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Taking my own advise

Monday, August 10, 2009

Some time ago, I told a new member to one of my teams, as I have told others, "Control your disease, don't let it control you!" Good advise. I've followed it for years and it has helped me through some pretty tough times. So, what happened??!!

This last surgery I went through seemed simple enough (May 22 this year) two different ones on the same hand at the same time. but boy was I surprised! I have never experienced so much pain! And it pretty much incapacitated me. I just couldn't do anything, There weren't enough pain pills to relieve the pain.

Needless to say, I quit exercising, stopped watching a lot of what I was eating, became a real jerk according to my wife. I was not a pleasant person to be around. Finally after two months of dealing with this. One day the pain just stopped! Now i am going through Physical therapy to get the use of my hand back. which, by the way is not going as well as they had hoped. But I knew there was a possibility of it not getting back to normal.

Anyway,the pain has stopped, then a few days later, I start getting this pain in my jaw and it is casing these tremendous headaches. And I'm thinking, IS THIS EVER GOING TO END??
Well, it did, for the most part. I'm back down to tolerable pain, which I can deal with.

my whole point here is. I was sitting here this morning, thinking about the 10 lbs I have put on over the past two months. About the new Med's that say weight gain is a side effect. Basically grumbling and feeling sorry for myself. Then it dawned on me. I let it beat me! I let this stupid disease get the better of me. Well I'm here to tell you, that is done with. I'm through letting this thing control me and I'm taking back control. So to all those I have ignored, not replied to and not participated, I apologize. It's time to get back on track. I also want to thank all those that sent goodies, left comments, and sent spark mail. They really meant a lot.

I hope my new attitude is contagious and it infects everyone who reads this.

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    Rick, I am so sorry for all the pain you have been experiencing. I know what pain is like, as I have chronic pain.
    I know from the experience with the horse that you shared with me, that you are determined and a strong fighter.

    We are missing you on the Love of Shelties team. Come back soon and chat with us.
    My sincere prayers are with you, and I know you will come out of this stronger than ever.
    Shirley emoticon
    4261 days ago
    Welcome back and now get moving.
    4326 days ago
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    Good for you, Rick! You STILL inspire us!

    4328 days ago
    Why is it we very seldom take our own advice? We can't allow ourselves to practice what we preach? I do the same thing. Good for you to get your mind set and getting headed in the right direction.
    4332 days ago
    Keep up your spirit!!! emoticon
    4333 days ago
    I can totally relate to the intolerable pain. It can change your personality because it can just drive you crazy trying to cope with it day after day. Don't beat yourself up over how you were able to handle or not handle the pain.
    But, I'm glad the pain has decreased so you can think clearly now and can get back on the road to recovery.
    Good luck with the therapy! I know it takes longer to heal when you have Lupus but you'll get there! Cathy emoticon
    4333 days ago
    Rick, medical problems and pain take a new meaning to take control of things. Don't beat yourself up over the past, just look to the future. Therapy just may do more than you thought it would. Just keep on keeping on and things will get better. ((HUGS)) Linda Kay
    4333 days ago
    Way to go.We are all here for you.Know you can do anything you set you mind to. emoticon
    4333 days ago
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