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pickles37
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2005 2:13:08 AM

Here you will find people that desire to loose weight and love to talk about that and lots of other things! Join the fun as we chat away!
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 11:30:08 AM

How old was the baby? I forget what you initially said. She is in our prayers for sure.
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 8:53:52 AM

Apparently, The Bubble Boy syndrome is not connected to or caused by the heroin adiction. It is just one more thing that this little baby has to deal with. They are very hopeful that if they can find a compatible bone marrow donor then a transplant will set this baby on the right course.
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 9:53:20 PM

The poor little girl. Such a shame how life is so cruel so often.
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 2:06:02 PM

No, they can provide a portable bubble for riding in the back seat of our truck. Before they set the bubble up, I must have the truck's interior thoroughly detailed and cleaned and then they will sterilize the back seat of the cab as well as possible. Her mom will have to ride up front with me and only go in back to change diapers or feed baby. Mom and baby will be equipped with masks and gloves and other protective apparel. I will just wear mask and gloves.
Regarding my weight loss program, I easily lost at least 3 lbs., oh, wait, that was my laptop & power supply. stupid thing is glitching in & out. My computer guy says it will be ready later This week. Until then, I will gain proficiency with my tablet.

[Edited by: GBGuy at 3/3/2015 2:11:08 PM EST]
Jemac
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 9:23:29 AM

Does that mean she can't be around anyone that has any mild cold. You will have to be without sickness to take her. What a terrible thing for a mom to do to her child.
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 4:45:27 AM

Remember the baby that was born addicted to heroin? Newest news is that she may have "bubble boy" syndrome. I think they need to do a few more tests, but if so, they will need to go to St. Louis. Mom doesn't have any means of travel, so my wife asked if I would drive them. What do you think, would I drive a dear, needy baby (and her mom) to St. Louis?

Ok, yes I would. Just waiting for time and place info.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 10:08:46 AM

In ALL my life He has pulled me through. Where I thought all was totally going 'south' in life, He pulled me through. I know where my limitations end and where He is pulling me through.
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 10:58:06 PM

Well, nothing is guaranteed yet, but some doors are opening where they were all closed to us. If we can get that NP, it could be just what we need to keep the clinic open and keep other employees from leaving. If the new lawyer can do what he thinks he can, it would be HUGE. If neither happen, we are still in pretty bad straits.
If nothing else, our faith has been boosted.
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 9:17:25 PM

Fiath is all we have and if we lose that, we're lost. Sometimes we are "tested" to the extreme to see how we deal with it.

Glad things look positive and hopefully all will work out in the end.
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 5:34:10 PM

Proof that you just have to have faith. Life will beat you down, but if you believe and persevere, things can still work out for you. Our two attorneys for our malpractice lawsuit both quit on us, but one ( the father-in-law of the NP that is leaving our clinic) was driving to Indy on business but then (as he said) "for no known reason" turned around and came back into town, then met with another attorney in our town, who will attack our case aggressively. He already has our files, etc... and is pouring over them with his associates.
Then today (Sunday) my wife went to the clinic to do some paperwork and WHILE SHE WAS THERE she received a fax. She read it and called in "a fax from God", as it was a pediatric nurse practitioner who is "looking to relocate to (our city)". Problem is, this NP probably sent the same communication to every clinic in the area. Still, the response we have been getting from recruiters is that there aren't many NPs or PAs available and they mostly want to go to a bigger city, so we may be out of luck. Fingers crossed on this one!
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 9:50:46 AM

So far, diet wise, I'm staying the same in weight. I've been skipping that "extra" stuff but haven't totally got into gear yet. I cut back on the Coffee-mate and that "extra" bit of food and watching those calories and carbs daily but I haven't reduced the carbs much at all. Still averaging 1521 calories and 172 carbs daily.

Those carbs are killers for weight loss. The calories are right in line with what the calorie number for slow weight loss should be.
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 9:42:25 AM

Hi GB, sorry to hear things are feeling worse for you.

