Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Having fun putting together my kids' Halloween party


Guest post written by Mary Long

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, despite me not really liking scary movies or anything too spooky. I think that I like the kids' version of the Halloween so much better. So when my daughter asked if she could have a Halloween party at our house, I didn't hesitate before saying yes. I was actually glad that she asked!

i looked online with my Philadelphia wireless internet to find some good ideas for all the decorations and activities that I wanted for the party. When I was online, I found all kinds of ideas. Almost way too many to try out!

For the kids Halloween party, I'm working on some Halloween activities for them to do, including painting some small pumpkins. I've found this really good recipe for Halloween candy bark that I'm going to fix. I just might have to make an extra batch of it for myself! I want to make sure that there's enough refreshments for all of the kids. I've also invited the parents to stay and have some fun too, so hopefully some of them will.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Safety Pool Fence


Living in southern California often means living in a home with a pool in the back yard. If you have a pool in your backyard and you have young children, either your own, or visiting children, that do not know how to swim, it would be a great idea to install a safety pool fence.

My very favorite safety pool fence is the type that can be put up quickly when children are there and taken down just as quickly when it is not needed. Cool idea, huh?


Monday, December 5, 2011

Underwater Cameras


With Christmas being right around the corner, finding the perfect gift for your friends and family can be a bit tricky. One idea for the person on your list that like to snorkel, scuba dive or just plain loves the water is underwater cameras. Some of my very favorite vacation pictures are one that I have taken underwater. Even if you are the type of person that likes to stay on the boat and take pictures, with an underwater camera, you don’t have to worry about it getting wet!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Longer Lashes?


Sometimes I get the craziest requests to write about the craziest things. Today it is about an eyelash growth product. Now, since I had to have chemotherapy, because of my Leukemia, I figured that this might actually be something I would be interested in. They claim to have clinically proven ingredients, in their products, that will help to stimulate the growth of new lashes and to thicken the existing ones. I shall keep you posted it I decide to give it a shot!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Looking for a Herbalife Distributor?


I am sure that you have at least heard of Herbalife at some point in your lifetime. They are a global nutrition and weight management company that sells their products exclusively through independent distributors around the world. Not only do they sell nutritional products, they also offer many people to become independent business owners.

The below video will explain how distributors can maximize their internet visibility through Google searches. Herbalife has been around a very long time and has designed a plan that distributors can follow in order to be successful in their businesses. I am not a Herbalife Distributor, but I am very familiar with the way that independent distribution businesses work; in order for others to be successful, you must have a solid foundation and a workable plan. This video demonstrates how to position yourself and your business in a higher ranking position in Google. So, if you are looking for a distributer or looking to purchase products, then be sure to check out the video.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cipro Poisoning Sucks!


So, I guess there are two things bothering me today:

1. Cipro poisoning SUCKS! I know that I should be grateful for the improvements that I have made, and I AM however, I am still so irritated that my body has been so compromised by Cipro. The fact that they continually dispense this drug without informing the patient of the potential side effects is criminal!

Of course, my small improvement of being able to slightly bend my toes caused me to test my limits and try to walk and dance like a normal person. That would be USING my toes and pushing off with my toes as opposed to walking and dancing on my heels. That unfortunately led to a bit of a toe injury on my right foot, yup, the BIG TOE! Ugh, wonder how long it will take that to heal?

2. I hate the inflammation underneath the skin that causes the skin itself to be so tender that you don't want to sit or lie on it. The back of my thighs are killing me today, thank God it seems to be an intermittent side effect. It is so strange because een the slightest touch makes them feel as tough they are on fire! It has been long 5 months now.

So that being said, I hope those of you that have never been effected by Cipro, Levaquinn, Avelox, or any other floroquinolone, take my advice and steer clear of this poison! For those of you in the same boat or worse off, my best wishes to you and I hope you are having one of those "good" days!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Staying organized everywhere


Guest post written by Penny Stone

It's a constant struggle for my household to stay organized. But with four kids, I guess that's no surprise. I have my faults when it comes to that too. So I decided that we would spend a weekend organizing the house and maybe if we all put work into it, we would like to keep it that way.

While I was online looking for some tips online about how to get kids organized and stay organized, I saw some info on Sears Countertop Replacement. It ends up that once we cleaned up the countertop in our kitchen, it looked pretty old. It's funny how doing one thing in your home reminds you that you need to address other areas in your home, too.

My one area of focus, though, was garage storage. That's where we really needed it. All of the kids toys are just thrown around in there and I'm always tripping over them to get to my car in the mornings. But that problem is hopefully resolved now. Or at least I'm hoping that it will stay resolved since I made the kids go through all of that trouble.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Beware of the Antibiotic Cipro!


I am writing this article based on my own personal experience. I am hoping to bring awareness of the side effects of the antibiotic Cipro or Ciprofloxin. I understand that Levoquin and Avelox have the same side effects.

I will preface this article with the knowledge that I have been dancing regularly, 4-5 times a week for 3 years and that dancing is not a new activity for me.

On April 16th, 2010 I started taking Cipro for a bladder infection. On April 17th, 2010 we taught a 4 1/2 hour dance workshop, something we do every other weekend. On April 18th, 2010 I could barely walk. Upon getting out of bed, my feet felt as though I were walking on razor blades and the joints, muscles and tendon in my legs were in excruciating pain. As the day progressed, the pain remained and I was puzzled as to how the workshop could possibly be responsible for my inability to walk. I continued taking Cipro.
On April 19th, 2010 I awoke with the same pain, plus additional hip pain. I just kept thinking that something was really odd and that this leg pain could not possibly be from dancing. That evening I started getting sharp, stabbing pains in my left leg. I began to wonder if I could possibly have a blood clot, so I went to the internet to look up the side effects of Cipro. While I was pleased to realize I didn't have a blood clot, I was appalled that my muscle, joint and tendon pain was a side effect of Cipro. I stopped taking the drug immediately and contacted my doctor and two pharmacists.

My doctor was shocked and claims he has never seen this side effect and offers no management, treatment or prognosis. The pharmacists are more aware but have a "it might get better, it might not " attitude. After hours of research I have found that Cipro has landed many in wheelchairs and walking with canes. It can hit your body while taking it or months later. For some it seems that the side effects reverse themselves as soon as the medication is out of their bodies, for others the suffering lingers for years. You can develop symptoms months after you stop taking the drug. If you have or have had unexplained muscle, joint and tendon pain, or ruptured tendons or been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis and have taken Cipro, be sure to alert your Dr. and never take it again.

