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    Originally posted by cheesecake View Post
    Martha, the starter of this thread, a belated happy birthday. Thought of you all day girlfriend but never sent an email, sorry

    May this be a kick ass year!

    cheesecake, thanks so much! You're so sweet to remember.

    I popped in here for a refresher course. While it's certainly not SCI, I'm joining the caregiver's club again for the next 3 months while my husband is immobilized. He shattered his tibial plateau and had surgery to put in two plates, heaven only knows how many screws and bone grafts. I was shocked when he was actually in the hospital for a week -- I didn't think they did that for anything short of SCI these days. Now that he's home, I'm finding I'm not so good at the caregiving thing any more. So, where did I come but to the safety of the 'cave'.

    I haven't had time to read and catch up, but I hope everyone is doing well.

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      Hi Martha .... sorry to hear about your hubby's bad luck but it's nice to feel your aura back here in Caregiving ..... it's still a sanctuary but its become more like the tomb of silence lately ... and the pipe ... the pipe appears to be lost (either that or Deb's hogging it ... for like 4 months now ) !! Nice to hear from you ... truly ...

      Obie
      ~ Be the change you wish to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandi


      " calling all Angels ...... calling all Angels ....walk me through this one .. don't leave me alone .... calling all Angels .... calling all Angels .... we're tryin' and we're hopin' cause we're not sure how ....... this .... goes ..."
      Jane Siberry

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        Originally posted by martha View Post
        cheesecake, thanks so much! You're so sweet to remember.

        I popped in here for a refresher course. While it's certainly not SCI, I'm joining the caregiver's club again for the next 3 months while my husband is immobilized. He shattered his tibial plateau and had surgery to put in two plates, heaven only knows how many screws and bone grafts. I was shocked when he was actually in the hospital for a week -- I didn't think they did that for anything short of SCI these days. Now that he's home, I'm finding I'm not so good at the caregiving thing any more. So, where did I come but to the safety of the 'cave'.

        I haven't had time to read and catch up, but I hope everyone is doing well.
        Martha: Sorry to hear about hubby. What the hell did he do to shatter his leg like that? Hope he is on the mend soon and that he is a decent patient.
        Every day I wake up is a good one

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          Originally posted by Obieone View Post
          Hi Martha .... sorry to hear about your hubby's bad luck but it's nice to feel your aura back here in Caregiving ..... it's still a sanctuary but its become more like the tomb of silence lately ... and the pipe ... the pipe appears to be lost (either that or Deb's hogging it ... for like 4 months now ) !! Nice to hear from you ... truly ...

          Obie
          The pipe, actual, not metaphoric has been in use in my house since Dec. I will be happy to pass it off.
          Every day I wake up is a good one

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            Cheesecake, we honestly don't know what happened but he managed to fall onto the tile floor and landed in just that perfect way to cause as much damage as he possibly could. The whole thing is a little too "deja vu all over again" at the moment.

            Obie, I still haven't read much, but glad Bill's wounds are healing. That's such an ongoing struggle and so hard to fight. Good job!
            Last edited by martha; 7 Jun 2009, 8:25 PM.

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              Hey all - well the summer is fast a fleeting {{sigh}} ... the nights start getting shorter !!
              On the up side fall is really pretty spectacular here on the prairies .. the colour of the leaves and the glorious smells! The change in seasons is good for the soul .. and I know that ... it's just that it's so much easier getting out and about for Bill {{{sigh}}} which of course .. in turn .. makes my life easier !!
              But ... enough feeling sorry for myself ... we are here .. right now .. so no sense wasting time thinking about what can't be changed ... so let's just enjoy this moment ....
              How's everyone's summer been going so far?? It's been unusually cool here on the prairies .... but apparently the forecast is for above normal temps for the rest of Aug .... no pontoon boat rides this year .... yet .... as some of you may recall we had a little oopsie daisy last year so we will be much smarter about that this year if we ever get out again ...

              Love to hear how everyone else is doing .....

              Obieone
              Last edited by Obieone; 8 Aug 2009, 1:54 PM.
              ~ Be the change you wish to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandi


              " calling all Angels ...... calling all Angels ....walk me through this one .. don't leave me alone .... calling all Angels .... calling all Angels .... we're tryin' and we're hopin' cause we're not sure how ....... this .... goes ..."
              Jane Siberry

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                Obie? Are you alright? Deb

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                  Hi Deb .....

