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Update...and sad news

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Hello my dear Spark Friends,

Firstly I would like to thank you all for your comments on my recent blogs and on my Spark page asking how everything is progressing. It is so heartening and encouraging to have your support.

This will be a brief blog as I have blurry vision headache at the moment. When I saw my GP last week, she increased my strong pain medication to a twice daily dosage, as opposed to previously taking it as a last resort single dose. I have found this makes me a bit dopey, so I need to be careful with what I do as it affects my balance sometimes. I still experience daily pain but at least I am getting a bit more relief than before. I am also trying to pace myself with what needs to be done. It's not always easy but by slowly chipping away we have made a small amount of progress with de-cluttering. The most frustrating thing is being house-bound as I find sitting in a car painful, both at the time and for a few days afterwards. I finally see the rheumatologist in a couple of weeks, so I hope I can leave that appointment better informed and with some strategies for dealing with the pain.

Some of you may recall me mentioning our dear friend Briar in previous blogs. Last Friday evening we received a phone call from her son to say that Briar had suffered a stroke the previous Friday and after him finding her collapsed at home the following day, was admitted to hospital. She died on Wednesday last week, and her funeral will be on Monday. We were in shock at the news as we had phoned her earlier in the week that she had the stroke and nothing was amiss. We will miss her terribly as she was always such an easy-going, fun person who left me with a smile on my face whenever I saw her or spoke to her on the phone. As Mum said, it is pretty much the two of us now, as there is only one from this circle still alive, and Sylvia has dementia and lives even further away now. This seems to make the grief doubly hard to deal with.

Hugs and blessings to you all dear Spark friends,


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1BEACHWALKER 12/13/2012 3:47PM

    Nattacia, Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend! I hope your back is better by now. Sounds like your Dr's are working hard to get you better! Maybe a new blog for an update? How is life in OZ? I hear you need the rain and it is really hot right now? Sure would love to visit there one day and meet all my Aussie SPF's! Take care..... emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 3/13/2012 10:45AM

    emoticon A hug is often all one can do or say as it covers the basic human emotion to feel enclosed with love! Hope you are starting to feel better and am so sorry for your loss of your friend. emoticon

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WENDYJM4 3/10/2012 11:28PM

    so sorry to hear about your loss
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TAMI1691 3/9/2012 3:46AM

    sorry to hear of your loss and sad times.
I hope that fond memories will bring a smile to your thoughts in time.
take care and know that loving thoughts are with you

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OPALMOON 3/8/2012 5:03PM

    Hello to you all dear Spark friends,

Thank you all so very much for you kind words and supportive comments. I appreciate them more than I could ever say.

Wishing you all a blessed day,

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HANOVERLADY 3/8/2012 2:42PM

    I'm so sorry to read about your friend's death. The world is a little less warm with each loved one that leaves us. Hope things will look up for you soon.

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SHOOPETTE 3/6/2012 5:37AM

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EVWINGS 3/3/2012 7:58PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your problems and the passing of your friend. Going through medical issues that nothing can be found to help can be really so frustrating. Hang in and you'll soon have some answers. You seem to be a stong lady and that will help you so much. And then, you have all of us on Spark who care about you and are cheering you on.

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TIKATAKAWITHA 3/2/2012 12:31PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I hope something can be done for your pain too.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 3/2/2012 5:33AM

    I am so sorry to hear of your friends passing and send my thoughts and prayers to you. Hope you are feeling better as your medication change starts to work for you.
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SLIMMERJESSE 3/2/2012 12:37AM

    Sorry to hear of your loss.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/2/2012 12:30AM

    So sorry to hear about your firend's passing. May God and your memories of your times together bring you comfort during this very difficult time.
I hope your meds start working to bring you the relief you need and your rheumatologist will be of great help too. Keeping you in my daily prayers...
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JULIEEG81 3/1/2012 11:06PM

    I'm so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you emoticon

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KAYDE53 3/1/2012 10:53PM

    I do so hope your specialist can find some help for you!! So sorry for the loss of your friend too! Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers!!! emoticon

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MILLISMA 3/1/2012 9:22PM

    So sorry for all that you are going through and sadden by the loss of your dear friend. Will keep you in my prayers. Sending extra hugs.

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/1/2012 8:37PM

    I am so sorry to hear about alll that is going on in your life. We are here for you to support and offer up prayers.

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LNSYLVSDOGS 3/1/2012 4:54PM

    I'm so very sorry for your loss, and hope also that you'll be feeling better soon. I can imagine it is difficult to get things done that you want to do if you are feeling sore and/or loopy. Keeping you in my prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 3/1/2012 4:12PM

    emoticon I'm so sorry for your loss.

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SOFEDUPP 3/1/2012 3:59PM

    Sorry for your loss.

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SUSIEPH1 3/1/2012 12:54PM

    So Sorry about your friends passing and that you are in so much pain ..
I hope the new meds settle down soon and give you relief with out so much giddiness.
Take Care ..
Love and Hugs Susie






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ASHAIXIM 3/1/2012 12:31PM

    emoticon Hoping sweet memories will make this time of sorrow a bit better.

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GOANNA2 3/1/2012 10:41AM

    Sorry to hear about your friend's passing.
I hope your specialist can help you deal with your pain.
I will miss your blogs, but I will keep in touch.
Take care and God bless
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JANIS-IRENE 3/1/2012 9:36AM

    Very sorry to hear about your loss! I know what's it like to be in your shoes and I will be praying for you for everything you are going through. May God continue to strengthen and encourage you through all of this. emoticon

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-PINKPRINCESS- 3/1/2012 9:32AM

    So sorry to hear about your friend. Prayers to you and the family. emoticon

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BRANDTSGIRL 3/1/2012 9:22AM

    So sorry to hear this, emoticon .

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LIBBYFITZ 3/1/2012 8:22AM

    emoticon So sorry to hear about your friend.

Hope the new regime on the medication kicks in and you start to feel better.

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IDLETYME 3/1/2012 8:06AM

    Praying for Briars' family and for you to be healthier in this new month! emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 3/1/2012 7:56AM

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Being house bound is not much fun. Sorry to hear about your friend.

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FERRETLOVER1 3/1/2012 6:56AM

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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MRE1956 3/1/2012 6:55AM

    I am so sorry for your loss and your health struggles.....I wish you all the best!

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