I’ll Be Where I Want to Be for Christmas

I’ve got a whole bunch of stuff going on this week so I doubt I’ll be posting. See you all after Santa lands.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Merry Christmas, mistermix.

    You were one of my presents this year. Greatly enjoyed your posting and insights.

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    Raven says:

    Feliz Navidad dawg

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    Soonergrunt says:

    Happy Holidays, mistermix. Enjoy!

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    Schlemizel says:

    Its been a tough week and I need to whine. Since this would just be a burden to them if I did it to my family and friends I am going to unload here.

    The whole taste thing has gone backwards. Food tastes bad, meat, bread and anything with dough makes me gag & is uneatable. I find I am having anger issues when I smell food I love but can’t eat. Cookies & Christmas is right out this year.

    I still have no saliva. This makes me wake every hour or so all night long in desperate need of water. I have tried several products designed to help but they are not doing much.

    Please feel free to ignore this, I just need to get it out someplace.

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    JPL says:

    Merry Christmas!
    Have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to reading your posts soon.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Schlemizel: Hang tough.

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    Raven says:

    @Schlemizel: You do. Find something to do. You can adapt.

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    spartacus says:

    Merrie Hollydays, BJ-ers!

    If you like the Talking Heads video, be sure to check out the film of the same name by Paolo Sorrentino, with David Byrne and also featuring the Arcade Fire version of the song. And a really interesting story. Info:

    I can’t tell if it has opened (or will be opening?) in USA theaters, but in any case it’s worth seeing. As is Sorrentino’s Il Divo, btw.

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    Elizabelle says:

    PS: one of my favorite Talking Heads songs.

    Favorite songs ever, really.

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    Happy Holidays Tea Party and Ron Paul supporter style:

    On Sunday, many Facebook users were greeted by the shocking spectacle of a California libertarian and Ron Paul supporter by the name of Jules Manson advocating for the assassination of President Barack Obama. Manson, a failed politician, recently ran for and lost a seat on the City of Carson’s City Council last March.

    On a happier note, Senator Bernie Sanders introduces the Saving American Democracy Amendment:

    Have a good one.

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    Phylllis says:

    @Schlemizel: You are in my thoughts regularly. I’m seeing this firsthand with a co-worker who had radiation treatment on his throat this Fall. He is having the same trouble; he opted out of going to our office Christmas lunch. We considered canceling, but that would have made him feel even worse. I hope both of you start to see some improvement soon.

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    JPL says:

    @Schlemizel: Whine as much as you want. It sounds terrible.

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    Schlemizel says:

    one of the reasons I can’t whine at home is because people want to either make it better (you can’t) or go without themselves. We left my grandson’s birthday party last week because I couldn’t deal with the pizza smell & now the DIL has her nose out of joint.

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    JPL says:

    @Schlemizel: A friend of mine is having radiation but under her arm so she is not having the side effects that you are experiencing. She is constantly tired though.
    Concentrate on yourself and know that you are doing what’s necessary for your health. It sucks though. Your dil will get over it so don’t worry about that.

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    WereBear says:

    @Schlemizel: Well, that does suck. Pointing it out is not whining.

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    Ivan Ivanovich Renko says:

    @Schlemizel: Hang tough- and may you have many future holiday feasts of which to enjoy every. single. morsel.

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    Ivan Ivanovich Renko says:

    @WereBear: although, if ever a situation merited whining, that would be it.

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    Punchy says:

    So you’ll pull a Cole and inexplicably post 17 more times today?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Selamat Hari Natal from me.
    I agree with everyone else: it’s not whining to mention that a course of medical treatment is tough. Plenty of times, that’s just how they go. At least there’s a sympathetic crowd here you can vent to. That always helps.

    And I’m sure you’ve got a reward to yourself lined up for when you’ve finally completed the therapy and the side-effects have died down. I don’t know how much longer you’ll have to endure waiting for it, but there’s always that to look forward to.

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    AlladinsLamp says:

    Jonathan Turley on C-SPAN now speaking about the President’s new authority to detain American citizens without warrant…

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    Schlemizel says:

    So he is speaking about something we all know isn’t possible? You do know it wasn’t called the indefinite detention bill, right? And it isn’t really indefinite, only until we declare the war on terriers over with.

