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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/10/2011 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thursday Koffee Klatch
 
    
     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...  turn    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.
 
Daily Question:
 
What helps you to relax at the end of a long day?
(massage, recliner, different med combo...)

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And sorry I could not travel both
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/10/2011 3:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I usually hit the house at 4:00pm after work on a daily basis, and after a quick shower, you will find me in my Tempur-Pedic bed. (Allura Model) smilewinkgrin We also bought the Vibrator mechanical accessory for the bed, and I use this from time to time for a little extra relaxation.

A BT pain med quickly follows, with lights off, and a White Noise Machine running full blast next to my bed, is the most relaxing. I need quite time, so the wife makes sure the kids stay out of the room.


Then of course our cat Mieko curls up next to me for his daily massage. What a spoiled kitty he is! smilewinkgrin There is something about a pet that is very relaxing to me. He has the same effect on my wife as well, and he shares his love between the two of us. While he will play with the kids, he usually avoids them, and is extremely loyal to both my wife and I.

The breed we chose for us is called a Rag Doll, and they are often nick-named the dog/cat, as it is the only breed of cat that mimics some of the qualities of a dog. He is half grown at this point and weighs in at 16lbs, and has the potential to reach a weight at full maturity of around 20 to 25lbs.

We just love him! smilewinkgrin

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_Christina
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   Posted 3/10/2011 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I am home through the day, so I spend the day doing on/off chores like loading the dishwasher and cycling laundry, folding and such. I cook dinner for the family (although sometimes it's just heating frozen foods depending on ability that day), so after dinner chores stop. I plant myself on the couch with extra pillows and a throw and watch a movie or show with my kids. (The tv doesn't turn on until then. I don't watch it all day.) I have the laptop here at the arm of the couch, and half an hour before I want to sleep I take my sleeping meds.

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 3/10/2011 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I do the same as Christina. I clean what I can through the day, laundry, walking the dogs, run the dishwasher (we finally got a portable one) and after making dinner, rest with my family. If it has been a very bad day, I will take a long hot bath or meditate. It always calms me to take a walk with the dogs and my family.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw


Pelvic adhesive disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, SI joint pain, arthritis, kidney stones, depression, 7 pelvic surgeries for pain, ovarian cysts, adhesions. Fentanyl patch, Vicodin, remeron, trazodone, dicyclomine, Miralax, Colace, Multivitamin

Jim1969
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   Posted 3/10/2011 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
What helps me relax the most is sitting in my recliner and watching my 5 year old playing quietly on the floor.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/10/2011 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   

 

    Jim!....can I barrow your 5yr old! smilewinkgrin   Quietly huh? smilewinkgrin

        That would be a change for us in our house! shocked

 

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cogito
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   Posted 3/10/2011 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Dinner is the peak of difficulty for me, already in pain from the day -- then having to sit is BAD. I eat quickly and then get up because of how much pain I'm in. To keep my wife company, I'll hang out in the kitchen and do the dishes (I nice byproduct of the situation for her). Then, I go to lie down with a heating pad. I'll surf the web or turn on the t.v. and flip channels for an hour or two. That usually brings my pain down to a manageable level. When I feel up to it, I might get an hour or so more work done, then back to bed.

Unfortunately, I cannot take any opioids at night because they prevent me from sleeping. But lately, around 9pm, I take some ativan. Oddly, benzodiazepines don't kick in for at least an hour or more and linger a long time. So, I take it at 9-10pm, read my kindle (love that thing!) and between 11pm-12am, am finally getting sleepy.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, Supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .25-.5mg ativan as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia).
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