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More Stuff............ Dad

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

My dad went back in the hospital this morning. He felt very light headed and had the presence of mind to sit down before he feel. If I understood my sister correctly his heart rate was close to 170 and they are saying they need to sync it with his BP so he will be in the hospital for a few days.

He told my sister to take care of my mother when he is gone and that he picked out the music he wanted at his funeral. When we were home a few weeks ago and the entire family gathered he made it a point that I sat by him. He's never done that before. He specifically asked me to sit close to him. I believe he is preparing to go home and I have to tell you in many respects I believe there is a real beauty in this process. He is slowly checking things off of his list and he is doing it with a quiet dignity. I feel very honored to be part of this process.

I see the neurosurgeon at two thirty this afternoon. I'm a bit apprehensive......... well that's a lie, LOL, I am scared.

Joans brother is out of IC and is having an angioplasty Wednesday

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 2:57PM

    I'm so glad you're getting to share these times with your dad, he sounds like quite an amazing person. My grandmother was SO ready to go "home" and she did at 97. She lived with us the last three years of her life and I'm very grateful for that time.

I'm happy to hear your BIL is out of ICU. Good luck with your appt. One thing about being behind on your blogs is I get to catch up quickly without having to wait a day to find out how things turned out. But I'm going to try to not get this far behind again.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 9/16/2011 10:24AM

    John, I share your pain. I lost my father '93 and my father-in-law in '92. They died just 5 days short of 1 year apart. Each of them did something similar to what your father is doing. They gathered their thoughts and said things that didn't make total sense at the time, but when the time came to understood, each of us kids did. My dad made the trip to see each of us kids (4 of us) in August. He took each of us aside at some point and told us that if something happened to him, we were to mourn and move on, he had led a good life and had no regrets. When we met during the week before his funeral, we shared that memory with each other. He died in September, about 6 weeks after seeing all of us and his 2 granddaughters. He might not like it, but days like today, I still mourn a little. In 11 days I will have missed him for 18 years. Make good memories now. You will never regret it. May God give you the strength to deal with this time and your father the peace to do so as well. When the time comes, you will have the strength, it is promised if we just ask.

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TERRIPAL1 9/12/2011 8:10AM

    Good luck with everything going on sounds like you have a lot on your plate my prayers are with you!

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STAN111 9/11/2011 6:48PM

    My father is also at the doorway and could go anytime. We are all struggling to know how to make it work for him. I hope the best for your father and family.

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NASFKAB 9/9/2011 9:53AM

  All my prayers are with & your Dad & bil

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MIRACLELOVE77 9/8/2011 4:55AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your father; it sounds very similar to the process we went through with my grandfather (falls, hospital visits, family get togethers). It's wonderful though that this process, as difficult as it may be, is doing good in bringing you too closer together :)

praying for peace for you all.

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GOOFIERNU 9/7/2011 10:22AM

    I'll be thinking and praying for you through the day.

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MARCYNA 9/7/2011 9:20AM

    It seems you're living this difficult moment with a smile and attention to the positive details-and your Dad, too. Great attitude, my prayers & thoughts are with you!!!!

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CARTOONB 9/6/2011 11:10PM

    Your dad sounds like a really wonderful man. I hope you can enjoy all of the time you have left with him.

How'd the neurosurgeon appointment go?

Good to hear that Joan's bro is out of IC.

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WORKINGSTIFF 9/6/2011 9:02PM

    My Dad is 88, and has been in and out of the hospital too many times for me to count in recent years.

Cherish each moment with your dad-the positive and the not-so-positive.

I tell myself that every holiday or visit with him could be the last. It doesn't make me sad, but it makes me realize how precious those times are. And at 50 years old, I've been blessed to have both my parents in my life for much longer than most people do.

Thank you for sharing.



