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Kennedy's Disease Chat Transcript 10-20-2007
Topic: Open Topic
Host: Bruce Gaughran
Bruce: Morning Eric
Bruce: How are you today?
MICH: Pretty good, how's the weather in Georgia?
Bruce: Fall finally arrived yesterday and it is beautiful.
Bruce: I just returned from walking my dog down by the lake (actually, he walks and I ride the golf cart).
MICH: I want to thank you again for helping me a few years ago deal with delaying doing Medicare prescriptions since I have my wifes insurance. I forgot what kind of dog do you have?
Bruce: How is work going? I think it would be interesting to have job at a planatarium.
MICH: I've been working there for about 5 years now just in the morning... it becomes more and more as a physical challenge as does typing this info.
Bruce: My dog's name is Fred. He is a beagle. He showed up on our porch four years ago and was about dead.
MikeG entered the room.
Bruce: Morning Mike
MikeG: Hi Bruce
Bruce: How are you today?
MikeG: fair - we had a MDA fundraiser we attended last night - too much wine!
MICH: How are things at Tropicana?
MikeG: it was a art auction - we got a nice piece for a goos price.
Bruce: Are you into art, or just helping the cause?
MikeG: Tropicana? I haven't contracted there in quite some time. They're probably doing ok.
MICH: Mike and Bruce, being a state away from each other, have you had a chance to meet?
MikeG: just helping...
Bruce: Did Terry send out a notice of the chat? I don't remember seeing one.
norminstormin entered the room.
MikeG: I thought he did - I'll check.
Bruce: Morning Normin
Bruce: Are you all set for winter?
norminstormin: getting ready
Bruce: It has been a few years since I was in Ontario. We used to have a paper mill up there.
MikeG: actuall, I don't see the reminder for this one - Oct 6th is the last I see...
MICH: Normin... are you very far from Detroit?
norminstormin: where in ontario
Bruce: Everything was sold last year to Domtar, however including the mill.
Ed_M entered the room.
Bruce: I just blanked. I had Prince Albert (another mill) on my mind and can't come up with the name.
Bruce: Morning, Ed
Ed_M: Good Morning, everyone
MikeG: Hi Ed
norminstormin: north of minnesota
Bruce: I used to fish the Lake of the Woods region when I was young. We would canoe in for a week to ten days. A great place ... I miss those days.
Bruce: Walleyes and Northerns for breakfast - lunch - and dinner almost every day. WOW! Was that living.
norminstormin: thats nice i used to do that when i was younger too
MICH: Normin... I'm bad at geography... are you far from Georgian Bay?
norminstormin: north of thunder bay
Bruce: People in the south don't know about Walleyes. I tell them they are missing a great game and eating fish.
norminstormin: yes they are missing out
MikeG: with my hands I couldn't even get a hook out now...
Bruce: Well, what does someone want to chat about today?
norminstormin: mine are getting like that now
Bruce: Hands ... yes, those good ole hands that don't work well anytime, but really don't work when it is cold outside.
MikeG: that's why I'm so far south...
Bruce: Any temperature below 50 has them not performing well ... below 32 they are clubs that are not even functional.
norminstormin: fingers lock up when i,m cold
MikeG: upper 80s today.
Bruce: I hate going to the bathroom after just coming inside on a cold day. The hands do not do what they are supposed to do.
MikeG: 10-4 on that!!!
MICH: Mike... you lucky dog at 80... if it gets super hot... does it affect you the same way as cold
Bruce: Trying to write is difficult enough, but when the hands are cold I can hardly hold a pen let alone write anything legable.
MikeG: one time I was sailing on the Frisco bay and had to use the john... barely got my fingers warm in enough time to unzip...
Bruce: I know that feeling ...
MikeG: no - hot is fine with me. The hotter, the better.
Bruce: Panic in the streets or pants anyway
Bruce: Ed, do you have another run scheduled soon?
MikeG: same here - cursive is impossible now.
Bruce: My neighbor has been preparing all this month for the New York Marathon. He is a running machine.
TerryW entered the room.
Ed_M: Bruce, the first race is tomorrow
Bruce: Morning Terry
TerryW: Hello all
MikeG: hi Terry.
TerryW: Sorry I am late
Bruce: What distance?
MikeG: did you send out a chat notice?
MICH: Terry, is it cold in Cal today?
Ed_M: It is the shortest one - just 10K - I am not sure if Sean will be running, as he is injured
TerryW: I forgot, Dirst time in 6 years LOL
Bruce: What happened to Sean?
Ed_M: He has some ligament injury, pretty typical of bikers and runners
TerryW: Ouch, hope he gets better
Bruce: Yes, those 'hogs' can be tough on a guy.
