloney scare tactics that would never be held up by a court. I see no harm done, no secret company paperwork taken, no classified information being used and it is harmful to the employment of the individual that can't get a job due to the non-legal cause written in.

I think you should contact an attorney that handles just these cases.

My weight is staying the same as I have been 'cheating' a little. Hopefully today I won't grab some of those peanuts or snacks they have around here.

Chicago non-compete agreement by lawyer and court information

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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 12:43:35 AM

It was explained to me that Illinois is a very pro-business state and the laws prove it. Contract law and Labor law are pretty extreme here. We know 3 doctors that have committed suicide after or during a fight for their right to practice medicine in their community of choice because that fight is a difficult one.

Meanwhile, after having a pair of docs working for over a year on our malpractice suit against the doc that was liable for the majority (or all of) wife's pain, suffering, professional difficulties, and possibly the loss of her clinic, they told us we had no case. Then we found out they were looking for proof of something that cannot be proven and not even the basis of the case, so they just quit on us. That was over 2 weeks ago. One of those lawyers connected us up with another who said he would take the case, knowing that the statute of limitations was coming up somewhere from May to July of this year. We had all of our records transferred to him and patiently waited almost 3 weeks until today he, without even meeting with us once, said we didn't have a case. That happened today. They just told my wife to come and pick up our records (thousands of pages in 3 file boxes). She sent me to Champaign to get them, but they said the records were in their office in our city, which was closed today and wouldn't be open until Monday at 10 am. A wasted round trip later, wife was beside herself, fearing we would not get justice or ever be able to get out of our financial crisis. I started calling the state bar and the Chicago bar, collecting names & numbers of possible lawyers who would take such a case on a last-minute basis. The ones I called were very cordial, one even considered it (from Chicago) but changed his mind. They all kept giving other names & numbers and I kept calling until we found one (in our city!) that will meet with us on Tuesday and seriously consider it. Fingers crossed, big time on this one!
Meanwhile, wife got a nibble on a NP candidate that she thinks she already knows. Unfortunately, one of her nurses found a different job and will be leaving May 1, leaving her with one nurse.
I could write a soap opera with this stuff, but no one would think it was realistic or even believable.
On my weight, I bounced back up to 302, but went back to 299 today. It is a struggle and all this stress is not good for my diet either.
Jemac
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 11:59:50 PM

Sounds like these people are POS's. I can't believe it would hold up in court with the best of the best lawyers in the business.

Glad I live a quiet, social, easy life with only 6 people in the house plus 1 dog, 4 cats, and 6 fish.
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 10:06:02 PM

Yes, we are very sure. Before we lived here, we lived in western Illinois and the hospital there closed their clinic, but enforced their non-compete clauses. Suddenly 12 doctors could not work within 30 miles of the hospital. We hired an attorney but all he could do was negotiate the best severance package & terms of separation. He came pretty close to convincing them to permit her to work at a clinic that was just barely inside the 30 mile radius, but at the last minute the hospital execs decided to be jerks and said no. That is why we moved all the way across the state (practically in Indiana).
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 1:28:49 PM

GB, are you sure in Illinois that the non-compete provisions are truly enforced by the state? Some people take the forced non-compete as gospel without seeing what a lawyer says.

For example: Courts Won't Allow Forced Unemployment

Regardless of the terms of your non-compete agreement, courts don't want you to be forced out of employment or out of your profession. If a non-compete agreement prevents you from using professional skills that you've developed over many years, courts will find this restriction overly broad and probably not enforce the non-compete agreement.
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 12:13:50 AM

I hope all works out with both of you. It doesn't seem right that they can force someone to commit to no other jobs in the area.

Lawyers say that's OK, huh.
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2015 11:33:04 PM

Her husband already has a new job, as a University of Illinois professor. For this doc, since she doesn't want any on-call time or hospital rounds, C-section duties, etc..., a day would be 7 or 8 to 5 with an hour lunch.
As for finding a "local person", all of the local docs are either under contract with other clinics or one doc that just bought the only private practice in the city. Any docs that leave a clinic have restrictive covenants, meaning they can't practice within a specified radius for a period of time, so "locals" aren't an option, though it would be nice.
Even the local NP's, PA's, etc... are bound by contracts with non-compete clauses. We don't restrict any of our employees, so we lost two NPs in 3 years. The first wished she could come back (grass being greener? NOT). We pay better than anyone and have the best work environment/benefits. We can do it because we don't have the overhead of a bigger operation and the profits are only "shared" by one owner, so we don't need as much and we try to share the wealth. People just don't appreciate how good they have it until they give it up or lose it.
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 10:44:44 PM

What constitutes a "day"? 8 hours; 12 hours? She must be figuring the cost of relocating (a new house), along with bringing her husband along and him, eventually having to find a new job.

If it doesn't work out for her, her relocating again.

Wow, there sure is a lot to have to figure out between you and your wife.

Glad I don't have that responsibility.

