Posted 7/21/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks, scarred and karma...
Scarred, so sorry about your dad...mine died in 1988 from prostate cancer (my hubby also was killed in 1988 - trucking accident - so 1988 was NOT a good year (seem to recollect it was also a major drought - the corn looked like someone came through with a flamethrower!).
Brothers! My achilles heel is my brother-in-law (BIL). In 2000, one of my BIL's had a nervous breakdown. The other bil, who lives about 1.5 hours from him, refused to go help - he was too busy, so I drove all night to Chicago (about 7 hour drive) through the snow to be with my mother-in-law (MIL). I got things going - set BIL up with VA hospital, got MIL stuff and a medicalert system, etc. When BIL who lived an hour away discovered that his brother had $'s...it was "go home, Gina, I can take it from here" and he put both MIL and BIL in nursing homes. MIL died within a year. There's a MUCH longer story to this story...but I won't go into it here...just say it involves a murder, a young woman, a father, and three sons (my hubby was one of those sons, but he wasn't involved in the murder). If anyone's interested, I have a link to an article about it.
Given I lived in Chicagoland for 20 years...I, too, am a Bears fan, but don't tell the Lions that...gee, if only they had it all in Detroit area - Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my! <G>
As for smoking, quitting was almost a fluke. After breast cancer, my body decided it wanted to go on strike - organ by organ (or so it seemed). Hernias, more biopsies, and then they found a lesion or two on my rib. It was removed (and was NOT cancer, thank God!). My doc came in on my 3rd day after surgery and said "you know what that tube in your chest is...right?" I said "yes" He said "well, if you go home and smoke, you'll probably collapse your lung and die" I threw out my cigs that day. Prior to my surgery, I had been on paxil for depression, and noticed a few weeks later that I was smoking less - I'd even gone out running errands and hadn't HAD a cigarette! I dunno why THIS time I was told I might die was THE time...but it was...you really need to want to quit and I guess between the paxil, the cancer and the statement from my doc, I got the incentive pretty fast! Oh, I did almost buy stock in Dum Dums - want a cig? Pop a sucker! (I guess that sucker and dum dum pretty much describe what I was when I was smoking :/ I quit in 2003. My problems began in 2004
Scarred, just keep on going...you'll quit! I quit many times, but took it back up again - even after a year! Someone once said that if we can go 8-12 hours (when we're asleep), we oughta be able to quit easily - well, easily might not be the best adjective, but...quitting IS possible...and don't get discouraged if you do NOT quit right away.
BTW, Karma, I'm a computer tech so...and I'm only 40 miles north of you :). Thanks for the heads up on the pain rating scale, I'll look into it!
Just a FWIW, if any of you are on oral prednisone (or even inhaled), get your blood sugar checked. I was totally unaware that I'd become a diabetic thanks to prednisone, until my sugars during one hospital stay, hovered in the mid 150's. It was after I got home that I kept checking (they told me not to worry) my sugars (I'd obtained a meter from the "flight for diabetes" at a local air show here at a national guard base - the only stunt pilot eligible for a license who has type I diabetes. I was going to give the meter to a friend of mine (a nurse) who sends 'em overseas for missions, but kept it instead and finally, called in my numbers to my primary, who started me on insulin and referred me to an endo. I am on insulin and amaryl. Prednisone tends to give you high sugars AFTER meals (fastings are good - matter of fact, SO good that one doc wanted me to quit insulin, even though my bedside numbers (like you check your sugar at home) were 150-200).
Take care, and God bless you all!