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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all my Dear Friends!
So sorry I haven't posted in sooo long! As some of you know, I was out in in Wash. State visiting my son Joe who just got back from a 6 month deployment in the far east on the Mighty Aircraft Carrier J.C. Stennis. My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting w/ my son and his 6 roommates, all sailors (5 guys & one girl). They live in a beutiful Lake house outside of Bremerton in the hills. The weather was great and even in the 80's a couple days! I even got to flyfish a couple of streams out on the olympic Peninsular and caught a few trout on dryflys (floating flys)!! The highlight of our trip other than watching the ship pull in and meeting Father John was on our last day out there. My son & wife went tandem skydiving! They had a great time as I stayed back down on earth watching their plane dissapear into the clouds! I videoed them floating down from 13,000' which seemed to take a long time. After they landed, they said they were not scared at all and it was the coolest thing they ever did! I told them I sure was sure scared! We bought a vidio for our son from them which was done beutifully from start to finish. Very Cool!
Unfortunately now I'm paying the price for all my fun> My neck is a mess! It is hurting worse now than anytime since surgery. I'm also having a tingling sensation starting in my neck and going down my spine which has me worried. My knees are full of water from all the walking and climbing around and my left hip is constantly burning and acking and my lower back w/ it's ruptured and torn disks has only able to stand and walk for a very short time.
 I'm a mess for sure but it was worth it! Now I have to get back to reality and all that goes w/ it> my new unemployed life and all the work that needs to be done on the farm. Oh well. I'm going to try to post to y'all more often now and hopefully not just write about myself! I will be leaving for the other house in S.E. Fla. to mow the lawn and bring another load of stuff back w/ me so I'll be gone for the next couple days. I hope everyone is feeling better than before I left, I've been thinking and praying for Y'all evryday.
Big Hugz>
Your Buddy,
Pete 
PS> the humming birds are back and visiting our feeder constantly> Love those little guys!   
 
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 once a month. 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, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis headed back to Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" on their way to the Middle East w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


LLPLUV
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I grew up in washington have a wonder vacation and enjoy the mild weather.

Laurie
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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 7/20/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Pete,
Welcome back! So sorry you're hurting so much, but I can understand why you did it.

We'll look forward to more of your posts once you get settled!

Hugs,

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 7/20/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pete,

I'm glad to see you back, but sorry that you are hurting (although it sounds like it was probably worth it)! Have you found new docs near your country home yet, or are you still going to use the ones near your other house? Hopefully, with a little rest, you'll be doing better! Maybe just take a day or two to relax, if you can!

You were missed! ((((((((((Pete)))))))))))

hugs,
Skeye

anice
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I sure have missed you. I am glad you are back, atleast for now. You are playing peek-a-boo with us!!hehe No, I am just playing. I am so glad that you and your wife got to see your son return from his deployment-sounded like a awesome experience. I am really happy for you. You needed this get away and it sounds like you had a great time. I bet you were scared to watch your son and wife while they sykdived!!! But I bet it made a beautiful video. I really am happy that you got away like this. I think it is great. And those are the kind of beautiful fun memories we all need with our families.

I am sorry all your pain levels are up like they are. Hopefully you can get all relaxed and settled after your next trip. You sure have been going alot, which I know is fun and you are enjoying yourself. But please get some rest and take care of yourself the first chance you get. I do hope you feel better and get low pain levels very soon!
Anice

straydog
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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete this is one time I think we are all in agreement, you needed a break. Having a little fun never hurt anyone, probably did you more good than you know. Hopefully things will settle back down for you once you are at home.
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
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. Several other health issues just not enough room 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.


fatherjohn
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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, good to hear that you are back and that you had a great time. Sometimes we need to do things to enjoy life knowing that we will have to pay for it. I really enjoyed our lunch on the waterfront. You and your wife are a beautiful couple and are so compassionate. I know your visit made an impact on your son. My son finally received his orders, they shipped him out a few days early and now is getting his guns, vest, goggles etc and will be in the Iraq area in about 2 week. I will continue to keep Pete Jr. in my prayers. Now take care of yourself. Blessings! 

