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fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/25/2009 1:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I noticed that your thread was on the third page and I have been reminded in the past (in a loving and gentle way) that threads are not to go over two pages. With someone like you that does not take long so i decided to start a new on for you as I know that there are many here that respect you and you are an inportant part of this forum. I also know that these are very trying times with very little resurces and that adds to the stress. I don't want to add to your worry but I want you to know that people care even though you are aware. I just wanted to remind you in case you needed a little boost. If I have to fly all the way to PA to get the head of your bes raised, then I guess I could do that. I hope the new meds are helping. Just one of your insomniac friends checking in. Here I thought I was going to relax in Arizona. You are a very special lady. Thanks for all you do for us.

White Beard
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   Posted 6/25/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
PALady

Do you have a recliner? I have slept many many years in a recliner, untill I got adjustable beds, so that might be an options, I would not think that sleeping like that would hurt your neck, as with all my neck problems it does not have any adverse affect on me. But you are not me, so you will have to find that out for yourself! All I have left in my house right now is two recliners and the TV and stereo in the living room, and she did leave me the adjustable beds and matching bedroom furniture, (dresser and the like) I did have an old old old oak table and chairs that I got from an auction when the old Elks club went out of bussiness, so that is my dining room right now!

I would recommend adjustable beds for you, but I know that is really not an option for you right now! Would wedges work for you? I have both head and foot wedges that I don't use! Let me know.

I wish you only the very very BEST!

White Beard
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full 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


edt
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   Posted 6/25/2009 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   

PaLady,

You are always there for us, I hope knowing we care helps ease all you are going through!

Much love and lots of hugs!

XXOO
Patti


PAlady
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   Posted 6/25/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,
My eyes are full of tears seeing this thread. Thank you so much.

And White Beard, you have been missed!

Patti...I'll take all the hugs you've got.

I'm having a bad day today. I think it's just feeling scared and alone (although I don't feel alone when I'm on HW!). It's just every time I feel the heartburn I'm reminded of what it could turn into. I know I have to work on that, but it's a fresh wound. ANOTHER wound to add to all the CP. Funny, that seems to be taking a back seat right now.

And I'm also realizing how much I want to LIVE.

Thank you, friends. You are needed and appreciated.

This body of mine is getting awfully complicated to manage! I'm becoming quite a high maintence lady!

Hugs back to each of you,

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 6/25/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
((((((((((((Palady)))))))))))))). I don't have the strength to say much tonight, but I just want you to know that I'm thinking about you & praying for you as well! I think about many of our "family members" here everyday, but you are one of the ones at the top of the list! I think I know how you are feeling right now, and it's awful -- even more so than what we normally go through & the alone-ness that we normally feel. So, I guess you just need to spend lots of time here so that you don't feel quite so alone :-)! I know I do!

hugs,
Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 6/25/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
Thank you so much for taking the time with your eye problems to respond. You're right, I think you do understand how I'm feeling right now (not to exclude others, but we've both just been hit hard with some news we're still absording).

I am curling up into the hugs everyone here has sent and I hope you do the same!

Hugs,
PaLady

Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/25/2009 11:22:54 PM (GMT-6)


straydog
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   Posted 6/26/2009 2:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi PaLady,

Wanted to say hi and have been reading alot to catch up. I come on at different intervals when I can't sleep. When I am this sick with bronchitis I generally sleep alot in the recliner, its easier to breath that way. My pulmonary dr finally called me in some cough syrup with strict verbal instructions on taking it.

I hope you can find a good medication that works well for the GERD. I have had GERD and horrible acid reflux for years. There are so many different kinds of meds now for it and you just have to try them till you find the one that works the best. I am on 40mg of Aciphex now and it works pretty good for me. I was in my early 20's when it hit, I just produce so much acid. Even on medication I have to be careful after eating and not have my head down or it comes up and out my nose!! Yep, you read it right.

I will tell you one thing that really does aggravate mine, SUGAR!! I have to be very careful with sugar, of course chocolate, pie crust sends me into instant heartburn. Alot of the food I avoid, I avoid anyway because of the Crohns Disease. So, the diet change was not a big deal for me. I can eat a little shredded cheese bit not melted cheese, crazy huh.

