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Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Posted by wendyn on 7/23/00 at 22:58 (023781)

Greetings...

For any of you who are still interested, I am continuing to do reasonably well. I have just recently gone back to acupuncture, I had one appointment last week, and I have 2 or 3 more booked one week apart. I am living in my new 'harder' Florida Birks. I love them. I still take 100 mcg of B12 a day, split in to 50 in the morning and 50 at night. I can bike a moderate distance (no more than 6 miles so far) in a moderate amount of time (about 17 minutes). I can walk pretty much as much as required, although I cannot walk as fast as I would like. And, the farther I walk - the slower I walk. Shopping is still hard.

A year ago, I was unable to walk a mini-golf course, I was soaking my feet in ice water 3 or more times a day, and I couldn't walk more then 2 blocks. So, it's been a slow improvement - and things are by no means 100% but they are MUCH better than they were.

I go for an MRI for both feet on October 2 (recall that we have obscene waiting lists here in Canada - this test was requested by my doctor in mid-May.) By the time I get the results I'll be at the 2 year mark since the initial 'injury' that lead to TTS.

Until then (and probably even after) I guess I'll continue on this course of self-treatment. I'll stick with the yoga too, and I still want to try a chiropractor for my lower back issues.

I am wondering how some of my fellow 'old timers' are fairing. Alan, Laurie, John, Robin, Lee, Rick, JohnA, Kim - are you folks around? How are things going for you now?


Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Rick R on 7/24/00 at 07:34 (023791)

Glad to hear things are going reasonably well for you. My heels are doing quite well, however, I have been twisted up like a pretzel for a few weeks with lower back spasms. Actually the last week hasn't been too bad. To top things off while it has been taking me forever to hoist my carcass out of bed (not to mention the pain invloved) my darned right foot has been catching on fire again at night so I have to get up to walk off the pain. Massage works when I can reach the stupid thing. This was a problem in my 20's when I was running 5 -10 miles a day. It went away for the most part until I was on crutches after PF surgery using the ball of my right foot for most of the work. It has been bad since I cut down on running to make time for coaching baseball. I'll see what happens now that we are done with the second baseball season as I attempt to increase the running. Other than that as long as I stretch, keep active, and tape up for any exertion (involving a vertical direction) the old heels are doing their job. I get some pain every now and then but nothing like the bad old days. A max dose of Ibuprofin at night and I'm fine by morning.

Rick


Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Rock on 7/24/00 at 08:03 (023794)

WendyN,

I wonder if you could bike a lot longer if you used a road bike with very stiff cycling shoes and Look style clippless pedals ?

Even when I cannot walk a pain free step, I have been able to bike 2-8 hours with no (really zero) PF pain on my road bike with Look clippless pedals. Better yet, I rarely ever have PF walking pain after long bike rides, even if I did right before.

Rock.
TN. USA.


Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

alan k on 7/24/00 at 08:28 (023798)

I am doing pretty well. I got back that part of my life that was the hardest to lose last year: the vigorous yoga I love. I really am at that sort of point some of us get to where we say 'Oh well, this is a fairly good deal-- I'll take it.' The yoga will certainly make things better as long as I don't overdue it. I stay pretty faithful to the foot strengthening exercises that rid me and my wife of pf.

As for tts: My wife continues to be completely symptom free after six weeks of 2 TIMES per week of acupuncture with electric current (she was positive tts on emg). Remember that she showed no signs of getting better, or even was a bit worse, during the treatment, but after stopping acupuncture was suddenly and completely cured within days. I really hope you (wendy) stick with acupuncture and yoga.

I had two weeks of acupuncture again but then had to stop and switch to my butt as I suddenly developed a sciatica-like (I dont' think it is sciatica) pain in the ass. This has been quite cruel as it makes it hard for me to sit and write, which is how I survive economically. It was not part of that deal I accepted. So far the acupuncture has not helped this but I hope to get back to feet treatment soon. The good part is that my specialist may now argue that I need an MRI on my back, which may indicate the source of my chronic problem. Finally, a test may be done on me.

Anyway, lots of hope to everyone,

alan k


Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

wendyn on 7/24/00 at 08:46 (023800)

Thanks for your suggestion Rock!

I use a recumbent bike at the gym with the seat moved all the way forward. One of my biggest problems is that my Posterior Tib nerve is being stretched within the Tarsal Tunnel. As a result, extending my leg out in a position like driving a car or pedalling a bike - can aggravate the tension on this nerve. I would think that if my problem was entirely PF, I may have less trouble biking.



Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

wendyn on 7/24/00 at 08:49 (023802)

Ouch. I've had similar pain and I can relate. Do you think it's the piroformis (sp?) problem a lot of people have? I seem to recall that it's a pinching in your butt that can cause sciatica. Sciatica will hurt your butt too.

I would suspect that JohnH will pipe in any time and advise us that his wifes nick-name is sciatica (since he claims she is such a pain in the butt!) :)



Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

john h on 7/24/00 at 08:54 (023803)

alan: i have had a bad back for 20 years (flying to much in helicopters). driving and sitting is a killer and i controlled my back pain with running and other activities on my feet. when pf came along it was really a double edged sword as my means of controlling back pain was gone and as a result it got worse along with my feet. my feet have ups and downs but are better than they were 2 years ago. my plan is to have one of the ESWT treatments within the next couple of months. i have not decided on which orbasone,ossatron, or sonocur. during the past 6 months i had 2 epidurals, 6 facet joints injected, and 2 radio frequency treatments of the facet joints. that is a whole bunch of needles. still no definitive diagnosis on my back. i suspect a discogram is next! i do have degenerative disc in the lower 2 levels of the lumbar region and i personally suspect nerve compression when i sit but if it clearly does not show on an mri the docs (at least the good ones) are reluctant to do much.

Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

john h on 7/24/00 at 09:00 (023804)

last night my dear wife screamed about 2:30am, turned on the lights, and scared the hell out of me. she had gotten up to go to the bathroom and encountered the dreaded 'roach'! i was forced out of bed to dispatch the dreaded creature and never did get any more sleep. she was asleep within 5 minutes.

Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Rock on 7/24/00 at 09:59 (023810)

WendyN,

Position on a bike seat is critical if one has injuries like PF and/or AT. If one is fit at a bike shop with a 'fit kit' machine you will have very good chance of finding a bike/position that will allow you to bike without making your injuries worse.

About club bikes. I bike on an upright LifeCycle on rainy days and find that because the fit is imperfect for me, my injuries (mostly AT) hurt on even a 75 minute session. By contrast, I can ride my road bike to at least 120 miles/day (the longest ride of the week) with no AT or PF pains and feel great afterwards that day and the following day. I am going to try for a longer (130 mi) ride this Saturday with another injured traithlete.

The more biking the better...

Rock.


Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

alan k on 7/24/00 at 10:21 (023812)

yeah I bet mine will remain a mystery too. Perhaps you might want to try yoga for your back? The work on feet in most yoga classes is minimal and should be far easier than running, and probably even more beneficial.

alan k


Re: QUESTION FOR ALAN K. - Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Helen K. on 7/24/00 at 10:57 (023816)

Hi Alan,

I noticed in your post that you and your wife have done foot-strengthening exercises. Could you post what those exercises are (or feel free to e-mail me directly). I'm new to the board and am trying to learn all I can. What I've learned so far from this board has allowed me to wake up without pain for four days now, so I would definitely like to hear about the foot exercises that have helped you so much.

Thanks so much,
Helen


Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Laurie R on 7/24/00 at 11:19 (023818)

Hello Wendy,
I am doing so much better than a few weeks ago.I saw my Pod last Thusday and I told him at this point since I am doing better I am not going to go to Pain Management,he said that was fine.He did put on my report that I can not return to my job (Bartending) and he put in for me to be re trained.The state will pay for my school since I hurt my foot at work 1 year ago I am on workmans comp.My attorney also advised me to take the re training.I have been in the bar business ever since I was 15 years old it is the only thing I know how to do,so it scares me to death to go to school ,I cryed all weekend over this.I am also dsylexic which sometimes makes it very hard to learn but I know I can do it ,just posting here has helped me more than I can say.My Pod said I can start the re training anytime I want,the thing that scares me too is that I will have a set back in the middle of going to school but if that happens I will have to deal with that when it comes.

I am waiting for a counselor to call me to tell me my options cause at this point I have no clue as to what I want to do.I have to keep thinking I am lucky because they are going to pay for schooling for me other wise I could never go back to school so I guess in a weird way PF and TTS has done some good and hopefuly my life will change for the better with a new career.