A sample of what's on the Internet:
"I’ve heard that stress is can make MS worse. I have so much stress in my day to day life that just can’t be avoided. What should I do?"

Answer: Although there is no scientific evidence stating that stress makes MS worse, it is generally accepted that stress can exacerbate any medical condition. Stress takes our energy and leaves us feeling drained. As a result, symptoms may become worse because it takes more energy to deal with them."
GBGuy
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 7:59:50 AM

Yes, our wills are being tested and no, I try not to second guess the creator's plan. Even "fairness" seems like a bogus concept. Is it fair that my wife has to suffer in pain, infections, swelling, abdominal complications, drug interactions, etc..., her clinic & professional life in jeopardy while the doctor that could have prevented this by just accepting that some surgical patients get infections but chose to play God and say "my joints don't get infected" so he refused to do anything to diagnose wife's infection and treat it before it took over her whole leg. This doctor just got back from 3 weeks in Greece, Italy, and Spain (yes, we are keeping tabs on him). His clinic is not only secure, but more successful than ever and he can eat and sleep and come and go as he pleases. I don't like to wish bad things on people, but what would it be like for him if he had to switch places with my wife for one week, feel all the pain and suffering, not be able to walk or work like he used to, worry if HIS clinic will even exist in the next 2-6 months. It may not be fair, but ...

On the Diet front, my MS seems to be getting worse, reducing my activity level. I just got a walker, mostly for our cruise in May, but I have even been using it around the house at times. It has a seat, so if I need to I can stop anywhere and rest. It is much better than a cane (or sometimes TWO canes) and it allows me to venture out without worrying about being somewhere that I can only sit on the floor or ground for rest. My weight is hanging still. Would like to lose more, but I will accept stability for a while.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 11:05:25 AM

I try to look at things in an alternative way than many people. An example ...I broke my ankle at my sister's house on ice that she had on her walkway. She still feels very bad about it after these 12 years as she always salted that walkway and didn't do it that one time.

I came to Florida about 6 months later than I expected due to the injury and recuperation. Like I told my sister ...perhaps I would have met an 18 wheeler on my earlier proposed trip and I could have been a paraplegic now.

I'm just not going to "second guess" the Almighty and His way of doing things.

It's tough going and I hope all involved can get through it. It's one of the toughest things to do.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 7:01:26 AM

Boy, are they ever. Last night, the stress led us to a big fight. I feel terrible that I can't help her. I can't just make people do things, like buy her clinic or stay under her employ, or come to work for her... I do everything and anything she asks me to do to help, but it is never enough.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 6:38:33 PM

Perhaps your wills are being tested. I'll do my part and will ask others to help in their way.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 11:04:46 AM

You got that right. We don't even know where we will be living in 6 months. Worst case scenario: Megaclinic doesn't buy our clinic & legal action against surgeon fails-->our clinic closes, we owe about a million $$ on that, the banks call the loans & kick us out of our house (used as collateral on the business loans). If wife can't find a position (which is a possibility, but I believe she would), we would only have my disability income and our son's meager paycheck -->bankruptcy.
Best scenario, Megaclinic makes offer to buy our clinic, paying off all business debts & some extra cash, gives wife position, either at the Megaclinic or at "our" clinic (under their ownership & management), PLUS the legal action results in a quick settlement of $2-$5 million or more. Even if we could get another doc or NP, we could keep our clinic running.
Lastly, in desperation, I bought a Megamillions lottery ticket. Winning that would fix all our financial problems.
There is so much that could go well, but for each positive outcome there is a potential negative outcome. I am just sick from all the tension, uncertainty, and stress!
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 9:00:00 AM

You and your family sure have a lot on your plates. It's tough to see the light with so many obstacles in the way. Hopefully He can fix some of them in a positive way.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 8:11:31 AM

