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**The OFFICIAL Weekend Singles Thread***Jan 18-20 2008 - Home Remedies
January 18, 2007 | WFTR

Posted on 01/18/2008 4:54:24 PM PST by WFTR

Welcome to the Weekend Singles Thread

Okay, here's the story. I'm sick, and I'm grumpy. We don't have a planned topic for tonight, so I'm going to try to make a "good" from two "bads" or a "right" from two "wrongs."

I arrived home from Christmas vacation on the 29th of December with a sore throat. I spent the 30th, the 31st, and the 1st trying to get better but only got worse. I worked on the 2nd and 3rd. I was off the 4th through the 6th and actually got better. I wasn't 100%, but I was close. I was ready to start my new year. Last Friday, I was starting to feel a little bad again. I went to Wal-Mart to get drugs and orange juice. My orange tree gave me a nice crop this year. I shared some with my folks, but I'm glad that I saved a good supply for myself. They've been helpful. I spent last weekend trying to rest, get plenty of fluids, stay warm, and get healthy. I only got worse.

On Monday, I missed my first day of work. On Tuesday, I missed another. On Wednesday, I felt pressured to get back to work, so I went in the rain. I never made it to my office. I started coughing as someone driving through the plant stopped to offer a ride. The cold, wet day was too much for me, and I couldn't get any air. I ended up in the nurse's office for about an hour. They finally took me to my car, and I was okay to drive home. I haven't tried to return.

Today, I saw a doctor, and he gave me drugs. He gave me pills to kill any bacteria that could be causing the problem and an inhaler to reduce my congestion.

I've been FReeping a bit because I'm so concerned about the presidential race, but my head isn't working well. I'm not saying things as well as I'd like. I'm also running to be a delegate to our state convention. The state convention will determine which candidate really gets Louisiana's delegates. Otherwise, I've watched more Law and Order than I can stand. I haven't taken a walk in over two weeks. I don't look like a guy addicted to walking, but not being able to take a walk is making me crazy.

Now that you know the situation, here's what we'll do. I invite everyone to share their home remedies for colds, flus, stomach ailments, and anything else that they have in mind. Let's hear about everything from the standard chicken soup to those old herbalist cures that the mountain people knew in past generations. I may not get around to using this information, but maybe we can have some fun and exchange some folklore.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: grumpy; sick
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1 posted on 01/18/2008 4:54:27 PM PST by WFTR
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To: WFTR

FEVER BREAKER:

Two rum toddies
Two wool blankets

Drink toddies, sleep under blankets. Sweat out the fever by morning.


2 posted on 01/18/2008 4:58:51 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: 38special; aft_lizard; abishai; A knight without armor; Alberta's Child; Allegra; Amityschild; ...
Being sick and grumpy, I'm not going to do the little ping graphic tonight. However, being spared the little graphic doesn't mean that you are spared the bonus questions. I'm still going to hit you with those.

1. What's your favorite TV show to watch when you are sick? Is it different from what you'd watch when you are healthy?

2. When you are sick, are you more likely to cuddle with your pets because you want comfort or less likely because you are worried about giving them germs or even getting something extra from them?

3. When you are sick, do you really like to have someone to take care of you at all times or are you more thankful that being single allows you to lock the door and suffer in peace?

3 posted on 01/18/2008 4:59:04 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: Old Sarge
I’m not a drinker, but I’ve come to believe people who say that alcohol can help a sickness. If I could develop a taste for it, I’d probably try something of this kind. Strangely enough, I don’t have much fever with this cold/flu. I just can’t get any air, and I’m exhausted from trying to breathe.
4 posted on 01/18/2008 5:01:21 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: WFTR
....alcohol? ...will make you sleep.

ya need some real nutrition...how about some Hot (Chinese) Chicken Noodle Soup....yummy.

5 posted on 01/18/2008 5:09:06 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you....Run, FRed, Run. :^)
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To: skinkinthegrass
I’ve been eating the old standard Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, but I can’t say that this remedy has helped me much this time. Maybe I should look at some chicken wonton soup.
6 posted on 01/18/2008 5:21:42 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: WFTR
how about some Hot (Chinese) Chicken Noodle Soup....

its' the same...old standard Campbell’s chicken noodle soup.....w/ lots more (rich) chicken pieces/egg noodles....some veggies. :D

7 posted on 01/18/2008 5:29:47 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you....Run, FRed, Run. :^)
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To: skinkinthegrass

That sounds good!


8 posted on 01/18/2008 5:36:27 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: WFTR

Anyone got a remedy for kidney stones?


