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straydog
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   Posted 3/13/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Gang,
 
For some that did not see Karen's recent response to a post she indicated that she had suffered another stroke. Karen stated she is having  problems all relating to this stroke, She does read our posts but typing is difficult for her right now. I felt the need to get this out here and I do not think many of us were aware of Karen's situation at all.
 
So, Karen this is post is for you to know that your extended CP family is behind you 500% in your recovery from this stroke. I was saddened to read about the stroke, however, I do know you are a very strong lady and you will make your way back. We will be praying for you to have a quick recovery and with your permission of course, I would like to add your name to some prayer lists. I have found prayer in numbers can be very powerful and healing. If you can type (Susie yes or no) I will know what to do.  
 
If at all possbile I would like very much to keep this thread going for Karen to come to and read. Karen do you have a family member that could perhaps come once a week to the forum and give us an update until you are back on your feet?
 
Just wanted you to know I am thinking of you. Many hugs and prayers coming your way. Susie


PAlady
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   Posted 3/13/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen,
I also want to send you heaing energy and warm, gentle hugs from myself and all of us. Remember, you're still a part of us even if you can't post. We connect in this special family in many ways, some of which are completely invisible. So you are here with us, and we are there with you.

((((((((((((((((Karen))))))))))))))))))

PaLady

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/13/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
awww I didn't know that Karen had a stroke! I am sending out healing thoughts and gentle hugs for a speedy recovery Karen!! I too will add you to my prayer list if that is okay with you. You're a great gal and I sure hope that you heal real fast. :-)

((((((((((((((((((((((((((Karen))))))))))))))))))))

Love

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P


Chartreux
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   Posted 3/13/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Great Idea Susie, So Karen you know by now we care and that I'll of course be sending
you many many soft HUGZ, my dad had a stroke two years ago and it was hard on
the whole family, but you and your family and "US": here all care and will be hopeing
that each day you get stronger and much more better, don't hurry it and do the PT.
the PT will help you..
Will be saying a Prayer for you Karen...
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Karen}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
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skeye
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   Posted 3/13/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))). My thoughts & prayers are with you Karen!

Skeye

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/13/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen,
My mom had a stroke. She had to work hard. She did it!
My thoughts are with you and my hopes are for your rapid recovery.
Pamela
MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.


fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/13/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen, when it seems to get tough, remember that you are not alone. We are with you in thought and prayer. You don't have to post in order for us to continue thinking good thoughts of you. We hope that as you read these, you will know that we care and will work through this with you. Blessings!

mom9mom
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   Posted 3/13/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen I am sending you all my prayers and well wishes for a fast recovery.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


mrsm123
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   Posted 3/14/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Me too Karen. Take your time and work hard at rehab. I know that things are very difficult, but we are all praying or sending up healing energy for you.....
Sandi M
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


Hound-Dog
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   Posted 3/15/2009 1:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen........All the best for a speedy recovery.You are in my prayers too.Take care..........Rod

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Lovely Karen,
Some people say, "everything happens for a reason." Well maybe so but news like this makes it really hard for me to believe! Please, you hang in there and do everything the ask you too. We will all be praying for you and a speedy recovery! God Speed you back to good health>
Your friend,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


QTkaren'sHubby
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   Posted 3/15/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Everyone,
 
        My name is Jason. I am Karen's husband. As u all know karen had a stroke 3 weeks ago. She wil be seeing her doctor soon. We are also going to have to schedule her with a speech therapist. Unfortunately she is not doing as great as i would of hoped. After helping her daughter ( who made fun of her speech by the way nono ) her stroke occured while sleeping. She can't type or speak very well but i will be posting to her forums and other chats for the time being. As stressed out has it has been for me it is more than she can handle. She seems to break down and cry when she can't talk to me. I do my best to try to make her feel as comfortable as possible. She wanted me to thank you all for your prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery. She was happy to read all of your posts. I will keep you informed as new information is made available.
 
Thank You,
   Jason and Karen

straydog
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   Posted 3/15/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen & Jason,
 
Jason thank you from the bottom of our hearts for posting on Karen's behalf. We truly do appreciate this. It is awesome that you take the time to come here and update us, for this we thank you very much. Karen has so many people on this forum that care about her. She has contributed in many ways here.
 
Oh yes, I am sure the emotional aspect has taken a toll and probably is to be expected. It has to be very frustrating for her with the communication problem. I do hope she is able to get into speech therapy soon, this will help her so much as you already know.
 
Please tell Karen that we want her to hang tight, keep her faith and we expect her back on the forum once she is on the mend. She is a very strong lady for sure. Please give her a big hug from all of us here at Healing Well and tell her she is in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery...Susie
 
 
 


PAlady
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   Posted 3/15/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Jason and Karen,
I want to echo Susie's post. And Jason, thank you for being Karen's 'voice' for the time being. You indeed must love eachother very much and that is a treasure and a healing energy not to be matched!

We will keep thinking of Karen and sending healing thoughts.

And you can speak to her daughter on our behalf, too! (GRRR...)

