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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfVanZandt View Post
    I mentioned that the people I live with have autoimmune problems. Fact is, most of the people I'm close to have autoimmune problems and they can take a variety of forms from adult onset diabetes to psoriasis. Several of the people that regularly attended my annual campouts had to leave early due to gastroenteritis. My heart condition may have began as endocarditis.

    The variety of your wife's problems makes me think of autoimmune disorder. The thyroid thing could easily be her body attacking itself. The dizziness could be caused by thyroid underproduction. If it's an ongoing problem, you might check for Meniere's disease.

    What I've come to believe about specific health problems is that, the better a person's general health, the better they can deal with the specific problems.

    In my case, inactivity is my worse enemy (other than myself...heh). I never feel better than when I'm on the trail, There is a surprisingly huge psychological component to autoimmune problems. If I'm inactive and I dwell on them, they get worse. My conviction that, "If I stop, I stop" probably comes from my experience with my immune system. My frame of mind has a huge impact on how well I am. I seem to notice that the people who can't hold out for a nine day campout also have the most trouble with depression - not sadness but clinical depression, reduced mental energy.

    I am keeping you two in my prayers.
    Thank you for the information. Barbara has been through a huge battery of tests. Part of the thyroid issue is genetic. She has a family history of it. Both her sisters and her mom had problems. The dizziness is in part thyroid along with vertigo, But we'll mention the Meniere's to the Dr on her next visit.
    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.


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    Aye, the thyroid (actually, any gland) can throw the whole system out. I wonder if that's what's causing the prediabetes. I've been diagnosed with prediabetes three times and, each time, it cleared up in a month. Once it was an allergic reaction to oysters and the other two, it was false positives. The vertigo could easily be caused by the thyroid.

    Maybe they'll get Barbara's thyroid problem under control and all the other problems will disappear.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Smoke sent for all! Chronic conditions are terrible; my dad suffered from many, and I suppose I'm coming up on that age where I'm next.

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    Phaedrus, I'd say "take care of yourself," but that's no fun.

    One big reason I have so many chronic problems is that I've fallen off so many mountains, busted my knee scrambling out of rain storms, broken things volunteering, spent 20 years getting 4 hours of sleep a night during the workweek, and was generally brutal to myself, but nobody can say I lived a boring life. I gotta say that I don't regret my aches and pains. I'm still having a blast (ouch!).
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfVanZandt View Post
    Aye, the thyroid (actually, any gland) can throw the whole system out. I wonder if that's what's causing the prediabetes. I've been diagnosed with prediabetes three times and, each time, it cleared up in a month. Once it was an allergic reaction to oysters and the other two, it was false positives. The vertigo could easily be caused by the thyroid.

    Maybe they'll get Barbara's thyroid problem under control and all the other problems will disappear.
    Her "numbers" for the thyroid are back within the supposed normal range. But from what the specialist says that doesn't mean the issue is "fixed" It's going to be a long term treatment plan. The vertigo may or may not be thyroid related the Drs can't say for sure. But it was diagnosed before the thyroid was. As for the prediabetes again there is a family history of diabetes her Grandmother lost her leg and eyesight to it.
    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
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    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.

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    Vertigo is a miserable feeling. Is it constant?
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfVanZandt View Post
    Vertigo is a miserable feeling. Is it constant?
    I'd say about 60% of the time. It really depends on what she's doing. sometimes when she's riding in a car, other times even just getting up and walking.
    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.

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    (cringe). I get hit three or four times a year. I take a Dramamine, sleep it off, and wake up with a hang-over. A Housemate has two or three episodes a month - seems to be learning to catch it early and fight it off. I doubt if the thyroid problem would be fought off like that. I don't envy your wife and hope her doctors they can get it under control soon.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfVanZandt View Post
    (cringe). I get hit three or four times a year. I take a Dramamine, sleep it off, and wake up with a hang-over. A Housemate has two or three episodes a month - seems to be learning to catch it early and fight it off. I doubt if the thyroid problem would be fought off like that. I don't envy your wife and hope her doctors they can get it under control soon.
    Thank you Wolf! You nor anyone else here realize how much your prayers and thoughts mean to both Barbara and myself. It's not often one finds such good friends as I/we have here. I feel truly blessed!
    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.

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    Sorry for the delay. We were out of touch. Prayers sent for both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax View Post
    Sorry for the delay. We were out of touch. Prayers sent for both of you.
    Thank you Max
    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldsoldier View Post
    Thank you Wolf! You nor anyone else here realize how much your prayers and thoughts mean to both Barbara and myself. It's not often one finds such good friends as I/we have here. I feel truly blessed!
    The people here are exactly that, Good People. Always, ALWAYS there when there is a need. Maybe not face to face, but as soon as there is a wiff of something out of place in someones life, they step up, and you know they care. I've been there are always they have reached out when I needed someone, or something. Even when I haven't been around much because life has a way of sneaking up on you in a really bad way.

