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"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."

Ariel Durant

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Well, imagine that.

Somehow, I had it in mind that pneumonia was something that had been eradicated in this country, at least until third world immigrants brought it back. Not so, it would seem. I thought I had bronchitis, brought on by too much work outside in the rain.

As it turns out, you can still get it by exposure to nasty little bugs. I can recommend it as a great way to lose weight but that's about all it has going for it.  If you are behind on your sleep then it's not so bad because sleeping is about all you have energy for.

I'm about over it now but I am going to have to review my policy of not going to the doctor until I absolutely have to.

The word verification thing works really well. I never get spam now.

I need to get around and visit some people. Haven't been keeping up well on the net at all.

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  1. Crap Harry!! Pneumonia is serious, I do hope you are on the mend.

    Talking about third world diseases, here in Australia we have seen a sudden increase in 2 of the old childhood killers that had been almost eradicated by immunisation, namely whooping cough and scarlet fever. Thanks to the "refugees" from the middle east who refuse to immunize their children we are seeing diseases from the 19th century once more.

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    1. Sgt, that's a big problem for us here, as well. Even in the Wing Nut state of California, where decisions are made by people who have never spent a day of their lives in the real world, disease has gotten so bad that they no longer allow people to bring their kids to school unless they have been vaccinated. Previously, you could simply declare that immunizations were against your beliefs, and bring them on. But disease got so out of control there, with the vast numbers of illegals who had never seen a doctor, let alone gotten their shots, that even the head in the clouds crowd had to deal with some reality.

      When I was in the Marines I got vaccinated for about 26 different diseases, as I recall, and your shots had to be up to date before every deployment. This included things that no longer even existed in a natural state but which lent themselves to being sprayed over the battlefield or delivered by shells. The Russians were big on that so we had to be prepared. We ourselves declared we had no bio-warfare offensive capability, but that later turned out to be less than true.

      Pneumonia is uncomfortable and debilitating. Especially if you don't go to the doctor as things get worse. The problem with going to the doctor is you have to pay the hospital, and the doctor, and the outfits that do your lab work and , and the doctors who review the lab work........

      You essentially just have to sign a blank check and say "I will pay whatever you want me to" unless of course you are part of the "lives that matter" or you are an illegal immigrant in which case you don't pay jack.

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    2. Harry, You couldn't be more wrong. I live in that wing nut state. Disease is NOT bad here. Its a load of crap! Since when is like 8 people getting sick in one state an epidemic?!
      My mom was very careful about what she allowed the doctors to vaccinate us with after my sister (her first child) had a vaccine reaction. It not only freaked her out, but it freaked the pediatrician out. The pediatrician had my mom rush my sister back to her office and she gave her a shot (I believe of benedril) in the same spot in her leg, and it reversed whatever was going on inside her and she stopped screaming at the top of her lungs. The pediatrician said that it was a vaccine reaction and my sister could never receive that vaccine again. The pediatrician was so worried she wanted my mom to spend the night at her house, since my dad was out of town.
      My moms friend had a perfectly healthy baby. She took it into the doctors for a checkup and vaccines. My mom had held the baby earlier that day and their was absolutely nothing wrong with it. That night after receiving its vaccines it died in its sleep. They told the mother it was SIDS.
      The mother of my brothers twins gets their kids shot up with everything under the sun (against his wishes). She got those babies a vaccine and as soon as she got them home they called her and told her she is going to have to bring them back to have their livers checked because they accidentally gave them an adult dose. I really don't know how in the world they made that mistake! They also threatened to report her to CPS when she cancelled a appointment for their vaccines BECAUSE they were sick. Apparently it is child abuse if you wait till your child's immune system is back to normal before injecting them with a foreign substance.
      Apparently my comment it to long to publish so I am having to break it up.

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    3. I myself developed Graves Disease after receiving a tetanus vaccine, and no I have no proof that it cause the disease. But the thing is I have read that people with autoimmune diseases aren't supposed to get vaccines, because their system will not respond to it properly. Last year I was telling my doctor how badly sick I got when I had caught the flu the previous year (which was the first time in many years), because my system overreacts. He told me I should get the flu vaccine. I told him no and why. He said no thats not the case and he gets the vaccine every year and I know him, and he never gets sick. He hasn't caught the flu in 10 year. I was thinking "That's because your a doctor and your constantly exposed to everything giving you really good immunity". The next time I went in to see him he was sick. I didn't say anything! Not a word.

