New Lounge 150 Now Open

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Mikie, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I'm about to post #30 over on 149 so thought I'd just start a new Lounge.

    Love, Mikie
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Was online paying bills so decided to pop in to see who's been here. I'm soooooo glad about the ticket. The $ reduction was just icing on the cake. You can break a cat of habits by keeping a squirt bottle with water in it around and squirt the cat when she does something. I'm sorry I did that to Tweety, though. She's very sensitive and now, if she sees a bottle, it scares her. I feel as though I traumatized her. I think Rosie is a normal kittie, just wanting to get as high as possible. My DD had a big cat that always slept on top of the fridge.

    I sat outside with Barb to have my coffee and we played with her GGD. She's so cute and laughed when she saw Tweety (the GGD, not Barb :) Tweety didn't know what to think of her and ran away. She's such a good baby but is very sober and always appears to be mulling great things in her mind. She loves her daycare where she has a little group of babies to interact with. She's 8 months old. She gets excited to see her little friends when her Mom leaves her off.

    I finally came inside and had a bath. I can handle that but not a shower today. I called the doc and will see him on Fri. He's the one who did my knees and is a very good doc, as are the others in the practice. The shoulder gets sorer by the day. Strangely, though, it doesn't hurt any more when I use it than when I just rest it so am going to try to get a few things done. I'll use my good arm to do any pulling or pushing. Thank God, I already did the worst of the cleaning; that's probably what hurt it. This is a wakeup call to me to get into shape so that my muscles take the brunt of injuries and not my connective tissues. FMS make connective tissues fragile.

    Just watched a PBS show on lowering caloric intake by fasting. The most reasonable and doable program seemed to be the one where women "fast" two days a week on no more than 300-400 calories and men get 500-600. Participants can cut blood sugar, total cholesterol and LDL by about half. They said people can live longer on this approach. I have good blood sugar and cholesterol numbers but would like to lower my BP so I could get rid of the BP meds. Of course, losing weight would be a big plus. I'm not so big on living to a ripe old age. I'm not depressed nor have a death wish; I just don't want to live into dotage. BTW, participants can eat anything they want on non-fast days. It didn't seem to matter how much fat they ate on the normal days. I might try it later on. My pushy neighbor wants me to watch that dvd on becoming a vegan. I'll watch it at my convenience but there is no way I'll become a vegetarian, let alone a vegan.

    Feels good to have my in basket cleaned out and my bills paid. Guess I'll clean out my purse; it's a mess. I don't have to worry about meals. Yesterday, I got the cooking bug and fixed a pork loin and asparagas. I warmed up ready-made mashed potatoes and cinnamon apples. I don't eat much processed food but now and then, it is just easier. I cooked some ground round and put taco seasoning in it. Today, I'll fix myself a couple of tacos. Everything, including the processed things and the taco shells are gluten free. It's getting more and more common to see "gluten free" on product labels.

    I had two coupons for $2 off any frozen food at Publix but could only use one. I gave one to a sweet looking guy for his frozen pizza. He was soooo excited. It must have made his day. Deepak Chopra says we should be generous with strangers even if all we have to give them is a smile. I've smiled at people in the store and it seems to usually make them happy. I know it makes me happy when someone gives me a smile. It often costs nothing to change someone's day.

    Well, everyone, I had better get off this computer as typing does seem to aggravate my arm. Wishing y'all pain-free days and lots of smiles.

    Love, Mikie
  3. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Just wanted to let you all know we will be leaving tomorrow morning for the TX Hill Country Wine and Wildflower Trail. It is so pretty that time of year but always nice. Will be back sometime on Fraiday nost likely, Just hope that big storm doesn't cause to much havoc with anyone. It is supposed to cover quite few states.

    Diane - so happy all is well with Kevin's ticket. What a worry, I know.

    Mikie - Hope your shoulder is better soon.

    Frieda - I just love your humor, even if your body may may not beoworing correctly ( or mind to sometimes too - he he,

    Gotta run and finish some stuff for tomorrow.