Too bad you can't find a local person that doesn't have as much baggage. It would probably save you a lot of money.
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 9:16:32 PM

The other doctor may want more than we can give her, the biggest things being about 3 1/2 days per week, no on-call, no hospital responsibilities, and a salary of almost $200k/year. We will probably send her an offer, including just about everything she wants except the high pay. Maybe no one else will give her all she wants and she will decide to accept our offer?
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2015 11:55:22 PM

That food yesterday brought me back up to 268. Now I have to take it easy to get back down. I know it wasn't a firm weight gain but only temporary. I've been drinking excessive water today, probably from all the sodium I ingested yesterday.

Congratulations on getting your weight down. It sure is a good feeling, isn't it! I'm rooting for you (and for me)!

Glad your Monday went well. That takes a ton off your mind and now it's just wait and see what happens.
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2015 8:46:52 PM

Well, we made it through the day. Don't know what the other doctor is thinking, but wife will probably send her an offer and if she accepts it, we have another provider. If not, then we will keep looking.

By the way, I weighed in today at 298. Finally under 300, but not so much that a pound or two oscillation won't put be back to (or over) 300. I will have to keep pushing extra hard a little longer before I back off a little to find my stable routine again. Don't want to even 'PEEK' at the over 300 world again!

[Edited by: GBGuy at 3/16/2015 8:49:27 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 10:01:31 PM

Wow, a very busy Monday for you. We will continue to do our part on your behalf as will many others with our nightly works. How is the wife doing with her surgeries. Is everything coming along OK?

I was 261.8 this morning but expect to go up by tomorrow morning as the shrimp with broccoli in garlic sauce and 4 egg rolls will do their toll on my weight.

At least, I don't feel I'm dieting at all and still losing a bit in the meantime.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 9:41:58 PM

It will be my task, with the help of our son, to complete the job of taking down all remaining decorations, lights, extension cords, etc... and put them all away.
Monday will be difficult because we will be entertaining a pediatrician who may join the clinic (and thus, "save" it). She will not have a vehicle, so I will drive her to and from locations, meetings, etc... A local woman will give her a tour of the area, they will all meet at the clinic for a lunch (that I will have to pick up and deliver for them), I will register (check-in) at the hotel & set up the fruit basket & other treats, etc..., then eventually take her to the hotel (son will be along to carry in the luggage). Lastly, after the new doc's husband arrives to join her, we will pick them up and take them to a fine restaurant (it is actually in Indiana). Wife has my whole itinerary written down, plus key times that I should be prepared in case they need me for something.
We are all very hopeful that she will agree to join the clinic, but if not, that someone else will become interested, soon.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2015 11:14:08 PM

The girls have their Christmas decorations down. Usually they are up until about September before they decide they have been up long enough.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2015 10:07:49 PM

Spent some time outside in the sun, taking some more of the Christmas decorations down & putting them away.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2015 11:28:40 AM

Weighed 263 this morning so I'm heading in the right direction. I expect it'll be slower now.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2015 11:21:48 PM

I had coffee, Coffeemate, Raisin Bran and milk, meat ball Sub for a total of around 1825 calories but a big 248 carbs. I'm down to 265 from 270 though so I'm doing some losing.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2015 10:10:37 PM

It was warm out, but rainy, so son went with me to the mall to walk for exercise. I hardly ate anything beyond the minimum. I am so hungry, but I hope it will be worth it.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2015 11:46:44 PM

I finally came down the amount I went up from eating at Sweet Tomatoes buffet and also missing my daily water pill for two days. Hopefully I can keep on track better now.

The Sweet Tomatoes buffet is usually only about every two months and their food is nutritious, other than me over indulging myself. I can't help it as it is so good and nutritious (and tasty).

Driving the 17 miles each way in fairly heavy traffic is a PITA for me (but certainly not for you). You're our travelin' man!
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2015 10:15:54 PM

No weigh-in today. Not knowing actually motivates me in the face of uncertainty.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2015 10:22:42 PM

You are doing a great job in losing weight! Keep up the great work and I'm surely rooting for you. I'm only down 3 pounds put still trying to keep my eating habits good.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2015 8:13:01 PM

Here we go! Weighed in at 302 today. Next 3 days, 1) I won't weigh myself, 2) I will turn up my diet efforts, and 3) Son and I will exercise more to break through the 300 lb. barrier and keep going. So, when I weigh myself next, hopefully I will be 295 or less. Then I just have to ease back on my diet and exercise to a more sustainable level without putting the pounds back on. Next few days will not be easy, but it will do so much good for my psyche if I can get bellow 300 and stay there.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 11:31:15 PM

My son is going to help me over the next week. I am almost down to 300 lbs. When I finally drop below it, don't want to bounce back, so over the next week we will try to up my exercise to accelerate my weight loss temporarily so I can actually get down to 295 or less, giving me a little wiggle room.
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2015 11:58:00 PM

I had computer problems the last day or so but I was able to get my points in. I checked for virus's and found a few but don't expect they were causing my problems. I couldn't get on the internet with my computer and did my points from the GD's computer, but nothing else.

