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trugasCA

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 8:55:12 PM

What does it mean? Do you travel? Are you quietly sitting home?
Are you doing all the things you had no time to do when working?
Are you enjoying your retirement?
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 1:57:13 PM

Happy Birthday Trugasca, A beautiful Jan 30th Birthday wish going to you! Hope you caught it! To have two arms, 2 legs, and a good mind and body is about all we can expect at our ages.

I wish we could have got together for our parties but we are together in mind and spirit. A BIG hug to you!!
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 11:36:45 AM

Happy Birthday , Trugas hope your special day will be special .. it sounds as though you will be doing exactly what you want to be doing .. maybe the gang will deliver you a piece of birthday cake ~anyway I am sending you birthday wishes for good health, as you start into your 84th year !
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 11:21:12 AM

Good morning all. Thanks for the birthday wishes Targetmom. I am "officially" 25 years old now ...(3 times over). I didn't even have any birthday cake but had apple pie ala mode. 2manyfords, not enough to give you a big corner piece.

[Edited by: Jemac at 1/30/2015 11:21:41 AM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 8:53:01 AM

So you like extra frosting eh 2many? End piece indeed.LOL
I am skipping the birthday celebration today in the community room for all January birthdays. I encouraged the management to start them up again, but l don't like the way the last one went.
They put the birthday people on shorter folding metal chairs, while the rest sat in comfy dining room chairs. They had balloons tied to the chairs above them which l thought was too childish. AND to only have cake, and made by a lady who is not the best cake maker in the world. Last time she made gingerbread cake, it was so dry and l couldn't eat it. Then she made something that was under cooked and more like pudding. So l am not going. My friends want to give me some fried won tons as a special treat and we were told
"no, just cake from now on." So l decided to have my own get together where my friend can bring her won tons and l can use up the chinese food l had planned to serve at some time. Pot stickers, veggie rolls and Tempura Shrimp. Nice snack food. Only thing is l forgot about super bowl and l chose 2 to 4 pm Sunday. OH well, hope the football fans go home early.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 7:47:21 AM

Did someone have a birthday? Is there cake? I'll have a corner piece.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:05:50 PM

Belated birthday wishes Jemac ~
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 12:35:18 PM

Trugasca, make sure you don't let the doctors almost kill you before they do a massive treatment on you (If you aren't getting better right away).

They say "IF" an antibiotic is going to work, you should notice it starting to work within 48 hours.
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 12:32:31 PM

That's OK Trugasca, I didn't remember it was my birthday yesterday until reminded by the DIL and GG who live with me.

We did Cracker Barrel last night (the 6 of us) and I paid as I had both a gift card and a survey gift card for 2. Cracker Barrel was supposed to be celebrated for the two of us (DIL and I) as her birthday is Sunday and they had a choice of when to go out and eat. They picked yesterday.

Now I think we have to go to Sweet Tomatoes for her birthday on Sunday as I'm getting hungry for their great foods and they love the place.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:02:15 AM

Jemac, am so sorry l missed your birthday, coz l don't know what day it is..Today is not the 28th. That is your birthday! as you well know. I beg you to blame it on my illness. Don't know what day it is.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 10:13:09 AM

Jemac, l sure hope it doesn't take 3.5 months for me but l am beginning to wonder. I have had 4 rounds of antibiotics and still have pneumonia after a month. Well this last antibiotic dose won't be over til Feb 1st. BTW isn't today your Birthday? l will have to look on your profile. But just in case HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Another thing, i haven't got you as an official buddy. Let's take care of that.?

[Edited by: trugasCA at 1/29/2015 10:15:16 AM EST]
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 9:19:35 AM

Sneakers - Thanks for reminding me to take my pills this morning. Another beautiful cool day, starting with the morning low of 33 degrees. Should be close to 70 today and most of the rest of the week.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 12:17:23 AM

Got my two big 1099-Rs this morning. Fired up Turbo Tax and put them in. Figured out that I'm going to get a refund. But I can't file until after February 15th as I need to get a combined 1099 from my stockbroker. I could look up all the numbers and key them in or I can wait until I can import ten pages (2013's data) automatically.

