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Subject: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: DJ Blaze on 01/08/10 at 1:54 pm

This is a thread for prayer requests, help requests, and other needs for help in everyday life. If something's bothering you, post it here and we'll all try to help you. Hopefully, Catwoman can sticky this, because I originally wanted this to be a new board.

First request: I met this girl I like, and I'd like you people to hope for the best for me.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: CatwomanofV on 01/08/10 at 2:47 pm


This is a thread for prayer requests, help requests, and other needs for help in everyday life. If something's bothering you, post it here and we'll all try to help you. Hopefully, Catwoman can sticky this, because I originally wanted this to be a new board.

First request: I met this girl I like, and I'd like you people to hope for the best for me.



Good luck. But as I told you, I can't sticky threads. Maybe one of the LM can for you.



Cat

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: wildcard on 01/08/10 at 5:26 pm

^^ then you'd probably like to know that hoping for the best for others and myself is automatic.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Red Ant on 01/08/10 at 7:01 pm

Topic stickied and best of luck getting to know the girl you like.

Ant

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: DJ Blaze on 01/08/10 at 7:04 pm


Topic stickied and best of luck getting to know the girl you like.

Ant


Thanks! Anyone else need some help/hope/prayer?

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Step-chan on 01/08/10 at 8:16 pm

Uses Rosa's Prayer command!

Good luck increases! ;)

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: DJ Blaze on 01/08/10 at 9:10 pm


Uses Rosa's Prayer command!

Good luck increases! ;)


Nice one!

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Christie Marie M on 01/10/10 at 11:48 am

Actually, my best friend has been asking me lots of money every time, like $800 because she's in a pickle ever since she moved out and lives in a new apartment while her parents moved down the shore. She told me it's an emergency but I can't do anything about her situation. The least I can give her is advice and pray for her every single day. I feel bad that I can't find any other way to help her out.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: DJ Blaze on 01/10/10 at 3:46 pm


Actually, my best friend has been asking me lots of money every time, like $800 because she's in a pickle ever since she moved out and lives in a new apartment while her parents moved down the shore. She told me it's an emergency but I can't do anything about her situation. The least I can give her is advice and pray for her every single day. I feel bad that I can't find any other way to help her out.


I'll pray for her. It's the most I can do, seeing how I'm miles away from your home of New Jersey.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: MLB on 01/29/10 at 1:53 am

Like many others in So Cal, I have lots and lots of educatoin...and no job.  I'd like additional prayers for guidance and strength to keep on going. Yes, I go to a networking club at unemployment, I'm working temp jobs but they are simple and don't use any of my education/skills. And  another prayer/positive thoughts for my sister who's a mommy to be...she's 21 and the kid's due in June; guidance, encouragement, strength for her as well.   

      Anyone need an English BA who can fix computers & do I.T. work?  I can install Microsoft word/troubleshoot it's glitches and type a business letter in the same day. All I need's a chance to prove myself.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: DJ Blaze on 01/29/10 at 8:33 pm


Like many others in So Cal, I have lots and lots of educatoin...and no job.  I'd like additional prayers for guidance and strength to keep on going. Yes, I go to a networking club at unemployment, I'm working temp jobs but they are simple and don't use any of my education/skills. And  another prayer/positive thoughts for my sister who's a mommy to be...she's 21 and the kid's due in June; guidance, encouragement, strength for her as well.


I'll be praying for you.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Foo Bar on 01/29/10 at 11:04 pm

Anyone need an English BA who can fix computers & do I.T. work? 


There's a reason that one of Steve Goodie's first parodies (back in 1996) was about being a Technical Writer.

If you haven't already done so, have you considered going into technical writing?  The world needs techies who can write.  (Or writers who can understand what the techies have to say.)  The point of Steve Goodie's parody is as valid today as it was 14 years ago.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Christie Marie M on 01/30/10 at 7:55 am

My dad is in the hospital with a chest pain and he may be there for a few days, or even longer. I prayed for him the other night. If you can pray for him that would be great! Thanks!

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: CatwomanofV on 01/30/10 at 10:31 am


My dad is in the hospital with a chest pain and he may be there for a few days, or even longer. I prayed for him the other night. If you can pray for him that would be great! Thanks!



You and your dad are in my thoughts.



Cat

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Dagwood on 01/30/10 at 1:30 pm


My dad is in the hospital with a chest pain and he may be there for a few days, or even longer. I prayed for him the other night. If you can pray for him that would be great! Thanks!