    At times when I felt like I had nothing left, the mail would run, or the phone would ring and the poor soul on the other end would suffer my ranting and raving and tears and in my case, the ultimate grief, they were there.

    I have faith that the doctors are going to straighten out what you wife is suffering, your updates seem like they may be starting on the right road, and I am fervently praying they have this under control very soon and she is finally feeling herself again soon. The thyroid misbehaving in any fashion can knock you down hard. Then add in one or two other conditions and one would really wish the sun wouldn't some up so you don't have to face the day not feeling like you self anymore.

    If I can do anything for your and Barbara, even if it's just being that voice on the other end of the phone, PM me your phone number, or address, I always have my phone, nearby, I am only a couple of ours away, I can come sit with her if you need to take care of errands, just chat, anything. Praying for you both daily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nell67 View Post
    The people here are exactly that, Good People. Always, ALWAYS there when there is a need. Maybe not face to face, but as soon as there is a wiff of something out of place in someones life, they step up, and you know they care. I've been there are always they have reached out when I needed someone, or something. Even when I haven't been around much because life has a way of sneaking up on you in a really bad way.

    At times when I felt like I had nothing left, the mail would run, or the phone would ring and the poor soul on the other end would suffer my ranting and raving and tears and in my case, the ultimate grief, they were there.

    I have faith that the doctors are going to straighten out what you wife is suffering, your updates seem like they may be starting on the right road, and I am fervently praying they have this under control very soon and she is finally feeling herself again soon. The thyroid misbehaving in any fashion can knock you down hard. Then add in one or two other conditions and one would really wish the sun wouldn't some up so you don't have to face the day not feeling like you self anymore.

    If I can do anything for your and Barbara, even if it's just being that voice on the other end of the phone, PM me your phone number, or address, I always have my phone, nearby, I am only a couple of ours away, I can come sit with her if you need to take care of errands, just chat, anything. Praying for you both daily.
    Thank you Nell It means a lot to us that you care. We are truly blessed
    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.

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    Barbara and I want to say THANK YOU to everyone here for all the wonderful replies to my post! We also want to express our heart felt appreciation for the awesome card and Walmart gift card. Rest assured it will be put to good use! When I opened the card today and read it I'm not ashamed to say that it brought tears to my eyes! Barbara looked at me and asked what's "wrong" When I handed it to her she didn't even get half way through and started crying! She just couldn't understand WHY a group of people that don't even know her would show so much love. I told her that everyone here at WSF are MORE! They aren't a bunch of screen names on some internet forum. That ALL OF YOU AE FAMILY! Although it might not be by blood or marriage. Nobody but family would be there for someone like all of you are! If I/we can ever do anything for any of you we're there. It has actually given Barbara a good feeling and restored her faith in the good hearts that are out there. We Love all of you and thank God we can call you friends and part of our family.
    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.

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    Glad the card arrived safely. You and Barbara are still in our prayers.
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    [QUOTE=oldsoldier;515945]Barbara and I want to say THANK YOU to everyone here for all the wonderful replies to my post! We also want to express our heart felt appreciation for the awesome card and Walmart gift card. Rest assured it will be put to good use! When I opened the card today and read it I'm not ashamed to say that it brought tears to my eyes! Barbara looked at me and asked what's "wrong" When I handed it to her she didn't even get half way through and started crying! She just couldn't understand WHY a group of people that don't even know her would show so much love. I told her that everyone here at WSF are MORE! They aren't a bunch of screen names on some internet forum. That ALL OF YOU AE FAMILY! Although it might not be by blood or marriage. Nobody but family would be there for someone like all of you are! If I/we can ever do anything for any of you we're there. It has actually given

    See what I'm saying?? I've had those tears myself. This IS a family. And they know what's going with you, even when you don't know that they know, and then something comes along that makes you realize that family, no matter how far apart we are knows when something is amiss.
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    Just wanted to take a minute and give everyone an update. Barbara went for a Colonoscopy Thursday. The found some polups (sp?) which they removed. But also ordered a CT scan to check some other things. She had it Friday. They called today and said there were some possible issues with her spleen and adrenial glands and set a MRI for Monday. Will keep you informed. Thanks for your continued prayers
    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.

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    I'm keeping her in my prayers, Don. I hope everything turns out okay. Good luck.

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