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    Thank you, clouds! How old are you? I know, I know, it's not any of my business, but .....................
    It sure is hard for me to know that I'm 72. Gee whiz, that sounds OLD but it just can't be ME.
    im going on 62-times flys

    i was on mgh forums at 43 i think
    "Here's an unpopular opinion: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations. Sorry. If some innocent men's reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay." Teen Vogue writer Emily Lindin

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    Hi Clouds..... 62 sounds so young! I am a long, very long time member of this site too ....... especially before it changed so much. Remember those days?

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    i was on the old chats
    "Here's an unpopular opinion: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations. Sorry. If some innocent men's reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay." Teen Vogue writer Emily Lindin

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    y you all are still babies. I am older than dirt!! Ken just came from the farmers market. brought me tomatoes, okra,peaches, and I forgot what else. lol We live on Main St. and the market is just down the street from us. It is good to have fresh veggies!!

    I started in the old chats at MGH. 1999 Wow, no wonder I feel so old. I love this place and am afraid it will disappear one day.

    I love you all, Julia
    Did you ever know that you're my hero and every thing I would like to be I can fly higher than an eagle
    'cause you are the wind beneath my wings

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    "Here's an unpopular opinion: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations. Sorry. If some innocent men's reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay." Teen Vogue writer Emily Lindin

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    has chat room too
    "Here's an unpopular opinion: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations. Sorry. If some innocent men's reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay." Teen Vogue writer Emily Lindin

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    "Here's an unpopular opinion: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations. Sorry. If some innocent men's reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay." Teen Vogue writer Emily Lindin

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    So today I feel the need to check in. I am using shortcake's computer and the monitor is so big I have to turn my head from side to side to watch my typing. It's nice to use a real keyboard again. My iPad is in a sad state of affairs. I replaced the touch screen after it being cracked, again, and this time it's not doing so well so it will have to be sent in to be fixed. More money I don't have.

    Speaking of shortcake he is no longer short. He is taller than me and going into tenth grade. Gosh he was just a little guy when I joined. His encopresis still has not cleared up though over the summer it did get a bit better but this last week he has had a set back and he doesn't know it but I think it is the thought of school next week. He has been through so much with school. I don't know why they keep passing him. He gets Es, doesn't do the work but will ace a test. He says it's stupid and useless. In math he will get the concept on the first day and complains because while he is ready to move on the rest of the class needs more time. Says he doesn't need to go to college or ace school because of the field he wants to go into. Computers, graphics, gaming, all that stuff and is already a whiz and could do so much more if he did his work. If it's so easy then do the damn work. He misses a lot of school due to his encopresis and at one point truancy court got involved but his medical excuse took care of that. The court suggested therapy as there is the possibility of anxiety over both school and his condition so we went that route and started therapy and Klonopin. just .5 at night and once in the a.m. Lo and behold his encopresis starts to clear up but he is getting nothing else out of the med. No side effects, no change in the way he feels so we took him off it. Well encopresis starts back up but not as bad. So this school year I believe I will get him back in therapy and start the Klonopin back up. Does anyone think I shouldn't do this? I could use some feedback. I know Klonopin is pretty serious but if it clears up his encopresis then that is a huge battle won. His anxiety level will go down and then we can wean him off the meds. I don't know I am just so desperate for him. He has such a huge tender heart and it tears me up that he is suffering so.

    Brenniffer are still living with me. It has been over a year and I have given them notice. They are slobs and are teaching their three children to be slobs too. I cry everyday because I want my house back and because my oldest son hates me. We have had some fights and he has said some pretty terrible things to me. Bad enough I live with the guilt of his upbringing and can never get past it. Now he throws it in my face when we fight. I actually called the police on him because he was drunk beyond all reason and was making threats. Whatever happened to the drunk tank? I thought they would make him leave or let him spend a night sleeping it off. Well they don't do that anymore. They arrested him and he spent two days in jail while we frantically waited for the judge to sentence him. I wrote a letter to the prosecutor and the judge and they bonded him out. I paid for it but never got a thank you because it was my fault for calling the police. They dropped the charges due to my letters. Not to mention their cat is on her third litter since they have been here because he won't get her fixed and she keeps escaping and getting pregnant. Thank God she is tiny so only has a couple of kittens. I have been able to safely rehome them. He doesn't understand that it is animal abuse. I love that child with all my heart but them being here is killing me. They don't pay any money, rarely contribute and my son put a moratorium on them cleaning because twice while I was gone and once while I was sleeping they cleaned the whole house without my knowledge. I was so grateful, now they don't clean up their own messes. She feels bad but my son is controlling and has turned the children into spies. Enough.