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/21/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete, sorry I missed your postings, I was outta it and will be outta it again today as MRI
for c-spine, so I'm glad you went on the trip as you sound happiers for doing so, now
post us pics....
you where missed!
HUGZ
((((((((((((((((((((((Pete))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's and Ocular Migraines

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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/21/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
   Dear Pete,
 
    Good afternoon! *huggs* It is good of you to stop by! I know you must be very busy! But I was curious too as to what new trouble you had found! The ladies of HW have all decided were going to your house next summer! Get ourselves a nice tan and fresh pedicures!
 
   Holy toledo your WIFE! How cool is that?!?! Tell us your gonna make a few "still shots" from the video and post them, so we can see? Oh! Im green with envy!
 
   On a side note, you had better make yourself a nice chunk of time (like a few days) to rest and relax. Your making the rest of us look like wimps here!  smilewinkgrin
 
*huggs*
dani
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 7/23/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
THANK Y'ALL!!!!
Yes, I'm back now for a while> I hope! It sure makes me feel good that I was missed by so many> Yuze Gize are DA BEST!!!!
Dani, git the girls and come on down! But you really should come in the winter instead of the summer, Y'all would cirtanly fry down here now> it's HOT!!! but Y'all are welcome anytime!
Chart, I sure hope they find out something w/ your MRI, I know what a pain it can be having those dag-nab things, Hang inthere and let us know how you make out!
FJ, Been thinking about you and praying for your son. I know he will have Guardian Angels w/ him when he leaves to bring him back to you and your wife safe! I talked to Pete Jr. the other day, his spirits are high but they are still floating around the Persian Gulf doing manovers and all the 3,000 Marines are still onboard> don't know if thats good or bad??? Lots of love to your wife, she must be having it pretty hard!
Thanks Susie! You are right> this vacation really helped me a lot! I almost forgot what real life was after working so hard for so long! I hope all is well with you and yours!!! U-DA-BEST!!!
Anice> your name says it all A-Nice-Girl!!! Your note was so nice and so are you! I know you were having problems when I left, I've been thinking and praying for you. I'll check out the posts as soon as I finish here> hope there is some good news about A-NICE!!!
Skeye> my old/young swimmer buddy, I've been thinking alot and praying for you too! I hope someone has been able to help you while I was out> Dear Skeye, you don't deserve the hand you were delt!!! Hang tough Girl> you are my Hero!!!
PA<> I think I missed you most of all Scarecrow!!! I'll bet you have been taking good care of the family while I was off "goofing off" I've been praying that your financial problems soon become a distant memory!! Yes and the dang pain goes w/ them!!!
Laurie, You were a lucky kid growing up in such a wonderland! Washington is definitly at the top of my "favorite states list" Been to all of them except Hawai & Alaska> someday hopefully I get to them>save the best for last?
Well, I'm going to go check out some posts now. I have tons of work to do as I brought back a load of stuff from our old house yesterdy.
Stay tough!!! Big Hugz to All of Y'all!!!!
Your Buddy, Pete
PS> I havent downloaded the pics of FJ & myself in this computer yet, I'll try to get that done ASAP, then figure out how to post them!!!
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 once a month. 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, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis headed back to Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" on their way to the Middle East w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


anice
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   Posted 7/23/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete, Welcome back. You really were missed!!! I hope you get back and settled in again. You always bring something special to us. It really is great we'll be seeing more of you around here.

How are you doing with the pain? I do hope you are feeling better. I know you said that you hurt alot during the trip, and with all that activity, I can understand. I do hope it's getting better. I am just glad that you went and had such a wonderful time.

I would love to see the pictures! I do hope that you are able to post them. I just hope I am able to see them. I am not real good at the computer thing. I have alot to learn!!lol I remember a while back something about a picture of WhiteBeard, I wasn't able to find it. I don't know how to do alot of that stuff. Anyway. if you get them on here, I'll try to figure out how to see it. Ok I am rambling on here, as usual. Have a great day.

