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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/5/2011 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
 Dear CP Family,
    I have given a subject (idea) some thought for a very long time now. I would like your input. Please, do not shy away from telling me how you truly feel about this. If it isn't a good idea, then say so! If you do like the idea, give me suggestions. Well! Here goes!
   We start off each week by getting a "quick" update from our members. We all hope that our family members have time to post and individual update, but understand that life gets busy.
    We have our daily questions that are usually of a light topic with questions (most times) aimed at getting to know you better.
    Of course we have our weekly chat night, but that is more of an open house. We talk about anything and everything. A night to meet new people from other forums and getting know one another better.
    What I would like to do is start a "Weekly Topic". It would be topic of a more serious subject matter. It would be a subject for all of us to discuss over the course of a week. They can range from medication formulas, diagnostic procedures, negative and positive impacts in our lives.... even degenerative problems & stigmas. Things that we all have to deal with on a regular basis. Very real subjects that impact the chronic pain community.
    I would like your input on the following....
  1. Would this be something you would be interested in trying?
  2. What concerns you have regarding a weekly subject.
  3. What types of topics would you like to see discussed.
     Thank you so much for your help and input.

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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 2/5/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Good idea! One topic I would like to see adressed is how members handle driving while taking pain meds. It is not illegal in my state as such or to a point.

It might be controversial, but I would like to see how members handle this.

SE wink

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   Posted 2/5/2011 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Dani,

Having a subject for the week is a great idea. I hesitate to post sometimes because I think that what I have to say may not be of interest to anyone else.

This may not be a good subject, but I would like to know what problems/issues forum members have at work, if they are able to work.

I am interested in low tech methods of pain relief, as well as prescription medication and "high tech" methods of pain relief.

I just would like to get to know members better and feel more like a member of the community myself.

Thanks so much for all you do, Dani.

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   Posted 2/5/2011 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it would be fun its at least worth trying to see who is interested in doing this. Above all no one should take any comments personal or get their feeling hurt as Pebbles has pointed out, this is just tossing out an individuals thoughts only, it is not intended to be pointing anyone out or being directed at anyone. Naturally we will have different opinions but again it will just be that person's thoughts. You have to expect in a group not everyone will agree on the same thing, that would never happen.

We will have to put our thinking hats on, lol.
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   Posted 2/7/2011 12:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dani...

I do think it's time for a change and this would be a great one. When I started the Koffee Klatch eons ago...lol... it was something new for not only this forum but for Healing Well in general. It has been a success and when you took it over you added such a wonderful sparkle to it all.

One thing all of us do need to remember is the focus of Healing Well. This is a support forum; a place where we not only come to get information and compassion but to give in return. There was a time when 'off topic' posts weren't appropriate but as Healing Well has grown and changed over the years we've all found that chatting about something non-health related is refreshing and comforting at times. It reminds us we are normal, every day people with the same needs and desires as others. We are 'People'! , we are NOT a disease. Some days it may not feel that way and that's when coming here is so helpful...at least for me it is. I find comfort in helping others as I've been helped in the past.

One other thing to remember is that we have limitations on the space we use. This is why we don't have tons of 'stickies' at the top of other forums. Sherrine and I, who both work in the Fibromyalgia forum, are the ones who started the "101" stickies with the approval of the owner/admin. Other forums enjoyed adding it to their pages and it's now a very useful item. They do take up more space, though, and since there's no money tree growing near by we have to use the boards as efficiently as possible.

If anyone has trouble finding a topic they of interest on Healing Well you will find good success with the 'Google Custom Search" at the top-right hand area of the page...right under "Join Healing Well" tab. This search feature is so much better than the older one and you shouldn't have any trouble finding what you need. If you still can't find something then start a new post and ask either for help and/or for other topics that might be on the site.

Dani...you do an amazing job in here!! I have no idea how you deal with all of the maladies in your life, your husband, 2 "Bumble Bees" and all of the other commitments you have..PLUS do all of this on Healing Well. Being a moderator isn't glamorous. It's rewarding but can be very tiring. But if you ask anyone who volunteers as a mod if they regret doing it...you will always get a resounding "NO...I love it!"

As usual this was going to be short...lol and I often end up writing a missive. Time to get a few things done before it's bed time and then off to a cozy bed and a good book. Hmmm, tonight is more of a favorite book...The Missing Manual series. If you ever wish a software program came with a great manual then this is for you. The one I'm on right now is "Photoshop Elements 6 - The Missing Manual". I buy used copies on Amazon or some place similar. No way will I pay full price for a book...if I can help it anyway. ( I looovvveee books!) Next will be the one for Photoshop CS5! Ya, this is what I read for run and relaxation. Beats the botany books I often take to the beach. (My own mother one told me I was boring and stuffy...lol Mom didn't know 'everything') smilewinkgrin

Warm hugs...
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   Posted 2/7/2011 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
What helps people cope and get through the days. What they have learned to do to help enjoy life with the current pain limitations. When I went to this clinic for pain a part of it was learning to develop new skills with current barriers. It was to not focus on what you can't do but what you can. How do to deal with the anxiety,depression,etc that comes with this. I know things like meds which I am on but more of self help tools in addition.
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