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I am in ireland. My wife has taken me on a trip(live in Canada) I am loving it more then I would have ever guessed. Doing lots of walking and not feeling to bad. Suspect it is due to my positive frame of mind. One thing I am finding odd and it has been going on for a while, my balance is poor. I think if it were not bad I would be in even better shape for the walking. And no it is even before I have the guiness.

I love checking in here to see how all is doing. It keeps me positive.

Chad

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I am in ireland. My wife has taken me on a trip(live in Canada) I am loving it more then I would have ever guessed. Doing lots of walking and not feeling to bad. Suspect it is due to my positive frame of mind. One thing I am finding odd and it has been going on for a while, my balance is poor. I think if it were not bad I would be in even better shape for the walking. And no it is even before I have the guiness.

I love checking in here to see how all is doing. It keeps me positive.

Chad

'chader' I also am having some balance problems. I was blaming it on my age, but finally my cardiologist changed my medication and I am doing much better now. Guess he had my BP down too low and everytime I stood up,almost hit the ground. Have a great day...it is going to rain again {so whats new} but for now we have bright sunshine. :happy:

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What a place!!I am finding the guiness makes a good temp fix but I will need to work on something soon. The drunk look will not work forever.

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Well, all, Jon (and I) have survived the shoulder replacement. I haven't gotten him stuck to the big magnet yet at the scrap yard.. He seems to be minding better..

Cheryl, have you thought about investing in some of the cleats the use on shoes for ice? I think mine are called "Snow Tracks". Maybe you could get an adaptive ski class going.. How about OPAF's First Ski? I don't think anyone has mentioned that yet... Matter of fact. I know so.....

Marcia, Cheryly, Eddie, Neal, Johnny and all..... see you in KC......

Eddie..... can't blame you about not wanting to be in the snow in the winter... I'm getting there.....

Sue, glad your back.....

Everyone else....... glad to see you back posting again,sometimes this gets sooooooo quiet....

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It's gotten VERY quiet. What's everyone up to? I'm getting ready for a visit from my brother, sis-in-law and their 2 boys. Cleaning house like a maniac! Planning a family 4th of July. What are y'all doing?

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It's gotten VERY quiet. What's everyone up to? I'm getting ready for a visit from my brother, sis-in-law and their 2 boys. Cleaning house like a maniac! Planning a family 4th of July. What are y'all doing?

I'm keeping very busy as always. Getting ready for a very busy 4th of July weekend with my daughter. Family reunion Friday night and Saturday celebrating my birthday. Accepting an Invitation at a frinds house on Sunday. Probably recovering on Monday the 4th.

Happy weekend everybody!!!!! :laugh:

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Actually, I've been making the rounds of doctors...and still have a couple more to go. Most of it is just routine stuff, but one of them is annoying. After six-plus pain-free years, I've developed an annoying sore-like-thing on my stump. Looks like a combination of a cyst and a wart, about the diameter of a penny, and it's incredibly sore to the touch. There are also painful offshoots that run off in various directions from "the thing"...possibly irritated nerves.

Sooooooo....my doctor can't decide if it's something that has to come off, or if it should just be "accommodated" with a new socket. Referrals are in to my CPO and a surgeon and, with a little luck, they'll reach a decision by the end of next week. I'm not sure what outcome I'm hoping for...surgery sounds like it could be a "permanent" solution, but I'd hate to have to go legless during recovery!

No real plans for the 4th yet...nothing's happening in my little town, but some of the surrounding communities go all out. Suppose I'll wait and see how much walking I feel like doing by then and make my plans accordingly............... :blush:

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Cheryl - hope they managed to get it sorted. Being legless for a while would be a pain I agree but might be worth it if it was a permanent solution. I hate it when things drag on and on interfering with your life because everyone keeps saying oh we'll give it a bit longer and wait and see.

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Been there, done that Cheryl. Not too much fun, but now that I'm down the road, it was well worth it. I haven't had an infected sore since last Sept.

I'm not doing anything special for the 4th. I've got too much to do to get ready for my own surgery.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th.