                  .... in a word ..... no not really .... but since you asked ......

                  Bill had what is called "rotation flap" on his right isichium (which is that same damn sore we've been treating for over 2 years now) about 3 weeks ago .. it was healing well and then of course the stitches came apart at the end of the incision so the surgeon had to re-stitch it ...... ugh .... it looks okay again and the doc says the flap is still viable but I'm not very optimistic ! We'll see .... with xmas coming and the change in the weather(about 4 feet of new snow) I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment ...... oh and the icing on the cake .... I blew my good knee and can hardly put any weight on it ... looks like I'll have to have another replacement sooner than later .... I've tried everything to get some relief for the pain but not even my reiki hands help ... if I could just figure out how to loose about 30 pounds it would help alot and I know this .. but when it hurts so much to move ... well its a catch 22 ......

                  On the upside Bill has been very attentive and kind to me .... doing whatever he can .. but I'm always after him to get back into bed and get off his butt ..... we sound like like Ozzy and Sharon in a sad pathetic sort of way ..... anyhoo ... this to shall pass as it always does but I won't lie it gets harder the older I get .... just don't bounce back like I used too !!

                  I do love xmas though and I look forward to the kids coming home and all the food and family time ...... the wine ..... I'm doing all my shopping on line this year and found some great websites with nifty gifts http://shop.thehungersite.com/store/...FcZM5Qod0yBVpg ..... some of the proceeds going to worthy causes close to my heart ..... an easy way to give twice ....

                  Hope all is well in your world ....... I do wish our journal was more active .... I worry everyone here just "stuffs it " and doesn't share like we all know we should to stay sane .... but I guess everyone is just busy living life .... when I get overloaded I find it hard myself to pop in here to touch base with you all ......

                  ....... and that darn pipe still seems to be awol ..... wonder where its gotten to?????? .... maybe under that rock with the Enya CD's and ice cream ....... {{{{{hug}}}} ......

                  Helloooooo ..... anyone out there ........ ???? ......

                  Obieone
                  ~ Be the change you wish to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandi


                  " calling all Angels ...... calling all Angels ....walk me through this one .. don't leave me alone .... calling all Angels .... calling all Angels .... we're tryin' and we're hopin' cause we're not sure how ....... this .... goes ..."
                  Jane Siberry

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                    Obie~ Sorry it is going so rough for you and Bill again.
                    That damn pipe took up full residence in my house last December and my son has been puffing on it daily since--jusst like with the original pipe.
                    I think of this post often but you are right, I keep it bottled like I am sure many others do. I think if I posted I might start crying and never stop.
                    Maybe not the worst thing for any of us to do.

                    Martha, moved out from under the rock and has also moved. Anyone who hasn't heard from her and wants to be in touch, send me a PM.

                    This is my all time favorite thread. I think of the ladies from this thread often. I even hear from Kathy every now and them which makes me smile. I miss Marm, and lil'sis, we hardly ever hear from you either.

                    Anyway, know that I hold you all close and near and dear to my heart. Hope you have a good Christmas everyone.

                    Love ya

                    P.S. Love your link for shopping
                    Last edited by cheesecake; 5 Dec 2009, 9:45 AM.
                    Every day I wake up is a good one

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                      I am a bit mixed up...is this the forum that is private? the caregiving or caregivers? Lately haven't been posting much as dummy me didn't realize I have opened my life online to some I would prefer not knowing about my life....
                      Obie, I too wish this thread had more action...and I am so sorry with all you have been dealing with...maybe I'll do my rant in the womans forum...sending ya hugs!

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                        I am a bit mixed up...is this the forum that is private?
                        No, this is a public forum, not private. Obie, Kate, lil'sis and myself were some of the originators of this thread many years ago, actually 7 years ago yesterday. Take a stroll and read, there are some real gems in this thread.