      About the illegals, they get vaccinated for everything. Its on the taxpayers dime, but they are not the ones refusing vaccines.

      My brother in law served in the military and I saw the papers listing the vaccines he received in one year. It was two pages long! He feels that its all the vaccines they forced on him that has caused him to have a horrible immune system. The people on the military base are not the picture of health that's for sure. All my sister's -kids -friends got the chicken pox vaccine. Now their is something that we all got the old fashion way. Our mom took us over to her friends house to catch it from her kids. But now they got a vaccine for it. All the kids that got the vaccine, got sick with chicken pox after they got the vaccine. Then it would come back over and over. My sisters kids didn't receive the vaccine and they have never had chicken pox. Is it her kids fault that the vaccinated children got the chicken pox?
      I had a friend who's brother at 12 Y.O. got Crohn's Disease right after receiving the chicken pox vaccine. And the stupid pediatrician almost killed him, because he kept telling the mother he was just having growing pains and to quite babying her child, he's just being whiny. I don't know what stomach pain and diarrhea have anything to do with growing pains (which is a vitamin deficiency). But he eventually ended up in the hospital and turned out he was bleeding internally and had to have emergency surgery.

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    4. They were using a bald headed child with leukemia on the news here to tell everyone to vote in this forced vaccine law. Because if they don't get their vaccines they are going to make this child sick that doesn't have an immune system, and can't receive vaccinations . Why would you send your child with leukemia to school?! If his parents are sending him to school they should be thrown in jail!

      Every person I have ever known who got the flu vaccine, ended up getting sick multiple times that season. My aunt was just telling me that she used to get them because the place she worked at she got them for free. But she got sick after getting them every year so she has stopped.
      Its the people here that get the vaccines that are forcing it on us that don't want them. They say that we are a risk to them, because we don't receive vaccines, but if they are vaccinated what are they worried about? Their vaccines is supposed to protect them.
      The Gardasil shot was a big thing for a while. They were playing advertisements for it on TV constantly, and in the news. That vaccine never even went through testing. It has injured and killed a lot of people. A lot of women and children developed seizures after receiving that vaccine.
      How many people were killed or developed Polio from the Polio vaccine.
      What people don't understand is that with a lot of vaccines you shed that virus for a certain number of days after receiving the shot, making them a "Typhoid Mary" .
      Outbreaks of plagues go in cycles. They always have and always will. The thing is that now when it starts to go away all the credit will always be given to the vaccine.
      You should thank God that yourself, your children and wife haven't developed any complications from the vaccines you guys have received.

      Oh yah and I'll throw in that my sister had an entire litter of puppies develop Kennel Cough after receiving the vaccine, after they all went to their new homes. They all almost died. Some ended up on life support. This was because the vet didn't read the instructions with the vaccine that said its not to be given to pug nosed dogs. Nobody reads the forms that come with the vaccines. The vaccine company did pay the vet bills. But we have raised a lot of puppies over the years. and we have never had one develop Kennel Cough and we don't vaccinate for it. And our dogs that were exposed to the one sick puppy we got from my sister never got sick.
      I have a friend who had a puppy get Parvo from the Parvo vaccine.

      Do your research before getting injected with anything more.
      Kimberly

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    5. Kim, I know this is an emotional issue, and I know there are very strong opinions on both sides.
      You’re right. I had to cut my reply into “chunks” on a word processor due to length.

      California has had so many cases of whooping cough among the immigrant population that the state had to take notice. Measles and Chicken Pox, both preventable with vaccinations, have been another big worry. In my own state, we have large numbers of fundamentalist Christians who resist vaccination on a religious basis, and many conservative people who don't want to have the state making health decisions for them. Even so, because we had so many unvaccinated kids in our schools, absenteeism due to communicable diseases was periodically a problem back in my teaching days.

      I am sure there are a percentage of individuals who have negative reactions to vaccinations. The severity of those may vary. I know that during the 1950's, when we kids were all getting polio vaccine on sugar cubes, some children reacted very negatively. Yet, if the program had not been all inclusive, polio would be the monster today that it was then.
      I am sure the number of people who reacted negatively to the polio vaccine does not begin to approach the number the disease killed or crippled when it was rampant.

