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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/25/2009 1:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope you are all well? It would seem that on Monday night I actually got a full nights sleep!!! Can you believe it?? I only woke up once to go to the bathroom then it was back to bed and asleep again. But............I digress! Tonight a horrible night of sleep overcomes me once again!! Was awake at 1:45am in full tilt pain! Legs are killing me and I am at my wits end with this! I'm constantly thinking about the evaluation and wondering when I will hear about the results and whether they will be favorable or not. But for tonight its pain city and I really do not want to be a resident of this place!

I haven't been on much because I've been working on my latest painting and have been spending much of my time outdoors where hubby set up my canvases and paints so that I could get some of the nice fresh air that we have been having here in KS. But today (yesterday by all rights) the winds kicked up leaving me without the fresh air to paint by and making me feel cooped up in this house once again. My painting is of South Fork mountains up in Wyoming and it is turning out quite good! I can't seem to find a more happier time then when I am painting. It makes me feel alive again and free from the restraints of pain. Hubby has set me uip with a very comfortable chair (pillows and all) and I am absolutely loving the outdoor time.

Anyway I am going to try and get some more sleep so I will post more later.

Hugssssssssssssssssssss

Scarred
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straydog
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   Posted 3/25/2009 2:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scared, I hear ya, oh, I am an outdoor girl for sure. It just puts me in a better mood getting that sunshine. I hand pulled every weed in my front yard just to get outside. It took me 8 days to do the entire yard and it looks so much beteer. I had a kid mow it Sat for me. I transplanted my peony bush the other day. I too get that cooped up feeling in the winter and our winters are nothing like Kansas winters. Our wind kicked up late mOndy night and it sounded awful. Well, all it did was a make a mess of things from being blown around. Not a drop of rain. Then Tuesday it looked like rain all day-nothing. So, I put fertilizer down on the front yard thinking rain that night. Not a drop. So tomorrow will have to do my 1st official watering of the season and I really hate to. Our water & garbage is so high, my bill averages $83 to $85 a month for 2 people, its ridiculous. Keep up with the painting and let some of that Kansas breeze blow away some of your pain. Hugs, Susie (Hey have you called your docs office to see if they have heard from the psych review??)


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/25/2009 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, you paint, Scarred. Me too.

I don't paint like you do. I paint on furniture. I love it. Very colorful. Lately, I've
been painting mirror frames. Hey, I just get my imagination and paint some glorious
frames. I can't sell them because too much work goes in to them. Eventually they
will go to my children and grandchildren.

Just telling you this makes me want to get up early and paint for at least an hour.

Sheeeeeoooot it's 4Am. I won't get very far.

Scarred, what's your first name. How do you sign your paintings?

Pamela

PAlady
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   Posted 3/25/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
I was wondering how you were doing, but I'm glad you got a full night's sleep. I can't help thinking it's linked to your day of painting...which should tell you that maybe you can have a little more control over the sleeping if you do some enjoyable things during the day (hey, talk about the pot calling the kettle black! LOL!). Anyway, how about having an indoor set up as well for your painting, so you can do some of it when the weather's not great.

Hugs,

PaLady

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/25/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey gals! Let's see if I can answer all the questions LOL. Last I spoke with the doc's office they had not received the eval results yet, but I am going to call them today to see if they have gotten them yet. Last night wasn't to hot as far as sleep, but I probably already stated that in my original post and I've been so tired today that I don't feel like doing anything. So Susie I am anxious to hear about the eval and I still have my fingers crossed.

