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straydog
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   Posted 11/4/2009 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Woohoo I can actually start a new post wow, I am so excited lol. For so long I was having major problems with trying to start a new post. I could reply to a post but not start a new one.
 
My telephone and internet went south on me, trying to get a repair man to fix it was next to impossible it seemed. So, I was left alone to my own devices which is never a good sign. Every time it rains my phone would go dead as of course the dsl did not work w/o a working phone line. One repairman tried telling me the dsl would work w/o a phone line and which in my case was totally untrue.  I have been putting up with this problem for over 5 years every time it rains. Naturally Tx has been having  nearly a 2 month monsoon season, which is totally out of character for us. As it was the repairman found a very obvious short in the telephone wiring and did the repair. Lets hope this ends the problem. 
 
This coming Thursday, makes two weeks of being in a caste. Going to the caste was an improvement, at least I can tie my own shoes and hook a bra. These are major feats for us ladies. My dear husband acted like he has no clue how to hook a bra, granted he doesn't wear one, but come on, its easy, not, he had mine so twisted on me I was afraid of being hung with the dang thing lol. I see the ortho November 17th and if all is well the caste comes off. This has been a major pain in the butt only being able to use one hand and its not an easy job either. I have been stranded in the shower a couple different times, had to insist no more taking off and leaving me alone in the shower. I do have quite a bit of aching with the arm, mainly from over use. I took another bad fall last night, at least no broken bones, bruised up the other arm pretty bad and my back and ribs. I look like I have been in a dog fight.lol
 
I hope everyone is having some low pain days.
             
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.


golitho
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   Posted 11/4/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya Susie, good to hear your broken arm is improving but not good to hear you fell again! What are you trying to do? break a leg to go with it or something! Your poor old thing. Husbands are notorious for being useless with bras, like they're in aforeign land or something. But you made me smile.
Also good to hear your all teched up again. Theres always something going wrong with ours, plus its new and suppose to be the latest thing...it drives me nuts, doesn't recognise the keyboard, then it drops off the printer, then it doesn't recognise the screen. I'm not a techno person so it means having to call someone up and wait for them to come and fix it. It must have been one of those monday computers when someone hung over or half asleep put it together.
Great to hear from you, golitho

straydog
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   Posted 11/4/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh you made me laugh about the computer because you just described me to a T lol. I am terrible with these things and impatient on top of it, not a good combo. My ideas of fixing this thing is to throw it out the window, its in a two story office lol.

What is up with men and bra's anyway,lol. I do not wear one up around my neck or ears and there were a few times I really thought he was trying to hang me lol. I am like, look you have seen me in a bra for over 20 yrs, would you please tell me when you saw me wear like that.lol.

I have become very resourceful with this caste. I can now open twist off lids by placing whatever it is between my feet and twisting with the good hand!! I have obviously limbered this old body up in many ways.

My problem is coming upstairs and getting on the computer and forgetting to put on my oxygen then the level drops and so do I!! How I ended up on the other side of the room I have no idea, I basically faint.
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.


Chutz
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   Posted 11/4/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie!

I think we need to get you some good fitting hockey pads! Maybe even a goalie mask just for some color...lol Go slow and easy so we don't have any more broken bones...we worry about you dearest friend!

Warm hugs,
Chutzie
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PAlady
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   Posted 11/5/2009 12:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
While I must admit the bra saga has me ROFL, we need to keep you OFF the floor! Do we need to write an instruction manual for your husband about how to put on a bra? Your post got me thinking that back in my younger years I remember men wanting to learn very quickly how to get one off! LOL

I think your hubby should buy you a Mac. As long as I don't try to do anything fancy (not because of the computer, but because I have no idea what I'm doing!) my Mac hangs in there with me. The phone line, however, is another story. Like you it seems to occur when it rains, or when the temperature goes below freezing, and then thaws the ice again. We have a lot of older phone lines underground in this area it seems.

Susie girl do take care of yourself! And tell your hubby he will have us to contend with if he leaves you alone again when you're in the shower, or hangs you with your bra or any other item of clothing!!

