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PennGas

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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2005 7:04:52 PM

Let's say hello to my friend from Boston!!
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three30
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 8:51:13 AM

Hi Fire!
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 12:32:57 PM

Good afternoon Fire :: HUGS :: Hope all is well with you.

Hi AMC. Good luck on getting that face to face. I do not think they are set up for it, but it cannot hurt to try. Do hope you are getting better and are able to do more and more.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2014 2:12:34 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Hear you dickc, I'm going to insist on face to face. I've faced enough frustration with phone tag calls and not getting the answers I'm seeking.

Your correct about the insurance companies!!! They complain when they have to payout but not when they demand the monthly premiums! They pay HUGE salaries, benefits and bonuses to their Presidents, CEOs and top administrators to keep it within the company and out of the hands of policy holders!

[Edited by: amchornetx at 10/14/2014 2:17:02 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2014 12:15:21 PM

Good afternoon Fire :: HUGS :: Hope all is well with you.

Hi AMC. Think of it as paying for hoping they cover it. The insurance companies are MASTERS of the Universe when it comes to saying NO. How else do you think they make money? Keep after them! Call the supervisor if you are having too much trouble getting in touch with your claim agent. They discourage face to face contact as some people will reach over that desk and..........

Not that I blame them!
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 12:59:00 PM

Morning Fire!

Just checking to see if you visited your site.

Hi dickc!
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2014 1:02:47 PM

Morning Fire!

I am doing outpatient PT therapy. The MOST frustrating thing has been getting into an in network program, I've been out of network since the initial ambulance call for the stroke.

Yesterday I drove to the location of my Health Care Provider Preferred One to sit across the desk of my case manager, look her eye-eye rather than over the phone (which to this point have been 2+ wks of phone tag). She did make some recs over the phone to my wife when I was still in the hospital. Turned out it was more suited for orthopedic PT therapy rather than neuro which is MORE appropriate for someone having had a stroke; she couldn't even distinguish between that.

It was very frustrating could not fine the location so I called my case mgrs ph# only to get her vm AGAIN! I called the general # which turned out to be a 45 min. conversation. MORE FRUSTRATION!!! She tried to call my case mgr was not able to get her, she got her vm also. I told her I wanted to come in a meet with someone in person her response: we don't do that...I've(she) never heard of anyone coming in to meet with a rep. What's the point of being in business? Why am I paying for health benefits? Nothing accomplished!!! More frustration!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2014 11:14:24 AM

Good afternoon Fire :: HUGS :: Hope all is well with you.

Hi AMC. Hope that recovery is going well. Are you doing outpatient therapy yet? Seems like it was being a PITA to get that going. The shots are what I am doing. Have had the first one, and it has helped. I had this one in the IS joint. Seems as though some of my issues are with dysfunction at that joint. The shot has not cleared it all out. Of course, what I am feeling could also be some sciatica. will have the low back shot for that next week on Friday. Ten days to go to see if that one helps too.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2014 1:19:11 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Continue to recover from my mild stroke.

Hi dickc!
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2014 9:23:57 AM

Hi Fire!
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2014 1:35:05 PM

Good afternoon Fire :: HUGS :: Hope all is well with you.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 8:06:19 AM

Hi Fire!
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 4:12:37 PM

Good morning Fire :: HUGS :: Hope all is well with you.

AMC - Have an appointment with a pain management specialist. The neurosurgeon does not want to see me unless all other things have failed. Think that is a reasonable approach. Will go Wednesday afternoon for the initial visit. Will find out what their approach is then.

Fire? She has gotten busy with a her man friend and just between work and time with hum does not seem to get here any more.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 4:03:50 PM

HEY Fire_n_Ice
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 2:33:59 PM

Afternoon Fire!

dickc, I've never had any back pain,the MRI revealed spinal stenosis. The surgeon I mentioned wanted to get me on the table the next week and basically wanted to take my spine apart, fuse vertebrae and put in hardware. His primary approach was he was upset that I would question his recommendation, and that I wouldn't give up my body so he couldn't make his hundred-thousands of dollars for the surgery and "put gas in his Mercedes." Yes that was his comment.

I exploring other neurosurgeons that take a less invasive approach. I have gone to the site: Laser Spine Institute for some good info and alternatives.

