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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 9/25/2009 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are new to this forum family then you may be wondering what kind of goofy question is that on a health care forum. idea We all suffer with medical conditions and with most of us there is pain involved...sometimes a lot of pain. Or maybe you are the loved one of one of these persons. This forum is all about how we help and support each other, how we gain back more quality to our lives, and how we can learn and share what we gain along the way and hopefully make not only our lives better but the lives of others who come to join us.

But we need to also remember that there is the other side of life...the side that isn't concentrated on illness and pain. That's why we started the daily Koffee Klatch. This is a time to laugh, reminisce, chit-chat about the silly things in our lives...all fun things and no pain. In fact the 'P' word is not allowed... tongue So each day we share our thoughts or experiences on a different topic. Often it includes food, sometimes we talk about our past, and other times we just get goofy! Laughter is our goal. So, please join us whether this is your very first day on Healing Well or you're a seasoned veteran.
(We sure do miss you Miss Chutz! We ALL hope your having fun!)
     Where did you go for your last vacation?
       Hearing from Pete had me thinking! (did you see smoke rising?) smilewinkgrin   I was thinking about our last vacation. We went to Jamez Valley Springs, New Mexico. It is my favotire vacation spot because I can exhaust myself in Bandelier Monument, then hit the hot springs. The next day exhaust myself fishing at Fenton Lake, then hit the hot springs! ....Okay, so I only go for the springs!! Hehe, but OOooOO it is so nice. The cabin is also outfitted with radiant heated floors, fire place, and indoor spring hot tub. OooOOo I love heat!
     We can all enjoy the "updated" national Parks that are close to the cabin ~ lots of money has been put into having trails paved, with places to sit every few minutes of your walk and easily accessable restrooms, etc. I could go on and on, but!! Will stop here or I will chat endlessly! 
     So, where did you go for your last vacation?  

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

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   Posted 9/25/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Portland, Oregon, if you can call it a vacation. I suppose it was a working vacation, since I spent almost all day every day at a conference. But I certainly had a ton of fun too. AND I got to meet fatherjohn & his beautiful family in person & see some sights, so for that alone, it's worth calling it a vacation!


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   Posted 9/25/2009 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
My last HOLIDAY (British talk there ;) ), I went to Trinidad & Tobago for Christmas with my father in 2007. Was the best holiday of my life, despite my injuries, although they weren't quite as severe then.

We went snorkelling, scuba diving, went to a local nature reserve. Other than that, well, played a bit of poker, a lot of chess, did a LOT of swimming, went on a hunt through the local town for cigarettes, went through the cocktail menu at the hotel (their local rum was about 75%, I swear). Hehe.

It was a fun. No more 'vacations' since my injuries became so severe though. At least I still have clear memories of this one. Just as well, it cost, at the time, the eqivalent of $7,000 lol.

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   Posted 9/25/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
My last vacation was in 1993 and I went to Florida for 2 weeks. Spent some time on the beach, went to Sea World and visited the Space Center.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 9/25/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to agree with you about Portland, but that's probably cause I'm biased. Portland is home for me and I love this city.

Soon through I will be making the great move and I will finally be getting to see the other side of the country. The middle of next month will find me out in the SE parts.
Curious people are interesting people...I wonder why that is.
~Bill Maher

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   Posted 9/25/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
My last vacation was the summer before last, I went with my father and his gf (now ex-gf) and my kids to the oregon coast, it was sooo much fun. I love hunting for seacreatures, we found tons of star fishes and other cool things, then on the way back we stopped at the oregon zoo, cause I absoutly LOVE animals. And next year we're going back to the coast but in a diffrent spot. And 2 years from now I'm going with my mother to the gulf coast cause she has family there we havent seen in 14 years, and we plan on spending the whole day at the coast in the warm water with just me and my kids and my mother, I cant wait!!!


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DX-Chronic Pain due to two freak car accidents, Pancreatic Divisum,Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Depression w/anxiety, Migraines

Meds- Suboxone 16mg for pain, Cymbalta 60mg, Lyrica 50mg, Imitrex 100mg PRN,Ibprofen 800mg PRN, Ventolin Inhaler PRN, Visteril PRN


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   Posted 9/25/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband & I flew into Ft. Lauderdale, rented a PT cruiser convertible and drove down to Key West. Some of you saw our pictures. Husband changed jobs last year so he didn't get alot of vacation time this year but next year I'd like to go to Washington DC by train.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

White Beard
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 9/25/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
you are a brave lady Jag wanting to take a train to DC! I took a train as part of a vacation a few years ago and it was the train experience from hades!
A few years ago, my wife and I went on a vacation to California, actually I was stationed at Mather AFB in Sacramento California, back in August 1969 to July 1971! I was 18 when I first got there and I was a Lab tech in the base Photo Lab. A few of us guys in the Lab use to go up in to the foot hills around Placerville and we got to know several logging families up there and they kind of adopted us and took us in on the weekends.4 or 5 of us young GI's became part of a few families up in the foot hills. Honestly those were some of the best days of my life! Anyway fast forward to Sep 2005 a bunch of us that were in that group back then all met out in California, and had a reunion. Those families up in the foot hills around Placerville that took us in,well some of the families had children not to much younger than what we were! those children are all grown up and married and have children and some grand children of there own. Anyway Gail was like a little sister to me back then and my wife and I stayed with her and her husband for 10 days and we had our reuniion and we went to Lake Tahoe together and had dinner on the paddle boat going across the lake, and we gambled at the casinos and we went to SanFransisco and to Fishermans Warf and to the Red Wood forest, and we all just had a great time! It was so strange to be back with these guys that I was stationed with some 36 years earlier, and to go and be with those logging families that took us all in so many years ago. Gails mom still called us her Air Force Boys! Of course we have all aged and changed quite abit, when you haven't seen someone in over 35 years it is amazing how much a person can change but yet still is somewhat the same! I still keep in contact with all of them we were suppose to go on a cruise this last March, but I had to cancel out because of everything going on! Anyway we are now all talking about going to Hawaii sometime late next year. Only one other person in our group besides me made a career out of the Air Force and he was from Hawaii and still lives there, and we are all going to go see him and his wife. So I guess that will be my next vacation! I just hope I will be able to make the trip!
When we went out to California we flew out of Chicago and flew back, as soon as we got back to Chicago we got on a train and went to Omaha to visit our Daughter. ( I know I know why didn't we just fly to Omaha from California and then back to Chicago?) Long long story there but let it suffice we just could not make the connection! anyway the train that we were on from Chicago to Omaha was the Cailforinia Zepher and the car we were in had problems the air conditioner was stuck on high and we all froze to death  on the trip, the train ride took 6 hours longer than what it was suppose to!  We sat for over 4 hours in the middle of no where for unknown reasons! Coming back  we were suppose to leave at 5 AM in the morning we didn't leave Omaha till 10 AM and we were suppose to get to Chicago no later than 3 PM we didn't get there till 11 PM I will never ever ride another train! They are unrealiable, uncomfortable, and pretty rude to their travelers too! I  had always wanted to try doing the train thing and now that I have I will never ever do it again! But that was just my experience!

White Beard

Moderator Chronic Pain
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

Post Edited (White Beard) : 9/25/2009 10:10:12 PM (GMT-6)

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