MY foot: I am still going to PT which I think is helping,my BIG LUMP of scar tissue is getting smaller every week I tried for 1 week to wear my night splint and it made my foot worse so I have not worn it .I am still kind of in a walking cast but I have been trying to wear a shoe for a few hours at a time and it is working out pretty well .If you can remenber I have been a cast for months ,so my Pod said to try the shoe but if the pain comes back than I have to continue in the walking cast.Maybe in other week no more cast.

I take one day at a time .I am just so happy that my bad set back is over.I feel my foot will never be 100% but if I can keep the pain level down than things will be ok.

My Pod did say that (Maybe) the fascia release might help me ,my fascia is really tight and he was telling me about the surgery he does the open surgery it did not sound that bad to me and If I knew it was going to help I would do it,the next time I see him I am going to talk to him more about it.He still says that a TTS release would not be good for me and he is dead set against it,he has said all along that it is only 38% it would help and he said he would not take that chance,I agree with him on this.

Ok Wendy thank you for asking about me ,and I am so glad you are doing well too.We will get through this .I am very thankful that I found this board I have met so many nice and careing people ,and most of all when I write something backwards or spell it wrong no one has said anything about it ,and that makes me feel so good because that is one of my biggest hang ups being dsylexic ,I do try hard to write how I feel but it always does not come out the way I want .

Thank you again,and I hope everyone has a wonderful day.Your PF and TTS Buddy...............Laurie R


Re: Folks Do you Still want Canadian Health Care? Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Pauline on 7/24/00 at 17:44 (023853)

Not to seem mean spirited but it certainly seem unfair to have
to wait so long to get your MRI. We have heard a lot about the Canadian Health system and I think for the smaller things it might
work. But you are another person stating that is is almost impossible to get the really big tests in a timely fashion. I, as an
American am so used to getting them in a timely fashion it is hard for
me to believe and I feel so sorry for those Canadians that need these
tests but can't get them.

A friend of mine (Canadian) waited two years for her open heart
surgery. By the time she got it she was near death. Another
needed surgery for a throat cancer and by the time he came up on the
list for surgery it could not be removed, because it was too big.

My best friend has to wait 6 months to get her Pap test results because the labs are understaffed.

Affordable health care is certainly needed but neither Americans nor
Canadians can afford to pay for it. Look how many hospitals have closed their doors in Canada not to mention here in the U.S. as well. The Canadian Taxpayer is taxed so high already. The same holds true for drugs. You can't continue to raise taxes on the working
folks to pay for the drugs needed by the growing older population.
Soon we will have fewer employees and a larger senior population.

My drug plan for Seniors would be for the Government to authorize
Drug stores to purchase their drugs from Canada. The drug quality
is equal to the U.S. The stores could unite to get the best price,
then pass the lower cost on to the U.S. Consumer. Inside of 3 months
the U.S. drug companies would begin lowering the cost of drugs to
the U.S. Drug stores.

The Federal Government wouldn't do this because the Congress would
lose their election money from the Drug Companies.

Anyway after my long lecture, I hope you are doing better and I wish
I could help you get your tests faster.


Re: I'm still here

Robin B. on 7/24/00 at 18:42 (023857)

Hi Wendy --

I'm still here, although I don't post very often at all. (I do try to read every other day or so.) Glad to hear you are doing better -- recovery takes a loooong time so hang in there. I'm glad, too, that you like your new 'hard' Birks. I just bought myself two more pairs of Arizonas -- my favorite -- so that makes a whopping total of 12 now, although a couple are kind of worn down. I'll wear them (happily) until I die -- they are undoubtedly a major part of my recovery.

Speaking of recovery, mine is going well. I don't think I will ever be 'over' PF completely -- but my life is about 98% better than it was two years ago. Saturday I went out shopping. I was on my feet for about 6 hours going hither and yon -- and was fine. I don't walk for exercise the way I used to -- biking still works better for me -- but I manage to do just about everything else I want, as long as I am careful. Birks are all I wear, and I still take bromelain faithfully, and I follow a low carb diet. I am convinced that we are all our own best healers if we only take the time to experiment and see what works. Hope you continue down your own path to full recovery, Wendy.


Re: Folks Do you Still want Canadian Health Care? Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

wendyn on 7/24/00 at 22:15 (023869)

Pauline - you are right - our system has A LOT of drawbacks. My 5 month wait is actually an improvement - our city just got a new MRI machine...last year the wait was running 9 to 12 months. I waited 3 months to see my sports med specialist, 3 months for my first nerve conduction tests, 5 months for the second with a neurologist consult, 5 months for an orthapedic surgeon and now 5 months for the MRI.