Today wife has a big meeting with the MEGAclinic executives. Our only way out of this situation may be to sell our clinic to them, if they are willing to buy it, paying all business debts it has, etc... and hopefully a little cash extra. Wife thinks it means failure and knows they (the other clinic) will have "won" the battle. They will probably require her to work for them for a period of time (1-3 years). At least her patients will still be able to see keep her for a while as their doctor. She hasn't told anyone about plans to leave her and return to GB when it is over.
I am still praying for a last minute miracle of a recruiter calling her with a solid candidate for pediatrician or NP to join the clinic so she can keep things going as they are.
We also are starting over with a new law firm, who think they could do something about the malpractice before the deadline. That would be HUGE for us.
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 9:40:10 AM

My prayers were going out for the wife's business along with your family needs. It's tough when His way isn't our way and it's hard for us to see the reason many times.

Diet wise, I haven't gathered any foods and have just been eating what we have.

Being diabetic also, it would certainly be good to get down in weight. I'm sure the doc. would love to see me get away from the 210 units of insulin daily.
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 9:00:39 AM

Being diabetic, my weight-loss approach definitely puts emphasis on cutting carbs. Small losses are still losses and if you are persistent, over time, they will add up.

As for the cruise, it is my impression that I can pretty much find whatever I need for my diet, but there will be a lot of other foods to tempt me. A lot of people I have talked to also commented on how much they drank (alcohol). That won't be a problem for me (maybe a few drinks total).

We didn't make the trip to Effingham yesterday. Out lawyers basically gave up because we pointed out that they were doing their job wrong. We have about 2 months yet before the deadline, but already chatted with one law firm that specializes in medical malpractice and they think they can get the job done. Fingers crossed, prayers, ...
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 11:05:38 PM

I'm losing weight slow for just starting the diet. I'm trying to just reduce the smaller stuff like the snacks and extra's that aren't needed.

My spread sheet said that I averaged 1586 calories and way too many carbs at an average of 183 carbs per day. I think my calories are OK but surely not the carbs.

My carbs have been going down daily with around 340 the first two days and the two last days at around 90. I won't be happy until they get down to at least 40.

I think at that point I'll be losing more. I'm down only 2.4 pounds for this first week.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 3:33:24 PM

I've had mixed thoughts about a cruise. The food sounds excellent and the lounging sounds great but I'm not a sun person and want to be in the shade most all the time.

I worry about the Norovirus's on the ships also. Perhaps I worry too much. Being "me", I would expect anything going around would love to come into my body for a visit.

New Orleans is a nice city to visit also and visiting it before or after the cruise is nice. Always listen to the people that tell you which streets are safe and which ones aren't. They made sure they told me right away.

[Edited by: Jemac at 2/25/2015 3:35:15 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 1:30:20 PM

As for my diet and weight issues, I am just happy to be staying pretty stable, up a pound or two, then down a pound or two. With all the stress and stuff I have been going through, it isn't easy. Now, we have a cruise trip coming up for our 35th anniversary (trip will be in May, Anniversary isn't until August). The cruise will be out of New Orleans for 5 days to the western Caribbean. I don't know how well I will do on the cruise, since it will be my first ever, but I have heard stories.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 11:31:36 AM

Hope all works out for you, whichever way it goes.

My VA dieting is working a tiny bit and I'm hoping it works for me. Down a bit (2 pounds) and trying to do it little by little.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 6:55:07 AM

Wife is looking for another NP (easier than finding another doctor), but it doesn't look good. Meanwhile, her two nurses said that they are looking for another job in the face of the uncertainty of the clinic and if they get an offer, they will take it (can't blame them). Clinic certainly cannot operate without any nurses. Friday, wife meets with the MEGAclinic to discuss selling out to them. Thursday we drive two hours south to Effingham, IL to meet with a lawyer re: legal issues. Everything is just falling apart at the seams!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 10:34:02 PM

Sorry to hear the bad news. Take guidance from Him and hope for the best. It seems like all has gone to pot compared to when we were very young. The world has changed and the people in power are only looking out for the almighty dollar.