    CJ and I are still on good terms. He is here almost everyday to see shortcake and fix whatever I need fixing. Lately it seems like something is always breaking down. He is an a$$hole and always will be but we can get along. Oh and last time did I mention he has a son that is like 10 months old. Got her pregnant while we were broke up but still living together. Didn't think to use a condom, idiot. She's married and has the husband on the birth certificate. Guess she should have gotten CJ's health history first. Now her little guy has the same thing wrong with his feet and legs that CJ did when he was born. I ask about the baby because now this is shortcake's half brother and there will come a time when I will come into contact with the child, possibly the mother and I want to be adult and gracious.

    Me....well I cry on and off most days, I haven't been doing therapy like I should, I've been to my gazebo, Queens Land as my therapist and I call it. It's out in my little bit of woods and I would go out there and lay and read or play on my ipad and be outdoors for hours. Well we got it set up and I've been out there once. My therapist would frown. I have also stopped going to church. I miss it but I can't get past the mass hugging segment. I love being hugged, I love hugging so I don't know why it bothers me. If I get there just in time I can miss this segment as it is in the beginning. It's ridiculous, my life has come to a halt, I don't do anything I use to do. My house is disgusting. My lawn needs mowing but my mower is broke and I can't get a new belt for a few days.

    I did get to go up north for a few days, took shortcake and drove up to camp on my cousin's property but their house is so big and they have a big motor home so it was more like glamping. Shortcake missed his internet so when I go back this Friday he won't be attending lol. He will be back and forth from his dad's to home. His brother can keep and eye on him too. Cj made sure I had a vehicle that would make the trip safely up north when I needed to and I am ever grateful to him for that. It is a blue Aztec. Big enough to actually camp in the back of it so I could actually park it in any campground and stay there. I have a state park free entry pass on my truck registration that I darn well plan to use. Going back up to cuz's for Labor Day weekend. Costs me thirty dollars in gas which I drove on all the week after and whatever food I plan to eat which is little.

    I think in total now I have lost 80 lbs. Took a few years. Dropped two sizes. It's starvation lol. CJ left I lost 2/3 of my income and feeding a fifteen year old boy is no joke. I think if I could drop 20 more pounds then I will be happy with my size. It is by no means close to my ideal weight but I will feel even better.

    I am scheduled to go get an EMG done from the knees down. Podiatrist thinks I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet and legs. My feet leave me crying most nights and to the left of my left shin I get bone scraping pain and that keeps me up. Doc prescribed me tylenol 3s which are a joke, I take two and get nothing. Will have to go back to see if I can get something stronger. He wants to raise my dosage of Neurontin I take for psych reasons but can't add to the psych's current script so I will have to talk to both and see who wants to take over that med. I have some topical medical marijuana which is a God send but it is limited just like every other pain med out there. I can't afford to go with a stronger version of MMJ.

    I'm sorry this is so long. I just needed to vent. I don't even care if nobody reads it. I just stinkin miss you all. We lost the family phone book somewhere my son's room ate it and now I have no one's address anymore. PM me anyone who would like the occasional snail mail with your addy. I had so many.

    Loves to you all and Clouds I am glad you have managed to keep this forum going with your many posts. It's nice to see that after starting it so long ago it is still up and going.

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    ((((((houghcrst)))))) ~

    You've certainly been going through a lot lately. Your plate is overflowing. Good idea to take a break and go up North on your own. Try to relax and regroup.

    I'm guessing that you've tried all of the dietary and natural remedies for Shortcake's encopresis. If he could have regulated bowels, he might feel differently about attending school. Is there a social interaction issue there? Might he qualify for advanced classes, where he would feel more challenged? Have you discussed with him and the school counselor an alternative curriculum to meet his specific needs? Does the school district offer on line courses?