Hugs,

PaLady

BigLucy
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   Posted 11/5/2009 1:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Surgery. Bra. I had surgery two months ago and haven't been able to wear a bra comfortably--or hook one--and happily gave it up without a second thought. In fact, I'm sure I can attempt to wear it again now, but I'm pushing my excuse to its absolute limit. The only thing challenging about my situation is finding interesting ways to wear the one shirt I have that covers "the girls" up decently to go out in public. I have UC also (well, you have Chrons, but you know what I mean) and years ago discovered how comfortable elastic pants are to those of us with this challenge, so I've taken to wearing cool yoga pants and going bra-less out in public and I LOVE IT. Why does anyone wear zippers/buttons on their pants anyway? I'm afraid when I have to go back to work, my body will reject all the uncomfortable proper work attire I am expected to wear--who am I kidding, I will find a way to make yoga pants, walking shoes, basically gym clothes part of my daily routine--I can make it part of ADA. Ranting now; I guess I related to your bra comment, huh.

Oh, yeah, I've found cute shoes that require no laces, just slip them on--it's great society is getting lazier and lazier.

PAlady
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   Posted 11/5/2009 2:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Big Lucy,
Good to hear how you're doing and I love these clothing stories!

Since having the Barrett's esophagus diagnoed, one of the instructions I was given was not to wear anything tight around the waste, especially after eating. Well, I needed no more urging, and let me tell you I found these slip on pants at WalMart for $5. They come in cool colors and are officially labeled sweat pants, but look more like yoga pants. I bought up several pairs of black and dark blue ones and have worn them out and since they don't have elastic around the bottom they don't look like sweatpants. And the elastic waste is a wide band so it's really comfy. No zippers or buttons or any of that stuff.

I'm beginning to see why people as they get older (like me, for instance!) stop caring so much if both socks match when they go out the door, if you get what I mean! I still try to keep my socks matching, but mostly they're white cotton gym socks so that's easy! LOL And I also found the slip on shoes - ones that have laces so you can tighten them, but just once. That keeps them from slipping, but other than that they're like sneakers you slip into.

Men may not think any of this is very appealing, but sorry, guys, comfort is coming first at this stage of this girl's life! And it'll make it much easier on Susie's hubby to help her dress, right?

PaLady :-)

bsjaguar
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   Posted 11/5/2009 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I had phone issues when it rained before and it turned out that a critter had bitten through my line outside. They were just small puncture marks and very hard to see but enough to allow water to get inside the line. Obviously the critter was trying to eat one of my flowers and got the cord along with the plant.

I too have a pair of Sketchers with the elastic bands instead of shoe strings. Love them!!! Still like to wear my blue jeans though. Of course I don't have issues where I need the elastic waistband.

Glad to hear your arm is doing well. Maybe you need sometime of airbag equipment that will go off to protect you before you hit the ground???
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


PAlady
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   Posted 11/5/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag,
An air bag - that is a pretty cool idea, actually!! I might even buy one! If you want to invent it, you'd sure have lots of us to test it on!

And Sketchers - one of the great shoe companies in the world! LOL

PaLady

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/5/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
you should know by now that guys know how to undo bra's that's their specialty..not doing them, eh..lol...
had to add that...lol.....sketchers with air bags that works for me too..where do I sign up to invests in that....
Hope your healing well Susie, and that you'll be outta that cast in no time..
Lots of soft hugz...
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Susie))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
Thanks for the up date was nice to hear from you....

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 11/5/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
 
   Dear Susie,
 
      Good evening *warm huggs* I hope the pain has lessened somewhat and that you are able to relax a little. I am sorry I didnt post sooner! But!! I am ever so glad that hopefully, your cast will be removed soon. I told my husband about the bra fisaco and he was laffing so hard his face turned red! I hope you continue to heal as a quickly as possible!
 