I believe that the percentage of incidences that the drug companies report are way understated. It occurred to me, after this episode, that one year ago I suffered from a popped tendon in my right foot. It took 7 months for that injury to heal. I confirmed the dates and sure enough, I was on Cipro when the injury occurred. I never put 2 and 2 together to make the correlation of the injury as a side effect to the antibiotic. I know know differently and have reported my side effects to the drug manufacturer and the FDA.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pharmacy Services


Long term health care facilities offer a wide range of services from pharmaceutical, to rehabilitation to nursing care, personal hygiene in addition to the everyday needs of their clients. Running the everyday aspects of one of these facilities is a monumental task. By becoming affiliated with Rx Care Assurance you can help to lighten your load.

Rx Care Assurance offers pharmacy services that will help you to build a long term, lasting relationship between you and your pharmacy. They are experts at matching a facility’s need with pharmacy services that can meet them. They offer personal onsite visits prior to and following you becoming their client and offer an Rx Care Assurance Quality Hotline.

It is their goal to ensure that their pharmacies provide the benefits and security of local pharmacy services with the advantages of viable and national presence and that the care facilities benefit by having an additional resource that monitors satisfaction and communication with the pharmacy.

By being an Rx Care Assurance client, you are able to spend less time evaluating your pharmacy and more time serving your residents, thus enhancing your care. Sometimes it is just better to delegate your pharmacy services or other services too, for that matter, to an expert. Spreading yourself too thin is never a good idea.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Floroquinolones Destroyed My Mother's Life!


My Beautiful Mother!

While recently reviewing my mother’s medical history, due to the ulcers on her leg, I am 100% convinced that floroquinlones have destroyed the past eighteen years of her life. Eighteen years ago my mother suffered from a torn rotator cuff. I thought that it was odd that she had a torn rotator cuff since she did not ever “overuse” her shoulders. She did not golf; play tennis or regularly life heavy objects. She was fit and in great shape. I chalked it up to a fluke. Shortly after she had surgery on her right shoulder, her left rotator cuff tore requiring a second surgery.

No one found this odd except for me. When she returned twice more for additional tears in each of her rotator cuffs, I was appalled at the lack of interest as to “why” my mother suffered from four torn rotator cuffs, which required surgery. I had no idea “why” it happened; I just knew that it was not “normal” and that there must be a “reason.”

As my mother’s shoulders continued to heal, she began to suffer from an all over the body pain and achiness that would not subside and could not be controlled with medication. She saw doctor after doctor and they treated her with many drugs including mass doses of cortisone. She was monitored closely while on the cortisone (prednisone) and was eventually weaned from mass doses, to a therapeutic dose after suffering from the side effects from the mass amounts of cortisone that she had been given.

Since she was in such chronic and excruciating pain, the doctors continued to try medications and remedies, including intravenous Remicade (Humira). She was “loosely diagnosed with first, Fibromyalgia and them poly-myalgia-rheumatic. Yes, they were convinced that she had an auto-immune disease and Rheumatic Arthritis. She was often in so much pain that I would hear here crying and chanting, in private, praying for relief from the pain.

I remember her trying to describe the pain, in her feet, to me. She said that they felt as though they were on fire; like she was walking on broken glass; that even the air hurt her feet so badly that she could hardly breathe. It wasn’t until I suffered the same pain in my feet ,that I realized that what she was describing was floroquinolone poisoning.

I immediately asked her if she had taken Cipro; of course she had, many, many times; and Levaquinn and Avelox, for years and years. I expressed my theory and of course was met with doubt. She cannot even fathom that it is possible that her entire condition was not only caused by floroquinolones, but exasperated by the continual usage of them, combined with her cortisone treatment.

It was the ulcers on leg that led me to her medical records and the confirmation that she has been prescribed all of these antibiotics throughout this slow and painful destruction of her life. I am 100% convinced that this has been the cause of all of her pain and suffering. I literally took 6 bottles of Levaquinn out of her medicine cabinet the last time that I was there. I have called her doctor and told him of my suspicions. After almost causing her death, from a near heart attack while on Avelox, they have finally listed floroquinolones as an “allergy” on her chart.

I do not know how I will ever “prove” all of this, but what I do know, is that it is a crime that not once, has a medical professional ever even considered that her rapid and painful deterioration might have been caused by one of their “cures.” The over use of these drugs, is criminal.

I was very lucky that it only took me one ruptured tendon in my foot and 15 months of rehabilitation from crippling pain to realize that my conditions were due to Cipro, so fortunately I will not suffer her fate. I am so infuriated that it has stolen my mother's life and I shall continue with my crusade to warn others. 

Gifts for Mom!


With the holiday’s right around the corner, I am once again faced with the dilemma of how to show my mother just how much I love and appreciate her. Since her birthday is on Christmas Eve, I am always hit with a double whammy. What I do know, is that my mother really has everything that she “needs” so my goal is to find a gift that she will enjoy. While searching for gifts for mom, I ran across a website with many beautiful, yummy treats that just might fit the bill.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The World Wide Web!


Looking for a job today is certainly very different than it was when I was growing up. When I was young, the first place you looked for a job was either in the window of the place of employment or the newspaper.

Now to find a Technical Writer Jobs you can just simply fire up your iphone or computer and search the world wide web. Twenty years ago, if you had told me that this would have been a possibility, I would have told you that you were nuts!

Helpful Suggestions Post Cipro Poisoning


Yesterday I saw Dr Leland Carrol, he is a chiropractic Kinesiologist He has studied extensively to learn alternative healing techniques to help patients with their individual needs. My only and I say that in jest, problems are muscle, joint and tendon pain in my legs.

I will share the regimen that he has suggested to me. I am NOT a doctor, these are just what I am trying. A lot of what I will be eating and taking are to remove as much as the toxin as I can. He suggested that I eat 1 cup of mixed brussel sprouts and broccoli and 1 whole red beet everyday. These should be steamed and the red beet should be steamed whole. It is the "red" in the beet that is supposed to thin the bile from the liver that can become thicker after Cipro poisoning.