Pam: wow! sounds great that you paint furniture! Do you buy antique furniture or just modern style? My first name is Victoria, but all my friends call me Vick so everyone here can call me that too. :-) I have been painting for about the last 5 years, ever since I got into this position where I can't work. My very first painting was of my yellow lab Remington. It was a Christmas present for hubby and it turned out quite good after taking 5 months to finish. Labs aren't exactly easy to paint....or at least the black and chocolates aren't cause of the tones but I got finished with the other two a couple of years later. All three hang on the wall in the basement as a reminder that I can do anything I put my little mind to :-)! I'd rather do landscapes and that is what I concentrate on now. They are much easier to my way of doing things and I can use my creative touch to add little details to the paintings. I took a whole bunch of pictures on my dig camera the last time hubby and I went up to South Fork and North Fork which is 50 miles from the West gate of Yellowstone, so I have lots to work with and have been picking certain ones that I like to paint. The snow was still on the ground and it added a real cool touch to the paintings. Hubby says I have a talent with my acrylics and he's always buying me canvases and paints all the time and making sure I have fresh acrylics for my paintings. The one I am working on now is a beautiful mountain scene that has snow tipped peaks and a beautiful view of a grassy meadow below. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I sign my paintings with my first initial and then my last name, so as to be unique. I take a very small brush and cursive my name into the painting after all the paints are dried and I have finished then I cover it with a coating of a veneer that seals the paints so that they don't crack.

PA: I am thinking that you are right on that. My paintings take me far away from my pain and it has helped a little when I really have a bad day. I'm beginning to take control again which is a good thing :-)! I have an indoor set-up for my paintings in the basement and hubby put down plastic so that I don't get paint all over the place. One of the bigger rooms has a full sink and hubby set me up with a paint studio there so that is where all my paints are stored along with my brushes and other stuff. Hubby is constantly checking my paints for the ones that are dried out or are bad then he tells me its time to stop at Michaels to get some new ones.

Anyway....thanks for the responses my CPers. Your all so good to me.

Hugs

Vick
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skeye
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   Posted 3/25/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scarred,

I'm so happy to hear that you got a full night's sleep! Congratulations! Maybe some of that will rub off on me (I can only hope). Sounds great about your painting. I oil painted for a couple of years. My paintings were nothing spectacular, but they were decent enough. I did find it nice & relaxing, but unfortunately, I ran out of free time & art classes to take, so I stopped painting. Maybe one of these years I'll go back to it. I am very jealous that you have been sitting outside too! It's still too cold here to be sitting outside, although it is getting ever so slightly warmer. I can't wait until it warms up. All I want to do is sit outside & do nothing, just enjoy the outdoors! Hope you sleep well tonight!

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 3/25/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
What happened to Moonlight??? It seems to have stopped last week. Was that the end of the season? the series? Just when I was getting hooked!!

Skeye - I'm with you. Hope it warms up soon. At least I'm not shoveling, though, and that's a start in the right direction!

PaLady

fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/26/2009 1:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred, I have heard in several of your posts that you were from Wyoming. I lived in southern Montana and spent time in Northern Wyoming. I won't tell you what I did there. I envy people that can paint. I have the artistic talents of a road kill animal. Ok a wierd analogy. My kids all play instruments and one does animated art and another does pensil sketches. My son who does the animated art has actually sold some of his artwork and has had several opportunities to assist with commic book sketches and inking. I was amazed at the art work that is entailed in comics. He has tracked down some of the original artists that are now retired and has framed sketches that have been done for him. I inherited several old cross cut saws that I have hauled around with me from the old farm in eastern Montana and have thought that someday I wanted to get them painted. Well, I hope you are finding the sleep that you need tonight. Blessings! 

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/26/2009 2:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn; My paintings are nothing spectacular either. I haven't been painting long and am still learning the technique of it all. My dear skeye, I wish the wind would stop blowing that's for sure but, it is nice that it's been in the 60s and 70s here. I'll send some your way LOL! FJ; You lived in Southern MT? How long? Which part? I lived in Northern Wyoming...Powell to be exact for 13 years before hubby and I relocated down here in KS. Absolutely beautiful area and I miss it terribly. The mountains were so beautiful and majestic this time of the year and I wish that I could have taken a piece of it with me.

PA: I think Moonlight is taking a little hiatus from the show LOL. Keep watching for it I have a feeling they will be bringing it back (crossing fingers). The best parts are yet to come so they can't stop it now! I was glancing on the Scifi website and it looks like it will be coming back on April 10th according to their schedule. I hope to see a second season very soon! Oh I watched Twilight over the weekend!! Absolutely loved it!!

