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whitby_2773

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atroop!

i is called - i came!

(i''ve been reading too many of musey''s posts in the ''daily giggle'' thread - i''m starting to talk like one of those damn cats!)

thank you for asking - people''s coughs and colds is the thing ''nodding off during a conversation'' is made of!

today...i woke up with conjunctivitis! i dont know how THIS ties into the overall picture of what the heck is going on, but i''m now in a GORGEOUS resort in arizona, with 2 of my closest friends, doing an ocular impersonation of Gummy Bear. it''s disgusting. obviously i wipe it so it looks clean, but it''s swollen and i look like someone has punched me in the eye. i''ve never had this before, even as a chid, so this is a bit of a surprise! i''m still coughing and blowing, which is NOT charming, and my girlfriend who is here from australia (a nurse) has now announced to me that i need to go to the dr. i can''t think of anything less enjoyable than sitting in a waiting room for an hour to get antibiotic cream! i might check out the pharmacy first to see if there''s something i can get over the counter.

so all in all i look disgusting, i sound worse, but i''m still in good spirits, tho very tired. we''re here till sunday and i had really hoped to be out and about today. i''ve heard conjunctivitis is quite contagious tho, so now i''m not sure what i should be doing... (sigh)...i probably will have to go to the dr. and believe it when i say - i''ve seen enough dr''s in my lifetime to never wanna see any more. apparently tho, according to wikipedia which i just read, i will be better in 7-10 days with correct diagnosis. (7-10 DAYS??) this suddenly just got really irritating...

so that''s me in a nutshell - ''Happy But Sick in Arizona''.

atroop, if it wouldnt be annoying and if you have the time, could you tell me what happened to your back? i TOTALLY understand if you dont want to talk about it, but i''ve been thinking about you and i wondered how long this has been going on and what help you''re getting for it because it just didnt sound long-term good quality of life-feasible. i pulled a drowning girl out of a swimming pool when i was 14 and herniated 8 discs in my back (next time will let her drown), 2 of which eventually exploded in the surgeons office when he was checking my range of movement (like - thanks for that!). they formed a sort of spike of disc material and perforated the myelin sheath around my spine, causing me to internally ''bleed'' cerebro-spinal fluid (think ''the mother of all headaches'' for 2 weeks till my body produced enough new fluid for my spine/brain). i ended up being an emergency surgery and am fine now, but i spent more or less the entirety of 2005 flat on my stomach in bed. so i have all the empathy in the universe for back pain. i mean really.

i also kinda didn''t like the idea of you carrying this without help. or sufficient help. or something. or at least an avenue to say ''this is not ok.'' so please, if you care to tell me, dump ''here'' - i am your sister in ''god my back hurts!''
 

soocool

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Oh Whitby, feel better soon!

I know about the conjunctivitis, because I had it on Valentine''s Day, of all days .Luckily, mine was viral and only lasted a couple of days- no antibio tic eyedrops/eyecreams. Better let a doctor check it out to make sure.

(Having a tough time typing...the dog is snoozing on my lap)
 

whitby_2773

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thanks soocool -

as the morning has progressed, it''s spreading to the other eye, so i''m off to the dr in the next hour.

poop!
 

Diamond*Dana

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Oh no Whitby, this sucks for sure!
Feel better
 

Maisie

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Ohh poor Whitby. Conjunctivitis is awful. I hope you get something to make it better. I remember being driven to the doctor to get checked when I had it and the wind that came in through the air vents in the car made me cry, my eyes were so sore!
 

whitby_2773

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just got back from urgent care. apparently have infected sinuses, 2 blocked ears, conjunctivitis in both eyes, and inflamed glands. and naturally - i''m on vacation in arizona! yay. not. am i the ONLY person who spent a week in sedona and never saw the grand canyon??!

so here''s a photo i stole from musey''s ''today''s giggle'' thread (i''ve got to stop reading that thread - it''s addictive!)

my husband calls me ''rabbit'', so this is kinda perfect...

whitbywithacold.jpg
 

marcy

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Aw, how awful to get sick on your vacation. Feel better soon. I like the rabbit picture.
 

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Date: 4/16/2009 1:11:29 PM
Author: whitby_2773
atroop!


i is called - i came!


