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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Severe Anxiety...

Posted by @roxie43 in Brain & Nervous System, May 26, 2012

Have you been diagnosed with PTSD? Are you experiencing enormous amounts of added stresses that exacerbate your condition and make you feel anxious all the time?
PTSD is a medical disorder that sadly has profound effects on the individuals life. I recently found out, by one of my provider's that panic attacks can even occur when we are sleeping. I never knew this but it explained why I get up in the middle of the night feeling like my breathing has stopped and I need air. I sleep with a fan in my face year round for aging reasons so I'm getting plenty of air. I also participated in a sleep study to ensure that I did not have Sleep Apnea but I don't.
Waking up like this is very scary and at times I'm afraid of falling asleep. I'm glad that I mentioned it to one of my psychiatrists because not knowing what was happening was inducing even more discomfort and anxiety.
When we are the victims of traumatic experiences and/ or are re-traumatized life can become so uncomfortable but please keep in mind that; If, we were strong enough to survive the traumatic experience/s we are all the more powerful in our continued efforts to heal!
Our faith will be tested as well as our self worth but don't waiver my friends because we are survivors and this too will be an opportunity for us to show just how passionate we are about deserving meaningful lives.
Hugs,
Roxie ~

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piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 26, 2012

You know Rox that I'm not sure about me. As you know I have suffered anxiety from a very young age and depression later. I have not been sleeping well and have been waking as you have mentioned . I know panic well and I woke up the other night after an absolute nightmare in total panic and couldn't get back to sleep. I have not slept properly for days on end. My faith never really falters as you know it's just tested alot sometimes. I have had added stresses asyou know. I know that we are survivors, I have spend a lifetime surviving Hugs Piglit

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 26, 2012

Dear Piglit,
You should report this to your doctors. I'm glad that I told them all because I was really thinking that I was going to pass away in my sleep. The feeling is so freightening. I literally stop breathing and my body jumps waking me up startled. We are definitely two peas in a pod.
Your last sentence is profound, Piglit, a lifetime surviving... I feel the same way. I thought that life was getting better because I was working so hard at fixing myself when what needs fixing are heinous people in this world.
I think that we have earned all the beautiful butterflies and angel's ...
Hugs

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 26, 2012

I will speak to my dr on Monday Rox because I.m just so tired and scared in a way to go to sleep and yes I know the beautiful butterflies and angels are well earned for us. Hugs

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 26, 2012

Please report it ASAP.
Hugs..
Rox

lizkat

Posted by @lizkat, May 31, 2012

Is anyone taking trazodone/Desyrel? I can't take it anymore as I had an allergic response, but my Shrink advised to take it with food at bedtime, not because it is hard on your tummy but because it slows down the absorption and lets you sleep longer
LizKat

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 28, 2012

Question:
Besides anti-anxiety medications, what do you do when your experiencing severe anxiety/panic attacks?
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 28, 2012

Hi rox I try to calm myself down. I do alot of slow deep breathing. My dad when he was alive taught me how to relax from my head down to my toes and sometimes it will work. I also try to take my mind elsewhere as in thinking about somewhere I really love to go a walk on the beach, being in an open field surrounded by beautiful flowers, I am lucky that I can do this with my thoughts.I also if it's really bad will not remain in bed . I will get up and walk around, turn on the TV anything for distraction. I feel in many ways that I.m lucky as I have had anxiety from a really young age that along the way I have self taught myself to cope, if I can. If the anxiety/panic is really high and all else fails I pick up the phone and talk usually to Mum or Nige it helps if people know , it reassures you to hear a voice. Hugs Piglit

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 28, 2012

Thank you Piglit. I just finished doing a little retail therapy/distraction. I'm trying to find ways to cope that don't involve popping pills every time my heart starts to race.
Shopping, however, I have to be hyper vigilant about because at one time it was my only coping mechanism.
I do feel better after speaking with mom or my daughters.
Hugs,
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 28, 2012

Glad that i could help Rox Alsp pleased that you feel better after talking to your mum annd beautiful daughters Hugs Piglitx0

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 29, 2012

My eldest made me proud today. She has been free of cigarettes for a week. She's turning 29 on June 1st and wanted to begin living healthier for my grandson and she.
You always help Annie.
Hugs
Rox

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piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 29, 2012

Hugs x0

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lizkat

Posted by @lizkat, May 31, 2012

Hi Piglit and rox

Piglit I do exactly what you do!
LizKat

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 31, 2012

do you lizzie its' worked for me for many long years Piglit

china

Posted by @china, Jun 1, 2012

My bestie says same

china

Posted by @china, May 28, 2012

My bestie take slow deep breathes.