You got it. :)

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: nally on 01/30/10 at 2:21 pm


My dad is in the hospital with a chest pain and he may be there for a few days, or even longer. I prayed for him the other night. If you can pray for him that would be great! Thanks!

Count me in :)

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: DJ Blaze on 01/30/10 at 2:26 pm


My dad is in the hospital with a chest pain and he may be there for a few days, or even longer. I prayed for him the other night. If you can pray for him that would be great! Thanks!


I will pray for him.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: apollonia1986 on 02/26/10 at 8:09 pm

I'm hoping for a kidney transplant, so I don't have to go to dialysis anymore.

Would you please pray for me?

Thank you!  :)

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Dagwood on 02/26/10 at 8:24 pm


I'm hoping for a kidney transplant, so I don't have to go to dialysis anymore.

Would you please pray for me?

Thank you!  :)


You got it. :)

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: apollonia1986 on 02/28/10 at 12:14 pm


You got it. :)


Thank you!  :)

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Dagwood on 02/28/10 at 3:23 pm


Thank you!  :)


You're welcome. :)

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: nally on 02/28/10 at 3:25 pm


I'm hoping for a kidney transplant, so I don't have to go to dialysis anymore.

Would you please pray for me?

Thank you!  :)

I will pray for you too! :)

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: apollonia1986 on 03/03/10 at 8:42 pm

Hi Everyone!

I really need some help. A close friend of my father, a man I've known all my life and even consider a second dad, is in the hospital. He needs a quadruple bypass and I'm so worried for him and scared. Please pray for him. Thank you.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: DJ Blaze on 03/03/10 at 8:58 pm


Hi Everyone!

I really need some help. A close friend of my father, a man I've known all my life and even consider a second dad, is in the hospital. He needs a quadruple bypass and I'm so worried for him and scared. Please pray for him. Thank you.


I will.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Dagwood on 03/03/10 at 9:01 pm

You got it.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Midas on 03/04/10 at 10:10 am

Praying for your family friend, Apollonia.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: CatwomanofV on 03/04/10 at 11:38 am


Hi Everyone!

I really need some help. A close friend of my father, a man I've known all my life and even consider a second dad, is in the hospital. He needs a quadruple bypass and I'm so worried for him and scared. Please pray for him. Thank you.



You and your family are in my thoughts.




Cat

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: DJ Blaze on 11/25/10 at 7:51 pm

I see this thread is dead. Somebody who has the power can unsticky it. I just wanted it stickied because I thought it would give me the Notable Topic medal.... LOL

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: wildcard on 01/17/11 at 10:08 pm

So thas what this thread was really all about  ;D

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Don Carlos on 01/29/11 at 6:58 pm

HELLLLLP ME, I've fallen and I can't get up  ;) ;) ;) ;)

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: CatwomanofV on 01/29/11 at 7:18 pm


HELLLLLP ME, I've fallen and I can't get up  ;) ;) ;) ;)



I'll help you, My Love.  :-* :-* :-*



Cat

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 07/16/12 at 7:44 am

I thought you guys could help me out here. I got my new wallet and all of my replacement cards came in the mail, What cards should be kept at home and which ones should I keep with me?  ???

Medicare Card/Social Security

Non-Driver's I.D.

Pathmark Card

Food Stamps

Metrocard

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Dagwood on 07/16/12 at 4:54 pm

I would say keep the cards you don't use every day at home.  Social Security for sure.  That one should be kept in a safe place, not your wallet. 

The rest are probably best kept with you.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 07/17/12 at 6:57 am


I would say keep the cards you don't use every day at home.  Social Security for sure.  That one should be kept in a safe place, not your wallet. 

The rest are probably best kept with you.


That's why I keep the real Social Security card at home and take the photocopied one and put it in the wallet.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Dagwood on 07/17/12 at 4:47 pm


That's why I keep the real Social Security card at home and take the photocopied one and put it in the wallet.


If I were you, I wouldn't keep a photocopy of it, either.  Memorize your number and keep the card home.  If someone steals your wallet they can use your social security number and steal your identity.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 07/17/12 at 7:45 pm


If I were you, I wouldn't keep a photocopy of it, either.  Memorize your number and keep the card home.  If someone steals your wallet they can use your social security number and steal your identity.


Ok I guess the less cards I keep in my wallet, the better.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: DJ Blaze on 09/10/12 at 5:45 pm

My cat Smoky was euthanized... he was barely a year old and we learned today he had leukemia so he had to be put down...

