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#91 of 114 Old 01-28-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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Looking at all those seed catalogs, I could almost think it was spring! (as long as I didn't glance outside)

Tomatoes were barely worth it when I lived in Seattle - I think that without a good greenhouse they're kind of pointless here.

I've been enjoying eating the veggies I blanched and froze from last year, as well as the kale from under the snow. This year I think I'll just grow twice as much of all the stuff that's easy and freezes well - so I can try to eat out of the garden all winter as well as all summer.
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This year I think I'll just grow twice as much of all the stuff that's easy and freezes well
this is my plan as well. i won't even bother with the things that keep failing.

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I grew up near Seattle, and we always got a decent crop of tomatoes (w/o a greenhouse). We had to baby them, but we got enough for canning etc. My mom (who still lives there) recommended building some coldframes--cinder blocks with an old window laid across the top--and using those for the tomatoes. So if I can chase down some old windows I may do that. Otherwise, well, we just love tomatoes too much for me to be ready to give up on them when I haven't tried them yet.
We definitely plan to put in LOTS of cuciferious veggies and root veggies...and rhubarb if I can find someone who will give me some cuttings...oh, and if the landlords are ok with it. Rhubarb kinda sticks around forever

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jenni, there is a big rhubarb patch near my house...we have some tiny baby ones, but across the road there is plenty. remind me and we'll get some cuttings.

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Had my ultrasound today! Check out my siggy!
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Hey ladies...
A friend in Maine is asking in advance where to find breastmilk donors, for a friend of hers who is moving to Anchorage in a month (I think). Ideas???
TIA!

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A friend in Maine is asking in advance where to find breastmilk donors, for a friend of hers who is moving to Anchorage in a month (I think). Ideas???
TIA!
I will be nursing this babe, but I will be stocking up my freezer first since I go back to work in August.. but in the long term, I have no problems donating- I just won't be able to do it any time soon.. how old is the babe do you know?
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I if I understand correctly, the child is 4 months now, and mama has only about 50% of what she needs to feed the baby.

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Do any of you have a recommendation for an orthopedic surgeon/arm specialist in Anchorage? DH has a partially torn bicep tendon and needs surgery, but we need a 2nd opinion.

I'm a little paranoid b/c of this doesn't get fixed right he's gotta find a new job. B/c he's currently on light-duty, the director just pulled his law enforcement commission. Its not that I want him wrestling thugs, but he needs to be "commissionable" (if thats a word) to do his job.
I know I'm late to the game, but I can't give Dr. Geringer (sp?) enough kudos. He operated on my husbands shoulder, all three times that it was torn apart when he was with the troopers. He does AMAZING work.... you just have to make sure that your hubby has adequate time to heal before being put back into the rigors of the job. That was my DH's problem.... he was sent back way too soon and it just tore all of the work that the Doc did. Ultimately, it did so much damage that his disability rating exceeded the 10% allowable for LEO, and he had to find another career. The troopers are a bit ruthless when it comes to throwing you away once you sustain a disability.

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Alaska Birth Network meeting is Feb 12th!

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...7#post15004197
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Thanks for keeping folks update P! and thank you all for the continued thoughts and prayers for my mom.

Her billiruben dropped for a couple of days, and gave us a glimmer of hope, then shot right back up I've been living with mom, providing her hospice care along with my aunt.

They said that she would likely be gone by 1/26, and she's blown that out of the water. She's still going strong. She sleeps probably 20 hours a day, and is barely eating... but she's strong, and she's hanging in there.

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Karen, I'm so sorry! Huge hugs to you and many prayers.

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Quick note: There is a mom in the Interior who is asking for breast milk donations to her newborn. Please, if you're healthy and lactating, think about donating? Alaska Family Health and Birth Center is her contact.

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We feed it frozen. Freezing it kills bacteria.
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Karen my thoughts and prayers are with you. Words can't make things better, but know that we are here for you and will be here when you need us.
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jenni, there is a big rhubarb patch near my house...we have some tiny baby ones, but across the road there is plenty. remind me and we'll get some cuttings.