That said, I've never had to wait for Pap test results, and that type of wait sounds dangerous. I wonder where your friend lives? Maybe in a small town? That still doesn't sound right.

Just for the record, our drugs are not paid for. Many of us have separate medical insurance that we pay for through work that covers prescription drugs, maybe some vision care, some physio and dental - none of that is covered by our provincial health care (which we also pay premiums for as does our employer.)

They only really significant advantage to our system is that an accident or serious illness will not force anyone into bankruptcy or permanent debt.

Another big drawback? Many many of our top doctors are moving to the Unitied States because the pay and working conditions are so much better there. This is one of the biggest reasons we have such a long wait for specialists....they're all leaving.



Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Rick R on 7/24/00 at 07:34 (023791)

Glad to hear things are going reasonably well for you. My heels are doing quite well, however, I have been twisted up like a pretzel for a few weeks with lower back spasms. Actually the last week hasn't been too bad. To top things off while it has been taking me forever to hoist my carcass out of bed (not to mention the pain invloved) my darned right foot has been catching on fire again at night so I have to get up to walk off the pain. Massage works when I can reach the stupid thing. This was a problem in my 20's when I was running 5 -10 miles a day. It went away for the most part until I was on crutches after PF surgery using the ball of my right foot for most of the work. It has been bad since I cut down on running to make time for coaching baseball. I'll see what happens now that we are done with the second baseball season as I attempt to increase the running. Other than that as long as I stretch, keep active, and tape up for any exertion (involving a vertical direction) the old heels are doing their job. I get some pain every now and then but nothing like the bad old days. A max dose of Ibuprofin at night and I'm fine by morning.

Rick


Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Rock on 7/24/00 at 08:03 (023794)

WendyN,

I wonder if you could bike a lot longer if you used a road bike with very stiff cycling shoes and Look style clippless pedals ?

Even when I cannot walk a pain free step, I have been able to bike 2-8 hours with no (really zero) PF pain on my road bike with Look clippless pedals. Better yet, I rarely ever have PF walking pain after long bike rides, even if I did right before.

Rock.
TN. USA.


Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

alan k on 7/24/00 at 08:28 (023798)

I am doing pretty well. I got back that part of my life that was the hardest to lose last year: the vigorous yoga I love. I really am at that sort of point some of us get to where we say 'Oh well, this is a fairly good deal-- I'll take it.' The yoga will certainly make things better as long as I don't overdue it. I stay pretty faithful to the foot strengthening exercises that rid me and my wife of pf.

As for tts: My wife continues to be completely symptom free after six weeks of 2 TIMES per week of acupuncture with electric current (she was positive tts on emg). Remember that she showed no signs of getting better, or even was a bit worse, during the treatment, but after stopping acupuncture was suddenly and completely cured within days. I really hope you (wendy) stick with acupuncture and yoga.

I had two weeks of acupuncture again but then had to stop and switch to my butt as I suddenly developed a sciatica-like (I dont' think it is sciatica) pain in the ass. This has been quite cruel as it makes it hard for me to sit and write, which is how I survive economically. It was not part of that deal I accepted. So far the acupuncture has not helped this but I hope to get back to feet treatment soon. The good part is that my specialist may now argue that I need an MRI on my back, which may indicate the source of my chronic problem. Finally, a test may be done on me.

Anyway, lots of hope to everyone,

alan k


Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

wendyn on 7/24/00 at 08:46 (023800)

Thanks for your suggestion Rock!

I use a recumbent bike at the gym with the seat moved all the way forward. One of my biggest problems is that my Posterior Tib nerve is being stretched within the Tarsal Tunnel. As a result, extending my leg out in a position like driving a car or pedalling a bike - can aggravate the tension on this nerve. I would think that if my problem was entirely PF, I may have less trouble biking.



Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

wendyn on 7/24/00 at 08:49 (023802)

Ouch. I've had similar pain and I can relate. Do you think it's the piroformis (sp?) problem a lot of people have? I seem to recall that it's a pinching in your butt that can cause sciatica. Sciatica will hurt your butt too.

