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So I recently saw a pair of underwear that had #Throwback Thursday written on the back. Just when you thought days of the week underwear were one of the tackiest things ever.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Frustrated and impatient seems to be the theme of my week. On the plus side, my back is good. Very minimal discomfort, most of which I'm blaming on my desk job. But my increased activity level has led to a return of some moderate knee pain. First available ortho appointment is 8/11. Luckily, my physical therapist was more than happy to discuss today and I have some suggestions to help reduce or eliminate the pain. Basically my stretching routine has not adequately met the demands of my martial arts activities- my quads and calves are not getting stretched enough considering they are the muscles I use most in my training (all drills and sparring is done bouncing on the balls of our feet- I seriously have calves of steel).

In other news, my mother was just diagnosed with stage III chronic kidney disease, which was a total shock since there's no history in her family to indicate it could be an issue. My family medical history is awful. I only half joke when I say my parents should not have had kid and should have let the genetic line end. So I really need to get myself back in shape. Not just in terms of my training, but in terms of the extra 60-70 pounds I'm carrying, the high blood pressure and the high cholesterol. In my anxiety, I started researching our hospital's bariatric surgery department. It turns out I qualify. Educational seminar is 8/7, then we go from there.

I guess it's really not just the choir, or dating that has me knotted up right now.

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^ I am glad your back is doing good. At least that is something! Sorry about your mom, though. Does she have diabetes or any other problems that can cause issues with the kidneys?

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I can't stop laughing. I went into one of the offices downstairs to talk with a friend. She was doing a marriage license for 2 18 year olds. I heard the girl tell her that they had been together forever. My friend was thinking they were childhood sweethearts and asked how long. She said, "a whole year!!" I remember when a year felt like forever. Now it feels like 15 seconds.
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When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

^ I probably shouldn't laugh at future divorcee.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

^ I am glad your back is doing good. At least that is something! Sorry about your mom, though. Does she have diabetes or any other problems that can cause issues with the kidneys?

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I can't stop laughing. I went into one of the offices downstairs to talk with a friend. She was doing a marriage license for 2 18 year olds. I heard the girl tell her that they had been together forever. My friend was thinking they were childhood sweethearts and asked how long. She said, "a whole year!!" I remember when a year felt like forever. Now it feels like 15 seconds.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
Her only known risk factor is hypertension, which I know is a really big one. That's really why I recognize that I need to deal with my weight.

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^ I am glad your back is doing good. At least that is something! Sorry about your mom, though. Does she have diabetes or any other problems that can cause issues with the kidneys?

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I can't stop laughing. I went into one of the offices downstairs to talk with a friend. She was doing a marriage license for 2 18 year olds. I heard the girl tell her that they had been together forever. My friend was thinking they were childhood sweethearts and asked how long. She said, "a whole year!!" I remember when a year felt like forever. Now it feels like 15 seconds.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
Her only known risk factor is hypertension, which I know is a really big one. That's really why I recognize that I need to deal with my weight.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
Gotcha. It can play a part in hypertension. My father had high BP, my mom has it, and both my brothers have it. Mine goes up every time I get over 140 lbs. 135 is my perfect weight. Anything above and I can feel it.

Hopefully they will keep an eye on your mom and make a plan if/when needed. Is she experiencing any percentage of failure? My father held at 50 % failure for years. He just had to cut down on sodium and watch for swelling. He had finally reached a need for treatment just before he passed (heart related but long medical history there with diabetes being at the center).
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 07-24-2014 at 03:25 PM.
^ I am glad your back is doing good. At least that is something! Sorry about your mom, though. Does she have diabetes or any other problems that can cause issues with the kidneys?

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I can't stop laughing. I went into one of the offices downstairs to talk with a friend. She was doing a marriage license for 2 18 year olds. I heard the girl tell her that they had been together forever. My friend was thinking they were childhood sweethearts and asked how long. She said, "a whole year!!" I remember when a year felt like forever. Now it feels like 15 seconds.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
Her only known risk factor is hypertension, which I know is a really big one. That's really why I recognize that I need to deal with my weight.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
Gotcha. It can play a part in hypertension. My father had high BP, my mom has it, and both my brothers have it. Mine goes up every time I get over 140 lbs. 135 is my perfect weight. Anything above and I can feel it.

