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Post by Willowcreek70633 on Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:19 pm

Life can be a bowl full of cherries, or a box of chocolates! But life being funny, and us being human, there HAS to be a balance, doesn't there? Low and behold let it be a family member, a friend, co-workers, complete strangers something/someone HAS to upset the apple cart, and we find ourselves with dilemma's! Suddenly WE'RE having issues and don't even know why! There should be a place for the (downs in life, the valleys we must trudge across, find ourselves having the whole cake crammed down our throats if we want it or not). We are hit so hard that it confuses the mind, body, and spirit. So we blow off steam, get our anger out, and we react 9 chances out of 10! Right? We should have a place that we can let loose, let our hair down, bare our teeth and get the negativity out of our system. A place to go when we fall short mentally, physically, and spiritually? Well HERE IT IS!
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Post by Willowcreek70633 on Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:55 pm

OK, folks, I'll be the 1st story teller! MIL was in Rehab after her most recent stroke. I was instructed by the Rehab Center @ the Hospital to bring 5 days worth of clothes, along with personal hygiene items. I did so, happily! While John & I were at our Guard Annual Training, Maw Maw would be rehabilitated efficiently, and @ a hometown hospital that cared about her! When John & I were discharging her after almost a month of Rehab, I noticed that she had 3 days worth of clothes, her new diabetic socks were nowhere to be found and she possessed 1 NEW ROBE, AND BRA! My questions to the staff were met with blank stares, lame excuses of "Probably in the laundry." I was even nice & suggested that because she was being released we would like to have her possessions! The dumb looks and stares never changed!
Call me old fashioned, call me stupid, I'll even let you call me naive. BUT I did not realize that nowadays when an 87yrs old woman who has dementia, & just suffered a stroke would be the victim of theft by people who are on said hospitals PAYROLL! In times of stress, or anxiety, or in MIL's case times of dementia, there are prey & predators! How insane is this? Is this senseless of me to think of "principle", or "character". Angry
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Post by allthegoodnamesweretaken on Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:05 pm

Theft, and gifts!

Recently I had to have the transmission in my truck replaced because the persons that I had paid to do the maintenance in it did not do the job that they were paid to do, and I have had a telemarketer who seemed to think that they could insult and belittle me into buying their product (Boy did they pick the wrong person!). Typically this stuff doesn't stick with me to long. The truck runs and rides alot better now, and I get to tell all my peers not to deal with X company now, so it's all good.

Next time something comes along, I'll let ya know though.

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Post by Teka on Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:30 pm

Willow the same thing happened to me in rehab. LOL It was two pj tops that were missing with me. Most of the time I can release lost objects to the universe to orbit the earth as in the George Carling scenario ( all those lost single gloves, socks and umbrellas that you get back when you die. LOL)

All....telling your peers.........I am famous in my family for not doing any business with and bad mouthing a certain fast food place that mistreated my daughter over 40 yrs. ago when she worked for them. It hasn't put them out of business yet......I wonder why? LOL It feels good though.

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Post by Willowcreek70633 on Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:54 pm

Allthegood, thats what this here thread is for! Please do, we all need a place to go with our frustrations!
Teka, Sad well I'll be! Did you feel as I did? Its not the "gone missing" its the principle of the thing. So its a trend in our hospitals today to prey on the sick? "Where have I been, missed opportunities? Damn the luck. Who'd thunk?"
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Post by Teka on Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:26 am

Oh yes , at first I made a futile effort to track down my tops. They were brand new, gifts from one of my children who thought my sleepwear wardrobe was terrible. Gave me the general feeling I was not meant to have matching pjs. The missing clothing was way down on my list of problems at rehab. If being irritable is a sign of recovery, I should have been out of there over night.

They were incapable of providing hot tea for breakfast despite it's constant presence on the menu. They had a surprise at every meal in regard to getting things you didn't order or the reverse. And they ,of course, couldn't respond to your light at the most crucial times. From the 2nd of the 15 days I was there, a dietician was supposed to come see me to answer my questions about the combo diets I was on. The day before I went home they showed up. Frankly I thought they would be calling me after I got home. I had saved up a stack of menus with notes all over them. The CEO of the place was telling me that there was nothing on the menu that I couldn't order.......didn't know what he was talking about. The nutrition people never did explain why I couldn't have skim milk 3 times a day.