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Cheryl, I'm so sorry to hear you're having some issues. Hopefully, it will get sorted out soon. Neal, I hope everything is falling into place for you. Think about you every day.

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Thanks, gang...I'm sure it will work out, and I'm getting around OK. It's just annoying to be hurting when I walk again, after all the years when everything felt fine. As long as I'm sitting or laying down, though, it feels fine...just the pressure from standing or walking sets it off.

Mostly, though, I'm just curious about what the heck to call this little cystish/wartish/weirdish thing! It's always been a spot where I've had a tendency to skin problems, but they've always been minor and painless before. Oh well...such is life.... :blink:

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Hi All - Happy 4th!

Cheryl and Neil - best wishes for a good and quick resolutions to your problems.

On this holiday weekend I have marveled about how much a year has made in my life. One year ago I decided to join my sister who was getting together for lunch with a old high school friend. Amongst other conversations the saga of my trashed knee was discussed. My sister's friend mentioned an on line friend who had chosen an elective amputation of a bum foot. She said her friend would probably be willing to talk with me about her situation if I wanted.

Shortly later I did connect with her and began the decision to take control of my life again. My ticking time bomb knee was going no where good. I lived in pain and could only get around wearing a locked out drop hinge brace. I also learned about this site and the experiences of others gave me great support and insight. I realized I didn't have quality living and I had enough. By the end of July I had made the decision to amputate my right knee. The surgery was done in mid August and I can say almost a year out what a good chose it was!

Recovery was a bit bumpy - doing in my shoulder and its surgical repair - but in the end my life now is wonderful. I have back the freedom to live again and I love it!

Mid day today I'm off to a friends party. After that I plan to hit the gym to offset that food intake and work on getting this now 50 year old body back in shape. The later is ongoing and while the progress is a bit slower that I like it is moving forward. Gaining ground is great.

Had someone told me in my 20's that the same exercising effort would have to be doubled in my later years and might not have worked so hard then. Such is life.

Have a great 4th everyone!

Jane

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Hi All..... for those of you in the US.. Happy 4th of July......for everyone else.... Hello.....

I think that our day will be very quiet.... Jon is getting ready for another couple of surgeries on his arm the middle of the month and I am STILL battling a bout of pneumonia... I have been trying to get the best of it since the first part of June.. Not sure who is winning, me or it..

Cheryl, sorry to hear about the spot that you have, I hope that you find a resolution to it soon.... Nothing that causes pain is any fun..

Neal, I am praying all goes well for you..

To Jen, one of our newest members, glad to hear that you are back home again.. yaaaa!!!!!!!!

Jane, glad to hear it's going well..

I'm always here somewhere, I just haven't been too vocal.. (my bad I suppose) :blush:

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Okay...I figure that those of us in the U.S. are just preparing for Thanksgiving Day. (I know I am!) But what's the rest of the world up to?? And does anyone on this side of the pond have any nice Thanksgiving plans??

Come on, gang...at least check in with a sentence or two! :laugh:

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Spending Thanksgiving at my parents house with my daughter, Mom, Dad, 3 brothers, 2 sister in-laws, niece (just announced going to be a 1st time Mom) and her husband. Dad celebrates his 86th birthday that day as well. Going to give thanks, eat drink and be merry!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!!

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Hope all you guys in the States are having a nice thanksgiving.

Recently read an interesting book about the origins of thanksgiving and I was quite surprised at what led up to the first one.

October started here and so did some heat, think it might be a long summer coming. Weather has been up and down and so have we a bit.

My Dad passed away at the beginning of October and then Kylie had to have some laproscopic surgery at the end of October after much racing around to doctors, specialists, ultrasounds, etc. She is doing really well now and excited about school finishing (end of year exams this week). Am very glad October is gone and won't be coming back.

This weekend we have our Aussie Hands (kids who are born with hand and arm deformities) Xmas party, followed next weekend by the Limbs4Kids Xmas party which I look forward to every year. Last week I was very surprised and chuffed to receive a lovely award for my work as a volunteer for Limbs4Life. Very humbling when I consider just how much Mel and some others do within the organization.

