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Old 10-30-12, 09:56 PM   #101
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UPDATE:

This morning, while sitting in the office of one of my wife's many doctors my phone rang. It was a job offer from a local hospital. On Nov. 12th I am tentatively scheduled to start a new career as a hospital health system driver/courier. I just need to pass the Drug testing and a Physical. It's only a per diem position but it is a "foot in the door" making me potentially available to fill a future part or full time position. They tend to hire and promote from within. I won't be commuting to this job, but I also won't be working 12.5 hr. rotating shifts!

This afternoon while leaving my doctor's office with my innoculation records in hand, I stopped and sat on a bench to wait out a downpour. As I sat there my phone rang yet again. My Urologist was calling with the biopsy results. No cancer detected. That's two sets of 12 cores in a twenty month period that have been clean. We're going to become good freinds as he intends to keep a close watch over me for the forseeable future!

I've been back on my self prescribed regimine of ibuprofin for two days now and I'm thrilled to report that I once again have a functioning body. I can easily go up and down stairs, walk briskly, raise my arms to my face and higher, and intend to commute to work on my final day tomorrow.

Are my issues resolved? Hell no!!! Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Well, there's a definate glimmer of something. Perhaps it's a mix of hope and confidence. But then again, it could just be a train.....
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Old 10-30-12, 10:45 PM   #102
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Sounds like the tide has turned. Not withstanding the SandyFlood. But all good news for you. I am happy for you.
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Old 10-31-12, 03:46 AM   #103
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Good on you Cranky!

I am real happy to hear of the job offer and especially that you passed your test!
... Sometimes things go OUR way!

Enjoy your last commute today -- wet & mushy as it may be up there...

(and thanks for keeping us updated with the bad and the good. You have a lot of good people pulling for you)
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Super!!!!!

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Wow, this news makes my day, not a thing I see that is bad about it at all. A job is a job and NO CANCER is such great news, Lenny. Hope they see the value you offer as an employee at the hospital and move you to the better positions they may have. Still in our prayers and thanksgiving for your good news.

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Great news on all fronts!
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Terrific new! You have been in my thoughts for the last few weeks, glad to hear things are looking up. Have a safe ride.
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Outstanding! A good body and off to a new adventure. Can't get much better than that, eh?
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No PCa and a job. Just hope you got a ride in at a sensible speed as with that load off my mind I would have broken all records down to the seafront today-


Wouldn't have helped on the way back though.
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Update:

Recovery mode is painfully slow. A recent 17 mile leisurely bike ride was most exhausting!!

Of my major issues (Affordable Health Insurance, Prostate Cancer, sudden onset Joint and tendon pain, and acquiring a Post Retirement job ), one is basically off the table and the others are all in various stages of rectification.

Affordable Health Insurance.....COBRA cost for two-person coverage has jumped from $480 per month to $800 per month on a high deductible plan ($2500 apiece and then 20% copay until out of pocket reaches $7200). I'm still awaiting verification that part of the company's bankruptcy agreement was lifetime extension of COBRA privileges to all retirees. This makes the coverage extremely expensive, $12,000 to $17,000 per year plus inflation, but at least it's available and we can manage the monthly premiums. The co-pays and deductibles will have to be dealt with as they arise.

Situation is better than it was last month and the unknowns have been removed for the most part.

Prostate Cancer....The biopsy came back negative! The doc. is gonna keep a close eye on me.

Problem averted, for now.

Post Retirement EmploymentÖ.I had never planned on not working during my retirement. What I hadnít planned on was needing to work to provide for our Health Care, at least not immediately. Having spent 42 years working in the Plant, I was totally clueless as to how I would go about finding work. I had some help from neighbors and friends but in the end, I found employment on my own. I am now a Driver/Courier for a major Health Care organization. Though the job is currently a per diem position there is a strong possibility that I will be able to get a part time position within 18 to 24 months. The part time positions come with great Health Care benefits.

It looks like I may have the employment part of the plan taken care of.

Sudden onset Joint and Tendon Pain....This one surprised me. Iíve always known that there is a close relationship between stress and physical ailments. I did not realize how quickly the ailments can manifest themselves and how long it can take to rectify them once the crisis is past.

