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quahog
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 6/17/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
It has been many a moon since I last logged on and posted a comment.

So I suspect many may not remember me at all but I still see some familiar faces around and for that I am glad.

How is everyone doing these days, hopefully living life to the fullest and not bothered by their pain.

For myself, I am doing very well. I am still living with pain but I have found ways to cope.

As a result I have been able to taper down and off my opioid analgesics (Getting off them was incredibly difficult but worth it just to have my mind and spirit back)

I returned to my state university where I am just about finished with my B.A. in Biology with a minor in Medical Laboratory Sciences.

Attending school while dealing with health issues has probably been one of the most difficult things I've ever done in my life.

The ups and downs, the good days and the bad days; there were many of those. In fact I almost gave up several times but I persevered and kept at it.

My plans now include attending graduate school so I can become a physician's assistant. It has been a goal of mine for sometime to work in medicine.

While I would love to attend medical school at my age I just don't see it as a feasible option.

I hope to work with those who have pain issues one day. Knowing how inherently difficult life can be for those afflicted; if I can help at least one person regain their life it will be worth it.

Take care everyone

Blessedx8
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 3193
   Posted 6/18/2010 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Quahog...

Good to read your update :) I'm so glad to hear you are doing well, overall, and I admire you for all the things you've been able to conquer.

I've tapered off of almost 650mg of morphine/dilaudid/fentanyl (due to a VERY unexpected pregnancy).... I can't believe I was able to do it, to be honest. This was after many, many years of being on pain meds. So, I completely understand the journey...and admire you for being able to do it.

I think being a PA will be a wonderful job... I admire you for not giving up - even on the hard days. I wish you the very best as you continue to work hard towards your goals.

Thanks for sharing your journey w us - and I'm happy for you! --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...


skeye
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 6/18/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi quahog,

Thanks for the update! Congrats on finishing up your school. I know how hard it is to be in school when you are in pain. I just graduated in May with a BS in biology.

It's fantastic that you want to be a PA. That is a great job. At one point I seriously looked into being a PA, but I just couldn't give up on my dream of going to veterinary school.

hugs,
Skeye

Chartreux
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   Posted 6/18/2010 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Missed you!
was worried about you after the loss of your beloved pet, and hope your doing better...
Welcome Back...
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hugz
well wishes on grad school, it'll be hard but you'll do good! proud of you, having a huge goal like that...
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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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quahog
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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 535
   Posted 6/18/2010 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it's been difficult but it has been worth it.

I did take the loss of my cat rather hard. I still miss him very much.

My wife and I did end up adopting another cat though. He is a white, long haired cat we believe he has some Maine Coon in him as he has all the personality traits of one.

Big, very friendly and loves water. Good Lord, I've never seen a cat like water so much :-)

Thank you for your replies.

I've really enjoyed chatting with everyone again and I so happy to hear that everyone is doing well.

skeye
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 6/18/2010 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Quahog,

I had a cat that loved water as well....until she fell in the pool.... Have you ever seen a cat swim? It was quite a sight! Now she stays far away from water of any kind.

Skeye

JulietteSuzanne
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 104
   Posted 6/18/2010 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi quahog,

I don't know you, but that was a wonderful post. It shows that people can still accomplish life goals despite their pain. I have quit my Masters Program due to pain TWICE. It makes me soooo mad that I can't get over that insurmountable hump. Pain is the "check mate" and winner in so many aspects of my life, but I try to look at the things I HAVE accomplished and find the glory in those.

I think it's awesome that you are going to try to help others in pain. I went to a Psychologist once who was also in Chronic Pain. It was so different talking to her and knowing she physically and emotionally could relate to what I was talking about.

Best of luck to you! Keep me posted.

Chartreux
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9622
   Posted 6/19/2010 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you adopted another cat! sounds wonderful.
it was hard for me to get over my cat losses too, it's amazing
how attached we get to them....
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glad your back...nice to see another familiar face...
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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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Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 6/19/2010 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Congads on graduatin! Quite an accomplishment for someone w/ CP. Also in getting off your meds, that must have been a two edged sword> more pain<> But better brain! You Da MAN!!! Keep up the good work and keep us updated if you have a spare minute!
Your Buddy,
Pete
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!

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