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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pilot to bombardier: Went to nursing home, visited with mom, asked her more memory questions just for my peace of mind that she truly has dementia,, OH YEAH! She did not remember anything about her two visits to the neurosurgeon, any xrays(had four sets of them), nothing,, did not remember who gave her plants or cards in her room..

Sw came in after ra half hour, presented the whole scenario as if we had not talked, like she was telling us both at the same time that mom must leave, but needs a stepping-stone to get her sea legs,,
mom just looked at me and asked what I thought,, great, now I know what my daughter will be tricking ME with!!
I then left there and kept appointment with marketing director at assisted living facility a couple miles from nursing home..
I LOVE IT! In fact, if I was able, I WOULD MOVE THERE!!! A Brookdale facility, only 26 residents in this house,, it was just like being in someones home,, clean, homey, tons of activities, field trips, great food, private mini-apartments..
unfortunately, it also does not have an opening yet,, a person on the waiting list has not decided if they want o go there or not, but I told her that I want immediate placement,, she is going to talk to the Director and call me back tomorrow afternoon.. also see if mom is eligible for Dad's veterans benefits,,
I need prayers for this,, more so than my health, I need her to get in there,, that would be a major relief to me..
I know God will provide for her needs too,, but secretly I hope this is the biggie!!

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KILLERANGEL47 1/28/2011 4:01AM

    I hope everything goes well and that your mother is elegible for the payments! emoticon emoticon

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HADYDADUBR 1/27/2011 9:21PM

    I am praying, praying, praying that your mom gets in there.

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DEBGIL 1/27/2011 6:42PM

    Praying, praying, praying that it all works out. (((HUGGLES)))

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GAARAMA 1/27/2011 5:54PM

    Lin I hope your Mom is eligible for your Dad's Veterans benefits. It would be a tremendous assist to you and your Mother. My DH missed receiving benefits by four months.
Keep the faith


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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/27/2011 5:33PM

    Sending prayers like never before.

We're looking into the same thing for roberts mom.

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NORASPAT 1/27/2011 5:25PM

    OH I do hope the benefits work for her. That would really be helpful. Is the socail worker actually helping you with all of this stuff or are you on your own with it all.

I am really hoping this will work for you and your family, MOM will be safe and you can have peace and peace of mind HUGS LINDA, Pat in Maine.

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spare time

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Worked extra hours today, got home,nursing home called again,, time to shop fo r assisted living for her,, teh wonderful place right across the road from m street will not have an opening for two weeks, so it will probably be the one way across town,,,
tomorrow afte rwork I amgoing to meet with socail worker and drop this bomb to mom with SW as my armed guard,, staying clear of her hands and feet, do not want to get punched,kicked or gouged,,,
this is wha tI do in my SPARE TIME!!
I am liking my thermal back brace so far,, helping with the spinal arthritis an d fibromyalgia somewhat,,,
going to bite the bullet and start taking the pain pill )Rx) when I go to bed..

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    good luck Pickie! This is such a hard step to take, especially with everything else your battling. Remember how your mom is feeling and how she's probably scared and angry about losing independence. I hope it goes well, you'll be in my prayers.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/26/2011 10:32PM

    Sends fed ex to you with a box of boxing gloves for the visit with your mom.

Be careful with the pain pills. they can also rob you of your much needed sleep.
Hugs and good luck tomorrow.

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HADYDADUBR 1/26/2011 10:08PM

    Good luck with your mom.
I should try one of those thermal back braces for my arthritis.

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GAARAMA 1/26/2011 8:11PM

    Lin good luck with your Mom,these homes usually have a lot of activities to keep the residents occupied. I'm sure you are prepared to deal with resistance. It is time to take care of Lin and let someone else deal with Mom. You may find that with the reduced stress level you will start to feel better.
keeping you in thought and prayer for a smooth transition.

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KILLERANGEL47 1/26/2011 6:43PM

    I hope everything goes alright with you mum! emoticon Going to bed sounds like a good plan to me! emoticon Sleep well. emoticon emoticon

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NORASPAT 1/26/2011 6:37PM

    Sounds like great plan LINDA.
Make sure you have a good discussion with the SW.
Hoping all goes well tomorrow. Have you ever visited the close by facility to see what it looks like?
I guess it could be some protection if you have to go across town to see her. Is it anywhere near her own house?'
HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COOLGRANDMA03 1/26/2011 6:25PM

    Good plan!!

