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stkitt
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   Posted 7/22/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning to All,


After much thought I made the decision to close the Chronicles of Bill and start this new thread for all members to post re their daily challenges and share their stories.



Link to Chronicles of Bill for reference: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=1803433&p=6



Dealing with the physiologic, medical, and psychologic issues of a GERD needs a special place of it's own so here is where to post your issues and know we are here to support you.



With Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

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   Posted 7/22/2010 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Posted by Pandacrazy on 7/17/2010 @ 8:00 PM 

Joy, I have no position description yet. The closest thing I have is what was written about me in the senior newsletter which just said I would have added duties in addition to what I currently do. Nothing official though. I have looked at a jobs at senior apartment/assisted living complexes down in TN. I haven't looked around here, but I know how tight jobs are right now. I have 4 immediate family members currently unemployed right now where I live that have been looking for a year so don't know what my chances would even be. I may have to accept this job for the time being just so I can get the house ready to sell and get rid of a lot more stuff. I also think I need to get some kind of schooling and or certification to put on my resume on top of my 10 years of experience and the 15 years from my other job.

Kitt, yeah I didn't get home from the out door until about 2:30am and then have to take my bedtime pills and then an hour later have to take my carafate so that's one of the reasons I was up so late. I wasn't going to go to the outdoor because I was so upset and my eyes looked terrible but one of my little sisters talked me into it. I'm glad I went Despicable Me was funny and heart warming. Robin Hood was really good and it was a new twist with the story focusing on before he became an outlaw. You'll have to check those two out. I've talked to all my sisters today and they can't believe what they did to me at my job. One sister doesn't think I should tell them about the surgery I need on my foot and shoulder until after I sign the papers with them. I don't know what to do about it. I have a friend that had the same shoulder surgery that I need done but he waited many years and they couldn't even fix it all because of all the scar tissue that built up, so I don't want to end up like that since it has already been 3 years. My foot is going to be getting worse again because the shot is already wearing off and he already gave me the shot earlier than he usually does because I scheduled the surgery for it so he wouldn't have to give me future shots. I took a two hour nap this after noon and couldn't even escape from the reality of what has happened as I dreamed about it. Well I suppose I should get ready and look half way presentable because my little sister who's hubby is in a band wants us to come out and hear his band play at a firemans picnic about 20 minutes from us. She told me I need to get out of the house and it's free which is sounding really good to me these days. talk to you later. Barb

P.S. hope every one else is having a good summer!


My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, chronic gastritis, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems and broken tailbone Jan/09.
Meds,calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, zinc, Proair, Amytryptaline 15mg, Advair 500/50, albuterol nebulizer soluition, Ambian, pepcid, carafate, nexium, Zertec, Hydrocodone, cyclobenzedrine,


Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen Bryce, Caleb Owen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy


couchtater
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   Posted 7/22/2010 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I pray everything goes well for you, whichever path you may take.

I've had an irritated throat over the past couple of days. I hope it's not acid, but just an allergy to all of the construction.

Joy

pandacrazy
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   Posted 7/22/2010 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Good call Kitt. I like it. How is it going for you? Well I hope.