9 posted on 01/18/2008 5:41:17 PM PST by SlapHappyPappy
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To: SlapHappyPappy
Ouch! I'm sorry to hear that. They are terrible.

I've heard that alcohol in moderate doses is considered a remedy for them as well, but I don't know how well that remedy works.

10 posted on 01/18/2008 5:43:38 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: SlapHappyPappy

Cranberry juice in mega-doses. The chemical in the juice is acidic and does a number on the stones.


11 posted on 01/18/2008 5:47:14 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: WFTR

I hardly ever watch broadcast TV. I pop a movie in the laptop, stick the headphones on, and enjoy - usually “Lord of thr Rings”, “300”, or some other action/aventure.

If the cats can stand the coughing or the constant thrashing around when I sleep...

Unfortunately, I have no privacy.


12 posted on 01/18/2008 5:48:54 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: Old Sarge
I'm sorry to hear that you don't have any privacy.

Do you watch the action/adventure movies regardless of your health or are they particularly appealing when you're sick?

13 posted on 01/18/2008 6:04:00 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: WFTR

For a cold, I take 500mg Vitamin C every 4 hours, lysine, zinc and the herb astragalus. And lots of chicken soup!


14 posted on 01/18/2008 6:52:14 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: SlapHappyPappy

I do not have personal experience with this but I found this for you:

http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/remedy/Kidney-Stones.html


15 posted on 01/18/2008 7:02:29 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: toothfairy86

Wow, that’s quite a prescription. How did you find it?


16 posted on 01/18/2008 7:05:49 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: WFTR

Let’s see:

I watch the same TV as usual when I’m sick - usually action/adventure/sci-fi/drama type stuff, although if I’m running out of stuff to watch I’ll look at the latest and greatest anime to see if there’s anything decent.

I don’t have pets =’(. I’d love a kitty though when I have my own house.

Hah. I don’t have much privacy or peace living in a dorm.


17 posted on 01/18/2008 7:08:31 PM PST by Hyzenthlay (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: WFTR
When sick...

1) I like to watch funny sitcoms like Friends, Fraiser, King of Queens. I don’t get Everybody Loves Raymond anymore.

2) I don’t cuddle pets any more or less. But I put down a lot of extra food and water just in case I zonk out and go to sleep for a long time or just feel so miserable I won’t feel like getting up and taking care of them.

3) I guess I tell myself it is good to be alone. But truly oh how I’d love someone who would go shop for me and cook something or just check on me. I’ve never had that.

4) By the way, and I’ve said this for years and years, Campbell’s Chicken & Stars always brings me through. I sprinkle regular ground black pepper in it if I have it. That is definitely number 1. Number 2 would be RC Cola.

5) My favorite medicine is definitely Alka Seltzer Plus Cold.

18 posted on 01/18/2008 7:14:59 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: Old Sarge

I think there is something to that. Perhaps take a hot bath or long hot shower just before. Hot as you can stand.


19 posted on 01/18/2008 7:16:45 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: SlapHappyPappy

For kidney stones, drink lots of distilled or filtered water and limit animal protein. My dad has had kidney stones twice. Sometimes, they can be quite painful. They say that the pain passing a stone comes close to the pain a woman feels during childbirth.


20 posted on 01/18/2008 7:26:13 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: WFTR
Thanks for the ping, WFTR. It's been a while since I've stopped by!

Answers to bonus questions:

1. I like to watch "The Cosby Show" when I'm sick -- mainly because there's a cable station that shows reruns of it during the day and I can't stand most of those other silly daytime television shows.

2. I don't have pets!

3. I prefer to "suffer miserably" alone . . . mainly because I'm not a complainer and don't like anyone making a fuss over me anyway!

21 posted on 01/18/2008 7:45:20 PM PST by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: Hyzenthlay
Neat stuff. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen an anime film, but I still remember dorm life. I think I’d die if I had to go back to living in a dorm. Houses are much nicer, and they allow one to have pets. Good luck working towards that goal.
22 posted on 01/18/2008 8:27:57 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: A knight without armor
I'm fortunate in that my pets don't need to be fed that often. If I'm hurting too much to feed them, most are okay for a week or two. The gecko needs to be fed at least every other day, but she's good with that schedule. The water lasts a couple of days for all of them.

I haven't had anyone to take care of me during my adult life, but I'm not sure that I'd want someone. When I'm sick, I tend to be more reclusive than usual. My inability to think well enough for conversation and lack of energy for anything else reduces much of my desire for a partner. I've been single for so long that I may never get used to the idea of being served.

I used to drink RC Cola quite a bit. I don't see it much around here, and I've become more a fan of Fanta Orange when I want something unhealthy and water or Fresca when I want something healthier. When I'm sick, I drink orange juice or Sunny Delight.

