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Old 07-19-2018, 04:10 AM
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Thanks, you guys.

It still seems really unreal.

Yesterday in the midst of furiously lining up activities and making reservations, I must have drunk too much coffee, and I got a really sharp pain in my stomach. It came on rather suddenly, so I hoped it was just the coffee—but I got a bit paranoid anyway.

There I was plotting and scheming—and yet I was in too much discomfort to even walk to the mailbox without being seriously bothered.

I wondered if I was starting the decline already—they said 2-8 months!—and thought of the irony of my frenzied bucket list planning.

And my stomach hurt and I couldn’t get comfortable.

So I took some Maalox—and within ten minutes the pain was gone.

But it just showed me a glimpse of how unpleasant a state of constant pain is going to be.

I couldn’t even handle a half hour’s worth of excess stomach acid!

All I can do is the best I can every day, whether I can do a little or a lot.
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:17 AM
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Ah, honey.

I've had chronic illness that I wasn't sure what the outcome would be and also chronic debilitating migraines for 25 years. Pain will change a person.

I'm glad that this time it was helped by Maalox! Onward bucket list.
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:25 AM
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Hi, PJ. I stepped on your post!

I know it’s difficult and a little daunting when you’re just at the start of an intense class—but you work to keep on top of things because you want to know them.

You know that as the class continues you will perform with more proficiency and ease.

Then at the end you will experience the joy of creating a final project that is a step beyond what you have done to date—a project that will harness all the skills you have acquired so far—and the payoff for a job well done will send you through the roof!

(Yes, I do miss school ).
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:35 AM
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I stepped on your post too, Bim.

I’m sorry you live a life in which your suffering never really goes away. I have another friend who had a serious back injury in her 20s who has never been free from pain since.

I can appreciate how ludicrous it is for me to liken a stomachache to chronic pain.

But I have always taken my health for granted, so serious imaginings of a drastic difference had never even entered my head.

I got a glimpse—just a glimpse—and it scared the crap out of me!

I have tremendous admiration for anyone who faces daily pain and somehow manages to rock life.

So many people on here (like you ).
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:42 AM
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a steep learning curve for you, and me...tho no comparison.
I think, from my exp- both from burns and prof. as a nurse- you are doing sooo well, looking at each incident- each day as it comes and planning..so difficult to juggle.
Prayers.
What is your fav cigar? I will buy one and think of you as I savour it next pay day.
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:45 AM
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Oh, oops, once again I communicate poorly!

No no.

My migraines left me at menopause, but they did cause me to have not much of a life for 25 years and the treatments were prohibitively expensive for me even with insurance.

The (separate) chronic illness was and is being successfully managed.

I wouldn't be here if I was in that kind of pain, I'd be in bed.

I have no current complaints...but give me time!

I was just saying I understand the changes that happen in one's psyche with pain.

But thank you for your kindness. This is all about you, K. I am merely trying to empathize. ...and apparently not getting it right.
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:51 AM
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Oh, I didn’t get any sense of condemnation or complaint whatsoever from your post, Bim. It just sparked some sober thought in me.

I’m pleased everything is good now.
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:58 AM
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I can imagine the paranoia that must have come with that stomach pain. Glad it was easily resolved!
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:00 AM
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Thanks, Yinzer!
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:06 AM
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PJ, my favorite cigar is a Davidoff 2000 tubo (encased in a white metal tube).

My usual (cheaper) smoke is a Camacho, either yellow, orange, or red label (depending on the strength you like). I typically smoke the orange.

I like a medium-large ring gauge and either a robusto or Churchill length.
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:08 AM
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Good days and bad, each day brings its own gift, Kathy, even the gift of knowing to keep Maalox in good supply.

I envy your comfy recliner, I had one once and always, always fell asleep watching TV, so I avoided ever getting another, lol. That said...

It's a lovely day here today, I shall think of you on my morning walk and offer a prayer that today brings you special blessings and new gifts.

Hugs and Hugs
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I hope you have a good day with no pain, Gilmer
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:35 AM
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Thank you ladies!
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This is so sad and you sound so brave. I think I would be looking into alternative treatments. They say cancer feeds of sugar and changing diet can to exclude sugars and follow particular nutrition can starve the cancer cells.
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Just checking in to see how u was getting on xx i just found these little quotes for u
. Hope u have a comfortable day x

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"I want to be like a sunflower; so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight."


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"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."
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Good morning, Kathy.

My Dad used to smoke cigars. He was relegated, by my Mom, to smoke them outdoors but every now and then he would sneak one in his ‘Club Basement’ - do you remember the rooms/club basements finished in Knotty Pine and square white ceiling tiles and square vinyl tile squares on the floor? I remember the pride in my parents’ eyes when they finished that room in our basement in our row home. Cigars and Knotty Pine bring back good memories for me.

Smoke those cigars and bring back good memories, my friend.

Have a very good day.
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Hello Kathy! Sorry I have not been around, crazy work week. wishing you a painfree joyful day!

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Gerard, you know what? It’s an odd thing.

I have been a sugar junkie all my life—until about the last 6-8 months, when I just kind of lost my taste for it.
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Erratic, I really like those quotes, especially the Napoleon Hill one.
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