    I know that convinced me.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Schlemizel: You just let it all hang out. The last thing you need right now is the added stress of holding things in.
    @Schlemizel: Neither you, nor the SO have to be a prick about it, but I would recommend a gentle reminder that this time isn’t exactly a merry-go-round ride for you either. Everyone is just going to have to give a little bit, and you’re already doing that every single time you get chemo or radiation.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Schlemizel: That really sounds bad; hard to deal with – taste and smell are two of our most basic senses….I really hope it gets better for you soon and that you can find the strength to deal with it.

    You have a ton of my empathy and as you know, Balloon Juice is a place you can bitch/moan/whine/ask for support….and usually get a lot of it. I have a sad for you; hang tough.

    Uh..have you tried smoking some pot? Maybe it would help? Just a suggestion…..

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    amk says:

    @Schlemizel: My sis is undergoing chemo after her mastectomy and she feels the same way. Constantly thirsty and tired and all sweaty through out the night. Her doctor checked her sugar level and found it had gone through the roof. He says it’s a side effect of chemo. So now she is on diabetes pills and is feeling better. Her last session will thankfully be over next week.

    Wishing you the best. Be careful about infections.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    But what are we going to do without any FP posts for the first 6 hours of the morning?

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    Ben Cisco says:

    yItIv QISmaS ‘ej Quch chu’ DIS.

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    dmsilev says:

    According to the latest polls, we have now officially passed Peak Gingrich, and it appears that the next Not-Romney will be …Ron Paul.

    If you thought the GOP establishment was shitting themselves at the thought of Nominee Gingrich, well, we ain’t seen nothin yet.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Is there time for Mr Frothy to have a turn as Not-Romney? I wonder how the Republican party elders would react to that.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Schlemizel: I probably missed this but I don’t know exactly what your medical condition is. Can you speak to your doctor? Could he recommend a nutritionist?
    I have cared for a loved one who was undergoing chemo and had issues with losing the sensation of taste. Any way so feel free to take my advice with a grain of salt. First of all, you should make an appointment with a nutritionist who will tell how much you need to eat and how you can get the calories even if your appetite is low. Make sure you are getting enough protein. An easy way to do this is drinking milk fortified with skim milk powder.

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    JGabriel says:

    Ewick Ewickson on the subject of Insanity:

    The Republican Party has gone insane.
    And our two front runners for President [Romney and Gingrich]? They both support an individual mandate and they both supported TARP.
    Are we really going to do this?
    I just want everyone to make sure they understand this and remind them that Perry, Bachmann, Huntsman, and yes, even Rick Santorum are still in the race.

    Yes, that’s right. You don’t need to read it again: Erick Erickson has decided that Perry, Bachmann, and Santorum are the proper electoral choice for SANE Republicans to pick as the party’s Presidential nominee.

    God may not love us, but the Angel of Mirth appears to be in our corner.


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    dmsilev says:

    @Amir Khalid: Senator Unfortunate-Google-Problem would probably be acceptable to the GOP establishment. Fortunately, it appears that few actual voters like him.

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    Dear, dear Schlemizel: You’re doing so well at dealing with this very hard time. Hang in there.

    And I think it would be very good for you to express your anger. You can express it here. You could go to the firebagger sites and give them whatfor. You could go over to RW sites and just plain behave badly. Anything.

    And remember that we like you anyway. :-)

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    In celebration of the end of the war in Iraq, I think I’ll listen to “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

    Followed by “Silent Night.”

    And maybe then “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen.”

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    amk says:

    @JGabriel: paulmentum is about to kick erickkkson in his gonads.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:
    Thanks, yeah I have been to the nutritionist and gotten a lot of advice. But other than “don’t eat things you can’t tolerate” there is not much positive from the appointments. I switched back to Ensure – which I believe would taste bad even if I had normal abilities – to make sure I am getting enough protein & calories.

    That milk thing was one of the big ideas – take an 8 oz glass of WHOLE milk & mix in 1/2 cup powdered milk – theres a whole lotta calories in that!