23 posted on 01/18/2008 8:32:41 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: Alberta's Child
It's good to see you around here again. Thanks for stopping by!

The Cosby Show is an interesting choice. If I laugh when I'm sick, I end up coughing myself to death. Otherwise, I can see the appeal.

I am a complainer, but I don't like to be thought of as a complainer. If I'm alone, I can moan when I feel bad and don't have to worry about making someone else miserable. If someone else were around, I'd want to avoid making things miserable for her.

24 posted on 01/18/2008 8:37:14 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: WFTR

I love action/adventure ANYTIME - well or not-so-well...

It gets the imagination and the blood going!


25 posted on 01/18/2008 9:00:09 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: WFTR

1. Old John Wayne movies. I have a good selection of his DVDs to choose from.

2. No pets now. Back when I was married, if I was sick the pets stayed away from me. They were smart. [grin]

3. When I am sick, I lock myself away. I don’t want to see, hear, or even think about anyone. Even when in the Hospital, I just want to be left the @#$%@#$%#@$% alone! LOL!


26 posted on 01/18/2008 9:27:07 PM PST by Petruchio (Despite the high cost of living, it remains popular)
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To: Petruchio

When I’m sick, the dog jumps onto the foot of my bed to “guard” me.


27 posted on 01/18/2008 9:41:20 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: WFTR
"1. What's your favorite TV show to watch when you are sick? Is it different from what you'd watch when you are healthy?"

I like to watch the original Star Wars trilogy, in a row (Epidodes IV-VI). I rarely do this as an adult, only when I am sick. "2. When you are sick, are you more likely to cuddle with your pets because you want comfort or less likely because you are worried about giving them germs or even getting something extra from them?"

No pets, prefer women. :-)

"3. When you are sick, do you really like to have someone to take care of you at all times or are you more thankful that being single allows you to lock the door and suffer in peace?"

The latter. When I get to the point where I am sick and need someone to take care of me, then I know I am near death's door.

28 posted on 01/19/2008 1:06:59 AM PST by Clemenza (Ronald Reagan was a "Free Traitor", Like Me ;-))
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To: WFTR

I’m a big Sunny Delight fan, too. But I have to have the tangy original. I’m not much for the California variety. I see they have a red colored one but I never tried it.


29 posted on 01/19/2008 2:26:50 AM PST by A knight without armor
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To: SlapHappyPappy

Water..Cranberry juice stay away from booze and anything with caffine...
Good luck..Being a sufferer on those damn things myself. I feel your pain.


30 posted on 01/19/2008 7:59:21 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( The Democrats are a stench in the nostrals of honest citizens.)
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To: Petruchio
When I am sick, I lock myself away. I don’t want to see, hear, or even think about anyone. Even when in the Hospital, I just want to be left the @#$%@#$%#@$% alone! LOL!

I'm thankful that I haven't had to be in a hospital in years. I think I'd go insane having that much commotion around me.

31 posted on 01/19/2008 9:42:22 AM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: Clemenza

I’d love to have women to cuddle when I’m healthy, but I’m not sure that I’d feel the same way when I’m sick. Lacking women, I have to settle for having pets. If you can get women to cuddle with you at either time, I applaud you.


32 posted on 01/19/2008 9:45:32 AM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: A knight without armor

I’m the same way. I always drink the original and only the original.


33 posted on 01/19/2008 9:46:18 AM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: A knight without armor
5) My favorite medicine is definitely Alka Seltzer Plus Cold.

That one's always worked best for me, too.

34 posted on 01/19/2008 5:04:49 PM PST by LantzALot (Yes, itís my opinion. No, itís not humble.)
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To: WFTR
Thanks for putting up the thread sorry was not around last night much and not at all over here, felt a bit down as a good friend and neighbour came over to us and told us that his wife who we knew was in the last stages of cancer has just been told she will not see another Christmas and could go as soon as 3 months.

So felt I was not in best mood to join in on this thread. Have got my head a bit more in order today so here I am.

35 posted on 01/19/2008 6:40:55 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: WFTR
Family cold remedies.

Whiskey and ginger wine for the throat.

My mum’s remedy for both throat and chest was hot lemon with honey and cider vinegar - horrible but certainly helped.

36 posted on 01/19/2008 6:46:54 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: WFTR
I tend to watch the reality or short documentary/info shows rather than a drama with a complicated plot when I feel unwell. Or if I want something a little longer maybe a chick flick or Christmas type movie.

