Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Back From the Hospital

I wanted to take a quick moment to thank you all so very, very much for your prayers and your concern the past few days.  Thanks so much to my friends Kelley and Red for updating friends on Facebook about how things were going, and I was overwhelmed with all the well wishes.  I firmly believe in prayer and good thoughts and I am convinced it was because of the constant stream of concern that came through that got me in and out and in much better shape than it could have been.


There's a lighthouse sending me light right now from all of you.  Thank you.


A quick update, if you like.  For a few days I'd been having severe chest pains but thought it was because I've been on some seriously harsh medicine and hadn't been eating much.  I decided to go to the gym on Monday to see if I just needed to get moving to feel better.  Kind of stupid rationale, but I figured if it WAS acid or an esophageal spasm, then working out wouldn't make me feel worse.


Twenty minutes into the workout I realized things weren't going right, that I was in cold sweats, not regular hey gal, you're getting a good work-out sweats.  I called my doctor, and was told to go immediately to the ER, which was two miles away.


I was seen immediately, given nitroglycerin several times, a chest X-ray, and a CAT scan in case I had a blood clot in my lung, which would have made sense as I've been lying down about 90% of the time since October.  Because they couldn't rule out heart attack, they admitted me and decided to give me a stress test in the morning.


I don't do well at doctors or hospitals (who does?) but what helped (other than your wonderful notes of encouragement and prayers) was my husband and son coming in to see me before bed time.  Zack had brought his Nook in and made me a get well card:




And I also made sure to ask for the stuffed hippo Zack's given me for particularly bad pain days.  I can't tell you how many people peeked in the door just to smile at that hippo.  Teddy bears and rabbits they see a lot of, they said, but not hippopotamuses.




The stress test showed that my heart was fine, and it also showed I truly despise tread mills.  The doctor decided the lupus and rheumatoid arthritis were probably starting to mess with my body, this time affecting the cartilage in my rib cage.  I have something called costochondritis, and while it's not life-threatening, boy it hurts like hell.  The best way to describe it is being stabbed in the middle of the chest and then being hit again with a brick.  Anti-inflammatories, heat, and rest and I should feel just fine in a week (plus I had acupuncture today).  But the doctor also told me to realize I can probably count on adding this to my long list of "what the heck is wrong with that chick?".


Now here's the really AWESOME THING about all this.


A few weeks ago, a woman I know only via Facebook (Lisa A., a TRUE ANGEL) emailed me that she'd talked to her own doctor in Connecticut about me, and her doctor said I should see a specific doctor in Washington, DC.  Rick checked and we found out our insurance WOULD allow me to change doctors.  Then we found out the doctor wasn't taking new patients.  


Enter this amazingly kind woman from Facebook again, who told her doctor, and that doctor personally contacted the doctor in Washington, DC (seriously, woah, WAY beyond the call of duty but FULL of good karma).  The doctor in DC said, true, he was no longer taking new patients, BUT he DID see patients at the Washington Hospital Center at a special Lupus Clinic in the rheumatology department, and if I sent my blood work and patient files, they'd see if I was a candidate.


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Within an hour of Rick bringing me home from the hospital, we got a call from the center.  Rick told them about what I'd just been through, and that really clinched it -- I'm in.  I go to see the doctor in Washington DC next Tuesday.  


NEXT TUESDAY.  Not in three months, as we expected.  


No one can tell me that Facebook is a waste of time, and no one can tell me there isn't power in prayer and healing thoughts.  No one.  


Thank you all from the bottom of my happy, healthy heart.







(powered by pie)

Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

87 comments:

  1. Glad you are home, best of luck with the new doctor. Thoughts and prayers continually for you and the fam.

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  2. Wow, awesome news about the fast track to the clinic! And, while the pain isn't so awesome, the news that you'll feel better in a week or so, is :) Quick recovery to you, and best wishes for things with the new doc :)

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  3. MAN that's SO great to hear!! Happy happy joy joy!!