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    Schlemizel says:

    Maybe SonOfSameName is trying to dodge responsibility for the ultimate candidate. By listing those with no chance he can always proclaim he was right all along in the happy event of a ballot box drubbing or the catastrophic shit storm if they were to win.

    He can stand on the side line & say “Don’t blame me, I said Bachmann or Santorum!”

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Schlemizel: Have you tried making yogurt smoothies with fruit?

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    dmsilev says:

    @JGabriel: If Romney wins, it’s going to be absolutely hilarious watching the rhetorical pretzel that Ericksonsonson will twist himself into to justify supporting Mittens.

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    Scamp Dog says:

    @Ben Cisco: Well, it’s not rot-13, so how is that encoded?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Is there some kind of topical gel or cream your doctor can prescribe to try and keep your mouth from drying out so quickly? I almost wonder if a dentist would have a better idea of what’s available.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Schlemizel: I don’t know if you saw my reply to you the other day/week, but my mom went through that after her radiation treatments for mouth cancer. Even more than your taste & smell, I hope your saliva returns quickly. That was the worst part for my mom. I am SO sorry you are having to go through this.

    No apologies, please. Who wouldn’t be angry? It’s awful, and no one should have to go through that. It’s just not fair. My parents raised us well, but i curse them sometimes for having led us to believe that life would be fair.

    A couple of quick thoughts, worth exactly what you are paying for them!

    My sister couldn’t taste anything for 3 or 4 years (unrelated to a medical condition) and then she started taking zinc and her taste buds came back to life.

    My dad used to mix Ensure in with ice cream, he said it made the thick texture more tolerable.

    Your daughter-in-law needs to get over herself. Everything is not about her, and if her child was disappointed that would have been a great opportunity to teach the kids to think about the other person. Count me as officially mad at your DIL. I can get over that quickly, if you like, or I can carry a grudge for a bit, whatever you prefer. :-)

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    Mnemosyne says:


    WaterGirl, I did a reply to your reply to my reply to your reply about ADHD ages ago, so I don’t know if you saw my update that the other big nutritional thing they’re pushing is omega-3s. If your sister is a “not even fish” vegetarian and won’t take fish oil capsules, flaxseed oil is probably the best vegetarian source of omega-3s. You can buy it in a big bottle at Trader Joe’s and add it to food (but you can’t cook with it, because heating it destroys the omega-3s).

    Short version: green tea, protein, and omega-3s are the current nutritional recommendations.

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    Maude says:

    When I had pneumonia, I couldn’t eat bread, cookies or anything like it. I ate jello, those little puddings and later, yogurt. I did eat, boiled potato with onion powder, salt and pepper after I tossed it around in butter. I mixed it with hamburg with same exotic spices. For some reason, it tasted good.
    I have no idea about the mouth dryness. I’d curse a lot.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Mnemosyne: I remember that conversation, hanks for the tips. I had her taking flax seed oil capsules but she ditched it after while. As for the omega-3s, I tried to get those in the back door (fish – ick!) with the Vitamin D that is made from fish oil rather than from lamb’s oil. :-)

    I would bet my house that there’s no way she would take the oil if it wasn’t in capsules. Maybe I will suggest the flax oil again. I think she couldn’t see any difference so decided to save the money, but I will check in with her again.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    From what I’ve read, it takes about 4-6 weeks to see the good effects, so she may just have to stick with it. If she doesn’t like the capsules, she can mix a teaspoon or two of the liquid oil into oatmeal or yogurt. A quick Google led me to this article about vegetarians and omega-3s.

    I’m trying to remember to take my omega-3 gummies every day, but they do have fish oil in them in addition to the flaxseed.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Mnemosyne: Looked up your omega-3 gummies. I take it they don’t taste like fish? And they don’t make you burp a fishy taste? I might have to try those, myself!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    No fishy taste at all, and I’m someone who can’t stand the taste of fish. I got ’em on sale at Target.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Mnemosyne: Okay, I’m sold. I will buy some, maybe in time for christmas where I can ask all my relatives to try one. (including my sister0


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