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Coping, Dealing and Living with Constant Chronic Pain
January 9, 2005
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By the way - I said "little" boy - he is the biggest of the three, outweighing his sisters by a full pound.

We have Mascha at 3 lbs, 0 oz., Alec at 4 lbs even and youngest sister Ajna at 3 lbs even.

As much as I want to fly out right now and hold everyone, I'm battling a case of the flu/cold and probably brought on by exhaustion, at my own hand of course.

Twinks - good to "see" you - hope you are well... as far as them having help, they do have a part time housekeeper/babysitter who comes in twice a week to help my daughter-in-law have some time to herself, and I do believe they are going to ask her if she would be interested in working out a full time arrangement; she gets along well with all of them and is really good with the twins. As far as her being a housekeeper, I had to try hard not to laugh in my DIL's face when she was telling me about cleaning before the housekeeper got there so she didn't have to face a dirty kitchen. I've said it before and I'll say it again, my DIL is the single most immaculate person I have ever met in my life. With two infants you could still literally eat off the floors in their home - which is a good thing when you have babies crawling around.

I hope all are well with all of you - we are fine, happy and relieved - and all the babies, Mommy and Daddy seem to be doing well as of this morning when I talked to my son.

I'm still not sure how long DIL and babies will be in the hospital though - we will find out more tomorrow.

Love to all,

Z.

January 9, 2005
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I am so happy! I feel like it is my family! I want to hold one! lol (But then give it back when it needs to be changed... Or starts to fuss! I don't like fussy babies) 😉

Think I'll be a good mom?

Zinnie, I know here in the States they have support groups for families that have multiples... Maybe they do there? And maybe there are resources available, I dunno. Wow, I cannot even begin to imagine the diapers! All the formula! They will all drive at the same time! How cool. Almost like a tv show. =)

January 10, 2005
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Wow! What a challenging blessing! I hope you'll be well soon, Zinnie, so that you can go and see the babies! I love the names that were chosen as well.

This is the kind of stuff that helps so many of us get through the day. Hearing about another's blessing and good fortune is a blessing unto itself.

Thanks for sharing your news with us!

Love,

Ren'ai

January 10, 2005
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You are more than welcome Ren'ai - it has definitely been a boost to have the birth over the weekend. I keep getting up to check my e-mail for new pictures. My son loves to take pictures, and his wife gave him a new digital camera for Christmas, so we already have photo's of the new little ones.

Yes, I love their names too - they are I believe Nordic (my DIL is from Norway). I keep telling my son he needs to call his oldest daughter something else - her name is Olivia, but they call her Ollie - however, he is correct she is an Ollie. Just a happy little love bundle. I hope that these three will be as easy as the first two. The twins are very laid back, not fussy at all - here is hoping these three will be as calm - five is a lot to deal with, no matter how much help you have.

Hope all of you are well... I'm still dealing with the flu and knee pain.

Z.

January 11, 2005
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Hi there all

Zinnie, congrats on being grandparents again! The babies are good sized for triplets. How wonderful. How is mom doing and your son the daddy ever so pleased? What a grand size family you have.

Say, does this make us all aunts from AAC? (smiling) Just kidding.

It would be great if you could publish/print out that site from Canada ? that provides free or lower cost meds. In preparing for obtaining my nursing license in this new state, I tested positive for T.B. I will have to go on meds for that for 6 months. It will not be cheap. Tho' my divorce is not final, I have found my spouse is not submitting or putting aa cabosh on his insurance paying for my medical needs right now. I got in the mail a bill for 5oo dollars for lab tests done this year, before I even filed for divorce. This bill has gone to the collection agency. He got mad when I told him I got myself tested for HIV (aids) and STDS. He said that it "hurt his feelings I could think I should be tested for those because of him." Thought I was actually pretty smart to do so!!! Anyway, I could use that site, cuz I have no viable insurance right now or near future. I also have to go on some other meds. that I do not want to have him or his insurance company know about. I hate secrets like this.

Also, any ideas where I might go to get a chest xray and have labs done cheap? Sounds like I should apply for ----, my financial situation is getting beyond control. Yikes! I have to get employed soon, but it will be awhie before my license, perhaps 90 days.

Guess I sound a bit grumpy and all today.

