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MIKEL99
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   Posted 4/22/2010 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello my HealingWell family , its been quite a while since I've posted anything, my life took a wonderful upturn and things improved for me . I have just tried to stay low-key and be supportive to all great folks on HW who need a shoulder to lean or cry on sometimes . Well I'm still juicing every day , taking anti-oxidents , vitiamins and as soon as I finish the anti-biotic regimen I'm on I'm starting a probiotics program . I'm also enrolling for a meditation class and started oil painting again .Just trying to live life like a normal person , which had been unknown to me , I was a cartoon of life for most of my adult life , going thru the motions of living life but never really participating .My health challenge forced me to face myself , I could no longer run from myself and almost commited suicide in despair and fear, I chose not to and with the help of family and some very special friends here at HW , I am now doing ok .I'm still battling this cellulitus condition in the leg , that is the anti-biotic regimen , and I can't have hip replacement surgery until that condition in my leg goes away .But I have a positive outlook on life now  , and thats changed everything , I'm ok with who I am and what I've got and it feels good . So Tabatha , Stacey , Dani , Tina , Michael , Jayne and many other special people here , THANK YOU !!!! From the bottom of my heart and with all that I am , May God bless you all .
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  '                                                                                                                         


momtofourangels
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   Posted 4/22/2010 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mikel  I'm glad to hear that things are going better for you.  I hope that cellulitis goes away really soon so you can have your hip replacement.  I'm also glad that you're feeling better about things.  I know it's really hard.   Keep trudging along.   (((((((((hugs)))))))))
You have my support.
 
Loretta
Dx:  ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, hypothyroidism, typeII diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, PTSD, depression, anxiety


Blessedx8
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   Posted 4/22/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Mikel...

I was thinking of you today :) So it was good to read your post... this is my first time on here in a couple of weeks - as you know I've dealing w/ my own junk....

I know how hard the days can be - but we just have to keep moving on, right? One thing that I really admire about you is what a good friend you are and how you DO support the ones around you so well. I'm glad you know that there are people here that want to do the same for you... so keep posting on the good AND bad days...

I'm glad you are being "pro-active" w/ your health issues... and really taking care of yourself. I'm glad you returned to painting. I love to paint... draw... be creative. I find every excuse to not do these things... but when I do - I feel new energy.

Anyway, I hope you know that you are in my continued prayers... that I pray the leg condition goes away so you can get that hip taken care of. And I pray for your positive attitude to continue, even on the tough days.

But, I am proud of you...and how far you've come w/ everything... and thanks for always supporting and encouraging me :)

Much love -Tina
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


Chartreux
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   Posted 4/22/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Mikel,
so glad to see your posts, hope things continue to go good for you...
some days I think of trying one of those juice machines, but I just like to buy
blueberries and just wash them off and eat just plain, they taste so good that way...
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Mikel)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
hugz
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* 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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flower123
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   Posted 4/22/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mikel. I'm so happy to see that you've posted. I'm glad that things are going well.

Hugs,

Flower

MIKEL99
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   Posted 4/22/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Mom , Loretta (love that name !! ) , Goddess Tina (SMILE ) ,Wonderful friends Chartreux and Flower . Thanks so much for your responses and your caring and support , Its incredibly uplifting to enjoy the true friendships and sincere caring we enjoy in our support of each other . It seems although men are from Mars and women from Venus , we enjoy a connection that trancends gender and is totally human and wonderfully fullfilling in practice .I'll be there to support and care for you always my friends , Feeling wonderfully cared about , I send you a whole lotta love !! 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  '                                                                                                                         


Retired Mom
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   Posted 4/22/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Ops....I deleted my post trying to edit.

I was wishing you continued health and improvement.

RM
Retired Mom
 
 


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/22/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Mikel! I'm glad to see that your still working hard on eating right! We all are happy that you landed here on this forum, and you do have a very positive outlook!

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.


Snowbunny21
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   Posted 4/22/2010 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the update Mikel:) My new nickname for you is the JuiceMan!!! I am so proud of you doing all that you can naturally to take care of yourself..I just know that makes you not only feel better physically, but mentally as well.

You are a great example to those of us on here where we can sometimes think that just the Dr. or a certain medicine is the only answer to help with our pain...We have so much control over the things we can do to help as well..which makes us not feel so powerless over our own health!

I will keep praying for your leg to get better as well as those numbers to go up!