I came to the conclusion they didn't have to deal with fully alert, senitent people most of the time. It was confusing for them. I don't usually do the 'squeeky wheel' bit, but I guess I was so surprised to be alive, I couldn't shut up. LOL

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Post by Willowcreek70633 on Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:08 pm

Thank you Teka for your story. You poor thing. I bet it was a scary experience for you. You said "I was so surprised to be alive." And the confusion of your care givers.....Wow! A stay in the hospital for that long, I'd go nuts! Yes, I would of caused my share of problems also! LOL!
Makes me think when MIL first went in, they "forgot" she was diabetic! Duh, its on her chart! They were serving her sweet tea, and ice cream! I brought their attention to the obvious! When she was being released, I asked when she was bathed last? I got those same stupid stares. Honey, the 1st thing I did when home, was bathe her!
Its irritating to me, that a place to heal has such chaotic energy filling its halls. Or is it, that people just don't care anymore? There to draw a paycheck? When I was a kid, hospitals were a safe, clean, place. The people that worked there actually cared about people, their progress and recovery!
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Post by Ken on Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:45 pm

I got a new computer today. Obviously it's working, but the annoyances that accompany a new computer are . . . well, probably too well known to everyone here to require further description. I may have everything connected and all my old stuff back on it in a week.
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Post by Willowcreek70633 on Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:13 am

Shocked John & I never had a BRAND, SPANKING, NEW one! Its always been these rebuilt ones from some computer geeks within the military, or our kids tech friendly friends! They have served us just fine. !
Ken, I hope you breeze through the new computer experience! My new toy are the USB's! Hold lots of info! study At this stage with ALL children on the way out of the home within the next yr. I've been researching NEW puters! I'm leaning toward an Apple. Now I'm asking Joe Public their opinions.
So keep me informed about your new computer experience.
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Post by Ken on Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:12 pm

I always buy the cheapest Dell I can get. By the time it's three years old it's getting slow and cranky, but a new one costs under $300 (or $400 if you need a new monitor, which I didn't need this time), the software is pristine, and it always has a lot more memory than the previous one.

Flashdrives are wonderful. I taught a fifteen-week course on Frank Lloyd Wright last spring, and all the presentations, comprising hundreds of high resolution images, didn't come close to filling one up.
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Post by gillyflower on Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:28 pm

A cheap computer is only a bargain if you never work on a higher quality computer according to a couple of co-workers who went that route. After a while, they couldn't take the comparison between the computer they used at work and the one the had at home, gave away their cheap one to family and got a better one. But some people won't care about that or notice.

I usually buy a good computer because of the pleasure a pretty (and fast) piece of hardware gives me. If I'm going to stare at it for hours X years, I don't want to spend much of that time thinking it's ugly, or wish it was faster or putting up with stuff I don't like. Then again, I use a computer a lot.

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Post by Teka on Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:39 pm

My biggest computer problem is my husband..........we are just too different about our usage. When I was in the hospital and rehab for about a month and a half, I came home to find problems with my relatively new computer. He had been using it a lot. His never works right. He has had six or seven to my two in the last dozen years. I found I had a Trojan Horse that my anti virus software had only partially taken care of. I fiddled with it and finally got it isolated but I have a constant error message when I first turn it on that makes me remember his adventures with my baby.

He opens any and all email sent to him and visits every porn site he can find. He doesn't believe there is any connection between these things and his non working computers.

Since I am tech challenged I may have to take it to a shop to get it back to an acceptable state. When I can afford this I will put in a password that prevents anyone's usage. This will make him furious. It won't be the first time and 'Frankly my dear................'.

