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Surgery went well

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I am pretty sure I will be going home sometime this morning. I have been getting around on my own since yesterday afternoon. I have minimal pain conpared to the nerve pain I use to have. Although when I woke up in recovery my nerve was screaming and I was afraid it wouldn't go away. It did - so mission accomplished. Once the surgery area heals I will be. New women!!! emoticon

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes - goodies too. It was very kind of you all. Spark friends are the best.

  
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ROSEWCI 7/9/2012 6:28AM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery! emoticon

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LADYPJAY 7/6/2012 5:10PM

    Hello. I am sorry that I did not keep up with blogs to know that you had surgery until now. I am glad things went well and I pray for your continued healing. I know that once you are all healed the "painfreeness" will allow you to be more mobile and able to move around and exercise better. Best wishes! emoticon

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ABERLAINE 7/6/2012 4:10PM

    Glad your surgery went well and you're on the mend. Here's to that new woman! emoticon

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SAL2525 7/6/2012 6:59AM

    Thank God! That is fantastic news!

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JUSTA123 7/5/2012 10:07AM

    So Happy thing went well and are looking up!

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GRAPEVINE60 7/5/2012 9:59AM

    That is great news! My hope for you is a very speedy recovery.

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DEE107 7/5/2012 12:19AM

    Praying for a fast healing

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JAMER123 7/4/2012 10:38PM

    That is wonderful news, Val!! Take care and continue to heal! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YELLOW09RED 7/4/2012 8:34PM

    Good evening Val,
I hope your home resting in your own bed.
Hope your 4th was nice.
Prayers for your healing time.


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MAYBER 7/4/2012 6:35PM

    thanks for sharing you good news and wishing you a speedy recovery
One day at a time
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FREECAL1 7/4/2012 5:08PM

  Glad to hear your surgery went well. emoticon

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WILLOW49 7/4/2012 3:09PM

    What great news! Take gentle care of yourself and allow yourself plenty of time to heal!
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SASIKHASI1 7/4/2012 2:28PM

    That is good to hear. Take care of yourself and take it easy for a few days.

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KLWALDON 7/4/2012 1:49PM

    So glad it is over and you get to go home soon. Rest up and take care of yourself. I hope for a speedy recovery for you!!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 7/4/2012 12:33PM

    I'm so glad to hear that Val. You deserve ALL the best!

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JUDY1676 7/4/2012 12:19PM

    PTL! Take it easy and take time to recover!

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DDOORN 7/4/2012 11:36AM

    Wonderful news!

Looking forward to seeing you reclaim your SPARK! :-)

Don

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NANASAMM 7/4/2012 11:13AM

    Great news! emoticon

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LVMAMAW 7/4/2012 10:46AM

    So glad to hear the wonderful update! Keeping you in our prayers! emoticon

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AUNTB63 7/4/2012 9:52AM

    Good news......thanks for the update. Hope your total recovery is a quick one. In the mean time take care..... emoticon

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NATALIE1964 7/4/2012 9:05AM

    Take care and speedy recovery!
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KITT52 7/4/2012 8:42AM

    take care, glad you are better

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MSLZZY 7/4/2012 8:27AM

    So glad all went well and hopefully this is a thing
of the past!

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GABY1948 7/4/2012 8:04AM

    emoticon news! I am so glad. I had l5 disk done back in 1986 AND 1988 (I FORGOT I will have a "bad back" for the rest of my life so it happened a second time). Like you I had bad pain after both surgeries but mine was muscle spasms! Still praying emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 7/4/2012 7:59AM

    Very glad the surgery was a success. My dh had surgery for spinal stenosis in April and this morning he walked 1.5 miles and he is so glad that he can walk again without pain. Just do as the dr says and be positive. ((HUGS))

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NATIVE_ONE 7/4/2012 6:51AM

    Very happy to hear. Wishing you a speedy recovery and success

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It's here!

Monday, July 02, 2012

I hope that tomorrow by this time I have no more nerve pain. I sure hope that's the way it all works out. I know the core pain will be worse since the doctor has to go through my muscles to get to the herniated disc that is pinching the nerve, but at least that will heal. I am a little more nervous than I usually am before surgery. I know that it is for the best and I am really looking forward to walking without pain again.

Positive thoughts to the doctors please. I'll update you soon.