As for Fire I wonder why she abandoned her topic and the site???

[Edited by: amchornetx at 9/15/2014 2:35:53 PM EST]
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theco2
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 2:49:31 AM

Pretty amazing how her topic has stayed active for so long, when she hasn't been around.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 1:35:54 PM

Good morning Fire :: HUGS :: Hope all is well with you.

TheCo2 - Nope, been over a year I think.

AMC - Sister said to go ahead and have a neurosurgeon look at it, but to use the pain management first. Basically a steroid injection with some short and medium term pain killer added in. Bulging disks CAN shrink on their own. If they get a little help to shrink slightly, maybe I can return to a more or less normal ability to move. The funny thing with a disk is when it bulges, the body will treat the bulging part as an abnormal condition and the immune system will attempt to whittle it down and make it go away. If we can give it a chance, maybe I can get 5-10 years before the stenosis closes down to the point where I now need some work. Makes sense. I guess I never realized the body could get rid of excess disk material that way. Will make both appointments today. The neurosurgeon is to have them look too, and monitor. If pain management does not work (it does happen), then he is knowledgeable about my case and can then decide appropriate action without me having to wait in pain a while.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 2:21:10 AM

Has anyone heard from Fire, recently?

[Edited by: theco2 at 9/12/2014 2:21:19 AM EST]
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 2:03:02 AM

Morning Fire!

dickc, let me know what your sister says. I continue to improve from my stroke. I had an MRI on my spine also earlier this year, I will also be seeking a referral from my physician. Already had one bad referral, he could of worked in Nazi concentration camp and been a second Joseph Mengele!

[Edited by: amchornetx at 9/12/2014 2:07:01 AM EST]
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 12:34:00 PM

Good morning Fire :: HUGS :: Hope all is well with you.

AMC - Thanks. Need to see a neurosurgeon. Will also talk with my sister who is a physician in the western part of the state. I do value her opinion. Once I've done both, I will have a better idea of what I'm doing! MRI shows an ugly picture.
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 2:10:00 AM

Morning Fire!

13th anniversary America attacked. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

Hope today brings Fire to the site to post.

dickc, thanks for the continued support. Hope you and your son same best wishes.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 3:38:37 PM

Good morning Fire :: HUGS :: Hope all is well with you. Have not heard form you in quite some time.

AMC - Glad to hear you are doing well. Yup, Insurance and health care can be such a pain! Looking more and more like I will be needing a cortisone shot in my back soon. Its really giving me trouble.
Hope your wife gets back to more or less normal soon. Watched my Dad get both hips replaced, ten years apart. Once recovered, he was as good as new.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 5:23:42 PM

Afternoon Fire!

We're all wondering what happened to you, last post by you Aug. '13. We lost Midnight posting on site since you haven't been around.

dickc, sorry to hear your son developed cellulitis, hope the antibiotics are helping.

I was released from the hospital last Sat. about this time, it has been a very busy week!

I was supposed to receive a phone call from outpatient therapy to setup both occupational and physical therapy on Tuesday, never happened. Finally after not receiving a call or any voice messages, I initiated a call to the social worker inpatient acute therapy I was receiving at the hospital
I had been at, left a message. They contacted the out patient facility, then there was a number of back/forth calls including to a supervisor before an appointment was made for both OT/PT appointments made for assessments; after initially being told I would need to wait 2 weeks not until the 17th before they could see me. I stood firm with the supervisor telling her it was unacceptable for me to wait that long!!!

Had three medical appointments this week the last being with my doctor on Thursday, she was amazed with my recovery and the strength I was displaying, even on the right side. She told me this extremely encouraging it's returned this quickly and that I've pushed myself hard, she feels I'll make a full recovery.

My wife continues to improve from her hip replacement but comments she's tired and needs to take a couple naps throughout the day. She still has a port and injects herself daily with antibiotics, they are affecting her appetite says food has a metallic taste.

I was on the phone yesterday nonstop from 9am to 5:30 yesterday, enough to discharge my phone's battery in one day, don't ever remember that happening before.

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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 10:53:22 AM

Good morning Fire :: HUGS :: Hope all is well with you. Have not heard form you in quite some time.

