Winter blues, this forum sure helps to get by........

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   Posted 1/21/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey you guys,
 
I just wanted to say that thanks to this forum and all of you wonderful people, I think I will make it through the winter. 
 
We have had a hard winter so far.  One week of rain and ice, now it is very cold.  I can't get out and do anything.  If it wasn't for this forum I don't think I would have made it this far.  The depression is trying so hard to over take my life, but when I get on here and talk to all of you, I feel so much better. 
 
I love helping people and I hope that I have done so.  And I love your suggestions and comments.  That has helped me tremondously. 
 
I just wanted to thank all of you for making my life worthwhile.
 
Hugs,
 
Karen
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Gillcom
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   Posted 1/21/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen thats a lovely thing to say, and thank you too.
I probably talk to you and Kimberly more than anyone else on here, i just love reading your posts, but i know that past couple off days you have not been saying much, i just hope your ok.

You have had so much input into helping others on here, your are one fine lady!! Don't forget that! THAT'S AN ORDER! I struggle to say things in answer to peoples posts here and then i read your replies, you always know the right thing to say, thats special.

Please hang in there spring is just around the corner and i'm so glad i found you on here.

Gillian x
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   Posted 1/21/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Gillian,

You are so special to me.  I love reading your posts.  So you have to give yourself a little more credit.  I know how much you have been going through and you always manage to say something nice and helpful to people.

I wish for you the most lovely day.  Or could be night where you are.  I am doing okay, just catching a little cabin fever.  But I will be okay, thanks to you and all of the other fine people here.

Take care,

Luv and hugs,

Karen


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   Posted 1/21/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   

The winter blues are a sure bet to put many people with depression in the dark hole.  I am glad so many come here and meet new people and have received help.

Bless each and everyone of you.
Kitt


 
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   Posted 1/21/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Michelle,

I am glad that I feel like a big sister to you.  That makes me feel so good.  You are very sweet too.

I do like puzzle books.  I like crosswords and word search.  I can sit there all day and do them.  I try not to cheat.LOL.

I hope that you are having a good day today.  Did your football team win or lose.  That was a playoff game wasn't it?  My husband watched it but I wasn't sure if your team won or not.

take care and keep in touch.

I love reading your posts.

Hugs,

Karen


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ShynSassy
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   Posted 1/21/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen
Thanks for the positive post. We all need it sometimes!
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manyembers
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   Posted 1/22/2008 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
 
  Hi Karen and everyone,
 
  I agree - this forum is a wonderful place with great people - mods and members alike!
 
  Karen, I understand cabinfever.  Hubby and I couldn't find housing in 2005, and had to check into a hotel - they gave us amazingly cheap rates or I don't know what we woudl have done!  Anyway,  I remember laughing aobut our friends who had to live in a hotel for 2 months and how we'd soon be out of ours...But we were there over five months.  Talk about cabin fever.  I wrote a book!!  lol!  Seriously.  Oh, and the other thing I did - I posted daily on an online forum :0)  So now then, you've got the forum thing covered...when is your book going to be coming out?  haha.  I bet you could write one though...have you ever thought about writing all the neat stories into a kids book or even a Laura Ingalls type book ... like your wildlife stories?
 
  Thanks for this upbeat thread.  It is so good to a community to share with like this to help those slow days have a lift. 
 
  Wishing you and everyone sunshine and happy days! 
 
  Gill - nice to see you hear too!  I forgot when I stopped by earlier to send a smiley to a fellow U2 fan, so here is one now:  :-) I really liked their earlier stuff, and have to admit I have not kept up - only hearing them hear and there - but they've still got that unique sound huh.  Amazing how bands manage to stay together that long and still sound so good.   
   manyembers

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Getting there
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   Posted 1/22/2008 12:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen

You are indeed special. I have just come here and you have been so good to me. LOL I know about the cold weather.....we are in the same deep freeze. If I did not have my daughter I would go to Jamaica for the winter months. When she is in college I should be able to do that. Keep warm and hugs to you.

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   Posted 1/22/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen,

I'm totally with you on that... I haven't even been on the forums in awhile, sometimes it takes a huge effort to even move off the couch. If it wasn't for needing money I probably wouldn't even go to work. My boyfriend got laid off last week so I could afford my Lexapro and I think that's really starting to take it's toll on me; combined with the several inches of snow (and being a born Floridian I especially HATE the winter) and the gloomy cold weather, I'm just sinking depper every day. I just hope, for all our sakes, that this winter hurries up and ends already sad
 
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   Posted 1/23/2008 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for the tip on the puzzles.  That way I wont accidently see the answers.  I really try hard not to cheat.  Some days the puzzles seem easier than others. 

We are getting snow today.  Kind of wet looking.  I am so sick of the winter, I think that it is because I can't get outside much with these cold temperatures. 

Did you get your appointment for your mamogram?  I keep forgetting to call.  I think that I conveniently forget.  I just don't like going in to get that done.  I have to have them every year.  I will try to call today.  Maybe I can get appointment for in a couple weeks, hopefully the weather will be better by then.  I shouldn't skip this appointment.  But I hate them.  They don't hurt, it is more of a pressure feeling. 

I hope you have a great day.  It was nice talking (writing) to you, and getting your post. 

Luv and hugs,

Karen


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getting by
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   Posted 1/23/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't be nervous Michelle. It doesn't hurt, but there is pressure. If you are relaxed during the procedure, it helps a lot. I hope that you have an interpreter to go with you, that would make it so much easier. Just try not to be afraid, I have had many of them. Nothing to it.