    Love to awl,
    Granni
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I slept with the heating pad on my shoulder and arm for much of the evening. It's still hurting so will definitely keep apt. with the doc. DD mentioned to me that she also has a sore shoulder and neither of us can remember injuring them. Weird! Our lives are so often parallel that it's eerie. She's going to TX to help her MIL with FIL who had hip replacement. I don't get it. Barb had both hips done and she was up and walking, including climbing stairs, immediately. I walked out of the OR when I had my knees scoped but DD's doc wanted her off hers for three days. I think it's better to get up as soon as possible but I'm not a doc. Thank you all for you kind good wishes for my shoulder. I'll let y'all know what the doc has to say.

    Diane, that's interesting about Montel. I got rid of my juicer because of the high carb content of juicing, even veggies. I do have a green powder I can mix into water and it's not high in carbs. I laugh at Rosie's attitude about the water bottle. Tweety is adventuresome but still sensitive and wanting to please. Since we've not been letting her in during her infestation, she will come in now but prefers to go right back out. I actually think it's better for her not to be so dependent on me like I'm her mother. She is officially grown up. I'm happy the dark cloud has lifted.

    Leah, I hope the groggyness and faltering go away. We deserve to go through better cycles than most of us endure. Yes, nosey and pushy neighbors will likely continue to be nosey and pushy. He makes sure he always yells at me when he sees me, even if he has to run out to ask me how I am. It's kind creeping me out. I think he's anxious to see whether I've watched his vegan dvd. Oy!

    Granni, I hope you enjoy the wildflowers in TX. Will you get to San Antonio? It's one of my favorite places. So unusual and so historic. We can thank Lady Bird Johnson for the flowers.

    Just heard about Annette Funicello's passing. I'm surprised that she made it to 70, considering the severity of her MS symptoms. When she was a teen star, I bought every teen magazine with her in it. She had a column in one of them and my friends and I hung on every word. Her folks raised her in the most normal way which was possible, considering her star status. On her 16th birthday, though, they bought her a new blue T-Bird. Wow! Did we ever drool over that.

    Barb's GGD went to the pool with her parents yesterday. She was decked out in a retro 50's swim suit with a matching swim cap like the ones from the 60's to keep the sun off her head. On the cap, and along one strap of the suit, were rubber flowers to match the coral colored suit. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen.

    In today's paper, the health issue, was an article about singing bowls used in healing. Sounds very interesting and i'm going to look further into it. I'll let y'all know what I find.

    Well, typing is aggravating my arm so will end my post. Wishing everyone a great day. I have to shower and go to the condo mtg. I probably have checks to sign.

    Love, Mikie

  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I've decided to try to get one thing a day done even if it's only something small. This morning, I got up and got my car to the new mechanic for an oil change. As I suspected, the dealership has been been less than truthful about service. I talked to a man with three Toyotas and he's been taking them to this mechanic for years and years. This is a hole in the wall but is certified by AAA and recommended by everyone who goes there. They have the highest rating nationally on "Car Talk" a very good website for cars. This was started by the two brothers who have been mechanics for decades. The show was on PBS and public radio.

    Tomorrow, I do my taxes on Turbo Tax. I actually don't need to file but I always do the forms and print them out and copy them but don't e-file them. It's free on TT.

    Fri., I see the doc about my shoulder. It's still about the same.

    Barb's GGD left this morning. She was wearing a little pair of jeans. Sooooo cute. We will miss her. I think Barb's SIL is staying a couple of days to help her get some things done around the condo. She is quite a bit older than I and her kids worry about her, living down here alone. We told them that she's not alone; she has her FL Family here. My kids don't worry about me because I'm so independent. I'm sure the day will come, though...

    I'm still eating tacos. The problem with living alone is cooking for one. I could freeze the taco stuff but it would likely lie in the freezer too long until I would have to throw it out. Luckily, if I like something, I'll eat it for two or three days.

