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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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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Is this year over with yet?
It never ends..
Had an initial appointemnet with neurosurgeon this afternon after work,, I was very anxious about it,, go thoem, credit card company called about them not snending me any statement, tehn c=declining my card!! Just got teh card in November,,
Sent check out fo rthat.. Just ebfore I left, of course, not t o be lef tout, moms nursing home called,, they want me to start setting her up for her discharge,,
yet another worry,, scan my mail from yesterday,, again, taht wonderful mailwoman stuck another nasty note on my envelopes telling me she did me a favor by delivering my mail yesterday, but if I did nto have all teh snow away from my mailbox today, she was not going to continue to deliver it!
I am definitely calling the postmaster tomorrow,,
I have ahd it up to here with this person,, 26 years in this house and she is the very first and only person to complain,,

Kristy went out immediately and shoveled ,, she also watched when teh truck came around the bend, they did deliver, but she could not tell who was in the truck,,

When it snows we shovel infront of the mailbox, but then the snowplows come around and pile all teh snow from teh whole stret in front of my box or in my front yard!! I am going ot call the postmaster and tell him to contact the road commission or I am going to have to borrow one of those huge snowplows and drive behind that chick and plow her into another county..
that is all I needed today to send me over the edge!!

That was not the worst part of my day!! It gets oh so much worse,,
I get to the surgeon's office, he starts examining me, asking me questions,, now he wants an MRI(never had one), then he wants me to go to a rheumatoidoligist!!

HE is about 99% positive that I have rheumatoid arthritis,, but also thinks I have something else for my whole right side to turn numb when I lie on it, which I cannot.. Tee-rific!! I went to the eye doc for new glasses last year and found out I have cataracts, went to family doc for sore feet and found out I have carpal tunnel, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, osteoporosis, stucco keratosis!! Now I go to see about carpal tunnel surgery and all this....

When I have the surgery(it is a given) I will have to be off work for a minimum of six weeks!! No income for six weeks!!!
So now I am waiting to hear form the surgeons office: they are checking with my insurance company to se eif the MRI is covered by my insurance,, also waiting for other specialist appointment ,, got to have all this done BEFORE my surgery,,
now in the midst of all this, got mom to deal with again,, it always happens when I need time for taking care of me,,

going to bed to pray, meditate and know that God will give me what I need,, on HIS time,, stacking up my crosses to bear, in my closet,,hahaha..

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SHARON10002 1/20/2011 10:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonHappy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birhtday dear Linda, Happy Birthday to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am sorry all of this stuff happened on your birthday.
Know that we all LOVE YOU.


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REXTINE1 1/20/2011 3:13PM

    Just keep on measuring you portions and counting your calories. If you can lost some extra weight it helps.

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    You are in my prayers PICKIE, hang in there the Lord will provide emoticon

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OCTOBER2842 1/20/2011 5:29AM

    Boy you need prayer, prayers, and more prayer. They work you know. Take a day at a time and get through it. The surgery will help you I am sure. The MRI is not bad. Just have to lie still for a long time in a confined capsule. Open at both ends. The test results are usually very accurate. I had one last November. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/19/2011 11:51PM

    Poor Lin... What a Day!

Check with yoru work aobut paid sick days or after surgery days off you should get that but i'll take your word. I'll be praying for you!

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HADYDADUBR 1/19/2011 9:27PM

    You are falling apart.
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DEBGIL 1/19/2011 8:31PM

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Girl, it would seem you have sucked all the crap from your little corner of the world. Not enough spark points in SparkPeople to find something to send you to make it better. Much more and I'm gonna start walking north so I can give you a big hug for real! Hang in there. Try to get as much rest as you can so you can face the slings and arrows. Will be keeping you in prayer. And if HE doesn't listen I always warn him he don't want me to get HIS MOTHER involved! LOL Usually works! You know men, sometimes they need a wake-up call!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Snowing more all day, freezing rain over top of it,, high temp is 22 now, supposed to get single digits tonight, more snow and sleet tomorrow,, a regular freaking winter wonderland!!
I just got a filling at the dentist, mouth and face is cold anyway,, tried to put some lip balm on before leaving dental clinic: sure glad it was not red lipstick!! All over, down my chin, across my cheek,, I am such a glamour queen!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    LOL PICKIE I went to the dentist Tuesday too!! Crazy, and yep had the same problem with chapstick, thank goodness I'm a mountain girl and I don't wear lipstick, it is super hard to put chapstick on a numb lip, who knew?? emoticon

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OCTOBER2842 1/19/2011 5:23AM

Miss YA

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SLIMLILA 1/19/2011 12:45AM

    Just thought I would stop and commiserate about the weather.... it's COLD here too.... looks like it's going to be a long, cold winter

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/18/2011 10:42PM

    LOL I am still proud of you for still ahving your teeth. Many don't ahve them.

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GAARAMA 1/18/2011 9:41PM

    Lin sorry the weather that was here has reached you. The temp is finally rising here hang in there Spring will be here before we know it.

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HADYDADUBR 1/18/2011 8:46PM

    Cold inside and out for you then.

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REXTINE1 1/18/2011 7:34PM

    I'm sorry about your weather. I got a sunburn today, even though I put sun block on, so there's always something to irritate you. I had a tooth out last week, and it's going fine now - if you hang on for a few days I'm sure you will feel better.

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NORASPAT 1/18/2011 6:03PM

    Linda, hope your frozen face has thawed by now.

We too are looking at freezing rain I really do not like to see that in our future. I am so glad I stock up on most things we need. I should have bought more batteries. Lots of candles and lamp oil but I like a flashlight under my pillow just in case we lose power. I do have one but it needs really small batteries.
Take care stay warm Pat in snowy Maine.

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JAMBABY0 1/18/2011 4:09PM

    Sorry about your weather I hate snow! Good luck with the recovering from the dentist.

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