Luv and hugs,

Karen
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getting by
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   Posted 1/24/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Michelle,

I made my appointment yesterday for my mammogram.  It will be in a month.  I am so bad about going so I make them for as far off as I can.  Though I understand why you would want to be checked sooner being that you hurt there.  Hopefully our weather will be better by then also. 

How are you doing today? 

I am so glad that you will have an interpreter at your appointment.  I know how much that it helps you.  Not only for you to understand but for moral support also.  Just try not to be afraid, I have had many of the mammograms, I have to get them every year.  Some places have newer equipment and they are a lot more comfortable now days. 

I remeber my first time, I ask what if there is a fire?  The lady showed me a button to push to release my breast.  She thought I was funny.  But I knew what to do if I couln't take it.  But It is mostly pressure, not pain.

I hope that you have a good day Michelle.  I will try also.  It is sunny here and not quite as cold, but still cold enough.  Tomorrow is suppose to be much warmer. 

Luv and hugs,

Karen


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getting by
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   Posted 1/24/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi there Michelle,

I am sure that you will be so relieved when you get your test done.  It is nerving when you are waiting for them though.  I try not to think about it, but to remember not to wear deodorant that day.  I will still forget and wear it anyway.LOL.  They usually ask you not to. 

What kind of work are you looking for?  What is it that you like to do?  Are you looking for full time, or part time.  I can't work with the fibromyalgia and depression.  I hope you get something that you love to do.

My arms ache today.  I think that the cold weather is catching up with me.  I guess tomorrow is going to be warmer.  Or less cold.  There is nothing warm about this.  Sometimes in February and March it can be below 0 here.  Plus March is windy. 

It is nice how we can communicate on the forum.  I feel like it is kind of a miracle.  You get to meet nice people like you.

Have a wonderful evening,

Hugs,

Karen


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   Posted 1/25/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Michelle,

I have to take my truck in to the repair place so I wont be on much today.

I hope that you are having a good day today.

I will write again when I come home.

Love and hugs,

Your friend,

Karen


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   Posted 1/25/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen and Michelle,
 
I have to jump in here on your mammogram conversation.  First of all, Karen, I can't believe you asked what to do in case of a fire.  That is just too funny!  You were surely going to make sure you could get yourself out of there if you couldn't stand the pressure, weren't you lady?  I love it!
 
Michelle, I am almost 57 and had bilateral breast biopsies when I was 21 and pregnant with my first daughter.  They were both benign.  My point is, that I have been having mammograms for a long time.  If you have tenderness in your breast at the time of your mammogram, you are going to feel a little more pressure.  Just remember, you can tell them to stop at any  time.  It is your body.  I think you will be just fine, it's just the fear of having that first one done.  I think I have had about six breast biopsies over the years and they have all been benign.  I haven't had to have one in about ten years.  Having a mammogram yearly is important.
 
I can tell you, I didn't quite know what to think at age 21, finding out that I was pregnant and also had to have surgery on both breasts.  I was stunned.  It was back in 1972 when we only had one hospital here and it was usually difficult to get a private room.  I was in a room with this elderly lady who had gone through cancer surgery before.  The night before my surgery she told me, "Now, honey, if they have to cut both your breasts off, you're going to be in the hospital for some time."  This was just what I needed, I was two months pregnant, still throwing up all day long and now I was crying because this old lady had made me think I was going to have both my breasts cut off.  Somehow, I made it through that night.

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   Posted 1/25/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Another day,

It was in 2000 that I had to get a fine needle biopsy done, I had microcalcification in my left breast.  They said whatever it was, it was benign.  But I have to get yearly diagnostic mammograms, what a pain.  But they will catch things early.  They also said that I had fibrocystic breast disease.  But I think that just means I have dense tissue.  So maybe it makes them a little harder to read, the xrays that is.

Hi Michelle,

Like another day says, the first one is the most uncomfortable because you don't know what to expect.  They are a lot easier to tolerate now than they were at first for me.  And if it does get too uncomfortable to the point of bad pain, let them know.  Unless you get a sadistic technition, you will be okay.  LOL.

I hope that you let me know how it goes.  But remember to relax and it wont be bad at all.  They use to give me a rose afterwards, but they don't do that anymore.  We will see. I think we deserve something nice especially the first time.

Luv and hugs,

Karen


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getting by
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   Posted 1/25/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope your xray goes well. Let me know Michelle.
I hope everything goes well. I hope you had nice weather today. It was a lot nicer here than it has been. I hope that it stays this nice for a while, feels like spring. Yeah!!!!!!!!!
Keep me posted,
Luv and hugs,
Karen
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   Posted 1/26/2008 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michelle,
 
I am so happy that everything went well for you at the tests.  I am sorry that it hurt a little.  But it wasn't all that bad, was it?
 
The truck is fixed.  We were haveimg some problems with the four wheel drive on it, but I think that is working too.  Other things got fixed on it too.  Drives much better.
 
I am up very early compared to what I am use to.  Woke up with tummy ache. 
 
Going to rest now.
 
hugs,
 
Karen
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   Posted 1/26/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Michelle,

I am glad that your mammogram went easy.  See it isn't that bad, but it isn't much fun either.  It is always nice when it is over though. 

When I had surgery on my breast they numbed it.  Then put this really thin long needle (wire) in to find the spot that they wanted to take out.  Then they put me to sleep and cut the spot out.  I have a scar, but you can hardly see it.  It was wierd to have the wire sticking out of my boob. LOL.  I was scared but then I fell asleep and it was over with.  The doctor said that they got it all out.  Then they did a biopsy on it and said it was benign.  I was glad. 

I hope that you enjoy getting your hair cut.  It is nice to get pampered at the beauty shop once in a while.  It makes us feel good and we deserve that.

I hope that you have a great day,

hugs,

Karen


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