As the only pets I have is pigeons would be a bit hard to cuddle but I do remember when small mum bringing in my rabbit for me to cuddle. My dogs have never been the type to cuddle so rabbits and guinea pigs are the ones that got cuddled when I was a child.

When I was younger I enjoyed the being taken care of but as I got older whether it is because it no longer was practical for anyone to take care of me but I tend to want to be left alone more curl up in front of TV with a cup of tea or maybe a whiskey and something and mung out.

37 posted on 01/19/2008 6:53:03 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: WFTR
How about olbas oil that is dad's favourite you can buy it as an inhaler or the oil to put on a handkerchief.

38 posted on 01/19/2008 6:57:56 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: WFTR
Regarding soup old British standby beef consomme

39 posted on 01/19/2008 7:00:59 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: A knight without armor
No sure whether you get them in the States but conventional cold remedies I tend to prefer Lemsip or Beechams hot lemon or blackcurrant.


powder


Capsules


Powder


Capsules

40 posted on 01/19/2008 7:14:42 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: WFTR
Would not recommend Sunny Delight there are so many additives in it including I believe vegetable oil stick to more pure orange juice or vitamin C.
41 posted on 01/19/2008 7:17:18 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: WFTR
It's been a while since I've been sick to the point of incapacitation. Over a year, actually. Though I have been diagnosed with a mild form of esophageal web, which basically means I feel like there's a lump in the back of my throat that won't go away.

I would want to wait until I get sick until I had a sufficient supply of Doctor Who DVDs. Failing that, Myth Busters usually makes for some good recreational/lazy watching. Or perhaps Jeeves and Wooster.

But it's probably not different from what I would ordinarily watch, but I don't watch a whole lot of television anyway.

I would be more likely to cuddle with pets, but I do that when watching movies anyway. The dogs are very affectionate, and one of them loves to be a lap dog.
42 posted on 01/19/2008 7:56:36 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Oh yeah? Define "well-adjusted!")
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To: WFTR

I doubt you’ll be able to eat or drink your way out of this...though it will be important to keep drinking water. What other symptoms do you have? Sore throat?


43 posted on 01/19/2008 7:57:40 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Oh yeah? Define "well-adjusted!")
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To: 38special; aft_lizard; abishai; A knight without armor; Alberta's Child; Allegra; Amityschild; ...
I'm feeling better but still not up to doing the graphics. My bonus questions may be a little more controversial. Let's try to play nice.

1. I've read articles talking about studies claiming that people in monogamous sexual relationships have better immune systems than those who are celibate. The idea is that the exchange of pheromones, germs, and anything else that passes between two people so close will serve to strengthen the immune systems of each. Apparently, multiple partners will offset the effect and may overwhelm the immune system. Even if true, this outcome wouldn't justify someone violating his or her religious beliefs, but do you believe that being in a monogamous relationship is good for the immune system? Does this finding make sense?

2. Do you think children tend to carry more colds than adults? I rarely spend time around children, and I was around a baby at Christmas. I wonder whether he gave me this flu/cold.

3. How much do you think traveling or moving contributes to being sick? Being in different settings means being exposed to different germs for which the body may not have immunity. In these days of more frequent travel, maybe the germs are going to be well mixed into every society. On the other hand, maybe we aren't mixing quite that much.

44 posted on 01/19/2008 7:59:46 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: Old Sarge; SlapHappyPappy

Belay the juice, they sell cranberry in pill form. Less of a need to chug-a-lug that way.


45 posted on 01/19/2008 8:03:39 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Oh yeah? Define "well-adjusted!")
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To: toothfairy86

There are times I think dogs and books are the only true friends, distant though they be. I believe Hugo wrote “Books are cold but sure friends.”


46 posted on 01/19/2008 8:06:14 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Oh yeah? Define "well-adjusted!")
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I just buy the Ocean Spray juice and drink that, the kinds are too tart for me.


47 posted on 01/19/2008 8:07:29 PM PST by darkangel82 (And the band played on....)
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To: A knight without armor

It’s “Florida Natural” for me, all the way.


48 posted on 01/19/2008 8:32:37 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Oh yeah? Define "well-adjusted!")
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To: Clemenza
No pets, prefer women
I thought the point of being in the Singles group was because the latter was not an option.
49 posted on 01/19/2008 8:33:08 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Oh yeah? Define "well-adjusted!")
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To: WFTR

I hate hospitals.

And I agree with you, I don’t know if I’d like the idea of cuddling with my wife when I’m sick. If she was sick, I wouldn’t want her germs, and if she wasn’t, I wouldn’t want to share.


50 posted on 01/19/2008 8:34:11 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Oh yeah? Define "well-adjusted!")
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