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    Hi all,
    You're right Jo, haven't been to ALZ for quite some time. After the 'blackout' I sorta (speaking of beds) rested my head here and stayed. If I roamed as much as I really want I'd never get off this chair, get nothing done. People here know I love to chat :) I really get confused now on ES board so haven't been there. Hard to keep everyones lives straight and there are a lot of lives there...think confused already.

    SIL Steve home from hospital on Tuedsday already, not to go home til Wed/Thurs. Then on way home he had to celebrate by stopping at a sports store first!!! That guy may be very crancy/nervious prior to surgery but shoots all his guns at once once he's outta there. Trouble getting in/out of bed so rests in recliner. Things finally catching up with Kim, his wife; she has shingles...and youngest daughter got ringworm. Using a cream used for athletes foot. Have to google ringworm as SO has it on his shoulder for a few years; he can get cream at store if that works. He came back from heart surgury hospital with that, kidney failure 3 times. Go to em for a cure, come out sicker. Watching SO close now as his kidneys starting to give his trouble again along with BP.

    We're just thrilled that Steve is home with his family again. Goes back Jan 23 for checkup.
    How's your weather people? We got about 6 inches, temp is 18, real feel 2, winds at 14. Very hard to warm up in here.

    Good memory Mark.....someone would ask me where I was at 'this' time....wouldn't have a clue.<G>

    TGI to you all, have great weekend........hugs, kat :)
    TMJ/shoulder/parotid tumor surgery, Scoliosis, Lumbar fusion for Spondylolithesis; now in entire spine. Herniated cervical disc, no surgery, high risk/Vascular Dementia (VaD), Breast Cancer survivor 12 yrs, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis. Rapid transit small bowel/no weight gain, IBS, 'cusp'/Crohns; Diviculosis; myoclonic dystonia. VaD, my 8th yr, causes tia's, seizures, strokes, Parkinson's, Lewy Body Dementia

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    Hi All ~~ I haven't posted in a LONG time, but thought I'd jump in and say "HI". I read back a few pages, and saw where Puddykat's SIL had surgery for cancer, and I'm SO sorry!!! I PRAY that they got it all -- he's sure had a rough time, since he just went thru that last year!!! Prayers are coming! Glad he's home now. :o

    I have my granddaughter living with me now. She HAD moved to Mississippi with her Mom, but since her Mom works 2nd shift at a casino, Mariah didn't have any supervision -- and for a teenager, that's not GOOD!! So her Mom and I thought it would be best if she lived with me, and finished up her schooling here, where she BEGAN school. She's been with me since August, and it's been working out quite well. Of course she misses her Mom, but she talks to her every day, and daughter makes the trip up here whenever she can. No way can I drive down there -- this old spine just wouldn't take it.

    Melanie ~~ I'm sorry to hear you're having more trouble! It sure seems like this last surgery was EXTRA hard on you! :ambivalence: Did it do you ANY good at all??

    I must have slept wrong last night cause I've been "crippled" all day -- my head felt like it was going to blow up, and the back was worse than it's ever been. For once, the right leg didn't hurt, but I almost wish it had -- with the back having all the pain is miserable! Think I'll have a little cheese with my whine.

    Anyway -- Hope everyone is ok. Please take care & God bless! :o Hugs, Lee
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    Lee, it is good to have you visiting the room. Glad to hear things are going well as adding a family member doesn't always go well. You are right about teens and supervision and I think she is better off with you than having no supervision in the evening.

    Kat, good to hear Steve is back home early and if he was stopping by the store to buy a gun you have to wonder about him. I hope your Packers have their defense straightened out as the Giants will be a real test for them.

    Julia, you were right about my sleeping and I kept on sleeping for a number of hours. I bet you had fun with the grandbaby and it is nice to hear she lives near to you.

    Liz, it is a shame you had such a bad experience with the Temperpedic, ours is actually one made here in Indiana so not the same brand, as it has worked well for us except the sweating. It has been very comfortable for us though.