I spent the afternoon today shopping and getting gas prices. I went to Home Depot and H-E-B (a grocery store). I picked up my late lunch at Subway on the way home. I didn't get done taking my lunch pills until 5:00 PM.

I had two things to get at Home Depot: a socket set and 42 feet of moulding for the home office. Got the socket set, didn't get the moulding. It came in lengths that wouldn't fit in an Escape. AJ told me that I could request that the moulding be cut to a shorter length but I didn't know that.

Spent $125 and change at H-E-B. The cats needed food, the dogs needed food, and the humans needed toilet paper. The cart was overflowing. I was very glad that one of their partners took the loaded cart out to the car. I mentioned that H-E-B was a very highly rated company and the partner asked me where I worked. I told him I was retired and then he asked me where I did work. I told him Boeing and he commented that he knew a number of people who came from Seattle. I told him that I came from Abilene, when I was there they had roughly 100 people.

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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 3:54:05 PM

Trugasca, I couldn't get rid of my 3.5 months of pneumonia until they got serious and had me in for an hour, for 4 days, doing antibiotic infusing. That worked like a charm.

The doctor said "they don't like to do the infusions right away" and I said "no more will I act as a guinea pig while they are trying this and that". 3.5 months was too long without any success from them.

I was a POS and looking back, ... I was close to not being around any more.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 12:45:47 PM

Oh no Trugas , sorry to hear you are still down , my experience with pneumonia is that it takes at least six weeks of rest ~
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 10:41:08 AM

welcome ke4jcd, are we your first posting? l went to your profile and it said you joined 2 years ago and had one post. We are honored if that's true! So you already live in Fla? Retired and now we won't let you fade into sunset. Keep posting and be active. Welcome again.

Hang in there Gus. We welcome you to our post also and hope the 21 months goes quickly, they sure do AFTER retirement.

I saw a post that they lost 2 to pneumonia recently so l am starting to think l had better rest more. Mine is not clearing up. I have more shakes and pain today still. I had to quit the one antibiotic as Sat and Sunday l couldn't move from joint pain and weakness. Feel better today since went back to original antibiotic. But today is last dose and ?????? Still l am glad l did the wash yesterday as the weather has taken another turn to cloudy and cooler.

If one stays healthy, and l do most of the time, nothing beats retirement. Soon it will be warm enough for the outdoor potlucks again and all the fun that summer brings.
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GustheCat2
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 9:07:50 AM

21 more months of the daily grind!
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 9:02:58 AM

Ke4jcd - OR, move to Florida, "semi-retire", (taking in your kids and buying a home that needs to be taken care of by family members).

They (6 year old and 6 month old) won't let me fade into the sunset.

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ke4jcd
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 2:26:40 AM

Retirement is when you move to Florida, to a nice quiet retirement community, and fade away into the sunset. Yep, it's a time to start enjoying life and forget about the rat race.



[Edited by: ke4jcd at 1/27/2015 2:27:29 AM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 12:47:07 AM

Went and attempted to donate plasma and platelets today. They had trouble and I'm deferred for another sixteen weeks. Had a phlebotomist that I hadn't had before and he apparently messed up, at least he said he was sorry that I couldn't make a successful donation. My donor arm is on the left side, the veins on the right side are deeply occulted.

They couldn't get the five sample tubes using the normal method, so another phlebotomist poked me in the right side and it worked. They used a small-diameter butterfly needle but it stung as much as the horse needle in my left arm.

We were going along normally until the plateletpheresis machine shut itself down because it couldn't return blood to my arm. What it was trying to send out went into a bag on the machine so it's not like blood got splattered everywhere.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 10:54:56 PM

Ditto on all your message Jemac ... rest rest and rest Trugas ~

Sounds like your house is getting to the point of being the way you want it to be Sneakers !
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 10:42:51 PM

AJ finished up putting the laminate floor in my home office room. Now, he needs to put up some molding to cover the transition between the floor and the wall. My BFF wonders how much I'll use it as I seem to spend my time typing on the computer in the recliner in the living room.

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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 9:00:00 PM

Trugasca, There's time for work and there's time for resting. If you have pneumonia, it's time to rest.

