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Bertha Venation

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Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Current location: Charles County, MD
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Mrs. Venation update

It was quite a scare, but all seems well now. The ER PA said it was a bad attack of GERD. (I didn't know that gave you headaches and dizziness, but what do I know?) She still has a nasty headache but attributes it to hunger; she's just eaten for the first time in almost 24 hours. She's actually working right now, saying she'll log off after she finishes something from yesterday. We'll see.

Thank you to everyone who sent out good vibes and wishes and prayers last night (whether you posted in the thread or not). DU is a community of friends and it's comforting to know one can come here for support.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Wed Aug 14, 2013, 10:01 AM (20 replies)

Mrs. Venation by ambulance to ER

I can't even go back yet; I got here just after the ambulance and she's not in an exam room yet.

She was putting together a cat tree (what else?) and started feeling sick to her stomach. She sat down and chills and the shakes came on. She waited for me to get home and I gave her some Rx nausea drugs. Didn't help. She laid down for a while, then came out with a splitting headache. i called 911 and here we are.

No idea what it could be. Please keep her in your thoughts, send vibes, and if you pray, you know what to do. Thank you.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Aug 13, 2013, 09:11 PM (42 replies)

Describe a time of disappointment.

I’m a native Southern Californian. In 1989, the California Angels hosted the All-Star Game. I knew there was no way I could get tickets, so I joined their group of volunteers. Volunteers would be dispatched at all the hotels in and near Anaheim, to be stationed in the lobbies as points of information for players and media. Other volunteers worked in other jobs and other places. I took a week off work to perform what I thought would be this terrific duty (even though I had to wear a skirt).

On the first day of All-Star week, I found myself at a Hyatt in Anaheim. I was behind a little stand with a sign on it, the All-Star logo and the word “information.” There was another volunteer there. There were no chairs. We stood all day. No one came to us. Not a soul. I was quite disillusioned and didn’t go back. (Quite irresponsible. I was a different person back then.)

When I returned to work the following Monday, the president of the company sought me out. He asked jovially how I enjoyed the game. I told him I enjoyed it, and that I was glad the American League had won. He asked me where I was seated. I told him, in my chair in my living room. He was surprised. He said he’d heard I was going to the game. When I explained about the volunteer corps, he said, “Oh. That’s too bad. I had an extra ticket and was looking for you.” I cried for days.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Aug 12, 2013, 09:43 AM (3 replies)

question for those who do not have tattoos

Do you ever think about getting one?

What would you get? Where would you put it?

I would get one of these, under my left clavicle (the bottom one without the background).

Posted by Bertha Venation | Fri Aug 9, 2013, 03:55 PM (58 replies)

Have you ever heard of a short story called "The Porcupine Whose Name Didn't Matter"?

-- Oh, my god --
Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu Aug 8, 2013, 11:07 AM (9 replies)

Mis-heard lyrics. Post yours, others guess the song and post the real lyrics.

One ton tomato!
I need a one ton tomato!
One ton tomato
I need a one ton tomato.

What song?

Post yours. Maybe this game will catch on.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu Aug 8, 2013, 09:49 AM (72 replies)


Yesterday I replied to a post from someone in pain with a bit of a harsh, strident tone. The OP replied that s/he couldn't yet do what I suggested (too harshly) and asked me not to judge. I apologized but I don't think it was enough.

The OP is in terrific pain and I made it worse. I am deeply ashamed.

Would sending the OP a PM with another apology do any good?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Aug 5, 2013, 11:17 AM (10 replies)

Does anyone else remember toll slides?

I can't find a picture anywhere. A toll slide was a huge colorful wavy slide. Maybe two or three stories high. You paid your dime and got a moving blanket and down you went. My grandma would take us. One of my best memories of childhood.

Anyone else?

What other fun things did you do as a kid?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Fri Aug 2, 2013, 11:01 AM (30 replies)

stupid diabetic idiot

I just realized: I just sat here and ate a piece of extremely rich chocolate cake, 20 minutes before I'm supposed to take my 2-hour postprandial glucose reading.

I'm finding it difficult to get back into the rhythm of testing. I've neglected it for years.

Any diabetics out there who had to build up the discipline to keep up on your testing?

Me -->
Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu Aug 1, 2013, 01:42 PM (13 replies)

Do you crave any food right now?

I crave onion rings. Mmm.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Wed Jul 31, 2013, 03:58 PM (17 replies)
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