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Old 04-29-2019, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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Wow, this was a federal check? Is the federal govt always this generous to jurors?
Not sure about generosity. But when it's more than 60 miles, which this was, they pay for overnight hotel accommodations and incidentals. You have to be there at 8 am, and no way was I going to get up at 4 am to be there on time.

I am surprised that there wasn't a list of how the check was computed!

 
Old 04-29-2019, 04:57 PM
 
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My news for today. Just got back from the heart clinic - didn't want to say anything until after my appointment. I've been having a real hard time walking and, sure enough, one of my main arteries has blockage so they have to put a stent in.

It's no longer a big deal to do that. It's now done out-patient. But, they have to get approval from medicare, then set it up.

It means a few more weeks of the pain I feel but at least it's fixable. Thankfully I have been aggressive in my trying to quit smoking, as he was sure that's what it is from. I only had 4 yesterday and, so far, only 1 today. Holding out as long as I can before I have another.

Who knows? I may not have another. That would be nice.
If you stay busy this might help. It did for me when I was working.

When I wanted a cigarette I told myself that if I still wanted one in 5 minutes I would. An hour later I'd realize I never had one. Then tell myself the same thing.
 
Old 04-30-2019, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I've been doing that too, tek. The last few days I've only had a few a day. Yesterday it was 4. Now I've got two left and haven't been out for my first one of the day yet. But, I've only been up an hour+. I really want one though.

That's the one that's going to be the hardest, I think. Because it was when I grabbed the paper, sat down and enjoyed the morning while I waited for the coffee to get done. I did take the chair out of the equation and put it inside so now I have to stand when I go outside and it's not as pleasurable.

I'm going to really try make these two my last. I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't make it, but I'm going to try. I keep telling myself, you're not a smoker in the hopes of psyching myself out.
 
Old 04-30-2019, 05:07 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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My news for today. Just got back from the heart clinic - didn't want to say anything until after my appointment. I've been having a real hard time walking and, sure enough, one of my main arteries has blockage so they have to put a stent in.

It's no longer a big deal to do that. It's now done out-patient. But, they have to get approval from medicare, then set it up.

It means a few more weeks of the pain I feel but at least it's fixable. Thankfully I have been aggressive in my trying to quit smoking, as he was sure that's what it is from. I only had 4 yesterday and, so far, only 1 today. Holding out as long as I can before I have another.

Who knows? I may not have another. That would be nice.
Best wishes on quitting smoking and getting that stent! I have been trying to quit since forever. What trips me up is that I get awful anxiety attacks from the nicotine withdrawals. I have managed to cut back considerably to about 7 - 10 smokes a day from a full pack. I'm thinking about trying chantix, and I'm going to ask my doctor about it on my next appointment with her.

However, right now I'm trying to pull everything together for my trip to Denver to see a specialist. I can't believe what a scaredy cat I've become. Back in the day, going to Denver (400 miles away!) would have been no big deal, but since I no longer have a car and since I have to make the trip on a shoe string and since Denver has probably tripled in size since I saw it last and since what if I get bad news from the specialist and since - AAK!

Stupid panic attacks anyhow. I have been through far worse in my life than a trip to Denver to consult with a specialist. I know I can manage this. I will be strong like Ariya in Game of Thrones. HAH!
 
Old 04-30-2019, 05:17 PM
 
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I've been doing that too, tek. The last few days I've only had a few a day. Yesterday it was 4. Now I've got two left and haven't been out for my first one of the day yet. But, I've only been up an hour+. I really want one though.

That's the one that's going to be the hardest, I think. Because it was when I grabbed the paper, sat down and enjoyed the morning while I waited for the coffee to get done. I did take the chair out of the equation and put it inside so now I have to stand when I go outside and it's not as pleasurable.

I'm going to really try make these two my last. I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't make it, but I'm going to try. I keep telling myself, you're not a smoker in the hopes of psyching myself out.
The deciding factors for me were coughing my lungs out every morning (hard enough that my wife would not leave me alone when I was doing it), the lack of tasting food, and the stench I knew I carried around.

My wife smoked for another 5 years...

So here's what happened. I got "hypnotized" (not really - I've never been hypnotized) with the suggestion to stop.

My mother died the next day. Ended the suggestion re quitting.

I spent the next six months psyching myself up (see the list above) then picked a day and went for it.

At lunch I found out it was National Smokeout Day. Worked for me.
 
Old 04-30-2019, 05:19 PM
 
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Best wishes on quitting smoking and getting that stent! I have been trying to quit since forever. What trips me up is that I get awful anxiety attacks from the nicotine withdrawals. I have managed to cut back considerably to about 7 - 10 smokes a day from a full pack. I'm thinking about trying chantix, and I'm going to ask my doctor about it on my next appointment with her.

However, right now I'm trying to pull everything together for my trip to Denver to see a specialist. I can't believe what a scaredy cat I've become. Back in the day, going to Denver (400 miles away!) would have been no big deal, but since I no longer have a car and since I have to make the trip on a shoe string and since Denver has probably tripled in size since I saw it last and since what if I get bad news from the specialist and since - AAK!

Stupid panic attacks anyhow. I have been through far worse in my life than a trip to Denver to consult with a specialist. I know I can manage this. I will be strong like Ariya in Game of Thrones. HAH!
It seems like the anticipation is almost always worse then the experience. I do that all the time.
 
Old 05-01-2019, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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It seems like the anticipation is almost always worse then the experience. I do that all the time.
I do that too. To get the stent put in I have to go to Tucson, which isn't that far away, and I'm dreading driving there because I've never been there and hate the thought of traffic.

Then I chided myself. Here, twice I drove from Minnesota to Arizona and driving to Tucson scares me? Crazy.

Do talk to the doctor about Chantix. I currently take the generic brand and it helps a lot.
 
Old 05-01-2019, 08:49 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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I do that too. To get the stent put in I have to go to Tucson, which isn't that far away, and I'm dreading driving there because I've never been there and hate the thought of traffic.

Then I chided myself. Here, twice I drove from Minnesota to Arizona and driving to Tucson scares me? Crazy.

Do talk to the doctor about Chantix. I currently take the generic brand and it helps a lot.
Yes, thanks for understanding! I spent an entire summer camped all alone up in Colorado's high mountains, and no narrow 4wd track ever gave me cause for concern and no stream or river was too wide, and if I got lost, that was just part of the adventure.

But Denver? I'd rather drive over any Colorado mountain pass backwards. Go figure.
 
Old 05-02-2019, 04:34 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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DH took the day off and we went for an eco-stroll through a local scrub preserve with a guide from UF/IFAS this morning. We saw a bald eagle nest, a small gopher tortoise and kite-tailed swallows flying overhead. Iím identifying more native plants and invasive ones the more I see them. Thereís a meditation walk through another preserve next week, based on Shinrin yoku (a form of "forest bathing" practiced in Japan) with the same guide. DH wonít be around for it, but I am.

All of these programs are free. Iíve also done a composting and lichen class. I lead an exciting life.

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Old 05-02-2019, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Jean: That sounds delightful. Glad you are enjoying your surroundings !!
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