Doing wash can wait a week if needed. Decide to wear "non-matching" clothes as no one will know the difference, and you can wash them when you get better. Rest - Rest - Rest!! {:>)
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 12:07:31 PM

The pneumonia does not improve. My joints ache as a side effect ot the antibiotic.
Should do wash today, beautiful sunny day but not sure l can.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 9:44:36 AM

I just use up all my time doing things l don't know how l did when l worked as well.

Decided my pork items and leftovers do not get enough attention and get too old by not using them. So l took all the fruit out of freezer and made that shelf a pork shelf. Then l put all the fruit into the empty freezer basket in bottom of fridge/ And decided the veggies on hand were way too much for sharing, so took the fruit back out and put all the frozen veggies there. Put the fruit back in the freezer. As l was going, l listed everything, l had only listed meats before. I could see l had a whole lot more fruits and veggies than l thought, and some duplicates. Over all with breaks, it took me about 2 hours. I added all the cooked items with the fruit. Leftover small meals. So l have one shelf now of things l can eat without cooking.
Then l packaged my hamburger bought day before into approximately one pound packs and froze them. Left some out and made nachos later.

Returned 2 loaves of bread to costco as l felt it was stale. No date on it. Raisin bread at $3.20 per loaf. When returned homeward l stopped at Grocery Outlet for sour cream, Ben and Jerrys at $1.99 and cottage cheese.

My sister called from MN. and she seems happier. THere is a social worker there who has befriended her and she is now content to let her take over in getting her released to a safe home. A friend her in CA offered her a room for $500 a mo. and in the area she wants, but my sis believes she will soon be booted out of there as the lady is getting married.She refused it.

Twice she has refused places, so l am not sure she really cares about returning here in a hurry. Now she wants perfection and wants to know it will last. At first it was "I want out of here as soon as possible". Change.

After a nap l went down to visit the Fearless leader to see how she was and she has really improved once she started using the Spiriva and sprays. Imagine that...LOL. I believe her flare up of COPD was caused by not only not using meds enough, but we have had 11 poor air quality days when COPD sufferers were warned to stay indoors.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 1:27:02 AM

I bought some exercise equipment and AJ has gotten one piece put together. I put it through its paces yesterday afternoon.

Now, we need to get the shower installed as the master bathroom bathtub is annoying. Who would build a bathtub that's so far up off the floor?
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 10:00:36 AM

I retired in 2001. I moved to Florida in 2003 and the rest of the family came down a couple of year's later. We are all living together in my 4 bedroom house (6 of us).

Lots to do, besides picking the 6 year old up from school, computer, TV, Theme parks, shopping, and babysitting at rare times.

[Edited by: Jemac at 1/24/2015 10:01:55 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 12:39:51 AM

Retired in December of 2008. I stay busy with all kind of different things. Meet with other retirees twice a month, just have a great time enjoying life...
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 8:34:56 AM

Integrity, that is good to know, that you aren't bored. But what exactly do you mean by local Meetup groups? Do you mean like library book clubs, gardening groups or ?????
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 5:09:37 PM

Had a little excitement today. I was sitting on the computer and a flash flood warning came up. The BFF was really concerned that we'd get flooded. I told her it was very unlikely because we are in flood zone X.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 1:56:38 PM

I retired in March at age 56. I sell stuff on ebay and I am writing a book. I watch very little tv and I am never bored. I keep busy with the local Meetup groups, which I highly recommend.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 12:41:26 PM

On Jan 22, 2015 9:45:54 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Since l refused to pay the $90, another drug was found which the senior drug
>plan D covered and l only paid $1.20 for it.

Doctors are usually blissfully ignorant of the cost of what they prescribe unless the patient or the pharmacy benefit manager brings it to their attention.

Most of mine are $10 for 90 days except for one that's $50 for 90 days. The expensive one has three active ingredients where two of them are generically available.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:41:19 AM

Rainy day. AJ is putting together the laminate floor in my home office. Then, I'll get to start unboxing.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:45:54 AM

Since l refused to pay the $90, another drug was found which the senior drug plan D covered and l only paid $1.20 for it. Thanks to the internet, l knew there were different drugs recommended for Pneumonia than for COPD, and l noticed of the drugs recommended, one was the one l ended up with. I am glad about the drug coverage l have and that my son is finally able to get. I am wondering if the Middle class is the one suffering on the prices. Unable to get low income breaks.??

