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  1. Happy 4th of July to everyone! Mark - That's...

    Happy 4th of July to everyone! Mark - That's nice that you and Penny watch the grandkids allowing your kids to work. Kids are doing well. My daughter developed an allergy to an antibiotic and...
  2. MrsQ - Thanks for the information. I know she...

    MrsQ - Thanks for the information. I know she had an MRI the other day. We are all anxiously awaiting the results of that test. She is showing a lot of the symptoms but these symptoms could be...
  3. Mark - That "bulls eye" comment made me chuckle. ...

    Mark - That "bulls eye" comment made me chuckle. I joke about there being a target on my back. I moved to this state 20 years ago (yikes!, how time flies by). I have been involved in an accident...
  4. August and September have been really hectic...

    August and September have been really hectic around here with birthdays, back to school and unexpected "events".

    Mark - congrats on the new granddaughter. Sorry to hear about the continued neck...
  5. We'll be roasting this weekend, first time in...

    We'll be roasting this weekend, first time in over 2 years that our temps will be in the 90s (about 15 degrees above normal). We'll leaving to go up to the family cabin by a lake. It will be even...
  6. Mark - Your description of Megan dressing up when...

    Mark - Your description of Megan dressing up when she was 5 years old made me smile. I started replying earlier this evening, Steph came over to see what I was doing and saw the light flashing on...
  7. Mark - the visit sounds like it was fun. Steph...

    Mark - the visit sounds like it was fun. Steph is at the stage where everything is hers even if it was her brother's. She has started taking off my shoes and putting her shoes on my feet. Of...
  8. Olympics - We missed the opening ceremonies but...

    Olympics - We missed the opening ceremonies but we have watched bits and pieces since then. My son woke us up this morning stating that the bike race in France was on TV and he wanted us to watch it...
  9. I have a hard time getting here everyday but...

    I have a hard time getting here everyday but especially in the past couple of days. I didn't ask about internet access in the hospital but I wouldn't have been in much shape to use it until...
  10. Hi! I'm popping back in. I've had a chest cold...

    Hi! I'm popping back in. I've had a chest cold since late June but it seems to finally be leaving, just in time for my surgery next week. What's really strange is the surgeon doesn't require a...
  11. MrsQ - Josh doesn't go back to school until after...

    MrsQ - Josh doesn't go back to school until after Labor day this year although he is at school 3 days a week for extended care. He's having a blast - walking down to the various parks with the...
  12. Hi! I've stopped by a few times, started a post...

    Hi! I've stopped by a few times, started a post and then had to take care of a pressing matter (i.e. kids). It would be nice if some warm weather (but not those 100's) came our direction. We're...
  13. Mark, Regarding the surgery, there's been no...

    Mark,

    Regarding the surgery, there's been no change to the surgery. The surgeon said if I felt well enough I could leave the next day but he said most likely it would be two days for this...
  14. Mark - It's nice to read your posts. I try to...

    Mark - It's nice to read your posts. I try to visualize the work you describe doing around the yard. I hope the tomato plant produces tomatoes on schedule for you. Tomatoes don't tend to fare well...
  15. Mark, We are looking at July for surgery due...

    Mark,

    We are looking at July for surgery due to my work schedule. The optimal times for my work is either May or July. My guess is I'll be off work for about 4 weeks. Since I won't be able to...
  16. Mark - Those "coma" days don't sound good but...

    Mark - Those "coma" days don't sound good but your body needs the sleep and you're sort of catching up on these days. I have days where I sleep poorly for a few days and then sleep hard. It's...
  17. Mark - Glad to see that you only had rain out of...

    Mark - Glad to see that you only had rain out of those storms last weekend. Bronchitis is showing it's face here, too, as I've got it. I've been under the weather since the end of March. I feel...
  18. I'm stopping by to check in and hope everyone who...

    I'm stopping by to check in and hope everyone who was in the path of those tornadoes are okay. We're busy with spring activities - t-ball, swimming, yard work, etc. I just met with a 2nd surgeon...
  19. Dropping in but it'll be short as the fingers are...

    Dropping in but it'll be short as the fingers are definitely not following directions! Definitely considering trying to get the surgery sooner than later but working out the logistics of dealing...
  20. Hi! I haven't been around for the past couple of...

