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Thanks, Ardy. I don't practice Judaism, but I do take any and all prayers and wishes.


Gail, I wish you the best. I don't know how you feel about such things but my prayers will be with you. Ardy


I may not be on much after Monday evening. I'm scheduled to have a spinal injection (officially called a "lumbar epidural steroid injection") first thing Tuesday morning to try and ease my pain, and the doctor tells me I'm likely to be laid up for a week. I never count myself out, so don't be surprised if you see me on Jigidi much sooner than that. Yes, it's the same type of steroid injection that has sickened and killed many people, but they were mostly on the East Coast and in the heartland, since this particular compounding pharmacy is based in Framingham, Massachusetts. My doctor assures me that, not only does he not use this particular kind of steroid (methylprednisolone acetate), there have been no cases in Oregon (yet), and I just finished reading up on which states are affected. I'm hoping not to be the first...

This is a clear indication that, no matter what political stripe you are, we need more regulation of these compounding pharmacies. They're not regulated by the FDA like other pharmaceuticals are, and the laxness of this has never been more apparent or deadly. The syringes used to get the steroid into the bottles for shipment were tainted because they were not manufactured or the bottles dosed in a sterile environment. Now the company has recalled all of their products, not just this steroid. I hope they're shut down. The toll so far is 64 cases and seven deaths across 23 states. And there were 17,000 doses shipped, so there's no telling how many doses were used or how many more are going to fall ill.

I just wanted to let anyone know who is looking for me or my puzzles that I might be down for a bit. I wouldn't do it if I didn't think it was my best chance to try and have as normal a life as possible (even though the shots only last six months, and that's IF they're successful). Not being able to sit for more than five or ten minutes at a time or get any kind of quality sleep has been my life for the last seven and a half years. Wish me well, please!