    I finally woke up today and kept busy but didn't do a lot. I did get a piece of wood work on the overhead of the stairs done but that was about all except some tv and reading. It was cold out but I did get out for my script and some Cokes. Not much other than spending the evening with my wife watching Money Ball.
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    Lee, good to hear from you; sorry you're in so much pain hon. We Spineys have to stick together. So glad you stopped in, hope you'll keep doing it, love hearing from you.

    See if I can get this to work; pic of Steve, girls, Sam, friend walking halls in hospital. Don't know how you're notified there's an attachment......hope it shows up after I "submit reply"......Tallest standing next to Steve is oldest daughter Angela, One peeking thru his armpit is 2nd oldest, Renee...next to her is their cousin Brenna, then there's little Sam, ham of family along with his daddy....both hams<G> Tried copying/pasting but BT wouldn't let me do that.

    SO is grocery shopping; his income outweighs our bills, so I'm paying for groceries this time. I also have 2 medical bills to pay. Don't quite understand it but our doc is thinking of dropping medicare patients as some of that $$ comes out of his paycheck. Talk to SO more; get a better handle on it. I would hope he would give his patients fair warning. Mark, pretty sure you're not old enough for Medicare but perhaps have heard of this??

    If Temperpedic is like one giant sponge, I couldn't stand that; I still get the occasional hot flash; wouldn't need more with a spongy bed that puts out more heat.

    Got out spaghetti sauce from freezer for supper; normally SO loves it but he wants to 'doctor' it up tonight with Italian sausage, spices, etc. I'm sure it'll be good whatever he does to it. I love it, esp. the pasta, love leftover pasta, melted butter/spices, cheese atop; good to go. Kitty would love it too but only table food she gets is chicken/fish, rarely. Don't want to get her hooked.

    We got about 7 inches of snow, luckily it's over until next week, and the wind has died down to a whimper.

    Mark you should almost be done w/basement; must be a great feeling; all the work you put into it; betcha it looks beautiful. Hope you took some before/after pics. Maybe you'd even like to share? Haven't seen an updated pic of Emery either; she must be growing like a weed! Toss a pic of her in there too.

    Well, should get something done while SO gone.....doesn't like noise from vac, now's good time to finish that.

    Wishing you all a great weekend......praying for a win on Sunday for the Packers. If we don't get that win, do believe we'll be out of the running right off the bat....not up on how things work.

    May your pain be less and less this weekend......and forever. hugs to all, kat Now to see if attachment works........:o
    TMJ/shoulder/parotid tumor surgery, Scoliosis, Lumbar fusion for Spondylolithesis; now in entire spine. Herniated cervical disc, no surgery, high risk/Vascular Dementia (VaD), Breast Cancer survivor 12 yrs, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis. Rapid transit small bowel/no weight gain, IBS, 'cusp'/Crohns; Diviculosis; myoclonic dystonia. VaD, my 8th yr, causes tia's, seizures, strokes, Parkinson's, Lewy Body Dementia

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    Kat, like you I have a hard time getting pictures on here so it will be a while if ever that I can put any up. I know it isn't hard once I know how but I don't remember all the steps. Are you ready for the big football game today, Packers take on the Giants. Yes the basement is done except for a few small things. We aren't going going to put in a ceiling over the floor rafters until much later, if ever. Now I will have to find another project to keep me interested. Kat I qualify for medicare because of my disability but I am on my wife's policy instead. Medicare has been cut 500 million dollars by ObamaCare so the doctor have had their fees cut very low and many are not taking new medicare patients or dropping their medicare patients because the fee is so low it can't pay for overhead. When the Bill was passed there were warnings about this but the warnings were ignored saying it was just fear mongering. I hope your doctor works something out for you as a lot of people are going to be put in a bind. Temperpedic isn't like a sponge but it does conform to your body so closely that there isn't air flow under your body which is what causes the heat. The bed isn't for everyone but it is comfortable and doesn't cause pressure points the way traditional mattresses do.


