Calling all Grannies & Grandpas

Posted by admin on Apr 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

A small crisis has arisen at our house – the grandkids won’t eat our food, sniff, sniff.

Boxed/canned, this-or-that ain’t allowed in our house – we make everything from ‘scratch’. But, it’s rejected by the grandkids (9 & 12). e.g. – I made (on separate days) scalloped potatoes & macarroni/cheese. They were rejected by the grandkids – reason: they taste funny. Both of them swore they loved that stuff, but it turns out that they only like them if they come in a box.

I also made a nice Yankee Pot Roast – that was also rejected – it only tastes good if it’s in a frozen dinner.

They, of course, dearly love such things as bags of Potato Chips & Zingers. We don’t allow such things unless ‘real’ food has been consumed.

OK – so we recognize that there’s a few generation gaps here. We can bend (a little bit) but what’s with this “if it doesn’t come from a box it ain’t no good”!?!?!?

btw – we only see these particular grandkids in the summer. The rest of the time they’re with their other sets of parents – “Dad” thinks that EVERYTHING needs to be cooked in a “Fry-Daddy”.

So, before I have another stroke because of this (or, beat the crap out of the grandkids) – how do ya fellow grandparents handle this kind of situation!?!?!?!?

Thanks (I’ll go take another blood-pressure pill now, sigh)


Calling all grannies & grandpas

Posted by admin on Apr 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Now I am a grandpa of three small children (4-4-2), who by now, when visiting us, enjoy grandparents food, because it is something different. This might change, when they get older. Our children, who after leaving home, throw most good about good food over board, are responsible, when grandchildren react like Zooky’s. Last week, for the first time in my life, I was present at a 4th July celebration – at a US Army Post in Southern Germany. Observation No. 1 : My younger daughter and son-in-law (from California) brought me to a Commissary (Army food store), where I selected (among other delicacies) a container of Quaker Grits for nourishing and healthy breakfast food. My granddaughter was present too. She heard comments of her parents : “Yuck !! Southern grub !!”. Observation No. 2 : Favourite at the dinner party were hot dogs in fluffy
buns, with chili and beans (puke). I had insisted on cutting fresh tomatoes and onions as condiments (good occupational therapy for a troker), but most of the onions were left over. Very disgusting was the consistency of the franks – just finely ground gristles and udders. < Hebrew National was not available, but we wouldn’t have bought them anywaybecause of a possible Palestinian content in the meat (grins). Reinhard from Hamburg, Germany


OT Whitegoose

Posted by admin on Mar 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hi Whitegoose

I’m glad you’re back. All these people have been so very, very naughty since you have been away. And……………there are new people expecting sense from stroke survivors and they don’t get any!

I’ve been watching Wood Duck on our property. Wood Duck used to be called Maned Geese by the original settlers. A much better name because they are small geese. Maned Geese (Wood Duck) nest up in hollows in tall trees. It is really odd seeing a goose up a tree looking for a nesting site. Even a duck up a tree is strange, a goose doesn’t seem right. Or maybe in Canada or America it isn’t so strange……… well that all waterbird stuff looks really silly. But you know what I mean.



Another question

Posted by admin on Mar 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Friends I got my depressed friend to agree to go fishing, when he comes back from China Now what I need is instructions on how a one handed person baits a hook I would welcome any knowledge on this subject at all If I cant teach him to bait a hook Ill push him over board and solve both mine and his problems Thank you for your help Ed aka Rassils


Hi! from the whitegoose.

Posted by admin on Mar 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Tomorrow, I hope to spend some time reading all the group messages. Although I set my emails to “no Mail” on strokesurvivors and riticklers,(I can read all the messages at yahoogroups webpages)I still had 85 messages in my email box.

I spent over a week at the lake. I can hardly wait to get back. I had wonderful family visitations (grandchildren and grand-neices) and wept
my way through a book called “The Poisonweed Bible.”. One of the characters in the book was hemiplaegic at birth (a twin).