      Medical mistakes like giving the adult dose to a child do occur, but they are human error issues and don't really negate the fact that properly applied, the vaccine would not have caused that particular problem.

      I think health professionals, like teachers, are more prone to sickness than the general population because they are exposed to everything going around. Being exposed and getting sick would not help you until you had gone through the whole cycle. Then your body would develop some immunity to the disease of the day, but not before.

      I have two doctors in my immediate family. My sister in law is a pediatrician, and her husband is a surgeon. My sister in law is a deeply religious woman, but she grew up in Africa, in mission stations in Nigeria and Niger. She is a strong believer in vaccination. She saw first hand, for many years, the hideous result of rampant diseases that could easily have been prevented with vaccination. If , for instance, a small pox vaccine had not been developed and herculean efforts made all over the planet to vaccinate everyone, small pox would still be the killer it was, a plague of biblical proportions.

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    6. Military people are generally better vaccinated against disease than most, because they are easily controlled and it is easy to ensure they get their shots. But they still get the common cold, and a variety of other maladies that there is currently no prevention for. I got a massive variety of immunizations, everything up to and including yellow fever, and it didn't hurt me any more than a sore arm. Other than being young and fit, I was probably no more or less healthy than my civilian counterpart in terms of diseases of a non-preventable nature.

      Actually, a lot of kids with various cancer manifestations go to school. If they are physically healthy enough, it's considered good for them psychologically to be with other kids and live , as much as possible, a standard life. One of the problems in teaching is taking care of the special needs of kids like that when you have 30 other kids in a classroom to attend to. Also, there's the issue of making sure the other kids don't "peck the odd chicken to death". But there are frequently kids like that there. Les Stroud's oldest boy is attending college and he has leukemia.

      At our hospital, no one can go into the obgyn wing of the hospital and see the new born children unless they have been vaccinated. The reason is obvious, and I think necessary.

      Kim, I think most of the plagues that have done so much damage to mankind have been eradicated by science, and planned program of vaccination. Off hand, malaria, yellow fever, small pox, tuberculosis, whooping cough, scarlet fever have all been eradicated or minimized through programs which frequently included mass vaccination as a component.


      Again, I can't say that misuse of the medicines, or their improper use by unqualified individuals can't have dire consequences. They can.

      Actually, as I say, having a pediatrician in the family I am pretty well versed on the positive aspects and negative aspects of immunization. My sister in law was my pediatrician for my kids the whole time they were growing up. As a teacher I did considerable research on it because I was constantly confronted with angry parents at teacher conferences. Some were angry because kids without vaccinations were in the classroom. Some were angry because the school sent home notices urging vaccination. All I could do was tell the parents, either way, that I had my own children vaccinated. I didn't try to change anyone's minds.

      I do consider California a wing nut state, where reality is ignored in favor of social engineering and limousine welfare. I think the state government out there is completely out of touch with reality, and that it resembles Animal Farm in every respect. I was not implying that ever citizen of the state was a wing nut. After all, I lived there for many years, my brothers and sister did as well. Of course, they all fled to Oregon when things got too bizarre, but still...

      Thanks for your comments. They elaborate quite intelligently the views of those who don't believe in vaccinations. That's a decision everybody has to make for themselves. I strongly believe that everyone should "get their shots" but I have not been supportive, back when I was teaching or now, of forcing others to do so against their will. I think the alternative of home schooling for those who refuse to comply is a fair one. I don’t think that unvaccinated kids should be introduced into the classroom. I believe that while you are correct to state that illegal immigrants come into the country unvaccinated, they general ly wind up going to the public health department for this or that and end up getting their shots.

      Harry

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  2. Oh dear, Harry, sorry to hear you're not well. One of the (increasing) negatives about getting older...

    Feel better soon.

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    1. Dani, I am feeling a lot better now. I did a lot of work outside in bad weather the last month or so, got mentally and physically exhausted between that and trying to get my wife's unexpected retirement squared away. Then I got bronchitis and just kept waiting for it to get better but it never did. Eventually I broke down at went to see a doctor, which is absolutely the last resort for me. I don't much trust them anyway, and it is very expensive.