    Yesterday was a lazy day as I was awake and did a little bit but felt sleepy all day and dropped off to sleep in the late afternoon sleeping until early AM. It was too cold to get out any way but I wish I could have seen the NFL play-off games especially the 49ers and Saints and the highlights show it was an exciting game. I hope everyone is staying warm with this arctic blast covering a lot of the country. We are supposed to warm up again this week for a couple days before getting back down to winter weather.
    1979 spinal issues, 1993 lumbar microdisectomy L3-4, 1996 360 3 level lumbar fusion L2-5, 1999 open thoractomy fusion T8-9,
    2002 C3-7 herniations and T4-7 herniations, 2004 total disability, a new limited life

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    Kat, sorry your Packers bit the dust today against the Giants but I warned you the Giants were on a roll. I hope you had a good day despite their loss. It seems like Super Bowl teams get knocked out early the next year the latest examples before the Packers were the Colts and Saints and the Steelers this year.


    The weather warmed up a little bit today and it is supposed to warm up for the next few days. Today was a good day once I woke up. I slept part of the night and then had a nap after my morning dose of meds. Penny and I went over to the kids to see them their dishwasher and new counter top. Megan was putting together a new cage for Emery's rabbit and Darrin was watching the football game. Of course Emery had to drag out her toys for Penny and I to hold on to. no one can figure out why she does it but she always has done that. We didn't stay too long as Penny and I were on our way to the store so it worked out nice for all of us.
    1979 spinal issues, 1993 lumbar microdisectomy L3-4, 1996 360 3 level lumbar fusion L2-5, 1999 open thoractomy fusion T8-9,
    2002 C3-7 herniations and T4-7 herniations, 2004 total disability, a new limited life

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    Really nothing much to say except missed watching game as it was a sleep day; guess I didn't miss much. SO said he went to pub, left at 1/2 time, ate, went to bed. His not this a.m. said his joints were hurting, both of us blaming our pain on a Low coming in; rain/snow tonight, with a couple of inches ??? overnight/tomorrow. My back was doing well for a couple of days until I started vaccing again. If I could only remember to stand up and move with the vac, think it would help. Do even have note on puter to 'sit up straight' which helps - when I remember to read note :)

    Mark, bet your glad you're finished with basement, bet it's beautiful. When we moved in this house, basement wasn't finished at all, except he had roughed in a large bar; now it stores bags of pellets behind it. Owner tipped us off if we put carpeting down, no new taxes; but if we put in carpeting, enclosed ceiling, lots of new taxes. We don't use it so it has stayed as is except for putting in a sink/toilet.

    Upstairs could use some work as far as carpet goes.....professional cleaning or new carpeting. It's a wheat color. SO won't leave his shoes in hallway, kitty pukes which I pick up/clean as fast as she tosses it out. Now seems like she's got a lot of stuff in her nose, goes to tummy, tosses that up, or it asthma stuff she's coughing up as you never hear her do it. Vomiting food you definitely hear her doing. If lucky I catch it in my hand instead of on carpet. Best way I've found to get it out of carpet is window washer stuff in squirt bottle and rag. Even for dark colored food. Just what ya'll wanted to hear, all about cat's vomit<G>LOL
    Mark hope Penny now finds the basement agreeable, will come down more often, sit with you.
    Oldest granddaughter turns 13 Friday; all family has been invited for dinner at 5:30; Angela wanted pigs in blanket so other Grandmother's coming over (kids off of school) to show/help her make them. One of my fave meals too....about 20 people to feed!! Steve's family is big, my ex's wife came with family attached plus they had a child, grown now living in CN. Of course SO not so happy about going as usual; doesn't like anything to do with family; as I've mentioned he's come out in pub saying he hates people, but he's in pub alot. His idea of doing something on a Saturday is doing a bar run, have a drink or two here, move on to next etc you get idea. Not my idea of fun. Not anymore With diabetes he now has to watch how much he drinks or he adjusts his doseage which really irritates me, but comes back from doc once a month with great numbers. Doc doesn't know how he does it, I don't either except the adjusting thing. He'll stop after work for a drink, and know it's more than one, he drinks as fast as he eats, comes home has another 1-2 drinks.....at least he uses diet soda.