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 28, 2012

Thanks

surviveandthrive

Posted by @surviveandthrive, May 30, 2012

I think it is best to seek treatments to eliminate the panic attacks caused by PTSD. The treatments I found most helpful were: neurofeedback and neuro-calming; LENS, low energy neuro stimulation; and EMDR, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. I know of an excellent psychologist and practitioner in the East Bay near San Francisio. Don't settle for handling your panic attacks-eliminate them.

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 30, 2012

Hello,
Thank you so much. I have heard of EMDR..will discuss with doc's.
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 30, 2012

I wonder if there's anything like this in the land of down under. Piglit

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 30, 2012

Hi Piglit,
There should be this form of treatment everywhere I'm thinking. It would be nice to eliminate vs. reducing the attacks.
Hugs

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 31, 2012

it so would be Rox

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 1, 2012

Omg... What a sense of relief this would be ...

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 1, 2012

it so would be a relief to so many of us

lizkat

Posted by @lizkat, May 31, 2012

Check out the EMDRIA website and they can refer you to a practicing professional.
LizKat

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 31, 2012

i will look into that thanks lizzie

lizkat

Posted by @lizkat, May 31, 2012

Yup EMDR worked really well for me. If anyone is interested in this I can post more?

Lemme know
LizKat
Ps hi thriving nice to meet you

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 1, 2012

Please share more about it's effectiveness ...
Hugs,
Rox

lizkat

Posted by @lizkat, Jun 1, 2012

OK Roxie here's another one of my marathon posts!

I first heard about EMDR on the news, it was touted as the best new thing to treat PTSD. I watched and thought OMG they are waving at their patients now! I had never been the type of practitioner that leaned anyway near the more 'gimmicky' treatments of the day. I dismissed it.
Many years later a colleague of mine who I greatly respect and is respected greatly in the profession told me she had recently attended the EMDR practitioner training and that it was " the most learning I have done in the past 40 years".
I had lots of CEU's to catch up on so I thought I'd do the EMDR training, still skeptical and thinking OMG they are waving at their patients.
In the course of the training, we all separated into groups of 3 where we practiced being either the patient, practitioner or observer. We were told to pick really small issues with fairly common faulty self-statements like"I have to be perfect" so, that was what I did. I focused on that statement' I have to be perfect", thought about/pictured the last time I felt that (I tripped and spilled coffee all over myself in front of a client and was so embarrassed) While doing this the practicing practitioner waved her hands in front of my eyes and I all of a sudden had this very strange sense of calmness.
I went home that night and backed into a piece of furniture in my garage. Normally I would be all worried that my then husband would be mad at me. I wasn't. It was amazing, I just thought and felt"I don't have t be perfect" i went in the house and simply announced what happened. Pretty cool. This feeling of not having to be perfect started to spread to other areas of my life, most notably that I had stopped blushing. I used to blush frequently and embarrassingly and it just stopped

OK so back for the next day o f EMDR training.Now we are in groups of 3 to work on more complex phobia type things. I had a life-long phobia of spiders. I t was really bad. I would see one and freeze in panic whereever I was. I was stuck in my bedroom once as a spider was in the doorway and missed work. I couldn.t kill them, nothing just freeze and cry. I had tried implosion therapy, talk therapy medication the whole 9 yards and nothing worked.So, again they told us not to work on weighty stuff but I figured that if EMDR could fix my phobia of spiders then I would know for sure it works. I had always suspected that it had something to do with when I was 5 years old and my dad had found a spider in our yard that he thought was a bleck widow. He pput it in a jar and left it in the back yard until he brought it to a friens at college to identify. He gave us kiuds a strong lecture not togo near the spider as it could kill us. I always figured I had taken that lesson a bit too seriously.

