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stkitt
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   Posted 8/2/2011 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Join us on the road of life and share your journeys..............we will learn lessons from one another.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
 
Link to the Road of Life Part 6:
 
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2135666&p=7
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kyheart
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   Posted 8/2/2011 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Kitt!

You never fail to make everyone feel like a part of the family. Your caring and compassion spill over onto the friends you make here at the forum..

May you always have 'Sunshine on your shoulder' to make you happy!

Sandi

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   Posted 8/2/2011 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Sandi !
 
I like having this thread for all of us to just talk things through, share a laugh or a tear and to get to know each other better.  You are a dear friend.
 
Joy,
 
Sorry to hear you had a rough day and here is hoping tomorrow is better. Let us know how your Father is doing.
 
Gentle Hugs,
 
Kitt

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   Posted 8/4/2011 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,
 
Just checking in.  I am guessing Bill went home from the hospital and does not have internet access right now.  Hope your doing well Bill.
 
Joy is busy getting ready for school to start again.
 
Denise is still on vacation - good for her - hope she caught lots of rays of sunshine.
 
Janice is feeling better and knows we love her.
 
Sandi is getting ready for a fun filled week-end.
 
MMM is looking into seaweed and report back after holiday.
 
Barb - it is so good to see your post and it has been a long time - 6 months.  We have been worried about you but understand how life takes over and keeps us busy.  I am glad to read that you have had time with Bella.  I know how much you love her.   Any drive-in movie time this summer ?
 
To All Members - I wish you a long and happy week-end.
 
Love ya all,
 
Kitt
 

couchtater
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   Posted 8/4/2011 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Another long, long, long day.....
7:00am-6:00pm at work...
My legs are swollen so huge the skin is tight. My back feels broken from all the bending over desk. Achy all over....
I got to met all but two of my students tonight at open house. I still have a few last minute items to do in the morning when I get in, but I think I'm ready. I hope...
Going to crawl into the bed at 8:30 tonight. Ugh.....
Joy

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   Posted 8/4/2011 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt
I am looking for a good weekend.. thank you.. every time I hear Jason's 'Anthem' on the radio, I think of you..I hope you are doing well and beginning the healing process..Hugz and prayers being sent to you.

Joy
Bless your heart, I am so sorry you are having such a rough time of it..I hope you have a good sleep tonite and you feel better in the morning. Wishing you a better day tomorrow and a great weekend coming up..

Bill
I guess you must be home.. hope you join us soon again.. Wishes for you to get some good news and feel better soon..

Denise
I hope you are having a too much fun and relaxing more than anyone should be allowed to on vacation....

Thanks for being here friends....
Sandi

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   Posted 8/5/2011 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Bless my Rhuemtologist! He gave me a perscription for "break through" pain. It helps some. It was another long day. I was hoping to leave early today (the principal said we could go home after the kids leave) but my cohort wanted to finish planning. :/
So I sat with my feet propped up on a stool and typed the plans up for everyone. I left the school at 5:45. :(
My ankles swelled even more today. I don't have ankles anymore I have footballs. :(

I hope everyone's doing well tonight.
Joy

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   Posted 8/5/2011 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy

I hope you will be able to relax and stay off of your feet this weekend.. I have had the swollen ankle thing and it is not any fun.. sometimes it feels as though you can't stretch your feet out cause your foot will break off at the ankle if you do.. or you just can't even move cause your ankle is wrapped with duct tape.. UGHHHHH!!!!

Take some time for your self this weekend..

Better Days to Come
Sandi

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   Posted 8/7/2011 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hii all forgive me if things are miss spelled. i am using my phone and its not an Iphone. letters r really small. i also may slip and use some text stuff sorry. anyway i am home. went to see my local surgeon for a nerve block and asked him if he would redo my redo. he said he would b glad too. but it has to b done open this time because of the gastric feeding tube i had.. i am hoping to get it done the first week of september which will b 5 weeks. i go for a follow up in peoria tomorrow morning. hoping i will b healed enough for archery season october 1st. man this reflux is kickin my hindend. its going clear to the top. using carafate protonix dexilant malox can only eat soft food also. been sleepin in the recliner alot to keep it down as much as possible.. i need a magnifying glass to read this it only shows up an 1/3rd of the screen. i am going to try and hit the library every couple days to use wifi there. ii have tried to catch up but its just too small of writing and hurts my eyes. Take care bill
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couchtater
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   Posted 8/7/2011 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear you're getting fixed. Hang in there.
I'm home sick today. :(
I got a UTI from a Lupus flare. I'm loaded up on pain medication. :(
I've had too much stress on my body this past week and it started a nasty flare on me.
I've got to stop trying to be superwoman.
Joy

somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 8/7/2011 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill,

It's sure nice to hear from you on the forum. I had my surgery last Monday and am doing better than I thought I would.

