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Initial post: Jan 9, 2013 8:09:15 PM PST
JudyD says:
Good morning and welcome to all good bibliophiles everywhere! Step on in and select a fresh beverage and calorie-free snack of your choice, pull up a chair, snuggle up with a nice warm blanket, and prepare for another day of shared friendship and book hunting.

Since some of you were interested in the vaccine/immunization information from last week, I researched some more information on vaccines that should be considered for ADULTS, and more specifically will provide some information on the shingles vaccine:

None of this information will replace speaking with your doctor and making decisions based on their guidance, only for general information that will perhaps help you to consider getting further information. Suggested immunizations for adults, of course, include those for influenza and pneumonia, and for some people or situations (like where you work), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), tetanus, diphtheria, chicken pox. The following is information provided by the Centers for Disease Control:

If you or members of your family are not sure whether or not you have had some of these as diseases as children, such as mumps, measles, or chicken pox, you can discuss this with your doctor and they can run a blood test for what are commonly referred to as `titers.' The antibody titer is a lab test that measures the level of antibodies in a blood sample. This level tells the doctor whether or not you have been exposed to an antigen or something that the body thinks is foreign. The body uses antibodies to attack and remove foreign substances. If the number is fairly high, it means that you may still have immunity. Often students who plan on being a healthcare provider have to go through these tests and it will determine whether they or protected or if they need the immunization before going into a hospital or other medical facility to work.

Now, I will try to provide some information on shingles specifically. I'm sure someone on FBAC may have had shingles and they may be willing to share their specific symptoms. The following information is from the National Institutes of Health. For the complete article see:

What is Shingles?

Shingles (herpes zoster) is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox - the varicella-zoster virus. The first sign of shingles is often burning or tingling pain, or sometimes numbness or itch, in one particular location on only one side of the body. After several days or a week, a rash of fluid-filled blisters, similar to chickenpox, appears in one area on one side of the body. Shingles pain can be mild or intense. Some people have mostly itching; some feel pain from the gentlest touch or breeze. The most common location for shingles is a band, called a dermatome, spanning one side of the trunk around the waistline. Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for shingles. Scientists think that in the original battle with the varicella-zoster virus, some of the virus particles leave the skin blisters and move into the nervous system. When the varicella-zoster virus reactivates, the virus moves back down the long nerve fibers that extend from the sensory cell bodies to the skin. The viruses multiply, the tell-tale rash erupts, and the person now has shingles.

Is there any treatment?

The severity and duration of an attack of shingles can be significantly reduced by immediate treatment with antiviral drugs, which include acyclovir, valcyclovir, or famcyclovir. Antiviral drugs may also help stave off the painful after-effects of shingles known as postherpetic neuralgia. Other treatments for postherpetic neuralgia include steroids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and topical agents.

In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration approved a VZV vaccine (Zostavax) for use in persons 60 and older who have had chickenpox. In March 2011, the FDA extended the approval to include adults 50 to 59 as well. Researchers found that giving older adults the vaccine reduced the expected number of later cases of shingles by half. And in people who still got the disease despite immunization, the severity and complications of shingles were dramatically reduced. The shingles vaccine is a preventive therapy and not a treatment for those who already have shingles or postherpetic neuralgia.

What is the prognosis?

For most healthy people who receive treatment soon after the outbreak of blisters, the lesions heal, the pain subsides within 3 to 5 weeks, and the blisters often leave no scars. However, shingles is a serious threat in immunosuppressed individuals - for example, those with HIV infection or who are receiving cancer treatments that can weaken their immune systems. People who receive organ transplants are also vulnerable to shingles because they are given drugs that suppress the immune system.

A person with a shingles rash can pass the virus to someone, usually a child, who has never had chickenpox, but the child will develop chickenpox, not shingles. A person with chickenpox cannot communicate shingles to someone else. Shingles comes from the virus hiding inside the person's body, not from an outside source.

The vaccine is generally NOT recommended for those folks with autoimmune disorders - once more you need to consult your physician.