It finally seems like it was the Ethernet card so I bought a wireless card to get me on the internet as I wanted to have wireless for my computer also. I'll pick up another Ethernet card one of these days I guess.

I have actually gone up in weight from my 6 pound loss but don't think it is really a big deal as it was over-stuffing from Sweet Tomatoes veggie buffet on Saturday and my food visiting on Sunday. I expect it to come right off in the next few days.

I guess the six bowls of soup (fairly small bowls) with all the salt they contained plus not taking my water pill has me up a bit in water. I did visiting on Sunday and didn't want to run to the boy's room when I was at a 60's singing group that we watched.

All's well that end's well.
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2015 10:46:19 PM

After weeks of stagnating at about the same weight, but sticking to my regimen, I have started to lose some weight again. I don't know how much I will lose this time or how long I may go before I hit another speed bump, but it helps me feel positive about things. My objective is to not go through any periods of any length that include me gaining weight. Zero gain is ok, even zero loss, and mixed in there if I can have periods of weight loss, I can keep at this for years, if necessary, to lose the weight I feel I must lose.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2015 11:41:20 AM

My philosopy is that at the moment of my death, when I look back at all that I did & didn't do, I will have regrets. I am just trying to minimize those regrets. As a Christian, I believe when a person holds out their hand and asks for help, I should extend my own. This little baby girl needs someone to help her. Her mother can't do it. So I say let it be me. There are a lot of things I can't do, but this is one way I can help. I hope more people feel this way in the future than they do right now.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2015 8:05:26 AM

PTL for people like you, for all your help. You'll be rewarded in the end. Got to take the 6 year old to school now.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2015 8:01:58 AM

our community has already organized a fundraiser. this drive will include a silent auction party type event at a local dance hall and a bank account that people can send deposits donations to. the baby is very sympathetic and everyone wants to help her but I have already heard some people comment that they are afraid that whatever money they send in will just end up buying more heroin for the mommy. I think the baby it would be better off if she was in foster care. meanwhile I am at the ready if they need me to help in any way & my wife will give them all the medical care that they need whether the insurance approves it or not.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 11:26:37 PM

They can give billions to the countries that hate us but not a nickel for special help for our children.

If a lot of money for the total health of the baby is needed, perhaps someone like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg would intervene. It's not beyond belief. They seem like great people.

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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 6:19:53 PM

You would think they would have assistance for people in need like this but all the programs are cut by the government. Their only choice would be an ambulance ride that will cost over $5,000.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 11:15:08 AM

Wow, so young to have such a problem. Wouldn't some child healthcare protection program take the child to St. Louis free of charge for such a condition? Seems like they would have a more sanitized and emergency transport.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 7:14:07 AM

the baby is almost one month old now.
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 11:30:08 AM

How old was the baby? I forget what you initially said. She is in our prayers for sure.
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 8:53:52 AM

Apparently, The Bubble Boy syndrome is not connected to or caused by the heroin adiction. It is just one more thing that this little baby has to deal with. They are very hopeful that if they can find a compatible bone marrow donor then a transplant will set this baby on the right course.
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 9:53:20 PM

The poor little girl. Such a shame how life is so cruel so often.
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 2:06:02 PM

No, they can provide a portable bubble for riding in the back seat of our truck. Before they set the bubble up, I must have the truck's interior thoroughly detailed and cleaned and then they will sterilize the back seat of the cab as well as possible. Her mom will have to ride up front with me and only go in back to change diapers or feed baby. Mom and baby will be equipped with masks and gloves and other protective apparel. I will just wear mask and gloves.
Regarding my weight loss program, I easily lost at least 3 lbs., oh, wait, that was my laptop & power supply. stupid thing is glitching in & out. My computer guy says it will be ready later This week. Until then, I will gain proficiency with my tablet.

[Edited by: GBGuy at 3/3/2015 2:11:08 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 9:23:29 AM

Does that mean she can't be around anyone that has any mild cold. You will have to be without sickness to take her. What a terrible thing for a mom to do to her child.
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 4:45:27 AM

Remember the baby that was born addicted to heroin? Newest news is that she may have "bubble boy" syndrome. I think they need to do a few more tests, but if so, they will need to go to St. Louis. Mom doesn't have any means of travel, so my wife asked if I would drive them. What do you think, would I drive a dear, needy baby (and her mom) to St. Louis?

Ok, yes I would. Just waiting for time and place info.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 10:08:46 AM

In ALL my life He has pulled me through. Where I thought all was totally going 'south' in life, He pulled me through. I know where my limitations end and where He is pulling me through.
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 10:58:06 PM

Well, nothing is guaranteed yet, but some doors are opening where they were all closed to us. If we can get that NP, it could be just what we need to keep the clinic open and keep other employees from leaving. If the new lawyer can do what he thinks he can, it would be HUGE. If neither happen, we are still in pretty bad straits.
If nothing else, our faith has been boosted.
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 9:17:25 PM

Fiath is all we have and if we lose that, we're lost. Sometimes we are "tested" to the extreme to see how we deal with it.

Glad things look positive and hopefully all will work out in the end.
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