I have a thought on the bed situation. I know you are limited because of your back however,  perhaps you can get your cousin to come over and help you with the bed. I have learned how to slide my mattress and box springs off the bed with my daughter's help without racking my back up. The bed needs to be elevated at the headboard, go to Home Depot or any hardware store that sells wood and have them cut the blocks of wood. My blocks are wide and it makes the bed stable so I do not have to worry about the bed sliding off of the blocks lol. This will not affect your neck in anyway because its no different than being in a recliner or reclined position. I am having a hard time describing it to you, I know you are thinking it will put your neck in a bad angle, but it doesn't. I have herniated discs at C5-6 and C6-7 and it made no difference at all with my neck. Its not putting any stress on the neck by the bed being elevated, there thats the word I needed lol. It has really made a difference having the head of my bed elevated. I don't wake up strangling in my sleep any longer from the acid coming up the back of my throat and that was a real problem for me.

I know you are struggling and really having some trying times. But just remember a step at a time or you will get so overwhelmed with it all and not be productive at all. I am so relieved to hear the Barretts was caught in the early stages. So far from what I have read its treatable when caught early. There was a reason to have that scope done, just didn't know it at the time. I saw my gi Wed and he is hinting at doing another scope its been awhile. I said jeez, I have been your patient since Oct of 02, and so far I have had 5 colonoscopies, doesn't that count for something lol. Back when I had my 1st endoscopy he found out I had H-Pyloria and had, had it well over a year. As a result of the infection, he said the walls of my stomach had ridges really bad and it was permanent. I was tested for it by blood work which came back negative, but he says if you have had it as long as I did biopsy is the only way to dx it.

I see you are taking some milkbones to the pooches, they will love you for that. My 12 yr pld golden retriever got down sick 2 weeks ago. Took him to vet over a cough and he stopped eating, scared me to death. I had to leave him for a CBC and chest xrays which did not come back good. Jake had a very high white count and his xrays showed alot of black on the film, not good, could be fluid, upper respiratory infection, pneumonia or cancer. The vet is not happy and he is thinking the same as me, cancer. Jake has a growth that came up on his side years ago, but that one never changed in size or anything. However, he had another growth came up on his leg and that one did grow for awhile and he has lots of little mole looking things popping up. Its breaking my heart, the cough is better and he is eating very well again but you know I can just tell he is not quite there yet. He is eating 3 cans of food a day and drinking ice water lol. He always ate dry food, but whatever it takes to get him to eat. He gave him a shot of an anitbiotic and anti-inflam, plus 20 days of oral antibiotics.  I have to take him back for another chest xray for comparison views. He is my little old man, his little face has turned white. He is the most loyal dog I have ever owned. He has always been my dog from day one, where I go, he goes, I make a move he makes a move. If he is alseep and I walk out of a room he wakes up and is hot on my heels. He is something else, walks in the back of my shoes, no kidding. He 's my little bud for sure. One thing I would never do is let him suffer . I asked my vet if Jake could be in any pain and he says no he is not exhibiting any sign of pain. Just trying to keep my boy comfy, he is into ice water and popsicles lol.

Just thinking about ya and wanted to let ya know.


Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Lindaloo
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   Posted 6/26/2009 4:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,

Thank you for restarting this thread to PaLady.

PaLady, we love you very much. Take that love and let it keep you above the fray. You have certainly met a lot of obstacles lately and I know that this has been tough for you, but hang in there. Everything will level out and you will see better days eventually. I know right now that doesn't seem possible. That happens when you have been down for a while, but it is true -- better days are ahead.

Keep positive and looking forward and take us with you during your journey. We are here for you to give you all the support we can give. Remember how much you are loved. You are a wonderful lady and we all feel so much for you.

Gentle Hugs,

Lindaloo
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fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/26/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady, it appears that there are many that would help if they knew how. Isn't it good to know that in the midsdt of all the garbage that is going on around the world, all the stress in our country about health care, bailouts, elected officials not doing what they should, financial shortages for many people and there still is a group of people that care enough about each other that we would do whatever we can to help one another. It is an awesome show of compassion especially what has brought all of us together is enough to cause us all to run and hide. Indstead we try and encourage and hold each other up in times that we can't find the strength to do it alone. I hope even in the uncertainty of some areas of your life, the one area that you don't have to question is that there are people who care. Be blessed and have a great weekend.  

PAlady
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   Posted 6/26/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,
Thank you for saying the words I've not been able to locate in my brain, but definitely are in my heart.

Everytime I read this thread I am speechless. In awe. And so, so grateful. I just haven't had the energy to respond and thank each one of you who have posted but know that doesn't mean you haven't touched me, or that I'm ignoring you.