    Hi! I haven't been around for the past couple of days due to the pain affecting my left arm. When the pain is bad, my fingers have become very clumsy so typing takes me forever. Mark - the rain...
  21. MrsQ - Yes, it would be nice if our family...

    MrsQ - Yes, it would be nice if our family understood the pain. My husband is supportive. Iím lucky in that my aunts understand as they've had more than their fair share of back problems including...
  22. Mark and MrsQ - glad to hear that you're both...

    Mark and MrsQ - glad to hear that you're both safe. I've seen the pictures on TV, it sounds scary. As for me, my nerves are reacting to any movement of the arm lately so the block I had a few weeks...
  23. Mark - Believe it or not but I didn't lose sleep...

    Mark - Believe it or not but I didn't lose sleep wondering what the doctor would say. I was expecting the worst given prior history but it was the opposite. It was good news.

    MrsQ - Oh,...
  24. I forgot about the "drinks" and the "bar" from...

    I forgot about the "drinks" and the "bar" from the old days.

    Well, I find out about the status of the bone in the hand tomorrow. I'm figuring surgery but just don't know the extent of what...
  25. Leeaelle - glad to hear you dogged the bullet and...

    Leeaelle - glad to hear you dogged the bullet and only received 2-3 inches of snow. We felt that way in January when we received only 6-7 inches on the day that they predicted we could see up to 14...
  26. I finally got to sleep around 3:30 this morning...

    I finally got to sleep around 3:30 this morning and had to get back up at 6 AM so not much sleep . . . Basically, I think exhaustion finally overruled the pain so I could get to sleep.

    Mark -...
  27. Mark - It is definitely getting very quite here...

    Mark - It is definitely getting very quite here on the forum. I hope it revives. I found the forum back in 2004 for another neuro issue and it was very nice connecting with others dealing with the...
  28. I'm stopping by but won't be typing much. I had...

    I'm stopping by but won't be typing much. I had the MRI today for the hand. It was 1.5 hours with the arm/hand above the head. Despite the left arm (arm with the blood flow issues) being at my...
  29. Kat - Sorry to hear about the increasing pain and...

    Kat - Sorry to hear about the increasing pain and seizures.

    Mark - glad to see you're getting some sleep. Can you send some my way? For some reason, I haven't been sleeping well for the past...
  30. Mark - Glad to hear that Penny is doing better. ...

    Mark - Glad to hear that Penny is doing better. It's a quiet day for me, too, as I'm really tired as I haven't been sleeping well.
  31. Leeaelle - I wasn't expecting that there would be...

    Leeaelle - I wasn't expecting that there would be a vascular problem with the arm but looking back it does explain a lot. Over the years, they've documented a 20+ degree difference between the arms...
  32. Mark - Congrats on the new future grandchild. ...

    Mark - Congrats on the new future grandchild.

    Bridgette - I understand not being able to type. My arm goes cold and cramps the longer I use it so my typing is limited. You do need to get a 2nd...
  33. Yes, snow does make everything pretty but I hope...

    Yes, snow does make everything pretty but I hope we've had our dose for the year. It was pretty but the ice and wind that followed the several days of snow made it rather unpleasant especially for...
  34. Mark - I'm sorry to hear that your t-spine and...

    Mark - I'm sorry to hear that your t-spine and c-spine are worsening. Penny should be more understanding but denial is a common reaction. Maybe she'll come around in time. Hang in there!
    ...
  35. Hi! I'm popping in as I got home at a "decent"...

    Hi! I'm popping in as I got home at a "decent" hour from work. We've been working a lot due to year end and I'm definitely paying the price but I got a slight reprieve due to the weather. We've had...
  36. Hi! Stopping in to catch up and see how everyone...

    Hi! Stopping in to catch up and see how everyone is doing. I've been working a ton of hours getting ready for year-end and paying for it with neck and upper back issues We're getting ready to go...
  37. Hi! I haven't been around much as we've been...

    Hi! I haven't been around much as we've been busy. Wish I could say it was because I was doing great but based on the piercing pain down my right arm, I'm not a happy camper right now. It's been...
  38. Hi! It seems really quiet on the forum. It's...

    Hi! It seems really quiet on the forum. It's really windy and raining outside. Definitely a night to stay inside near a fire. I hope everyone is doing okay and not experiencing too much pain. As...
  39. Brigette - Sorry to hear about the lack of fusion...

