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Junior

Hi Tom.  Sorry about the finger but glad to hear it's not the middle one. lol  No no.. it's not a laughable thing.  Hope it heals soon.

 

As for your tooth, I've had a few root canals but no crowns.  Not yet anyway.  My dentist put a 'temporary filling' in about 2 years ago, saying if it doesn't hold, I will need a crown.  It's still there!  But seriously, toothache is rotten.  Hope the crown settles things, once and for all.

 

Now.. I do NOT want to hear of any more things. STOP IT!  This is your year for getting off Paxil and moving on. :unsure: I don't a gavel to bang...

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Ever

I miss the gavel

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AmyK

Hi Tom. I make my own liquid every day, I find it very easy. Zoloft is soluble in water, so I dont have to crush it before. Maybe Paxil too?

Many hugs!

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brassmonkey

Enough with the car accidents people.  First Monica gets hit on the 6th.  we're still without a car.  She is doing fine, a little soreness in the neck and gun shy in traffic.  That's to be expected as some lady just hit her out of nowhere.  It all happened so fast she hardly remembers it.  Just blur, crunch, blur.  Now we are having the fun of dealing with insurance companies.  Then Ever hit the curb and now Juniors Mum, we can't keep this up folks.  I do hope everyone is doing better.

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Ever

I'm ok.  Have got a rental, which has cost me a FORTUNE.  Still waiting to hear what the verdict on my little old car is - it's worth very little and is insured for very little so I'm hoping it's not a write-off.   I feel lucky though as the whole thing happened so fast, there was no time to think at all.   And very lucky I wasn't hurt at all. 

 

Hope Monica gets well soon and the trauma stops.   I also am a bit gun-shy, keep flashing back when I'm driving, but nothing too serious and think it's making me a little more alert if anything, which is good.  

 

I'm enjoying the wee rental car too!  It's a cheap and nasty little old car, but it's got air-conditioning!   Woot!   My old thing doesn't - in fact the heater is stuck ON all the time lol - bloody awful in the middle of summer lol.   And it's got a radio!   Mine doesn't.  

 

Hope that's it for all of us though - no more.......

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Micromonster

hope the fingers bearing up brass! just joining in on the car accidents, a man in full Nigerian dress drove into mine. just got my repaired car back, although I much preferred the rental!

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alaskamom

Checking on you.  Haven't seen much on here lately.  Hope all is well, my friend!

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nz11

Yep cars what a hassle...just a money gobbling black hole thats what they are are still you cant live without them can ya! My car is 19 yrs old ...my mum backed into the side of it a few yrs ago and was so apologetic blah blah blah i'll pay to fix it blah blah blah ...i said dont worry about it, to fix a dent at the panel beaters will cost more than the cars worth. No one is wasting money fixing that.

I can remember once i had a car the paint on the roof was all peeling off so i just went to the paint shop and got a similar colour and painted it myself with a brush ...few years later the new prospective owner wanted it checked over the report said mechanically ok but terrible unprofessional paint job done to the roof ....i complained i said thats a great paint job on the roof Did it myself ! Done with much care and love !lol

Then there was the day i bought a car got it home to find it had no reverse ...dont ask !flippin heck! anyway didnt worry i drove it for 2 years had to do the Flinstone trick if i was too far forward at times just open the door and put my foot out and push it back...lol Drove it for 2 yrs then i sadly burnt the motor out because on a long trip i forgot to refill the radiator with water and smoke poured into the car i didnt really know much about cars so just kept on driving ...then it stopped and wouldnt start again! Tow truck driver said it would never start again..i had cooked the engine! oh ok! Anyway i know know ...always keep radiator full! Then there was the day my mum wanted to be helpful and thought she was filling the radiator up with water but instead  filled the oil sump up with water....dad wasnt happy! But thats another story!!

 

Accidents are a hassle though thats for sure. 

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brassmonkey

Sorry to hear about the car accident Micro.  We've had a small pickup truck for our rental and it has been very useful.  We had been thinking about getting one for me to drive to work, but after having this one for a few weeks I think one would be too big and awkward for everyday traffic.  Glad you're okay.

 

Things have been very busy the past few weeks, so I've had other priorities.  The finger is healing slowly.  It is very tender and I have trouble closing my hand tightly.  I see the doctor tomorrow for a check up on it.