I feel the drug companies are really making money and can afford to give breaks to lower income people. The medical field in general is way too high in costs. They are raking it in now. The companies do offer free help and before l got on plan D, l took advantage of a couple of them. I picked them up at a clinic in Fort Bragg where l lived. I had been getting my drugs from Canada prior to finding out about the drug companies help. I was paying a lot then, but less than the US drugs. But l was and remain in a class called "Very low income" that's lower than low income l guess.LOL. So l get a couple of breaks now. I don't feel like getting up and looking up what l was paying for Canadian drugs, but l think it was like $100 for a couple months supply of just one drug for high blood pressure, and now l pay $1.20. So l am happy.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 2:21:59 AM

Spent yesterday afternoon running errands. I got a refund check from my hazard insurance for the apartment, and I took it to the bank. (I prefer to hand checks to human tellers unless I can use the ATM at Chase. I didn't want the money at Chase.) I got the Escape inspected for another year, it passed with flying colors. I took the cable boxes from the apartment back to Comcast. (I've got AT&T U-verse in the house, I have been on both and prefer U-verse.) I then had either a very late lunch or an early supper at Outback Steakhouse; I got there at 4:11 PM. I was going to go grocery shopping but my cell phone was almost totally discharged so I headed back home.

They're forecasting rain today, I plan to spend the day indoors. (They said "100% chance" but when that happens Houston is likely to get a few sprinkles and the brunt of the storm will go to Baton Rouge.) AJ is partway through putting down the laminate floor in my home office room and when that's done he'll bring in the bookcases and books and I'll start unpacking!

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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 1:25:19 PM

People should go to jail for the scams and thievery they are doing on us. If I have to have more chemo drugs they will be around $6500 monthly which I will never be able to afford.

My understanding is that there may be some sort of "adjustment" if truly not being able to afford them.

Maybe the manufacturers can write off the difference if they "give them" away to us for only several hundred dollars a month? We all know the real cost of these are much much cheaper than what they want for them.

In some cases, they even get government grants (our money) and many of these drugs were already made and paid for, for the use in other diseases.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 12:31:53 PM

On Jan 21, 2015 11:08:19 AM, Jemac wrote:

>I expect the real cost of producing the $90 dollar medicine is a few pennies
>to a dollar or two.

I recently got some pills where they were $11.08 for 270. And that included the cost of shipping it to me.

Prices frequently go down dramatically when meds go generic.

When my Mom had breast cancer, they gave her a five-year course of tamoxifen. It was $155 for thirty days when she started out. Then, it went generic and the price dropped 50%. Nowadays, tamoxifen is $9 for thirty days.


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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 12:08:19 PM

Trugasca, with all of our great healthcare, every year we get less and less coverage. The "more" they are going to give you great healthcare, the "less" you get. If you are truly sick, they should have ample medicine to keep us healthy without stealing from us.

I expect the real cost of producing the $90 dollar medicine is a few pennies to a dollar or two.

We have bums in office and both parties are at fault.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:03:54 AM

I know ecsojay, my last trip up to Oregon where l was used to paying about $50 to $70 tops per night, l found very few were $100 or less.

Jemac l went to get the new med and they said $90 and l said forget it.

The Dr was faxed but it was late by then so l have to wait again, til at least 10 am. This is getting ridiculous..I should have gone to Urgent Care instead of driving all the way to Santa Rosa for the xray. Urgent Care would have started me on something right away. I have been misdiagnosed since the first of January. Had all the classic signs of pneumonia then.

OK Targetsmom. Smiles.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:43:11 PM

My last day at work was 2/7/14. I can do whatever I want with my time. I dont miss work - and only on occasion do I miss the people I worked with. The only thing I truly miss about work was the daily lunch breaks with one of my co-workers.