Hey Joy, I told them before I signed papers because I felt that was what I should do. Then I asked if they still wanted me they said of course we do. They gave me the same wage including the raise the city just gave me. I had a really rough first week though because I am still very hurt, feel betrayed and dumped on by my former employer. When they had my ex boss's party I wouldn't leave the office even though her former boss, my new boss and a few others wanted me too. I figured they wouldn't want out there crying. I was on the verge of tears all afternoon and did start crying 3 times, because I am still really hurt and to see all the employees coming and going and knowing I don't work with them any more was just too much. I can't believe the Mayor even had the guts to come in and talk to me. He apologized for the way I was treated and said he didn't know that my boss's last day was last week. Yeah sure he didn't. Every one was sent a memo about it. I wanted to tell him off but all I could say was yeah and sit there choking back the tears. I would have liked to have said thanks for nothing and then asked him what I am supposed to tell my grandkids when they come to visit and grandma can't spend any time with them because I have to work. I would prefer to never see him again. I can't believe that the lady that is the head of the department the center was under had the guts to call my new boss and ***** because I wasn't out there. My new boss came out of her office and said to me very gently and in an upbeat voice that she had told her that it was a good thing they had taken over otherwise the center would have closed. She is very very nice. I do feel I have a right to feel this way and no one that is not going through it themselves can possibly understand. Eventually I will feel better about it all. I didn't expect to be this upset my self. I am feeling over whelmed with the crazy new insurance I have to fill out and then i have to try to determine how much to put in a flex account. The insurance varies so much for different things. I have never in my life had such a mixed up mess for medical insurance. There is a $750 deductable and then there are copays and some count toward the deductible and some don't and somethings you have to pay the 20% and the 35 dollar deductible. Makes you want to scream. Well at least I didn't cry at all today. Crying seems to help though when I'm really mad like that and hurt. Went to my pain doc for probably the last time today because I don't think he is in the network. He gave me some trigger point injections because of my insurance changing. He doesn't usually do that in the office. I don't think he got all of them in my shoulder though. He did say that he thinks that the shoulder surgery my surgeon is doing will relieve a lot of the pain in my shoulder because it's throwing every thing out of line and putting extra strain on the muscles. Man is my shoulder ever bad right now. I may have to go visit palady over in the chronic pain thread. I bet your throat is allergies. Mine are really bad now too and causing my voice to be raspy and I can feel the junk in there. Well time to get ready for bed.

Where is evey one else? Take care and have a good night. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, chronic gastritis, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems and broken tailbone Jan/09.
Meds,calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, zinc, Proair, Amytryptaline 15mg, Advair 500/50, albuterol nebulizer soluition, Ambian, pepcid, carafate, nexium, Zertec, Hydrocodone, cyclobenzedrine,


Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen Bryce, Caleb Owen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy

Post Edited (pandacrazy) : 7/22/2010 8:55:02 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 7/23/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning All,

Barb, I know exactly how you feel re hurting over losing your position and know you have every right to feel the loss. I felt this way when I took early retirement from my position as I did not expect all my wonderful friends to move on and leave me behind. I truly thought they were my friends for life but once I was not working with them daily they let go of me but I had a hard time letting go of them. I had spent 26 years working, living and breathing my career at the hospital. 99% of my social life was through my job as my good friends there were my good friends away from the job too.

I never thought not seeing them daily would change everything. Also when I talked with my boss re taking early retirement due to my increased anxiety and stress levels she never advocated for me like she had so many other people.

Other department heads had stepped out of their positions due to stress and she helped them find a new position within the hospital, sometimes creating a position for them. I was in a bad place at the time and never realized until after I was feeling better that no one had come forward to help me keep a job.

Also nobody mentioned taking my disability insurance to get me through the rough time...........I had both short term and long term disability insurance and both of my Doctors would have completed the necessary paper work if only my brain had been able to think of all of the rights I had.

My annual reviews for all 26 years were always above average so I know how exactly how you feel.

To this day I still feel very alone as I have not managed to figure out how to make new friends at my age. Our town is a hard place to make new friends and even my therapist admitted this fact.

Let yourself cry as it does help let out the pain and the hurt. Please know I believe in you and I am alway here to support you.

Joy,

How goes the flooring project ? Also are you in an area that will be affected by the Tropical Storm head this way ?

Denise,

How goes your summer ?

Bill, Wondering how you are doing now and know my email is always open ?

To Everyone ~ Happy Friday

couchtater
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   Posted 7/23/2010 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
The floor is done except for the trim and threshold strips. It looks beautiful. Now my mother is hinting for a paint job on the walls. :((
We haven't even touched the outsides of the house except for the porch. I've been working everyday this week at the school. I've been trying to unpack the centers and file a ton of papers. I spent about 7 hours filing three very large stacks of worksheets. My back has gripe and complained all week.

The storm isn't going to get near me. It's over towards Alabama side. I'm closer to South Carolina.