*huggs*
  dani

 

 

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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

 

 


PAlady
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   Posted 11/5/2009 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
You realize if you don't update us fairly regularly we might think something really nasty happened with that bra! ;-)

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 11/6/2009 1:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Everyone,
 
I have had some very good laughs reading the replies. Big Lucy cracked me up talking about "covering up the girls", and yes I am known for doing away with a bra when possible. There again you must have shirts that fit just right so it is not so obvious that you are enjoying freedom. But, sometimes its a must to put one of those on. Lucy is right, its going to be awful when she has to completely dress again, lol. I just wish there were more comfortable ones out there. Oh yes, most definite about the pull on pants, buttons & zippers are totally out of question at this point. You know what would happen with one hand trying to to get pants unbuttoned and unzipped would not be pretty or dry, lol.
 
I do have many pairs of slip-on type shoes but stay out them mainly because my dogs like to walk in the back of my shoes and have nearly caused me to fall more times than I like to remember. I have this big footed female golden retriever that has to walk right behind me and she is always stepping in the backs of slip-on shoes. I have told her there is room for one foot only but she does not listen, lol. Speaking of shoes, its been many years since I have owned a pair of Sketchers. My hubby one summer came home with a pair of Sketchers sandals and the darn things were so heavy they hurt my legs (calf muscles) so I ended up giving them away. After that I never bothered looking at Sketchers again.
 
I think Chart may have nailed the bra problem with the husband. They are more skilled at removing them. If memory serves me correctly, they thought they were really cool if they could unsnap one single handed. I managed to get one off before the caste was put on and omg, he had it hooked crooked leaving one snap undone, go figure that one. He wonders why I walk bent over,lol.
 
I have considered turning my office in to a padded room lol. At least if I fell perhaps I would not break a bone.
 
My biggest problem with being on oxygen is the two dogs that are inside. They trip and tangle up in my long hose that is attached to the tank and I get so tired of having the hose yanked out of my nose, lol. Its really like being a dog on a leash with the long tubing, but when I am downstairs I have a hose long enough to go into two rooms. My female is still very much a pup, but she is huge and has no clue of her size. She gets wrapped up real easy in the line and she has also eaten my line a time or two. I do have a portable and I do not like it, I cannot be hands free with it, it has a bag but its for shoulder use only plus I forget and bang into things with it in the house-so the portable is out of question. I just fight with the dogs over staying away from my hose.
 
The lovely psoriasis is really getting to me. I cannot get it completely healed before another outbreak hits. I have two new areas on my face now, on the forehead and cheek, my hands and feet are in horrible shape. The skin becomes so thick, its like a callous, then it breaks open resulting in a lot of raw skin. If I am out in a store I try to hide my hands because they look so bad. At least with the feet I can keep these covered with socks & shoes. I have it on my left hand and there is a spot inside the caste that I cannot reach to get any of the ointments on it. I am still waiting to hear from the dermatologist as to what he plans to do at this point. I just want it gone.
 
I hope everyone is having some low pain days. Mine are not because of this crazy Tx weather. The barometer is all all over the place.
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.


bsjaguar
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   Posted 11/6/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't remember where your at Susie, but there is a big old low front that is swooping across the US and it is setting my pain levels off too. Sorry to hear about the psoriasis, like you needed more issues.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


straydog
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   Posted 11/6/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag, I am in Texas and we have had monsoon rains for 2 stinking months. Sept/Oct was just horrible. Of course it screwed my telephone up and you cannot imagine what I went thru getting the phone company to agree to send a repairman. It took me once before a year to get one out here, come one. He should have caught the short in the phone line with his machine. But, siding had to be removed from the house to access the wire I think he was too stinking lazy to do the work.

The sun is out, so am I am, lol, its suppose to be good for psoriasis. I am thinking seriously of joining a tanning salon again. I cannot get in one because of the pump but I could sit in a chair and put my feet in one and then do my hands. It would be cheaper than doing light therapy at the dermatologist. I just know this is something that needs attention. If we can get the feet under control then it will stop the cellulitis infections in my legs, thats where the source of infection is at, in my feet. Its taken several yrs and several drs to come to this conclusion. My dermatologist zoned right in on that problem because he has seen the shape my feet are in.
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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