The stress of retiring quickly followed by the announcement of the companyís decision to eliminate all retiree benefits, and then the Prostate Cancer scare turned out to be more stress than I was able to deal with. My wife absolutely needs her maintenance medications which we canít possibly afford without Health Insurance. We suspected that our Health Insurance coverage was going to end on the 31st. of December. I knew I needed to find employment in order to afford Health Insurance but I was terrified that a positive Cancer result would ruin my chances of finding employment in time to resolve our Health Insurance needs. I wasnít sleeping well at all, and when I did sleep I was so stressed that my body involuntarily tensed all night. We suspect that my health issues are attributed to that stressful several week period of unanswered questions. Before it was over I was barely able to move. All of my joints and most of my tendons were inflamed and hurt like hell. I was unable to take any Ibuprofen due to the impending biopsy so medicinal relief was not readily available. My doctor just kinda shrugged at my dilemma.

As the answers slowly started to emerge the painful symptoms started to resolve themselves. Once I had healed from the biopsy I started pounding down the Ibuprofen tablets which also helped. Now I only have issues with my left shoulder and left wrist. I assume that even that will resolve itself eventually.

So for anyone of you who may have been following my little saga of woe, life is starting to settle down a bit. Iím slowly becoming a functioning Human Being again and Iím getting a few short bike rides in. Iím very disappointed at what our Health Care costs are going to be but optimistic about the availability of Health Insurance for us long term. Iím optimistic about my new found employment and the amount of free-time Iíll most likely experience from now on. Iím thrilled about the potential of my job turning into part time employment and the benefits involved in that scenario. My health is improving and Iím more confident than ever that I made the right choice when I decided to retire.

You all were correct in your assessment of my situation. It appears to have worked out to be alright after all.

Thank you all for your prayers and support....now I'm going out for a bike ride and I suggest you all do the same.
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Thanks for the synopsis update, Lenny, it is great to hear some good news about you and your wife for a change. both of you will stay in my prayers for her healing, the health insurance issue and for the part time position with benefits to become a reality.

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Recovery mode is painfully slow. A recent 17 mile leisurely bike ride was most exhausting!!

Of my major issues (Affordable Health Insurance, Prostate Cancer, sudden onset Joint and tendon pain, and acquiring a Post Retirement job ), one is basically off the table and the others are all in various stages of rectification.

Affordable Health Insurance.....COBRA cost for two-person coverage has jumped from $480 per month to $800 per month on a high deductible plan ($2500 apiece and then 20% copay until out of pocket reaches $7200). I'm still awaiting verification that part of the company's bankruptcy agreement was lifetime extension of COBRA privileges to all retirees. This makes the coverage extremely expensive, $12,000 to $17,000 per year plus inflation, but at least it's available and we can manage the monthly premiums. The co-pays and deductibles will have to be dealt with as they arise.

Situation is better than it was last month and the unknowns have been removed for the most part.

Prostate Cancer....The biopsy came back negative! The doc. is gonna keep a close eye on me.

Problem averted, for now.

Post Retirement Employment….I had never planned on not working during my retirement. What I hadn’t planned on was needing to work to provide for our Health Care, at least not immediately. Having spent 42 years working in the Plant, I was totally clueless as to how I would go about finding work. I had some help from neighbors and friends but in the end, I found employment on my own. I am now a Driver/Courier for a major Health Care organization. Though the job is currently a per diem position there is a strong possibility that I will be able to get a part time position within 18 to 24 months. The part time positions come with great Health Care benefits.

It looks like I may have the employment part of the plan taken care of.

Sudden onset Joint and Tendon Pain....This one surprised me. I’ve always known that there is a close relationship between stress and physical ailments. I did not realize how quickly the ailments can manifest themselves and how long it can take to rectify them once the crisis is past.

The stress of retiring quickly followed by the announcement of the company’s decision to eliminate all retiree benefits, and then the Prostate Cancer scare turned out to be more stress than I was able to deal with. My wife absolutely needs her maintenance medications which we can’t possibly afford without Health Insurance. We suspected that our Health Insurance coverage was going to end on the 31st. of December. I knew I needed to find employment in order to afford Health Insurance but I was terrified that a positive Cancer result would ruin my chances of finding employment in time to resolve our Health Insurance needs. I wasn’t sleeping well at all, and when I did sleep I was so stressed that my body involuntarily tensed all night. We suspect that my health issues are attributed to that stressful several week period of unanswered questions. Before it was over I was barely able to move. All of my joints and most of my tendons were inflamed and hurt like hell. I was unable to take any Ibuprofen due to the impending biopsy so medicinal relief was not readily available. My doctor just kinda shrugged at my dilemma.