Barb, I'm sorry your going through this. I'm hoping that it will get better for you. I know how you feel about losing your friends at work. I had two co-workers who retired last year and one who transferred. I thought we would stay in touch forever. Two I hadn't heard from in over a year. One calls me every few weeks and talks to me for couple of minutes. Somehow the friendship fades when you don't have work to talk about.

Joy

pandacrazy
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   Posted 7/23/2010 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt, wow you got a bad deal too! Thanks for being so understanding. I'm crying a lot less now and starting to feel better. It helps that I have a really nice boss who is very kind and helpful. I don't have a whole lot of choice but to accept it for now, but I had to come to that place on my own not when some one that still works for city wants me too. I didn't even have a choice in the matter to begin with. I wish we lived closer to each other so I could be a friend to do things with for you. Can you join a club, class or something at church to get to know people? Out side of work I mostly do stuff with my hubby and my 4 younger sisters and my daughter. There was only my boss and I at the center. She goes to the same scrap booking group I do, so I'll still see her. I won't get to see my friend that cleaned the center because they will bring in their own cleaning person. I'll sure miss talking with her about our dogs and other things. Guess I'll have to come and talk to you here more often. I'll still see some of the people on occasion. My volunteers have been bringing things over there for now and picking up the news paper. How is your dog doing? Maybe you meet some new friends through some dog related activity like a dog park, club, rescue or humane society. You know you'll always have lots of friends here. I always look forward to your advice, insights and news of what you have been up to also.

Joy your floor sounds beautiful. I bet your glad you have that big job almost done. Yes it is different once you move away or get a different job. I have found that to be true myself. I guess it is just a fact of life. It's not always easy to make friends outside of work either when your so busy with that. Well speaking of work it's time for me to go get ready for work. Have a great night all. I'll check back tomorrow. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, chronic gastritis, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems and broken tailbone Jan/09.
Meds,calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, zinc, Proair, Amytryptaline 15mg, Advair 500/50, albuterol nebulizer soluition, Ambian, pepcid, carafate, nexium, Zertec, Hydrocodone, cyclobenzedrine,


Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen Bryce, Caleb Owen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy


couchtater
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   Posted 7/23/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in misery tonight. :((
I made the mistake of eating all the wrong things tonight: cucumber, sausage, lima beans, ho cake, honey, a small bag of candied peanuts, 4 oreos, and a cup of milk (not all at once). I was set on fire!
Out of desparation I took my first Zantac in months. :(
I let loose some of the most eardrum shattering burps I've ever done. I'm still spasming some and feel the need for a good back beating.
I need relief!

Joy

stkitt
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   Posted 7/24/2010 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning All,

Barb,

Thank you for the great post. I am scheduled for training in August for a volunteer position at the Total Life Care Center here in our city. TLC is a life-affirming, non-profit organization that assists people facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies. Most of the work of the 28 TLC Centers in MN and WI is performed by several hundred dedicated volunteers. So I am going to put myself out there again and see how it goes. I do love people and my sweet hubby is just not a social person, more of an upnorth type of person.

I miss my siblings and realizing I am the only one still living from my core family is a bit scary and daunting at times. Of course I have my own wonderful family. My granddaughter ( 19 year old) got home from work last night and was frightened that someone had broken into their house. My daughter, SIL and other granddaughter are up north. about 11:00 PM my daughter called us to see if Kayla could spend the night here ~ silly question

My hubby took our Dobie and went over to check out the house as Kayla was sitting locked in her car in the driveway. So our Memphis went into the house and searched every nook and cranny - it is a big house. His first stop however was in the greatroom to check out his old toys that are still there. Grandpa brought Kayla home to our house and it felt so awesome to know she was here under our roof.

This morning we had cheerios and a fun time visiting before G-pa took her home as she is headed up north to join the family for the rest of the weekend. We only live 1.5 miles from my daughter.

It would be nice to live near you and we could get together. Maybe we will both have to move to Kentucky.

Joy,

Yowser, that sounds like the kind of thing I could easily do but I might do it all at once. I hope by now the spams are long gone and you are feeling better.

