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Post by The Walrus on Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:18 pm

Thanks, I am definitely going to have to start making it. Not going to bother with Primal Kitchen any longer - I get it from iHerb, but it's not worth the trouble for a Heinz product! Despite what Mark says about everything being the same, I know how this sort of thing works...I only hope that the employees also got to share in the windfall and they will keep their jobs.

Speaking of jobs, I had my interview this morning. It went really well methinks! I should know by the end of the week. At the very least it was good practice and has given me a good idea of how I can transfer my experience to a different sort of work. I wore a red dress with a black jacket, felt really good.
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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:40 am

Awesome about the interview. Crossing fingers

I too make my own mayo, a little different than Pedi’s
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Post by perennialpam on Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:38 am

Glad you got yourself "out there". Hoping for a good ending in that regard whether it be the practice or the hire.

Yea, I was so disappointed to read the Heinz change.

Thinking good thoughts on your behalf.

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Post by ONTARIO on Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:13 am

I'm with you on the "how things go" with regards to the sale of Primal Kitchens. He WILL lose control of his product. It's just the way things go when you get swallowed up by a big conglomerate.

I hope you get the job!

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Post by Meant2Move on Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:02 pm

So pleased to read you have housing for the interim. That should bring your anxiety down a bit.

I hope the job works out. Feeling confident in one's appearance makes a huge difference.
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Post by The Walrus on Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:29 pm

Yesterday I had a bit of a crash after my interview. Have you ever had that happen? So much adrenaline flooding my system, and then afterwards I was so tired - also the weather was weird, very gusty winds, very warm. I was in a bit of a fog and last night I slept like a log - was still sleeping when Dream and the dogs got up. I could have slept another hour!

13% Awake 1h 9m
13% REM 1h 13m
62% Light 5h 39m
12% Deep 1h 5m

I have dim recollection of lots of dream (weird, as always) so I was surprised to see that my REM sleep was not greater, and was not at the times I would have expected, i.e. very little REM at the end.

Today I'm driving into Melbourne for a specialist appointment to see if something more can be done to fix my wrist, which still has little mobility. I'm nervous about driving into the Big Smoke, as I have done very little city driving in the past years. Melbourne is particularly tricky because there are trams all over with tracks in the middle of the roads, and some unusual traffic laws, like making a right hand turn from the far left lane. Hmmm. Wish me luck! I wish Dream could go with me, but his work schedule has made this impossible.

I have had a lot of routine tests done - labs, urine, pap, etc. Have an appointment to go over the results with my GP. I don't expect any surprises, but I am curious about the results.
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Post by Pedidoc on Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:00 pm

Sending prayers and quick thinking to conquer the Melbourne traffic.
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Post by The Walrus on Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:35 am

I’m back safely, having conquered the roads and did not collide with a tram! Actually it was pretty easy. The specialist was cautiously encouraging. He said that he feels at this point it is soft tissue damage which simply takes a long time to heal. Give it another three months, physio, exercise etc. and come back in three months. In any case he said he doesn’t like to do any interventions until a year from the initial injury, which would be April.
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Post by Rig D on Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:22 am

Let's hope the doc is right, just takes time. Congrats on winning the traffic battle.
So is Melbourne "officially" known as the Big Smoke? Much like our Windy City = Chicago?
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Post by The Walrus on Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:14 pm

Yes indeed, it is called the Big Smoke. It’s not smoky, not any smokier than any other place. Great city! Loads of character, unbelievable food, streets of old building crammed with tiny ethnic eateries and little shops. On this trip I was didn’t enjoy any of that, just did the appointment and left in rush hour traffic!
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Post by The Walrus on Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:09 pm

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Post by ONTARIO on Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:38 pm

I think the doc gives sound advice. It takes time for the body to heal and as we age it takes longer. I always think it is better to have a wait-and-see approach.

I get what you mean about the street car tracks. We have that in Toronto as well and driving around that city is crazy and very stressful. I'm glad you made it there and back unscathed!

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Post by The Walrus on Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:59 pm

I'm really glad I finally did the drive and got that monkey off my back.  I have been very reluctant to go on long drives into inner cities by myself.  Probably sounds stupid to most people, but it is quite anxiety-producing for me.  In addition to the inner city bit, it was about 6 hours of driving - a lot for me in one day.  I wish I'd had a recorded book or something to occupy me - my old car does not have bluetooth or anything of the sort other than a CD player.  Next time I will be more prepared.  

