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If you go chasing rabbits . . . .
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Jan 19, 2016 9:34am
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Re: If you go chasing rabbits . . . .
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Reply to: #918358 by dingus dufus
Jan 19, 2016 11:58am
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Interesting!!

*brain cramp*

Thank you for this new experience.
Re: If you go chasing rabbits . . . .
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Reply to: #918358 by dingus dufus
Jan 19, 2016 12:22pm
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Cool that you use that allusion. My working title for the project was "the rabbit hole". I hope people enjoy it.

If not, there is some good rabbit hole music to listen to. Of course, there is Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit", which is brilliant on so many levels, and even people my age don't tire of listening to it, even tho some people of my age listen to modern music instead. I'm actually one of those people, and I'd suggest that "White Rabbit" by Egypt Central is an even better choice.

The metaphor never grows old :)
Re: If you go chasing rabbits . . . .
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Reply to: #918358 by dingus dufus
Jan 19, 2016 6:30pm
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intriguing.

now to find the time to do this. there must be an extra hour or two or hundreds i can put into this.

smile
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918355 by 55 Steps
Jan 19, 2016 11:54pm
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My daughter had her gut bacteria wiped out several years ago by a course of antibiotics.

I've often wondered if a course of antibiotics should be followed by a course of probiotics. Couldn't hurt, I guess!
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918356 by 55 Steps
Jan 19, 2016 11:55pm
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I was overmedicated briefly when we were first calibrating my dosage, and for me, it was the best feeling in the world! I had energy like I've never had it before, I felt like I could do anything!

OK, dumb question: Why didn't they leave you there? Is there something wrong with being in that condition long term?
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918454 by Kirbert
Jan 20, 2016 8:33am
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Antibiotics will destroy your gut bacteria both good and bad. My gastro doc says it's not a bad idea to take probiotics after taking antibiotics or just eat yogurt. I've read fermented "stuff" is good for growing the good bacteria, too.
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918468 by zinni
Jan 20, 2016 8:51am
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My husband is on antibiotics for the rest of his life for a chronic intra-joint infection after a shoulder replacement. The particular antibiotic he takes tends to interfere with the good bacteria in his gut. His infectious disease specialist says he needs to replenish the good gut bacteria on a daily basis. He discouraged using over the counter probiotics b/c their content is not regulated and you do not know what you are getting. His suggestions: yogurt, beer and 'dirty' carrots, i.e. those you buy in the grocery store as singles. Actually any tuber from the ground that is not processed is good. There's enough dirt still clinging to them to populate the gut with helpful bacteria. Do not peel them or wash them thoroughly before eating raw; light rinsing is OK. Do not cook them either. My DH was delighted with the beer suggestion!
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918468 by zinni
Jan 20, 2016 9:02am
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or just eat yogurt.

Make sure it says that it contains live and/or active cultures. Some "yogurt" doesn't even bother anymore. I'm sure my daughter is only getting sugar out of those go-gurt tubes. Kefir is another good choice. It tastes like yogurt that has been thinned to drink (but is different strains of bacteria than yogurt) and can usually be found near the milk. Kombucha is a fermented drink that can sometimes be found in the refrigerated juice beverage area, usually with the produce. If you can find fermented pickles or sauerkraut (not made with vinegar or pasteurized), those will have good bacteria too. Of course all of these can be made at home fairly easily. My favorite websites on the topic include Phickle and Cultures for Health.
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918455 by Kirbert
Jan 20, 2016 9:17am
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OK, dumb question: Why didn't they leave you there? Is there something wrong with being in that condition long term?

If she's talking about taking too much thyroid replacement for a period of time, it's dangerous. For starters, it causes a rapid/irregular heartbeat. When my doc was calibrating my dosage, I was taking too much for a little while and could feel every single heartbeat, which was awful. Sleep was extremely difficult, too.
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918473 by Rocklun
Jan 20, 2016 9:52am
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could feel every single heartbeat, which was awful

I wouldn't wish it on anyone. You feel like you drank a whole pot of coffee. I felt like I was dying all of the time. Instead of lowering my dose, they told me I was nuts and to go to a shrink. After I had 6 weeks of expensive therapy for which my insurance wouldn't pay, I was dumped by my therapist. She said I didn't need her. I needed a doctor. It took another 6 months for a NURSE to help me. :P

I hate doctors.
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #917964 by SeerMeesh
Jan 20, 2016 10:10am
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Modern medicine is fraught
With muddled thoughts and data.
So much that patients really ought
To pause a bit and wait a
Year or two before embracing
Ev'ry fad seen on the evening news,
Suggesting treatments need replacing
By the latest drugs or diets, or the latest views.
But let one thought provide you peace
When you find this all mind-numbing,
That most of modern life increase
Is thanks to indoor plumbing.

A Grumpy retired MD
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918249 by SeerMeesh
Jan 20, 2016 10:41am
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Sounds like you need a planner and to schedule tasks. I am forcing myself to write down everything that needs done, due dates, prioritize what's written and focus first on the things thatt are priority. It is helping combat the overwhelm, ESP. During the gs cookie season. :). I bought a to do list that I write down everything that needs cleaned and we all pitch in and initial when we get it done. Perhaps if your kids are reluctant, you could make it a friendly competition: whoever finishes the most chores correctly wins a treat, or make each chore worth points that they earn to buy a treat.

Another thing I am trying to implement ipfor our family is the one touch rule. When you take your shoes off, put them away, not somewhere on the floor where you'll have to touch them again to get them put away, therefore making twice the work for yourself. It's a family effort and I have to remind myself too.