In addition to those veggies I am "drinking" Green Vibrance. It has 25 billion probiotics per dose. It is also used for detoxification.

I am taking 3-4 Magnesium Malate (1250mg) per day, 2000mg of Vitamin C per day, 1 tablet 4 times a day on an empty stomach (be sure to eventually wean yourself down to a normal dose if you take this much Vitamin C). Bromelain, 2 capsules, 4 times a day between meals. Fibrozym, 3 tablets in the morning. Vitamin D and Calcium. These are all in addition to my "regular" everyday vitamins!

By the time I am through sucking down all of these pills and eating those veggies, I think I might just explode!

He also suggested epsom salt baths and light massage. Movement , especially in a pool, and to not push to the point of damage. He also pressed on tendon connections and did something like spreading the muscle tissue. None of this was painful.

Today is day 12, since the side effects began. Last night was the first night that I did not wake up in the middle of the night an hour or two BEFORE I could take Ibuprofen. I actually woke up one hour AFTER I was supposed to take it. I am taking 600mg every 6 hours. My "other" Dr. recommended that as it IS an anti-inflammatory. It helps me tremendously. I seem to be moving a bit faster, at the moment! Hoping for a good day.

Cipro Destroys Collagen


One might wonder what this has to do with Cipro poisoning, so this is my belief; I am not a doctor and I do not have scientific proof, however, I do believe that the Cipro not only damaged the collagen in my feet, but also my face!

Do you suppose our parents felt the same way about aging that we do, or do you suppose that since there were not so many options available, that they just accepted the inevitable graciously? I think that the next time that I visit my mother, I shall ask her. The only “beauty” ritual that I ever witnessed my mother doing was putting Ponds Cold Cream on her face.

Today, with all of the advertisements to shed decades from your face, it isn’t a wonder that when we look into the mirror, that we long for a more youthful appearance. It also seems that I am seeing fewer and fewer advertisements for full, surgical face lifts and more and more ads for things such as laser treatments, botox and restilylane.  

Another treatment that used to only be available in the plastic surgeons office is LED light treatment. The light treatment is supposed to firm and tone your skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, minimize your pores, correct color pigmentation, fade scars, erase sun damage and clear acne. All of those are good things, if you ask me. I understand that these treatments can be very costly in a doctor’s office, but with the Baby Quasar, you can administer these treatments to yourself, right at home. Sometimes, I think, that if I were to win the lottery, I would purchase one of these little gadgets just to see whether it really worked or not. Fortunately, it does come with a money back guaranteed clause. So, if you give it a try and look ten years younger, please let me know!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mountain Hardwear

It is fall and that means that winter is right around the corner. Despite the fact that I live in southern California, winter happens to be one of my very favorite seasons. The reason why, is that I can drive two hours, up the mountain, to Big Bear Lake. In Big Bear, you need mountain hardwear because it can be snowy and cold. I love spending as much time as I can in Big Bear during the fall and winter because I love the four seasons and I surely do not get to experience them down here in the hot valley!

Post Traumatic Stress Sucks!


Most of us go through life at a pretty consistent clip. We go to school as children, become young adults and continue our education, begin our careers and families and hopefully continue to live our lives happily with as little stress and catastrophes as possible. Sometimes though, life has a way of throwing us curve balls. Sometimes they are welcomed curve balls and sometimes they are life altering. Some events affect us in a good way and others in a devastating, earth shattering way.

Often, traumatic events can leave its’ victim needing post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.  Without treatment, post-traumatic stress can destroy a person, their family and their friends. There are many treatment centers available for those in need of treatment and many different therapies utilized to help return a person back to into a functioning, living and hopefully happy remembrance of who they were prior to the traumatic event that they were a part of.

Living with post trauma stress disorder is a gut wrenching experience for the person that suffers from the disorder as well as the people around them. Brookhaven Retreat is a comprehensive recovery treatment for women.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Leukemia Wins This Round



Life has been crazy for me during the past two weeks. The craziness began with a trip to the Paradise Dance Festival. I competed for the last time this year. I came in second overall and wish that I had danced better, but that is nothing new. As much as I hate to admit it, I am afraid that this damn leukemia is just going to get its’ wish; to slow me down.

I have been fighting tooth and nail to live my life just like I was before I was diagnosed with leukemia. Dancing was one of the things in my life that I was trying the hardest to hold on to. I won’t stop dancing, but I know that I need to stop competing; at least for now. I just cannot count on feeling good, often enough to practice on a consistent basis, and I never know how I am going to feel when the competition day actually arrives. Not to mention, the competition itself; it has become increasingly exhausting. I do really great for the first four dances, but my energy wanes greatly over the next four. Not to mention, I am completely wiped out by the time the weekend is over. So, for now, I will continue to practice and dance when I am able and will have a tentative plan to compete next May, in Fresno.


Since we were at the dance event in October, I noticed a whole bunch of breast cancer awareness ribbons. I will definitely be looking into getting some leukemia awareness pins to pass out for my type of cancer. The cancer awareness pins were certainly well received. They also held a silent auction to raise money for breast cancer. Guess I need to get on the ball!


Man in Hot Pink Scrubs!



Sometimes even the silliest things can make you smile. For example, when I was in the hospital after being diagnosed with leukemia, I had a procedure done where they placed a jugular catheter into my neck. This procedure followed a bone marrow biopsy that I had just had done without any medication. The pain of the bone marrow biopsy was excruciating, so by the time I had the jugular catheter procedure, I wasn’t in the best of moods! However, the doctor that was performing the jugular catheter procedure walked into the room in hot pink scrubs. I immediately cracked up and told him that he had just made my day. When he asked my why, I simply stated that any man willing to sport a beard and hot pink scrubs was obviously a man with a tender heart and an adventurous spirit!

I told him that my niece was in nursing school and I was going to buy here a set of scrubs for graduation. I asked him where he purchased his hot pink number and he told me at Blue Sky Scrubs:  http://www.blueskyscrubs.com He said that they had really cool scrubs in all different colors and prints. I don’t know what his motivation for wearing hot pink scrubs really was, all I do know though, is that he made my day!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Everything Is Wireless; Including Phones!