  
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NANASAMM 7/3/2012 7:25PM

    Sending prayers for a complete and speedy recovery.
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YELLOW09RED 7/3/2012 4:58PM

    Prayers & Hugs.
Debbie

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GABY1948 7/3/2012 10:22AM

    I am praying for you...can't wait for the praise report!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 7/3/2012 9:19AM

    Best of luck with the surgery; I know you'll feel better afterwards. Prayers and hugs, Pat

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1COUNTRY_GAL 7/3/2012 1:00AM

    Best wishes,sending you prayers of wellness and healing light. emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon

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DEE107 7/3/2012 12:09AM

    hugs my friend Hope you feel better soon

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LVMAMAW 7/2/2012 8:58PM

    Keeping you and the doctors in our prayers! emoticon

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GRAPEVINE60 7/2/2012 8:31PM

    Good luck with your surgery.

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SAL2525 7/2/2012 8:03PM

    Praying for SUCCESS and a speedy recovery! Sal emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 7/2/2012 7:58PM

    Hoping for some blessed relief post haste!

Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers!

Don

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The horror of the bathing suit dressing room!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In two weeks I will be having surgery on my back and the one thing the doctor recommends after surgery is swimming. When I was younger I swam all the time at our local pool. Now as an adult I donít remember the last time I went swimming.

So I went swim suit shopping Ė it was like a horror show in that dressing room. First it is much too hot to try on clothes and second I have gained so much weight since Iíve been struggling with this back issue coming right off from foot surgery. I have had way too much down time! Just let me say it was not a real morale booster.

I did get a suit although Iím going to have a hard time using it in front of anyone. The good news is that my two sister-in-laws have pools and I get out of work early enough that maybe I can get a water workout in before anyone gets home. I know I really need to do it to build my back strength again.

Maybe I should have looked into getting a retro suit!

  
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NANASAMM 7/1/2012 5:49PM

    I know it's easier said than done but really you shouldn't worry what others think. You need to swim and you should do it regardless. I used to worry about the same thing going to our annual family 4th of July party then one year after watching everyone else cooling off in the pool I decided the heck with what anyone thinks and went out and bought a swimsuit. I've enjoyed my swimming ever since
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GRAMMACATHY 7/1/2012 1:14PM

    Okay, hope no guys are reading this. I want to go back to water aerobics, but have not yet figured out how to shave the inner thighs with all the dimples and saggy skin. I use to look really cute in a bikini. I feel like Razelle on the movie Willow when she finally turned human again and looked at her arms. "I guess it has been longer than I thought". Anyway I am inspired to get a hair remover and get in the water again. I will wear board shorts over the swimsuit. Thanks for the inspiration.

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GABY1948 6/26/2012 3:50PM

    I'm with you! I don't know what I would do if I had to swim in front of anyone but my sons...ds1 has a pool and I will go there but always with a tank top or such on! Hope all goes well!

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ALASKASKY 6/25/2012 11:13AM

    I would wear one of those to the beach. I don't do bathing suits most of the time. I usually wear one with a pair of loose shorts over it.

I like all the positive comments about not caring what other's think. It's a great way to live and enjoy the water. emoticon

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SASSYGIRL0801 6/24/2012 9:59PM

  Oh I hate bathing suit shopping too, but I need to go swimming! Love it! I live in Canada, and there aren't very many places to get decent swim suits, so I usually drive down to Grand Forks to shop. I usually like to get a two piece, a nice top and shorts or a skirt-short combo. The one pieces aren't very nice, and I don't like wearing them. But I go do Water Aerobics, and then swim after. I love it! Not so much pain in the joints, and more calories burned! I enjoy swimming and burn more calories then going on the bike and treadmill! I hope it helps you and strengthens you after your surgery!

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BROADBRUSH 6/21/2012 2:13PM

    LOL - THAT IS WHY I HAVE TONS OF PAREO'S - i use them around the bottom and sometimes like a shawl - it works. even tho i love love love the summer - the dreaded bathsuit situations are always scary .

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MSLZZY 6/21/2012 12:25PM

    Adorable suits. Might have to look for patterns. LOL!

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DEE107 6/21/2012 12:15AM

    love them they are so cute

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JAMER123 6/20/2012 11:04PM

    emoticon swimsuit pictures!! I order my swimsuits through Woman within or Roamans. That way I don't have to worry about the fitting rooms and I can get a 2 piece that covers my middle. I have such a long back length, I cannot wear a one piece. I do feel your pain..........but I go to the pool as much as possible when we are in TX. for the winter. Right now, I don't have access without getting a membership and I don't like that pool. Go for it as this is one of the best exercises we can do. Water walking (what I do) does strengthen the back and legs. I am not sore afterwards.
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FRAN0426 6/20/2012 10:32PM

    I need a new swimsuit and I'm sure Saturday there will be some tense moments tying suits on. .The good news is that when I get to the pool, I don't care what others think how I look as I'm there for a healthier life ;and hope the others are there likewise without really noticing what shapes ans sizes the other swimmers are.