AMC - See your days are continuing, hope the recovery is going well. Hope you are busy enough that you are simply posting for points.
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 10:05:20 AM

Good morning Fire :: HUGS :: Well, was going to be in Maine this weekend, but..... Oldest son who is the handicapped one, ended up in the hospital Friday. He developed a case of cellulitis in his right leg. He saw on of his docs who sent him to Mass General Hospital. They kept him over night to give him IV antibiotics. Could not go north with him needing stuff for the night and a ride home Saturday. Will get up another weekend. Am finding things to do at home instead.

AMC, How are you doing?
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 11:14:45 AM

Hi Fire!
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 12:03:17 PM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS::

Good morning AMC,

Too bad you missed the Moodies. Good listening! Great news you will get released soon. Going to a rehab? I bet you want a drink! Bet you also want a dip in that hot tub of yours too.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 10:16:56 PM

Evening Fire!

I'm missing out on seeing the Moody Blues tonight! My wife took a mutual friend to the concert, the friend she left work early and was picking my wife up. They were going out to dinner before the concert. Wish I was there now listening to them! Will have to find out tomorrow how good the concert was.

Sounds like I'll be here for a couple more days to a week, will know more tomorrow.

Wish I could have a cocktail.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 10:52:59 PM

Evening Fire!

dickc, yes I definitely am paying attention to the health professionals. They told me not to hurry back to work no matter how good you feel. I'm listening to them! Earliest I'm going back won't be until October 1. Thanks for the reminders!
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 11:38:29 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS::

Good morning AMC,

Swallowing can be a big challenge for water and other free flowing liquids. Good to hear you have a normal reflex there! My son did too. His room mate however had to have liquids the consistency of honey or it would get into his lungs. He could not react quickly enough to swallow. HEard the room mate had another stroke a year later and passed away. With how his room mate was so disabled by his stroke it was sadly most likely for the best.

You on the other hand sound like you are already halfway out of the place! You need to follow directions, and look for anything that decided to NOT work right. Sometimes recovery is training the brain to stop trying to do something a certain way if it is damaged, I really wish I did not know so darn much about recovering from things like this, but I've watch my Mom recover from a stroke, and my son recover from a severe brain injury. You have a very promising life left to live. Work hard, but remember to stop and smell the roses. (Watch out for the thorns!) :>)
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 10:58:42 PM

Evening Fire!

dickc, progress each day, have to continue working the hand to improve fine motor skills, will do hand exercises to aid with the recovery. Walking improves slowly daily, today uses a crutch under one arm to go up and down the stairs. Something new, learning like an infant for the first time. No problems swallowing. Eating soup, jello or vegetables gets interesting at times.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 1:32:04 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS::

Good afternoon AMC,

Progress. As long as that is the key word of the day, you are doing well. Hope you soon begin to feel a bit more at home moving around the keyboard. Practice makes perfect! How goes walking and the like? Any issues hitting your mouth with the silverware and swallowing? Hoping those are negatives and its just a tad of fine motor control.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 10:41:00 PM

Evening Fire!

Continue to see progress daily. Still working on immproving speed with keying. Strength and coordination returning, little each day. Hard to believe two weeks have passed since the stroke.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 10:54:46 PM

Evening Fire..........again.

dickc, yeah I know I will see improvement after leaving the rehab facility. They told me the hands are the last to return since there are so many functioning parts the brain has to send a signal. As they told me it or anything will get better with repetitive use. I'm pushing myself, they tell me 5 pounds or do this 15x, or go this far, I do more.

Congratulations to your son and his new bride! I'll check out the photos!
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 10:45:16 PM

Evening Fire!

Will have to repost to key in the message, won't be able to enter it under the edit function.

[Edited by: amchornetx at 8/22/2014 10:47:06 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 3:30:10 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS::

Good afternoon AMC,

AMC, Keep plugging away there buddy! The first weeks and months see the best progress. It will slow up some, but it will keep coming even after they discharge you and tell you that you are probably as good as you will get. The brain is a wonderful organ.

Married off my # 3 child last night. Kind of a quickie wedding as they wanted a big one, but health insurance issues suddenly emerged. To get him on her GOOD health plan required a now wedding. Will have a celebration of marriage on the same date next year with everyone. I put a new album on my profile with some pictures. You need to be a buddy to see it. There is a buddy request out for you so If you want to look, just accept.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:32:38 PM

Evening Fire!

