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Mrs. Glass

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About Mrs. Glass

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  • Birthday 09/24/1957

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    Alamogordo, New Mexico
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    I love crafts especially ones I can do with my Grandsons, I love reading, sewing, pets, Helping my Husband remodel our Home, spending time with my Family. My interest have changed since most of these I can not do very well any more, but right now I do not know what they will be.

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  1. I emailed Bonnie and asked her. She has not responded as of yet. Vanessa
  2. I dont know what slow rehab is, Dr Robertson said that he would send my pcp a letter detailing everything. I guess that is one question that I should have asked. He took me off of the meds because of the side effects and the way my b/p does, plus they were not working very well. He did say that slow rehab should help to jump start my autonomic system. It has not totally shut down, it is just not working very well. I really really hope it works because I am tired of all of this. Vanessa
  3. I dont know what slow rehab is either, and I didnt think to ask him that question. He said that he was going to send my pcp a letter explaining everything. The reason he took me off of the meds is because the side effects were worse, and they were not helping that much anyway. All I know is that he said that sometimes rehab will jump start the autonomic system. I just hope that it works. Vanessa
  4. Well I am back from Vanderbilt, and the news was good. I saw Dr. Robertson, and several other doctors while I was there. I didnt get a lot of information, but what I did get was encouraging. He took me off of the Florinef and the Midodrine, and put me on slow rehab. Of course I was on an upward swing so he didnt see how badly my body reacts, but he got the picture. He said that my autonomics had not shut down, they just werent working right, sluggish I think is how he put it. He said that the rehab should jump start my autonomic system so I could live a normal life. My bp was actually on the low side of normal for the last 2 days that I was there, and a couple of days after, but now it is falling again, and I am starting to feel just as yucky as before. He did say that if my bp started to drop consistently again that I would have to go back on the Florinef. Even though it was very expensive to go, it was still worth it. I saw a urologist while I was there, and found out that I may have to have bladder surgery. Oh yay another surgery! Just what I wanted to hear. Dr. Robertson is hoping that all of my symptoms will go away with the rehab. I hope so. I am tired of all of this. While I was there my husband got the good news that I was approved for disability, so now it wont be so hard on him to pay my medical bills. Sorry that I havent been on the forum for a while. Sitting in front of the computer hurts my eyes horribly, so I try not to sit at it very much at all these days. Hope everyone is doing as well as can be. miss talking to all of you, Vanessa
  5. After many emails and faxes, I finally have an appointment with Vanderbilt. I will be there March 20th. I am so glad because I am getting worse as the days go by. I just hope that I can make the trip. At least I dont have to go off of all of my meds. I can still take the coumadin and the travatan, but most of the others I will have to be off of from 24 hours to 3 days before I get there. I know they are not miracle workers, but if they could just diagnose me and give me a treatment plan for my doctors here to follow it will have been worth it. I have not been posting because it is next to impossible for me to sit at the computer, and right now I feel horrible, but I wanted everyone to know that I am still here. I am just to sick to do anything right now. It seems like it is taking forever just to get this post done, then back to bed. I will try to keep posting but if I dont hopefully I will be able to after I come back from Nashville. Vanessa
  6. Right now my docs wont let me take anything for depression. So I know where you are coming from. I was on wellbutrin and cymbalta and they were helping, but my cardio took me off of them and said that I could not take anything. Some days I feel like I am going to lose my mind. Some days I wish that I could. My PCP put me on Xanax for the bad anxiety attacks, but it makes my autonomic problems worse so I only take it when I am having a bad attack. I am one of the lucky ones, my family is there for me, very supportive and loving. I only have contact with my immediate family and my mother-in-law so I dont have to worry about siblings or anyone else. I also feel isolated as all of my friends are too busy to even call me anymore, so I am alone a lot. Even though my daughter lives next door she also has a family to take care of. We have an intercom system if I need some help. I dont use it though. Keep your head up, and the family that doesnt understand can just go sit on it. Let them try to live the way that we have to live and see how long they last. Hope you start to feel better. Vanessa
  7. I also have pain in my legs and feet. Although when I wear the stockings I have a different kind of pain. I can not wear the short ones at all, I wear the waist high ones, and they seem to do ok for a while then my legs start to ache and when I take them off I have horrible pain in my legs. But thats just me. My insurance would not pay for my stockings at all. I found them at the pharmacy for about 25.00 so I have 2 pair. Vanessa
  8. I had the paperwork, but not the phone interview. I now have an appointment with one of their doctors, so I dont know. My Attorney told me that there would be a phone interview, but it hasnt happened yet. Vanessa
  9. I cannot be where there is colored lights at all. Bright lights, flourescant lights and even the sun will send me in a tailspin. So I wear my shades most of the time, and you might know it that all doctors offices have florescant lights. I very rarely go to the store anymore it is just too much for me. I just pretty much stay at home. My shades help, but not much. I guess they need to be darker. Vanessa
  10. I was having the same problems, and my family bought me a pill case that has 4 compartments for each day. Before that my husband or my daughter would give me my medicine when it was time, because I would always forget if I took them or not, so I wouldnt take them. It is working pretty good, I also have 2 singles just in case I have to take meds at differnt times of the day, then I will put the times on the boxes with masking tape. Hope this helps you out. Vanessa
  11. I am on Florinef, and I am not doing very well on it. Right now I am taking .05mg in the morning only. My Cardiologist is having me adjust the meds myself. When I get enough medicine to do any good for my b/p then my body starts doing all kinds of wierd things. I overload with fluid, and my heart beats very irradically. Havent found the right dosage of the Florinef or the Midodrine. Vanessa
  12. Well I know they are at least looking at my file at Vanderbilt. I got an email from Bonnie yesterday asking me about some of the meds that I was on. Yeah, things are looking up. My Neurologist's office finally made copies of my records, and if they accept me on medical records, they will accept me on his. There was things in there that he did not tell me at all. Some a little bit scary. But I will fax them to Bonnie today. Wish me luck. I know that Vanderbilt is my best chance of finding out exactly what is wrong with me right now. Plus I will not have to worry about another doctor bill that my husband will have to work more hours to pay. I know that there is no miracle pill out there. But I want someone who knows what they are doing to tell me exactly what is wrong with me, and what my life is going to be like. I dont like surprises. Hopefully there will be meds that will at least help me some. Im not holding my breath though. Vanessa
  13. I too have wondered the same thing. When I first got sick, I kept thinking that I was having a heart attack, and the er only treated me for anxiety or plueresy. Finally my b/p fell in the docs office and my hr was so low and weak that his nurse could barely feel it. So in the hospital I went. After months and months of testing and a bunch of false negatives. (I hope they were false). The docs came up with autonomic. I even had a cardiac angiogram which was very painful and scary. The cardiologist at the time treated me horribly, like there was nothing wrong with me. He said that he would switch my meds around and I would feel better. I asked him what meds? The only thing that I am taking is coumadin. Thats when my pcp at the time told him to do the angiogram. I have even had abnormal ekg's but they still say nothing is wrong with my heart. So go figure. All I can do is to rely on the docs and hope for the best. Vanessa
  14. Oatmeal. It is supposed to lower your cholesterol. Mine is high also, and I eat pretty healthy. I was surprised when we had it tested, because my husband eats horribly. A junk food junky and is skinny as a rail. I eat healthy and have weight problems and my chol. is high and his is high. I have not been retested lately so I dont know if it is working or not. Vanessa
  15. I am sending you one "GREAT BIGGG HUGGG" Hang in there. At least your Doctor is trying different meds. It shows that he is truly concerned about you. Hope it gets better. Vanessa
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