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REXTINE1 1/26/2011 5:37PM

    I hope your mother doesn't bite, and your pain pills work.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Went to rheumatologist today instead of projected appointment next month: they had a cancellation so I went,,
guess it is better to get the bad news early..
I first went to the eye doc for new glasses last year,:he told me I have cataracts.
Next was the family doc for hand pain:found out I probably had carpal tunnel..he referred me to neurosurgeon: that guy wanted me to see a rheumatologist and get an MRI before surgery to rule out something else going on in my body to cause all the pain and things,,
Big news from the rheumatologist: NO, I do not have rheumatoid arthritis,YET, do have severe arthritis, osteoporosis, bursitis in both knees, and the best part: I have fibromyalgia!!
I have had the symptoms and pain for over fifteen years, but with everything else going wrong, it never got diagnosed as this..
So now instead of getting off some meds, I am now on three more Rx's,, he ordered a dozen blood tests, a whole page of xrays,,
So I am not having carpal tunnel surgery,, yet,, he also told me that diabetes can cause this,, tee-riff-ick! Also, while I was sat the doctors,. again the nursing home called to tell us mom's rehab is finished, she can leave,,

that call return will be tomorrow,, after work,, oh, I also was supposed to buy a back brace(which I did, insurance does not cover it) and special arch supports(not covered either) but did not purchase them,, cannot afford this,, will have to pay most of all the tests he ordered too..
I already wear WALKFIT insoles, they are miracle workers,,
so that is my wonderful day,,
I am so glad it was not worse, but those two diagnoses threw me for a loop..
I told him that the bright side to all this is: I cannot get prostate or testicular cancer !

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    Way to stay positive PICKIE, prostate or testicular cancer LOL :) You're amazing, if you look to where you want to go you'll get there. Be well! emoticon

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LULA2007 1/26/2011 9:58AM

  Gee, and I have been felling sorry for myself because I have arthritis in my right foot, rt. hip and bursitis in my rt. hip. Yikes, guess I'm lucky!

I'll keep you in my prayers.

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DEBGIL 1/25/2011 10:47PM

    Oh, CRAP!

And that about says it all!

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COOLGRANDMA03 1/25/2011 9:09PM

    So sorry. Hang in there. Let me know if there is anything I can do.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/25/2011 7:46PM

    LOL @ your last line there. Always the funniest.
I'm so sorry how things turned out today. Geez! Fibro Can be taken care of by a verys trict diet. I ahve a friend here near me who did clinical trials for fibro and it made all pain go away. not on any drugs but jsut a vers trict diet.
Mom's comign home?

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NORASPAT 1/25/2011 7:42PM

    I am so very sorry this diagnosis was made for you. My hand Dr told me that I have so many hand issues because i most likely am diabetic. I went to my Dr to check it out
and sure enough that was when I was diagnosed as type 2.
Take care will catch you later.HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

So glad I got to hea rthe Scripture last night at church,, helping me today be motivated, grateful and smiling..

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NORASPAT 1/24/2011 1:20PM

    By this time it is Monday and since I missed your blog I am sorry. I keep hitting the wrong button. and I definitely replied to you Saturday blog but it disappeared there is a whole row of new buttons on this machine =Just there to confuse the old lady and my fat fingers just touch them and I lose the lot. I see Sunday evening went well so it should be a good week for you.

I sure do hope so LINDA, Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OCTOBER2842 1/24/2011 12:35PM

    It always inspires me too. Father Fitz has great sermons.

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REXTINE1 1/23/2011 3:23PM

    emoticon Glad you are in good shape.

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GERIKRAGH 1/23/2011 2:02PM

    Amen. Always happy when that happens!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/23/2011 1:34PM

    Great! Good for you, Linda!

Have a wonderful day!

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happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me..

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ever have one of those days that goes so downhill that you can actually FEEl the greased road?
It is always a pleasure to work on my birhtday anyway(sarcasm..) tehn to have my boss call me and tell me I was supposed to eb there an hour ago(they changed my schedule without my knowledge) so I jump up n the dark to get dresed, , skip my breakfast, race out to garage to start car(temp is 0), dash to car checking as I go to make sure I have underwear on(no sense in sending the whole town to the E.R looking at me),, feel rushed all day,, got my work hours cut in half,
get home to discover that teh rheumitologist that was referred by my doc, will not accept my insurance, so I have to fins another, also discover that an MRI costs $1,200+; my hwol annual insurance coverage is only $1,500, which includes all my labs quarterly,, office visits, prescriptions(I have four every 30 days) and outpatient anything. My carpal tunnel surgery is outpatient, so the MRI basically wipes out all my coverage until December 31,2011...

Trying to find a way to pay fo rit without selling a working organ.. trying hospital grant here that MAY qualify me for help with it,,

I NEVER get tests, only visit the doc when I am very ill , ready to go to E.R(which I cannot afford,see above) so I know God will perovide this too for me,,
My Bible study spark group this week is a sign fo rme,, all about how God provided for Noah when he saw that Noah was disgusted buy sinners..

I am still a sinner, but try to haul myself to the front of the line each night for my "whuppin"" asking for love, understanding, forgiveness and patience from HiM.. trying to give these thigns to others too,, very hard sometimes, but it is our job, our responsibility to HIM and others to JUST DO IT!!