While I do love not having wires drug under the carpet, around doorways and through walls, I simply do not understand how things travel through the air without them. Not tripping over wires and having a phone attached to the wall with a long cord, really is awesome, but sometimes the battery issues can be really frustrating.

Take telephone batteries for instance; it seems that my home phone’s batteries never last very long, and often the batteries cost almost as much as it would cost to replace the entire phone. What a disposable society we have become!

Check Out This Video Exposing Floroquinolone Damage


Finally a report that recognizes the potential dangers of floroquinolones: Cipro, Avelox and Levaquinn  are among the front runners of this class of antibiotics. I have personally been floxed by Cipro on two occasions. I, like many, did not even have a clue the first time that i was floxed. I was given Ciprofloxcin for a urinary track infection. On the fourth day of my treatment, I ruptured a tendon in my big toe while dancing. I heard and felt the "Pop" and wondered what on earth had happened. I continued to take my prescription of Cipro without ever realizing that it was what had caused my tendon rupture.

Fast forward eleven months; my ruptured tendon was finally healed. I was "healthy" for exactly five weeks before I contracted another UTI. Once again I was prescribed Cipro. I willingly took the prescribed drug as it had alleviated my bladder infection the year before. On the second day of ingesting Cipro, upon awaking, I went to step out of bed and nearly collapsed onto the floor. My feet felt as though they were on fire and that I was stepping on broken glass. I could not bend my toes, ankles, knees or hips. The pain was excruciating and I needed assistance just to walk to the bathroom.

I did not know what was wrong with me and I continued taking the Cipro. It wasn't until the following day that the pain intensified so much that I began to wonder if the Cipro was causing blood clots or some other reason for the pain. This sent me to the internet where I saw the "Black Box Warning." I immediately stopped taking the Cipro and called my doctor.

I began a fifteen month journey full of pain and frustration. The amount of people that I have met who have suffered from the same symptoms as I have, are staggering. The most staggering realization of all is that very few of them correlated their pain and suffering to the antibiotic. It is my belief that the supposed 1% of people affected by these antibiotics is grossly under-reported simply do to the fact that affected people simply cannot even begin to imagine that they have been crippled by an antibiotic that was intended to cure them.
The below video is one of the first videos that I have seen that acknowledges the possible dangers of floroquinolones.

RV Vacation


In about eight months Joe will be officially retired. One of our goals is to get an RV and travel from one dance event to another for an entire year. A really good friend of ours has done this for years and years. His number one piece of advice is to be sure to have an awesome emergency roadside assistance plan and to be sure to go to events in the south during the winter months! I can hardly wait to get on the road; I sure hope that my body is up for the trip!


Interestingly enough, Good Sam's actually has a medical assistance program in addition to their roadside service. I am guessing that I will be looking into this further!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Boost Your Alkalinity



Once you have become ill, disabled or incapacitated in one way or another, you find that your life begins to revolve around your health and your condition. You will find that your friends and family will all react in their own special way. Some will empathize, others will sympathize and others may just not deal at all; some will actually even blame you for your current health conditions. Often time’s people will try to help or cure you.

Ever since I was poisoned by the antibiotic Cipro, I have experienced all of these interactions from people I know, to complete strangers. Throughout my research, I have come to the awareness that I prefer a medical professional that chooses to treat the whole body as an entire identity as opposed to treating a symptom or side effect without finding the underlying cause.

One of the agreed upon findings of the alternative medical community is that the body needs to maintain an optimal ph balance. When your body maintains a high ph reading, the more alkaline and oxygen-rich your bodily fluids become. This is important in order for your body to absorb vitamins and minerals and to ensure proper and sufficient waste elimination.

When your body’s ph drops, and becomes more acidic, your body’s ability to absorb vitamins, minerals and other nutrients is compromised. It is essential that you boost your alkalinity in order to maintain your optimal health and to ensure that you are doing everything possible to sustain and maintain a happy healthy body.

A higher ph is helpful in maintaining a lower psa, thus protecting men from prostate cancer. I am curious about the studies that include other cancers, as well.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Troubled By Acne?


So many people are troubled with acne. I don’t know whether it is better to be an adult with the problem; or a teenager. Either way, it is a nuisance. My son has tried many different treatments and has his acne under control for some time, but does get an occasional flare up.

I recently ran across an item from Tanda, that is used for acne and also anti-aging. It is an acne light treatment that uses a blue light LED treatment to cure acne. The blue light is for acne and the red light is for anti-aging. It seems as though the blue LED light kills the P.acne bacteria, resulting in fewer breakouts and the red light boosts cellular energy increasing the production of collagen, elastin and microcirculation; the result is plumper, firmer and more youthful skin. Hopefully acne free!

I found Tandem’s explanation on how and why a pimple forms to be very interesting; they explain that hormonal changes cause our sebaceous gland to produce excess sebum and P. acnes bacteria feed on the sebum and multiply, clogged pores trap the multiplying P.acnes bacteria and white blood cells move in to fight off the invading bacteria resulting in a pimple. So, if the light is able to kill the bacteria, then hopefully the acne will not develop.

The Green Bug


My youngest son now has his driver’s license. You would think that he would be chomping at the bit to drive and get a car, right? Wrong. He has been given the keys to a practically new “green Bug,” yet refuses to drive it because it is a “girl” car. I know that when I was his age I would have driven anything that had four wheels and an engine! I suggested volkswagen touareg custom floor mats  in an effort to help make it more of a boy car, but he said that that would just make it worse! Kids these days….I just don’t know about them!

Dancers': Beware of the Antibiotic Cipro

I am writing this article based on my own personal experience. I am hoping to bring awareness of the side effects of the antibiotic Cipro or Ciprofloxin. I understand that Levoquin and Avelox have the same side effects.

I will preface this article with the knowledge that I have been dancing regularly, 4-5 times a week for 3 years and that dancing is not a new activity for me.