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Post by Teka on Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:36 pm

Yesterday I had a phone call from my friend who took me to the strange healing/exorcism event. She has found a powder which is purported to fix everything. I can't help it.....can you say "Snake Oil!" ? Rub it on whatever, sprinkle a handful on your bed. If you have low energy, if you cannot sleep ( I mentioned these are contradictory conditions ) ,it will correct circulation problems, correct edema and arthritis in my feet. I believe she has told me it is good for diabetes. Can you hear me banging my head on the keyboard? I think she has paid a princely sum for this stuff and she is going to give it to me.

My darling sweet caring friend who has a degree in Chemistry.... who I have taken classes with for Quality Engineering (ASQC). Some one has hit her in the head with a sucker stick.

Is this a case of my needing to be right? ET told me that is ego. It is not that I don't believe in miracles, but I definitely don't believe they are for sale at the local supplement store. If I could just get a hold of those people by the scruff of their necks and shake them.

Why am I having such a problem letting her be however she wants to be? Is it obvious to everyone but me?

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Post by gillyflower on Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:08 am

She just wants there to be a magic powder that will cure everything, especially the people she loves and you are at the top of her list. She doesn't want you to be sick or in pain and is doing a bit of magical thinking.

We get people like that in the library on a regular basis, looking for something they heard on tv or from a friend that will cure such and such. We even have a very popular book (there are several in this vein) about Cures Your Doctor Doesn't Want You to Know. The thinking is that if you knew about them, the pharmaceutical companies would go out of business. IT'S ALL A BIG CONSPIRACY, don't you know.

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Post by Teka on Sun Jul 12, 2009 3:52 pm

Exactly Gilly. If I go in my shower everyday and close my eyes and say "May all that is not good, healing,and for my highest good be washed from me. In the name and through the power of Jesus Christ, the Great Physician ." Or I might say the same thing drinking a glass of water before I meditate. I know I am engaging in a mental self discipline intended to influence my own body. I want to support it in the natural healing process that really exists. I understand that having a ritual and 'chant' engages some primitive part of me. That is certainly magical thinking. I make my own magic, don't want to buy someone else's.

I flashed over that book sold on TV called something like 'Cures your doctors don't want you to know' and could not believe that they wanted you to subscribe to their online newsletter to the tune of about $500 per year membership. I think that guy is in jail now. I hope he is.

I understand that my friend has a need to help me. She has been taken advantage of in some of her friendships and in other situations in life. Somehow I've developed a need to wise her up to some of life's pit falls. It wasn't meant to be. Was it Cassandra who was doomed to be ignored? Just call me Cassie. LOL

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Post by Willowcreek70633 on Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:23 pm

Laughing Gilly & Teka you two are terrible, releasing those Old Ways secrets into the world & over the net!
Science & medicine are finding out that some of our "methods behind the madness" are quite good for our mental, physical, & spiritual well beings! Its all about the "positive energy, feel good highs" that have been poo pooed by the "medical pill, shot phenomenon" of decades gone by! I rather enjoy when "friends" of mine discover that sometimes it really is "Mind over matter." I chalk it up to "enlightening ones self"! Smile
Teka, I know you mean well by your friend, but sometimes as friends we must let ourselves sit back & allow our friends to be themselves! As goofy as they sound, & as silly as they look...well, "So be it." You don't know, but maybe she's beginning her own little journey down her chosen path of enlightenment!" As the great Charlotte says (Charlotte's Web) "Chin up." Laughing
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Post by Teka on Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:44 pm

New pile of manure for the compost heap.

Today I went to 2 hospitals and one hospital annex trying to find where I had an appointment for a doppler procedure. The first place said nope ...not there but the phone number looked like the other hospital in town. When I got disentangled from their jammed up parking valet system , that place said....oh no............the appointment was at an annex about 3 miles away. So flying now and out of breath I got there and was told no.....they didn't have it scheduled, but they could do it at 3 pm. I said no thanks I was exhausted and going home to bed.

Passing the infernal dr.s office I stopped and found they were all wrong it was at a private dr.s office not far from the 2nd hospital and they would like me to come in at 1:30p. I went with reluctance, but it is over now. I sat down and meditated for about an hour before I went in to shake being wound up and mad at everyone I had contact with.