Also, some links to some short videos you may find interesting:
Shingles - Mayo Clinic:
CBS: Shingles Virus Explained (Maggie Rodriguez had it):
Patient who had shingles that resulted in blindness (rare):

Found this one also, as we discussed how our mom's used to expose us to children with chickenpox. Apparently this practice is returning??
CBS: Chickenpox Party versus vaccine:

I promise, no more immunization articles :)

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Book Discussion:
Our next book discussion is on January 10, 2013 about the book ** NOT FREE In Deep Voodoo (Mojo, Louisiana humorous mystery series #1) ** NOT FREE also found in ** NOT FREE Love Can Be Murder (boxed set of humorous mysteries) ** NOT FREE.

Yesterday's link

Sorry, I have no recipes to share today. Perhaps someone else will be kind enough to provide one.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 8:12:19 PM PST
Hi Judy ty for the welcome start

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 9:11:09 PM PST
Lyn says:
My first thought was that several people are going to wince at reliving their experience with shingles. Both my mom and MIL had it? Them? Very painful. Especially if you are already dealing with a (fill in blank) load of pain.

What kind of recipe goes with immunization?

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 9:24:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2013 9:27:56 PM PST
Lyn says:
Baileys Marshmallows

for marshmallows:
vegetable oil (for oiling pan)
3 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin (.25 oz each)
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Baileys Irish Cream
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

for dusting/cutting:
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup powdered sugar


Sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water in a large bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Let sit for approximately 10 min.

Meanwhile, combine sugar, syrup and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a rapid boil (you should see bubbles throughout the entire pan) and boil for an additional minute.

Pour sugar mixture over gelatin (do not let cool). Add salt and beat on a low speed until mixture starts to thicken, and then at the highest speed you can for a total of 12 minutes. Mixture will get very thick, white, and should resemble marshmallow fluff.

While the marshmallows are mixing, line a 9x13 pan with plastic wrap. Using a silicone brush or small spoon, spread vegetable oil over entire surface.

Add the Baileys and vanilla extract to marshmallow mixture. Beat until well combined.

Pour mixture into prepared pan that is lined with oiled plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight).

Mix corn starch and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Dust a flat surface (such as a large cutting board) with sugar mixture.

Remove marshmallow from fridge and turn out onto dusted surface. Using a pizza cutter dipped in sugar mixture, cut marshmallow into small cubes, dusting all cut sids in the sugar mixture to prevent sticking.

Notes & Tips:
Store marshmallows at room temperature in an airtight container.

You can also use cookie cutters to make fun shapes, or dip the marshmallows in chocolate after they've been cut. Or, substitute another liquor (like Kahlua, Grand Marnier, or Chambord) for the Baileys!

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 9:29:22 PM PST
Lyn says:
Has everyone read the book? Discussion starts this evening.......

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 10:05:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2013 10:34:49 PM PST
Lyn says:
If any starters want to add this to their template

Birthday and Anniversary / Template / States - abbreviations and time zones / Slang / How To link. *!304&authkey=!AI1-59L9q8AbjRA

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 10:36:55 PM PST
Courtney says:
Thanks for the start Judy.
Book discussion tonight means nominations for February open tonight as well (after book discussion).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 10:52:25 PM PST
Thanks Robb! I appreciate you putting all of this together in. One easily accessible area. I'll incorporate this into my starts.

BTW... I just finished the book last night. Being a Stephanie Bond fan I enjoyed it. I was pleased to find that I have the second book, Voodoo or Die in my archives. I picked it up free in Oct.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 10:56:49 PM PST
Lyn says:
Still needs some work so any ideas or additions just keep a list.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 11:05:04 PM PST
I haven't had a chance to take a look at it yet, but I will and let you know if anything stands out when you return from your vacation. I hope you and Lyn have a great time.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 11:31:22 PM PST
ebook addict says:
Need to switch Yid & KayKay in the starter list. If I understand it correctly, Yid is starting Sunday's post on Sat night, because midnight pacific is 3am eastern. So Yid needs to be for Sun the 20th.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 11:34:28 PM PST
ebook addict says:
Love Bailey's Irish Cream. But when I saw Robb's name, I immediately thought of Bailey the dawg.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 11:41:07 PM PST
ebook addict says:
This was free yesterday, & still free as of this post. I don't remember seeing it posted in yesterday's thread.

