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I wonder if ACV with the mother in it would help with the heartburn. A tablespoon in a glass of water might help.

Have you taken probiotics to go along with the yogurt?
 

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You can buy live culture probiotics as a pill in health food aisle as well. I'm wondering if too much yogurt when you didn't normally eat it is upsetting the acid/pH balance of your stomach. I like yogurt but can only eat the greek style. The normal stuff has an aftertaste and upsets my stomach.
 

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Well, LOOOONG DAY.... Had the dr appt today for 5 week checkup. Was a long 4 hr drive up and knees/quad muscles were not happy with the long drive but I managed.
Physicians asst. saw me today. First thing she said is that I was brave to do both at once...and I said that right after I would have told you it was insane to do it, but now I am glad because it is done and I might not have done the 2nd one if it was like this for the first one.......
They took x-rays and all... She showed me the difference in the previous ones and the new knee parts... how much they straightened up the knees.... I could just about put them together touching, side by side when they did the x-rays which I could not do before. It is a BIG difference in how straight they are. She agrees that there might be more stress on the right knee muscles and hamstring with the extra straightening... and thinks that taking a mild muscle relaxer would make PT and exercising easier and better as they get stretched out on the right leg especially. So, I am going to try them and see.
She also said that they have had some people with reactions to the glue, and was sorry that it affected me so badly; said she could see that they must have been very raw....and I told her about using the Burt's Bees calming serum...... and I also told her about the horrible experience at the rehab/nursing home... and she apologized for it and that she was very sorry that it happened because they want their patients to have as easy a time as possible because the 1st 2 weeks are the toughest as it is. I told her I had called the patient advocate after 2 or 3 days in there, as it was so bad... she said that she would go back and talk to them about it all...
The x-rays looked real good too as far as the bones look good, no hairline fractures, nothing. Said the joints were exactly where they should be. She said that everything looked real good. Said I can do anything I feel up to except no kneeling on them yet...... keep up the PT..... I go back in about 6 more weeks for a "final" appt with the doctor....

So, I am going to go and do the big farm on Wed aft with DS and Geneva.... I know I cannot do a 4-5 hour test on my own with just one helper like usual... but I am going to try the 110 cow herd on Sat the 4th... no set up or anything... If I get the muscle relaxing prescription tomorrow and try them, that might be the ticket for getting through without hurting too much.... and will also get me "working the joints" a bit more too... like PT on the job???? Then I will see if I can get a few other ones scheduled that are not too taxing.... we'll see how these 2 go this week.

I was going to stop and get the prescription but I was really tired. I have to go get milk tomorrow so figure I can do a few errands while I am out.......

I actually got about 5 straight hours sleep last night. And I never made the hot cocoa after my shower.... don't have any idea what I did different.... hoping it happens again tonight. I am tired this evening though... going to eat the other 1/2 of the Firehouse sub I got up there for lunch. Warm it up in the convection oven... steak and cheese with sauteed onions and peppers. I could only eat 1/2 of their medium sized one. I don't seem to eat much at a sitting anymore....and it didn't seem to bother me at lunch so I hope this evening will be okay too....

So that is my saga.....

@Margali ; I used to eat yogurt all the time....but it could be causing the "heartburn"? I don't care for greek yogurt so much. Trying to drink more water too.... I think it is just alot of things to get my system back to normal.

DS called and he got the cows with the big calves in, and 2 of the 3 with the new babies.... one wouldn't come in so he got her big calf in and left her and the baby with the other cow/calves there. He also accidently let out one cow that was supposed to be 2-3 months bred ( due to calve now), but got her big calf in, so took the bigger calf out of there too, so she will not have any other competition for her milk when she does have a new calf.

The 2 with the new calves will get tagged and worked and put out with the others that are calving now. The bigger calves will all get weaned off and put in the barn for a couple weeks... and the cows will get put in another lot. There are 3 more to calve that were supposed to be 2-3 months bred... and 6 that were supposedly open that need to be preg checked...to find out what their status is..... I will talk to him tomorrow and we can go over the list to make sure he knows which is which.... he said he had a list of who he moved and all.... maybe I can get to walking more and go help do some more here soon. Just stay out of the way of anyone shoving or pushing me around.....but I can help in the barn maybe soon.... using the head catch from the outside like I used to and will be able to stand much easier... I have found that it no longer hurts to stand like it used to.... and I was doing that up to a week before the surgery... I need to get out and get doing some stuff so I can get back to normal... YES, CAREFULLY.... NOT going to take any chances on messing these knees up after all I went through to get them.....

Time to eat and then relax a bit before I get a shower and see if I can sleep tonight.
 

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I hope you got another good nights sleep. Sounds like a very good progress report on your knees. You’ll be not only back to normal soon, but to a new normal that will greatly improve your life.
 
