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    Mental Health Checks

    Does no one see the sarcasm in the OP? Sheesh, don't take everything so personally. I'm sure he isn't REALLY advocating for mental health checks prior to voting. Come on.
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    The Meg's Bloopers

    I saw this movie the night it came out with my son, who is also a nurse, and we both caught that and laughed. Otherwise, it was formulaic and really kind of lame. I was more scared when I saw Jaws as a teenager.
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    Ketogenic Diet

    I used to do Atkins and lost all kinds of weight. But after a few months on the program, I would've traded my filet mignon for a week-old hot dog bun in a heartbeat! I MUST have some carbs. I eat whole wheat bread with grains and seeds, fruit, and a few veggies along with lean meats and fish. I lost 100 lbs. eating that way before I plateaued. I haven't lost any more weight in a year but haven't gained anything either. Sometimes I think about going back on a low-carb diet to jump-start some weight loss, but I have stage 3 chronic kidney disease as well as stones, and I know low-carb diets don't help with those things.
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    Go Fund me = White cargo van (No more homelessness)

    Just out of curiosity: why does the van need to be white?
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    Your Period and Its Spiritual Significance

    I went through menopause in my late 40s and was tickled pink about it. I don't miss the cramps, the headaches, the out-of-control bleeding, the inconvenience of having to carry pads and tampons all the time (and never knowing when I'd start...or stop). I also don't miss the mess, the smell, none of it. I did love being pregnant, but that accounted for only a short time out of my thirty-five plus years of periods. Compared with all that, perimenopause was a cakewalk, and when I finally stopped having them altogether the hot flashes and mood irregularities went away too. I'm lucky like that.
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    Eclipse Eyeglasses

    I live right in the path of totality and am glad my eclipse glasses come from a reputable vendor. This ought to be something!
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    Let’s stand up for what is right!

    I seem to remember that Democrats did pretty much the same when they pushed Obamacare through in the dead of night. Where was the outrage then? For what it's worth, I do not agree with this health "care" legislation and hope it gets hung up indefinitely. I have no use for Obamacare either but it's better than this.
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    For female nurses (the taboo: heavy periods)

    Before my endometrial ablation, I had periods that required a tampon, extra large pad, and a Depends---sometimes I went through all that in an hour! At one point, I got so anemic that I almost needed a transfusion. I remember the time I passed a ginormous clot and fainted at work...that was when I finally went to an OB-GYN who recommended the ablation. My periods didn't stop entirely, but the bleeding was lighter than it had ever been, and within a year I went through menopause and never had to worry about it again. So if you're done having kids, you may want to consider an ablation; if not, there are birth control drugs that reduce the number of periods and may even decrease the flow. Ask your OB-GYN. I wish you well.
  9. This is an unfair stereotype. Mentally ill people are far more likely to be the victims of violence than perpetrators of it, yet the myth persists that we are dangerous and not to be trusted with firearms. That's not to say that SOME people with mental illness shouldn't own guns, just as there are people who have already committed a criminal act (violent or not), who shouldn't have access to them. But blanket judgments against people who suffer from bipolar or major depression and may hurt themselves are based on fear rather than any real concern for them. So many people get in an uproar about immigration rights, where are their voices when one group of marginalized citizens are in danger of losing THEIR rights on the basis of a brain disorder?
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    Most Unusual Side Job

    Freelance writer. Apartment manager. And cashier at Home Depot. All I wanted on my days off were jobs that were NOT in nursing!
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    People you meet online

    I'm sooo not interested in dating, online or otherwise. I had the one great love of my life for 36 years, and I'm content with that. None of that single-life stuff for me.
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    Movies You Love

    Titanic Sound of Music Steel Magnolias Chicago Dirty Dancing Gone With the Wind Home Alone 1 & 2 Grease
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    President-elect Trump

    It's great to see you posting again, Timothy! I've missed you. :wavey:
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    Glorified maids & Overpaid Babysitters...Really?

    Is anyone actually surprised? The ANA is notorious for championing liberal candidates and causes. This is not new.
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    Trump Will Be Like Iraq

    I can't and won't vote for Hillary; I will write in someone for president. But that doesn't mean I support Trump, even though I'm a Republican. He is vile, and I agree that he will touch off World War III if he is elected. He can dish out the insults, but he can't take it. He is a petty, mean, ill-bred, lying hypocritical bigot and I hope to Heaven he loses.

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