    I'm going to ice up and heat my shoulder and arm and rest for the remainder of the day. I just can't work when I'm in constant pain. It's making me grumpy and tired.

    Stopped at Target on the way home and no one was in the store or on the roads. The great migration North has begun in earnest. My Oral B electric toothbrush needed replacing so I got a new one. They are soooo much better than just manually brushing. I got some L'Oreal serum to fade dark spots. I have only one on my face but I want it gone. It came on since my facial chemo. I need a followup appt with the dermatologist for my bullseye rash, which is almost gone. I'll ask her to check the new spot. Adrienne doesn't have a specific spot fader that I'm aware of. I use her retinol but it hasn't faded the spot. I think I should suggest to her that she make one. I'm putting the L'Oreal on one hand to see whether it will clear up the liver spots--the acid test.

    OK, gang, I gotta go. Be good to yourselves. I believe that should be part of everyone's healing regimen.

    Love, Mikie
  6. spacee

    spacee Member

    Lots of very gentle hugs for you. Yes, you need to do what you feel you can
    do. I love you dearly and am so sorry about this very rough spell. Hoping
    you will improve and and speak enough to annoy Huz!!

    I think one can go back to anyone of my posts (long ago) and read it and life
    will still be the same. Meaning the son's (rather one son) is applying for
    a job overseas. Well, what else is there to do when there are no jobs here.

    Well, that isn't quite true. He has a part time position of teaching Judaism.
    Yep, thought you might find that humorous, Frieda.

    But one can't live on one class alone so trying to go to the UK. Will know the
    end of next week.

    I have a question for everyone. For those who have had crowns on their teeth.
    Did they ever not fit and have to be sent back? Just wondering about others
    experiences.

    Life is getting harder but guess that is to be expected.

    Hope this isn't too much of a downer. No more retail therapy for me. Washing
    hair and pj's is about enough for me too. Feels so good AFTER it is done!

    Love to all.

    Linda
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Thank you both for stopping in even when you are not doing well. I'm sending up prayers and sending warm, loving hugs to you both. When I said in my last post that we should be good to ourselves, I meant it. We are the only ones who know what we are capable of. And, yes, it's wonderful to have our online family who understands just what we go through.

    My shoulder and arm hurt when I type but I still want to drop in. I look forward to it and to finding out how my fellow Loungers are doing--good or bad. I believe our prayers for one another count. When we put love out into the Universe, it enriches everyone. Even when I'm hurting, it helps to know y'all are here.

    Got the oil changed yesterday and did nothing else but rest and put the heating pad on my arm and shoulder. I just put it on this morning. I don't know that it helps but it doesn't hurt, like chicken soup :) I'll ice it up. I bought Icy Hot but it isn't as good as Ben Gay. You apply the IH; you rub the BG in and it seems to penetrate. An added benefit is that the menthol smell opens up my breathing. Back when I was on the Guai Protocol, the menthol would have blocked the Guai. I see the doc tomorrow and am praying I don't need surgery. Maybe it's just bursitis and an injection of a steroid will stop the pain.

    Nothing exciting going on here except that the Snowbirds and Spring Breakers are leaving rapidly. I miss my Snowbird friends but I don't miss the traffic jams and it's nice to be able to get into restaurants without waiting. Of course, retailers are hurting but soon, foreign tourists will arrive, anxious to spend their money. There's not nearly as many tourists as Snowbirds.

    There was hardly anyone at Target yesterday but I shopped early. I got more of the new Hanes boyleg undies. They are like men's undies in appearance. No one to wear the frilly ones for anymore. These new undies are the softest material of any I've tried. I still have a lot of the old style ones but the elastic is fraying. I hate that. I'm at the point in my life that comfort trumps everything else.

    Speaking of comfort--I think I'll follow my own advice and go rest. This constant pain takes my energy. I'll tackle the taxes later. It doesn't take long. The older I get, the less I have and the simpler my life becomes.

    Take care, my dear friends.