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HDHAWK 9/6/2011 6:44PM

    At 87 I'm sure you're dad knows something may happen given the issues he's having. I hope you get good news today too. I'm glad Joan's brother will get his heart issue resolved soon. Take care over there!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/6/2011 5:06PM

    I would fully agree with you where your Dad is concerned....I totally belive that we know when we are to prepare to go home....
it is a privelege to be part of the process....

Glad to hear Joans Brother is out of IC...that is great....

You will be fine this arvo when you have your appointment...will be praying for you....
Take God with you...don't leave Him outside....

Prayers & Blessings

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/6/2011 4:30PM

    I'm sorry about your dad. Sometimes it takes a while to get things adjusted.

My dad has made his funeral arrangements as well. He's ready to go. I'm not ready for him to go but I never would be and we have no control over that.

Good luck to you, your dad, and your bIL.

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TRAVELINGLITE 9/6/2011 4:18PM

  I am sad to hear that your dads health is failing. Hope the neurosurgeon has some good news for you.

I enjoy reading your blogs. you are very insightful. Lynn


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GRAMLORI 9/6/2011 3:57PM

    Praying for you and your family, John.
Hugs,
Lori

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BLUEROSE73 9/6/2011 3:43PM

    I am sorry you are loosing your father, but what a gift you all have been given. He knows it's coming. He is able to get his affairs in order. You are able to say good bye.
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SMOCKON 9/6/2011 3:31PM

    I'm sorry you're fighting health battles on three fronts! Best wishes going out to you and your family. emoticon

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EILI359 9/6/2011 3:24PM

    I'm thinking of you and your family and hope the appointment goes well emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 9/6/2011 3:12PM

    I'm with you -- I agree that the process of leaving this plane can be very beautiful, especially when one has the presence of mind to be aware of it, to be deliberate in the tidying uo of their affairs, to say their goodbyes on their terms.

I am honored to be a part of it through your sharing.

Try not to sweat the neuro -- remember, it's only a consultation! You have options, I promise.

Glad to hear Joan's brother seems to be on the mend. I'm still sending my best healing energy to all of you!

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GIRANIMAL 9/6/2011 3:11PM

    I'm with you -- I agree that the process of leaving this plane can be very beautiful, especially when one has the presence of mind to be aware of it, to be deliberate in the tidying up of their affairs, to say their goodbyes on their terms.

I am honored to be a part of it through your sharing.

Try not to sweat the neuro -- remember, it's only a consultation! You have options, I promise.

Glad to hear Joan's brother seems to be on the mend. I'm still sending my best healing energy to all of you!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/6/2011 2:34PM

    I have much love and respect for you and your family.

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FROGGERHKC 9/6/2011 1:31PM

    Oh John, you and your family will be in my thoughts. I hope that everything turns out well for everyone. emoticon

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TNANCE3 9/6/2011 1:19PM

    Thinking and praying for you and your family. I know what you are going through. My dad will be gone three years on the 15th. It still seems like yesterday. He made each of us promise to take care of my step-mother. My mom has been gone for 37 years. I was fifteen when she passed away. Take what your dad says to heart and do everything you can to honor his wishes. Spend as much time as you possibly can with him, too. It is hard to hear them talk this way and know what he/she is planning for. It hurts. I will be honest with you. But if you know he is right with God, like I did my dad, then you can be at peace knowing where he is going. That is the main thing that helped me. Hopefully, he will live a lot longer, but if he doesn't, have no regrets. Praying for everything going on with you.

Hugs,
Teresa

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/6/2011 1:17PM

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You and your dad (and family) are in my prayers. I pray you get some positive answers and course of treatment today--and that your dad has more time left with you than he thinks right now. Being able to go home with dignity is a great gift, though, if that is what is happening.

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KKINNEA 9/6/2011 1:13PM

    I recognize this pattern and I think you're right - he knows and wants to put affairs in order. I hope you have as much time with him as you both need and that your appointment this afternoon carries only good news.