Hopefully they will keep an eye on your mom and make a plan if/when needed. Is she experiencing any percentage of failure? My father held at 50 % failure for years. He just had to cut down on sodium and watch for swelling. He had finally reached a need for treatment just before he passed (heart related but long medical history there with diabetes being at the center).
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
They're still doing the work up. I'm not exaggerating when I say this was all very sudden. She needed routine blood work before a CT scan with contrast (for an unrelated matter), and all of the renal stuff came back high. She's just getting all of the tests scheduled (ultrasound, etc).

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Corinna777, I will pray for your mom. I was recently diagnosed with CKD III as well. No hypertension or diabetes though. Due to RA.

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Corinna777, I will pray for your mom. I was recently diagnosed with CKD III as well. No hypertension or diabetes though. Due to RA.
Originally Posted by juanab
I'm so sorry. I will keep you in my prayers as well.

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Prayers all around, and both of you keep us updated!!

Corrina, I have known a few people who were told they probably had kidney disease but further blood work showed they did not. You never know! So many medications can temporarily show a decrease or increase in particular counts. There are a lot of factors that can contribute.


I am sorry, Juana. Have they talked to you about risk management? I believe my dad started out around 3, with the 50% diagnosis, in 2000 or 2001. It was 2012 before his % lowered again (and he had some other things going on that contributed), at least to the point where dialysis was being considered. Watching sodium is so beneficial. It's not easy! When they put him on 2000 mg a day I was shocked at how quickly one could reach that. They also changed around some of his meds. No more sinus or allergy medications and they changed a lot of his regular Rx's to ones that are not as hard on renal functions. I know that one can be a kicker. So many meds are.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 07-25-2014 at 07:31 AM.
Thanks to all for your thoughts and prayers. I received word earlier this week that I have several thyroid nodules on the remaining part of my thyroid and a swollen lymph node. I go to an ENT today for follow-up. I received a diagnosis of osteoporosis in both knees just before that. Feeling overwhelmed.

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Thanks to all for your thoughts and prayers. I received word earlier this week that I have several thyroid nodules on the remaining part of my thyroid and a swollen lymph node. I go to an ENT today for follow-up. I received a diagnosis of osteoporosis in both knees just before that. Feeling overwhelmed.
Originally Posted by juanab
While my specific issues are different, I can relate to that overwhelmed feeling of everything at once and feeling like your body is falling apart and betraying you. I had the left half of my thyroid removed back in 2007 when an MRI of my neck (chronic neck pain, new neurologist) incidentally showed nodules. Ultrasound recommended fine needle biopsy of the largest nodule and biopsy was inconclusive. Age and sex put me in higher risk category for cancer so normal course of action was to remove the whole lobe. ENT offered to postpone and do repeat biopsy because I sing. I refused because I didn't want it hanging over my was for 6 months. When I left the office after scheduling my surgery, I was in tears. Not over the idea of cancer (let's face it, unless you completely neglect medical care, thyroid cancer has one of the highest survival rates), but over the idea that I might not be able to sing after the surgery. How messed up is my head? To the surgeon's credit, I was singing again after about 4-5 weeks (I had issues with the intubation, which added to my recovery).

I do feel overwhelmed at times when I look at my family history, my current conditions and my current meds. I'm 37 years old- I thought I wouldn't feel like this for a long time.

