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    From Ardith Hinton@1:2320/100 to Daryl Stout on Sat Apr 26 23:56:02 2014
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    [WRT reposting a message which went missing in transit]
    Go for it! That will make it easier for me to reply
    as well. :-))

    Thank goodness I can type this, instead of writing it
    out...writers cramp is a bear. <G>


    Ah... you must have retyped the whole thing. I was hoping you might be able to copy the earlier message without retyping. Thankyou.... :-)



    And, my apologies in advance for the length of the
    message.


    No problem. That way I can break my reply into installments... thus ensuring you know I'm still paying attention & creating more traffic. I think you've added some more recent information as well.

    My apologies for taking so long to answer.... :-)



    First, in January, I had to go to the Emergency Room for
    a bout of severe bronchitis. I took a nebulizer treatment,
    similar to what asthmatics do on a daily basis,


    I know or have known a number of people with asthma, and it seems to me that daily treatments including the ingredient which made you feel good are less often used than they once were because we have other alternatives now. I understand what you mean, though. The newer drugs don't work for everybody... *and* they may have to accumulate in the body for awhile before taking effect. Many asthmatics carry another puffer for emergency or short term use, and that is what you'd be most likely to see when you're visiting with friends.... :-)



    and they gave me strong antibiotics, which took care
    of it, and I was better a week or so later.


    Thus lulling you into a false sense of security. Been there. ;-)



    That bill was under $100. With that nebulizer, I felt
    like I was "smoking an Indian Peace Pipe". <G>


    Uh-huh. These remedies may contain epinephrine... i.e. another name for adrenaline... or (more likely) a synthetic approximation. According to my BANTAM MEDICAL DICTIONARY it relaxes bronchial spasms & helps a person breathe more deeply. I hadn't heard of it being used for bronchitis until now. But I see how it might be helpful if there's a "pain/fear" cycle or whatever.

    Because tobacco stimulates the adrenal glands, thus increasing one's own production of adrenaline, I think your analogy is a good one... [chuckle].




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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:2320/100 to Daryl Stout on Fri May 30 12:06:02 2014
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    [re your recovery from bronchitis]
    Thus lulling you into a false sense of security.
    Been there. ;-)

    I took all the medicine as prescribed.


    Yes, I think that's important. Both Dallas & I have seen situations in which folks weren't taking their medicine as prescribed, and then it didn't do the job it was meant to do. A very common error with antibiotics, e.g., is to stop taking them as soon as one feels better... thus increasing the chances of a relapse later on. Sometimes people misunderstand directions too. Dallas noticed awhile ago that a friend who had recently been diagnosed with a severe case of asthma wasn't using his nebulizer correctly. And I noticed when I was in the pediatric oncology ward with our daughter that one of her roommates had to stay in hospital for a lot longer than we did, at least in part because her mother didn't fully understand the nurses' instructions. It's not always easy to make sense of these things when one is under stress. But just "as a stitch in time saves nine", AFAIC, I don't hesitate to ask for clarification.... :-)



    I even keep an updated Medical list, with prescriptions,
    surgeries, etc. that I take to each clinic, doctor, or
    hospital visit.


    As I would also recommend. Dallas & I do the same.... :-)




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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:2320/100 to Daryl Stout on Wed Oct 1 23:42:02 2014
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    Dallas would remind me that others might want to use the
    BBS, and I'd remind him that since we were paying the bills
    I felt we should have first dibs on it.... ;-)

    Rank has its privileges. <G>


    Or as a musician would say, "He who pays the piper calls the tune." AFAIC it's quite true that if someone offers the dance band a generous tip for playing their favourite song the musicians will do their best to oblige. :-))

    Initially we got... i.e. at our own expense... a few echoes we were interested in & decided to make them available to other folks. Later we got a lot more at the request of our users. I can count on the fingers of one hand, however, those who donated any of their $$$ or time or surplus hardware to the BBS although we once had over two hundred users. IMHO I wasn't being selfish, just doing a bit of healthy limit-setting. Some people will walk all over you if you let them. We have a male friend who's in exactly that position because he can't bear to say "no" to a damsel in distress. We're not the only ones to have noticed that a certain damsel has been taking unfair advantage... (sigh).



    On ham radio (another one of my hobbies), you start talking
    about food on the air, and folks come out of the woodwork.