Glad to hear the floor is finished and I can understand why your Mom wants to paint walls - one thing always leads to another.

Hope to hear from others soon !

Kindly,
Kitt

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   Posted 7/24/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm better today. :)
A good night's rest and I feel so much better.

I'm just going to never mix those again. :(

Joy

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   Posted 7/24/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy that was quite a combination there. I'm glad your feeling better.

Kitt, that is awesome. You are great at helping others, so you will a perfect fit for that. I'm glad you were able to spend some time with your grand daughter. The time we spent with our granddaughter was such a wonderful gift. We got a chance to see what an amazing little girl she is. You are a very lucky lady to have yours so close. Your dog sounds like a sweet heart too. We have our grandpup Kayu with us for the weekend and he turns 6 tomorrow so I'll have to stop on my way home tomorrow morning and get him a gift. It's adorable how he watches over our small dogs even Gizmo who doesn't like him much. I got the information on continuing my current insurance today. We may have to continue the health just for me so I have it for my surgery and recovery. Some big decisions need to be made this week. I have to talk the HR lady to try to figure out their insurance and what it will and will not pay. I need a lawyer just to under stand that whole mess. I was having my doubts about the surgery on my shoulder until a friend came in the other day that had the same surgery and because he had waited years they couldn't even fix it all because some of the muscle had atrophied. He told me I should get it done ASAP and not wait like he had. I also read and article and it said the younger you are the better your outcome. My pain management doc is all for it too. He thinks it will help with a lot of the pain on that side of my upper back. It's funny how just when you start to second guess things you have things that come your way that tell you that your making the right choice. Well time to be off to work again. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, chronic gastritis, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems and broken tailbone Jan/09.
Meds,calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, zinc, Proair, Amytryptaline 15mg, Advair 500/50, albuterol nebulizer soluition, Ambian, pepcid, carafate, nexium, Zertec, Hydrocodone, cyclobenzedrine,


Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen Bryce, Caleb Owen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy


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   Posted 7/26/2010 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
As always Kitt you Have hit a home run! I like this idea and wish all the other forums would get one too. Some are a bit more sticlers though. I have so much to share about my long absence, but be assured I am safe. I have missed you all very much and will get up to date as soon as I get my reading in.

Take care,
Bill
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/26/2010 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill,


It is so good to hear from you and know you have been missed but also remember you have many friends here who care about you. (((((((((Bill))))))))))).



Take your time reading and post when you are ready.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

couchtater
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   Posted 7/26/2010 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I was about ready to start a "Where in the world is Bill" thread again. :D
Good to see you're back.

Joy

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   Posted 7/28/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy I was thinking the same thing!

Yahoo Bill is back. Glad you could join us. We all missed you. I hope it wasn't health problems keeping you away. I sure hope it was some thing pleasant like soft ball! Look forward to hearing what you have been up too. Take care and have a great night.

Kitt, I am still trying to figure out the health insurance at my new job and if I should do cobra. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I hate paper work. Will let you know how it goes. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, chronic gastritis, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems and broken tailbone Jan/09.
Meds,calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, zinc, Proair, Amytryptaline 15mg, Advair 500/50, albuterol nebulizer soluition, Ambian, pepcid, carafate, nexium, Zertec, Hydrocodone, cyclobenzedrine,


Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen Bryce, Caleb Owen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy


stkitt
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   Posted 7/29/2010 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning All,


Barb, I hope you get the insurance all figured out and that it works out for your best interest.



To All, I will be missing in action over the weekend as My husband's uncle died and we have a funeral to attended on Friday afternoon late and then we are heading upnorth on Saturday for the rest of the weekend with our children.