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ANATASHIKI 9/6/2011 1:11PM

    hang in there ! emoticon emoticon

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JECKIE 9/6/2011 1:05PM

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I rarely have many words, but know I'm thinking of you and praying for you.

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Me and My Dad.......... Again

Monday, September 05, 2011

My dad came home from the hospital on Saturday. He is doing okay. He sounds frail and admitted to me he is scared of falling again. Otherwise he is doing as well as an 87 year old with multiple health problems can.

I see a neurosurgeon tomorrow afternoon. Apparently I have some nerve and disc issues and the neurosurgeon is supposed to recommend a course of treatment for me. When they called to schedule my appointment they asked what PT I had been through and if I'd seen a chiropractor. When I told them I hadn't they asked me why I was coming to them?

Sigh


I'd also like to ask prayers for Joan's twin brother Joe. He is in IC in Houston with some heart issues.

Thanks. I'll let you know more about everything when I know more.

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 2:53PM

    Well, you know, I'm actually impressed that the neurosurgeon wanted PT and a chiropractor first before coming to him. It's nice to have a doctor that doesn't think surgery is the end all and be all. But when you're all ready to go that route it has to be discouraging to think you're not going to get there yet.

I'll assume your dad has a cane or walker. They have some pretty cool canes these days.

Prayers are sent for Joan's twin brother...I hope all is well with him by now.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 9/16/2011 8:32AM

    when it rains, it pours. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Laurie.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 9/16/2011 8:32AM

    when it rains, it pours. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Laurie.

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SPARKENISTA 9/11/2011 12:27PM

    John--We haven't communicated in a while. I came by for a visit and see that you are in crisis on several fronts. I hope that everything works out well for you. It seems as though your father's issues are resolved for the moment.

This web site is not working perfectly today. I didn't read the right blog before writing.

I can't believe the attitude of the neurologist. What's his/her problem? I agree with you that you should have an evaluation before a treatment plan is put in place.

BTW, I am very good at medical advocacy. If I can be of any help, please let me know.

I will certainly put in a good word (up there) for your wife's twin brother. I hope he gets well quickly.

All good wishes,

Merry

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GEEMAWEST 9/6/2011 12:48PM

    Thoughts, prayers and hugs headed your way.

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KKINNEA 9/6/2011 11:05AM

    Sounds like a rough time. My prayers for all health concerns involved.

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NASFKAB 9/6/2011 6:29AM

  Hope all your health issues can be solved

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NASFKAB 9/6/2011 6:29AM

  Hope all your health issues can be solved

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CARTOONB 9/5/2011 11:36PM

    Dang! The whole family is falling apart! Thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/5/2011 9:21PM

    My father was afraid too after his near death experience and he is a lot more cautious now which at their age is warranted but with time they get more confident.

I'm a little taken aback at a neurosurgeon wondering if you've seen a chiropractor. The one I worked with hated chiropractors.

Prayers sent for you and your family.

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GIRANIMAL 9/5/2011 7:20PM

    Wow. Do you actually have any room left on your plate? emoticon (Please don't let that be a jinx!)

I am glad to hear your dad is home and doing well. And honestly, after that kind of a scare I think fear of falling again is probably pretty normal. Poor guy. Does he have a walker or cane anything? Even just for peace of mind?

Silly siloed health care. Well, at least the neuro seems to think their services are too drastic for you -- that's probably good! Maybe he or she can at least give you some more understanding of what's showing in your MRI.

Prayers for your brother-in-law on the way. Sending my very best to you and Joan as well, of course.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 9/5/2011 5:08PM

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Thank you for letting us know that your Dad is home. I pray that he'll find peace with his myriad of health issues but particularly his fear of falling. I can completely understand it.
Praying for direction with your pain and your b.i.l.'s health.


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LYNMEINDERS 9/5/2011 4:58PM

    Glad Dad is home although I can understand his fears of falling again....Continuing prayers for him so his his confidence will be restored.....

