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Dawg Tired

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  • Birthday 03/26/1959

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    Missouri - 1 1/2 hours from Branson!
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    Church, reading, watching birds in my yard. Can't stand up long enough to cook now!

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  1. Ugh... The initial "Doctor Dance". I'm convinced it is worse than the condition itself.
  2. AACCKK!!!! I pray salt never goes "underground".... Can you see an illegal "Salt Club"?? Sneaking down a back ally to get our "fix"? LOL!! A few months ago, my sister and her husband had gone to a resort with her son and daughter-in-law. DIL developed a sore throat and Sis knew a salt water gargle would help. She sent her husband down to the restaurant for salt.... He returned with a saucer of salt! Apparently, they didn't have any of the little packets. Salt..... Ahhhh......
  3. Yep! Like Daisy, the Xanax helps calm things down but is by no means a cure. I quit driving years ago.
  4. I am blessed to be living in Podunk Missouri. Tiny community hospital with larger ones 50 miles down the road if needed..... Every test I have had that required an IV has always had to be started by someone from Anesthesiology. Since there is a total of 4 people in that department, they all know me by now - I went in to have my gallbladder out and when I was hooked up to the monitors the surgeon asked the anesthetist, "Everything all right?" Anesthetist said, yeah, he saw me on the schedule a couple days ago and called my cardio... We both teased him about being nosy, but it's NICE to have doctors you don't have to explain everything too!
  5. My only big fear is catching the flu while I'm crowded together. Fortunately, we are just flying from here to Sis's house so it's only 2 hours.
  6. I gained 16 pounds in 4 days. I felt like I was actually "sloshing" when I walked. I called Dr and he told me "Take it for a month or so and let your body get used to it". REALLY?!?!?!? Maybe he was trying to send me into CHF so he wouldn't have to deal with me any more. I quit Midodrine AND that doctor.
  7. I was diagnosed with NCS in 2002 at the age of 43 - I'm now 50. Mine seemed to either come on after a virus or it had always been there and the virus exacerbated it. Most of my life I had problems with bouts of tachy and fainting.
  8. Send me a stack of squares - sometimes I feel "artsy" and I'll do something.
  9. 1. With POTS, do you think you will be able to do a long hike without making your symptoms worse? HIKE?? On a "good" day I can make it to the mailbox and back. I can only go to stores that have the electric carts unless we take the wheelchair. 2. With POTS, does Xanax-type medication make your symptoms get a lot better or even go away? It doesn't make my symptoms go away, but it improves my quality of life since it calms the tachy better than anything else. 3. With POTS, is it possible to work out 1-2 hours a day and feel fine during the workout? Does cardio or weights make you worse? Uhm.... The first day we had our elliptical I managed 15 seconds. I did get up to 1 minute - but after doing it 3 days in a row it was too much. 4. With POTS, on days where you feel bad even when sitting or lying down, does standing up and walking around make it even worse? Yes, but if I don't at least get up and stretch once in a while or change positions - I hurt. Sometimes, though, I am so exhausted I feel like even lying in bed isn't "resting" enough. 5. With POTS, do stressful events or situations make your symptoms worse? Yes
  10. {{{{HUGS}}}} MM! I am so sorry you are having to deal with all of this. Sometimes it feels like everything wants to attack at once! Know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time - enjoy the "sleep" you get during the surgery! (Well, that is always how I CHOOSE to look at it!)
  11. If there was any way in the world I could afford it, I would.
  12. Sorry - meant to add this to the last post. Our schools are closing down at a pretty high rate due to H1N1.
  13. I will get a flu shot (if they ever come available here!) and the H1N1 if I can. I sat through a symposium (online - so I "sat" in my recliner!) comparing this to the Spanish Flu in 1918. It seems the thing these 2 have in common that makes them different is that H1N1 actually attacks immune system directly and this is why it makes people so susceptible to the pneumonia. The pneumonia that is coming on post-viral and causing the majority of deaths is staphylococcus pneumonia and since there is an already existing and time-tested vaccine for it, they strongly advised getting it. My last pneumonia vaccine was in 2003 so I was overdue - I high-tailed it to the doctor's office and got it. SO... I believe this is something to consider if you can't do a flu shot.
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