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Just a quick note to say hi!
You deserve a big bear hug!
You're in my thoughts all the time, but especially today.
Thank you for everything!
Welcome to our community!
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hope you feel better soon!
Congratulations! Time for a celebration...
Happy Birthday!
242912 tn?1402543492
09/11
You're in my thoughts all the time, but especially today.  I think of you often, El! ♥
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242912 tn?1402543492
02/11
Hi El, thanks for thinking of me.  I hope you're well.  I meant to write you yesterday, but ran out of steam.  My gosh, I'm concerned for your safety at work!  Will write soon!...♥
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242912 tn?1402543492
01/11
You're in my thoughts all the time, but especially today.  Thinking of you, Sherry.  Hope you're feeling better.  Sending big hugs your way.
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874521 tn?1424116797
12/10
Happy Holidays!..don't beat yourself up hon, its a hectic time of year to try and keep a resolution....just get back at that quitting as soon as you can, never give up...♥
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242912 tn?1402543492
12/10
You're in my thoughts all the time, but especially today.  Thinking of you, El.  
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12/10
Congratulations! Are you starting to feel any of the benefits of being smoke-free yet? As of yesterday I am smokefree also.
I'm still very vulnerable to relapse so I'm not bragging yet! LOL I have no cigs in the house & I'm not in a panic so that's a good thing. I feel more like I'm ready for it this time, I really want it! Have an awesome day & don't smoke!
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498385 tn?1362449404
12/10
awesome job
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326505 tn?1304169225
12/10
Just a quick note to say hi!
Well, congrats on day 26!
** Thanks El and you know it all comes from the heart : )
Years ago I found some drugs on my brother. I yelled and flushed them, didn't take the time to talk to him, share my thoughts and experiences....he will be dead 24 years on Dec. 23.......if we talk and share, perhaps we can make a difference....it's from the heart : )
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242912 tn?1402543492
12/10
Congratulations!  Day 24, El, it's going fast.  Proud of you for quitting during the most stressful time of year!  Good luck tomorrow with filing incident report...or not, whatever you decide.  Big Hugs!
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874521 tn?1424116797
12/10
Congratulations! Time for a celebration......good for you elwood!!! give yourself a big pat on the back, we are stronger than we think.....(32days)♥
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874521 tn?1424116797
12/10
Congratulations! Time for a celebration...good for you dear!!! I wondered what was happening with you. Me too 25 days, feels awesome. ♥
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271792 tn?1334979657
12/10
I am feeling silly today but it really is the truth. Congrats on 18 days!!! Keep up the good work!!
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242912 tn?1402543492
12/10
Thank you for everything!  Thanks for the note, El.  I am thankful MedHelp is always here!!
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326505 tn?1304169225
12/10
Just a quick note to say hi!
Hey El and congrats on 16 days! Life seems so much less complicated when you are an ex-smoker : )
Kaitlyn will be home on the 21st and I'm really looking forward to seeing her. She left the 10th of August so it seems like forever! Happy to hear you will have yours home too : )
You mentioned the website that I talk about. That would be whyquit.com My personal favorite is my cigarette, my friend (I think that's the name). It has seen me through some tough times. More so because it helps me realize the power that I have given cigs.
Stay well El and enjoy your holiday. Just got in from a dinner with family, 18 of us. We do it once a year and I am so full I can barely sit ; ) Have a wonderful weekend!
