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Fri, Jan 3 10:33pm · Having a bad day in Chronic Pain

@lioness Oh, wow – your painting! I always wished that I could paint. Did you take lessons or were you self taught? What was your inspiration for the piggy bank?
Well, it stopped raining here – maybe it will be a beautiful, clear day tomorrow for football! Who is your team? Mine is Carolina Panthers (since I live in NC). Bad year for them-I hate that they fired their great coach. He could have brought them back this year. The last I heard he was going to be interviewed for the Wash Redskins job.
I wish the games tomorrow were at 1 and 4 instead of 4 and 8. 8 o’clock games just run too late for me!
Have a good sleep!…Karen

Fri, Jan 3 7:40pm · Having a bad day in Chronic Pain

@lioness Hi Ms. Lioness! Well, we’re nearing the end! A couple of weeks of Saturday games, which make for a good weekend. But then——oh no! It seems that every year I end up feeling not so great in February and March. Then the flowers arise and the birds sing and spring is in the air! So I’m going to be on a roller coaster for a little while – but oh how much fun it’s going to be when I’m at the top! ……Karen

Fri, Jan 3 7:34pm · Holidays are not happy, family times for everyone in Just Want to Talk

@retiredteacher Hi Carol! I’m listening to the rain on this cold, dreary night. Boy, do I hate that sound! Rain and cold are double whammies for those of us with rheumatoid arthritis. However, I’m resolved to remember how happy I am to have my hearing. What joy I get out of listening to music – especially my beloved disco (LOL!). My hearing enabled me to have much success at the piano. Anyway, I wondered how you made it through the season. If you’ve already shared, I apologize. I’ve been not as diligent about keeping up. So I believe I’ve succeeded in not going down into that depression hole- I hope you have, too!
……………Karen

Dec 17, 2019 · Not diabetic with Chronic Pain with Idiopathic SFN, tried everything in Neuropathy

@2013pain hey! I’m wondering how you are doing. I, too, deal with chronic pain. I am so thankful for this group and don’t know how I’d be without it! Just to understand that you are not alone, makes a world of difference! Also knowing that if you do have a setback and fall that there are those who will help you up. Please write back and let me know how you are doing! ……………….Karen

Dec 17, 2019 · Feeling at my wits end with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

@parus hey Parus, so the rhizotomy went well? I looked it up to get more info on it. I didn’t know anything about them. Can you feel relief? Glad you squashed the bug! I’m very lucky that I haven’t had a bug this winter – although it feels like spring now. The temp is 65! We’re in the South, but that’s about 20 degrees too warm for this time of year. I can’t remember if I’ve told you where I live. I’m in Cary, NC – right outside of Raleigh. I just found out my iron is extremely low and have to get IV iron. I’ll be glad because the side effects aren’t good. I am dizzy, weak, and shaky. I have a hard time on my walker and don’t feel safe when I walk. Anyway, it’s always something, right? ……Karen

Dec 11, 2019 · Feeling at my wits end with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

@parus. Hey! It seems like everyone is off hibernating somewhere. I feel like I don’t know anyone now. A chance to meet some new “connections”. The holidays are rough for some of us, but I’m trying very hard to be positive by remembering the real meaning of the day. I’m so glad for this group-and even though I don’t write it a lot, I still remain connected every day. I wonder how you are today! ……..Karen

Dec 6, 2019 · Not diabetic with Chronic Pain with Idiopathic SFN, tried everything in Neuropathy

@nadoush Hi! I think you just wrote this to me-but of course, you didn’t. I guess I’m hoping that if I reach out to you for help, you’ll help me, too! It’s been a rough 2 years for me and I thank God for Connect. I’ve had so many physical problems and it seems like when 1 thing goes right, I get knocked down with something else. I’m strong, I know, but even the strongest of us need to lean on someone every now and then. My whole world has turned upside down. I’m on disability and can’t support myself and as I find myself writing the next part, I also find myself deleting it. I have admitted that the person I live with and rely on – is an addict and thief. Oh God help me! Nadoush, I’m sorry I sort of hijacked your note to someone else. I’m sorry….Karen

Nov 22, 2019 · Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety. in Depression & Anxiety

@johnhans Hey John, I so enjoyed your Connect spotlight. It’s always comforting to get to know someone who is familiar with your issues. My family is also from Pennsylvania. We have depression, anxiety, and auto immune disorders through our genes. The story has been passed down about my great grandfather, who used to “take to the bed” at the beginning of every winter and stay until spring. If that isn’t Seasonal Affective Disorder, I don’t know what is! Anyway, it’s nice to meet you! Send some of that “wintry stuff” down to me! ………..Karen