Ruth is really busy with work as I am. Will hopefully stay "normal" now till Xmas and I can have a little break from work that I am really looking forward to. :smile:

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Great to hear what is going on in your world. Love and miss you all.

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Hope all you guys in the States are having a nice thanksgiving.

Recently read an interesting book about the origins of thanksgiving and I was quite surprised at what led up to the first one.

October started here and so did some heat, think it might be a long summer coming. Weather has been up and down and so have we a bit.

My Dad passed away at the beginning of October and then Kylie had to have some laproscopic surgery at the end of October after much racing around to doctors, specialists, ultrasounds, etc. She is doing really well now and excited about school finishing (end of year exams this week). Am very glad October is gone and won't be coming back.

This weekend we have our Aussie Hands (kids who are born with hand and arm deformities) Xmas party, followed next weekend by the Limbs4Kids Xmas party which I look forward to every year. Last week I was very surprised and chuffed to receive a lovely award for my work as a volunteer for Limbs4Life. Very humbling when I consider just how much Mel and some others do within the organization.

Ruth is really busy with work as I am. Will hopefully stay "normal" now till Xmas and I can have a little break from work that I am really looking forward to. :smile:

Thanksgiving is going very well so far Cat. My brother and his wife visited my Mom & Dad this evening. They have other plans on Thanksgiving day. So this was a nice opportunity to see them. We had our first of waht will be a few more birthday cakes for his 86th as well. I'm sorry for the passing of you Dad Cat :mellow: . Still having my Dad is a huge blessing for our family, and I don't take it for granted at all . Glad to hear of Kylie's positive progress. :smile:

I still need to take you up on your invite some time and come visit you in the Down Under. :blush:

Best wishes mate and always great to hear from you again :excl:

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There, isn't that better? Cat, so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad...I lost both of my parents several years ago, within just a few months of each other. It's such an odd sort of feeling......... Sounds like the rest of the family is doing well, though, and congratulations on your award!

Johnny, that sounds like a nice, family-filled Thanksgiving! I'm getting together at my niece's, along with my sister and bro-in-law. It should be a nice day, and I'm looking forward to it. Niece and her hubby live in a geodesic dome-home in the middle of nowhere, along with a flock of geese, two llamas, and a dog who's spending his first Thanksgiving as part of the family. It should be lively!

What are your plans, Marcia? Anyone else??

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Sorry to hear about your dad Cat. I lost my real dad to cancer when I was 17. My stepdad was a real father to me. I loved him dearly. He died about 12 years ago.

Thanksgiving at my house. I'll have help from my sister, niece and mom. That's after I deliver 1300 of those humongous papers Thurs morning. UGH!!! My worst day of the year.

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Sorry to hear about your dad Cat. I lost my real dad to cancer when I was 17. My stepdad was a real father to me. I loved him dearly. He died about 12 years ago.

Thanksgiving at my house. I'll have help from my sister, niece and mom. That's after I deliver 1300 of those humongous papers Thurs morning. UGH!!! My worst day of the year.

I am having everyone here for Thanksgiving dinner...then most will go to their other set of parents for an evening meal. Turkey is brining, then will be deep fried this year by my son.. pies were baked today...rolls too...and a cheesecake...mashed potatoes & gravy, dried beef cheeseball{Yummm}..wine, coffee & iced tea. Oh, forgot; stuffed portbello{sp} mushrooms & cheese tray to start things off. Before that a prayer that gives thanks for all we have & for a healthy year & next year. Have a good one! :happy: *Neal, that is alot of newspapers with BLACK FRIDAY SALES.

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The papers were awful. I felt as if I had been run over by a freight train after 6.5 hours of inserting papers. Well 9 ibuprofen and a nap later I don't feel as bad. We ended up with 16 diners. The food was delicious. My step-brother and his wife weren't going to eat, but decided it looked too good to pass on. It took us awhile to clean the kitchen, but well worth it.

I hope everyone else had as good a Thanksgiving as I did.

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I was stuffed from inserting to much food. :laugh: Thanksgiving was great!!!!! :smile: Hope it was for all of you too!!!

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