A huge thank you to all of you who continue to support each other and help Bill and I to keep this forum running so smoothly. You are the best.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

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   Posted 7/29/2010 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt, I'm sorry to hear about your husband's uncle. ((((((((((hugs))))))))

I had a very frustrating night and morning. Yesterday I came home to an ant invasion in the cats' food storage bin. I had to throw out nearly three pounds of food. They were running all over the kitchen floor and on the table. I had to spray ant spray everywhere. I had a severe asthma attack because of it. I spent an hour wearing a filter mask because of it.
I called my parents who are on vacation in Fla to find out my mother was on the way to see a doctor. Her diverticultis was flaring up. :(
I start to climb into my bed and my cat who was sitting there suddenly throws up on my bed! :(( I had to strip my bed and put on clean sheets.
This morning I wake up with only an hour until I had to go to work. I find out a different cat from last night had thrown up in the livingroom. >:(

To top it off another ant invasion had happened overnight in my bedroom in a small catfood bowl. More spray and another asthma attack. >:((

I managed to get to work with 5 mins to spare. :)

So how was your evening? :S

Joy

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   Posted 7/29/2010 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt, so sorry to hear about the death in your family. I'll keep your family in my prayers. I still don't know what the new insurance pays for and doesn't for sure. The HR for my former job got back to me and I was told that if I applied for cobra now before the new insurance kicks in and it has no preexisting condition clause that the cobra would be discontinued as soon as that insurance kicked in, but if I wait and get the cobra after the new insurance kicks in that then it would continue for 18 months as long as I paid the payments each month ($498) it would or may pay for stuff. So yeah I'm still a bit lost concerning that. I found out today that in the next 2 years they are selling the building I am currently working in. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm what happens to me then? I am already starting some training in September I take one on volunteerism. My new boss wants me to take it and I had already been looking at that one. She told me she knows I have worked with volunteers for the last 10 years but you can always learn something new. I agreed of course. Any education I can get in before any more changes is for the better. I had kind of a shock today when I went to the gym I belong too so I could cancel my membership since my new job includes one plus I can't afford it anymore now. I encountered one of my former fellow employees on their way out and of course was asked how I was doing. I quickly said ok as I felt like crying again. I thought I was past all that but apparently it has to be some one I like to have an unwanted effect on me. Well guess it is going to take more time. Oh well went and got a movie so will escape into a world of make believe. Lol.

Joy oh my what an awful night and morning. Bug spray makes my asthma bad too. I learned in my asthma class that I had that any aerosol can make asthma worse and should be avoided. Some times easier said than done. I hope you get rid of the ants and your kittys are feeling better. Well am off to watch my movie now. I have a cookout fundraiser for the center the next 2 days so will be really wiped out by the time I am done with that. Have a good weekend. Will try to check back in. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, chronic gastritis, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems and broken tailbone Jan/09.
Meds,calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, zinc, Proair, Amytryptaline 15mg, Advair 500/50, albuterol nebulizer soluition, Ambian, pepcid, carafate, nexium, Zertec, Hydrocodone, cyclobenzedrine,


Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen Bryce, Caleb Owen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy


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   Posted 7/29/2010 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! You've all been very busy while I've been away. Kitt, your volunteer plans are wonderful. You'll be doing important work, and are sure to make some good friends there. Thanks for starting this thread. I was telling someone about how I'm a member of this great forum, and how we all support each other. It's a special place, that's for sure.

Barb, you've been going through some tough stuff with work. Sorry to hear that you've had to go through those changes. It sounds like you're getting a handle on everything, and are making the best of the situation. The insurance situation is so difficult for you. It's unbelievable how expensive COBRA is. I hope you soon learn the best path to take.

Joy,
Your floor sounds beautiful. I understand your mother's wish to paint now. One thing leads to another!
Sorry about your ant and cat emergencies. We had ants at the house we sold. We ended up getting an ant service, and they baited the house and house-perimeter, and did a great job getting rid of them. Whenever we'd see an ant they'd come right back and take care of it. If you can't get control of them, consider a professional exterminator. It makes life a lot easier.

Sorry to hear you had a stomach emergency...Things are never easy, are they? Glad to hear it has settled down.
My allergies were really bad this morning--I don't know why. I did go for a hike pretty early in the morning...perhaps the pollen was higher at that time.