Eternal Youth - YA, Romance, SciFi, Myth, Adventure

The six years following the abrupt death of her father were the worst of Calista Bishoff's life. Frightened by her own mortality, Callie's mom threw herself into a search for the Fountain of Youth-and dragged Callie along with her.

Callie should have loved traveling, but instead she hated every minute. When one more failed search sends her mother into depression, they finally return home to California. Sixteen-year-old Callie is ready to hang with her friends and be normal for as long as she can.

But, an unplanned trip to Bermuda with her grandmother throws Callie's plans awry, and there's more in store for Callie and her mom than just a simple beach vacation. Callie's life is turned inside out as she finds herself in a very different world than the one she knows-

Where things exist that she never dreamed were real.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 11:49:32 PM PST
ebook addict

I was just working on my opening for to Friday and wondered if Yid had actually agreed to open on Sunday. She seemed to be backing away feeling like maybe it was too soon.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 1:15:15 AM PST
A few picks to start the day.....

Don't You Forget About Me - Contemporary Fiction

Book Two of the Pam of Babylon Series
When charming, seemingly devoted Jack Smith dies, his wife and his two girlfriends are astonished to learn that they were not the only love of his life, and that, in fact, Jack was a rogue who was carrying on secret existences with other women. Shattered by grief and stunned by Jack's betrayals, these three women, Pam Smith, Marie Fabian, and Sandra Benson, find themselves suddenly thrown together. They could have despised one another, jealously guarding their private memories of their time with Jack and hating those they perceived to be their rivals, but instead, the women begin to realize there might be strength in numbers and in shared pain. Slowly, they begin to open their hearts to one another. They bind together to try to make sense of their lives and to try to heal the terrible shock.

But the more they learn about Jack and his nefarious past, the more they begin to question everything they thought they ever knew about him. Not only did Jack carelessly cheat on each of them, without thought to the harm he was causing, but the women are stunned to discover a secret of Jack that he never revealed.

As the women try to piece together the real life story of Jack, they begin to deal with their own lives differently, as well. They must deal with Jack's heartbroken mother, who knew nothing about her son's clandestine dealings in life. The tragedy also takes a toll on their working lives, and most of all it takes a toll on them, robbing them of sleep, hope, and even dreams. But with a sense of shared sisterhood, a little laughter, and a whole lot of determination, these brave women forge brave new lives that are full of promise.

The novel probes the difficulties in thinking that we can ever really know a person, even a loved one. All the women in Don't You Forget About Me wonder if they had been really and truly loved by Jack, or if he had simply played them for fools. They question their own blindness to his faults and how they allowed themselves to believe that they might have had it all, when what they had was really more of a dream. The book investigates modern social problems with grace and warmth. Infidelity, it uncovers, can do more than break hearts. In showing some of the worst things that can happen in relationships,it also teases us to imagine the best, a world in which loyalty, devotion and fidelity are prized. As the characters grow and change, they have the possibility for those things.

Don't You Forget About Me is a tale of love lost and then found again. A sequel to Pam of Babylon, Don't You Forget About Me can also be read all on its own. You will not like this book if many characters and lot of twists and turns is not your cup of tea.

Stiletto Safari - Romance

Zara Hamilton has it all - a glamorous New York lifestyle, a gorgeous (and seriously rich) boyfriend and a job as a lawyer in a prestigious city law firm. But when Zara's boyfriend is accused of insider trading her perfect world implodes. Thrown out of work by security and stalked by the press, Zara's life can't get any worse. Or can it? A snap decision (and a few wines too many) sees Zara fleeing to Africa to work as a temporary wildlife volunteer. But just when things start to cool down at home Zara realises her troubles have only just begun. Will Zara's designer wardrobe survive? Will a supermodel ruin her only chance at happiness? Can a Birkin bag really solve her problems? And will Zara want her old life back at the end of it all....

Coming Home - Romance

Veterinarian Nicole Ross has a thriving practice, a son she adores, and a happy life. But when she has to fly to her sick father's bedside, she comes face to face with the man who broke her heart so many years ago.