Ed_M: I have not heard from him in a couple weeks so I do not know how he is doing.
fl-don entered the room.
Bruce: Morning Don
Ed_M: Essentially, it is an overuse injury
MikeG: morning Don
TerryW: Hi Don
fl-don: hi all, trouble getting on again?????
MikeG: you're lucky you wern't drinking wine last night...
Bruce: My neighbor that runs marathons several times a year always seems to have some type of injury.
TerryW: I had a strange error this morning also loggin in, Ut told me the first time that my account was not active
Ed_M: Marathons are tough on the legs
TerryW: I tried again and I got in
MikeG: yep - running is really hard on the joints.
fl-don: got in 2nd time
TerryW: me 2
Bruce: It has been a long time since I had any sports injury. I actually miss those days.
fl-don: looking 4ward 2 conference
TerryW: I fot my 2 pups back last night from the Vet, I had the works done on them, Spayed, Neutered, dew claws removed and on small tumor removed, they are doing good
Bruce: Yes, the conference is two weeks away.
Bruce: Glad to hear it Terry. Have they calmed down any?
TerryW: yes a bit
TerryW: they are now 50lbs
Bruce: Don, are you going in early or staying late this year?
fl-don: any news on the research front?
MikeG: what kind of temps can we expect in Vegas?
TerryW: We will be arriving sometime Mon afternoon
fl-don: goint to vegas on nov 2 (fri) and staying a week
Bruce: Nothing new from my side. Ed has reviewed a couple of research projects that are taking place by post-docs.
fl-don: temp in poker room is 72 with no rain
TerryW: It starts to get cool in Nov
TerryW: windy possibly
Ed_M: Not really, although there was an announcement that a British group was given the go ahead on a new treatment for Duchene's (sp) Muscular Dystrophy
Bruce: Don, what kind of poker do you play? Hold-em?
fl-don: hold em
TerryW: <-----not a big gambler
TerryW: Show me the buffet :)
MikeG: craps for me!
TerryW: Murray broke his foot again I hear
Bruce: I enjoy watching the Hold-em tournaments on TV. The main event is one of my favorites.
fl-don: staying out on the strip and taking the double decker buses to downtown
MikeG: how'd he do that?
TerryW: he fell and also hurt fom vertebrea
Bruce: Ouch! How did that happen?
MikeG: swimming too hard in his endless pool???
TerryW: slipped I think
fl-don: i use a chair to prevent bone breaks
MikeG: I've been real lucky here lately - no falls at all.
MikeG: knock on wood!
norminstormin: this past thursday too my knee buckled and i fell
Bruce: Murray and I seem to hold the record for injuries the last few of years. FOruntately, I haven't had a spill in a long time now.
TerryW: Within the last week I have fallen about 20 times, no breaks yet
TerryW: on grass and dirt & gravel
TerryW: no cement
TerryW: been busy
MICH: The U here in Utah has a doctor who just received a Noble Prize for being one of the 1st to do knock outs in DNA of mice to study disease... their lab is planning on researching MS to alzheimers... I trying to get my ALS/MND doctor to test my blood for number of neurons in the spinal cord... and maybe I show now try for other studies?
TerryW: done now
Bruce: I am a little concerned after my last break. I am very cautious and spend more time in the chair. I still exercise every day and believe that has really helped strengthen my quads.
TerryW: All I have left is to split firewood but I am going to hire the neighbor kid to hand me the logs and I put them on the splitter and make the kindling
Murf entered the room.
Bruce: Mornig Murray
Murf: morning all
MikeG: Hi Murf
TerryW: Hi murray
Ed_M: Morning, Murray
Bruce: I heard you had another fall. What happened?
MikeG: how's the foot?
Murf: I'd forget my head lately if it wasn't screwed on
Murf: foot is ok the back hurts
Bruce: Where did you fall?
Murf: I fell in the bathroom again
Murf: pulled a bruce but got lucky
TerryW: Murray your wer'nt apping your fett in the stall were ya ? LOL
Murf: I noe have the " I fell and I can't get up" button
Bruce: Good to hear. I hate the bathroom ... bad memories.
Murf: I hear that
TerryW: one of those devices are food to have
TerryW: my typing is terrible this morning
Bruce: Ever since I bought the shower stool, my life has been a lot better.
Murf: one for the wrist and one for the neck
fl-don: are they meeting for dinner the day be4 conference this year?
fl-don: where and when?
Murf: Don - yes we havew tickets to the Tournament of Kings
Bruce: Murray has arranged a fun evening.
TerryW: Don, did you get our e-mail announcment
fl-don: probably, but dont bother to read stuff
TerryW: Excalibur Knights dinner
Murf: we'll leave the hotel about 7:30 or so with the first load LOL
TerryW: let murray know if you want to attend
norminstormin has left the room.
