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  1. I'm familiar with a lot of Sweet's music--I'm sure I have 45's of all of the stuff that waas played in the States. 'Course, I was in junior high when that stuff came out. I remember singing "Little Willy" to our bus driver all the time (his name was Willard). Anyway, back then my musical sensibilities (in-sensibilities??) leaned toward "Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods" (Billy, Don't be a Hero---and they also did "Teenage Rampage"! lol!). I was into Paperlace, Sweet, etc..... That stuff all reminds me of being in junior high now. Ugh. My musical tastes matured. The music was fun and happy, but ultimately--just like "Little Willy"--it wasn't "meaty" enough for me.

  2. Interesting.....

    My doc did tell me about aspirin and Advil,etc. He said that since I am on prilosec, I can take some Advil if I need to or the Tylenol.

    I doubt I'll ever to get to 2.8! It's taken me a long time just to get to 1.6! They didn't tell me anything about PT. I'll ask next time.

    On a side note, I had an interesting conversation with a gentleman who will turn 101 soon. He inadvertently stumbled upon the making of coumidine when he was a young man working in a lab with about 5,000 rats in Ames Iowa back in 1931. Said a guy had sheep that were dying after eating moldy sweet clover. He did an experiment and fed this to the rats and discovered that this would make them bleed to death internally. Anyway, he wished he would have applied for a patent, but..... He's really an interesting chap to visit with. He was on Omaha Beach back in the war and never got a scratch. He still drives, is very active, goes to the library all the time. It's really amazing!

    Shaving turned out great last night. It's so nice to have smooth legs again!!!



  3. Hi Ted,

    Yes, the doctor did talk to me about those foods, but, he also said that he doesn't want me to neccessarily change my eating that much--he wants the meds to work in with my normal life. Honestly, I don't eat a lot of those things anyway.

    It is funny how different people react to meds. I have a friend who's son is on 30 mg of coumadin. I've had 17 shots and have been on coumadin since the 20th of January and I'm only at 1.6. Heck, I decided to go ahead and throw caution to the wind and shave my legs tonight! Lol!

    I'm sorry that I don't know what PT is. The only thing that comes to mind is physical therapy! Lol!


  4. Hi everyone! Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement! It really does help!

    I went to the doctor this morning and my INR is up to 1.6! Ideally, they want it between 2.0 and 3.0, so I still have a ways to go, but, I don't have to go to the ER for shots anymore!!!! I'm on 10 mg of coumidine! Yippee!!! I can't even begin to tell you how good of news this is to my ears!!!!

    The asthma is doing well. The pulmonologist has me on a great program and I pretty much feel normal!

    Things are looking up!!! Hope all of you are doing well too!



  5. Nice to hear from you guys!

    Kirk--you're right! Michelle has a massive clot in one of her legs.

    Tom--mine is a DVT. They discovered it with doppler. I was pretty sure of where it was, but that confirmed it. They said it's pretty good sized.

    Reid--ugh on the bleeding. I've already had a nosebleed the first day. Dr. thought that was odd to have so soon. I hid my razor and I'm using "leg smoothers". My biggest fear was bleeding to death from shaving my legs!

    Because I was so short of breath and because my D-dimer level had gone from 400 in November (they tested it when I was coughing so much--before they found out I had asthma) to a whopping 5,000 on Monday, my doctor feels I may have had some lung involvement. He didn't do a CT scan because he said he wouldn't treat it any differently than he already was. I go to see my pulmonologist today for my asthma, so we'll see what he says.

    Not sure what caused it. I have been on birth control pills for years, so they think that could be a possibility.

    Thanks again for the support.



  6. Hi guys,

    I haven't been around much lately, so thought I'd drop in. I was just diagnosed with a blood clot in my leg on Monday. Woke up in some pain and my leg was all swollen. Went to the doctor and I am having Lovenox injections every 12 hours for the next 12 days in the ER. Not fun. The website says it doesn't hurt. They've obviously never used their product!!! I'm on warfarin pills too. Not really sure why I have one, but it's kind of a scary deal. I'm having a lot of trouble sleeping--I guess I'm afraid I'll die in my sleep and no one will find me and my cats will eat me...... lol!