My love to all of the members of this group. I hope I will feel fit enough to write to you all soon, and respond to the messages.




Posted by admin on Mar 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

I was a youth minister for many years. In that role I often needed to stay up all night. A “night owl”, I enjoyed it. After I turned 40 I
found I could still do it, if I planned ahead, took a nap the afternoon before, arranged things so I could get some extra sleep the next day,
etc. I’m just thinking, that while I do like and perhaps need a little extra sleep post stroke, perhaps some of us are “worn out” because we’ve “overdone” more than because we’re a stroke survivor. I sometimes ask, “Am I tired, forgetful, anxious, crabby… because of my stroke, because I’m getting older, because of human nature, …?”


MIL 50th B-day

Posted by admin on Feb 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

I don’t post much, but I do read often. My FIL had a very major stroke the end of Feb. My MIL is turning 50 on June 9 and I’m at a loss as to what to get her. She is taking care of FIL full time and he isn’t able to do much. I think he can go out to lunch (dinner is too much). She doesn’t take any time for herself other than when he is at therapy and then she goes into the office to ‘catch up’ on a few things. They have plenty of money to hire someone to help, she just wants to do it herself. I think that’s the nurse in her LOL!

Does anyone have ideas for what to get her? They used to travel a ton, so that, and the Colorado Avalanche are her main passions. Any
suggestions would be appreciated.




Posted by admin on Feb 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dear Ed,
Just know that we here on Stroke Survivors care very much for you and will be pulling for you all the way. We don’t need to anesthetize ourselves. As for telling family, do. They’ll want to and do deserve to know. They’ll want to assist you in every way they can, pray for you, tell you and be told, important things. Just be real, be yourself. I appreciate that you don’t want to be, or appear to be, depend ant. You’re not. It’s OK to be interdependent. You give us all alot.


The reason I continue on the testosterone treatment is

Posted by admin on Feb 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

sildenafilcitrate100mgthat my urologist tells me that, because of my early chemo treatments, my testosterone level is very low and that I am susceptable to osteoperosis. Yes, we all thought that was just for women, but it turns out that men with low testosterone are just as liable to get it. The other reason is that I lost a lot of weight during recent surgeries and am trying to get it back. The doctor tells me that the testosterone will help build body mass. But you are right, I do not think that the treatments are helping with the erections.

Testosterone can have other benefits besides sexual. Late last year after having prostate surgery I felt draggy and “ill” for a few months. My red blood count was low so the doctor (General Practitioner) told me to take an iron supplement. That didn’t work so he gave me a prescription for stronger iron and a prescription for testosterone gel, sildenafil citrate 100mg and then later patches. My testosterone level was 179 and the report had the letter “L” next to it showing it as “low.” A month on the iron and testosterone and I felt much better. My hemoglobin count came up to “low normal.”

I later learned that people have been diagnosed with depression and treated for it when actually their testosterone levels were low and receiving testosterone took away the “symptoms” of depression.

I was warned about taking testosterone because I had prostate cancer surgery. One of the therapies for treating prostate cancer is “chemical” or physical castration to stop testosterone production.
I’ve heard that testosterone feeds prostate cancer. Well, when I went back to my urologist (who had removed my prostate) he told me that 179 was not a low testosterone count and had me stop taking it.

I don’t know if the testosterone helped with my feeling better or not. Maybe it did in combination with taking the prescription dosage of iron. The testosterone didn’t help me get an erection. Nothing has successfully helped that.


Cheers, Ed!

Posted by admin on Feb 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hi Ed,

I sent that last post before I read of your new health challenges. Be assured, my thoughts are with you at this time.Hey, do you want your
lucky half-dollar back??!!

Oh, and I’ll definitely have a drink for/with you – I have a very nice Cabernet Merlot that I’m sampling at present.

Love and hugs,

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