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  1. It is great to hear from you. I'm glad your surgery went well. Although it's been 21 years, I remember well the pain and swelling after my hysterectomy. With one ovary gone, your production of estrogen is lower. You might want to talk to your doctor about a prescription for a low-dose estrogen patch. That might help with the hormone fluctuations and depression. Giving up the baby dream is very, very difficult. But you are young enough to adopt if you decide that is something you'd want to do. I wish we had done so. Best of luck with the divorce. Now that you are feeling stronger a
  2. I am so excited for you! Enjoy the last seven days before your new chapter begins.
  3. Have you ever tried meditation to help ease some of that tension and stress? It could be great for you.
  4. GreatLakesGirl

    Health issues

    I've had several vaginal ultrasounds. The first time the tech was a male and I thought we should have shared a cigarette afterward. LOL
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    Health issues

    Thirty years ago I told my doctors that there was something wrong with my pituitary. These guys patted me on the head like I was a hypochondriac little loon. Fast forward to 2009 when I was so sick I thought I was going to die. And during that span had gone to more emergency rooms and doctors than I can even recall. With the help of WedMD, I diagnosed myself with a pituitary tumor. My current doc also thought I was nuts but I insisted on an MRI. She called the next day to tell me I was right and neurosurgery followed. It's a problem that formed before I was even born and explains so much about
  6. It does need some staging. Are any open houses scheduled? The realtor could put out the things suggested and retake photos the same day.
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    Start off with simple, short outings. Once you master the logistics of ferrying the kids to those, you can then plan longer outings to places like museums.
  8. Take it a week at a time and the time will go faster than you think.
  9. Both of our cars are too wide to fit into our 1920s one-car garage. They both sit in the driveway.
  10. Congrats. You two are such smart shoppers.
  11. I honestly would not even count on disability as an option. A good friend of mine tried to get disability for health conditions that were so bad she had to give up the last several jobs she had, and even with doctor's recommendations she was denied. Our nephew is an attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability cases and it not as easy as you might think.
  12. Did you ever read this article in an issue of O Magazine last fall: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Ulcerative-Colitis-Treatments-Fiona-Maazel-Essay_2
  13. GreatLakesGirl

    need to vent

    I am so sorry for your loss. Take care. {{hugs}}
  14. What could be more fulfilling that helping adults regain use of a limb or ease pain in their bodies? And what's nice about this kind of field is that you leave the work behind at the end of the day. There's no taking work home to do at night or on the weekends.
  15. If you're looking to make money, I would really consider working with adults who are recovering from injuries.
  16. My first thought was that you might have Attention Deficit Disorder. And I say this after changing my major every year or two in college. I agree that every woman should have a way of earning a living that does not include the husband. Husband's can die or leave or become disabled. As for Occupational Therapy itself, I'm not sure where the crafts would come in. Insurance is only going to pay for therapy that is medically necessary and crafts don't sound like they would fit. I had OT for a frozen shoulder. The services were provided in an outpatient clinic of an orthpaedic hospital. No
  17. I am so sorry your husband needs to be hospitalized again. Wishing him the best.
  18. GreatLakesGirl


    Your plans sounds fabulous . . . and doable. :-)
  19. I always wonder about kids who parents raise them surrounded by bubble wrap. What happens at age 18 when they need to make their way in the world? It's a process that starts from the day when they can let go of your hand and cross the street by themselves.
  20. Can I assume that WOE means Way of Eating?
  21. I love watching your progress. You remind me of when Angie (reddoor)was paying off their farm. I sure miss her and her stories of their Amish life. But it is very exciting to see you killing your debt.
  22. Best wishes to you on making this difficult decision and your upcoming surgery. Lots of women can't carry a baby but have their own child through a surrogate. Is that an option you'd want to discuss with your doctor? You have come a long way in the last year. You were in an unhappy and unhealthy marriage a year ago. Now you are on your way to better health and much happiness in the future. {{hugs}}
  23. Just wanted to say I'm thinking about you.
  24. Ahem. Houses come with closets for a reason.
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