First day of the Minnesota State Fair, lucked out overcast majority of the day so it never got 90 and sultry, so I heard.

More therapy today, continue to make slow progress, but it's progress just the same.

Tomorrow it's Friday already.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 10:50:12 PM

Evening Fire!

Another day of hard work in both PT and OT therapy, both sessions 90 mins. long, was able to get both completed in the a.m. right up until lunch. Losing 2 patients in therapy the last two days opened the therapy schedule, got a new a patient after lunch to add to the therapy schedule.

Spent the afternoon in the "sunroom," reading, doing some physical therapy and working on crossword puzzles to improve fine motor skills. Still working on improving the hand motor skills, therapist said the hand will take the longest with all the intricate moving parts and different signals sent by the brain. Have to remember it's only been 12 days.

midnight and dickc, thanks for the encouragement.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 11:49:16 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS::

Good morning AMC,

AMC, you will get there. You are determined. That more than anything else will be your most valuable asset! That is one reason my son is home with us and doing well, not living in a nursing home somewhere like the docs originally thought he might! I am sure you can think of inventive strategies to exercise and regain movement. Would squeezing a rubber ball with each finger help re-train them? Can you, with eyes closed try to guide each finger to your nose or some other point. I'm sure there are many things you can do to re-train the brain and get things back in line. As you said, your thinking and logic centers are seemingly unaffected. That will serve you VERY well!

Went to Plymouth, Mass yesterday. I was investigating four different lines back to the original Mayflower passengers. Two of the lines appear valid so I will be applying to the society for membership based on one of those lines. The line in my wife's side showing her to the Mayflower did not pan out however. I did enjoy being down there. Really did not do the usual tourist things, instead spent most of my time in the library. Great view of the Mayflower II from there!
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 3:10:50 AM



amc,

Wishing you wellness and a rapid return to normalcy.
Pt works wonders!
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 10:03:08 PM

Evening Fire!

Hi dickc and midnight!

Another full day PT and OT therapy. They really challenged me today! On the phone today with couple friends, wife and son. Will be going back to my room in a little bit to call the younger daughter and talk.

Been humid here since Fri., going to continue into Sun. when a front is supposed to move thru and cool temps and humidity. State Fair begins on Thurs. with highs reaching 90's Fri. and Sat. Next week cool front supposed to come thru with high's only upper 60's/low 70's.

Keying still not fluid motion and by no means at the speed I was at before, just have to continue working at it!
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 8:16:10 AM

Hi Fire!
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 10:49:45 PM

Evening Fire!

Well, well, look at the support! Midnight back to post wishes! dickc, sorry to hear about your mom and son, glad to hear your mom recovered and your son continues to improve. Many friends extending support also, thank you both for your wishes and prayers, it means alot!

That is one of the points made by the doctors and staff both at the hospital, it will take some time but they believe I will make a full recovery based on the progress I've made just in one week. I'm reteaching myself how to do things like an infant. It will be interesting to see if I or my 8 month granddaughter will make progress first with some motor skills; my thought and analytical brain processes weren't affected! I'm approaching this with the right frame of mind.

Wrote to GB, very understanding as for restoring my consecutive daily posting total, received my lines and place back today. Wrote to thank them, will have to read their email when I get home, think I will be here to the weekend or two weeks until next Tues., either way I'm taking care of myself. They worked me hard today!
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Good morning AMC,

Boy, when it rains, it pours! Contact the mods, they WILL restore your consecutive days. They have a policy of giving two mulligans, however, be sure to give them the circumstances. They may not record this one as a mulligan as you have a really good reason, unlike some of us! I think they should restore you without counting it.

I do hope the rehab goes well. My Mother had a severe hemorrhagic stroke in the 80's. She was one sick lady! She recovered fully. While my son was in rehab from his car accident, I saw others in the rehab from strokes. Some doing well, other struggling. You sound like you have a really good start. Be patient. My son is still getting some of his abilities back 8 years post accident. He is very lucky to even be alive, let alone able to function at all. Give it HELL!
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                            SMiiiLE and have a great day!
 