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WILLOW49 6/20/2012 6:53PM

    I've been swimming for years and just don't let it bother me. I don't have a problem wearing a swimsuit, if others have a problem with me, then it's their problem, not mine. Go workout in a pool and enjoy it! Don't even worry about the swimsuit!
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LKWQUILTER 6/20/2012 5:26PM

    The retro suits are really cute. Let me say I am not a beauty queen shape and when I go to water aerobics (only women), I have noticed that we are all about the same size or bigger--only the instructor is smaller. lol Hey, if they can do it, so can I and I really love the water. You can too. ((HUGS))

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KANSASROSE67 6/20/2012 4:04PM

    I LOVE the retro suits! The best advice I ever got was to remember that most people are not paying that much attention to others at the pool...so they probably don't notice what we look like...or care, if they do notice!



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MAKINANIMPACT 6/20/2012 3:06PM

    I'm with you on the bathing suit thing. I finally got one this year after 16 years, really wasn't the happiest day of my life! Now I have to wear it in public, not sure if I'm ready for the either!! Mental thing :)

I do everything goes well with your back, take care.

Kelly

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LVMAMAW 6/20/2012 2:23PM

    Love the retro suits! emoticon I so understand and I have not had foot or back problems!! So there you go! Hang in there girlfriend! It's going to get better!! emoticon emoticon

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KLWALDON 6/20/2012 12:47PM

    I hate dressing rooms, regardless of what I am trying on! Bathing suits are brutal though. Nothing to hide in! Love the retro suits though! Where can I get one?!

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SHERIO5 6/20/2012 12:10PM

    Brrrrr....dressing rooms are scary enough!!!

Good for you getting a suit and planning for a workout in the pool! Hold your head up high, you are getting fitter and stronger!!!

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ROCKINMOM776 6/20/2012 12:00PM

    I totally sympathize... no foot surgery for me, just prolo and nerve blocks every few weeks, and degenerative joint/discs. I looked like my grandma when I went suit shopping. Proud of you for going, though, and swimming is going to be an excellent way for you to recover!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 6/20/2012 11:58AM

    Swim suit shopping - and WEARING in public- is among the most challenging things we all do! May God bless your success on this journey we all share.

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SASIKHASI1 6/20/2012 11:57AM

    LOL I think the retro suits are cute. Maybe we could make them popular then the young hotties would be covered up in public lol.

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Weekend Fun

Monday, June 18, 2012

We attended a wedding for an old high school friend this last weekend. They had the ceremony on the 7th hole of a golf course. It was set up very nicely and the bride drove her golf cart up to the aisle. It was very relaxed and yet formal enough. The reception followed in a hall at the golf course that was decorated nicely and had a dance floor. When the couple was announced they came in and danced a nice slow number, but their second dance was more disco with a very cool well rehearsed dance! It was very entertaining.

Since it was a high school friend there were some others from our class there so our table was very comfortable to be at. We didnít stop laughing all night. The groomís brothers also entertained us with their own version of ďMuskrat LoveĒ using the bride and grooms names and the golf course theme. I couldnít get their song out of my head all day yesterday. I made a post about enjoying the show, because it was so entertaining. A great time was had by many.

This Saturday will also be great fun as we are having a family reunion that has relatives from far and near coming. I will see my Aunt and 5 of her children this year. I havenít seen some of her children since I was a little girl. I was actually the flower girl in one of my cousinís wedding. That was some 45 years ago. I am so looking forward to the weekend!

These two weekends are the reason I put off having surgery until July 3rd. I need to be able to go to these events and Iím so glad I made it so far. It was painful, but the fun made it all worth the pain and I know this weekend will be the same.

Have a great week!
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ALASKASKY 6/25/2012 11:15AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI'm happy to hear you had a great time.

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BROADBRUSH 6/21/2012 2:10PM

    oh that is so fun - have the greatest - and so much good luck on your surgery - i will pray all goes well and goes as quickly for you as possible. BB

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KLWALDON 6/20/2012 12:45PM

    I am glad that you had a good time! That is what life is about! Enjoying and remembering those good times! Yeah for you!!

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JUSTA123 6/19/2012 8:32AM

    Sounds like great fun! I am Happy for you!

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DEE107 6/19/2012 12:14AM

    oh my sounds like a fun weekene and have fun with your family

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GRAPEVINE60 6/18/2012 5:50PM

    I'm glad you had a great time.

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Monday I see the surgeon

Saturday, June 09, 2012

This back issue of mine has been going on long enough. I have been through chiropractor treatment, decompression therapy, and have had cortisone shots 3 times into my nerves. Pain medicine has not worked to ease much of the pain. They do help me sleep and that is somewhat helpful. When I got out of bed this morning I looked liked a cripple. I have been waiting 4 weeks to get into the surgeon and at this point I'm ready. I hope I don't have to mess around to long before I get an option that works.