I guess it was similar long ago but much worse now.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 9:06:53 PM

It doesn't matter. NP told wife she is leaving. Then, when we met with NP's father-in-law (our attorney) he had bad news. These lawyers have "doctors in their pocket" that will virtually testify for anything, but our lawyers can't get any doctors to "certify malpractice" which means we can't charge the doctor with malpractice in court, thus there is no reason he or his insurance will offer us anything. We have about 2 months before charges must be filed and in that time, we need to find a doctor that will agree with us, then get our files to him/her, let him/her go over the records, etc..., then "certify" the malpractice. We are talking a 7 figure settlement or an 8 figure judgment here, so it is not small potatoes, and now that the clinic looks like it will be closing unless it is bought or we can find a pediatric NP, etc..., that money is needed to pay the clinic's outstanding debt, etc... and set us up in Green Bay.
Wife is so depressed, that a doctor can commit blatant malpractice and still get away with it. He lives a good life, his clinic is successful, etc... and we are close to bankrupt. NOT FAIR!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 6:10:34 PM

Are you sure there's no way a lawyer could set something up like stock, LLC, or something else to get someone else invested in the business?

For example, a non-medical person could "own or lease" a building out to your wife, having the lease or rent money as part of the transaction.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 5:15:50 PM

My wife and I agree. For example, if she would die, I could not own the clinic. I would have to sell it. I would have no option and a buyer who knows the situation could play hardball and probably get a real bargain from someone like me.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 10:27:22 AM

That Illinois law really is ridiculous and should certainly be overturned. It shouldn't matter at all what your credentials are if you want to invest in a clinic. Being a stockholder with funds should be the only criteria.

There must be many people that are stockholders in hospitals and they don't have a MD/Do license.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 7:52:22 AM

Also, "Illinois law precludes anyone except MDs and DOs from having any ownership in medical clinics." We have been fighting that, because we can't believe that these large corporations don't have any investors/stockholders that do not have and MD or DO degree. The weird thing is, as it has been explained to us, these "doctors" don't even have to have a license or be board certified, so if a person gets their degree (so what, they are smart in school) and then can't pass the test for board certification, or maybe they get past the boards and get licensed, then lose their license for any reason, they can still own a clinic? They just have to hire practitioners to work for them because they can't legally "practice" medicine. Meanwhile, practitioners in good standing, with a license to practice medicine (though at a "lower" level than a doctor) cannot even partly own medical clinics? By the way, some NPs or PAs have DOCTORs degrees (but most are masters degrees).
We have tried to offer our first NP part ownership, but we couldn't. If we could, she might still be with us. Now, we could lose our second NP because of this stupid law.
Meanwhile, tonight we (wife and I) are meeting with our lawyers, one of whom is the father-in-law of our current NP. I don't know how much we will get off subject and discuss the NP's situation or how much the lawyer can or would do anyway, but it is an interesting combination. Our lawyers are hopefully getting close to a settlement with the orthopedist who botched wife's 2nd knee replacement almost 2 years ago, causing the past two years to be a living hell for my wife, threatening her life, her leg, and jeopardizing her professional career. If they won't settle, we will take it to court. We would prefer to settle (faster, though the payout would be smaller), and anticipate any settlement will require a non-disclosure clause, so before we can't say anything about it, I am letting people know to avoid Dr. Chris Dangles of Bloomington and Gibson City, IL! There have been other legal actions against him that we suspect settled with non-disclosure clauses, too. HE IS DANGEROUS! Then, if we say that we can't say anything, other people, not bound by the settlement agreement, can still get the word out.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 11:16:44 PM

