basic financial planning #3: nothing new tonight

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Blog entry by BigTiny posted 03-03-2011 10:37 AM 1191 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Do regular "check ups" Part 3 of basic financial planning series Part 4: Another blank night »

It is with a heavy heart that I must beg off tonight. I’m waiting for the demerol to kick in on a particularly bad back pain that is keeping my eyes crossed.

Look for me again tomorrow night, barring more back pain. (Keeping my fingers crossed.)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 12:57 PM

I hope you feel better soon, Paul. You don’t worry about us. We will be here whenever you are ready. Take it easy and get better!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 04:05 PM

I sure hope you feel better. There are very few things that hurt more than a bad back.

Can you self-administer demerol in Canada? It’s a potent drug.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 04:06 PM

Take it easy friend. DAvid (Patron) is also suffering with back pain. :(

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 04:14 PM

I know where your at. Tough to love a hobby and not be able to do it when the backs not in it. Hang in there buddy.

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 04:19 PM

Hi Sheila, Rich.

Thanks for the well wishes, both of you.

Rich, I have a chronic back problem involving bone “spurs” growing between the lower vertebrae in my back, pinching the nerves. I’ve been suffering from this for over ten years and the problem is progressive. As a result, I am prescribed a number of pain medications, most of which I use three times a day, but the last chance drug to use when the pain breaks through the other medications is Demerol, and my doctor gives me a substantial amount of it each month to be used as needed. Sadly, these days I’ve needed it more often and in higher doses than in years past.

I wouldn’t wish this condition on my worst enemy. There is no cure, the pain when I overdo things is unbelievable and the medications are having less effect from using them for so many years. I am already at the maximum dose of each of my medications and there is nothing left in the pharmacutical arsenal to add to help me. Nor is there any surgery that would help, so I’m facing the pain getting worse each year and my activity level being more and more curtailed by it.

Fun, huh?

The reason I’m back on here now is that the pain kept me from sleeping, in spite of the Demerol. This is nothing new, but it is annoying as all get out. I use the net to take my mind off my problems when the pain is keeping me from doing anything constructive, but the Demerol keeps my head so fuzzy I cant’t really contribute too much to my favorite sites like LJ.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 10:15 PM

Hey Paul, so sorry to hear that. I’ve had problems in the past with lower back pains( a form of arthritis) so I can imagine what you must be going through. Hang in there, I’ll send some good prayers your way.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 04:40 AM

I too have been plagued with severe back pain from scoliolsis which has no cure.My nurse daughter had me see the cosmetic surgeon she works for!He injected my back in one spot,took ten seconds,and I have been pain free for over eight months!He injected me with BOTOX!I was really skeptical but desperate enough to try anything.The theory is that the pain is muscle spasm in origin.Worked super for me.You might ask some Drs. up there if it is an option for you.Hope this helps and best of luck.gfadvm

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 11:13 AM

Sadly, my pain is caused by the spurs growing there and not spasm, so Botox wouldn’t help. They have even tried to “fry” the nerve with an electric pulse but no luck.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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