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Dagwood on 09/10/12 at 6:07 pm

I am so sorry, DJ.  I wish there was something to say that could make you feel better.  {{hugs}}

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Goodogbadog on 09/10/12 at 6:47 pm


My cat Smoky was euthanized... he was barely a year old and we learned today he had leukemia so he had to be put down...


Ohhh, I'm so sad for you. Where there was love, there is now pain. But the pain is a kind of love, too. Perhaps you will see him again.. it's been reported as having happened!

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: CatwomanofV on 09/10/12 at 6:54 pm


My cat Smoky was euthanized... he was barely a year old and we learned today he had leukemia so he had to be put down...



I am so sorry. When I had to put my my very special kitty Bear down at the age of 15, that was the hardest decision I EVER had to make in my life so I totally understand.

My advice is as soon as you are up to it, adopt another kitty. You are NOT replacing Smoky. Smoky can never be replaced. But a new kitty will help fill the hole in your heart.

(((((((((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))))))


Cat

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: nally on 09/10/12 at 10:32 pm



I am so sorry. When I had to put my my very special kitty Bear down at the age of 15, that was the hardest decision I EVER had to make in my life so I totally understand.

My advice is as soon as you are up to it, adopt another kitty. You are NOT replacing Smoky. Smoky can never be replaced. But a new kitty will help fill the hole in your heart.

(((((((((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))))))


Cat

A similar story occurred last year when we had to put our beloved Chloe dog to sleep; she was even younger. :\'(

So sorry to hear about this, Caleb. Losing a beloved pet is always hard.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: DJ Blaze on 09/11/12 at 7:28 pm

Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. I probably won't be getting another pet though, dad doesn't want any more animals in the house :P

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 09/11/12 at 7:46 pm


My cat Smoky was euthanized... he was barely a year old and we learned today he had leukemia so he had to be put down...


I'm sorry DJ, my condolences.  :(

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 06/16/13 at 2:34 pm

I thought I would post this over here, my pinky toenail is about to fall off and I'm trying carefully not to aggravate the nail, like what happened to my first toe when a cart ran over my first toenail 6 years ago in Garden City Park and the nail was dangling from my toe which is really disgusting if you think about it. I have my foot doctor this Wednesday, Is it a good idea to leave it alone and let it fall off if it does happen? :( ???

Has anyone had a toenail fall off? ???

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: karen on 06/16/13 at 3:36 pm

deja vu all over again

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Dagwood on 06/16/13 at 6:17 pm

Howard, is it the entire toenail or just the edge out over your foot?  If it is just the edge, clip it.  If it is the entire nail and you don't want to do anything, put a bandaid on it and wait for the doctor.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 06/17/13 at 7:00 am


Howard, is it the entire toenail or just the edge out over your foot?  If it is just the edge, clip it.  If it is the entire nail and you don't want to do anything, put a bandaid on it and wait for the doctor.


Dag, I'm so afraid of putting on my socks in the morning cause I don't want to aggravate the toenail and have it fall off. I just hope it's not infected.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: warped on 06/17/13 at 7:06 am


Dag, I'm so afraid of putting on my socks in the morning cause I don't want to aggravate the toenail and have it fall off. I just hope it's not infected.


Howard, why don't you wrap a bandage around it so that you won't have to worry about the sock making contact with you foot.  Leave it on until you see the doctor on Wednesday, it's only 2 days away.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Dagwood on 06/17/13 at 7:29 am


Dag, I'm so afraid of putting on my socks in the morning cause I don't want to aggravate the toenail and have it fall off. I just hope it's not infected.


That didn't answer my question at all.  How much of it is falling off?  Is it the whole nail or just the part that is past your toe?  And, wrap a bandaid around it and let the doctor take care of it. 

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 06/17/13 at 7:36 am


Howard, why don't you wrap a bandage around it so that you won't have to worry about the sock making contact with you foot.  Leave it on until you see the doctor on Wednesday, it's only 2 days away.


I'll do that. Thanks Warped.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 06/17/13 at 7:37 am


That didn't answer my question at all.  How much of it is falling off?  Is it the whole nail or just the part that is past your toe?  And, wrap a bandaid around it and let the doctor take care of it.


looks like the whole thing.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: karen on 06/17/13 at 11:14 am


I'll do that. Thanks Warped.


So you needed a man to tell you what to do?

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: warped on 06/17/13 at 1:39 pm


Howard, why don't you wrap a bandage around it so that you won't have to worry about the sock making contact with you foot.  Leave it on until you see the doctor on Wednesday, it's only 2 days away.



I'll do that. Thanks Warped.



So you needed a man to tell you what to do?


