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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 2/6/2011 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

It's been so long that I hesitated for a moment on my username and password. It's been too long.

As a "recap" for new members.... I gave birth to surprise identical twin girls last September after a horrendously difficult pregnancy.

October, November, December and 1st part of Jan were as difficult as the pregnancy. Recovering from a c-section plus having chronic pain was terrible. Most of all, I was hit w/ terrible post-partum depression/anxiety. To keep me from going truly over the edge, I was put on a variety of meds. While they helped me from being hospitalized, they also erased my memory of the last four months. Thankfully, though, I woke up one day in January; got off the meds I needed to; and I was better (mentally).

So, I'm bonding w/ the girls now... and they are a joy. The boys are doing well, too. Life goes on - even when you think it won't. Physically - things are the same w/ me... but that's just something I accept and know is a part of me, probably for the rest of my life.

Anyway, that's my update and why I haven't been around. So many of you supported me during this crazy last year of mine - and I thank you so much for that and am eternally grateful. I've made lifelong friends here... and am so thankful for that.

To everyone that I don't know here yet - welcome. Sorry you have to be here due to chronic pain... but it's a wonderfully supportive group...

I'll try to post again as I can.... Life still and will be forever hectic. But I'm around again and reading as I can.

Love to you all --Tina
Main Health Issues: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibro; Chronic Pain (back issues, migraines, carpal tunnel, among other things); Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism and Hypoadrenalism; Mixed Sleep Apnea (on BiPap); Depression/Anxiety; Vitamin D Deficiency.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 2/6/2011 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Tina! smilewinkgrin It is so good to see you here again! I'am so glad that you are feeling better!

I just woke up from a long nap after a sleepless night, so the morning fog is still swirling through my head at the moment. Slept right through my med schedule! smhair

Welcome back! Man!...its good to see you here!

SE wink

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   Posted 2/6/2011 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
   Hey Tina Girl , Its so very great to see you back and posting . I know you've faced and overcome incredible challenges recently and you've dealt with them , Bravo !! You demonstrated incredible courage  and its so great to have you back with the family , please keep us updated as you can , God bless you and the girls and whole family !! Mikel

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   Posted 2/6/2011 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Gosh Tina, you have no idea how happy i am to see you posting again. I have missed you terribly, but do understand that you have gone thru several months of terrible physical and mental pain. I look forward to catching up with you hon. Keep up the great work that you are doing. You are very courageous and brave woman. My prayers are still with you.



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   Posted 2/6/2011 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   

So happy to see your update!! I have been thinking about you and wondering how those new bundles of joy were! Sorry that things got a little rough there but really glad they are getting better! Take care of you hun!

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spinal Stenosis L3/L4, L4/L5 & L5/S1 with Nerve Impingement, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, GERD, Severe Depression, VERY Large Cyst Right Ovary causing mild twisting, Small Cysts Left Ovary & 3 Large Cysts Uterus

Medications - MS-Contin, Plaquenil, Cymbalta, Famotidine and currently Prednisone

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/6/2011 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Yaa!!! Tina's Back!!! I just can't imagine what you went through since last Sept. You are my Hero! I finally saw some pics of your beautiful family on Facebook but no girls yet?? I am patiantly waiting cause I know that you are probably the buiziest Mom I know!!!
Love & Big Huggiewugs!

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   Posted 2/7/2011 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Tina, so nice to hear from you. Sorry you have been having a tough time. I hope things start evening out for you soon. Congrats on the girls, I bet they are a handful! Please post some pictures when you get a chance. Take care and I hope you keep posting. We are all here to support you.
Gentle Hugs,

Fibromyalgia, Chronic daily headaches, Migraines, Possible Graves Disease, GERD, High blood pressure, Depression and Anxiety

Oxycontin, Percocet, Lopressor, Lexapro, Omeprazole, Promethazine as needed for nausea, Ventolin inhaler and Vitamin D3

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 2/7/2011 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all... I appreciate the responses and caring.. and the welcome back!

I promise to get current pictures up.... We've taken over 500 on our camera - I just haven't loaded them on the computer yet. One day, soon, I hope!

Gotta run for now.... more later.... Hope you are all having a low-pain morning. --Tina
Main Health Issues: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibro; Chronic Pain (back issues, migraines, carpal tunnel, among other things); Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism and Hypoadrenalism; Mixed Sleep Apnea (on BiPap); Depression/Anxiety; Vitamin D Deficiency.

Retired Mom
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   Posted 2/7/2011 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so happy to see you back and so glad things are getting better for you now. I know it must have been very difficult for you with all you have on your plate. Sometimes I think loosing a memory may not be all that bad. Now you can concentrate on making new memories with those you love.

I look forward to catching up some time soon.
Failed fusion L5-S1, Pituatary damage, HGH Def, Fibro, Bladder surgery failure, Nissen Failure, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CTS (Bilateral Surgery completed), CFS, TMJ, Migraines, Vit D, A, Magnesium deficiency, Pre-glaucomic (sp?), HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia, Edema, too many Drug/Food allergies, sensitivites, and current meds to list.

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   Posted 2/7/2011 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Tina, I too have wondered how you have been besides extremely busy. Glad to hear the post partum depression is under control. My sister-in-law's daughter had it for a good 6 months after the having her first baby. She had a very difficult time adjusting after the baby was born and her mother pretty much had to take over caring for the baby. Like RM said the memory loss may not have been such a bad thing especially with everything you had to contend with.

Take care and let us hear from you when you can we all know how busy you are with two little ones.
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/8/2011 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   



Good Morning Tina!

   *warm hugg* I just cant tell you how happy I am to hear from you. I have often wondered how you were doing and what has been happening. I don't like to pry and bother folks when I know they have a lot going on. So, it is so good to hear from you.

     My heart sank a bit as you were talking about your fight with PPD. I had a spurt of PPD myself shortly after my oldest daughter was born. It was a tremendous struggle because I was breastfeeding at the time. I ended up only breastfeeding my oldest for 9mos. I needed help. I will always feel guilty for stopping breastfeeding early. On the other hand, I was grateful for the relief. I cannot remember the name of the anti depressant, but it was low dose and the doctors had told me I could continue feeding her. In my heart, I thought it was too risky. I was able to taper down and come off the PPD meds by the time she turned 1yr old. Still... to this day I shudder at the thoughts of what I had experienced. I took meticulous care of her every need. I was frightened to take her anywhere. I couldn't stand for anyone to touch her for fear someone might drop her or get her sick. I kept us both in extremely clean conditions. I was just over come with fear to my very core! Oh! My heart goes out to you. Goodness, I am so sorry you had to over come PPD.  *hugg* and worse those meds they put you on sound terrible.

    I hope you are able to get enough rest, I can imagine you have your hands full! Take care and know you are in our hearts.


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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