Well my friends I didn't find that all elusive sleep tonight. It seems that I was awake and in full ramped pain when I awoke!! Took two muscle relaxers....a pain pill and headed in for a hot bath but the pain is still raging (ACK!!!) I hate early mornings!! Perfect for me since I was hoping to get the rest of my bulbs planted later on this morning. Oh well....we CPers take life and our schedules one second at a time right?

Hugsssss!! Hope you all are sleeping well.

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


White Beard
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   Posted 3/26/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry I missed you this morning Scarred I do hope your pain has eased up a bit by now, The wee hours of the morning is the pits when your in bad pain!

I was up between you and fatherjohn I don't know what is going on with me, Last night after supper I felt a little nausea, and having back pain, went to bed late after 1:30 AM but by 2:15 I was climbing the walls, my back is killing me both sides where the kidneys are, and I really feel nausea so took another pain pill and got on the internet for awhile waiting for the pill to take affect, it never really did! I tried going back to bed just a little before 4 AM. Now I am getting ready to drive into town 40 miles to go to convenient care, as I still hurt like the dickens, and still have the nausea, I am kind of thinking it might not be my back after all. So am going to go get it checked out!
Anyway hope you get your bulbs planted, what type flowers are they?

White Beard
 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/26/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard, what did you find out today? I hope you are not coming down with something. i know that it does not take much for me to have a simple sniffle cause me severe back pain. Let us know how it is going.

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/27/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
awww White I am so sorry to hear that you are not well. I agree with fj...its so easy for us CPers to come down with colds, flus and everything else. My flowers are a variety of nice bulbs, peonies, clematis, glads, Peruvian lilies and some other nice flowers that I thought would look nice up front. Unfortunately it looks like I might have to wait to plant anything as we are now under a winter storm warning and the snow begun at 2am. Seems we are suppose to get around a foot or two out of this and I'm not liking how the weather is making me feel!! I'm barely getting out of bed cause it hurts so much and I hate this kind of weather. Plus the wind is not helping and every time I open the back sliding door the snow whips in!

Will keep you all posted as to our little system!

Hugs

Scarred
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White Beard
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   Posted 3/27/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
fatherjohn and Scarred Thanks for asking about me, I went to convenient care yesterday, and they thought I had kidney stones or a kidney infection, they wanted me to go to the ER but I refused, so they got me in to see my Doctors nurse clinician who put me on antibiotics and ordered urine and blood work, she also made me promice if the pain got worse I would go to the ER. Since I had refused to go earlier from Convenient Care.
 
 Anyway I got everything done and started home, just about got to the interstate to head home, and pain struck like a lighting bolt. Pulled off the side of the road and took some deep breaths, darn kidney area hurt so bad, so I turned around and went to the ER. Spent 5 or 6 hours there, luckily they weren't busy, in fact it was down right slow, funny thing is they were expecting me they had my name and everything already written down, and they knew all about me, the nurse clinician had called them right after I left and said to possibly expect me. They thought it was kidney stones, so they put in an IV line and they did a Cat Scan and then doped me up good with phenergan and Demeral and something else. anyway it kind of knocks you out, after a few hours the Doc came in and woke me up and said it wasn't kidney stones, but probably my thorasic disc in my back, ordered a solumedro pac to counter act inflamation, and called my wife to come and get me.( a 40 mile drive one way!) They said I couldn't drive after the stuff they injected into me, ( that went over really well I can tell you!) Lucky for me I was still real sleepy and a little bit dopey!
 
 Still in pain this morning and had to go back into town and get my car and had a follow up with the nurse clinician this morning. She says ER was right it isn't stones, but she says she thinks ER is wrong about it being my back she says its definitely a kidney infection or both, and as soon as the complete culture comes back she will have full proof of it! So I am on antibotics and and the steroids are on hold! Been one heck of a last two days! went through all that and I still hurt like crazy, I got that pain in my right kidney area, that will just about knocks your sock off!