The worst part of all the free times is traveling....and having to pay expensive rates for a motel room. Basic room charge is now $100+.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 7:52:26 PM

Sorry to hear you have pneumonia Trugas .... rest rest rest and more rest :)
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 6:48:07 PM

A couple of year's ago they tried 5 different antibiotics on me to get rid of my pneumonia. Three and a half months later they infused me for 4 days (an hour each day) and finally got rid of the pneumonia.

Sometimes they hit the right stuff.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 6:02:30 PM

Glad l looked into various pneumonias and found the antibiotic l was on was not the one l should be on. Xray shows pneumonia l just got the call and going to get different antibiotics.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 12:27:29 PM

Went to the auto mechanic today to get my estimate of $375 for lower ball joints and sway arms. Going to have it done Monday. First time using this guy but they say he's reasonable and honest. The car has been squeaking for months now.

Got my blood work done today also and preparing for my nap being I had to drag myself out of bed so early (7:15 am).

Got to get the nap in before picking up the 6 year old from school.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:52:38 AM

I know Targetsmom. I am in High Risk group. 84, chronic lung disease, so l try to be careful. I pay $238 a month for co-pay coverage, so l have no qualms about going to Urgent Care today. I pay for it at a high rate, so l feel l should get this lung xrayed, whether or not the Dr says. I am supposed to call him back today. I think he will agree tho once he gets off the idea of coughing causes chest pain. I am not coughing that much as l start nasacort and that stops it. Besides l have one lung pain. Cough pain is across the chest and back. I like original medicare just for this purpose. I don't need a primary care physician referral ever. I can go anywhere, see any specialist that accepts medicare anytime l choose.

I sure haven't lost my appetite, darn it. Could sure lose some weight. Yesterday l ate Farina, soup, an orange, tapioca and pasta. Pretty good appetite eh? OH and a piece of fudge.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 9:12:51 PM

Commented about my IRA withdrawal paperwork. I got it Friday morning from UPS and I put it back in the UPS system the same day.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 5:19:29 PM

Look after yourself trugas lung issues are serious.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 3:45:48 PM

Yesterday, I got out and had an early dinner with some Houston GasBuddies. It was after the Chevron Houston Marathon. We had CSQUARED from Atlanta as a special guest, he was in town for the marathon. Most of the other (there were a dozen total) were too old for such foolishness as running marathons.

AJ was under the weather yesterday, he has cellulitis. He feels a lot better today. He should, he's on three different antibiotics and prescription-strength ibuprofen. He's getting a lot done today.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 9:22:58 AM

Woke at 3:30 again today. My lungs have been hurting lately and added to the lack of energy and more frequent use of sprays, l have decided the antibiotic didn't rid me entirely of the bug and the COPD is flaring up. May do laundry today, may call DR or go to Urgent care. It is not uncommon thing in my life now as l smoked for 40 years.
This is messing up the pleasures of my retirement. LOL
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 10:34:26 AM

Heading off in a little bit to visit my cousin and his wife who are vacationing here in Florida for 4 months. They're about 20 miles from me.

We ran around together back in the 50's and 60's so we have many things to talk about.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 8:18:13 AM

2many AND gas is real cheap right now. You are right about lunch or any trip with several ole ladies, is an adventure. LOL. I don't have to worry about interaction with others because if l step out my front door l often have three others come out and interact..LOL
There is a lady here who likes to get out with her dog and "just sit quietly on a bench", but everytime she does, people stop and talk to her. But tell you what, l sat on that bench and watched her not just say hi to people walking by, but "hi how are you doing? l haven't seen you since......" inviting them in other words. I sat on that bench one day and 7 people walked by and said Hi and went on about their business.

So you can have it either way.

I wanted to clean house yesterday, but my body disagreed, so l sat and read. Today l want to cook up the fresh produce l bought. I woke at 3:30 am, and hope l am not too pooped later to do that, at least. The housework is always there, but the produce goes bad.

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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 7:59:16 AM

When I started volunteering I worried about spending the money for gas with no income. It sure is easier now. In this cold weather my Explorer has a feature that won't let the transmission shift into overdrive until it reaches a certain temperature. It doesn't reach that until I am just bout into town.

trugas, sounds like lunch was an adventure. One of the things I missed when I retired was the interaction with others.
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