Sew

January 11, 2005
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Is TB serious? Will you be okay Sew? Where do you live? What state? You can do a google search like this:

(I live in Ohio)

http://www.google.com

Ohio + low cost healthcare

Or

Ohio + free healthcare

Or

(The name of your City/State) + (What you are in search of)

Anything that you want to search for, that you want google to find in a webpage just like it says: 'Power Belkin Components'... Say you wanted to find a site for that... You would type it like this: "power belkin components"

Make sure you use these " "

If you don't, it will come back with search results for every single site that has the word 'power' in it, every single site that has the word 'belkin' in it, and every single site that has the word 'components' in it. When all you wanted was sites with those three words in that exact order!

If you already knew all of this, I'm sorry! I just wanted to help.

They also have advanced search features... There is a little link that you can click to take you to a form to fill out.

The Internet is huge! But it can be tamed. LOL

January 11, 2005
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Sweet Amanda,

Thanks for that internet info. I do appreciate how to search. The quotation marks I will try as I always seem to get too many lists of everything else but what I am searching for sometimes. I use the + sign a lot as well. But I am self taught at this PC world, so all helps!!!! Don't like to refer to the PC books cuz their info is so vast, i can get lost looking for stuff.

The TB is a positive reaction. Been working in health care since a teenager, so getting a positive reaction can happen. I have to get a chest xray to show I am negative, but still have to take the meds for 6 months, which I am hoping do not make me sick. I am good with denial, so I think positive that I will never be a 'converter" and actually develop it. But thanks for asking. Just a nuisance and the pills can reck havoc on your liver and stuff. So I think positive and beyond that.

I'll try the site and your method of searching later and let you know how it goes. Take care and have a good one!

Sew

January 11, 2005
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Check with your local dept. of Health. Since it's TB, they might treat you for free. They did this a few years ago for some nurses I knew who came here from the Philipines to work.

Forgot to mention that I'm going to be a Grandma in April. My son's girlfriend is pregnant with a boy, so the doctor tells us.

I hope everyone is feeling good. It's been a long haul for all of us!

Love to all,

Ren'ai

January 11, 2005
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How awesome Ren'ai!

So many babies! They are everywhere! lol I know a bunch of people who are pregnant too.

It's like last year was an 'off' year... Now this year everyone was ready to start up again! lol Okay, so I may be weird. But that's how I see it.

January 12, 2005
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Thanks, Ren'ai,

I was thinking about contacting the County clinic and TB clinic dept. I am gooing to check around to find out about the chest xray and blood tests I need to see if they will cover or can recommend something. It depends what blood panels I need. I will have to tweek the system to see what I can get assistance with. I really have no alternative right now. It will work out ok, I'm sure.

Congrats on becoming a future Grand mother in April!!!! That's not far off. Been doing anything special or shopping for the new arrival? Is this the first time for you? How exciting!

Another bundle of love joining the family.

Hugs,

Sew

January 12, 2005
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Zinnie,

How is your strep throat doing? Are you getting enough rest and taking special care of yourself? Or busy as ever?

My daughter had strep in high school. She had it every month for nearly the entire school year and then ended up with mono. She was so exhausted, but kept going. You know how those teenagers are. I got sick of her being sick, but found out she would take only part of her script, feel better, then off to band and dancing on Fridays. She has been strong willed since kindergarten, so it was hard to get her to do things she didn't want to do. But when the mono hit, she fessed up and took it all serious then. Now I am rambling!

Yet being an adult, this is much harder, I'm sure. Just wondering how you are and wishing you were feeling better and over this strep stuff.

Sew

January 12, 2005
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Sew,

Keep an eye on that daughter of yours. Epstein Barr is the virus that causes mono--and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome...

Tell her I said she needs to get some rest!!!

Love,

Ren'ai

PS: I already bought him a little sleeper with a Harley Davidson logo on it. My son works in a bike shop...

January 13, 2005
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Hi All,

O.K. Ren'ai - lets not get started on all the shopping Nana has already done!

I will get the medication information and post it here for those that can use it.

Hope all is well with everyone today.

Z.

January 13, 2005
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"Nana!?" I'm a "Nana!?" Damn. Something about seeing it in writing just makes it sink in. I'm only 41. I'm not supposed to be a "Nana"!!!

Love,

Ren'ai

January 14, 2005
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I need a prayer please. It's time to go to the BIG meeting at the doc's and I'm not holding up to well. Why can't I keep my nerves under control. Anyway, please give me a prayer for peace, calmness, and that this doc will listen. That things get resolved.

Thank you so very much.

January 14, 2005
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Saying a prayer for you Mama hope all goes well for you.

