Posted 8/10/2007 3:52 PM (GMT -6)

I'm happy to hear that your dad is doing good... My goodness, you went through a scare. What an ordeal for you!! (((Babs))) You are right though, good thing you had a warning. I hope everything gets better for you and I pray that you don't have anymore problems with this. Hopefully the nitro patch, meds, and the quitting smoking will help you tremendously. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Love ya
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Posted 8/10/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -6)

You really have had a scare! I too hope that the nitro patch and quitting smoking will help. More meds and less stress, and no more smoking :-) and I'll bet you feel like a human pin cushion. I'm just glad you had the warning and that you have everything under control now.

I know that your dad's illnesses have been stressful for you, plus working more hours, plus not feeling well yourself. I hope you can find a way to handle the stress, even if it's a short period of meditation every day. Thanks for checking in and letting us know what's going on with you. I'm sending gentle healing (((((hugs))))) your way Babs and hope things in your life settle down. You need a break.

Love and hugs,

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Posted 8/11/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -6)
Tks Des and Pat,
   You are both so thoughtful and kind. I really appreciate this wonderful group!
   I plan on slowing down a bit now. I was feeling so good, I got carried away. It's time to stop and "smell the roses", so to speak. I'm sure it will take time to adjust to the new meds and lifestyle changes, but I will take it one day at a time.
   The doctor did talk to me about meditation. He had to explain how to do My mind does run crazy on me at times. Maybe the meditation will help once I learn how to do it.... :-) .
   Thank you again and your both in my thoughts and prayers.
                                     Love and hugs, Babs
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Posted 8/11/2007 10:17 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Babs--
I'm so sorry to hear about your heart, but you're right, good thing they caught it. I'm glad your dad is doing better, mine is 70 and is about ready to give up too. It's impossible to get him to do anything he should anymore and I never know what to think of that. I have the greatest relaxation tape that I got from my counselor when I was on interferon and having major flares and my body was being destroyed and I was totally nuts. Anyway, we both agreed that if we could find the man that made that tape, we would marry him, no matter what he looked like just because his voice and method were so terrific. There are some really great tapes and you can lay down and listen through your headphones and I mean they put you in another world completely. I get the same effect from Robert Stacks voice when the tv is turned down low, I'll just fall asleep. I'm glad you are thinking of quitting, my son and bf just cannot quiit and it is so hard for them and I quit when I started liking them too much and I'm glad I did. Theres aome good methods out for that, hypnosis and some other accupressure and other stuff like that in addition to the patches and all. Its good to see that you are looking forward to slowing down some, I'm glad I did and it pays off. (((hugs))) and best wishes and prayers. Its good to hear from you. You were missed!
Love, Marji
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Posted 8/11/2007 11:12 PM (GMT -6)
Good grief, Babs!!!

What a scare that had to be for you to wake up like that. Did you have to call 911? I'm glad they put you through a bunch of tests to get things figured out. I wish you all the best with all the changes you'll be making. I quit smoking several years ago. It wasn't easy, but it's the best thing I ever did for myself. (Be sure to use the $$ you save to get yourself treats!)

I'm glad your Dad's doing better, but you've got to take care of yourself, too. So cut back on the work hours if possible, eat well, walk, and be happy!

xoxo emmie

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Posted 8/12/2007 2:44 PM (GMT -6)
Tks Marji and Emmi,
   I haven't tried meditation yet. I need to focus on that technique soon. Marji, tks for the suggestion of relaxation tapes, I will look into that.
  I started taking Chantix yesterday to help me stop smoking. I'm on the lowest possible dose right now and will work my way up to the max dose. It worked well for my dad and for several other people I know. My dad stopped smoking after the 3rd week of taking it, so I think it will work for me too since he was a heavier smoker than me.
  Emmi, I didn't call 911. At that time I really didn't know what was going on. I just wanted the pain and nausea to stop and go to sleep. Later when I woke up, I started thinking about what happened and called my Cardio docs nurse. She told me to go to the ER. I really didn't want to go and called my Internal Med/GI docs nurse and she told me to go straight to the ER that the doctor was at the hospital doing rounds and would see me in the ER. I had to think about it for a bit since these two doctors are in two different towns and use different hospitals. I decided to go to the local hospital where my IM/GI doc was. I figured I'd be there a couple of hours and go home. I had no idea I would be admitted with a "wake up call".
  Anyway, I hope you both start feeling better soon. I know you both are going through alot....(((Hugs))). Please take care and know that you are both in my thoughts and prayers.
                                       Love and hugs, Babs
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mirapex,advair,foxamax,donnatal,folic acid.
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

Posted 8/16/2007 12:20 AM (GMT -6)

Hi Bab's I was just wondering how you were feeling. Have you started on the chantrix yet? It's really good stuff. I hope it works for you. Wow what a scare huh? Anyway I was just thinking about ya and wanted to check in with you.

Your in my thoughts and prayers


God Bless
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