We already pay the NP about $20k a year more than any NP (of any specialty) in the area. The MEGAclinic isn't promising her much more $$$, but they are promising things that they can't deliver, like that she won't be left in the clinic alone as much. The truth is, that clinic has troubles keeping practitioners, especially pediatricians. They change pediatricians practically every year (I assume they sign them to a one year contract), then make everything so nice at first before working them to their bones. Their current pediatrician has talked to my wife about how she can't wait to get away because they make her spend so much more time at the hospital (the same procedure at the hospital can be billed at a higher rate than at the clinic), while she would rather work at the clinic. SUPER bad management! And that is what our NP wants to go to? The worst thing is, the contracts all have restrictive covenants in them, so when the employee leaves, they can't practice within 40 miles for at least 2 years (that includes the big market of Champaign, where the MEGAclinic is headquartered and where a lot of them would drive to work everyday if they got a job there to avoid having to move to another city. Instead, the MEGAclinic just ruins lives, making people sell houses that they just bought, etc...
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 8:21:49 PM

I will continue to pray for your wife's recovery and also pray that the business succeeds. Paying the NP a bit more money won't keep her around? She may have in the back of her mind that the business won't succeed and that could be the reason she may want to change jobs?

Assure her. Perhaps you could offer her a partnership in the business?
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 7:08:10 PM

Well, a lot of people might think nothing of it, but I have been praying hard for something to happen so my wife's NP won't leave the clinic and so the clinic won't have to close. It has been concluded that, without the NP, my wife cannot keep the clinic open or profitable and she has been trying so hard to recruit either another Nurse Practitioner, a Physician's Assistant or another Pediatrician, without any success. Paying the professional recruiters is expensive and she says losing her current NP would just be the final nail in the coffin.
I am confident that others have also been praying for my wife, her clinic, her patients, and the people who work for her, so the patients wouldn't lose their beloved doctor and the employees would not lose their jobs, etc... As I said, a lot of people wouldn't think much of it, but today the NP told my wife she had asked the other MEGAclinic for another 2-3 days to think about their offer. I, on the other hand, think a LOT of this. I believe this is the work of God, or his angels and others in his service, doing whatever can be done to correct a terrible wrong. I believe God leaves us with free will, even to do the wrong thing, but he helps us along the way to fight temptation, evil, etc...
My prayers have been bolstered and I will continue to pray, even somewhat in thanks now, for the best possible outcome in this situation.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 7:50:52 AM

I don't know when her surgeries will be, but the trip has to be planned, tickets purchased, etc... in advance so we will have to work things around that.
They had considered using hyperbaric therapy for my wife and if (heaven forbid) her infection would return, it is still an option.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 11:01:09 PM

My sister in California keeps saying bariatric and I looked up both and couldn't come to a conclusion so I kept her wording. Seems like the Internet didn't want to clarify one vs the other but now looking ...bariatric would be weight loss surgery and the hypobariatric would be with the chamber.

Wow, you two are certainly "go-people" with all the work and fun already planned. Will your wife have the surgery before or after your trip? (You both probably haven't decided yet)

I started my VA weight loss program and have to electronically send in my weight daily. The scale sends it by Internet so they know I can't cheat on the reading. That's OK with me as I need all I can get to try to lose at least 10 pounds.

I hope all works out well at the wife's office. She has worked (and suffered) too much to not have it work out well.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 10:30:48 PM

You said "bariatric", but I believe you meant "hyperbaric". I have made the same (or similar) mistakes, so no biggie. I will certainly pray for your nephew & hope everything turns out as good as possible.

We are already trying to start the ball rolling on an accelerated effort to recruit another healthcare provider, either a pediatrician (doctor) or a Nurse Practitioner or other auxiliary provider. The current NP is feeling a little guilty, not enough to change her mind (or maybe???), but she seems willing to postpone her departure for a while to give us a little time to replace her.

Meanwhile we also have to figure out when we can get her 3 surgical procedures done and she wants to take me on a Caribbean cruise for our 35th wedding anniversary AND we plan to take a week off to visit Green Bay so I can finish our granddaughter's tree house, all before summer. During all of this and with all the accompanying distractions, I need to stay on track with my diet.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 11:28:29 AM

Hi GB, Ever since you told me about your wife I've been praying nightly for her. I haven't missed a day, ever. She is on the top of my prayer list as is my nephew Matt.