    Love, Mikie

  8. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Thank you both for stopping in even when you are not doing well. I'm sending up prayers and sending warm, loving hugs to you both. When I said in my last post that we should be good to ourselves, I meant it. We are the only ones who know what we are capable of. And, yes, it's wonderful to have our online family who understands just what we go through.

    My shoulder and arm hurt when I type but I still want to drop in. I look forward to it and to finding out how my fellow Loungers are doing--good or bad. I believe our prayers for one another count. When we put love out into the Universe, it enriches everyone. Even when I'm hurting, it helps to know y'all are here.

    Got the oil changed yesterday and did nothing else but rest and put the heating pad on my arm and shoulder. I just put it on this morning. I don't know that it helps but it doesn't hurt, like chicken soup :) I'll ice it up. I bought Icy Hot but it isn't as good as Ben Gay. You apply the IH; you rub the BG in and it seems to penetrate. An added benefit is that the menthol smell opens up my breathing. Back when I was on the Guai Protocol, the menthol would have blocked the Guai. I see the doc tomorrow and am praying I don't need surgery. Maybe it's just bursitis and an injection of a steroid will stop the pain.

    Nothing exciting going on here except that the Snowbirds and Spring Breakers are leaving rapidly. I miss my Snowbird friends but I don't miss the traffic jams and it's nice to be able to get into restaurants without waiting. Of course, retailers are hurting but soon, foreign tourists will arrive, anxious to spend their money. There's not nearly as many tourists as Snowbirds.

    There was hardly anyone at Target yesterday but I shopped early. I got more of the new Hanes boyleg undies. They are like men's undies in appearance. No one to wear the frilly ones for anymore. These new undies are the softest material of any I've tried. I still have a lot of the old style ones but the elastic is fraying. I hate that. I'm at the point in my life that comfort trumps everything else.

    Speaking of comfort--I think I'll follow my own advice and go rest. This constant pain takes my energy. I'll tackle the taxes later. It doesn't take long. The older I get, the less I have and the simpler my life becomes.

    Take care, my dear friends.

    Love, Mikie

  9. Ranigar

    Ranigar Member

    I hope good days are soon coming your way Leah.Do what you feel is best to take care of yourself.I have crowns and one broke off eating a chewy brownie once but no other problems.My shoulder hurt so bad I went to the Dr. but oh that shot was more then I was prepared for.It worked but I would have to be in major pain for a long time to get me to do it again.I hoped the storms wouldn't be as bad as predicted but sounds like you got hit hard Diane I would have been anxious too.So sorry you aren't doing well Linda do you ever get to a yoga class anymore or is that not possible anymore?Bad news for us,the contractor is having financial problems and all work has stopped for over a week.We have been frantic and sick.A text today to set up a meeting Mon.We have spoken to a lawyer and it sounds like we will need to hire one to recoup some funds.Contractors are good people but it's sounding like they made poor business choices which effects our projects health is suffering as you might expect but I'm trying to hang in there.Love to you all I still find comfort here with my Loungers.
  10. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I'm so sorry for all the ills and troubles everyone is going through.

    Diane, When I was growing up, I was often alone while my Mom worked and storms scared me to death. I think I got that from my Mom who was also scared of them. I don't know when things turned around, possibly from watching shows about storms on TV. I like hail when it's small but not the big, destructive kind. We once had baseball sized hail and it damaged my car. Down here in FL, we usually don't get hail but we get big thunderstorms with lots of thunder and lightening. I love to watch those now. Lightening puts nitrogen into the air and helps fertilize the plants. Of course, it also kills people and starts fires. About the only time our barometric pressure takes a big dive is during hurricanes so I'm not usually in pain when it rains but it has happened. Sending up prayers for a better day for you.

    Leah, I'm glad you are better. Your Hubby sounds like a keeper. I'm glad you have him. You mentioned crowns; someone had asked about them. My whole mouth, upper and lower, are crowns on the molars. I've never had problems with them but one time, the lab messed up and the crown didn't fit right when the dentist tried it on. He took new impressions and had another lab do the work. It fit beautifully. I had perfect occlusion before all these crowns. Unfortunately, crowns are never just like the original equipment and they can change one's bite. I don't have problems with my bite but it's not as good as it was.