(found this)

http://www.inthe00s.com/index.php?topic=35513.msg3047224#msg3047224

Hey Howard, Karen told you just about the exact same thing the other day.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 06/17/13 at 7:45 pm


So you needed a man to tell you what to do?


I just said I agree with Warped.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Katluver on 06/18/13 at 1:40 pm


I just said I agree with Warped.


But not with Karen?

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 06/18/13 at 2:35 pm


But not with Karen?


I agree with her too.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Goodogbadog on 08/17/13 at 8:32 pm


I thought you guys could help me out here. I got my new wallet and all of my replacement cards came in the mail, What cards should be kept at home and which ones should I keep with me?  ???

Medicare Card/Social Security

Non-Driver's I.D.

Pathmark Card

Food Stamps

Metrocard


Howard—I happened to see this from last year. On your Medicare card, you should also cross out your Social Security number except for the last four digits. You need to keep your Medicare card with you in case you should get into an accident or get sick suddenly.  Keep your non-license ID with you, too.

I'm sure you have your Social Security number memorized. That's important.  ;) 

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 08/18/13 at 7:12 am


Howard—I happened to see this from last year. On your Medicare card, you should also cross out your Social Security number except for the last four digits. You need to keep your Medicare card with you in case you should get into an accident or get sick suddenly.  Keep your non-license ID with you, too.

I'm sure you have your Social Security number memorized. That's important.  ;)


and also I should also keep my half fare card too with me just in case I want to go somewhere.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 08/22/13 at 2:08 pm


Thats probably a joke that I don't get, since I don't know what a half-fare card is!


A half fare card is this:

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1073322!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/senior6n-2-web.jpg

The letter "R" stands for reduced and instead of regular full fare on the bus, we pay half the fare that is listed instead of $2.50, we pay $1.25, I just swipe and go and there is also a system you can sign up for it's called Easypay which means you don't have to go the refill booth in the train stations anymore, once a month when you have no more money left on your card, the guys at Easypay will refill it for you automatically, you'd be getting something in the mail.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: MLB on 01/16/14 at 5:57 pm

Please send positive thoughts/prayers my way that some HR person sees my application for somewhere and decides to give me a chance. I haven't made any money since September and it is tough.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: annimal on 05/24/14 at 3:05 pm

if you can I'm feeling do ow own

the usual depressed thats all.  Maybe just a little lonley.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: annimal on 03/19/15 at 12:36 pm

think I'll post in this thread about my mom driving me nuts.

Lets see, there's an art class for cancer survivors as well as some other classes I can join to stay away from her for as long as I can. 

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 07/06/15 at 3:25 pm

I was wondering if anyone has had difficulty with stuck zippers? I don't know what happened but I was trying to pull my zipper up on my bookbag and it got stuck on the material of my bookbag, Does anyone know how to pull it apart?  ???

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: karen on 07/08/15 at 1:20 am


I was wondering if anyone has had difficulty with stuck zippers? I don't know what happened but I was trying to pull my zipper up on my bookbag and it got stuck on the material of my bookbag, Does anyone know how to pull it apart?  ???


Sometimes you can slowly slide the zipper either up or down while pulling the material sideways away from the zipper. 

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 07/08/15 at 7:45 am


Sometimes you can slowly slide the zipper either up or down while pulling the material sideways away from the zipper.


That's what My Father was trying to do but the material was so tough that he tried to force the zipper free but unfortunately the zipper came right off and fortunately there was another zipper on the backpack.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 10/10/15 at 6:33 pm

Maybe you guys could help me in this situation. I went to the orientation with My Father yesterday and at the end of the orientation I wanted to inquire about my hours for the new Stop N Shop and she said that the front end manager will be there Saturday, she said I can call by phone or go in person but I said to My Father I'd rather call by phone cause going there will take an hour and 15 minutes back and forth, going there and coming home so why waste a trip? And since yesterday I've called up and no one has answered the phone  so I'm thinking they're setting up the phones for the new store and I'm calling constantly and getting no response. How will I know my schedule?  ???

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: apollonia1986 on 10/10/15 at 8:16 pm

No sense in wasting gas and burning rubber. Keep trying to call in, Howard. You might catch someone who can explain it to you without having to drive so far.

