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Jun 30, 2018 · Don't Want To Be a Complainer in Chronic Pain

I am not what you might call genetically born strong, but I learn that if I have to survive the cards I was dealt. I needed to find the strength to deal with our son's 7 open heart surgery from congenital Heart defect, to deal with 3 strokes he had 2 of them during long procedures, deal with his neurological challenges up to this days that he lives with us at age 42. But I learned that I can only do the best I can, I cannot change realities that are not in my control, and therefore most important not to see myself as a victim,. I can feel what you say about going through some difficult time, specially that your beloved husband passed away, but you are an individual by yourself, if your husband can see you in your despair, I am sure he would want you to go on with your life, find happiness in what you have, and dont look constantly at how you wish your life was or could have been. Broken back of your son, or issues with your grandchildren, or even your daughter's stroke, all those are emotionally challenging, but not in your control, and you are not emotionally responsible for everything around you. At this stage of life you are responsible for your wellbeing, and the younger member of your Family should worry for your wellbeing. Using big words like Depression are not useful, unless you were diagnosed by a psychiatrist, and even then things can be kept in control with the right therapy and or medication. When you wake up tomorrow morning, take a deep breath, and think positively about what you can do about having a good day tomorrow, despite your "worries". Think about planning something to look forward to for next week, and for next month, forget the bad mood that you associate with depression, make friends, go on a cruise, fill your life with enough positive, so that the scale of the balance of your life will lift the positive side, to at least equal and with time to surpass the temporarily negative side of your life balance.

Jun 30, 2018 · Don't Want To Be a Complainer in Chronic Pain

Hi, I am sorry about the challenges you have in your daily life. From what I understand you were a healthy person with no pain symptoms up to a certain time in your life. Changing from a comfortable painless life to a life with constant Chronic pains is definitely not easy, and can challenge even the strongest among us. I was reading some of the suggestions from other people here, and I liked the idea of swimming or just moving in a Pool, many community centers offer reasonable aquatic therapy group sessions. I think its important to realize that unfortunately, we as human being in challenging situations, have no other choice than to "Adapt", and to try to adapt with minimal or if possible no pain medication. We are all well aware where the unintentional abuse of these drugs can take people, and no one wants to move from a difficult chronic situation, to one much worse. I know its not easy, but you cannot imagine how adaptable human beings are in any situation. When I had difficult challenges, including severe pain after multiple surgeries, and during and post military service, I decided that I am going to work on my tolerance by myself, mostly by getting used to the pain and discomfort, and I stopped comparing with periods of no paining my past….Pain changed with time in my mind to discomfort, and I started thinking of it as something that is part of my life, and that is when I stopped feeling sorry for myself. Wish you all the best in life, and may you find your path to relative comfort !

Jun 15, 2018 · Atrial Septal Defects in Congenital Heart Disease

In certain Congenital Heart Defect, Transposition of the Great Arteries, nature is "gracious" to provide an ASD, otherwise the newborn will not get any oxygenated blood at all, and initial survival will be more challenging until the surgical reparation of the Transposition.

Feb 23, 2018 · What are your accommodation recommendations when coming to Mayo? in Visiting Mayo Clinic

Hi, we have stayed in many places during our numerous visits to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, for staying close to the clinic with underground access to everything around including the clinic, we like the "Kayler Inn and Suites" the rooms are large and include a kitchenette, its clean and rooms are updated,the prices are reasonable in comparaison to other similar accommodations that are connected to the underground passages, in the downtown area.

Dec 27, 2017 · PALEO Diet for weight loss and diabetic management in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I am 64 years old, and I have absolutely no experience with the Paleo Diet, and my comment is not about this particular Diet, but rather about Obesity in General. Unfortunately I had a lifelong struggle with Obesity until 4 years ago. Every person is different, but 5 years ago, I realized that for me 50 years of trying a long list of Diets, some with great success, and with the ability to keep the weight down for some years, eventually failed, and the weight went back up. I decided to make an appointment at the Mayo Clinic’s in the Endocrinology department, with one of the Doctors specializing in Weight management. My intentions were to learn, what their thoughts were about “Bariatric Surgery”, and how can I find out if I am a good candidate. Long story short, I went through a very conservative evaluation that took about 5 months, and was approved by the team of Physicians, Dieticians, Therapist, and of course the surgeon, that I was a good candidate. I had the Gastric Sleeve surgery, and after 16 months I lost 110 pounds. Today I feel like I have never felt in my life, my cholesterol level, blood pressure, glucose level, and other vitals, are like a young man, I sleep better at night, never had so much energy. Every person is different and I dont know if what was right for me, works for someone else. But I would encourage people with Obesity problems to check with an Endocrinologist, if they are a good candidate. But you have to make that first move, and make an appointment with the Doctor. The proof that overall Bariatric surgery has become one of the better solution in the fight against Obesity, is that Insurance companies looking at the results, today encourage Obese people that decide to go into the program. I think that I am considered a success with my results and the way I changed my habits and maintain my weight, because I understood very well, what the procedure is about, and what should be my part in this lifelong change. I truly feel as if I was slim for my entire life. I will be more than glad, to answer any questions, and to the best of my ability guide whoever is interested to consider Bariatric Surgery.