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Volunteered for a healthcare study

July 13th, 2017 at 10:09 am

I saw something in the paper where a local hospital is recruiting people for a study looking at whether mindfulness meditation improves insomnia. It's a 6-month study. You have to wear a FitBit, which you then get to keep after completing the study, and if you are in the group getting the mindfulness classes, I will have to travel weekly to the hospital (30 minutes 1 way) for classes for 14 trips. If i am randomly assigned to the control group, I'll travel only 4 visits.

Either way they'll pay me $200, i get free mindfulness meditation classes in the one group, something I'm very interested in, and I get the FitBit. If not, i get no MM classes but I still get the money and the FitBit. Smile

There is a chance I get a job before the study is over, but I'm willing to take that chance. This study is specifically for people who have MS, and the doctor running the study is someone I've seen speak often at the dinner lectures I attend whenever I get the chance.

So it sounds interesting. I qualified for the initial phone screening and now I need to go in for the in-person screening sometime after next week. I wish it were a bit closer, but if I'm not working, once-a-week trips are not a big deal.

Here's a new planter I created with an old teapot I've had for ages....I just drilled drainage holes in the bottom and stuck in a blue/green sedum lookalike and some hens and chicks.

Speaking of hens and chicks, this is the first time they've bloomed for me, in this overcrowded pot!

I found a buyer for a little McCoy teapot I was selling. Even after I found a small chip inside the lid, she said she still wanted it, although i reduced the price by $3. I'm meeting her tomorrow for the handoff. $20 for something I've had forever; I've always liked the turquoise color, but it's time to give it a new home. I only have room for so many tschotkes.

I was going to go to BJs today but the weather is so oppressive I think I'll just stay home. I'll go tomorrow instead. I LOVE my central air. When I go outside to get the mail or whatever, WOW what a difference in air temp when I come back inside. How did I ever endure Connecticut's humid summers without central air for 20 years????

My neighbor is coming over tonight to help me move that day bed! I'll be getting the new slats next Tuesday from Amazon. There's a large ugly stain on the carpet which I can't replace now while I still have a cat. I'd love to hide it by putting the day bed OVER the stain but then it would sit a good 2 feet out from the wall and not sure what to put behind it. I don't have any large plants.

I released 2 more black swallowtail butterflies this morning. Just 2 more remain.

80% of the mulberries have been eaten; birds are chomping on unripe berries only to drop them on the ground.

I have lost or misplaced my BOA Better Balance rewards card for the SECOND time now. They replaced it once already but i don't want to ask for a replacement card again since i think it messed up my rewards. The way this card works is that if you charge something (even just 1 thing) to the card each month, at the end of the quarter, you get a $25 credit. So if you do that consistently, that's $100 back each and every year.

It occurred to me I won't have to call to get a new card because I logged this card number in as a payment method for my monthly telephone/Internet bill. In the meantime, I can keep looking for the card. I'm sure it will turn up somewhere, just like the first one did after I'd already cancelled it!

9 Responses to “Volunteered for a healthcare study”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I have a yellow McCoy teapot with a chip. Never thought I could get $20 for it! I think I paid $5.

    I love your teakettle planter.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    Yellow sounds awfully cute, CB. I always check Etsy or eBay for prices and cin find practically anything there for comparison. I'm sure I paid less for it too, over 30 years ago and probably at a tag sale in Vermont somewhere.

  3. Carol Says:

    What about a narrow sofa table behind the day bed? Wayfair ( online store) had some reasonable ones last winter.
    I loved seeing the flower on the hen and chicks! I finally had flowers on my jade plant after 10 or 15 years!

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    Wow, Carol, I've had jade plants for years and never saw a flower on them...i imagine they are white and inconspicuous?

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    As for the sofa table, I won't spend any more money on this project. I remembered I have a 5 x7 bamboo rug I could throw on top of the rug stain, whether or not I position the day bed sideways. It's not a tremendously large room but i do like the idea of floating the day bed away from the wall. We'll see what it looks like once i get it in here.

  6. Carol Says:

    Yes, the jade flowers are tiny, white stars all over the plant.I gave it full outdoor sun in the summer two years ago to try to cure some infestation ( worked) and it flowered that winter. Doing it again this summer.
    Not spending more and waiting sound like the best ideas about the daybed.

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    So pretty! Hen and chicks is the name of the plant?

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    Yes the 2nd pic is hens and chicks. The plant in the teakettle is a type of sedum i think.

  9. frugaltexan75 Says:


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