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Remember my train trip with the unannounced schedule change?

Friday, June 12, 2009

The one that was supposed to leave at 6:25 a.m. on the Saturday of the long weekend but they changed the schedule and didn't tell me and I got there at 6:10 a.m. only to be told the train had already left...

Well, I finally got around to emailing VIA Rail and guess what? They're issuing me a 50 percent credit for my next trip to be taken sometime before next June. I'm thinking maybe I'll go first class next year to my sister's if I only have to pay 50 percent!


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TRAINOF4 6/22/2009 2:04PM

    emoticon That's very cpol!

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1888MICHELLE 6/16/2009 7:48AM


Good for you!!! Go for it!!

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Ribcage Problems Explained?

Monday, June 08, 2009

So, I went to my doctor's today because Iíve been home from work since last Tuesday because of ribcage pain. Wednesday, I tried a massage, which only helped while I was having it and Thursday, I tried acupuncture which helped better than the massage in that the effects lasted until the next afternoon and today I went to see my GP.

He says I have to go for a bone scan which will take about 4 hours at one of the local hospitals. Yuck! And, all this will do will rule out any major problems (like cancer, I suppose) which will leave the diagnosis as costochondritis, which is what we suspect I have.

For those of you who don't know, costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It causes sharp pain in the costosternal joint ó where your ribs and breastbone are joined by rubbery cartilage and there is no real cure for it; it should go away on its own. Treatment is cold compresses, heating pads, and ibuprofen or acetaminophen and rest, which Iíve been doing.

The problem is that the pain is keeping me awake at night and then Iím so tired in the morning, I havenít been up to going into work. So tonight, Iím going to try a new way of coping and thatís by taking one ibuprofen every time I get up to go to the bathroom, which is about once every 2 hours and maybe that will keep the pain at bay and I'll get my needed sleep so that I can go to work tomorrow.

Wish me luck.

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GEMMAJO 6/10/2009 5:10PM

    so sorry your still in pain I get pain in my ribs on an evening when resting so do feel your pain
hope things go well with the scan thinkin of you emoticon emoticonGem x

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1888MICHELLE 6/9/2009 8:27AM

    That's what I have. I was rushed to the hospital several times over the summer/fall because they thought I was having a heart attack. It was decided that it was rheumatoid arthritis in the sac around the heart and lungs and in the connective tissue around my ribs and sternum.

I feel your pain!!!! Believe me!! The new anit-inflammatories are doing wonders, and letting me start exercising again.

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NOORZAZA 6/9/2009 5:06AM

    i wish you all the luck, when is your bone scan?? let us know the result dear emoticon

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Back Issues

Sunday, June 07, 2009

I've been off sick since last Tuesday because of soreness in my back specifically my lower back, my upper back, my mid-back, and my ribcage. Not necessarily all at the same time but enough of them to make sleeping uncomfortable and just wanting to hook up to my heating pad!

I don't know why my back is acting up this week; the weather has been sunny and warm. Usually dampness is a trigger for me.

On Wednesday, I went and had a massage hoping that would help and while it felt good when I was having it, it didn't seem to help any longer than that half hour.

On Thursday, I tried acupuncture for the first time ever. It was a very interesting procedure.

The doctor I chose is a Chinese woman who is an acupuncturist and a physician and the first thing she did was the patient evaluation where I noted which areas of my body were currently bothering me and the fact that I have rheumatoid arthritis.

Then she had me take off everything except my underwear and lie face down on a massage table.

She stuck needles into my ankles, back of my knees, around my lower back and buttocks, up my spine to my neck, some at the base of my neck and some on either side on my ribcage.

Mostly, they didn't hurt. Although, they pinched a bit on my ankles and my lower back (my lower back was what was hurting the most that day).

And, then she used a heat lamp on the different areas of my body where she had put the needles starting with my lower back. After about 5 minutes, the heat lamp became extremely uncomfortable and I told her that it felt like she was baking me so she moved it to my ankles and then to my knees and then to the top of my back. The only place it bothered me had been my lower back.

After the heat lamp procedure, she left the room for awhile and told me to just relax, which was quite easy to do because she had soft piano music playing.

