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Mail woes and Mother-in-laws

The second shall be first.

My mother-in-law broke her arm on Friday. To be precise, she fell and broke her upper left arm. In three places. She is righthanded, so that's something - when my own mother broke her wrist, it was her dominant one (in this case, left.)

She didn't tell us until Saturday night - apparently, neither she or my father-in-law could get to a phone between the accident and 7PM on Friday. They're in the mountains still, and have had to cancel their plans to return to Manhattan for awhile, although, frankly, I think we'd be happier if they did come down. Right now, they're 200 miles away from us, and, well. I'm sure the doctors up there are good, but Manhattan has an entire hospital that specializes in such things. And in their own apartment, she has two recliners she can sleep on - until she gets surgery, she can't sleep in a bed - and can use the elevator instead of a very steep flight of stairs. Plus, Manhattan has amenities besides doctors - such as kosher restaurants that deliver, instead of *nothing* at all, just the stuff she's managed to freeze, and a large community of friends who actually live there, instead of just being up on weekends. And, well. Us.

She did, however, cancel her Rosh HaShanah guests. Which they will still spend in the mountains because Daddy is leading services and they need him.

Poor mom.

As for the email woes -

Last week, I had to redo my email account because for some reason, my netscape went weird. I still hadn't gotten my filters back the way they were, nor my bookmarks. This week. This week, I couldn't get netscape to talk to my email account again. I rebooted. I uninstalled and reinstalled Netscape. I deleted my account *again* and started fresh.

I called Verizon, and it would be a thirty minute wait, so I gave up and read my mail over the web, which worked *fine*.

This morning, I called verizon and waited. Read lj. Read fic. Listened again and again to some recorded instructions. Decided to follow them. Turned off the dsl modem. Rebooted. Turned on the modem. A helpdesk person came on right then. I reconnected and, voila! It worked.

So everything was fine. I apparently should turn off the modem once a week or so. No one has ever told me to do this before, in all the years we've had DSL. Huh.

Current Mood: concerned
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I'm sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I hope they decide to come back to Manhattan where the support structure is better. Right now they might be in a "change as little as possible until we figure this out" mode. Your MIL is probably pretty doped up on painkillers and thus not thinking straight.

Modem problems -- we've occasionally had a problem where we seem to have no network connection and power-cycling the modem fixes it. Nothing like weekly, though, and we don't power-cycle it pre-emptively. We've had DSL for four years. For what that's worth.

Do you have a LAN, or just one computer connected to that modem? We've occasionally run into problems where something was confused and we had to reboot everything in a specific order to fix it. That turned out to be due to DHCP getting confused, and as soon as we gave each machine a fixed IP address that problem went away.

She's in pain, but she's only taking the painkillers to sleep. And she's stubborn. :) Also, as the doctors in Kingston have already looked at her, she thinks it's best to continue with them.

Also, of course, my father-in-law is there.

Single computer. We have determined, however, that it's best to log off before we shut down.

And weekly isn't a problem, as we always shut the system down on Fridays.

And weekly isn't a problem, as we always shut the system down on Fridays.

If I'd had to guess at a weekly reboot time, that would have been it. :-) I just leave my computer on all the time; we have firewalls to make that not too unsafe, and it's just easier that way. (It's not like everyone here is going to give up use of the network for a day anyway.)

My deepest symapthies to your mother-in-law and hopes for refuah shelema are sent her way. May I have her Hebrew name, so that we can include her in our prayers?

People, sometimes, are stubborn. Not that I'D know anything about that. She may not realize the magnitude of that sort of break and therefore not realize the benefit of having another doctor take a look. All in all, there's probably nothing you can do to convince her until she's ready to be convinced. It's good, though, that she does have some support in the country. It's better than nothing.

My sympathies, also, on the email woes. My computer has been extremely wonky lately and hasn't been very nice about staying connected to the cable modem. My husband's computer, on the other hand, has been just fine. Sigh. I hope it clears up for you shortly.