Now, I need help. I am an awful sleeper at night. Like sleep for me is non-existent and I mostly toss and turn and stare at Nooney all night. I know insomnia is a part of dialysis treatment, but usually when I ask them for something, they give me a pill or shot and it works TOO WELL. I want to sleep one night at a time, NOT DAYS at a time. And if I refuse what they give me they keep suggesting all these different sleeping pills. I don't trust them, as I now stay to myself, and if something went wrong, there's no one here to help or call 911 or anything. I know someone will say cut the caffiene, but I don't drink too much caffiene. I have one cup of coffee in the morning and what I call a "pick-me-up" during the day (no later than 3 pm) which has a caffiene content of about 60-100 mgs.
If I'm actively writing I very sparsely, maybe once a week, throw back a Venom energy drink which is 160 mgs for a 16 oz can.
I try to keep tabs on how much I consume because I have migraines from them if I don't watch it.

But yes, if anyone can suggest anything, I'd like the help. I didn't realize how much I stayed tired until a friend pointed out "oh you're always tired, Tiff"  :o

Thanks.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: CatwomanofV on 10/11/15 at 11:07 am


No sense in wasting gas and burning rubber. Keep trying to call in, Howard. You might catch someone who can explain it to you without having to drive so far.

Now, I need help. I am an awful sleeper at night. Like sleep for me is non-existent and I mostly toss and turn and stare at Nooney all night. I know insomnia is a part of dialysis treatment, but usually when I ask them for something, they give me a pill or shot and it works TOO WELL. I want to sleep one night at a time, NOT DAYS at a time. And if I refuse what they give me they keep suggesting all these different sleeping pills. I don't trust them, as I now stay to myself, and if something went wrong, there's no one here to help or call 911 or anything. I know someone will say cut the caffiene, but I don't drink too much caffiene. I have one cup of coffee in the morning and what I call a "pick-me-up" during the day (no later than 3 pm) which has a caffiene content of about 60-100 mgs.
If I'm actively writing I very sparsely, maybe once a week, throw back a Venom energy drink which is 160 mgs for a 16 oz can.
I try to keep tabs on how much I consume because I have migraines from them if I don't watch it.

But yes, if anyone can suggest anything, I'd like the help. I didn't realize how much I stayed tired until a friend pointed out "oh you're always tired, Tiff"  :o

Thanks.



Before going to bed, try taking a very warm bath. It will help to relax you. Some people say warm milk but I have never tried it so I can't vouch for it. There are some teas that could help, Chamomile, Sleepytime, etc. However, the downside of those is that it could make you have to get up to pee. Don't use a reading tablet in bed (iPad, Nook, or anything like it).

That is just a few suggestions.



Cat

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: ArcticFox on 10/11/15 at 2:45 pm


I don't trust them.


And why don't you trust them? I was in the hospital for three days, and my service was excellent. The nurses, the doctors, the housekeeping, the surgeons, etc., everyone was fantastic and did their job with no complications. Your cynicism is an insult to the hard work that they put into caring for you and you need to be more involved in what your options are so that you can sleep properly.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: apollonia1986 on 10/11/15 at 3:44 pm



Before going to bed, try taking a very warm bath. It will help to relax you. Some people say warm milk but I have never tried it so I can't vouch for it. There are some teas that could help, Chamomile, Sleepytime, etc. However, the downside of those is that it could make you have to get up to pee. Don't use a reading tablet in bed (iPad, Nook, or anything like it).

That is just a few suggestions.



Cat

I'll try the warm milk. The Sleepytime tea...um....bored a hole in me. LOL. Because right now it's just hard to sleep through the night. But thanks for the suggestions. And I don't have a reading tablet. LOL.


And why don't you trust them? I was in the hospital for three days, and my service was excellent. The nurses, the doctors, the housekeeping, the surgeons, etc., everyone was fantastic and did their job with no complications. Your cynicism is an insult to the hard work that they put into caring for you and you need to be more involved in what your options are so that you can sleep properly.


You took my statement out of context. I didn't mean I don't trust the workers, I mean I don't trust the sedatives. As I live alone I have to be careful as to how different sedatives affect me, because I don't have anyone in-house checking on me regularly. And if I fall asleep for an extended period and am unable to wake up, I could be in trouble. My mother took something once that put her under like all hell and if I hadn't gone in to see if she was eating dinner--which she had fallen asleep with half-chewed pork chop in her mouth--she'd have choked to death. It wasn't a sedative she took, but the medicine had a sedative-like effect on her.
I once took an anti-nausea medication in dialysis on a Saturday during treatment. I slept in treatment, slept as my father drove me home and I don't even think I undressed before bed. I SLEPT and when I came to, it was MONDAY. That's why I'm trying more natural alternatives than just a pill to lay me out.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: ArcticFox on 10/12/15 at 11:04 pm