That was a sweet post you wrote to me. I do appreciate it. And Anice really is part of my name. I didn't make it up! It is pronounced like "a niece". I couldn't think of a "name" when I started here.
Anice

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Back Pete!
Hope your getting a low pain day..
Thanks, I should know something soon..
between the pain and my ear not popping from last week things are a lil crazy around here...
pcp thinks it's an ear infection, but I've been on the antibotic for 3 days now and well...
HUGZ to you...
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Pete))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
so glad your back....
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* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's and Ocular Migraines

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straydog
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   Posted 7/23/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I have to tell you. The difference in how you sound in your posts is incredible. Quitting that lousy job and being with your wife has been the very best medicine for you yet in many ways. I am so excited for you. We have been waiting patiently to hear from you.
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
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. Several other health issues just not enough room 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.


PAlady
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   Posted 7/23/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I have to echo what straydog has said. Yes, I know you're hurting from the trip, but you got so much positive from it I think if you take it easy a bit now you can calm things down. But it is wonderful to hear you're with your wife and enjoying life!!!!

No more wacko boss!! Yea!!

And welcome home!

PaLady

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 7/23/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks All!
I agree too but there are still lots of bothersome thoughts in the back of my mind about this unemployement stuff I just haven't gotten used to. We have been spending a tremendous amount of $$$ lately and not replacing it. The trip was worth every penny and yes we needed it badly and now comes the new barn. Cha-Ching<> Cha-Ching, I am starting to worry. The dirt guy was here on Tuesday and moved the dirt around for the base of the barn and they are starting it next Monday.
I'm starting to think about finding a way to make some $$$ before all our savings gets used up, does this make horesense to any of you? I am a worryward, I just can't help it. I wrote to an attorny on-line today to see about SSD but I think you need to get your Dr's behind you for that, right? I'm not sure any of mine will go for that. It seems I have a long history of health problems going back 20 - 30 years but always worked through them the best I could. Now, I truely believe I just can't do it anymore! Between my neck, back, knees, hip, sever carpol tunnel, shoulders, elbow, foot, stomac, thyroid & hypogonadism (all my hormone) Then there is my history of depression problems, geeze> you would think something would do it. Do they take into concideration all of these things together or just one thing?
Sorry folks, I didn't mean to jump right back into the "why me crap" again!!!!
I busted my *** down at the other house the past two days w/ the long lawn and packing my wifes 4-runner w/ stuff. I'm hurting pretty bad, so bad I didn't do much of anything today but lay around and sleep!!! That's not like me at all! I guess I never really got rested from the big trip out west.
One good thing that happened when I was down south though, I went to my old office to visit and drop off some Dr. bills my old boss said he would pay instead of workmans comp. I really though he was going to give me a problem but he was real nice and glad to see me> Everyone was. They treated my like a long lost family member! Then he took the $600.00 in past due bills and said, I'll pay these w/ my credit card TODAY because they are overdue! Bleqw my mind! I think he was reall scared about me suing him and was glad to see me and the bills so he doesn't have to worry anymore! Well, dinner is ready and I have to go.
Thanks for listening!
Your Bud>
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 once a month. 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, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


PAlady
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   Posted 7/23/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
We're always here to listen! Yes, the whole unemployment thing is a huge adjustment. I'm still working on it! Straydog is the best one to advise you about SSD, but I think (and I'll be grateful to read her answer for my own purposes!) that SSD takes into account the multiple problems and the chronic nature of many things. It would seem to me it should be a good thing throug their eyes that you tried to work for as long as you can. What I don't know about is that injury at work (where you fell) and whether someone is going to make you go through worker's comp. for that. I do know that it seems people on long term worker's comp here seem to struggle a lot to get things paid for.

I hope others have more information for you. Some part time work might help you though, especially something that didn't tax you physically - or as emotionally as the last job!