My nephew, age 41 may or may not lose his leg due to C Diff. It looks like it's gone to the bone. The are still using the cutting edge acid wound cleaner but his infection is very serious. They have put him into the bariatric chamber for therapy on and off. He has been in the hospital or extended care center for about two months.

They brought him back to the hospital from the extended care center a few days ago as he has degraded in health once they see it went to the bone.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 11:27:34 PM

Just got bad news today at the clinic. My wife's pediatric clinic is, in many people's opinions, the best in the region. This makes it the target for unfair competition, etc... There is a big regional Healthcare company that owns the largest hospital in Champaign, IL and numerous clinics & other healthcare facilities in many of the counties of east-central Illinois. They have had trouble recruiting doctors, particularly pediatricians (there are reasons for this that I won't get into) and when they do get one, that doctor doesn't stay very long. My wife's clinic is succeeding where the big, multispecialty operation is not, and they have on more than one occasion, tried to buy her out (for a fraction of what the practice is worth). She always says no because she knows why the other doctors left and she won't knowingly give up what she has and likes for that kind of a work environment.
Well, the next attack came today. They have apparently recruited the nurse-practitioner from our clinic, offering more than we could ever give her (not just $$$), but that is one thing this operation does, promise the world and after a few months the doc learns that they won't get all that was promised. Meanwhile, my wife is losing a very valuable practitioner from her clinic, while she is still trying to get her strength back from over a year of surgeries, hospitalizations, etc...
We have already been looking for another doctor or NP, PA, etc... to expand the practice and make it more resilient for when my wife needs to be hospitalized, etc..., or when the PA that is leaving took TEN WEEKS of paid maternity leave. How many employers will give 10 weeks paid? Unfortunately, our little city is not as desirable as the middle to large cities are and they haven't been able to recruit anyone yet. If she doesn't get someone soon, she won't be able to do it all herself and the clinic will have to close its doors.
I swear, if we don't get bad news, we get a different kind of bad news.

The good news that we got is the baby I wrote about that was born addicted to heroin is starting to turn the corner and make some improvement. It looks like DCFS will try to keep mommy and baby together, under mommy's grandmother's supervision. Not the ideal situation, but ... If this doesn't work or if mommy doesn't stay in her addiction/rehab program, then DCFS will step in again.

So many prayers that I ask for. The sick babies are the most important to pray for. But prayers for my wife's improving health and then for her clinic are also needed. My wife is such a wonderful doctor. She doesn't deserve this.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 11:24:26 PM

"What's the government going to do for me"?

When I was a teenager ...or even at age 30, I knew no one who ever did drugs. I knew nothing about the drugs that were out there.

We had our "highs" drag racing on the streets and on the strips. I guess the racing on the streets weren't the proper things to do, but the races were on vacant straight roads and vacant highways away from everyone.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 10:34:19 PM

I agree, and in a lot of the cases, the situation was started by parents who couldn't say no to their own children, leading them to feel their happiness is owed to them by the world and these children then spend their life seeking pleasure, avoiding responsibility, etc... Sure, there were druggies in the decades past, but not as many as there are now. Many of THEM still live off of their parents or government assistance (my wife sees a LOT of them) and some don't even expect to ever work because mom and/or dad never worked.
I know, we have one of our children living with us, but he serves as a caregiver and helps us manage our house and other duties. He is not a parasite on us at all and he does not have any addictive behavior.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 9:42:13 PM

It's sickening how a mother will put herself ahead of her baby. Babies are the closest to God in our eyes.
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I completely agree with you. Wife and I have gone over their hypotheses. The mom said she hasn't had any heroin in over a month (still disgraceful for a pregnant woman), but the babies blood (which they can legally test freely without consent) indicates exposure within 24 hours of delivery. Maybe she tried to use the heroin to fight off the labor pains or maybe she tried to get one more "dose" before she had to go to the hospital... Regardless, a little baby girl is fighting for her life because her mommy thought it was more important to get high than take care of an unborn baby.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 10:33:26 AM

I feel we have lost much of our humanity in this world. Many year's ago we weren't as nasty and viscous. Year's ago planes and trains were safe and children could go out to play in safety. We've lost all of that.

