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Hi Mike

I hope you're feeling better. Shingles are awful. I've had them twice; once I had to be hospitalized. They are on my sciatic nerve and that was the worse pain I've ever had. I can't imagine what having them on your face must be like. Yikes! I feel for you.

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Mike, that's where my hubby had shingles.....on his face....and Doctor gave him 800 mg. of very strong medicine.....they are very painful.

Hopeyou feel better

;) ann

Hi Ann,

fortunately the pain was not that bad, but I took painkillers anyway.

Actually I had to take 800mg of that strong anti-viral drug five times a day which left me sleepy and

groggy for one week.

Still got a slight headache and a small patch of scab left on my forehead.

Thanks for your kind wishes.

Give my love to your hubby and family.

Love,

Mike

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Hi Mike

I hope you're feeling better. Shingles are awful. I've had them twice; once I had to be hospitalized. They are on my sciatic nerve and that was the worse pain I've ever had. I can't imagine what having them on your face must be like. Yikes! I feel for you.

Hi Marcia,

thanks for your kind wishes.

Yesterday I went back to work.

Still got a large reddened patch on my forehead and a last piece of scab which will come off soon.

People and readers in particular wonder what's happened.

My colleagues thought my wife might have hit me over the head with a frying pan. :P

Most people suspect that I had a nasty fall.

Fortunately the pain was not that bad, but I had to take painkillers.

I've still got a slight headache stretching down to my left cheekbone and the left ear.

Shingles usually affect one side of the body.

How are things in Biloxi?

What I remember from the news is that it was devastated by Katrina.

Do they still have an army camp there?

I did enjoy the movie "Biloxi Blues".

Give my love to your husband and family.

Love,

Mike

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Hi Ally,

I had been offline for 8 or 9 days due to a bout of shingles affecting my head and face.

It's much better now and yesterday I returned to my work in the library.

After quitting the forum I had saved your website among my favourites, but one day

my pc could not trace your website anymore.

I suppose I had fallen in with the wrong crowd/thread on that AbeBooksForum. :D

Not really. They were really quite nice.

I got to know a nice girl in Pretoria.

But harmless banter somehow got out of hand, and now I top the List of The Most Wanted

Villains in Louisiana and the only welcome I can now expect is a blast from a pump-gun. :ph34r:

At present I have no reserve prosthesis.

I hope to be fitted with a new prosthesis some time in the fall or winter.

Am trying hard to lose weight.

Definitely do not want to add diabetes to my list of ailments,

and being vane, I do NOT want to be a grossly overweight amputee.

You feel fitter and more agile that way anyway.

Fortunately nothing dramatic has happened since I left the forum.

My wife is fine and so am I.

And now with summer arriving somewhat prematurely I'm even feeling better.

You may remember that I just love the sun and heat.

Should be living in a hot country like SA.

But how have you been faring?

I hope your son is well, too.

Must be proud of his sexy, attractive mother who is sure to make some impression on his peers.

Must close for now.

Have a nice day.

Love,

Mike

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Hi Ally,....................... <snip>

You may remember that I just love the sun and heat.

Should be living in a hot country like SA.

But how have you been faring?

I hope your son is well, too.

Must be proud of his sexy, attractive mother who is sure to make some impression on his peers.

Must close for now.

Have a nice day.

Love,

Mike

Hey Mike - thanks for the update. We've had in incredible cold snap here in SA the last few days. It's put most of us Africans into complete shock. I mean, give me a break.....ice hanging off trees??? No man!

My son is a great young man. Thank you for asking.

I moved my website to http://www.southafricanamputee.co.za. Haven't done much updating lately though.

Speak soon, nice to have you back,

Ally

:)

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Hi Mike,

We are rebuilding slowly but surely here in Biloxi. I don't think it will ever be what it was, but we are a tough bunch down and we're giving it hell.

By the way, there really isn't an Army base here. It's actually an Air Force base. They changed it for the movie, "Biloxi Blues".

