Hi Rock, Granni, Sun, Windy, Diane, GB, Spring, Barry, Julie, and all on the Porch I may have missed. I've not been too well, so I'm merely pasting my conversation with Leah to bring all up to speed. I'm sorry I've been gone so long. I'm not home bound, but I've been horribly ill for the last couple months. Beyond flare. Beyond the normal FM/CFS symptoms. I won't go into details at this point. I'm somewhat better, but still not particularly well, and trying to work through it. Thank you for inviting me back Frieda. I felt I'd stepped on some toes. I meant no insult to the person who felt I should not post there because I'm not "home bound". It's just that, when I'm not working, that's pretty much what I am. I don't go out. I don't do anything. I don't go anywhere. I spend all my time in bed trying to make myself well enough to go back to work every week to support myself because I have to. I haven't posted on the Porch for some time either. I've been so nauseated and dizzy that trying to sit up has been a chore. Attempting to look at the computer screen or post has been impossible until maybe the last week. My neck is out so badly that it's affecting my inner ear and causing vertigo. I found that icing from the middle of the back of my head down to my tail bone lessened the discomfort enough for me to sit and post finally. Working has been pure agony. Trying to exercise with residents and do my job while so dizzy and nauseated has been no picnic. And that is just the tip of the medical difficulty iceberg. I have missed everyone so much! Particularly my dear Frieda. And to GB as well. Thank you for thinking of me. You are such dears and always have such kind things to impart. I will try to stay in touch more. Thank you Sweet Lady. I wish you all good things. I hope you are doing better and that your voice is still making good progress. I will post more later when I feel some better. That applies to all my dear friends here on the Porch as well. Love, Dar Every Artist Was First An Amateur --- Ralph Waldo Emmerson Ulcers/gastritis dx 1981 (Treated & healed), Gastric Bypass Surgery, 1983, Arthritis, dx 1984, Hypothyroidism dx 1992, FM dx 1997, Heart Disease dx 2002, Allergies dx 2005 IBS dx 2012, Tunneling septic cyst emergency surgery 2012. Present course of treatment: Lodine XL 400 mg. 2X's daily, Flexoril 10 mg. 3X's daily, Ambien 10 mg. prn., Supplements too numerous to detail. Newest additional supplements working well: Magnesium, Selenium, B12, B 1, B6, L-Lysine, Ginger, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Hyland's Calmes Forte (when not taking Ambien), Arnica, Hyland's Nerve Tonic.