I went to my new allergist this week. He seems amazing. He took two hours with me--asking questions and exploring possibilities. He reduced my inhaled steroid by half since my lungs were 100%, but wants me to call in three weeks to let him know if I was maintaining. He also has me on a different nasal med. It's interesting. It's Qvar 40mcg inhaler--he puts a baby nipple with the tip cut off--you stretch the nipple over the inhaler mouthpiece, and it turns an inhaler into a nasal spray. He likes the dry power better. We'll see.

I have a very hoarse voice, and he seems quite confident it is caused by reflux. He said he's never met a GI doc that appreciates the importance of the connection between GERD and asthma. He wants me to start on my PPI for a while and see if it helps improve my voice. It is frustrating that it's even a possibility. I will not be the least bit surprised if I'm headed for a redo. Just wish I didn't have asthma.

Hi Bill--glad you're having a good summer. I'm sure you're traveling with your daughter's softball team. Hope things are going well for you!


So sorry I didn't get on to write to you all. I've been popping on and writing posts to some people who asked questions, etc. but have been so busy I couldn't really spend the time to write here. I've wanted to, believe me. Here I am all retired, and I can't get a day off!

Take care everyone--have a great weekend,
Denise

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   Posted 7/29/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise, we've missed you. Sorry to hear about your stomach problems, allergies and asthma. Wow all at once too. That's the way mine seem to run too. My allergies seem to be really bad due to all the rain and standing water every where no doubt. As soon as I go out the door my eyes start itching. I can smell a moldy mildew smell. I'm allergic to 7 different types of mold. I've had a hoarse voice since June. Not sure if it is from the reflux, allergies or both. I need to go get a lower and upper GI done. I'm having problems swallowing and the one doc had said my anemia could be due to some thing in my colon so needs to be checked out. Will have to see what happens with the insurance. I'm glad you've found a good allergy doctor. My allergy doctor and asthma doc both ask about my reflux when I see them. Well time to get off to bed I have a very long day tomorrow with the fundraiser cook out. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, chronic gastritis, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems and broken tailbone Jan/09.
Meds,calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, zinc, Proair, Amytryptaline 15mg, Advair 500/50, albuterol nebulizer soluition, Ambian, pepcid, carafate, nexium, Zertec, Hydrocodone, cyclobenzedrine,


Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen Bryce, Caleb Owen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy


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   Posted 7/30/2010 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning All,


Denise, It is good to read your update but I am sorry to hear your back on PPIs and that your asthma is kicking up a problem for you. You know you have my support.



I have misplaced your email - would you mind sending me a message at the email here in my profile so I may have your email again? I have some questions for you. Thanks so much.



Joy, My goodness what a nightmare you have gone through. I am so sorry to hear of the "Invasion of the Ants". It sounds like a bad movie. I hope you do not have any repeats of this bad experience.



Also I hope your Mom is doing OK.



Barb, You never cease to amaze me with all your do and keep right on doing under some extremely difficult circumstances. You are a winner in my book.



I hope your movie was a good one. [img]/community/emoticons/turn.gif[/img]



Bill, thinking of you and hope you have some fun plans for the weekend.



Gentle Hugs to All,



Kitt

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   Posted 7/30/2010 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Ants! Ants!! Ants!!! mad
I came home to even a larger number of them boogers running all over my counters! mad More spray! More asthma attacks! shakehead My throat is getting so irritated from all of the spraying.
I'm getting so frustrated. smhair

I'm so busy right now with getting ready for school. I've got a list of 11 things left to do before 3 o'clock on Monday when open house starts. I feel like I need to go over there and work this weekend to finish it all on time. smhair
Breathe, Joy.....Breathe...
Denise knows the stress I'm feeling. wink

Joy

Problems too numerous to name. :)

Post Edited (couchtater) : 7/30/2010 5:31:39 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 7/30/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy, oh my what an awful thing to come home too! I am praying God will send those ants packing. I wonder if there is something natural that you could use to combat the problem that wouldn't upset your asthma. You are such an awesome teacher. I hope they appreciate all you do for them.