Hugs,

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 7/24/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Pete, yes your drs do have to be onboard and back you up on being disabled. You have to have a date disability began. If the drs would agree it would be your last day of work. If I remember correctly you quit work because it as becoming too much-this needs to be relayed to your drs and put in your charts. But, some drs will say, I did not see you on that date, therefore, I cannot say you were disabled then. My theory is just get them to agree a person is disabled. Thats the biggest hurdle. One thing to remember, SS can always come up with their own date that disability began. They do not have to go by your date. A person can be sent to a SSD dr for an eval for a condition. If that dr feels the person is disabled they could actually use the date they saw that dr if they want. This could help someone thats in the gray area of having an actual date of disability or someone riding soft on a date of disability.

You have a lengthy medical history and yes, you should list every ailment when applying for SSD if you decide to go in this direction. I really feel SSD people pay absolutely no attention to people's claims that file strictly on neck & back problems. I guess because thats the bulk of what gets filed on. I have no proof of this, just my thoughts. But, when you can list other conditions such as high BP, depression, in your situation you should add the cancer,  it starts adding up and makes them look at other problems besides a back or a neck. These problems can be under control at the time-thats not saying they always will be. Also, I think depression is another issue they look at in a different light. I think they take a good look at depression and not dismiss it as quickly as they will other things.

Its really a matter of what you choose, you may decide to work part time and  feel this is the best avenue to take. But, don't let the idea of filing be shot down totally. You have a good medical file to start with. Also, you have age on your side, sorry buddy, but you and I are not getting any younger lol.

Here is another thought, what about health insurance. This is something you are always going to need just based on your medical history. COBRA sure, you can get it, but what happens when COBRA runs out? Never let yourself become unisured, because its really hard to get insurance coverage you can afford if you ever become uninsured. Its like the sky is the limit on the premiums. Also, if you are insured with one company and wanting to switch to another, by law they cannot refuse to insure you. This is why try to never become uninsured. I think you said your wife works. Is the ins thru her employer or was it thru the louse you use to work for? Another thought just to see where you may land, you can always file for SSD and then if you want to work-let SSD people know you are working and ask them to close your claim. You have some options and its just a matter of what you decide.

One of the most important things that needs to be done when filing for SSD is be specific about your illness/injuries. Writing on a form my neck or back hurts all the time tells them nothing. Describe the type of pain you have whether its burning, stabbing type of pain or whatever. They are interested in details. The more details you can give the better. They give extra room to write things down on, take advantage of it. I am not saying do an over kill, just be detailed The forms are not hard to fill out but it can get tiresome so take a few breaks from it. Before I started filling out my forms I got all of my drs cards out with their addresses, got my small calendars out that had all dr appts in them and had it ready.

Above all, for some of us there are embarrassing things we really do not like to think about let alone write on some form when it comes to health conditions. This is one time to bring it front and center because that particular thing may be what gets your claim approved. The odds of ever meeting these people some day are slim to none, there is nothing they haven't read before so we cannot shock them. Now is not the time to be bashfull.

I could write alot more here but won't. I have already taken up too much space. If anyone wants to know something ask, if you need help we can do it via email if its going to be lengthy. I don't want to use the forum up for this. Hope this helps.


Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
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. Several other health issues just not enough room 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.


pnmorlando
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   Posted 7/24/2009 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
pete