Along with that, is finishing one job before starting another. So finish sweeping the floor if that's what you have started before you put the book away you saw on the chair. That way you're not left with half done projects and feel like nothing was accomplished. Again, this is new for me too, but it is helping.

Hang in there. Life isn't easy, and we're all in this together. You don't have to hold it all together.

:)
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918455 by Kirbert
Jan 20, 2016 11:15am
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Is there something wrong with being in that condition long term?

Apparently, it is a strain on the heart.
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918471 by Boxer Lover47
Jan 20, 2016 4:03pm
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His suggestions: blah, blah, blah, beer and something irrelevant

Whoo HOO! I KNEW it!
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918471 by Boxer Lover47
Jan 20, 2016 4:37pm
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I've heard that homemade yoghurt is best and makes you never want to go back to storebought.
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918479 by photopam
Jan 20, 2016 5:46pm
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...the one touch rule. When you take your shoes off, put them away, not somewhere on the floor where you'll have to touch them again to get them put away, therefore making twice the work for yourself.

This is especially important for tools! When working on a car, it is imperative to carefully put each tool where it belongs rather than just setting it down somewhere. I used to spend half my time trying to find a tool that I just had in my hand a minute ago when trying to work on my car.
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918507 by Uncorny Acorns
Jan 20, 2016 5:48pm
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I've heard that homemade yoghurt is best and makes you never want to go back to storebought.

They say the same thing about pasta, mayonnaise, guacamole, beer, salad dressings, and about a zillion other things. All well and good, but some of us have lives.
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918507 by Uncorny Acorns
Jan 20, 2016 5:58pm
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I've heard that homemade yoghurt is best and makes you never want to go back to storebought.

It might depend on which kind you try. I have some friends that make a thermophilic variety (requires heat) and it is amazing. I'm lazy, so I've tried 2 different types of mesophilic yogurt that culture at room temperature, and they haven't wowed me yet. But again, I'm lazy, so I haven't bothered to strain them, and they are thinner than the thermophilic kind. I just eat it mixed with muesli or make it into a fruit smoothie.
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918520 by Rebiccola
Jan 20, 2016 8:01pm
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I make my own yoghurt. It started with Chobani. I use powdered milk. Dump the Chobani in a quart jar. Add the package of powdered milk and fill the rest of the jar with water. Set in front of the fire place blower until it's yoghurt. Basically, the mixture just has to stay around 80 degrees. So much better than bought.
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918541 by zinni
Jan 20, 2016 8:04pm
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I forgot to add that you should start a new batch with about a cup of the homemade yogurt. The yoghurt I have going now has been going a couple of months.
Re: Depression
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Reply to: #918517 by Kirbert
Jan 20, 2016 8:48pm
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I've heard that homemade yoghurt is best and makes you never want to go back to storebought.

They say the same thing about pasta, mayonnaise, guacamole, beer, salad dressings, and about a zillion other things. All well and good, but some of us have lives.

Stamps too, for that matter :)
So, I'm in the market for a new LB Bag...
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Jan 21, 2016 5:19pm
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What do you use? What's the best? I want something that looks nice (and nothing that can pass off as a purse, please...I can't do that messenger bag ishh), but is also functional.

-TLB
Re: So, I'm in the market for a new LB Bag...
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Reply to: #918593 by The Lost Boys
Jan 21, 2016 5:26pm
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I use an L. L. Bean backpack with a built-in CamelBak pocket. I like it.
Re: So, I'm in the market for a new LB Bag...
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Reply to: #918593 by The Lost Boys
Jan 21, 2016 5:27pm
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For a long time I used a GARDENING BELT .... it had several pockets of different sizes, even one that would hold a water bottle. I got it from AVON.
Re: So, I'm in the market for a new LB Bag...
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Reply to: #918593 by The Lost Boys
Jan 21, 2016 5:36pm
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This sling bag is what I use for LBing and I love, love, love it! The little mp3 pocket is perfect for a compass and pedometer. The top small pocket holds the sig stamp, ink, and pen. The inside compartment is subdivided as well so I keep the clues folder in the laptop compartment. There are many other pockets as well. Besides the pockets to keep everything organized, it has a durable waterproof bottom which is a plus. Since it's a sling bag, I did add an additional 3/4" wide hip belt that clips across the front onto both sides. That way the load is more balanced plus the bag doesn't shift around when I bend over. I used a strap from an old backpack or shoulder bag but you can get straps made to length at REI and add the clip ends. If you click on the left small image you can see the two tabs on either side that you'd clip onto. (The shoulder strap is reversible for left or right so that's why there are two tabs.) There's also a small opening at the base of one of the tabs that you can push the added hip strap into when you are not using it or when you store the bag. I concur with all its reviews as an excellent bag. Plus all the zipper pulls and clips are metal so they will last a long time.

Here's another source...more colors and more cost.

Hope this helps!
CTEE
Re: So, I'm in the market for a new LB Bag...
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Reply to: #918593 by The Lost Boys
Jan 21, 2016 6:12pm
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Re: So, I'm in the market for a new LB Bag...
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Reply to: #918601 by Brown Cow
Jan 21, 2016 6:32pm
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That's an interesting one. Good with pockets and space?
Re: So, I'm in the market for a new LB Bag...
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Reply to: #918593 by The Lost Boys
Jan 21, 2016 6:40pm
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I think Ryan uses a fanny pack.
Re: So, I'm in the market for a new LB Bag...
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Reply to: #918593 by The Lost Boys
Jan 21, 2016 8:09pm
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This is what I use and so does about 5 other LBers in the area. I love it!

Gah...my tablet won't let me copy and paste the link. It's made by a company called 5.11 and it's a pushpack. They are $60.

This is what I use and so does about 5 other LBers in the area. I love it!