    Depending upon the purpose of the Klonopin, some people swear by it, and others have had poor experiences with it (my son, Michael, who took it for seizure control ~ became toxic and was near death). If the purpose is to relax Shortcake, then perhaps there are other alternatives.

    I wonder whether CBD oil would help Shortcake and you. It might be worth investigating.

    How about acupuncture or acupressure? That might be pricey, but perhaps you can find a provider, who would give you a reasonable rate.

    I don't know whether this will work for peripheral neuropathy, but we use Witch Hazel for inflammation and pain. Soak a paper towel in Witch Hazel (OTC at drug stores), apply the towel to the affected area, tape it with a comfortable tape and leave it on. Re-wet with Witch Hazel periodically. It may not help, but it may, and I guarantee you, it won't hurt you.

    If you can't get to your therapist, at least go to Queens Land. What is stopping you? You know it's a place of peace and quiet, a sanctuary for you. You need spiritual renewal. Go to Queens Land and commune with Nature and with God, and feel the presence of the Spirit surrounding you in the beauty you behold. Take some time for yourself to just BE. Meditate. Pray. Renew your soul. Strengthen your reserve. Sunshine. Fresh Air.

    You need this as much, if not more, than you need medication. Mind, Body, and Spirit are connected to make us whole. We need to tend to each one.

    Make a commitment to yourself and to your goal of wholeness, and ritually visit Queens Land. Schedule that visit as a critical part of your life. Because, it is.

    I'm an old woman with bad hips and RA, a ton of stress every day, and a caregiver to my son, and now often to my husband. But every morning, I find a way to get out and walk 1 1/2 to 2 miles around my beautiful neighborhood. I do it, because I know that if I don't walk, I won't walk. Without my walks, my pain is ten fold.

    But I also do it to clear my head, to breathe, to get sunlight/Vitamin D, cardio benefits, bone strengthening, lung expansion, and to gaze at the wonders around me. The ducks on the lake, the scampering squirrels and rabbits, the birds. Compared to the sky, I am a speck of dust. I am humbled, and grateful that I can still walk and feel the presence of the Spirit.

    If I can do this, you can spend time in Queens Land as often as possible. Make a date, a time, a day, and go. You'll remember how comforting it is to be there, and how rejuvenating it is for your soul. And you'll want to keep going.

    I can only try to imagine how difficult it is for you to live with your son, particularly, when he abuses you in a drunken rage. You are right to show him, his SO, and children the door. Regardless of the past, you took them in, gave them shelter, and they are taking advantage of you. Don't let him guilt trip you. At some point, we all have to take responsibility for our own lives.

    Congratulations on your weight loss, but starvation is not the best way to accomplish that goal, as I'm sure you know. Nutrition is vital to healing and wellness. So, if you can have a balanced diet, and you can exercise to whatever your capabilities might be, you will lose weight. Think about yourself and commit to a healthy diet. Don't deny yourself food. You need the nutrients and calories for energy, strength and healing.

    Take a basket of fruits (blueberries, banana, apple) and veggies (carrots strips, celery strips), and nuts and seeds with you to Queens Land. Eating well means feeling better. This applies to Shortcake too. Well, to all of us really.

    Whenever I've felt like I was losing control of everything, I took control of just one thing. Then, gradually, I incorporated other issues into my range of control, and I always try to remember that some things are beyond my control. I struggle always to Let Go and Let God.

    My prayer for you is that you find your way to balance and to happiness in your own being. It starts with you. And you can do it. Look at all you've survived. You're a strong woman. You're not a victim. You're a survivor.

    Sending strengthening, healing prayers your way ~

    Love & Light,

    Rose
    Mom to Jon, 49, and Michael, 32, who were born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease and courageous spirits. Our Angel Michael received his wings in 2003. Our Angel Jon received his wings April 2019. April 2020, Jim, the world's most wonderful Dad, joined them. Now, they all watch over me.

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    Hello all it sure is good to see the pele who do sshow up I cannot complain that I do not hear often enough as I myself seldom get online and come here myself. I just want everyone to know that I still think fond
    Y of everyone though. -and absences make it even sweeter when you do see a post by someone,

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