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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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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2014 2:01:06 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Hope you had a wonderful Xmas with your son and 2 daughters.

dickc, hope you had a wonderful Xmas with your family!

[Edited by: amchornetx at 12/26/2014 2:01:33 PM EST]
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2014 12:02:53 PM

Merry Christmas Fire ::HUGS:: I hope you and at least some of your three kids were able to get together this morning!
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 12:08:34 PM

Hi Fire!
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2014 5:49:05 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving with your kids. Same to you dickc. We had all the kids over, granddaughter, SIL and younger daughter's bf. Hope none of you went crazy today and went shopping on Good Friday!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 2:59:31 PM

Happy Thanksgiving Fire ::HUGS:: I hope you have remembered the Pilgrims and the tough time they had that first year down in Plymouth. Thanksgiving is celebrated as a result of their first harvest Thanksgiving in 1621. I had five ancestors who were able to partake that day. Seven came on the Mayflower, but two did not survive the first winter. I will never see Thanksgiving the same carefree way I used to. I now know I am here partly as a result of those very people from Plymouth.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 10:18:21 AM

Happy Thanksgiving, Fire! Gobble Gobble Gobble
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2014 3:31:43 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS:: I hope they let you out of the office early to get home. Its changing to snow here north of Boston so it must be changing there too. Hope you get to see a couple of the kids for turkey day!
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2014 10:58:08 AM

Morning Fire!

Snowing here 2-3 inches forecast, then temps bottoming out. Thanksgiving at our home, all the kids are in town.

Listening to the radio, reports of accidents all over the place on the freeway systems. Don't understand, I know it's the heaviest travel day, but in conditions such as these,simple formula: SLOW DOWN! Give yourself enough room between you and the car ahead of you. Control how you're driving and hopefully it will rub off on those around you. Just take for granted it will be slower travel and it will take longer to get there.

Best pre-Thanksgiving wishes.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2014 9:13:20 AM

Happy Thanksgiving Fire!
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 1:45:53 PM

Good afternoon Fire.

Hi AMC, Hope someone figures out your insurance soon. Its getting really messy. The AMA is only seeming to make it worse too. As that new video of that Gruber guy says, its a scheme to get others to pay more to subsidize those who would not otherwise buy insurance. It needs a MASSIVE rewrite, done in a way that benefits the insured, not the insurance companies. Yeah, as if THAT will happen. The big insurance companies will have their hands in re-writing it, and the little guy will get screwed again. Does not matter which party does it either. Thieves.

I am feeling a bit better today finally. I am going out for a short walk in a little bit to see how that SI joint is doing. Am hoping to ski tomorrow, but I need to know how the SI is doing before I decide.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 12:17:42 PM

Morning Fire!

Hi dickc! Still not getting anywhere regarding the insurance issues, they just want your money and are slow to move with assisting other issues.

Spoke with my union's president on Friday, he said since I've reached my maximum on out of pocket there should be no issues regarding therapy or anything else. He emailed our benefits director,she also confirmed the same. Still waiting for a return phone call from the concierge, meaning more time on the phone on Monday. We're involved with open enrollment, making a couple changes, one of which youngest daughter has her own insurance with the new job, I'll be able to select single coverage and a different plan giving me more network choices. But for now, I want the present issues resolved.

Yesterday emailed my City Council Ward representative about the City's lack of making the roads safer on foot and vehicle traffic. Since our snow of Monday of 7-8 inches and the subsequent extreme cold temps, the roads have been compact with snow and ice. I wrote I don't understand why the City isn't doing it's responsibility by putting sand down, the only thing which works when temps are this cold. Wrote I've seen children falling on the street due to the slippery conditions when they get off the bus, or cars slide thru intersections, or even we've had trouble going up the hill in our vehicles in my neighborhood.

I've called the City before several times each Winter when conditions are like this, to have them put sand down. City crews and officials are out driving around, they know how the roads are, the poor traction. Why does it take a phone call or email to get results? Isn't that why we pay taxes and fees for City services? They should be doing this automatically!!!
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 1:10:39 PM

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

Hi AMC, Sorry to hear you have had to stop PT. THAT SUCKS. I do hope that having a concierge will be of great assistance. Wonder why the insurance did not set one up when you started having issues. It can be beneficial to then in keeping THEIR costs low too. Sometimes insurance companies are so stupid! I will be looking at the revamped Massachusetts health care connector tomorrow to see if I qualify. My BCBS is going up again in January, and I am running low on cash. I need to go back to work, but with the SI joint dysfunction, right now I cannot. Once someone figures out how to get me moving again, I can consider working. Sigh. Catch 22. I have about seven years to bridge until retirement still. Once I get there, I get that great deal called Medicare that seems to need a supplement plan to work even half way decently. Ugh.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 3:29:27 PM

Afternoon Tubbers!

Still no Fire, I see you posted dickc so I'm responding. Have not gone to therapy for two weeks due to the miscalculation by the insurance company on the number of visits. Spoke with my PT by phone yesterday, told her I'm frustrated which has affected me doing my own therapy at home. I need the visits with the therapist at this point to maintain the drive and objective assessments. Feel as a result I've regressed over the last two weeks with the progress I'd made to this point. She understood and tried to remain positive and encouraging.

I spoke with a contact at work about return date to work and she provided a concierge for contact which she felt would be a good, positive referral to assist with future on-going in network therapy. Will see after I call her. I'm trying to remain positive, I thought I would be further along. We got 7-8 inches of snow for our first snow fall this year, along with it the COLD, temps are 20 degrees below normal highs of low to mid 40's with no relief in temps for the next week. Now I have to contend with walking on snow and ice. Frustrating!
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2014 8:02:57 PM

How doo...Fire!
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2014 1:11:33 PM

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

Hi AMC. Had a good chuckle about your grand daughter. That is priceless. My tow three year old grand kids (cousins) went out as Strawberry Shortcake and Spiderman. My 6 month old grand son was dressed in a teddy bear outfit.

Too bad the insurance is getting things so messed up. I have Blue Cross up here, and while I hate having the $2,000.00 deductible to satisfy, they do a good job of dealing with the rest. When my son had his bad accident, they just paid the bills. Wish they cost less however. I do hope the therapies are ringing you back to the AMC you were prior to the stroke!
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2014 1:02:33 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Well dickc, you're right. Had another call with my insurance provider on Thursday, someone entirely new. Explained my frustrations with the company and being told they don't meet face to face due to angry policyholders. I told him that was unacceptable reason, they need to do their job and do it better, it is their responsibility to meet with policy holders if we're paying for the coverage of monthly premiums. If there are issues with one's homeowners or auto policy, bank statements,utilities, city services, you can meet with them to rectify the matter. It is NO REASON for them NOT to meet.
give policyholders correct info,referrals and coverage. I had to cancel therapy appointments this week because they double billed for services onthe same day, thus cutting into the number of future appointments. More calls on Monday to straighten the mess out!

Our granddaughter is 11 months old and our daughter and SIL stopped by before she went out trick-or-treating for her 1st Halloween. She was dressed as Winny the Pooh and had a beehive honey bucket for candy. When they were over I told her a bear goes growl.......which she contemplated then she growled to out delight. Daughter texted back later in the evening that she was growling to everyone's delight.

Have a good day.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 9:17:17 AM

Hi Fire!
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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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dickc49
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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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dickc49
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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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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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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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