    Like I said Mark, pray that Penny will spend more time with you. Here we are in same room but that's about it. He reads, I'm at puter. We talk more at supper, things from news I bring up which he stops in middle as he says he's heard about that already.....he only talks when he's in mood, he doesn't like my subjects....I love medicine, animals, mystery, some politics.....but the mensa man already is ahead of me. Sure hope you and Penny aren't like that. SO blames everything on my dementia..to my face.

    Well better get going, clothes almost done, dang load I took out still sitting on couch....dishwasher on way to being done too.........

    Ya'll have a great, hopefully pain free evening, lots of sleep night. hugs, kat :)
    TMJ/shoulder/parotid tumor surgery, Scoliosis, Lumbar fusion for Spondylolithesis; now in entire spine. Herniated cervical disc, no surgery, high risk/Vascular Dementia (VaD), Breast Cancer survivor 12 yrs, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis. Rapid transit small bowel/no weight gain, IBS, 'cusp'/Crohns; Diviculosis; myoclonic dystonia. VaD, my 8th yr, causes tia's, seizures, strokes, Parkinson's, Lewy Body Dementia

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    My baby sister had a little girl late last night...6 lbs 4 oz, 20" long. Her name is Eleanor Anne. It is a VERY good day.


    Type II diabetes diet controlled | PCOS | Fibromyalgia | Essential Tremor | Restless Leg Syndrome | Asthma/Mold allergy | Small Fiber Diabetic Polyneuropathy | Motor & Autonomic Neuropathy | Adhesive Capsulitis, both shoulders | Mild Scoliosis | Arthritis of Spine | Spinal Stenosis | 2 herniated disks | 2 Nerve blocks: November 2005, December 2005 | Laminectomy with spinal fusion of L4/L5/S1 and 6 screws for support 13 March 2006

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    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 snow since Saturday with more coming tonight, more tomorrow and then the big storm comes in Tuesday night. If the forecasts hold true, we're looking at the worst snow storm since at least the mid-90s. As we have numbers due on Thursday, essential personnel are being put up in a hotel for the next couple of nights. My son built a snowman yesterday and they went sledding down the street. Unfortunately, I missed out playing in the snow as I had to work to meet a deadline.

    southernlady - congrats on the niece!

    Giants vs Packers - The two vice presidents of our group waged a bet on the game. The one who lost has to wear a Giants helmet in the office for an entire day.

    Temperpedic bed: We have one and I love it. I think it might be why my t-spine doesn't act up as much as it did years ago but can't be absolutely certain.

    I'm not caught up on everything as I'm still reading through past posts.

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    Hi all ~ Thought I'd pop back in since I'm up. Our 6 inches of snow is almost all gone, since yesterday it got up to 44, and rained last night. That's ok with me -- except there's so much FOG right now that I can barely see the high school that's right next door!

    Southernlady -- Your sister's baby Eleanor is ADORABLE!! Gosh it's amazing how God can make human babies so perfect! She's just the prettiest thing! I hope your sister is ok.

    Granddaughter Mariah has a schoolmate staying here until the end of the week so she can finish school here for the semester, and then will transfer to a school in a different town next week. She and Mariah aren't getting along and it makes things a bit awkward. :ambivalence: Oh well -- it won't be much longer.

    Don't know what I did, but having an AWFUL time with pain lately! It hasn't been this bad in years! I finally got about 2 hours sleep last night after 2 days of no sleep.

    Need to catch up on some reading here so I can comment on things. :o I'm a little behind ---well actually I've a BIG behind. LOL

    Hope everyone has a GREAT day. Take care & God bless. Hugs, Lee


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    severe DDD; sciatica; osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, 2 spinal surgeries, SCS implant & removal, morphine pump trial-didn't work, umpteen injections/epidurals/trigger points,rhizotomy, Racz procedure, etc., therapy, 4 more herniations, now inoperable; lumpectomy, radiation therapy~breast cancer survivor,fibromyalgia;depression; heart attack. On disability.

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