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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 4/5/2010 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
As some of you may know, I took a sabatical from the forum to deal with personal issues. They became xtreme and it was a very difficult time but now I am feeling the worst is over and now it is time to move on. As of today, I am offically a house husband. My new boss gives me instructions that I am to rest and she can tell by how I feel when she comes home if I obeyed.
I am getting along with my PCP since he is all I have. I am out of luck with a PMS or other specialist at this time but the PCP is willing to take on pain management and we are making headway. I won't go through all the details of the last few months but I am glad they are behind me.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/6/2010 2:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning Fatherjohn! Welcome back to the forum! I knew that you had been gone for quite some time, and Pete had reported that you were dealing with some personal issues. Pete also kept your issue private as should be. I can tell you that you were missed greatly, and several members asked about you several times. There will be many a member here glad to see your return. You will find that it makes no matter where you have been, we are just glad that you are all right, and that you are back with us.

I too had a tough time with the PM's around here and my PCD took it upon himself to take care of me until I had my surgery.

Anyway, again, we welcome you back with open arms!

DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.

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   Posted 4/6/2010 3:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi FJ welcome back so very good to see a post from you. Gad to hear things are sorted out and the new boss knows if you are behaving or not. Better be careful, can't fool her you know, lol. If i remember right you have a pretty decent PCP considering all. So, is the plan to look for a new PM dr, which I guess you will need because of the SCS. Good luck in that search. Glad to see you post. take care.

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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 4/6/2010 3:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi FatherJohn,

Welcome back! I found these forums while you were absent, so we don't know each other yet, but wanted to introduce myself. I can see how very much you've been missed by the others. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better!

Wishing you as comfortable a day as possible!

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (Surgical Menopause and drug related), plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
Medications: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D and Multi-Vitamin daily

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   Posted 4/6/2010 5:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back!


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   Posted 4/6/2010 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to see that things in your life are finally settling down. You've been an inspiration to alot of people here and hopefully now we can turn things around and help you. Be careful now that you are staying home to rest. I've found that not working is actually hard work. It seems that since I am home I tend to want to get more done around the place. I have to force myself to take breaks & rest or like you, the boss will know if I am hurting too much, that I did not follow orders and will hear about it when he gets home.
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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   Posted 4/6/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back FJ!!! I missed you sooo much! :-)


I live to "Tame My Pain!" 

White Beard
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   Posted 4/6/2010 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back fatherjohn!

You have been missed! Many times there have been issues brought up by members of our CP family that most assuredly would have benefited by your compassionate and thoughtful insight! I am glad to see you back!

I do wish you all the best on your new career! There is allot to be said for being a "house husband". But one thing I will advise you on, because this is important, and from your previous post I do know that you will most certainly will be tempted to do this: PLEASE! Don't over do it! You don't have to get all the house hold chores done all at once, and some of them, I am sure you should not be doing anyway!, So don't do them!!! If you do, you will most assuredly get a double Whammy! One from your body for pay back! And one from your boss ( if she cares about you, and from everything you have ever posted, I am sure that she does!!!) So keep healthy and stay out of the "Dog House" !!!

GREAT having you back!

White Beard

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   Posted 4/6/2010 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi FJ,

Welcome back....we look forward to your thought provoking poststongue !


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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Back, you were missed....Sorry about the PMS but at least your PCP is helping...
Lots of soft hugz
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 999
   Posted 4/6/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks All for the welcome back. SE, Susie, Pam, Flower, Jag, Scarred, White Beard, Patti and Char it is good to know that the support goes on. As all of you know it is good to be able to have a safe place to sshare our difficulties as well as some of our victories with others who understand the physical and emotional effects of CP.
Susie, I am not looking for a PMS as we have been turned down by everyone we contacted. I was frustrated, my PCP was frustrated and my work comp. company was frustrated. My work comp company wants me to drive 1300 miles to see a doctor. They will pay the $ but I would have to pay in extra pain so it is also on hold. My PCP is going to try and nhandle the SCS as much as he can and still keep him out of trouble.
Ms Bunky it is a pleasure to meet you.
Jag and White Beard, I am watching it very closely. My son is due back from Iraq in a week and my wife has told me to start a list for him to do. If she comes home and my list shrinks but his does not grow, then my boss will catch it and yes I will be in the dog house.
Patti, We have looked at AZ and even sent in a few resumes but Danyel is not sure she wants to move away from the kids. They are the only family we have and with one getting marrierd, one in the military and he wants to make home here in Oregon and our daughter has a job and a horse here so AZ would be out for her. We hope it works out with my severence pay and unemployment that we should be ok for a couple years. The only problem is I have already been talked to about new opportunities in Oregon but I have to keep the house husband job for a time to allow healing before anything new gets the go ahead.
Hugs and blessings for all.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 492
   Posted 4/6/2010 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
welcome back fj. I dont know if you remember or not i use to go by the name kara here in healing well.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis..gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
meds,ambien, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase and  trazodone.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 3193
   Posted 4/6/2010 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you are back, FJ.... as you can've been missed yeah

Main Health Problems: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; Severe Vitamin D Deficiency

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial (Sept, 2008); awaiting my decision for implantation

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 4/6/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, what a wonderful surprise to see your post right at the top as I signed on today! I wasn't on later yesterday because we're having lots of storms here, or I would have seen this sooner. Even more wonderful is to learn of your new boss. :-) She sounds much nicer than your old one, although I'm not saying any less, um...what's the word...demanding (?) but in her own, unique way. I think making a to do list for your son is a great activity - easy on the body, with a little mind stretching to keep you awake.

You have been missed and often mentioned, as others have said. You brought something special to this forum. And, I've been pondering another beach party and there aren't a lot of members here who were at the last one, so I'm going to need some help. It's not quite warm enough here yet, though. Lake Erie just thawed!

Wonderful to have you back!


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   Posted 4/6/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Fatherjohn,

I am pretty new to the boards and don't think we have 'met' glad that you are feeling good enough to come back here....

Sounds like you have a great 'boss' so I would definitely follow her orders!! LOL...

Look forward to getting to know you better:)
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006

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   Posted 4/7/2010 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back fatherjohn! I most definitely missed you! I'm so glad to hear that you finally got things straightened out with your job & don't have to subject yourself to such a hostile environment anymore. I'm sure your "new job" will bring both new challenges and delights.

That's fantastic news about your son coming home! You must be very excited! Tell everyone I say hello!

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