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 2:30:41 AM



Very sad for you that you had a stroke. Hope the PT works rapidly and you are home asap. Prayers and best wishes.

Write to the mods. Tell 'em what happened.You will get your speedlines returned. All the best!
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 9:02:06 PM

Evening Fire!

Well dickc, I had a mild stroke last Fri., was in ICU before being moved out last Sat. p.m. to a step down unit and released from the hospital late Tues. to an acute inpatient rehab facility. I'll be here 9 day to 2 wks depending how well I respond to therapy.

It's been difficult posting because I have limited time and access. Yesterday had some extended time on their PC allowing me to contact GB to have my consecutive day total restored, it appears when I posted late on
Sat. Aug. 9th from ICU it didn't credit the posting for 1225 daily pts. I've posting consecutive for over 3K days...I think took it for granted since it was automatic since I always posted like the sun rising. I've been using the posting over the last week to help with my fine motor skills.

As for the stenosis I'm experiencing some of those same issues, but one thing at a time. Good luck with your issues, maybe we can be a support for one another. Who knows maybe midnight will look in and return. Might even get lucky and have Fire glance in......this took a little longer to post than normal.
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 12:40:01 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS:: Well, I have three ruptured disks in a row, and I also have stenosis in the area leaving less room to deal with the disks. Fun, fun. Will head out Monday to see some PT people and see if I can talk briefly with them about how they would do PT. Need to pick one Its my back, I need to be comfortable with how they will approach it.
Been taking it real easy. My BIG work the last week was mowing the front yard. That was about the limit of what I could do too. Been spending some time picking and putting in my spare room, and also sorting out the pictures and negatives from the last 25-30 years. Lots to sort through there! Am a bit bored, and surely feeling restricted. Hoping you are feeling good and getting out and doing fun things.
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 11:41:20 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Went to my Neurologist for my migraine checkup yesterday. They are well under control right now. My back is not so well under control. It has been showing me little signs for about two years that it is unhappy. The last two months have seen a large jump in signs. Going in for an MRI on Tuesday and will then find out what is going on at the follow up appointment. Am losing feeling in my feet, and ma losing strength in my legs, mostly the right. Not good signs. IT has been coming on much faster in the last two months like whatever it is its hit a critical point. Sure hope I can get it fixed before permanent damage is done.

AMC - Yup, I stop by every day, and post every few. Hope Fire does come back and let us know how she and the three kids are doing. Picked up a new bag of Turf Builder myself today. Time for another application. It will take me half the day to do 3,500 Sq Ft with my back like it is, but I like a nice green lawn! I have the weeds so well under control I go out with a spray bottle of Ortho Weed-Be-Gone to spray them individually. I only see about a half dozen every two to three weeks.

[Edited by: dickc49 at 8/8/2014 11:41:41 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 11:08:47 AM

Morning Fire!

Soaked in the hot tub with coffee this a.m., 71 degrees but can feel the humidity in the air, up to 83 today.

Have yard work to do, going to fertilize the landscaping with Miracle Gro. Mow the lawn and fertilize the lawn with Scotts Turf Builder. Have other stuff outdoors to complete, will be busy today.

dickc, looks like it's only you and I posting here, too bad Midnight decided to leave, can understand. He's right, Fire's only posted once since last August.

[Edited by: amchornetx at 8/8/2014 11:12:35 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 10:01:48 AM

Morning Fire!

Just in from a soak in the hot tub with coffee. Refilled the bird bath with fresh water, do it daily for the flying creatures, they just love it!

Have a sprinkler out rains forecast by the weather terrorists never occurred. Monday was watching a newscast, meteorologist came on with his initial spot, explaining why the rains didn't materialize with no rain in the forecast. Next two times he appeared, his forecast changed each time trying to materialize rain in the area for Tuesday. These people are a FARCE!

Wife doing well after her hip replacement, minimally invasive procedure, I'm performing nursing duties 24/7.

Still have not heard from the younger daughter re: update on her stolen bike. Texted her yesterday telling her to check with the police to see if they've checked pawn shops in the area. Will text her again today telling to call them and forward info on her stolen bike should the thief bring it in for cash.

Have more work to do with my mom's accounts, still trying to clean them up and get them organized.
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