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General Discussion / Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« Last post by Pleeb on April 05, 2019, 02:44:40 PM »
Although I wear $500 orthotics in my shoes (my former work plan pays for it), I started getting a really sore instep when walking.
I looked it up, and it's plantar fasciitis.

It's 95% better, thanks to stretching exercises.....and not wearing slippers at home.  Maybe surprising?
Cheap slippers offer no support.  Maybe more expensive ones do.

Anyway, I (until recently) never wore shoes indoors in my apt.


A nice thing about support groups is sharing the same ailments:
-a woman on Mood Garden (I recommend it!) is getting cancer removed from her nose...she sometimes posts "before" and "after" pictures.
-she also had plantar fasciitis, like me

Peter
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General Discussion / Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« Last post by Pleeb on April 05, 2019, 02:34:56 PM »
I'm getting plastic surgery on my shoulder soon....covered by OHIP.  (I had skin cancer on my forehead (2 tiny spots), and on my shoulder burned off 20-25 years ago.

The forehead stuff you can hardly see, but the shoulder area, there's a permanent "wound" the size of a loonie or bigger.  It's squishy and darker than the rest of me.  Doesn't hurt.

I saw a cranky (!) dermatologist at St. Mike's about something else...turned out to be nothing.  Then I asked him to look me over....when I showed him my shoulder, he referred me to a fancy plastic surgeon on Avenue road.  Because he was so cranky, I didn't ask a lot of questions.  Probably I get a skin graft?  Local anaesthetic?

Peter
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General Discussion / Re: How is everyone doing?
« Last post by Pleeb on April 05, 2019, 02:20:56 PM »
I'm o.k....  I was taking a Dealing with Anxiety and Depression course at MDAO, but I quit - missing too many classes.  But I'll look at the workbook.

My brother with dementia - he's being assessed for long term care (?), or moving out of his house into an apartment setting?
He needs care re making meals, remembering his medications.
His son took away his car keys when his back was turned.....LOL

My younger brothers and I visited.  He later told his son that "the Germans" were nice.  We are German, but maybe he thought we were cousins from Germany?....LOL


Peter
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General Discussion / Re: Older Brother with Dementia/Mind, Brain Studies.....
« Last post by Pleeb on April 05, 2019, 02:13:06 PM »
I changed my mind on doing a memory study....  Might be a little stressful:  going all the way to Baycrest, trying to get family member to come with me, MRI's....etc...  I have enough medical appointments (nothing serious).

For the memory studies, they often want a spouse/family member to accompany the person in the study...so they can ask them re my memory.
I had told them I can MAYBE get a family member to accompany me once, not regularly.


Peter

Maybe I can do a study in the future.
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General Discussion / How is everyone doing?
« Last post by Dragonfly on April 03, 2019, 10:43:46 AM »
Hi everyone,

 How is everyone doing.

I must say it has been a roller coaster for me. Things have happened in my family that have left me very sad and upset. I am working through it with the support of many people. I will be okay.

 This weather hasn't helped either. Spring is on the way and that always makes me feel better.

Dragonfly
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Family, Friends, and Supporters / Re: How mental illness affects the well spouse
« Last post by sarahruth on March 23, 2019, 07:39:48 PM »
Thank you.
One must find ways to remain strong when facing mental illness in the family.
Groups like this help.
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General Discussion / Re: Older Brother with Dementia/Mind, Brain Studies.....
« Last post by paulm on March 17, 2019, 09:52:03 PM »
Hello Peter. I have no words of wisdom, just wanted to wish your brother well. Take Care. paul m
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General Discussion / Older Brother with Dementia/Mind, Brain Studies.....
« Last post by Pleeb on March 15, 2019, 09:56:05 AM »
Learned yesterday that he thinks he has two cats, instead of one. 

Maybe he's gone downhill quickly?  He didn't think this when I saw him last week.......or, it doesn't mean much.


Peter


https://www.cogniciti.com/  -brain health and memory studies

Cogniciti is associated with Baycrest.  Not sure if you have to be over a certain age to do the tests, volunteer to be a guinea pig.

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Family, Friends, and Supporters / Re: How mental illness affects the well spouse
« Last post by paulm on March 11, 2019, 10:11:57 PM »
Hello Sarahruth. Sorry to hear about your struggles. I agree with you that the illness can be as hard on the spouse as it is on the sufferer. Hopefully your husband will find a way to get better and ease the pressure that you are under. Take Care. paul m
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Family, Friends, and Supporters / How mental illness affects the well spouse
« Last post by sarahruth on March 10, 2019, 07:18:49 PM »
The longer we go through this journey, the longer I am starting to get worse like my husband. This is tough. Really tough. I am drawn to depression because everything is so hard. I am the breadwinner and the family everything. Tough times and it is really hard. Going on 5 years now. Hard to not become like them.
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