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   Posted 7/9/2011 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone...
Just a quick update on things here. 
First, thank you for all the e-mails I've received and the nice words here on the board.  Somehow, I think it got "lost in translation" :) that I was suffering from depression.... which I do have, definitely!!  But I've been suffering more w/ my physical issues, more than anything.  It doesn't really matter... but, many asked, so just thought I'd clarify. 
I am on Effexor for depression.  It works pretty well for me.  I also have anxiety... but I can't use any of the traditional anti-anxiety meds and properly function.
(Oh, but I did cry the entire day when the Casey Anthony trial verdict was announced.   It doesn't matter your position on the whole thing - but I have followed the story for the past 3 years.... and, especially being a mom.... my heart breaks for the whole thing).
Re: my health issues - I'm trying to work on things, one by one.  It's so overwhelming, though, when you have so many issues.  I get to the point where I just would rather bury my head in the sand and do nothing.  This drives my family NUTS and they don't understand. 
For instance - I have a heart condition - so when your heart rate is in the 140's just when you walk across the room - it's hard to get the energy to go to 100 doctor appointments.  My cardiologist understands this; my family doesn't.  I'm just doing the best I can.... and trying to make as many appointments as possible.
Other than all that junk, though - things are well.  The boys are all busy w/ summer activities, church camps, my oldest went on a canoe trip to Canada, etc.  The twins are 9 months now and wearing me out each day.... but I love them to pieces and - on my worst days - they put a smile on my face.  Every day - I still say (sometimes, multiple times) - "I cannot believe I have twin girls".  tongue   I always say that God must have some sense of humor!!

Anyway, I'm back to reading and slowly catching up.  But I think about you all often - and I will get back to all the e-mails - I promise... it just might take a few days :)
To those suffering or having a hard time - physically or mentally - my thoughts and prayers are with you.  Take each day as it comes and just do your best.  To me, that's about all we can do.  Sometimes, I'm just thankful when I get the energy for a shower or even the smallest of things.
With love and friendship - Tina
Pain Issues: DDD; fibromyalgia; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendonitis
Multiple Health Issues: Disabled due to POTS (heart condition); dysautonomia (dysfunction of the nervous system); hypothyroidism; adrenal insufficiency; chronic hypertension; chronic fatigue; sleep apnea; anemia; Vitamin D deficiency; etc etc
Meds: Too many to list....
Personal: Mom to 6 boys and twins girls

Post Edited (Momto8kids) : 7/9/2011 12:21:00 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/9/2011 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Tina! are a real Gem! We all enjoy you, and look forward to your return, when you feel back to your somewhat normal self again.

8 kids....and suffering from all those are a champion in my books! Hope you have a quiet weekend,...
....glad to hear that you and Bobby and the girls will have some free time away from the boys for a bit. Get some rest, and maybe a romantic dinner with that man of yours.

Maybe the pain issues will let up for a while and give you a break.

Turn the phone off too! wink What kind of clown would call you at 2:30am! Really!…some people just don't have a lick of sense!

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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 7/9/2011 5:19:50 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/9/2011 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tina! I have been thinking of you. I'm sorry that you're having a difficult time. I don't know how you do it! You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for updating.



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   Posted 7/9/2011 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Tina, so glad to here from you, I was getting worried, ok I am lying I was already worried.  You know you said you thought you and I had alot in common, you are so right.
Reading your post, I felt some parts I could have read myself.  As for Casey Anthony, I to followed the court proceeding from start to finish, so much so, that I took it very personally when she was found not guilty.  I dont get surprised much these days about human nature, but that well I dont even have words.  I am going to have to let it go, I really dont like being that angry about that which I have no control.  Karma is a b...., she will have to pay somehow, somewhere, I will promise one thing, I will never buy any books, tv shows she might, she will never get blood money from me.
Ok enough of that, I am so sorry for all you are going thru.  I know (well I think I remember) demanding 9 month olds can be.  Always remember, be careful what you wish for, like oh I cant wait for them to walk, or I cant wait for them to talk.  Wait, but I know you know this being a mother to 8.
I have to say, I am so in awe of you, how you do it, manage your home, kids, etc.  But wait, I am supposed to be making you feel better, not reminding you of all thats on your plate.
So anyway, so glad to here from you, I will send many prayers to you.  I think I remember you live in CA.  I am in Maryland, and you havent known summer, until you spend summer in the Washington D.C. area, the humidity is 90 to 100% while the temp is in the high 80s-90s.  I mean the minute you step out the door, even at 7am it is already time to wipe your head that is already soaked in sweat.  It occurs to me that I am not giving out good vibes here, I seem to keep going to negative places.
Ok I am signing off now before I make you start feeling even more depressed.  Seriously I will be praying for you, and sending hugs to you.  Take care and feel better. 
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

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   Posted 7/9/2011 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
tongue  Thanks all.... you guys all brighten my day and make me feel better. 
Mikey - I know, really.  I get the weirdest calls in the middle of the night... I'm thinking about changing my number smilewinkgrin
Flower - thinking of you, too.... thanks for the kind, uplifting words - really, they mean a lot.
Kathy - Thank you, too... I told you I'm a worrier, too!! :)  Yeah, I can't even get started on the CA trial thing.... honestly, I did cry for two hours afterwards. 
You make me laugh!!  I know - I complain about the heat here in CA.... but I HAVE been to the Maryland/DC area - for 3 weeks in May, '05.  The humidity was just starting - I thought I was going to die.  Then we went to New York.  I don't know how people live w/ humidity.  I'm sorry - but it would kill me (literally); I would never be able to leave the house and the A/C.
Ok, I have so much more I could ramble on about - but I have two girls in need of bottles and naps.  But I love ya all - and thanks for blessing my day! yeah

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   Posted 7/9/2011 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tina It's so good to see you post again. You know we all love ya. The 2:30am call sounds like my cousin that seems to want to call late at night. I just let the answering machine get it. I'm a night owl, but that doesn't mean that I want to talk on the phone that late lol

I have to admit, I cried too when Casey Anthony got off scott free. It really angers me. I have told some that if she didn't want her baby, she could have given her to me, and I would have raised her as my own. I believe karma will hit her square upside the head. Enough about that.

Wow, 140 beats per minute. My heart does that too, but not very often, Thank God. You just do the best you can, taking it day by day. I can't believe the girls are already nine months. How time flies. I bet they are a hand full now.

I sure hope you feel better really soon. I was going to write you an email, but I thought you would do good to read here, so I leave my love here for you. You take care, and try to get rest when you can. Keep us updated on how you're doing.

love and lots of soft hugs
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
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   Posted 7/10/2011 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanik you for the nice post.... and for caring :)  You are such a sweet person.... and your words really lifted me up.
Re: the CA trial (I swear, I won't mention it again - or I'll try not to, I'm sorry!) - that was one of the things I thought of... and I honestly thought of you as one of those people that would have taken that sweet little girl and loved her to pieces.  I can't say anymore or I'll start crying again.  I'm a mess. 
I took some beautiful pictures of the girls today - the one thing that did brighten my day.  They are the best pics I've gotten of them yet.  I will try to get them posted tomorrow.  Time does fly.... I can't believe we are half-way through the summer.  My boys are all over the place at camps, etc. - and I miss them, too - but am thankful for all the wonderful experiences they are having....
Well, my friend, I could ramble on for days.... but I'm trying to make myself get as much rest as possible.  It's hard because I fight the insomnia.... but my body is just craving rest right now... and, as I said before, I don't want to push it and end up in the end in the hospital. 
Take care all.   Thanks again, Loretta...  Much love and friendship --Tina
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