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Old 12-04-2019, 06:29 PM
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Old 12-05-2019, 04:00 AM
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My secret pal's package is on its way.
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Old 12-09-2019, 06:25 PM
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Bullocks got her package today, yay! She asked me to post a picture for her: here is the package minus the peanut butter Santa, that came on the way to the post office.

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Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-09-2019, 06:40 PM
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wow. what a great assortment! my pal's package went out today.
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Old 12-10-2019, 05:32 PM
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Just want to keep you all informed. I try to be upbeat but this has been a rough year for my family.

Let me start by saying I am going to say a "goodbye" to 2019 with great pleasure.
In 2016, after the car accident, it was determined I had ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL). While that did not cause it, it began the symptoms. OPLL is a calcification of the soft tissues that connect the spinal bones which results in a narrowing of the spinal canal and compression of the cervical spinal cord. The cause of OPLL is unclear at this point, but we know people of Asian heritage especially Japanese have a higher likelihood of developing OPLL. We also know more men seem to be affected than women and there is a higher correlation to people with diabetes.
Over the last 6 weeks, my symptoms have become unbearable. The touch of skin on my skin makes me feel like bugs are crawling all over me. My back of my head feels like it has been hit with a bat. My feet and hands are numb, making all I love to do very hard. I had an MRI and multiple X-rays in November and a CT yesterday.
My spinal cord is being compressed. I will be having surgery that will entail me being down in a neck brace for 3 months. They have no choice but to do a posterior laminectomy and fusion of C2-T1. When Jeff asked what would be the prognosis with no surgery, and the doctor said I would end up in a wheelchair.
I am pulling up my big girl panties, and moving forward.

I know many have offered assistance, and determining when my surgery is, I may need some help with the swap. I will know better once the surgery is scheduled.

Thanks for understanding.

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Old 12-11-2019, 12:37 AM
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Kathy, my heart goes out to you. Your family sure has had a tough year.

I am waiting for the items I ordered to show up so I can send my box. If they don't get here in time I will send them later. BrendaK
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Old 12-11-2019, 11:48 AM
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Kathy, I had no idea about this added medical issue! As if your family hasn’t already gotten your fair share of issues to deal with. I’m willing to help in any way you need.

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Old 12-11-2019, 06:16 PM
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Kathy,
My lord! It has been a rough year for you and your family! Please know that we are all keeping you in prayer. If there is anything - and I mean - I can do to help, just say the word!

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Old 12-13-2019, 10:16 AM
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It has been a tough year. While I am not on the board as much as I would like, I am keeping up.

Today my mom goes back in for surgery as they did not get all the cancer. She will be having a mastectomy on the right side. My husband has nose surgery on Monday and I have been told I need to be without pain medication for 10 days before I will have my surgery. I am ready for it all to be done.

My secret pal package will go out on Tuesday. I am sure I am bringing up the rear. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
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Old 12-13-2019, 05:30 PM
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Hoping all surgeries go well and healing is fast!
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