The doctor said I have CRPS - Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.  After reading up on this, my mind keeps going back to my first surgery, when the plate was placed.  I woke up in terrific pain - off the scale pain.  That shouldn't have happened.  I wonder if the neuralgia I have experienced is related to an error in anaesthesia.  Also I feel I should have had better pain control all along - the first few weeks were hellish.  I mean, hey, I've broken bones before.  This was so different.  As a contrast, when I woke from the second surgery, admittedly a much easier, simpler procedure, I had no pain and was pleasantly, peacefully euphoric.  (The way you should be...). Yeah, I'm probably overthinking this.  But I have to believe I will get better.  I know that nerves take a long, long, long time to heal.  The doc said the tremendous swelling and trauma damaged all the soft tissues, including the nerves, and time time time is what is needed.  I know this from having surgery for a neuroma way back in 1995 - it took ages - years - to really heal, and I still have to be careful with my left foot. And I keep remembering M2M had told me that I need to give it a year. So that's that!

So...on with life.  I should hear about the job in the next couple of days!  I'm so hopeful.  Yet I don't want to pin all my hopes on it - it's out of my hands now.
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Post by Narrowminded on Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:09 am

TW sounds like some good reports over all.

I too am not a city driver and avoid it at all costs. Sometimes I just have to bite the bullet, but generally leave it to the kids if I can.

Praying that time will heal the soft tissue damage and as you continue to exercise it and have therapy things will improve.

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Post by The Walrus on Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:52 pm

Thanks all, for your comments, makes me smile to find there are friends out there and I can come here any time and find a friend! Yes, feeling a little sorry for myself for some reason. Just tired of being in a state of change .

Yesterday I had a farewell lunch with my two besties. Bittersweet for certain! Although we will stay in touch, it’s nothing like having coffee and going on walks a couple of times a week.

Maybe hear about the job today? Hope hope hope.

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Post by Meant2Move on Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:00 pm

Really hoping you got good news on the job front.

Waiting to heal is just... icky. I tend to feel as if my body has betrayed me somehow. But time passes and one does heal. I've been listening to a lot of guided imagery lately and find it helpful - patience, but also a reminder to direct my thoughts and breath towards a positive approach to pain management. I can better tell myself "it's a healing pain" and also rather than directing frustration towards the pain, I try and direct compassion and other positive thoughts.
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Post by The Walrus on Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:42 am

Well...it is 103F, 40C today. Yokes. Might not be so bad but we’ve had very pleasant weather, nothing like this. Whew! The evaporative cooler is no good for this. However, my wrist/hand loves it. I actually swung on some monkey bars! Never dreamed I would do that again! My hand is actually very strong from all the exercise.

I’m feeling much better about things since seeing the specialist. He validated a lot of my thoughts, and my further reading on CRPS is also confirming. My pain was not controlled at all, particularly at the first surgery, and this slow healing is related to that.

No word on the job and it is almost 5 PM on Friday, so I guess I won’t hear today.
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Post by ONTARIO on Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:49 am

40 degrees......bestill, my heart! Gah! I would love that! Sure beats the cold and snow I'm dealing with today. Glad your hand and wrist are benefiting from the hot temperatures as well.

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Post by Narrowminded on Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:38 am

Wow that’s a bit toasty! Not sure how much humidity you have there, but if it’s like here, definitely not pleasant. Happy to hear you got out and enjoyed it though.

Yeah, I’ll send my snow if you like. Smile

Crossing fingers Monday will bring and answer to the job.
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Post by tomi1000 on Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:42 pm

Oh my goodness! thats hot! I hope you have A/C!

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Post by The Walrus on Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:57 am

Today is a much more reasonable 27C or so. It is overcast, so it did not get as hot as predicted. Yes, I will admit it is better than cold and snow. For one thing, when the heat breaks it is gone - unlike snow, which hangs around and becomes mud and ice. Well, I have had plenty of that in my life!
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Post by The Walrus on Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:06 pm

So - huge list of things to accomplish today. Wish me luck!
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Post by Narrowminded on Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:59 pm

Here’s hoping you managed to get through your list.
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Post by Vh67 on Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:30 pm

Hope you are plowing through that long list of things to accomplish!
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Post by Pedidoc on Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:14 pm

I am sure you finished your list!
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