On April 16th, 2010 I started taking Cipro for a bladder infection. On April 17th, 2010 we taught a 4 1/2 hour dance workshop, something we do every other weekend. On April 18th, 2010 I could barely walk. Upon getting out of bed, my feet felt as though I were walking on razor blades and the joints, muscles and tendon in my legs were in excruciating pain. As the day progressed, the pain remained and I was puzzled as to how the workshop could possibly be responsible for my inability to walk. I continued taking Cipro.
On April 19th, 2010 I awoke with the same pain, plus additional hip pain. I just kept thinking that something was really odd and that this leg pain could not possibly be from dancing. That evening I started getting sharp, stabbing pains in my left leg. I began to wonder if I could possibly have a blood clot, so I went to the internet to look up the side effects of Cipro. While I was pleased to realize I didn't have a blood clot, I was appalled that my muscle, joint and tendon pain was a side effect of Cipro. I stopped taking the drug immediately and contacted my doctor and two pharmacists.

My doctor was shocked and claims he has never seen this side effect and offers no management, treatment or prognosis. The pharmacists are more aware but have a "it might get better, it might not " attitude. After hours of research I have found that Cipro has landed many in wheelchairs and walking with canes. It can hit your body while taking it or months later. For some it seems that the side effects reverse themselves as soon as the medication is out of their bodies, for others the suffering lingers for years. You can develop symptoms months after you stop taking the drug. If you have or have had unexplained muscle, joint and tendon pain, or ruptured tendons or been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis and have taken Cipro, be sure to alert your Dr. and never take it again.

I believe that the percentage of incidences that the drug companies report are way understated. It occurred to me, after this episode, that one year ago I suffered from a popped tendon in my right foot. It took 7 months for that injury to heal. I confirmed the dates and sure enough, I was on Cipro when the injury occurred. I never put 2 and 2 together to make the correlation of the injury as a side effect to the antibiotic. I know know differently and have reported my side effects to the drug manufacturer and the FDA.

Industrial Bearings



I don’t know much about ball bearings, other than the ones in the wheels of my car, but from what I understand, the place to get industrial bearings is at Reid Supply Company. My truck recently started to shimmy when I put on my brakes and someone told me that it might be the bearings. Guess I am going to have to trust the mechanic to be honest in this instance, as I know little about cars.

Shopping for Games?



Halloween is right around the corner and you know what that means; Christmas was yesterday! I know a whole lot of people that love to shop, but I am not one of them. My least favorite stores of all are technology stores. There are so many different departments and so many different game systems that I am always confused. Luckily, my kids are of an age that I can just ask them what games that they want and then I can order them right online. Right now there are Gamestop coupons available, so I think I will get started. Happy shopping!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Who Pays: Me or My Health Insurance?


One thing that I will never understand is medical billing. Being that I have leukemia and was poisoned by Cipro, you can only imagine the number of time that I visit a doctor of one sort or another. Of course, I get statements from my insurance company and I often see many, many different codes and explanations of the services rendered. Sometimes it states that there was a fee, but my insurance did not cover the fee, and yet I am not responsible to pay the fee. My question is, then who DOES pay the fee, or is the physician just simply forced to write off his service.

I imagine that this is where medical billing consulting comes into play. I would guess that they would either advise medical professionals of fees that are not legitimate or guide them into billing such fees, so that the insurance companies will cover them. I often think that our medical benefits and services are so confusing and often, unreliable due to the lack of clarity between the physicians, the patients and the insurance companies. It seems that as the patient, we are often left out in the cold due to the lack of clarity between our medical professionals and our insurance companies. The last thing that any of us needs when we are sick or injured is to have to work through tons of red tape with our insurance company in order to be treated. Maybe medical billing consulting should be available to patients, not just doctors. I don’t know, just food for thought!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Terrific Invitations!


With birthdays and weddings galore, it seems as though I am always looking for a simple, yet great cards and invitations; whether it is Sweet 16 Invitations, a Baby Shower, a Wedding or a First Birthday party, I want easy, inexpensive invitations that I can purchase online, without having to leave my home. For me, I can become easily overwhelmed by too many choices, and viewing the cards and invitations online helps me to be able to view them sided by side, helping me to make my choice quicker and simpler. One of the many benefits of being online!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Health Fairs


Recently I was dropping my son off at the mall when I noticed a sign for a Health Fair. Being that I have interest in the health industry as a whole, for a whole list of different reasons, I decided to go in and check it out. What I found were a bazillion different vendors; all peddling their wares. Of course, “their” wares were all better than their neighbors’.

My question to all of the different vendors is, “How do I know that your product really is better than the one further down the aisle?” I suppose that anytime that you visit a health fair, you can expect to be inundated with information and advice. My advice to you is to take information only on the products that you truly are interested in. Once you get home, review the information promptly; as if you do not, it will likely end up in that pile. You know the pile; it’s the one where we all put the “stuff” that we intend to get to “someday.” I hate that pile and I hate the clutter. I am relatively certain that I have some pretty great information in that pile, but just looking at it is so overwhelming that I rarely get to it.

Anyway, the health fair was interesting and since I refrained from dragging home a whole bunch of literature, I will consider it a success!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Next Stop; The Dentist


It sure seems as though when it rains, it pours. First I ruptured a tendon in my big right toe; thanks Cipro. One year later, I woke up and could not put my feet on the ground or bend over; thanks again, Cipro. Fifteen months after that incident I was diagnosed with leukemia; can’t blame that on any anything other than just plain old bad luck. Yesterday I broke a tooth; thanks little disguised bone in my burger, as if I don’t already have enough on my plate!

I sort of figured that it was bound to happen sooner or later, I was banking on later, since the same thing happened to another tooth. It seems as though those fillings that I got as a kid, finally weakened my tooth enough to make it precarious. All it took after that was biting on that hidden little bone. Hopefully I will not need a root canal; just a dental crown. A dental crown is sort of like a cap for your tooth. The good thing about a dental crown is that it makes your teeth look all white and pretty, instead of all old and silvery. So except for the cost, I will be really happy to have this tooth match the rest of my mouth! My next stop; the dentist.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Healthy Living is a Plus!


When you live in chronic pain you may often be viewed as a whiner, complainer, or hypochondriac. Having lived through the excruciating pain caused by Cipro, I can totally relate with people that have and live with chronic pain. Being sympathetic to a person with intangible pain can often be a difficult task for family members, friends and co-workers. They seem to think if they cannot see it, then it must not hurt. Life for the person in chronic pain is not only difficult from the physical aspect, but the emotional one as well. Having your life stolen from you is frightening, devastating and frustrating. There are many reasons that people live in chronic pain, mine just happened to result from taking an antibiotic.