***posting here and will continue below so as to not loose this giant post*****

lizkat

Posted by @lizkat, Jun 1, 2012

It took some thought but what came up was that I could not take care of myself because I had to depend on others to kill spiders. So I focused on that statement and pictured the worst spider phobia experience I had ever had and the practicing practitioner did the waving and I got that same sense of calm. Another set of waving and I was back being that little girl of 5 only this time I was alone in the back yard. At that time in my life, my dad went back to school to get his degree and my mom went to work after having been a stay at home mom. All this in response to my father loosing a job he had just transferred states for, very stressful for the whole family. I was sent to the lady down the street to watch me. There I was looking at that spider in the jar, not being able to go in my house cuz no one was home and having an overwhelming feeling of having been abandoned to a world that I was not prepared to face alone yet. Somehow that fear and abandonment got transferred to that spider and to all spiders.
then I focused on the correct statement/self belief which is 'I am a big girl now and can take care of myself while she waved her hands. That 20 minutes with a person who was just learning how to do EMDR cured me. I smash em with my bare hands!

So, yes I started waving at my clients. Some responded as I did, with rapid improvement that would spread throughout my life, not just to the issue I focused on. Others found it too overwhelming and others it just didn't do a thing. But, it is definitely worth trying. Make sure that you are seeing a therapist that has gone through the EMDRIA certified training. There are folks out there who use this technique without having been properly trained in it.

LizKat

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 1, 2012

It happened last night again. In all my years, I have never experienced panic in my sleep.
Not comfortable at all....
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 1, 2012

try to relax my dear rox your mind is racing before you try to go to sleep.Hugs

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Posted by @roxie43, Jun 2, 2012

Hi Piglit,
I really do need to relax. I have to try to stop taking all my worries to bed...
Hugs,
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 2, 2012

Just try to focus on things that make you happy. A lovely walk out with Mammie, Working out in your garden and watching your flowers grow, Also have a lovely cup of your sleepy tea and maybe put on some nice relaxing music. I always find that reading a good book can help too. Hugs Piglit

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 2, 2012

Hello Piglit,
I definitely need to be kinder to myself. It's raining and dark so it will be a lazy day.
Thank you for always being so sweet!
Hugs...

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 2, 2012

Yo do my dear. I think that it;s going to rain here today too.Hugs

iraku

Posted by @iraku, Jun 3, 2012

I know that slow breathing helps. Just take a few minutes to sit and empty your mind and focus on your breathing. Slowly take a deep breath. When thing slow down it helps to calm the mind. Place all the worry with God, he will taking care of everything. hugs xoxo

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 3, 2012

Thanks Iraku...I really appreciate your suggestion.
Hugs,
Rox

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 3, 2012

It didn't happen last night!!!!!
Thank you my friends.
Rox

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lizkat

Posted by @lizkat, Jun 3, 2012

yeah!!!!

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piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 3, 2012

hoorah that's great

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 3, 2012

I am hoping it will not happen tonight either...
Hugs

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 3, 2012

Just think nice thoughts before you go to sleep and it wont Hugs x

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 4, 2012

Ill try Piglit....
Hugs

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 5, 2012

I am trying to keep my calm but not being able to communicate is making me so anxious.

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 5, 2012

It will be making you anxious sweetie hopefully all will be back to normal soon Hugs Piglit xo

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 7, 2012

Still at the library :-(.
I waited all morning yesterday and my provider stated that I was not scheduled to have a technician come fix the problems. I was told tomorrow morning. What timing? I still don't know about mom...sleep has not been great
Hugs,
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 7, 2012

must be another phone to contact your mum I would be over there or have used another form of contact

china

Posted by @china, Jul 11, 2012

nice

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Oct 14, 2012

Strangely, slow breathing terrifies me. I feel as if I am suffocating and dying.