Kitt, thanks for the encouragement and kind words. I guess I can't do much else except keep on going. Someone has to keep the dogs fed and a roof over their head. Lol. I am bushed tonight. My back is killing me. Those cookouts are so much work. Too much standing and I will have to make sure the kids do the bending over to get soda's from the ice chest for people.

As for the feelings I am still having dealing with losing my job I wish they would just go away. I don't like being out of control in public like that. Well need to get to bed so I can be ready for another long day tomorrow. I'll be doing the grilling tomorrow. Yipee! Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, chronic gastritis, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems and broken tailbone Jan/09.
Meds,calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, zinc, Proair, Amytryptaline 15mg, Advair 500/50, albuterol nebulizer soluition, Ambian, pepcid, carafate, nexium, Zertec, Hydrocodone, cyclobenzedrine,


Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen Bryce, Caleb Owen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy

dencha
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   Posted 7/31/2010 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Joy,
If you can swing it, you would probably do well to hire a professional to handle your extreme ant problem. One day I had hundreds of ants in one of our rooms. I vacuumed them all up and taped the bag shut. Then I called the pros. We had to have an ant contract for the last four years we lived in our other house. Ants would show up everywhere. With your asthma issues, you should definitely be staying away from the spray. The pro who came to our house said we had the worst infestation he'd seen. After the initial treatments, the ant numbers went way down, and it was just an occasional visitor.

Yes, I do know the hard work and stress involved in getting ready for open house! Teaching in general is a boatload of work! I hope you have a good class this year. I'm sure you'll have your challenges, as teachers always do! I know the open house, in addition to ants and remodeling, is about to put you over the edge. That's not good for your asthma, either! Take a deep breath and do what everyone else told me to do--relax and stop being such a perfectionist! Do what you can do, and don't worry about what doesn't get done, because nobody but you will know or notice!

Good luck with the ants, Joy, and take care of that asthma.



Kitt,
Thanks for your good wishes and concern. It's not fun dealing with reflux after the surgery, but I have some good docs who will guide me through. My new asthma doc is amazing. He is not pleased with GI docs, though, and when I asked him to recommend one, he expressed his frustration over the GI doc's clueless about asthma/GERD connection issue.

Unfortunately, right now my reflux is really kicking up (it seems to ebb and flow--literally!). My asthma doc doesn't like the wedge at night. I have my bed elevated, but when things are bad, I feel like the wedge takes some pressure off. I know that if I slip down on it, it can put me in a bad position, but I'm a light sleeper, and generally readjust myself if I slip down.

Does anyone have an opinion on this? Should I listen to my asthma doc and ditch the wedge, or go with my gut feelings that it helps when I'm having a flare-up. I'd love to hear what you think.


Barb,
You sound like you have a good attitude going forward with your new job situation. If you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts about it, just halt those thoughts and replace them with thoughts of gratitude for all you have to be thankful for--your family, your scrap-booking, your friends here and other places. Your mind can't think negative and positive thoughts at the same time, so if you keep your mind on the positive, things will go much more smoothly and happily in your job and life.

You still have lots of options, but there is no rush to jump into anything. You can take your time and consider everything before deciding to stay or go. The economy is bad now, but it won't be forever. Just know that ultimately you have choices, but you also have time.

Hope you have/had fun at the grill, and have lots of laughs!

Take care and have a great weekend, everyone!
Denise

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   Posted 7/31/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Howdy all-
Wow, what a weekend and week I have coming. We start our Nationals today, well at least the checkin and stuff. We have 156 teams here for the week. We play a scrimmage game Sunday morning. Then Sunday afternoon we have the opening ceremonies and the party starting at 4pm and going through 11pm. Monday at 8am starts pool play. I believe we play a California team first. We have 1 game Monday, 1 game Tuesday and then it becomes multi game days for double elimination. Also in between some of the girls and all of the parents are volunteers for parking, admission, scorekeepers, announcers, hospitality, etc. It is one long hard tournament, but vastly fun too. So I am sure I will be scarce or scarcer the next week. Please know I am thinking of all of you and miss all of you.

Take care,
Bill
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