i was forced to quit work on 10-24-08, i filed for ssd on 10-27-08 by filling out the forms on-line. it takes awhile, you need to get together all your drs names, address, phone etc, why you saw them and when. its all explained there. also either in person, call or write a letter to each one you are going to ask to fill out disability papers, asking if they back you. explain to them that is very important that they answer each question fully. ask each dr for a copy of your records, you need to read each of these for your info. set up a file so you can file any drs or other correspondence. VERY IMPORTANT - KEEP A COPY OF EVERYTHING YOU SEND TO SS -
ss will then call you after receiving your intial paperwork and set up telephone interview to go over your responses and answer any other questions. from time to time you might receive other items for either you or your drs to fill out - be prompt in returning these and KEEP A COPY.
be detailed in all your answers, using another sheet of paper if needed. you will be asked to write down your last 15 yrs of employment, company, address, phone, what type work, then alot of questions on how long you stand, sit, bend, etc.
also have your wife write a letter stating how your life has changed because of your injury or disease. have her state if you need help in doing any normal household chores, making meals, doing laundry, getting dressed or taking a shower, driving a car, this is your chance to pour it on (but be honest)= send this along to ss.
ss will assign a caseworker - from time to time you can call to see if they need more info or how case is proceeding.
i was approved for my ss the end of march 09, just 5 months after applying and got my 1st check in may 09.
as to your financial situation, you must sit down and make out a budget, brainstorm all your expenses, write them down, see how close that comes to your income, then you will kmow how much you have to cut back on. it can be done, i have even started paying back my creditors after not being able to for 1st time in my life.
well thats enough for now, sorry for being so long winded.

mike
61 yr old, male, have had back issues for 30 yrs, had fusion L5/S1 in dec 08, am totally fused but could never stand up or walk without a walker, have seen multiple drs, the last mri showed that a bone in back had totally disengrated , so i have a75 degree kypohisis. I also have 4 screws starting to poke through my back and they wanted to take out hardware and fix kypohsis but had a heart attack in march 09, so iys on hold now. cant lay down flat in bed have slept in recliner for 18 months. have pain 24/7. was forced to quit job, was chef at small college, on disability now.

taking oxycontin 60 mg x 2, oxycodone 10/325 x 4, lyrica 100 mg x 2 plus diabetes meds plus heart meds


PAlady
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   Posted 7/24/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I just wanted to mention something about COBRA. As part of the new recovery act anyone laid off (I don't know if this applies to leaving voluntarily, but you left due to health reasons) between 9/1/08 and 12/31/09 can get a 65% rebate on your COBRA premiums as part of the recovery package. Go to recovery.gov and I think the details would be there. Just want to make sure you take advantage of that if you decide to buy into COBRA.

Nice to see your name in threads again!

PaLady

bluejet2
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   Posted 7/27/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete:

I just wanted to put my 2 cents worth in here. I just wanted to recommend that you use a lawyer if at all possible rather than applying for SSD on your own. I truly believe they make a difference in whether you are approved right away or not.

I'm so glad that you are back - I missed you and your posts.

Lorie

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 7/27/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie, I don't know how I missed your reply untill now (been real goofy lately!) but WOW!!! Thanks so much for all the info, I'm sure every little bit will help me. There are a bunch of things you wrote that I haven't even thought of! You're the BEST!!! I'm sure I'll have lots of questions before this is over!
PA, you already know what I think about you>> You know I that I know that you know that I'm SURE you're the BEST TOO! Thanks for ALWAYS being there for me!!
MIKE, AWSOME, THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR IMPUT TOO. iT'S GREAT TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH IT TO HELP ME ALONG THE WAY!!! Sorry about the caps, hit by mistake! Too lazy to rewrite now!! You DA Man Mike and welcome to our little family, you're gonna fit right in! The people here are just so nice!
Lorie, I have an appointment w/ a lawer on Weds. this week who specializes in SSD. My older brother had one a few years ago and was succesful after about a year in getting aproved! Thanks so much for posting though, It means a lot to me that All Y'all care and are trying to help me!!
PA, I know about the insurance thing. Luclily, my wife has insurance through her job and added me to her policy before mine from my old job even expired! Didn't want to take any chances, espessially w/ the two cancers and everything else!!!!!
I'll start a new thread after I see the attorny Weds.
Thanks again, Y'ALL ARE THE BEST!!!<<< intentional caps that time!!
Your Brother,
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 once a month. 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, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


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   Posted 7/27/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
You are welcome Pete. I am just glad to see you so happy and much more relaxed. Quitting that job was your best medicine I am convinced. I know the physical problems are at your heels but you are doing very well with that too. I hope your drs appt goes well.
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
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. Several other health issues just not enough room 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.

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