You took my statement out of context. I didn't mean I don't trust the workers, I mean I don't trust the sedatives. As I live alone I have to be careful as to how different sedatives affect me, because I don't have anyone in-house checking on me regularly. And if I fall asleep for an extended period and am unable to wake up, I could be in trouble. My mother took something once that put her under like all hell and if I hadn't gone in to see if she was eating dinner--which she had fallen asleep with half-chewed pork chop in her mouth--she'd have choked to death. It wasn't a sedative she took, but the medicine had a sedative-like effect on her.
I once took an anti-nausea medication in dialysis on a Saturday during treatment. I slept in treatment, slept as my father drove me home and I don't even think I undressed before bed. I SLEPT and when I came to, it was MONDAY. That's why I'm trying more natural alternatives than just a pill to lay me out.


Oh, okay. My bad.. Guess I didn't read into it enough...  :-[

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: gumbypiz on 10/13/15 at 9:37 am

I don't know if I need "help" per se, just a sounding board.
Forgive me for the long post, I just need to get this off my chest. I haven't posted on this or any board for a very long time. You'll understand why.
This is a true story, Im not making one bit of this up...

Last May 9th my Dad died from a long series of complications from a brain tumor, the subsequent surgeries to remove it, resulting strokes and damage to the brain from the tumor. It was not easy seeing him pass for me, or my family.

One month later, on June 13 I woke up with very blurred and obscured vision in my right eye (my "good" eye, as my left vision was/is very poor from birth). Retina doctor diagnosed as hemorrhage due to diabetic retinopathy (I am diabetic, under control for 7 years).
I was told there was noting they could do initially but wait to see if the blood in the eye would be absorbed (anywhere from 6weeks to 6 months).
I waited, but after 4 weeks, I had more hemorrhages and surgery to remove the gel in the eye was required, a Vitrectomy, and replace it with saline with a small gas bubble to keep the retina in place in case it detached.

The surgery was unsuccessful and after having a few more hemorrhages, and then flashes of light, I had to have another emergency surgery 3 weeks later as my retina was detaching.

Upon that surgery date, the anesthesiologist demanded I see a cardiologist to check on my heat before the surgery was performed.
So I saw one the next day and was cleared, although it was confirmed that I did have an advanced stage congestive heart failure (I'm 47 BTW).

September, 2nd eye surgery was done, they had to cut away the top and bottom of my retina as it was too damaged (if my sight returned it would be like looking at a letter box movie, with the top and bottom of my vision as a black strip). This time they filled my eye with a thick oil to keep the retina flat and would have to stay that way for five months.

In between those five months, I had a heart catherization (October) (to find out why I had congestive heart failure), which came out, to the doctors surprise, no blockages whatsoever. But blood work revealed I may be in the beginning stages of kidney failure however (due to poor blood flow from the heart and diabetes).

Kidney doctor rearranged all my meds for my heart and other conditions to ones that were less taxing on my kidneys.

Within two weeks, right after Thanksgiving I swelled up, put on over 20 lbs and was hospitalized in December.

Now, keeping in mind, I'm not able to work all this time and on short term disability, which runs out 6 mos after the disability 1st started, and would end in December...

So I get the weight/fluid drained off, and get discharged in January.

Heart Failure specialist still wants to find out why I have the heart issue, so its off to get a special MRI.

MRI results, per doctor says I have the signs of Amyloidosis. A very rare blood disorder where your bone marrow makes abnormal proteins that your body/cells can't use. They just basically clog up the works, and all your organs get shut down cause they cant do anything because these proteins just sit there. (for example the heart cells can't contract or expand due to the obstruction of the amyloid).

Prognosis, 18 months at best, that it. Chemo and a bone marrow transplant can extend the time a few years, maybe, but its a death sentence and there is no cure.

So now I have to have a series of special blood work  and heart and other organ biopsies to find out the extent of the disease. This takes 4-6 weeks for results.

Imagine trying to put you life in order in just a few weeks, and prepare for death in just over a year? I'm married and have two 18 month old twins at the time. How do you deal with that?

Well lucky me, after 6 weeks I was told that I had only a special form of amyloid, the kind only black males get and the prognosis is good, I just need a heart transplant (lucky me, I'll just run down to the local 24hr heart transplant store and pick one up. Doctors said it so casually like a heart transplant is no big deal).
Well at least I wasn't gong to die in a year and a half...well maybe.

Anyway, I have the surgery to remove the oil from my eye. Still cloudy, blurred vision. Docs say that's due to all the eye surgeries you've had, they will cause cataracts, great I say. So now I have to get cataract surgery, which means another doctor as retina doctors don't do that...

