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Difficulty: Easy Friday, March 23, 2018

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CHAT LOG for Friday, March 23, 2018

12:09 am

Done. ng, ng.
12:13 am

4:19 am

Accomplished my goal of advancing from the "Regulars" to the "Pros" (at least 50% of puzzles completed). Now advancing to the "Experts" (at least 90% of puzzles completed) is a daunting task that will take forever. So my new goals will be of the "catching up to ___" variety, for example, first try to catch up to KnightTime, then UnikeTheHunter, then mab, then TallMike (these are the only folks I "know" in Experts). The only problem with the "catch up" type of goal is that many of the folks I'm trying to catch are also working the archives in an attempt to move up, so they will be very hard to catch (chuckle).
6:28 am

Congratulations JudyHalll!
6:40 am

8:13 am

9:24 am

Keep up the good work, JudyHall! Just keep plugging away and you'll get there....
10:25 am

JudyHall, your progress has been impressive indeed. You deserve a lot of credit. Is there a reason for your remarkable dedication to your Sudoku goals? Or is it just part of your personal style towards every challenge?
10:28 am

My own Sudoku fervor was originally motivated by a wish to reverse a pattern of declining mental abilities from a decade of leading a stressful double life, split between the US and the UK, due to a tough family situation, while struggling with undiagnosed sleep apnea. Sudoku helped me a lot. Eventually the IronSudoku chat helped me too, when I set out to relearn the skill of publicly arguing for things I believed in. My first posts were a campaign to have the Who's Hot list on the Rankings page changed to follow its own published rules, including all puzzles from the archives solved in the last two weeks rather than looking only at the last two weeks' daily puzzles. The campaign failed but it had an interesting consequence in that it stimulated participation in the chat.
10:45 am

I am so glad I started playing when I did. I only had a few years that I needed to complete. It would be a much m I re daunting job now, so those of you still working on past puzzles, I say well done and keep going.
1:00 pm

@TallMike and everyone, my motivation to complete the archive of Iron Sudoku puzzles is due almost entirely to attempting to mitigate the untenable situation I find myself in (completing Sudoku puzzles helps relieve stress associated with being the 24/7 Parkinson's Disease caregiver for my spouse of almost 44 years). Most people know that Parkinson's is considered a movement disorder disease, but they have no clue that it can impact virtually every muscle group in the body, as well as other aspects of life as well, including cognitive function. For me, I most often can deal effectively with severe mobility issues including almost daily falls, with incontinence issues, and with most personality issues. What I have the most difficulty dealing with is the dramatically reduced cognitive function (watching a man with a theoretical physical chemistry PhD no longer be able to comprehend even the simplest math and science concepts is heartbreaking). I never expected our retirement years would require that I care for an adult-sized toddler who will never "get better" (and I'm sure hubby didn't either), but I will do so with much love and compassion; and Soduku helps me relieve the associated stress. Sorry for the long explanation in answer to a question posed in the chat log, but if you were bored or annoyed about it, consider how others are reacting to the political battles some participate in via this chat log,
1:44 pm

Judy Hall-Prayers for your continued strength and patience while dealing with the daily struggles you have caring for your spouse.
2:21 pm

JudyHall:" Bored or annoyed" by what you shared? I, for one, am humbled and amazed by your strength and compassion. You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers.
2:39 pm

JudyHall, my heart goes out to you.

By chance I have read a lot recently about Parkinson's while seeking information about possible therapeutic treatments for my own condition, especially a number of lesser known medical treatments which make use of the rapidly growing knowledge of neuroplasticity. If you have time for reading, I would commend to you a book called The Brain's Way of Healing by Norman Doidge MD. I actually read a previous book by the same author first, The Brain That Changes Itself, and found that to be an excellent introduction.
2:59 pm

Thanks for sharing JudyHall. I am humbled by your strength, courage, and perseverance.
3:24 pm

3:42 pm

EZPZ, fast clicker. 10.
5:03 pm

5:40 pm

JudyHall My mother was the sole caregiver for my father for 10 years before he passed with dementia. My Aunt had been caring for my Uncle who had Parkinsons and dementia before he just passed. The only reason I mention this is after helping my mother and caretaking for an elderly aunt who had dementia for about 5 years, I hope, if you haven't already, reach out for help. It is the most difficult thing any of us will ever do in our lives. It is exhausting both physically and mentally. My wife and I learned that in order to be as good as possible to my elderly aunt we had to make sure that we took care of our selves. Got some help so we could get away and recharge occasionally. The weird thing is you may feel guilty that you are not there. But it is necessary. You need to take care of yourself so that you can be there for them. Yours was the most amazing post I have read in this chat in all the years here.
6:06 pm