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  4. Blessings can come in disguise and this one was camouflaged really well! Keep that Hippo close he's got some awfully good juju :) Rest well and feel better!

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  5. Thats wonderful Lori! Being open about your struggles can open doors. It is a hard thing to do, bearing yourself on social media sites. You are loved by many because you love many!!!!!

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  6. I...Believe...In...PRAYER!!! And I am so glad you get to go to the dr. in dc!!! Love you lots and Hope you get better quick!!!

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  7. Wow Lori - You made me cry! I will be thinking and praying for you as you go to Washington - best of luck! All my love and hugs!

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  8. You have got to feel like FINALLY someone has heard me and might be able to help! God bless you Lori (& Rick & Zach) just keep holding on to each other and we out here in blogger and Facebook land will keep the positive thoughts and prayers coming!

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  9. You have got to feel like FINALLY someone has heard me and might be able to help! God bless you Lori (& Rick & Zach) just keep holding on to each other and we out here in blogger and Facebook land will keep the positive thoughts and prayers coming!

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  10. Very good news! I hope this new doctor can help you significantly and soon!

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  11. Truly, truly, truly, - life happens as it meant to be -- blessings and peace to you, Lori!

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  12. Oh Lori, somehow I missed all of this. I send you all my love and hope that this doctor will find something for you. And that hippo...that hippo is wonderful! My older son had a hippopotamus puppet and I made up a funny song for it to sign. I wish I could remember but that was 20 years ago. Well, I will be singing happy hippo songs for you.

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  13. Just awesome the way things are working out for the good! I'm sorry that it took a bad situation to get here, but it sounds like you are on the right track. Take good care. :-)

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  14. So happy to hear this Lori. For all of the fabulous networking you've done for others, it's good to see it working for you too. I hope the acupuncture really helps with the pain management and that the appointment in DC is promising. Thinking of you. xoxo

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  16. Lori, you've been through so much in the years that I've known you. I still treasure the piece of Larimar you sent me one Christmas many years ago. I'm hoping this new Dr. Can bring you deserved relief.
    Wishing you well,
    Robbie Sheehan

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  17. Awesome news!!! looking well but feeling bad is awful chest pain is very scary. In August we found a knot on my son's head and were referred to neurology....the stress of it all made me feel like I was having a heart attack. even had to do the whole stress test thing too. Praying this new Dr. is the answere to your prayers.
    Sonya

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  18. This is so NOT fair. I'm so sorry all this is continuing to bomb your body. I've been praying SO much for you, Lori. So happy you got into that program. It WILL help you! Bless your angel, too!

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  19. This is so NOT fair. I'm so sorry all this is continuing to bomb your body. I've been praying SO much for you, Lori. So happy you got into that program. It WILL help you! Bless your angel, too!

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  20. Gentle hugs for you. Hope things keep getting better. xx

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  21. Oh my goodness Lori - I had no idea you were sick. I'm glad to hear that you are going to be ok.

    On another note, I just received not 1 or 2, but something like 30 + blog posts from you - I guess for some reason they haven't been coming through........computers drive me crazy!

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  22. A really scary situation ending with really positive news -- what a rollercoaster of a week! So glad that networking has worked its magic. I'm a firm believer in the power of sharing prayer requests via social media.

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  23. Awesome Lori, I so hope this Dr can get to the bottom of what's been going on with you and you'll feel better very soon!!!

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  24. Oh, your getting in to see the Dr. in D.C. so quickly made me cry! I know how relieved I was to finally (after 20 years) finding a doctor who would accurately treat my thyroid. thank goodness for Angels!

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  25. I always knew you had a wonderful heart! Still praying!

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  26. I always knew you had a wonderful heart! Still praying!

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  27. Sure hope the new doctor is able to find the answer - you have been thru so much. Hoping you will be feeling better soon.
    Enjoy your evening.