The big problem for me is that my voice is gone due to irritation of the two tubes down me during surgery. It's getting better however and I'm grateful.

I've had my share of aches and pains and complaints and I'm sure they're not over but I'd do it all again when I think how very sick I was just one week ago tonight, the night before surgery.

Thanks for all your encouraging words and take care and keep on posting.
Rita
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. - The Eagles

stkitt
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   Posted 8/7/2011 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,
 
Joy,  I am sorry to read you are not feeling well.  You are all things to all of us and no matter what you do or don't do you are our superwoman........
so take care of you.  We need you here in the forum and in our lives.
 
Bill, Super Duper,  your off to Peoria tomorrow.  Soon you will be have  residence status in Illinois.  "Giggle" September is just around the corner so don't blink or all of this will be behind you my friend.
 
Sandi,  Ouch, swollen ankles,  my best advice, stand on your head to keep those feet above the level of your heart and please take a picture and send it to all of us.  Truly I know how nasty that is as my hubby has Crohn's arthritis and was in the hospital last spring with his right foot and lower leg/ankle so swollen it blistered.  He was on heavy narcotics for pain. 
 
Denise,  I hope life is still treating you well and that you will be back and sharing great stories with us.  Be safe my friend.
 
Rita,  You are coming along well and many, many people have the rotten ole sore throat from surgery which can be so frustrating when you wake up with a new pain that you did not have prior to the surgery. The endotracheal  tube can be irritating to the vocal cords, both during the surgery and during the insertion process. Lozenges can help soothe your throat and resting your voice should help also.  I am glad you are a writer as you can still express yourself.  :-)
 
It may be raining, but there's a rainbow above you. - The Eagles
 
I am a giagantic Eagles fan ! I love songs that I can feel the lyrics, Rita !
 
As for me,  the funeral is over.  I miss my MIL and find I want to pick up the phone and call her but she has moved to a new home now.
 
Blessings to all,
 
Love and hugs,
Kitt
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kyheart
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   Posted 8/7/2011 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt
It is so good to come on here and see that you and the 'guys' have all posted.. I feel like it is almost a coming home of sorts.. I felt much the same as you do when I lost my Pop.. he would have been 90 today, only I kept waiting for him to come into the living room when I got up every morning.. it is hard to let go . Thanks for the kind words about the swelling.. I do not have it anymore since I have lost weight and am taking a different med for it.. only on 3 meds and I am on top of the world!!!
I too am an Eagles fan.... I have several Hard Rock T-shirts that the art was done by Don Henley, got the first one at the Nashville Hard Rock...

Joy
Please take care of yourself, as Kitt said, we all need you here.. I find myself coming here and looking to see if you have responded to me or on this thread so that I can find out how you are and what pearls of wisdom you have left for me.. you are very valued here..

Bill
So good to hear that you will once again be in the current Wrapped Club.. ;-) I was really happy to hear that you don't even have that long to wait.. I know that September seems far away, but, it will be here before you know it.. WooHoo you gonna be good to go!!!!!!

Rita
I am really happy to hear that you are glad you had the surgery done.. That must mean that you feel better... if you are like me, you will be ready to do the "Happy Happy Joy Joy" dance in another week or so.. So good to know you are feeling relief...

Kitt
Thank you again for giving us all so much special care attention.. you are one in a million...

Good Weekend...
Sandi

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   Posted 8/7/2011 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi y'all-
Joy, sorry you are having such a bad flare. my niece has it too and ive seen her have bad flares. not a pleasant thing to go through. have you gotten good shoes since u spend alot of time on a hard surface?. my neice is a cna and had to buy really good shoes because her ruemy told her poor shoes can cause a flare.
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opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/7/2011 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
hi again,
Rita-i am happy to hear u are doing a bit better. please do some back searches and read what has been told about the recovery. denise has an awesome one and i hope she still has the link for all hers during her recovery. she did a super job lettijg everyone know what was happening and what do to help. maybe we should sticky it at the top its that well written i know u will have ups and downs but soon the good ones will overtake the bad one. u had makor surgery and it takes a while for ur body to heal in there and adjust. we will always do our best to help u through this. in a couple months u will feel like anew person. i can sympathize with ur daily afid again now. if i lay down it comes up and has burnt the soft palate area on me. please know i pray for u all every day and niss everyone. sorry this is one long post but iits dificult on this little phone.
Take care,
Bill
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   Posted 8/7/2011 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Sandi-
Thank u for jumping head first here. i know there r alot of lurkers who for one reason or another dont post. u have contribute so mucu and i for one appeciate alot.
I want to thank u for the support u have given me and i will do my best to return the favor.
I need to go back through the last few weeks because i am a bit confused on who has had what done and such. 2 weeks on dilaudid can do that i suppose. lol!. its really helpful when kitt and i have to b away for a while to have members like u denise and joy to pick up the slack. i know there a few others im forgettibg though.
Take care,
Bill
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dencha
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   Posted 8/7/2011 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello One and All...