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Alrighty!! So that was how many boys before the girl? (Gotta figure out my chances for next time )

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They said that she would likely be gone by 1/26, and she's blown that out of the water. She's still going strong. She sleeps probably 20 hours a day, and is barely eating... but she's strong, and she's hanging in there.


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Quick note: There is a mom in the Interior who is asking for breast milk donations to her newborn. Please, if you're healthy and lactating, think about donating? Alaska Family Health and Birth Center is her contact.
I mentioned to p on facebook, but I would be willing to donate, if there were a way to get the milk to the mamas...I'm way down in Homer though, and I can't afford overnight mailing milk on a regular basis...but if there were someone who made the trip occasionally or something, I'd be willing to collect and freeze and they could get it when they go...
Actually, I guess I should back up and ask if they require mama to have bloodwork etc before donating? I shared milk with a friend last time, but it was just an arrangement between the two of us, so no testing or anything, I just gave her milk.

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this is the same girl riki facedbooked me about... i assume.

i wouldn't mind donating a little but i no longer have a pump.... unless someone has one in the back of their closet or something.?

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Alrighty!! So that was how many boys before the girl? (Gotta figure out my chances for next time )
I had three bio sons before this one.. but it is my 7th pregnancy, so... not sure how that figures into it.

I think all our extra "steps" definitely shifted our odds though..
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I had three bio sons before this one.. but it is my 7th pregnancy, so... not sure how that figures into it.

I think all our extra "steps" definitely shifted our odds though..
OK, well i'm 1 adopted son, 2 bio sons, and 4 (or maybe 7) miscarriages in...I should be about due, right?

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Does anyone here have any good, reliable links to natural ways to deal with hyperthyroidism? Found out today that I'm all screwy -- signs and symptoms or hypOthyroidism, but lab results show hypERthyroidism. My mom is the same way. Makes no sense. Going to have some more tests done to determine exactly what the problem is, but would like to know a bit more of what my options are.
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Does anyone here have any good, reliable links to natural ways to deal with hyperthyroidism? Found out today that I'm all screwy -- signs and symptoms or hypOthyroidism, but lab results show hypERthyroidism. My mom is the same way. Makes no sense. Going to have some more tests done to determine exactly what the problem is, but would like to know a bit more of what my options are.
did they test everything or just your TSH? You REALLY need them to test your free t3 & t4. Diagnosis from TSH only is hokey. I was taking armour thyroid, as it was the only natural one out there, and the FDA has since banned it or something... making it IMPOSSIBLE to get. Naturethroid was another more natural one, that is also impossible to get now. I've broken down to having it compounded for me at a local pharmacy, because I refuse to take the synthetic crap.

www.stopthethyroidmadness.com is a plethora of information and has forums with VERY experienced women who've fought the thyroid battle for years.

Sorry you are having problems. Thyroid problems SUCK! My thyroid, fibromyalgia and adrenal fatigure are all tied together. Trying to get them all fixed is a massive PITA, but slowly but surely I'm getting there (just hard taking a million supplements every day).

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did they test everything or just your TSH? You REALLY need them to test your free t3 & t4. Diagnosis from TSH only is hokey. I was taking armour thyroid, as it was the only natural one out there, and the FDA has since banned it or something... making it IMPOSSIBLE to get. Naturethroid was another more natural one, that is also impossible to get now. I've broken down to having it compounded for me at a local pharmacy, because I refuse to take the synthetic crap.

www.stopthethyroidmadness.com is a plethora of information and has forums with VERY experienced women who've fought the thyroid battle for years.

Sorry you are having problems. Thyroid problems SUCK! My thyroid, fibromyalgia and adrenal fatigure are all tied together. Trying to get them all fixed is a massive PITA, but slowly but surely I'm getting there (just hard taking a million supplements every day).


They tested it all -- TSH, T3, and T4. Both my TSH and T3 are low. I'll check out that site later tonight.
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