It seems each task these days takes so much out of me. I finally got my nexium late this afternoon, and am hoping that will work a little better than the prilosec. I am exhausted right now and want to go to bed but I was starving about an hour ago and just had to eat something! So now I've got to stay upright for at least another hour!

I have thought that if the computer was a blanket I would wrap it around me and then I'd be literally wrapped in all your hugs and comfort.

I wish it all back to you. An endless circle.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

PaLady

edt
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   Posted 6/27/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   

PaLady,

(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((PA))))))))))))))))))))))))))

We are here for you!  I hope the Nexium helps you and you get some relief!!!!!!!

XXOO
Patti


LLPLUV
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   Posted 6/27/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok I've been working alot for the couple of days and I missed this thread.

We all love PAlady and hopefully she will stay around forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(((((((((((((((((PAlady))))))))))))))))))

Laurie
39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea
Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all


PAlady
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   Posted 6/27/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
PaLady------> wrapping herself in more hugs and lovin' it! :-)

fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/27/2009 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady, I hope your day was a good one. I know that the uncertainty is still there but you are strong. I know you are strong because you have a big family here with you. I hopt the switch in meds is helping. I do have to tell you that every time I see M&Ms in the store I think of you. Be blessed tonight.

PAlady
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   Posted 6/27/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, fatherjohn, how I miss those late night treats! I can't even talk about them - a little (a lot?) like an addict thinking about a drink!

I just started the nexium last night and my chest really burned, but I forgot to take it on an empty stomach. Today it was a little better. But the medication schedule makes my head spin! I have to take the nexium twice a day, and it has to be taken on an empty stomach, and then you have to wait a good hour before eating. Combine that with the instruction not to east for 3-4 hours before bedtime and it's leaving me going to bed hungry! Yet I know nighttime is the worst for that acid to come back up and do its damage.

I may be strong but it's so scary with losing my insurance and having this precancerous condition diagnosed. I know anxiety makes it worse, but how the heck is one not supposed to feel anxious? I know all the techniques, and they help, but when you wish you could just look inside and find out if you're getting better - take your own little mini-biopsy at home every few weeks or something (ok, I know, sounds weird), well that leaves me feeling like I'm dangling from the edge of a cliff. At least with pain you sure know when you've still got it!

Ok, enough venting. I want to find the thread you started about yourself and pull it back up so you can update us on how you're doing!

Thank you so much - for all the blessings, you being one of them!

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 6/28/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Palady,

Boy! That does sound like a tough schedule. I think I eat the most first thing in the morning & late at night, so I'd have a hard time with those orders too! I think I've especially taken to eating more at night with CP, I use it almost as a distraction. But I haven't really done that anymore since I've been batting severe nausea/vomiting & haven't been eating much.

I was thinking of you yesterday. I walked into work yesterday morning, and guess what was curled up asleep in one of the cages?! A tiny orange tabby kitten! Come to find out that she is our new "office cat." We haven't had an office cat in years & were planning on keeping this little stray that we got a month or so ago, but he didn't end up making it sad. I guess my boss really got attached to the idea, because he actually sought this kitten out from one of our clients! I ended up going back to the office yesterday evening with kitten toys in tow, and playing with her for a while. That was probably the best part of my day. It really cheered me up, at least for a bit. I thought about going back to play with her today, even though I ended up not having to work today (no significant emergencies), but in the end I didn't because I didn't feel up to driving, even the 10 minutes to the office. I wish I could send you a picture of her! I snapped one with my phone yesterday morning while she was sleeping.

I also got the softest, most comfortable blanket ever, yesterday! I wish I could send one of them to you! Being wrapped up in it helped me feel a little more warm & secure, as well. I'm actually sprawled out under it at the moment!

I hope you are feeling a little better today! I think that being so scared of the unknown - of what will come next - is one of the hardest, most exhausting, heart-wrenching things & unfortunately something that isn't easy to explain, share, or even talk about. I can completely understand what you said about wanting to be able to take "mini-biopsies" at home every so often & the fact that at least with the pain, we know the course of it. Things like this aren't so concrete.

((((((((((((((Palady))))))))))))))))).

hugs,
Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 6/28/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Awe, Skeye, I'd probably fall in love with that little kitty! I saw your post on the other thread and I'm so glad you were getting and giving some TLC to him (her?). You'll have to tell me what the office names him/her.

Take that blanket and put it in the dryer and get it toasty and then wrap it around you. I know here we're in for a few chilly days....again!