    Brigette - Sorry to hear about the lack of fusion at C5/6 and symptoms likely caused by this lack of fusion. The cold weather isn't helping the situation. Congrats on winning the $100. It's always...
  40. Hi! I'm checking in and catching up on the posts....

    Hi! I'm checking in and catching up on the posts. Halloween was fun but very tiring as I carried the baby around while my son trick-or-treated. My daughter has returned to waking us up around 4 AM....
  41. Hi! I hope everyone affected by that snowstorm...

    Hi! I hope everyone affected by that snowstorm are safe and keeping warm.

    Everything is quiet around here. My husband took my daughter back to the doctor on Friday because she started waking us...
  42. The GI test wasn't as bad as I thought it would...

    The GI test wasn't as bad as I thought it would be although I did "wake up" during the test. They give you conscious sedation but I guess mine wore off earlier than expected as I became aware of...
  43. Brigette - That pain sounds bad. I hope you get...

    Brigette - That pain sounds bad. I hope you get it looked at soon.

    Melanie - We're doing good. Kids are healthy as can be given it's fall/winter. I'm getting ready for my next GI test as they...
  44. Logannamath - the shot would have been put into...

    Logannamath - the shot would have been put into the scalenes at the base of the neck. It relieves the nerve pain for my ulnar nerve issues. I've had shots in the neck for nerve compression arising...
  45. Mark - Yes, we're cautious with colds given the...

    Mark - Yes, we're cautious with colds given the experience with Josh. Initially, the asthma was triggered by food allergies and exercise but he's doing better as he gets older. Since she was 8...
  46. Logannamath - The kids are 1 and 5. Colds are...

    Logannamath - The kids are 1 and 5. Colds are worrisome as they both have asthma and the 5 year old was hospitalized for it when he was 2. It turned out that the 1 year old has an ear infection. ...
  47. Hi! I'm dropping in to say hi! It's been a busy...

    Hi! I'm dropping in to say hi! It's been a busy week at work along with juggling sick kids.

    Mrs. Q - Sorry to hear about your husband's kidney cancer.

    puddykat - Pay attention to the...
  48. Hi! I wasn't around this week as I was dealing...

    Hi! I wasn't around this week as I was dealing with a flare of my gallbladder issues and dealing with an unhappy lumbar spine from lying on a table for 2 hours for the gallbladder function test. ...
  49. Melanie - This was my first experience with an...

    Melanie - This was my first experience with an aggressive infection. They're not sure how I contracted it. My usual response after surgery is discovering new allergies to stuff they put over the...
  50. Regarding the insurance, it is in appeals. I got...

    Regarding the insurance, it is in appeals. I got a copy of the plan documents and to me, it really looks like they have to cover it. I know they'll try to wiggle out on some technicality (i.e....
  51. Summer finally decided to show up in September...

    Summer finally decided to show up in September (9+ days above 80 or 85) and then it abruptly left. We hit 90 on Sunday (highest temp all summer) and two days later, our high was 66 . . . Quite a...
  52. Hi! I haven't been around the past couple of...

    Hi! I haven't been around the past couple of days since going back to work this week. Three days back to work and my nerves and spine are telling me that desk work isn't right for me. I was up...
  53. Thank you for the suggestions regarding retaining...

    Thank you for the suggestions regarding retaining documentation and talking to HR. My boss is usually very nice, I just don't know why it's changed so drastically. I'm going to start taking notes...
  54. Hi everyone! I was released from the hospital...

    Hi everyone!

    I was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon. I'm definitely weak and taking it easy as I'm not out of the woods yet. My boss called me today and she wasn't happy and said...
  55. Hi! i went to the UWMC ER on sunday due to the...

    Hi! i went to the UWMC ER on sunday due to the fever and swelling around the surgical site. after spending 10 hours there, I was transferred to Harborview ER (regional trauma center affiliated...
  56. Hi! We're heading into our first week all summer...

    Hi! We're heading into our first week all summer long with temperatures above 80. We may even hit 90 later this week. It was an unusually cool summer with temps 10-15 degrees below normal. It took...
  57. Glad I re-checked the forum. The first time I...

    Glad I re-checked the forum. The first time I visited earlier this week, I couldn't find the spinal forums. I'm facing the possibility of another surgery let alone the possibility of the 5th...
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