Sorry for hijacking your thread a Scarred I heard that portions of theupper mid-western states was getting hit real bad with snow, is that where you live at? Hope you are doing OK!

It is what it is
White Beard


 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

Post Edited (White Beard) : 3/27/2009 1:21:09 PM (GMT-6)


PAlady
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   Posted 3/27/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
((((((((((WhiteBeard))))))))))))

Sending healing hugs! yeah

And Scarred, sending you a warm blanket, even if it is for your head! smurf

PaLady

Post Edited (PAlady) : 3/27/2009 5:09:06 PM (GMT-6)


Becoming undone
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   Posted 3/27/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
fatherjohn...I think you'd surprise yourself with your own art. So many times it is thought that everything has to be perfect and there is only one way to do it...I am not that good either... but it is the best when you just let every thing go and just paint (or sketch, draw, whatever)...It can be just colors and shapes to start with, nothing that complex, and you will still get a pretty picture.

I often think of Frida Kahlo...she started her painting after she broke her back and had to lie immobile in her bed for a couple of years...The movie Frida with Salma Hayek is really good...there is something quite therapeutic and freeing about art...guess why it is used in so many types of therapies and rehabilitations....

Whitebeard...did you find out what it was?...

Scarred...It would be neat to see one of you paintings...I love to see other peoples work...I love to go the art shows and wonder at their craft and see how it is done...the personality that exudes from ones work...
"The earth laughs in flowers"

Post Edited (Becoming undone) : 3/27/2009 8:13:16 PM (GMT-6)


White Beard
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   Posted 3/27/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Becoming undone what kind of drawings do you do? What medium do you like? Pencil? lead or colored? Or do you like charcoal or Pastels? I love seeing pictures done in Pastels but I hate using them! But I do like doing black and white drawings using lead!  But Sculpture is my love though! I really like doing sculpture, (but I have pretty much given it up, because of the  difficulty  I have using my hands and arms for it.) I also like seeing it and feeling it, especially stone!  There is something magical about doing sculpture, it is like unwrapping a package but only you know whats inside!  Whether it be stone, wood, clay, or what ever, you keep taking away everything on the outside until you finally reveal the contents, that your mind has put there!

 Anyway I too would really like to see scarred's paintings as well as seeing yours Becoming undone!

As for finding out results, not till Monday

White Beard


 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/27/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all! Well so far we have gotten 8-10 inches of the white crap on the ground and the wind is blowing it into great big drifts!! Went outside to help hubby find the snow shovel and just about thought I was going to fall into a drift with the wind whipping around! Got 10 inches on the level in the back yard and its drifting fast! It looks like winter returned with a vengeance in Kansas peeps!!!! This should have been around during Christmas NOT in March! Holy cows and we are suppose to get more by morning??? Crud we can't even get the car out! It's stuck in the snow at the front of the yard! But thank god its along the curb so no one will hit it. Hubby broke the broom trying to sweep some of the snow off of the deck so that we could open and shut the sliding door. He can't seem to find our snow shovel and I think it might have gotten left behind when we moved.

Oh.....the dogs won't go off the porch either! Geez talk about a white March!! Good thing this is all suppose to melt off on Sunday!! I'll keep you posted gang!

Hugs

Scarred
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skeye
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   Posted 3/27/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
((((((((((Whitebeard))))))))))))). I hope you are feeling better!!

Scarred, boy that sounds like New England weather! A lot of times we'll have snow through the end of April, and even May isn't unheard of! It isn't safe to plant anything around here until after Memorial Day! Fortunately it started to warm up today. It was in the 50's - felt like summer, it was fabulous!

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 3/27/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Yikes, Scarred! Like Skeye, I'm used to expecting about anything until June. So far we've lucked out in the past couple of weeks, but in my mind winter's not over regardless of what the calendar says.

Stay inside and keep warm!!!

I sure feel for those folks around Fargo and other areas getting the flooding.

PaLady
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