TerryW: he has the tickets
Murf: I bought extra tickets so will have some extra
Ed_M: Guys , I need to go - till next time.
Ed_M has left the room.
Murf: Is Norman ok
Murf: where is everyone going?
Bruce: He was fine this morning. He said he fell this week, but didn't hurt anything important.
Murf: was it something i said?
TerryW: I need to take a shower to be presentable for the board meeting
Murf: you need one terry LOL
Bruce: We didn't hgave much of a turn-out today.
TerryW: I forgot to send the reminder out
Murf: Just be for the conference attendance goes down
TerryW: was so busy here
Murf: I heard that Terry
TerryW: I am taking a Mulligan on that
MikeG: the t-shirt thing took up a lot of your time too.
Murf: I finally got the dehumidifiers out of the house
MikeG: thanks for helping.
Murf: Flooded on Monday night
TerryW: you are welcome
Bruce: Mike, the t'shirt idea seems to be coming together. Thanks for running with it.
fl-don: i cant find any e-mail re dinner on monday?
TerryW: you guys did most of the work, thanks
fl-don: could anyone resend?
MikeG: it was my sister that did it all.
Murf: only three rooms but cut the house in have for a week
TerryW: Don I will send you the announcment
Murf: I'll vote Ya on the T shirts GOOD JOB Mike
fl-don: ty terry
Bruce: I believe one of the topics we should have on a future chat should be something about dealing with winter.
Murf: Don don't buy tickets online ... we got them cheaper
MikeG: yes - move south!
Bruce: I thought I had
MICH: Do the taxi-vans for wheelchairs in Vegas also usually have lifts that could even lift a 350 pound power chair?
Murf: Ya move south!! like the birds
fl-don: is this one of the eat with your hands places?
fl-don: taxi's in vegas have ramps
Murf: Mick all cab co in Vegas have accessable taxis
Murf: Don - yes!!
Murf: and cheer for your knight!
fl-don: had rrouble eating with hands here in or lando
fl-don: more food on floor then in belly
Bruce: You can ask for a fork or spoon
Murf: yes ask for a fork
Bruce: Or a straw
Murf: or a shovel
Murf: My daughter says she is comming to look after me. I can't wait
TerryW: Just sent it to you Don
fl-don: ill buy u a beer in vegas terry
Bruce: It looks like we will have a good turnout again this year at the conference. Nice job Murray. And, thanks to the rest of the planning team for their help.
Murf: thanks to the committee
MikeG: yes - thank you! You guys did great!
TerryW: I am going to go shower & eat before the meeting. See youall later
TerryW has left the room.
fl-don: take care t
Bruce: It is a lot of work and requires constant attention.
Murf: me too see you guys in Vegas
Bruce: Take care
fl-don: bye m
Murf has left the room.
Bruce: We are getting down there pretty quick. It just shows we do need a good topic to keep everyone's attention.
fl-don: we will b together in 2 weeks
Bruce: Eric, you have been extra quiet today. What is happening up in Utah?
MICH: Being Bruce and Mike and Don live in the South... do you guys ever get together inf Fla or Ga?
MikeG: Bruce, have you heard anything about stem cell treatment in Costa Rica?
fl-don: mike & i get together often. only live 1 mile apart
Bruce: We have asked for one year updates from the two doctors we gave grants to this last year. The initial reports sound pretty promising.
Bruce: No, Mike.
MikeG: Don & I were together at a MDA fundraiser last night.
MikeG: we live in he same community.
fl-don: mike & i drink beer together. good medicine
Bruce: Mike and I chat via emails and occasionally on the phone, but we are ten hours apart.
MikeG: used to be 3 of us but John Mengel passed away in 2004.
fl-don: miss john
Bruce: John is someone that keeps coming up. I miss that guy.
MikeG: everyone does!
Bruce: He had a great attitude.
fl-don: john did alot for the community re: computers
MikeG: very positive!
fl-don: good friend 2
Bruce: Eric, do you know of anyone in your area with KD?
fl-don: gotta go guys, cya in 2 weeks
Bruce: Take care don
MICH: I'm the sole KD person in Utah it seems... but see a person in Arizona when I go down there and a KDer from Conneticut stopped by on his way to Yellowstone this last summer (Bill & Jameson)
fl-don has left the room.
MikeG: cya Don
Bruce: That was nice
Bruce: We have developed a good community of friends throughout the northern hemisphere and some from around the world.
MICH: We'll you guys have a good week... and if youre ever in Salt Lake or Phoenix let me know
Bruce: Take careEND CHAT