My happy accomplishment and a nice weekend

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Retired Mom
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   Posted 4/19/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,
 
I have some good news to post for a change!!!
 
I finally passed the Research Question on my comprehensive exam for my Masters Degree.  Many of you may remember that I failed that portion about six months ago and then I couldn't test again on schedule because my memory was so poor at the time.  I couldn't even remember what the topics were, let alone what I had read about research.  Anyway, after a couple of months on the HGH shots, my memory has improved and I took the test again.  It was one hour of intense typing with no spell check, so I was really afraid that hurting, not taking my meds, and no spell check would cause me to fail again.  After several weeks of waiting, I have received the "unofficial" word that I passed!!  This really makes me so happy to be done with that chapter of my life.  I'm going to graduate with a 4.0 despite the failure of the first comp test.  It was in my class that I herniated that disc and changed my world forever, but I continued to take classes online while I recovered from surgery.  I won't be able to use it since I'm retired now, but it's nice to say that I finished what I started and I didn't want my child to think I would just quit when the going got tough.
 
Also, my husband and I went fishing this weekend twice!  It was so nice to spend time with him in a peaceful and quiet environment and he was wonderful.  It's been so long since I was able to do anything like that and, although I'm suffering really bad today, it was worth it!  Now I'm sunburned terribly and my pain is way up, but I can say my relationship with my husband has been helped by my willingness to give it a try.  We had to make accomodations for me to get in the boat, but it still felt good!
 
It's really nice to post a positive experience for a change.
 
RM
DDD, CPS, TLIF L5-S1 2009, FIBRO, VERTIGO, MIGRAINES, GERD, SLEEP DISORDER, NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION (failed), DEPRESSION, EXTREME ANXIETY DISORDER, OCPD, PTSD, CHRONIC MUSCLE SPASMS, HGH DEFICIENCY, VIT D DEFICIENCY, CARPLE TUNNEL SYNDROME, BLOOD SUGAR ISSUES, THYROID CYSTS, AND SERIOUS MOOD SWINGS :) 
 
 


momtofourangels
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   Posted 4/19/2010 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations Retired Mom.  I know you're really proud of your accomplishment. 
I'm glad you were able to spend some quality time with your husband.
 
hugs
Loretta
Dx:  ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, hypothyroidism, typeII diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, PTSD, depression, anxiety


MsBunky
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   Posted 4/19/2010 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on your amazing achievement retiredmom!!! That's excellent news and I certainly think you deserved every moment of this achievement.

hugs,
Pan
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
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MIKEL99
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   Posted 4/19/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds Beautiful mom !! I know too how great it feels just to get out and do things after being unable to , twice as good to share it with a loved one ! Wow ! Fishing , thats cool , do you bait your own hooks ? LOL Just kidding But seriously I hope you enjoyed every second of it ! Its definetly theraputic to relate a positive expierence after many challenging one , it demonstrates that your life can be wonderful again and that yes I do have challenges but I can live with them and overcome them too .!!! I'm very happy for you !! You go Girl !!! Mikel
HIV+ also Hep c , need hip replacement surgery on hold because of unknown but cellulitus-like ailment  .most pain from hip condition and cellulitus-like ailment .hands numb may have carpal tunnel syndrome now . Great frustration because doctors unable to diagnos ailment              .Medecines -    ,viracept,truvada, l Indomethacin  '                                                                                                                         


Splashdancer
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   Posted 4/19/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
RM,
I just wanted to tell you, "GREAT JOB!" You should be SO incredibly proud of yourself! I am very, very happy for you! I know what you mean about the sense of accomplishment - even if you never use this degree in a professional venue, you will always know that you earned it. You fought through all of the obstacles, didn't make excuses, and you saw it through to the end - YOU DID IT!! yeah The feeling of accomplishment is so much sweeter when we have to work hard to achieve it. I am in a similar situation and I will look to you as a source of inspiration and hopefully I will be where you are by this time next year!
 
Again - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/19/2010 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Retiredmom! WOW! That is quite an accomplishment to say the least! A Masters Degree! Excellent, and congratulations to you! I guess this makes you a Smarty Pantz now! :)

Then to top it off, having a nice day with your husband. I bet you went to sleep with a smile on your face :) It makes life seem just a little bit better doesn't it!

SE :)
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.

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/19/2010 6:54:45 PM (GMT-6)


kimber9807
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   Posted 4/19/2010 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats .
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds: lunesta, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase. ibuprofren, zyrtec and benadryl.
 
Just added today: folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.


Retired Mom
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   Posted 4/19/2010 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
You guys are great!

I really appreciate the positive comments. I'm finding that I overdid it this weekend, but it was worth it and this too shall pass...

I'll be rooting for you splashdancer! I know you can do it!!

I think Skye is in school too (if I'm not mistaken). I've been thinking of her lately and what she is going through trying to do it all. Skye, I'm rooting for you too!!!
DDD, CPS, TLIF L5-S1 2009, FIBRO, VERTIGO, MIGRAINES, GERD, SLEEP DISORDER, NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION (failed), DEPRESSION, EXTREME ANXIETY DISORDER, OCPD, PTSD, CHRONIC MUSCLE SPASMS, HGH DEFICIENCY, VIT D DEFICIENCY, CARPLE TUNNEL SYNDROME, BLOOD SUGAR ISSUES, THYROID CYSTS, AND SERIOUS MOOD SWINGS :) 
 
 


straydog
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   Posted 4/19/2010 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
RetiredMom that is just awesome and congrats. I am quite sure your family is very proud to you too. I have a neighbor with two young children that is trying to finish up her Masters, if all goes as planned it will happen next summer. She has had a very long road on this and going to school when the budget allowed it.

