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KyCyn's picture
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Last reply 8/25/2010 - 3:31pm
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It's soooo weird... I mean, she looks normal, but obviously she has something against cats!  I didn't want to watch the video but my Burly Man (not to be confused with Bonnie Lea's Burly Man :) told me it all ended well, so then I figured it was safe.


But I'm glad they know who did it, poor little kitty...



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jag's picture
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Last reply 8/24/2010 - 6:49pm
debbieVA's picture
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Last reply 9/9/2010 - 6:11pm

This obtained from Jerry's son. Todd's, fb Account:


So, we left the hospital around 3am after Dads surgery. THey repaired his facial fractures, most anyways. Removed the endotracheal tube and gave him a tracheostomy for his neck now. He also had a Peg tube(feeding) put in. they hope to clear his cspine today by MRI. He also has a new arterial liine and the PICC line was taken out. Still no update as to his mental status, he hasn't awaken as of yet.
This update cut & pasted from Jerry's son's fb site. 
Please continue to lift Jerry and his family in your prayers.  

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Sure she beats the hell out of people who take care of her, but behind it all, there is someone else who did something much worse.

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TinaR's picture
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Last reply 8/17/2010 - 11:47pm

Instead of NEXT YEAR my son is getting married....this fall.  Shopping for bride's wedding dress - fun. Shopping for Mother of Bride and Mother of Groom dresses...not so much.

#1. I don't mind the colors they say I can't wear --whatever the bride hates, the wedding party is wearing or her Mother, if it clashes with color scheme : fall colors- I'm cool toned skin/hair... NOT warm/fall, but  fine fine. No black...even though I feel...well, never mind- fine fine.


#2. I don't mind the length they feel the MOG should wear...whatever, I will do any but trashy micro mini.


#3. I don't mind taking the the general 'style' of the wedding into consideration ( Fal lcolors, sit down, jazz band- 3 attendants each)


# 4. I don't mind - I prefer that my dress be understated.


What I DO mind...

Suggestions that I wear THIS or THAT because the MOB isn't too thrilled I'm younger, smaller and able to show my legs, neck, arms, waist, elbows wrists, ankles, feet ( face?!?!!?).

Suggestions that I wear a LONG, long-sleeved beaded coat over suggested type dress( which is  baggy) .


Holy crap, scratch that...HOLY SHIT.


I HAVE A TERRIBLE HEADACHE and my heart is pounding--- I will be wearing a taupe burka, I just know it :(  On the up side, my daughter's brides maid dress is lovely...a pretty, understated, 50's style, satin, spaghetti strap, burgundy tea length with a  set in waist. The Maid of Honor and the other bridesmaid's dresses will be the same but strapless . Lovely.

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Last reply 8/15/2010 - 8:10pm
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I found this message in the chat room ( you know how a few posts remain on the chat room screen after you log out and the next person sees it. ).

tanyasteve: this is a post for Jerry Ellis (Thomas). He is in the ICU at ST.Anthony Central in
Denver. He was badly injured while riding a horse last night. He was flight for lifed. He has
major trauma to his face.

So, bad news. I hope he's doing OK.

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Last reply 8/14/2010 - 9:29pm
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Boston Med.

go to and you can watch full episodes.   Phenomenal People. 

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Last reply 8/14/2010 - 9:23pm
Replies by: TinaR, Bonnie Lea, DonW

Zip?  Sad.

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Bill G's picture
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Last reply 8/14/2010 - 10:53pm
Replies by: jag, Yawn

Haven't seen her post for some time.

Bill G

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Kevin from Atlanta's picture
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Last reply 8/13/2010 - 11:01am
Replies by: jag, Kevin from Atlanta, Kimmer, Anonymous, lhaley

I had a whole brain raditation about 45 days ago. My oncologist stated that if I have a seisure and get into an autowreck they may deny my claim.

I also take Lortab occasionaly.


I hope someone knows.

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Last reply 8/13/2010 - 10:44am
Replies by: jag

Part of Obama's funding for his health care is too cut Medicare and Medicaid by $500 billion.

Obama has alread started.

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- An Obama administration plan to cut Medicare payments to heart and cancer doctors by $1.4 billion next year is generating a backlash that’s undermining the president’s health-care overhaul.…

Payments to Onocologist hit the hardest with a 19% cut in what Medicare and Medicaid will pay.

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Last reply 8/10/2010 - 8:04pm
Replies by: Janner, Kimmer

Oops, last weekend my back got sunburned... first time in about 20 years!  And of course, yesterday was my visit with my derm.

As soon as he walked in, I confessed - I told him I got sunburned on my back, it hadn't happened in forever, it was a total mistake, blah blah blah...

All he did was look at me, then said in a quiet voice, "Well.... was it everything you dreamed it would be?"

Yeah, he's funny.


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Last reply 8/10/2010 - 3:04pm
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So I've been very busy on the boat. Finally finished reading Moby Dick and now am reading War and Peace. Thought I saw Moby Dick in person, but it was only a delusion (image of Dan T belly up on an inner tube, not a pretty site). So I've peeked in a few time (hi Josey) but just been way to busy to post. Not sure I like the new format but what the hey. Hi to all. Bye for now.

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Last reply 8/9/2010 - 1:01pm
Replies by: jag, yoop, Kimmer

August 4th, 6 years NED at stage IIIb.  Whew. 

Not sure about this new board thang, but need to be a 'change artist' to keep moving forward.  Pretty slow around here, haven't rescued any deer, but getting ready for deer season, haven't pissed on myself much lately and only battling lymphadema/tendonitis in rt. arm.

My little girl lost her top two front teeth this weekend.  I pulled out one and the second one she just messed with and was doing a great Nanny Mcphee inpersonation until it finally came out.  Funny to hear her say her 's's"


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