Family values have gone the way of technology and it's more important to "catch" that cell phone call or text than to care for the family.

Drugs are many people's king and church pews are getting emptier.
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2015 11:15:45 PM

Sad things happen: Today wife was late coming home from work because she was at the hospital, helping a newborn deal with heroin withdrawal. Apparently, the mom has quite an addiction and she had no problem sharing it with her unborn child. Now, the poor little girl is so weak and chemically addicted to heroin. How can SHE be expected to fight this addiction? My wife did all she can, left detailed orders with the nurses, and put herself ON CALL for that particular patient. Meanwhile, DCFS is investigating and, if the baby is lucky, she will be taken from the mom (there is no dad in the picture).
I have already said several prayers for this precious little baby girl. I don't even know her name, but I figure God knows who I am praying for. I have also requested prayers from others on behalf of this baby. I hope and pray this baby will be able to get over this addiction, get medically stable, and then start on the road to a more "normal" life, including being adopted by a good, loving family.
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I don't expect to start the diet today as I haven't prepared the foods I'll be eating. Maybe it will start Wednesday. Once I hook up the VA monitoring I'll have to stay on it and I'm sure they aren't worried what day I start it.

Seems like I have a cold coming on and am constantly blowing my nose. I'm not happy about that.

Maybe you have to have lots of "snack" foods around for the wife, like baby carrots, individual broccoli and cauliflower pieces with a non-caloric dip to curb any hunger.
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2015 11:12:28 PM

I think my wife is reacting to my dietary changes. Hopefully she is just getting used to it and she will be more inclined to eat like I have to than the way she used to.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 11:20:35 PM

They sent a TelaMove package today so they didn't leave me hanging. It will be interesting to start this 82 day session on Monday. It could even be a few days later as the book is about 200 pages and I won't be around on Sunday to read it.

I'll have to get our foods ready for the week for both of us by tomorrow.

Good to see you are managing the food and preparing for the son's return shortly.

The VA dietitian mentioned what I already knew, but nice to hear it from her. She says she and her kids are on this program and they eat everything they want. They just cut the portions down. A child's hamburger instead of a regular one. A milk shake divided by two persons instead of one...etc.

She said (as we all know) if you cut the portions in half, while having what you want, you will still get 1/2 the calories for the day and should still be totally satisfied with the variety.

(I positively expect to keep my calories down around the 1400-1600 range with low carb foods. I'm not looking for the milk shakes or hamburgers)

[Edited by: Jemac at 2/13/2015 11:22:38 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 10:29:09 PM

So far, I have been able to make meals that the wife ate and did not complain about them. I controlled the quantity, so I was able to eat smaller portions, leave enough for her to eat & get satisfied (but not FULL) and leave little to nothing for leftovers. Waiting to weigh in until son returns and before he starts doing most of the cooking.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 12:01:40 PM

All went well with the CT scan. Oh how much nicer the CT is than the PET scans. I have to be medicated with the PET scans otherwise I can't go through with it. It was about a 2.5 hour bit for the CT scan from entering the place until I got out, with three tests done with the scanner.

"WE" start the diet(s) on Monday and the DIL and I will be doing it together. The GD already started a few weeks ago. I got my bathroom scale and a pedometer from the VA along with a 'leased' internet driven "Health Buddy" to relay my daily data AND answers to their questions back to them.

This should be interesting.

I was hoping they would have "guidance" with the package but apparently the "Health Buddy" internet connection will be giving me guidance and the proper questions to keep me going daily.

[Edited by: Jemac at 2/13/2015 12:02:56 PM EST]
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