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Oct 14, 2012

That is nasty! I wake up screaming and soaked. Robert told me to stop as I will frighten the children. Last night the kids slept with me. Tristan moaned..."mom"..and RUN!".

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 1, 2012

will wait for your post on this Momentum i too am interested. I.m terrified of spiders and i think i'll always will be also have afear of flying. Most of us are fearful or should i say cautious of something Take care Piglit

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 9, 2012

The last thing that a person needs is to be judged for not being able to be on a computer day and night. While I enjoy being online with the many friends that I have made, or thought I made, a thunderstorm had me without power. NO PHONE, NO INTERNET......
It saddens me that people can turn against one another over the inability to communicate.
Nonetheless, I am waiting to hear from my moms partner so he can tell me how the procedure went.
🙁

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china

Posted by @china, Jun 9, 2012

Y think these people r ur friends they are strangers. Do you!

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 12, 2012

In life, we try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt because in essence we are all struggling. I still thing that their are some wonderful people here.
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 12, 2012

i do to and i hope that something that is very wrong can be made right again

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 13, 2012

There are wonderful people here all with different issues, but at the end of the day what makes this site so special is that at times we do make error of judgement but we are not judgemental of one another, we are all so special and unique and always will be. Piglit

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Oct 14, 2012

There are! Although, one part of me does not trust one part is naive and very young. Five, mayhap. This young one does trust.

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Jun 15, 2012

Oh dear, I swore. Did I violate the policy?

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 15, 2012

Just edit my dear before you are flagged.. 🙂

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Oct 14, 2012

It was removed.

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Oct 14, 2012

People can be so nasty. I was once on a chat forum. People banded into a vicious clique. They tormented me so I left. Their gloating words were run, run Lain, you cannot escape!

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 13, 2012

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future ~ P. Boese

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piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 13, 2012

so true we all need to be forgiven if it is necessary to so

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Oct 14, 2012

What I worry about is that my Sociology says memory is integral to being. I have very little memory, the rest I keep locked. Now my daily memory is vanishing.

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Jun 14, 2012

Hello. I think that a conservative number is one in five women and 1 in 6 men have suffered abuse and trauma. You are never alone. I also have it and have struggled with it for years.

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Posted by @roxie43, Jun 14, 2012

Hi Lain,
Thank you for sharing with me. I know I am not alone and this is why I joined this site. I just wish the panic attacks were less frequent. How are things with Tristan?
Hugs,
Rox

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 14, 2012

Mindfulness Guided Meditation..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RvtDFfLFIk&feature=related

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china

Posted by @china, Jun 15, 2012

i like

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Jun 15, 2012

Thanks, I have loads of Mindfulness and Tao but I cannot focus yet.

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 15, 2012

It can be soothing when we are stressed out...

china

Posted by @china, Jun 15, 2012

Are u ok. Know its been a rough week 4 u.

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Jun 15, 2012

Alas, we have not that option.

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 16, 2012

Just give it a little time and you'll see that recovery and living a meaningful life is within reach.
Hugs,
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 16, 2012

Hello my dear how are things going?always here if you need us

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lain59

Posted by @lain59, Jun 15, 2012

Yes. I hate my family forever but why do I still talk to my mother!!??!!

china

Posted by @china, Jun 15, 2012

whats wrong lain. u have 2 have faith

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Jun 15, 2012

Scared.

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jun 15, 2012

Try not to be scared sweetie were all here for you Take care Piglit

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 15, 2012

It is normal to be scared but I know that you will leave no stone unturned so that Tristan can recover.

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Oct 14, 2012

I truly do not know. Oh yes, school is overwhelming me as is life.

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 15, 2012

Hate is such a powerful emotion. It drains us. Perhaps, in your heart there is a part of you that wishes the relationship was better.
be strong my dear..
Hugs,
Rox

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Oct 14, 2012

It is truly such a waste of energy. She sends carrots to me...ugly gifts and money to my children whom she has stated she dislikes strongly...

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 19, 2012

How are you?

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Oct 14, 2012

I do not know.