    Yes, it does seem to be a popular topic. Dallas & I first made the acquaintance of one of our neighbours when he saw us buying stuffed chicken at the local butcher shop & asked how I cooked it. We know very little about him except that he is interested in cooking. But he's a nice guy, so when we meet by chance we all exchange pleasantries & share our ideas on the topic.... :-)



    I found some Little Debbie Brand Banana Pudding Cream Rolls
    at the local Kroger yesterday, and they are delicious. I think
    I ate a whole box in one day. But, I need something to satisfy
    the sweet tooth, and to me, a meal isn't a meal without dessert.


    Hmm. When I was growing up, dessert was an optional extra which we had only when my father (who worked afternoon shift) got a day off. And since I've heard that sugar can do bad things to folks with irritable bowel syndrome I'm concerned about what various "sweet stuff" may be doing to your body. :-(



    Most of the clubs have folded, because while square dancing is
    a hobby, and should never take precedence over ones church, job,
    family, or health...for the ones that are still active, it seems
    that no one wants to do the work behind the scenes. They think
    everything will just happen by itself...and the same goes for
    the ham radio hobby that I'm involved with.


    I hear you. Dallas & I are the sort of folks who notice what needs to be done & just do it, although nobody else seems to notice what we're doing until they expect us to solve all the world's problems. Congratulations. You have earned your stripes, IMHO, as one of us annoying Old Pharts... [chuckle].




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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 01:27:00 2018
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    Hi, Ardith...

    Ah... you must have retyped the whole thing. I was hoping you might
    be able to copy the earlier message without retyping. Thankyou.... :-)

    I use OLX (Offline Express) for QWK Mail. I tried using Multi-Mail for Windows, but it kept crashing on me. OLX also has a shorter limit on the
    size of taglines...but as long as I can do QWK Mail, I'll deal with that limitation.

    No problem. That way I can break my reply into installments... thus AH>ensuring you know I'm still paying attention & creating more traffic. I thi AH>you've added some more recent information as well.

    There is life outside of the BBS. :)

    My apologies for taking so long to answer.... :-)

    No problem...those things happen. I'm just glad you're still around.
    Dallas was doing a good job holding the fort down. <G>

    I know or have known a number of people with asthma, and it seems to
    me that daily treatments including the ingredient which made you feel good a AH>less often used than they once were because we have other alternatives now. AH>understand what you mean, though. The newer drugs don't work for everybody. AH>*and* they may have to accumulate in the body for awhile before taking effec AH>Many asthmatics carry another puffer for emergency or short term use, and th AH>is what you'd be most likely to see when you're visiting with friends.... :

    Thankfully, I never had that...but I've had bronchitis several times.
    I've been taking DayQuil in the morning, and NyQuil before bed, to stave
    off the flu (I did get a flu shot last September). As you've probably
    heard, the flu season has been horrific...young and old have been
    affected, and a lot of folks have died from it.

    But, when I first get up in the morning, or when I first go to bed, or
    after I eat, I have a bad sinus drainage and coughing attack for
    several minutes. It's so bad I had to quit using the CPAP for my sleep
    apnea.

    Thus lulling you into a false sense of security. Been there. ;-)

    So much for modern medicine (sigh!).

    Uh-huh. These remedies may contain epinephrine... i.e. another name
    for adrenaline... or (more likely) a synthetic approximation. According to AH>BANTAM MEDICAL DICTIONARY it relaxes bronchial spasms & helps a person breat AH>more deeply. I hadn't heard of it being used for bronchitis until now. But AH>see how it might be helpful if there's a "pain/fear" cycle or whatever.

    I have an Epi-Pen, as I'm allergic to stinging insects. I'm sure you
    recall the "pricing scandal" of like $700 for one Epi-Pen. Once
    injected, you have to get to an Emergency Room within 30 minutes!!

    But, with my prescription drug plan, this year, I got a generic
    Epi-Pen twin pack for under $10.

    Because tobacco stimulates the adrenal glands, thus increasing one's
    own production of adrenaline, I think your analogy is a good one... [chuckle

    The only thing I want smoking or steaming is the food on my plate. I
    don't see how folks afford it. Plus, many places have banned any and all tobacco products...including e-cigarettes.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 01:30:00 2018
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    Hi, Ardith...

    Yes, I think that's important. Both Dallas & I have seen situations

    Some days, I get so busy, I haven't taken some of my regular meds.
    But, it stretches them out a bit, so I don't havfe to get refills as
    often.