Praying for you and your specialist visit....

Prayers also coming Joan's twin brothers way.....

And of course continued prayers for you and Joan....

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/5/2011 2:21PM

    Glad your dad is home; know that I am praying for you and Joan as well as for your dad and Joan's brother.

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  Prayers going out for you and your family. emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/5/2011 1:43PM

    Prayers for you and all your loved ones!
Sheila

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GRACIOUSGRAPE 9/5/2011 1:25PM

    You and Joan are in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with so much on your plate. emoticon

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TERRIPAL1 9/5/2011 12:18PM

    Prayers and hope it all goes well!

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BEGAINANEW 9/5/2011 11:40AM

    I hope every thing works out for you and i will be praying for you all.
Take care
Sharon

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HDHAWK 9/5/2011 11:18AM

    I'm sorry you have so much going on right now John. Sending prayers to you and Joan. emoticon

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MAMADWARF 9/5/2011 11:12AM

    dang that is a lot of stress, dude! Hoping for the best in all the situations!

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ANATASHIKI 9/5/2011 11:11AM

    emoticon, just great! here, a neurosurgeon would tell you that he was the only one who could tell if surgery is needed and chiropractor would be a waste of time .

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1CRAZYDOG 9/5/2011 11:08AM

    Prayers. You have a lot on your plate.

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    love & continues good thoughts going your way.... emoticon emoticon

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Some Good News

Thursday, September 01, 2011

My dad had his pacemaker put in late yesterday afternoon. Everything went fine and he should be home at the latest on Monday. I havent spoken to him as of yet.

I was traveling yesterday to prepare for a seminar I'll be conducting today on creating balance in the workplace. I was (and am) pretty stoked about doing the seminar. I went to check the room out this morning and half the things I'd requested werent there and wont be there.

I came back to my room and checked my email. I get this daily scripture quote in the form of an email and today's read as follows.

"I will never leave thee or forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5

I looked upward and murmured "Lets hope not, at least not today."

God is good, life is good, and BTW: so are you.

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 2:48PM

    Happy to hear about your dad. Wish I could attend a seminar of yours, I know you'll be fine even without half of what you wanted. Do you ever do any on the east coast?

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NASFKAB 9/3/2011 10:06AM

  Glad it all went well. All the best

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WALKNLOVE 9/2/2011 8:27AM

    Glad Dad is doing well! And no worries....God's got your back. You know, it's funny, I can have something important to do, and I will just pray & ask God's annointing to be upon me & that the words I use will be his & almost instantly I have peace. I even find myself saying things and then saying (in my head to myself of course) "Wow, you just said that? That was amazing! God must have said that b/c you don't have that in you!" BUT God's annointing is on me & it's on you too John! Blessings to you my friend!!!!!

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CARTOONB 9/1/2011 11:22PM

    Your dad already got his pacemaker?!? I thought it would take longer to stabilize him enough for the surgery. Glad to hear that he was able to get it done and that he's doing well.

God is just letting you practice your improvisation skills. Good luck!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/1/2011 10:39PM

    Superb new about your dad....onwards and upwards for him now....

And God is SOOOO good....
A very timely scripture that only He could have orchestrated for you.....

I am sure your seminar will go well...He will provide through other channels.... emoticon

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INBRAZILFORNOW 9/1/2011 7:56PM

    Thinking of you and your dad!

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HDHAWK 9/1/2011 6:58PM

    Great news about your dad!

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MSSUNBUG 9/1/2011 6:37PM

    Good news for your dad! I love the apporpriately-timed message you received. :-)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/1/2011 4:56PM

    Glad to hear your dad is on the mend.

You are adaptable and the lack of things being there won't daunt you. You will make lemonade out of lemons.

