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questZENer said:hardcore zen?
Brigid said:Hooray!!!! GOOD news!!I have been "found to be a person with a substantial disability as defined in the Ontario Disabilities Support Program Act"!!!! I've been approved for the Ontario Disabilities Support Program, the one I applied to last January! I'm so incredibly relieved. I still have to build a case for the other governmental programs but at least I have this. I won't actually know the specific details for another month but I'll let you know what it means then. What I do know is that it's a GREAT thing!!
Brigid said:I just got back from seeing the orthopedic surgeon in Ottawa and read your lovely messages of support. Thank you all so much!! My heart's bursting...I'm the luckiest girl in the world to have friends like you. And you got it, Simon. Any victory over the bureaucracies is a good one! lol!! And a very satisfying one, too.The surgeon injected my back with cortisone twice but it hasn't helped so far and was very sore from the shot for a few days. Yuck! I have to go back next Monday, all the way to Ottawa again, for another shot. This time I'm taking a morning train in for my 8:55am appointment and then taking an afternoon train back home. BUT....I also saw a massage therapist after the doctor and she told me that you shouldn't have more than three cortisone injections in your whole lifetime!!!! The doctors didn't discuss anything about these injections with me other than the fact that they have helped others. They didn't tell me about any side effects or any of the negative things associated with steroids etc. So I have homework to do. I'm going to be researching it for the next few days since my doctors didn't feel the need to inform me. :nonono: If I start to grow a beard or develop strange cravings for chili, beer and football, you'll be the first ones to know....
Brigid said:Well, I've been debating whether to go back in to Ottawa this Monday to get another shot but realized that I need Dr. Forget to help me somehow in my battle with the WSIB. He's some kind of big wig apparently and his intervention might help me with the bureaucrats. So, after much research on the Metyilprednisonal, I've decided to go back in and give it another shot. Pun intended, I'm afraid. lol! I've read that these injections could take a while to work so I'll just have to be patient.My original idea of taking the train into Ottawa in the morning and then taking a train back home in the afternoon was pretty daft and luckily I realized my folly before I put myself in a dangerous situation. I too often overestimate my functional abilities so I had to book another hotel room for Sunday and Monday and I'll return home on Tuesday. It's all pretty expensive but I'll send all the receipts to the WSIB for a laugh and see if they bite. On a very happy note, my friend Eirlys from Wales, whom I haven't seen or heard from in 15, years has found me and we're now back in contact. She was my very best friend and I can't tell you how much this means to me. She found my profile in MySpace then tracked me here where she sent me a message. Good thing, too, because I don't go to MySpace that much anymore. My dial up connection is a little too slow and I have a lot of irritations when I go there. It's so wonderful to be back in contact with her and I'm so thrilled my head's just spinning!! lol! So that's where I'm at now. Thank you all again for the incredible support and care you've all given me. I really don't know what I'd do without my sangha. I'll keep you posted!
Eon said:I think you'll love Amelie (everyone I know does). If it's available rent it!If you want something buddhist to watch, follow this one :rolleyesc http://www.zenmovie.com/trailer.htmlRegards,Erik
Xrayman said:Ahh I'd prefer to take that with a healthy pinch of salt-thanks.
Palzang said:He was in an advance stage of the disease, which he had had for over 15 years. He had Kaposi's Sarcoma that was untreatable. His liver was greatly distended. He was basically on death's door. Then we did a practice for him at the newly consecrated stupa, and the next week his HIV count was zero. He was able to get plastic surgery for his KS once his HIV count dropped. His liver returned to normal functioning. Of course, this is but one of many examples I could cite, though certainly one of the most dramatic. But if you wish to ignore what's right in front of you, I guess that's your perogative.Palzang
"Don't believe everything you think!" is one of your quotes, I agree. I prefer to maintain a healthy level of scepticism.
federica said:FWIW, whilst I understand and accept the 'healthy level of scepticism', I feel I must swing towards Palzang's view of things, having also witnessed for myself a turn-around in the condition of a friend, whom Doctors had repeatedly diagnosed as incurable... If you would forgive the reticence, I would prefer to not give detailed information of their condition....I do not have that right, without discussion with this person.Suffice to say, they had been advised to prepare for their final days....After a protracted vigil, by close friends and family, literally 'working in shifts' around the clock, after three days, the doctors declared that the condition was reversing, and that vital signs were returning to normal. This was eight years ago, and the person breathes, lives, walks and talks a perfectly normal life, free of any medical intervention or medication. 'Prayers' were varied and multi-denominational....But all were devout and sincere. Never, but never under-estimate the Power of Prayer.
Xrayman said:This will definitely be the last post by me on this topic:regards,xrayman
Xrayman said:This will definitely be the last post by me on this topic:Please also take note that there are many different strains of HIV. eg: HIV1 and HIV2. and if we really want to get technical, SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus. the ape viral-type) which is indistinguishable from HIV1. HIV1 is the least virulent and possibly recoverable from version of this disease. here is my (last) 2cents on the matter...http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/mg19125665.000-hivresistant-people-give-new-drug-clues.htmlsomething to mull over.regards,xrayman