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498385 tn?1362449404
11/10
Hello stranger! I hope all is well in your world I see you have one day not smoking way to go!!! I am at day 5 and am happy that I have made the decison again,blessings j34
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242912 tn?1402543492
11/10
Hi El, there were 3 wildfires reported on the news last night.  Thankfully, I live nowhere near them.  Here's what the Santa Ana winds are according to Wikipedia, just FYI, lol. "The Santa Ana winds are strong, extremely dry offshore winds that characteristically sweep through Southern California and northern Baja California in late fall and winter. They can range from hot to cold, depending on the prevailing temperatures in the source regions, the Great Basin and upper Mojave Desert. The winds are known for the hot dry weather (often the hottest of the year) that they bring in the fall, and are infamous for fanning regional wildfires."  Ttyl...♥  
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242912 tn?1402543492
10/10
MRI was on lumbar and L. hip.  I strained something end of Sept and was in the worst pain - couldn't sit or stand w/o assistance - even went to the er.  Got the reports, my dr mailed them to me and it's up to me to figure them out, I guess.  I can't tell you if anything is serious or not.  I've been googling the findings.  Will ask her on my next med visit.  Nope, not smoking either.  I haven't been perfect, but slip was some time ago, now.  I can't smoke even if I wanted to. Stomach hurts for one thing (ulcers) and my lungs are still full of congestion all the time like chronic bronchitis so I just can't smoke.  Having a HUGE craving today, though!  Hope the lithium kicks in for you soon, El.  Take care, hon ♥
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242912 tn?1402543492
10/10
Hey El, thanks for the support!  Whew - had a close call tonight, but I'm fine now.  Sorry going off the lithium didn't work out - such an...inconvenient drug, don't you think?  I was put on it in the early 80's and remember feeling nothing from it, good or bad so dr took me off which I was glad for since I didn't want to have to watch what I ate, took, etc.  I just had a big ole episode myself.  SO depressed last week then suddenly, after 4days, it just lets up.  I feel so good half the time, it's not worth taking AD's again, but sometimes when I feel that catatonic I wonder if I'm not making a mistake.  I just had an MRI and I'm deciphering what it means, myself.  My dr is SO great :(  Be well - stay in touch...♥
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242912 tn?1402543492
09/10
You deserve a big bear hug!  I'm so sorry you're struggling so much, El.  While I do have mood swings and can relate, they're nothing like yours and my heart goes out to you.  Ever notice it seems to be the kindest, most thoughtful people who have bipolar?  I have a couple other friends here at MH besides you with bp and y'all are the sweetest, most sensitive and loving people I know.  Is just not fair you suffer so much.  Thinking of you, honey and praying you get on the upswing, soon. ((Hugs))
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242912 tn?1402543492
08/10
admit, I was way out of control at the time.  This was Many yrs ago.  Try Not to slam doors, but sometimes, the anger is too much and the slamming is just too satisfying.  If I'm just too angry, I'll turn hubby's socks inside out and dust the furniture, bathroom floor, kitchen floor then turn them back.  It's harmless and makes me feel tons better :)  Hope you've had a good weekend, El.  Fibro is so strange.  Sometimes you can do a bunch with no consequences, other times it just takes that One task that will put you over the edge.  (((Hugs)))...♥
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242912 tn?1402543492
08/10
Hahaha...I whine a lot too which is why I LOVE my journal.  Get all my whining out in there.  I had a *head* massage once.  The gal really knew what she was doing.  I have major tension headaches.  She massaged for like an hour my neck, face, ears then my scalp.  Felt amazing!  So you cancelled your 5mile thing and went shopping instead.  Shopping kills me.  The slow pace, you know.  I don't get as much exercise as I should but try to walk at least around the block each night.  Desperately need new tennis shoes - mine split on the side, but they ARE 12yrs old, lol.  I had to rear in the door slamming - made a crack in the wall :(  Used to be MUCH worse with that sort of control.  Put my elbow through the glass of back door once 'cause DH locked me out at like 6am in the winter, but I must.
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242912 tn?1402543492
08/10
Know you're on Lamictal and thought you might be interested in checking out this post and link on the BP forum.  It's a warning that it may cause some sort of Meningitis.  Wouldn't that be crazy the Lamictal is causing how you feel the last 3yrs?

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Bipolar-Disorder/FDA-Warning-for-Lamictal/show/1316799?personal_page_id=473886#post_6024723
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242912 tn?1402543492
08/10
next week.  Like I said, Sat's hike is LONG and may do you in and you wouldn't be able to do Any hikes the following week.  Let me know how it goes.  Hope you're having a decent day as far as the pain goes.  Decent is always good :)  p.s.  I did manage to slam many doors last night after I got home.  I'm a door slammer.  Feels so satisfying to hear that loud it SLAM!  :)
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242912 tn?1402543492
08/10
Well, friction IS due here at my house, but I Have been keeping my trap closed. He just takes even More advantage of me then.  Sharing how I feel does no good at all and neither does screaming, hahaha.  5miles is a long way if you're not used to it.  El, you could probably do it, but be down for a week after, but then again, movement is a must and very helpful in keeping Fibro manageable.  Do what you feel you can and don't let Mark push you into something that's too much for you.  Sounds like he's concerned with you wanting to stay home so much.  That's anxiety - I know it well and like to stay home myself.  At least he's concerned, man, my husband would probably step over me if I were seizing!  Oh wait, I just reread your note.  You might pass this up since you have to attend hikes...  
