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Those microwave steamer bags of rice and veg come in really handy, I mix them in to make a plate up. Hopefully your ankle will calm down soon, it is a frustrating pain along with the off chance that it may give way.
 

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guessing you live in the south somewhere.. gets too hot & muggy for me down there..
lived in Georgia for a couple of years.. was mostly ok, but the summers.. whoo.. too hot
no muggy here!
I live in the desert, and love it.
It does get hot in the summer. but you get used to it. Better for me than cold in the winter.
 

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Better for me than cold in the winter.
i dont particularly like the cold either, but it is easier to cope with the cold than it is hot for me..
cold I can put more layers on, or curl up an a nice warm, fuzzy blanket.. when it is hot, there is only so much you can take off and not get arrested in public, LOL
I grew up in Northern Michigan (south of the bridge) and live in Wisconsin now.. similar in many ways, but Wisconsin does get a lot colder than Michigan ever did.

If I could pick an ideal, it would be mid to upper 70's & medium humidity during the day all year round, and lower 50s at night (fahrenheit)
 

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I can put more layers on, or curl up an a nice warm, fuzzy blanket.. when it is hot, there is only so much you can take off and not get arrested in public, LOL
I always laugh whenever I hear someone say this. Because when it is truly hot, taking off clothes is the very last thing you want to do. People do it, but it is not what helps you keep cool in real heat. Think of how the Saharan desert people dress, or people in other parts of that continent. They wear light colored light and loose clothing covering their bodies, which is the best thing to do. Protection from the sun is vital, not just because of damage but because if it hits your skin directly you are much, much hotter. When I go hiking or walking in hot weather, my arms and legs are always covered by very light loose clothing. And, of course, a hat to shade your face.

Your ideal climate exists. I have lived there. It's Los Angeles, and that is why so many millions of people live there! There may be other places where that ideal exists, but that is the only one I have lived in. Of course, there's rather a huge trade-off for that great weather, and I chose not to continue to pay it and left.

It also exists in the southwestern US in the winter, which is why so many people are snowbirds and go there in the winter.
 

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LA is definitely NOT someplace I want to go.. regardless of the weather, LOL WAY too many people for my liking

and not much for being a "snowbird" either... so I guess I will just stay where I am for now.
 

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Ugh! - I hate bitter cold!!

last week at this time we were pushing 70 degrees F (about 21C) and had rain/thunderstorms...
this week has been cold and snow... barely 24F out there today (-4C) and rather breezy with a "feels like" temp of 12F/-11C
😱
we should be in the middle 40sF this time of year.. too early for this mess.

not only does this kind of cold make me hurt me more, but it makes my COPD flare up too... and today was trash day so had to go out and bring the bin back up to the house before it blew away... now i am ready for a nap!

and yeah, i know, I could live somewhere else.. somewhere warmer... or be a snowbird.. but in all honesty, I cant afford to be a snowbird, and my partner still works full time.. the idea of trying to move house just exhausts me, not to mention him trying to find a new job, and all the headaches that would bring about.. so no.. moving really is not an option at this time... plus, the house is pretty much paid for, and who wants to go into that kind of debt again at this point in life? (or in this economy? eek!)

but anyway... had my appt on Monday.. next step with the neck is going to be a cortisone injection... to help soothe the irritated nerves coming out from the spinal cord..
the nerve block was specifically targeting the facet joints, and did nothing for the main nerves coming from that area.. the cortisone shot will target those main nerves. Doc does not think surgery is the right choice at this time.. I still have halfway decent strength in the arms, despite the pain. However, it will remain an option if the injection does not help.
Injection is scheduled for Dec 8th.. seems like forever away, but it was the earliest they could get me in.
 

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I just want to SCREAM right now, I am so ticked off.

had thyroid lab work yesterday.. results of the test were posted to my online account with the clinic, as expected...
however...
I was not contacted with the results of said test, I was not contacted about being given a new prescription, I was not contacted about scheduling another lab appointment in January.. so, yeah.. quite frustrated right now..
aside from knowing that the test result came back as elevated - higher than the last one, in fact - i knew absolutely nothing else.
But, there is a prescription waiting for me at the pharmacy - that i knew nothing about.
and there is a follow-up lab appointment scheduled - without consulting me - even tho I have requested multiple times to please call me before scheduling any appointments (in case I have a conflicting appointment elsewhere)
And apparently my PCP did not deem it important enough to contact me to tell me all of this..
 