    Pam, I'm so sorry about your contractor and having to hire an atty. Unfortunately, this isn't unusual here in FL. Contractors will stop paying subcontractors, leaving the owners with the bills. I hope your atty. can get this settled in your favor. It certainly takes some of the joy out of building a brand new home.

    Prayers going up for everyone's problems. I will see the doc this morning and will let y'all know how it goes unless I'm in too much pain. In that case, I'll pop in tomorrow. I actually hope it can be settled with an injection and isn't a torn rotator cuff. That would need surgery. Yikes!

    Love, Mikie
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    He injected my shoulder. The x-ray wasn't definitive so am going in for MRI next Fri. If it's better, we do nothing. If MRI shows rotator cuff tear, we do surgery. It's done in the surgical suite in the same bldg. under general. It only takes about 45 mins. If cuff isn't torn but bone is rubbing on the tendon, he will go in and just clean the bone off. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. I may not need surgery at all.

    He said to take Aleve but it did nothing for the pain and gave me a headache and upset my stomach. So, I'll be going back to the acetaminophen tonight. Of course, I bought the big value size Aleve. Oy!

    I came home and slept most of the afternoon. Between the constant pain, and getting no good sleep, I'm exhausted and grumpy. It would be a miracle if the shot stopped the pain and inflammation but history tells me that when I hurt this bad, it will require surgery. I'll have a neighbor/friend drive me if I need the surgery. Barb is right next door so she could check on me the day of the surgery. I'll likely sleep the whole day. I just want this fixed.

    This is the same doc who did both my knees and he, and his practice, are the best around. I'm lucky in that respect.

    Bad news--the watch I ordered, after obsessing over it, from HSN doesn't keep time. I'm sending it back tomorrow. I asked for an exchange if they still have them. Oh well, if this is my worst problem (it isn't :)

    Sending my best to all our Loungers.

    Love, Mikie
  12. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    For the first time in two weeks, I slept through the night and didn't wake in pain as I moved in bed. By bedtime, the shot was working and I needed nothing further. If I need anything today, I'll go back to my trusted acetaminophen.

    I woke early, fed Simon, who ate everything, pushing the dish all over to get the last morsel, and did my taxes online. I always use Turbo Tax but don't file as I don't have enough income to need to. Poverty has its benefits :) If I ever win the LOTTO, I have the three years' of tax info to spread the tax pain around.

    We were supposed to get rain yesterday but didn't. I guess other areas in the state got some, though. Guess, I'll have to get my lazy self out to water the flowers. I have two gorgeous big pots of fuchia geraniums, blooming all over the place. One is outside my front door--good Feng Shui!

    Plan to rest again today and not use the arm much. Think I'll cook up some rice. That's always a good comfort food. I send good wishes to everyone today and, especially, to all who are sick and/or in pain.

    Love, Mikie
  13. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    so I wante to just pop in to say hi to everyone. Got back in yesterday and have been busy ever since with lots of washes going on today plus a 90th birthday party for a friend who sinsgs in our small graoupl That lady is amazing !!! It was a lovely party.

    Not much time right now but wanated to pop in say I am thinking of you all. I popped in on the Porch before so I needed to do a double pop and go to the Lounge. Missed you all and sorry for those of you having problems.

    Frieda - Hope you feel better soon.,

    Diane - Sorry the anxiety and all going on with those awful storms. They are porobably the storms that cause us a little grief but not much, in our area on our trip. Hail that large can be so damaging. Yes it is scary and they talked also about possible tornados which as we all know can cause awful damage.. So sorry you were so worried about it also but glad you all are OK.

    Pam - Sorry to hear you were having someproblems with your contractor. I didn't get to see the post but have been reading about it from others talking about it on the Lounge. Hope they can aresolve whatever the problem is. That sure is stressful too. Who needs that with a new home ??