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  3. Don't go out and be doing stuff too soon. Relapse is easy with that bug. Glad you are feeling better, though. I've missed you and was starting to worry.

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    1. Tewshooz, I'm not doing much of anything right now. My wife has been staying home even though she doesn't retire until 31 Dec. But she has 37 days of unused sick leave and her system lets you use it to take care of sick family members so I have been lucky that way. She went back this afternoon because I felt well enough to get up and take care of the animals and such.

      Just one of those things that happens.

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  4. So glad you're back! Missed your birthday yesterday , but have a good Veterans day.

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    1. I thought about the Marine Corps birthday ball, just as I thought about the Beirut anniversary, but wasn't quite energetic enough to get on the computer. Seems like a lot of important things happen , psychologically, for vets in Oct and Nov.

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  5. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Glad your back!

    Sorry you felt bad. Take your time healing up and don't feel pressured to keep this blog up everyday.

    In time I got some interesting stories for yourself and everyone else.

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    1. That's good, CC. I enjoy your tales of life down there. I've felt guilty about just letting the blog drift along but I doubt anything I wrote while i was feeling a bit beat down would have really been good writing.

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  6. I hope you are recovering quickly. That's how I stopped smoking, try as I might I just couldn't smoke with pneumonia so I just quit. Tough way to do it but I had no cravings afterward. Get well!

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    1. Sorry you had to go through that Kathy. It's a little unnerving, isn't it? I have always believed in, and practiced, the theory that no matter how you felt you could keep going and accomplish what had to be done. But this just takes away your energy and your desire to get anything out of the way. Glad they have modern medicines around to help ease it. If nothing else, this has taught me to really keep the medical stores up to speed, in case something happens and there is no hospital or doctor to go to.

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  7. While you're ill, or the weather is bad, is a good time for those visits. Hope you're improving quickly.

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    1. I'm doing pretty well, Gorges. Be back to my obnoxious self in no time.

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  8. Welcome back! Glad you're on the mend. That nasty stuff is nothing to be trifle with.

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    1. If nothing else it's taught me to review my previous of attitude of "get it done come what may." I may have to ratchet back a bit on that at my age.

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  9. That bug is a tough one to beat easily. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Take it easy and ease back into your routine.

    And Happy 240th yesterday !

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes. I know all over the world the birthday was being celebrated, where ever current or old Marines exist.

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  10. Harry, Its no fun getting sick, I caught the bug that is going around six weeks ago and am still coughing. Don't think its pneumonia but probably bronchitis by now. Hope you are well soon.
    On a separate subject, you would not happen to have a Webley Mk IV in 38-S&W revolver in your collection? I picked one up a few weeks ago but the cylinder stop appears somewhat worn and I can't tell how badly. I need to find out what it the correct thickness of the cylinder stop is supposed to be. Try as I might I have yet to find that on the web anywhere. Mine locks up correctly with no play at all, and everything lines up when the trigger is fully depressed, but on occasion it will lock up and the cylinder will not cycle for the next shot unless I jiggle it a hair. And I suspect it is due to a bit of wear on the cylinder stop. If I can find out what the original speck is, I can measure mine and see how badly it is worn and perhaps repair or replace it.

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    1. I don't have a Webley, closest I've ever been to one was a MKVI a guy owned who worked where I did. Maybe I can find a reference for you. I will check my Numerich catalogs and see if I can find an expanded diagram for you. Maybe some of the forums I go to there will be someone who has had that problem.

      Be careful of the bronchitis thing. That's how I started out, but if you let it go it can turn into pneumonia . It's an insidious thing.

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  11. FWIW; I got no word verification when I posted my comment.

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    1. Several people have told me that, and I don't understand it. But the main thing is, I don't get any spam at all, and I was getting hundreds of spams. Then I had to go through the spam filter and try to find "real" comments the filter caught, especially when people wrote anonymously. Sometimes I lost messages by accidentally deleting them when they were in the spam. It's been a lot easier since I started using the word verification though I know a lot of people hate it.