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Cookiebaker, I don't think they ever let you know that the results are back. You have to check yourself at the online account in one of those online "portals" where you can view the results. That is what I use and I get the full results right away; all I have to do is log in the next day to see them. In order to interpret what they mean, however, I need an appointment with my doctor so it can be fully explained to me if it is not all within the normal range.

Now, the prescription waiting for you without any explanation - that's weird. I suggest you not get it until you have talked to your doctor.

Your doc can't really be expected to call you the very next day, as they are so busy these days. If you don't hear in couple days, call them. You may have to schedule an appointment.

As for the lab appointment, they can't really keep track at the lab who wants what or who wants to be called first. I suggest you simply call them and reschedule if it doesn't work for you. Or, go online and do it if they have that available.

It only harms you to get all annoyed about it. Take a deep breath and remember this is really not important in the big picture. :)
 

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You have to check yourself at the online account in one of those online "portals" where you can view the results. That is what I use and I get the full results right away; all I have to do is log in the next day to see them.
i do use that, and saw the results that afternoon. not what i was getting at, but...
And what about those that dont have that option? Yes, there are many, usually smaller clinics, that still dont do/have that option.

Now, the prescription waiting for you without any explanation - that's weird. I suggest you not get it until you have talked to your doctor.
I had an email from the pharmacy saying my prescription was ready - when i called the clinic to speak with the assistant, it was mentioned again - I told her I had not been told about it, had no idea it was prescribed, nothing.. all I got was, oh, sorry, but according to her (the PCP's) notes, she wants you to start taking this and be retested in 8 weeks to see how things are going.

As for my PCP not calling me, I honestly did not expect her to call right away, but when writing a new prescription, one would expect "somebody" to let you know that it is being sent to the pharmacy, and give basic instructions about it.. the PA, a nurse, somebody.. to just write the scrip, send it to the pharmacy and say nothing to the patient is not very good practice..
Also, to just get an email out of the blue about a prescription being ready for pick up is kind of weird and a little unnerving... especially when you have not requested a refill on anything... There are no details in the email, only that a prescription is ready for pickup and any co-pay/amount owed for it.
As for the lab appointment, they can't really keep track at the lab who wants what or who wants to be called first.
actually, at this clinic, they do have that info when making an appt for patients - the patient info file is usually flagged to call first, if requested - somehow mine got unflagged at some point.. assistant said she would correct that for future appt scheduling.

Appt scheduling is relatively centralized here. Lab staff don't make the appts, just like the doctors don't, that is all done via appt desks and that is all those people do all do, schedule appts. Each department has its own appt desk, but they are all connected so that there are very few conflicts with appts in different departments.

so yeah.. I dont think I am being unreasonable about this at all. My opinion tho..
 

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Ah, I see. No, you are not being unreasonable to have expected those things to be done differently, I know now that I know more details.
I hope you get a chance to speak to your doctor soon and clear this up.

I know what it's like when you have given instructions and they are not followed when it is simple for them to be. I was going to a pain clinic a few years ago. They repeatedly sent my prescription to the wrong pharmacy. I would go in for an appointment, and ask the person at the front desk to check and double check the pharmacy location in my file, and to be certain that it was correct. Explain that I had had scripts sent to othe wrong one. After my appointment i would stand in line to tell them again. Then, they'd send it to the wrong one. It would mean my having to go a 45 minute drive to the other pharmacy every time. After this happened 4 or 5 times I wrote a scathing review online and then they finally got it right.

My sympathies, cookiebaker, and I apologize if I sounded as if I were discounting your experience.
 

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My sympathies, cookiebaker, and I apologize if I sounded as if I were discounting your experience.
Not a huge deal, Sunkacola, so dont worry about it. 🤗 Was partially my fault for not fully explaining, LOL

I am not sure when I will actually get to speak with my provider, and with the holiday today, who knows.. but by the time i do actually get to speak with her, i will be much calmer about things than i was on Tuesday. Still not real impressed with how things were handled, but I am over the worst of it.
Funny thing is, i dont check that particular email account all that often - it doesn't get a lot of activity.. it is used for very specific things.
I went to it to check on something else, and found the email about the prescription waiting for me by complete chance that day. It could have been sitting there for days otherwise.. i honestly wish the pharmacy would go to a text message based system of notification rather than email, but it is what it is. sigh
 
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