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SPEEDY143 9/1/2011 2:27PM

    Yes WE are emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 9/1/2011 1:43PM

    good news , great! emoticon

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FLA-1956 9/1/2011 1:02PM

  Glad things are looking up. emoticon

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NJMATTICE 9/1/2011 12:35PM

    Have a great day!
Love,
Nancy

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CIVIAV 9/1/2011 12:14PM

    YEAH Dad!

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MARCYNA 9/1/2011 12:07PM

    Yes. You are loved, we are loved. I'll think about you for the Seminar ...I'm meeting my new Boss tomorrow and I am AFRAID.


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KKINNEA 9/1/2011 11:58AM

    Agree!

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GAL7288 9/1/2011 11:43AM

    Thats great news! I am so happy everything worked out for you. Good luck with your seminar, I'm sure you are going to rock it!

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IMIN2GENES 9/1/2011 11:11AM

    Good newa about your dad! Good luck with the seminar. I'm sure you'll rock it!
Chris

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GRAMLORI 9/1/2011 11:04AM

    You are such an inspiration......thanks for being who you are and who God intends you to be!

Glad to hear about your dad.....I pray he will feel better and better!

Have a blessed Thursday!
Lori

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PATTILYNN224 9/1/2011 10:55AM

    so glad for your dad. Knowing the BIG GUY will be with you today!! You have the faith - you know it too!

WooHoo!! Go get em.

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GOOFIERNU 9/1/2011 10:18AM

    Break a leg! You'll be great... no... Wonderful... NO- You will be FANTABULOUS!!!

"God is Great, (root) beer is good and people are crazy!" -Billy Currington

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FROGGERHKC 9/1/2011 10:17AM

    So happy to hear your fathers surgery went well!!! Good luck with your semiar! :)

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CSERF09 9/1/2011 9:53AM

    Glad to hear things went well for your dad. Good luck with your meeting!

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SHERRYJVP 9/1/2011 8:56AM

    and so are you!

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JECKIE 9/1/2011 8:39AM

    Great news on your dad, John.

Don't stress about the meeting room. They're coming there to listen to what you have to say, not to analyze the space. It will go just fine.

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More News On Dad

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

After all is said and done, along with adjusting his medication bot for his BP and his thyroid, the cardiologists have determined that he needs a pace maker. Because he is on blood thinners it may be a few days until his levels are at a point where they can do the surgery. He is in good humor and the only thing he is upset about is having to be transferred to another hospital for the procedure. He likes the food better at the original hospital.

Thanks again for all your love.

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 2:46PM

    Your dad sounds like you two may share a sense of humor!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/1/2011 4:51PM

    We used to do a ton of these where I worked. My dad has one and a defibrillator too.

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CARTOONB 8/31/2011 10:52PM

    I'm happy to hear that your dad has a relatively "easy" thing to fix. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

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GOOFIERNU 8/31/2011 9:59PM

    emoticon and prayers!

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GEEMAWEST 8/31/2011 8:18PM

    I'll make you a deal.

I'll pray for you dad and you pray for my FIL. He is going through much of the same thing. He didn't have a fall but has been in and out of hospitals and they can't figure out what's wrong.

Deal?

I knew I could count on you!
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LYNMEINDERS 8/31/2011 7:23PM

    Your Dad has certainly been in the right place to find out what is needed for him.....

Praying that everything lines up so that the surgery can be done as soon as possible and he can get back to normal...well better than normal....

Prayers continuing for him and for you as well...
Blessings

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MARCYNA 8/31/2011 3:10PM

    Thanks John, I've been praying for your dad & you and I will continue,lots of love

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NJMATTICE 8/31/2011 2:35PM

    Thanks for keeping us informed. Helps us pray rightly!
Love,
Nancy

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GIRANIMAL 8/31/2011 1:47PM

    I hope it feels reassuring to have a solid answer and game plan.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/31/2011 1:17PM

    Best wishes to your dad and to you!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/31/2011 12:32PM

    Happy to hear your dad is doing better and that he is in good humor!