(i've been reading too many of musey's posts in the 'daily giggle' thread - i'm starting to talk like one of those damn cats!)


thank you for asking - people's coughs and colds is the thing 'nodding off during a conversation' is made of!


today...i woke up with conjunctivitis! i dont know how THIS ties into the overall picture of what the heck is going on, but i'm now in a GORGEOUS resort in arizona, with 2 of my closest friends, doing an ocular impersonation of Gummy Bear. it's disgusting. obviously i wipe it so it looks clean, but it's swollen and i look like someone has punched me in the eye. i've never had this before, even as a chid, so this is a bit of a surprise! i'm still coughing and blowing, which is NOT charming, and my girlfriend who is here from australia (a nurse) has now announced to me that i need to go to the dr. i can't think of anything less enjoyable than sitting in a waiting room for an hour to get antibiotic cream! i might check out the pharmacy first to see if there's something i can get over the counter.


so all in all i look disgusting, i sound worse, but i'm still in good spirits, tho very tired. we're here till sunday and i had really hoped to be out and about today. i've heard conjunctivitis is quite contagious tho, so now i'm not sure what i should be doing... (sigh)...i probably will have to go to the dr. and believe it when i say - i've seen enough dr's in my lifetime to never wanna see any more. apparently tho, according to wikipedia which i just read, i will be better in 7-10 days with correct diagnosis. (7-10 DAYS??) this suddenly just got really irritating...


so that's me in a nutshell - 'Happy But Sick in Arizona'.


atroop, if it wouldnt be annoying and if you have the time, could you tell me what happened to your back? i TOTALLY understand if you dont want to talk about it, but i've been thinking about you and i wondered how long this has been going on and what help you're getting for it because it just didnt sound long-term good quality of life-feasible. i pulled a drowning girl out of a swimming pool when i was 14 and herniated 8 discs in my back (next time will let her drown), 2 of which eventually exploded in the surgeons office when he was checking my range of movement (like - thanks for that!). they formed a sort of spike of disc material and perforated the myelin sheath around my spine, causing me to internally 'bleed' cerebro-spinal fluid (think 'the mother of all headaches' for 2 weeks till my body produced enough new fluid for my spine/brain). i ended up being an emergency surgery and am fine now, but i spent more or less the entirety of 2005 flat on my stomach in bed. so i have all the empathy in the universe for back pain. i mean really.


i also kinda didn't like the idea of you carrying this without help. or sufficient help. or something. or at least an avenue to say 'this is not ok.' so please, if you care to tell me, dump 'here' - i am your sister in 'god my back hurts!'

Hey whitby

what happened to me was in my early 20's I was working as a case worker for the welfare dept. One day (on Friday the 13th) I was walking out of the building for lunch and when I turned the corner in the lobby...I bumped into a man (a drug addict). He then started to curse at me, yell at me and then punched me. He hit me in my face, I blocked his punch but the impact still threw me against the wall. In the end my pinky was fractured and had back pain. The city (my great employer) took 2 years to approve an MRI...and since they took so long my vertebrae slipped so far out of line that I needed surgery to fuse my spine. Thank god I used to work for an amazing spine surgeon during high school. My surgery went well (took 10 hrs) but I woke up with a HORRIFIC pain in my left foot. You couldn't even touch my foot...not even blow on my foot. The pain was so intense..it felt like it was on fire. At my 1mo post op appt, the Dr diagnosed me with RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy)..it's too long to explain but you can google it..it's interesting. This condition has no cure. My foot started to die...if I hadn't met a specialist when I did and his treatments didn't work, I would have had my foot amputated. I still live with the constant RSD pain but I'm considered in remission for now.

7yrs ago picking up my older daughter, I blew out my disc and was back in a brace...every few months this still happens. About 4 yrs ago I was diagnosed with arthritis of the spine too.

The daily headaches are horrible and even worse when I can't just lay down since I have 3 kids without a nanny (like so many others here in the city). The hardest part for me is the hiding...I hide the pain so my kids won't worry. I try my damn best to not let the pain take over my life..but it's been like this for 15 yrs and just seems to get worse.

That's my story...thanks for asking.