Wyatt Clayton has come a long way from his bad-boy youth and now runs his family ranch. Still, seeing Nicole again rocks his world and causes him to remember those crazy-wild days when they'd been reckless young lovers.

Despite themselves, Nicole and Wyatt find those passionate sparks still erupt whenever they're together. But will they have a future when they learn the truth about what has kept them apart for so long?

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 2:22:23 AM PST
The Kinlib update just came in....

Thursday, January 10th 2013, 02:16 AM PST (409)

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 3:09:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2013 3:09:40 AM PST
@ Robb - Thanks for the marshmallow recipe! I hope to give it a try at some point. I don't get to eat store marshmallows much. The ingredients listed usually don't specify what kind of gelatin they use (I look for kosher gelatin or fish gelatin) and I personally don't want to take the chance that I'll get a meat based gelatin and use it in my dairy hot chocolate.

From the wish list today:
Backwoods Home Magazine - Mar/Apr 2010 (#122)
Backwoods Home Magazine - Nov/Dec 2010 (#126)
Backwoods Home Magazine - Nov/Dec 2011 (#132)
Backwoods Home Magazine - Jan/Feb 2009 (#115)
Backwoods Home Magazine - May/Jun 2010 (#123)
There are a few more Backwoods Home Magazine for free, but I have to get ready to leave for work :( Everyone have a great day!

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 3:41:15 AM PST
I had three bouts of shingles before I was 50. Now that they have lowered the age requirement on the vaccine, no health insurance so I can't afford it. And take it from me that is pain you want to avoid if you can.


Posted on Jan 10, 2013 3:57:01 AM PST
Karl says:
This is a "very belated & heartfelt THANK YOU" to Wendy Davis and Christmas Elf with Sandy Feet for your unexpected and wonderful Christmas book gifts sent on Christmas Eve. I sincerely apologize for my tardiness in responding, I just saw and picked them up this morning. My limited computer time has been interrupted. Since Christmas, my partner has had 2 rounds of Pneumonia, resulting in numerous doctor visits, chest xrays, CT scans and on Saturday we go to Guadalajara for a Bronchoscopy, to rule out or confirm a suspected malignancy on his left lung. So, again, thank you both for your gifts and hopefully I will be able to spend more time here in the future.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 4:41:16 AM PST
Arieswoman says:
@Dogs and Turtle
I got my shingles vaccine from my county health department and paid $15.00 for it. A neighbor of mine is a registered nurse and told me about getting the vaccine as my doctor wanted $200 which I cannot afford.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 4:54:51 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2013 4:55:37 AM PST
jilli says:
On my wish list. FREE. Lacrimosa (Requiem Series).

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 5:27:58 AM PST
From my wishlist
City of Darkness (City of Mystery) - historical fiction, thriller

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 5:32:39 AM PST
Lyn says:
I had noticed your absence.
I understand the worry and the doctor visits and tests. I also know has hard it is on the you 'cause there is nothing you can do other than be there and hold his hand. So sending healing energy your way.

It is hard to know whether to hope for a confirmation or to have something ruled out. Because at least you would have an answer. Hoping for the best and let us know how the tests results go.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 5:43:48 AM PST
Lyn says:
And you thought Bailey got his name merely because it is like one of the top 5 most popular dawg names?

Baileys Irish Cream Joe Mudd Dawg is official full name. And like a little kid, it is best that his full name should never be said in, let us say, frustration.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 5:48:05 AM PST
KaJoLa says:
This one popped up while I was checking out the Backwoods Home Magazines:

Self-reliance: Recession-proof your pantry
Recession-proof your pantry with these ideas on long-term storage, what to keep in your pantry, canning basics, freezing and dehydrating foods, and recipes to help you in good times and bad. This self-reliance guide from Backwoods Home Magazine is a must-have for everyone starting on the road to self-reliance as well as those well along their way.

I finished the discussion book last night. NOT FREE NOW
In Deep Voodoo (Mojo, Louisiana humorous mystery series #1) NOT FREE NOW
I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the discussion.
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