I'm back! We had a wonderful trip, and the weather was beautiful every day. We only had rain twice...at night, and in the morning as we were packing to come home. By the time we'd packed, the sky was clearing and we had a nice boat ride to the mainland. We had a busy, but relaxing time, enjoying the beach (with me sitting under the umbrella covered up from the sun) and some great evenings in town and at the cottage playing games with our son and his girlfriend, who came on vacation with us. We had a great vacation, and yet it feels wonderful to be home! Home Sweet Home...

Kitt,
I'm sorry I wasn't here to support you while you were going through the loss of your MIL. I'm sure it has been very hard for you and your husband, and harder still for your FIL. How is he doing? Please know my thoughts are with you.

I know how it is to want your loved one with you. It's hard to accept. I remember when my mother died. It was so frustrating to know that I couldn't fix it. Even though my mom is not with me physically any more, she is with me every day in spirit. There isn't a day that goes by when I don't think about her and follow advice she has given me or get a chuckle over something she said. She will always be a part of me, and is still remembered lovingly by my kids. I do understand your sorrow. I know you were close to your MIL, and I know she will always be close to your heart.
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Bill,
I'm glad you've got your redo scheduled. Is the doc who's doing it the same one who did your other redo? I wish you the very best outcome. You deserve it. Sorry you're suffering so, but like Sandi said, the time will fly by and you'll be getting relief soon. Hey, it'll make the surgical recovery much easier as you remember your suffering you're going through. Best wishes. I hope you'll stop in often to visit us! Good job writing a message on your phone!

Hi Rita,
Welcome to the yeah yeah yeahWrapped Club! yeah yeah yeahI know I'm a little late with my cheer, but better late than never! Glad to hear you are doing well in your recovery. If you can be patient and surrender to it, you'll find it much easier...just let your recovery take the lead, and follow it where it takes you. Struggling against "what is" makes things much more difficult. It's a gradual process, but you will improve over time.

Remember that the swelling of the wrap increases during the first two weeks, peaking at 14 days. Don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better. After the two weeks, it will gradually reduce its swelling and settle into place better. Best wishes!

Barb...
Welcome back! We've missed you! Glad to hear you're doing well and have been spending time with your sweet Bella. I haven't had a chance to read up on the thread because we just got back from vacation, but will do that ASAP. Have a great week, and stick around!


Hi Joy,
I know how exhausting the first weeks of school are even when you're healthy and at your best. Not feeling well and struggling with physical issues can put you over the edge. Good for you to take a sick day when you need on. You don't have to be a hero. You won't be there for the kids if you don't take care of yourself.

I hope you have a good class this year. I'm here for you, my friend. Hang in there. Get lots of rest whenever you can. If someone wants you to do something and you know you aren't up to it, learn the N-Word...NO! I know it's not in a teacher's nature, but you can do it!

Hope you swelling goes down and you feel more comfortable.

Best wishes to everyone!
I've got to get some rest...take care and I'll be back to chat tomorrow!
(((HUGS)))
Denise