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  28. Lori- so happy to hear your heart is good and you are home. This story gave me goosebumps. Things happen for a reason, and people come and go from our lives as we need them or they need us. So touching! Now rest, and I hope this new dr has some tools in his kit to help you feel better!

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  29. That is awesome news about the doc in Washington, Lori!! How scary, though! You have an awesome son! Praying for healing and wisdom concerning the new doc. I do have a feeling that this new doc with be a godsend. Hugs!!! XOXO

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  30. So glad to hear that you are at home and will get to see a specialist soon. Your perseverance under really difficult circumstances is really inspiring.

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  31. That is awesome news about the doc in Washington, Lori!! How scary, though! You have an awesome son! Praying for healing and wisdom concerning the new doc. I do have a feeling that this new doc with be a godsend. Hugs!!! XOXO

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  32. Very scary story but somewhat good outcome. I'm glad you'll be able to see someone who seems to have a fantastic reputation. Hoping for the best for you always

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  33. this is the most wonderful news..i'm praying this new doctor can get you some answers and relief

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  34. Lori. So glad it wasn't something more serious
    Hopefully this new doctor can help you

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  35. As I truly try to live by, Ask, Believe, Receive. Everything happens for a reason, there are no coincidences! I told you it can't rain all the time! I love you <3

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  36. Lori, this is good news come from well, not so good...I truly believe the more we put ourselves out there into the universe (and hey you are one of the Queens) the more we open ourselves to the good, affirming and wonderful help that is all around us! Good Luck in DC and thank goodness it wasn't your oh so good heart!

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  37. Sorry you had to go through all that Lori! I guess everything does happen for a reason! Will keep praying the new doctor(s) figure everything out for you once and for all. Keep the faith!

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  38. Dang. I really need to keep up on Facebook. I have just had my nose in a book so much lately.

    Anyways, I am glad that your trip to the hospital worked out. Might be painful but not life threatening is good news. And I am excited that you might finally make it to a doctor that can really help you.

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  39. Lori, that's super duper awesomesauce about the doctor! I'm really happy for you.

    I'm glad you're home from the hospital and that it wasn't a heart attack or blood clot. I'm so sorry you had to go through such a painful and scary experience, though. *Hugs.* You're a real trooper, and your hippo is adorable. <3

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  40. Dottie Ryan9:41 PM

    Just finished reading this...gave me goosebumps....good ones.

    I sooooo totally believe in angels & the way we connect in the oddest ways with the people we're suppose to.

    I can't wait for our cup of coffee & chat.
    REALLY looking forward to it......so hurry up & feel better ;-)

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  41. So glad to hear you are doing better and I wish you much success with this new doctor. After all your struggles the last few months you so deserve to have this wonderful opportunity to help stabilize your health and maybe even heal a few things aggravated by it all. wishing you the best with your upcoming appointment and as always sending you good thoughts :)

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  42. So happy you are able to see this new doctor....and soon! Prayers continue for a speedy recovery, and hugs to that sweetheart Zack!

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  43. I'm so glad your home! I was diagnosed with Lupus late last year. I'm just starting to realize the effects it is having on my body/life. I'm so sorry you are having such a difficult time. Please know there is someone who understands. Thank you for being so open about your troubles. Prayers and get well wishes from Indiana.

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  44. What an amazing story! I am so thankful that you are being seen so swiftly. Lots more healing thoughts your way. It's so disturbing not to know how to fix our own bodies and yet still have to live with the pain.
    Hope you get the information and the care you are seeking!
    Emily

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  45. LORI!!!!! I am SO glad you're back home and I'm SO glad this new thing isn't life-threatening (sucks that it's so scary and painful though). Beyond that - OMG, get OUT!!! SOOOOO freaking blissed out over you getting the fast-track to the DC specialist! Whoo-hooo! I'm hoping this'll help you get a handle on things and find a "new normal" for yourself that allows you to be as active as you want.

    xoxo atcha Love!