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  12. I had pneumonia after roofing in the snow. I was in my early twenties at the time and it still took me three weeks to be right again. Like you I put off going to the doctor but really none of us should. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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    1. Kev, it's like having the flu and not being able to breath at the same time. Not to mention you sound like a tuberculosis ward all on your own. I was working outside a lot on cold, drizzly days and I think that and the stress of redoing our entire retirement arrangement did me in. Doctors here cost so much I only go if I am on the verge of keeling over, and then reluctantly.

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  13. Glad to see your back, now get well and stay well. The Ferrets are counting on you.

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    1. Yeah, they were concerned. They spent a lot of time hanging out on the covers in my bedroom, something they don't routinely do. Fortunately they had ample stocks of ferret protein paste and ferret fish oil so that they underwent no privations. ;-)

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  14. Well, Good Grief!! Here I was thinking you were just taking a blogging break. Sorry to hear you have been so ill, but awfully glad to know you are on the mend. Pneumonia is not fun - been there, done that, don't want to do it again. Please take care of yourself, my friend.....

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    1. Vicki, between the work on the house, and the unplanned retirement of my wife, I just overdid, used some bad judgement, and it all caught up to me. I'm feeling better now, and am wiser as well.

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  15. Hope you fell better Harry! Pneumonia is nothing to ignore.

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    1. Well, I made a Herculean effort to ignore it and it didn't work out too well. "Toughing it out" does not always work, it seems.

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  16. Thank You Harry for your Service to our Country... I really hope you get well soon, and back to your old self. Much love sent to you and your lovely wife...

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    1. Hey, Glock Mom. Same best wishes to you and Senior Chief.

      I'm old but I am spry (usually.) My wife went on back to work today, she has been staying home with me since I got off my feed, she had 37 days of sick leave left, thank heavens, so she was able to be here. Dec 31 she retires and we will be together then every day, til I croak, anyway. ;-)

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  17. Hope your feeling better. Drink lots of echinacea tea.
    Kimberly

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    1. Hey, Kim. Your parents are lucky to have you home. I wish my daughter had been able to come home and see me, but she works up North and she can't afford to miss work. I wish my son and my daughter still lived here....

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  18. Harry - i am sooo sorry that you have been feeling so poorly! i really hope that you are feeling much better now.

    today i stopped by to thank you for your service. thank you is such a small statement and could never be able to contain the actual and real emotion. but i still thank you.

    sending love to you and M and the kids, always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I'm sorry I have been so nonexistent on the net. I have been kind of not taking care of anything for a bit, but I am going to come visit your place there and see what you and J have been up to.

      And thanks for your service ,as well. Like the old German war song says, "to you, my friend, and you, my friend, and all of us together."

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  19. golly, harry!
    i thought you were just working on your retirement papers!
    thanks to God you are all right!

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    1. Deb, too many things happened right at the same time and I made some bad decisions. I always told myself you weren't old until you were not able to accomplish your goals in a timely manner. I guess, by my own definition, I am old now. It happens.

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  20. Not only is it still around, it still kills a lot of people. Some things you don't mess around with. Get well, stay healthy!

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    1. I sure thought it was eliminated. Don't know how I got that in my head but I sure learned better the hard way.

      I'm mostly just taking it easy now. Did some financial business on the computer this evening but not much and nothing that required concentration.

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    1. It's good to be back. I've missed everybody and felt guilty for losing touch. Got to get caught up now on everyone's "doings."

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  22. I have been hearing about all the rain in Georgia, and figured you were busy building an Ark. sorry you were sick. My venerable mom went through a bout with it a year ago... She was quite sick, but recovered... Hopefully you are doing the same.
    I actually got out and went shooting a couple weeks back. Took 8 guns and new shooter (Well he had never fired a handgun, or "real rifle") Enjoyed the day, didn't enjoy the cleaning session so much.
    AND went to a gun show this past weekend. Trying to sell an old Fox double barrel I inherited... Didn't sell it, but restocked with ammo, and bought some for next time out as well.
    Good to see you are on the mend.
    Jesse

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  23. I have had pneumonia before. Not fun. Hope you are feeling much better now! Takes a while to fully bounce back too.
    If you want to read that post about my dog and the trespasser, it went up last week on Monday.

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    1. It's strange, I was sitting here finishing a post and I thought I'd go back and try to find that. I wanted to read it. I didn't want to miss it.

      I'm still a little wobbly but I'm feeling a lot better. More like myself.

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