Thanks for asking.

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Hi:

I have the same problem and have always tried to "hide" it. You've helped me,

Thanks,

Lynne

Dearest Lynne,

I apologise for not replying earlier in detail as I had promised, but a nasty case

of shingles on my head and face left me sore and groggy for 8 to 10 days.

With the glorious sunshine and gorgeous summer weather we are having right now

I feel great mentally and physically.

I hope my story will help you in some way to cope with our nemesis.

I distinctly remember my first episode of heavy depression.

It was around Christmas 1964.

I was 14 years of age, when suddenly my 'inside' turned numb and cold as stone.

Psychiatry not being part of the school curriculum I had no idea what had hit me.

There was no obvious explanation.

That year I had spent unique summer holidays in the Scottish Highlands,

Actually I thought I might be going 'mad', and I was possessed by a mortal fear

of ending in a strait-jacket and padded cell.

Just at that time a sick song called 'They're going to take me away, haha, to the

Funny Farm, they're going to take me away" hit the charts.

It did not alleviate my fears.

Eventually - reading newspaper and magazine articles, watching documentaries on

TV I realised what I was suffering from.

But I never let on.

In spite of this predicament I managed to finish school.

After the Army I began to study at a special college for interpreters and translators.

Then my fianceƩ sent me packing, and the depressions would get so serious and extensive

that I finally dropped out of college.

After working as a postman for two years I managed to start anew, studying to be a librarian.

I managed to finish my studies in spite of recurring depressions.

It took me much longer to recognise my spells of excessive elatedness and activity for what

they were - manias.

At that time I was not aware that psychiatrists nowadays distinguish between manias proper

and hypomanias, the milder form.

Fortunately my hypomanias tend to be undramatic, and they have never landed me in a closed

ward.

I actually enjoy them immensely.

I'm a person completely changed.

Suddenly I'm talkative. I find it much easier to communicate with people, and even develop

a certain charme which otherwise I seem to be lacking.

I hardly need any sleep, and feel like running a marathon before breakfast.

My Bipolar Disorder turned out to be a real blessing in disguise when I was facing a

life threatening crisis (cancer, a sarcoma in my right thigh) and decided to have my

leg amputated.

As soon as I woke up in the ECU I went into the longest and most intensive hypomania

of my life.

This could not fail to baffle both doctors and nurses who instead of a deeply depressed

patient were faced with the most upbeat and fittest amputee in medical history.

The only thing lacking was I conducting the joined choir of docrtors and nurses singing

a parody of the well-known German ditty (I've lost my heart in Heidelberg): "He's lost

his leg in Heidelberg". :lol:

When I read about this new American wonder drug Prozac, I asked my GP for a prescription.

I only made the mistake of stooping the medication too early as soon as I was feeling better.

Around August 2005 I consulted the local psychiatrist.

I also joined my first forum, a German forum for people suffering from Bipolar Disorder.

I learnt that there are two forms: Bipolar I and Bipolar II.

I am suffering from Bipolar II.

As depressive symptoms would recur at regular intervalls we changed to Cymbalta which

helped to make me more active and improve my 'drive'.

Now I'm supposed to switch to another medication to keep the phases from recurring

for good.

Take care!

Would love to hear from you.

You can email me any time.

Love,

Mike

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I do my best Shane hehehhe.....no not really. Cat's entirely responsible for my avitars!!!

And I gave up trying to keep him in line.........like........forever ago..............it's a full time job you know and basically I just don't have enough spare hours in my day :D :P :D

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I do my best Shane hehehhe.....no not really. Cat's entirely responsible for my avitars!!!

And I gave up trying to keep him in line.........like........forever ago..............it's a full time job you know and basically I just don't have enough spare hours in my day :D :P :D

:o ...Keep me inline?.........yeah right Miss Golf 2007 :lol:

I will admit however to finding that avatar of Mel's ;)

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