1. Information in this forum is not monitored or provided by a medical professional. The information reflects member opinions only. Do not act on advice from these forums without first consulting a qualified medical professional. No professional addiction advisors are recognized by the owners, admins, or moderators, even if the member states such status. All content is copyrighted and protected. DO NOT use any information that can identify you in these forums. If you do, a google search can link your addiction post to your name causing harm to your future activities including employment.

Moving Forward.....

Discussion in 'Freedom from Hell ~ Staying Clean~' started by teach07, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. teach07

    teach07 Well-Known Member

    Okay.....so I have a story to share. Funny how sometimes it takes a scare to knock me back to reality. A couple of weeks ago my finger started to swell and turned red and hot. Was placed on oral antibiotics for a week and it just wasnt getting any better. Ended up going to a hand surgeon a week ago Thursday and before I knew it I was in the hospital. He put me to sleep cut it open and found a nasty little bug....MRSA ( staph) brewing under the surface. Spent 4 days in the hospital and did the Home Health care gig all week giving myself the antibiotics thru a pic line. I share this because if I hadnt done the work prior to this....making sure all my doctors know I am an addict.....I would have been right back where I started many years ago. I was given narcotics for 2 days while in the hospital but I made it clear. DO NOT send me home with a script!!!! Thru this ordeal I realized something very important....I have been taking my recovery for granted.....its so easy for me to forget where I came from. So its back to the basics for me. Staying in touch with other addicts....asking my HP for help EVERYDAY.......and getting off my a** and doing what works!!!!!! Hope all is well with each and everyone of you. Much Love......

    Carol
     
  2. guinevere64

    guinevere64 Well-Known Member

    Teach, you're in my god-box today. How are you doing? much love, /G
     
  3. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Hi Carol thanks for sharing and I hope you're feeling better. Going through some medical thing is always one of my fears and thanks for reminding me and all of us that it's important to be pro-active, not wait till the Dr is ready to hand you the Rx cause we might have a weak moment.


    Yes I'm trying to reconnect with recovery lately as well. I'm coming up on an anniversary and lots has gone on......

    Anyway I always love hearing from you, you remind me of what I was like back then. And it's a good memory :)

    Dave
     
  4. teach07

    teach07 Well-Known Member

    Thanks G and Dave. Doing well. Returned to Doc yesterday and all is good. Removed the pick line and dont go back for 3 weeks. I am so grateful today I cant even put it in to words. My God has been so good to me. Praying for openness and willingness today. Take care..... Carol
     
  5. gettingbetter

    gettingbetter Well-Known Member

    Holy crap, Carol! That's no small situation there! How the heck are you doing today?? Much love to you and I'm with you all the way SST ...

    much love (again),
    DANI
     
  6. teach07

    teach07 Well-Known Member

    Took a while to reply Dani......about 2 months actually...... but I recovered just fine from my bout with MRSA. Spring Break is next week....YIPPEE!!!! and my 31st year as an educator is coming to a close. No plans to retire any time soon. Have to get my boy through college first. Life is ok....and the longer I stick around, the more I realize, that its okay to just be okay!!!!Still attending meetings......sponsoring women and trying to be of service to the fellowship and others. Went to my state convention a couple of weeks ago and it is so amazing to see so many fellow addicts under one roof. Daddy is doing well in the Nursing Home. It will be a year that hes been there in a couple of weeks. I still have days when I fuss at God about the whole situation but then I remember that its none of my business. Daddy is on his journey with God just as I am. I hope all is well out there in ODR land. Much Love..... carol
     
  7. teach07

    teach07 Well-Known Member

    Having outpatient surgery tomorrow. Finally went to the dermatologist about 3 weeks ago and had a malignant melanoma removed from my arm. The Dr has assured me we caught it early and the chances of it having spread is not likely. The surgery will simply involve removing an area around the margin of the melanoma and then he will do a skin graft using skin from under my arm. Just ready to get it over with. With my history of staph I'm more worried about that than the actual surgery. Anyway....I have a plan to deal with medication if I need it and I have a network of folks who will be by my side. Send me your positive vibes if you can. Hope you all have a wonderful day! Carol
     
  8. gettingbetter

    gettingbetter Well-Known Member

    Carol, positive vibes sent! I am just seeing this now. How did it go??
     
  9. guinevere64

    guinevere64 Well-Known Member

    Awesome plans, Carol. Hoping you're doing OK. I had surgery about 10 days ago for bleeding and I'm still bleeding, so I'm thinking the surgery wasn't really successful. Been bleeding for over a month. Looking forward to hearing how it went. love, /G
     
  10. teach07

    teach07 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Dani and G for checking on me. As far as I know everything is aok. Will return to the Dr Tuesday for the lab report and he will remove the bandage. G....I'm sorry to hear you are having problems as well. I'll keep you in my thoughts. SST......the countdown is on......summer is just over the horizon..... Much Love...... Carol
     
  11. teach07

    teach07 Well-Known Member

    Just thought i would stop by and say a quick hello.....life continues. Coming up on the 4 year mark in a couple of months and still doing what I need to do!!! Everything worked out well with the melanoma....just have to return to the Dr. on a regular basis and self check. Thank God for a sister who wouldnt let up on me about going to the Dermatologist. I've also finally started working on the weight....started riding everyday during the summer and purchased and indoor recumbent bike to boot. I've lost 25 lbs thus far and feel really good about it.Have also been participating in an online weight loss sight called myfitnesspal.com. its been a big help!!!! Hope all is well with everyone!!!!! Happy Fall!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Robyn

    Robyn Well-Known Member

    Glad to hear you're okay, Teach. My daughter's mother in law has melanoma that has metastasized to her brain and lungs. Very sad.
    I've followed your progress over the years...congratulations on almost 4 years. That's incredible!!
     
  13. guinevere64

    guinevere64 Well-Known Member

    My friend P does My Fitness Pal and she's lost 30 lbs. and has gone off her blood pressure medication. I'm so proud of both of you. Love you, Carol. /G
     
  14. teach07

    teach07 Well-Known Member

    Gosh....I probably always say this...but....its been a while since I've been here. Life continues..... my daddy is still in the Nursing home and I have to say we have been blessed by a bunch of good people who take excellent care of him....still hard to see him like he is but THANK GOD today I can be "present". Don't have to medicate the feelings away. Still loving my job. Working with sick children will keep you grateful on a regular basis. My son is in his 2nd year of college,doing well, and he's going to follow in my footsteps and be a middle school teacher. I am simultaneously mortified and proud as a peacock that he wants to teach!!!! I think back over the years I used and I am so grateful I dont have to live that way anymore. I am on my way shortly to another NA convention. Its being held about 20 minutes from where I live we so dont have to travel. Cant wait to spend the weekend with other recovering addicts and enjoy the fellowship. Hope all my old friend here at ODR are doing well. Much love to you all...... Carol
     

Share This Page