Did you catch any fish? I love to fish and find it relaxing. r Anyway, wanted to tell you congrats.
 

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.


Snowbunny21
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   Posted 4/19/2010 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Retiredmom,

YEA for you!!!! That is so wonderful and very proud of you for finishing what you started and going for you dream of doing this:)

And glad that you had fun with your hubby this weekend...I agree...we sometimes push ourselves to enjoy the joys of life...and we need a few days to 'recover'..but it is totally worth it for those endorphins and smiles!!!

Congrats!!!
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
 
 


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 4/19/2010 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
yeah *~Congratulations~*  yeah

 

 

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

 

 


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   Posted 4/19/2010 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats, way to go, we are proud of you...
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PAlady
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   Posted 4/19/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Retiredmom,
WooHoo! That's a huge achievement without having to manage pain, but with the health issues and anxiety about how much you'd be affected, you did a superb job! Way to go!!! I apologize I can't recall the field you're in, but I never discount the potential effects of education on a life. So even if you can't work in what might be a traditional way in your field, there may be other avenues that will open for you - hey, even teaching online classes, since you now have experience taking them.

Yes, Skeye is going to graduate in May, I believe, but I'll let her come on and share the details.

I'm glad you got to go fishing with your husband. I think that's an example of how we have to pick and choose the things we're willing to pay the price for. Some things are worth the price; others aren't, and we're the only ones who can define that.

Watch out for the sunburn next time, though! :-)

Congratulations!

PaLady

Retired Mom
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   Posted 4/20/2010 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank PALady,

I retired from a legal field, but used to teach computer courses to adults. When budget cuts closed that door, I decided to go back to school so I could legally teach adults again. I absolutely loved it. Anyway, I herniated in class, but finished (as I detailed above) and my degree is post secondary education with an emphasis in instructional technology. Basically the instructional technologist is the the person you give a problem to and they determine if it is a problem and work the the subject matter experts to find a solution....mainly relating to an instructional program of sorts. There is no teacher certification. My certifications were through another agency and expired when I retired.

I can't use my degree because I can't make more than 900.00 a month and keep my retirement. Also, if I start to work from home (even part time), it questions whether or not I should be considered a medical retiree and I could loose all of my retirement. It's sort of a catch 22, but I finished what I started and that's what matters now. I would have finished the whole program in less than a year, but I did fail that question on the comprehensive exam and then took several months off before I re-took the test.

I'm just glad it's over.
DDD, CPS, TLIF L5-S1 2009, FIBRO, VERTIGO, MIGRAINES, GERD, SLEEP DISORDER, NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION (failed), DEPRESSION, EXTREME ANXIETY DISORDER, OCPD, PTSD, CHRONIC MUSCLE SPASMS, HGH DEFICIENCY, VIT D DEFICIENCY, CARPLE TUNNEL SYNDROME, BLOOD SUGAR ISSUES, THYROID CYSTS, AND SERIOUS MOOD SWINGS :) 
 
 


PAlady
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   Posted 4/20/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Retiredmom,
Oh, I sure understand about the earnings limit issue and not wanting to toy with that. But still, sometimes when I consider "using" your degree, knowledge, skills, etc. I think there might be ways you can feel you're using it but maybe even a little volunteer work - or maybe even helping people on an online forum like this. Just posting and answering questions about your field. I know sometimes that helps me to not feel like I've lost it all, you know?

It's still a great accomplishment to be celebrated!

PaLady

Retired Mom
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   Posted 4/20/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
PaLady,

I really do understand what you are talking about and how much better it feels to use knowledge to help others.

We are also in a very small community and I don't have opportunity to volunteer locally.  I am hoping to write a book eventually (I've done a small one before) and I guess I can use what I've learned in some way there. Don't get me wrong, the book was not for public distribution and wasn't a published title, just something I did because I wanted to. I want to do something more productive than sit at home and worry about which part hurts worse each moment. I hate that and can get drawn into it very quickly.

I mostly finished because I started it and I've never quit anything before. I honestly considered it, but just couldn't let myself. I need to be a good example for my child and needed to prove to myself that I was still able to function. It's bittersweet. I have it now and in a way it helped me to cope with my pain. Perhaps it will be something that I can make use of in the future. For now, I'm good with just reaching that goal.

RM


DDD, CPS, TLIF L5-S1 2009, FIBRO, VERTIGO, MIGRAINES, GERD, SLEEP DISORDER, NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION (failed), DEPRESSION, EXTREME ANXIETY DISORDER, OCPD, PTSD, CHRONIC MUSCLE SPASMS, HGH DEFICIENCY, VIT D DEFICIENCY, CARPLE TUNNEL SYNDROME, BLOOD SUGAR ISSUES, THYROID CYSTS, AND SERIOUS MOOD SWINGS :) 
 
 

Post Edited (retiredmom) : 4/20/2010 6:06:59 PM (GMT-6)


skeye
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   Posted 4/20/2010 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Retiredmom,

Congratulations on passing your exam! I know you worked very hard studying for it & that's not easy to do when you are in pain. You should be very proud, that is a fantastic accomplishment!

hugs,
Skeye

bluejet2
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   Posted 4/21/2010 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi RetiredMom:

I just wanted to add my congratulations!

We have something in common (other than CP, of course) - I was an adult education instructor for 12 1/2 years. I taught for our local community college, a vocational/technical school, as well as teaching inmates in our local county jail. I loved my job so much, and I still miss it terribly.

Lorie

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   Posted 4/22/2010 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrads MOM! Soprry I missed this post before, being busy is no excuse! On the sunburn, ever heard of sunscrean??? Keep up the good work and you are so right about the fun of the fishing w/ your Hubby is woth the pain afterwards! Well you know me so that ain't new news! we're all proud of you!!!
Hugs,
Pete
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