Ren~ai its fun to be a nana but IM a grammie.....as my grandson calls me a grammie winner......

January 14, 2005
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MC, I'll be "praying" for you...

Bel, LOL! I think I could handle being a "grammie winner" better than a "Nana" but I guess when the little tyke gets here, I won't really care what he calls me...

Love,

Ren'ai

January 14, 2005
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Thank you for the prayers.

Doc says I have developed metabolic syndrome and am pre diabetic. I MUST lose weight somehow. I have tried everything. If anyone has any ideas, I am open to almost anything.

January 14, 2005
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I was just diagnosed with prediabetes too Mamacinnamon. I am trying to figure out what I need to do to lose weight and get some exercise in. I sure don't want it to turn into diabetes for either one of us. My main problem isn't sugar in the form of sweets, but the carbohydrates like chips and crackers and snacky foods that I love. I need to change my whole lifestyle and that is hard to do. My doctor recommended the south beach diet but starting with phase 2 which is a little more liberal. I am also thinking about going back to Wt. Watchers. I can't make up my mind and am frustrated myself. Good luck in finding what will work for you. Have you considered talking to a nutritionist? -TS

January 15, 2005
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TS,

Sorry to hear about your prediabetes. I am also at a complete loss. I gained 80 lbs. in less than a month 2 years ago and it has maintained there ever since. But the fibro, sleep apnea, lack of sleep, meds, all cause me to be overweight and I can't get away from any of those.

My mom bought me that new Dr. Phil book on weight loss. I need to get a magnifier and read it. (my eyesight is going now or suddenly worse anyway.)

I'd be glad to share w/ you what I learn, and if you come up with any brilliant solutions please share them back. I need all the help I can get.

PS> This is gonna sound stupid.....How/Where do you find a nutritionist you can talk to. The only place I know to find them is in the hospital.

January 15, 2005
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Good morning Mama. Your question isn't stupid at all about finding a nutritionist. As far as I know the only place to really find one is at the hospital. I know my doctor mentioned me talking to one if I had trouble on my own figuring out what to do. I would think that your doctor could recommend one to visit with since he gave you this diagnosis.

I also have the Dr. Phil book and am reading it. I am at the point where I need to write down my goals and then I was reading his first weight loss key chapter. He is very straight to the point and deals with a lot of the emotional issues that have a lot of us eating way too much.

My worst time of the day for eating is afternoon to supper time. What I am going to try to do is drink some hot tea and have it around to sip on and see if that will help me not want to just crunch on something. Also the 94%fat-free microwave popcorn isn't too bad for a snack. Then I am trying to stay away from the chips and snack crackers and have more fresh veggies and protein.

Good luck with figuring out what will work best for you. It is a daily struggle for me to stay focused and have hope to get my weight off. Maybe we can encourage each other.

Love, TS

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tooscared,

I would love to encourage each other. I have been looking at sites off and on this evening. I did run across one that has to do w/ the metabolic system. Haven't had a chance to look at it well yet. Will let you know. Thanks

January 15, 2005
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Zinnie ~

I know you come to this thread a lot. You are in my thoughts & I worry about your health ... you have been so quiet lately.

Sorry to interrupt your thread ladies... I do hope you are ALL feeling as well as possible today, and as pain free as possible.

You are all thought of.

J

January 16, 2005
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Juanita,

You can interrupt anytime.

Actually, you didn't interrupt. We welcome you and would love to have you post here if you want.

Feel free any time.

January 19, 2005
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Will write more later... in pain, and the pain pill is starting to work, but, here is the latest:

I have found out today that I need to have more, it is now just a matter of when. I had an internal sonnogram done today, and there are five obvious tumors - ranging in size from golf balls to almost tennis ball size. Right now we are doing the insurance dance. That coupled with (we have been talking about this on the coping thread on the lib side) that my OB/GYN surgeon whom I have gone to not only for fifteen years, but who has done all of the surgery, and all the workups, follow-ups, trauma room, etc... retired. So, today I met the Dr. that essestially took over his practice.

The good news? The Dr. that retired is willing to come in on a consult basis for me because I have some unusual issues (yeah, like that surprises everyone), the bad news? I think the new Dr. is only seven or eight years old! I wanted to make a Doogie Houser (sp?) comment so badly, but I did refrain... he did say that he has been in practice for ten years, so I guess he might be twelve. Very young guy, but I did like him, he seems thorough.

Well... right now, I'm happy and hopped up on pain pills!

Love to all,

The Smiling "Z"

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