    Mikie - So sorry to hear about your shoulder. Hopeyou will NOT need shoulder but just do whatever is needed sweetie !

    Gotta run now and get ready for shower and beddy bye.

    Love to everyone, both posting and those MIA !
    Granni
  14. spacee

    spacee Member

    Thank you all so much for your input about crowns. That has helped me to
    know much more. Nothing like ppl's personal experience! I will change to
    the dentist who has the 3D camera and can do a crown in one visit. See
    how that goes. Not real soon though. Sometime in the summer.

    Yes, Pam, I am able to drag myself to yoga (haha) with the help of ritalin.
    I tried coffee, diet colas and other things to stay awake in the 10:30am class
    but I had to leave one time because I was going to fall asleep standing up!

    Probably would not have been standing for long! So, I take the ritalin.
    Not as good as I used to be. Can't hold the poses long but whatever I
    can do seems to help pain a lot. Thankful for that.

    I, too, am worried about you Leah! Love you so much!! Hope you have
    some better times ahead.

    And hope the storms don't harm anyone's belongings!!

    Do believe Brother and doggie feel they have landed in Oz! They like it
    hear so much. And love our slow pace! Which is good. A person on the go
    would feel bored here :)

    Later gators! And, yes, the 6' one is in the lake looking for food!

    Love you my friends!!

    Linda
  15. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Well, not actually because we've been promised rain for days and none has shown up. So, when I got up and it was lightly raining, I was glad to see it. Even Simon was out in the rain, waiting for his breakfast. He was waiting up under the blacony eave but he went down the stairs to the landing, his safety zone, until I put the bowl down and came inside. Read the thin Monday morning newspaper and passed it on to Barb. Eventually, I will have to take my garbage down to the dumpster and send a bill by snail mail. I have to mail my new watch, the one I obsessed over, back to HSN as it doesn't keep time. It's called the "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" watch. This one is the "It's Always Five O'Clock" watch. Oy!

    Shoulder is almost certainly in need of surgery. If it were bursitis, the shot would have helped more than it did. It only helped one night. So, now the paths will likely be to repair a torn rotator cuff or to shave off bone and clean up the joint. What is scaring me is that the other shoulder is starting to hurt too. About 15 yrs. ago, I was in an auto accident. The energy from the impact went from my hands on the steering wheel and up my arms and damaged the soft tissue in my shoulder areas. I had myofacial physical therapy to help with the pain. One of my docs told me back then that there was some physical abnormality as a result of that accident on the other side. This could just be old accident chickens come home to roost.

    The energy from the impact also went up my feet and legs into my hips. Lordy! I hope those chickens don't come home to roost. Six months after the accident, I came down with FMS symptoms. I already had been sick with CFIDS/ME for 10 years, so the leap to FMS wasn't a far leap. The accident evidently triggered the FMS.

    While I was resting, for three days now, I watched TV incessently. I got excited that there was a program on FMS on a health channel. Dr. Teiltebaum was on for only a few minutes. Then, they brought out a doc who totally turned me off. He sat all fat, happy and arrogant (even his body language was that of someone who feels superior). He evidently doesn't know the diff between FMS and myofacial pain syndrome.

    He kept talking about trigger point injections, heat and stretching--all treatments for MPS. He said his FMS patients don't tolerate the injections well. Duh!!! He evideently doesn't know that trigger points go with MPS and tender points go with FMS. It is possible for people with FMS to also have MPS but they are different conditions and need different treatments. I think my FMS had already been triggered when I had to be treated for MPS from the accident. BTW, the treatment for the MPS worked but did nothing for my FMS. At this point in medicine, these kinds of docs shouldn't be treating people or on TV posing as experts. Ah, thanks for letting me rant. No one else would understand my outrage.

    Speaking of outrage, Pam, I hope and pray things are going well with your house. So many independent contractors are working with too little margain financially to keep up with the subcontractors. I know it doesn't help to know this is not unusual here in FL; you just want what you paid for. Again, I hope and pray you get it. You don't need this kind of stress.