I think that regardless of the reason, one of the best things that you can do for yourself is to take care of yourself. Devise a health plan and stick to it. Exercise as much as you possibly can, eat well, get plenty of rest. Healthy living will probably not cure your pain, but it will help to prevent other health issues that may arise from an unhealthy lifestyle. There are many things that we all can do to improve our overall health.

Healthy living literally means taking care of yourself; body, mind and spirit. The last thing that any of us that live in chronic pain needs is to have any other health issue crop up and cause additional health issues.

Poisoned by Cipro; Now I am Unemployed!


So, just what does one do when their injuries stem from ingesting an antibiotic? I know many, many florquinolone sufferers that have lost their jobs due to the debilitating side effects from Cipro, Levaquinn or Avelox. I can relate with both the employer and the employee. It really sucks to have a great job and not be able to get out of bed in the morning; to suddenly be unable to walk or function like you did the day before.

Just how many days can you expect your employer to keep your job available for you when every medical professional that you consult gives you the same answer: “Gee, I have never seen this before and no, I do not have any idea how long it will last, or what I can do to help you.” How comforting do you suppose that is for your employer? He has a business to run and chances are that you were a crucial piece of that wheel.

Occupational health professionals must keep records of employee health information regarding workplace injuries and illnesses, but just how do they record a side effect? What is a side effect and how could that possibly prevent you from doing your job? How do you explain that one day you were perfectly healthy and mobile and now you can barely even walk? And how do you explain that there isn’t a doctor out there that has an answer?

So, here we are incapacitated, often under insured and now unemployed. Sure seems to me that someone ought to take some responsibility here. Floroquinolone toxicity SUCKS!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Physical Therapy Documentation Going Paperless!


I suppose that I am a bit old fashioned when it comes to certain things. I know that when I go to the doctor, I like to see my chart and I like to see what is “literally” written down on the pages; in my chart. I do admit that since more and more doctors dictate their notes into a small recorder, and then have them transcribed, they are much easier to read, type written, than in the doctors own, often difficult to read penmanship.

I imagine that it is safe to say that having notes typed vs written is probably a more efficient and accurate way of keeping patients charts, with less room for error. I can also appreciate the value of simply going to a computer, typing in a patient’s name and accessing their entire history with just a few clicks of a mouse. I know for many people, with ongoing medical conditions, their charts can become quite large and cumbersome. Keeping track of physical therapy documentation is crucial to a recovering patient. I can understand how recording a patient’s exercises and treatments in a chronological chart or list would be beneficial, and viewing that information on a handheld computer would make that task much more efficient and accurate.

So, despite my “old fashioned” ways, I do see the value in going high tech and paperless; not only for the doctor’s sake, but for the sake of the patient as well. The doctors can record notes quicker and in more detail, resulting in more accurate documentation with easier access; as a bonus, I suppose it will inadvertently help to save our forests and landfills as well.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Medical Expenses of Leukemia: I Need Your Help!




I suppose that since it is National Leukemia and Lymphoma Month, now would be a great time for me to begin freaking out about my medical insurance that resets on January 1st of every year. Since I have been self-employed, in one form or another for most of my adult life, I have never had the good fortune of being included in the benefits of an employer’s health insurance plan. I have had to purchase my own health insurance, which I have done through Anthem Blue Cross, for the past thirty years. Fortunately, I have had the wither-all and means in which to do so, despite the high rates and low benefits that have been available to me.

I have always figured that some health insurance is better than no health insurance at all, and since I have always been in great health, a catastrophic insurance plan has always been a good choice for me. A catastrophic health insurance plan is literally just that. It does not pay for the small medical instances such as a sore throat, flu of urinary tract infection, but does cover larger instances such as appendectomy’s, or in my case, cancer. The biggest drawback is the extremely high, yearly out of pocket expense. Last year, needless to say, I met that expense in one fell swoop; when I was admitted to the hospital, after being diagnosed with leukemia. Normally, this would not be an issue; I would have been hospitalized, cured and sent home. I would have had to pay one, great big, out of pocket insurance deductible. I would have recovered, picked myself up, dusted myself off and gotten right back to work!

The issue arises from the fact that my type of leukemia is not curable, only manageable, which means, extremely high medical costs that reset on a yearly basis. I will need to come up with a $5000 deductible at the first of every year for the rest of my life. This in addition to the many other out of pocket expenses and extremely high cost of my medication, has kept me up many a night; worrying.

I have been very blessed with random and surprising donations, and am extremely grateful to all of you that have helped me in my fight thus far. I have never been very good at asking for help of any kind, but I am afraid that I have been humbled by leukemia. I have found a few writing gigs, some sewing and cakes that need making, but I am afraid that none of these are yet, profitable enough to keep my head and body for that matter, above ground for long. I have found some really cute bracelets that are cancer/leukemia related and I am going to try and sell them as somewhat of a fund raiser. They range in price from $7.50 to $18.00. If you simply wish to donate, there is a place to do so in my right column. Desperate measures require desperate times. Of course, I am also willing to consider any and all other options or opportunities offered to me.

For those of you that can and do, my humblest thanks. For those of you in the same boat, or even one with more holes in the bottom of it, you have my emotional support and empathy. And to all of you that just read and support me through encouragement and kind words, please know that I am eternally grateful. 

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Trying to Help My Kids Feel Better Despite Their Allergies


Guest Post Written by Camille Fowler

I luckily don't really suffer from seasonal allergies. I never have, but unfortunately my kids definitely sufferer from them. I really hate to see them with their watery eyes and all of the suffering and sneezing that they're having to go through. I think that any mom is distraught when it comes to seeing their kids suffer and I'm no different.


I thought that it wouldn't hurt to look online and see what I could find to help my kids through this allergy season. I actually found some info while looking online with my Clear Salt Lake City and am going to try and enforce these things in our household for it.

One of the things that I read that really helps is laundering not only sheets but things like stuffed animals once a week. So I'm going to try and do that and see if it makes a difference with our allergies. I'm also going to make a rule so that everyone has to take their shoes off as soon as they get in the door to keep from tracking pollen and other things into the main living parts of the house.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pain Killers Due To Cipro Side Effects


If it were only this simple!