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DEE797 8/31/2011 9:51AM

    Thoughts and prayers that all goes well with his surgery. LOL about his liking the food better at one hospital over the other. Glad he is in good spirits.

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PRINCESSNURSE 8/31/2011 9:39AM

    LOL-- Believe it or not most patients in the hospital obsess about the food far more than the medical procedures.

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FLA-1956 8/31/2011 9:37AM

  Hope the pacemaker gets him back to where he needs to be. It says something for the hospital when he likes their food !

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CMA444 8/31/2011 9:26AM

    Prayers for your dad and family! I know times are tough but things will get better. :)

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FROGGERHKC 8/31/2011 9:24AM

    Glad to hear he is doing okay, and hoping for an easy surgery!
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CIVIAV 8/31/2011 9:07AM

    Best wishes for a successful and easy surgery!

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CIVIAV 8/31/2011 9:07AM

    Best wishes for a successful and easy surgery!

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ERLYWA 8/31/2011 9:01AM

    I had to chuckle at your dad's reasoning, as well :)
Will be sending good thoughts for a successful surgery for him...please continue to keep us posted!

Erika

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ERLYWA 8/31/2011 9:01AM

    I had to chuckle at your dad's reasoning, as well :)
Will be sending good thoughts for a successful surgery for him...please continue to keep us posted!

Erika

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EUPHRATES 8/31/2011 8:07AM

    I'm grinning at your dad's reasoning (simply because it's something MY dad would have complained about too). Hang in there!
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HDHAWK 8/31/2011 8:04AM

    Hopefully your dad can have the surgery in a few days and be back at it in no time. Sounds like he has the right attitude!

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More On My Dad And A Bit On Me

Monday, August 29, 2011

Again I wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for my dad and give you a bit of an update. They determined the reason for his falling. He is suffering from atrial fibrillation. When he stands up his blood pressure drops about fifty points, ergo he gets woozy and falls. They are adjusting his medication and he should be hospitalized another couple of days. He has lost some weight too so they believe his thyroid medication needs adjustment. Over all he is in pretty good spirits and glad and relieved they have found out what’s causing the problem.

I had an MRI on my lower back Friday. I should have some sort of direction later today or tomorrow. I am a very positive person but this pain is weighing on my good humor. I am hoping for the best .

Thanks again for all your love, support and prayers.

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 11:33AM

    I'm so glad they figured it out and have treatment. Hope your mri can help you, too.

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  All the best to both your Dad & you

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CIVIAV 8/30/2011 2:47PM

    I have a good girlfriend with Atrial fib. Glad to hear they know. Now let's shift the prayers to you. Dis-ease is not fun...

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ELYMWX 8/30/2011 12:45AM

    Glad your dad's got some answers, and hoping you get yours soon.

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ANNE-ELIZ 8/30/2011 12:14AM

    That's good news; both having an answer for your Dad and being on the way toward an answer for you.

Know what you mean about the back pain wearing on your humor...

Pain is a mind altering drug and until you know what exactly you're dealing with, you have no chance to kick it, so you are at least on the way!
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LYNMEINDERS 8/29/2011 10:39PM

    Thats great that they have found what is causing your Dads problems....even better that they can fix it....YAy.....God is good....

awesome as well that you will have some direction.....

Pain is the biggest energy zapper known...it just kills us....

Prayers still coming....

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NOMORESTALLING 8/29/2011 10:16PM

    John good news on dad I'm relieved that they found the cause and can make the necessary adjustments to help fix what's wrong.

You have back pain and don't know what's causing it? I was having sever back pain for quite awhile to the point that it got so back I couldn't walk up right for those first few minutes getting out of my chair.
I finally requested x-rays/Mri and they came back with Arthritis and very weakened muscles up and down my spine.
They put me on physio therapy; specific Pilates exercises to re strengthen the muscles.