Hugs to you both!

PaLady

uniquelyme
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   Posted 3/17/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Karen, Oh honey, I hope you are doing better.  I know that having a stroke is so difficult...you know what you want to do but have a hard time doing it...So, my thoughts and prayers are with you...
 
Lots o Love,
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
 
Rhonda
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy
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Lyrica as needed 
 
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PAlady
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   Posted 3/17/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen,
I saw you post on Pete's thread and I think that's great!!! i know that was probably very hard for you, and we certainly don't expect you to do it all the time, but I wanted you to know I did see it and smiled!

More hugs,

PaLady

Chartreux
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   Posted 3/17/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen, you just work on getting better as we'll all be
here when you get back, until then...
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGZ}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
Luv ya hun!
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BrentE1961
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   Posted 3/17/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen,

My prayers are that you feel comfortable and optimistic, and that you heal fully from the stroke.

Brent
47 YO Male, chronic back pain. Herniated disc L5/S1 2003. Discectomy with partial laminectomy 2004. Now told I have Failed Back Syndrome with discogenic pain.


Pain level varies from disturbing to nearly intolerable.


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/17/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen,
I just saw this post pop up to the top after writing to you on my post! Jason, it must have been you writing it for Karen. Thank you so much! It's always such a joy when Karen writes here, especially for me when it's dirrected to me! She is a wonderful Lady and a big part of our CP Family. Karen. I always listen to what you tell me because you always seem to have a great answer for whatever I'm whining about at the time, so this time> You have to listen to me! Do everything they tell you to and get well sooner that they expect!!! You are a tuff Gal and we're all behind you! We need you back here with us but don't hurry, get better there will be plenty our our problems to fix when you get back!
Love You!!!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


skeye
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   Posted 3/17/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Jason & Karen,

Thanks for the update! My prayers are continually with you both! I'm sure it will take time, and things will be rough, but hang in there! You are missed! We're all rooting for you! Here's to a full & speedy recovery!

lots of hugs,
Skeye

straydog
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   Posted 3/18/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Karen & Jason,
 
Had you on my mind and wanted to drop in and tell you both hello. Oh I saw your post to Pete and you are one awesome lady. You keep up your hard work and fight, its going to pay off in big ways.
 
This place is behind you know about 500%, thats some cherrleading team yo have going on lol. Be sure to update when you see your dr.
 
I think everyone on the forum is having bad days and good days but we are all looking so forward to spring and sunshine. When the sun is out I make it a point to go and just stand in it. I am like an old, if my neighbors wouldn't call the cops on me, I would probably be like my dogs on the ground rolling around lol. I have to have my sun or my batteries lose their punch.
 
Woke up with an awful headache and sick at my stomach. Thinking its a sinus/allergy type one. Everything is blooming out here in Tx and yellow pollen has everything covered. Our trees are blooming out like crazy.
 
Gotta get off and go lay down a bit. Wanted to pop in and check on you....Hugs, Susie


straydog
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   Posted 3/20/2009 11:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Going to bump this up to get it back at the top.Susie


PAlady
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   Posted 3/21/2009 12:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Good idea, Susie.

Karen,
I saw you posted again to Pete's thread. You're one awesome woman!

More healing hugs being sent your way,

PaLady

papasgirl
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   Posted 3/22/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
karen and jason,
 
 I am sorry that u are going thru this. i work in a longterm and rehab facility where we help people with strokes get back some of there way of living as much as possible... i think the hardest part of a stroke is when the person cant talk because they generally know everything thats going on but cant express themselves.One of the things that we do atleast for awhile and it may help u to communicate better is a "pointing board" you take and write and draw pictures of things like drink,bathroom,pain,ect. try and keep it relatively simple and put it on a poster board so that karen can point to things that she needs rather than getting frusterated by not being able to talk to u then as she is trying to get her voice back she wont have to be irritated with the simple things..... you may already have something like this so it is just an idea to try and make it a bit easier as its going to be hard enough as it is............Karen try to keep your spirits up altho it is surely very hard i will be thinking of you (((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))) sweetie hope it gets better soon..have a good day
 
                                                                                        ~papasgirl~ smilewinkgrin   :-)
fibro,arthritis,many spinal problems,herniated disk,bone spurs,muscle spasms,chronic neck and low back pain,chronic fatigue,anxiety,panic attacks,depression,ect hahaha i think thats enough now lol
 
3rd degree burn all over back and sides skin graphed also surgery in jan 07 for perforated diverticulitis and a surgery in april 07 to do an ostomy reversal 
 
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QTKaren
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   Posted 3/22/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Its woderful to se e all again. I did sone walking around yestday it was very sunny and prety outside. Cant do much for now posted another site this morning. Just wanted say how much I love you all. you are the bestest.

Hugs and Kisses,
Karen
Karen
 
Mom of one gramma to 4 lover to One
 
Had another stroke 2/09 and it took my speach for the most part and dont know when it will coming back. Caused serious stroke symptoms on right side of body.
 
 
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