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   Posted 8/7/2011 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise-
So happy you had a good vacation. i dont offially have surgey date but i see the surgeon who took my case in peoria tomorrow and am gonna ask if the first week of sept. will be long enough to go aheead with it. i asked the surgeon who did my lung surgery if he would do it when i went for a nerve block ealier this week and he said he would be glad to.
He sent me to layola before because they didnt know what the problem was. but since they know exactly whats wrong he is willing to redo my redo. he does alot of these but usually does it through the chest. he told me flat out he would have do this one open because ofb the scarring from the feeding tube. so i will really have a huge lead on michelle on the inches of scar competion. LOL! the thoracotomy is about 11inches and now i will have one from sternumbto belly button. not really liking that idea but it has to be done
I was bent over workn on my daughters truck this evening and had to spit out a bunch of acid. its alreadt got my soft palate burnt
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   Posted 8/7/2011 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I did some reading on my paperwork from last week and the upper scope clearly showed the hole healing. it was a lot bigger than i thought. i thought it was small than a cm, but it was about 3/4s an inch..
Also he showed me pics of the les and it is wide open and off center. actually right up against the side of the esophagus. he said the wrap is still there but its slipped and way too loose. looked really strange after all the picd from egds ive had to see the hole up aganst the side and not where it should be. this is the first time ive had full blown reflux since june of 2006. easy to forget how much it really hurts.
Sure wish the carafate, protonix, and dexilant would ease it up. but it doesnt.
Sure hope he agrees the first week of sept. is long enough to wait to do the surgery. he said 4 to 6 weeks and it will b 5 weeks. sorry for all the rambling but its one of those nights
Take care,
Bill
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   Posted 8/8/2011 3:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
Will someone please copy this to a new topic for me. my phone wont let my start a new topic.
I am looking for info on open nissens vs. laps. since ive had 2 laps done i know all about them but i am wondering how long the recovery time is for an open. like weight and activity restrictions. i want to have it done the 1st week of sept. and hope to b able to take my daughter out oct. 1st for archery season i normally shoot 67lbs and use tree stands. i can set my sons bow up for me its only 50 to 60 lbs. or am i just wishing in an empty well. also would like to know if anyone could give an estimate on how long the hospital stay is?. istayed 3 days with both laps and since i have been in the hospital for 3 weeks, 4 days,4 days, and then 2 weeks recently and all since feb. 28th id like to keep it to a minimum.
Take care
Bill
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   Posted 8/8/2011 4:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi again, my phone only allows so many characters. i wanted to c if anyone likes to listen thunderstorms and rain while sleeping? i love to sleep during a thunderstorm. anyhow i found a free download of a mix a guy made thats about an hour and 3 mins. long mp3. i found by looking up thunderstorm mp3s. he have tons of different nature sounds for dale but will let u download the thunderstorm mix for free. he did an excellent job mixing different rains and thunders together. i made a 5 hour cd by adding them to the burner i will try to find the exact web site,but when i googled it it came up in the top ten i believe. he has recorded all kinds of nature sounds.
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   Posted 8/8/2011 4:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Its me again!
Kitt i wanted to thank you for the words u started part 7 with. u always have a beautiful way of putting things. i am so sorry your heartache still lingers for your mil. i just lost my fil a f
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   Posted 8/8/2011 4:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Its me again margrette!
Kitt- i want thank you for the wonderful words u started 7 off with. u always have that little something up ur sleeve that is beautiful. please never change. seems like things r getting somewhat better for u. i am so sorry your heart is still aching for your mil. i lost my fil in may and even though he was technically a step fil he was more of a father and grandpa than our biological fil could even think about being. the 2 families gelled together so easily. his side are outdoors people to as mine is. i just wish we could have went fishing and hunting one more time.
They say it gets easier with time but im not so sure it does. i believe we just start to remember all the good times a little more each day. my heart goes out to u and ur family my dear friend .
When roy came into our lives it was as if he had been my fil the whole 21 years michelle and i have been married. my kids thought of him as their grandpa and nothing else. him and i even shared the same birthdate.
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   Posted 8/8/2011 5:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Howdy all
I am unable to sleep due to this darn acid. even coming up while barely reclined. looks like another sleepless night.
Rita- i am hoping u r resting souundly tonight. i find myself a bit jealous of those who have recently been wrapped. i really want this to stop. after 5 years without any significant reflux it seems so much worse than i remember. i also found out i can vomit for the first time since 06/07/06. was dumb and tried some chili for supper....bad idea!
Joy- i am so sorry ur lupus has reared its ugly head so violently. i see what my neice goes through and can only offer u (((hugs))).
My friend.
Sandi- what an insperation u have become here. when we have so many contributing truthful feedback this the best forum around hands down and u help make that happen. i have been on forums where u just know people r making things up for no good reason. thank you.
Denise- i wish i could have went to the cottage with u. sounds like you had just about perfect weather.
take care
Bill
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   Posted 8/8/2011 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill,

Sorry you're having such a sleepless night. It wears on you after a while. We'll all be rooting for you in hopes that you get wrapped sooner, rather than later. yeah yeah yeah

I'm also surprised that your hole was so large! I'd imagined a tiny one as well. That was a challenge to heal, I'm sure. I think the whole GI tract is hard to calm down and heal whenever it is inflamed or injured. I'm sure glad your esophagus healed.

You need to get that wrap fixed, then stay away from docs for a while! Here's hoping it's soon, and that everything else calms down as well.

I started your new thread for you.
I'm glad you're back with us! Don't worry about mistakes in your typing. Nobody cares! They just want you here. Any time you need us to help you with something you can't do on your phone, just say the word!

Hang in there, my friend.
Denise
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