Cataract surgery is scheduled, but in the meantime, I'm of course not sleeping, stressed, worried about my health, finances and my family's well being.

So I get admitted to the ER in March with chest pains, that only turn out to be stress and anxiety related. They give me xanax and push me out the door.

I have my cataract surgery, which is first successful somewhat, then, of course I have another hemorrhage, which puts me right back where I started in June '14.

A month later in July now, Friday morning I'm admitted to hospital with VERY fast arrhythmic heartbeat. They get it under control with meds, but admit me for observation overnight, which reveals I'm having abnormal rhythms. And now I need a pacemaker/defibrillator (ICO device) or my heart could just stop at anytime.

They put it in the following Monday, I'm out on Tuesday.

Follow up with cardiologist on Friday (3 days later) says my blood work shows my creatine levels for my kidneys are very high and my left arm is swollen from pacemaker surgery. Thinks it may be a blood clot...so BACK TO THE HOSPITAL.

Nephrologist says the diuretic is really hard on my kidneys as I've been on them for nearly 10 years so he takes me off them for the weekend. Kidneys respond and the levels go down, I'm released on Monday.

Two days (Thursday) later I swell up (15 lbs) BACK TO THE HOSPITAL AGAIN.

Doctors are baffled, should of been able to go at least a week w/o diuretic, and now my creatine levels are higher than they were when I was admitted last Friday. Has no choice to put me back on IV Lasix diuretic to get fluid off or dialysis (which I don't want).
So diuretic it is and after a week and half in hospital it finally works and my creatine levels drop, and I dodge a bullet to not go on dialysis. Released on a Saturday 9 days later.

I'm out for a week and one day, nurse practitioner from the cardiologist says your most recent blood work is either a mistake or your kidneys have totally failed, go to the ER NOW.

So back to the hospital for the fourth time in four weeks, this time the creatine levels are off the chart (8.1) and it dialysis time, no way around it.

They admit me on a Tuesday, put in a temp catheter (from jugular under skin out to just over my right breast and start dialysis. Four days straight of it till Saturday. Very draining and not fun. They release me on Saturday. I started dialysis at a center the following Tues after labor day.

So that's where I am now, cyborg man with a pacemaker/defibrillator on one breast and two tube coming out of my right. Three days of dialysis a week, four hours per session...until I get a new kidney.

My diet is pretty much shot, as with diabetes I have to avoid sugar and carbs. With congestive heat failure, I have to watch salt and fats, and now with kidney failure I have to watch protein, potassium, can calcium. Put that all together and it doesn't really leave you with much of a choice or options on food. You can understand my appetite for food is pretty much gone and I've lost 70 lbs since January.
Oh yeah, there's the 40oz fluid restriction too. You can't imagine how little 40oz or anything is till you get capped at just over 4 glasses of fluid. Thirsty? Too bad.

Not to mention my eyesight is still shot. I'm using 175% magnification to type this and cheap 3.25x reading glasses to see anything. Its not easy trying to read nutrition facts on sides of boxes with poor vision, so it kind of a joke as I can't eat what I could read anyway.

So other than being half blind, needing both a kidney and heart transplant, I'm holding together, somewhat. Fighting with doctors, insurance companies, SSA, and filling out endless forms (that I can't read well enough to complete) doesn't help.

Its so hard to believe I've had all this happen in just over a year and a half time.

Sorry for the long post, not looking for sympathy, just to get the whole mess off my chest.

Going to counseling now for these issues, I'll take it one day at a time....

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: karen on 10/13/15 at 11:15 am

Man, that's a lot of medical issues.

You know we are always here to listen to you

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: CatwomanofV on 10/13/15 at 3:21 pm

Oh man, Gumby, don't know what to say. I wish there was something I could do to help.


((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))



Cat

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: 80sfan on 10/13/15 at 3:37 pm

I hope you get better, Gumby.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 10/13/15 at 7:26 pm

Oh my goodness, Gumby, you have certainly been through the ringer, haven't you?  That should attest to how strong you are, from getting through all of that (and still fighting).  Pennsylvania (as I recall, you are out near Philly) is a good state to have transplants in.  I know there are A LOT of them done here at UPMC in Pittsburgh (I think even the governor even had one here once.) 

I wish I could offer something other then my support online.  Your poor wife must be besides herself worrying.  I know I would be, if it were my husband.

I was wondering what happened to you, I came across an old post of yours the other day, and I remember where you and your then fiance had entered a contest to have a wedding from a radio station.