I hope you are feeling better. Just read what you were dx with. Boy when you get sick you get sick. Glad your friend told you to go to the Dr!

oh gotta go...baby is up
 

whitby_2773

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got it. thank you for filling me in. there''s nothing i can say in response to that and, in my experience, sympathy is only good for situations one can resolve. for things which are now ''part of one''s life'' and also part of the ongoing landscape, sympathy (and granted, this may just be ME, i realize) can be debilitating. so - no sympathy. but...

i got it. i heard you. i care.

so - change of topic - you were a case worker? does that mean you trained as a social worker? i''m a psychologist by training, who specialized in developmental psych then went into dispute resolution (as one inevitably does when working with kids with problems; ''kids + problems = problem families = disputes = need for dispute res.) so there''s probably a degree of overlap in our areas of work. i dont work in that line any more, tho, since i came to the US on my husband''s work visa (initially - have green cards now), so couldn''t work for the first few years. decided to finally put to paper some young adult fiction i''d had tumbling around in my head for some years. but i think i will always be, on some level, a psychologist first and foremost; you cant work in a field for so many years and throw it off quickly.

today i am still ''Snot Queen in Arizona'' or ''Mona in Sedona, Arizona'' - but am perhaps a little better. i ate a chocolate this morning which i had left over from lunch yesterday - and could actually taste it. this is progress. i did end up in urgent care yesterday tho, so that was a bore. but necessary. by the time both eyes were...actually, you know what? i''m not gonna elaborate! you know what conjunctivitis is like, so i''m gonna skip the details.

have you ever noticed that it has to be after 5pm (or 1pm in certain circumstances) before one can have a glass of wine, but that chocolate can be eaten at any time of day? perhaps this is my problem...

atroop, when i read your posts i always find myself smiling, as tho we''re sitting somewhere together having a chat. i like this....
 

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Whitby, if you can taste the chocolate you are on the road to recovery. Hope you are 100% soon! And yay for chocolate!!!

Cute bunny btw!
 

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Date: 4/17/2009 12:16:33 PM
Author: whitby_2773


got it. thank you for filling me in. there''s nothing i can say in response to that and, in my experience, sympathy is only good for situations one can resolve. for things which are now ''part of one''s life'' and also part of the ongoing landscape, sympathy (and granted, this may just be ME, i realize) can be debilitating. so - no sympathy. but...


i got it. i heard you. i care.


so - change of topic - you were a case worker? does that mean you trained as a social worker? i''m a psychologist by training, who specialized in developmental psych then went into dispute resolution (as one inevitably does when working with kids with problems; ''kids + problems = problem families = disputes = need for dispute res.) so there''s probably a degree of overlap in our areas of work. i dont work in that line any more, tho, since i came to the US on my husband''s work visa (initially - have green cards now), so couldn''t work for the first few years. decided to finally put to paper some young adult fiction i''d had tumbling around in my head for some years. but i think i will always be, on some level, a psychologist first and foremost; you cant work in a field for so many years and throw it off quickly.


today i am still ''Snot Queen in Arizona'' or ''Mona in Sedona, Arizona'' - but am perhaps a little better. i ate a chocolate this morning which i had left over from lunch yesterday - and could actually taste it. this is progress. i did end up in urgent care yesterday tho, so that was a bore. but necessary. by the time both eyes were...actually, you know what? i''m not gonna elaborate! you know what conjunctivitis is like, so i''m gonna skip the details.


have you ever noticed that it has to be after 5pm (or 1pm in certain circumstances) before one can have a glass of wine, but that chocolate can be eaten at any time of day? perhaps this is my problem...


atroop, when i read your posts i always find myself smiling, as tho we''re sitting somewhere together having a chat. i like this....
whitby glad to hear you are tasting the chocolate! That''s good news..you are getting better. As for the pink eye...yes yuck..it''s such a pita to have. Especially waking up in the morning with you know what on your eyes


I was not a social worker back but was still attending college when I got that job. I was on my own and had to take a semester off in order to work enough hours to afford to be on my own. Eventually later on after my surgery I went back to school studying Resp. Therapy (at NYU)....6mo before graduation my back was so bad I had to leave the program. It was always in me to work with people...I just love it. I guess that''s why now being a stay at home mom, I volunteer at our school whenever they need me. I think down the road when the baby is in school full time, I would like to get back to working in the hospital somehow.

BTW I agree with the sympathy thing. I empathize with ppl.

so now..as for a book....I think it''s exciting to write. I would love to write children''s books (and having kids you have lots of ideas) but never knew how to start. So are you going to write the next Harry Potter?

I smile when I read your posts too..and I''m not just saying that. You make me lol..
 
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