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    I'll take a burger with a kids meal please!

    My kid won't eat anything other than chicken nuggets and turkey sandwiches...I have no suggestions, but I feel your pain. I tried the starvation method of eating where his only choice is what we eat but then he puked, every single meal for a week that wasn't breakfast. I was a very picky eater as a kid and always had texture issues. So it's my own damn genetics paying me back.
  2. I'm not a fan of any. I really liked Rand Paul but knew he had no shot from the beginning. Our government is out of control. I've worked for several government entities and I've never seen more waste then I have there. I've encountered so many people whose job really wasn't necessary. I'm just disenheartened by the current system and wish we had a reset button. Theres such a strong us vs them mentality and nothing will be accomplished as long as we maintain that. Most people are somewhere in the middle with their viewpoints but the elite want to keep us divided and focus on the bs so the few who have true power can maintain it. So apparently my political views currently are unintentional anarchy. Despite being a middle class hardworking American. Oh the irony.
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    Do you work out regularly?

    I don't, I work so much lately (I've got bills to pay and a hubby still in school). I feel like I don't get enough time with my son as it is or sleep. I average 10 miles or so of walking in a shift and made some recent diet changes. I'd love to join a dance class or some sort of strength training program, but they all are so expensive and the expect you to be there 4 to 5 days a week. I just want two...I think 2 days is reasonable with my schedule. Oh well...
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    Do You Have Any Ugly Scars On Your Body?

    Oh lots of them. I was a messed up baby, multiple congenital defects Ugliest: on my stomach..it looks like a giant plus sign right through my belly button. it's about 8 in by 8 in. (Intestinal Surgery) then above it to the left a small puncture like one. (Colostomy from age 0-2) Then I have a long one along the entire length of my left scapula (Tracheoesophogeal fistula) Another puncture scar on my right side. (Chest tube?) That's about it I think. I've been pretty healthy since I had all those surgeries.
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    Older Nurses: What Were They Thinking?

    Many do not realize how retirement funds work, and that the amount that is in them depends on the economy. I'm sorry that they are saying things like that, as regardless of profession, none of us are entitled to a job. We have to work for it, and hope the economy plays into our favor.
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    How much of your paycheck do you save?

    You will be so glad you did this at the end of it.
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    Disappointment about birthing

    I'm sorry. I had a difficult labor and even harder time with breast feeding. I knew I was suffering from depression after I had my baby, I honestly think it's the lack of sleep. My son was constantly at my boob, no matter what I did, I tried pumping and refusing to feed him except for every two hours. I tried supplementing with formula, that helped a little. Then around 6 weeks I finally said "screw it" and let him do formula for 24 hours. It was the most blissful night I had had. I got to sleep, not very long, but I got maybe 4 hours total that night, which is better than I had done the previous 6 weeks. I gave up shortly on the breastfeeding after that. But I was getting at least enough sleep to be a functional mother to care for him in every other way that I could. He was getting food, he was getting kept warm and loved. My husband still complains about how much the formula was, but the formula was my key to sanity. I have a happy healthy toddler who has no issues. I do wish I'd lasted longer breast feeding than 6 weeks. But if it made the difference between me having a major episode of post partum depression which would probably have been more detrimental to his health, I will settle. As I've gone along in this parent thing, I'm learning that sometimes it's just about "getting by" during the rough patches. *Hugs* You are not alone and I know you will find what works for you and your family, it's just all a big adjustment!
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    If Marijuanna was legalized, would you "partake"?

    I would use it on these horrible days where I can't get my mind to slow down enough so I can go to sleep after work. Unless someone knows something better. Otherwise, it has no benefits for me.
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    How much of your paycheck do you save?

    Not when I've got 80k in student loans to pay off first....*sigh.* that takes too much of my salary and I barely scrape by.
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    200 pound 3rd Grader placed in Foster care

    I have to agree with Talaxandra on how complicated it is for weight management... Foster Care may not provide him with any better solution. I had friends in foster care as a child, I recall their diets consisting of not much more than cheetos....
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    Great places to raise a Family?

    Looking like that move may need to happen sooner rather than later. :) The cost of living is eating us alive in Orange County. I love the weather and the school's are great, but spending over 25% of my income on rent for a tiny 970 sq ft apartment isn't working. And with salaries staying stagnant and being sole provider, we may have to make a major transition soon. The other thing is that half the teenagers here make me want to smack em...self-entitled and horrible attitudes. I don't want my son to have that as his future peers. Even this is an old thread, I appreciate everyone's responses.
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    To All the Heavy Nurses

    I finally got the chance to watch it today after seeing your post a few days ago. It definitely has some interesting concepts and I definitely agree that we are responsible for our own decisions. I also think that the large amount of advertising for fast food commercials should perhaps be limited. There have been many times where I was watching TV and a fast food commercial made me hungry/crave food when I was not hungry at all. I believe the healthiest diet is the one that we already know: fresh fruits and vegetables, and real protein. If it wasn't naturally made, it's probably unnaturally influencing our body's natural rhythm.
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    You win lottery, quit or keep working?

    I would keep working, I really like my new job. I would probably cut back to part time though, 2 days a week. I'd go back for my masters and probably doctorate. It sounds like it was only several million, so I would hopefully invest it right. Just want a nice little house and get my husband a nice little boat. I'd probably let hubby stay at home too. One thing I would really like to do, is that I'd hopefully be able to donate my time and use my nursing skills to help those who really need some care.
  14. I think in the grand scale the reason health care is going broke is because mainly of non-compliance across the country. Additionally our system is backwards, many prevention programs are not backed by insurance companies but tertiary care is. I recently was hired at a new hospital, which had the choice between starting an open-heart program or a Diabetes Education Center. The open heart program was going to make them $$$$ but help approximately 50 people a year, whereas the Diabetes Education Center would cost them $, insurance didn't cover it, but it could help 50,000 people a year. What do you think it's going to choose? Oddly enough, they decided to take the lost of funds, and open the Diabetes Center anyway, but most hospitals aren't going to do that. They need to make money. We have to change our entire healthcare system, and the way we think about things. But for the most part, most individuals are not going to change their lifestyle choices. I did a research paper on the obesity epidemic and in it, I compared the amount of food commercials present in the media to that of commercials that could be ran on crack for a crack addict. Even with will power, who can resist when they seen all these fantastic looking cheeseburgers flashing across the screen? McDonalds spend 100 million on advertising compared to the "5 a day veggie/fruit campaign's measly 1 million dollars for funding. Not stating that people aren't responsible for their decisions, but they are definitely harder to make than some people think. Convenience and want have become standard in our lifestyle, and frankly, the alcoholic in AA usually has to drop his friends since they are at the bar, but you cant typically drop society's standards and lifestyle. People will say I am wrong to compare the obese to an addict, but most people in our society are strongly addicted to sugar and salt, why else would they add all this sugar to hamburger buns? No one wants to be obese and no one wants to die at a young age because they are so overweight, but they do.
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    'Intactivists' to San Francisco: Ban circumcision

    I believe it should be a personal choice. My son is not because it is his choice. We had no preferential motivation because we are not religious, we do not believe that what "everyone else is doing" should influence our decision. When we looked at the medical aspects and saw that the evidence suggested that it should not be routine, we felt the best choice was to leave him intact. My husband is circumcised, he has no strong feelings one way or the other. But when he saw a video of a circumcision I made him watch, he knew he would not be doing it to his son.