I'm not very good at anything other then listening.  Please don't hesitate to write again if you need to get your thoughts in order or to blow off steam.  We are always here to help (if we can.)

Patty

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: nally on 10/13/15 at 9:53 pm


I hope you get better, Gumby.

Seconded.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 10/14/15 at 8:13 am


I hope you get better, Gumby.


Same here, I hope Gumby gets recovery, keep your chin up. :)

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: 80sfan on 10/14/15 at 12:53 pm


Same here, I hope Gumby gets recovery, keep your chin up. :)


Sometimes life just happens, I guess.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Don Carlos on 10/16/15 at 10:09 am

Jeez Gumby, hope you get better. 

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Foo Bar on 10/28/15 at 11:31 pm

one day at a time....


Damn, dude.

For what it's worth, let the record of the 00ze show that however much Gumby got stretched and bent by the hands of fate, he never broke.

http://cdn.meme.am/instances/500x/62122295.jpg

Every time I feel like whining about how I've got it rough (I don't now, but we all get old, and I know that someday I will), I'm going to remember you, and the fact that you came back to tell us where you've been and what you've been through, and I'm going to remind myself that however bad I think I've got it, I need to man up like that guy who named himself after green plasticine.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 12/26/15 at 7:53 am

It's not about helping me, this is about helping my friend. My friend Randy who owns this orange tabby named Simba and he brought the cat in many years ago when it was a small cat. And now years later It's grown up, he's getting tired of taking care of it. One time the cat cost him about $600 to fix him up and he just waits for it to die and one of the expenses is him paying for the vet and I always say to him "no wonder you don't have much money, you got to cut down on your expenses like doing something with the cat. The cat regurgitates, he sheds a lot and he's always told to get off the furniture. Maybe by next year he should think about giving it to a shelter or a place that can take care of animals that he doesn't want any longer.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: nally on 12/26/15 at 8:16 pm


Maybe by next year he should think about giving it to a shelter or a place that can take care of animals that he doesn't want any longer.

That might be good to do.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: annimal on 12/27/15 at 11:20 am

hope things get better Gumby

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/27/15 at 12:33 pm


It's not about helping me, this is about helping my friend. My friend Randy who owns this orange tabby named Simba and he brought the cat in many years ago when it was a small cat. And now years later It's grown up, he's getting tired of taking care of it. One time the cat cost him about $600 to fix him up and he just waits for it to die and one of the expenses is him paying for the vet and I always say to him "no wonder you don't have much money, you got to cut down on your expenses like doing something with the cat. The cat regurgitates, he sheds a lot and he's always told to get off the furniture. Maybe by next year he should think about giving it to a shelter or a place that can take care of animals that he doesn't want any longer.



To me, people like this shouldn't have animals. Having an animal takes commitment-and yes, even $$$$. I think it is so cruel when people give their animals away just because they are tired of taking care of them. And 9 times out of 10, if you give an older animal to a shelter-the animal will be euthanized because older animals are harder to adopt.

Yeah, having babies (kittens/puppies etc) is fun but those babies grow up. I wish people realize this when they adopt a baby and are willing to make a lifetime commitment (the animal's lifetime-which could be 20+ years).

If he really wants to get rid of the cat, tell him to try to rehome it by posting it on Facebook. I'm sure there are people out there who will be glad to give Simba a loving home. 



Cat

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 12/27/15 at 2:56 pm


That might be good to do.


That is one way to get rid of his stress.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: Howard on 12/27/15 at 3:04 pm

To me, people like this shouldn't have animals. Having an animal takes commitment-and yes, even $$$$. I think it is so cruel when people give their animals away just because they are tired of taking care of them. And 9 times out of 10, if you give an older animal to a shelter-the animal will be euthanized because older animals are harder to adopt.

I think from what I recall from what he told me years ago, the cat was outside as a kitten hungry and all and he decided to bring it in, this was years ago but now he sometimes tells me that he's tired of taking care of animals. Doing something about it will get rid of less stress and the room will smell a bit better instead of cat regurgitation and poop.

If he really wants to get rid of the cat, tell him to try to rehome it by posting it on Facebook. I'm sure there are people out there who will be glad to give Simba a loving home.

Ok, I will talk to him further about this, Thanks Cat.

Subject: Re: The "Help Me!" thread

Written By: annimal on 01/08/16 at 12:21 pm

There was a kat that kept coming in our backyard.  My mom took it to get a shot.  she buys food for it and has bought a house to go in if it doesn't have shelter from the rain.  It's still a stray cat and  it's been kept that way, but now it has a place for food and stuff.

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