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242912 tn?1402543492
08/10
You deserve a big bear hug!  What a relief about Ginny!  Will be thinking of her on the 27th.  Do let me know.  Yes, emotions can be number one trigger with Fibro.  You may have herniated disks in your back, then couple that with Fibro and make your back really kill.  Have you been tested for Carpel Tunnel?  I was dx'd with it several yrs ago when I went to a neuro.  Can hardly write a check and typing more than a note is not easy.  Skin on hands feel stretched tight.  Wrists hurt.  Hard to open and close hands...like arthritis.  Oh hey...I picked up some Glucosamine Chondritin.  Good for joints.  My mother takes it with GREAT relief.  Maybe a possibility for you?  
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242912 tn?1402543492
08/10
No tomato or potato - interesting.  Flare ups of Fibro you mean?  DH uses acetone and the like - can't stand the smell - feel like I'm being poisoned.  Acetone is nasty so I'm sure you will feel better without the acrylics.  Makes sense.   So very sorry to hear about Ginny.  Definitely let me know.  Pray bump comes back benign.  Know exactly how stressful it is having a sick pet.  Lungs came back clear so guess it's just something I have to endure 'til it's done.  Know others have felt the same when they quit smoking so helps to know this is probably normal.  I am wiped out from the day.  Hard steel table for xrays - felt fine earlier, but stiff and sore now, 8hrs later.  Take care and have a great weekend!  
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242912 tn?1402543492
08/10
Thank you for everything!  Hahaha...you remember my *suiting up* story.  That whole ridiculous OCD behavior was a problem in itself.  I'm so happy to inspire you.  Have to be in the right frame of mind, that's for sure.  You poor thing with the pain.  Don't let yourself suffer and take a pain pill if you need it.  Opiates make you want to smoke don't you think?  I've been *treating* myself to ONE Advil, the last 4days and no repercussions so far.  Need that NSAID for pain relief.  I'm sorry - I do remember you took the Lyrica with poor results.  I hope your going someplace fabulous to endure a 9hr plane ride.  I went to the bank today - too much for me.  Need to rest for Fri appt to see what the heck is wrong with my lungs.  Hope you feel well today...♥
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242912 tn?1402543492
08/10
DH's colonoscopy went fine - he is healthy - and I took him 'cause otherwise I'd feel guilty.  I solicited a backrub from him that night for pymt :) Standing/sitting waiting for him did me in tho and was down all weekend.  Is very hard to accept lifelong pain, but exercise, sauna :), are things you can do to keep pain 'bearable."  Oh, and pace yourself - very important.  I know the shifting in the seat very well.  Thanks so much for the smoking support!  It's coming along.  Have you considered Lyrica or Gababentin?  Both for nerve pain, but lots of side effects.  Have a great day, hon.  Remember, pace yourself :)
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242912 tn?1402543492
07/10
I love to read too - can't sit still and concentrate through that pain anymore.  Miss reading Very Much!  Had an awful day yesterday and finally unmade the bed at 3pm to lie down, then my mom calls and wants to stop by (which was nice) so got up and visited with her for an hour or so.  DH has a colonoscopy scheduled for tomorrow (Fri) at 8am, but decided to do his best at every opportunity to pick a fight and be difficult last night so told him unless I hear sorry, he can find his own way to hosp. since it's Super hard on me to do something like that.   No sorry yet, so no ride, lol.  He is the main reason it's been so hard to stay quit over the years.  Hope you're feeling well and enjoying your Summer.  Can't believe it's almost Aug already!...♥
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242912 tn?1402543492
07/10
Oops...got your note confused with someone else...the "proud of myself" part.  Oh well, doesn't matter.  I am proud of myself, lol...
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242912 tn?1402543492
07/10
Thank you for everything!

Thank you, El.  I AM proud of myself.  I hope you don't feel like I'm pressuring you - would never want to do that.  Just giving you some food for thought :)  I *thought* about quitting a long time before I actually tried again.  Hope you're having a pain-free day...or it's tolerable at the very least.  Hugs...♥
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242912 tn?1402543492
07/10
Wow, El.  I'm impressed you can persevere with the smoking when you're lungs hurt so bad.  Back in April, my lungs felt on fire and I just couldn't inhale one more time.  Something positive I just read on someone's profile yesterday that I found helpful.  "It's easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow"  Isn't that good?  Another..."We can't control that first thought, but we can control that first action."  You like? :)  Just a couple of quotes that have helped me along the way.  Ugh, I'm sorry you're having trouble with your son.  My poor sister has 3kids, recently divorced and her ex has made sure the kids hate her guts and the way they speak to her is unreal!  Hope the psych visit went well.  Thanks for the support!  90days tomorrow! :)
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