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 15, 2012

I am much better thanks for caring..
Hugs,
Rox

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 16, 2012

Nice and calm...thanks to laying in the sun! If only it could be like this night and day.
Hugs
Rox

dahllb07

Posted by @dahllb07, Jun 19, 2012

This has been removed for violation of our terms of use.

china

Posted by @china, Jun 19, 2012

hello what is this

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 19, 2012

Hi Dear,
I think you're on the wrong discussion ...

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jul 5, 2012

PTSD can actually be re-triggered by horrible new events. Please, all take care of yourself and if someone or something is causing you additional pain just distance yourself.
Hugs

lovinjesus

Posted by @lovinjesus, Jul 8, 2012

Really? What if you are married to them? LOL Not so funny but yet funny, although you are right.

krissa204

Posted by @krissa204, Jul 16, 2012

I was assaulted and robbed, sexually assaulted , stabbed, and knocked unconcious at work on 1/26/12. unfortunately I was sexually assaulted as a child which I saw a therapist 30 years ago. This recent attack happened at work as I work as an investigator. I am having extreme headaches, nausea, dizzines, memory loss, confusion, agitation,mood changes and all they want to do is throw more mrauma.. I do not tolerate meds well. I also had busted jaw, torn ACL, torn minescus, I have seen a nuerologilist with no significant change in scans. I see a councelor specializing in trauma. Any advice would be well appreciated.

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jul 23, 2012

Dear Krissa,
You are simply amazing for sharing your story. I am deeply saddened that anyone would hurt you this way. I am glad that you are seeing someone whom specializes in trauma. Are you healing normally from your physical bruises? I hope and pray everything is healing accordingly.
As for healing mentally, this can take some time but you have taken a very important step towards this healing as well.
The fact that you can share what a selflish monster did to you is a sign that you are not going to let the traumatic event dictate the rest of your life. I am very proud of you!!!
Make sure that you are being kind to yourself okay?? Please continue in therapy and if you do not respond well to medications try very low dosages if you and your treater feel like you need them. I would also join a survivors group because the support one receives is winderful.
I apologize for the delay in responding. Life can be hectic...
Big Hug and Keep your head up!
Rox

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Posted by @krissa204, Jul 23, 2012

Rox,
Thank you for your positive and kind reply. I am a pretty determined person but have my moments of weeknesses. The severe headaches from concussion keeps me in a dark room several days a week so company is good. I count my blessings but again desperately want my life back. I wish our society was not so full of devient and dysfunctional and sometimes just evil people. It causes a lot of pain with a ripple effect for victims such a children , grandchildren who need their grandma back to normal and loving husband who carries an extra weight. Life can change in a second. Thanks again for the connection. Not sure how this blog works yet but would welcome any positive contact with similar situations.

lain59

Posted by @lain59, Oct 14, 2012

My PTSD is purposely triggered by my husband but this year I fought back. Hah!

china

Posted by @china, Jul 6, 2012

running helps me. a good workout

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jul 6, 2012

Exercise is wonderful if you have the drive the push yourself. I am lacking in this at this time.
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jul 6, 2012

Just a little walk is good until you feel like doing more Hugs x0

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jul 15, 2012

I am trying to be more active.. plus weight gain

whativdone

Posted by @whativdone, Jul 9, 2012

thanks for ur encouraging words .Ive nearly lost hope for myself.

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china

Posted by @china, Jul 9, 2012

never lose hope

whativdone

Posted by @whativdone, Jul 9, 2012

thanks china . Im new here and reaching out after diffuse axonal injury . no medical coverage so Im on my own

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jul 15, 2012

That's right

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jul 29, 2012

Please do not give up. We will rise above the present discomfort.
Big Hug,

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Aug 6, 2012

There are times when we all feel hopeless, tired and ready to throw in the towel and then we come to our senses and realize that we are so very strong if we have survived all that we have been through. This inner strength is something that we should all be proud of and rely on when we are not our best.
Keep you heads up...Please
Hugs,
Rox

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jul 15, 2012

Anxiety combined with a migraine... not fun.
Happy Sunday.
Hugs,
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jul 15, 2012

take care and try to rest Hugs

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jul 15, 2012

Thanks Piglit,
I am trying..
hugs

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