For many of us that have been adversely affected by the side effects of a floroquinolone, (Cipro, Avelox or Levaquin), the muscle, joint and tendon pain can often lead to drug abuse. Drug abuse can occur in many different ways; one can take too many over the counter or prescription pain relievers or people in constant chronic pain may even turn to other illegal substances; desperately seeking relief. Living in so much pain that every step you take brings you to tears is physically and emotionally draining.

I remember the beginning of my second Cipro poisoning; the pain in my feet alone made me wish that I would just die. I did not want to live if I had to suffer that pain every day. Without any advice from medical doctors and no information as to whether or not the pain would ever go away, I was devastated and desperate. I was definitely on the borderline of over using Ibuprofen. I was taking 800 mg every six hours, around the clock. Occasionally, I just could not hold out and took them before the six hour mark approached. This over the counter medication has a plethora of its own side effects and I if am lucky I have not caused any permanent damage to any of my organs.

I can understand how chronic pain can often lead to drug abuse; whether it is an illegal substance or a prescribed medication, doesn’t really matter. Fortunately for me, my pain did begin to subside after several months, allowing me to see a small light, at the end of a very long tunnel, as opposed to the inside of a drug abuse rehab center. I am sure that many, many desperate people turn to addictive pain killers when they are faced with extreme, chronic pain, the question is if they are addicted to pain killers, how will they know if their pain has subsided and will they need drug abuse rehab?

What an utter and complete mess a federally approved antibiotic can cause.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Who Needs Medical Consulting?


It seems as though with today’s internet and technology, there is a plethora of services and information available to those of us, fortunate enough to have a computer and internet access. This great tool is at our disposal 24/7, and opens a whole new world of possibilities to us. Not only does it allow us to research information, it also opens the door to many entrepreneurs to develop websites and services that save others time and money. I admire them for the ingenuity and perseverance to get the job done.

Take Advanced Medical Strategies, for instance. They offer medical consulting to medical professionals in need of financial information and advice, stemming from an underwriting or catastrophic medical claim. They are trained to deal with the legal side of insurance claims, thus leaving a medical professional free to continue to do what they do best. Not all medical claims stem from negligence of medical professionals.  Many of these claims actually stem from doctor not being paid their fee, from an insurance company. Since I was diagnosed with leukemia seven months ago, I have received several statements, from my insurance company, that have not reimbursed my doctor one penny for their services, yet state that the charges are not my responsibility to pay. It is very confusing and I can really understand how much medical consulting is needed. We live is a world full or red, blue, orange and even yellow tape and sometimes it takes a professional to sort through the forest to find the trees.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Collagen And Cell Extracts; Could They Be An Answer To Our Prayers?


I believe my dear mothers' downward spiral began with Cipro!

There has been quite a lot of controversy over exactly just what Cipro does to damage a body’s muscles, joints and tendons. There seems to be even less known about what can be done to reverse the damage. I believe that all involved agree that floroquinolones can damage and destroy collagen. I also believe that Cipro may destroy the sheath that surrounds your muscles and tendons.

 I wholeheartedly believe that Cipro caused the padding on the balls of my feet to completely disintegrate and that at one time, I was literally walking with the bones of my feet directly against the floor. It was extremely painful to take even one step. After taking 2000 mg of Vitamin C every day for four to five months, I began to notice some improvement.  I understand that Vitamin C can promote collagen production and I often wonder if that has been what has helped to restore at least some of the padding on the balls of my feet.

While searching for more information on collagen production, I ran across this site that produces cell extract for a variety of uses. I have heard the term cell extract in the past, relating to laboratories actually growing skin from cells, to use on patients with extreme burns or other injuries. I do not know their effectiveness in rejuvenating the collagen, inside of our bodies, due to the damage sustained by the side effects of floroquinolones, but I certainly wish that someone would begin to research this avenue since no one in the medical field seems to have any suggestions, remedies or protocol on just how to handle the thousands of us that have been either permanently or temporarily crippled by this class of antibiotics.

Maybe someday, someone will have an answer for all of us that have been inadvertently damaged by antibiotics that are labeled as “not a first drug of choice”: oddly enough the two times that I was prescribed Cipro, it was not only a first drug of choice, it was the only choice given to me. I was not warned of the damaging side effects, despite the current black box warning attached to Cipro. Come on medical professionals, start abiding by the guidelines that have been given to you and stop handing out Cipro, Avelox and Levaquinn as though they were candy.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Addictions are a Royal Pain!


Addiction has been defined as a physical and psychological dependence on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, tobacco, heroin and other drugs which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain.

Addiction can also be viewed as a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite negative consequences.  Some addictions have serious health consequences while others carry serious lifestyle consequences.

Smoking is probably one of the most difficult, yet damaging addictions around. I say this because it is not an illegal behavior, therefore there is few restrictions as to where a person can smoke; thus allowing others to be put at risk by the smokers addiction. This is particularly true for infants and children that live in a home with smokers. I cannot count the number of times that I have seen a nursing mother smoking a cigarette, or children in a car with the windows rolled up, with the drivers’ of the car puffing on cigarettes. I find it hard to believe that any parent would chose to put their child at risk, so I must deduce that the addiction is stronger than ability to refrain from smoking.

I am always researching ways to help my friends and family to stop smoking and after I did a Cigarrest Review, I realized that there are homeopathic solutions that may help smokers. I realize that the choice is that of the individual, but in the event that I am ever given the opportunity to be instrumental in any way, on some one’s path to stop smoking, I want to be prepared with answers.

I am sure that there are many cigarrest complaints and doubts, as many people do not believe in homeopathic remedies, but my cigarrest review left me a bit intrigued. I have been using more and more homeopathic remedies since being poisoned twice, and almost crippled by a medically tested antibiotic. My mother has been deaf for two years after two doses of gentamicin, another antibiotic. So needless to say, I am open to other schools of thought.

Here is a list of the active ingredients that help a smoker to be more comfortable during the very trying time of ceasing to smoke. See if you find them as interesting as I do.

Lobelia inflata (Indian Tobacco) - is an herb whose pharmaceutical properties are similar to nicotine. It is dual in its activities, acting as both a relaxant and a stimulant.

Cinchona officinalis (Peruvian Bark) - treats edginess, nervous exhaustion, indigestion.