    Last month I was diagnosed with asthma. I'm trying to stay upbeat and positive. I have this dream where someday I become a Christian motivational speaker, and I'm thinking God is giving me all of these challenges so I'll have plenty of things to talk about!!!!

    Anyway, I'm just trying to adjust to all of this and I'm sure some of you have had a blood clot. I think it's pretty cool how they treat them now. Not long ago, they tossed you into the hospital. Now, I can even work as long as I keep my leg elevated and walk around every hour.

    Hope everyone is doing well. I have a facebook page if anyone would like to "come over". Send me a private message if interested. Didn't know if any of you did this or not.



  7. But, I'm in need of prayers and positive vibes. I've had a nasty cough since Sept. 17th. Went to the doc 2 weeks ago and she gave me an inhaler to use. I've had a few days where I felt a bit better. Then, yesterday afternoon, I started wheezing and then, in the night I was having some trouble breathing and was gurgling! (Having never gurgled or wheezed before, it was mildly entertaining--for a little bit--then I got kind of scared. My ankles started swelling up and I was coughing up water. (How weird is that?) I was a bit light-headed as well.

    Anyway, went to the doc today and she was concerned that I might be going into heart failure (WTH!!!!) She did an EKG, a bunch of blood work and another chest xray. Everything turned out fine. She's a bit stumped. She perscribed me an Advair inhaler, some antibiotics and some prilosec (apparently reflux can show up in some of my symptoms) I had a tiny fever too I guess, but my white blood count was fine. She says if this doesn't help, she wants me to have a CAT scan because she is afraid I might have a tumor behind my heart that isn't showing up on the xray. Hmmmmm....... So, I'm kind of concerned. I've had a rough year and I'm a little scared.

    Anyway, I know you guys can work your magic here and I do so appreciate it!



  8. Hey Vera--I'm right there with you. Ever since my husband passed away, I just don't feel like I fit in anywhere. Not just here, but anywhere in the world actually. I imagine being ill is a lot like being in deep grief at times--people avoid you like the plague--fearing what to say, what not to say, etc.... I even have this problem at church. It's just plain ackward. People don't want to upset you, so they ignore the elephant in the room. The fact is though, that it's much more upsetting to percieve that people have forgotten or just don't want to bring it up. Hope I'm not being presumptuous. I haven't faced an illness like you have (although I did go through a really rough patch about 15 years ago when it looked as if I were going to go blind and people kind of reacted weird then too.

    Thing is though, I would have been the same way before experiencing it first hand myself.

    As for Eric responding to a post, I don't know what to tell you. I got a response once upon a time in the old days before he was on the board and Bernie did a feature called "Ask Eric". It was a real thrill to have him answer my question. (BTW, it was to ask what the funniest thing that had ever happened to him on tour).

    I'd like to think that even though he doesn't neccessarily respond to our posts in written form, that he at least reads them and at the very least, wraps his head around them for a moment or two.

    So anyway, hang in there. I for one enjoy reading anything you have to say and am sure that many many more feel that way as well. You're a charming, warm person. Every post you have always reflects that about you. Consider yourself "cyber hugged". Please stick around.\

    Love and Blessings,


  9. I congratulate you who are doing so great! All those steps! Wow! My new job at the hospital doesn't give me much of a chance to do any walking--I work in registration!

    I've had a terrible week eating. I have been under a LOT of stress and I'm an emotional eater. Close family friend passed away and then the husband of a dear friend of mine coded 4 times and had to be airlifted to a hospital 80 miles away. Then, their daughter gave birth very prematurely yesterday (her due date is in March!!!) Baby is 1 pound 3 oz. and he's 12 inches long! His lungs are really developed better than they could have hoped for and he's actually doing well! Keep them all in prayer, please!