    Leah, I just hate it that you've had such a rough time of things. Of course, I send up prayers for you to improve. Something which soothes me when I'm down is to imagine that somehow, magically, I can interact with wild animals. I envision lying down with a big, loving lion and running my hands through his fur and mane. He lays his head down and purrs. I can almost feel the heat from his body and feel how plush his fur is to my touch. He loves letting me massage his big paws (just like Tweety does). Then, I drift off to sleep, lying against my big protector. The brain cannot distinguish between what actually happens and what we imagine. The benefits of visual therapy are real as far as the brain is concerned and if our visions calm us, the brain will calm down too. A calm brain often helps to calm the body. The hip bone's connected to the... :) Visualization doesn't help everyone but I have a very vivid imagination so it works well for me.

    Linda, I'm still just soooo impressed that you do your Yoga, even when it's hard for you to do. Kudos!!! I've rested my arm long enough and it's doing no good. I'm going to do some stretches from my old physical therapy but not for that arm. I tired of lying around. I need to get something done by Fri. just in case. You have inspired me, my friend.

    Granni, you are a human whirlwind. I am always impressed at all you do. You also inspire me. I doubt I could ever keep up with you but I can try if I ever get these bumps in the road fixed.

    Diane, I think when meds go from Rx to OTC, they do make changes which can be significant. None of my friends here can tolerate Aleve. I have a big bottle of it and I can't even give it away. Well, it was none too bright of me to buy the big, economy size first thing. I love gators and a slower way of life too. I look at my stressed out kids in Denver and Atlanta and am glad I'm no longer in the fast lane of life. As soon as I'm feeling better, I plan on walking over to the park to see the wildlife, including the gators. Guess my kayaking will have to wait until the shoulder heals.

    My friends are all bemoaning the fact that shoulder surgery usually takes three months to heal and six months to heal completely. Well, when I ruptured my bicep tendon, it took six months to heal and a year to heal completely. I can never hang by my arms or do chin ups. Well, that's the silver lining; I have an excuse :) My motto is never to suffer ongoing pain when something can be fixed and the pain will be temporary. I have complete confidence in my doc. This clinic is the best. My one knee didn't heal perfectly right away. It took some Synvisc (chicken shots :) before it healed. Now, my knees are great but I don't stress them.

    Well, once again, I've written "W&P" so I had better get going. I didn't stop in yesterday and a day away from my online family makes me miss everyone. God bless all our Loungers, here and MIA.

    Love, Mikie
  16. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Are any of us ever going to get back to a more comfortable state? Seems that everyone is having problems. I need to stick a new prayer note in the angel birdhouse out on our tree. We had another prayer answered from it. My friend's daughter got the job she wanted. That prayerbox has special powers, I swear.

    Diane, I went through that waking in the night thing. I woke at 2:30 and had a devil of a time getting back to sleep some nights. It went on and one and left me totally exhausted. It did eventually end as I hope it does for you. I turned on TV because it lulls me to sleep but that's impossible if one is sleeping with a spouse. Also, the condo beneath me was empty. The woman down there told me she could hear my TV but that it didn't bother her because she has a sound machine with ocean noise. I've since turned the volume down on my TV and don't turn it on in the middle of the night now. I hope and pray you get better.

    Leah, I'm so sorry for the state you are in right now too. When I am in the middle of a bad time, I go into survival mode and only do what absolutely needs to be done. Of course, everything gets behind but it just has to wait until I can deal with it. If I'm up to it, I'll do one little thing, like fill my pill boxes or clean out one little drawer. It's not too strenuous and helps mentally. I got the garbage down to the dumpster and picked up my mail.

    There was an EOB from my insurance co. stating that they would not pay for my last dental cleaning and x-rays to the tune of $188. I have a $40 co-pay. Well, just a month ago, they sent an EOB stating that it was paid. Of course, this was unnecessary stress. Seems the doc's office billed them twice so they were just turning down the second bill. It's all paid and everything is fine. It's just that I had to make four phone calls to get it all straightened out. At least, I didn't just tuck it away and decide to deal with it later. Of course, it would have been moot if I had but it would have hung over my head.