This pain limits me from doing much of anything. Walking and sitting are the worse positions for me and that makes it hard to do much. We have a wedding next weekend, a family reunion and graduation in two weeks. I want to feel better, it is so hard to hide the pain and I often look a bit cripple anyway so others can tell.

I am doing my best to keep a positive outlook and I thank you all for letting me vent.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 6/18/2012 6:29AM

    Sorry you're going through this; please be sure to update us on the doctor visit emoticon

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WENDENANNIE 6/16/2012 12:01PM

    Will be praying for you!

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ALASKASKY 6/14/2012 5:55AM

    It's tough decision to make, and I know some day I may face the same surgery.
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NANASAMM 6/13/2012 8:46PM

    emoticon Any back pain is horrible. I hope the surgeon can alleviate your pain. Prayers coming to you. As far as all your upcoming activities...just try to take it easy and let others do for you if you need it.

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ROSEWCI 6/13/2012 3:41PM

    Sending positive thoughts your way! emoticon

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JUSTA123 6/12/2012 8:24AM

    I so hope the surgeon has come up with a plan,Hugs my friend!

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GRAPEVINE60 6/10/2012 3:24PM

    I hope the surgeon will be able to help.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/10/2012 12:39PM

    Pain is a real drain. I've lived with pain and I know that it not only affects you physically, but emotionally, mentally. I've gone through times I felt like I was crawling out of a deep dark hole. I hope that they find something to bring you relief. I'll be praying for you.
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RORYLYONS 6/10/2012 2:43AM

    You will be in my prayers.... emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 6/10/2012 1:09AM

    I pray the doctor can pinpoint the problem and simply and effectively fix your back so you can feel good again. Pain is more than just painful. It causes permanent nerve damage and depression. Glad you are being proactive to care for your health.

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DEE107 6/10/2012 12:20AM

    hugs and hope all goes well and let me know when so I will pray for you too hugs

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JAMER123 6/9/2012 11:56PM

    emoticon emoticon Continuing to send my thoughts & prayers to you. I can imagine the pain but not for as long as you have been working to relieve it. I pray you get some relief soon, dear friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYONE331 6/9/2012 8:12PM

    So sorry to hear this. Wish there were something I could do to help. My son had 2 titanium discs placed in his spine last year and it has made all the difference. He was not able to get up or down, or walk. And his level of pain was severe. I trust your MD has a treatment to help you. Keep us posted!

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JOANNS4 6/9/2012 7:01PM

    I am keeping you in my prayers. Best of luck on Monday.
Hugs!

Jo Ann


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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 6/9/2012 5:35PM

    I am so sorry to see you are suffering. I can sympathise as sometimes I have hardly been able to walk, sit or even get out of bed with back and neck pain. I do so hope you can get relief in time for your events. My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon emoticon

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GRAMPAM 6/9/2012 3:30PM

    I hope you get better soon! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDY1676 6/9/2012 2:43PM

    I will say a prayer that you can find the right way to get relief
From the pain. I know that having pain os no way to live.
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MSLZZY 6/9/2012 2:32PM

    So sorry for your pain. Hope the surgeon can help you
get relief. HUGS!

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    Keeping you in our prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/9/2012 1:01PM

    We don't mind you venting, you have every right to express yourself especially when you are in so much pain. I do pray you will get some relief from this and that the doctor's appt. goes well Let us know how it goes.

Blessings

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WILLOW49 6/9/2012 12:11PM

    Sure hope the surgeon has some answers for you. It's no fun being in such pain all the time.
Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
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WENDYSPARKS 6/9/2012 11:56AM

    Hope you feel better soon and I praying for you to get better.

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SAL2525 6/9/2012 11:53AM

    I will be praying that you get some kind of a plan on Monday! Don't give up - hang in there! Anytime you want complain about your pain I will LISTEN! Being in PAIN is just terrible. {{{{{{{ HUGS}}}}}} Sal

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MAKINANIMPACT 6/9/2012 11:32AM

    Wishing you the best of luck on Monday and I hope that you're able to find something that works for you!

((hugs))

kelly

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SWTHNY- 6/9/2012 11:05AM

    Please vent if you don't I swear one can explode inside...and that's not good. Pain will take over lives so it's great your having an appointment this week. My prayers will be for you and the surgeon.
God Bless
cheryl

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1CRAZYDOG 6/9/2012 10:47AM

    Awwww, vent away. Back pain is debilitating! Wishing you luck on Monday.

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