                        Read long enough and you will even get where the "Pass the pipe" began.
                        Every day I wake up is a good one

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                          Obi, I had a feeling something was up with Bill's sore, sounds like a mess, a flapadoodle and a plain old drag. You guys have been dealing with sores forever, can't imagine how wearing it is. I'm so sorry. We have been extremely lucky not to have a sore in these 9 years, OMG 9 years! I do think having tilt on Jim's powerchair has been key and turning once during the night. For the first time, Jim has a serious cold and right now it is a day by day decision on whether to go to the ER, quad coughing and oral antibiotics will hopefully work, he hasn't been in a hospital since the accident 9 years ago and neither of us want to go that route due to the high rate of infection there.
                          And your knee, shit! One would think we are getting older around here for cripe sake. Are you working? Hopefully you don't have to be on your feet all day. I had better open up another bottle of wine to correctly commiserate! My shoulder was wanky for about 4-5 months last spring, I babied it as much as I could. Ended up having to lift some heavy furniture and the pain just simply went away! It was freakin' miraculous, really! But it does bite that body parts are drooping, wrinkling and aching-I mean inside I still don't FEEL as old as I am. Anyway, take of yourself Obi, here take the pipe and relax.
                          Cheese, who's sick at your house? The youngest boy? Oy vey, they keep you running! Are you saying Martha moved? Oops, gotta go cough-assist, later. Deb

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                            Okay .. it's official I'm losing it .. I've resorted to using Miracle Mist on Bill's sore (ordered off the internet) . Hoping for a Xmas miracle I guess ...... I'm losing my optimism with this rotation flap thing .. in fact I think the tunneling has extended somewhat ... I just don't know anymore but I don't remember being able to stick that damn q-tip in so far (my measuring technique) I just can't see what good this flap did ...... aaaarrrrgggg ..... okay .... feeling a little better !!

                            But let's talk xmas a little bit .... I'm a nervous wreck and will remain so until Julie (aka Juliebug my oldest daughter) gets on the plane and lands in San Jose where she will be spending the holiday with Mr.Coffee. For those who don't know or remember she and Cory have been in a relationship for close to a year now ...... thanks to CC and XBox ..... she is going to help him decorate his tree, cook lamb for their dinner and then they are boarding a big boat for a Mexican cruise ... I'm so excited for the 2 of them ...... we Skpe with Cory often and its pretty clear to me they're crazy for each other .... I don't want to jinx them by yaking it up too much about their relationship here but I don't mind saying I'm very pleased she's seeing Cory .. he's such a great guy .. but if you read any of his posts you already know that ..... the long distance thing is becoming more and more of an issue for them so I realize it's just a matter of time before ... well you know !!

                            So besides being minus her for xmas .. and my snowbird parents .. and sister and brother-in-law we will be a smaller group this year but c'est la vie ..... more turkey and perogies for us ! How's everyones holiday plans going so far .... the stores are crazy up here... I lost my mind and took my mil shopping yesterday .. it was a nightmare ... but I did my duty as she is 92 years young and had been dropping hints for quite awhile threatening to drive herself .... her driving is becoming a real cause for concern so if anyone has any advice on how to handle "the talk" I would appreciate it. Not being able to drive would be a huge change in lifestyle for her but it really is time for everyone's safety !

                            We do the traditional meal pretty much .... I'm cooking the bird and taking it to my sis's. We all kind of pool our resources so there is always way too much food of course ..... I hope and pray you all have a lovely holiday .. remember to count your blessings .....


                            Obie
                            ..... and say an extra prayer for our dear sweet Raven
                            ~ Be the change you wish to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandi


                            " calling all Angels ...... calling all Angels ....walk me through this one .. don't leave me alone .... calling all Angels .... calling all Angels .... we're tryin' and we're hopin' cause we're not sure how ....... this .... goes ..."
                            Jane Siberry

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                              Hey Obie,

                              Just popping in to say, I had a stage 3 sore that wasn't healing and Miracle Mist actually helped a whole lot. Healing picked up and finally got rid of it. Was it a "miracle"? don't know but I would and do recommend it. Hope it does something for Bill. damn...

                              We all get a kick out of reading the posts of Mr. C and Julie, it's such a pleasure to see good come from a sci support board. Haha, we hope for a longtime romance too, otherwise they may stop posting.
                              "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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                                Just a note to say that I am new to this site. Have read some of this thread and do plan to read the whole thing. I have looked at this sight every day since finding it. I wish I had found it earlier. I am the caregiver of my husband who has a T-4 level SCI. He had a motorcycle accident 4 years ago. He spent 3 months at Shephard Center in Atlanta. Things are pretty smooth with us at this moment (knock on wood). As you all know, things can go crazy in the blink of an eye. I am so thankful for this site. It's one thing to share with friends and family but to have people who have walked in your shoes is another. Looking forward to meeting all of you.

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