I would suspect that JohnH will pipe in any time and advise us that his wifes nick-name is sciatica (since he claims she is such a pain in the butt!) :)



Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

john h on 7/24/00 at 08:54 (023803)

alan: i have had a bad back for 20 years (flying to much in helicopters). driving and sitting is a killer and i controlled my back pain with running and other activities on my feet. when pf came along it was really a double edged sword as my means of controlling back pain was gone and as a result it got worse along with my feet. my feet have ups and downs but are better than they were 2 years ago. my plan is to have one of the ESWT treatments within the next couple of months. i have not decided on which orbasone,ossatron, or sonocur. during the past 6 months i had 2 epidurals, 6 facet joints injected, and 2 radio frequency treatments of the facet joints. that is a whole bunch of needles. still no definitive diagnosis on my back. i suspect a discogram is next! i do have degenerative disc in the lower 2 levels of the lumbar region and i personally suspect nerve compression when i sit but if it clearly does not show on an mri the docs (at least the good ones) are reluctant to do much.

Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

john h on 7/24/00 at 09:00 (023804)

last night my dear wife screamed about 2:30am, turned on the lights, and scared the hell out of me. she had gotten up to go to the bathroom and encountered the dreaded 'roach'! i was forced out of bed to dispatch the dreaded creature and never did get any more sleep. she was asleep within 5 minutes.

Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Rock on 7/24/00 at 09:59 (023810)

WendyN,

Position on a bike seat is critical if one has injuries like PF and/or AT. If one is fit at a bike shop with a 'fit kit' machine you will have very good chance of finding a bike/position that will allow you to bike without making your injuries worse.

About club bikes. I bike on an upright LifeCycle on rainy days and find that because the fit is imperfect for me, my injuries (mostly AT) hurt on even a 75 minute session. By contrast, I can ride my road bike to at least 120 miles/day (the longest ride of the week) with no AT or PF pains and feel great afterwards that day and the following day. I am going to try for a longer (130 mi) ride this Saturday with another injured traithlete.

The more biking the better...

Rock.


Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

alan k on 7/24/00 at 10:21 (023812)

yeah I bet mine will remain a mystery too. Perhaps you might want to try yoga for your back? The work on feet in most yoga classes is minimal and should be far easier than running, and probably even more beneficial.

alan k


Re: QUESTION FOR ALAN K. - Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Helen K. on 7/24/00 at 10:57 (023816)

Hi Alan,

I noticed in your post that you and your wife have done foot-strengthening exercises. Could you post what those exercises are (or feel free to e-mail me directly). I'm new to the board and am trying to learn all I can. What I've learned so far from this board has allowed me to wake up without pain for four days now, so I would definitely like to hear about the foot exercises that have helped you so much.

Thanks so much,
Helen


Re: Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Laurie R on 7/24/00 at 11:19 (023818)

Hello Wendy,
I am doing so much better than a few weeks ago.I saw my Pod last Thusday and I told him at this point since I am doing better I am not going to go to Pain Management,he said that was fine.He did put on my report that I can not return to my job (Bartending) and he put in for me to be re trained.The state will pay for my school since I hurt my foot at work 1 year ago I am on workmans comp.My attorney also advised me to take the re training.I have been in the bar business ever since I was 15 years old it is the only thing I know how to do,so it scares me to death to go to school ,I cryed all weekend over this.I am also dsylexic which sometimes makes it very hard to learn but I know I can do it ,just posting here has helped me more than I can say.My Pod said I can start the re training anytime I want,the thing that scares me too is that I will have a set back in the middle of going to school but if that happens I will have to deal with that when it comes.

I am waiting for a counselor to call me to tell me my options cause at this point I have no clue as to what I want to do.I have to keep thinking I am lucky because they are going to pay for schooling for me other wise I could never go back to school so I guess in a weird way PF and TTS has done some good and hopefuly my life will change for the better with a new career.

MY foot: I am still going to PT which I think is helping,my BIG LUMP of scar tissue is getting smaller every week I tried for 1 week to wear my night splint and it made my foot worse so I have not worn it .I am still kind of in a walking cast but I have been trying to wear a shoe for a few hours at a time and it is working out pretty well .If you can remenber I have been a cast for months ,so my Pod said to try the shoe but if the pain comes back than I have to continue in the walking cast.Maybe in other week no more cast.

I take one day at a time .I am just so happy that my bad set back is over.I feel my foot will never be 100% but if I can keep the pain level down than things will be ok.

My Pod did say that (Maybe) the fascia release might help me ,my fascia is really tight and he was telling me about the surgery he does the open surgery it did not sound that bad to me and If I knew it was going to help I would do it,the next time I see him I am going to talk to him more about it.He still says that a TTS release would not be good for me and he is dead set against it,he has said all along that it is only 38% it would help and he said he would not take that chance,I agree with him on this.