But I also did for myself is to start taking the Replenex Extra strength and the 50+ Vitality Essentials from Melaleuca and 2 Tbsp of Extra virgin Organic Coconut Oil. This I have been doing now for almost 3 months and have been pain free for almost as long.

The other thing I have just embarked on is to begin following Dr Joel Fuhrman`s
Eat For Health and Eat To Live. I watched his program from PBS The 3 Steps to Incredible Health this morning and I`m willing to give this a shot.

If you want to know more go to www.drfuhrman.com and read through his weight loss segment and Reverse disease segment. And see if you don`t come to the same conclusion. Because without realizing it I was already implementing his diet plan! There`s very little I need to do to make the complete change; a few food combinations maybe....It`s worth the look!

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GEEMAWEST 8/29/2011 9:13PM

    I hear that a lot in my business, John. Glad you're getting some answers.
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ALLISON145 8/29/2011 12:02PM

    I hope you get some answers and relief soon.

Hugs,
Allison

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IMIN2GENES 8/29/2011 11:38AM

    Glad to hear the docs are getting your dad all fixed up! Now, hopefully they can do the same for you.
Chris
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/29/2011 11:36AM

    I'm relieved about your dad. AF can be a serious problem and it's good he got it diagnosed and treated.

I hope your results are good as well.

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KIMI_SILVA 8/29/2011 11:28AM

    Wishing you all the best w/ your back problems; and also want to say that you and your dad are in my prayers.
My dad had had 5 back surgeries, and lived w/ chronic back pain. He used to be very athletic (softball, racketball, bowling, etc.) and then he couldn't do anything but yard work for about 10 minutes at a time before he had to lay dowm. Unfortunately, we just lost my dad on July 9th of this year after only 25 days of being diagnosed w/ cancer.

Love & Prayers ~ Kim

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NJMATTICE 8/29/2011 11:20AM

    Keep up the good fight of keeping yourself positive. Particularly rough patch! I know you will do your best.
Love,
Nancy

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ANATASHIKI 8/29/2011 10:27AM

    good luck with your back and the MRI , but this kind of pains can last very long , I had one once 6 months long

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BTINTERNET 8/29/2011 10:18AM

    So glad they got it figured out - my dad had that and the fix was very quick and straightforward.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/29/2011 10:17AM

    So glad that they have figured out what is going on with your dad and are working on getting things under control for him. Keep us posted on what you find out about your back; chronic pain colors everything in life an unpleasant shade and makes it very hard to be positive about much of anything.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/29/2011 9:55AM

    Wonderful to hear that your dad should be on his way to better health. Good luck with results of tests on your back. Back health is so important.

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HDHAWK 8/29/2011 9:53AM

    Glad to hear your dad is improving. Here's hoping you get some answers about your back. I wasn't a happy camper when my back was acting up either. Keep us posted!

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FLA-1956 8/29/2011 9:43AM

  Hope both of you get back to better health very, very soon. emoticon

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PATTILYNN224 8/29/2011 9:38AM

    Great news about your dad. Praying for good news for your back too.

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FROGGERHKC 8/29/2011 9:26AM

    Good to hear about your dad! I hope that you find out your results today, so you are not just waiting. Keeping you in my thoughts today! emoticon

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GRAMLORI 8/29/2011 8:58AM

    Great news on your dad....always better to know what the battle is!

You'll be in my prayers today, John. I hope they find the source of the pain.....I, too, have lower back issues. No one told us it would hurt this much to get older, did they!!

Have a great Monday, God bless!
Lori



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WONDERJUL 8/29/2011 8:36AM

    Glad to hear that your dad's problems are being diagnosed and treated.
Hope you have good news about your back soon.
I hope you have a good day.



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CMBELISLE 8/29/2011 8:32AM

    Good to hear about your dad and I hope they have good news for you on your back. Living with someone with severe, genetic back problems, I do know how the pain can weigh on one's good nature. Take care!

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