Hugs!

PaLady

anice
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   Posted 6/28/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
PaLady, I just want you to know that I have been thinking about you,even though I haven't been around alot lately. I have both kids at home with me during the day. And my mom just left today. I sure have missed being here and staying up with what is going on with everyone. You have been on my mind. I know this is hard for you. I know you have so much to deal with right now. But also remember how well you are thought of by all of us here. You will always have tons of love,encouragement and support from your family here. You are a special lady,indeed!

How is the Nexium working for you? I sure hope it is helping some. It sounds confusing a little having to remember when you can take your meds and under what condition. Sounds like you've already got it down.Hang in there!!! Have you been to the shelter lately to see and play with your little friends? It makes me smile everytime I think of that. You are even giving love and comfort to the cats when you are having such a hard time yourself. That is such a beautiful thing that you do.
anice

bluejet2
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   Posted 6/29/2009 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi PaLady:

I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you as well. I know that June 30 is upon us, and I know you are very worried about the future. I wish there was more I could do to help you, but I wanted you to know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers!

Lorie

straydog
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   Posted 6/29/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
PaLady, I was at PetsMart buying Jake (my sick guy) canned dog food. naturally, I had to go check out the cats, just makes me want a kitty more & more. They had 4 small kittens, two solid blacks, black & white guy and a calico. Oh, my were so cute playing together. They are in cages that connect so they can visit each other and keep each other company. What really makes me feel bad is the older cats that needs homes for one reason or another the owners could no longer keep them. Of course as along as I have my two young wild Indians no kitties for me. Jake has started coughing again not a good sign.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Chartreux
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   Posted 6/29/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
PALady,
sorry to be late in response, but ya know I care too and will send,
lots of warm soft hugz to you...try to take it easy when you can and
more soft hugz...
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((PALady))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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White Beard
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   Posted 6/29/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
PALady

I have been thinking about you, I do hope you are OK, I don't envy you on your med schedule, I can only imagine how tough that must be, I know I am one of those ones who likes to have a snack before bed time and I definitely like it to be chocolate! Also with your condition you should keep the head portion evevated, gravity keeps the acids down in the bottom of your stomach and away from your esophagus. That is very important for healing. There are allot of ways of accomplishing that, I do not recommend pillows as they do not stay in place, a recliner is great, an adjustable bed is the best. I am fortunate as I have those because I can't lay flat and I sleep in a fowlers position. The adjustable bed is fantastic! Foam wedges is another alternative, I can help you with that if you are in need of a wedge. You could try putting books under the legs of the top of your bed, but I really don't recommend that as that puts your whole bed at at an angle and might make sleeping dificult.

Anyway I know that this is stressful for, along with everything else you have going on, I do hope you are OK and everything works out well for you! I worry about you, you know! I only wish I could be of more help to you!
Take care, your in my thoughts and prayers.

White Beard
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full 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


golitho
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   Posted 6/29/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm sending you big cyber hugs PAlady. My heart goes out to you big time. It just doesn't seem fair when you're dealing wih so much pain already and losing your medical coverage that you should then start off with burning acid in your oesophogus and pre cancerous changes!!! I sincerly hope the nexium works for you, it has really helped me with my intestinal issues from all the meds I take and I've now been reduced to just 20mg a day which is easier to manage. I've been on it only 3 months.

I thought I'd send you a beautiful piece of Sydney Harbour with the sun reflecting off the water and the bush running down to the waters edge, maybe a wallaby hopping along through the trees and of course all those raucous Australian birds, rainbow lorrikeets or cockatoos fighting over berries in the tree tops.

Best wishes, PAlady, golitho


PAlady
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   Posted 6/29/2009 11:34 PM (GMT -7)   
My dear friends (Anice, Skeye, Fatherjohn, Lorie, Susie, Chartreux, Golitho, Laurie, Tony,Lindaloo, Patti and White Beard (gosh, I hope I haven't missed anyone!!),