Ok Wendy thank you for asking about me ,and I am so glad you are doing well too.We will get through this .I am very thankful that I found this board I have met so many nice and careing people ,and most of all when I write something backwards or spell it wrong no one has said anything about it ,and that makes me feel so good because that is one of my biggest hang ups being dsylexic ,I do try hard to write how I feel but it always does not come out the way I want .

Thank you again,and I hope everyone has a wonderful day.Your PF and TTS Buddy...............Laurie R


Re: Folks Do you Still want Canadian Health Care? Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

Pauline on 7/24/00 at 17:44 (023853)

Not to seem mean spirited but it certainly seem unfair to have
to wait so long to get your MRI. We have heard a lot about the Canadian Health system and I think for the smaller things it might
work. But you are another person stating that is is almost impossible to get the really big tests in a timely fashion. I, as an
American am so used to getting them in a timely fashion it is hard for
me to believe and I feel so sorry for those Canadians that need these
tests but can't get them.

A friend of mine (Canadian) waited two years for her open heart
surgery. By the time she got it she was near death. Another
needed surgery for a throat cancer and by the time he came up on the
list for surgery it could not be removed, because it was too big.

My best friend has to wait 6 months to get her Pap test results because the labs are understaffed.

Affordable health care is certainly needed but neither Americans nor
Canadians can afford to pay for it. Look how many hospitals have closed their doors in Canada not to mention here in the U.S. as well. The Canadian Taxpayer is taxed so high already. The same holds true for drugs. You can't continue to raise taxes on the working
folks to pay for the drugs needed by the growing older population.
Soon we will have fewer employees and a larger senior population.

My drug plan for Seniors would be for the Government to authorize
Drug stores to purchase their drugs from Canada. The drug quality
is equal to the U.S. The stores could unite to get the best price,
then pass the lower cost on to the U.S. Consumer. Inside of 3 months
the U.S. drug companies would begin lowering the cost of drugs to
the U.S. Drug stores.

The Federal Government wouldn't do this because the Congress would
lose their election money from the Drug Companies.

Anyway after my long lecture, I hope you are doing better and I wish
I could help you get your tests faster.


Re: I'm still here

Robin B. on 7/24/00 at 18:42 (023857)

Hi Wendy --

I'm still here, although I don't post very often at all. (I do try to read every other day or so.) Glad to hear you are doing better -- recovery takes a loooong time so hang in there. I'm glad, too, that you like your new 'hard' Birks. I just bought myself two more pairs of Arizonas -- my favorite -- so that makes a whopping total of 12 now, although a couple are kind of worn down. I'll wear them (happily) until I die -- they are undoubtedly a major part of my recovery.

Speaking of recovery, mine is going well. I don't think I will ever be 'over' PF completely -- but my life is about 98% better than it was two years ago. Saturday I went out shopping. I was on my feet for about 6 hours going hither and yon -- and was fine. I don't walk for exercise the way I used to -- biking still works better for me -- but I manage to do just about everything else I want, as long as I am careful. Birks are all I wear, and I still take bromelain faithfully, and I follow a low carb diet. I am convinced that we are all our own best healers if we only take the time to experiment and see what works. Hope you continue down your own path to full recovery, Wendy.


Re: Folks Do you Still want Canadian Health Care? Update on me - and wondering about johnh, alank, laurier, et al

wendyn on 7/24/00 at 22:15 (023869)

Pauline - you are right - our system has A LOT of drawbacks. My 5 month wait is actually an improvement - our city just got a new MRI machine...last year the wait was running 9 to 12 months. I waited 3 months to see my sports med specialist, 3 months for my first nerve conduction tests, 5 months for the second with a neurologist consult, 5 months for an orthapedic surgeon and now 5 months for the MRI.

That said, I've never had to wait for Pap test results, and that type of wait sounds dangerous. I wonder where your friend lives? Maybe in a small town? That still doesn't sound right.

Just for the record, our drugs are not paid for. Many of us have separate medical insurance that we pay for through work that covers prescription drugs, maybe some vision care, some physio and dental - none of that is covered by our provincial health care (which we also pay premiums for as does our employer.)

They only really significant advantage to our system is that an accident or serious illness will not force anyone into bankruptcy or permanent debt.

Another big drawback? Many many of our top doctors are moving to the Unitied States because the pay and working conditions are so much better there. This is one of the biggest reasons we have such a long wait for specialists....they're all leaving.