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Thanks to all for your thoughts and prayers. I received word earlier this week that I have several thyroid nodules on the remaining part of my thyroid and a swollen lymph node. I go to an ENT today for follow-up. I received a diagnosis of osteoporosis in both knees just before that. Feeling overwhelmed.
Originally Posted by juanab
While my specific issues are different, I can relate to that overwhelmed feeling of everything at once and feeling like your body is falling apart and betraying you. I had the left half of my thyroid removed back in 2007 when an MRI of my neck (chronic neck pain, new neurologist) incidentally showed nodules. Ultrasound recommended fine needle biopsy of the largest nodule and biopsy was inconclusive. Age and sex put me in higher risk category for cancer so normal course of action was to remove the whole lobe. ENT offered to postpone and do repeat biopsy because I sing. I refused because I didn't want it hanging over my was for 6 months. When I left the office after scheduling my surgery, I was in tears. Not over the idea of cancer (let's face it, unless you completely neglect medical care, thyroid cancer has one of the highest survival rates), but over the idea that I might not be able to sing after the surgery. How messed up is my head? To the surgeon's credit, I was singing again after about 4-5 weeks (I had issues with the intubation, which added to my recovery).

I do feel overwhelmed at times when I look at my family history, my current conditions and my current meds. I'm 37 years old- I thought I wouldn't feel like this for a long time.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
We seem to be kindred spirits. I have pinched nerves in my neck and back, but surgery is strongly discouraged due to me having RA. The neurosurgeon says I will not heal properly. It's not worth taking the risk.

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Keeping you in my prayers, juanaB and Corrina.
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You're not as clever as you think you are. In fact, you're downright tiresome.
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Okay! After posting the above, I went on to have a brief but intense attack of claustrophobia when I got stuck in a tiny space while trying to deal with a leaking copper pipe. It was very physical; one moment I was fine, and the next, I felt my cheeks get hot, and a wave of sweat broke out all over my body.

I'm small and fairly agile, so I'm always the one to squeeze in and out of tight spaces, but I hate elevators and dark, closed-in places. I haven't had an attack in years, but boy, was that ever a reminder that I really truly am a claustrophobe (although I would still risk having an attack to save an animal stuck in a small dark space).

It's weird to meet one's demons so unexpectedly. I'm having trouble calming myself.

Deep breaths, deep breaths, deep breaths.

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Last edited by claudine191; 07-25-2014 at 06:35 PM.
I've just been yelled at for something that was a misinterpretation. I tried to clarify, was shut down and yelled at more. I'm now sitting in my room crying and trying to pretend I'm packing up my bags for travel tomorrow.
I didn't deserve that and I know I won't get any kind of apology. I want to figure out a way to the train station and just leave (although I know that would be a over reaction)

And truthfully maybe it wasn't a complete misinterpretation. But what I said was not what was heard.

I feel trapped and very sad.
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(((((((Juana))))))) No wonder you are feeling overwhelmed. That is a lot to take in.


Dry up those tears, Perri. It's almost time to head back to your home and to your adorable doggy. That makes everything better!


Second day in a row with blue sky and sunshine. I don't know what to do with myself.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

No, no, PerriP! No!

I'm so sorry. I wish I could just zoom over in an old-style London cab and sweep us both off for a day at Harrods.

I hope thing clear up somehow.

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How weird. I had a dream last night that is a partial memory. Same place, same time but not the same thing going on. The dream was relatively boring compared to the actual day. I was with my friend who lived near Alexandria, VA. Springfield to be exact. I visited her every summer after she moved our freshman year. One thing to know about her is that she truly is a Drama Queen. She thrives on it. I have known her since kindergarten and the family members she was living with had only seen her once a year, if even that, so they were not as well versed in her ways. She had a big blow up over nothing with her Aunt and Uncle down stairs, ran upstairs to her room, grabbed her bottle of anti seizure medication and dumped all the pills in her hand. She stopped and looked at me and I looked at her like... You and I both know that's not going to happen. Her Uncle ran in, smacked the pills out of her hand (which she had been sitting there holding, waiting for him) and proceeded to cuss me out for even letting her pick up the bottle. He was a little dramatic, too. I told him she was not going to take the pills in the first place, and asked if he actually thought I would sit there if she started to put them in her mouth? I walked out and let them finish screaming at each other.

I don't miss that. Unfortunately she became far more devious than I ever expected while living there. Lies about paternity and giant, flashing, neon drama soon followed.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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