    Anyway, all that coupled with my new and confusing job has left me in quite a state! I'll try to get back on track tomorrow. Not going to even try today!


  10. Wow--I had forgotten all about this thread---and with bad consequences.

    Since losing my darling husband, I have turned to food for comfort. I "topped out" at a gain of 46 pounds. Yep, 46 pounds. I feel terrible about it--but, I'm also not going to beat myself up over it. I've been under a tremendous amount of emotional turmoil (plus getting fired from my old job, having that horrendous reaction to Paxil and now to the stress of starting a new job).

    Anyway, 2 months ago, I started going back to Curves. Two plus weeks ago, I went back to Weight Watchers. I have lost a total of 7 and 1/2 pounds so far. I am starting to feel better. It's not easy though and I just need to remain positive and motivated. I just didn't care before--I just wanted my life to be over. I am better now and have God to thank (along with many others)

    So, I'm all for resurrecting this thread! I am having trouble with my new laptop though and I'm using my 6 year old desktop with the "about to give out harddrive"--so, if I disappear, that is why!

    Tim--you are doing great! Kiwi and Muzza--Way to go on the walking! Kathy Lee--so happy that you are well enough to go back to the crosstraining! Sounds like we're well on our way! (Kathy Lee--I'm 48 too! And, other than being chubby, I'm looking good too! Lol!!!)



  11. Ah Muzza! I've got trains running in my veins! My grandfather was an engineer for the Chicago and Northwestern. He worked for them starting at age 11 as a "call boy" and he worked for them until he retired. I've got really cool pix of him!

    Anyway, I would love a few pics to email on to my brother--he's a train freak too! Currently, he is working on a railroad museum in Missouri Valley, Iowa. They have restored a kid scale railroad and are developing a working outdoor layout (that folks will be able to ride on) and an indoor museum.

    I think you already have my email--if not, PM me.

    Thanks Muzza! I had a feeling we were kindred spirits! Which gives me a great idea of something I can send to you and Kiwi! (can you watch US DVD's? I'm assuming they are the same there, but am asking just in case!)



  12. Chris--when I have to do fast food, I try to do Subway. I can get something satisfying and stay on my diet! I love their low fat sandwiches. I stick to their whole wheat bread and no cheese. Load up on veggies on it. I don't get any sauces, but I know they have some no-fat or lowfat options. Yummy.

  13. I absolutely loved my hubby--he truely was my soul mate, best friend, lover, etc.... Our marriage was the easy part--finding each other was what was tricky. We both went through a lot to get to each other. We just appreciated what we had when we finally met. We asked God everyday to bless our marriage and he certainly did.

  14. ok, Tony. I have a simple solution for you! My cousin sent me this email just today! Below is what it says:

    Thought you would all find this valuable.

    If you had purchased $1,000 of AIG stock one year ago, you would have $42 left.

    With Lehman, you would have $6.60 left.

    With Fannie or Freddie, you would have less than $5 left.

    But if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have had $214.

    Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.

    It's called the 401-K(eg).....

    Sorry...It is kinda cute though, eh?


  15. That is cool! I haven't heard it too much on the radio, but have caught it a few times. I've even heard "Let's Pretend" on the radio in the last year. Can't remember if it was on an Omaha station or on the 70's XM station.

  16. awwww..... so cute! Thanks for starting my day off in a "warm and fuzzy" kinda way!

    Well, actually, my day started with one of my darling kitties growling in the dining room window. When I looked out, there was a deer strolling through my grove! Cool.

    It's gonna be a great day!



  17. Continuing to keep you in prayer. Glad that Valorie is doing a bit better.

    Does Valorie have a Caring Bridge website? I don't know how widespread those are, but in my area, they are pretty popular. You can go to their website here and see if you think it might be something of interest to you both. We have a family friend that is battling breast cancer that has one of their sites--it is a great way to keep family and friends updated.

    Anyway, hope things continue to improve and you both get some rest and restoration!

    Love and Blessings,


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