 

I really hate coming out of a weekend tireder than when it started.  Not that it was all that strenuous, but was rather stressful and emotionally draining.  Went in Friday afternoon to start getting the crown on my root canal, simple 45 minute procedure. Right!!! Two some hours later he said okay that's enough for today, come back in two weeks and we will continue on.  I have a temporary which is working well, but come on folks.  Then Monica's stomach started kicking up, a couple of mild attacks Saturday, but last night was horrible.  I feel so helpless just sitting and watching, especially as I know first hand what the pain is like, and there is nothing I can do to help.  Things have calmed down by this morning, but she is exhausted, hard to sleep with that sort of pain, and I'm exhausted with worry.  Back to the gastro doc for her to see if they can come up with anything new.

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brassmonkey

nz11-- ah the stories I could tell about midnight repairs on back roads and push starts in parking lots.  Total love/hate relationship. lol

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nz11

Gee when it rains it sure does pour hope you can get some rest from all these health and car issues Tom.

ooooooh root canal ouch!

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aberdeen

This will pass soon enough....sorry to hear about your wife, that sounds really crappy. Hope everyone is doing better soon!!!

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Ever

omg nz1 you have me in stitches yet again lol!    Car stories - my first car was a 1948 Ford 10.   With an 8 head.   I learnt to change a head gasket by myself lol.  My dad kept it going for me for years and years.   Was a great car! 

 

Tom - hope Monica comes right quickly - give her my love.  And hope your finger comes right soon.   And the root canal gets finally finished.   Bloody hell - life eh?   The mechanic isn't even going to look at my car till next week so that's another darn fortune I'm going to have to shell out for the rental.   Aaarrrgh - at least I'm feeling ok though.  

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Micromonster

Same here nz1, and there was me thinking I did dodgy DIY jobs!

I too hope Monica's stomach gets better quickly. My doc got so fed up with me going about my acidic stomach, he diagnosed me with non ulceric dyspepsia. That basically translates "your stomach hurts but shut up and stop complaining." They told me not to go back at the gastro clinic! I had lists of possible things it could be. In all fairness, they done a lot of tests but could find nothing wrong. I was praying they would, atleast then they could have fixed it!

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brassmonkey

Micro-- every time I log on here I can't believe the stories I read about how badly doctors treat people.  It just goes to show how little they actually know about how the body works.  Monica has had a couple of pretty good days with very little pain, so she is getting some relief.  She just called to tell me that she has her beloved car back in wonderful condition.  Check off another stressor.  Now we have to get it in gear to replace my truck that I sold on the spur of the moment a few months ago.  We are pretty sure of what we are going to do, it's just a matter of doing it.

 

Well, seasonal allergies are right on time this year.  Haven't had them the past several years, but it looks like I get the joy of their company this year.  It's not helping that in the middle of a heavy rainstorm we are having brush fires.  Wet smoke, it does the sinuses good.

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brassmonkey

Allergies are just kicking my butt. Sniff, snort, cough, totally gross. Had to sleep sitting up so I could breath, but I really shouldn't call it sleep.  Got the all clear for my finger from the Industrial Clinic today.  It's not healed but is nicely stable so they don't have to pay attention to it any more.  I have gotten fed up with my hands hurting all the time so have am appointment with my PCP on Friday to start getting them checked out properly.

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Petunia

Have you always had allergies Tom?  Are you able to take anything for them?  I got them really badly from about age 10 - 28, then they stopped suddenly, come to think of it, those where the years when I had cats as pets.

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brassmonkey

I've had them for many many years.  I usually take benedryl , but lately that's been kicking my butt too.  After last night though this is probably the flu.  Had the shakes and chills really bad and an elevated temp of 100F. most of the night.  The sinus stuff cleared while I was asleep, just leaving me with a cough.  Now that I am up, I'm sneezing pretty good again.  Could still be alergies, but I don't generally associate shakes, chills and temperature with them

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aberdeen

Sounds fluey Brass, hang in there!

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alaskamom

Brass, we have had that or a variation of it trending through our family since October. It is a really bad cold/flu season. Take care of yourself. We all don't need sickness in top of WD! My last virus or whatever took a month and I thought I had a sinus tumor????

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brassmonkey

Thanks for the well wishes Aberdeen and Alaskamom.  I just got up so I'm not feeling too bad at the moment,  I've been doing my best to sleep it off.  My chest is quite sore from all the coughing, not to mention my nose and sinus from all the other grossness.  It's chilly and gray today, a good day to stay in curled up under a blanket.  I have to go out later to see the doctor about my hands.  I tried to get my last doc to get them checked out a couple of times but kept getting the "oh you're getting old and it's just arthritis" brush off.  Well it's really starting to effect my work and such by not being able to hang on to things,so maybe this new doc will listen a bit more.  We shall see.  Take care both of you. 

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mustangwoman

I'm glad that you're feeling a little better.  Hoping that your doc takes you seriously today.  Have a great weekend!