Sending you some big hugs (( )):):)
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) Oct 2006
 
 


Stac/Catz4
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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 358
   Posted 4/22/2010 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
My dear Brother,
How I have worried about you, but knowing the strength within, I knew you would come through this and continue to do so. You were the main reason I was here to begin with then met some amazing people. I got really down. Somethings are going on with my pm doctor as ususal and lord I've heard enough that I should change, but it's not that simple! I also have to have surgery and wish I could talk about it, and then after 11 years of being on SSD, they wrote me a letter and cut me off. So, I've been dealing with a lot...by myself as many of us do. I have to hand big HUGE cudo's to Tina for hanging in there with me through it all and then I stop by here at Tina's request and what do I see, another "love" letter to your HW family. Thank you for making me feel so welcome and for loving others so very much.
Love,
Sister Stac 
I'm called Cat or Stac at times, but as there are few other Cat's on here, I put the number of cats I have and combined it to spell out Catz4/DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC , Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder, Frozen Shoulder. I had an emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06. I'm frightened most of the time and scared the rest! I would love to be heard by friends, family and now most of my doctors has seen the proof of my pain. What validation. This has beomce one of the most important words to me...to be validated. Too many meds to name/Too many allergic reactions/sensitivities to too many drugs to name. Meds for Panic Disorder, Pain, Bipolar, IBS, Hypothroidism, Diabetes, Insomnia and then some.
 
 


Blessedx8
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   Posted 4/22/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Stac - I'm so glad you posted :) You made me smile.... thanks for all the sweet words...and for hanging in there with ME...and all my constant worries and such. I know how much you are going through...and it just sucks... there's no better way to put it! So, please reach out...because you need to be supported through all you are going through...

Snowbunny - I love that name for Mikel... The JuiceMan :)

Mikel... Hope you are having a good night...

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

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain (they called it DDD...but I don't know); 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...


bsjaguar
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   Posted 4/23/2010 3:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Mikel, how are your blood count levels doing? I remember that the surgeons wouldn't do your surgery until these were in check, just wondering if the healtier life style has helped. Take care and am so glad to see that your mental state is in a much better place than when you first started posting.
---Jag---
 
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


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 4/23/2010 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Mike,
 
     Good morning *hugg* It is good to hear from you. How are you doing this morning? Good I hope. Did you brother ever find out if he was going to be able to stay? I hope he was able to, I know you love him very much.
 
     Bumblebees and husband are doing good here. The girls are excited to no end! Between performances, feild trips, end of the school year festivities, florida and their birthdays in june they are barly able to sit shocked   Husband enjoying his new lap top and buttering me up to get a new backpack, since his new laptop doesnt fit in it.
 
     I am glad the "juicing" is working so well for you. That really is fantastic that something so good for you but that you also enjoy. I am supposed to stay off the cafiene myself, but Ive relaped again... I love soda pop, what can I say? smilewinkgrin
 
     Like Jag I am curious what your blood counts will be. Youve worked so hard for you body that I hope you can attain a good count before too long. It will be such a relief when you are finally able to get the surgery done.
 
    I hate to say it, but the attack on your legg from the celluitis is being awfully stubborn.. Or am I just interpreting that wrong? You are only a few more weeks away from the end of your antibiotic treatment right?  smhair How much longer before you know if you need to go to vascular specialist?
 
     I have to get going, I am making necklaces and watches for my mother-in-law and both girls for their birthday (All in same week) ..except when I was on last tier of my mother in laws necklace I found out I miss measured by 2 inches!.. have to start all over again confused   I hope youf ind a few moments to relax today. You are always in our heart  and prayers.
 
*warm huggs*
    dani
    

 

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

 

 


MIKEL99
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   Posted 4/23/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank You Mom , Michael Snow , Stac , Tina , Jag And Sweet Dani , big time love to you all ! I am still juicing for sure but its only been between two and three weeks , I'll have my blood tested next week and we'll see the effect my change in diet has had but it's still very early . As for the cellulitus like condition in my leg , thats just it they arent sure its cellulitus . I have some symptoms of cellulitus but I don't have a lot of others like fever usually is always part of a cellulitus condition , Ive never had that .So its a reeal pain to deal with , first they thought it was dermatological and I was using ointments , then anti-biotics .Ive seen infectios disease doctors and dermatologists .I'm seeing a vascular doctor on May 10 .Its stinks !! All I can do is do my best , keep as healthy as I know how and hope these medecines work , but I am trying eastern style remedies as well . There is a clay treatment that draws infections out of the legs I may try . This is my job now , my heath .I hope that fills you in my friends ! Much Love 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  '                                                                                                                         


skeye
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   Posted 4/23/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mikel,

It sounds like you've made some very positive changes in your life. I respect you very much for that. I know that changing your diet and lifestyle is not an easy thing to do. With any luck these changes will make you feel better both emotionally and physically! Keep at it!

hugs,
Skeye
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