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  46. Lori, im so glad you are (relatively) alright. When we saw the news it was like a shockwave going though facebook. Hopefully this new clinic will be able to help you. We love you <3

    Zack is so darling, and he was so good in bringing you your hippo buddy.

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  47. Glad your feeling better. And good luck with the upcoming Dr. visit ;)

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  48. Glad to hear this great news about DC and the doctor! Hope you get answers and all the help you need while you're there. I'll be thinking of you and sending out more positive and healing vibes your way!! :-)

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  49. I am so sorry you have been through so much pain Lori and glad this last episode was quickly diagnosed.

    Such good news about the new doctor :-) And that someone cares enough to follow it for you. People can be wonderful sometimes.
    You are in my thoughts. Take Care xx

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  50. I didn't know about your health problems but it is so good to hear that people care and help and especially that you are feeling better and get a chance to see a specialist!

    In my family there is one favorite quote at the moment:

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about Learning to Dance in the Rain."

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  51. Ohh my, I took a short break from the web and I'm over the moon to come back and read those great news. I'm so happy for you that you'll get so to see the specialist in DC. Keep hanging in there!

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  52. Glad you are okay, although I did not know you were in the hospital as I do not do facebook.

    Even though I am not quite an agnostic, I believe prayer works.

    Keep on the healing path.

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  53. You and your family are truly in my thoughts and prayers.

    Zack ,LOVE your shirt ! Power of Purple ...Go Ravens !!!

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  54. I am so sorry you had to go through all of this! And am so happy that you will see a specialist on Tuesday!! That is such wonderful news. Sending hugs to you. (And thank you Rick and Zach)

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  55. It's good to hear you are back home, I was @ ER last month with my mom. Everybody is nice but you don't want to stay. It's good news you will be able to see the new Dr soon. You're in my thoughts.

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  56. Lori, so glad you are home and feeling a bit better. And it is great news that you can see a new doctor. Hopefully he will give you some anweres and some relief. FB is an amazing thing! I do love that hippo!!

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  57. It's not often that I'm excited about a Dr visit, but I am so excited that everything worked correctly for you to get to see the new Dr. next week. And, yes, it will be marked on my calendar. Much love and prayers, sweetie!

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  58. I've always believed in the power of prayer. It's a powerful force. I'm glad to hear you are back home and hope this new doctor can give you relief. It was so sweet of Zack to share his hippo!!!

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  59. I so agree with everyone. You can't read this and not believe in angels, prayer and the Good Lord! This year has been bad for me too with my husband health, but it seems like when all is bleak, God is there. More prayers and well wishes your way!!!

    V

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  60. Glad you are home from the hospital and hoping the new Dr. is able to help you. :) I'm remembering you in my prayers

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  61. Hi Lori, Sorry to hear about more pain. I am so glad that you are home. I sure hope the new Dr. can help. You deserve better that what life is giving you right now. You have given so much to so many and we all wish you the best in finding less pain in your life.

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  62. Sorry you are going through all of this. I was diagnosed with lupus 15 years ago. The first 2 were hell. After that I fired my doctors and went herbal. I do have a doctor that backs me up. I am not saying that you should do that but finding a different doctor with different perspectives is a good thing. At some point your body will adjust and all the "things" that make you sick or crazy you will recognize and learn how to take care of it.
    Wishing you all the best and sending healing energy
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  63. Oh, Lori, I am sorry!!! I have had two rounds of chostochondritis myself. Very painful.
    Sending
    my love,
    Sue

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  64. Oh, Lori, I am sorry!!! I have had two rounds of chostochondritis myself. Very painful.
    Sending
    my love,
    Sue

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  65. so sorry to hear about what you've been through/are going through. Such a feel good story though, (what you went through not withstanding) with your Facebook friend - she's in for some really good karma! I hope you start feeling better soon

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  66. I had costochondritus in June of 2011 so I know exactly what kind of pain you are dealing with. I felt like I had a hippo sitting on my chest which only got worse when I laid down. Thankfully the meds cleared things up quickly. Best of luck with your new doctor!