    In fact, even though our conditions are a physical reality, I think most of us use our minds to help us through things. The little things I get accomplished don't amount to a hill of beans in a normal person's life but to me, it's a great accomplishment if I can do one little thing each day.

    After I got back from the dumpster, I got sick with instant exhaustion and diarrhea. I had to take to bed. A friend at the dumpster wanted to know whether I wanted to come to her condo and watch "Zero Dark Thirty" with her and a couple of other friends. I told her I was still in a lot of pain so just to go ahead and do it without me. Good thing I did, considering all my trips to the john :)

    I just got up from a long nap and am glad I was able to sleep. I had to take some Pepto Bismol for my stomach. That always messes things up. I think I'll just eat a baked potato for dinner.

    Right now, I'm in survival mode but plan to do as much as I can in case I do have to have the surgery. I'm putting off visits to the dermatologist and GYN docs. I also have to have labwork but not until after the middle of May to get my ins. to pay. So, right now, I'll deal with the shoulder and put everything on the back burner. My stove actually has a little warming burner on the back and I visualize the things I need to do which can wait sitting in a little pot on the back of my stove. Again, visualization. Of course, I have to make lists or I'd forget something big. Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.

    So, with that old joke, I'll leave ya'll for the day. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better for us all. I love you guys; you're the best.

    Love, Mikie
  17. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    So sorry so many of yuou are having problems. I haope and pray that things will get better soon for you all.''

    Diane - so sorry about your not being able to sleep. I used to have the same problem but I have been bad I guess taking generic Flexeril and 1/2 gen. Klonopin before bed. That seems to work pretty good with my FM. I get up in themiddle of the night to potty and then take my Strontium Citrate for my bones and then am usually able to go back to sleep. I know how frustrating it is not be able to fall asleep and toss and turn and keep looking at the glow in the dark clock. It is SO frustrating especially if you are in bed with DH. Mine is such a light sleeper so anything wakes him up. Hope you get to sleeping better real soon. It can make you crazy and cranky, bad enough when in pain all the time.

    Leah - So sorry you lost your voice. Not sure if you mean you can't talk or can't think of the words. I can do the latter quite often and it can be frustrating for sure. It is especially frustrating if you are trying to talk to the doctor or someone about your medical problems. I know that it is bad enough that some doc's are less than sympathetic or actually understanding of your medical problems. Hope you "find" your voice again soon. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sounds like you have a keeper for a DH with lots of understanding and patience. That is fanttastic. Chin up sweetie, hope you get some more strength and voice back soon.

    Mikie - Sorry about your tummy problems along with your shoulder. Sounds like they haven't decided on surgery YET but it may be in the cards. Hope not but you sometime do what you have to do !! Hope you get to feeling better soon.

    Had a crazy day today and I think I may finally may have gotten to be able to order my meds on line like I used to with our insurance. Our insurance changed some from DH work and I had to change over and get new PW and UN. Can you believe my card had the wrong ID # on it and that is why I could never access all my info like I was supposed to. Also DH and I are not on the same account like we used to be - weird. I am the one in charge of the ordering meds so it makes it much easier to do. DH doesn't use the computers much other than stocks information and doing investigating on them. Was on the computer when DH came in to tell me about the Boston Bombings or whatever thay are. That is so sad. Hope they find the persons responsible and really bring them to justice. Sorry to have to mention this . You all have enough depression and stuff going on.

    Pam - Hope you get everythihng on your house that you paid for. Sorry but I missed what actually happened in your situation but I know it was not good.

    Here's to happier and sunny days, but some rain where we really needd it. Starting to get low on rain again here too.

    Hope you all get to sleep tight tonight - especially you Diane !!

    Love and Hugs to everyone,
    Granni

    Mikie