Daphne indica (Spurge Laurel) - helps with tobacco cravings and inability to sleep.

Plantago major (Plantain) - produces disgust for tobacco in those who chew it and cures neuralgia resulting from tobacco.

Calcarea phosphorica (Calcium Phosphate) - used to treat headaches, hoarseness, burning throat and cough which can be made worse from tobacco and tobacco smoke. Smokers are usually deficient in calcium.

Nux vomica (Poison nut) - is an herb used in minute amounts as a restorative preparation.  Used to treat insomnia and irritability as well as coughing and scraping in the throat made worse by smoking tobacco.

Dancers': Beware of the Antibiotic Cipro


I am writing this article based on my own personal experience. I am hoping to bring awareness of the side effects of the antibiotic Cipro or Ciprofloxin. I understand that Levoquin and Avelox have the same side effects.

I will preface this article with the knowledge that I have been dancing regularly, 4-5 times a week for 3 years and that dancing is not a new activity for me.

On April 16th, 2010 I started taking Cipro for a bladder infection. On April 17th, 2010 we taught a 4 1/2 hour dance workshop, something we do every other weekend. On April 18th, 2010 I could barely walk. Upon getting out of bed, my feet felt as though I were walking on razor blades and the joints, muscles and tendon in my legs were in excruciating pain. As the day progressed, the pain remained and I was puzzled as to how the workshop could possibly be responsible for my inability to walk. I continued taking Cipro.

On April 19th, 2010 I awoke with the same pain, plus additional hip pain. I just kept thinking that something was really odd and that this leg pain could not possibly be from dancing. That evening I started getting sharp, stabbing pains in my left leg. I began to wonder if I could possibly have a blood clot, so I went to the internet to look up the side effects of Cipro. While I was pleased to realize I didn't have a blood clot, I was appalled that my muscle, joint and tendon pain was a side effect of Cipro. I stopped taking the drug immediately and contacted my doctor and two pharmacists.

My doctor was shocked and claims he has never seen this side effect and offers no management, treatment or prognosis. The pharmacists are more aware but have a "it might get better, it might not " attitude. After hours of research I have found that Cipro has landed many in wheelchairs and walking with canes. It can hit your body while taking it or months later. For some it seems that the side effects reverse themselves as soon as the medication is out of their bodies, for others the suffering lingers for years. You can develop symptoms months after you stop taking the drug. If you have or have had unexplained muscle, joint and tendon pain, or ruptured tendons or been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis and have taken Cipro, be sure to alert your Dr. and never take it again.

I believe that the percentage of incidences that the drug companies report are way understated. It occurred to me, after this episode, that one year ago I suffered from a popped tendon in my right foot. It took 7 months for that injury to heal. I confirmed the dates and sure enough, I was on Cipro when the injury occurred. I never put 2 and 2 together to make the correlation of the injury as a side effect to the antibiotic. I know know differently and have reported my side effects to the drug manufacturer and the FDA.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Accelerated Aches and Pains


 Aches and pains are part of everyday life. From what I understand, they seem to increase with age. For those of us that have taken a floroquinolone, these aches and pains can arrive abruptly, without warning. I literally woke up after three doses of Cipro in such pain that I could not walk or sit. My muscles, joint and tendons were on fire and it felt as though my knees and hips would explode if they were bent, and that my tendons would pop if I used them. The pain was so excruciating that even the air hurt my toes and feet.

I never consulted a pain management specialist, but often wondered whether or not they would have been able to help me. Unfortunately, my insurance is very limited and does not cover the cost of a pain management specialist; as a matter of fact, I have a very high deductible and my insurance only covers treatment if I am hospitalized. I wish that the drug companies offered some sort of compensation or solution to those of us that have been damaged by their drugs. These drugs have a black box warning and are listed as a “not first drug of choice” however; these drugs are given freely and often. I am certain that pain management specialist have many, many patients that have unexplained pain that do not even realize that the possibility exists that their pain may have resulted from the ingesting of an antibiotic.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cipro Damaged; Good Nutrition Cannot Hurt


Good nutrition is extremely important for those of us that have been “floxed,” “poisoned’” or whatever other term that the medical doctors choose to apply to our side effects from floroquinolones. While I am not very pleased with the fact that Cipro has caused me great pain for a total of 26 months, I DO count my blessings that I have seen quite an improvement over the past few months and am now able to walk and dance with much less pain. I know that there are others out there that are much less fortunate.

I do attribute a portion of my recovery upon the many suggestions from my chiropractor. He recommended probiotics and a plethora of supplements to me shortly after I was floxed. I am trying to use more organic products and am continually trying to eat a well-balanced diet while also supplementing the vitamins and minerals that may help me to regain what the Cipro destroyed.

I try to stay hydrated and nourished while traveling and competing at dance events. I always have a bottle of water, with minerals, and a protein bar with me. I am not sure whether the exercise, nutrition or just my plain old stubbornness has gotten me as far as I am in the healing process, but whatever it is, I am grateful to be walking again. Hobbling around like a 95 year old woman in excruciating pain is no fun. It is a crime that so many people suffer from the side effects of these antibiotics.  

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Living with Chronic Pain, Sucks!


Living with chronic pain does not only affect your body where the pain is located, it affects you entire life and well-being. It causes you to be chronically fatigued and often short tempered. It affects your ability to think clearly and to stay on task. Chronic pain robs your quality of life and can make you wonder whether or not your life is worth living.

I often wonder if a Pain Care Center, such as Pain Management NJ, would be able to help those of us that have been poisoned by a floroquinolone. Cipro, Levaquinn and Avelox have left thousands of people in constant chronic pain. If Pain Management NJ were able to help those of us in pain through their therapeutic treatment options, they could educate others on their methods thus helping the thousands of us that suffer from the muscle, joint and tendon pain that we all live with on a daily basis.

Pain Management NJ has helped many patients with neck and back pain due to injuries resulting from injury, deformity or degenerative conditions. Do you suppose that our muscle, joint and tendon pain and ruptures would be classified under the “degenerative conditions” category? Or, do you suppose that our pain is simply categorized as “other” with no help at all? I would like to hope that someday, someone, somewhere will have an answer or regime that will help all of us to regain our previously healthy lives.