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Tuesday morning. Dressed and ready to run a couple errands and get my milk on the way home. Temps not quite as cold, down to 31 last night and up to 50 already. Mostly sunny.
Didn't sleep as good, knees ached from being so stiff from long ride up to Dr. appt. Oh well, took some ibuprofen to take the edge off.
Last month, I heard something in the upstairs running around. Figured it was a squirrel as they had gotten in the house/attic area a few times. So one eve I was in the LR, before the surgery, and heard the mouse traps in the kitchen snap. I went in and there was a big rat.... must've gotten hit just right by the small mouse trap because it seemed to be seriously hurt, like hit the bridge of it's nose/head....but was not caught. I managed to get a board and pushed down on the neck/throat and killed it. It was NOT a good feeling to know this ugly thing was actually in the house..... don't know where it got in... BUT, the running around noise has stopped so I guess that is what was up there and not a squirrel....
So the other day I noticed the mouse traps had been moved over... they weren't set but still on the floor next to the fridge where I was setting them. So, I set one yesterday. Last night I was in the LR after I got home and then "snap".... and the mouse in the house saga has started again.... Hopefully I can stay ahead of them......getting more of the stuff into the cabinets and organized will help I am sure. It is just very aggravating. Being that the house is 100 yrs old, I know there are places that they can sneak in. I miss the outside barn cats for keeping the populations down that can even come in. The problem with the several walnut tress is they draw the squirrels and I guess the mice/rats too...
I will keep the mouse traps set and see if I can stop most of the influx.

Well, time to get going and get the script for the muscle relaxer, and get a few groceries, get my milk on the way home and then come home and maybe see if I can do a little in the kitchen. I know I will be sore today after all the sitting yesterday. I have to get all the boxes in the car for tomorrow and everything ready for going to test. Confirmed with the farm yesterday so it is a go.
Sun is out and looks nice. If the wind stays low it will be a decent day. But they are calling for wind to come out of the west, although it will be warmer for a day or 2.
 

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miss the outside barn cats for keeping the populations down that can even come in. The problem with the several walnut tress is they draw the squirrels and I guess the mice/rats too...

I can share!! Mine like it so much they've invited friends and family😲. But haven't seen but one mouse this year!! It was in the barn, with 2 cats annoyed I interrupted them! 😁. Worth every penny I spend on their feed. Yes, fed daily.
 

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Back from my foray out for errands, prescription pickup and getting the milk from the farm. Warmed up the 2nd half of the Thanksgiving meal from DS and just finished it.

The problem with having some barn/outside cats here, is the road. There is only the one shed, and they can get in that through several bad/open places in the siding along the bottom..... but no barn and the road is too close and they fly on this road. Saw 2 dead cats on the road this past week. I just don't want to have to feel responsible for them getting hit right now. I fed them at the other place too, but the coyotes would get their share of them and the numbers stayed fairly even over the course of the year... Still I had 2 get killed on the road there. But here, they would get mowed down. I think that maybe in the spring I will think about getting a couple but not this winter. I would like to get some of the stuff sorted through and all, cleaned off the porch, and get a little more organized.... and be more mobile so I can try to get them to stay more around the back of the house and away from the road. Plus I would like to get the chickens here, and then with the feed around, hopefully the cats would be more inclined to not want to cross the road because there would be more temptations for the rodents to be hanging around too....

There was a wild cat here some when I first bought this place and it would go back and forth across the road... I think it came here to get the mice and such... pretty rough looking.... and one day it was dead down the road. Just not wanting to see one get killed right now. I'd like to maybe have some hay and stuff here for a couple of calves, and maybe that would be more reason to not roam as much. I just do not want to get attached right now and then have them get killed.... and I would spend more time out in the garden and with the chickens next year so would have more interaction with them.

Put the boxes in the back of the car for tomorrow and have to get 2 emptied and bottles put in racks for Saturday. That gives us a couple of empty boxes to start putting bottles into.... At this farm, we use the bottles right out of the boxes and then box them in number groups....like to have some space to put them into because you never know what #'s are coming in the barn in each group.... like the 5100's and the 5200's and such... there are alot of newer heifers with numbers in the 6,000...6100 etc.... so when I start to pack them in numerical order, all the 6100's, 6200's, 6400's etc are together and it makes it easier to pack them. I have to get the aprons and sharpies and everything out of the truck... and get a few drinks and will get a couple of subway sandwiches for us for eating later. Have to be there at 4 to get the samplers on the milk line, and won't be done til until 9-10 p,m. so we get hungry by about 6-7 p.m. I might make some here, I think I have some sliced ham.... have to look.

Was a bit warmer today, but there was a good breeze this afternoon, so chilly. We are supposed to have weather like this all the rest of the week and into the weekend.

I need to do dishes... and looking at maybe doing a load of laundry... I can put the basket in the back of the car and take it around back to the clothesline.... and hang them. Have to see which day is looking to be the warmest.... no sense in getting chilled...I still feel the cold alot.... Think Friday is supposed to be low 60's......

Well, going to clean up the LR a bit, maybe do some of the puzzle. It is going together better than I thought. Might put a movie on the TV too....
 

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I get mice in the house, there is no keeping them out. I use Just One Bite. They love the stuff and it kills them dead. Works good on rats too.

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I sure understand the cat/traffic situation! Luckily I don't have the extent of traffic here that you explain. Dontcha wonder, what is on the other side that calls to them? Yep, food, shelter, hunting...all right here! Being home more is a major reason I dont now have a dog. I'd buy that stuff Bay suggests....
 
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