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#1 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 05:56 AM

Hey! Check out Penny's new blog!! Woohoo - more laughs from the gal we've learned to love. I feel like somebody has just given me a trip to the world's best relaxation spa.

Congratulations and a great big hug, Penny. I'll look forward to 'seeing you'.
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 09:24 AM

Jeannie,

Thank you so much! :D

The honor is all mine and I am unbelievably humbled and thrilled to be able to write a blog for the ISN. Being able to give back in some small way means the world to me, and being able to share my writing in this way is also the biggest gift I could ever be given.

I just hope that everyone reading them enjoys the reading as much as I enjoyed the writing.

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 06:26 PM

Welcome Penny!

So happy to have another blog to read with my morning coffee. Jeannie says it's like a trip to the spa. I say it's like a gooey pastry - leave it to me to liken all my pleasures to food!

Glad to have you on board! Looking forward to reading more!

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 04:59 AM

OK, I"m missing out. I have to admit I don't always read the blogs, but I'm turned on now. You guys are great!!
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 05:08 AM

Is it possible to make a comment on someone blog? I didn't see an option...
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#6 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 12:56 PM

Hi Pam,

I don't know, but I'll ask Jefa. In the meantime, you can always post a comment in this thread.

My comment on today's hand cream post is I hear you, Sister!

The medication I take for pulmonary hypertension comes in a bubble pack. You can easily get 1 day's dose separated from the sheet of 10 - there are wonderful perforations through the very stiff plastic top. Snap, it's off! However, you can't push the little tablet through without banging it sharply with a hammer. ("Do not crush or chew. Leave whole.") The reverse side has 2 tiny, wee little, miniscule crack-back triangles marked. OK, get the eyebrow tweezers out and try pulling the first one back. Hmmm, it came off showing there is foil underneath. Get the forceps out and try the other one. Huh! That one came off too. Get the pocket knife out and try digging through to the tablet. Well, that worked but I now need something to mop up the blood from where the knife slipped and got my finger.

So the next month when the specialist pharmacy calls to set up delivery of the refill I ask the nice young lady if there is any way to get this medication in something other that bullet-proof bubble packs. She asks the manufacturer. The suggestion? Take a razor blade and slice the bubbles, thereby freeing the tablet. [Sigh~]

That medication is safe from the whole world!
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:29 PM

Jeannie,

Ah yes, those little individually wrapped pills <_<

I have a feeling that one day an archaeologist will find a packet of those mini time capsules and think how kind it was of our ancient race to place a sample of their medication in an indestructible package so scientists in the distant future may wonder over them. I also think that the poor archaeologist will end up needing stitches himself when that hard plastic or the knife he uses to open it cuts his hand.

I used to use an craft blade or a scalpel to carefully cut them out, but that was before I lost feeling in my fingers and was in danger of losing my fingers if I kept using those sharp blades on tiny hard packets like that.

I now use the best tool in the house if I need such things opened... (which is rare these days since I can't take medications) and that tool is...

"Honey, can you come open this?"

Hands you a tourniquet for your finger and mops the floor real quick.