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brassmonkey

Got referrals for blood work and xrays so things are moving ahead on that front.  Also got a script for Tamiflu. I nervous about it but will give it a shot.

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mustangwoman

Let us know how you do with the tamiflu.  Glad you have tests ordered.  Hoping you feel better soon!

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brassmonkey

Starting day three of the Tamiflu and so far it seems to be working pretty well.  I still feel sick but the coughing and sinus stuff are at a minimum and I was able to spend the evening out last night with no problems.  It has pointed up how tired I am of not feeling well, the several years of poopout and three plus years of tapering are starting to feel like a long time.  I know it is a sign of healing and that there is nothing else that can be done, but I am so fed up with the limitations that are being forced on my. Rant, rant, rant...

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ten0275

Brass, hey.

 

The flu is crazy-pants ridiculous this year. Several strains, all with their own special surprises. I just got over a bout myself. Good luck with sister Tami - hopefully she'll do what's intended and cut those symptoms. I always rev like crazy right before I get sick. It makes any symptoms a bazillion times worse for me. And I sweat like James Brown, middle of the second set, singing "I Feel Good." Even though I don't feel so good at all!

 

Hang in there.

 

The Godfather of Soul, I mean Dave

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AmyK

Starting day three of the Tamiflu and so far it seems to be working pretty well.  I still feel sick but the coughing and sinus stuff are at a minimum and I was able to spend the evening out last night with no problems.  It has pointed up how tired I am of not feeling well, the several years of poopout and three plus years of tapering are starting to feel like a long time.  I know it is a sign of healing and that there is nothing else that can be done, but I am so fed up with the limitations that are being forced on my. Rant, rant, rant...

I really hear you about being fed up with everything that feels like limitations, Tom. Me too. It will get better!

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Ever

Fingers crossed for you Tom.   You could sure use a break.  :mellow:

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alaskamom

Life is so much harder when we are sick! Glad you got Tamiflu. That should help! My bug is back again, dang it! As for your hands, don't let them shuttle you aside. My DH is a physical therapist and says there are lots of things it can be besides arthritis!

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brassmonkey

Back at work today.  Would prefer to be home, but that's most days.  Tami seems to be treating me right, hardly any coughing or sneezing, still feel out of sorts, weak, tired sore, can't concentrate. Boy that sounds familiar, but it is more than WDnormal so it is still the flu.  Managed to get out and do a small bit of yard work yesterday.  Took down the greenhouses and started cleaning up the garden beds.  Then enjoyed an excellent end to an excellent football season.  Bed on time to get up to go back to work.  I've been sleeping in the recliner the past several nights 'cause it is much easier to sleep sitting up there, so it was a little weird to e back in bed.  Slept fairly well though except for the nightmares.  Typical violence against me type of thing, managed to scream myself awake and took a few minutes to clear my head before going back to sleep.  Funny thing was, it happened on the first cycle, usually it's the third or fourth.

 

Started the final drop of this slide by dropping to 2.1mg.

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Ever

Happy that you seem to be getting better.   :)

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Micromonster

Good luck on the new drop. I had to chuckle about you would prefer to be at home than work, that's also me most days!

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aberdeen

Brass you are getting there. Almost 2mg....wow! is your wd normal changing at all do you think?

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brassmonkey

Hi Aberdeen--  I'm so excited 'cause I break below 2 next time.  WDnormal has been steadily improving since I broke under 6mg.  Not to say that there weren't improvements before, there were huge ones, but they were always overshadowed by still feeling bad and the constant waves.  Now the norm is to feel pretty well with a few bad days associated with the drops.  I'm not totally out of the woods, in fact I can see a lot improving still to do, but in general things are so much better then just a few months ago.  My creativity is coming back, I have a list several pages long of things I can't wait to start making.  Have to be careful though as I still don't have the stamina to try and take them on and my mind really is still scattered even though I don't like to admit it.  But I am taking the smaller steps to get some of them rolling.  My attitudes toward a lot of things are changing too as my head and thinking becomes clearer.  I am finding myself a lot less tolerant of BS and other peoples faulty thinking. It is causing some reevaluation on some things on my part to try and sort out what is the best path for me to follow.  It's what I've mentioned before about our getting a second chance at life, stick to the core beliefs and build from there.

 

Hope you're doing well.  ((((((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))

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Ever

Tom - your last post could have been written about ME.   I realise that I've sort of been waiting to die.   Getting older and less agile and by the time I get off this stuff etc etc.  But just lately, every now and then, I get a glimpse of having many good years ahead - doing some things I've always wanted to do!   When that happens, it's really nice.  I could relate to your entire post.   Woot!

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brassmonkey

Didn't want to forget.  I'm two years sober today.

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