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  67. Oh! I am so very happy to hear that all is getting better with hope on the horizon! What a wonderful thing it is to make these connections and to keep the chain of love moving along. I like what Robin Roberts had to say in her acceptance speech last night... "When fear knocks, I know to let Faith answer." Keep the faith, Miss Lori! We are all rooting for you! Now THAT is a 'something good'. Enjoy the day. Erin

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  68. Yay Lori!!! I am sending you good thoughts! :)

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  69. Yay Lori!!! I am sending you good thoughts! :)

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  70. This is such good news Lori, and I'm so glad for you that #1 you weren't having a heart attack and #2 that you get to see this doctor. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and sending you good ones!

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  71. I'm so glad it wasn't something more life threatening because a heart attack or clot.......scary. Hope the new meds work and you feel better soon. :(
    Hope the new doctor works out well too!! I feel it must after all that serendipitous type action in getting the appointment.

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  72. Oh, Lori... I am so glad for the good news! I was really worried when I saw the Facebook messages--so relieved to hear that it wasn't as bad as first anticipated. Never doubt that you are loved--even by internet people who have never met you!

    Definitely still praying for you as you go to see this new doctor!

    ...And I absolutely love that hippo. :D

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  73. Holding you close in my heart Lori. I hope you're on the road to health and healing with the new doctor.

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  74. Lori Dear you are one very strong lady and I admire you. Zack is the most loving and thoughtful boy a mama could ever ask for. And your husband must be a rock of love for you. Healing Energy and Prayers for your visit to DC. Wonderful of Lisa A. on FB to intervene. Love and Light to you dear...

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  75. Lori...Want you to know that even though I have not been around, I do think about you and am sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time. I will keep you in my prayers and am sending you healing thoughts.

    Blessing....

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  76. Glad you're getting the help you need and a whole bucketload of virtual hugs! Get better!

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  77. You have the biggest heart .. of course ... there's nothing wrong with it! Wonderful news about the new doctor.
    Sending you good thoughts and prayers.

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  78. Dearest Lori,

    I have been away from the blog sphere and even Facebook (except for the occasional checking of messages). I am sorry to learn that you have been hospitalised. I am glad that you are getting a new doctor who seemed to be the one you need right now. Sending love and prayers to you. May you feel better soon and continue to be a blessing to many.

    Love and Hugs,
    Maybeline

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  79. Adding my prayers to everyone else's prayers. Be well. Be happy. Be loved.

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  80. Lori, GREAT news about the Dr. Tuesday! Best, best, best wishes... you are a wonderful person full of light and goodness and that goodwill is reflected back at you. Even through Facebook ;) ~~T

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  81. Oh my goodness! I am so out of touch this summer, but I am so glad I saw your later post - the one where you're home! I am one that thinks there are way more caring people than those that don't. Here's to FB! Here's to good kind people! Here's to seeing if a new doctor with a new perspective can make things a whole easier for you! Take care and safe travels.

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  82. That's got to have been frightening! i'm glad you're alright and it's wonderful to hear how you got a new doctor. Best wishes to you; I know these are not things that just get cured and go away, but I hope you have many more good days than bad and you find wonderful things on your journey to make the bad days better.

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  83. Dear Lori, Best of luck with the new doctor, I hope you"ll feel better very soon!!

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  84. Thanks so much for hosting this! I'm sorry my post was delayed - computer issues. I can't wait to see what everyone has made! Thanks again!

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  85. I am so sorry to hear you are dealing with all of this Lori. Really great news about the new doctor and so amazing that someone you met on FB helped you out in such an important way. I really hope you are feeling well soon! You are in my thoughts.

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