I asked the guy who wanted it done..... where was I to go for this. He said the first hospital and I said I hadn't planned to go back there so soon. ( Site of recent emergencies). But we laughed and that was all . Now if they don't know where they sent you.....well I ask you. Next time I will scruntinize and question any notes I get from his office. I usually have to get a translation of something he tells me anyway.

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Post by Willowcreek70633 on Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:20 am

SEE this is where people can bring their poop, right here on this thread!

Stir Stirring the The Landfill for you Teka, so sorry for your dilemma with the racing around for your apt! What a day, huh? You were having an ultrasound for your blood flow? Wow, I bet your blood pressure was up, & your blood was flowing quickly & your heart was racing?
HighFive Anger, confusion, & unanswered questions, or questions answered wrongly really get me going! These people have jobs, do them correctly! "Gets my Dago up." Thats what I call it!
The AM being so stressful, Teka! Makes ya wonder what side of the bed everyone else woke up on! pale (: I feel for ya, hon!
The UP side of this is: Thank goodness you had the sense to meditate, and shake all the negativity out of your being! I'm interested Teka.
My questions to you, are:
How did you meditate? (In what position)
To what? (Silence or music)
And where? (Atmosphere you created)
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Post by Teka on Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:45 pm

I meditate usually sitting up right here in my computer chair. I kick off my shoes. In the winter I wrap up in a quilt. Sometimes I get into a half lotus at the head of my bed but I learned long ago that it is not wise for me to be too comfortable. If I don't make some effort to keep my head up and sit relatively straight.... I fall asleep. Sleeping is not the same as meditating. LOL

I like silence, but then I am listening for that small voice. I used a mantra for years, but in the last couple of years (AET) after studying Tolle I have found that I can get there very fast by focusing on my breath and the sensation of inner awareness in my hands and feet.

Using a mantra can at times put me in a deeper state, but I am currently working to perfect this alert meditative state. Sometimes now I can do this with my eyes open so I know I am slowly getting it.

I love meditation, and have done several styles. My aim is to be able to do it at the drop of a hat no matter where I am. In other words I want to be in the Now at all time. Big challenge.

Yes, but in the 70's it was definitely in a quiet room with incense, sitar music, and cushions. We have to start somewhere. LOL It's just for me there's more to it. It never ceases to amaze me, no matter how old I get, my mind has new things to show me.

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Post by Willowcreek70633 on Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:52 pm

cheers Smile You've hit the nail on the head Teka! I enjoy furthering myself in spirit, & finding different ways to connect with spirit! Today I am truly surprised with the new ways & twists on things that were at one time the old ways! Or is it just that through our lives & our times have we forgotten? Or is it the new dawning of a much more enlightening of us individually?
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Post by Guest on Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:37 am

Thank you for this lovely place. Here I'll be able to post my frustrations of the last few months. And Willow, don't you have enough to do in trying to handle that crazy Cajun you're married to. Hey we may even get my Wife to join here. She used to be in that other place we shall not name but got fed up with it very early. BTW, She's Christian. But still puts up with this old phart. Coming up on 8-7-09 we will have been married 33 years. And she is my best friend & soulmate. Smile

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Post by sacrificialgoddess on Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:42 am

Well we would love it if she showed up!

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Post by Beribee on Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:30 pm

Wow! 33 years...that's impressive! Bring her on in...it would be nice to have another Christian in here!!! Very Happy

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Post by Willowcreek70633 on Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:51 pm

cheers Hey honey! Big hugs! (((warlordofks)))) Yes, please turn Mrs onto us here! Great place & addictive too...its all in the name YOUR SPIRITUALITY! I Love it here, great people, and we're so goofy also! Friendly isn't the word, its more like "loving"! The more folks the merrier, just keep an open heart, & bear with the newness of it all!
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Post by MaineCaptain on Sun Jul 19, 2009 8:20 pm

Yes please send the Mrs, I would love to meet her, be a joy to have your lady here with us too Very Happy

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