When she came back, she removed the needles and massaged my entire body using the sheet that was covering me and then it was over and I was told to take my time, don't stand up too quickly and get dressed and come out, which I did.

When I got up to the front to pay, the receptionist asked how I felt and I said hungry (it was around 12ish) and very, very tired and she said that the tiredness was quite normal and that I should drink lots of water and maybe have a nap (and I'm thinking it's not going to be much of a nap if I drink lots of water).

After I left, the only part of my body that didn't hurt was my lower back. First my left arm and elbow was really sore for about an hour and then my right arm and elbow was really sore for about an hour and then my ribcage started to really ache and then my lower back started to ache again (this was the evening by the time this happened).

But, on Friday morning, I felt great! Nothing hurt until that afternoon when my ribcage and upper back started giving me problems again and since then it's been off and on achiness depending on whether I have taken any OTC meds to help ease the pain or not. I'm finding if I take them every 3 hours or so, it really helps in preventing the achiness.

I'm supposed to go back to the acupuncturist once a week for at least a month and then we'll reevaluate to see if it's helping so I have booked the following two Tuesdays and we'll see if it helps or not.

And, I'm going back to work tomorrow regardless of how I feel. I'll take my heating pad with me if necessary.

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STANSLOVIE 6/9/2009 8:44AM

    I'll be following your blog to see how things go. I have several issues with my back and after years of complaining my RD sent me to an orthopedic spine specialist. He said RA was the majority of my back problems, DDD as well as two bulging disks (That's the low back issue. PAINFUL!). I told him I didn't think RA effected the spine; and he showed me the xrays I had brought from my other doctors office and said I was living proof it did. I do know when my RA is well controlled I do far better with my back; but I have suffered for years.

I hope you get some relief soon. It's so difficult to manage with back problems. Wishing you luck!

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1888MICHELLE 6/8/2009 10:01AM

    I know people swear by it, but it just sounds waaaaaay too painful for me!!

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AQUATONIC 6/7/2009 6:50PM

  I was cringing when I heard about the pins. EEEK
I am soo glad it worked though! I have often wondered.


mmmm a nap....

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June Bloomers

Friday, June 05, 2009

I just created a June Bloomers photo album on Photobucket and thought I would share. Here's the link:


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MOLLIEMAC 6/6/2009 8:16AM

    Thanks Joanna- lovely flowers, lovely garden!...MJ

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GRANDMAHOWLEY 6/5/2009 10:56AM

    Thanks. Your weather must be warmer than mine on Long Island, but I love to look at your June blooms. emoticon

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Does anyone know what kind of plant this is?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

It's in my garden but I don't know if it's a weed or something good. Any suggestions?

Here's a close-up:

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TRAINOF4 5/25/2009 12:46PM

    Yes I'd need to know if it flowers & what they look like..the close up of the leaves reminds me of something from the sweet pea family.

There's a saying, one man's weed is another man's flower. Many plants were weeds before getting an "official" Latin name, genus, species ..whatever. If it's pretty & you like it, keep it.

But to be sure it isn't something that might be invasive or toxic (like a poison ivy or something...I'm not that familiar w/Candian flora & fauna) contact your local agriculture department. Not sure what that would be called in your area - sometimes they call them extension offices, etc. Check in your phonebook under local government. Often if you bring a bit to them (use gloves & a clear baggie to cut, store, & transport) & the pics someone at that sort of office can give you the lowdown on what you've got growing.

Or check for a local garden club/master gardeners - they're really good at ID'ing plants.

BTW - ditto for pests, weeds, etc. Keep us updated! I'm curious, too! emoticon

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MOLLIEMAC 5/25/2009 8:26AM

    Joanna, does it have blooms? Did you plant it? If not, it may just be a weed, in my books anything that appears where I haven't planted it is a weed. It looks like something very opportunistic and vigorous, ready to push everybody else out...MJ emoticon

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    I have absolutely no idea! I had a beautiful blooming plant in my yard once, I was so proud of it! then my neighbor informed me that it was a weed!

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BKWERM 5/24/2009 4:27PM

    The photos aren't very good because there's a little breeze today so they're kind of fuzzy.

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