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    Chickpea and Orzo Salad

    Nice for summer and great for pot-lucks any time of the year. Serve chilled or at room temperature; adapted from a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis on Food Network. For the Salad 2 cups orzo 5 cups chicken broth 1 15-ounce can garbanzo...
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    Garbanzo Bean Salad with Carrots, Parsley, Cucumber and Feta

    I made this for lunch today and it was really good. Garbanzo Bean Salad with Carrots, Parsley, Cucumber and Feta Salad 1 can chickpeas 1 cup coarsely chopped diced or shredded carrots OR buy shredded carrots at grocery store 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped finely 2...
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    Does getting endocarditis post-valve surgery always mean surgery is needed to replace the valve? Will IV antibiotics not do the trick?
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    Buying on eBay

    Would any of you buy an INRatio or Coaguchek on eBay? I'm thinking this might be more economical than what the copay with my insurance might be. If they cover unit and strips at 100%, great, but of course there's nothing in the EOB or EOC about home INR units and copays, so I just emailed Blue...
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    Israeli Salad

    If you have home-grown tomatoes, I envy you, and here's one way to use them. Israeli Salad Ingredients: 4 large tomatoes 2 cucumbers 2 bell peppers (1 green + 1 red, yellow or orange) 1 small red onion 1/2 cup parsley, chopped finely 1/4 cup fresh...
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    Creamy Feta Chive Salad Dressing

    Couldn't help but think of Bina when I saw this. Creamy Feta Chive Salad Dressing 1/4 cup feta cheese 2 T white wine vinegar 3 T chives, chopped fine 1/3 cup olive oil Fresh ground pepper 1) Mash feta with fork until smooth 2) Place everything in a jar with lid and shake well 3) If too thick...
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    I don't know if this is why Gil types "grin" or not, but the smilies and stuff that can be added to a post never work for me. I think they did on the old site? Whenever I place one in the post, I get the writing and not the symbol. Like this...
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    Minimallly Invasive AVR

    I think it's about 3 inches? This was a couple months ago.
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    Mexican Salad

    Mexican Salad 1 bunch radishes, sliced 1/2 red onion, sliced 1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced 3 or 4 ripe tomatoes, sliced 2 or 3 avocados, cubed 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped 3 or 4 limes, juiced...
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    What's with the Friends feature? Seems that most profiles I see don't offer the option to ask someone to be friends and a few others do?
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    Cafe Frappe

    Frappe is an iced-coffee drink that's so popular in Greece, it's almost the national drink. It's very easy to make, no special equipment needed, and no cream is needed to get the frothy foam. You can make it with any kind of milk, sugar or artificial sweetener, or just plain, and it doesn't do...
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    Wha' Happened?

    Earlier I posted a recipe. Now when I clicked on it I got: Not Acceptable An appropriate representation of the requested resource /forums/showthread.php could not be found on this server. Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the...
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    Home INR Monitor

    "By the way, I picked up my personal INR measurement kit on Friday (which comes complimentary when you have a St Jude's Valve inserted)." Saw this post from colsha in the Post-Surgery section. Is that complimentary kit only for those in Australia? I have a St. Jude valve and would like to be...
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    Demo Valve

    I think James had posted, before the site change, that he got an On-X demo valve when he left the hospital which sparked some posts about demo valves. I emailed St. Jude Medical and asked for one and they were nice to comply. Of course, it's plastic, not the real thing; however, when it's...
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    Guaranteed Issue Medical Plans

    People are HIPAA-eligible and are guaranteed the right to purchase some form of individual insurance coverage without pre-existing condition exclusions under HIPAA if they meet the following criteria: 1) they have had at least 18 months of previous health insurance coverage without a break in...
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    Help, new to this!

    Had AVR surgery 3 weeks ago today. Came home 2 weeks ago. I've had 4 INR/PT tests done. The at home tests were done with a finger stick and instant read machine. The ER test was venous blood. I'm taking 4 mg Coumadin. 11-30 INR 8.0 PT 33.9 at home 12-7 INR 8.0 PT 33.9 at home 12-8...
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    I'm Home!

    To make a long story very short: I'm home. So glad to be home. I got the weepies as soon as I got in the car and when I walked in my front door. Going to bed early. Got maybe 2 hours sleep last night. Feel like I do not have one unfrayed nerve left in me. Need to pet the cat. Six days in...
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    I am scheduled to have aortic valve replacement on Fri Nov 20. I have severe AR and moderate/severe AS and mild mitral regurgitation. Had rheumatic fever at age 8 (back in the Leave-it-to-Beaver days), and bacterial endocarditis in 1987. RF left me with a heart murmur, and have been fairly...