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Dixie’s liver: I know, enough already, but since I shared the pain and worry, I have to share the good news. Despite looking like a tumor in an ultrasound, the black spot on my liver was a cyst. (Insert big sigh of relief here.) It has been so worrisome over the past two weeks that on Saturday, the day after the biopsy, I almost completely collapsed. I barely had the energy to get out of bed. Dr. Jeff Kane explained that after that much stress and emotional energy expended, that isn’t so odd. Jeff asked if I was “awfulizing” the outcome in my mind. Of course I was. But isn’t that a great way to put it?

Meltdown update: Debbie Wagner of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital gave me some fodder on the far-reaching influence of our Meltdown. She said she ate a “Meltdown Special” at Cirino’s; the hospital has a Meltdown menu; SPD had a sign of a cookbook for sale saying it would be “great for Meltdown participants”; and the Wellness Center at the hospital is offering a Mind/Body Meltdown class that will be free on Feb. 11 – more details on that later. Also, the Meltdown was featured on the cover of Scene in the Sac Bee on Sunday, and Carole Carson is fending calls from CBS and KCET for Meltdown coverage. I suspect there be TV crews at Tuesday night’s meeting. Now we’re talking about how to make Nevada County a “fitness-friendly community.” Any ideas?

Scam alert: An alert Nevada City reader forwarded me an e-mail he received. In the header field it said “Important news about your bank account.” The e-mail begins “In cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, federal, state and local governments, your account has been denied insurance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation due to suspected violations of the Patriot Act.” The e-mail goes on to say that Tom Ridge needs to verify your account information and gives a Web site as referral. It also says that failure to give your account information “will cause all insurance for your account to be terminated and records of your account history will be sent to the FBI for analysis and verification.” Don’t fall for this one! It goes under the heading “Scary Scam.”

Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by email at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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