    As I would also recommend. Dallas & I do the same.... :-)

    My late wife got me started on that. Now, whenever I go to the
    Emergency Room, Surgery Center, or for a checkup/consulation, I bring
    this with me (now up to 7 pages). When they ask me for my medical
    history, I hand it over, and say "Read this". <G>

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 01:32:00 2018
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    Hi, Ardith...

    Uh-huh. I remember the early days of this echo, when Dallas & I had
    only one computer between us. I don't type quickly... and many of our reade AH>were dealing with complex problems. I couldn't just say the first thing whi AH>entered my head because they'd heard more than enough of that already. Dall AH>would remind me that others might want to use the BBS, and I'd remind him th AH>since we were paying the bills I felt we should have first dibs on it.... ;

    I became a touch typist being a BBS Sysop...never had a typing course
    in my life.

    I can relate. You've burned a lot of calories & your stomach thinks
    your throat has been cut. I feel the same way after a two-hour band rehears

    I don't do as much dancing as I used to. About 20 years ago, square
    dancing nationally went into a decline. The kids nowadays are too
    immersed in their tablets, smartphones, etc., and could care less about
    any hobby...BBSing, ham radio, square dancing, etc. Yet, no one knows
    how to stop the bleeding of folks quitting the hobby, or to put it
    bluntly, dying off.

    That *is* sad. One of the problems many older folks seem to have is
    is that they eat as they did when they were more physically active. I imagi AH>it may also be more of a challenge for you to remain active, with fewer club

    There are only 15 clubs left in Arkansas...2 of those are in Little
    Rock. 30 years ago, there were 30 clubs in the area, and you could dance
    every night of the week.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 01:38:00 2018
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    Hi, Ardith...

    Or as a musician would say, "He who pays the piper calls the tune."
    AFAIC it's quite true that if someone offers the dance band a generous tip f AH>playing their favourite song the musicians will do their best to oblige. :-

    Or like the joke where the monkey is at the piano in the bar, and his
    tail goes into a customers cup of coffee. When the customer tells the
    monkey "Do you know your tail is in my coffee??", the monkey replies
    "No...but if you hum a few bars, maybe I can play it!!". <G>

    just doing a bit of healthy limit-setting. Some people will walk all over y AH>if you let them. We have a male friend who's in exactly that position becau AH>he can't bear to say "no" to a damsel in distress. We're not the only ones AH>have noticed that a certain damsel has been taking unfair advantage... (sigh

    You have to lay down the law sooner or later.

    Yes, it does seem to be a popular topic. Dallas & I first made the AH>acquaintance of one of our neighbours when he saw us buying stuffed chicken AH>the local butcher shop & asked how I cooked it. We know very little about h AH>except that he is interested in cooking. But he's a nice guy, so when we me AH>by chance we all exchange pleasantries & share our ideas on the topic.... :

    It's amazing what other hobbies hams have. My late uncle, the only
    other ham radio operator in the family, was the youngest engineer ever
    hired on by the Penn Central Railroad...and he gave me my love of ham
    radio and trains. So, I do a "Trains And Railroads Net" each week on the
    mode of D-Star...where we talk anything and everything related to trains
    and railroading.

    Hmm. When I was growing up, dessert was an optional extra which we
    had only when my father (who worked afternoon shift) got a day off. And sin AH>I've heard that sugar can do bad things to folks with irritable bowel syndro AH>I'm concerned about what various "sweet stuff" may be doing to your body. :

    When my elderly Mom and I go to Sonic, we don't have to get out of the
    car. She has to have her hot fudge sundae, but lately, I've been
    skipping dessert. If I eat too much at mealtime, I go into a hacking
    fit...but it's more pronounced when I eat out, instead of at home.

    I hear you. Dallas & I are the sort of folks who notice what needs
    to be done & just do it, although nobody else seems to notice what we're doi AH>until they expect us to solve all the world's problems. Congratulations. Y AH>have earned your stripes, IMHO, as one of us annoying Old Pharts... [chuckle

    The thing is, it's like the new acronym for N.A.V.Y. -- N)ever A)gain V)olunteer Y)ourself. <G> People want your club/organization, etc. to do
    all these things...but when you ask for workers, it's dead silence. It's
    as if they think these events magically happen by themselves...you
    figure it out.

    Daryl

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