As the answers slowly started to emerge the painful symptoms started to resolve themselves. Once I had healed from the biopsy I started pounding down the Ibuprofen tablets which also helped. Now I only have issues with my left shoulder and left wrist. I assume that even that will resolve itself eventually.

So for anyone of you who may have been following my little saga of woe, life is starting to settle down a bit. I’m slowly becoming a functioning Human Being again and I’m getting a few short bike rides in. I’m very disappointed at what our Health Care costs are going to be but optimistic about the availability of Health Insurance for us long term. I’m optimistic about my new found employment and the amount of free-time I’ll most likely experience from now on. I’m thrilled about the potential of my job turning into part time employment and the benefits involved in that scenario. My health is improving and I’m more confident than ever that I made the right choice when I decided to retire.

You all were correct in your assessment of my situation. It appears to have worked out to be alright after all.

Thank you all for your prayers and support....now I'm going out for a bike ride and I suggest you all do the same.
Glad to hear that things are slowly coming together for you...

And, yes, stress hits the immune system as well as other systems and things start to go haywire. So, I'm glad that you are feeling less stressed by things that you had to manage but couldn't control.

And, I suspect your health insurance problems may improve to some degree (hopefully a lot!) in a year of two when the exchanges start up and even-out the playing field... At a minimum you know you won't have to rely on Cobra or anything related to your company anymore -- and you will have some choices...
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Old 11-10-12, 12:26 PM   #114
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It appears to have worked out to be alright after all.

Thank you all for your prayers and support....now I'm going out for a bike ride and I suggest you all do the same.
Dammit Lenny

Forgive me, I haven't followed all the details in this thread. Stuff going on for me too - house and job and civil (!) violence.

I trust the first line I copied above continues to be the case. I feel good to be on your radar - love to you and spouse
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Thanks for the update, Lenny

More about stress

My wife (and I) due to our life experiences with our children and fighting the system, looking for care, etc., and now my wife having extreme PHN pain every afternoon, has put her under extreme stress. One of the measures of the effect of stress on one's body is your cortisol levels.

"Physical and emotional stress, as well as illness, can increase cortisol levels, because during the normal stress response the pituitary gland releases more ACTH."

Cortisol affects many different body systems. It plays a role in:
  • Bone
  • Circulatory system
  • Immune system
  • Metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and protein
  • Nervous system
  • Stress responses

My wife's cortisol levels, when tested a couple of years ago, were extremely high. She is under medication, and also uses some relaxing techniques and calming techniques to help keep things under control.

Me? I just go and beat the heck out of my bicycle, swim real hard or walk a long ways to help.

Everyone is different in their response to stress.

Lots of folks think stress is a sort of fake kind of thing, but, believe me, it is a real phenomenon and, as you noticed, can affect the body in many ways.

Good luck and thanks again for the update.

BTW, here is something I posted to our parents advocacy group yesterday. Talk about stress!!

Why we need each other - a tough week

This week, two of the adult children of your staunchest advocates passed on into a better world, while a child of another tremendous advocate was informed of impending blindness. Another child was in the ER due to behavioral challenges that the system seems unable to meet, and another long-term advocate parent was desperately worried and terrified that her now independent daughter with Down Syndrome was losing cognition.

In each of the above cases, PAD-CO (Parents of Adults with Disabilities in Colorado) participants have been able to give support and comfort.

And, now we are being asked to provide more and more care for our children using so-called "natural supports." While natural supports may be a reality for some, it is not for others, and even those using natural supports can have the situation changed by a move, stroke, aging, arguments or lots of other concerns.

The legislature will be convening soon. Organizations such as CCDC, The Arcs, PAD-CO, P2P and other advocacy organizations will be monitoring legislation to reduce harmful legislative actions, and propose new actions that will be beneficial.

In the meantime, there will be a Summit about us - parents of and individuals with disabilities - but with only three identified parents attending among 600 participants. They will be deciding our and our children's future, but won't hear from us. We were not even included in the planning.

The ONLY defense against this is to join together and to participate and form a solid front, comforting each other, supporting each other, helping each other, and uniting for all of our children and individuals with disabilities.

Won't you?

Denver C.Fox, Ed.D.
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I'll just sign up for Medicaid and try and stay healthy..

If they ever say, "Sorry your too old and that treatment only extends life and we see yours as a useless drain on society"

After I worked my whole life and paid my taxes..


Well Then,,It's time to go postal XD
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