ON a lighter note, I decided to stay home fo rmy birhtday this year,, DD and I always go out to dinner for each other's birthday,, did not go out to dinner, had leftovers,, knowing I will be out of work for six unpaid weeks soon, all the bills I will be liable for, makes me just stay home, praying for the gift of use of my hand again, if I could cross my fingrs or toes, I would do it to NOT have rheumatoid arthritis,,
If it is so, HE has HIs plan for me, hope it includes a bod that holds out till I can be eligible for medicare,,(8 years more)..I ramble, but this is my only vent,, fo rthos ewho are bored to trears, sorry,,
I feel better,, tears of hope now,,,

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    HAPPY BE-LATED BIRTHDAY!! Pickie it means so much to me that the bible study is guiding you. It's all true, the Lord will provide. You are in my prayers. I hope this year brings you peace, calm and much happiness. You are such a support to me. I truly wish you health and happiness. emoticon

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LULA2007 1/26/2011 10:01AM

  Happy belated birthday, hopefully things will look up in the next year!

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BETTY226 1/22/2011 11:38PM

    Well I am late for your B-Day, but they are God's milestones. Anyway....have you called the Pardee Center in Bay County. They should be able to help. Or lead you in the way that might. Ughhh,,,insurance! The specialist in Detroit I am going to see on Thursday wanted a copy of my insurance plan. Show me the Blue before I see you!! Is what I thought his office was saying. Hubby said all turns out well and for the best as that is his plan for us.

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ROSEWCI 1/21/2011 6:41PM

    HOPE is what you need to hold to! Check w/your medical providers & see if you qualify to pay on a sliding scale option. You shouldn't have to go without treatment that you need.

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy the celebration! emoticon

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REXTINE1 1/21/2011 11:18AM

    Sorry for all your problems, but Happy Birthday! emoticon

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OCTOBER2842 1/21/2011 5:39AM

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Sorry to hear about all the bad stuff, especially on your birthday. I hope you and DD had a good dinner.Good luck with all your medical issues, there is hope. Put your problems in the hands of the Lord and he will be there for you. Carol emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARKANANGEL 1/21/2011 1:44AM

    I saw your comment on a blog of your not liking garbanzo beans and thought I'd take a look at your page, and IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!!! I want to wish you a Happy Belated Birthday!
I believe in natural healing, and I cured my carpel tunnel by doing exercises from this site.. My Daily Yoga
and it didn't happen overnight, but I was consistent and it worked. I didn't have to have surgery!!! Not knowing the extent of your Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, I can't guarantee this will work, but it's worth a try! Best of luck to you, and I hope you had a great birthday and ate cake and kept the American tradition!

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SHARON10002 1/20/2011 10:53PM

    Hey Lin,

See my Happy Birthday comment on the comments section for the 19th. Can't figure out how in the world that happened. . . Must be elves. . . Does Keebler know they're on the prowl?

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GAARAMA 1/20/2011 6:44PM

    Happy Birthday Lin!


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SLIMLILA 1/20/2011 6:32PM

    Hey, I think we've probably all done our fair share of venting, and it is a very necessary thing in this day of high stress.

Well, you helped me to realize how thankful we can be in Canada where our medical is covered. I actually had an MRI done, and never could get the results of it since I moved to a different province.... Anyway, it was for shoulder pain that I was very fortunate enough to have subsequently resolved when I went for a massage... She was terrific.... the pain I had seen a nerve conduction specialist for twice, had a CAT scan and an MRI and nobody could tell me anymore ...... makes you really wonder, if they know what they're doing..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Enjoy time at home alone with dh.... emoticon emoticon

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COOLGRANDMA03 1/20/2011 6:26PM

    Happy birthday!!! I hope the rest of your week goes better. Enjoy your dinner out.

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NORASPAT 1/20/2011 6:12PM

    LINDA Hope you have a lovely dinner tonight. emoticon
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ENJOY and remember you can vent to me whenever you like I can listen though there are very few things I can actually fix. I am here for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
I can listen to you forever dear lady. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Pat in Maine.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon BIRTHDAY HUGS LINDA COMING YOUR WAY!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 1/20/2011 6:07PM

    I live in Minnesota for a healthcare company that provides medical care for free for uninsured and underinsured people. I can't imagine that there isn't another program similar to ours in your state of Michigan. Do not give up hope.

I have been fortunate to have excellent insurance plus my hand surgeries were covered by worker's compensation insurance.

At present I am on a short (hopefully) leave of absence, but I have had a few doubts about how this will all work out. I just have to relax (as I was going to tell you to do) and I know how much easier that is to say than do.

I have had some miraculous things occur that allowed me to have my recent knee replacement when I wanted it in spite of the "standard" time off procedures......

One just never knows....where or when things will happen that defy explanation....(I call them miracles and mini-miracles.)

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BATTISTOLI 1/20/2011 5:57PM

    happy birthday! hope you had a wonderful birthday dinner! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/20/2011 5:54PM

    You're not getting older, Lin your getting better. Believe it.
Happy Birthday!

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