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    Carool wrote on LiveWithCancer's wall

    Hi, LWC. I haven’t seen any recent comments from you. andreacha wrote, on her renal cancer post of awhile ago, saying that she fears that WhatNext may fade away. Some of us have offered to take a day each week to post a question (“How is everyone doing this week?” That kind of thing). I wanted to let you know, and mainly to see how you’re doing.

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      Hi, Donna. Just checking in again. I really hope you and your husband are okay. Miss you and thinking of you.

      about 1 month ago
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      I second Grace’s comment.

      about 1 month ago
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      Hi, Donna. Just me checking in again. Thinking of you and hoping you and yours are okay. Miss you.

      18 days ago
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    Hi, LWC. Thinking of you during the electrical blackouts in TX and elsewhere. I hope your area wasn’t affected, and that you’re doing well.

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      LiveWithCancer

      Hi Carol, thank you for checking in! We're doing okay!! Blanketed under snow (and fortunately, not ice as is the usual case) and very frigid temps (1 degree!). My daughter-in-law suffered through rolling blackouts but we have been so fortunate that our power has stayed on here - even though just blocks away they were without power for hours and hours. Our homes are not made for this kind of cold - and apparently our power grid isn't either!! I talked to my mom, who is nearly 91, yesterday and they've not lost power either, thank God. The streets are not passable so I don't know if I could go get her and my brother won't drive in it either... Unlike most Texans, my brother does have a generator so if they lose power, they can at least have enough power to run a little heater.

      We got more snow last night but according to the weather report, freezing temperatures are only going to last through tomorrow. Next week, we're supposed to be back in the 60's again. Yesterday, it was so cold that, even though the pump to the swimming pool has been running constantly since the cold weather came, ice was covering the top. I went out and beat it with a pole ... some was probably 1/4 inch or thicker ... Most exercise I have had in long time :)

      The dogs are absolutely loving the snow - they go out and get a big mouthful of it! I have to physically make Barney come back in the house. We don't often have snow of any significant amount but they seem to remember the last time we did and keep wanting to go down to the path behind our house and play like we did last time (5-6 or more years ago - I lose track of time). The dogs are both old now and Cotton has a skin allergy that leaves her bald in spots - I just can't take them out to play at length with the temps so cold ... I feel so mean because they are so excited when they think we're going out (when they see me putting on my boots and gloves). Instead, they just got to go out and watch me beat the ice in the pool...

      Anyway, we're in the big thick of things here ... but we're making it fine! Eating lots of good old comfort food (chicken and dumplings, red beans, chili...) that tastes so much better when it is cold outside!!

      4 months ago
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      Carool

      I got a kick out of your dogs, especially your Barney!

      I’m glad your house and area didn’t lose power, and same about your mother. I’ve lived through three blackouts here over the years, though the most recent one (in 2004 or so) was brief. No fun at all.

      Wow, 1 degree! We haven’t had such cold weather this year or even in the past few years. We’re having lots of snow this winter (another snowfall expected tonight). Spring awaits us soon.

      Be well and keep warm!

      4 months ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      One degree this week ... and 70 forecast for next week. Crazy Texas weather!!! I love cold weather and I usually enjoy snow, too, but I have to admit that I will be glad to see some warmer weather come and the snow go. I used to think I would love to live somewhere that we had snow the whole winter, but I am thinking in my older age, maybe not....

      Praying that when all of the pipes unfreeze, we don't have leaks everywhere. I covered one faucet with a Sam's insulated bag (Walmart was out of actual insulation) ... but didn't do anything with two others... I told our daughter-in-law to keep the faucets dripping at the house in Irving so that hopefully she also won't have broken pipes there... I guess tomorrow or Saturday will tell the story...

      4 months ago
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    Hi, Donna! I've seen some posts from you lately and wanted to check in. How is your husband doing? I really hope he is doing/feeling better. How are you? Caregiving is a tough job. I hope you can get a break now and then...?

    Not much is new here. We don't go out much. My husband got his first shot. Currently our county and medical group are vaccinating folks 65 and over. I'm 60 so it may be a while yet - especially since I just learned today that both our county and medical group are either out or running out of vaccines. It looks like our local drugstore is giving shots as well but are also out of stock. Sigh.

    Thinking about you and hoping you and yours are well. Hugs, Grace

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      Hi, Donna. I'm so sorry to hear about the possible Parkinson's. So where do you go from here on that - more tests? Poor guy.

      We go out for necessities and to golf. That's about it. We've done some visiting in someone's backyard (theirs or ours) and at a very safe distance but it's a bit cold for that now so we aren't doing much of that lately either.

      But... It isn't as cold here as it is in your neck of the woods. Wow! How are you guys doing in that regard? I sure hope you have power and your pipes aren't frozen.

      Love, Grace

      4 months ago
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      Donna, I just saw your post to Carool about your weather situation so no need to repeat yourself here. Good grief! Rolling blackouts, your mother, impassable roads, ice on the pool, disappointed pups... Sigh. Please take good care. Sending warm hugs your way.

      4 months ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      Hi Grace,

      You know, I'm not sure where we go next ... I think they're really still kind of waiting for all of the COVID mess to die down, if it ever does. Then, I guess it will be more tests. In some ways COVID meaning we just do online visits with the doctor has been nice - driving him (and me) to the doctor takes the better part of a day ... the online visits 20 minutes or so!

      We're doing okay with the cold. I think we are supposed to be about 37 for a high tomorrow and hopefully the snow will melt. I love snow but I like it best when it stays a day or two and then leaves! We've been extremely fortunate and never lost our power. I didn't talk to Mom today but as of yesterday afternoon, they had lost power for about 30 minutes - nothing like some folks who have been without for days. Crazy weather ... I think I saw that next week we'll be in the 70's. From 1 degree to 70 in a week... That's Texas for you. I am praying we don't have any broken pipes when things thaw out - that's been a major concern. Plumbers will be busy in the next few weeks, I imagine.

      I'm glad you're able to go golf ... and see friends sometimes, too. This being forced to be a hermit is not good for me because I tend to be a bit of a hermit anyway

      Stay safe!
      Donna

      4 months ago