Well, June 30 is here! I picked up my last 90 day script Monday, and had my last PT session. Today (Tuesday) I get my crown put in. And that's it. I played with my income over the weekend to do a rough idea of the first 6 months of this year and I should meet income guidelines for one of the less expensive (but low coverage) policies, but not for Medicaid. I say "less expensive" but I actually don't have all the details on the policies yet. THey send those rough charts, but don't send the formal stuff until 7/1/09, when the computer kicks in that my coverage has ended. Then I'll get a letter asking if I want continuation coverage. There is one fairly inexpensive plan that gives 4 doctor visits a year, a little bit for testing (very little), and an annual mammogram/pap, along with some hospitalization, but no Rx. None of them really have Rx coverage, so I'll have to get creative with all the programs out there. The nexium does seem to be helping, but what a pain the schedule is. I thought medication was ruling my life before! HA! Now I feel like I've lost another piece of my life with not even being able to snack at night, and having to watch what I eat. The latter isn't too bad, as I was putting on too much weight anyway, so I should slowly lose a few pounds and maybe get back into some clothes! I don't know how I could ever work with just this meds schedule! But the heartburn isn't gone, but it's substantially better, although I'm on a fairly high dose of nexium - 40mg twice/day, which is what my doctor wants me to take but pushes the recommended dose. My cousin said she's seen people on this much, but this dose is really not recommended. Yet, I've got to nip this in the bud.

White Beard - I could neve sleep in a recliner. It kills my neck. And I surely can't afford an adjustable bed. I spent a fortune on my tempurpedic and I love it. This morning at least I didn't wake up with that acid taste in my mouth. I know a wedge would just create neck and back problems. It's taken so long to find a bed that's comfortable and a pillow that works for my neck - I just can't hurt so much I can't even get out of bed in the morning. The only thing I can consider is raising the head of the bed slightly, but I haven't had a chance to think about that yet. One day at a time. Now I've got to look over those insurance policies, and make an appeal to my retirement account people, as well as keep working on SSD stuff.

In the meantime I can't tell you how much it means to have you all here!

For the animals lovers - yes, I have been back to the shelter - last week. I already have another box of milk bones and treats on the front seat of my car, and hope to get there some time this week. But I see others here are being tempted by kitties, too!!! I understand, Susie, that you couldn't get one now. If you ever can, I'd really encourage you to look at those older cats. I kind of think it would be what I'd do, too, as an older cat with the right personality may meet my needs better at this time in my life, although the kittens are adorable! A fair number of the cats I see coming into the shelter are from people can't afford to keep them, or elderly people who have died or gone into a home. And of course those that have come from bad situations - and many of them are quite sweet.

"Sadie", who was a maine coon looking cat and considered herself "matriarch" and '"boss" of all the cats in the cat lounge (at the Humane Society) got adopted. So I was wondering who would step into her shoes, and it sure didn't take long. A big black boy named Oscar has now become King. it's so interesting to see the dynamics in the lounge. They try to rotate the cats in there - the cats that get along with others - so they're not in the little enclosures all the time.

Ok, it's late, I'm rambling!

Thank you everyone!!

PaLady

Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/30/2009 12:39:43 AM (GMT-6)


kttn251977
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   Posted 6/30/2009 12:28 AM (GMT -7)   
palady, i was without insurance for awhile. I know how tough medications can be, so please look into pparx.org they help with plans (low cost) and no insurance. also check with the manufacturers website for free trials, discounts, coupons,etc. also let your dr know so they can get coupons from the drug reps while they are in. my oxycontin was only $20 thanks to a $60 off coupon. we had them split the script into 2 weeks each so it would take $60 off each script versus one $60 coupon. So we saved $120 on oxy this month! Don't be embarrased about samples as well... my dr always has lyrica, cymbalta & on occasion zanaflex and sleeping pills. My husband is on ultramER and he usually has that as well. So maybe see about that. Your dr should try and help you.
Also, I know humana offers "cheap" medical here in FL, but wether existing conditions apply I have no idea. I look forward to the day when our government decides all citizens should have free medical/dental/prescriptions. ridiculous. Its my number one soap box. I don't think its right to bail out these corporations when people like you and i are forced to choose between medications and food. My medications will win everytime. I can live on water and ramen noodles. Gets old, but what can you do? (Oh I better stop I will work myself into a frenzy about this topic it makes me so mad.)
I see we are both up at 3am, lol. As if pain isn't enough lets add insomnia to the pile. Lately I have been so aggrevated from the lack of sleep. Even my husband tip toes around me anymore, lol. It just gets so maddening, you know? I know you do, everytime i am on here late you are usually up as well. We need an instant chat function. Hopefully by the time you read this you will have dozed off into your recliner. :)
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 mgs 5x day; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed/nausea); Reglan 10 mg. (30 minutes before meal/nausea); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Ambien CR (bedtime); Prilosec 30mg. & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil

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